Stay Fresh

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Stay Fresh

Stay fresh in your life, what does this mean?

Fresh Thinking

Stay fresh in your thinking, be open to new ideas, new ways of working, new opportunities that come your way….stay fresh.

Fresh Eating

Stay fresh with your eating habits, make healthy choices, drinks lots of pure fresh clean water, eat fresh, be fresh and keep your body good….stay fresh.

Fresh Doing

Stay fresh with your activities, be open to trying out new things, when was the last time you tried something new?  Truly feel alive by doing more of what you love and……stay fresh.

Fresh Exercise

Stay fresh with regular daily exercise, a very little is more than, well, nothing, so every little counts here.  Stay fresh by going for a lovely walk in the fresh air, breathe in life, let it glow and flow through your body….stay fresh.

Fresh Money

Stay fresh with your money, think about new ways to earn more money, not just what to spend your money on.  Stay fresh by managing your money better and getting back in control of it.  Keep your money fresh….stay fresh.

Stay fresh at all times, your true self with thank you for it.

Stay fresh,

Clarabelle

 

 

Soul Growth

What will you do today to honour your soul? …..

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Do something today to honour your soul.  Something that will deeply connect you to your true self.  What might this be?  Well, for me it could be any of the following:

  • Taking time to pray
  • Make up my own prayer
  • Write a heartfelt poem
  • Spend some time reflecting on my Vision Wall
  • Declutter the house
  • Writing a song
  • Creating music
  • Reading a book on a subject I’m passionate about
  • Writing a meaningful and purposeful blog post 🙂
  • Meditating
  • Writing a Gratitude List
  • Listening to my favourite music
  • Spending time with my close family and friends
  • Going for a long run
  • A walk amongst nature
  • Helping someone

The above, are just some things that help my own soul growth but for you in might be something completely different.  Do whatever works for you, as along as you do it.  Soul growth is such a special type of development that really gets…

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What Are You Tolerating?

You get what you tolerate….

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A Question to Ponder

You may not wish to answer straight away, you may wish to contemplate the question for a few minutes/hours/days or even a couple of weeks.  You don’t even need to post the answer on here, but it would be nice if you would and share your answers with others.  So here is your question:

What are you tolerating?

Here is my answer:

These days I don’t tolerate most things that don’t serve me well and I made that change for myself a while back after I came across this statement “You get what you tolerate”.  Wow, that was a transformational statement to me because it really made me think of what I was tolerating at that time in my life and didn’t wish to continue to tolerate.  This changed my thinking at that time and inspired positive change within me.

So these days, if I’m…

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The Magical Power of Thank You

Gratitude has such a magical power…..

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Gratitude has such a magical power, it is more powerful than you could ever imagine, it has the power to change you from within and in doing so change the environment around you. Feel very blessed for everything you have in your life right now, deliberately be grateful for it all, you will then know what I am talking about because you too will be holding the magic in your heart.

I am forever grateful to you for reading these posts and joining me on the path of gratitude.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lots of love Clarabelle 🙂

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The Four D’s of Success

Change your life with these 4 applied principles

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Never Give Up

Success Formula

I was speaking with a good friend of mine this evening who is highly successful in their field of elite health and fitness and I wanted to share with you his four D’s of success.  Below is what he considers to be the basic foundations of his extreme success to date in this industry:

1.  Diet (Healthy Nutrition)

2.  Discipline (Self)

3.  Determination (Self)

4.  Desire (Burning)

He explained to me how he applies these basic success principles in his daily life and how good this makes him feel.  I just felt it was really good to share with you his thoughts, to help you learn and apply these principles in your daily life.

It certainly inspired me and got me thinking about the principles that are missing from my daily life and for me “Discipline” is the one I need to work on.

Which of these success…

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How to #balance your #diet

Healthier living for you….

Rohidas Vitthal Sanap: Web Developer/Designer

It’s important today to look at the nutrition value in each food item we consume!

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How carb rich is your diet? How many calories have you consumed today and how much fat has been accumulated in your body so far? For everyone who wants to lead a good life, sticking to a balanced diet will come as the topmost priority apart from regular exercise and healthy way of living.

Experts say a diet rich in carbohydrates defeats the idea of good health. So what must be kept in mind is to eat lots of greens. Spinach, methi and other such leafy vegetables when combined with legumes and pulses make for a nutritious combo.

By looking for alternatives like millet, oats and other grains which are fibre rich, one can explore a world of healthy recipes. Working out various permutations like replacing rice with either millet or oats in the traditional…

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The Wealth in Health

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Look after your health….

The Wealth in Health

The wealth in health,
is more than gold,
more than hope,
and dreams to be told.
For a healthy heart,
and a tip top mind,
will give you freedom,
of the ultimate kind.
There is no dollar,
pound or penny,
that could match great health,
of one or many.

