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Tips and advice on personal growth development

Are you you discounting your gifts and talents?

are you discounting your gifts and talents-

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

OMG! Your hair looks so good. 

That was the start of my Monday morning this week.

No, I hadn’t perfected my twist out; I had noticed one of my colleagues rocking her hair in it’s natural state with mini twists.

I’ve worked with her for almost six years and the entire time she’s always worn weave or hair extensions.

When I started working with her, my hair was natural but  I always wore my hair straight. Two years years ago however, I stopped straightening my hair and began wearing it in its natural curly state.

As long as I’ve worked with her, my colleague has always commented on my hair and we’re always complementing each other on our outfit choice for the day.

She would always say that she’d love to “go natural” but that her African hair was “too hard and kinky”. I would always encourage her and say that was just what she had been conditioned to think.

Anyway, back to Monday morning.

I asked my colleague what inspired her choice … Read more

In Search of a Creative Orgasm

in search of creative orgasm

“The thing is most people are afraid to step out, to take a chance beyond their established identity.” – Demi Moore

Have you ever felt sexually frustrated?

You know, when you want need that hot, steamy and passionate connection with someone you fancy the pants off, but they’re not around to satisfy your needs?

Or worst yet, when you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s gone stale and it’s been a hot minute since you really experienced ecstasy?

Well, that’s how I’m currently feeling!

No, not about my bedroom activities, but about my creative desires.

I’m creatively frustrated.

And I have been for a very long time.

The fairy tale

In my case, I’ve been in a committed relationship with Society and the spark died a long time ago.

In fact, I’m not sure there was ever really a spark.

Society was my reliable and safe “Knight in Shining Armor”.

I grew up being told that Society was the perfect catch.

I spent my childhood being groomed for my relationship with Society so when it eventually happened, I knew what I was getting.

I knew what was expected of me in the relationship and I always knew where I stood.… Read more

30 Motivational Quotes by Women on Being Authentic

motivational quotes by women on being authentic

“I can be a better me than anyone can.” – Diana Ross

Over the past few months I’ve been participating in writing courses with Lisa Lister, GG Renee and Susannah Conway.

The focus of all the courses is to become a more authentic writer.

I’ve been aware for a long time that my writing does not accurately reflect my personality. My authentic voice has been stifled for a long time and I wanted a way to access it and sound more like me.

Finally I have begun to shed many of the layers that have been hiding my authentic voice and I’ve started experimenting with my writing.

I’m now writing on my personal blog, which I created in November but had only written 2 posts for.

Writing in my authentic voice makes me feel vulnerable and it’s scary. However, it’s something I have a deep urge to do.

I’ve been thinking about all the ways we limit ourselves and suppress who we truly are.

If you’re anything like me, you just want to be yourself, but struggle daily to meet the expectations and demands of the world around you.

So to kick-start June, I wanted to share … 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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Top 5 Places in London to Learn Something New (and Grow Personally, Professionally and Spiritually)

5 places in London to learn something new

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell

Don’t you just love a long bank holiday weekend! Especially when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

However, no matter how long weekend or how lovely weather, as it comes to an end, many people start to feel anxious at the thought of returning to work.

I know you don’t necessarily hate your job, you’re bored and want to do something different, you’re just not quite sure what. You know you want to do something you enjoy and ideally you’d like to do something meaningful and that makes a difference.

Life feels mundane and you’d like to inject some excitement, energy and adventure.

Attending talks and workshops can be a great way to develop new skills, gain new personal insights and meet new people – all of which can lead to new opportunities, in both your career and life. They can also be fun, enjoyable and a welcome change from your normal routine.

Here are 5 places in London that offer talks, classes and workshops that can help you … 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