Some days I am just full of energy, like today. I was in bed fairly early last night and woke up at 3am as bright as a button. It was pitch black outside but I thought to myself, get up and do what you need/want to do, so I did, rather than stare into the darkness of the room.
Sometimes I write my best stuff at this time in the morning, I really do and I love it when that happens.
So treat yourself to an early night and wake up early morning, fully alive and ready to take on your dreams. Remember to take time to watch the morning sun come up, it is such a beautiful scene.
My friend Sharon and I were have a deep and meaningful discussion the other day and we were talking about having different experiences. She shared a good analogy of her own which was, if you buy a bag of apples and the first apple you pick out is bad you don’t throw the whole bag away – do you??? I think that’s a good analogy of life, just because you have had one bad experience with someone or something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will always have that bad experience with another, as a matter of fact, chances are you will definitely not.
I have another thought on this one, what if you never experienced the bad apple in the first place, would you have missed a vital life lesson??? Sometimes what you perceived to be a bad experience initially, can for the long term turn out to be one of the best lessons in life you have ever learned. Life lessons are for the long term, as long as you remember them and learn from them.
Maybe the perceived bad apple is actually a beautiful Golden Apple in disguise.
Here is a little bit about the truly wonderfully inspiring Jerry (extract from his blog):
Jerry Nelson is an internationally recognized photojournalist.
His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and news outlets including USAToday, CNN, Huffington Post, Upsurge, CBS, Dream Row, Earthwalkers and others.
He photographs and licenses images for all manner of commercial and editorial use as well as selling through this website.
Nelson writes, “I realize the dreams to travel were not mine alone. I have friends that have dreamed of traveling and trekking since the days that we all roamed the woods around Hot Springs, Virginia.
I realize that most of those friends will never have the opportunity to journey. Life gets in the way sometimes. But I have tried to share the majesty, intimacy and timelessness of places in my photographs in a way I hope everyone can relate to. I’ve tried to capture the reality of my childhood imaginations and share them with you. I realize that despite having grown up with these dreams, nobody needs to go on trips like I do.
But as we work through the daily routine of life at home, sometimes it helps to know that we could go. That it’s all really there.
Better yet, I hope my photographs inspire a few of you to actually follow your dreams and take your journey. I want to remind everyone that ordinary working people can visit remote places like I have. They do it all the time.
These are not expensive or difficult places to explore if you travel independently and stay with the locals.
And of course, there are endless experiences to be had in the wilderness areas of your own backyard.
You can’t begin a journey if you don’t step out. There is nothing mysterious about a rucksack. All you need are a couple changes of clothes, some hard earned time off and less money than you think.
Get out there with me and watch the ravens fly through the dazzling glow of a remote slot canyon, watch the northern lights dance over the snows of Denali, walk with the lions and tigers in Lujan, roam the barrios in Buenos Aires looking for the next photograph, stand in the plaza as the Pope gets installed, watch in amazement during the Prayer Dance of the Native Cultural Center in Tennessee, break bread with veterans from the Falkland Islands war, listen for the choppers at the M*A*S*H set in Malibu, drift on The Snake River as we pass The Grand Tetons, stay silent in the Sonoran Desert as we wait for the Mexican drug cartel to appear, break bread with the Shoshone in Idaho, walk a knife-edge ridge in the Smokies and sit around the campfire in the Ozarks with other veterans. Fish for Pirrhana in the Amazon, watch autumn leaves fall in a gentle snowstorm in Patagonia, stand with me as 300 buffalo stampede towards us in Eusick, Washington, marvel at a palm tree swaying dark against a billion stars while camping on a moonless night in the middle of the South Pacific, sail a 16th century ship through the sound into open water, be ’embedded’ with OccupyDC during the winter, live with rugged miners in even more rugged Appalachia and drink Dr. Pepper on the front porch of the old Hatfield homestead in Mingo County.
It’s all there.
And the earth needs people who travel this way, who earn their time with its treasures, and promote its conservation.
Time is the most precious commodity we actually own.”
Below is Jerry’s Guest Blog Post which he wrote especially for this Clarabelle Blog:
Life Goes On
It grey the morning I stepped outside the door in a small town close to Roswell, New Mexico, on December 17, 2006. I shifted the backpack on my shoulders and walked to the end of the drive. Adjusting the straps again, I stepped into the street and walked to the corner. Looking back one more time, shifting the pack again, I walked down the street, through the town and across America.
I’m a Vietnam Veteran and while I didn’t see as much stuff as some others did, I was affected by the war and its aftermath. After keeping feelings, emotions and nightmares bottled up for years, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospitel in Staunton, Virginia where I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ten days in the psych ward with nothing to do but read ended up being a blessing.
I came across an old issue of National Geographic that had an article about hiking the Appalchian Trail. That was what I needed to do. That’s what I wanted to do. Get out in the woods, get away from everything and everyone I knew. Alone with just my thoughts and the Creator for company. It never happened. Sometimes life gets in the way and for years there was always a reason not to pursue my dream: my wife she…my bills they…my job it… Well, you know how it goes.
In September 2005 my wife of 31 years filed for divorce. I didn’t want it so I sat on the paperwork hoping she would have a change of heart. She never did, and in April 2006 I signed the documents and handed them over. Later that year some friends who were living in New Mexico invited me out to spend the holidays with them so I wouldn’t have to be alone. With nothing better to do, I went. I got there on December 16 and that night felt the God of my understanding say I could take my walk.