By Clarabelle

Take A Break

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Take A Break

Take could care,
of the person that’s you,
you’ll then shine like a star,
in whatever you do.
Rest when you need it,
just take a break,
recharge the batteries,
before you awake.
Life can be exciting,
but over-stretching too,
your passion will not fade,
it lives inside of you.
Create the space,
the mind deserves,
relax the body,
to build up reserves.
Take a deep breath,
detox the soul,
this self caring change,
will make you feel whole.

18 Healthy Habits Towards A Better You

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Make a difference to your life, look at your daily rituals, are they supporting your dreams?

Here’s a small insight into my daily habits, the good habits, the MUSTS in my life, I know they make a difference to me, I know they will help me to get me to where I want to be:

  1. 6am wake up, sometimes earlier, I set my alarm at least an hour and a half before I start work, this is so I can listen daily to lots of positivity before I start my day.  I switch on my favourite YouTube channels and I am doing morning meditations, listening to Gratitude audios, seeking wisdom from people like Tony Robbins, Esther Hicks, Louise Hay, anything and everything on the Law of Attraction/Law of Vibration, anything and everything positive and motivational.  I love it, it really sets me up for the day, nothing negative is getting into my brain.
  2. Healthy nutritious breakfast, this maybe a healthy smoothie, or porridge oats or scrambled eggs, breakfast is a MUST for me, I need to get that metabolism going, I love the energy it gives me at the start of the day.
  3. Work through my MUSTS for today, usually prepared the night before on my iPad, MUSTS firsts then wants.
  4. Blog post time, yippee, let’s share the inspiration in my head with others….I love it.
  5. Run time, I’m training for the Edinburgh marathon so I MUST get my training run in, today my training run is 5 miles woo hoo, I love running, it makes me feel so good and I love to see how my body starts to change, how it starts to look really fit and amazing with all that training.
  6. More motivation and positivity from YouTube or a great book, as long as it’s positive I’ll have it, give me more, give me more, more, more, more
  7. Meal times for me are as healthy as possible, especially when “I’m on it” and what I mean by that is when I am really focused on improving my health and fitness, which I am now.
  8. Chat to family and friends, I work away at the moment, so I do my best to keep in touch with friends and family, everyday I do something that fulfills this for me.
  9. Write letters/cards to friends,usually I am either buying cards for people or writing cards and letters and sending them to people I know, I love doing that.
  10. Me time, personal development planning time, I love this time, at least 1-2 hours thinking and planning what I want out of my life, what I am aiming for in the future and researching into how I am going to get there – the world is my oyster, that’s what I believe and I believe that I can be, do and have anything I want in life.
  11. Coffee and chocolate, yes I know, not that healthy, I love this little treat, almost nearly everyday I will treat myself to this, I do get away with it because of all my running training, I do enjoy my coffee and chocolate fix.
  12. Focusing on changing my thinking, okay I’m not perfect and I do sometimes have doubts or negativity trying to seep into that mind of mine, so I have great strategies in place that will block/deflect that stuff.  It can be anything from listening to my favourite music, going for a walk, whatever it is, I know what I need to do and I am most definitely getting better at changing the contents of my thoughts  to thoughts that are more supportive towards me and my goals.
  13. Daydreaming, I love a little daydream or even a short nap in the afternoon, it recharges the batteries and rejuvenates my spirit.
  14. Lots of food, I eat a lot so I try my best to eat as healthy as possible, although as I said before I allows myself treats when I want them, if my body is craving for chips, then I’ll definitely have them, but not everyday, maybe once a month or something like that.
  15. Gratitude, this is such a big part of my life, in my quiet thoughtful moments throughout the day I think of all the things I am grateful for right now in my life, in that moment, I do this often, many times throughout the day…..I love doing it, I am so very grateful, I truly am.
  16. Water, well….I could definitely get a lot better at drinking more water, however I am very good at drinking herbal teas, decaf green tea is my favourite right now.
  17. I have a good skincare routine now…I have got better at this over the last few months, my favourite natural oils to use right now on my skin are pure castor oil and pure coconut oil, they have tremendous benefits and I am loving using them.
  18. I always end my day with more positivity, more positive reading or positive listening, sometimes I will watch an inspirational film or documentary, I love a happy ending, I truly do.

So the above is just some of the good habits that I have adopted for myself and gradually introduced over the last few years.  I don’t live a perfect life nor would want to but I do try my best to have daily rituals which I know help me to work towards my best ever self.  There is so much more I could do and I will get there, bit by bit, baby step by baby step…..because I know these small positive changes, through time, will make a great difference to me and my life.

What positive daily rituals/habits have you introduced into your life, that benefit you?  I’d love to hear about them, please comment below.

Clarabelle

Edinburgh Marathon 31 May 2015

I am now one week into my Edinburgh Marathon training and I must say, I am feeling ever so good. This will be my 4th marathon and I will use all my running experience from the previous 3 marathons to make this the best one yet.

