Mountains of Hope

The matrix of love

Enchanted by life,
in awe of its beauty,
mountains of hope,
daring and duty.

Challenger clouds,
soulful and misty,
breathe deep truth,
collectively risky.

The matrix of love,
operates with time,
subconsciously giving,
rythym and rhyme.

As memories fade,
beyond the black hole,
nothing is everything,
let the dice roll.

Clarabelle

I Am Grateful

I am grateful for my heart, so kind and true.

I am grateful for the sun,
and the blue in the sky,
I am grateful for the birds,
flying freely so high.

I am grateful for my heart,
so kind and true,
I am grateful for my family,
and beautiful friendships too.

I am grateful for my health,
and abundance all around.
I am grateful for the love,
and real happiness I have found.

I am grateful for my success,
I so enjoy everyday.
I am grateful for my life,
perfect in every way.

Verse by Clarabelle

You Give

We all grow in different ways

You give, you grow, you live.

Giving is an ultimate part of living. We all grow in different ways but a better way to flourish is my giving yourself to others in a purposeful and meaningful way.

Give a little of your time, love, service and knowledge and you will surely blossom like a beautiful flower under the brightest sun.

Giving is living and growing is showing that everyday.

Clarabelle

Positioning is Key

A whole lot of magic right there.

Never underestimate the power of positioning – “POSITIONING IS KEY”.

If you blend positioning with insightfulness, then that’s a whole lot of magic right there.

Are you in the right position for success?

What insights can you make today to help you succeed in the future?

I believe, with the right positioning and insightfulness, it will stand you on the edge of glory.

Where are you standing?

Clarabelle

Grow

Use your strengths to achieve greatness

Use what you’re good at to grow.

Everyone is good at something, so why not put your special talent, skill or experience to good use.

Get a reward from being good at what you’re good at.

Use your strengths to achieve greatness.

I know you know what that is for you and surely now is a good time to make it happen.

Go go GO FOR IT!

Clarabelle

Expansion is like . . . .

You are far too amazing

Expansion is like breath to your soul.

Be more like a blossomed flower and let the world see your beauty grow and develop.

You a far too amazing to be like hidden treasure. Your wonderful needs to be seen and experienced.

Today, make sure your light shines stronger than ever.

I see you and I stand in awe of you.

Clarabelle

Lucky You

Get excited about life

Daily affirmations can be so positively powerful and can make a dull boring day, come alive with contagious enthusiasm.

“I am so lucky, everything is working out for me.”

Find an empowering, upbeat affirmation that gets you excited about life and all its opportunities.

We are here, experiencing everything life has to offer – we truly are the lucky ones!

Clarabelle

No Excuse Year

Achieve brilliant things

Make 2023 your year for no excuses.

Excuses are old news, they drain you from good energy and hold you back from moving forward.

Excuses will never get you anywhere you truly want to go in life.

May 2023 be your ‘no excuse year’ and may you put your positive action into achieving brilliant things that make you feel super happy inside.

You’ve got this – this year and every year.

Clarabelle

In 2023 . . .

I see you there

In 2023, change your world with better thoughts, words, actions and commitments.

Imagine the new world you want to thrive in and make your greatest plan to achieve that.

I see you there, standing tall, surrounded with abundance and sharing your happy heart.

May 2023 be your best year ever!

Clarabelle

Rise Higher

Opportunities are everywhere

May your thinking rise higher than the morning sun.

Today, think big things! Think so big you even astound yourself.

When you raise your thinking to another level, something extraordinary happens and you become connected to a new field of opportunities.

The higher your thinking, the more tremendous the opportunities.

Rise high wonderful you and make 2023 your best year yet!

Clarabelle

The Purest Light

Let you shine

The purest light exudes from you.

As soon as you realise even the sun cannot compete with your own beautiful light, the greatest things begin to happen for you.

Your pure light can permeate any problem, challenge or worry and all you have to do, is let you shine.

Yes indeed – LET YOU SHINE – today and everyday.

Clarabelle

The Magic of Life Itself

Truly ‘live’ your life

In life we see death, In death we see life.

The quote above may seem a little bit morbid at this time of year and I definitely don’t want to bring any darkness into your life today.