I got to Washington DC on June 30th, 2007. Since then I’ve continued to travel, write and take pictures. You can see my work on my website, www.JourneyAmerica.org. I’m always encouraging people to follow my travels and challenging them to take their own journey. If you do, the people you’ll meet are amazing.
People like Omar in a Dallas ghetto who dreams of going to medical school so he can return and care for his neighbors and “Ms. Mamie” in Jackson, Mississippi who went back to school at 80 years old.
The spiritual life-lessons learned on a trip like that stay with you through life and become a guiding force and you learn that:
Life goes on and no matter what you’re going through I encourage you to “Join the Adventure”
Thank you Jerry for sharing a part of your story with us today here on this blog, it has been a real pleasure having you on board and you are most welcome anytime. If you would like to read more about Jerry and his adventures please head over to his blog http://www.journeyamerica.org I challenge you not to feel inspired.
If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on this Clarabelle Blog, please let me know on the comments below or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being here, thank you for reading and thank you for your comments.
I want to tell you about one of the gratitude exercises I have been carrying out over the last few weeks from my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”. The gratitude exercise is called “Gratitude Penny Jar”. The eBook explains the full process on how to do this, but basically, in summary, when you have carried out this daily gratitude exercise you will have a full jar of “Gratitude Pennies” at the end of it to give away.
I was so excited the other evening because my Gratitude Penny Jar was full to the brim and I knew exactly who I was giving the Gratitude Pennies to. So I enthusiastically emptied the jar onto my living room floor and counted out the Gratitude Pennies. Here are some photos below:
402 Things That I Was Grateful For
All in all I had collected 402 Gratitude Pennies, I felt so good because that equated to 402 things that I was grateful for in my life over the last few weeks and now I was going to give these Gratitude Pennies away to someone who needed them more than me.
At the beginning of this Gratitude Exercise I already knew who I would give my pennies to because I often passed this homeless lady on the streets of Glasgow City Centre, no matter what the weather, selling “The Big Issue” Magazine, which is sold by people who are homeless. I counted out exactly £8.50 in one pence and five pence coins and I bagged them up all nicely and noted the amount on the outside, see photo below:
The Gratitude Walk
I was so excited the next day as I headed into Glasgow City Centre for work, as I really wanted to give the older homeless lady the Gratitude Pennies. As I turned the corner towards the Street she normally sits, I could see her about 100 metres ahead….this was the best feeling ever and I am now going to call this experience here “The Gratitude Walk”. I honestly felt like I had a million pounds in my bag to give the lady and even though it was only £8.50, these were special pennies, because these were “Gratitude Pennies” and every gratitude thought was from me with always her in my mind.
Thank You Lady
I smiled as I approached the lady and I handed her the white bag with the pennies in it, she looked at me in surprise, opened the bag and…..well let’s just say I’ll never forget the look on her face, she was so happy, so grateful and so loving with it all. “Thank you lady, thank you lady”, she said, to which I gave her the biggest smile, touched her on the shoulder and wished her a good day. I immediately filled up with tears because I know that little amount of money would have made a big difference to that lady and the expression on her face said it all.
I had the best day that day, I felt so good and I paid my “Gratitude Pennies” forward to someone who needed them more than me……..there are no words to describe the feeling I felt……no words at all.
I want you to experience “The Gratitude Walk”, just like I did, and pay your “Gratitude Pennies” forward – not only will you feel amazing but the person you give them to will also feel so good.
It’s All About Gratitude
You can find out more about this Gratitude Exercise and other gratitude exercises, affirmations, poetry and quotations in my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” which was published yesterday evening. Please click on the image below to access.
Please click on the link below or the eBook image above, if you are interested in purchasing the eBook. You will notice that the price of it is £8.50 – exactly the amount that was collected in my first“Gratitude Penny Jar” – yes, I’ve already started my next one!!
I have always wondered that why we are not satisfied with what we have? what triggers our desire level? whats the result of the desire? Is there any way to control our desire and lead a life in harmony? Yes i do got a teacher to enlighten he was none other than a footwear engineer who’s has his shelter below the sheet metal and working hard for his survival.
It was a week before I was on my way to my home from a temple which is almost 8 Kms from the place of my residence. One such fine morning while returning to base after having some divine revelation from the almighty I happen to notice a man who was sitting under a tamarind tree and was busy with his business, I approached him to get my footwear done, Since my footwear needs bit of servicing I have approached…
The video below shares with you the poem that inspired the “Clarabelle” logo with the blue butterfly and the Scottish tartan background. For those of you who are not familiar with the Clarabelle logo, here it is below:
It was created by my friend Jennifer, who is a fabulous Graphic Designer, after we had a deep and meaningful discussion about what I wanted.
I wanted to keep the logo quite simple with the following:
The “Clarabelle” name,
A butterfly, representing change/transformation and free spirit,
The colour “azure blue” which I really love and was so drawn to at the time (this is also the colour of my car) and which I didn’t know at the time, this is the colour for the communicationchakra…..how apt.
I also wanted a connection to my Scottishroots, I think that was Jennifer’s idea and I really liked it.
At the time of our initial discussions Jennifer handed me a piece of paper and asked me to sign the “Clarabelle” name, I then went back to her with some other ideas about the butterfly having a heart (I later decided not to use this), and she did the rest, and what an amazing job she did.
