Rest When You Need It

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

Rest When You Need It

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

By Clarabelle

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Question of the Month

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

Question:

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

My Answer:

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

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

Love to you, Clarabelle

 

 

 

The Four D’s of Success

Never Give Up

Success Formula

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

1.  Diet (Healthy Nutrition)

2.  Discipline (Self)

3.  Determination (Self)

4.  Desire (Burning)

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

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

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

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

Keep on, keeping on.

Clarabelle

 

 

Walk of Gratitude

Daily Gratitude

Gratitude is in my heart, it is part of my me and is such an important core value to me.  I want to share with you today an extract from my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, this is one of the daily gratitude exercises that you can practice in your life today.

Gratitude

“Walk of Gratitude

Take a walk outside and bask in the beauty of nature around you.  For every bird that you see, I want you to say “thank you” with every part of your heart and soul.  Feel deep gratitude for being alive in this very moment and for being part of this beautiful Universe.  You are a living witness to the magic and the wonders of the world around you.  Feel blessed in this moment, feel gratitude for it all, right now.  Feel at one with yourself and feel the peace in your heart as you do so, the magic of gratitude is breathing beautiful energy into you. ” (extract from It’s All About Gratitude, page 58)

Try this exercise out today and please let me know how it makes you feel…..I am positive it will do wonders for your wellbeing and inner happiness.

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle

In need of some motivation?

Motivational Speech

Everyone needs a little bit of motivation and inspiration now and again, it is good for the soul and it can make all the difference in your life at any moment in time.

If you have 3 minutes to spare today, listen to the words of this motivational speech that I created. It contains words from the heart, words to feed your mind and connect with your soul.  I hope it gives you a little boost.

Please also feel free to share it if you feel you know someone else who might benefit from listening to it.

Keep going my friend, keep going till you get to the top, because indeed that is where the best view is.

I’ll see you at the top!!  Clarabelle

What is S.F.A.M?

Super Focused Action Mode
Super Focused Action Mode

S.F.A.M

I have been in S. F.A.M lately, what does that mean?

It means, Super Focused Action Mode.

I feel everything right now is in alignment with where I am going i.e. my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing is matching what I am becoming and what I am achieving in life.

I can honestly say I haven’t felt as super strong as this for a while, probably in about 5 years, maybe even longer, I don’t know.  I feel excited, enthusiastic, passionate, super focused, super creative, full of energy and full of action.  I have definitely taken things to a new level and when I really think about it, I am not even sure if I have ever been on this level before and I can honestly say I am LOVING IT.

Can you feel my passion, can you feel my excitement because if I could, I would bottle it and gladly give it out for free.  🙂 🙂 🙂

I do hope this post has inspired YOU into S.F.A.M.

Wishing you a day filled with inspired action.

Love Clarabelle

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When the heart is happy….

“When the heart is happy, miracles happen.” (Clarabelle)

When the heart is happy

Photo and Quote by Clarabelle.  🙂

 

Take a walk in nature…

“Take a walk in nature and be grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds you.” 

Take a walk in nature

Photo and Quote by Clarabelle. 

How To Know What You Want?

Coaching Tool

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.

What I Want Coaching Tool

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.

Much love to you today,  Clarabelle

Mission Statement

Focus Goal Cards

Progress

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
  • Goal Details
  • 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)
FAST Ultimate Success Formula
F.A.S.T Ultimate Success Formula
Clarabelle's Goal Card
Clarabelle’s Goal Card

Below is a photo of an example for you:

Focus Goal Card
Example Focus Goal Card
Focus Goal Card
Example Focus Goal Card

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”.

Goal Cards in Wallet
Goal Cards in handy Wallet
Wallet Goal Cards
Wallet Goal Cards

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.

Subconscious Mind

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.

Focus Goal Card Journal
Focus Goal Card Journal

Bespoke Process

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 process that 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.

Lots of love to you today,  Clarabelle

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The Health of your Heart

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

 

The Health of your Heart

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

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

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

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

By Clarabelle, 10 October 2013

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I Think of You

Clarabelle Quotes, Beauty is everywhere

Beautiful People

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,
barriers falling

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

By Clarabelle, 8 October 2013

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A Happy Place

True Beauty

The Heart

Your mind may be jam-packed with worries today but I want you to know that you can always be happy because there is always a happy place in your heart.  The heart will always win over a busy mind, if you let it.  So relax the mind today, even if it’s just for 15 minutes and take yourself to the core of your happiness…..I’ll meet you there 🙂 .  Love Clarabelle

A Happy Place

There’s a happy place, in your heart
It’s off the scale, off the chart

No one can see it, only you can feel
Feel its magic, it is so real

It’s always there, wanting to play
Wanting to smile and laugh each day

Wanting to give, and show kindness too
Bringing joy and great treasures to you

This happy place, has no door
It’s breathing true life, into your core

It keeps you well, it keeps you strong
This happy place, is your winning song

So close your eyes, relax to the sound
Your happy heartbeat, is truly profound

Poetry Created by Clarabelle, 7 October 2013

The Courage Living in You

This is the second of the poems that I wrote last Friday, it is a poem about being strong, having courage and knowing that YOU really do make a difference in this world.  I hope you like it and please share it with the people you love.  Clarabelle 🙂

Photography by Clarabelle 2013
Photography by Clarabelle 2013

The Courage Living in You

Sometimes you may not always, get it right,
Sometimes you can’t, sleep at night.
Sometimes the thunder, drowns out your prayer,
Sometimes you’re lonely, when no one is there.

