I have honestly not had a moment to sit down and write in more than two weeks, and what an incredible two weeks it has been. It honestly feels as though the Universe has been preparing me for the incredible opportunities that she is presently showering me with and I am beyond grateful. Yesterday I qualified as a Life Coach and I could not even have imagined that this was possible when I was caught in the grips of my addiction. There were some times over the last seven months while I was doing my training when I really had to push through, because it required that I take a long, hard look at my “inner obstacles” and that’s never an easy thing to do. But I persevered through the tears and the uncertainty, and have emerged from the experience more centred, empowered and focused than ever. I simply cannot wait to start my new journey in aiding others in their journeys to personal empowerment. I feel more liberated than I can ever remember and am overcome with gratitude for my present set of circumstances.
Last weekend was a weekend of firsts as I mentioned in my last post, and even though there were a couple of emotional- and alcohol-charged instances, as I always knew there would be, it was an incredible weekend. The wonderful man in my life handled meeting my family and friends with a grace and calmness that only made me adore him even more, and it was so amazing to spend an entire three days together. I believe that we have a far stronger emotional and spiritual connection than we did a week ago and I am more excited than ever about us. There were plenty of tears of joy shed as we watched my brother and his bride tie the knot and we welcomed a new member into our family. It was a long overdue family reunion too and there were more of us together than there have been for about twenty years, which was exceptionally special.
We danced, we loved, we laughed and we celebrated, and not once did I feel the need for a drink. The bridal party ensured that there was non-alcoholic champagne for the non-drinkers and the bubbles were enough! Being there, holding the hand of the man I am truly besotted with made the weekend more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. The time flew by, but at the end of the trip I never had those feelings that I’d experienced when special occasions were over in the past, and I was feeling hungover and miserable. I felt happy, together and exited about what the future holds, rather than nauseated, depressed and just blue…
And then there is my unfolding new professional path… In a couple of months I will be permanently home in South Africa and completing my specialised training as a Recovery Coach. Over the last few months, some proactive networking has paid off and I’ve established a connection with a few really incredible people involved in the field of Recovery Coaching. One of them is an American coach & trainer who will be visiting SA later in the year to run a couple of Recovery Coach training seminars that I am helping to organise. Through this I have also been blessed to meet a wonderful coach who is not only assisting in the organisation of the events, bringing her established networks and experience to the planning, but has also graciously offered to be my mentor as I start my “calling” as a Recovery Coach.
I truly feel like the Universe is smiling at me and that everything is truly coming together. There have been times gone by when I wrangled with the idea of how our past actions create our present situation, but I embraced the idea and now it feels as though my patience and acceptance of this ideal has started to bear fruit. Maybe I just needed to power through the negative residue from my drinking years to move into this period of personal and professional abundance. The feeling of having true purpose is something I’ve never truly experienced, but it feels as though there was indeed a plan for me and I just needed to get to the point where I was ready to pursue my true life ambition.
I know that there will be challenges ahead as I leave the security of paid employment to begin a private coaching practice, but I know that facilitating the recovery of others through their personal empowerment will be filled with rewards and opportunities for further self-development. And I always maintain that anything is possible with a clear head and an honest heart.
‘Til next time