Jennifer originally provided me with the following wonderful examples for the Clarabelle Logo:
I then used the above sample designs, to ask people I know and work with which was their favorite logo and why, this was to help me make the final decision on which logo I finally went with. I must say that the white/hearts butterfly logo above, came a very very close second. 🙂
Thanks again to Jennifer for creating this logo, every time I see it I think of this poem that inspired it.
I do hope you enjoy this video poem below, “I Wish I Was A Butterfly” that inspired the logo:
I Wish I Was A Butterfly
I wish I was a butterfly, dancing in the air,
Sparking in the sunshine, so wonderful and rare.
The beauty is in the detail, the colours so bright,
I watch you fluttering, in the magical sunlight.
You are on a journey, now you are free,
To move in the moment, like a honeybee.
Fragile in my hands, strong in the mind,
I’m mesmerised by your life, it’s one of a kind.
Sweet, sweet, butterfly, where do you go?
A soft breeze under your wings, only you do know.
You’ve awakened my soul, the world is your own,
You’ve come through the stages, developed and grown.
I look in the mirror and to my surprise,
A butterfly is on my shoulder, I can’t believe my eyes.
You represent free spirit, inside of me,
You whisper the truth, of what I’ve always wanted to be.
Today I am here, with my dreams in my heart,
The suitcase is ready, waiting to depart.
The destination is exciting, I’ve waited so long,
Now I am ready, I know where I belong.
Patience was a virtue, so evident and true,
Babysteps forward, from the back of the queue.
I’m next in line, a new chapter awaits,
As I close the door behind me and enter new gates.
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.
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. 🙂
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 yippeewe 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:
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 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.
In my day job when I am coaching I often work with people on how to identify what they want in life. This can be a difficult one for some people because it isn’t always obvious for them, for many different reasons.
There is one coaching tool that I use which often gets great results for the person and I would like to share it with you here today so you can try it, if you wish. I call this the “What I Want” Table (see photo below).
Take a blank piece of paper (see photo below) and head it up “What I Want“. State underneath this what life area you want to focus on for e.g. “Health”. Draw a table with two columns. On the left hand column, write the heading, “What I Don’t Want” and the right hand column, write the heading, “What I Want”.
People struggling to identify what they want in life often find it easier to start with what they DON’T want in that area of their life.
Complete the left hand column first for e.g. what you don’t want to think, feel, do and experience in this specific area of your life and then write down the contrast of that on the right column, i.e. “What I Want”, i.e. what I do want to think, feel, do and experience.
This is a really simple but effective process in helping you identify what you want by thinking about what you don’t want first. It can make identifying the “What I Want” process a whole lot easier for you.
Your BIG Why
It is also really important to have a big enough reason as to WHY you want to achieve that goal in the first place, why is it so important for you to achieve and it must also be in alignment with your core values.
If you are struggling to think about what you want in life, please try the above process and let me know if it works for you. This process really works for me and for some of the people I coach but it is important to know that we are all different and just because this process works for me it doesn’t mean it will work for you. But hey, I say, please give it a go and tell me what you think.
I set specifics goals for myself at the beginning of 2013 and I review their progress every 3-4 months together with some fine tuning of these goals. All these goals are also directly related to my Vision Wall that I created in the spring time of 2012, please see the Vision Wall page here on this blog for more specific details around the process I followed specifically for that.
Today I want to share with you the process I have carried out in creating my Focus Goal Cards as this is something you may wish to do for yourself.
I have seven specific Focus Goal Cards that I completed for myself.
Each Focus Goal is written on an A6 size piece of white card (see photos below) with the following details:
Date you start the goal card
Why this is an important goal for you to achieve
Action steps you will take (on back of card)
Your signature of your commitment to achieving this goal
Date you expect the goal to be completed by
Ultimate Success Formula (F.A.S.T.) (on back of card)
Below is a photo of an example for you:
The A6 size Focus Goal Cards are for my office desk so that I can read them often when working from it.
I also wanted to be able to keep my Focus Goal Cards at hand, so that I can read them when I am out and about, so I decided to create a miniature version of each Focus Goal Card, beginning with an “I Am” statement for e.g. “I am in perfect health”.
I then keep these smaller cards, with less information on them, in my Focus Goal Card Wallet in my handbag and read them throughout the day, as much as possible.
What I am specifically doing here, is that I am consciously and deliberately making an effort, with repetition in mind to shift these goals from my conscious mind into my subconscious mind so that I will then automatically do things every day that are in support of me achieving these goals.
Focus Goal Journal
In addition to the above I also have a Focus Goal Journal (photo below) where I continually write each specific goal on the notepad journal, line after line after line, filling up each page – again this is so the goal moves more quickly from my conscious mind into my subconscious mind.
So there you have it, that’s the Focus Goal Card process that I am currently going through. I am fully aware that this is the final quarter of the year and I wanted to step it up a level in order to ensure I achieve what I want, so this is what I decided to do to achieve that. Together with my Vision Wall I feel this makes a dynamic goal achievement processthat is bespoke to me and I know what works for me. For yourself, it may be a completely different process but I guess you won’t know until you try it for yourself and if you do, please let me know how you get on, I will certainly let you know how I am getting on in a future blog post.
After all, “What you think about, you bring about”and I want YOU and I to do everything we can to support that process.
