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 ūüôā

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 Am A Survivor

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Beautiful Energy

You are strong, so very very strong, no matter what troubles you face each day, you will always come out stronger in the end.  You have everything you need right now to win every battle that comes your way.  Your armour is your loving heart, abundant soul, happy spirit and the truth and wisdom of your beautiful mind.  This next poem is for you, because you are a survivor and I am a survivor and together we will conquer the storms of today and the mysteries of tomorrow, to illuminate the wonders in our heart.  Thank you my friends for being here and bringing your beautiful energy into my path.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

I Am A Survivor 

I am a survivor, strong and pure
Fighting many battles, this is for sure
A warrior of the night, catching dreams in my soul
Holding on tight, until I reach the goal

I am a  survivor, nothing stops me
I strive for the best, I am what I want to be
I challenge the past, you don’t live here anymore
When negativity comes knocking, I don’t open the door

I am a survivor, hear my calling
I’m alive and kicking, never falling
My spirit is happy, I breathe life into me
Shining and sparkling, like ice on the sea

I am a survivor, my heart is so full
With love and abundance, this is my pull
I glide in the now, I dance on the waves
I see beauty around me, an energy haze

I am survivor, and so are YOU
Believe in yourself, and all you do
You are a survivor, you are the one
You are amazing, brighter than the sun

By Clarabelle, 19 September 2013

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Just Smile

Rainbow

A smile can bring comfort to the deepest pain and a smile will warm your heart until full happiness returns again. This next poem is just for you……”Just Smile”. ¬†I wish you a day filled with rainbows and smiles. ¬†Love Clarabelle

Just Smile 

When times are tough and you’re feeling rough
Just smile
When thunder roars and the rain pours
Just smile
When happiness goes and the wild wind blows
Just smile
When you’re lost in the crowd and don’t feel proud
Just smile
When hope departs and there’s broken hearts
Just smile
When the bee stings and no one sings
Just smile
When darkness falls and there’s only brick walls
Just smile
When you want to be you, when you want to be true
Just smile
When you smile, you bring love and light
Smile with your heart, win the fight

poemsbyclarabelle, 12 July 2013

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What is a Talent?

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Know your strengths

I would like to recommend a book to you today, it is called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Tom is also a New York Times Bestselling Author of the book “Wellbeing”. ¬†

I really love the Strengths Finder book because it helps you to identify what your top 5 strengths/talents are and provides you with a 19 page individualised report which coaches you into thinking how you can utilise your strengths more in your everyday life and work.

My top 5 strengths are:

1. ¬†Futuristic –¬†People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could¬†be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

2. ¬†Maximiser –¬†People who are especially talented in the Maximiser theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate¬†personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

3. ¬†Positivity –¬†People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. ¬†They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

4. ¬†Woo –¬†People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and¬†winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with¬†another person.

5.  Strategic Р People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

The following poem is also inspired by the above, I do hope you like it.

What is a Talent?

What is a talent?  What is a strength?

How is it measured?  What is its length?

Only you, can experience the feelings,

Passionate moments, purposeful healings.

Recognise this quality, treasure it well,

Captivating hearts, like a magical spell.

Your audience awaits, imagination is high,

A hypnotic transcendence, go on just fly.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 March 2013

Mental Health and Poetry

Mental Health and Poetry

As of yesterday (02.4.13), I am now a fully Certified Mental Health First Aider, so what does that mean?

Mental Health First Aid, like any other type of first aid, is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.  First aid of any type has the following aims:

1.  To preserve life
2.  To prevent deterioration of any injury or illness
3.  To promote healing
4.  To provide comfort to the person who is ill, injured or distressed.

Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before other help can be accessed.  A MHFA is not a therapist, however, people are trained in:

  • How to ask about suicide.
  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress.
  • How to provide initial help.
  • How to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

First Aid for Mental Health problems such as:

Alcohol and Mental Health;
Cannabis and Mental Health;
Stimulants and Mental Health;
First Aid for Suicide – using the ALGEE method of approach;
First Aid for Self-harm;
First Aid for Depression;
Alcohol and Depression;
Illegal or Recreational Drugs and Depression;
First Aid for Anxiety;
First Aid for Psychosis;
Schizophrenia;
Bipolar Disorder (manic depression).
(The above is an extract from Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Manual)

Davina’s Poem

One of the reasons I am sharing this with you today, is that at the start of the training we were given a poem to read written by someone who used poetry as a method of communication whilst going through some challenging self harming mental health issues. ¬†I want to share that poem with you today, it is given with kind permission from Davina Smith and it has been included in the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider Training Manual. ¬†Here is Davina’s poem:

Who Me?

