I am having a week off social media!

Since Christmas, I have felt increasingly tired and my get up and go seems to have fucked off!

I thought I could push on through and ignore this, but this week I have realised something has to give.

I am aware I have made some big changes to my diet (gone Vegan) and I am running or walking every day and that may be a factor. But most of all I have a sense of mental fatigue, and growing frustration with online platforms especially Facebook.

Last year about this time I got so fed up with social media I deleted all my accounts and vowed never to return, clearly I did and in hindsight deleting everything was a big mistake.

So rather than let this feeling of tiredness grow and risk breaking the things I have had to work hard to build over the last 12 months, I am taking a short break. I need to rest my head a bit.

As much as I can direct my anger at the moment to social media, the reality is I am frustrated with myself. I am drifting along in my work as a coach without any definite direction and there seems to be more than a small amount of resistance to start marketing myself and start charging people for my time. This could be a lack of belief or interest to pursue this career and an indicator I should move on to pastures new, or the simple fact I that spending too much time online is not allowing me to work out and execute a realistic business plan. I believe a short break will give me the answers I am looking for.

This morning I posted on my page and informed the followers of the page I will be back on the 28th of January, even just posting this has brought a sense of relief and my head feels clearer already.

At 5 pm today I will log out of all social media platform on all my devices and my aim as hard as it may get is to not log in again until the 28th. Sounds simple, yes, but I suspect it may be harder than it sounds.

There will be no blog next week, I will blog again on the 1st of February.

You can't pour from an empty cup, and right now mine is bone dry. I can't talk to people about the importance of self-care if I don't follow my own advice.

Right, I am off for a snooze.



Back at it.

This week saw me get back to some semblance of normality after the Chrismas period. December was indeed a strange month. I can have no complaints about it went, I had intended to really embrace the Christmas spirit and enjoy some downtime and on that front, it was a real success. That said it did feel like it went on a week too long.

I was itching to get into 2019, I have been putting a great deal of thought and energy into making 2019 a big year on the career front, and to start the process this week felt good.

Based on my plans I have to say the first proper week went well, I have some goals around fitness that I had been working on in the last quarter of 2018 that I had timed to be at full speed come Jan 1ts and so far these are really working out. I feel my fitness improving daily and with that my target weight loss is within touching distance.

The purpose of the physical challenges is to create a discipline that can be transferred into my work. In order to achieve the career goals I have for 2019, I can have no more distractions or wasted days, my wriggle room is very limited.

This week as I looked ahead I became acutely aware of just how big a task I have. But rather than scare me, this understanding of the road ahead feels exhilarating, liberating and motivating.

I have a deep knowing internally that I am on the right path, and a sense of faith in myself to deliver. The facts are it's in my hands and mine alone and knowing that adds a level of accountability I like.

There are still some glitches in my process around content creation but on the whole, the signs are more than good.

I have assigned next week to look at a product creation schedule and once that is in place I will know when I can start to market my services properly and that will mark the first significant waypoint on the 2019 journey. If I can be at that point anytime before 1st Feb I will be ahead of schedule.

My aim now is to use my experience to create content of value for those that follow my stuff, next week on my FB page I will be covering of planning as this is an area most people get wrong. We have to plan well, as the quote says, failing to plan is planning to fail.



Happy New Year

Well as this is my first blog of 2019, it would be wrong of me not to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Like every 1st of January, the internet was awash with posts about new years resolutions. The gravy from my Christmas lunch was barely cold before I was being bombarded with offers online to "Make this year the best ever" or get e that beach body I have always wanted for Summer 2019.

Well if 2019 is going to be YOUR year, and you have set out with some new years resolutions, let me share with you my 3 tips on what not to do when embarking on changes.

1. Don't have too many.

People tend to take on too many things as far as goals and challenges are concerned. Just pick one, for now, you can do the others when you have nailed this one. And if you're unsure which one it should be, pick the one that will have the greatest positive impact on your life.