Know what you want and just you go for it and please do whatever works best for you.
Another sleepless night, that’s a few in a row now…….my heart is a heart filled with excitement and enthusiasm for life and it whispers to me that it needs no rest right now. So I open the page and write to you in poetic verse, because this is what I LOVE to do. Stay beautiful my friend, because you are. Clarabelle 🙂
An Awakened Heart
I just couldn’t sleep,
in bed last night.
I tossed and turned,
but there was nothing to fright.
I wasn’t worried,
about this or that.
I wasn’t scared,
of my inner chat.
This time it was different,
I’m happy to share.
My awakened self was excited,
I do declare.
So grateful for life,
and the abundance here.
Grateful for my health,
and positive cheer.
Jumping for joy,
about all of my dreams.
Turning to reality,
so quickly it seems.
For it comes with ease,
and I feel no pain.
My heart and soul,
is full of faith again.
The spirit never dies,
when all doors seem locked.
Love never leaves,
what the mind had blocked.
An awakened heart,
needs no rest to recover.
It beats life into you,
this you will discover
If you are a regular follower or visitor of this blog you will be fully aware that I am a big fan of gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. 🙂 I am truly so grateful for everything I have in my life right now and I know that because of my deepest gratitude for it all, the Universe brings to me more things to be fully grateful for. This next poem is inspired by my gratitude to all that I have, all that I am and all that I am becoming……I know life can be tough at times but it also can be truly AWESOME too. Thank YOU, love Clarabelle.
Thank You For…..
Thank you for
my life, I love you dearly
Thank you for,
seeing this so clearly
Thank you for,
my beautiful friends
Thank you for,
happiness through the lens
Thank you for,
the good mood I am in
Thank you for,
my next of kin
Thank you for,
the hope and glory
Thank you for,
my roller-coaster story
Thank you for,
the lessons gone by
Thank you for,
the mountain so high
Thank you for,
the challenges and tears
Thank you for,
my living years
Thank you for,
all the love I hold
Thank you for,
what’s about to unfold
Thank you for,
the sun and the rain
Thank you for,
the sweet laughter again
Thank you for,
being just you
Thank you for,
being so true
Thank you for,
my grateful heart
Thank you for,
this blessing, a beautiful art.
Beautiful people touch our hearts forever and that is what this next poem is all about. Remember you are a beautiful person and you also touch the hearts of others in such a beautiful and meaningful way that makes their heart smile. Thank you for being here, thank you for reading this, thank you for being YOU. I write this as I think of you, much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle 🙂
I Think of You
I think of you,
a little and a lot
A beautiful smile,
that’s what you’ve got
I think of your laughter,
it makes my heart dance
Free flowing energy,
as love takes a chance
Your spirits are high,
no matter the weather
Your musical notes,
are as light as a feather
And in the midst of it all,
I hear your calling
Singing my name,
Life is a risk,
but with you I’m there
Climbing the mountain,
wind through our hair
For wherever you roam,
know this is true
I may not be by your side,
but I’m always with you
Words that inspire, words that speak truth, words from the heart shared with you today. Our journey’s have crossed and our souls are connected and I do hope you are doing what you love today, I know I am and I’m sharing that with YOU. Have a beautiful day, Clarabelle.
An Easy Choice
I always believed, I always knew
I had neverending faith, this was true
I gave hope a chance, to live in me
I counted my blessings, it set me free
To escape in the moment, do what I love
Creates inner peace, a connection to above
Words that inspire, warming the heart
In this jigsaw of life, it was the last part
To share my soul, to give it a voice
An inner calling, an easy choice
And now you read and now you listen
Our journey’s have crossed, dreams do glisten
I give you the key, to unlock my soul
Precious and light, making me whole
Calm the distraction, bathe in the joy
Trust your intuition, it’s your miracle toy.
Below is another video poem for you, I remember when I created this poem, it was after I came back from a run. Whilst out running I passed a group of school children, about 5 years old and they were all so very cute, stopping in line to let me past and smiling and waving at me. I remember thinking that they were all such happy spirits, like the spirit of an angel…..hence the title of the poem. Happy spirits to you today, love Clarabelle.
It is with great pleasure that I share this blog post with you today because it is about the successful completion of my third marathon since I did my first one in November 2007. Yes, we did it, my friend Jamie Haugh and I successfully completed the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday, 29 September 2013 in Inverness, Scotland.
If I’m honest it was my toughest marathon course to date because it was very hilly, much control is required at the downhills and much strength and stamina is required on the up hills and there was quite a lot of them!!
It was a marvelous day though and I was very mindful of embracing the day as much as possible, as I was thinking this was may be my last marathon. 🙂
Jamie and I were in great spirits before the marathon started, we had such a laugh and got chatting to some other runners….I would like to give these people a mention:
Thank you to Mo whom I met on the train heading to Inverness, Mo was doing her first marathon and I am delighted to say she successfully completed it in an amazing time.
Thank you to the other marathoners who were staying at No.29 B&B Accommodation in Inverness, we had a right laugh at breakfast on marathon morning….Frank was doing his first marathon and I am so pleased to say he did it. He has already committed himself to doing it again next year, he’s on a mission to break the 4 hour barrier.
Thank you to John Tougher, a friend from High School, whom we met for dinner the night before the marathon, John is “proper” runner and the Loch Ness was his 10th marathon, well done John on completing your 10th marathon in an amazing time.
