Magical You

Dreams of abundance

I trust one day,
you’ll feel the light,
within your heart,
shining bright.

I hope one day,
you’ll smile so much,
it cheers you up,
and others you touch.

I believe one day,
you’ll have it all,
dreams of abundance,
having a ball.

I know one day,
you’ll see in you,
the specialness you hold,
beautiful and true.

I see one day,
an accomplished you,
achieving greatness,
in all that you do.

I treasure the day,
all skies are blue,
and nothing compares,
to magical you.

By Clarabelle, 16 November 2022

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The Great Life

What if everything goes your way?

Brave steps of change can be a little daunting at times, however, you must think of the positives; you must stay focussed on all the great things that change can bring.

Yes, change can be a little scary but sometimes the more you over analyse, the more you want to stay in your comfort zone. Surely a great life can only be achieved with brave change, ambitious desire and deep faith in your heart that you are most definitely doing the right thing?

When you feel driven, when you feel responsible for making your life a great life……then you will take the plunge and what if everything does go your way….what if?

Wouldn’t that just be a great GREAT life for you.

Chase the Great Life

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Poetry Corner #6

with wonder and doubt

Every Thursday is Poetry Corner time. Oh, I do really love writing these poems! As always, thank YOU for being here.

May these poetic words ignite your inner ambition.

Warrior in Fight

Why are we here?
What’s this all about?
Questions unfold,
with wonder and doubt.

The deepest you,
knows everything,
footprints of knowledge,
answers to bring.

Without the how,
before the when,
life evolved,
absent of men.

No truer mind,
free from pain,
loves abundantly,
with nothing to gain.

Darkness alone,
rescues no light,
ignite your ambition,
like a warrior in fight.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 12 August 2022
Posted to blog on 8 September 2022

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Why You Looking at me?

aim to be more self-confident

I was heading out for my usual outdoor run one day and my friend said to me, “It doesn’t bother you running outside?” I was like, “Why?”. She then explained to me, that she wouldn’t run outside because she would think everyone was looking at her. I shared with her, that gladly that thought didn’t ever come into my mind and even if it did, I would probably think, “Good, maybe I’ll inspire someone to run too!

Do you see the EMPOWERMENT or DISEMPOWERMENT your mind can have over you?

I want you to THINK about your THINKING and if it serves you well or not.

Think POWERFUL thoughts that will build you up, not break you down.

Aim to be more SELF-CONFIDENT and less SELF-CONSCIOUS, it will help you to forge forward in life.

And lastly, if you want to run outside but are maybe thinking, “What if everyone is looking at me?” Change that thinking to, “WHAT IF I INSPIRE SOMEONE TO RUN TOO?”

The selfie photo below, is of me recently, just back from my evening run in Hyde Park, London.

Clarabelle loves to run!

I hope I have inspired you to run too!

Have a GREAT one, wonderful you.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 10 August 2022
Posted to blog on 6 September 2022

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10 Steps to Winning at Life

how to make it work for you

  1. Be a loyal and trustworthy person and you will have the best friends for life.
  2. Be open and honest with your feelings, it will help people to see the true side of you.
  3. Be helpful and caring towards others and seek first to understand before being understood.
  4. Be a positive and upbeat kind of person – no one wants to be around a drainer – sorry, they just don’t!
  5. Be kind and friendly as much as you can because these qualities are always remembered in you by others.
  6. Really focus on developing yourself as much as possible and read books on other people who have already succeeded in life.
  7. Never judge another – you have not walked in that person’s shoes and you don’t know the difficult experiences other people have had to deal with. No one lives a perfect life, believe that!
  8. Take time to plan what you want out of life in the next 2, 5 and 10 years from now and then go to work EVERYDAY on your plan.
  9. Look after your health and wellbeing and that includes your mental, physical and spiritual.
  10. Keep your finances in check and do your best to never lose money but instead work out how to grow your money and how to make it work for you.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 9 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 3 September 2022

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Battling the Ordinary

let’s enjoy the process and give back as much as we can

Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always battled with living the ordinary kinda life – I just didn’t and still don’t see that for myself.

So, 49 years young, how’s it all looking now?

Well, honestly, probably 75% of it still feels like “ordinary” to me but I now have an absolute CLEAR VISION and SUPER STRONG FOCUS on how to change that to EXTRAORDINARY!

“Bit by bit”, has always been a key phrase for me and it really does work, if you stay consistent and committed to your goal in action.