2. Don't make them too big.

Be realistic. If you have a resolution ot get into shape and you have never exercised, don't be aiming to run a marathon in June or have a bodybuilding physique for you two weeks in Tenerife in July, they are just not realistic.

Choose something that pushes you and takes you just out of your comfort zone.

3. Make sure it's your goal.

If what you want to change has been taken on to keep someone else happy, it is doomed to fail. So if you're going to become super organised and start doing DIY to keep her indoors happy, this will not happen.

All challenges take effort and always get tough. When it gets tough you need a big WHY for doing it or you will quit. And doing something to try and keep others happy is not a big enough why.

I personally think you can decide to change and make a resolution any time of the year. The 1st of January is popular but it doesn't matter if its the 1st of January, the 25th March or the 4th of July, you can change whenever you feel ready.

And once you are ready, you can decide then and there things are going to change. But please be patient, Rome was not built in a day and challenges and goals usually take longer than you think, are harder than you imagined and always cost more than you budgeted. But that said don't let it put you off, change is always worth it in the end.



Staying on plan.

So Christmas has been and gone, we are all still in that strange time where we have to think about what day of the week it is as happens over Christmas.

Well as I look back not just over the last few days, but over December I have to say it has been a great month.

I have had less stress, spent less money and had more enjoyment than any Christmas I can remember.

I had a plan and I stuck to it, and the plan worked and delivered what I expected.

By having a clear plan for what I was doing over the festive period and having a plan around my fitness that helped me keep my mind of shopping resulted in getting to where I wanted to be as I write this.

I planned to enjoy food but not too much, this helped me actually lose a pound over the last week. I kept up with my running ahead of my first ParkRun tomorrow and my budget for spending was kept comfortably within.

2019 is just around the corner and planning that is my focus over this weekend, so when most of the world is waking up on New Year's day nursing a hangover, I will already be out running and have a plan for the New Year to get into.

Planning is not difficult, it makes a massive difference to your chances of achieving anything and nothing builds confidence like nailing a plan.

Take Care


Silly season is almost here and I am trying something new.

Well, there is a buzz around everywhere I go at the moment as the fact Christmas day is only 4 days away. The frenzy in the shops is something I am aware of but this year it is different for me.

In previous years, this would have been the time that I was in sending mode, buying bits and pieces for my family and food for the house as I felt compelled to have an abundance of things to give or eat. This year is very different and I have to say this is down more to my partner Sue than me. She insisted we had done all our Christmas shopping before the end of November, something that felt good to have achieved. But the feeling of smugness for being so well organised allowed me to have the whole of December to get worked up about the fact I may not have got enough. This feeling has increased and today as I wrote this it has reached its peak.

Strangely picked walnuts, Stilton cheese and enough mince pies and chocolates to feed the street seem to be missing from my life and I am really having to show discipline from finding excuses to head to the shops alone.

The reason I am sharing this is that this Christmas I decided to try something new, a different approach and it feels uncomfortable. But this is how any change feels.

Despite the fact I have trained as a coach, know a lot of information and processes around change, it is not easy for me, I feel it just as acutely as everyone else.

So don't be put off if you are undergoing change and it feels bad or wrong, its par for the course, keep going your doing great.

No change is easy but it is worth it. I have a couple more days to push on through and then I have done it, achieved my goal and that drives me on.

My next blog entry will be in a week by which tie Christmas will be behind us and I am interested to see what comes up in that post.

Take Care



Well, its beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas. This weekend we will be trimming the house up and after what has been a year with a lot of change and uncertainty in it, I get to have a few days taking it less seriously surrounded by our familiar Christmas decorations.

Next week I have set aside for study and writing. I have had a couple of books that I have wanted to ready for a while and "never found the time" so in the run of to Christmas I will nail those. I also intend to make the start on a new book I have in my head.