But a lot of times your smile, is brighter that the sun,
A lot of times you skip, no need to run.
A lot of times your happiness, cheers up a friend,
A lot of times your heart, reaches the rainbow’s end.

So when life gets you down, as it sometimes will,
When the frosty ice, is making you chill.

Remember the love, warming you up,
Remember the joy, filling your cup.
Remember you are strong, nothing can break you,
Remember the courage, living in what you do.

It’s so easy to forget, the difference you make,
It’s so easy to give, and never take.
But I want you to know, that I am here,
Always for you, bringing you cheer.

My smile is for you, my hand yours to hold,
Melting the ice, in the bitter cold.
A friend is in me, a friend is in you,
Together we’re stronger, this is so true.

Created by Clarabelle, 20 September 2013

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Loch Ness Marathon Coming Soon…..

Training Plan

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

Loch Ness Marathon Training Plan

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

Marathon Medals

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

inner dial

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

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

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

Much love to you today,  Clarabelle

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The Meaning Behind Each Value

I Live and Breathe These Values Everyday

In my previous post I shared with you the 8 connected core values for the Clarabelle Blog. I also shared with you that the meaning behind each value is the most important part. This evening I have been working on the meaning for each value and I have detailed this below for you.  I live and breathe these values everyday and I will endeavour to demonstrate these values throughout the Clarabelle Blog.  Thank you so much for being part of this journey.  Much love to you Clarabelle.  🙂

Below are the 8 core values that the Clarabelle Blog lives by:

  • LOVE-LIFE
  • DREAM-DO
  • GIVE-GRATITUDE
  • HEALTH-HAPPINESS

Clarabelle Values

Below is what each value means:

Love-Life Dream-Do Values Meaning

Give-Gratitude Health-Happiness Value Meaning

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Attitude of Gratitude

Photography by Clarabelle 2013

How Grateful I Am

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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What is Beauty?

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You are beautiful, feel the love in your precious heart.  This next poem is for you.  Wishing you a beautiful day today, love Clarabelle.

Beauty

Beauty is in you
Beauty is in me
Beauty is in life
Beauty is in the sea

Beauty is all around
Beauty is in the light
Beauty is in the stars
Beauty is shining bright

Beauty is in your heart
Beauty is in your soul
Beauty is in your eyes
Beauty is in your goal

Beauty is in the flower
Beauty is in the deed
Beauty is real beauty because
Beauty is your inner seed

By Clarabelle, 20 September 2013

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Love is a force…..

“Love is a force more formidable than any other.  It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” Barbara de Angelis

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Where are you inspiration?
I searched and searched you know, looking for that one piece of inspiration, that one trigger, that sentiment of hope that would help me to turn my life around.  I searched long and hard, night and day……..I struggled to find it.  Where are you inspiration, when I need you the most, where are you to help me get back up again?  And the search continued…….


So, where do you go from here?

Now, I know the answer, but at that difficult time, there was no way I was going to find it, because there was too much noise, too much desperation, too much struggle, not enough head space, not enough belief, not enough faith, focus on pain and negativity….how was I going to find inspiration amongst all that? Just like finding a needle in a haystack, I was unaware at the time, but I had given myself such a mammoth task.  So where do you go from here?  When you feel you’ve hit rock bottom and the punches keep coming, the waves get bigger and bigger and you forget how to swim….what happens next?

Yes, it does have a happy ending.

I’ll tell you what happens next, you sleep, long deep sleeps, it helps you to forget, it allows you to avoid your own perception of reality when you sleep, and when you wake up, you want to sleep again.  To be alone is your saving grace, or at least that’s what you think….but being alone too long can be dangerous, because you get swamped in the quicksand of fear.  I have stopped writing right now, because it is making me cry, taking me back to those dreadful feelings…but only for a short, sharp moment, because I am better now and I am telling the survival story – yes, it does have a happy endingYes, yes, YES.

Miss Positivity
Would you believe me if I said, going into this downward spiral, that my mind was strong and my attitude was positive….I honestly believe it was, but even for Miss Positivity the cracks did show.  Up, down, up, down, down, down, up, up, down, up…..I was a seesaw of emotions in action…sometimes good, often not so good.   For every positive thought I tried to focus on, in flowed a river of negative thoughts……I knew it wasn’t good, I knew I had to do something, anything as I cried out for help at night…. my pillow drenched with tears.


