Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there were weekend mornings that I could barely raise my head off the pillow, both from the pain and the shame. Now if I’m not up and about before 8am I’ve really slept in. My weekends are busy, productive times when I get to spend time doing things that I am passionate about. I don’t dread the rising sun anymore on a Saturday, but rather welcome the chance to be engaged in meaningful personal and professional activities that bring me huge amounts of joy. Of course there are days when I languish and honour my need to rest, but there are days like today when the hours fly by. When I was drinking I’d spend my weekends curled up in a ball, nursing a hangover with fizzy drinks and fatty food. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally I do still indulge in a greasy burger and fries, but it’s not my weekend staple anymore.
Today is a wonderful example of how my life has changed over the last six years. I was woken up by a lovely “Saturday” morning message and was at my computer before 7:30. The reason for this is that an exceptionally exciting professional opportunity has begun to unfold for me over the last few weeks. I mentioned it in passing in a previous post, but it seems to be gathering momentum and I am giving it my all. I’m very focused on completing my Life Coach certification over the next few weeks and with that done I am looking towards becoming a specialised Recovery Coach. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the internet and have been contacting various schools about the possibility of doing a course in this field. And suddenly a distance course has turned into a wonderful Recovery Coach and Trainer, Dr Louis Gonzales from Minnesota, possibly coming to South Africa later in the year to facilitate his training course.
It all felt a little daunting at first, but as I started to stretch my organisational wings, I realised that this is something I am well capable of getting off the ground. My mind of course has been working overtime, but not in the destructive, harmful way that minds can work. Rather in a productive and outcomes’ focused way that is not governed by ego and insecurity. Not only will I be able to be one of the trainees, but now I have the chance to be involved in the organisation of the training seminars. Along with this there may be the possibility of including sponsored delegates who work in the field of substance abuse and recovery in community initiatives and volunteer programs. Maybe I’m being overambitious, but the way I see it I may as well go for broke. There’s absolutely no harm in shooting for the stars!
And within the last 48 hours wonderful things have already started to happen. I shamelessly sent emails to people involved in the Coaching profession in South Africa and I’ve had some very encouraging and exciting responses. I also have a supportive personal network, with people close to me involved in the organisation and facilitation of training seminars who have offered to assist where they can. And of course the internet and social media are a source of incredible potential in all sorts of forms. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited by a project in some time and I’m so excited by the challenge.
So when I think back to weekends past and how I spent them in a mist of despair and angst, it only makes days like today even sweeter. Life just gets better and better. And no, not every day is flawless. I too have horrible days when I want to hide under my bed, but those days are becoming fewer and fewer as I focus my energy on things I am truly passionate about. So I’m going to give this my all and do my very very best to see it come to fruition in a few months. There is every chance that things may go awry, but my focus is on a positive and successful result. I know that through this event we can bring Recovery Coaching into focus in South Africa as a much-needed alternative or addition to the current substance abuse and recovery models that are being followed. And by that I am incredibly excited!
‘Til next time