I fully intend to get well ahead of the game with my FB page and schedule the post right up to New Year's Eve so I can allow myself time to relax.

The whole point of this blog entry is to highlight that having clarity around what we want to experience helps us plan accordingly.

Planning is like any other skill, the more we do it, the better we get. I was a terrible planner a few years back but once I realised the importance of it and practised, I have since become much better.

Planning or more accurately lack of it is what hold many people back from moving forward. If you are always in a reactive mode it can be very stressful, and once you realise how simple it is, very unnecessary.

So if you want to make a start on getting better at planning, start planning! Start off with planning small things like your day. The habit of producing and following a to-do list is where I started and fro that it developed into longer-term planning. And always write those plans (no matter how small) down.

A New Year is just around the corner and in order to make the most of it, planning should become a priority. You will thank yourself 12 months from now for becoming a better planner and the levels of stress and confusion an unplanned life bring, will be a think of the past.



Christmas presence.

It can be particularly challenging to find resilience at this time of year. The days are short and daylight is sparse. Busyness ramps up with social gatherings and family get-togethers, and business starts to wind down with the onslaught of office parties and indulgent festive meals. These can take their toll emotionally, physically and mentally.

It’s easy to get swept away and overwhelmed by seasonal pressure, which is often self-inflicted. This is where clarity comes in. Have a plan for yourself as well as your friends and your loved ones. Knowing and deploying your resources is valuable in this potentially decadent time. If you enjoy rich food and a drink or two, make sure you give your liver a rest with a lighter regime the following day.

Every Sunday I make my plan of action for the week, whatever the time of year. Factor in some you time. Get your exercise in, even if it’s just a brisk walk round the block. Get your sleep in too. I’m an early riser with a tightly packed schedule and exercise is a vital element of my routine, as is meditation. I got a 2.5 mile run in the early hours this morning and although it was chucking it down, I felt the benefit all day with consistent energy levels. Yes, it was difficult. Yes, I’d have rather stayed in bed. However, my fitness is central to my health and wellbeing and therefore non-negotiable. Finding a routine that works for you is your key to a happy Christmas period and beyond. So get a pen and some paper and make a plan.

It’s so important to remember to take special CARE as the year comes to a close and as we look forward to 2019 with its promise of new and exciting challenges. Your nearest and dearest will thank you for the best present you can give - your Christmas presence.



Some changes had to be made

The last two weeks have been a crazy busy time for me, and it got me to a point where change was required.

This website has seen a lot of changes in look and feel over the last 12 months, but in the past few days I have settled on what I think is the right way to go. There always seems to be change in life don't you find?

But with change always comes clarity once you accept the change is happening.

My Facebook page was taking a route down a road I was not happy with, and this week I have started to pull it back around. It was too fluffy and did not represent what I wanted it to be. Of course, I am glad people like the posts, but I am way more than just someone who wants to get hundreds of like for a motivational quote each day, I am about helping people in more tangible way.

I have finally accepted that speaking and talking is what I do best and my focus over the next three months will be to find opportunities to speak to group around my CARE system and personal development. This decision has directed the changes made to the website. It has stayed as simplistic as I can make it, but there are a lot more pages. And the design has gone back to black, I like this look a lot more, and it sets a tone for the content that is more me.

The hardest thing I did in the rebuild was to take the decision to delete all the podcasts I had done. They had listened to many times, but again I felt they were too fluffy and had to go. I also deleted some of the other podcasts I had been doing as they were becoming a distraction. Rather than have a separate podcast for each of the areas I like to talk about, they are now all going to be on one, and I have called it "The BOOT Camp"

Now finding places to talk, groups to work with and people to collaborate on the podcast may not be an easy task, that said I am well up for it and part of my work recently has been to only have one of everything. There is one website, one podcast, one Twitter and Instagram account, one Facebook page and one focus, to get paid to help people improve their lives.

So the work begins today, and when everyone is slowing down for Christmas, I intend to push hard, so I am ahead of the game come the New Year.