So what will make the difference now, as opposed to 5, 10 or 20 years ago?

Well, this time, I am building on absolute SOLID ground and my core values are so deep rooted into the purpose behind my vision that even a magnitude 10 earthquake could not shake me off this meaningful path.

You see, I never had that before. I always had the belief and the self-confidence but spinning too many plates, led to too many distractions and therefore building on shaky ground – that was never going to last longterm.

I also just ‘feel it in my bones’ this time around. Everything seems to be pointing in the right direction and I feel like I am dancing towards the finish line, rather than running scared!

It can be exhausting changing your life for the better. So much energy is consumed at the start and it feels like nothing much is happening. It’s usually when you feel like giving up that a little glimmer of hope begins to sparkle from the distance.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a blast, living most of my ordinary life and it can feel quite perfect at certain times. We all have different definitions of ordinary – it’s really just down to personal preference and can be simple or somewhat complex.

Ultimately, if you’re happy, well in my eyes, you’ve already hit the jackpot and I genuinely salute you.

Does that then mean I’m not happy, chasing the extraordinary? For me, I am happy and I am MOST HAPPIEST pursuing my aspirational future whilst helping others along the way.

I guess, we’re all in this together, so let’s enjoy the process and give back as much as we can.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Written on 8 August 2022
Posted to blog on 2 September 2022

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I’m Not Scared

run wild, free and happy

When you become free from the limited minds of others, then you will have the ability to face most fears – if not all!

Self-conscious thinking is never going to get you anywhere but stuck and believe me, ‘stuck in the mud”, is not a good look at all.

When you’re thinking and doing becomes boundless, you achieve more and more each and everyday.

When you go from being fearful to saying, “I’m not scared”, you open a whole new world for yourself.

Don’t be a prisoner to your thinking, because none of it is real anyway.

Shift your cellblock mindset to beautiful thoughts of open landscapes, where you run wild, free and happy.

I know where my thoughts would rather be!

Think about your thinking – is it serving you well right now?

By Clarabelle, London, UK

Created on 7 August 2022

Posted to blog on 27 August 2022

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Dreamlike Moments

What if it does work out?

Dreamy Dubai

Don’t you just love a beautiful morning sunrise?

When I lived and worked in Dubai a few years ago, I used to go for 5am runs towards the stunning Dubai sunrise.

The morning sunrise in Dubai was as picture perfect as you could get it and it really did make a positive difference to the rest of my day.

A Good Solution

The lovely air conditioned gym in my apartment block, didn’t open until 6.30am and that was too late for me – so an early morning run, before the heat became unbearable, was a good solution for me.

Wonderful Opportunity

I also had the wonderful opportunity, whilst staying in Palm Jumeirah, to go for morning swims before work. I remember during those blissful swims, feeling so wholeheartedly grateful for manifesting those dreamlike moments into my life.

Lots of things didn’t work out for me in Dubai or I would have stayed there for so much longer but I NEVER EVER think of that. I put my focus on what did work out and the truly wonderful people I crossed paths with and learned so much from.

Embrace Every Opportunity

Don’t expect things to be perfect in life, when you try something new or go to a new environment to live or work in but DO EXPECT to embrace every opportunity that comes your way, for that indeed makes up the true essence of you.

Never think, “What if it doesn’t work out?”
ALWAYS think, “WHAT IF IT DOES WORK OUT?”

A doubtful mind is a horrible burden to carry.
An empowering mind, on the other hand, will carry you there.
NOTE THE DIFFERENCE!

Your dreams are for the taking and now is your time!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 5 August 2022
Posted to blog on 21 August 2022

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In Time You’ll See

Inspiration lives in you

In time you’ll see the difference between those people that truly matter to you and those that don’t.

In time you’ll see that some of the things you once worried about are now so insignificant.

In time you’ll see how strong you truly are when you need to be.

In time you’ll see that we all have weaknesses and that’s actually okay.

In time you’ll see that the bad days can turn good and the good days can turn bad.

In time you’ll see that some people just ‘get you’ and quite simply, others do not.

In time you’ll see how important a good night’s sleep is.

In time you’ll see that perfection is in the imperfections.

In time you’ll see that the right people will cross your path when you least expect it.

In time you’ll see that kindness is one of the greatest qualities a person can have.

AND HOPEFULLY, in time you’ll see that inspiration lives in you and you must share your greatness with the world.

IN TIME YOU’LL SEE!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 3 August 2022
Posted to blog on 16 August 2022

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Rise Up

Think about your THINKING today – is it rising high or laying low?

