Some stories are more interesting than others, some are darker, some are funnier, but all of them are worthy.
Sometimes we like to fool ourselves in thinking our stories are completely unique. Our struggles are new. Our downfalls, our weaknesses or our trials have never before been felt to this degree.
I’ve often felt like this, but the reality is it’s not true.
So many of the struggles we have are common. The circumstances, the names and the locations may differ, but the battles are shared amongst many. And that’s what I was struck with last weekend when I opened Kelly Exeter’s wonderful new book, Your Best Year Yet – 7 simple ways to shift your thinking and take charge of your life.
“Meanwhile, I was trying to be a good mum to my little baby, a good wife to my husband, a good friend, sibling, daughter, person – you know the drill…
“Life felt completely out of control and before long my mental and physical health started to deteriorate.”
That was me. That story right there is mine.
Turns out it was also Kelly’s. It may also have been yours, or perhaps it still is.
My point is, you aren’t alone in your struggles just as I wasn’t in mine (even if it felt like it). I only wish I had Kelly’s words to fall back on in the days where I struggled to get through to bed time without losing my mind.
“The only person who should get to write the story of your life is you. So start shaping a narrative around the person you want to be, not the person other people think you are.”
At its heart, this book is about rethinking your life and how you are choosing to live it. It’s not about simplifying as such, but it provides very simple, very do-able guidelines for rethinking habits, happiness, decision-making and time management. I found myself nodding along excitedly more than once while reading, and, I’m not going to lie, there might have been a fistpump or two.
Kelly and I really jive on this stuff, and I believe you’ll get a lot out of Your Best Year Yet. Which brings me to the exciting news –
I have 5 copies of this wonderful book to give away! Thanks so much for entering. The competition has now closed and winners have been notified. Simply leave a comment below and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of Your Best Year Yet. This competition is open to everyone, just be sure to include your email address when leaving your comment. (Entries close Monday 4th August 11:59pm AEST, and I will email the winners within 24 hours).