Last week I attended a Thrive workshop.
The workshop formula is the brainchild of author Arianna Huffington (co-founder of Huffington Post) and based on her best-selling book of the same name. It was delivered to us by Arianna’s Thrive buddy and sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, at a Business Chicks event.
The key messages were not new to me – that success at the expense of your relationships and health is far from living a successful life and most certainly not thriving or winning at life.
But sometimes you just need to hear those key messages again, and again, don’t you?
By the end of the workshop, Agapi had has all committed to doing one thing every day for the next 32 days – one action that would make a big difference to our lives if we stuck to it because it would become a habit. (I’ve used this one thing idea to great success already this year)
We each have a #thrivebuddy (hello Caroline!) to check in with us each day and keep us accountable. I’m less than a week in but my Thrive “one thing” is already having a positive effect on me.
I’m not going to let you in on what my one thing is until mid-June because that one thing is going to be part of a 12-month personal challenge I’ve set for myself.
Why the challenge?
It’s my 49th birthday next Monday (there you go all those people who have Googled “nikki parkinson age” – and yes, there are a lot of you – my age reveal is my birthday gift to you!).
Not that it’s ever been a state secret. I’m happier and more confident now that I’ve ever been.
So, to keep things fresh and to take a thriving – not just a surviving – approach to life, I’ve come up with this personal challenge to shake things up a little during my 50th year on this planet.
You see, getting to this age is a privilege. EVERY day is a privilege.
Life is not about putting things off until some fictitious time in the future. Life is about doing stuff that makes you feel good. NOW.
My mum was 51 when she died in a tragic accident. My mother-in-law was 54 when she died following a battle with ovarian cancer. They were young women in their prime.
There are no guarantees in this game we called life but I do know this: I’d much rather be a player in the game than a spectator watching it pass me by from the sidelines.
To do ONE NEW THING every month for 12 months.
The first month’s thing will be revealed in a couple of weeks and then I’ll roll out the others over the course of the year.
I’ve got a working list but don’t really want to set it in stone because I want to be open to new stuff – and that’s where you come in.
I want you to hit me with some ideas and suggestions, of things you have tried or done or things you’d like me to experience first and write about it before you decide to give it a go too.
No idea is a bad one and (ideally), I’d like to mix up the types of activities and things I’m committing to. I’ve got some physical activities on the list, some cultural, some curious and some just plain fun.
The “things” don’t have to cost anything (and my first one doesn’t!) but it’s ok if they do.
As, I said. OPEN to everything.
I also feel that by sharing the challenge with you each month (here on the blog and on Instagram with tag #12before50), you’ll help keep me accountable.
And should you feel the urge to join in with your own 12-month challenge to embrace and try new things, that would be wonderful. We can keep each other accountable.
A wise woman told me recently that the key to discovering and embracing new ideas was to start with your current daily routine and find ways to mix and shake it up.
Now excuse me while I pour myself and my routine into a giant cocktail shaker. Let the #12before50 challenge begin.
So, over to you. Please help me compile my list of 12 things. Share your ideas in the comments below. Do you want to join in too?