Did we ever really know what ‘normal’ life was?
Every day was full of noise and chaos, and we sped through everything without taking most of it in. We became unconscious about our actions, reactions and the impact that we were making – on both people around us and our planet.
It was hard to breathe, but we pushed through anyway.
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
One minute, you’re enmeshed in everything you have going on, rushing from one responsibility to the next and barely remembering to breathe, because you have that much on your plate. In the next moment, everything is shattered, you’re broken and you can’t stop crying.
I knew I was exhausted. I knew I needed to make some changes. What I didn’t know was that ignoring these two things could have such extreme impact.
A voice can tell a thousand stories and I’m not talking about the words you use in speech.
I’m talking about the wealth of information your voice tells the world about your experiences, upbringing, education, cultural influence, self-belief system, adventures, heart break, trauma, unrequited love, social conditioning, enthusiasm…
A great leader is most powerful when they don’t think about communicating, they just speak from the heart.
Every great speaker develops their craft from those “chit chat” conversations that happen in the corridor, at the water foundation, grabbing a coffee, at the boot of the car or even in the bathroom. These are the important conversations that you need to recognise and embrace as the authentic, believable foundation of your leadership journey.
A family member of mine recently described herself as a ‘Plate Spinner’.
Prior to Covid-19, this busy mother of two was working multiple jobs, studying for a degree in her ‘spare time’, juggling regular International travel in-between organising the home, the children’s many and varied extracurricular activities, and all whilst trying to further her career and build a business.
Then all of that stopped…
My best advice when just starting on your plant based journey is to not have unrealistic expectations that you are able to change a lifetime of habits overnight. You would need to have a very strong willpower to instantly transition from a 3 times a day meat consumer into a fully raw vegan!
According to an ABC news report, the toll on mental health from lockdown fatigue and stress are staggering with a very conservative estimate of a 14% increase in suicide rates over the 2020 lockdown period.
Hence this is the time when we must step up and show leadership within our communities. Our social and familial networks are looking for leaders to shine a light on a new pathway in an uncertain post-covid future.
But how do we show leadership after lockdown?
A wonderful nourishing and healing food to try is bone broth.
The main difference between stock and a good broth is the length of time you cook it – the longer you cook the broth, the more minerals and healing amino acids are extracted from the contents.
Nuts may help to lower your cholesterol levels, inflammation within the body, as well as your overall blood sugar. The fibre they contain may even help you to lose weight by reducing what is known as Metabolic Syndrome.
Pro tip: Nuts are best enjoyed raw, not roasted, as heating them to high temperatures can destroy the delicate oils they contain…
Have you ever rushed home late from work, the children are starving, and realised you forgot to defrost any meat from the freezer for dinner? I know I have many times in the past and just resorted to buying takeaway because I was too tired and time poor to do anything else…