I am adapting a basic marathon training plan and mixing it up with gym strengthening sessions, where I will focus on strengthening my core muscles, my quads and my arms. I have built up this training knowledge since completing my first marathon in 2007 and I feel I really do know what works for me and what I need to improve upon.

I will keep you posted on developments.

I know I talk a lot about doing what you love on here, and road running is something I really love doing, it makes me feel so good. Personally I like to tie my running outside with a marathon goal because it keeps me so focused and aligned with my health goals and achievements.

I’m really looking forward to this one.

What do you love doing, what makes you feel so good?

Hold onto that feel good feeling, it will help you to maintain your inner happiness and improve your general wellbeing.

Here’s to a happy, healthier you.

Love, Clarabelle

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Healthy Happy You

I am a couple of weeks into having my super duper Nutri-bullet nutrient extractor and I must say I do absolutely love it. I have been trying out lots of different smoothies and green juices and I can tell that my body cells are just loving their recently upgraded nutrient boost.

Once I have tried it out for another few weeks I will then share with you my favourite smoothies and green juice recipes.

Having maximum health and wellbeing is one of my core values and life goals and I do love that healthy glowing feeling when “I’m on it”.

So I shall aim to keep you posted over the next few weeks.

Stay glowing, stay healthy, stay you.

Clarabelle

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Get Moving

Feeling a little lethargic and lacking in your usual pizazz? Let me recommend some light exercise to get your body feeling alive again. Go for a walk, dance to you favourite music- whatever you choose to do, I am sure your pizazz will be back in no time.

You can move any mountain, love Clarabelle

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Newby to NutriBullet

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NutriBullet All The Way

I was so excited on Saturday, I treated myself to my first ever nutrient extractor the “NutriBullet”.  It is a combination of both a blender and a juicer and perfect for me in helping me achieve all my health goals.

As I shared with you in a previous post I am running my 4th marathon in May this year, the Edinburgh Marathon and I want to ensure that I get the right proper nutrition into my body during my 20 weeks training plan.  I did a lot of research into the NutriBullet and what it can offer me in terms of health benefits and so therefore I decided to buy one.

Tonight, I tried it out for the very first time and I loved it, here’s what I put in my NutriBullet healthy smoothie:

  • half a cucumber
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • handful of kale leaves
  • one small plum
  • half a carrot
  • quarter of a courgette
  • 150ml of almond milk
  • 100ml of water

I didn’t actually follow any specific recipes for the above, I just put in my own smoothie mixture and hey presto, it tasted really really delicious.  I had a small glass tonight and I have kept the rest in the refrigerator for my breakfast first thing in the morning.  I love it, I LOVE it and I love putting healthy foods into my body, it just makes me feel so good and full of vitality and energy.

I shall keep you posted on all the other adventurous smoothies I make and also healthy soups, maybe you would like to try it for yourself one day, I would totally recommend it.

I love being healthy, do you?

Love Clarabelle

Edinburgh Marathon 2015

The Experience

So this year I take on the challenge of running my 4th marathon. I am super excited because the whole journey from start to finish makes me feel so good. There are so many positives from training for and completing a marathon, they actually live inside your heart forever…….they really do. The experience is so amazing and highly emotional (in a good way), that you’ll never forget it.

Love Running

I love running outdoors and I love the challenge of a marathon…..you never get the same experience twice and you find out how strong your heart and mind really is.

Fast Course

This year I am going to try and run the marathon under 5 hours, this will be a tough challenge but Edinburgh is a fast course (so I’m told) and it would be so good to achieve this in my home Country.

So my marathon history to date is:

2007 New York City Marathon, time 5 hours and 1 minute
2010 London Marathon, time 5 hours and 56 minutes
2013 Loch Ness Marathon, time 5 hours and 12 minutes
2015 Edinburgh Marathon, time TBC 🙂

Go on set yourself a goal this year, a real challenge, something that will change your life forever…….fancy doing a marathon?

Keep running towards your dreams.

Love to you, Clarabelle

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I Spied With My Little Eye

I spied with my little eye,
Something beginning with me.
I looked at my life,
And discovered the vision I see.
It was colourful and bright,
All I wanted it to be.
Dancing and Smiling forever,
Like waves of gratitude in the sea.
I spied with my little eye,
Something beginning with happy.

By Clarabelle

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A Grateful Heart

Be thankful for everything you have in your life right now and most of all be thankful for your life. I am forever thankful to be here and share my happy spirit with you on this blog.

Take a moment to reflect upon all that you are grateful for, you will be amazed at how good it feels.

Thank you for being here.

Love Clarabelle

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Don’t Overthink It

It is so easy to overthink things, give yourself a break and just do what needs done. Often the more you hang around making a simple decision the more mixed up the mind gets. Set your mind free today, do what needs to be done and instantly that busy mind will simmer down.

