Empowered To Change!

Word For 2016

Happy new year everyone! I am so excited about 2016! The end of last year saw me frantically researching a new diet/fitness plan and working through my Shining Life + Biz workbooks by Leonie Dawson. Within these workbooks lay a challenge to find a word for the year. Now I’ve been put off this in the past. I found it limiting. But this time I decided to try it out. I found a great aid to finding my word at Susannah Conway’s site. As I worked through each challenge I actually narrowed down some words. This surprised me. However they were so far apart in meaning… or so they seemed. I thought how on earth will one word embody all these. The words I came up with were as follows;

  • Empowered
  • Alive
  • Luminous
  • Vibrant Health
  • Growth
  • Change
  • Create
  • Fresh

Which one word could possibly embody those? As I read through a list of words provided by Susannah, one very obscure word leapt out at me. That word was Shakti. I decided I had to look up it’s meaning.

What I saw next blew my mind!!!!

Here is the meaning of Shakti from Big Shakti;

Anything that has Shakti is alive, luminous and desirable.

Shakti is the essence of vibrant health, feeling good in your own skin and feeling that your life has meaning and value.

When you have Shakti you have the energy to engage with life in meaningful ways. Shakti empowers you to seek growth and change and to find purpose and fulfillment in everyday life. Shakti is the foundation for a conscious life.

When Shakti is directed inwards it empowers you to raise your consciousness, to experience yourself as part of something greater.

Ultimately, Shakti is the fuel that powers your spiritual growth and the awakening of consciousness.

So many of my words were embodied right here and more….it brought them alive! I knew this was the word for me. And I was excited about it!


This word frees me to explore all those words that have meaning for me. It is such a rich word. I cannot wait to create a collage for it!

Empowered To Change

Next, I wanted to started a new Instagram account for my health & fitness journey. It would included mind, body, and spirit. Shakti will have a big part in it. I asked in several places for a name but I literally had only a couple of suggestions. Then I realized “Empowered”, being one of the main words, would have to be included. Immediately “Empowered to Change” came to mind! And the best things was, It was available! I snapped it up and set up my new Instagram account @empoweredtochange

This will now become a feature here on my blog as I write about my progress. I really need this. I really need this change in my life. As I contemplate what it will take I realize I need to break it down into baby steps and write myself some permission slips for times I may fail. But somehow, blogging and especially something as interactive as Instagram, really helps to motivate me. It worked with my creative life, which has come on leaps and bounds. I’m sure it will not only work for my health/fitness journey but will be life changing!

This morning I prepared breakfast for day one. I love healthy foods so I’m not put off by anything in the plan. If anything I’m excited by it! I did realize that it’s going to be a learning curve, with both preparing and eating on time. There are about 5 meals. Then there’s the protein shakes which I’ve never had before! Good news is, I can make pancakes with it!

This morning consisted of Oatbran, half a cup of scrambled egg white, and half a banana. More good news is I’m allowed coffee!!!!


It’s a huge adjustment for me, forming all these new habits. But something within me said if I don’t do this now I never will. It will only become harder and more difficult as the years pass. I’ve watched so many around me lose their health as things caught up with them. They weren’t looking after themselves at all. They got burnout and more. That is not where I envisage myself in the years to come. I’d rather put in the hard work in looking after my body and this precious life I’ve been given. Living it in a healthy, wholehearted way.

So what are your goals, life changes, plans, etc for 2016? Have you made any? If you fancy joining me, head over to my IG account @empoweredtochange or drop me a line here. It will be awesome to motivate, inspire, and encourage one another!

This is our year to rise strong and grow!!!


4 thoughts on “Empowered To Change!

  1. Geraldine you are an amazingly inspiring woman … I have been so keen lately to start the new year with a purpose and with plans but over the past few days have got a little ‘lost’ … reading this has now inspired me again to get my backside in gear. Best of luck. I so look forward to following your journey xxx

  2. Geraldine this post really got me quite emotional the way in which you write and are honest you are an inspiration,shakti is such a powerful word and so appropriate never let anyone or thing dampen your Fire within,I must start a blog!This time last year I weighed nearly 2stone more,can I ask what plan are you following?I used to make oatmeal pancakes!I’ve started a 30 day yoga challenge although last time I did yoga I went with hubby’s ex wife (don’t ask) I lay slipping around while she did all the poses perfectly 😂! Here’s to this year let nothing stop you x

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