Hi there, thanking you for dropping by my profile, my name is Claire Marie Murray, a.k.a Clarabelle, welcome to my blog! I am an Executive Coach by day and a creative writer by night. I write my own poetry, books, songs, motivational speeches and write about all things inspirational, based on my life experiences. Through my writing, I aim to inspire positive change in yourself, from the 'inside out'. Thank you and have wonderful day.
Most of us who have suffered the great loss of a precious loved one, may indeed connect to the following poem.
I want you to know that I feel you and I truly understand the deepest hurt losing a loved one can bring.
WHEN YOU LOSE A LIFE
When you lose a life,
you loved so much,
absence of hugs,
missing their touch.
You grieve their heart,
you once embodied before,
many sleepless nights,
craving them more.
An invisible pain,
that never goes away,
so lost without them,
a hate for each day.
No one shares,
the hurt in you,
life feels numb,
But know their presence,
lives in your soul,
a bond so strong,
making you whole.
Believe they stand,
right by your side,
giving you energy,
watching with pride.
They are your candle,
giving you light,
they are your blanket,
comforting you at night.
They listen to your whispers,
guide your inner thoughts,
solving your problems,
untying the knots.
So remember their smile,
laughter and glow,
bringing you solice,
when you feel low.
Know that their spirit,
embraces your love,
forever your star,
shining from above.
24 October 2021
Oceans run deep
waves rush through
time is of the essence
beneath the sky so blue.
A thought on hold
may change your ways
igniting your spirit
to happier days.
enchanting the night.
Hope in your heart
unlocks your mind
you're one of a kind.
Today she dreams
of what will be
her vibrant heart
Her thoughts they shine
beneath the sun
When it was dark
in pasts gone by
she battled her way
she challenged her why.
She said "be brave"
be the one
who strives to make it
until it's done.
No other path
could take her where
the heavens opened
soul stripped bare.
She gives her mind
to this cause
silence in love
She raised her spirit
embraced inner beauty
to achieve her purpose
she made it her duty.
19 October 2021
I read a lot, actually I read a huge amount of self-development books and I really do love them and I do get a lot from them BUT for me, where I get my GREATEST SUCCESS is when I stay in “DOING” mode, that’s me and that’s the way I like it.
I’m at my best when I am in action woman role, so this is where I’ll stay for a while. The positives are outstanding for me and the ripple effects get me amazing results.
So I ask you today to focus on “doing” more of what will get you better results in your life for the long term, throw in some quick wins and you’re on your way.
Progress will motivate your “doing” mind – keep at it, keep the momentum going and don’t you stop until you get there….but please make sure you know where “there” is – that’s a very important part.
I’m all for getting things done, moving forward and heading in the right direction, that’s the kind of action mode I like being in – fast, fast, fast!
However, when it comes to thinking time and planning time, that’s where the pace has to slow down. You won’t achieve any quick wins in life by rushing your thinking and creating a super fast plan. Effective plans need space, they need time to formulate and they need an intelligent formula shaped from your thinking, in order to achieve the right results.
In a Rush?
So next time you’re in a rush to get things done ever so quickly, make sure this fast moving comes after the slow making plan…..this is how to get what you want……period!
What does using positive language mean to you? It’s a good thing, right? Of course from Miss Positivity here there was only ever going to be one answer to that!!
I am a very positive person, I always look for the best in people, I can easily see other peoples’ strengths and talents shining through, I guess that is because that is where my focus is.
I was doing some deeper research recently on how to overcome procrastination and I came across something which I feel may have much more impact that just using positive language.
Imagine, just for one day only, you switched from using your usual positive language to more powerful language. YES, I mean think about this, positive IS really good, yet I feel sometimes only scratches the surface. When I use POWERFUL language, for me it is much more impactful, inspiring and motivating…
When I speak of this phrase I don’t mean the movie title, I mean keep up with the action and continue to commit to moving forward with that thing that you want to achieve. Move fast, be fearless and stay focused towards living out the dream – it’s the only way.
