I’ve become a little obsessed with peace poles since I discovered them …

A what? You may be asking …

The Peace Pole Project

was created to spread peace across the world.

These are poles (they look similar to a fence post) and each side is decorated. When you create and plant a peace pole, you are connecting to people all over the world. There are thousands of peace poles across the globe. They are designed as reminders to give out love for world peace.

Peace Poles inscribed with the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth,
is a trademark icon of
The Peace Pole Project

Would you like to create your own? This is a great activity to do with children. Not only is it fun, but it will give them insight into spreading and feeling peace within themselves and for our world.

1. BUY YOUR POLE

Credit: Pinterest

Your local garden centre or building supplies will have a range of wooden posts. If you’re not sure about using wood, you can use PVC, that is made to look like wood.

Ask the supplier what is the best way to prepare the posts; for painting and outside use. If you explain your project, they will advise the best equipment/materials needed.

But be prepared to; scrub, sand and use a primer. These will be the basics. There will be lots of drying time needed before you start decorating your pole.

2. DESIGN YOUR POLE

Decide what words, pictures and colours you would like on your pole. If you’re stuck for ideas, there’s plenty of images on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing. Research other peace poles, write and plan your ideas.

Credit: Pinterest

3. SET OUT YOUR DESIGN

It’s best to draft your design on a piece of paper before you actually start drawing/painting on your pole. So get to work with words, colours and wonderful pictures.

4. SKETCH LIGHTLY ONTO THE POLE

Once you are happy with your design, sketch lightly onto the pole, therefore if you make any mistakes, you can either rub them out or they are not as visible.

5. PAINT OR COLOUR YOUR POLE

Once you are happy with your sketching, start using colours to bring the pole to life. Depending on the type of post you have chosen, will depend on the type of colouring you can use. Again, when purchasing your post, ask for advice. Would felt-tips work, or is paint better? Get as much information from the store as possible.

6. FINISH OFF WITH VARNISH

When your colouring is complete, using a varnish, or similar product will protect your post from extreme weather conditions. You don’t want your peace pole dripping with ink after a rainstorm. Make sure you get advice from the store when you purchase your pole.

7. DISPLAY OUTSIDE AND SHOW THE WORLD

Secure the pole into the ground in your garden. You can even place them in plant pots if you have no place in your garden. Once you have displayed your pole, take a photo and upload onto the peace pole project website. You can also show others through social media what you have created, encourage others to take part and make their own peace poles.

Click here, if you would like to participate in a therapeutic writing exercise to help you find your inner peace? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Ways To Nourish Your Mind

Are you nourishing your mind?

In my last blog post on N is for Nourish, I talked about the importance of nourishing the mind. So this week, I thought I’d talk about ways in which you CAN nourish your mind.

When your mind is nourished, your body and soul will follow. Having a healthy mind is the first steps to having a healthy body & soul. Looking after your mind’s wellbeing is the key to living a happy life.

So here are some ways you can give your mind some TLC:

1.GO FOR A WALK

This is one of my favourites. Getting some fresh air is a great way to feel refreshed because it provides energy and the oxygen intake allows us to feel better. So a twenty-minute walk a day can really help to fight negative emotions, feelings and thoughts.

2. READ / LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS

Being a writer, I’m an avid reading. As much as I love fiction, I also love spiritual, inspirational and motivational books. Books that really help me grow and connect with my inner-self & guides. So if I am walking, I will stick on my headphones and listen to books about angels, past-lives, soul-development, living with passion etc. Being certified in the Law of Attraction, I practice mindfulness daily. It truly is important to keep our thoughts positive. When our minds are fresh and in a good place, as the Law of Attraction tells us, we’ll attract good things to us.

3. READ POSITIVE MESSAGES/QUOTES & AFFIRMATIONS

You will find endless positivity on my blog and my shop. When times were at their worst; I was pregnant with our second child, living at my in-laws (because my ex-husband’s business had taken a downward slope practically overnight), we had no idea when we would be able to afford to move out … it was all a bit of a mess! My own family weren’t around to support and it was a very hard time. However, it was at this point in my life when I started to collect inspirational quotes. I would write them down onto a spreadsheet and I couldn’t believe how much it helped.

I realised I had so much to be grateful for. I was pregnant with our 2nd child, how could I not be relishing in this love. We were so lucky that we didn’t need treatment, that I fell pregnant so easily (trust me, if anyone knows anything about depression and sex-drive, you’ll get that we were VERY lucky to fall pregnant so easily!). I was extremely grateful for that. We had a roof over our heads and my in-laws were so lovely, they really looked after us.

