On New Year’s Eve 2012, I made myself a promise to do everything in my power to improve my health and get my life back.
I had been ill/sick/unwell, whatever you want to call it, pretty much most of my life in one way or another. But since 2007 my health had deteriorated rapidly and things were tough. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid) plus multiple (and somewhat crazy) food intolerances meant I had been unable to work, socialise or lead a “normal life” for a very long time. I lived at home with my lovely mum who supported me and most days I was too unwell to leave the house or do much at all.
So back to New Year’s Eve 2012… I spent the hours leading up to midnight curled up on the sofa watching the film Julie & Julia, the only decent thing to watch on TV. For me it was yet another New Year’s Eve spent at home and not well enough to celebrate. And also the end to another year I was glad to see the back of. But, in hindsight, I couldn’t be more grateful for those few hours, as what followed next blossomed into The Pollyanna Plan and the year that changed my life.
For those of you who haven’t seen the film, Julie & Julia is based on the blog written by Julie Powell, who set herself the challenge to cook all 524 recipes from Juila Child’s cookbook in 365 days.
As the film progressed, I felt something I hadn’t felt for years – inspired! And as the credits rolled, I knew I wanted to do two things in 2013:
- 1) create a challenge for myself
- 2) write a blog – something I’d never done before and hadn’t a clue about.
Over the next few weeks, the seed of an idea brewed in my mind, and it coincided with me re-reading Lynn Grabhorn’s book, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Positive Feelings.
And suddenly one day (24th January 2013 to be precise), the idea for The Pollyanna Plan popped into my head – named after the literary character, Pollyanna, who always looks for the best in every situation. And the rest, as they say, is history!
The challenge I set for myself was to see whether the power of positive, happy feelings could really improve my health and my life. My mission was to find a reason to feel glad/happy/joyful EVERY DAY for 1 WHOLE YEAR.
- 365 days
- 365 reasons to FEEL glad/happy/joyful – regardless of what life threw at me
And what an incredible, life changing journey it turned out to be.
I completed my challenge in January 2013 – writing a blog post about my happy, grateful reasons every day for a whole year. You can find out how I got on by looking back through the posts in the archives of this blog. 🙂
I also raised money for the charity, Save the Children, in the process. My goal was to raise £365 for the 365 days of my challenge, but thanks to all the extremely kind and generous people who sponsored me, that target was smashed and together we raised over £500. Amazing!
But best of all, I discovered that positive, happy feelings (as well as all the lessons I learnt along the way) really could improve my health and my life in a big way. Yipppeeeee! 😀
Back at the start of 2012, I probably wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me just how far I’d come in a few short years. My life has changed beyond recognition. So many miracles and blessings have happened and I continue to go from strength to strength. Now I’m even more committed to marching steadily onwards on my healing journey.
As for The Pollyanna Plan and this blog, my aim is to share with you all the things that have helped me to transform my health and my life, in the hopes that it might help you too. If I can inspire just one person in the process, I shall be (ever the Pollyanna) truly happy and grateful. 🙂
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