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A Life Changing Experience

2017 was the toughest year yet...I learnt to overcome a lot of things that I didn't ever think I'd have to at 26. It was all supported however by 2 seriously incredible women who were part of my Team Up experience that came to an end late October.

The Team Up website explains that the experience is designed to help you make positive changes in your relationships, health, and career and live a deeper, more meaningful life and I have to completely agree with this.

It's a modular program, taken in 'Triads' - groups of 3 participants and 1 facilitator over Skype. The other participants can be from all over the world and each week you work through one of the modules.

We worked with effective communication, how to develop a mindfulness practice, being an observer rather than a reactor, expansion vs contraction and so much more!

I can't even begin to describe how beneficial this experience was for me this past year. A tumultuous year to say the least, but I had a support system. Each triad has a private forum to work through the modules and to receive support with anything you're struggling with.

I think that we sometimes forget what true human connection actually is.

Life is hard. Life is beautiful. It is messy and it is raw. And sometimes it just sucks. But more often than not, we don’t share our authentic and real side with others. Maybe it’s fear, maybe it’s shyness. But maybe it’s just because, sometimes, we don’t know how. This experience encouraged vulnerability, authentic sharing, listening and connection.

A few things that it taught me:

Listen: We can often be so busy with life that we don't actually stop and listen to someone. Look them in the eye as they talk, don't be thinking about you're reply, just listen to every word, every noise that comes out of their mouth.

Don't Fear Vulnerability: I know it can be so scary, I really know. 3 years ago I would never have dreamed about opening up, but through this journey I've slowly started to show more and more of myself and I've realised there is such beauty in connecting with someone over shared openness. It can develop deeper connections and stronger bonds.

Practice Mindful Behaviour: Notice how you feel from moment to moment. Become aware of when you expand and when you contract. - This has been a real game changer.

If you want to know anything else about the experience then get in touch with me, or find their website https://teamup.co/

Build your own awareness and develop through it.

Sophie x