So once, I started to look at life from a gratitude point of view, my world changed. It wasn’t long before my husband got a business opportunity and we moved into a 2-bedroomed house, which we rented, but I was so grateful that we had the opportunity to move our life forward & not look at the negative. Since then, I read positive quotes & affirmations daily & I create my own. Hence the reason I set-up my online shop, as I feel it is important to surround yourself with reminders that you do have so much love to give and so much to be grateful for. You can also download my free inspirational messages book, which will show you how to make your own inspirational box.

4. WRITE DOWN POSITIVE MESSAGES/QUOTES & AFFIRMATIONS

As above, it’s just as important to write down quotes & affirmations. I think this really helped me. Just putting them into a spreadsheet. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but it truly helped. I did eventually make them into ‘annual quote a day’ books, and the process truly helped. It still does now. I’m a true believer this really works. In fact, my own quote is:

‘Positive messages throughout the day help to keep the negative thoughts away.’

You don’t need to use a spreadsheet, you can use a notebook or something that will inspire you. Buy a blackboard or a noticeboard and write down an affirmation/quote for the day. This will help the whole family come from a place of love and believe in themselves. Perfect for inspiring children. Just like the downloadable inspirational quotes will help to lift our children so that they become well-rounded adults who believe in themselves.

5. THERAPEUTIC WRITING

Now, this is my thing! Being an author, of course, I love writing and I love writing my inspirational blog, so I’m bound to say writing helps. But it’s actually a renowned form of therapy. It’s a great way to explore your emotions. The best way is to simply write, without thinking about WHAT you are writing. Just write. It’s like allowing your mind to be released of any pent-up frustrations. The best of it is, with therapeutic writing, you don’t need to be the best writer, best speller or know your grammar, because that’s not what it is about. It’s about writing for you and releasing toxic thoughts.

You will find writing prompts in my A-Z positive word blog.

Just pick a letter you’d like to work on, read the quotes and have a go at the exercise.

I found it also helps, that once my thoughts have been released, is to then think about what I want from a situation, so I write a ‘fantasy page’, I put out my desires to the universe but on paper, as if I’ve already received them, as if my desires have already happened and how that makes me feel. The thing with the Law of Attraction is, people struggle with imagination, so by writing down how something would make you feel, it’s easier to imagine it. It’s not only a great way to release, but it’s a great way to bring joy into your life. Experts at League City Integrative Counseling and Wellness will offer you guidance and expert advice.

6. LISTEN TO MUSIC / MEDITATE

When many people hear the word meditation, they believe that they can’t meditate, because they can’t sit still for five minutes and think of nothing. Admittedly, I found this a struggle at first, but after trying guided meditations I soon learned how to meditate alone. However, I found that music can be a huge avenue to relaxation, I found this out when I went to a Gabrielle Bernstein seminar. She played, ‘Titanium’ by Madilyn Bailey, she asked us all to stand up, close our eyes, put our hands in the air and feel the music … even as I write this I get shivers.

The feeling of joy and calmness filled my body. Since then, I truly listen to the music. I truly listen to the words and feel the music. A great way to listen to music is when you are out walking or when you are in the car (obviously not to close your eyes, but to feel it) … my girls and I are always blasting music and singing at the top of our voices. They had a friend in the car just yesterday, we blasted some music, we sang, we got our groove on … her friend said, ‘I never want to leave this car.’ It’s amazing how much a good sing-song can release those endorphins … so choose some of your favourite songs and get blasting those vocal cords.

7. START A PROJECT OF LOVE

Do something you love. This could be a scrapbook of a holiday, party or significant life event. Put aside some time to create something. If you’re not a creative person, do something that makes you happy. A passion project that will have you excited.

8. DECLUTTER / MAKE SPACE

This is kind of a given in the world of feng-shui. Clutter and mess can cause disorganisation. Now, I always say I have an ‘organised mess’ because I know where everything is, however, I have to admit I do work better when I’m not surrounded by wildness (I don’t mean nature, although, often feels like I’m sat in the middle of a zoo). There’s a wonderful feeling when you clear out the clutter that is causing your mind to feel like a chaotic roundabout. So book a day in your diary and clear out those cupboards … you may have things you can give to charity or for a car boot sale, whichever, you will feel such a calming release once you are decluttered.

9. INDULGE IN A CROSSWORD/WORDSEARCH/SUDOKU/JIGSAW PUZZLE

This to some people may sound extremely boring, but trust me, these activities truly work. Find something that you’re interested in, even sitting down to a colour therapy book is a great way to switch off, because your mind is concentrating on the task at hand, so other worries can be pushed to the back of your mind.

10. LIMIT TECHNOLOGY TIME

In this day and age, this last one is like swearing at people. How on earth did we live without such technology? When I was a teenager, I remember sitting on the stairs to use the house phone and making sure my sister didn’t pick up the other phone to listen in on our conversation. How times have changed? Don’t get me wrong … I do love the way technology has moved on and things we can do today are amazing, it makes running a business much easier: I can sit in my car on the school run and work on my phone – however, there comes a point when it’s too much. One of the sayings we’ve used as a family is, ‘When in the room, be in the room!’ This means, engage with each other. Make time for each other. Listen to each other. Spend time without our heads in any kind of technological device.

