The ‘Not Doing’ Habit

Walk the talk

Don’t get into the habit of “not doing” because as soon as that non-serving habit gets hold of you – well, the only way is down!

Keep it moving, as much as you can, as best as you can and become an “I can do” type of person.

I know you know this and it’s time to walk the talk.

Clarabelle

Self-Mastery

Flourish in your own magnificence

Be a weapon of self-mastery.

Once one conquers thyself miracles happen.

Your goal on this journey of life is whatever you want it to be and I guarantee you that you’ll get there so much faster if you focus your mind on mastering thyself.

The greatest version of you is waiting to be unleashed and only you my friend have the key.

Keep on keeping on and flourish in your own magnificence.

Clarabelle

Do It for Yourself

It’s time for you

Do it for yourself.

It’s time to stop the excuses for not taking important action.

It’s time to face what needs doing – head on.

It’s time to believe in yourself and your capabilities.

It’s time to show yourself how you can turn things around.

It’s time for YOU.

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

Horizons

Champion your greatness

Expand your horizons like never before.

It’s a big wide world out there – make sure you keep on walking.

Even when you take baby steps forward towards your dreams, goals and aspiration – it’s still progress!

Champion your greatness and unleash your potential into the world.

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

Transformational Energy

Everything is energy

Transformational energy, starts with you.

It’s your focus, commitment and positive energy that will help you make any personal transformation that you want.

Everything is energy and you must channel it in the right direction for you.

A thought is energy and it’s your inner power that can magnify this into reality.

So the question is . . . . What do you want to transform in your life?

See yourself there.

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

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

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

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

I Am Strong

Facing the fear

Today is hard,
just let me breathe,
away from it all,
like a falling leave.

Congested thoughts,
stuck in mind,
nothing clear,
people unkind.

Bring me hope,
as I kneel here,
holding faith,
facing the fear.

Let my spirit,
allow love in,
believing one day,
I will win.

Let me see,
the brightest star,
twinkling at me,
from afar.

Let the sun,
sparkle and shine,
raising my energy,
feeling divine.

Now I know,
I am strong,
no matter the worry,
this life I belong.

By Clarabelle, 9 December 2022


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

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

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

Stuck in Your Head

Embrace the right kind of change

Don’t get stuck in your head with negative thinking and over analysing. If you really really want to do something, I know you WILL make it happen. On the other hand, if you say you really want to do something but nothing is getting done about it, you’ve really got to look at that.

There are many reasons why you would want to do something but just don’t and this inaction may be related to some sort of inner FEAR.

You see, I’m there right now. I really really want to do something but I have a HUGE fear of it not working out and this fear comes from experiencing this pain a number of times in the past. So what am I doing about this? Well, I am taking every lesson from the past failures and making changes ever so slowly, rather than just jumping in, which I have done every time before.

I’m not frightened of change, actually I embrace the right kind of change but taking baby steps towards the progression of this change is a better option for me.

I’m learning to move forward but in a different way. This type of movement helps me become more patient, disciplined and consistent with my daily action.

Please don’t stay stuck, it’s a miserable place to be in. Take a look at what tiny changes you can make everyday to help you on your new path.

We’re all in this together and that’s why I do what I do. I just love sharing words of encouragement with you – we all need a little bit of that.

I know you really really want to – so start doing something about it today.

Clarabelle

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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

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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Let Go of Old Ways

Think of your life ahead as one big blank canvas

What if you had to begin again? I really mean begin again, right where you are. What would that mean for you? What would you want to start again?

Life is a bit like that, sometimes we just have to begin again, start afresh, let go of old ways and encompass new ways – new ways of thinking, new ways of doing and new ways of feeling.

Think of your life ahead as one big blank canvas, with lots of white space to fill with whatever you want to fill it with – what do you want to fill your white space with?

Use your imagination right now to envisage a life of love, love for everything you want to do and who you love being with.  Reinvent the next chapter of your life into something truly amazing for you and your loved ones. This space can be entered into the here and now by changing things up for yourself, whatever that will be for you.

So I encourage you today to fill your walking boots with courage, bravery, energy, love, self-discipline, creativity, imagination and determination to make each baby step of change fulfilling and purposeful for you.