You smoke each day
Puff your life away
You clearly know it’ll kill you

You drink with the moon
Drown your liver and soon
There’s a chance it just may kill you

You drive too fast
And what if you crash?
You know it might just kill you

You smoke your dope
Take drug, others hope
This time that they won’t kill you

You over-eat
Can’t see your feet
One day it’ll certainly kill you

You look down on me
And all you can see
Are my cuts and scratches and scars

I’m having my life
While you’re taking your life
Now tell me, who’s the self-harmer?

by Davina Smith (with kind permission) 

This led onto further stories being shared by participants of the training of how young adults experiencing mental health issues used poetry to communicate their feelings with their key workers – I found this fascinating.

There is indeed a special power in poetry, I have always believed that, creative self-expression can be the breakthrough that we need to move on in life, I know I have certainly experienced that for myself.

This was a very tough training course for me, maybe because I connected so much with it.  I learned a lot and share some of this learning with you today.

May you continue to express your heart through your creative soul, because I believe that there are real people out there, who truly value and connect with your words, you just might be ultimately and positively changing a life too.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

3 April 2013

Beautiful People

I have come across a lot of very beautiful people recently, people who are full of love, light, passion and happiness. ¬†I dedicate this next poem to the three people I am thinking about in particular, and their first names all being with the letter “A”. ¬†I will call them my three “Angels”, may you continue to bless hearts with your love, you truly are beautiful people. ¬†Whatever you are doing today, may you spread a little happiness and love around you. ¬†Much love to you, as always, Clarabelle

Beautiful People, Thank You
Beautiful People, Thank You

Beautiful People

I have a happy little feeling, dancing inside;

Beautiful people, are being my guide.

Their love is shining, brightly on me;

Giving me hope, filling me with glee.

***

So when love knocks on your door, greet it with light;

It will sparkle so magically, all through the night.

Uplifting your soul, touching your heart;

A special connection, the missing part.

***

For life is a jigsaw, the puzzle is you;

Once you’ve mastered yourself, dreams can come true.

To share your spirit, with another one;

Unleashes new energy, embrace the sun.

The rainbow is real, a miracle sign;

Thank you loving angels, you are truly divine.

poemsbyclarabelle, 9 February 2013

Breakthrough

You Can Truly Help Yourself

All of my poetry is based on my life experiences, some amazing ones and some really challenging ones. ¬†This next poem was written by me from a challenging time in my life. ¬†I didn’t realise it at the time, but I know now, that the pain I was feeling, was the releasing of negative energy that was not serving me well. ¬†I call this poem, my¬†breakthrough poem, the reason being is that I opened up my heart and asked for help whilst feeling in such a vulnerable state of mind. ¬†I remember this experience so very clearly, it was 3am and I couldn’t sleep, I felt really tearful…..I asked for help and I truly believe I got it – from myself. ¬†This poem is a true reflection of that night, I believe some kind of inner miracle happened and I know the power of the universe was listening to me. ¬†I share this very personal poem with you, in the hope that if you are facing a similar tough experience, it will give you faith and knowing that your current difficult experience will gradually pass with time and maybe just maybe the first step to that happening is accepting the situation for what it is and asking for help. ¬†I believe that help will come from within, for you can truly help yourself and turn any negative situation around. ¬†May you take courage and strength from these words,¬†“The next message you need is always right where you are.” (Ram Das)¬†and I feel my true life experience told in this next poem proves that. ¬†¬†Stay strong, you can do it!!¬†¬†Much love to you today, Clarabelle.

Breakthrough
Breakthrough

Breakthrough

It was 3am, I just couldn’t sleep;

With tears in my eyes, the message came deep.

I was all alone and I repeated out loud;

“Help me, Help me”, I’m lost in the crowd.

Give me a sign, that you hear my cry;

I don’t know what to do, or what to try.

A few hours passed by, but nothing came my way;

I felt abandoned, and full of dismay.

