Thursday, 22 September 2016

Taking Small Steps Towards Better Health #ThursdayThoughts

If you follow my blog, then you’ll be aware that I’ve struggled with my health over the past couple of years. I remain undiagnosed and, unfortunately, I still suffer from symptoms and pain.
It’s safe to say that I sulked – for a long time – and still have bouts of the blues over this issue, however, as September arrived, I was filled with an overwhelming desire to feel better – even if it was just a little bit.

As you all know, I do love a challenge and what better way to push myself than to sign up for the 90 Day Shape Shift Sustain plan (yes, 90 DAYS!!) developed by the hottie, Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach.

To say this training/nutrition regime is hard work would be an understatement. I’m two weeks into the plan, and although I’m still struggling with my energy levels, I’ve just managed to run for ten minutes on the treadmill. It sounds like nothing doesn’t it, but when I think that for the past two years I’ve struggled to walk for more than five minutes without having to rest then it’s a massive achievement.

I must have looked slightly demented at the gym as I was sweating like I'd run a marathon, and yet I couldn’t stop myself from grinning ear to ear.

As my legs were burning, my lungs protesting, and my hair frizzing up under the pressure, all I could think about was getting home and adding this achievement to my ‘Happiness Jar’.

I blogged about embracing a good day and being grateful last year; you can read that post HERE. I’m glad to say, I’ve continued adding everything I've enjoyed/achieved/embraced over the past eight months into my jar, and I can’t wait to open it on New Year’s Eve to remind myself what a fabulous year I’ve had.

It doesn’t matter how big or small our achievements are; they are worth recognising and remembering.

I’ve got 79 days left - wish me luck x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Believe to Achieve at the Wellbeing Festival, Birmingham #MondayBlogs

In 2015 the Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival arrived in Birmingham. For me, this was a huge bonus as I live a mere ten minutes away from the National Exhibition Centre, so there was no early morning train to London, or late evening return loaded down with shopping bags and good intentions. My favourite festival was on my doorstep!

This year, I’m more excited than usual but not for the reasons I mentioned above, no, this year I’m actually taking part in the Wellbeing Festival!

If you’ve never attended a Mind Body Spirit festival before, then you’re in for a treat. These exhibitions cater to all your personal development needs:

Wellbeing studio - where you can take part in taster sessions hosted by some of the UK’s best Yoga teachers.

Wellbeing Spa – the perfect place to relax and unwind with Birmingham’s top therapists.

Live Stage – A range of musical and artistic performances as well as live demonstrations.

Mantra Lounge – Join Anne Malone, for meditation sessions and sound experiences.

Exhibitors – A huge array of stalls, organisations, and therapists are signed up to tempt you with books, organic beauty products, handmade jewellery, crystals, yoga supplies and readings.

As if that wasn’t enough to fill every personal development requirement you have, there is also the Workshop area.

The workshop programme has a marvellous mix of international workshop leaders and teachers. Each workshop offering new ideas on Inspired Living, NLP, Feng Shui, Science and Angels, Meditation, and much more.

For more information about the incredible line-up of workshops, and to purchase your tickets, pop along to the website.

Kicking off the entire programme of events is the ‘fabulous four’, bestselling afterlife author, Theresa Cheung, respected medium and spiritualist, Claire Broad, book blogger and Arbonne beauty and wellbeing expert, Kim Nash, and inspirational blog of the year winner, Shelley Wilson.

I’m so excited about standing up on stage and sharing my story with the attendees of this impressive exhibition. Our topic is ‘Finding Heaven’ and the four of us will be entertaining our audience with a little bit of Heaven on Earth followed by the Staircase to Heaven, and showing you how easy it is to achieve if you believe.

It’s going to be a fabulous event, full of inspiration, motivation, and laughter.

If you want to join, Theresa, Claire, Kim, and myself then you’ll find us onstage between 10.30am – 12.30pm on Friday 4th November 2016. Tickets are £17 per person and can be purchased HERE.

I sincerely hope you join us for this excellent workshop – see you there x

Theresa Cheung
Claire Broad
Kim Nash
Shelley Wilson

Monday, 5 September 2016

Make Time For What Matters - Now!

Everyone knows how much I love writing lists and goal setting, and it’s commonly known that I enjoy a good New Year resolution or two. The New Year is a great time to work on new beginnings and fresh starts. However, you don’t need to wait until January 1st to make relevant changes to your lifestyle, career, health, or wellbeing.

