Posted on May 1, 2019
Yes, there is such a thing as World Laughter Day. It is celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday of May every year. It was created by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1998 in Mumbai, India.
Dr.Madam Kataria founded the Yoga Laughter Movement. The idea to bring positivity, peace and unity across the globe, to connect with each other through laughter. Did you realise there are thousands of laughter clubs across 105 countries?
How awesome is this guy? Creating such an awesome day and spreading the love of laughter to so many people.
There’s so much sadness in the world, so to focus on laughter can bring so much joy to us. Laughing your way through problems can be the easiest way to overcome them. Joining others on their laughter mission could be just what you need. Yes, this can be easier said than done, but Dr. Madan Kataria has created tools you can use that will help.
In my research, of this awesome day, I found his online laughter university … I encourage you to take a look.
Imagine being surrounded by people who are happy. I understand that laughter or a smile doesn’t always mean happiness, but even faking it can make you feel better. Faking it until you feel it within. You will eventually feel that happiness and joy.
You can read my previous post on Laughter, participate in the therapeutic writing exercise and task. Find something to laugh about and spread this love to everyone.
This month I’ve added 10 downloadable funny and quirky quotes to my online shop. You can spread the joy throughout your home or workplace; a little reminder that laughter is so important.
The following prints come in a package for £9.99, which is less than £1 per print. You can print, frame for your home or as gifts for friends.
Posted on April 1, 2019
So it’s spring and that seems to come along with a term called ‘cleaning’ …
Yes, the time of year for, apparently, de-cluttering …
Here’s the thing with cleaning at any time of the year, I know it’s good for the soul, I know it feels amazing AFTER, but I’m one of those women who doesn’t actually enjoy the ‘actual cleaning’.
I love this quote by Nancy Mitford:
“I think housework is far more tiring and frightening than hunting is, no comparison, and yet after hunting, we had eggs for tea and were made to rest for hours, but after housework people expect one to go on just as if nothing special had happened.”
Housework is one of those things I want the whole family to notice. I have friends who get such joy from cleaning … I wish I was like them … but I don’t think anything could ever make me LOVE cleaning! It’s something that HAS to be done.
Plus, when you have children it’s one of those things that never seems to end! I like to work on projects and tick them off my list knowing I’ve met a deadline. Cleaning doesn’t work like that when you have children …
You can spend a full day cleaning and the next day the house looks as if it’s been burgled. I’m a believer that life is precious and time is of the essence. However, all that aside, cleaning is kind of a must, unless you’re happy to wallow around in dust and dirt …
On a serious note though, research shows that cleaning can make us happy! I’m going with the after-effect of cleaning can make us happy, because I do not clean my toilets and feel happiness.
But having a complete clear-out can be very soothing for the soul. That’s why spring cleaning has become a tradition. It’s a chance to clear out the winter clothes etc. It’s a time to get ready for brighter weather, clearer nights and longer days … it’s thought we become a lot more active when the sunnier weather arrives.
So, I’ve admitted defeat and I have spring cleaned … I know … I was hoping the fairies would do it, but it didn’t happen, I got stuck in … lots of things went to the tip, lots of things went to charity and lots of things went in cupboards (because you just don’t know when they’ll be needed).
For those like me, who don’t find joy in the actual cleaning process, but LOVE the feeling after, I’ve put together a few tips for you …
- THINK LONG-TERM
Think of cleaning as a job, a project … it will come to an end and you will feel empowered after. You will experience a kind of peace with yourself. Focus on this calming and peaceful feeling. Even if it lasts for a day!
- PUT MUSIC OR AN AUDIOBOOK ON
This is a must for me; headphones in and listening to my latest book. I use audible from Amazon, which is fab. But if you’re a music lover, stick on your favourite tunes and dance your way around the dust.
- ONE ROOM AT A TIME
I always think if you start from the top first and work your way down through the house. By eliminating rooms as you go, you’ll feel like you’re achieving something rather than flitting between different rooms and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere. Once you can close the door to one room, it will encourage you to keep going.
