Personal Note: Taking a Break

“The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn’t be squandered.” – Harper Reed

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while will know that in January this year, I upped my publishing schedule from one post a month to four. Alongside my client work, both in my private practice and at the eating disorders charity I work for, it’s quite a commitment. A hugely enjoyable commitment, but a commitment nonetheless.

And I need a break from it.

So, I the interest of self-care and being able to give you my very best, I’m taking a blogging break during August. That way, I can recharge and get some headspace before coming back with a wallop next month.

However, before I take my break, I’d like to say one thing.

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog.  Thank you to everyone who hits “like”. Thank you to everyone who comments and shares their experiences. Thank you to everyone who follows via WordPress or email.

Thank you to the clients who let me know when a post has struck a chord with them. Thank you to the ones who quote my words back to me because they find them meaningful.

Thank you to all the eatonomy group members for their interest and engagement, and for making the group sessions such a pleasure.

Thank you to the complete strangers who contact me through my blog to let me know my posts resonate with them.

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for their support and encouragement. It’s a privilege to be part of this vibrant community.

A genuine and heartfelt Thank You to you all.

I won’t be stepping away from everything in August – I’ll still be seeing clients for individual therapy, but there’s no eatonomy group session this month (the next session is September 28th).

Also, I suspect I’ll still be lurking around WordPress as I won’t be able to resist finding out what my favourite bloggers are doing.

So have a great August everyone – see you back here on 1st September.

With very best wishes,

Julie 😊

 

What’s the Point?

You’re having a conversation with a close friend. There’s something exciting going on in your life and you’re dying to fill them in. As you talk, you’re brimming with energy and enthusiasm about your venture. When you finish, rather than sharing in your excitement your friend says flatly:

“What’s the point?”

Slightly stunned, you ask them to explain what they mean.

“Well”, they say, “it’s just that you’ll never do it. You’ll never achieve that. You might as well give up”.

How do you feel?

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Food for Thought: Unlocking Self-Compassion

“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent.  They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line.  Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be”.

– Kristen Neff

That self-critical voice has such authority, doesn’t it?  We think “if I just strive to be the person it tells me I should be, then one day I’ll be OK”.

But that day will never come.

The day will never come when that negative voice in our head says “well done, you’re worthy, now you deserve to look after yourself”. Its sole motivation is to make us feel not good enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not successful enough, not enough, not enough, not enough…

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