What do you need to do today?

Lots of love, Clarabelle
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Rest When You Need It

I needed to rest my body yesterday, it was crying out for a longer sleep, so I eventually gave it yesterday what it needed and I woke up this morning feeling even more than ready to take on the world. This poem is just about that. Does your body need a little holiday?

Rest When You Need It

Rest when you need it,
Just take a break.
It’s amazing how you’ll feel.
Full of life and awake.
So recognise in your body,
When it needs to sleep
A short 40 minutes,
Or a longer slumber deep.
Your energy will be better,
Your heart will feel so good
Rejuvenate yourself,
Live in a happy mood.

By Clarabelle

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Happy?

I do believe I am, probably 99% happy with lots of things in my life. I suppose, it’s all actually down to my perception because another might experience an equivalent life and not perceive it as high a percentage. I am, in general a happy person, a natural happy spirit. This doesn’t mean I don’t have down days and hard times, I just automatically feel most true to myself just being, well……..happy!! I do my best to focus on solutions to problems, but I don’t always get it right. When I am in the 1% moments I immediately recognise it and put so much energy into turning it around for myself. Simple things like going for a walk, watching a motivational video on YouTube, writing a poem, posting to this blog or visiting my mum, they all help me get back to that happier feeling again.

If you don’t have a simple strategy to play when the chips are down, why not think about one for yourself now. Whatever works for you is a must for you to action at the times you need it most.

Hey, maybe even reading by blog helps you…….now that really does make me happy.

Stay strong and positive, Clarabelle
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Double Rainbow

Today, I went a long 9 mile round trip walk to the White Horse Hill in Uffington, Oxfordshire. I wanted to view the beautiful morning sunrise from the top of the hill, however it was a little too cloudy for that. Never mind, I saw something even better on the walk back, a beautiful double rainbow, wow, it truly made my day.

Rainbow days to you, love Clarabelle

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Question of the Month

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Welcome to the month of July, below is this month’s question for you to reflect upon.

Question:

What one small change could you make to your life today, right now, that would make a positive difference to you in the long term?

My Answer:

Drink more water………so many man y positive benefits, I must do this and I shall!!

Go on, make the change, make that small change, you deserve it.

Love to you, Clarabelle

 

 

 

The Four D’s of Success

Never Give Up

Success Formula

I was speaking with a good friend of mine this evening who is highly successful in their field of elite health and fitness and I wanted to share with you his four D’s of success.  Below is what he considers to be the basic foundations of his extreme success to date in this industry:

1.  Diet (Healthy Nutrition)

2.  Discipline (Self)

3.  Determination (Self)

4.  Desire (Burning)

He explained to me how he applies these basic success principles in his daily life and how good this makes him feel.  I just felt it was really good to share with you his thoughts, to help you learn and apply these principles in your daily life.

It certainly inspired me and got me thinking about the principles that are missing from my daily life and for me “Discipline” is the one I need to work on.

Which of these success principles do you feel you need to work on or what do you feel is missing from the list?

It’s great to share this knowledge with you and add a little bit of value to your life.

Keep on, keeping on.

Clarabelle

 

 

November’s Question of the Month

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At the beginning of every month I pose a question for you to reflect upon and answer for yourself, I also provide you with my own answer to that question.

This month’s question links to the contents of my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, coming soon!!  The answers that are posted in the comments section of this blog post will contribute to a section within the eBook and I will also link this blog post to it.  It means that if you do choose to comment, which I would really really love, then your comments will be linked and can be accessed by the readers of the eBook and hopefully they will also visit your own blog, I will certainly encourage them to do that.

So this month’s question relates to “Gratitude“, I bet you guessed that one already!!  🙂

Question:

What does the feeling of “Gratitude” feel like to you, i.e. how does “Gratitude” make you feel?

My Answer:

When I am truly grateful for anything I have in life, it makes me feel so wonderful, I feel happy inside, I feel inspired, I feel motivated, I feel energised, I feel at one with myself, I feel I want to help other people, I feel of real value, I feel in harmony and in balance.

Feeling grateful is such a beautiful feeling for me and sometimes words cannot nearly describe what it really feels like.  Feeling grateful makes me feel like I am meant to be here, it connects me to my purpose in life and makes me want to take inspired action.

Gratitude makes my heart smile inside and it touches my soul……it’s a bit like feeling the feelings of love, true love.  When I am grateful I feel connected to a higher purpose, I feel good, I feel loved, I feel so thankful for being alive, right now, in this very moment.

When I feel grateful I want to sing, I want to dance and I want to share my happy feelings with others.

I practice daily gratitude and this is why, because it makes me feel so so so so good.  

I would really really love to know what it feels like for you?   