Thank you to Martin who was doing his first marathon, I used to work beside Martin’s lovely wife Ruth and we had been updating our marathon training progress on Facebook. It was lovely to bump into Martin at the race start, amongst the sea of 4000 runners, there he was standing just in front of me. It was great to be able to personally wish each other well. Martin successfully completed his first marathon, well done Martin, you did it!!
Thank you to Gerry whom we chatted to for a while before the marathon started, Gerry had some wonderful stories to tell us, he made us laugh, I don’t know how Gerry did but he has completed many many marathons so I have no doubt he successfully completed it…no doubt whatsoever, so I will say in confidence, well done Gerry. 🙂
Thank you to all the other marathoners we had a wee chat to along the route, some really inspirational people running for some great charities and it was really wonderful to see and be part of.
Thank you to all the supporters along the route and the hundreds of people lined across the streets of Inverness leading up to the finish line, I always had a smile for everyone of you because you helped me get through the last few miles much easier. “Go girl in the orange top”, thank you to the lovely person who cheered me on at the last mile I significantly remember you shouting that at me. 🙂
And last but certainly not least, thank you to Jamie Haugh for his company throughout the whole trip, we had such a laugh, played the “Positivity”game at 13th mile and the “I Am Strong” affirmation game at the 15th mile and you kept my spirits high, you did it, your second marathon this year, what an amazing achievement and you should be so proud of yourself. Well done Jamie 🙂 🙂 🙂
The question is on, “Will I do another marathon?”, well, I haven’t broke the 5 hour barrier yet, I am 1 minute out……it is kinda annoying me hahahah, let’s just wait and see, I am contemplating it…..contemplating!!! 🙂
Welcome to October’s question of the month post. At the beginning of every month I like to pose a question for you to contemplate and I will also share my own answer to the question for you. October’s question:
Now that we’re in the the final quarter of 2013, it is good to reflect on your achievements of the year so far.What are you most proud of achieving this year so far?
This is a difficult one to answer for me because I honestly feel there are so many things that I am proud of achieving this year so far and a lot of it is not always immediately obvious to the outside world because a lot of it is related to self mastery, understanding oneself, become true to myself and being the person that I am and that I am becoming.
If I had to choose one I would definitely say it is related to moving forward with my singing/songwriting career. I have such passion and soul connection to this ambition. This year so far I have taught myself how to play the keyboard, created 9 instrumentals and written 25 original songs over a 6 month period.
Everything related to me moving forward with this part of my life feels like a miracle to me, it was as if it came out of nowhere but it was a childhood dream deeply cemented in my heart. I do truly believe that if I didn’t start this blog in April last year, I am not sure if the singing/songwriting would have unleashed itself so quickly, or even at all!! It is as if this blog was the planting of a seed “the new me” and every blog post has nurtured that seed to grow, develop, flourish and blossom. This blog I am so very grateful for, this blog was certainly last year’s number one achievement by far. 🙂
It is good to reflect on your past achievements and I would encourage you to answer this month’s question and also take time to celebrate your achievements. After all you did it and you deserve it, you deserve the happiness it brings you.
Now, that we’re into the last quarter of 2013, make it the greatest three months of your life, I know I am.
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:
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:
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…..butit has to be a goal that I am passionate about doing!!
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.
I was taking my mum to the hospital yesterday, she is fine, it was just for a regular 6 monthly check up to the eye clinic. The hospital was so busy and whilst my mum was with the eye doctor I pullled out my iPad mini and created a couple of poems. The first poem I wrote is below – being in the hospital made me think about how grateful I am for my own health and wellbeing and all the abundance I have in my life. May your attitude of gratitude shine brighter than the sun today. Lots of love to you Clarabelle.
Attitude of Gratitude
I am grateful for my health, and happiness in me
Grateful for the sun, shining so free
Grateful for the rainbow, with colours so bright
Grateful for the youthfulness, making me light
I am grateful for, just every little thing
I am grateful for, the joy it does bring
For once I forgot, to thank all that I own
I was less gratefully mindful, when I was alone
But something happened, to me on my path
Something so serious, but now I do laugh
Because life is what you make it, see it shine
Let it dance in your soul, you’ll feel better than fine
Have a grateful heart, and happy spirit too
Because the attitude of gratitude, will always help you through
Poem Created by Clarabelle, 20 September 2013
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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
Sometimes we have days when we don’t feel like smiling, sometimes that’s just the way we feel and sometimes there is a person out there who just wants to hold our hand, give us love and help that smile to return. The poem below is just about that. May you put a beautiful smile on someone’s face today, maybe just maybe they need it. Lots of love, Clarabelle.
Face Without A Smile
I see your face, without a smile
Saddened eyes, tears for a while
I feel your hurt, I feel your pain
I know your heart, is hurt again
I want to help, I want you to know
I will share my smile, until you glow
I will give my soul, and all its strength
To see you grow, beyond arms length
To see the sparkle, in your eyes
To watch you glisten, with surprise
I will give you my love, and affection too
To show you I care, I really do
Remember me, when times are tough
I am always here, throughout the rough
Lean on me, for I am strong
My shoulder is waiting, where you belong
Today I give, what I have been given
Your inner strength, it’s in me living
For once I felt, just like you
And you were there, tying my shoe
You gave me hope, to carry on
You helped me through, your spirit shone
We have faced troubles,at different times
But what’s mine is yours, and yours is mine
Together we will fight, together we will win
In the darkness, our lights shine brighter from within
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
I want to tell you a story, a true story from 22 years ago, it is the story of the day I believe, my best friend saved my life. I just feel I want to share this with you today and I want to dedicate this blog post to Donna my BFF, best friend forever. Thank you for everything and more.