I want you to think about how this quote speaks to you. In my own mind, it creates a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the now and the magic of life itself. It pushes me to see ‘LIFE IN LIFE’ and to cherish that each and everyday.

Truly ‘live’ your life and know what that means for you.

As 2023 approaches believe in life, believe in your magnetic energy and believe in your self-power.

Clarabelle

Now is Forever

There is no greater presence than now

I want you to really think about the above quote and what it speaks to you.

There is no greater presence than NOW and no greater answer than NOW.

As soon as you become solely aware of this power, a positive internal shift begins to happen.

Time begins to slow down and eventually doesn’t exist. Worries become non-existent and joy becomes more of a priority or just IS.

Life changes thought or thought changes life? – that won’t matter anymore, because your true presence will thrive in natural flow.

You may never get to experience pure reality but one thing is for sure, if you do miss out on this one absolute truth, you truly haven’t lived.

Life doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. Calm waters make more impact than stormy seas.

I invite you to ponder in the stillness of life today.

Clarabelle

Thee Perfect Christmas

Share the best of you always

For me, Christmas is all about family and enjoying special quality time with them.

It’s the simple things over the Christmas period that can bring the greatest joy.

Things like going for a walk in the countryside, playing good old fashioned board games and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate whilst laughing and talking with the family.

A magical Christmas is in these miracle moments and, in my eyes, there is no fancy gift that could really replace that specialness.

Be mindful this Christmas to stay present in each precious moment rather than focussed on the presents at the bottom of the Christmas tree.

The New Year is nearly upon us, so why not use the Christmas holidays to think about creating your perfect year ahead then move into the “doing” zone on 1 January 2023.

Share the best of you, always!

Clarabelle

Take Yourself Home

It’s time to come home to you

It is in the depths of darkness we find our magical light.

Take yourself home – not to a place or to familiar people – I mean, take yourself home to you.

Remember what makes you tick and what makes you feel alive. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd and do what everyone else is doing but what if that’s not really you?

Maybe it’s time to take your foot off the gas and stop to think about you, what you’re doing and where you’re going?

Being true to yourself is much more difficult to achieve on the hamster wheel of life – that’s why you must break out of that cycle and take a breath for you.

It’s time to come home to you and it’s time to make the time for it.

You’ve got this!

Clarabelle

This Christmas

I wish YOU a magical Christmas

As Christmas falls upon us and 2022 comes to an end, may you be mindful of the positive changes you made this year and focus all your wondeful efforts into making 2023 your best year yet!

Reality is now – I’ll say that one again – REALITY IS NOW – so do your best to truly live in the present moment, whilst holding a better future in your heart.

We all have something that we want to improve in our lives but please don’t make the chasing of these changes, make you unhappy in the present.

Each present moment is to be savoured and enjoyed, without bringing in hurtful pasts or desired futures. When you are mindful of the now, you get to embrace the specialness of life.

Life isn’t always rosey, we all know that! We have all felt the feelings of loss, hurt, disappointment, sadness, stress and everything in between on this roller coaster of life and it ain’t pretty. Don’t let your imagination be flooded with worry of something that has not happened yet and indeed may never happen. Instead, try to feel the real beauty and true meaning in those thankful moments that make us feel blessed and forever grateful to experience the magnificent wonders of the world.

You are one of those amazing wonders and I wish YOU a magical Christmas, successful 2023 and prayers of hope that you realise how truly special you are.

Be the Christmas Miracle.

Forever grateful for your presence, love Clarabelle

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Shining Star

You are the magic

The midnight sky, is vast and black, yet stars appear and light comes back.

Keep on dancing your way through life and don’t let anyone dim your beautiful light.

Remember, you are the magic and it’s time to release your power.

There is challenge, there is change but most of all there is choice. May you choose to adopt the right daily habits that will serve you well and lead you to your dreams.

You truly are a shining star!

Clarabelle

Light Up . . .

Your heart knows

Light up the world with your heart.

Your heart knows what’s good for you because it lights up so strongly with an everglowing abundant energy.

Do more of what makes you truly shine from within.

I see you.

Clarabelle

Live Your Best Life

I see you there, living the life of your dreams

Live Your Best Life

It’s easy to say these words, so easy but to truly live these words, well that indeed is another story.

If you’re currently not living your best life, think about what living your best life would look like for you.