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The Science Behind Daily Gratitude

Daily Gratitude

As you know I am a massive fan of daily gratitude, it is such an important value to me, I just love the feeling of feeling grateful, it makes me feel so good…..and with my daily gratitude exercise, I feel happier and happier every day.  I totally believe in the power of gratitude and that is why it has been a joy to me to write an eBook on Gratitude.

What Science Reveals About Daily Gratitude

In this YouTube video below, Jane Ransom, Coach/Speaker/Author/Professional Hypnotist, shares at a TEDxTalk some of the benefits of gratitude and what science reveals about the practice of daily gratitude.

Jane states, “When you practice gratitude correctly you tap into neuroplasticity , brain plasticity, that’s the discovery that we can restructure our physical brains by using our minds to create better brain cell connections.  Today, neuroplasticity reveals how a consistent gratitude exercise works to physically remap the connections amongst our brains cells to literally reform the subconscious mind.”

Jane shares that she is living proof that daily gratitude works for her in her life and I am also living proof of that too……I honestly cannot say enough good things about the practice of daily gratitude and my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” will provide you with exercises on how to do that….coming soon!!

What are you grateful for today?

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A Little Bit of Me Time…

Happy and Excited 

Yesterday my best friend Donna and I went to the Carrick Spa at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond, this was a 40th birthday gift given to me by my great friends Gina and John. We had one of the BEST days ever and even though it didn’t all go plain sailing, we were so happy and excited about going, nothing was going to dampen our spirits.  Here is a little taster of our journey from yesterday.

59 Seconds

We both decided that we would get the train in so we could have a few celebratory glasses of bubbly as part of our day.  Unfortunately we missed our train by 59 seconds (to be precise) which was going to leave us 30 minutes late for our spa treatment, a rasul mud massage.  I telephoned the Spa to let them know we were going to be late and was very nicely advised that because they were fully booked that day, we would probably not get our treatment but we could still spend the rest of the time using all the other spa facilities.  Instead of us being angry, annoyed or disappointed, we just laughed off the situation because we were still very grateful for this day.

What a Real Gentleman

Thank you to the gentleman working at Queen Street Station in Glasgow City Centre, who came over to us to offer his help and he spent at least 20 minutes trying to help us look at alternative trains so we could get there on time.  What a real gentleman he was and we had such a laugh talking to him and telling him about our wonderful day ahead at the Spa. After looking at the other options, we accepted the fact that we were going to have to be 30 minutes late and therefore miss our rasul massage treatment but hey, we were still really looking forward to using all the facilities at the 5 Star Spa.  I said earlier, we were in such a good mood, nothing was going to spoil our excitement.  🙂

Elated

We arrived at the very stunning Carrick Spa in Loch Lomond and sincerely apologised for our lateness.  To our wonderful surprise, someone had just phoned and cancelled their 1pm appointment for that day for the rasul massage treatment and yippee we were given that appointment, woo hoo, we were elated to say the least.  🙂

We spent almost 5 hours in the Spa that day including receiving our rasul mud therapy treatment, it was truly wonderful and below are some of the photographs (some funny mud ones too) from our day:

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Clarabelle, Sauna Time at Carrick Sap
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Clarabelle, Rooftop Jacuzzi Pool, Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond
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“Me Time”

We had such a great day and it was so good for Donna and I to have special quality “me time” together.  We had a brilliant experience at the Carrick Spa, it is such a stunning place, hidden amongst the beauty of natural surroundings.

YOU Deserve It!!

A little bit of “Me Time” really does you the world of good, go on, treat yourself today to some special “Me Time”, it doesn’t need to be a day out at the Spa (although I would fully recommend it), it could just be taking 30 minutes of alone time to read a book, go for a walk, play your favorite music, whatever it is, enjoy it to the fullest because YOU really to deserve it and it will make you feel so good.

Thank You

Thank you again to my great friends John and Gina for this special 40th birthday gift, it is an experience we will never forget, thank you.

Thank you Donna for the most amazing company yesterday, it was such a fabulous day.

Thanks also to YOU for reading this blog post, I am so glad to have you here, I like sharing the stories of my life with you and I do hope you have some special “Me Time” today.

Much love to you as always, Clarabelle.

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The Health of your Heart

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Be kind to yourself, be loving with your heart, keep it healthy and it will feel truly alive at all times.  This next poem is inspired by just that.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

 

The Health of your Heart

The health of your heart,
is an important one.
Treat it so special,
relish in some fun.

Know it is precious,
loving and true.
Remember it’s happy,
always for you.

Give it fresh air,
it will blossom in the breeze.
Let its beat fill your body,
it will melt away the freeze.

Trust your intuition
let it flow in the sunshine,
Your healthy heart is so sacred
It’s quite simply sublime.

By Clarabelle, 10 October 2013

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Loch Ness Marathon Coming Soon…..