“Catch Me If You Can”, I hear you saying. Embrace this feeling, for time goes so quickly and never regret your previous paths, in time you’ll see that they were meant to happen.
You’ve checked the pros and cons, you’ve overthought the decision, you’ve assessed the situation and you’ve mapped out different outcomes…..but what it really all boils down to is – what is your gut really saying?
No matter how much you over analyse a situation and deliberate over an important decision, nothing will give you the absolute satisfaction of that “going with your gut” feeling.
Your intuition already knows what the answer is and you’re over analysing is creating an unnecessary battle. Surrender to your heart and go with your gut!!
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
Who said this and what does this really mean?
This is a statement from Newtons Third Law, now I’m not going to go into the laws of physics today but I want to help you to think about this phrase in terms of what you put out to the world.
Do you put out good, positive, happy energy OR do you, more often than not, put out the opposite of this?
Think of the “domino effect” of putting out good energy, giving someone some words of encouragement – how will that make the person feel and how will that make you feel? Great….right?
Now I want you to apply your positive energy in a good way in your everyday behaviours. When you’re going about your business today, spread some goodness, give off some cheer, be happy and share happiness.
I want you to try it for one full day, go on try it today or tomorrow and I bet you that the “knock on” effect from these positive behaviours will return to you in abundance.
Practice this art of giving out positive energy and it will be returned to you in kind.
On our journey to success sometimes we get road blocked by certain circumstances and more often than not this all happens at the wrong time. You know, just when you’re getting on, just when you’re starting to see the light, then BOOM……where on earth did that come from? HUGE, MASSIVE, ROAD BLOCK!!
So I had one of these road blocks today and although dealing with this situation wasn’t easy, there are a lot of positives that can be taken from this experience. You see we grow from the challenges we come up against, imagine if you were never ever challenged, what would you learn and how would you build your life into something greater than it already is?
So next time the dreaded road blocks come your way, welcome them with a big hello and embrace the abundance of learning all that will come from them.
On your inner quest to reach for something better, to build an amazing dream and to put all your efforts into “making it happen”. In creeps the bold reality of the question “am I crazy or not?”. I once read in a great whimsical book to expect these words to rise in the midst of it all because sometimes it feels so out of the norm to go against the grain when barriers keep on coming.
Cracking the Code
Wouldn’t it be easier and much more peaceful to head back to normality and do what everyone else is doing? Maybe yes, maybe no and maybe the first answer is the most sensible answer, but what if I’m almost there, what if I am so close to cracking the code that it would be super crazy to do just that? At times there seems to be more signs telling me to take the normal path, you know those deep set neural pathways that scream at your head enticing you back to what you’ve always done – that safe place – or even that extremely boring place. Then there’s the heart battle, the unexplainable feelings that pull you forward and urge you to bypass any sign that says “head straight back to here, that’s what you should be doing, who do you think you are?”.
Call it a battle, call it a neverending war of heart versus head. So I decided, the passionate heart, the inner calling, the deepest faith in the darkest night is the only warrior that I will champion. Yes, I will bring the head along for it still has a lot to contribute but the heart of the matter is – this is where I belong and I am committed to the desire and the endless goodness it will bring to humanity.
Pursuing a Purpose
This is much bigger than me now, this is about pursuing a purpose that restores, reconnects and rebuilds inner strength in each and everyone one of us. This is the ultimate heart to heart story that creeps in there when no one’s looking – it’s my very own secret to you.
When you serve your passion with a true heart you open the gateways for meaningful success to take place. What does this mean? It means that only you can create the magic for you, it all starts with you and your heart.
Get ready, get going, get doing to give more and more of you everyday. That’s your pathway to life fulfillment.
There are endless possibilities to changing your life….honestly!! Opportunities are everywhere but the main opportunity is within you. This is your chance to dream the dream, get going with it and make it happen.
It’s all about to change but you have to start the process.