Remember, the power is in you and if you really want it enough, then make a plan and do the work everyday that needs done to enable you to get there.

So, know where “there” is and hold that purposeful vision so strong, because when you hit some tough spots along the way, you’ll have full reason to keep charging forward.

So, wonderful you, what are you waiting for, get to work now and by this time next year, you’ll be so much closer to your desired results, or, better still, you’ll be there already.

I see you there, living the life of your dreams and I know you see it too.

Clarabelle

Wings of Energy

Nature’s magic

The stunning beauty of nature, takes my breath away every single time.

This is not imagination, this is not a dream, these captivating moments surround us everyday.

It’s only when we really stop and look, we see it for what it truly is.

May you embody yourself in a few moments of stillness today and embrace the fullness of nature’s magic.

We are all truly blessed.

Thank you for being here, as always.

Love Clarabelle

Sunset amber
Glowing bright
Wings of energy
For your first flight.

Sometimes You Win…..

Show the world what you’ve got

Life can bring with it, some tough days, tougher days, rough days, rougher days and the most beautiful glory days.

We all know, in life, sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t, but the key is to stay focussed on the job in hand and progressly move forward, inch by inch towards your desired goals.

Expect the unexpected and never be surprised when the tough days get tougher or a happy day gets happier – and we all love the latter!

Show the world what you’ve got and ignite your inner strength into something so powerful, that no matter what comes your way, you are ready to fight back, every single time.

Deliver your best you every day and remember, impactful changes take a whole lot of time, energy and real effort – then you can look forward to the fruits of those wonderful glory days and believe me, I know they are coming for you.

Cheers to resilient you with the strength of a hundred soldiers.

I love you for your bravery – go get it!

Clarabelle, 9 December 2022

Equilibrium Upset?

Cherish your beautifully balanced equilibrium

When something or someone upsets your equilibrium, it’s important to reset your inner balance as soon as you can.

An off-balance internal system can throw out your whole day and keep you from moving forward.

Try to move on from the situation as quickly as possible or indeed “park it” until you’re ready to deal with it.

I know when my equilibrium is out of balance, I struggle to focus on the ‘job in hand’ and make any valuable progression.

Sometimes, all you need, is a well-deserved “time out” away from the person or situation, in order to give your body and head, space to think or perhaps – not to think!

To sit and dwell in an uncomfortable environment that upsets you even more, is absolutely not what we are trying to do here.

So next time you feel your harmonious field becoming disrupted, do your best to get away from that situation super fast.

You can deal with it, when you’re ready and not before then.

So cherish your beautifully balanced equilibrium and never give anyone or anything the power to knock it out of sync.

May your day be joyous and balanced.

Clarabelle, 2 December 2022

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You’re Never Alone

Have faith and trust in you.

Remember there is always the deepest love around you and you need never feel alone. Keep your spirits high and use any alone time to reflect on learning from the past and creating an amazing future for yourself.

Alone time can be so valuable to think about what you really want for your life going forward.

Have faith and trust in you.

Clarabelle, 1 December 2022

Your Sunshine

Stay true to you.

You have greatness within you and even on those darkest of days, your inner sun always shine.

Remember to stay true to you and let your light shine.

I seen you, breaking through each barrier that comes your way.

I know you can do this and I know you know too.

B E L I E VE

Clarabelle, 1 December 2022

Tired?

Start planning right now for those challenging times.

I know going for your goals in life and chasing your dreams can be extremely tiring at times. Believe me – I am with you here!

You’ve got to get yourself a good strategy in place for when the going gets tough. Working on your “go to” strategy upfront will prepare you for those harder times – because we all know, those days will come.

The best way to stay on top of your game, is to prepare for the game, not when you’re winning but when you’re losing.

So start planning right now for those challenging times and be prepared to kickstart your “go to” strategy when it is urgently needed.

Stay strong, stay resilient and stay focussed my friend.

Everyday you must be brave, battle the barriers and become the greatest version of yourself.

I know you’ve got this – I just know!

Clarabelle, 29 November 2022

Motiquote Monday

See the forever beauty in nature

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

Monday’s are a chance for you to make your whole week so productive, you’ll never look back.

Today’s quote reminds us of how picture perfect nature can be.