When morning did come, I searched all around;

Give me a signal, then a book beside my bed I found.

I had been clearing out cupboards, the night before;

And this book fell out, and onto the floor.

Little did I know, for in my time of need;

The answer was there in advance, disguised in this good deed.

I picked up the book, and to my surprise;

The answer was there, in front of my eyes.

“Help is here if you need it”¬†– words marked in bold;

Someone was listening, this answer they told.

I smiled inside, for I knew what to do;

The fact that I asked for help, was the start of my breakthrough.

That day I found comfort, for the universe heard my plea;

I can help myself, is what that message told me.

poemsbyclarabelle, 18 April 2012

 

Follow Your Heart

It’s Okay To Feel Vulnerable

One of my coping mechanisms for releasing frustrations is to write poetry from my heart and soul. ¬†This next poem was created at a time when I was feeling a little stressed out and frustrated with myself and I know we’ve all been there, sometimes too often!! ¬†The purpose of me sharing this with you is because I feel through my own creative self-expression, there is much encouragement, support and positivity shining through, which may help you if you’re going through a similar experience right now. ¬†I want you to know that it is okay to feel vulnerable at times, actually, I believe now that showing vulnerability is often a real strength of integrity and authenticity. ¬†Give yourself permission to be who you really are, silence the overwhelmed mind and follow your heart. ¬†May you take comfort and courage from the following verse. ¬†Much love to you, Clarabelle.

Follow Your Heart
Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

I feel frustrated, but no one knows;

How up and down I feel, but on the inside it shows.

So I take a time out, it’s time to express;

These random thoughts, are a bit of a mess.

But my mind feels strong, I prepared for it well;

The stresses keep coming, but I’m not in hell.

There is one part in balance, so I never fall;

Even though the ground is shaky, I’m walking tall.

I believe that this, pain will go;

I’ve built up an inner resistance, no matter what life does throw.

It’s teaching me something, and breaking old rules;

Changing me for the better, giving me new tools.

So I can mend, myself for good;

Uplifting my spirits, brightening my mood.

So when life gets you down, as it sometimes will;

You can create the way out – minus the pill.

Shine from within, follow your heart;

Your new life is waiting, soon you’ll never be apart.

poemsbyclarabelle, 18 April 2012

Keep a Strong Mind

Life Throws Us Many Challenges

Life throws us many challenges and sometimes just when you think you’ve got a little closer to the mountain top, darkness falls and fears and frustrations kick in. ¬†No one said life was ever going to be easy, but we must remember there are many things in life to be grateful for right now. ¬†Having an attitude of gratitude will become your inner torch, and will fill up your soul with an abundance of love and light. ¬†This next poem was written by me, during a challenging time in my life and my self expression through my poetry, at times, was my saving grace. ¬†I now share this with you in the hope that it will help you in some way to move forward regardless of the barriers that are in your way. ¬†Much love to you today and always, Clarabelle.

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keep a strong mind

Keep a Strong Mind

Too many things, so much to do;

One day feeling bright, the other feeling blue.

At this age now, I look life in the eyes;

Where am I going? ¬†Where’s the surprise?

It’s gone a bit stale, I feel the dust;

I need to take action, this is a must.

The mountain is high, and the weather is bleak;

I must keep a strong mind, even though I feel weak.

Trudge, trudge, every step up the hill;

Moves me closer, this dream I will fulfill.

To escape in my imagination, makes me feel free;

It uplifts my spirits, like the wind’s carrying me.

For I come alive, when I write through my soul;

It opens the straight jacket, and fills up the black hole.

There are no boundaries, no pain my way;

The creativity is flowing, I’m listening to what I say.

It feels like magic, the words they come fast;

Meaningful moments, inspiration that lasts.

This feels easy, as I explore deep inside;

The experiences I hold, come in like the tide.

This I must do, it’s where I feel best;

Forget the distractions and let my mind just rest.

