Catch the Crazy Curve Ball

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Catch the Crazy Curve Ball

Here’s it’s coming, I can see it, hurtling like a shooting star through the midnight sky – whoosh!! Go on…..catch it, catch the crazy curve ball….

Are you ready to take on the challenge of catching the crazy curve ball of life? This thing’s fast, furious and forever fetching.

Keep your eye on the ball – watch it, will it towards you and weather the storms that try to shake your stance.

Visualise yourself, everyday catching the crazy curve ball, I know you’ve got this one, I know you’re strong, brave and full of determination.

There is no crazy curve ball out there, that’s gonna take you down.

Let’s smash this one, catch the crazy curve ball!!

It’s your life, go get it!!

Clarabelle

The Domino Effect

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the domino effect

A Little or A Lot

Do a little bit of good today or even better, do a lot of good today.

When you do good, you feel good and this creates positive ripple effects from you to others -it’s like the domino effect!!

So today’s motto is:

Get in the mood to do some good.

It’s your life go get it!!

Clarabelle

 

Put Spontaneity in Motion

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Put Spontaneity in Motion

Sometimes it’s good to add a little spontaneity to your life, you know, spice it up a little and put spontaneity in motion.  Spontaneity can be a breath of fresh air into ordinary living, it can add excitement to a rather motionless day.

Be a Spontaneous Being

So next time you’re thinking to yourself, I’m a bit bored with the same old, same old, shake your life up a bit and be a spontaneous being.  Spontaneity can be fun, it can be exhilarating and positively explosive. So, I dare you my friend, put some spontaneity in motion and treasure the experience. Clarabelle

Let the New Year

Feel the freshness,
In the air.
A New Year dawns,
Hope is everywhere.
Dreams and wishes,
Goals and plans.
Happy hearts,
Minds of “I Cans”.
Give it your all,
And a little but more.
Let the New Year,
Open every door.

By Clarabelle

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I Am Sorry

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The Greatest Potential

Stand in front of the mirror today and tell yourself a more positive story.  Look at the beauty in your eyes, feel the love in your heart and the faith in your soul.  See how very special you are, you are unique and you have the greatest potential to be whatever you want to be. This next poem is for you because it’s all about telling yourself a different story……let this be your true love story to yourself.  Love Clarabelle.

I Am Sorry

I am sorry, for the hurt and the pain
Sorry for, the sleepless night again
Sorry for, the tears that fall
Sorry when, I missed the call
Sorry for, the past so bleak
Sorry for, being so weak
Sorry for, the yes and no
Sorry that, I didn’t show
I look in the mirror, there I see
I am talking out loud, only to me
What if I change these words I say?
What if I think in a different way?
I am happy, because I have a lot
I am grateful, for all I’ve got
I am beautiful, inside and out
I am kind, I have no doubt
I am strong and believe in me
I am everything, I want to be
I’m changing my story, look at my face
I’m smiling with confidence, in this place
I see the light, my goals appear
Visions of hope and faith are here
Words have power, choose them well
Start your day, in heaven not hell
Shower yourself, with positive thoughts
Banish the worries, untangle the knots
Wake up, to a brand new you
Shine in this moment and all you do

By Clarabelle, 4 September 2013

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Thank YOU Friends

Clarabelle 12000 blog hits

I want to give a massive thanks to YOU for visiting this Clarabelle blog.  Just over a month ago I was celebrating reaching 10,000 blog hits and yesterday I am amazed to say that I reached 12,000, this is the fastest growth ever to date.  I want to give thanks to all the other bloggers, guest bloggers, facebook friends, linkedin connections, twitter followers and all other visitors who take the time to come and visit my blog and read, like and comment on my posts.

I truly LOVE doing this blog, I choose to put a lot of love and positive energy into it because I am passionate about what I write and share with you.  I don’t plan in advance what I want to write, I just write what feels right at the time……and I really do hope it adds value to your day.

Thank you for your full support, encouragement and inspiration and I really do mean that.

Wishing you a very beautiful day filled with true passion and love for what you do, love Clarabelle

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Guest Poet of the Month – Maureen Turner

Guest Poet:  March

Every month I shall be posting a poem/article from a guest blogger.  If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on this blog, please note your interest on the comments section below or email me at claire@murraypeople.com

May I introduce you to a wonderful and talented poet, Maureen Turner.  I know you will love Maureen’s work, she is such a beautiful and heartfelt writer.