We will see how it goes and I will inform you of my progress on the blog.



Don't fight change.

This morning as I sat down to write this week's blog, I was aware of how much has changed for me over the last three years.

On a physical level, I have lost a lot of weight, and I am now slimmer and fitter than I have ever been in my adult life.

My daily routine and business life are unrecognisbale from what it was, and even the office I sit writing this in is full on new and bit and pieces that have been required to produce all the digital media I need.

And on an emotional level, I am calmer and less stressed than I can remember for a long time.

All the change I have experienced worked out to be for the best and the fact is, change is always for the best. But even though I know that, I am still guilty of fighting change.

And I am sure I am not alone. How many of you reading this feel uncomfortable with change? How many of you have done everything to avoid change, only for it to happen anyway?

Change is the way of life, nothing stays the same forever, and that is how it should be, the old is replaced the new, and that is how progress happens.

I shared a quote on my facebook page today by, and I think its a great strategy for dealing with any change that is happening to us and it is:-

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

So the next time you feel yourself resisting change, remember this quote and focus on the future.



A year older and time to reflect.

This week saw me celebrate my 48th birthday and as is normal around this time every year I feel very reflective.

The 31st of October is not only my birthday it also happens to be Halloween and over the years the way this has been celebrated in the Uk has changed so much.

When I was a lad there were no pumpkins to carve, the best we could come up with was a hollowed out turnip. And hollowing out a turnip is no easy task. And we had no fancy outfits to wear, a sheet with eye holes cut out was it, everyone was a ghost.

But in the years since my youth Holloween has become a big deal and unrecognizable to the celebrations of the 80's.

This year as I sat on my birthday reflecting on my life, in general, it was how much change I have seen in my 48 years that came up.

Change is something all of have to experience and for most of us change is uncomfortable. But change is necessary, nothing can stay the same.

The biggest reason that people struggle with self-improvement is the level of change it takes and the fear of what that change will be like. My experience is that change is never as bad as we think it will be and we only learn that by embracing change and doing it.

My Facebook page is getting a lot more likes and that is because I have embraced and followed through with some change and now I am sitting with the page and just seeing how that unfolds. If in time that page requires me to change more to serve the audience there, I have to be ready to make that change, whatever it may be.

If you are going to work to live the best life you can you have to get used to change and also get used to always feeling a little bit out of your depth. But that's cool because if you can hold it and keep going you will make some huge steps forward. And your life just like my early Halloween will be recognizable in a few years time.



Keep raising the bar.

At the start of the week, I was spending some time reviewing how my Facebook page has done over the last 30 days. I have to say the level of likes and interaction on the posts has somewhat blown me away.

And where I would have been happy as the start of September with a dozen likes on a post and a couple of hundred people liking the site, those expectations have risen.

When we set off on a project or challenge, it is really important we don't overwhelm ourselves by looking to go too far too fast. This is advice I give to people I work with and also I follow myself, hence I set the bar low as far as the page was concerned to start with.

But once we start to see some progress we have to keep it going and keep raising the bar.

Once we have the momentum we should move forward and see just how far that can take up. It's taking little steps each day and doing that consistently that gets us furthest. And a goal should be an indication of where you want to be a sore point in the future, it may well be that where you end up is way beyond that.



Don't look back, you're not going that way

This could be classed as lazy blogging but I wrote a post on my FB page that I liked and thought was important. So for anyone reading this blog that does not follow my page I thought I would share it here....

I often tell people that the quickest route to unhappiness is comparing ourselves to others. But a close second is living in the past.

I used to do this a lot.

Looking back at past times I enjoyed and wishing it could "be like that again", or looking at past mistakes and reliving them in my head with the hope somehow I could make the wrongs, right. Well, it won't and I can't. None of us can go back.

At some level, we all know this, yet still, we do it.

But, and this is a BIG but, we can learn from the past.

