Chapter 1:Ever fallen off a treadmill?


Meet Suzy. She’s a mum of 3. Suzy works part time in a job that she finds kind of boring but it’s easy – and easy is what she needs right now. It’s 6pm and Suzy is T-I-R-E-D! She’s already thinking about the bottle of pinot in the fridge and she’s sure there’s some chocolate hidden somewhere in the kitchen for emergencies like this. Because she’s just had ‘one of those days’. Although, it seems increasingly like every day is becoming 'just one of those days'.

Every evening when Suzy finally turns off Netflix and falls into bed she makes some promises to herself, " Tomorrow I’ll make sure I spend more time with the kids and try not to get so angry with them. I'll switch the telly off in the evening and have a proper chat over dinner with my husband. And I’ll get up early and do some yoga, my back is killing me at the moment."

But does she do it? Of course not.

Because Suzy has been taken over by to-do lists. She’s engulfed with guilt and swamped by stuff – stuff to do, stuff to tidy, stuff to plan, stuff, stuff, stuff! Suzy is in ‘analysis paralysis’ where she knows things need to change but she doesn’t have the energy or the mental space to work out HOW! And to be honest, part of her doesn’t quite believe that there is another way of doing things, this is just life right?


When you go for a walk or a run, do you prefer the treadmill or to get out in nature?

Personally I prefer nature every time. In fact the treadmill feels more like a punishment rather than doing something good for my body.

#mumlife is like that. You get to choose to stay on the treadmill, keep your head down and plod along on the same old machine, day in day out. OR you get to choose a life where, some of the time at least, YOU set the pace. You can look up and experience the trees and the bees, the laughter and the fun times.

So, back to Suzy. Remember those adventure books from when you were a kid where you got to choose which path your character would take?

The next day Suzy wakes up and decides to take a run. But which running route should she take?

Turn back to Chapter one if you want Suzy to stay on the treadmill and continue living a life without pause. With not enough time or energy or joy to really appreciate the good stuff that she’s got going on.

Or click this link to turn to chapter 2 to take the woodland path into adventure!

Health & Happiness

Heather

But does she do it? Of course not.


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