As the calendar turns to winter, on this shortest day, I reflect on the year just been.
Being based at Grange Hotel, who welcome their Christmas guests exceptionally well to rest and relax, means the spa has many visitors. This year I have been booked for Christmas Eve since the end of September and we only have a few appointments left in the run up to the New Year festivities.
2017 has been a year of things coming together, years of thinking and feeling a way forward have now been willed into being. Prime Wellbeing was launched in January in Barrow at a Cumbria Chamber of Commerce event, February saw us at Carlisle Racecourse widening our network with CERT and now the Prime Wellbeing Foundation has its own website, a blog of our month long journey to India and a growing worldwide network. From Cumbria to Rajesthan, Grange on Gujarat, wherever next.
Already planned for 2018 are community events seeing local practitioners offering drop in clinics, pop up wellbeing days in companies and summer festivals. Photographic exhibitions and musical tours, fusing art and wellbeing at events across the country, who knows even globally.
My roll call for heartfelt thanks, goes to the those people who made this year possible and yes, in a professional capacity you got paid for your involvement however, as is the Prime Way, you got the gig because of your specialism and expertise. Something I hope will shone forth when people think of Prime Wellbeing and what we have shown in our foundation year. My hope is to be a standard bearer for the holistic health industry, showcasing the wealth of positive health initiatives and the rewards to be gained by paying attention to your wellbeing.
Sat here in the cold, looking out at the car all iced up, I remember this beautiful day in Jodphur, spent at Rajesthan International Folk Festival, spending time with friends.
People have asked me whether my trip to India was work related or a holiday. And now having been home for these weeks in between, busy with clinics, meeting colleagues and spending time coming back to the UK I realised a great truth.
I used to have work life balance.
Now I have a life. Just that. I'm doing what i'm doing when i'm doing it and that making distinctions between activities segregates. Our lives are our lives, whatever we are doing.
Michael Stone, my great teacher, once reminded us to remember, even the bits in between, when we are waiting for a plan, or when we are preparing a plan to do something. Those moments in between are no different. They are also part of our lives.
So, i go steadily and choose to recognise that these weeks where I haven't done my blog, I haven't achieved a plan, i havent made time to go and have a spa day myself, are all part of my life and good to remember that inner balance is acknowledging it's all OK.