For here I find peace, just the silence and me;

My world is not empty, when I just be.

poemsbyclarabelle, 17 April 2012

 

My Wonderful Dad

A Wonderful Human Being

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s passing away in 1997 but I remember it all like yesterday. ¬†Even though he suffered with cancer for about 5 years I choose to remember him when he was happy, fit and healthy. ¬†What a wonderful human being he was, full of laughter, always singing and loved his family very very much and even though he is not here today I still feel his unconditional love around me, so very abundant and strong. ¬†When loved ones leave our life here on earth, I believe their loving spirit still shines upon us, more than we will ever know. ¬†Their love is surrounding you right now. ¬†Clarabelle ¬†

Here is the post which I shared before here on this blog:   

His Loving Spirit Lives On

I initially had second thoughts about posting this poem, simply because it is extremely personal to me and tells the true story of my Dad’s fight with cancer over 15 years ago. Sadly, after battling with this disease for 5 years, he passed away on 1 February 1997. The reason why I decided to share this poem is because although it was in some places, painful to write, I do feel other people who have gone through a similar situation with their family members will be able to relate to it and hopefully help them to come to terms with their sad loss and be able to gently move on. ¬†I know everyone deals with grief differently and I think it took me about 5 years for the sadness to truly melt away. ¬†Now when I think of my Dad, I think of the wonderful, happy and outgoing person he was, this then makes me smile and so proud to be his daughter and part of his life…..his loving spirit lives on in every heart he touched and I know he touched many.

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Mum & Dad on their Wedding Day on 16 July 1966, Gran Murray on Left and Gran Stewart on the right

My Wonderful Dad

It was 15 years ago, when you passed away

I must admit, it was my saddest day

My heart felt heavy, from deep inside

I had lost my Dad, I had lost my guide

The tears were painful, unbearable at times

Red bloodshot eyes, were swollen signs

When all alone, I cried out my heart

The deepest sadness, when you did depart

I held your hand, a few days before

And took a last glance back, before I left the ward door

Something told me to look back, when visiting that night

It was 24 hours later, you gave up the fight

I was out with a friend, but didn’t want to go

You told me to ‚Äėlive on‚Äô and for the sadness not to show

I came home that night, there was a cold chill in the air

I instantly knew, why no one was there

They were called to the hospital, late that night

You were taking your last breathe, and approaching the light

Everyone was there, except for me

Because I went out, very selfishly

I lived with that hurt, for a few years

Why wasn’t I with you, I cried so many tears

I think it took about 5 years to move on

It was a painful few years, when your presence was gone

But now when I think of my wonderful Dad

I remember the good times, never the sad

I celebrate your life years, there were 58

I was part of 23 and you made them great

You never lived a perfect life, worry got to you

It’s easy to blame, but we didn’t live in your shoes

I think of your singing, I think of your smile

I think of that waistcoat, you wore for a while

You were fond of the mirror, a poser you were

Talking to yourself, as you played with your hair

When you left for work, I missed you right away

When you arrived home, it made my day

You were always positive and friendly to all

You liked to use humour, to break down the brick walls

A charmer you were, fun and caring

A Dad in a million and a little bit daring

You sang at most weddings, with a few whiskys inside

You jigged on the dance floor and flirted with the bride

You loved a laugh and would welcome a crowd

You loved your family, they made you feel so proud

In this physical world, your body is away

In another dimension, your spirit lives on each day

Maybe I can’t see you, but you can see me

You can feel my spirit and its frequency

So I’m sending you this message after 15 years

Life is good Dad, we have no more tears

You are still greatly missed and always will be

You have an extended family, it’s so beautiful to see

As the years go by and the older we get

We must live in each moment, but never will forget

The loved ones of the past, who are present in our mind

Who live in our hearts and are one of a kind

We love you, we miss you and to hold you once more

Would be a dream come true, if you walked through that door

The tears of the past, are now gone forever

They ran down my cheek and joined the river

And as the river flows, my heart does to

It is joined by my soul and reaches out to you

Because on the crest of the wave, there you stand

Holding out your heart and holding out your hand

Thank you Dad, for in me you live

Thank you for the lessons and to others I now give

Live your best life, every moment of every day

Connect with your inner self and listen to what it says

Enjoy the journey, as you sail down the river

Because there are hearts and many hands helping you forever.

poemsbyclarabelle, 6 January 2012

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Today I Was Stuck

Moving from ‘Stuck’ to ‘Unstuck’

We’ve all had days when we feel a little bit ‘stuck’ and I include myself here, after all we are only human. ¬†It is possible for you to go from stuck to unstuck within moments and I believe the process for this is different for every person. ¬†When I created the poem below I was feeling in a ‘stuck’ place, but by the time I had finished the poem, I had moved to unstuck…the answer came from within and when I was in ‘creative flow’. What will you do today to help you move from a feeling of being ‘stuck’ to ‘unstuck’? There is a way, there is always a way, silence your mind, open your heart and let the answers flow. ¬†Much love to you, Clarabelle.