You’ve got to think high to rise! This line is from the famous poem entitled, “Thinking” by Walter D. Wintle

Small thinking won’t get you anywhere impactful. I encourage you to allow your thinking to “RISE UP” and take charge of your being.

Big thinking, doesn’t need to match up with big steps – baby steps will work too!

I would rather take tiny steps forward towards a GREAT VISION than take large steps towards a low level goal.

Think about your THINKING today – is it rising high or laying low?

Don’t read this article and do nothing my friend – for that truly is the lowest level of thinking and doing.

I encourage you to turn up the temperature in your life and rise like the heat on the sunniest of days.

Have a high level day hot stuff!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
Written on 3 August 2022
Posted to blog on 15 August 2022

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POETRY CORNER #1

set your sail

I’m going to make every Thursday on this blog “POETRY CORNER”. The reason being, I really LOVE writing poetry, especially with a positive spin on it or words that showcase a deep sense of inner wisdom.

So today I share with you Poetry Corner #1:

Being YOU

To feel alive,
fresh and true,
steal the show,
by being YOU.

Never let,
a negative voice,
hold you back,
or change your choice.

For you are special,
one of a kind,
uniquely passionate,
with a genius mind.

So set your sail,
to better lands,
where your dreams,
are in your hands.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
1 August 2022

You’ve Got 100 Days

pick a feasible goal that you really want to achieve

Whenever I want to make a significant change in my life, I give myself a 100 day challenge to make it happen.

I will set the goal in hand, mark the start and end date and then everyday, I just bloody well GO FOR IT!

I have read so many times over and over again that it takes 21 days to break a habit but unfortunately that has never been true for me. I know this, because I have put it to the test many times before. I would be interested to know, has it ever worked for you?

In my opinion if you aim for a really juicy goal that you want to achieve and stay wholeheartedly committed to achieving it – the 100 day rule, gives you more than enough time. I have used this for daily running challenges, healthy eating changes and life-changing career decisions. 100 days, to me, is the PERFECT timeline for making a real positive impact on your life.

So let’s say I start today, 1 August 2022 and set myself a goal to write one blog post everyday for the next 100 days. That means, the 100th day lands on 8 November 2022 and I just know that by that day a HUGE positive impact will be made on my life – for me, it’s almost guaranteed.

You want a new job? Try the 100 day challenge.

You want a new relationship? Do the 100 day challenge.

You want to get fitter? Action the 100 day challenge.

You want to move home? Apply the 100 day challenge.

You want to start a new business? Implement the 100 day challenge.

It even works for training for a marathon – and I’ve run four!

And the goals list goes on……

The key here is, you must be committed to the goal in hand and you must NEVER miss out a day – if you do, give yourself the consequence of needing to start from day 1 again! (But then that wouldn’t be 100 days anymore).

Whatever date you are reading this, pick a feasible goal that you really want to achieve. Mark down the start of your 100 day challenge and highlight your end date – now it’s time, to GET TO WORK!

Are you up for the 100 Day Challenge?

Don’t overthink it – START NOW!

Oh and please let me know how you get on – I want to hear your SUCCESS story, so that it can INSPIRE and MOTIVATE others.

YOU’VE GOT THIS!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
1 August 2022

Impactful Thinking

don’t be scared to demonstrate the best of you

There is absolute genius in you and you’ve got to believe that.

No other person in this world has had the exact same experiences as you or thinks exactly like you.

You can always bring ‘another level’ to whatever you are involved in.

Don’t be scared to demonstrate the best of you. Be proud of you and your true potential, enabling you to get to where you want to go.

Never shy away from what you truly deserve to have in your life. Only you can hold you back – now read that line again!

Be a sponge for learning new things, no matter what age you are and ensure you focus your energy on what really matters to you.

Mix all of the above with undeniable self-belief and you’re on your way to not only changing yourself for the better but to having a positive impact on the world too.

You may not think about it in this way, but you really can inspire others with what you say and what you do – that’s how powerful you truly are.

Go out today and show everyone what you’ve got. Your future success relies on today’s impactful thinking, so make sure your brave heart, leads you through every unknown battle and into the life you truly deserve.

Remember, the Champion is in YOU.

By Clarabelle

London, UK

31 July 2022

Drive or be Driven

always visualise yourself winning

Personally, I prefer to drive my own way through life – sometimes the journey is smooth and other times it’s a very bumpy ride.

