Over the past couple of months, I have been really struggling with life. Normally, I enjoy exercising but as I mentioned in my post about procrastination, it has been a real struggle to get through my daily workouts, even with the help of my personal trainer Alice who I see once a week. While I’ve continued to write about Anita’s Garden and develop In the Circle, I have felt despondent about whether either of these projects are really going anywhere. It’s winter and seasonal affective disorder affects a lot of people, including myself. I often feel depressed at this time of the year. It’s cold, grey and wet. Growth in the garden slows considerably and there isn’t much colour outside to cheer me up.
The other thing on my mind is finances. I’m still learning how – and whether it is indeed possible – to earn a living year round as a blogger and gardener. Gardening is seasonal. Revenue only flows in during spring and summer when my plant nursery is open and I sell seedlings to the public. I’m still looking for ways to extend this so I can support myself year round without recourse to state funds. As some of you may be aware from previous posts on my blog, I suffer from schizophrenia, which is regarded as a disability. I’m therefore entitled to be on the sickness benefit, or welfare. However, this doesn’t make me comfortable with receiving money from the state for doing nothing and I hate having to admit that I have a disability. I want to work and earn my own money, without being dependent on the state. I had to look for alternatives to law because the Law Society in New Zealand makes it very difficult to obtain a practising certificate if you have a mental illness.
Against this background, I have sought external help. One of our family friends, Christine Jull, recently became a life coach and has been helping me tremendously through her business KIS Coach Me in a relatively short space of time. Christine is very smart and, like me, has a corporate background. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies and an MBA, with over 25 years of experience in leadership, technology, audit and projects with organisations around the world. I know Christine because she used to work at the Inland Revenue Department, where she was my father’s boss. Christine is also a qualified Yoga teacher with an impressive 500 hours of experience. After going through a few health problems herself, Christine moved out of Auckland to the beautiful Matakana coast and started life coaching. So far, we have had two sessions over the phone. Christine has helped me in the following ways:
If you’re looking for a way forward to work through career, health and life issues, I highly recommend talking to Christine. She offers a free discovery call and can use this time to help you with goal setting, like she did with me. She works remotely via video calls and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are. For more information, you can reach Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org