Well, hello gorgeous, how’s your coffee tasting today? 

And how is 2019 working out for you? So far so good? Re-entry is a B*tch isn’t it? At least it was for me, I’m just grateful I didn’t attempt dry-January or the Whole 30/any detox/diet too!

I’ve noticed, at this time of year, everywhere I look someone is trying to tell or suggest the best way to live ‘your’ life. But surely your life it your life, so who are they to tell you how to live it? Right?

Blah, blah, blah, new year, new you, diet, exercise plan, job, course, car…… the list is endless and, quite frankly, it’s exhausting. It’s suffocating, and the sheer volume of information hitting us from all sides is overwhelming. How do you know what to believe? How do you get on with life when you have the equivalent of a 2 year old tugging at your leg when you are trying to balance on the other one? Where does it stop?!
 It stops with a plan. I find the (often unwelcome) instruction and advice stops when I have a plan. It doesn’t matter what type of plan, just a plan. Perhaps it is a hefty long-term life plan, or a smaller project plan at work, or maybe a plan based around savings or relationships, any plan. Let me explain why.
Let’s say, for instance, you have a plan to go back to work after years as a stay at home Mom. You have taken the time to turn your vision of the job you would like etc. into a blueprint, and you worked methodically to put the insights, research, hopes and dreams into the blueprint which is now ‘the plan’.  You have sufficient detail and can follow your plan verbatim, you’re excited. You are now ready for those first interviews, you are focused, driven and you already know the best way forward for YOU. You are prepared.
Because you have done all the ground work, because you are crystal clear on your action plan, because you know what to do it easy.  You no longer need to listen to all the chatter distracting you, you no longer need their advice. You have switched off all that is getting in your way, it is just white noise. Unnecessary and unwanted. Focus on what’s  important and ignore the rest. 

It also stops when you unsubscribe from any email lists you don’t read. You know the ones, the ones you delete before opening (perhaps including this one!) Go on, hit the unsubscribe button, it feels soooooo good!    You can always re-subscribe 🙂

It also stops with me. I see myself as the middle man between you and your life dreams and plans. I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. I will however work with you to help you decipher what you want and need to live a happier, healthier life.

Why is this the topic of my newsletter today? Because I honestly believe that the content from the Wine, Women and Wellbeing workshops I am hosting is invaluable. From a personal standpoint, I am currently putting together and working through the worksheets and content for my section of the first workshop, it has been an eye-opening journey. I’m making time to focus on me andmy plans, what want to do with my life.
A couple of years ago I would have thought ‘I know what to do, I have a long list of things to-do to make this my best year’ , but having structure and making plan is different. It makes a HUGE difference, and I’m seeing the benefits of razor sharp focus on what I want from my life and in my life.

Digging deep into the basement of your soul to identify what would make 2019 your best year yet, one that fulfils YOU to your core, one that rocks your world isn’t easy, but, surely, we all deserve to know how to make our heart sing? Right?
And designing your personal goals and plans based off your own hopes and dreams is just about as close to perfect as you can get. Right?
You telling you how to live your life.

What will make 2019 a great year for you? Who are you? Who is your ideal you? What is your ideal image? How would you like to live your life for the next 12 months?
Tell me, I’m curious.
Zoe x


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About Zoë Dodds

Life, Health, and Fitness Coach

Zoë has a passion for helping and empowering women to the best version of themselves.

With 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, she delivers inspiration and wealth of knowledge to her clients, some of which she shares in her blog and weekly newsletters.

Originally from England, Zoë has lived in Seattle for 9 years with her husband, two grown-up children and a Labrador called Jordi.

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