Life, with all its twists and turns, can somedays be higher than high, then the next day, lower than low – I guess, that’s just the way life is and we must, stay strong and roll with the punches.

Set backs in life are inevitable but it’s important that you remain determined and resilient as ever, as these powerful qualities bring real passion to the common phrase “keep going”.

Always visualise yourself WINNING, no matter what’s going on around you. I encourage you to DRIVE from within and get to your desired destination, with that amazing feeling of real self-achievement.

Remember, your deep experience in life, love and in work. You are crowned everyday with unique capabilities that are open to true growth and self-expansion

I challenge wonderful YOU, to forge your way forward into achieving your goals and aspirations.

Ponder on this thought for today…..DRIVE or be DRIVEN?

By Clarabelle

London, UK

31 July 2022

A Life Worth Living

you can always start today

What would it take from you each and everyday to lead a life worth living?

It’s a simple, yet HUGE question that is important for you to answer.

What does “a life worth living” specifically mean to YOU?

I want you to really think about that today and answer it with an honest heart.

To me, life is always worth living – even on tough days, there is always a golden nugget of learning to be found.

May every step that you take on this journey of life, be special and meaningful and if it’s not?…..well, you can always start today.

Maybe this is your calling!

By Clarabelle

London, UK

30 July 2022

Take It On

it’s time to walk the talk

Never doubt your own capabilities and the capacity of your true potential.

Push yourself forward into achieving more and more each day.

It’s time to “Take it On” and awaken the deepest passion inside of you.

Your dreams and goals won’t wait for you – it really is time to focus on the NOW!

What do you need to do today to ensure a better tomorrow?

What one thing can you do in this very moment to kickstart the process?

Talking, wishing and hoping won’t get you there – it’s time to walk the talk!

By Clarabelle

London, UK

25 July 2022

Inspired by Truth

honouring your core values

Be inspired by the truth and deepest wisdom that lives and breathes inside of you.

Intuitively, I believe you know what truly feels right for you and what is feeling forced.

I know we all know this but for some reason, we don’t always live by it.

When I say “forced”, I definitely don’t mean “challenged”, for I see the latter as leading to growth and that is such a good thing.

‘Forced’ is the opposite of truth and a backwards step away from who you really are.

By focussing your energies on honouring your core values, you feel free, happier and super strong.

Always stay true to yourself, for this is your life to live and you deserve it to be GREAT!

By Clarabelle

London, UK

24 July 2022

Running for the Hills

stay in that “feel good” mode

I love outdoor running, I find it energising and therapeutic at the same time. I have noticed that when I take a break from running for a few months or so, I don’t feel as good.

This morning, I did an early morning run to the Italian Fountains in Hyde Park, London – it was beautiful and so refreshing.

Running is something I have enjoyed since a child and I guess my love for it has stayed the same.

I think it’s important in life to do something that you love and is very good for you. Think about what activities give you the greatest enjoyment and uplift your energy.

I encourage you to support your body and mind in your daily habits – it has such a positive knock-on effect in everything in your life.

So whether you’re, running for the hills today or rolling down the hills – stay in that ‘feel good” mode.

Wishing you a happy and fulfiled day.

By Clarabelle

London, UK

23 July 2022

Go Win

it’s time to get to work

Set yourself up to win, for it is that kind of self-belief that will help you tackle any obstacles that come in your way.

When your heart is focussed on the winning path, it is only a matter of time before that gold medal is in your hands.

Use your inner power to catapult you into success and your winning smile will light up the darkest room.

Make "Go Win" the motto of your everyday and visualise the positive end result that you want to achieve.

See yourself there, now it's time to get to work!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
21 July 2022






Hopeful Window

see your future blend with your dreams

Never try to escape from your inner light, for there lies the truth and wisdom in everything that you purposefully do.

Always look out of the bright and hopeful window and see your future blend with your dreams.

Generate a warm feeling of abundance that attracts wellness and happiness into your life.

Remember, without you, I am nothing and your love will find a way.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
21 July 2022


In the Heat of the Night

stay ON IT!

Your mindset can uplift you to the highest of highs or the lowest of lows, so please make sure you focus on the former, rather the latter here.

In the heat of the night, keep your cool by sorting out in your mind, what needs done in order to make things better for you.

What do you need and want to change?

What do you need to do today to keep you moving forward?

What will you commit to doing and how will you hold yourself accountable?