Explorer of the courageous soul

Let me fast forward for a moment, today I am in such a good place, the best I have ever felt for such a long time, even when I thought I was at my happiest, possibly in 2007, I am aware now that it was all external happiness, this time it’s different, this time it is internal,  my happiness is coming from within………….and the irony is, that I would never have discovered that place, if I had given up at the toughest of times.  You see I am a fighter, ‘never die’ kind of person, if there was a glimmer of hope, I was surely going to find it.  This to me was the ‘battle of the brave’, ‘the explorer of the courageous soul’, ‘the underdog who discovered paradise’, ‘the barefooted soldier coming out from the trenches’, ‘the white flag surrendering my heart to the universe’, ‘the first baby step of a journey that never ends’…..there is no destination… just creative imagination and infinite expression of the true self.  And so the story continues…..

This is only temporary

To combat the bruises of stress, there were many things that helped me on my way, daily gratitude, forcing myself to spend time with family and friends, daily exercise, daily meditation, daily prayer for self and for others, good nutrition, acceptance of the situation, learning to face up to my fears, letting go of the emotions that were not serving me well, continuously asking myself questions until the right ones connected with me, painting a picture of my future dreams in alignment with my core values, nurturing my inner belief and self confidence, being honest with myself, allowing myself to be vulnerable,  giving myself permission to forgive, believing that I could change the current situation, telling myself “this is only temporary”, building up trust in myself and regaining the faith that I knew was always there, identifying my strengths, surrounding myself with anything and everything inspirational, telling myself “keep going, keep going”…….

Forever Inspiring

But most of all, MOST of all, the turning point….the tipping point….the true trigger point…. was believing that I am truly loved, knowing that I was on the path to love, knowing that I was and am love and ultimately the giver of love.  Love redeems all, there is nothing more powerful than love, nothing else will reach that sweet spot like genuine love for self and others.  Love was the answer, love is the answer, love was and is the ultimate trigger of transformation and transcendence into who I am today, me with no role, no identity, no ego, just me…that is the place, that is forever inspiring, that is paradise and me.

Motivational Moments

Here is a short YouTube clip of some motivational and inspirational words, enjoy.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.

Crossed Paths

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Life Lessons

Every person who comes into your life teaches you a lesson, whether they are in it for a day, a month or a lifetime.  Think about the people you have crossed paths with, what did they teach you?  You could even flip this question on the other side and ask the person “What did I teach you?.  I don’t mean this in an egotistical way, I mean in a very spiritual way.

From Negative to Positive

Sometimes you never really know the real difference you make to a person’s life until they actually tell you.  I know there is a person out there who you have inspired, motivated, shared true wisdom with, really helped them by listening to them with empathy, boosted their self-esteem and confidence, helped them to become more authentic to themselves and helped them to listen to their heart and change their thoughts from negative to positive.

Think about this today, what did another person teach you or what did you teach another person?

Sometimes we are oblivious to the beautiful lessons around us, until we stop, think and reflect on them.  Maybe it’s now time to reflect upon that.  🙂

Wishing you a day filled with positive thoughts, love Clarabelle.

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Inspiration is Everywhere

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Inspiration is Everywhere

Inspiration is all around
Up above and on the ground
In your heart and in the sun
Colourful flowers and kids having fun
Starry skies and oceans of blue
Walks in the park, all that you do
All that you think, all that you feel
Inspiration, can help you heal
Open your mind, body and soul
Inspiration will make you feel whole
The strangers on the street, have it too
The lonely kid, staring at their shoe
Awake in this moment, know that it’s there
Inspiration is everywhere

poemsbyclarabelle, 24 July 2013

Guest Blogger – Amy Rew

Welcome to this month’s Guest Blogger post from Amy Rew.  Amy is an inspiring business woman and wonderful friend of mine, she also has a special talent for writing poetry from the heart.  I am sure you will agree her creative writing is indeed a beautiful work of art.  Also, Happy Birthday today Amy, wishing you a beautiful day.

Amy Rew
Amy Rew

Amy Rew has trained to Post Graduate level within the field of clinical hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Amy is a member of the British Society Of Clinical Hypnotherapy. 

Using a blend of clinical hypnotherapy, cognitive behaviour (CBT) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) along with life coaching, Amy works with her clients to help focus motivation, increase confidence and generally optimise and unlock each individual’s personal potential.

Before training to become a hypnotherapist and life coach, Amy worked for over 10 years within the entertainment and fashion industry giving her great insight and experience into issues relating to confidence building, performance anxiety and self body image.​

After working with a number of clients recently who wanted to overcome challenges that were essentially related to past experiences that had resulted in limiting belief patterns and self abandonment, Amy felt inspired to write the following poem along the lines of facing ones fears and realising that we are our own best friend.

