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Selection box of dreams

So much choice, so little time… Ellen Tout is overwhelmed with ideas for new projects and endeavours, but which ones are the right ones?

W hat do I want to do with my life? They say the most interesting people never have just one ‘thing’ they want to pursue, and that chimes with me. In the past couple of months, I’ve signed up for a novel-writing course, which I’ve not had time to complete; had ideas for new vegan products, which I don’t know how to launch; and dreamed of turning my love of yoga into a career. Oh, and I’ve scrolled through Instagram and decided that, actually, I want to buy an old van, turn it into a camper and escape to the Scottish Highlands.

I flit between plans not knowing whether I want to chase any of them. I feel like I should somehow be juggling them all – in addition to my job writing for Psychologies.

I talk to coach Carolyn McDonald, who trained with Barefoot Coaching. Can she help me work out what will really light me up? Or whether I should stick with what I’m doing? ‘Happiness is often defined as pleasure, meaning and engagement,’ she starts. ‘What gives you pleasure? What brings you meaning? And how do you actually activate and engage in those things?’ She asks how I would define happiness.

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