- TAKE YOUR TIME
I love deadlines. I like things to be complete within a certain timeframe so I can move onto the next thing. That’s just the way I work, it helps me achieve important tasks. However, if you rush the cleaning process, you may not feel at peace when you finished. To do a thorough spring-clean could take a few days, a week or longer, (Try not to make the process too long, because you’ll be a full year in and back to spring cleaning again, plus the aim is to feel fresh and finished). However, life can’t stop because we are de-cluttering, so there will still be work commitments, school-runs, family duties etc. But don’t give up. Set yourself a realistic target and aim towards that.
- REWARD YOURSELF
Ooohhhh …. my favourite tip! I’m a believer in rewarding my children for good behaviour, but I also believe this should extend to adults. If we’ve achieved a goal we should reward ourselves. It makes life lots more interesting. Your reward could be a glass of fizz or a new outfit (to fill up the space you’ve emptied in your clear-out!) Whatever you decide, indulge yourself … remember this reward as you work through each room.
Hopefully, the above tips will help. Admittedly it does feel lovely after the cleaning process is complete … until my girls decide to start on a creative project and the mess starts AGAIN!
This is the month to celebrate spring-time … so going with our printables theme this year, I’ve created some prints that will hopefully give you a spring in your step, or bring fun to your home.
You can see both sets of print packages below and as always purchase, download and print for your own home from my online shop.
Posted on March 1, 2019
We celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March.
This historical day began in the early 1900s when it was a great time for radical changes. It all began when 15,000 women came together and marched through the streets of New York demanding better hours, better pay and voting rights
You’ll have read about the suffragette movement, and how founder Emmeline Pankhurst was jailed at least ten times for speaking out about women’s rights. This movement caused women to not only be jailed but killed.
Some will say we still have a way to go, and I haven’t written this post to get into any political debate. I have written it though to express gratitude to all women. Yes, all women.
I love this quote by Angela Anagnost-Repke (Writer)
Dear Daughter, I hope that you are happy for other women’s victories and not jealous, are never afraid to be alone, don’t care about the size of the ring on your finger, can inhale a cheeseburger on the first date and always pull another woman up when she’s down.’
There have been some amazing women who have given everything to push for equality. They have overcome dire challenges, they have fought, they have continued to pursue their dream and goals. Women who strive forward with such passion, conviction and belief in themselves. Such women have paved the way for other women.
It’s our duty as women, to encourage, support and celebrate other women.
On this note, this month’s downloadable printables include quotes from many amazing women.
There’s an overview below of the prints that are available from the above women. See if any of these packages would inspire you if they were in your home or office. Or even print and frame for a loved one, who may need support and encouragement.
FOR LESS THAN £9.99 (ALL COME IN 4 DIFFERENT SIZES: 11×14, 8×10, 5×7, 4×6)
You can surround yourself with awesome quotes from empowering inspirational women, you can also pass to your female friends.
Spread the love.
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Posted on February 1, 2019
It’s February the month of love …
Personally, I think every single day should be about love!
Every single day should start with gratitude, appreciation and knowing that if you come from a place of love, not much negativity can touch you.
This isn’t about having ‘the love of your life’, this about love for yourself and for others.
I may now be going into a slight loving rant about ‘love is the only way to look at the world and how your perspective will change when you come from a place of love …’ but I’m sure if you read my posts, you’ll already know this.
In this month’s blog post, I thought it only fair to share the love with your loved ones. On the 14th February, people go all out to show their other half how much they mean to them, but sometimes the simplest, but most thoughtful, gifts can be the gem that catches their heart.
You can see the following designs on my online shop; purchase, download, print and frame.
10 PRINTS FOR ONLY £4.99 IN 2 DIFFERENT SIZES; 8X10 & 4X6 … YOU CAN USE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN
Show your other half how much they set your soul on fire.