Get those walking boots out and rock your socks off into the next episode of YOUR AMAZING LIFE.

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8 Benefits of Crazy Cold Showers

it wakens me up like nothing else

Whilst on my own self development journey, I have tried and tested so many different life hacks and growth mindset strategies. One that I found very difficult to adopt but now seem to really love – is those “Crazy Cold Showers” in the morning.

I’ve got to be honest here, it took me a long time to get into the swing of it but now I simply love turning that shower from hot to cold for a short blast of super freshness and sheer aliveness in every cell of my body.

Of course, the real expert on this cold immersion therapy is the guru himself, none other than, Mr Wim Hof – you can find out all about his Wim Hof Method on his website and it’s really quite fascinating but not for the faint-hearted!

The main benefits I feel I get from my morning cold showers are quite simple yet impactful. Here are just a few:

  1. First and foremost it wakens me up like nothing else and after a good 8-9 hours sleep – that’s got to be a good thing.
  2. It uplifts my mood instantly – yes that crazy coldness makes me feel happy inside.
  3. Every cold shower is a challenge to me but the self-satisfaction I feel from overcoming that morning challenge, really does set me up for the day.
  4. My hair and skin looks and feels so much better, fresher and softer to touch – is this cold shower related? I feel it sure is.
  5. It’s fun – yes I did say fun – I treat it like a fun thing to do and it then feels like “childlike fun” in a funny sort of way.
  6. It puts my brain on an uplifted alert mode, which I then feel enhances my focus and concentration levels throughout the day.
  7. I don’t need that morning coffee to wake up my senses – these crazy cold showers work better than caffeine every single time.
  8. It detoxes the mind. The cold shower for me, in that moment, erases all the worries and stresses trapped upstairs – it’s like a destress release button to allow clarity to then kick in.

So there you have it, that’s eight good reasons for anyone to think about introducing a cold shower to their morning routine.

My cold shower process starts with hot, warm, luke warm, cool and then freezing cold – I turn the temperature down every minute or so, which allows by body to adapt quickly to the coldness. I then try to stay as long as possible under the freezing cold water and this is definitely the fun part!

Are you up for the cold shower challenge?

Have you already introduced cold showers into your morning routine?

Let me know you thoughts in the comments section and let’s support each other to be the best version of ourselves each and everyday.

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

Written by Clarabelle on 7 October 2022
Posted to Blog on 12 October 2022

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Next Level

Next Level

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

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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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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.

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Seasons Change by Clarabelle

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

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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

Poetry Corner #8

Self-belief can take you places

Good day to you and happy Thursday – it’s Poetry Corner day today, so a very warm welcome to you.

Explore the wisdom in your mind.

Believe

A gasp for air,
thirsty for life,
battling the storms,
of trouble and strife.

A messy mind,
a broken heart,
stuck in the moment,
where do you start?

Believe in you,
the strength within,
your beautiful heart,
desire to win.

For self-belief,
can you take you places,
flying high,
amongst smiling faces.

You can do it,
know this is true,
have faith in yourself,
and your dreams too.

Your inner wisdom,
will show you the way,
a new you is born,
believe in you today.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 24 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 22 September 2022

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Grow Into Tomorrow

Get Up and Get Going!

Stagnation can be so very painful. Lack of growth and stimulation can make a person feel ‘dead’. Focus on staying alive and true to yourself. Be the person today, you want to become in the future. Grow into tomorrow by developing as much as you can today.

As soon as you stop learning and making a meaningful contribution in life, you don’t just STOP, you actually go backwards, because everyone else is moving forward.

Are you happy being at the back of the line?

What will entice you to move on up the line?

What greatness awaits you at the front?

What will you do TODAY in order to make that positive change in your life?

The world waits for no one and no one waits for you. You’ve got to get UP yourself and GET GOING.

This one is for YOU – the back of the line doesn’t suit you.

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 17 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 13 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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Dig Deep

Happy digging my friend!

There’s only one way forward when you’re reaching for your dreams and that’s to keep digging deep, day in and day out, in order to achieve what you want.

This digging process can seem real tiring at times, especially if progress is slow but you must keep going until you get there.

