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42 Things I Have Achieved During the Pandemic

To remind us that our life hasn’t been on pause, and be proud of ourselves. Here we go, join the challenge! Tag #lockdown42


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Peter Middleton

4 months ago | 2 min read
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Celebrating and acknowledging achievement is a big part of progress and change, and it’s often ignored.

Hi, I’m Peter, and I’m writing this four days after the second lockdown in England. The Covid-19 period has changed many things and has been a time of increased stress for all, yet the crisis has provided opportunity to deepen so many things.

Celebrating and acknowledging achievement is a big part of progress and change, and it’s often ignored.

After reading this article from Timeout London, and wanted to share with you the 42 things I have achieved since March 2020.

Why? To remind us that our life hasn’t been on pause, and be proud of ourselves. Here we go, join the challenge! Tag #lockdown42

Here are my top 42:

  1. Took time to process and feel a lot of my suppressed emotions

2. Committed myself to becoming a life coach

3. Committed to success on Medium

4. Connected to my unshakeable and grounded core energy

5. Picked myself up from failure; failed forward

6. Secured a gratitude practice

7. Started qigong

8. Expanded my Reiki master practice; joined the Reiki Association; involved myself in service for the community; started receiving clients for healing

9. Published 100 articles on Medium

10. Grown my audience on Medium

11. Moved city in search of new opportunities

12. Set boundaries with my family

13. Kept meaningful friendships alive

14. Fasted once a month for 6 months

15. Started working with my first life coach client

16. Became so connected to my breath through Wim Hof breathwork

17. Started wild swimming in the sea, and taking cold showers; became intimate with the cold and able to exist and thrive amongst it

18. Deepened my knowledge and wisdom around the elements, and how connected I am to nature.

19. Started Somatic Descent meditation practice

20. Learned how to ‘Inner Parent’

21. Took my first course in coaching

22. Took a course in meta meta awareness

23. Learned how to bring meta meta awareness into life, and coaching

24. Realised how important my life experience is, and how my voice is connected to everything I’ve been through

25. Wrote about my trauma so that I can process it, and others know they’re not alone

26. Started a podcast, hosted 19 episodes

27. Put time and effort into expanding the podcast

28. Joined a men’s group; engaged in that

29. Realised how much I can lead a group of people by courageous sharing

30. Realised how good I am at facilitating a group by holding space

31. Started embodiment training

32. Allowed myself to grieve and cry, a lot

33. Looked into grief in curiosity

34. Bought and read over 50 books about essential wisdom of the human experience

35. Gained an understanding of art, and the hero’s journey

36. Started a life coaching business called ‘Creative Essence Life Coaching’

37. Started visioning the programs that I will offer people to uncover their inner creative essence

38. Came to awareness of reality

39. Gave up porn and started a journey into healthy masturbation

40. Learned about ‘nice guy syndrome’ and what shame is

41. Dedicated myself to health and wellness; running, nutrition

42. Connected more deeply to my martial practice as a spiritual practice.

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Peter is a creative coach working to unblock people's authentic creative essence and expression. Using transformational life coaching, meditation and embodiment techniques. He is passionate about mental health, trauma informed practice, spirituality and how to create sustainable cultures that empower in equity.


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