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Happiness and a Positive Outlook on Life Go Hand in Hand

happiness and a positive outlook on life

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Smiling faces and upbeat conversations.

A world full of creativity and authentic people.

Everyone leaping out of bed each day and truly celebrating a new day.

People looking forward to the day ahead because they’re being a contribution, using their skills and talents in a way they enjoy whilst making a difference.

This is how I imagine the world if everyone loved life.

Can you imagine a life where everyone was happy and fulfilled?

There are two ways to view life

I know everything in life has a yin and a yang; two sides to everything and therefore two ways of looking at every situation.

I understand this, however I cannot help but wonder how much more enjoyable life would be if there were more positive people in the world. If more people were optimistic and focused on the brighter side of life.

If people were driven by their dreams rather than their fears.

There is no doubt that in life shit will always happen. We will lose people we love, we will fail at things we attempt, and sometimes we’ll just feel tired, … Read more

4 Tried and Tested Strategies for Managing Procrastination

4 strategies for managing procrastination

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” ~ Victor Kiam

Aubergines are supposed good for me. I’m not really a fan, but due to this detox diet I’m on, I’m very limited as to what I can eat.

I hop online real quick to get a couple of recipe ideas for dinner tonight.

An hour later, somehow I’m reading up on the benefits of oil pulling… and I still haven’t found any decent aubergine recipes.

I get up from the laptop to make a drink with the intention of returning to spend an hour or so writing. I return from the kitchen 30 minutes later after washing the dishes.

Procrastination and distraction. I’m not sure one exists without the other. 

Do I get distracted because I’m procrastinating or is procrastination a form of distraction?

I’m not entirely sure.

All I know is that they show up together and stop me from making progress in so many areas of my life. And they frustrate the hell out of me!

I think my challenge is that I have so much that I want to do, I try and do everything and my priorities go out of the window.

I’m also an ideas person. I … Read more

How to Be Happy and Heal the Past by Writing a Letter to Your Younger Self

how to be happy - letter to younger self

“The day the child realizes that all adult are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise” ~ Alden Nowlan

Fearful. Self-conscious. Insecure. Lost. Confused.

These are just some of the feelings that dominated my teenage years and followed me into adult life.

Closed. Suspicious. Apprehensive.

These were added as I became acquainted with adult life.

Responsible. Independent. Strong. Perfect. Selfless.

These were the traits I thought I had to possess to be successful and considered a “good” person.

It was my birthday on Thursday. I turned 35 and as I discussed in this post, I’d been in a bit of a funk about it during the months leading up to the big day.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life journey which made me ponder what I wish I knew or had been told years ago.

I decided to write a letter to my younger self, which I will share later in this post.

Benefits of Writing a Letter to Your Younger Self

Through writing my letter, I discovered many benefits that I had not expected.

  • It helped me to heal parts of my 
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31 Awesome Quotes by Women on Celebrating Life

31 Awesome Quotes by Women on Celebrating Life

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” - Drew Barrymore

As both my birthday, and May Day are this week, I thought the theme for May’s motivational quotes should be about celebrating life.

It’s not always easy to look on the brighter side of life, with all your daily demands, challenges and responsibilities so here are 31 quotes to remind you to celebrate each day, no matter what else is going on.

1. “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” – Joanne Harris

2. “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard

3. “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and … Read more

6 Effortless Ways to Regain Your Enthusiasm When You’re Dreading a Milestone Birthday

dreading a milestone birthday

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius

I thought I would have been settled down by now…

I should be settled down by now.

If I was more committed I might have been financially free by now.

If I was more organised I could have been location independent by now.

I probably should have moved house by now.

These are just a handful of thoughts that have been swirling through my mind over the past few weeks.

I turn 35 in ten days and over the last year or so I have become increasingly aware that 35 is a milestone number for many women, particularly women who have not yet had children.

Initially I was excited about my birthday, as I am every year. I planned to be away somewhere nice or at least do something significant to mark the day.

35 did feel like a milestone to me, but at first it was a positive one. Gradually however I started to feel crap about my upcoming birthday.

I started thinking about all the things I say year after year that I want to achieve, yet … Read more

5 Super-Effective Steps for Achieving Success on Your Terms

5 steps for success on your terms

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti

Every person you meet is striving for success in some, if not all, areas of their life.

We all want to be successful and most people want more success than they currently have.

What is Success?

Success means different things to different people, however many of us are governed by the image of success portrayed by society and the media.

The Cambridge dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for
  • something that achieves positive results

The Oxford dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
  • the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status

The Oxford dictionary definition of success aligns perfectly with society’s idea of success – “the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status” – so it’s no surprise that most of us spend much of our life working towards this.

Neither dictionary definition mentions anything about happiness or fulfillment, so why on earth would we associate success with either of these … Read more