“Reflection Perfection”

Remember, to see the forever beauty in nature – it’s always there for you.

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Thanking YOU

A very special dedication to thanking YOU

Today’s post is a very special dedication to thanking YOU for being here and supporting this Clarabelle Blog with your valued presence, good energy and kind thoughts.

I love to write for us both and as you probably know, a lot of the time, I’m talking to myself in these posts – trying to give you and me some needed words of encouragement.

Life doesn’t run perfectly at all – we have good days, we have bad days and everything else in between but if I can cheer you up or ignite some inner motivation whilst you’re here – then that’s what makes my day.

So, THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH for spending your precious time reading my posts and I really do hope they offer you some true value in your life.

We’re all in this together and it’s important to support to each other.

THANK YOU MY FRIEND, THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.

Lots of love Clarabelle

24 November 2022

The Happier Side of Life

Life brings a roller coaster of changes that we are often not prepared for.

What do I know about what you’re going through right now? I have no idea if you’re feeling good or lying low but I do know that life brings a roller coaster of changes that we are often not prepared for.

We all have an emotional response to what’s going on around us and some of us are better at controlling that emotion or how we react to it.

There are so many different factors that determine how we respond to any given situation and I bet you, if you’re having a particularly bad day, you won’t respond the same way as you would, if you were having a good day.

Let’s keep it simple and say a bad day may equal a bad response and a good day may equal a good response. Therefore, if you want to respond better to challenging situations that come your way, it’s better to focus on the things that will help you have good day.

We can’t control other people and what they do but we can do as much as we can for ourselves to have a better kind of day.

Lately, I’ve been trying this out for myself and through my own daily efforts, I have managed to have more good days and good reponses than not so good ones. Below is a short list of some of the things I have been doing:

Reduced my intake of refined sugar. Although I really do love sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and all that lovely stuff, I noticed it was having a detrimental effect on my mood. I certainly had more of a short fuse when sugared up to the max with these delicious fancies. By cutting these out of my diet for the last four months I have noticed a positive difference in my mindset and mood.

Cut out caffeine. Caffeine has always been a tricky one for me, I love to love it but hated the brain crash when the caffeine wore off. This, so called crash put me into a low and cranky mood and I didn’t like that one bit. So I decided, let’s cut this stuff out of my diet and see how it goes. I must say my mood has definitely uplifted and my energy levels are higher and more constant throughout the day.

Got myself back in the gym. I stopped the gym for about a year and I did notice the negative changes in my body because of it. So, I started going back to the gym 2-3 times per week and this also had a positive impact on my energy levels and mood.

Running. I love to run but again, like the gym, I stopped it for a while and I’ve got to say, I really missed my running. Running makes my whole body feel good and alive, so I make sure I run at least twice a week to get the full goodness from it.

Writing. I love writing on this blog and creating poems but I stopped for about four years and that wasn’t good for me – I was unhappy with not satisfying my creative side. So I started writing on this Clarabelle blog about five months ago and that makes me feel on top of the world.

Went on holiday. I hadn’t been on a proper holiday for a number of years and it was well overdue. This holiday really did refresh my body and mind and reminded me of how good it is to ‘getaway’ every now and again.

Positive Relationships. I started focussing on having more positive and meaningful relationships that fulfilled me and inspired me to be a better person and reach for my goals. The power of having these good relationships in your life are highly impactful and can be a real gamechanger in terms of your own love and happiness.

Sleep. One of the most important factors for me in having a better day is by getting a good night’s sleep for at least 8 hours every night. I love my sleep and never feel guilty about putting my head to rest and going for a well deserved nap. Give me a great night’s sleep and I’ll be on point the whole day through.

Water. Since I stopped the caffeine, I don’t drink fizzy soda drinks or anything like that anymore. I mainly stick to sparkling and still water and aim to drink about two litres of this beautiful stuff everyday.

Motivation. I love listening to a little bit of motivational talks everyday, it just keeps my head in the right space. Every morning I listen to “7 Good Minutes” on Spotify and it really does have a positive impact on my focus and mood throughout the day. I always say to myself, “if they can do it, I can do it” – it’s powerful stuff!

There are so many other factors that I could add to the above list, like being around family, going for walks in nature, being by the sea, watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset, doing more fun things and the list goes on.