I was 18 when I was in my first very serious car accident, the police officers who visited me in hospital afterwards told me they don’t know how I got out of the car alive, because where I was sitting in the car, there was basically nothing left of it. I remember that evening so clearly, the sounds, the smells, the conversations, every one of my senses seemed to be fully enhanced.
Leading up to it, there was lots of fun, joking around and laughter and then all of a sudden I was squealing in pure agony, trapped in a car I couldn’t get out of. But thankfully I did get out of it and after almost 6 weeks in hospital and one and half years with crutches I managed to make a full recovery and get back on track with my life.
That was the first serious car accident I was in but it is the second car crash that happened four and half months after the first one, that I want to tell you about.
My best friend and I were offered a lift by some other friends, I was in crutches and insisted on sitting in the back of the car behind the drivers seat. There was five of us in the car and my best friend was sitting to the left of me, in the middle seat position. The driver stopped to get petrol and my best friend got out to get some sweets. When she came back she wanted me to move into the middle seat of the car but I didn’t want to go into the middle of the car, she insisted and we had a silly mini argument about it and I had enough and just moved into the middle of the car. No less than 2 minutes later the car crashed and my best friend got the full impact of the car hitting a steel pole in the middle of a roundabout. I was protected because I was in the middle, I did get crushed but with bodies rather than metal and steel. My best friend was in a really bad way, she was lying in the middle of the road and all she kept shouting was “is Claire alright, is Claire alright”. Yes, I was alright in comparison to her. She was taken immediately to intensive care and was put on a life support machine, she was given a very low chance of surviving. We said lots of prayers, I have never said so many prayers in my life so that she would get well again, we were told the chances were very slim but I always believed she would and thankfully she did and she made a full recovery within 6 months.
Saved My Life
I know that my best friend saved my life that night of the second car accident. My body was still in recovery from the first one and I was so weak and thin, if I had been sitting in the same seat, I would never have had the strength to have survived that second car accident. As I shared earlier, my friend insisted on changing seats 2 minutes before the accident happened, I believe my best friend saved my life that day.
We are both fighting fit now and full of health and we often now just laugh and cry about those times, not funny I know but after 22 years you start to look at things a little differently.
It wasn’t our time to go, all those years ago, God had other plans for us. Thank you so much.
Love and Strength of Friendships
I had many dark days when recovering from my accident, many many dark days, lots of tears, lots of frustrations and lots of anger built up inside of me. I was still a teenager and had a great dreams and plans that I thought, at the time, were getting taken away from me. My dad was also suffering from cancer at the time so I think that didn’t help either. Now that I reflect upon it, I think I was a little ignorant and possibly a little bit selfish. I couldn’t see past my own pain and I blamed a lot of external things for my unhappiness. These life experiences, I believe have made me a better and stronger person. My bitter thinking was all wrong at the time, I can see that now and I am sorry I felt that way, but I learned a lot, I learned a lot about myself and about the love and strength of friendships.
I am such a grateful person now, I have so grateful to be alive, to be healthy, to be happy and to still have my best friend in my life……forever 🙂 I treasure everything that I have and I nurture my positive energy every day.
I actually never ever thought I would share this story on my blog, but for some reason it just felt right to share it today.
In life we are faced with many challenges and sometimes at the time we are facing them we don’t see the lesson……but believe me there is a lesson and it will be revealed through time or if we take time out of the equation, through a change in our thinking.
Every month I give you a question to reflect upon and I also provide you with my own answer to that question. Here is this month’s question for you to ponder:
Which of your core values is most important to you?
In my work as a Coach I explore core values with the individuals I work with, I feel it is so important to understand what your values are and what each value means to you. My number one core value without any doubt is “Love”. What does “Love” mean to me? Love is everything, without love for self and for each other, life for me would be meaningless. Love has an invisible power, like no other force, love is the answer to all conflicts and broken down relationships. Love is magnetic, love is nature, love is peace, love is love, is love. “Love Redeems All” (that’s on my Vision Wall).
On 21 December 2012 I was invited to attend a Winter Solstice meditation event. Here is an extract from the invitation:
“This year’s Winter Solstice is an extraordinary event that has been anticipated and speculated by the astrologers for many years. I’m sure we have all heard about the Mayan calendar ending its significant cycle on that day. There is another most powerful event that is taking place on December 21st 2012. On that day the planet earth will be part of the Galactic Alignment that takes place once every 26,000 years. We are having this meditation with the intention to align with this monumental event. When we come together our energies converge to create a powerful magnetic force that attracts the universal energies. Together we are more than the sum of its parts. We do this in support of the transformation and growth which we hope to maintain in the coming year of 2013. This event will never be witnessed by us or by many generations that follow us. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity for honouring and letting go of the Old with grace and gratitude, and embracing the New in trust, surrender and joy.”