Best Friend

I’ll stay with you now
I won’t leave your side
Nowhere to run
Nothing to hide
Catching the moment
Slowing down time
I’m all alone
These emotions are mine
Drying the river
Turning the tide
Breaking the chains
So these worlds can collide
As we hold on so tightly
To illusions gone by
But Live for today
With no worry or sigh
Stay with me now
Cause there’s nowhere to go
Play the best friend, lover or foe
Jester magician
With all tricks of the trade
Hold on to him tightly
till he starts to fade
Oh mirror mirror
what do you show
I see what I want
I don’t know if you know
Make an impression
lets make it the last
Tie to the sail
And stick to the mast
The question’s the answer
The start is the end
You won’t fool yourself
But it’s fun to pretend
Stay in your shoes
Don’t leave your canoe
Create the next step
You know you can choose
Like ships on the ocean
Thieves in the night
Silent and strong
Set sail for the light

Copyright Amy Rew, June 2013

A very special thank you to Amy for sharing this beautiful and touching poem with us, I am very grateful that we got to share in its magic.  Love, Clarabelle

Space, what is it?

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Sometimes you just need to give yourself a little space.  Space to be free of thinking, give space the space it needs to nourish your soul and help you grow.

Space, what is it?  Space is everything, let me explain in the following poem:

Space

Space is love and light from within,
Space is the Angels, letting you in.
Space is the nothingness, the gap of life,
Space is tranquility from trouble and strife.
Space is our heart, and all we desire,
Space is the oxygen, fueling the fire.
Space is empty, magic in the air,
Space is forever, lifting you there.
Space is the truth, feel it flow,
Space is special, this I know,
Space creates dreams, inside and out,
Space connects souls, walking about.
Create the space, to breathe in time,
Create the space, to feel divine.
Sometimes space, is all you need,
Space is the light, taking the lead.

poemsbyclarabelle, Created on 26 June 2013

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Your Life

Your Life

As some of you may already know I have my own Professional Coaching Business, Murray People International Coachingwww.murraypeople.com. I set up the business in 2008 after a wonderful career as a Human Resource Professional and now nearly 5 years later, it is still growing strong…I love coaching.  I mainly coach Senior Executives in Global Companies but I also do private one to one Career and Life Coaching, I am fully certified as a Professional Coach.  I really love working with people and seeing them achieve their goals in life.  I deliberately make a real effort to continually develop myself everyday so that I can use my learning in my one to one sessions with my clients, I know the better that I can become, then the better I will work with them, and the better they will become and get the results they want.  Every new coaching tool I learn for clients, I also apply to myself, this helps me to personally evolve and increases my self-awareness.  So lately I have been asking myself my own questions about my life, here is the question I asked myself recently:

What do you want your life to be/look like one year from now?      

So, of course, I went to work and I looked at each area of my life and in great detail wrote down what I specifically want my life to be and look like one year from now.  I absolutely loved this process.  I looked at the following areas:

  • Health
  • Environment
  • Money
  • Career
  • Intimate Relationship
  • Fun
  • Family & Friends
  • Leisure & Activities
  • Personal Growth

Three pages later and I had a wonderful vision of where I WILL be one year from now because I believe that will happen for me, because I WILL make it happen for me.  I have a very good track record, I was thinking of goals I have set myself in the past and fully committed to and I can honestly say I have achieved every single one of them, so this gives me an abundance of self-confidence going forward.

What About YOU?

If you want to make positive changes in your life, I would totally recommend that you sit down quietly with a notepad and pen or type on your computer/iPad and answer that question for yourself:

What do YOU want YOUR life to be/look like one year from now?

What you do after that is your choice, I read my list every morning, so I can get my specific goals embedded into my heart, mind and soul and this helps me to become super focused in achieving that for myself, sometimes without even trying.  You see it is like programming my brain to focus on achieving that for myself, so my everyday choices and decisions are in support of those life goals.  I am super focused, laser focused, fully committed and fully passionate about making these goals happen for me.  I want the same for YOU, I want you to have a better life, I want you to have everything that you have ever wanted, I want the BEST for YOU, I truly and honestly do.  It’s your life, GO GET IT!!  (I think I may make that my new slogan!!)  

May every thought that you think today, be in support of a better you and a better life for you, lots of love, as always, Clarabelle.

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Take on the Impossible!!

A little bit of inspiration goes a long long way.  I came across this YouTube video a few weeks back, you may already have seen it but I feel I just had to share it on here, it is very empowering indeed.  Arthur in the video is such a true inspiration to each and everyone of us, may his story inspire you to take on what others see as the “impossible”.

Much love to you in this very moment, we all need a little bit of love to come our way, Clarabelle.

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How to win any battle?

