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Tips and advice on getting and staying motivated

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

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

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Spring is well and truly here.

The blossom from the trees makes every day feel like you’re at a wedding and the clocks going forward (in the UK) means brighter evenings. Awesome huh!

April not only marks the start of a new month, but also the end of the first quarter of 2015 and the beginning of quarter two. It’s also my birthday month! Most definitely my favourite month of the year!

So what better time to start making changes?

I’m making some change in my life and I am aware of how challenging personal change can be. Therefore to kick start this new period in 2015, I’m sharing 30 quotes to keep you motivated throughout April.

Although they haven’t begun as yet in London, this month is typically associated with the infamous April Showers, so hopefully these quotes should prevent the weather putting a dampener on your spirits and keep you moving forward with any changes you are making.

1. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

2. “When in doubt, choose change.” – … Read more

Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year!

Goodbye Old Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” ~ Melody Beattie

First off let me wish you the happiest of New Years!

I hope you enjoyed your NYE celebrations and you are not feeling too fragile today.

Over the past few years I’ve had a very low key NYE night, spent with family watching the Jools Holland NYE special, listening to great artists perform; a calm, peaceful and loving start to the year.

Despite my simple celebrations to mark the start of the new year, I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past few weeks to prepare for this new chapter.

I have spent time reflecting on 2014 and planning for 2015 using a combination of the Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook and Find your Word email class by Susannah Conway and the Becoming Who You Are Advent Calendar email prompts.

I’ve also created my 2015 vision board (you can see a glimpse on Instagram – oh yeah did I mention that I’m … Read more

How Do You Want to Feel in 2015?

How do you want to feel in 2015

“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself …nothing is impossible!” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

As we approach the end of the year, and the build up of Christmas has passed, thoughts turn to the New Year and resolutions.

I’ve said several times on my blog at this time of year that I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions as I know how fickle and unrealistic they can often be.

Recently I attended a women’s circle run by a friend of mine at Alternatives and she asked us how we want to feel each day in 2015. My friend Mary, is also not a fan of resolutions and suggested it was much more effective to focus on how you want to feel every day.

Normally resolutions are focused on what you want to achieve or gain whereas this approach is much more about you and is much more within your control.

Mary’s words were “Every day is New Year’s Day.” and I thought how true. There is so much expectation and pressure at the start of the year often followed by disappointment and … Read more