I had never been to anything like this before and I was excited to go. It felt really strange at first, just because it was all new to me but I felt I really embraced the event with all my heart. When I came home from the event I drew the following picture of “Love“, at the time I never fully understood what I was drawing, I was…..well, just drawing because it felt right at the time. Now, as I read more on the subjects of “The Quantum Field”, “The Law of Vibration” and other related topics, I am really starting to understand what my drawings mean.
What does love look like to you? If you had to draw a picture of “Love” what would it look like? I’m cheating now because that is more questions. :-)
I am a big reader on the Law of Attraction and recently I have been listening to Gregg Kuhn on the subject of “The Quantum Field” which I am finding really fascinating indeed. The Quantum Field is described by Gregg as “an invisible field of energy that represents all possibilities”. Here is something for you to think about today:
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
I was thinking about that one a lot yesterday…..definitely one to be continued 🙂
I will post more on this subject as I learn more and put the learnings into practice.
First step is to align my beliefs with my desires because like energy vibrations attract like energy vibrations. So if you’re reading this post today, I guess we are both on the same energy vibrations and it is truly wonderful to have you here.
Lots of love to you today and may your thoughts today attract all that you want and more. Clarabelle
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 email@example.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.
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…
I want you to think about this, how do you usually respond to the people and circumstances around you when you are in a low mood? Chances are if you’re anything like me, not very positively. Wouldn’t it be best then to wait until your mood changes to a much more positive mood before you respond to situations. Yes, I know you can’t wait forever because this is life and you will want to be getting on with things, but if you take ‘time’ out of the equation and focus more on changing your thinking about the situation then ‘time’ will not be the main issue……you just have to change your thinking. You see it’s all really about THINK, FEEL, DO – let me explain. Your thinking comes first, which then determines how you feel which is then followed by what you do, so if you don’t like what you’re doing or how you’re feeling change the way you think.
I want to encourage you to really think about what you’re thinking before you respond to anything in your life. When you are in a high mood you will be thinking good thoughts and good feelings and behaviour will follow. When you are in a high mood you are much better equipped to tap into your true wisdom and you will find it much easier to come up with the solution to any problems you have.
Hopefully this post will give you some food for thought.
“When you’re in a high mood, life looks good. You have perspective and common sense.” (Richard Carlson)
I encourage you today to think your way out of a low mood and into a high mood, then respond to what needs done, I am sure you will get much better results all round.
I was such a happy child, I honestly had a fabulous childhood it was so much fun, adventurous, exciting and full of imagination. I had lots of friends and most of the time we made up our own entertainment. We used our imagination to make up dances and songs, we played at football rounders, kick-the-can, hide and seek, beds (hopscotch), races, treasure hunt, lee voy, relay races, obstacles courses, we would climb up trees and make up hidden camps in the park. I am smiling now because my childhood was so so so so happy and I am very proud to say that I am still very close with some of those very special childhood friends almost 35 years later.
As a child I always remember being full of dreams and excited ambition, although it was probably portrayed as being too far fetched and a little ‘show off’ at times. I never interpreted it as that myself, I was just so happy and wanted to display my happiness to others, I suppose I wanted them to share my happiness too.
My mum said to me that her memory of me as a child was that I was always singing, she said I would sing from the moment I woke up until I went to bed. The funny thing is I forgot I did that until my mum reminded me of it a couple of years ago. I forgot that I used to do that as a child and I guess I forgot what it was to be that child again singing, dancing and living in a very free-spirited way. However I am finding that the more I understand who I am as a person the more I am becoming that happy spirited child again, the person that I always was but somehow got lost along the way.
At this moment in time, on my journey of life, I am really happy, I feel free-spirited, creative and mesmerised by the beauty in this world. It’s like I am seeing the world again through my childlike eyes, like when I was 7 years old again.
As a child I loved things like catching my reflection in puddles on a rainy day, gazing up at the stars at night, staring at a summer nights sky and being wondered by all the magical colours and different shapes of clouds. I loved making daisy chains and I would look endlessly at each petal on the daisy, really feeling and smelling its fresh air scent. I loved the great outdoors and just being free, I guess just being me, living in each very moment and seeing each and everything around me as magical.
Now I know why I was a happy child. 🙂 🙂 🙂
May your day today be filled with magical childlike moments that allow you to see the beauty in everything around you. Lots and lots of love to you today, Clarabelle
Please let me introduce you to this month’s very creative Guest Blogger, Douglas Robertson.
Douglas has always been interested in art but says that he hasn’t really drawn anything recently but does love photoshopping. Douglas says, “I suppose what I do is the equivalent of what ‘pimp my ride’ is to cars as to what I do to pictures/photos. I sometimes refer to what I do as ‘digi-punk’ art. Basically I either get an idea for a picture and create it by taking different parts and pieces of other pictures to create a new one.”
The other thing Douglas likes to do is turn a photograph into a ‘painting’ by using various effects and layers and many ‘paintings’ can have as many as 20 layers.
When I, (Clarabelle) went on holiday this year to Ibiza I took a photo of my footprints in the sand, Douglas then added his own creative art to the photo and used one of my original poems to add a touch of uniqueness too. Douglas says, “the ‘footprints in the sand‘ picture with poem had about 8 layers and was itself the result of several ‘halfway’ pictures to get the final result.”
