Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Blog Has Moved.

Four and a half years ago I joined the blogging community by launching My Resolution Challenge (which I later re-named Motivate Me!) here on the Blogger platform. I shared regular content and loved every second of communicating my thoughts on a variety of personal development topics, disclosing information about the host of challenges I’ve taken part in, and getting to know you, my fabulous readers.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to move the Motivate Me brand over to WordPress. As I already use this platform for my author blog, I know how easy it is to navigate, and I’m already a member of the huge WP community of bloggers.

Rather than lift all the content from this established blog and move it over (which makes me feel slightly queasy to think about!), I’ve chosen to leave this blog in place so that all my old content is still accessible. I’ll be hand picking the most popular posts and giving them a shake up and re-posting on my new site together with brand new content.

There only remains one thing left to do:

  • If you are a regular reader of this blog, then I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, and encouragement. It is hugely appreciated, and I hope you will join me on my new platform so we can continue our friendship.
  • If you are joining me today because one of the links in my book sent you here, then may I say a huge thank you for buying and reading my book, and also invite you to explore this site if you have time, and join me on my new platform.
  • If you are popping onto this site for the very first time, welcome! Thanks for taking the time to read this far. Feel free to have a look around; there’s plenty of content here to keep you entertained, or come over and join me on my new platform.

Thank you, everyone, for being awesome. I’ll catch you on the flip side!

Shelley x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Happy National Stationery Week! #writingmatters

Hurray, it’s my favourite week of the year. Yes, it’s National Stationery Week! As if I ever needed an excuse to buy a new pencil case, notebook, or colourful pens.

You can get involved by visiting or using #writingmatters on your social media platforms. Of course, there is another way you can join in on the fun, and that’s by purchasing and using oodles of gorgeous stationery.

Monday is ‘Pen and Pencil Day’ so I thought I’d share my odd obsession with pens.

When I start on the planning stages for one of my books, either a non-fiction book or one of my young adult fantasy novels, I invest in a new notebook dedicated to notes, bios, and scribblings about that book and I always buy a new Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink pen. I can’t use anything else!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Real Women, Real Lives: An Interview with @SallyDhillon from Career Mums #MondayBlogs

We are surrounded by inspirational women on a daily basis, they are on the television, the radio, or they've written the books we buy or the articles/blog posts we read.  It's easy to put a celebrity on a pedestal and desire their lifestyle, power and determination, but we don't need to turn to the glossy magazines, or the big screen, to find inspirational women who can motivate us to succeed. They live next door, work alongside us, and talk to us at the supermarket.
I wanted to highlight these incredible individuals on my blog. Women who have succeeded on their chosen path, or turned misfortune into positivity. Ladies who have conquered illness or gone above and beyond to help others, and made a difference. Women who have stepped out of their comfort zone and launched a business, or ventures that have an impact on their environment, or community. 
They are your friend, co-worker and neighbour.  I am honoured to be able to introduce a host of remarkable women for my feature, Real Women, Real Lives.  
Women who are happy to share their motivational journey and the inspiration behind their success.
Interview with Sally Dhillon from Career Mums

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A Parent's Survival Guide to Revision and Exams #Parenting #Stress

On Monday 15th May the GCSEs begin here in the UK. I blogged about this very topic three years ago when my eldest son sat his exams, and now the time has arrived for my middle son to do the same.

My original blog wasn’t about the stress and strain on our youngsters as they study hard, worry about the process, and ponder on their fragile future, no, it was aimed at the thousands of parents who have to live in the same house as that teenager! Yes, I’m sharing it once again. A parent’s survival guide to exams and revision.

Everything has changed. The world is a very different place for our sixteen year old and, of course, your teen will never believe that you were also sixteen once. They truly believe you were born in your forties! I hope the following guide is of some help and that we all make it through alive – good luck to you all.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Are You Holding Yourself Back? #Creativity #Goals

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

When we’re in our tweens, we long to reach our teens. When we finally arrive at that sweet sixteen landmark, we long for adulthood.

As adults, many of us aren’t prepared for the mess of responsibilities, or indeed, the real-life influences that can suck out our creative soul. Time goes by, and our lives can feel a little bit out of control. That electricity bill needs to be paid, the sales meeting must be attended, and the car has to be insured, but when do we make time for the dreams and aspirations we had growing up?

As an eight-year-old, I had clear ideas of becoming an author, but it wasn’t until I reached the ripe old age of forty-two that I got around to doing something about it. For thirty-four years I’d held myself back in a variety of ways. Throughout my twenties, and thirties I often woke in the middle of the night dreaming about characters, and plot twists, but I used the excuse of an unhappy marriage, subsequent divorce, and being a single mum as a way of telling myself I didn’t have time to write.