Anything is Possible
Anything is Possible

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.  You have to make the mind run the body.  Never let the body tell the mind what to do.  The body will always give up.  It is always tired in the morning, noon and night.  But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Loch Ness Marathon

I signed up for my third marathon a few weeks ago and I started my training this week.  I am doing the Loch Ness Marathon, Inverness, Scotland, UK on Sunday, 29 September 2013.  I previously completed the New York Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in 2010, both I found very challenging but also remarkably rewarding and fulfilling in terms of committing to a specific goal and achieving it.  When I completed my first marathon it really did give me the belief that “anything IS possible” if you put your mind to it and do what you need to do everyday to get there.  I am excited about doing the Loch Ness Marathon this year because I feel I am experienced enough now to totally relax and enjoy the whole experience, I know it will still be physically and mentally challenging but I am prepared for that.  After I complete this third marathon I am going to give each of my marathon medals to my nephew Sean (9 years), niece Megan (6 years) and niece Carmen (1.5 years) – I want them to receive these medals in the hope that it will inspire them to believe in themselves and go out and achieve anything they want in their lives, so I really do need to get that third marathon medal!!

Reflecting 

I have been reflecting a lot recently (well actually, I reflect all the time, so nothing new there really 🙂 )  I have been thinking about what really works for me in terms of achieving my own goals and below is a list of what works for me:

  • Firstly, I need to want to do something, I have to see the real benefit and purpose in doing it or I will not fully commit.  My goal has to be meaningful to me and be in alignment with my core values. It also has to be my goal and definitely NOT someone else’s goal unless I am in fully alignment with their idea/goal.
  • Once I have decided that I want to do something, I then make a full commitment to doing it, without a real commitment there will be no real follow-through to the end, so I know I need to fully commit.  Commitment to me is doing whatever it takes to get there, not in a unselfish or mean way, in a “I can do this” way.
  • Next I need to do some research into what I need to do to ‘make it happen’, I research into who has done it before, what the experts say, what do I need to know that will help me on my way.
  • Then I need to make a plan of action to ensure I commit to what needs to be done, this plan of action is a structural stepping stone for me, I have realised that if I have an easy and simple daily structure to follow I will do that – simple, visual diagrams and charts work best for me.  I put the new learning into practice and tick off my daily achievements along the way – for me this definitely works!!
  • I also ensure I measure my progress along the way, What were things like at the start?, Where am I now in terms of progress? and How close am I getting to my desired goal?
  • I also like to celebrate my mini successes along the way, this is the fun part and I am also very mindful of “enjoying the journey” and having gratitude for what I am progressing towards and achieving in my life.
  • Another important aspect of me achieving my goals is, in some way to inspire others to work towards and achieve their goals, “if I can do it, then YOU can do it“, that really is an important one for me.
  • Throughout the whole process I know I have to stay super focused to get to the end goal, I constantly visualise succeeding and celebrating my achievement.  I am a highly visionary person, so I find this one quite easy, I imagine and picture in tiny details me achieving my goal, what I am wearing, who I am speaking to, how it feels, I visualise every specific detail of the end result.   I 100% know this is one of the most important steps in helping me get there – it keeps the dream/goal alive inside of me, and gives me that “never give up” attitude.
  • I am a confident and determined individual and I know that from my past experiences anything I have put my mind to achieving I always have, I know I am a “High Say” “High Do” person and I set high standards for myself.

The above are just some things that I do towards achieving my goals, for you it may be slightly different or a lot different and I would love to hear, What works for you?

Whatever you do today, may it take you closer to your dreams and goals in life, YOU have the ability to achieve whatever YOU want to achieve, BELIEVE that, SEE that, YOU are the creator of your own reality…..GO NOW MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOU!!

Much love to you today, as always and thank you for reading this post, Clarabelle.

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Sunshine

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

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

Love to you from the Island of Ibiza, Clarabelle

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How Did I Get Here?

Destiny

How Did I Get Here?

I feel light today, free from unnecessary pressures and unwanted stress.  I feel at one with myself, I feel like I am floating in the goodness of the Universe.   I feel as light as the air I breathe in, I feel calmness and full of gratitude.  How did I get here, to this magical place, to this beautiful feeling of oneness and wellbeing?  I do believe I unlocked my heart, let go of the ego and brought myself back to me.  It has taken a while, almost 40 years but I got there, not in the end but in the beginning, for I have arrived, once again!!  This next poem poured out of my soul this morning, may it bring you a touch of what you need in your life right now.  Lots of love Clarabelle

Destiny

My heart moves, slowly towards the light;

Into the unknown, it’s shining bright.

Destiny decided, this is where you’ll be;

A dance step forward, I’m feeling free.

I take pleasure in this ride, it just feels right;

My soul is blessed, beneath the stars and moonlight.

I thank you Universe, you’ve did me good;

My spirits are high, I have deep gratitude.

To enter the unknown, and all its mystery

Keeps me alive in this moment, without the history.