It really all comes down to choosing to do those things everyday that will help you be a better you and ultimately have better days. I am sure most of us, if not all, would rather be around a positive, good energy person that handles most challenges well and chooses to live on the happier side of life.

By Clarabelle, 23 November 2022

Motiquote Monday

Nature’s energy

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

How are you doing this fine Monday?

Today’s quote reminds us of the beautiful golden light energy that surrounds us and more importantly is within us.

“Golden Light Energy”

Remember, to breathe in nature’s energy – it’s always giving to you.

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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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Poetry Corner #16 – Sweet Sunrise Sublime

Awakening the world

My favourite time of day to write poems is very early in the morning or very late at night – when everything is much quieter around me.

I often dream of sitting in my ideal beach house writing poems on the ocean view balcony, whilst watching the sunrise or sunset – I plan to be doing this sometime in the future.

I therefore dedicate today’s poem to the dreams of tomorrow that I visualise today and what a wonderful feeling it truly is.

SWEET SUNRISE SUBLIME

The sun it rises,
glistening so bright,
it patiently waited,
goodbye to goodnight.

It’s warmth is tender,
a magical glow,
out to the horizon,
blue ocean below.

I stare at it softly,
with hypnotic eyes,
how blessed I am,
an amazing sunrise.

It gives me energy,
feelings of delight,
awakening the world,
happy and bright.

Thank you dear sunrise,
you make me feel good,
a whole day with you,
uplifts every mood.

No matter the weather,
you always shine
blue skies or rainbows,
sweet sunrise sublime.

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You Can Do It

Find inner strength

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YOU CAN DO IT BY CLARABELLE CARDS

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Motiquote Monday

Breathe in nature’s magic

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

How’s your Monday going?

Today’s quote reminds us of the beauty in each season.

Winter is a coming – isn’t it captivating?

“As winter takes its first breath, we stand here captivated”

Remember, to breathe in nature’s magic – it’s always there for you.

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Go For It

Keep a positive mind

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Motiquote Monday

I see you there.

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

Monday’s aren’t everyone’s best day but if you are doing what you love, then I guess Monday’s are so exciting for you.

Today’s quote is to remind you that the magic is within you.

“Magnificence Becomes You”

Take this motiquote today and run with it in your heart of hearts.

I see you there, living out your greatest dreams, full of smiles and uplifting surprises.

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Poetry Days

I will have a POETIC EMPIRE evolving before your eyes

I hope you’re having a truly wonderful day – I really do.

I was reflecting today (28 October 2022) on how much I love writing poetry, so much so, that I decided to change this whole Clarabelle blog into one GIGANTIC POETIC VISION.

So you will see that some things have changed around here and my main aim will be to continue to write poetry daily and share it with you. Going back to my roots and keeping it simple.

I will still add in some empowerment food for thought along the way but my strong focus now, going forward is, quite simply, to write poems and share them with you.

So there you have it. Poetry all the way.

The Clarabelle Podcast will now become the Clarabelle Poetry Podcast and I will share my spoken word poetry with you.

The motivational and encouraging posts will now be entwined in some sort of poetic format.

The videos I create, will all be poetic.

The Clarabelle products on sale currently all contain poetic verses and I will continue with this.

Basically, I will have a POETIC EMPIRE evolving before your eyes.

So that’s it for today. I am currently in Bonny Scotland visiting my lovely Mum who is celebrating her 80th birthday but I will continue to write on here daily whilst away.

My motto today is: keep it simple and do you

Thank you for being here.

Clarabelle

You Can Do It

Just make the choice

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You’re Never Alone

You’re never alone, at the toughest of times.

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Now is the Time

There’s no better time, than now!

Welcome beautiful you to Sunday’s Post-It Pics written and created by Clarabelle.

I do hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday and may the original quote below ignite a new you.

I look forward to welcoming you here every Sunday for this part of the weekly programme.

As always, thank you for being here.

Now is the time by Clarabelle

There’s no better time
than NOW!
Not tomorrow
Not the next day
But
NOW

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Change Your Life

It’s up to you

Welcome WONDERFUL you to Sunday’s Post-It Pics written and created by Clarabelle.

I do hope you’re having an amazing Sunday and may the original quote below give you some real food for thought to change for the better.