When it gets to the “enough is enough” stage, it’s amazing the amount of energy you can conjure up in order to change a tough situation around.

It’s you against you – there is never anyone else involved.

Prove to yourself today that you can definitely do what needs done and then get busy doing that. If you do that over the next 48 hours – WOW, what a real difference you will make to your life in just a short space of time. Imagine then, you kept going with that positive change for a year!

Stay magical, stay you and stay ON IT!

It’s the only way to a better way.

Clarabelle
London, UK
20 July 2022

Breathe Again

clouds move the rain

Take a deep breath in and know you have this moment right here, right now and no one can take this specialness away from you.

BREATHE AGAIN

Each space in time,
can give you this,
the calmest breath,
serenity so bliss.

For when you know,
to breathe again,
the sun it rises,
clouds move the rain.

A chosen moment,
yours alone,
heavens open,
a miracle zone.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
19 July 2022


Momentum Moves You

get things moving

When you build up momentum in the pursuit of a dream or goal, it really does multiply your energies.

Mostly in the beginning of a “start up” phase, or for example, learning a new skill, it can take a whole lot of effort and focus to build those foundations and get things moving.

This is when the power of momentum really does help to make a positive difference.

So, keep up that consistency and channel your laser focus energy into what needs done and soon that magical momentum will kick in.

Momentum moves you and it can move moutains too.

I see you there….. WELL DONE!

Clarabelle
London, UK
19 July 2022

A New Mind

welcome a better future

Wake up with a new mind today and cast away the shadows of the past that don’t serve your better self.

What thinking will shape your life today into a better a tomorrow?

What habits do you need to take on board consistently that will welcome a better future into your being?

Keep it simple, keep it real and keep it YOU.

Clarabelle
London, UK
18 July 2022

The Greatest Stuck Road

when stuggles keep coming

The greatest stuck road,
can hold you back,
invisible barriers,
keep you off track.

A bumpy path,
often uphill,
it takes real effort,
and lots of skill.

But never is there,
a journey so tough,
that is able to stop you,
no matter how rough.

For deep passion prevails,
every single time,
when struggles keep coming,
and nothing seems fine.

Your wonderful heart,
goes through every test,
until you reach the top,
where the view is the best.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
14 July 2022

Comeback Clara!

Life has shown me the scenic route of EVERYTHING and what an experience it has been.

WOW!

Well it’s been over 4 years since I wrote to you from this Clarabelle Blog.

It’s been a long time coming and eventually I made it back to you or would that be back to ME.

Life has shown me the scenic route of EVERYTHING and what an experience it has been.

I feel this comeback will be the BEST EVER!

I started this blog over 10 years ago and so much has happened in between.

I am excited to share the most empowering articles with you going forward.

The CLARABELLE BRAND is thriving good and well but I have truly missed writing these blog posts.

Thank you for being here and I hope you will continue to join the journey with me. I aim for it to be as real and as inspiring as possible.

See you soon – very soon!

Love CLARABELLE

How Far Will You Go?

travelling journey

A poetic question for you?  Enjoy. Love Clarabelle

How Far Will You Go?

How far will you go?
To reach your dreams.
That burning desire,
Hope bursting at the seems.
How far can you see?
Your vision turn real.
Embraced in the living,
of the happiness you feel.
How far is the journey?
Each baby step you take.
Creates a new tomorrow,
Keeps you awake.
How far will you go?
I know you’ll go far.
I know you are there.
I see how happy you are.

By Clarabelle

Sprinkles of Dreams

Sprinkles of Dreams

They sparkle,
I smile with delight.
Loving hands,
Glowing in the light.

They tell a story,
Of hope and truth,
Like the charming spirit,
Of a child’s fairy tooth.

They touch another,
A soft gentle caress,
Washing away problems,
Sorting out the mess.

And glistening in my palm,
The miracle dust holds,
Sprinkles of dreams,
As my passion unfolds.

By Clarabelle

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Happy Philippines

Thank you to all the beautiful people from the very beautiful Philippines who visit this Clarabelle Blog. I have now completed thank you poems dedicated to the following countries so far and today, Philippines, this one is for you.

USA, India, Canada, Romania, thank you, your poems are shared on previous blog posts.

Here is a Poem for the people of the Philippines:

Happy sunny people,
from the Philippines you shine.
On this Clarabelle blog,
In my rhythm and rhyme.
You bring me great joy,
Because you visit me,
One day may I step foot,
In your beautiful country.