“There” might be just around the corner or very faraway but if you are really passionate about your goal in hand, the distance, near or far, shouldn’t put you off.

Remember why you started and remember the pain of staying stagnant or indeed, going backwards – that very thought absolutely terrifies me and always seems to help me regain any lost focus.

Stumbling blocks along the way can seem to spoil the journey a little bit but always be mindful of the purpose behind what you’re doing and the end result which will inevitably be yours.

You’ve got to believe that you will achieve this dream or goal, for without this self-belief, you could be building on shaky ground.

Eliminate all failure by never giving up on what you truly desire and find ways to stay energised and focussed on the goal in hand.

The more progress you make, the more confident you will become and the closer you will move towards your dream.

Stay disciplined, determined and committed to the end outcome – hold that vision so strong in your mind and never let it go.

The greatest reward will come from your everyday efforts being channeled in the right direction.

Don’t sway on the heavy days, stay light on your feet and put your mind and body into ‘drive’ mode.

Laser focus, tunnel vision or whatever you want to call it – just make sure you stay on track and see how your life positively changes before you.

Happy digging my friend!

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 16 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 11 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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I Remember When. . .

Everyone in the community knew each other and looked out for each other.

MY SWEET SWEET MEMORIES FROM THE LATE 70S & EARLY 80S

You could leave your house door open during the night;

You could go for an early sole run in the park with no fear;

You would chat outside to your next door neighbour for hours;

No one carried a mobile phone and everyone coped fine;

Children played in large groups outside after school;

Local playgrounds were filled with children, without the need for parents being there;

Children used their imagination and played ‘made up’ games with their friends;

You only had one true best friend but it was called a ‘best pal’;

We didn’t have a landline at home and no one really cared;

All family dinners were home made;

A holiday was going on family day trips to the closest seaside location;

There was only three TV channels and we felt spoiled for choice;

If you could afford a taxi, you were rich;

If you missed the bus, you had to wait another hour on the next one;

Those tiny bronze half pence pieces existed and you felt you had loads of money;

Children would jump for joy with a 10 pence mix up;

Children played water fights during the summer holidays with empty washing up liquid bottles;

Everyone in the community knew each other and looked out for each other;

Hardly anyone had a car;

Getting a 50 pence toy from the local shop, felt like Christmas;

The milkman delivered your glass bottles of milk on your front door step every morning;

As children, we played, football rounders, hide and seek, skipping ropes, kick the can, hopscotch, obstacle courses, sprint races, tennis, swingball, talent shows…and all outdoors!

My Dad, Grans, Granda, Aunties, Uncle, Godmother and some good School Pals were all living back then – now sadly missed . . . . . . oh how I remember when!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 9 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 4 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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The Good in Fear

“giving it a go”

A friend once said to me, “I don’t do fear”. I was like, “WOW”, what a way to think! She would share stories with me of times in her life when she faced so much adversity that fear was never an option for her – she had to survive! This woman is one super BRAVE lady!

Today though, as I reflect back on that enlightening conversation, I think of all the times in my younger life when being “fearful” was actually a positive for me.

I was sometimes fearful of my teachers at school, so much so, I would do extra studying after school, just so I could get the teacher’s question right in class. Overall, I think that did me a litte bit of good – especially in Accounts, which I hated but passed with flying colours!

I was lots of times fearful of doing talks and presentations in front of a little or a lot of people. This fear was also good, because it made me practice and practice and PRACTICE in order to improve and become better at it. In a weird sort of way, I still find it easier to talk to a live audience of thousands of people, rather than an intimate bunch of 20. Give me a huge big stage and I’m comfortably on it! I also have a very loud voice and super high energy – so I guess it all fits!

I’m certainly not advocating all fear, I just think, sometimes it can work to your advantage in certain ‘self-development’ circumstances.

Where, I think fear did not work for me, was when I pulled myself out of the running races at School because I knew I wasn’t fast enough to beat some other runners. In my head at the time, I thought, I’m not entering this competition because I won’t win the gold medal and I don’t want silver or bronze – how super childish is that thinking!

