Christmas Eve. Three Insightful Years Later.

Today it’s three years since I first posted on this blog, and what an insightful three years it’s been.

At the time when I started writing this blog I didn’t have any ambition for what it might be. I didn’t know where I was going with it or where it might lead. All I knew, was that I’d been through some challenging life situations and that expressing them through writing somehow made me feel better. It was the start of releasing emotional expressions which had been bottled up for years because I didn’t have the knowledge of how to let these emotions out in a healthy way.

Three years on and I’ve learnt a lot.

I’m proud of the way I’ve addressed my trauma recovery, and I’m grateful to every single person who played their part to help me along the way. My aim three years back was to explore my inner world and see how I could grow from the situations I’d been presented with, even if it meant sinking down into an uncomfortable hole of darkness (which it often did). I knew deep down that all of it would be worth the journey and that by talking about it openly I’d help others along their struggles too.

As I write this, I’m back in Bali – one of the places I resonated to when I needed healing the most. This time, I’m back here on holiday enjoying the food, the sun and the massages. Before I left for Asia, a few things rolled into place and it was the moment that I looked back at the three years past and I realised none of this was in vein.

I was asked to run a workshop on how to overcome ‘negative’ emotions, I called it the ‘Unstuck Yourself‘ workshop. This workshop had such a positive response that I ran a second and a third and I’m now running a coaching program helping others learn the emotional intelligence toolkit to get themselves out of any emotional rut. My aim is to set up initiatives which help people identify, unpick and release pent up emotions and gain a full emotional intelligence toolkit along the way. Eventually I’m going to build a luxury spa and trauma recovery centre (out of natural and sustainable materials of course) where anyone can come to process their emotions and traumatic situations.

I know all this sounds quite grand, and I’ve only just started on this new journey, but if I’ve learnt anything over the past few years, it’s that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Knowing that is what’s going to make these Christmas wishes come true.

I want to create a world of greater wellbeing for ourselves and the planet that we live on. That’s why I’m starting an honest conversation about wellbeing; encompassing self care, emotional intelligence, body and mind awareness, personal development, and authenticity. If you want to learn more about these subjects then then head over to www.shereensoliman.com to find out more about the packages I offer.

Merry Christmas!

Shereen x

Photo by erin walker on Unsplash

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New Year Positivity

Dr Jenn and I are in Chiang Mai to celebrate New Year’s Eve. A third member to our team is my friend Kyrie, a fellow nomad who I met on a bus in Indonesia a couple of years back. We chose Chiang Mai because they welcome in the New Year by setting off lanterns and it’s a beautiful experience.

After exploring the city for most of the day and talking about a variety of crazy topics that you do when you’re travelling, we sat down for an evening beer and talked about what our New Years wishes should be (we figured that’s what the lantern is for, or should be at least). When reflecting on our previous conversations that day about how the World would end in parasites and death and was full of egos, bullshit and trauma we decided to do something that I do quite often if I have negative thoughts – flip it. My whole process is that if I catch myself being negative towards something, first ask myself “Why am I feeling like this?”, then I ask myself “What is the exact opposite of this situation/worry/thought?”. Then I make a conscious effort to think about that instead. So out of this conversation came the following New Years wishes:

Longevity. Integrity. Vitality

We wrote them down, rolled them up on the wire of each of our lanterns and set them off into the distance, watching as they slowly floated up into the atmosphere. As I looked around at the other people setting lanterns I wondered what other New Years wishes were being made and how they’d come to make them. Did anyone around us flip around negative thoughts like we had done earlier that day or did they dwell in them continuing to spread that negativity out to the World? I guess if I could wish for something for everyone this New Year it would be that instead of pushing that negativity out to the World, that we could stop, flip it and spread a little positivity instead.

On that note I challenge you right now to make it part of your day today. Happy 2016.

I want to create a world of greater wellbeing for ourselves and the planet that we live on. That’s why I’m starting an honest conversation about wellbeing; encompassing self care, emotional intelligence, body and mind awareness, personal development, and authenticity. If you want to learn more about these subjects then then head over to www.shereensoliman.com to find out more about the packages I offer.

Sending self care vibes,

Shereen x