Thursday, 31 July 2014

Shining As An Introvert - Is It Possible?

Man walking on beach alone

It is easy as an introvert to want to stay in the shadows, in the safety of quiet alone time. Extroverts live for the limelight.  They thrive and are deeply energised by attention and feedback from the world. Social occasions being food for their souls.

Introverts, on the other hand, retreat into their own world, experiencing quiet reflection, nature, and choosing to enjoy smaller social experiences, with fewer people.

So, what happens when an introvert is wanting to share their passions and their creativity with the world? How do introverts promote themselves and be social?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

When Everyone Shines But You - By Kelly Martin

Author Kelly Martin When Everyone Shines But You
So today is the dawn of new era for me. The most fabulous beginning. Something in the making for a very long time, trickling away inside as I have been writing this blog since 2007. My first book is being officially launched today!

When Everyone Shines But You - Saying Goodbye To 'I'm Not Good Enough'

To say this is beyond exciting is too tame a sentence for me. I am being extra mindful to prevent myself leaping into the imaginary future, but I am relishing the moment of a new mode of self expression for me.

As those of you who have been following my blog since 2007, watching my videos on YouTube and keeping in touch on social networks, you will know how much I love to write, love to share and love to inspire people to be who they really are, to accept their human nature, and this book does exactly that.

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.


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