I woke up this morning! Grateful. I could see with my eyes, I could feel the ground with my feet, I could smell the air as I inhaled, I could feel my hands rubbing along my arms and I could taste the fresh eclectic mix of fruits that I made as my 'trigger' and 'spark' fruit juice. I was smiling with peace in my heart and joy over my face! I was reflecting over the last couple of days. Last week had to be one of the best weeks I have had since I can remember. The good news a
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-brain-fit-for-work-and-life-tickets-310743270487 Talk about a mix of emotions... Today - regarding my Brain Fit For Work and Life Summit - I am very near the finish line and proud of myself so far. Putting this event together has been a real mix of emotions and self appraisals along with it. The questions, battles, denials and self-sabotaging thoughts all ganged up on me...in my mind! The battles were enough to make me feel like a
I’ve been charting my journey regarding the Brain Health: Be Brain Fit For Work and Life Summit that I am pulling together. Not realising that the month of May has Mental Health Awareness week within it - as informed by my Coach!…I ended up being grateful for the unexpected change!! I am just glad that I eventually accepted the change of month that I was persuaded to consider - as I had been stuck on having it in April!! Why!!? April was the month that I experienced the br
My girls run to my room most mornings screaming about what they can see in the sky. Either it’s the sun rising or sun setting and the beauty of the hue!!! I’ve blogged about this before and I just have to do it again. The birds chirping away is such a peaceful and soothing way to wake up to! No man or technology can interfere or interrupt that! I have found my happy place! Since finding, enjoying and looking forward to experiencing being in my ‘happy place’ , I experie
12 years today my life changed forever!!! No joke!!! 1st of April 2010 (www.annabelaaron.com) ! Yep, the brain aneurysm episode happened on April fools day...of all 365 days of the year! Now that's one day and date that I will never forget. I am alive, well and LAUGHING!!!!! Who would have thought that I would have been able to use my life's experience in this way to, to serve, support and guide those that have experienced a brain injury and even those that have not expe
Taking control of my VisualisACTion! Recently I have been awe struck by the beauty and incredible-ness (an Annabel-ism :-)) of creation. I’m talking about the Moon, Stars and most particularly the Sun! When I look at the sun rise and the sun set it triggers an immediate smile, calm and a sense of inner peace within me! Inner peace that has resulted in more clarity and ideas even regarding my Virtual summit (13th and 14th May 2022)! What I love about looking at creation is
It is so easy to think that you are taking ACTion when you are planning! When you are thinking of the steps to take, thinking about how long it will take you, thinking of when that action should be completed, thinking whether to build in contingency, thinking about who should get involved, thinking about meetings, thinking about.....oh my goodness!!!!! I actually get the need for all of this, however I have now (and still working on it!) added actionable steps to make things
ACTION is a key word for me this year 2022. I’ve been reflecting a lot since the beginning of the year and feel like I have been thinking more than I’ve been taking ACTION over the years. Not that thinking is bad because it really is not - but I just feel strongly that taking ACTION…positive ACTion impacts our brain! So I am going to put this theory to the test! This year there are a number of things that I want to achieve…another virtual summit is top of my list. I’m going
Happy 2022 to you all. I hope you have had some time to reflect and ready yourself for this new year!
Wooow, first week of this new year has already passed us by! How was your break? I really hope that you took time out to reflect on 2021 - taking note of the good and the not so good moments! Either way seeking opportunities to learn and make improvements for this new year!! I am so excited! This new year 2022 will be different! I am adamant about that because I intend
December has been a great month so far! The Government have agreed to support people living with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or those that may be living with other neurological conditions that have the potential to cause or trigger an ABI. This Bill offers a collaborative cross-party approach that will strengthen and ensure that all those that have had or are impacted by an ABI have knowledge of and access to the facilities and services required to restore and equip peopl
This bill is a breath of fresh air. Its relatable, needed and beneficial to any and everyone that may have had or is experiencing a brain injury. Today is its 2nd reading in Parliament. What an acquired brain injury covers: This Bill is calling for a comprehensive strategy to be implemented in order to meet the needs of adults and children with an acquired brain injury. This strategy, to be published no later than April 2023, aims to improve the provision of services by lo
Someone recently tapped me on my shoulder this weekend and whispered in my ear...You Annabel Aaron have no right to remain less than who you are supposed to be! I said WHAT!? WHAT are you talking about? They then went on to emphasise that I was committing an offence as long as I am living less than who I am! Whaoooooh! Heavy right? That person was my subconscious self! That little voice that is part and parcel of who you are! That voice that often speaks the truth when y
I have been a fan of the movie 'Annie' since I can remember. I am so proud to share that with you - just like The Sound of Music....oh my...these are absolute classics. If you were to ask how many times I have watched both movies from beginning to end - I'm talking about the originals...ive watched them both easily over 50 times each. Either Christmas or maybe even Easter these were guaranteed movies to watch! My oldest daughter has been singing a lot of the songs in Annie
Life is a series of events, circumstances, situations and moments! Whether good or bad life happens! Friendships and relationships are tested, ones emotional state can be compromised, physically one can feel torn apart, tattered or even battered! How about when one feels that everything that can go wrong or can be forgotten happens! Refuse to give up! In fact think on it from another perspective!!! Choose to give up on taking the easy route of life...Choose to give up on e
I dropped my daughter off at nursery the other day and whilst driving back home I could hear myself saying - Annabel be conscious! I thought, what is that supposed to mean? When I thought about what the 'it' was referring to, 'it' was referring to my driving and my surroundings...I was on auto-pilot!...driving and not paying close attention or thinking about how to drive or even where I was going! As soon as I plugged into my present state, I could hear and feel myself brea
#IChoose to Change my story not from now! But from RIGHT NOW! Yes I’ve said it! #IChoose To Change My Story! I have consciously chosen to take full and complete responsibility for who I am now and who I intend on becoming! I don’t have time to wait for the perfect time and continue to wait or even blame challenges that are on a mission to hold me back or down! No! I have to give permission to do that...and if I had given permission I’m taking it all right back RIGHT NOW!
11 years ago, on 1st April 2010 I experienced a brain aneurysm. The fact that I am alive today is a miracle. For 10 years since my aneurysm I have been isolating myself from the world- Yes self imposed isolation based on the injuries and the emotional war that I was not prepared for or warned about. But on 1st April 2020, I woke up, faced myself in the mirror and said to myself " Today #Ichoose Life". I started a blog, and let it all out (from the perspective of a survivor).
The caption of this picture struck me. It captures the reason why I must continue to blog. I have 2 girls and they are watching their mother every single day, picking up on what I do (and what I do not do). One of the most beautiful things that my eldest daughter shared with me just this week - was that she reads my blogs! I thought WHAT! where, when and how do you get to read my blogs? I apparently leave it open on my laptop and as long as its open she would always read
I was driving my daughter to nursery this morning and I had music playing in the background - and then it stopped. My daughter then said "Mummy I want to Choose!", she wanted to choose the next song! The manner in which she asked struck me, she didn't ask in the form of a question, it came across more of her right and privilege. That struck me and forced me to announce a challenge that I would like you to journey on with me. It is called - The Audacity Challenge! Audaci
This weekend (23/01/21) has to be one of the best weekends I have had in a very long time...It was my birthday... yeahhhhh (20 something again) and I had a weekend of pampering, a makeover, a new wardrobe, a Zoom celebration AND the launch of my FIRST (of many FIRSTs) journal! I was blown away! My journal is real, my blogsite is real and my blog site has now been transformed into an E-Commerce site so I can sell my own products on my own website! What an achievement! What a m