Training Plan

The last 4 months I have been training vigorously for the Loch Ness Marathon to be held this Sunday, 29 September 2013.  This is my final week of training and I am pleased to say that it has all gone reasonably well with only some minor injuries and a few cuts and bruises.  This is my third marathon, I did the New York Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in 2010, both really challenging but amazing experiences.   Below is a photo of the training plan I have been following for the Loch Ness Marathon 2013:

Loch Ness Marathon Training Plan

I am excited about the Marathon run this Sunday, it can be a very exhilarating and highly emotional experience as you push your body past the realms of capability.  I am not sure if I will commit to doing another Marathon, I may look for a new fitness challenge, so this Sunday I am going to embrace the whole experience fully and be so thankful for my health, energy and fitness levels to take me past the finish line.  Below is a photograph of my running medals since I started road running in 2007:

Marathon Medals

I have learned a lot about myself whilst setting myself these running challenges or any challenge for that matter.  I know when I fully commit to a goal that I want to do, my determination and tunnel-vision focus will always see me achieve it.  It is like I have this inner dial in my subconscious mind switched to whatever the goal is and I know I am going to do it, I have absolute faith and belief that I will achieve that goal…..but it has to be a goal that I am passionate about doing!!

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Of course, just like any goal you want to achieve in life, you have to have a plan and you have to introduce new daily rituals which will support you and move you towards that goal. Just like my Marathon Training Plan above, then all I have to do is follow it…..simple!! Hahaha, well sometimes not so simple but I know you get my drift.  🙂

So there you have it, this Sunday, 29 September 2013,  I will be running 26.2 miles in an around Inverness, Scotland and I look forward to sharing the success story in a future blog post.

What goal have you always wanted to achieve and why?  Maybe, today is the day you decide to commit to it fully, set the inner dial on your subconscious mind to whatever it is and just you go for it.

Much love to you today,  Clarabelle

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Soul Growth

soul growth

Do something today to honour your soul.  Something that will deeply connect you to your true self.  What might this be?  Well, for me it could be any of the following:

  • Taking time to pray
  • Make up my own prayer
  • Write a heartfelt poem
  • Spend some time reflecting on my Vision Wall
  • Declutter the house
  • Writing a song
  • Creating music
  • Reading a book on a subject I’m passionate about
  • Writing a meaningful and purposeful blog post 🙂
  • Meditating
  • Writing a Gratitude List
  • Listening to my favourite music
  • Spending time with my close family and friends
  • Going for a long run
  • A walk amongst nature
  • Helping someone

The above, are just some things that help my own soul growth but for you in might be something completely different.  Do whatever works for you, as along as you do it.  Soul growth is such a special type of development that really gets to the core of who you really are.  Personally, I really love it and I will continue every day to develop my soul.

What will you do today to honour your soul?

Wising you a beautiful day filled with smiles, joy and happiness, may your soul shine with great courage, true spirit and unconditional love.

Much love to you today, Clarabelle.

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Sunshine

I am currently on holiday right now, so that is why I have not posted for a few days. I want you to know that I have been thinking about you and I have some great posts to follow soon, when I come back. Here is a short quote from me to you,

“The sun is always shining in your heart, let your inner rays warmth the soul of another, be bright, light and glow forever.”

Love to you from the Island of Ibiza, Clarabelle

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London Marathon 2013

London Marathon 2010
Clarabelle & Gina London Marathon 2010

It was the London Marathon on Sunday, 21 April 2013, and I just want to say a massive congratulations to everyone who took part in the run and also to the most amazing support from the thousands of people who stand for hours along the side of the road to cheer on the runners.  I have run a couple of marathons before so I really do know what it is like to feel the wonderful support and encouragement from the crowd, it really does motivate you as a runner and really puts a smile on your face.   I did the London marathon in 2010 with my good friend Gina and we raised a good amount of money for a charity which is very close to Gina’s heart, Alzheimer Scotland.  I don’t often share a lot of videos on this blog but I thought it might be nice to share the video I personally made in 2010 of our London Marathon experience, it is quite good fun to watch, you will see from the video how excited I am – so please be prepared.  I feel there is at least one more marathon in me and as I write this I am seriously contemplating doing another one this year – which one, I don’t know you, but I will let you know when I have decided.

So please enjoy the wee video, I hope it makes you smile and maybe even inspires you to take on the challenge of running a marathon.

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle.

Out with the old and in with the new!!

Out with the old and in with the new

Love, Care and Attention

“Out with the old and in with the new”, that’s my current mode of thinking at the moment.  I’m mainly referring to the refurbishments I am getting done in my home right now, both inside and outside the house and I feel that is a true mirror reflection of what is going on inside of me also.  Leading up to these home refurbishments I had been strongly visualising for a while what I specifically needed and wanted done i.e. whole house painted in white, new red sofa, new wall paintings,outside garden to be looking great, trees felled, hedges trimmed back, be gone with the old shed….basically a full makeover with lots of love, care and attention given to the tasks at hand.