SPREAD THE LOVE
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Posted on December 24, 2018
How often do you stop to take in your wonderful life? How often do you make a conscious effort to stop what you are doing and take stock of your life? Do you feel too busy and too tired? Can you see the beauty or only the barriers?
In life, there is only one guarantee … it will eventually end! As morbid as that sounds, as much as I believe in past-lives and our souls journeying through many lifetimes, this particular lifetime will come to an end at some point. Hopefully, it’s a long way off, however, what are doing to cherish the moments in this lifetime? Are you on the treadmill of life? Just letting the days pass you by?
Here are 5 signs you are zooming through life …
1.You don’t have time for family or friends – you make excuses not to see people because you feel as if your schedule is already hectic.
2. You feel as if your free-time doesn’t exist – you don’t feel as if you have a minute to yourself and when you do, you’re far too tired to do anything.
3. You don’t seem to have the motivation to do things – if you’re overtired or overwhelmed by your to-do list it can be hard to motivate yourself to do other things.
4. Every day is a blur and you can’t wait for Friday – if you’re going through the motions of a 9-5 job, hanging onto your weekends, this is a sure sign that you’re simply existing rather than living.
5. You have nothing to look forward too – this doesn’t have to be a holiday or time away, it could be an evening with friends, a night at the cinema … if you have nothing to look forward to, get something booked in your diary.
What can you do to slow things down
All the above link in together, you are wading through each day, waiting for it to end. But you’re too busy to stop doing what needs to be done, you’re lacking the energy to make the changes. Now, if you’re on, what I call, ‘the treadmill of life’, it’s time to make some changes.
You may need some drastic changes; such as a change of lifestyle. This could be a change of job or a healthy change to your routine. Joining a gym or a club. If you feel you need a complete change, think about the things that would make you happy.
I love this question: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
If you want big changes in your life sometimes we have to put small steps in place to make this happen. We often don’t make those changes because we can’t see the woods for the trees. Start writing a plan and brainstorm some ideas.
Ask yourself: What can I do today to start making changes?
However, you may not need the changes to be so drastic. You may just feel the mundane routine of life is passing you by. You may feel the excitement is just not there. You can put small things into place such as meeting with friends. Organise a night at the cinema or at the local quiz night. Do something with people who make you laugh. This will soon give you something to look forward to. Start filling your diary up with events. Not so much that you stress yourself out, but even if it’s once a month, even better if you can commit to once a week, but even arranging the first event is a step forward. Once you surround yourself with people whose company you enjoy, you will want to make more time to be with them.
Life is too short to be getting up every morning, getting on life’s treadmill and not getting off until it’s time for bed.
Make the changes, make something happen … push yourself to slow down and enjoy the ride.
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Posted on December 17, 2018
How many times have you said, ‘Yes’ to someone, when you really mean, ‘No’? And how many times has this stressed you out?
When we say, ‘Yes’ too many times, people can start taking advantage. Does this remind you of anyone?
Do you know of someone who says, ‘Yes’, when you know they mean, ‘No’?
This comes down to self-care. When you put others before yourself, you don’t allow yourself to grow. Sometimes we don’t have a choice, we have family commitments, work commitments and other commitments that must be fulfilled. However, there are times when we are asked to do something, and we feel we can’t say, ‘No’.
So we often say, ‘Yes’, and suffer the consequences of it interfering in our own lives. This can lead to resentment. This has a ripple effect that can lead to uncomfortableness within friendship and family groups.
Saying, ‘No’ is about setting personal boundaries. Once you know what your boundaries are, and others know what your boundaries are, they will have to respect this. It’s time to get rid of the guilt. Once you practice self-care, you’ll have more to give other people, and yes, sometimes this means saying, ‘NO!’
