Friday, 18 July 2014

Being Pollyanna - How To Be A Balanced Human

We may meet that occasional human being with that Pollyanna attitude, always positive; always looking on the bright side; always pouring light and love over any dark or dire situation; but Pollyanna is not whole. Pollyanna is missing half of who she is.

Unfortunately this is what some personal development paths are encouraging - being 'positive' pretty much all of the time. However, being human is not all one-sided, we are a mixture of both 'positive' and 'negative' characteristics.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Are You Chasing Self-Esteem?

Self Esteem Sticky Notes

For the longest time I believed that to have high self-esteem was a worthy goal to aim for. I didn't even realise I had this goal until recently.

Practising mindfulness led me into a less goal/future orientated approach to living and a more 'present moment' experience. Little did I know, lingering in the back of my mind, was the desire to not have low self-esteem and this automatically created the goal of 'high self-esteem'.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Jealousy - How To Use It As A Motivational Tool

Jealousy Quote

Jealousy, a feeling many people experience, is something that can cause a depressive mood, anger, rage and sometimes numbness.

I was a very jealous person, and I still have my moments. My jealousy was not so much in romantic relationships, but more an intense jealousy of people 'appearing' to do far better than me in life.

My list of jealousy moments included:

Friday, 27 June 2014

Review: The Gifts Of Imperfection - Brene Brown

The Gifts Of Imperfection Brene Brown
Title: The Gifts Of Imperfection

Let Go Of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

Author: Brene Brown

Published: 2010

Publisher: Hazelden

Pages: 137

Price:  £11.50 at time of posting ( Purchase HERE)
USA : $8.47 at time of posting (Purchase HERE)
Genre: Self Help/ Emotional Health

This book was on my reading bucket list.

Brene brings a different slant to the self-help arena and brings us home to our humanity, which I much prefer in self-help books. As a writer and research professor she likes to look into the human condition and why people do what they do. This book brings together her research in clear and concise chapters under the headings of Guideposts.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Top 10 Tips on Setting Boundaries

Cats and healthy boundaries

1. Start to see your 'No's as an affirmative 'Yes' to your life! Every time you allow someone to cross a personal boundary you are giving them permission to keep on doing 'whatever' they are doing and saying to yourself that you do not deserve better.

2. Remember you are not being mean to anyone by setting boundaries. When you don't set boundaries you are being mean to yourself instead. It is a great self-kindness to say: "No I do not accept 'this' anymore".

Friday, 20 June 2014

Boundaries and Soft Centres - The Wisdom Of Woodlouse

Woodlouse woodlice
Anyone who has spent a lot of time trying to please others in their lives will always come to a point where it no longer works and they have the choice of continuing to people please or saying 'no' so life can give us more affirmative reasons to say 'yes'.

Stopping people pleasing can be a slow gradual process, we say no in many areas of our lives and begin to be more our authentic selves. Yet some areas may still prove challenging to us.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Embracing Material Poverty While Awakening To Abundance

Awaken quote  Lao Tzu

There is that well known saying 'sometimes things need to get worse before they get better'. As some of you know I have been questioning reality since 1999, writing this blog since 2007 and coming back to what truly matters, being authentic, embracing 'what is' and being more deeply present in my world.

For the first time in what feels like a decade, I am feeling creatively rich, I am feeling inspired, I am feeling better about who I am than I have ever felt before. At the moment completing a project that is sacred to me and close to my heart, and yet materially speaking things 'appear' to temporarily be worse than ever before.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion for Sensitive Skin & Rosacea - REVIEW

Green People Sun Lotion Sensitive Rosacea SkinFinding sun lotion for my rosacea skin has been such a trial in the past. I have tried many different types, from natural sun lotions to more chemical rich lotions meant for sensitive skin, and most of them cause further flair ups and increase my sensitivity. Generally when I go into the sun, if I sunbathe, my skin goes red almost immediately. I get this sore burning feeling and people often comment 'Oh Kelly you are really sunburnt', when I may have been sitting there 5-10 minutes. So to find a sun lotion that works for rosacea and sensitive skin is amazing for me.


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