Showing posts from July, 2016

Hello August: Month of Gratitude

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” Alan Cohen Regardless our backstory, if we find ourselves on any sort of pursuit towards happiness or a more positive life, we're likely to have stumbled upon the concept of gratitude. Research after research, article after article have reinforced the power of gratitude in cultivating a happier life experience. It's known to be a fundamental practice in creating a more positive, more satisfied mindset. But do we do it? I know from my own experience that irrespective of how beneficial I knew it was going to be, it was genuinely challenging to actually implement it in my daily

5 Learnings in Language

'Be careful how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening' Lisa M Hayes Though we may not even realise it, the way we speak to and about ourselves has huge impact on our feelings and experience. The never-ending narrative written within our minds is not mere words, it’s the translation of how we perceive our worlds, ourselves and the stories we’re composing about both. Our language has the power to be constructive or destructive, to enhance or limit ourselves; to build us up or put us down.  Put simply, what you say to yourself matters. And if what we’re saying isn’t giving us a positive view of life, then it seriously matters that we take notice and make the necessary changes.  The language we use on a daily basis becomes ingrained; it’s habitual and automatic and we may have no idea of its potential negative impact.  There are various phrases and words that we don’t even realise diminish our self-worth and re-enforce self-limiting beliefs. Thes

Living - VS - Existing - What makes you feel alive?

 'To  live  is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all .' Oscar Wilde Having already seen it plenty of times before, I recently stumbled across this quote again on my daily positivit y  scroll but this time,   it resonated with me significantly more than it ever has. Maybe it's timing, maybe it's mindset or maybe it's simply something worth addressing and now is its time to shine.  See, the fact is, every single one of us is alive every second of our lives, but when is the last time we really felt alive? When did we last feel enthusiastic about living, about being alive, about our own day-to-day? Are we actually so used to just reluctantly existing - clocking in and out of our days, going through the motions yet feeling as though we're staying static.  Are we active participants of our lives or mere bystanders watching with disinterest as it passes us by?  As frequently happens for me, this quote planted its seed within my mind

Carer Tips: Never Give Up

As the usual blogger is off enjoying herself touring around Europe, I thought I would try and fill her shoes and write a piece, hopefully her shoes aren't too big for me to fill!!:) This young lady has been through the mill, but she fought hard for her freedom, and without this freedom, she wouldn’t be where she is right now. As her mother and probably her primary carer during her illness, I also learnt a lot as I walked with her through her journey of recovery.  When she gained her freedom, I also gained mine.  I gained a freedom from constant worry, a freedom in knowing that she now valued her life, a freedom to be able to live my life independent of her illness once again.  I gained a confidence that my child, my daughter, could once again face the world and stand on her own two feet, and be confident enough in herself and believe in herself. There were a few concepts that helped me along the way and it is these that I would like to share with you. NEVER GIVE UP