Maureen Turner

Maureen Turner
Maureen Turner

Having had tragic circumstances to deal with in my life with the sudden loss of my twin brother, husband and father all within a close space of time, I felt I had to write down some of my thoughts in the form of a poem to try and give me strength to get through such sad times, I feel that poetry helped me express my emotions and hopefully will encourage others to read them and take strength from them to carry on each day and look at every day as a blessing, I now try and look at life in a more positive way and have realised that through time we all get stronger.

Happiness

In our lives the sun may shine, some days I wonder why not in mine. with a spring in your step, you go about your day, but what about those who are not made that way. 

Sharing your laugh and sharing your smile, means a lot to those who haven’t felt that in a while, they say try to be bubbly, try to be fun, but that’s really hard when you live a life where there is no sun. 

Look in the mirror say what you see, tell yourself is that really me,the frown on my face those unlit eyes, what happened to that smile that could light up the skies.

 Pick yourself up get back on track, watch out my girl or you’ll take a step back.  So here I am smiling today and I have to tell myself ‘there is no other way’.

Copyright:  Maureen Turner 

Maureen has created a beautiful ebook of her own poems and if you would like to know more about Maureen’s work, please email me at claire@murraypeople.com and I will certainly put you in touch with her.

The Goodness of a Person

The Goodness of a Person

There is this quote on my Vision Wall which I absolutely love, here it is below:

The goodness of a person
The goodness of a person

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind.  But the goodness of a person ‘spreads in all direction’.  (Chanakya Philospher)  

Sharing the Story

I am currently training to become a Mental Health First Aider and at the start of the training yesterday morning, each attendee was asked to select an object from their bag and explain to the whole group why it was interesting or important to you.  I brought out a little keyring that was given to me a few weeks ago – let me share the story about it…..

A Lovely Gesture

A client and good friend of mine were having lunch in the newly opened Zizzi’s Restaurant, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow City Centre.  After our main meal we ordered deserts which took a very long time to arrive.  The waitress very kindly and sincerely apologised to us for the long delay and told us that there would be no charge for the deserts – we thought that’s a lovely gesture.  About 10 minutes later the Manager of the Restaurant came up to our table and he handed my friend and I a little keyring each.  He apologised again for the delay with the deserts and said that the keyring he had given us would give us free deserts for LIFE when buying a main meal in the restaurant anytime in the future.  We thought WOW, now that seriously is a lovely LOVELY gesture and we truly thanked him for this, we certainly did not expect this kindness!!

The goodness of this person has now indeed spread, as I continue to share this story of kindness with others.  If this situation was handled in the opposite way of this, it could have been a whole different story.  The power of kindness is very empowering.  Have you ever had a kind experience like this?  If so, please share it in the comments section below.

May your kindness abundantly flow from your heart today.  Clarabelle

Positive Mindset

Below is a post taken from one of my other blogs, I posted this one on 1 March 2010 and I thought I would share it with you on here.  Wishing you a day filled with an abundance of positive thoughts.  Love Clarabelle

My Niece Megan
My Niece Megan

Full of Character and Excitement

I was looking after my 3 year old niece the other week whilst her parents went off to pick up their new puppy dog.

I love watching my little niece she is such a funny, cheery little girl full of character and excitement. She was happily looking out of the window into my back garden when she shouted “look Auntie Claire, they’re dancing”, I asked her what was dancing and she said “the trees are dancing” and she began to copy the swaying movements of the trees blowing in the wind outside. It was so cute to watch, I smiled and I thought to myself what a truly wonderful positive perception she has on Mother Nature.

Such an Amazing “Mummy”

Later on that day I kept thinking about my niece’s words and how she could have said something completely different using a more negative connotation, but she didn’t. I then thought about my younger sister, who is such an amazing “Mummy” and how positive and happy she is. I just know that my sister’s love for nature and optimistic outlook on life has made such a positive influence on my little niece’s young life.

