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It all began as a simple list of New Year Resolutions - what came next changed my life and I want to show you how easy it is to change yours.
back in the depths of winter I decided to cheer myself up by pre-booking a summer
holiday.It gave me something to look forward
to when the weather was grey, and my mood
was even darker.
I chomped my way through the mince pies and turkey leftovers, I believed that
the extra weight I was carrying would be a distant memory by the time my
holiday arrived.Fast forward seven
months and my stomach still wobbles when
I walk, my boobs get in the way when I bend over to tie my shoelaces and don’t get me started on bat
is a personal development tool that I should have used to motivate myself
toward that bikini fit body.A technique
that can show you what your hopes and
wishes will look like, and guide you to make the right choices to manifest
them.That technique is Vision Boarding.
I’ve written about vision boards before as they are one of my
favourite personal development tools.I
love the simplicity and the creativity.
ready myself for the summer, all I needed to do was create a healthy eating
board that would highlight all the
positive areas and keep me motivated toward my goal of a bikini fit beach body.As it happens, I got so caught up in publishing
my latest book that I let my own personal
development slide.On the plus side, my
latest book just happens to be; Vision
Boards for Beginners.
intend to enjoy my summer holiday, wobbly bits and all, but I am already
planning my vision board for September.The autumn brings with it a sense of new beginnings, as schools and
colleges return, and clubs and courses start up again.
board, dedicated to what I hope to achieve for the remainder of 2015, will keep
me on track with my desires and aid me in manifesting the things I want.They act as a visual reminder of what we want
to be, do and have in our lives.
you are interested in finding out how to create and integrate vision boards
into your life, then grab a copy of my latest ‘handbag mentor’.Vision
Boards for Beginners is the second in my Wellbeing Workshop Series of books
that help you dip your toe into self-help and personal development.
I would be interested to hear about your favourite self-help tools for staying motivated. Whether that's for weight loss, fitness, or personal/business reasons, share your tips with my readers.
Vision Boards for Beginners (Book 2 in the Wellbeing Workshop Series)
I am honoured to introduce my guest blogger, Gloria McBreen, who is a freelance article writer, blogger and teacher. You can find Gloria on her website or via Twitter @GloriaMcB
10 days in The
Valley of Chamonix with my family. A spacious two bedroom apartment overlooking
an array of snow capped peaks and a child friendly balcony with a breathtaking
view of the magnificent Mont Blanc – poetically described by Percy Shelley as
‘The Mountain that Holds the Spirit of Nature’. Wow!
family, hiking in the Alps is the most
desirable holiday. We’re not keen on spending our quality time lying on a
baking hot crowded beach. The hiking boots and a picnic in a backpack is what give
us pleasure. Our time for complete relaxation, absorb a mega boost of vitamin D
and an opportunity to rejuvenate the soul.
having my daughter, thirteen years ago, I haemorrhaged and had to have a blood
transfusion.It was during this time I
discovered I was in the A+ blood group.Over the years that followed, I began to understand how much my blood
type impacted on my life.
to the research of Dr. Peter J.D’Adamo, for his book Eat Right For Your Type, the ability to reverse stress and its
negative effects lies in our blood type.For me, this means that I react to the first ‘alarm’ stage of
stress.My adrenals become super-charged,
producing anxiety, irritability and hyperactivity.My immune
system gets weaker, and my nervous system becomes more sensitive.I then become unable to fight
infections.As a Type A I have a more
tightly wired system – in blunt, I bottle up all my anxiety!
it comes to self-help, there are a
plethora of treatments to choose.Acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, massage,
crystals, meditation, art therapy, homeopathic remedies - the list is endless.
of these therapies will cost you money,
and others can be donewith little or no cash.Meditating, for example, is free, and one of
the best gifts you can give yourself.Another activity that will cost you nothing but boost your wellbeing is
am fortunate to be a half-full personality type and together with my positive
attitude I also have a tendency to see the funny side of life.Think about Peter Kaye for a moment, he uses everyday activities and stresses to build up
his act, with hilarious results.Sarah
Millican uses her own weight issues to
reduce her audience into fits of giggles.Learning to laugh at yourself can help you to view life with less
negativity and emotion.
hobby, good book, or even a jigsaw can all soothe the soul when we are
searching for a little calm in the swell of our day.
has, for a long time, been one of the go-to interests for creating the balance
we crave.Just look at the rise in popularity
of the adult colouring books on the market.I subscribe to Art Therapy, a weekly magazine packed with images waiting
to be coloured in and displayed around the home.As an avid meditator,
this activity is perfect for me.I can
lose myself in the attention to detail and any disorder in my mind is replaced with a quietness that I can’t find
not just colouring-in that can give you this release.Take a look at the Stitch Links website, the
home of therapeutic knitting since 2005.They advocate the ‘use it or lose it’ strategy.A belief that our brain, as well as our
muscles, needs to learn something new to
stay active.When we learn a new skill
we increase connections within our brain and this in turn can help strengthen
our brain against such diseases as Alzheimer’s, depression or chronic pain.
an outgoing and fairly confident woman, I
have recently found myself hiding away and sulking – yes, sulking – over a
health issue that has taken me by surprise.I thought only kids had the sulky genes but apparently not.It appears that I can sulk with the best of
health problem can cause anxiety to arise.Even a common cold will make everything you do seem that much harder. When
your body begins to tell you to slow down, you need to listen – I didn’t.
have always taken on any task, challenge and goal with enthusiasm, but I’ve
also taken them on alone.It’s a trait
that gets me into trouble with my friends and family, as they are so eager to
help, and yet we all do it.Asking for
help can sometimes be harder than the actual challenge itself.Why is that?
in February I released my debut fiction book, you may think it strange to hear,
but I was slightly nervous about my friends and family grabbing a copy.As an author,
I should be over the moon at the sales, but the majority of my friends aren’t
my typical audience.You see, I write
young adult fantasy fiction.Supernatural stories about sixteen-year-old
protagonists who go on a demon hunt with a bunch of faeries and witches.As it happens, the feedback I’ve received has
been overwhelming.I may have converted
a few die-hard historical romance readers over to the dark side.
I receive reviews from my young readers,
they gush over the plot and tell me who their favourite character is.When I ask for feedback from my adult
friends, nine times out of ten I get, ‘Oh I wish I was creative, how magical to
be born with this talent.’