When you start reading self-improvement books and you start experiencing its benefits, it becomes addictive and you only want to read more and more. And then you find yourself spending more time reading and getting excited at all the tips you will implement in your daily life while having no time nor the will to actually do it yet because you are too busy reading!
During the Summer of 2016 some major events in my personal life happened: the end of a long term relationship followed by a very short term major crush. Both events left me kind of…confused. Why did a 2 year relationship end without drama & why did the very short flirt leave me devastated? Were these events related? What is wrong with me? When a relationship does not work you first question yourself – am I good enough, what could have I done differently, what if?
When I started my new and 4th corporate job in January 2016 I quickly realized that the problem was not the companies I had been working in nor the projects I was getting into. Corporate work does not fulfill my creativity, I have been drawing and painting since I was a kid, I spend a lot of time reading novels, learning, traveling and dancing in the sun.
2016 was the year in which for the first time in my life I needed to make both physical and mental changes, although having a good job, good house, many close friends and a long term boyfriend, I did not feel at place and especially I was still unhappy overall. It is easy to just follow the trend and never stop and think on what you really want and need.
As wrote in my previous post, I started 2016 with the firm idea to take better care of myself. People that have known me for years remember that I could eat basically any kind of junk food without remorse or major impact on my body. But as I grew more conscious of the impact of my daily habits on my body I also knew that it was time to be more careful.
The first change that I needed to make in January 2016 (which turned out to be the starting point of this whole challenge) was related to my laziness to any form of physical activity. See, I have always been in a good shape considering what I eat (my father is an Italian Chef and although French and Italian cuisine are overall healthy and balanced it is sometimes difficult to refuse good food say “NO” to one of the essential pleasures of life.