A Coach's Reflections

January 30, 2016

I’m back

Filed under: Personal Reflections, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Janine Daniels - A Coach's Reflections @ 9:33 am

It’s been 2 years and 4 months since I wrote my last blog post*

I now live in a different city, on a different continent, in a different culture.

I work in a different organization. Boy is it different !! Like awesome different. I need to tell you all about it. My husband works at a different advertising agency. L-o-n-g story there … one day perhaps I’ll share his journey. And our boys go to a different school. Don’t even get me started on that story …

But I digress … back to my blog … It was my intention when I started writing to share stories, insights and experiences that inspired me.

By applying simple logic, can we assume I’ve been uninspired for almost 2 1/2 years. Am I such a miserable sod ? I don’t think so, in fact I’ve always thought of myself as positive. Not like in an artificially contrived ‘Facebook life’ kind of way (Thanks Lianne for the depth of understanding in that term) but like deep down in my soul.

I guess I’ve questioned that over the last few years. Yes, we’ve left a lot behind – and although there is so much ahead of us, I’ve been pretty pathetic at finding pure happiness in the now. Part of my PNI training involved studying the effect of emotions like guilt and regret (from the past) vs fear and anxiety (for the future) on our neurochemistry and physiology.

I know theoretically what affect not living in the now has on us. And guess what, I’ve fallen right into the trap of wishing … wishing things were different. Instead of finding joy in the now. It’s a sure fire way to be miserable.

So I went back to my iPhone. Gotta love technology. I write down random thoughts in ‘Notes’ (Yes, I know I’m weird). Here’s what I found. These notes are totally unedited. My last note as we were waiting to fly out of Singapore after living there for 3 ½ years, and my first note when we arrived in Sydney.


Ironically, we started a jar in January to celebrate 2016. Originally it was called the ‘achievement jar’. Then it morphed into a ‘gratitude jar’.

The Jar

It’s going to be very full on the 31 December 2016.








* can you tell I went to a Catholic school ?


  1. Janine, it is so wonderful to see your email again. Reading your entries of the past made me realize again the value of reflection on a journey – sometimes not such a positive one, however we always have something to add to the gratification jar. I hope the new beginning in Sydney will be positive and you will be in the NOW. I am looking forward to your emails, God Bless. Annatjie

    Comment by Annatjie Wessels — February 1, 2016 @ 1:53 am

    • Hi Annatjie

      Thank you for taking the time to share you own insights and for your wishes. When I started writing that post I had a completely different theme in mind, and it ended up writing itself. I know it’s because I’m ready. I’m touched that it resonated with you.

      Blessings, Janine

      Comment by Janine Daniels - A Coach's Reflections — February 1, 2016 @ 5:01 am

  2. Hi Janine, great to have you back. I think the biggest achievement that must go into the original achievement jar is the name change, to a gratitude jar. I’ve used “what comes first, gratefulness or happiness” to great effect lately. Looking forward to read more from you, hugs, Deon

    Comment by Deon — February 2, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

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