So I treasure this day, the time is NOW;

Sunsets and butterflies, make me feel WOW!!

poemsbyclarabelle, 25 May 2013

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What Is Your Inner Desire?

Desire

The sun is shining on me right now as I write this blog post and I feel its energy and warmth beating down on me through my living room window.

Red

My house seems really bare at the moment because I have been refurbishing and I am waiting on my new red sofa to arrive, I can’t stop buying red right now – I will share my thoughts around that in another blog post.

White

There is something about having this extra ‘white’ space in my house that makes me feel free, feel alive in this very moment and gives me true clarity of thinking.  It’s like the energy in this room has space to breathe and dance around me – I can really feel it and it feels good.

If you are a follower of this blog and I truly thank you if you are, you may have noticed that over the last few weeks my posts are changing slightly, this was not deliberate, I am just doing what feels natural to me – I write about what feels right!!  Maybe this is because the energy within and around me is changing, growing and multiplying like never before.

I feel like a magical magnet right now, I am attracting so much goodness and a wealth of abundance like never before.  I feel truly rich in this moment and I am so very grateful for it.

Desire

I am feeling this strong desire to ‘move’ from my current environment and this morning I am already thinking about how I can make this happen.  I may even decide to sell all my worldly goods and go on an adventure to explore all the deep faculties of this amazing world.  I know I can make this happen because when you have desire and I mean real desire for something, nothing will get in your way.  That inner desire that I am talking about turns into an obsession and the pure delight and excitement of having it builds up into such a humongous level of passionate energy….the head is not driving this anymore….the heart is.

When the heart takes control of your destiny, you feel alive, every part of you feels awakened and you see so much beauty in everything around you – everything seems like paradise and it’s like you are vibrating on a different frequency – yes you actually are.

I want to leave you with a heart question today…..What does your heart desire?....not your head, What does your heart desire?  I believe your answer to this question, is your next step on your journey of life.

Love life, live life, be life.

Clarabelle

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What is wisdom?

What is wisdom

Busy Lives

Wisdom is truth and we gain wisdom from being true to ourselves and listening to the whispers of our heart.  In our busy lives it is so easy to caught up in routine and rituals, we often don’t take the time out for ourselves and we can very easily allow that to happen too much, it can then create a build up of frustrations, stress, having the feeling of chasing our tail and ultimately never truly feeling free.

What Can You Influence?

Today I tempt you to take some precious time out for yourself and think about what is happening in your life right now that, A) is serving you well and B) is not serving you well – now focus on what needs to change for you, what can you influence to make things better for you?  The key thing here is to focus on what you can influence not what you are concerned about and have no control over.  If you have read the late Mr Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you may be familiar with his principle of Circle of Concern -v- Circle of Influence….and if not, I would totally recommend you reading this.  It will really help you put your own life into a different perspective and help you to see the woods from the trees.

Set Yourself Free

You are wisdom and therefore YOU have the wisdom to set yourself free from anything that is not working for you right now and sometimes it takes pure silence for you to truly hear what is being said.  The real intelligence in you is bursting to get out, strip back the layers of your busy life and release it into the universe, for its energy will attract like energy and positive changes will happen.

In the stillness of the night my own wisdom talks, this is my midnight calling to you.  

Much love to you my friends, Clarabelle.

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What Are You Tolerating?

what are you tolerating

A Question to Ponder

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

What are you tolerating?

Here is my answer:

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

So these days, if I’m purely honest, I don’t put up with anything that I don’t want and that is because I have greater self-respect and self-love for myself, I have raised my personal standards and everyday I work towards living my life in alignment with my values.  My focus is on what I want out of life not what I don’t want and then I do what I can to achieve what I desire.  Sometimes this isn’t easy and I have to push past internal barriers but as long as I have moved one baby step closer to my goal, then I know I am progressing and I will definitely arrive.

You get what you tolerate and if you don’t like it, change it!!

I AM THAT I AM

I am that I am

Growing from Within

I am very heavily into my own self development and as I feel myself growing from within I feel it is stripping back built up beliefs that don’t serve me well and returning me back to who I really am.  I am very aware of this change happening within me and I feel the dreams I had as a child, which I let go of for 30 years, finding their way back to me – like an inner calling with drive and purpose.

