28.4.97 and an Appreciation of Aprils 

It’s so wonderful how the world works.  18 years today I was at the airport saying my goodbyes to my family and embarking on the unknown.   I flew via LA to visit Disneyland and then on to Paris where I camped out waiting in anticipation for a bus to arrive for a trip around Europe.

It was the beginning of 18 years of Aprils that have been awe inspiring, defining moments and  life changing!

So to honour how significant April is in my life it seemed like a good time to focus on me this year!   So I have joined my husband & LeapStars on my own 20 Week (20Weeks.co.nz) journey.

There are many things I want to do (that’s a different blogpost).   However, my first challenge wa to take some time our to work out my MIT most important daily task and my BAM my bare ass mimimum.

My MIT is to spend more 15mins or more a day on me.

And that starts with a reflection  on where I have come from… So here goes the very short abridged version of my Appreciation of 18 Aprils!

This weekend marked the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli.  17 years ago I was in Turkey on my own pilgrimage from Istanbul to Anzac Cove.

16 years ago I was travelling around Africa.

15 years ago I was starting on an amazing project  preparing Sydney for it’s millennium Olympics.

14 years ago I was living in Manly going through a divorce, studying at University of Sydney and on a team project managing the restructure of GIO insurance.

13 years ago I was travelling around NZ in an old $500 car experiencing what our country had to offer.

12 years ago I was on ACC for a dislocated shoulder from catching an out at third base while playing in our softball final.

11 years ago I was back home and had been discharged from hospital with a suspected heart attack or virus that turned out to be Rhuematoid Arthritis

10 years ago I was living in Wellington working as a Buisness analyst for an IT project for Ministry of Social Development.

9 years ago I was working back in Christchurch on crutches and a zimmerframe.

8 years ago I was on my honeymoon around Malaysia with Riwai

7 years ago I was depressed and struggling to cope with the enormity of my health conditions

6 years I was half way through my first ever 20 Week Challenge,  walking on sticks and learning to walk with Nordic poles for the SBS 10km walk

5 years ago I launched our first company Leap Fitness & Motivation Ltd and was halfway through my first ever 20 week Challenge as a trainer!

4 years ago my home town was coming to terms with losing it’s soul, and I was picking up the pieces of our business and the 20 week challenge allowed us to stay focused.

3 years ago I was driving all over the countryside in all weather supporting LeapStars and celebrating my 5th series of the 20 Week challenge as a trainer.

2 years ago we were starting series 10.  My health was failing me again, but I had just won the amazing honour of Christchurch Zonta Business Women of the Year.  It was the pick up we needed.

Last year we had just had a scope of works done by EQC and were beginning a battle that would take it’s toll on our health, relationship and nearly broke us.

This year we are popping out the end of the tunnel and the light is bright!  We have closed our EQC chapter, bought a new home, moved our businesses, opened our gorgeous studio.

2015… is the year Riwai and I dedicate to us.  To discovering who we are in our New City.   It will be a year of reflection, discovery and finding new from the university of our past.   I am nervous, excited and ready to expect the unexcepted..  After all 18 years ago today Walt Disney taught me

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.  We keep moving, forward, opening new doors and doing new things… And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”

I hope you enjoy your 2015 as much as we will! 🙂

Oh and my BAM is to drink 2.5 litres of fluid a day :).