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5 Signs Your Limiting Beliefs Are Controlling You

5 SIGNS YOUR LIMITING BELIEFS ARE CONTROLLING YOU

“If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?” ~ W. Somerset Maugham

Limiting beliefs are like the reigns parents use to control unruly toddlers.

In the same way those little people try desperately to wriggle free from those reigns, I too long to break free from the reigns of my limiting beliefs.

Over the past few months, I have been feeling extremely frustrated with myself. In 2009 I took voluntary redundancy, and despite it being bang smack in the middle of the global recession, I was feeling positive and full of optimism. I had a big vision for my life and lots of goals I wanted to achieve. I was finally free of the corporate environment and I was ready to take charge of my life!

Fast forward almost six years and the vision for my life hasn’t changed much, however the timeline I had in mind has been totally blown out of the water.

Limiting beliefs can be like poison ivy to a dream. Once they take hold they can spread like wildfire and overtake any drive and optimism you have for achieving your goals and realising your life aspirations.… Read more

28 Inspiring Quotes by Women to Encourage Self-Love

28 INSPIRING QUOTES BY WOMEN TO ENCOURAGE SELF-LOVE

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” – Shannon L. Alder

I love quotes and if I allowed myself to, I would easily spend hours on Pinterest and Instagram re-posting and sharing quotes. In fact I have several boards on Pinterest dedicated to quotes and my Instagram is a beautiful collage of the quotes that touch, move or inspire me in some way. 

No matter what mood I’m in, there is always a quote to match how I am feeling. Sometimes a quote cheers me up, other times a quote lets me know that I am not alone. A quote can also provide the motivation I need to keep going and overcome obstacles, give me faith when I am faced with life’s challenges and inspiration when I’m feeling lost or disillusioned.

As February is commonly regarded as the month of love, I thought it would be great to kick start it with a selection of inspiring quotes to encourage self-love.

Women often try to be all things to all people, and spend most of their time trying to … 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

5 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated in 2015

5 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated in 2015

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain

Motivation is like a superpower. When you have it, it’s seems all things are possible. You’re energised, focused and creative. No obstacle or challenge is too great. However, when that baby leaves the building, forget it! You’re back to a dull and frustrating existence.

With one month of the year left and thoughts turning towards the big “C”, yep Crimbo, it can be easy to launch into the new year with ambitious resolutions but absolutely no thought to what went well this year, what flopped and what you need to do differently to move even closer to living a career and life you love.

If you subscribe to my newsletters, you will know that at the end of September I was suffering from burn out and felt an overwhelming need to retreat. Ideally I would have taken a trip somewhere but as that was not practical at the time, I set up my own version of a retreat.

I still worked, but other than that I stayed home. I spent a lot of time alone reading, writing in my journal, watching films and generally just taking time out. I … Read more

Put Life Into Perspective and Appreciate Small Pleasures

perspective

“Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.” ~ Karolina Kurkova

Over the past week, I have been reminded of three things:

1. In life,  sh*t happens but that it’s not what happens to you but how you react to what happens to you that makes a difference

2. More often than not, situations we generally view as disastrous, are normally not that serious

3. No matter how bad you think your current circumstances are, there is always someone somewhere going through something worse

Too often in life we feel as though life is happening to us and that we have no control. Sometimes you plan, organise and play your role and things still do not work out and instead of looking at what to do differently next time, we enter victim mode or alternatively rage mode.

Put life into perspective

On Saturday, I had my event Eat, Pamper, Love. It was a hugely successful morning and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. On the surface, all was well and it was a job well done. Just a week before however, I did not imagine that everything would work out so well.

A week before the event … Read more