December 13, 2019
I don’t do party politics.
But I do, do politics.
Politics is everywhere around us, our whole lives have been forged out of someone else’s political choices and vision for a better world.
When I was a kid and was asked “what do you want to be when you grow up? I’d always answer “a teacher” but in fact, the real answer was I just didn’t want to be poor without a choice about my future.
I knew what it was to be poor and I wanted something better than the generations that had come before me, where women had very little choice, and men had to really graft for a living.
I was the first in my family to go off to university even though it got me into debt, even though I struggled being away from my friends and family, even though I stuck out like a sore thumb as one of the few working class folks on my course.
Politics have an effect on all of us…so when someone this morning on my Facebook page said “this isn’t the place for politics” I thought well where the fuck is?
I think so many of us are feeling shitty and lost this morning.
Leaders need to be leading us somewhere worth going.
Leaders of all types.
And I have a vision for the work that I do with women. It started with a vision for helping women feel less alone in the running world, and now it’s much broader and it’s about giving women more choice in their life and feeling better more generally.
I was made redundant 4 times in 10 years…a direct result of politics.
Between 2006 and 2008 I worked for an organisation called London Councils where I had to deal with politicians on a daily basis…including Boris Johnson who was mayor of London during some of that time.
I saw some absolutely ludicrous shit go down during my time working on London 2012.
I went through an 18 month period not too long ago where I seriously was considering using a food bank, because I couldn’t live on the benefits I was claiming and the small about of money I was making from this blog while trying to find my feet after redundancy and a relationship breakdown.
I thought there would be a safety net after paying taxes for many many years…and that safety net was not there.
I realised there was nobody coming to save me and I had to do it myself…and that started with taking full ownership over the choices I’ve made, forgiving myself and others for the past, and then getting super clear on the vision for my new and improved life.
We live in divisive times not only in the UK but globally…and we can not look to our politicians to make the right choices for us…what we can do however is take responsibility and make shit better for ourselves.
There has been a lot of talk about billionaires and taxes etc, the fight between the haves and the have nots.
I think its much simpler than that.
When you have enough (enough love, enough food, enough choice, enough resource) it is much easier to share with those who don’t have as much and do it with grace.
So my focus moving forward is what I can give.
Because my life is much better than it was 3 or 4 years ago.
Next year marks 10 years of Too Fat to Run. I have 60K or so followers on social media. 6000+ clients on my email list…and one fuck off vision for how to empower even more women in the next decade to take ownership of their lives and achieve great things.
So…chin up folks, let’s stick together and choose kindness.
And please please please, don’t give up dreaming for a better way.
From Tuesday 31st Dec to Sunday 5th January I am running my popular Dare to Dream Life Coaching Programme. Spend 5 days dreaming, scheming, plotting and planning for 2020.
I will be sharing the tools and techniques I have used to transform my own life, and 1000s of clients around the world to achieve their Big Fat Stupid Goals.
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P.S This programme has been in my schedule long before a general election was called and I promise you it won’t be political, it will instead be inclusive, non judgemental, inspiring and fun…some much needed relief hey?