I look forward to welcoming you here every Sunday for this part of the weekly programme.

As always, thank you for being here.

Change Your Life by Clarabelle

It’s up to you
to change your life
for the better
IT’S UP TO YOU

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Next Level

Next Level

Welcome AMAZING you to Sunday’s Post-It Pics written and created by Clarabelle.

I do hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday and may the original quote below add meaning and depth to your day.

Please come back every Sunday for this part of the weekly programme.

As always, thank you for being here.

Next Level by Clarabelle

You have that inner ability
to take your life to the
NEXT LEVEL

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Quitting Caffeine

With the highest of highs, came the lowest of lows.

I have been a massive fan of the popular cafe latte and chocolate topped cappuccino since I tried my first ‘proper’ barista coffee in 2005 and then, I was quite simply. . .”hooked”.

One of my favourite past times used to be going to my favourite coffee shop, having the perfect window seat and writing poems in my notepad – I really loved it! Such a simple thing to do and I could easily sit there for hours people watching, pondering, reflecting and writing away. It was soulful bliss to me.

I actually didn’t realise how much the caffeine was adding to my enjoyable experience and how my creative mind seemed to flood with rhyming words and magical rhythms as soon as the caffeine hit kicked in. I later discovered that although this caffeine intake was great in the short term moment, it wasn’t so great for my long term mindset, sleep and general mood.

For me the instant buzz of caffeine raised my output to another level and my creativity and performance, albeit for a short period, was off the charts. However, with the highest of highs came the lowest of lows and I soon realised my body needed more and more caffeine to achieve the same hit. Well, this started worrying me and in all fairness, I just didn’t like it.

The negative effects of caffeine on me were too much to tolerate to keep on taking it. I experienced mood swings, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, trembling hands, acne and mild paranoia. Caffeine was making me slightly psychotic, so I had to give it up.

It took me 26 years of drinking coffee everyday to then realise how much it was negatively affecting me – that’s a lot of coffee and a lot of money to Mr Starbucks.

Since 2015 I’ve been on a rollercoaster ride with caffeine – sometimes I would stay off it for many months and then try it again to see if my body could handle the effects any better. Nope . . . . . if anything, it was just getting worse.

So fast forward to today, 30 September 2022 and I am caffeine free once more. This time I not only cut out caffeine coffees, tea and soda drinks, I also removed foods containing caffeine, such as chocolate – damn it – such a shame on that one, as I really do love chococate but I just can’t take the cocoa content.

What can I say – I genuinely feel I’ve found me again. The real me without the stimulants and I’m starting to really feel great again. My mood is now balanced, calm and focussed all of the time. My energy levels are increasing everyday and I am improving greatly with my running. My sleep is undisturbed and peaceful every night. My creativity is back to where it should be, without the need for that caffeine fix. If I want a coffee or tea it’s got to be decaf/herbal and I never drink soda anymore, sparkling water is my thing now.

I have never found the process of cutting out caffeine easy. As a matter of fact, when I do start the detox process, my mood is low and irritable for about two weeks and the caffeine withdrawal headaches are 48 hours of intense throbbing craziness.

Will I ever go back to caffeine again? Not on your life! Caffeine just messes with the very essence of me and I don’t want that messiness in my life anymore.

The last few months I have also massively reduced my refined sugar intake and I think that has also helped me to get back to me.

How does caffeine affect you? If you rely on your caffeine fix every day to ‘perk you up’ and ‘stay on it’, maybe you want to have a closer look at that?

Quitting caffeine was EXTREMELY hard for me. I once heard this quote: “If you do what’s easy everyday, your life will be hard, but if you do what’s hard everyday, your life will be easy.”

In the longterm I want an easy life, so today I will do what’s hard.

By Clarabelle

Article written on 30 September 2022
Posted to Blog on 8 October 2022

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Motiquote Monday

Love the rain

Welcome to Motiquote Monday, where Clarabelle will share one of her original quotes.

Today’s original quote, is inspired by Clarabelle’s love for the rain and the refreshing beauty she feels it brings.

Each quote whispers wisdom from the experience of life itself.

“Love the rain, it opens the soul, quenching life, making you whole.” Clarabelle

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Seasons Change

Seasons Change

Welcome wonderful you to Sunday’s Post-It Pics written and created by Clarabelle.