Inside of Me

I feel that work didn’t properly happen until I worked on the inside of me first and I have been on a major self-improvement plan, really quite seriously since October 2011.  I have been doing lots and lots of things to make me a better me and I can honestly say I am feeling the best I have ever felt since probably 2007.  I sorted myself out, put my health and wellbeing at the forefront, focused on my learning and development and went to work every day on me.  It wasn’t an easy job, some days I had to force and push myself to take action, but I did it….I am doing it and I becoming the person I want to be.  I feel an abundance of positive energy flowing through me, there is sunlight beaming from my heart and soul and it is now penetrating into everything I do.  An abundance of opportunities are unfolding in front of my eyes and my self-belief has soared to the greatest of heights.  My confidence in me and my capabilities is second to none and because I have raised my standards I am getting better results for me.

So why am I sharing this with you? 

Well, as I have personally experienced and as we all know, life is not always a bouquet of roses and set backs come our way, we lose faith and hope in ourselves and humanity and we struggle to get out of the gutter.  Our minds are saturated with the pain of negative thoughts and our heart feels abandoned.  If you are reading this part and you can relate to it right now, believe this….positive change for YOU is on its way and I encourage you to take the first baby step towards freeing yourself from the quicksand.  It might be even something simple like making a phone call, speaking to a friend, or like me, expressing your thoughts in poetry.  You will have your own unique way that works for you, but you need to “start with the end in mind”, right now, visualise the positive change you want to see happen for yourself and combine that with deliberate personal action.

Inner Spirit

Yesterday has gone, it’s not coming back, do one thing today that will make a difference to your tomorrow, maybe even your now.  What will that be for you?  Your body, mind, heart and soul is always connected to your inner spirit, dust away the cobwebs, breath in the fresh air and let your inner light guide you on a path that will not only change yourself for the better but will inspire other hearts along the way.

By reading this, you already have the energy of my love igniting your heart……I do hope that’s a nice thought for you and that you will keep the fire burning.

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle

Smiling Star

Saras Hope Foundation

I was visiting a wonderful friend of mine in Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and we took a drive to Whitley Bay.  He had some other commitments to attend to so I had about an hour or so to spend on my own.  I went to a quiet little bar and thought, I will be happy writing some poetry.  Next to the table I was sitting at, there was some small flyers/brochures and I picked up one that was entitled “Saras Hope Foundation”.  Let me tell you a little bit about what it said:

Saras Hope Foundation

Sara Hoburn tragically lost a two year battle with a rare form of colon cancer at the age of sixteen in 2001.  Her dream was to help other sick children to enjoy normal family lives away from the hospital environment.  She is the inspiration behind the charity Saras Hope Foundation, which runs a holiday retreat in Crete, offering respite for children and young people with cancer and their families.  Sara especially loved Greece and the Greek Islands and it was her dream to get married in a little blue and white church on the beach.

Sara was known as “Smiling Star” by the medical staff who treated her at the Teenage Cancer Unit in the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital in Newcastle because she was always smiling and had such a positive attitude.

Sara was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and when she lost the battle on 16 January 2001, Sara became a “hero”.

I was so inspired by the above story and as I looked at the beautiful photographs of Sara on the brochure the following poem poured out of me.  I share this with you today in honour of this brave young lady who has inspired and helped children/young people and their families all over the world.

Smiling Star

“Smiling Star”

I look at her photo, such a beautiful smile,

Her eyes are sparkling, on the rainbow mile.

She brings us hope, she brings relief,

From darker days, felt heavy in grief.

A frozen memory, from a special place,

Now an angel in heaven, and our saving grace.

We are touched with her love, in every way,

Moving our spirits, on this special family holiday.

It helps us relax, we enjoy the now,

A mind free from questions, of why and how?

Her life was short lived, taken away before time,

She is a miracle child, sweet and simply devine.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 March 2013 

Natural Flow

When I am out running, I often feel like I fall into some sort of hypnotic or meditative state, it’s hard to explain and put into words but whilst out running today I was thinking about it.  Sometimes my runs are easy, free-flowing, effortless and natural (like yesterday) and sometimes my runs feel really tough (like today).  Whilst out running this morning I was thinking about, what makes the difference in me? I know that when my mind is busy, like today, my runs are tougher and when my mind is silent, it feels like, as the runner, I become the run.  This then got me thinking about other things that would also apply to, i.e. the lover becomes the love, the singer becomes the song etc.. etc..  Which inspired this next poem.  Whatever you do today, may it feel natural, loving and in spirit.  Love Clarabelle

Natural Flow
Natural Flow

Natural Flow

The runner becomes the run;

The laughter becomes the fun.

The walker becomes the walk;

The talker becomes the talk.

