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Feel happier, listen to your spirit

Last week I read a wonderfully inspiring book – Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting To The Top by Karren Brady.
I chose it on impulse, partly because I admire what Karren has achieved, and partly because I used to live in the same village as her and would get excited whenever I saw the local celebrity driving up the high street!

Anyway…

Strong woman is a biography about Karren’s life, and shares the masses of achievements and wins she has celebrated mostly due to her dedication to hard work and her determination to succeed.

What came across strongly as I read Karren’s book was her core belief – “If I don’t do this for myself, who will?”

And that makes her a wonderful ambassador for living your spirit!

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We all have dreams inside of us, but lots of us leave them burried as we tell ourselves we can’t. We allow our egos to make all kinds of excuses so that we don’t have to take the risk or face the fear, and this in turn leaves lots of us feeling lost, bored or unfulfilled – things I doubt Karren has ever felt.

Our spirits want us to live in love, even if that love means working towards a huge goal that frightens us, and that’s why our dreams never quite go away. We might push them aside, but our spirit knows it should be immersed in whatever brings us joy and therefore it nags at ego to address what’s not right, sometimes until it’s nothing more than a regretful voice and a wish that things had been different.

Our purpose in life, no matter how we choose to fulfil it as individuals, is to make the world a lighter, more loving place and we do that by making ourselves happy by following our bliss. A happy person is kinder, friendlier, more understanding and more generous. Happiness spills over and lifts more than just ourselves up. Following your bliss, whatever you have to do to achieve it, is not selfish, in fact it’s quite the opposite! Have you ever received genuine, excited support or cheer from a depressed person who is fed up with his lot?! I bet you have from the light and laughing person though!

We are not meant to accept an average life and are more than entitled to build a life that fits, but we quite often have to take a risk or two to achieve this or put more hours in than the average person does. And that’s where most people slip up. They stay small and restless because that pull they feel to set up in business, travel, relocate or shed two stone seems just too scary to plan, or requires too much effort when Corrie and a cuppa are more comforting than the gym.

What I’m trying to say is, if you want to be more in love with your life, be more like Karren and take advantage of the day. Don’t wait for perfect circumstances, and certainly don’t wait for somebody else to give you permission! Decide what your spirit is calling you to do, and work out how to make it happen because noone will do this for you. And yes, this will probably mean putting yourself out, doing the hard stuff, and knowing other people have it easier than you.

Want more happiness, more peace, more excitement, more laughter? Then stop listening to ego and start hearing what your spirit needs. Start doing more of what you desire, simply because that’s what you’re supposed to be doing. Maybe that’s taking up swimming twice a week or making new friends. Maybe you secretly crave going back to school or changing career, something which is going to take some major life changes and possibly crossing your fingers that it will all work out in the end. (It will.) Whatever it is, if it brings you more laughter, excitement, passion and connection with others, you need to be doing as much of it as possible, daily if you can.

What is your spirit calling you to do? Are you listening and taking action? Are you willing to listen but refusing to move? Are you convinced your circumstances are to blame for your lack of action? Cetain that you’re not able to be who you want to be because he/she stops me?

Let me know! I love hearing how you light yourself up and how you overcome your negative thinking! And let me know if you genuinely have challenges to beat too!

In the meantime, grab yourself a copy of Karren’s book whilst you’re taking action. It’s inspiring and encouraging and the perfect book for anyone needing that little extra push to just take a big breath and go for it 🙂



Love as always,

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How to boost your confidence and self love

logoA great question came through the facebook page this week which I thought would be nice to share here:

‘How the f**k do I love myself when I feel such a f*****g failure?’

It’s taken me a fair while to see how important loving yourself is but now I know, I feel it’s the most important teaching I can ever share.

Loving who you are means you feel confident standing up and showing the world the real you. You know you might get some rejection for this, but you also know that being so open allows others who share your vision the chance to find you because you become aligned with them. Being supported means you have the chance to grow and take risks, and the love others have for you brings a sense of acceptance and belonging, something we all crave.

But to get all that you have to feel happy with who you are and what you want and until you find this self acceptance, there’s a fair chance there will always be something missing from your life. You might spend a lifetime seeking happiness and living on the outside of the laughter because you don’t quite fit in despite having all the outward signs of success and a bit of a community around you.

Plenty of people suffer from not really liking who they are. We spend so long trying to please parents and teachers, fit in with louder, bossier friends, be the perfect worker bee for our boss and be the perfect romantic partner that it’s super easy to spend 30 years trying to be liked and changing our act for every different situation. Then we look around after a time and realise we don’t fit anywhere and don’t really know what we want anymore. It’s no wonder that life ends up sweeping us away until we’re detached from what was meant for us.

So what can you do today to work on finding *you* again so you can fall in love with the person you were born to be?