The stuff that made the good times good can be repeated, the mistakes we made can be avoided.

Our past does not determine our future, but it can inform it.

We all wake up each day with the chance to turn things around, take those first steps to doing and being what we have always wanted to do and be.

Don't let thoughts of, it's too late, I am too old, I am not good enough and 100's of other reasons we can come up with not to be who we truly want to be, stop you from trying.

So I write this post today for the person who is ready to go for it, make that change, do that thing. Yes you may be scared, yes you may have self-doubt, but take the first few steps in faith and the confidence will grow. And once you take those steps just keep looking ahead and don't turn back, your best is in front of you, go for it.



Support, getting and giving it.

We all need some help and support sometimes. I believe this that's why it is on the home page of my website. Why do I believe this? Because it is help and support from others that had made the difference in my life when I was struggling.

Sometimes the difference of success or failure in things we take on can be a little bit of support. But to get it you have to as for it, and for some people asking is just too hard, why? It's your ego!

When people tell me, they have "no ego" or even better "I have removed my ego" I always have a little chuckle inside. We all have ego's we need one, and they keep us alive.

If you find yourself struggling right now with some aspect of your life the only thing stopping you from getting the help is your ego. So tell the ego to do one and reach out for some support.

The flip side to getting support is giving support. We can all have a massive impact on others if we are willing to offer support when it's needed. A simple act of kindness can have an enormous effect on another person and helping someone when they need it not only help them, but it will give you a deep sense of satisfaction so its a win/win.

Understanding the importance of support, both giving and receiving will change your outlook on many things and once you get used to asking for it and giving it, you will have a much happier life and will surprise yourself how far you can go.

Imagine a world where we were all comfortable with asking for and giving support, what a wonderful world that would be.



Get flexible.

When we start new things it vital that we are constantly appraising the situation and making adjustments.

It's good to have a plan but you need to be flexible with it.

Having the correct mindset around changing things quickly when required or seeing any opportunities that may arise along the way can help us move forward faster.

One BIG reason people struggle and stutter with change is that they become so focused on having to do it the way they planned that they leave no room for flexibility.

So what is the correct mindset?

Well, firstly recognise a plan is just a plan, it can be based on many assumptions and those assumptions could be wrong. Once you start to put your plan into action some new facts may appear and if you understand that and are ok with it, you will do better.

Secondly, just because it's not all plain sailing does not mean you have got it wrong, in fact, to go further and say if it was all plain sailing I would say you have probably got it wrong. Dealing with self-doubt is part of the journey, we all get it, accept that and push on through it.

Change is a challenge, at times it can feel beautiful and flowing, at other times it can have us on our knees ready to quit but if we have faith and keep going and deploy some flexibility when required, we will get to where we want to be.

Only a short blog this week, but an important content that we all need to understand if we are wanting to change some stuff in our lives in a positive way.



Being Yourself.

I posted a quote on my Facebook page this week, the quote was:-

"Be yourself, everyone else is taken"

It was a quote that had an impact on me some years back and one I like to remind myself of every now and again.

So this week when it saw it again I felt it would be good to share with the people following my Facebook Page. What I was not prepared for was the number of people it would have resonated with and who would like the post.

I am at the early stages with the page and for me, 6 or 7 likes is a decent performance for anything I put on there. But this quote has had over 40 likes as I write this and that blew me away.

It's clear that being ourselves or the challenge we face in actually being ourselves is something a lot of us find hard.

As anyone who is familiar with my CARE system will know, CLARITY is so important, knowing what we want is essential to any change process or self-improvement. But CLARITY around who we are and our authentic self if even more fundamental that CLARITY around what we want.

Once we are coming from a place of authentic self, being who we really are, we make better and more meaningful decisions in everything else.

So if you are reading this and you have trouble showing the REAL version of who you are, a couple of things.