That type of silly thinking also straddled into my young work life when I didn’t go for early promotions because I thought other colleagues would get the job over me and I didn’t want to deal with the hurt, embarrassment and rejection. So this type of fear that I am describing, is really NOT good. Thankfully, those types of fear I just don’t have anymore and nothing like that ever holds me back from “giving it a go”.

Today, I am a “face fear head on” type of person – if I’m fearful – then I must do it – that’s it!

Imagine yourself today, STRONG, FEARLESS and POWERFUL – now what you going to do about it?

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 9 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 29 August 2022

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Peaceful Tranquility

give yourself some well needed ‘breathing space”

Are you craving for some peaceful tranquility in your life right now?

If you’re running around in a frenzy trying to get everything done yesterday, then maybe you do need to slow down a bit.

There is nothing more important than your health and wellbeing, so please, give yourself some well needed, ‘breathing space’.

Your family, friends and work will benefit more in the long run, if you jump off that hamster wheel and take some ‘time out’.

Your head and your heart needs a break from all the noise and unnecessary distractions that pull you in so many different directions. How on earth can you move forward with all that stuff pulling you back.

Make time for yourself to BE YOURSELF – not the angry parent, stressed out boss, frustrated friend or worried workmate.

Just time for you, to focus on YOU!

I bet, even that very thought, seems like bliss.

Remember you are deeply loved, respected and admired by the people in your life – so make sure you bring your best energy when you’re with them and that means a well rested you in advance.

I think your time to recharge is long overdue.

You’ve got this…..always!

By Clarabelle, London, UK

Written on 8 August 2022

Posted to blog 28 August 2022

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Never EVER Doubt

be proud of your life successes

Remember your experience and you’ll remember your worth!

Many years ago, a genius mind once said to my doubtful mind, “Claire, remember your experience” and that was EVERYTHING I needed to hear at that moment in time.

For some reason, I had forgotten about it for a little while and it turned me into a short-term worrying wreck. However, as soon as I was triggered to think about what I brought to the table, I turned into that brave, courageous, self-confident human being I love.

Never EVER doubt the extraordinary qualities you offer and be proud of your life successes to date.

You truly are one of a kind!

By Clarabelle, London, UK

Created on 7 August 2022

Posted to blog on 26 August 2022

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Be THEE Leader

BIG THINKERS with a purposeful VISION

I was a Professional Executive Coach for many years and really did do very well in it. I met the most AMAZING leaders, whom I learned so much from. I found similar qualities in the leaders who made the BEST progress and I share below some of these:-

An incredibly ambitious growth mindset;

Deep listeners with a real eagerness to become more self-aware;

A true drive and enthusiasm for positive self-change;

Powerful and fast acting on the implementation
of new ideas and learning;

A desire to become a better leader and to empower others
to see their own leadership capabilities;

An unbelieveable ability to turn things around where needed;

Internally honest and seekers of truth to help them
get out of their own way;

An energetic passion for meaningful results
within themselves and others;

A first class ability to know what needs done and
the onboard accountability for doing it;

Aspirational in their thinking and inspirational in their doing;

BIG THINKERS with a purposeful VISION;

And, let me tell you, this impressive list of leadership qualities goes on and on!

I am proud to say, I worked with the GREATEST in their field and I will never forget how ELATED and ENERGISED we both would feel after a truly progressive coaching session.

If you are in a leadership position and are currently struggling with your current set up or difficult strategic decisions – seek out a recommended professional executive coach or business mentor, who will ignite your inner drive, deeply question your current position and open up your own strategic thinking to achieve the necessary results.

There are an abundance of leadership coaching tools out there, that a highly skilled coach or mentor can share with you, in order to help you progress FAST!

Leaders have a lot of heavy plates spinning, whilst under a tremendous amount of work and personal stress – maybe it’s time to seek out the expertise you need.

Don’t stay stuck and never stay stagnant!

Be THEE Leader!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 5 August 2022
Posted to blog on 22 August 2022

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Anyone for Pizza?

think happy thoughts to awaken your mind

Good Morning wonderful you!

Give yourself a slice of happiness for breakfast and sorry, I don’t really mean pizza!

Think happy thoughts to awaken your mind. Use your creative imagination to stir up an aspirational vision for the future.