Well, as with everything else, gratitude will serve you! Get into the habit of checking in with yourself several times a day and giving thanks for everything you have achieved. Perhaps you have completed a task particularly well or perhaps you’ve calmed a situation with your children without resorting to shouting. Perhaps you’ve just read a book and need to appreciate how hard you’ve worked to become educated. We take all of these little wins each day for granted and then call ourselves useless! Honestly…. If you do nothing all day your body is still working flat out, so give thanks for how well it is working to house your soul! If you screw up you still tried! Give yourself praise for having a go! Tell yourself well done and accept a bit of encouragement!

Self gratitude and positive self talk takes a bit of getting used to and I know you’ll spend a while resisting or feeling silly as you talk to yourself, but by practising these skills often it will become more normal to appreciate yourself, look after yourself, and want the best for yourself. And once you’re in that positive state, your guidance can kick in and put you back on the right path.

If you are struggling to like yourself, this practise is a really good place to start, and now is when you should do your first check in. What do you love about yourself right now? The earning power you have which has allowed you to buy the screen you’re reading this post on? Your eyes for allowing you to see? Your health? Your skill at finding shelter and a place to live so you can scroll the Internet safely? You choose your excellence to celebrate!
If you can’t think of anything, celebrate your determination because you’re still seeking answers and the opportunity to feel better.

What amazing things have you done today that deserve a bit of recognition?

Get into the routine of standing in front of a mirror and appreciating yourself every time you spot your reflection because mastering self acceptance and love is THE biggest ticket you can give yourself to happiness, peace, and contentment. Without self love, no amount of attention from others or money in your pocket is going to drown that little voice that tells you you’re not good enough.

So celebrate you and do it often! You won’t see change overnight, but it will creep up on you if you allow it. As you become more comfortable in your skin, you’ll attract people who see the beauty in you and people who want to learn and grow with you. You’ll start to see where you belong, and you’ll find yourself brave enough to chase your passions and show up for your dreams because the confusion starts fading until it’s replaced with desire.

Self love can be a long journey, but it’s one that’s definitely worth taking.

Never look at yourself as a failure – you’re not of course, you’re simply lost and need a bit of a nudge in the right direction!

How much do you love you? Today is the day to get that loving feeling back and I challenge you to get started right this minute! You know what to do now – just practise getting appreciative!

I look forward to knowing how you get on!

Today could be the start of a beautiful relationship with self and if you’d like to explore this topic further, Mirror Work: 21 Days to Heal Your Life is a wonderful read. 🙂

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Mirror Work and learning to love YOU!

Love Begins With Me

A question for you!

When did you last look in the mirror and really give yourself the thumbs up? When did you last look in the mirror and look past your body and appearance in order to celebrate who you are spiritually? If you’re anything like me you might be in the habit of checking you’ve not got food between your teeth or pen on your nose before leaving the house, but otherwise I tend to barely glance at my reflection and when I do, I can generally find something to criticise.

Having studied a lot of Louise Hay’s teachings recently though, I’ve been trying to change this lack of care through mirror work. Mirror work, in short, gives you the chance to learn to look in the mirror and love what you see, not because of the beauty staring back at you but because you’re at peace with who you are, and how hard you’re working simply to get along and do your best. Mirror work is looking into the mirror and telling your reflection ‘I love you and I admire your drive, your ability to keep going, your determination to give back…’

Do you do this? Do you support yourself on a regular basis as you would your children or best friend? If not I really urge you to have a go at looking into the mirror and sincerely complimenting yourself. Honestly, it’s life changing work.

You might feel silly throwing compliments at your reflection initially, and you might even question who you are to be showering such adoration onto yourself! That’s OK though, it just means you’re all the more deserving of the love. Somewhere along the line we’re taught that loving ourselves is a form of vanity yet as far as I’m concerned, loving ourselves is where all the magic begins!

Head to the mirror today, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself you love you. How does it feel? If wonder surrounds you you’re probably well on the road to self love but if you feel at all uncomfortable and want to fight the feelings that come up, you need this work the most. You need to be practicing complimenting yourself and speaking to yourself kindly until it’s second nature to feel wonderful in your skin. Start small if you need to! Take away the love and tell yourself you quite *like* you until the comfort flows a little easier! Whatever you say to yourself, commit to saying it every time you catch a glimpse of the wonderful person you are.

Self acceptance is the one thing which will catapult you to whatever successes you desire. Whether that’s a business other people admire, a relationship with that special someone or simply feeling happy, it all starts with feeling good about who you are and believing others will value what you have to share.

If something you’d love is missing from your life, check in with how you feel about yourself. Do you love you? If not it’s time to work on that so others can love you too!

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Win Being in balance by Wayne Dyer

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Just a quick post this morning to share a little prize winning opportunity. Everyone subscribed to the YSS list this month will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Wayne Dyer’s Being in balance. 🙂

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This prize draw is open to everyone who is subscribed to the list (Link to the right of the page) on the closing date of March 20 2016, and the winner will be emailed after this date.

Hope you win!

PS, Due to Easter and the post office being closed, I may not mail the prize until after the holidays. Please be a patient winner!

More competitions at ThePrizeFinder – See more at: http://www.theprizefinder.com/content/book-being-balance-wayne-dyer#sthash.wwL1aune.dpuf

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A few thoughts on gratitude

logo A course in miracles has a great teaching:

I have given meaning to all that I see.