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others
I felt the need to write about this subject, as it has been something I have struggled with myself. I was an all-around yes person! I’d fit people in, change plans for other people and end up in many situations helping others. I would bend over backwards to help anyone even at the detriment of myself. However, I’ve learnt to say ‘No’ – at first it was hard. I felt guilty. I felt I was letting people down, however, as time went on I realised those who care me, truly understand why I was saying no. This didn’t happen overnight … and even now, I can find myself in a situation and I think, am I being tested? Because I am a person who is full of love and I love helping people. However, I have to judge now whether there is too much implication on my own life. If I feel the situation doesn’t suit me, I simply say, no!
I judge the situation because sometimes, I say, ‘Yes’ and I mean it, but I feel happiness at saying yes.
You too, will feel happiness, if the ‘yes’ suits you. Our mind, body and soul, knows if a situation suits us. We know when we say, ‘Yes’ and we mean it! We also know the feeling of that dark cloud that comes over us when we say, ‘Yes’ but we mean, ‘No’: that frustration, irritation and disappointment. When we are experiencing those feelings, it’s time to draw on our boundaries, it’s time to draw a line of what we are willing to accept.
We can say, ‘Yes’ when we mean, ‘No’ for many reasons: we don’t want to appear selfish, we don’t want to let someone down, we don’t want to seem rude, we don’t want the person to feel rejected … but in the process of saying ‘Yes’, you are doing these things to yourself.
If you read my blog posts, you’ll know I always ask you to come from a place of ‘love’ – so you may ask yourself, ‘How can I be showing love if I’m saying no?’ But ask yourself this … ‘If you are feeling resentment, if you are feeling begrudged, how is that coming from a place of love?’ You are not showing love to the person in question and you are not showing love to yourself. So there’s not much love flowing here … and with the rule of the Law of Attraction, you will attract more resentment! It’s amazing how this works.
So this isn’t asking you to say, ‘No’ to everything and everyone, as I said, you will know when you truly mean ‘Yes!’ It feels good. You are then sending love.
So, if you have the courage, which I know you do, to say, ‘No’ and mean, ‘No’, you may feel guilty, you may feel you are letting that person down, but ask yourself what are you gaining from this? Give yourself a hug, be proud of your decision and know that you are sending love to yourself and in turn, this will spread to others … and guess what, you’ll attract more love to yourself.
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Posted on December 10, 2018
There are many therapies that allow people to express themselves through creativity.
If you read my blog, you’ll know that one of my favourite avenues is writing. Therapeutic writing, automatic writing and self-reflective writing are all amazing avenues to express emotions, feelings and thoughts. Writing therapy has become increasingly popular. But not everyone feels comfortable with expressing themselves through this form.
There are so many ways in which we can connect with our inner selves. There are many creative avenues and many of these avenues are used in a professional capacity.
Let’s take a look at a few, you may find a creative outlet for yourself:
Music can be calming, soothing or upbeat and fun. It’s great for energy release and is often used for meditation. Usually, in music therapy, people work with numerous instruments, they connect with the sounds and this can be accompanied by singing.
You can see, The British Association for Music Therapy, which gives a professional overview of this type of therapy.
However, if you’d like to know more about using music therapy in your home, Education.com, have created a very informative article that includes a range of wonderful Music Therapy Techniques to Try at Home.
Dance/movement therapy in the US, or dance psychotherapy in the UK, uses dance to express emotion.
It is thought to be an awesome avenue for self-expression. It is also a way of keeping fit, but for those who are less mobile, or have chronic illnesses, it can help with muscle flexibility. These, in turn, help to improve self-confidence, which leads to a healthier state of mind.
Art therapy is extremely popular. It is used with children, teenagers, adults and older people. It is used with all kinds of groups from those with physical disabilities, mental health issues and other vulnerable groups.
Again this type of therapy allows an individual to express themselves through, drawing, painting or creating something. It’s a great way to focus on the task at hand, it can improve dexterity, skills and overall well-being.
Either creating something yourself or joining an art therapy group, you will soon use this type of therapy to connect with your soul. A wonderful and renowned way of expressing yourself.
