Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog.

In truth I’ve written that a few times over my life. I’ve started and abandoned a number of blogs in my time. I’m probably not alone in that fact.

Will this time be different? I don’t know. All I know is that this time I have a project that I suspect will take me the rest of my life to complete, and writing about that project seems apt.

My name is Gareth and I am a psychologist by trade. I work in the area of mental health promotion.

I am unremarkable. I suspect that I occupy this position on the normal distribution on just about every trait or characteristic.

But back in 2017, after accumulating 40 unremarkable years on the planet, I underwent what on the surface was another unremarkable life transition. I changed jobs.

I went from a job where I was working on another person’s project to a job where I got some freedom to define my own project. This turned out to be a significant shift.

With that autonomy came a ‘switching on’ of some dormant desires, wishes and motivations. I felt like I ‘woke up’. I was no longer content to be the version of me that had been wandering aimlessly through life. I wanted to be a better version of me.

It wasn’t a spiritual epiphany or anything like that. Simply a realisation that there was potentially more to my life than I had been manifesting.

Since then, as part of my job, I have been on the surface exploring how people build wellbeing and productivity. I’ve been doing this under the name ‘Mental Fitness’ reflecting what I suspect are strong thematic connections between training the body and training the mind. Underneath this endeavour however, I am interested in how we build ourselves a rewarding and satisfying life.

On this blog I want to explore the question of how one builds a rewarding and satisfying life through the topic of Mental Fitness and self-improvement. I suspect it is a challenging question. I suspect I won’t ever have a definitive answer. I suspect I’ll cover some interesting territory in the process though.

I’ll be doing this in two ways. First, I’ll write blog posts like this one tackling little topics at a time. Second, I’ll be writing chapters of a book on Mental Fitness and Self-improvement, which you’ll be able to access via this page.

So if self-development and self-improvement are topics you are interested in, I hope my public journal of my thoughts on the topic are helpful.

You never know, I might even be able to push myself up to here.

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