Be grateful for the goodness in your life today and never forget how special you are.

There is true wisdom living inside of you, so let it confidently breathe in, the intiation of amazing things to come.

Why not cut your big whole pizza into pieces of eight and let each slice represent a positive attribute.

My pizza today, is therefore made up of the following slices:

Happiness

Gratitude

Kindness

Confidence

Achievement

Success

Courage

Strength

What is your yummy pizza made up of today?

Get rid of the negativity in your life, you just don’t need that rubbish around you.

Enjoy your delicious pizza!

By Clarabelle

London, UK

Created on 5 August 2022

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Strive to be the Greatest

Never apologise for aiming to be the BEST in your field.

Even if you never ever become the BEST in your field, the fact that you actually strive to be the greatest, is what will make the difference between being ordinary or being AWESOME.

I always aim to be better today than yesterday – it might not always work out, but at least I go for it!

If I believe I AM THE GREATEST in my field, I won’t let limited thinking stand in my way of progression.

Even if, in the eyes of many, I am not the greatest, I don’t allow their thinking to have a negative affect on mine. Well, wouldn’t that be a bit BIG HEADED then? Absolutely NOT, if it is for a meaningful purpose and aligns with your core values.

Never apologise for aiming to be the BEST in your field. Never ‘dumb down’ your talents and abilities to fit into a smaller box. In my opinion, battle your way out of any boxed thinking and set yourself FREE to achieve greatness.

If you’re not aligned with the above – that’s okay – you just need to kick your way out of that box!

I see you doing AMAZING things, when you let your greatness shine through.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Article written on 3 August 2022
Posted on blog 19 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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Yesterday’s Dreams

it does matter that you start

Let’s hope you are not craving today, the sheer magnetic power of your unfulfilled dreams – for that truly is a difficult pill to swallow.

What if though, you had another chance?

What if, you decided today, right now, to simply, GO FOR IT!

It doesn’t matter if you start a little or a lot of late, but it does matter that you start.

Imagine yourself, right now, in that place of achieving that very dream – isn’t it just, a truly wonderful feeling.

Yesterday’s dreams, are still there for the taking. Never close the door on what your passionate heart longs for.

Think of a world where everyone is using their innate talents to achieve dreams of greatness.

Now that truly is a dream come true.

Don’t limit yourself any longer – go do that thing, you know is absolutely meant for you.

By Clarabelle

London, UK

1 August 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

Don’t Play the Blame Game

forge forward with all your might and self-power

The title says it all really, doesn’t it?

If you ever, EVER hear yourself blaming others for something that is NOT going right in your life, I want you to STOP that useless thinking RIGHT NOW!

You are where you are, because of YOU. Hold yourself accountable for your own decisions, choices and wants that took you to where you are standing today.

If you are NOT happy with where you’re at, don’t go blaming anyone else for that. Take control of the situation NOW and do what you need to do to CHANGE that.

The past is the PAST, the present goes so fast, it is basically the past – so focus on your future wants and needs and bring your “A” game to the table in order to achieve your desires.

Don’t ever play the “blame” game – I promise you, it’s pulling you backwards and that’s not a progressive direction to be heading in.

Forge forward with all your might and self-power and let go of that draining blaming stuff today.

Go on then – oh and don’t blame me if you don’t do it!

I see you flying high…..always and I want you to see it too!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
26 July 2022

Do You Know?

drive yourself forward into your dreams

Do you know what it takes from you to reach your highest potential?

Do you know what you exactly want from life?

Do you know where you want to see yourself in 2-5 years from now?

Do you know what your core values are and if you are aligned with them right now?

Do you know the special qualities that you bring to the table and how to make sure you are utilising them as best you can?

Do you know how to unleash the greatest parts of you, so that you can contribute effectively to your dreams, goals and aspirations?

Now, turn each “do you know” question into “what will it take”; “what do I want” “what are my”……

It’s important that you DO KNOW the answer to these questions and it is more important that if you want to achieve these desires for yourself, that you take committed action on a daily basis to make them happen.

Hold yourself accountable and drive yourself forward into your dreams.

Did you know this?

By Clarabelle
London, UK
26 July 2022