This is another popular psychological therapy that is used with vulnerable groups. It is a great way to improve emotional well-being. Students can use their own experiences to express their feelings, through stories, role-play, dress-up etc.
Expressing yourself through creativity at home
The therapies above are to give you an indication of the type of therapies that are available.
You can use any of the above and try them at home by yourself, or even ask a group of friends to join you.
You could try colour therapy, sewing, textiles, journaling, painting, crafts … there is so much available to you. It doesn’t have to cost much money. Once you start working on a project of love, you’ll find you have so much to express. Once you start expressing in your chosen form, watch how your mind, body and soul feel better.
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Posted on December 3, 2018
To live the life you want and deserve, you must be WILLING to show up!
What do we mean by this?
Put the effort in, make things happen, be willing to do what it takes!
In many of my blog posts, I write about the Law of Attraction: what we think we are … we become. The Universe reflects back to us our key thoughts, whether these are positive or negative.
But there are situations where you have to be willing to put in the effort: you can’t write a book if you don’t start writing … there are many things that are in your own hands. You have to be consistent, you have to show up and be willing.
When you’re willing; when you show up the Universe will have your back. Keep your thoughts positive, don’t begrudge the effort you have to put in. Be pleased with yourself. Pat yourself on the back. If you constantly believe you are not good enough, or you haven’t achieved what you wanted to achieve, you are putting this out to the Universe … and guess what .. the Universe will agree with you. You will feel as if you’re not getting anywhere, that treadmill will just keep going.
Be willing to praise yourself. Be proud that you are getting closer to your goal. Be willing to do what needs to be done.
If it helps, make notes of the things you have achieved and tick things off your to-do list. You’ll be surprised when you start noting down the things you are achieving. The more consistent you are and the less procrastinating you do, you will find you have more energy and fighting spirit.
Here are some quotes from some very successful people:
Perseverance is failing 19 times & succeeding the 20th …
I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.
No matter how talented you are, your talent will fail you, if you’re not skilled. Skill is achieved through practice. Work hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day.
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.
I can look back on my life, where there have been moments where things might have gone the other way. Everything is like stepping stones, and I’ve seen people I admire falter. We’re all vulnerable.
You control your own life. Your own will is extremely important …
Every hero doesn’t do this great big hero thing. They do the simple thing over and over… and they stick to it!
Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
Here are 12 ‘BE WILLING TO’ tips:
- Be willing to say NO!
- Be willing to say YES!
- Be willing to go the extra mile
- Be willing to step out of your comfort zone
- Be willing to put in the extra work
- Be willing to make the time that is needed
- Be willing to put yourself first
- Be willing to push yourself when needed
- Be willing to look for the positive in a ‘testing situation’
- Be willing to open yourself up to new ideas
- Be willing to forgive
- Be willing to send love
- Be willing to get out of bed every morning, show up and make things happen!
- Simply BE WILLING!
Write down the above tips and read them daily. Do what you need to do to live the life you dream of, and look at the above quotes, write down your favourites and use these as encouragement and inspiration.
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Posted on November 26, 2018
When I wrote the previous blog on victory, I was in two minds whether to actually choose V is for Victory on the A-Z Inspirational Blog.
Because here’s the thing … the definition of victory as set-out by Merriam-Webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/victory) : It defines victory as: conquest, and triumph means success in a competition or struggle. Victory is used for a win over an opponent or over difficult problems.
If you want to see further how you can be celebrating your victories and not focusing on your defeats, see the previous post on V is for Victory here, this also includes a therapeutic writing exercise
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Posted on November 19, 2018
Wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all the same? You may enjoy things that other people don’t enjoy, or you may want to live a life that others are not willing to live. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be something you are not! This includes listening to negative naysayers. Don’t listen to people who don’t believe that there is a bigger and better world out there. Believe in yourself, embrace your passions and your uniqueness … and once you embrace this uniqueness you will feel such joy and warmth that you will spread this to others.
Once you become a person of light and love, you will encourage others to embrace their unique selves.
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