You’ve got to nourish that seed, you’ve got to give it your love, your energy and your efforts every single day. When you do this, that seed grows and blossoms like never before. That seed is your greatest potential waiting to be discovered.
Nurture the seed, for it is where EVERYTHING STARTS!!
What is the Spirit of Desire? What does it mean to you?
To me, the Spirit of Desire is the intangible breath of your heartbeat seeking an escape route through the depths of your soul.
What does that really mean?
It means, that the one thing you want, that thing that excites you every time you think about it, every time you envision the positive outcome in your mind……well, it’s that thing pulling you forward into achieving its manifestation for you.
The Spirit of Desire beats every moment of your life, it’s in every step that you take and in every thought you think. What’s your specific thing? What’s your Spirit of Desire? I know you know it!!
Live it, breathe it, feel it, see it, believe it, do it, go get it!!
Are you happy right now….well, are you? Maybe you don’t feel like answering that question because then you have to deal with the reality of it if it’s not answered with a big fat “yes”.
The search for happiness doesn’t always come easy and very sadly, for some people it will not come at all, not because they can’t have happiness but probably, more often than not, it’s because they won’t allow themselves to be happy.
Make a choice today to be grateful for the little things in life, things like, having warm clothes to wear on a cold winter’s day, being able to access running water at the turn of a tap, having a roof over your head, being able to watch the sunrise and to smell the summer flowers. Some people call these the simple pleasures of life but I like to think of them as the miracle pleasures that we experience almost everyday and sometimes never give them a second thought.
Today, give them a second thought and a third thought and so on because that my friend will help you see the answer to that initial question for what it truly is. So, I’ll ask you again, are you happy right now….well, are you?
What’s next for your life, have you really thought about that one today? If things are getting way too boring and comfortable for you, well it’s time to shake things up a little. What could you do to add a little bit of pizzazz into your life? What area of your life needs to be more fulfilling?
Just a few questions but when answered and actioned upon, could really make the difference for you – so what’s next for you?
The best things can take years to fully develop into the greatest things. Successful businesses usually don’t happen overnight, there are years and years of grafting behind that success – you know the stuff we all don’t see and probably best that we don’t.
Success isn’t a mystery, it’s a catalogue of events, good and sometimes bad, matched with consistency, 100% effort, absolute dedication and that never ending desire to keep going. I think we can all find those strengths within us, it just needs to be paired up with that one thing you are truly passionate about. So whether it be a successful author, a champion healthier body, the start up of a new billionaire potential business or the desire to travel the world – select that one thing that gets you super excited, so that no matter what road block you hit, you’re gonna just keep on going!!
Many paths lead to different destinations and different choices can decide the route BUT the best way, the most fulfilling and meaningful way, is by doing this your way and that’s the path you should take…..anyway, I know you will.
There are no commitments with the term “I’ll Try”…..you’ll try?? In my book, you either “Do” or you “Don’t”, none of this “I’ll Try”. Make a decision to commit and throw out the option of “I’ll Try” – it’s not an option in my book.
You could be one decision away from a different kinda life, a different outcome and a completely new ball game. Just one decision, really…….just think about that but most of all, think about your decision.
Sometimes your plan doesn’t go to plan, but that’s alright. Remember why this plan was important to you in the first place. Set backs reach the best of us, it’s our opportunity to grow. Stick to the plan and keep moving forward, as you never know just what’s around the corner.
Every second of your life is filled with temporary moments that may test you, uplift you and even make your heart sing. Embrace these moments for indeed they are just temporary. If it’s a moment that’s getting you down, use it to help you grow or if it’s a moment that is making you smile, treasure it. Temporary moments, good or bad are just that – temporary. The bad stuff will pass, yet so will the good stuff. Life keeps moving on, tick-tick-tock. Make your moments count and grow from them.
Everything is temporary – the tough stuff will pass and soon you’ll be surfing the waves of happiness again.
It’s always a nice gesture to help someone who is needing a little bit of help. I really love helping people, it makes me feel so good inside when I help someone. Offer a helping hand today, even if it’s just a little thing because that could make the biggest difference to someone else.