This is what I know;

This is natural flow.

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The lover becomes the love;

The rain flows from the cloud above.

The singer becomes the song;

Solitude is where I belong.

This is what I feel;

This for me is real.

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The artist becomes the art;

True spirit flows from your heart.

The swimmer becomes the sea;

Creative flow comes from feeling free.

This for me is true;

I believe for me and you.

***

This poem is part of the poet;

A gift and how I know it.

 poemsbyclarabelle, Copyright 18 February 2013

Poetry the New Therapy

I subscribe to Psychologies Magazine (UK) and I was pleasantly surprised and excited to read their 4 page article on “The Healing Power of Poetry” in their February 2013 edition.  

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psychologies magazine Feb 2013 Edition ‘Poetry the New Therapy’

You see, I have always felt that self-expression through my own poetry writing has been very meaningful and therapeutic for me and it was wonderful to read some real evidence of this happening in the real world, and yes people actually give poetry therapy sessions as part of their business.  

I feel that my own blog here “Poems by Clarabelle” is somewhat along the same lines, I have received some wonderful messages from my blog followers who have made a real connection with my poetry in a positive way in their life.  To hear this is so gratifying because I have always tried in some way through my own poetry writings to inspire, encourage, motivate, empower, mentor, coach and softly guide others through my own poetry reflections and life experiences.  

The Psychologies article by Claire Longrigg states “Poetry can transform our lives, lift our mood, and be a powerful tool for self-development” and I really do truly believe this.  The article shares some poems that can help an individual who is suffering from joylessness, fearfulness, feeling stuck and loneliness…..just have a quick look at the categories on the right side of this blog and I am sure there will be something there for you or for someone you know.  

I know there are alot of talented bloggers, creative writers and poets out there and I thought it would be good to share this new found information with you.  

Onwards and upwards dear fellow bloggers, I have always believed “imagination is the highest kite one can fly”….I hope you will fly yours today!!  Lots of love Clarabelle

Related link:  http://www.psychologies.co.uk/magazine

Health Works

I have been on a major health kick for a little while now and I am most definitely seeing and feeling the benefits.  What changed for me, was that I educated myself on getting the right nutrition into my body and introducing regular exercise into my lifestyle.  I feel I have ‘cracked’ it this year, mainly because now I fully understand the importance of this balance.  The ebook ‘Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle’ by Tom Venuto was a massive learning curve for me in terms of nutrition and body types, I would fully recommend this ebook if you want to know more.  Simple but effective techniques I have introduced are such things as, calorie counting, using food weighing scales, setting myself mini health goals, reading food labels – it’s shocking how much sugar and salt can be in foods that you might think are healthy for you.  This next poem is inspired by my health goals and I hope it has a positive impact on your own healthy living too.  What do you do to stay healthy?

Health Works

Health works you know, just like that,

By feeding the muscle and burning the fat,

You’ll feel better, inside and out,

Read food labels, so you have no doubt.

Measure your portions and your calorie intake,

If you do this right, a fine healthy body you will make.

Get on your bike, or go a walk in the sun,

Look and feel fabulous, let your health be priority number one.

 poemsbyclarabelle, 15 July 2012

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Porridge, Porridge

It is so important to start your day with a healthy breakfast, full of nutrition.  That’s why I start most of my mornings with a delicious bowl of porridge and prunes – it gives my body the kickstart and energy it needs to go for my goals!!  What is your favourite healthy breakfast?  They say you are what you eat, although I’m not sure I want to look like porridge and prunes though.  🙂  Wishing you a wonderful day, a fabulous tomorrow and a lifetime full of healthy breakfasts – this next poem is all about that.  Lots of love Clarabelle

Porridge, Porridge

Porridge, porridge, simmering in the pot

Add in some prunes, such a nutritious lot

Start your day, with healthy food

To energise your body and make you feel good

Full of fibre and protein too

Your tummy will say yummy, ‘let’s have you’

Treat your body well, reach for the moon

Go on, have some porridge and add a delicious prune

poemsbyclarabelle, 16 June 2012

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Shake That Body

I really enjoy my daily exercise, whether it is in the form of relaxing meditation, stretching the core muscles or working up a sweat in the gym, it all contributes to making me feel so good.  Look after yourself and everyone and everything around you will benefit even more. Go on, dance those cobwebs away!!

Shake That Body

Daily exercise, does you good

Uplifting your spirits and changing your mood

Body feels stretched, detoxed and well

Working out feels amazing, try it and tell

From swimming in cool waters, to running in the rain

Dance in your living room, you’ll feel great again

Skip to the music, hop to the beat

Shake that body, shuffle your feet

Whatever you do, to get the heart racing

Exercise is a must, no matter what you’re facing

The brain releases endorphins, that flow around you

Energise your soul and you’ll feel fantastic too

poemsbyclarabelle, 13 May 2012

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