How often do people ask you how things are going and your reply includes, "So incredibly busy"? The minute you say it, or in my case, I cringe and wish I could pull it back and rephrase it. Do you guys feel me?

Busy; quite possibly the most overused word in our society. And whilst there’s nothing specifically rude or offensive about it, I feel that when we say it there’s an implication to the person on the other side of the conversation that perhaps we are a little too busy to be truly focused on our time with them and even the time we’re making to switch off for ourselves.

We can look at this in two ways. First, we can change the word busy for another one. The minute we do, we change the way we look at things.

My new plan of action. When exchanging “How are you’s?” try saying, “Great, I’m highly engaged in some awesome projects,” and “Fantastic, I’m feeling really inspired and excited by what I’m doing at the moment,” instead of using the "B" word.

Second, we can check whether we are ‘busying’ ourselves just a little too much. I can honestly put my hand up to it at times. Because life excites me, I try to do too much with huge enthusiasm all at once and get overwhelmed. However, when I start to check in on just how much time I am making for me, this little voice inside reminds me, “Don’t forget to take time out too”. We can be busying ourselves by not allocating our time in the right way, not being clear and focused in the way we manage our hours, or not approaching things with positivity and working too hard in the meantime. There’s really only one person who can answer and change this and we know who that is. This kind of change can have a huge impact on your health, happiness and success.

Think about that always.

Deepak Chopra sums it up beautifully: “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future”.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 1st I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a new season, and for some reason this feels more like a new year than january 1st. I'm ready for it, and have butterflies in my stomach. This year is going to be magical.