Douglas also takes his own photographs with the view to photoshopping them when he gets home – a good example of that is: Photo 1 and the original photograph: Photo 2
Douglas’ Next Steps
My next step would be to actually turn my creations into real paintings by actually getting the brushes out and painting versions of them. Below is Douglas’ own caracature creation of himself. 🙂
I am sure you will all agree, Douglas is a very talented creative individual and if you would like to see more of Douglas’ work, then please feel free to head over to his facebook page, Wiggly Beezers Arts you will also find there another creative picture of me, Clarabelle with the “City Lights” poem added to it.
I would like to give a special thank you to Douglas for sharing his creatives talents on this Clarabelle blog, it’s been an absolutely pleasure.
Sometimes you just have to believe that YOU are the greatest, you have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in your abilities, you have to believe that you are capable of achieving so much more. You have so much potential, there is so much more of you to unleash, so much more of you to share with the world. Now I want you to hold onto that thought and I want you to flip an imaginary switch and when you do, you 100% believe in you, now watch what you are doing, look at who you are talking to, What changes are you making in your life? What are you doing differently? Just believe, just believe, just believe in YOU. I wrote the lyrics, “I Am The Greatest” (see below) last month because I was strongly visualising myself being the greatest songwriter of all time and then I wrote it down (picture above).
I believe, I have faith in the unknown and I know the Universe is working in my favour and bringing it to me. I made the decision, I made the commitment and I acted upon it, I now treasure every person and thing that I attract into my life that moves me closer to my vision.
Now I want you to believe in you, believe in it all, believe and have faith in the mystery of the unknown, that once you commit to doing something, once you commit to achieving that goal, it’s going to happen for you, sooner or later it is going to happen for you. You are the greatest and I want you to believe that.
Below are the lyrics to my song, “I Am The Greatest”, this will be released as part of my Album, “The Becoming of Me”, I think the melody that goes with this song is really great, it is really uplifting and empowering, definitely a song to be listened to first thing in the morning or when you are feeling down and want a little boost, the song will definitely do that for you.
“I Am The Greatest” by Clarabelle created on 22 July 2013
You’ve gotta put the hard work in
And let your mind know
In order to catch the falling star
You’ve gotta move and go
Time it will not wait for you
Life moves very fast
So step it up, get going
Live it up, get showing
Say I Am
I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why
Times are tough I know sometimes
Keep going until the end
To reach the top you have to go
Be real do not pretend
You can be the champion
You can have it all
So live it up, get moving
Play the game, get grooving
Say I Am
I feel my heart
I feel my soul
In changing moments
This I know
I am the greatest
I’ve changed my ways
I’ve reached the rainbow
Happy sunny days
For I am the greatest
So watch me fly
I am the greatest
This is why
This is why
I will fly
I want you to fly today, I’ll be watching you, love Clarabelle
I was coaching a client in July 2011 and she was talking about not having a TV anymore, there were lots of positives coming from this discussion, so much so that when I went home that evening I didn’t want to have a TV anymore either, so I got rid of it, that very day.
I must say, this has been one of the best things I ever did and so many positives have come from me not having a TV. I started to read more books, make more time for exercise, visit people more, talk to friends on the telephone, research into subjects I was interested in, focus more on developing myself and my business and one of the best positives was then having the time to start this Clarabelle blog and post on a regular basis.
When I made this decision the people around me thought I was being “weird”, some of them still do. The first thing people usually ask me when they come into my home is “Where is your TV?” and now I very proudly say I haven’t had a TV for over 2 years and I love not having a TV. Usually this is followed by “Really, well what do you then with your time then?” and I very happily tell them all the positive things I do which grow me as a person, maximise my wellbeing and build my relationships with other people, sometimes I will even refer them to this Clarabelle blog. 🙂
I am not saying that not having a TV is for everyone, it just really works for me, I live myself and prefer now to read a good self development book rather than watch a drama on TV.
All in all a very good decision for me and the positive outcomes have been tremendous.
Below is a picture of my living room, living happily without a TV. 🙂
You may want to keep your TV for various reasons but maybe you could consider reducing the time you watch it, for e.g. 1 hour less per day, that will then give you an extra 7 hours per week to do something else you may not have time for right now!! Just a thought 🙂
Wherever you are today, whatever you are doing, I do hope it is helping you to move closer to your goals. Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.
There is movement, there is change and there is doing things that just feel right…..I am living in the latter. I wrote this next poem for you my friend. Wishing you a day filled with positive changes that make you a better you. Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle
Nothing is still or stays the same
I feel the earth shift under my feet
The air is stirring, I hear its beat
Nothing is still, or stays the same
All is well, in this magical game
When thunder roars, whispers sing
Lightning bolts, form under my wing
I’m soaring high, never letting go
Imagination creates, all on show
It’s time now, my soul is shaken
I open my eyes, from this dream I awaken
Since I turned 40 a few weeks ago I have been thinking about creating my very own bucket list but the more I think about it, I feel what is most important to me, is what these experiences give me. So I thought about it a little bit more, as I always do and I came up with the following Top Ten Bucket List poem. I hope you like it. May all your dreams come true and fulfill you in such a meaningful and purposeful way, love Clarabelle
Top Ten Bucket List
In my bucket list of life
I will take these things
First is love and the joy it brings
Second is faith into the light
Third is truth shining bright
Fourth is beauty from inside it glows
Fifth is gratitude where magic grows
Sixth is kindness because I like to give
Seventh is freedom of choice to live
Eighth is wisdom to give me trust
Ninth is patience, this is a must
Tenth is happiness, fulfillment too
My top ten bucket list, I shall do