Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Their goal is to get people to see a fundamentally different way of life - where they care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.
Every month they produce a 'self-care calendar' that provides you with challenges each day in order to do just this. Today being the 15th of January means that the red box above is today's challenge. You can see the full calendar at the bottom of this post!
And it couldn't have come at a better time!!
I am currently in Dunedin, at our head office with the other Global Heads of the different subjects that we offer. There are the four of us working together with our direct line manager and our agenda this week has revolved around sessions to nut out how we are going to meet the goals that the company and ourselves have set for us this year. We have been speaking about things like content marketing, social media presence, product management and how to gather feedback in order to meet the needs of our users.
While here this week, I have also felt extremely 'off' in regards to my gut. I have been feeling bloated and heavy and just a general sense of 'blah'. I have been trying to stay on track with my eating and other health-related goals - all of which I have been quite successful with, but I just can't shake this feeling. When I really thought about it today, it was like a light bulb went off in my head and I had been struck by a bus... it's a heightened level stress and a twinge of anxiety!
I'm usually not one to stress or get overly anxious. I usually feel in control of what I am doing and how I am going to do it. This hasn't always been the case, I have been working hard at this for a while now. However, this week I have been having moments where I have simply thought that I can't do this and those 'imposter syndrome' vibes began to creep back in. So, as said, today's 'challenge' from Action for Happiness could not have come at a better time. It was just what I needed to give me the kick in the pants to stop worrying.
We are all in this together. I am not alone in this journey. We are all venturing into the unknown as a team. Yes, we each have slightly different goals for our subjects - but the overall goal is the same - to make our subject's resources the most sought after online teaching and learning resources for teachers and students - globally!! We are the first ones in our company to forge this path. There is really no 'right or wrong' way to go about it. We are all going to be learning together and if we fail... it will be a F.A.I.L - a 'first attempt in learning'.
Tomorrow will be a little bit of a slower pace. I plan on finding myself some space to just take stock of what we have covered so that I can ask any clarifying questions before heading back to Sydney on Friday. My goal is to leave here with a clear vision of what needs to be done and what it will look like for ME to get it done.
Do you have a 'worry' that you could put into perspective today and just try to let go of today?