By Clarabelle

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Perfect Fit

Sometimes you just come across work out there that is a perfect fit for you at this moment in time and when that does happen it feels so wonderful inside. I urge you to seek the perfect work that fits your circumstances right now, believe me, you will enjoy it so much more than the ultimate dream job at the wrong time or worse still that high flying job that gives you no rest and no life outside of work.

Think about it, think about securing the perfect fit for you and your life right now and enjoy the journey.

Much love to you, Clarabelle

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What’s Your Favourite Place?

sunset lake

I was thinking today about some of the beautiful places I have travelled to, here are 10 of my happy memories:

1.  Watching the morning sun rise at the Top of the Empire State Building, New York City, USA

2.  Watching the Sunset at the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

3.  Bowling with school friends in Valkenburg, Holland

4.  Watching the Dancing Fountains outside the Burj Kalifa, Dubai, UAE

5.  Partying and having much fun with friends in Las Vegas, USA

6.  Relaxing in the outside spas of The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

7.  Having a lovely evening dinner outside in a family restaurant in Asolo, Italy

8.  Riding on the back of a motorbike as the sun was setting heading into Venice, Italy

9. Watching a young couple get married and happily parading down the street in Mahdia, Tunisia

10.  Partying with friends at the Tartan Army Week in New York City, USA

These are just some of the wonderful memories from places I have been so lucky enough to have travelled to over the years, yes, I am very lucky indeed.

What’s your favourite place to visit?

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Blog Post: Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson Photography
Photo by Jerry Nelson

Please let me introduce you to Jerry Nelson, Guest Blogger from www.journeyamerica.org

Here is a little bit about the truly wonderfully inspiring Jerry (extract from his blog):

Jerry Nelson is an internationally recognized photojournalist.

His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and news outlets including USAToday, CNN, Huffington Post, Upsurge, CBS, Dream Row, Earthwalkers and others.
He photographs and licenses images for all manner of commercial and editorial use as well as selling through this website.
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Nelson writes, “I realize the dreams to travel were not mine alone. I have friends that have dreamed of traveling and trekking since the days that we all roamed the woods around Hot Springs, Virginia.                                                                                                                    
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I realize that most of those friends will never have the opportunity to journey. Life gets in the way sometimes. But I have tried to share the majesty, intimacy and timelessness of places in my photographs in a way I hope everyone can relate to. I’ve tried to capture the reality of my childhood imaginations and share them with you. I realize that despite having grown up with these dreams, nobody needs to go on trips like I do. 
 
But as we work through the daily routine of life at home, sometimes it helps to know that we could go. That it’s all really there. 
 
Better yet, I hope my photographs inspire a few of you to actually follow your dreams and take your journey. I want to remind everyone that ordinary working people can visit remote places like I have. They do it all the time. 
 
These are not expensive or difficult places to explore if you travel independently and stay with the locals. 
 
And of course, there are endless experiences to be had in the wilderness areas of your own backyard. 
 
You can’t begin a journey if you don’t step out. There is nothing mysterious about a rucksack. All you need are a couple changes of clothes, some hard earned time off and less money than you think. 
 

Snake River Canyon Idaho
Snake River Canyon Idaho

Get out there with me and watch the ravens fly through the dazzling glow of a remote slot canyon, watch the northern lights dance over the snows of Denali, walk with the lions and tigers in Lujan, roam the barrios in Buenos Aires looking for the next photograph, stand in the plaza as the Pope gets installed, watch in amazement during the Prayer Dance of the Native Cultural Center in Tennessee, break bread with veterans from the Falkland Islands war, listen for the choppers at the M*A*S*H set in Malibu, drift on The Snake River as we pass The Grand Tetons, stay silent in the Sonoran Desert as we wait for the Mexican drug cartel to appear, break bread with the Shoshone in Idaho, walk a knife-edge ridge in the Smokies and sit around the campfire in the Ozarks with other veterans. Fish for Pirrhana in the Amazon, watch autumn leaves fall in a gentle snowstorm in Patagonia, stand with me as 300 buffalo stampede towards us in Eusick, Washington, marvel at a palm tree swaying dark against a billion stars while camping on a moonless night in the middle of the South Pacific, sail a 16th century ship through the sound into open water, be ’embedded’ with OccupyDC during the winter, live with rugged miners in even more rugged Appalachia and drink Dr. Pepper on the front porch of the old Hatfield homestead in Mingo County. 
 
It’s all there. 
 