Here is what I AM becoming more aware of each day in my life:

  • Simple things like listening to music that moves me, music that makes me want to sing and dance;
  • Songwriting and producing music;
  • Being in touch with my inner emotions and open expressions of feelings of love;
  • Holding my face up to the sunlight and breathing in the fresh air;
  • Playing, having fun and laughing…..a lot!!
  • Feeling excited at the start of each new day, answering the question, What will I create today?
  • Refreshing my soul in the rain – I love the rain; 
  • Having lighthearted fun conversations with my best friends;
  • Having trusting, openhearted conversations with my mum… not minutes….for hours;
  • Coming alive in the presence of children – my nieces and nephew;
  • Feeling INSPIRED, right now I feel inspired, right now in this very moment;
  • Being so very grateful and being very mindful of this – it comes naturally to me, my attitude of gratitude;
  • My deepest appreciation for solitude, I know when I need this, I know I like to have my own quiet, creative space at times;
  • Reaching out to other people and confidently sharing all of the above and more;
  • Appreciating the beauty and miracle of a rainbow, the moonlight and the midnight stars;
  • I sincerely value what I am attracting into my life right now, there is so much abundance, I feel elated;

5 WORDS

I read books, I read a lot of books and I take different bits and pieces of the knowledge from these books and apply them to what feels right for me. I don’t always believe everything I read, however I am very much open to what others have to say and value their thoughts and contributions.  I know I am becoming a better person, a better version of me, I know I am the healthiest I have ever been in my whole life and I am that I am.  Those last 5 words of the preceding sentence “I AM THAT I AM” this for me is very powerful, I felt and believed that before I even read about the Power of I AM.  I am using “I AM” in my thoughts everyday, it makes a special connection with me and I feel its power.  Below is an example of what I AM and what I say to myself everyday now (this list is not exhaustive):

I AM love
I AM inspiration
I AM a wonderfully creative and full of imagination
I AM  a successful poet
I AM super healthy
I AM positive energy and colourfully vibrant
I AM happy and fulfilled
I AM a Marathoner
I AM super confident
I AM super rich in the fullness of life
I AM inspiring hearts all over the world
I AM a very successful blogger
I AM the very best Coach and Mentor
I AM a successful music producer and singer/songwriter
I AM wonderfully happy in my new home and environment
I AM prosperous and attract all that I want into my life
I AM beautiful

I AM THAT I AM and I have every faith in the Power of I AM

The above feels right for me and I would encourage you to apply the Power of I AM in your daily life, however, ONLY if you feel it purely connects with you, you feel it touch and inspire your inner being, I am a great believer that what works for me, doesn’t always work for you.  This works for me but if it doesn’t connect and work for you, something else will and it will find you.

May you be inspired today to find out that very thing that connects and works for you.  Much love to you today, Clarabelle

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Inspiration Will Find You

Inspiration will find you

A Trigger

Sometimes you just can’t force yourself to be inspired, sometimes you just have to let go and let the inspiration find you, let it find its own way to your heart.  I say this because I have experienced it for myself and tried to force inspiration but I just cannot do it, it doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t connect or flow.  Then when I begin to switch off, when I take my mind off trying too hard, then comes a signal, a trigger, an emotional connection to a sense of purpose deep inside of me and WOW, I FEEL INSPIRED….then I create, just like I am doing right now…..I am writing from inspiration and the words just keep coming, flowing freely like a magical waterfall.  I feel my energy rising throughout my body, focus is maximised and concentration is full on, I know other things are going on around me, but they do not distract me because when I AM INSPIRED, nothing can stop me, nothing can get in my way.  It feels like I have a superhero strength and it feels so empowering, so deeply powerful and so in tune with the universe and who I am.  For in that moment, I am inspiration and it’s running on a natural emotional power of inner wellbeing and magnetic vibrancy.

Precious Moments

Sometimes I don’t even know if I make sense but this is me trying my best to explain it in words, maybe there are no words to describe it, just a simple but special feeling that I am sure we have all connected to at some point in our life.  In these precious moments of inspiration, we are so incredibly powerful and believe we can achieve anything we put our minds to.

When inspiration captures your heart, go for it, create what ever feels right for you at that moment in time, for you don’t  know how long it will last for and you’re not so sure when it will return…..but I know it will return and the more you become inspired the more it wants to stay with you, it will keep on coming back for longer and longer periods of time and then you will create more, inspire more and turn your dreams into a reality.

To The Mountain Top

To the mountain top

Embrace the inspiration, let it guide you up to the mountain top and there you will find peace in your heart and happiness in your soul.  Share your inspiration with the world, for as you pay this love forward it will create a human wave of inspired imagination and creativity across the universe.

Have a deep faith and knowing today that inspiration will find you, love Clarabelle.

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I Feel Change

I Feel Change

I feel there is change in the air and I mean fresh, purposeful, meaningful and positive change for me – I just feel it, I know it is coming, I know it and I can almost touch it!!

Where does this clear vision of change come from for me?

It comes from being on a spiritual journey, a path of natural healing, having faith and self belief, building momentum and having deep trust in the process.

How did this happen?

I made it happen, I wanted it to happen, I changed my daily habits, I changed my thinking, I worked on making me a better me, I opened my mind to a different kind of knowledge, I applied new learnings, I let my heart share its secrets and I have returned back to me, the true me that was always there but I had to find my own way of discovering it again and I did.