It made me think about how important it is for us all to choose to have a positive mindset and positive take on the world. Like in those famous lyrics sung by Whitney Houston “I believe the children are our future” – I do hope the trees stay dancing!!

Rise and Shine

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good”…..these words beautifully sang by wonderful Mr Michael Buble, a very uplifting song indeed.  If you or someone you know is needing their spirits uplifted, then maybe, just maybe this next poem might do it for them, share away, as it might make someone’s day.  Lots of love to you, Clarabelle.

rise and shine
rise and shine

Rise and Shine

Wake up, wake up, rise and shine;

Get out of that bed, life is divine.

No more wallowing, in negative talk;

Get dressed, put your shoes on, and go for a walk.

Breathe in the fresh air, feel the light on your face;

Turn your life around, pick up the pace.

For no one can change you, you’ve heard it before;

Opportunity awaits you, open the door.

Make this one memorable, make it your goal;

To commit to a better future, this is your role.

poemsbyclarabelle, 5 January 2013

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How to Create a Vision Wall

You can also listen to the Poemcast of this blog at Clarabelle’s Poemcast Channel, please click on the link below to listen.

PBC Poemcast 17 – How to Create a Vision Wall?

How to Create a Vision Wall

Hello and welcome to my Vision Wall post.  I wrote a couple of poems regarding the creation of my Vision Wall, you can check them out on my poems home page.  I took some photographs of my Vision Wall (see below) to share with you and I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a whole post to it so I can take you through the creative process that I went through, in the hope that you may want to try it for yourself one day.  Below are some answers to questions around the process and some photographs I took of my Vision Wall:

What gave you the idea of creating a Vision Wall?

I am a highly Visionary person and I am really self-motivated by working towards achieving my goals in life.  I have come across the term ‘vision board’ before and thought about creating one about 4 years ago but never really got round to it.  I am so glad I waited until now to do one, as I have grown so much as person over the last few years and feel that the Vision Wall (its new name), I have created now is much more purposeful, meaningful, in direct alignment with my core values and absolutely 100% true to myself.  One of my Facebook friends from America was talking about creating a Vision Board about a month ago and this then inspired me to do one now.  I felt I was definitely ready and fully committed to doing this.

What creative process did you go through to create your Vision Wall?

  1. Firstly, I did some further research on creating Vision Boards (the original name).  I researched on the internet and came across various blogs and websites about different processes.  I then decided to fine tune and adapt that process to what I felt would work best for me.  So the following steps are based on that and completely bespoke to me as an individual.  This part took me about 2 hours.
  2. I then looked out a number of magazines, brochures, newspapers that I had lying around the house that I wanted to start going through and cut out the words and images that made an inspiring connection with me.  This part took me about 3 hours.
  3. I wanted to make the experience as enjoyable as possible, so I did some research into what music would compliment the creative process.  I chose a variety of music that I felt would work for me, such as Classical, Meditation, Motivational and Self-Hypnosis tracks.  I got most of these from searching on Youtube.  This part took me about 1 hour.
  4. When the time was right, I closed myself off from all distractions, played my music and started going through all my magazines and brochures and cut out words and images that made a real connection with me.  This was a very inspiring part of the process, I could really feel myself getting excited about the significance of what I was coming across. This part took me about 6 hours.
  5. Once I had looked through about 20 magazines/brochures, I was happy that I had cut out everything that made a real connection with me.  I then headed off to the local supermarket (Tesco) as I wanted to buy paper, crayons, glue etc…. to start my Vision Board – this was when the name changed from Vision Board to Vision Wall as I knew one piece of flipchart paper would not be suffice or indeed be as empowering, I knew it had to be much more than that, so I purchased a roll of white paper, 5 metres long to do the job.  Thus the name Vision Wall was born. This part took about 1 hour.
  6. Next, again I got myself into a quiet place, put the music on and carefully laid out the roll of paper that was going to contain all my words and images that I had cut out….then I got to work.  This was the most time consuming part but such a wonderful, inspiring experience, piecing it all together felt really amazing.  This part in total took about 10 hours. 
  7. Hooray, my Vision Wall was now complete and the next challenge was getting this masterpiece of a Vision Wall up on my house wall and also deciding which wall.  I live myself, so it felt perfectly right to put my Vision Wall on my living room wall – I wanted to be inspired by it every day and in as many moments as possible, so for me the living room was the perfect home for it.  This part took me 30 minutes, after all the Vision Wall is over 3 metres long!! 