Today I Was Stuck
Moving from Stuck to Unstuck

Today I Was Stuck

It’s nearly midnight, and I’m lying in bed;

I think of my inaction, before I rest my head.

Today I was stuck, I didn’t play the game;

Life got the better of me, unleash this chain.

Many brick walls, are in my way;

Built up by me, getting higher each day.

I kick and I punch, the battle is in me;

I’m fighting myself, this I can see.

So what do I do, to turn this around?

Inside is the answer, this I have always found.

Let go of the fight, it’s not a war anymore;

Staring at these four walls, will not open the door.

Step outside, breathe in the air;

Replenish your spirit, feel the wind in your hair.

Dust yourself down, and put a smile on your face;

Slowly walk down the path, and gradually pick up the pace.

To master the mind, it not about control;

Release that desire, and you’ll discover your soul.

Silence is golden, connect to the now;

The answers will come, and then you’ll know how.

poemsbyclarabelle, 17 April 2012

 

Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One

When someone close to us dies, often prayer can help us to see through each day until we become strong again and are ready to face the world. ¬†I wrote this prayer after hearing about the loss of a friend’s loved one, I hope its sentiment brings strength to anyone who is going through this deep sadness at this time in their life. ¬†Love to you Clarabelle.

Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One
prayer for the loss of a loved one

Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One

Dear God,

I pray that my loved one, is now held gently in your loving arms.

May their soul now be free and abundant with love and light.

Let their happy loving spirit, shine and guide us here on earth.

I pray that my close family and friends, remain strong for each other.

May we continue to be blessed with your loving presence, every moment of every day.

Amen

 

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 РI 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 ūüôā

Painting with Words

I love creativity, I love imagination, I love self-expression, I love painting with words. I feel this is where I belong, it feels like home to me, I feel I’m connected to another source when all of these come together and I know I am not the only one who feels this way when in artistic mode. ¬†This next poem in inspired by that. ¬†I wish for you a day where you do things that you love. ¬†Much love to you, as always, Clarabelle.

painting with words
painting with words

Painting with Words

I write these words, there’s no stopping me;

Late at night, the moon shines on what is to be.

It fills up my senses, with pure delight;

Awakens my spirit, all through the night.

There’s no escaping, the beauty of this soul;

It flows so abundantly, fills up the black hole.

Painting with words, is like treasure in my hand;

A princess of all princesses, welcome to my land.

poemsbyclarabelle, 5 January 2013

You can listen to the Poemcast for the above poem by clicking on the link below.

PBC Poemcast 14 – Painting with Words

If you enjoy what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in borrowing for FREE and/or purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational poetry ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE

Passion Keeps You Strong

To all you creative writers out there, who share your passion with the world, this next poem is for you.  Inspired by creative flow, written in creative flow.  Wishing you all a day full of creativity and imagination.  Lots of love Clarabelle

passion keeps you strong
passion keeps you strong

Passion Keeps You Strong

To all my fellow bloggers, passion keeps you strong;

Expressions from your heart, that’s where you belong.

Creativity flows, when your soul talks to you;

Mesmerized in the moment, defining what you do.

I hear your calling, I feel it in your words;

The writing is on the wall, beneath the flight of birds.

Magic comes from you, you’re mystical for sure;

Your posts are like gold dust, to your audience they are so pure.

poemsbyclarabelle, 5 January 2013

To access the Poemcast for the above poem, then please click on the link below.

PBC Poemcast 12 – Passion Keeps Your Strong

If you enjoy what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in borrowing for FREE and/or purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational poetry ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE

Poemcasts

Clarabelle New Year 2013
Clarabelle New Year 2013

Poemcasts for YOU

I do hope 2013 is getting off to a great start for you. I am so focused and driven to achieving my goals this year and one of them relates to putting a lot of energy into this blog and making it even better and more impactful for you.  I can genuinely and honestly say that I LOVE this blog, I just love working on it, love sharing with you and love reading your comments and your posts too.  

