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Welcome to the late edition 2 of the fortnightly My Journey 2 Freedom newsletter, "The Freedom Files." 

It has been an interesting two weeks, filled with lots of fulfilling work and purposeful busyness. I have found myself feeling really grateful to be in the place I'm in right now in my Life.

And then on Monday morning, I hurt my back. What many of you don't know, is that I had spinal surgery 14 weeks ago. I was suffering with awful sciatica which turned out to be two degenerated discs, one of which had herniated into my spinal column and sciatic nerve. After five months of alternative, conservative treatment I acknowledged that I was feeling worse, not better, and so went to see an orthopaedic surgeon.

An evaluation, set of x-rays and an MRI later and it was confirmed that he could see the problem, that it was unlikely to go away very quickly on it's own and that his recommendation was surgery. 

A long story short is that I took a few days, consulted with other specialists and then made the decision to have the surgery. The result was waking up with no more sciatic pain! The trade-off was that I needed to take a month off to lay on my back to rest and heal.

So you can imagine my frustration and fear when on Monday I reached down for something and in doing so, heard a "pop" and felt my piriformis and glutes clamp up. I've been in pain ever since.

The purpose of my story

I believe in sharing purposefully, so bear with me- there is an intention behind my sharing.

The challenge I face right now is that my body is giving me the indication that it needs rest and some care so that whatever is going on inside of me, can heal. AND I have lots of awesome work to get done. Can you see my dilemma?

Where do my commitments lie?

Am I committed to walking my talk and living an authentic, self-loving Life which involves NOT being a superhero and acknowledging my need for rest?

Or am I committed to perpetuating the subconscious belief I have that has run me for most of my Life, the one that says that I need to push through the pain, suck it up and be superwoman?

The choice I am making

I am choosing to listen to my body and make room for rest and self-love. In making this choice I am going to let some people down. And that isn't something that I want to do, however if I want to be there to do the work I'm so passionate about for many years still to come, then making the choice to look after myself and letting some people down along the way is the right choice for me, and likely, for them too. 

The impact of our choices

Through honouring myself and being honest with others about how I feel, just like I am doing with you now, I give them (and you) the permission to do the same. 

And so, I apologise for sending this mail a day later than I committed to. I do not apologise for taking the time to look after myself and get the rest I need.

Relevant to this is a short video I created recently about my learnings around the unconscious motivators that drive our daily decisions. It feels really relevant to me now as I face making more choices in the weeks to come that show that I Love, Accept, Honour and Respect my body's need for rest and care.

Give it a watch and then get curious about where you can see that you're being driven by an unconscious motivation in opposition to your conscious desires? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
My Journey 2 Freedom Vlog
What drives the decisions you make every day?
As humans, 90% of our cognitive (and physical) functioning happens on an unconscious level. It’s automatic, it’s pre-programmed. We may think we’re making decisions based on the facts in front of us, but the reality is that a lot of the time we are not. Our unconscious programming is running the show, and it will continue to do so until we make the time to stop and question our motivations.

Today, make time to stop and check yourself. Get curious and ask yourself “What unconscious motivation is driving this decision?”
I've also included two articles below that I've read recently that resonated with me and inspired me. I hope you enjoy those too. 
Interesting articles I've read this week
Money and Stress
“For nearly everyone, money brings with it a great deal of stress....

But it is possible to remove the fear and confusion and get on top of the situation. Money stress is normal, and while you can’t avoid it entirely, there’s a lot you can do to manage and overcome it.”

Read more here...
People are taking placebos and they're working...
“It’s unclear what underlies the placebo effect. Some experts argue that the human body subconsciously responds physically and physiologically to the ritual of treatment, like Pavlov’s dogs, while others argue it’s the power of positive thinking.”

Read more here...
Lastly I've included an update about what's coming up at My Journey 2 Freedom and finish off with a quote that inspires me!
What's coming up at My Journey 2 Freedom?

I've still got 5 places available on the Money Mastery for Women Workshop Series. 

The purpose of this workshop is to empower women to take control of their money so they can shift from feeling overwhelmed by it, to on purpose and in control of it. 

If you're on the fence, then I'd like to invite you to sign up for the first workshop of the series only. It's R650, and if you use the discount code SPRINGCLEANMYMONEY you can get an extra 10% off. There are only 3 discount codes available. Book via the event on Quicket. Once you've completed that workshop you're free to decide whether you'd like to continue. 

Book your Ticket Now
Quote of the day

"Happy people let love lead in their lives. Although they have the same kind of fears, pains and disappointments as the rest of us, they simply have different habits that allow them to keep their hearts open in their daily lives." - Marci Shimoff
May you keep your heart open and let love lead you as you face your fears, pains and disappointments.

Yours in freedom, fulfillment and purpose,

Mary J Fourie RFP

Lifestyle Financial Planner, Coach & Facilitator

082 4555 919

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Please hit reply and let me know if you enjoyed this mailer. Feel free to send suggestions of what you'd like to read, watch or receive more of in the future!
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