And the earth needs people who travel this way, who earn their time with its treasures, and promote its conservation.                                                                                                
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Time is the most precious commodity we actually own.”

Payette Kayak
Payette Kayak

Below is Jerry’s Guest Blog Post which he wrote especially for this Clarabelle Blog:

Life Goes On

It grey the morning I stepped outside the door in a small town close to Roswell, New Mexico, on December 17, 2006.  I shifted the backpack on my shoulders and walked to the end of the drive.  Adjusting the straps again, I stepped into the street and walked to the corner.  Looking back one more time, shifting the pack again, I walked down the street, through the town and across America.

I’m a Vietnam Veteran and while I didn’t see as much stuff as some others did, I was affected by the war and its aftermath.  After keeping feelings, emotions and nightmares bottled up for years, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospitel in Staunton, Virginia where I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Ten days in the psych ward with nothing to do but read ended up being a blessing.

I came across an old issue of National Geographic that had an article about hiking the Appalchian Trail.  That was what I needed to do.  That’s what I wanted to do.  Get out in the woods, get away from everything and everyone I knew.  Alone with just my thoughts and the Creator for company.  It never happened.  Sometimes life gets in the way and for years there was always a reason not to pursue my dream:  my wife she…my bills they…my job it…  Well, you know how it goes.

In September 2005 my wife of 31 years filed for divorce.  I didn’t want it so I sat on the paperwork hoping she would have a change of heart.  She never did, and in April 2006 I signed the documents and handed them over.  Later that year some friends who were living in New Mexico invited me out to spend the holidays with them so I wouldn’t have to be alone.  With nothing better to do, I went.  I got there on December 16 and that night felt the God of my understanding say I could take my walk.

I got to Washington DC on June 30th, 2007.  Since then I’ve continued to travel, write and take pictures.  You can see my work on my website, www.JourneyAmerica.org.  I’m always encouraging people to follow my travels and challenging them to take their own journey.  If you do, the people you’ll meet are amazing.

People like Omar in a Dallas ghetto who dreams of going to medical school so he can return and care for his neighbors and “Ms. Mamie” in Jackson, Mississippi who went back to school at 80 years old.

The spiritual life-lessons learned on a trip like that stay with you through life and become a guiding force and you learn that:

Life goes on and no matter what you’re going through I encourage you to “Join the Adventure”

Thank you Jerry for sharing a part of your story with us today here on this blog, it has been a real pleasure having you on board and you are most welcome anytime.  If you would like to read more about Jerry and his adventures please head over to his blog http://www.journeyamerica.org I challenge you not to feel inspired.

If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on this Clarabelle Blog, please let me know on the comments below or send me an email to claire@murraypeople.com

Thank you for being here, thank you for reading and thank you for your comments.

Clarabelle

Which Zone Are You In?

comfort zone quote

I want you to think about moving out of your “comfort zone” today and into your “learning/stretch zone”.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable and see where this takes you.

  • Life is an adventure
  • Life is a challenge
  • Life is to be lived
  • Life is to be loved
  • Life is for learning
  • Life is for creating
  • Life is for embracing
  • Life is for YOU

comfort learning zone diagram

Learning/Stretch Zone

The best way you can achieve the above experiences is by doing things that will take you into your “learning/stretch zone”.  I’m not talking here about pushing yourself so far that it makes you cry with terror from within, as being in the “panic zone” will NOT serve you well.  I believe that by staying in your “comfort zone” you are not just standing still, you are actually going backwards, as other people move forward into their “learning/stretch zone”.

One Thing

What one thing could you do today that would move you out of your “comfort zone” and into your “learning/stretch zone”.  Go on, seriously think about…..actually don’t just think about it, DO IT!!

Don’t make this a lazy day, make it a LIVELY day and you’ll definitely feel the difference.

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Great Minds Think Differently

New York Study Tour 2010
NYC Study Tour 2010

Study Tour

In June 2010 I led a small leadership and personal development study tour to New York City.  It was such an amazing experience and I learned so much. “Great minds think differently” is a quote that was displayed brightly on an a massive advertising sign in the middle of Times Square and I resonated with it at the time.   On the Study Tour, we met up with other leaders and professional coaches whilst over there.  We went from Wall Street to Princeton, New Jersey to Westchester to Hoboken to Staten Island, you name it we were there.  We also got the wonderful opportunity to sail on my friend’s boat on the Hudson River and I was given a complimentary helicopter ride over the very stunning New York City by another friend of mine.  My friend Maritza also got us a private tour around the United Nations building, that was really amazing.