Isn’t that wonderful? It has certainly struck me as being freeing.

This lesson gives us permission to drop all stress and worry. If we have given meaning to things, then we have done this by referencing past events which are the only references we have. And we all know that due to forever changing energy, no moment will ever be repeated in the exact same way.

If moments are never going to be 100 per cent replicated then we cannot assume to know without doubt what our future will look or feel like and this just takes a weight away from me. There is no point trying to control anything, because whatever is in our future is determined by a series of new moments which need to unfold in their own unique way.

So what do we have instead? Well we have the present moment which we get to milk by observing ‘what is’ and which we are invited to enjoy by giving thanks for the best bits. We can only ever truly count on the present second because it’s all we actually have so rather than looking forward into a future not guaranteed in any way, take time to breathe and say thank you. Do it now. What are you thankful for right this second?

I’m thankful for…
1 A course in miracles
2 My tablet
3 My mug of tea
4 Relaxing TV soaps!
5 Social media connecting us all
6 A comfy sofa
7 My blanket
8 Electricity powering my light
9 The internet
10 Shelter.

Comment with your gratitude list!

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Grab your free mini crystal guide :)

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This month I would like to give something back to everyone who has supported the site, so I am offering a free mini crystal guide to all subscribers. Existing subscribers just need to give me a nudge for the link, otherwise do join us by clicking on the subscribe option to the left of this post. Once subscribed, the link will be available to you to view or download.

My crystal guide is a little information booklet detailing all my favourite crystals and their uses. If you’re new to crystal healing this is a perfect, simple guide to get you started.

We are a lovely little community focusing on spiritual laws and the magic of life! We would love to have you learn from us and with us 🙂

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A Morning Prayer

This can be found in Gabby Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles book. It’s a prayer from A Course in Miracles and I found it to be a very inspiring, uplifting, read to start my day.

How lovely is the morning! All the things of earth are fresh and newly born again.
The ravages that seemed to wear away
The newness in which yesterday began have been restored.
The world’s recovery Shines on every blade of grass and every leaf
That sings again of morning
And God’s voice calls to His Son to make another choice.

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Book Review – The Angel Whisperer by Kyle Gray

The Angel whisperer by Kyle Gray is a wonderfully inspiring book which as you read along leaves you feeling safe and with a sense of peace. Kyle Gray is a leading angel communicator, and earns his living trying to convince the world around him that angels not only exist, but want to help us in any way they can.

In his book, Kyle takes us through his early years before sharing with us what it’s like to earn a living as a messenger for the angels. We are treated to plenty of stories of how angels come through for him as he reads for others, and we’re given lots of insight into how angels pass their messages on and how they prove their existence. Kyle takes the time to explain how you too can contact your own angels, and from there how angels can help you live a more loving, abundant life. Reading all his tips was both inspiring and magical for me and I believe that this is a book everyone could benefit from reading. You don’t need any experience of meditating or talking to guides/spirit to tune into angel frequency using Kyle’s tips.

I loved how this book delivered both true accounts to inspire, and practical steps to let you in on the secrets of angel communication. As an angel believer myself, I was excited to read of their magical workings and how angels have touched the lives of others; I really don’t understand why everyone doesn’t chat to angels on a daily basis! As a mum, I am forever sending angels off to school to look after my boys!

The angel whisperer is a fantastic book for everyone to start the new year with. It’s a reminder of the magical world we live in, and the love the universe has to offer everyone who chooses to see the magic.

I adored this book and its exciting, uplifting message. 10/10 for both entertainment and education 🙂

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Book Review – The Right Questions by Debbie Ford

The right questions by Debbie Ford is a fantastic book to start the new year with! Anyone looking to change their lives in 2015 really should start with this very easy read which is very thought provoking and has the ability to set absolutely everyone onto the right path.

In The right questions, Debbie takes her readers through a series of questions designed to focus the mind on positive thought patterns as well as perhaps undo some of the damage past negative thinking has created. This book offers a new way of looking at the world and suggests we can all change our lives by being honest with ourselves and focusing less on blaming others and more on taking control of our own power.

The book is set out in short, easy to digest chapters, and shares case studies of how others have turned their lives around by changing their perspective. What I personally loved about this book is how absolutely anyone could put these lessons into practice and benefit; absolutely everyone has the power to be honest and open their mind to a different thought pattern if they choose to and Debbie shows you how easy it is to do just that. Questions such as ‘Does this choice empower me?’ are important for example, yet how often do we make life choices with very little thought?!

The right questions is both fun and inspiring but if you apply the lessons I am 100% confident you could turn your life around in 2015 using this little book alone making it a very valuable resource too. It’s a book which shows you how to get rid of negative thinking and replace it with uplifting, empowering thoughts within seconds.

I would go so far as to say if you only buy one self help book this year it should be this one! Debbie Ford definitely shows us readers how to retrain our thinking, the question is, will we put her advice into practice and reap the rewards…? 🙂

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