1. You are not alone, we all have challenges around this.

2. It takes courage and faith to step out and be YOU.

But once you take the first step in faith, the courage to be yourself will come, but you have to take that first step in faith and that's the scary bit.

So, I challenge you after reading this to take that first step. We are all uniquely different and even if you don't believe it, the real version and authentic version of you is more than good enough.

We all have one desire as humans and that is to be "Happy" and the way to be truly happy is to be yourself, so start today that journey into showing the world who you really are. I look forward to meeting the real you.



Keep moving forward!

This week has been a real week of ups and downs. I wanted to share this so anyone reading my stuff either here or on Facebook realise that even though I am somewhat trained in how to improve mindset, it's not always plain sailing for me.

I am 3 weeks into my Autumn project and on the whole, it has gone well. But where the first two weeks went smoothly, this week I had to dig deep.

Everything I tried just felt like hard work, and I think a lot of people can have days and weeks like that.

Now I could post a load of positive, smiley images on Instagram and Facebook and I could write this blog about positive stuff, but that would not be true. If I expect people to be authentic and real with me, I need to be authentic and real with them.

So what I want to say in this blog is that even though some days will come up when your get up and go has gone, just keep moving forward. Step by step, even if those steps are difficult, you are getting closer to your goal.

Writing my blog is in effect the last act of the working week for me, so to be doing this and posting it now feels like I have ticked all the boxes and despite it not feeling so great, the week has been efficient.

I have a weekend of chilling out planned with a walk in what looks like wet weather planned and I feel confident that I will step into next week ready to take it all on again.

So whatever you are up to next week, remember, it may be a smooth one, or it may be a challenging one, but if you have a plan, keep it simple and keep doing the work, you will still be doing well and be moving forward. And moving forward is what it is all about.



The Autumn Project.

All through the summer of 2018, I had been working towards starting some new things once we got into September.

I am a big fan of fresh starts, new projects and drawing a line in the sand and moving on and the 1st of September gave me the chance to do all of the above.

I had consciously taken some time away from developing my online work and promotion of "Taking CARE of Yourself" I needed to really leave it alone and get some clarity around the next stages in not just my business development but my own life and personal development. The time away was just perfect.

This year in the UK we had an amazing Summer and for the first time in 3 years, My partner Sue and myself decided to not have a Summer holiday as such and instead use the time between June and September to enjoy my home and spend more time outdoors in the UK. I enjoy hill walking and the weather along with the time away from real work gave me the opportunity to walk a lot more and walk in some places we have never visited before. I managed a couple of weekends away with my kids and we have created some great experiences that will live long in the memory.

But once I woke up on Saturday the 1st of September, I was ready to get going again. Autumn 2018 is all about building for the future and I was excited to get into what I am now calling the Autumn project. So I thought I would share in this post a basic outline of the project, it will help the readers see just how I deploy my CARE system in my own life.

I have 3 focus areas that cover off what I see as my main challenges:-

1. Improved fitness and muscle growth.

2. The growth of a community for people interested in personal development.

3. Creation of a seperate business that can become a passive income stream.

The thing you will see straight away is that it's not that complicated because there are only 3 focus areas. Also, the 3 focus areas I have some knowledge about so nothing on the list is too overwhelming and all are very practical as far as achievement is concerned.

The key to getting the results in the areas in more about consistency than capability as I recognised it is consistency that I need to develop as this will help me in the next 12 months.

I have also made this a short 3-month project as I think anything longer than that can give us the illusion we have loads of time an therefore easily become complacent and actually get little done.

So in each area, I have set a schedule for activity that is simple but challenging, but not too challenging. I have kept the steps so simple that really I have plenty of room for other stuff to come up and still be manageable. But my simple schedule is written down and that makes it easier to remember and follow.

If things go as I have planned by the time we enter Winter I will have a small effective community building that can support everyday people in improving their lives if they desire to do so. I will also have developed a set of practices around my diet and training that will give me a body that has more energy and ability to do my walking and working and I will have an income stream that allows me to continue to enjoy the lifestyle I have designed since 2016.

