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The Journey Within

The Journey Within

This article is taken our newly released Issue 7 of our magazine. Issues 1 to 6 are also available through the App store and Google Play store. Please subscribe to the Great Health Guide magazine – (subscription FREE for limited time only).
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The Journey Within written by Rebecca Hovington

“The world as we have created it,
is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without
changing our thinking.” 

Albert Einstein

This is one of my favourite quotes and it’s only been in recent times that I have discovered the true depth of its meaning. Throughout my life I have had numerous adventures and journeys. 

In my teenage years I was unhappy and overweight and struggling to find my place in the world. I had a family who loved me but I still felt disconnected from my soul. I was a person who listened too much to the opinions of others, did things to fit in and deep down thought that people would like me if I wore the right clothes or had the perfect career. It couldn’t have been further from the truth.

I have always been an introvert – enjoyed the company of others and enjoyed the re-charge time to myself. I have achieved at school and in my career. Even having achieved all of this I struggled. I had a negative self-esteem, judging and constantly compared myself to others. Negative thoughts had become my habit. I am quiet, yet intelligent and had always perceived that being quiet was abnormal. I grew up thinking that there was something wrong with me. 

Fast forward to my early 20’s – I am excelling in my career and maintain a healthy weight but I still felt the need to indulge in negative thoughts, criticise, compare and be my own worst enemy. Going from one unhealthy relationship to the next, feeling needy and wanting to be in control of everything. My life on the outside looked perfect but the inside told a different story. 

The pinnacle of all this negativity came when I became involved in a relationship, which was the most destructive of all the ones I had been in. I could see the impact this relationship was having on my already damaged soul and I was at times scared. I decided the only thing was to pack up, leave my job and return to the love of my family. Simple…right? Except the damage had been done for years. 

Not long after leaving this relationship, I fell into a deep and chronic depression, suffering from anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). From here I spent 2 years in and out of a private psychiatric facility, I had 17 sessions of electric shock therapy, more medications than I can remember, a suicide attempt, admitted to psychiatric intensive care unit, doubled my weight, was unable to work and found out who my friends really were. This was the lowest I had ever been. At that time, my doctor told me I would never work again and never come off medication.

 My family always believed in me and had been fighting for my recovery. I decided I had a choice – I could either continue with this life OR I could take control back and create a life that was important to me. My soul whispered, ‘you can do this, your life is so much more than this.’ This was what I needed to start the recovery process. 

I started a massive journey of self-discovery. The journey began from the inside out; I had to reconnect to my soul. I had to stop the negativity, begin to believe in myself again and I had to believe that there was more to life than the way I was living. I had to become my own best friend. 

Every day I held a vision in my mind of who I wanted to become and even in the toughest of days, I’d hold onto this image and have faith that it would happen. I began to unpeel the layers that had been holding me back and create a life of my choosing. In doing so I have returned to full time work, am medication free, have not been in hospital for 8 years, have let go of all the emotions, beliefs and limitations that had contributed to my depressive state, lost 60kgs naturally and have married a loving man, who supports me and makes me a better person. 

If I could share one thing about this journey it is that life is short, you owe it to yourself to be the best version of yourself. In order to recreate my life, I had to take positive action and every day provided me with new challenges. Know that YOU can change your life for the better. I have come out the other side stronger, from the inside out. I remain grateful for this experience, without it I would not be who I am today and the world likes nothing more than you becomming who you were born to be. 

Author of this article:
Rebecca Hovington has practiced as a Dental Therapist for the majority of her career and has recently concluded a three-year contract with The Royal Flying Doctor Service. She has completed a Diploma of Coaching, is a Neuro-linguistic Programming and Matrix Therapies Practitioner and has established her own coaching practice. 
Rebecca loves helping women discover their unique inner awesomeness, to become their own BFF, to practice self-love and to trust in their own GPS. She will help you to create a life of balance and harmony, allowing you to enjoy every day of your life with no regrets. Connect with Rebecca through Facebook or email.  

This article is taken from our newly released Issue 7 of our magazine. Issues 1 to 6 are also available through the App store and Google Play store. Please subscribe to the Great Health Guide magazine – (subscription FREE for limited time only).
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