How Far Will You Go?

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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?

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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. 
 
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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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