I would really encourage anyone reading this with some challenges to overcome or goals to chase to actually take some time to sit down and write a simple plan, and by simple it should fit easily on an A4 sheet of paper. That sheet of paper should be read each day to keep your focus and the actions you take should be small actions just above your comfort zone.

By doing this in time and with some patience you will be surprised how far you can go.

I am 2 weeks into the Autumn Project and so far I am pleased with the progress if I can keep this up for another week or so I will have confidence in the process and my consistency will be holding.



Don't let fear hold you back.

Of all the things that have held me back over the years, I would list fear as the greatest one. The fear of what "may" happen as stopped me taking opportunities and chances that lay before me.
And the more time I study people and work with clients, I see this fear of change coming up over and over again.
In the last 12 months, I have had moments when fear of doing something had me immobilized and in the end, the opportunity passed.
I feel fear around change at times, we all do and so you are reading this and not changing some things or doing some things in life because of it, you are not alone.
But this is the thing, all the things I feared never materialised. All the times I was kept awake at night before meetings or events because I had some fear about going was wasted because once I got in the room or to the meeting it went well. In fact more than went well, I genuinely enjoyed them.
Most of our fear is based on what we 'Think" it might be like.
What I now strive to do is when I feel fear come up I change my thinking, I look not at what I fear could go wrong, but more on what could go really well. This way of thinking is a game changer.
Even the most successful people feel fear, it's a natural human response. The people that seem to do better in life are the ones who feel the fear but do it anyway. And to step into the fear takes a bit of faith. Faith that a lot of the fear is imagined and faith in yourself that you will be able to do that thing you have the fear around.
So if you are reading this and right now have something you are putting off because of it I would encourage you to have faith and go for it. It's never as bad as you imagine and on the other side of fear is growth.


Ready to Rumble.

The last week has been pretty much taken up learning as much as I could learn about podcasting. I feel the podcasting craze is real and just like YouTube and Facebook before it, we will see an increase in the number of people podcasting and as the applications to listen to them get easier, more people will be listening.
Time is our greatest asset and where video and reading are popular, we can't do those things when engaged in other pursuits such as working out or driving. But podcasts can be listened to really anywhere and anytime with the addition of a pair of headphones. 
I made my podcast like at the start of the week and I set myself a target of having 10 episodes up before I went away later today. I currently stand at 9 and once this blog is posted I will be recording episode 10 and then my goal is complete.
Seven days ago I had a very basic setup for the podcasting but in typical Gareth style, I had to get some more tech this week to complete my studio. I know I am a big kid but I still get excited about new "Boys Toys" and do believe we should always use the best equipment available to us.
So now I have enough tech and equipment to make a small radio station envious and all I need to do now is produce content. 
I return home from a short break on Monday and that will mark the start of my real journey into growing my "Taking CARE of Yourself" brand. Lots to do and all of it exciting so I am officially ready to rumble...Let's do this.


Time to share the CARE

On the 20th of July 2018, I celebrated 4 years since I stopped drinking.
Although I always judge my sobriety on quality, not quantity I still like to take the 20th of Julys since 2014 as a day to reflect. I look back at the previous twelve months and what has changed in my life and how I have changed in key areas. This year was no exception.
Durning this years time of reflection I was aware of how my knowledge of online platforms has improved. I have become quite a dab hand at building websites, creating videos and producing content. But something was missing and that was producing content about my CARE system.
In truth, I have been taking it easy and concentrating more on the methods to create content that actually creating the content itself. 
So my focus for this next 12 months is to use my website, facebook, social media and now a brand new podcast to share my CARE system with the world.
I will blog occasionally and as and when it feels right because I want to concentrate on blogging as my primary method of delivering my message.
So I suppose this blog marks the start of a new and exciting journey and one that I am well up for.

Take Care