  8. Honestly, I feel so proud of myself for creating the Vision Wall and more importantly its contents and what they mean to me.  The words, the images, the order, the colours and the very fact that I committed to achieving it is so inspiring for me.  I look at it all the time and I am totally feeling the benefits of producing it and having it there in front of me.  And to share this whole experience with you, this part took me 2 hours.  But the process isn’t over yet, it’s only the beginning, please read on……..

So now that your Vision Wall is complete, what happens next?

Well, as we all know, it is not just about dreaming, we have to create a plan of action to turn our dreams into reality, so that is my next step.  For each section within my Vision Wall I will now create an action plan and I will commit to following through on it.  And in those famous words by Jim Rohn, “What gets measured gets done”, I will ensure that I am measuring and evaluating my progress, this will all be included as part of my action plan.  The more results I get, the more self-motivated I become and the momentum builds into something truly fabulous for me and others around me. I know and truly believe that I will have helped thousands and thousands of people through my work – so everyone involved benefits.  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”  Ghandi – so this is where it all starts and I am excited.

What are the benefits of creating a Vision Wall?

Now that I have gone through the creative process myself I can offer my own honest opinion of what I have personally experienced by doing this.  Here you go:

  • It’s an empowering and spiritual process which I feel was very beneficial for my own wellbeing.
  • It helped me to get especially connected to the core of my being, who I really am, what makes me tick, what inspires me, what my core values are and what will give me life fulfilment.
  • It provided me with the space to think creatively about what I want out of life, what I want for me, what I need to be, do and have to achieve all that I want.
  • It helped me to separate ‘me’ from the materialistic things in life, it got me thinking about my own mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing – who I need to be first to attract all that I want in life.  The focus was on me growing and developing as a person, not on the materialistic things in life.  This is a fairly recent shift in my thinking which is already getting me results
  • It has given me an amazing sense of achievement by doing something for me that is so powerful and impactful in my life.  It really has made me much happier inside, I get excited everytime I look at my Vision Wall.
  • It has given me the opportunity to share this experience with you in the hope that if you choose to create a Vision Wall for yourself you feel the real benefits of it the way I have done.
  • I am closely monitoring and evaluating its impact, I am noticing positive changes in my thinking, feeling and doing – I am behaving in a way that is keeping me more in alignment with the goals on my Vision Wall – I know it is seeping into my sub-conscious in such a positive way when making decisions and choices throughout my day.
  • It makes me feel just great, I can’t really explain how it makes me feel, I just love it, LOVE IT and I welcome and encourage you to create a Vision Wall for yourself one day.  In the words on my Vision Wall, I’m away to ‘Celebrate the new me‘.  Lots of love Clarabelle.

Do you feel you don’t have enough time to create your own Vision Wall?

After all it did take me more than 25 hours of my time over a 3 week period, so that’s an average of just over 1 hour per day.  How much time do you spend watching TV?  Could you give up an hour of that time and replace it with creating a Vision Wall for yourself, just a thought.  “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” (that statement’s on my Vision Wall too)!!  I do hope you choose to Go For It 🙂

Let Life In

Having a positive attitude will always shine through, enjoying each new day will provide you with the inner fuel to keep your passion alive.  Break out, set your mind free, let your heart smile and share the positivity.  This next poem is for you, have a truly wonderful day.

Celebrate each brand new day

Let life in and lead the way

Embrace the moment, take a chance

Go for it, smile and dance

For happy are the enthusiastic ones

Their passion shines through, hearts beating like drums

Listen to the sound, it’s made from you

The orchestra plays, to whatever you do

Sing out loud, take the challenge on

Live in the moment, before it’s gone

poemsbyclarabelle, 2 May 2012

Be Grateful for Life

If you want to uplift your mood instantly, just think about all the things in life that you are grateful for, it will certainly put a smile on your face.  That is what this poem is all about, I wrote it to express my gratitude in the present moment and boost my spirits – I felt great after it. What are you grateful for?

