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.