Monday, 8 April 2013

The Active Prepared Life #1

A few weeks ago (25 March) a concept came to me about life and success. It became clear to me that the 2 key factors to achievement were 'Preparation' and an 'Active' approach. Really simple and basic but it has stuck in my mind.

Let me give you a few examples;


Relationships - Active action must be taken in order for it to succeed, being passive and not making an effort to sustain a relationship will cause it to weaken and end, some say love is enough, but love is a VERB and it takes an active rather then a passive approach.

e.g. Actively making the effort  to go to bed at the same time and switching everything off. I know this sounds basic, but many couples go to bed at separate times, someones on the computer another is watching TV and time flies. I think it can impact on intimacy, we make an active effort to ensure we are in bed at the same time no ifs, no buts.

Careers - That dream job/promotion will not just come to you, sitting down and just doing the day to day standard work. It will not bring you the satisfaction you want or even deserve, again active action is require, force and push will make that difference.

I left a job at one of the big 4 consultancies and an amazing salary, why? To go to another company for less but to do what I want to do, but with the knowledge that I will achieve more in all aspects then I could ever had staying where I was comfortable.


The preparation element is all about having a clue about how you are going to be active. Having a plan is essential and will stop you from being confused and going round in circles.

I am one of those people that has a notepad, diary constantly by my side. I probably have about 4 in constant rotation, which can get a bit confusing, but it works for me.

Anyway my plan is to live the active prepared life on a week to week, month to month year to year basis. I'll use a blog post to track how I progress with it, this is all part of the preparation element.

These are really personal to me and things that I've struggled with and may seem strange, but if I can master these small things it will breed in me the discipline to master my other giants. The plan is for these thing to become actively integrated in to my normal living I wont need a list/to prepare they just will be.

Week #1

Life/ General 
- I will tackle important tasks as soon as they come in
- I will not read/ absorb negative things about myself
- I will not procrastinate on the internet - only use only for education, completing tasks, work.
- I will daily read the word and meditate on it
- I will not spend any money on none essentials
- I will share some love with someone in need

Health Fitness
- I will only drink water this week
- I will start and continue the NHS couch to 5K challenge
- I will do 5 days at home workout circuit
- I will eat a Veggie/fish  diet this week - fish at lunch/ dinner


  1. Just completed my Honours degree and trying to find a I definitely need to adapt this concept into my life. Thanks for the great advice!

  2. "- I will not procrastinate on the internet - only use only for education, completing tasks, work." - get a extension called StayFocusd. It increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. You can chose the amount of maximum time you will spend on determined sites, or just chose for them to be block during weekdays for example.

    1. Thank you!! I really need this in my life

  3. I'm so glad you are now have a blog too! I love your life videos on YouTube and so enjoyed reading this post too. Having an active and prepared life is the way forward!! It's something I've tried to do ever since I graduated uni. Sometimes I slip up but posts like these are great to read to get me back on the right track!
    Saadiya x

  4. Hi Patricia,

    I really enjoyed reading this and wish you all the best in your goals. You are such an inspiring person and I am happy that you are blessing others with the gifts you have been given. Stay positive and keep being motivated by motivating others.

    Love your YT channel, this blog and ultimately your spirit. Don't allow yourself to feel pressured by expectations. Set your own standards, your own goals and keep looking fabulous achieving them. You'll always have our support and we'll always have your back.



  5. Hi Patricia! I'm really happy that u've finally started to write a blogq. You're such an influential person on youtube. I really love your personnality. I love your style as well. This type of post really inspires me to get to the active prepared life as well. I'll start setting goals for myself and do my best to reach them as well.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi, Patricia I'm a young lady came from France and I'm a believer I just wanna encourage you to continue and BELIEVE in your dream in your couple and your family. I think you are a very interesting person who share a lot of joy and love. Your advice are very useful and your last video on Getting my Mojo back was stunning!!!When I saw it "I was like YESSS PREACH!!!". I really recognize some pieces of my personality in you because me too I like to write on diary and plan ,organize my life and have some goals like u do!!I just want to tell u that I think the job you do help some people but don't forget also to take time to u and be bless abundantly you and your family!!

  7. Hi there! I'm really enjoying your blog, and I love the "Active, Prepared" concept. In the last five years, I've had a baby, gotten married, moved from America to Germany (without knowing German!) and gone from career woman to stay-at-home mom. These are changes I embraced, but there was a lot of difficulty! Now, as I get settled in to life in Europe, being active and prepared are CRUCIAL. Thanks for articulating this, and kudos for being so upbeat and inspiring!