Podcast Host

Whilst looking into blogtalkradio this evening, I came across a podcast host, http://www.podbean.com.  I got so curious and excited about it and after a good 6 hours playing around with it and voice recording some of my poems, I have now created my own Poemcast website http://poemsbyclarabelle.podbean.com which is directly related to and linked to this blog.  I wanted to create podcasts, which as I am sure you have guessed by now, I have renamed to Poemcasts (thanks to a wonderful conversation I had with my friend Tom last year Рhis idea).     

Poemcasting

I think it was Tony Robbins who said the quote “where focus goes energy flows” and I can’t agree more, because my focus on making this blog even better has led me to a new world of Poemcasting!!¬† I share this information with you today, because you may wish to try it out for yourself. ¬†

So, if you would like to hear my beautiful Bonny Scotland accent whilst reciting some of my poems, you can.  

Below are three links to my most recent Poemcasts for YOU, I do hope you enjoy.  

PBC Poemcast 1 – Happiness is the Way

PBC Poemcast 2 – Love is Free-Flowing

PBC Poemcast 3 – Postcards from the Heart

I have also added the above links into the related posts on this blog and I have a lot more to update!!

I am sure I have still a lot to learn but baby steps all the way and I am very excited on this journey.  

Much love to you as always, Clarabelle.

Can you understand my broad Scottish accent?

If you enjoy what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in borrowing for FREE and/or purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational poetry ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE

There’s a Champion in YOU!!

Life can be really really tough sometimes, it can throw you curve ball after curve ball, whilst you’re climbing up the highest mountain, in the toughest terrain and then just when you think you’re getting somewhere, down comes the avalanche!! ¬†You may not realise it, but this is where the lighting strikes, this is where the miracle happens….saturated in doubts and drenched in tears, your heart and soul gets to work and creates a special magic inside of you, which reaches out and touches the stars. ¬†When you feel the deepest pain, believe me, it’s the start of your healing. How do I know?……I’ve been there. ¬†The New Year is just around the corner, there is life after 2012, I see it is so very special for you, full of love and abundance. My inner calling told me to share this with you today…….sometimes we all need a helping hand – listen to the whispers of your heart, for they only speak truth to you. ¬†Much love to you today, Clarabelle.

New Year
New Year 2013

There’s a Champion in YOU!!

Your light shines brighter, in the dark,

Your heart beats stronger, but leaves no mark.

The soul reconnects, to all of you,

The mountain climb, is in full view.

Pause for a second, feel the calmness in the air,

Your inner being, has much love to share.

The battle ain’t over, but YOU will win,

Believe it and see it, hold up that chin.

Because sometimes we fall, and keep on falling,

Tumbling down the hill, away from our calling.

***

But where you land, is the start of your healing,

Disguised in your tears, and in the pain you are feeling.

Nothing feels worse, but please trust, in what I say,

As you freeze in the moment, in the heat of the day.

You are a miracle, you are the one,

That can move any mountain, your journey has begun.

For inside your being, a bright flame does glow,

The tougher life gets, the more it does grow.

The eyes cannot see it, as the mind struggles on,

But it’s burning down the virus, until it’s all gone.

Don’t shut out these whispers, have faith, they are true,

Keep going, my friend, there’s a champion in YOU!!

poemsbyclarabelle, 26 December 2012

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Know Your Strengths

I was having a chat with my friend Tom from Canada last year and he recommended to me this great book called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, New York Times Bestselling Author.  I found this book truly amazing because it helps you to identify your top 5 strengths and then provides you with a follow-up report on how to take action towards maximising these talents.  I often go through this with my clients when coaching them towards their goals.  My top 5 strengths are:  Futuristic, Maximiser, Positivity, Woo and Strategic and I can honestly say I get to utilise these strengths on this blog. If you are interested in finding out more then I would recommend you buy the book Рand no I am definitely NOT on commission here, just thought it was a worthwhile book to share with you.  This next poem is all about maximising your potential Рmake you better today!!

Know Your Strengths

 The genius is inside of you

Know your strengths, this is your cue

With passion and purpose, strive for the best

Experience life, put yourself to the test

Nourish the seeds, the mind is so strong

Maximise your potential, this is where you belong

poemsbyclarabelle, 25 June 2012