I produced a whole brochure on the experience of leading and participating in the Leadership Study Tour and if you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy, please just email me and I will email it to you claire@murraypeople.com

Energy

The reason I am sharing this with you is because I came across the beginnings of a video I produced from the trip (see below).  I always get so much energy from visiting New York City as it holds a very special place in my heart and this is were I also met my first love in 2007.  We are not together now, for the right reasons I believe but we still remain distant friends.

In relation to the Youtube video, for anyone who is not familiar with the drink “Irn Bru”, it is a well known and very popular soda drink (pop) here in Bonny Scotland.  It is often called Scotland’s Other National Drink!!  I took it over for some of my American friends to try, hence Donna’s comment on the video of it tasting like “liquid candy“.  🙂

New York, New York I’ve been there five times now since 2007 and I know I will visit it again, I have many great connections over there and I am sure will be doing some work over there soon.

What place do you like to visit and why? I’d love to know. 

May your day today be filled with beautiful loving energy, lots of love, Clarabelle

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Happy Child

Carfin Village Gala Week
Clarabelle Age 7, Carfin Village Gala Week

I was such a happy child, I honestly had a fabulous childhood it was so much fun, adventurous, exciting and full of imagination.  I had lots of friends and most of the time we made up our own entertainment.  We used our imagination to make up dances and songs, we played at football rounders, kick-the-can, hide and seek, beds (hopscotch), races, treasure hunt, lee voy, relay races, obstacles courses, we would climb up trees and make up hidden camps in the park.  I am smiling now because my childhood was so so so so happy and I am very proud to say that I am still very close with some of those very special childhood friends almost 35 years later.

Clarabelle and her Brother
Clarabelle Age 6 and Brother Age 9

As a child I always remember being full of dreams and excited ambition, although it was probably portrayed as being too far fetched and a little ‘show off’ at times.  I never interpreted it as that myself, I was just so happy and wanted to display my happiness to others, I suppose I wanted them to share my happiness too.

Clarabelle Age 5
Clarabelle Dancing Age 5

My mum said to me that her memory of me as a child was that I was always singing, she said I would sing from the moment I woke up until I went to bed.  The funny thing is I forgot I did that until my mum reminded me of it a couple of years ago.   I forgot that I used to do that as a child and I guess I forgot what it was to be that child again singing, dancing and living in a very free-spirited way.  However I am finding that the more I understand who I am as a person the more I am becoming that happy spirited child again, the person that I always was but somehow got lost along the way.

Clarabelle and Leanne
Clarabelle (Age 10) & Sister Leanne (Age 5)

At this moment in time, on my journey of life, I am really happy, I feel free-spirited, creative and mesmerised by the beauty in this world. It’s like I am seeing the world again through my childlike eyes, like when I was 7 years old again.

Clarabelle Age 11
Clarabelle Age 11 (holding Courage Banner in pink)

As a child I loved things like catching my reflection in puddles on a rainy day, gazing up at the stars at night, staring at a summer nights sky and being wondered by all the magical colours and different shapes of clouds.  I loved making daisy chains and I would look endlessly at each petal on the daisy, really feeling and smelling its fresh air scent.  I loved the great outdoors and just being free, I guess just being me, living in each very moment and seeing each and everything around me as magical.

Now I know why I was a happy child.  🙂 🙂 🙂

May your day today be filled with magical childlike moments that allow you to see the beauty in everything around you.  Lots and lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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Life is an Adventure

Sometimes I feel like I could just explode with excitement and happiness and yesterday (05.01.13) was one of those days.  So I grabbed a pen and paper wrote the following poem (well 8 in a row actually).  Embrace life and all of its adventure, even in the toughest of tough times, there is great learning to be had.  Open your arms to the world, live this life for you and nobody else.  Have fun, dance in the moment and be brave in all that you do.  May your day be filled with love and laughter.  Much love to you Clarabelle.

life is an adventure
life is an adventure

Life is an Adventure

There’s fun in my heart, waiting to escape;

The invisible boundaries, cover it with red tape.

I’m bursting with song, love and laughter;

I’m on the move, towards happy ever after.

As I free my spirit, I wake up to the light;

The orange bird dances, wings spread in full flight.

Nothing seems real, imagination is high;

The past is forgotten, don’t ask why.

Discover, explore, all that’s in you;

Life is an adventure, make it come true.

Poem created by Clarabelle on 5 January 2013