I do hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday and may the original quote below add to its beauty.

Please come back every Sunday for this part of the weekly programme.

As always, thank you for being here.

Seasons Change by Clarabelle

Seasons change
Life moves on
The present is now
Tough pasts are gone

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Post-It Pics

Yesterday’s dreams

Welcome wonderful you to Sunday’s Post-It Pics written and created by Clarabelle.

Today is the first day of sharing these heartfelt words with you.

Please come back every Sunday for this part of the weekly programme.

As always, thank you for being here.

Yesterday's dreams
Never went away
They life in you
And breathe today
Yesterday’s Dreams by Clarabelle

Yesterday’s dreams
never went away
they live in you
and breathe today

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Time to Help

Add some goodness to each day.

What if today you decided to help someone?

It might be something as simple as giving some food or money to a homeless person or phoning a friend or family member who lives on their own.

Help and expect nothing back, just help to HELP.

You might see an older person struggling with their shopping bags, so maybe you could help them across the road.

You might decide to share some positive words on one of your social media platforms – those empowering words, might just help out a friend in need.

If you have more time to help, why not do some volunteering for a day – there are many organisations out there who would love your help.

Help where you can and with your wonderful smile.

A little help can go a long long way, so let’s help one another and add some goodness to each day.

Thank you for being here, it’s a real joy to have your presence.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 7 September 2022
Posted to Blog on 24 September 2022

True Story

Take command of your heart, mind and soul.

“There must be more to life than this”, I said to myself, as my mind filled up with deep monotony and extreme dullness. I was 23 years young, had just lost my father to cancer after a 5 year struggle, was about 3 stone overweight and completely and utterley unfulfilled at work and life in general! I didn’t just have the “Monday Morning Blues”, I had the “Everyday Blues” at that time in my life. It got so bad, I didn’t even want to look at my reflection in the mirror because I was so afar from the person I wanted to become. Absolute true story. . . .phew!

Thank goodness, I took charge of my life and decided to change it for the better. The good thing is, I recognised at that time, nothing was going to change, unless I changed – so that’s what I did.

I joined the gym; started applying for new jobs, got a better job and a new boyfriend, all at the same time. I turned my boring, stagnant life into a much more happier one, in under 12 months.

You see, I’m really not the “settle for less” type of person – I can only do that for so long and then I begin to explode with passionate energy for something much more fulfilling.

I guess that’s just a natural part of me, who I am and what I really do love about myself. I am like the underdog who keeps coming back for more, getting stronger and more resilient everytime.

Oh how I wish I had joined the army when I was 18, which I really wanted to do, but I allowed the voices of others to decide that wasn’t a good option for me. No regrets and no blame – life is what it is and you can always make it better if you want to.

I encourage you to focus on the things in life that give you real energy and enthusiasm for each brand new day – this is why I write.

Bring more meaning, purpose and fulfillment into your life, in anyway you can and bit by bit move closer to the best version of you.

Most importantly, where you can, please help others along the way – your wisdom and experience can make a real difference in their life.

Take command of your heart, mind and soul and make a self-commitment to worry less and live more.

Thank you for being here.

Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 23 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 21 September 2022

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I Love It!

Timing can be EVERYTHING!

I just love writing in this blog and I will never tire of it.

When I write, I write for you and for me. Often, I am talking to myself when I write a post. It usually starts off with something that’s going on in my life – good or bad and then this conjures up some words of wisdom and/or a real effort to turn around negative thinking, in order to brighten up my spirits or to cheer up someone else who needs to read these words.

You see, timing can be EVERYTHING – empowering, positive words and strategies might just pop into someone’s life, just when they need it. They might be pondering over a difficult decision or life changing matter and the blog post helps in some sort of way.

The forever aim of what I write IS to help, motivate, encourage, inspire, empower, teach, develop and share as much positive influence, inner wisdom and useful knowledge as possible.

I write about these things because that is who I am as a person and that comes most natural to me. I have so much energy and passion for this stuff – it takes my breath away!

So, no matter the barriers, difficulties and challenges that we all face in life – you can always ‘camp out’ in this Clarabelle Blog and hopefully find something that will help you move forward in life.

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 16 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 12 September 2022

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