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I started this blog as I entered my 40th year, and now firmly in my 40s, I continue to learn so much about life. I'm learning that life rarely goes according to plan and that there's something new to learn every single day, be it a subtle nudge or a smack in the face.... This is my blog about muddling through my 40s-working hard, writing a book, being an ammateur photographer, trying to exercise and eat well, endeavouring to be the world's best aunt, as well as having fun and laughing out loud every single day.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Obstacles

I often talk to my clients about obstacles.  The barriers that get in the way of living a fulfilling life.  All of us have them.  Even the Dalai Lama.  Although he seems to manage his so much better than the rest of us.

When we pull out the magnifying glass in session, the types of barriers that often appear, include:

·         Fear

·         Unhelpful thoughts

·         Worries – especially ‘what ifs?’

·         Low self confidence and self esteem

·         Lack of acceptance of the things outside of our control

·         Lack of motivation

·         Health issues – mainly weight

The types of lifestyle choices that appear to be most impeded upon include:

·         Having a functioning social life

·         Quality relationships

·         Fitness

·         Fun

·         Pleasure

·         Adventure

·         Acceptance

·         Inner peace

Most people look at me strangely when I tell them we have a choice.  We sometimes choose to soothe the obstacles through avoidance and denial.  Such choices lead us away from our desired lifestyle.

If we choose to take our obstacles along for the ride though, making choices that take us in the direction of our improved quality of life, we would usually find the discomfort would only be temporary.

And then we would all live happily ever after.


  1. So, true. Everything is a choice in this life. Consequences, however, are NOT a choice :)

    1. So true Judy. If only everything was predictable AND within our control ...... Actually, I'm not sure I'd like that!

  2. Wonderful post as always, Jodie! And as Ol' Slim sang: "'Cause if I wanted to get where I was go-oin'
    I knew I'd just have to walk that country mile"


  3. Oh! And I've posted my Liebster Awards page. Thanks again!

  4. Hi Jodie,

    I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! Congratulations, I really enjoyed your writing. More about it here: Liebster. You don't have to accept it (there's some "work" to do!), but please let me know either way so I can keep your link in my post.

    Bradley Charbonneau's Pass the Sour Cream A-Z Challenge.

    1. Oh Bradley, that is so sweet of you, thank you! You know, it's my third nomination this challenge (See my L post) and I think I might be a bit written out, so I will pass this time - sorry! Thank you again and I'm so glad you found me because now I can follow your blog - it looks amazing!!! Jodie


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