If you’re in the mood for a change from the norm, then put yourself in the driving seat and change life up a bit for yourself. This could be anything from a small thing like going to a different restaurant or a much bigger thing like changing where you live. Don’t stay stuck in a rut with life, change it up.
In the past, I was always known as the “go to” girl in places where I worked, to write a wee funny poem about someone. I would be asked to write poems for work colleagues leaving, celebrating their 50th birthday or expecting twins!! I really really loved it. I could write a poem very quickly and very easily and I always gave it just the right sentiment. As the years went on I started writing poems that would encourage people to turn their life around for the better. A lot of the times, I was talking to myself if I was having a tough day – it would definitely make me feel better.
Stay Strong Poem
A few years ago my brother was going through a particular tough time at work, he was being made redundant and was treated very badly in the process. My Professional background was in Human Resource Management so I helped him a lot professionally – it made the tough days a little easier for him. After the process he was exhausted and was at a loss, he had to start looking for another job and in the middle of a recession it wasn’t easy!!
I gave my brother a little card to help him feel better and I made up a little poem for him entitled “Stay Strong” for him to read and hopefully make him feel better – it did. Below is the poem that I wrote for my brother:
Life can be tough, the weather may be rough, but stay strong, find the inner strength to carry on.
You are loved, have faith, believe. You are special, focus and achieve. One door is closed, but many are ajar, realise your potential, you’ll go very far.
The world is on your side, so fill your heart with pride. Move on up, inspire your mind, get ready for change, you’re one of a kind.
A few years later I decided to turn some of my encouraging poems into motivational and encouraging greetings cards – I just wanted to cheer people up when they were going through low times. I wanted to give people the opportunity to buy a card for a close friend or family member who was feeling down and that the greetings card would be heartfelt and encouraging towards that person. Sometimes we struggle to find the words to say ourselves but a little card of encouragement can say it all for us. It signifies that caring touch and that special bond we have with that person.
Stay Strong Greetings Card
Over the last 2 years I have invested a lot of time and energy into setting up my motivational and encouraging greetings cards business and I am delighted to say that it is doing very well. I am even more delighted to report that the “Stay Strong” greetings card, containing the original poem I wrote for my brother during his tough days, is the most popular and best selling greetings card of my 45 individual designs.
Below is a link to this card on Amazon, Ebay and Etsy:
Life can be one big rush rush at times and before you know it you’ve landed somewhere where you maybe don’t really want to be. It’s important to take some “time out” of your usual and sometimes manic routine, to take stock of what’s happening in your life. Give yourself some “breathing space”, some time for you to make sure you’re on the right path for you. Just because you’re in “automatic pilot” mode doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in the right place for you. It’s often the case that a lot of people spend more time planning their 2 week vacation every year than they do planning their whole lives. Spend some valuable time on the most important part and yes, that’s YOU. What’s your life plan and what are you going to do about it?
Self discipline is like building a muscle, the more you work on it, the stronger you become. Think about what you need to stay disciplined at to help you move forward in your life. What do you need to do to help you to become stronger and more focussed on achieving one of your life goals? Remember, things are changing all the time around you, change is a must. Think about what you need or want to change in your life, make a plan and stick to it. That doesn’t mean a straight road will take you there, more often than not it’s a bumpy, twisting and long road possibly with some difficult and some exciting turns along with the way. Practice the art of self discipline and it will make this road much more easier to travel on.
Don’t settle for an “okay” life, you deserve much better – we all do!! Although sometimes you’ve got to do the “ordinary” on a “temporary” basis to help you move forward into the “extraordinary”.
So when in the “okay” moments of life, tell yourself another story, think about how you can use your current position to take you to the next better position. Always think about how you can make it easier for yourself, make it better for yourself, make life much more happier and much more worthwhile.
Time is going to go past anyway, so do what you need to do now to get you to the next step, keep inching forward and aim for the very best – whatever that is for you.