 Create ‘flow’ in your life, let worries melt away

Yesterday has gone but the learning can stay

Tomorrow is not here, live for today

Enjoy each precious moment, in every way

Be grateful for life, the moon and the sun

Be grateful for your family and everyone

Smile at your neighbours and the stranger on the street

For your smile is contagious, to all that you meet

Happy is the heart, that glows from within

Embrace life and love and forever you’ll win

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 February 2012

Happiness, Happiness

Today I finished reading the book, “The Ultimate Happiness Prescription” by Deepak Chopra, in which it gives you 7 keys to joy and enlightenment.  I found this book to be extremely fascinating and truly ‘mind-expanding’ on a much deeper and more personal level.  I just love this quote from the book, “If you focus on the present, your life will be constantly renewed”, this for me is such a refreshing thought.  This next poem is inspired by happiness.  May your day be filled with an abundance of happiness.  Love Clarabelle

Happiness, Happiness

Happiness, happiness, where are you?

It’s a gift of the present, the awareness of what you do

The path to enlightenment, is right at your feet

You stand in its doorway, and breathe its heartbeat

See the world in yourself, you create what is here

Not in the past or future, happiness now is so clear

Make it your goal, to give each moment a smile

Your spirit comes alive, when you are still for a while

poemsbyclarabelle, 2 August 2012

Just You Wait and See

I had a wonderful meeting yesterday with friends (thank you Dagmar & Agnes) and we had some fascinating discussions on the subject of personal development.  One of the topics was around the difference between positive thinking versus positive belief and it really was an enlightening moment for me.  I am all for positive thinking, however, having positive belief just takes it all to a much deeper level.  I am thankfully blessed with an amazing abundance of positive belief in myself and it is that belief that will help me to turn my dreams into reality – add in relentless focus and the determination to succeed, what a successful combination.  This next poem is inspired by just that, keep your creativity flowing because you are magical in every way.  Love Clarabelle

Just You Wait and See

 Express yourself, through a poem or song

Let the boat sail out, to where you belong

The ocean is deep, so blue and vast

The magic is awaiting, life moves fast

To walk on water, seems a mystical dream

To change the world, is a possible theme

Positive thinking might keep you upbeat

But positive belief, gives no room for defeat

Be kind, be loving, be all you can be

It’s all within easy reach, just you wait and see

poemsbyclarabelle, 28 June 2012

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The Sun Will Come Out

Sometimes we go through life either suppressing our emotions or expressing them, often in the wrong way, for example, we might react to our emotions rather than responding to the situation.  A way forward would be to accept the feelings for what they are and then let them go, like passing clouds in the sky.  By letting go you create the space in your mind to come up with the right solution for you.  This poem is dedicated to the power of ‘letting go’ and moving forward in life.

Sometimes you’ve got to, just let go

Accept the feelings, let them show

To suppress all the time, will not help you

To express the wrong way, may make you feel blue

So what is the answer, when this is your way?

See the emotions as clouds, just passing today

The sun will come out and melt frozen hearts

Warming up the soul, as the thunderstorm departs

Life is not easy, sometimes we get stuck

Focusing on the good stuff, may change your luck

Keep a smile on your face and laugh out loud

Hold your head up high, feel happy and proud

poemsbyclarabelle, 11 May 2012

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Open the door to life

Poem, Open the Door to Life

My day job is an Executive Coach and I work with individuals to break through barriers and make positive changes in their life.  Recently I have coached a few people who are doing just that, they are now ready and willing to face the stormy waters to eventually get to the calm sea ahead.  The weather may be changeable and challenging at times but by riding the huge waves, it makes us stronger from within.  Real change happens from the ‘inside out’, start there first.  This indeed inspired this next poem.         

Open the Door to Life

What’s stopping you, from dancing in the rain?

What’s keeping you, from moving away from the pain?

The clouds will move on, the sunshine will appear

Uplifting your spirits and filling you with cheer

Just take a moment, to treasure all you’ve got

I bet when you really think about it, you have such alot

Open the door to life, let the fresh air in

Don’t let the bumps on the road, keep you from a win

For there comes a time, when enough is enough

Lift your head high and challenge the rough

Soon you’ll be amazed, what you can achieve

Smile with an open heart and really do believe

poemsbyclarabelle, 28 April 2012

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