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Celebrating another year around the sun

I don't look, act or feel my age, well except my knees at times, but my birth certificate tells me I've been earth side 48 years.

Being playful, vibrant and energetic in my own unique way I often get asked how I’m so energetic when I live with and manage having chronic fatigue. I was diagnosed by my doctor about 15 years ago. It’s been a continuous ride as I work out what does and doesn’t work for me.

Each year, each week, each day I work out more of the things that support me and the things that are detrimental to me as my life, body, hormones change. There is no cure, no pill, no quick fix and the underlying causes and management is different for everyone. I have many contributing factors plus I years of work in industries and jobs that fed the roller coaster and I'd crash time and again.

Mindset, nutrition and gut health, managing anxiety, the right kind of exercise for my body, sleep, adventure and play and rest all have a significant role in my health and wellbeing. If any one of those is out of alignment I quickly notice.

While I can be busy at times I no longer try to do all the things. I no longer push. I actually have more by doing less. I stripped everything back to my non negotiables removing all the extra stuff I felt I ’should’ do or that others were telling me I 'should' do. I integrated rather than added more.

This approach has been life changing. I have more space, I rest and I stop a lot more than I ever have before and at the same time I do more of the things that matter and are important to me.

I now play with maintaining the best health and energy I’ve experienced in years. It’s a fun ride balancing my excitable nature and childlike desire to do all of the things and rest and maintain the best health I can recall.

My playfulness is a key ingredient to my health and energy levels. The more I tap into my playful energy and soul I find I am more present, have more energy, more fun, I'm more creative, experience more joy and most importantly I rest.

I’m playing and having more fun now in my 40s than I did in my 20s when I was so busy pushing to do all of the things.

📷 @deborahdebeurs

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