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Keep going

The secret to achieving your dreams… keep going!

Hi friends! I almost feel like I should write ‘long-lost friends’ as I have sorely neglected this blog!   The irony is that this blog is about pursuing your dreams.  Some dreams are easily attained, while others require hard work, sacrifice and persistence.  My life has been full in the pursuit of some of my dreams, and yet I realised that I have completely slacked in the area of persistence when it comes to this blog.    And today, that changes.  I publicly promise to post at least once a week. I love to write and I love to write good articles.  The problem of late has been time.  My life is very full and very busy.  I came across a quote recently that said “Now that you can stop being perfect, you can start being good”  Being good is better than doing nothing because it is less than perfect.  Besides, what is perfect anyway? Some articles may be well researched and written, while other posts may be raw from my heart.  But I promise …

Happiness is an Attitude

Hello lovely readers of Naomi’s Blog! I’m honoured to have been invited by my dear friend Naomi to provide some guest posts on this blog. Naomi is one of the most positive, intelligent and fun women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Our writing styles will undoubtedly be different and I hope I can live up to her standards and your expectations. Naomi has already provided you with an introduction so I will just dive right in. This post will be on my views on how to attract positives experiences into your life by simply adjusting your attitude. Faith vs. Creating Your Own Happiness Most people have heard of the phrase “You make your own happiness.” and “You create your own reality.” etc. Until recently I was under the impression that it had a cynical connotation and that it demonstrated a lack of faith. It is a scary thought to think you have absolutely no control of what life will throw at you and that the experiences you have just occur at random. …

Love Yourself

Love Yourself

Loving yourself is central to everything that matters in life. It may seem narcissistic, but I believe it is the exact opposite. How can you love somebody, without needing some validation from them, if you don’t love yourself?   You can’t. And then, when they are unable to meet your needs, you will feel hurt, angry and rejected. Loving yourself affects every aspect of your life. When you love yourself, you take care of yourself. You work to follow your dreams, because you care about you and recognise that you have untapped potential.  You recognise your failures as experience, and use them as fuel. When you love yourself it affects your relationships. When you recognise your value, you set the standard for how people will treat you. It doesn’t have to be voiced or argued about, but there are certain actions that align with your worth, and when somebody treats you out of turn, you shrug it off. You know you are worth more. It may sting, but it doesn’t devastate. When you love yourself, you …

Dream as if you'll live forever

Live life on purpose – today!

Live life on purpose. It’s a common expression, and for good reason. We only have one. It requires action, to move forward in the direction of your dreams. But sometimes it also requires experimentation, allowing yourself the freedom to try new things – and make mistakes. Living life this way is incredibly freeing. You can find a positive in almost every situation by choosing to live purposefully, focus on the positive, and allowing yourself a little slack not to be perfect. It is important to do what you want to do. I have made mistakes in my life, but I don’t regret the ones that were my choice. That may sound strange, because ultimately everything each of us does is our choice – but it is possible to forfeit a piece of yourself because you don’t recognize your value. It is so important to love yourself, acknowledge your own worth and trust your instincts.    It is possible to place more value on other people in your life than you do on yourself, and this is …

Put yourself in the way of beauty – make the Best of the Worst

Last night I saw the movie Wild. Based on a true story, it is a girl who basically becomes self-destructive after her mother’s death. She faced inexplicable pain, losing the person closest to her, and it drove her to do things she had never done before, like use heroin and have sex with anybody who asked. However, losing her mom, then losing herself served as a catalyst to her deciding to walk the Pacific Crest Trail, seeking to become the woman her Mother always saw her to be. The walk changed her. She overcame challenges that she didn’t see possible. To say she found herself wouldn’t quite encompass it. She lived passionately and acted drastically in order to create herself.  There was a line in the movie that was repeated throughout, “You can put yourself in the way of beauty.”  What a beautiful goal – live life and intentionally put yourself in the way of beauty.   Another true story that has been made into a book and movie is Eat, Pray, Love. This story …

When writing the story of your life

New Beginnings and the Middle of the Story

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve.  This is a time to reflect on the past year, to remember with fondness the happy memories and to glean lessons from mistakes made – learning experiences to make the next year more prosperous and happy, beyond the cliche.    It is also a time to look forward; to dream and write goals. Stories of people who have recreated themselves abound, as do articles on ‘how to’ create yourself.  These inspire me and ignite something in the core of who I am, as I feel like I am on this journey.  I have often wished I could ask Oprah questions about the time in-between her rough background and her huge success.   Life is internal.  It transcends far beyond the outward circumstances.  There is an inward identity shift that must take place.  This inward shift sometimes requires greater work than aligning the outward circumstances of life. Like when a rich man loses everything, yet isn’t shaken because the value is inside him.  It isn’t just the money that made him …

flame of success

Success is how you run the race

I’m starting to realize success isn’t a destination.   For a long time I have equated success with achieving certain goals. Lately, I am realising success is a journey, moreso than a destination. Circumstances are second to attitude. We all face hard times. We all face setbacks. Success is the way we handle those setbacks. Do we let them hold us back? Do we choose to learn, even from our own failures? If we fall, and mess up, do we allow our failure to discourage us or do we take it as an opportunity to learn and grow and get back up? There are times when circumstances, people and maybe even our own minds, tell us we can’t do something.   The odds are against us. Yet, there is an inner flame that quietly flickers – “you can do it”. Success is choosing to feed that flame. Success when nobody believes in you I read an article about famous celebrities who were rejected. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star and told he “lacked imagination …