Hello, I’m Anne and I’m a freelance Learning and Development Specialist living in a little cottage in rural Leicestershire with my husband. I work from home designing training resources for fast paced, customer focused UK companies.
I love my work which gives me plenty of scope for creativity but outside of work I feel I’ve not been challenging myself. I have all these dreams about the books I want to write and products that I want to create but there’s never going to be a perfect time to get started. A desire to do things perfectly has been getting in the way. Instead I live vicariously, reading other people’s blogs and books, always one personal development book away from beginning.
In the past 10 years I’ve had some health challenges including being diagnosed with lupus and arthritis. I don’t like the lethargic, slightly self-pitying person I’ve become. I see now that I’ve been in a holding pattern of sorts, waiting to feel better before taking any action. Hard-core inertia has set in and I need to take massive action to break through it.
I started this blog in 2014 as an online journal of my everyday life. I haven’t deleted these old blog posts but from now on (July 2019) this blog is taking a new direction. I’ve changed the tagline of my blog to ’12 Months of Taking Massive Action’ because I want to give myself a solid 12 months of working on my creative endeavours. I want to create a more sustainable L&D business working with more value driven organisations and non-profits. I also want to explore any as yet undefined creative yearnings.
For the next 12 months this blog will be the place where I record the actions I’ve taken each week to become more creative. I will talk about what I’m learning and how I’ve dealt with procrastination and fear along with tackling more tedious tasks that sap my energy.
This blog will help me to become the protagonist of my own story, creating my life rather than reacting to what happens without a plan. I want to live more deliberately, to make progress each day but also to savour the present moment. I want to live my year by design.