September, for me, is the perfect month to embrace those new adventures, start a new academic course either online or at night school, or begin a health regime that will keep you mentally and physically fit during the winter. It’s a month of crisp weather, the promise of home grown apples and blackberries, and let’s not forget the oodles of back to school stationery just waiting to be purchased.

For years I put off getting started, not just with my writing projects, but with my health, and wellbeing. I would grumble about my muffin top and back fat but then demolish a cream bun at the local coffee shop. I would tell myself that ‘this year’ was when I’d finally write that book. Year after year I did this until finally, something clicked – I was only letting myself down.

So, this is how I began writing my motivational blog and consequently publishing my bestseller How I Changed My Life in a Year.

Once I’d committed to my goals, and worked on a strategy to action them, I was on a roll. The new habits I formed during my year long challenge have remained with me, and this shows in my productivity. Since I began blogging back in 2013, and taking myself seriously as a writer, I’ve published five books; three non-fiction titles, and two YA fantasy fiction novels (the third book in my YA trilogy is due out in November).

Setting yourself goals, however small, to help you accomplish a task such as finishing a book, losing weight, recovering from illness, can be done at any time of year – don’t wait for the New Year, or Monday morning. Don’t hold back until the time is right – it will never be right.

If you want to read about the fifty-two challenges I took on and accomplished in twelve months then grab a copy of my book, HowI Changed My Life in a Year, only 99p for a limited time only (4th – 9th September 2016).

Happy September!

(Originally posted on my author blog)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How to Use One Month to Make Small Changes That Last.

If you’ve just experienced that horrific realisation that you go on holiday in a month and are having those ‘where is the svelte figure I promised myself’ thoughts then panic not.

There’s still time to turn your bad habits around and install a better mind-set so that you can enjoy your holiday and return with a clear focus for the remainder of the year.

Here’s how:

Days 1 – 6

Turn to your trusty journal and note everything down. Write down all the times you reach for the biscuit tin, or smuggle a Mars bar under your t-shirt so the kids don’t spot it. While you’re at it, jot down how you were feeling at the time (angry, upset, etc.) and the time of day. By doing this, it helps to give you an insight into your activities and the behaviour associated with each act/habit.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

What's Your Favourite Inspirational Quote? #wwwBlogs

If you scroll down any social media feed you will find an abundance of memes with a variety of quotes – some are inspirational, some humorous, and some are very thought provoking.

I share quite a few of these on my Resolution Challenge Facebook page. Not because it fits my personal needs – although, some days these affirmations have been spot on! – I share them in the hope that they’ll help someone else.

When I ran my holistic health business, my clients were always at the forefront of my mind. If I read an inspiring article, I would save it as I knew it might resonate with one of my ladies. When I heard about a new meditation class or spiritual workshop, I would forward the details to the people I knew would enjoy these events.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

How to Change Bad Habits

Why change the habit of a lifetime? I have no idea who said that, but it has certainly resonated with me over the years. Why indeed? Our poor brain categorises our actions as habits so that we don’t end up with mental fatigue. Having to make constant decisions depletes our energy and it’s, therefore, a welcome relief if there are habits in place to make that decision making easier.

But what if you really want to change a habit? Maybe it’s a bad habit that makes you feel guilty or sad, or perhaps you want to create a good habit and have it stick as a regular in your life. How on earth do you go about this?

I joined a gym yesterday. Don’t panic; I will NOT be clambering on any rowing machines or sprinting down a treadmill anytime soon. I joined so that I could utilise their swimming pool and abundance of yoga and Pilates classes (the added bonus of a coffee shop swung the deal!). I want to create a good, healthy habit in my daily life and meet like-minded people.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

#BookReview Moon Wisdom by Heather Roan Robbins #Astrology

#BookReview Moon Wisdom by Heather Roan Robbins

Author: Heather Roan Robbins
Category: Mind, Body, Spirit/Astrology

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


For the past couple of years, I have convinced myself that my emotions and overall mood has been linked to the moon cycle. After being diagnosed with severe depression last year I monitor my state of mind on a regular basis and try not to overwhelm myself with too many activities. I noticed that there were certain times of the month when I felt much lower than other times.

I decided to investigate this further and found Heather Roan Robbins’ book, Moon Wisdom, about transforming your life using the moon’s signs and cycles.

Heather explains how the moon sets the tone of the day and that it changes signs every two and a third days. By knowing where the moon is on any given day, you get a snapshot of the mood and general attitude for any particular day.