You can read more about nourishing the mind on my previous post;

have a go at the therapeutic writing exercise

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Are you controlling your mind, or is it controlling you?

Our minds are so powerful, you might not even know the answer to this question.

We spend much of our days going from one thing to another, daily tasks being fulfilled, starting our day on the mission we intended and when the day is over, sometimes we’ve achieved that mission and other days, not so much. We can end our days tired and worn out, wondering what it’s all about. This is where you’re letting your mind control you. You are letting your thoughts wander, we let our outer world take over our inner selves. We get caught up in life, expectations, demands, deadlines, pressures that we forget actually we have control.

We have the ability to control our lives, control our thoughts, control our destination.

We get to choose HOW we respond to things that are happening in our lives.

When you really think about this, it’s extremely powerful!

The Law of Attraction is always working … therefore whatever you’re thinking about, you are putting out to the Universe and the Universe is delivering those thoughts back to you in situations, circumstances, etc. So, again, if you read the imagination blog post, have a go at playing the imagination game.

Usually, we can take command of our thoughts because we notice our mood isn’t as high as we would like it to be … if you’re feeling this way, ask yourself why you feel this way … but then don’t let yourself dwell on this. I understand it’s not as easy as, ‘snap out of it,’ that’s why thinking in a positive light is something to work on for yourself. Once you start realising your negative thoughts are bringing your emotions down, you will soon be able to adapt these thoughts. The quickest way to turn this around is appreciation. Once you look at life with abundance and fulfilment, you’ll soon wipe out those feelings of lack. So train your mind to come from a place of love and gratitude and watch your world change.

My previous blog post about controlling your mind features a therapeutic writing exercise and much more, have a go now

Boost your mind and you boost your thoughts … listen to your heart not the ego!

Visit my online shop downloadable prints, surround yourself with positivity.

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‘Positive messages throughout the day keep the negative thoughts away.’

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria xx

Are you having enough laughter in your life?

In my previous post that I shared on laughter, I shared an article that research had shown how laughter is extremely good for us. Laughter is one of the best forms of releasing built-up anxiety and stress. Often if we’re not in a good place, the last thing we want to do is laugh. However, if we can bring ourselves out of the comfort zone of worrying and bring some lightness into our lives, you will see how laughter can help with lifting your worries.

I love this blog post by Thomas Flindt; he talks about his laughter classes and reasons why we stop laughing as we grow older.

The sound of children laughing is one of the best sounds. I love listening to my daughters playing and something setting them off laughing. Plus, they both have a way of trying to tell me a funny story, but can’t get their words out because the laughter has kicked in, this in itself makes me laugh. I truly appreciate those times and we relish in them together.

In my previous post on laughter you can take part in the therapeutic writing exercise. Ask yourself are you laughing enough? Plus, you’ll find more quotes, tips and advice on bringing more laughter into your life.

So as promised, here’s some awesome quotes to encourage more laughter into your life.

You can even visit my shop and purchase the quotes below … surround yourself with positive and fulfilling thoughts.

Remember, laughter will keep you young. So surround yourself with wonderful quotes that will help lift your spirits and remind you to look on the brighter side of life.

‘Positive messages throughout the day keep the negative thoughts away.’

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria

xx

Are you leaving things up to Karma?

When we talk about karma it is often used to refer to ‘negative things’ that have happened. You’ll have heard people referring to Karma in terms of revenge, i.e: ‘They’ll get their karma!’ But Karma isn’t a ‘thing’, imagine it as an energy being transmitted back to you. Whatever you give out, you are receiving back. So think about this quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer,

‘How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.’

Therefore, if you feel someone has mistreated you in some way, the worst thing you can do is be full of hatred, anger and wishing them bad karma. You are inevitably wishing it upon yourself. Come from a place of love and simply understand what they put out into the world is what they will receive back. Karma is a loving energy that when embraced will bring to you wonderful loving delights … when we understand this, we come from a place of appreciation and gratitude.

If you’d like to know more about how you can increase your own Karma, you can engage in this therapeutic writing exercise.

If we are feeling mistreated it can sometimes be hard to come from a place of love and forgiveness, so surrounding yourself with reminders to keep hold of a positive attitude will bring good Karma to you.

Below are the Karma quotes featured on my online shop, you can click to print and frame for yourself or family and friends

So remember, it doesn’t matter what others do to you … send them loving good thoughts … karma is always working, make it work for you, not against you.

‘Positive messages throughout the day keep the negative thoughts away.’

Love & happiness to you always

Victoria

xx