New Dreams

I now have new dreams, new plans, the deepest self love, genuine confidence in my unlimited potential and the courage to take on every challenge that dares to get in my way.  I am thankful for everything, my attitude of gratitude burns passionately in my soul and I feel inspired by the power of the universe to which I am in full alignment.

Yes YOU

I want to share something with all my blog followers and visitors, you have truly helped me, because you give me positive feedback and I know that I am making a difference, inspiring hearts and it has empowered me even more.  I am grateful for YOU, yes YOU reading this right now, I am so thankful for YOU and I am very blessed to have you in my life.

Embrace the Fullness of Life

I want you to feel in your heart right now the changes you want to make for yourself, see yourself in that place, envisage what it looks like right now when that change has happened for you.  Embrace the fullness of life living in that positive change, see the sun shining down upon you and feel the warmth of your awakened spirit flow through every cell of your body. Breathe in the magic of it all and dance to the happiness of the beautiful vibe surrounding you.  Now here comes a very important part –  draw it, photograph it, write it down, sing it, dance it…..create it – for everything is created twice, first in your imagination and then with your doing.  Let personal action be your best friend and hold hands together as you skip towards the fruits of your labour.  I know you are smiling now, I know you know you can make it happen for you, do something now that will move you closer to your goal.

I feel change, can you?

Much love to you today, Clarabelle

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Guest Blogger – Aviral Kulshreshtha

Guest Blogger:  April 2013

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

May I introduce you to a very talented inspirational writer, Aviral Kulshreshtha from India. Aviral writes with passion, enthusiasm and pure positivity, I know you will be inspired by his writings.

Aviral loves acting and it is his passion and he always trys to learn the lessons of Life. Aviral says, “I want to be an entrepreneur and would one day make an impact on the world.”  You can find out more about Aviral’s professional background by going over to his About Me page on his wonderful blog cherrypositive.

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Following your passion

When we were kids, we used to enjoy every moment of our life. We were surrounded by ecstatic group, the group we were proud of and used to flaunt about with our family. We had no goal, no tensions, no work pressure apart from school homework and we never considered our life seriously. We weren’t serious about it. Those were halcyon days of our life.

Still we were passionate, energetic and full of motivation.

Where did we get the motivation from? What was the motivational factor? Who injected inspiration in us? What made us smile?

You guessed it right.

Friends!

Friends and friendship was our passion.

Follow Your Passion

We developed and weaved beautiful dreams in our mind like weaving colourful sweaters.

As we grew older and got to know about life and relationships, got to know about priorities and our life got diverted from personal life to the professional life. As priorities changed, our goals changed and it changed the source of motivation.

Guess what?

Our dreams got shattered like ruptured glass and we adopted the scenario which later changed our motivation and passion. When passion and motivation fade, confidence drops and seeds of frustration burst over.

Result is crystal clear. Depression crops up and we ruin our precious life.

Follow your passion midst reaction.

We must never ever end up our passion. Passion makes us. It gives intense happiness which no one can ever provide you. Rebuild your motivational factor and prepare goal. Get inspired from leaders who changed the world. Ignite the passion within you.

Passion within You

If you love singing or dancing, join some institution or organization where you can strengthen and prosper your talent.

Search out what makes you happy. Scratch the factor and do what you love to do.

Discover You

Rebuild your passion and make a way to achieve it. It not only blossoms you but also nurtures the society.

If you would like to check out Aviral’s blog, then please head over to cherrypositive for some more daily inspiration, you’ll be so glad you did.

Thank you Aviral for this wonderful post, Clarabelle.

“You” Inspiring “You”

You Inspiring You

You may remember a few days ago I posted a blog entitled “What is a Talent?” and this blog post related to the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by bestselling Author, Tom Rath.  I shared with you on that blog post what my top five strengths are – number one being:

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.

I am highly, highly visionary, so today, I want to play to this top strength of mine and share a very powerful visualisation exercise with you, adapted from the book Co-Active Coaching by Whitworth, Kimsey-House, Kimsey-House and Sandahl.

“You” Inspiring “You”

I want you to imagine that you are standing on a stage about to speak to an audience of about 1000 people and there is another “You” also in that audience.

“You”, as the speaker on the stage, have 30 seconds to say something to that audience that completely and totally inspires them.

After listening to the talk, the other “You”, in the audience, is filled with pure inspiration, passion, desire and excitement to positively change your life and make a real difference.

What did “You” on the stage, say in that 30 seconds that made such an empowering positive impact on “You” in the audience.

I want you to imagine and visualise how it feels right now, being so inspired to go out and achieve what you want to achieve, nothing is going to stop you, you are firing on all cylinders and feel so ultimately connected to your inner being.  You are feeling the most empowered you have ever felt in your whole life.  What did the other “You” on the stage, say to “You” in the audience that made such a powerful impact on “You”.

What did “You” say on that stage?

What did the other “You” in the audience hear?

Tell me, I would LOVE to know.

We are all inspired by different things because we are all very unique in each and every way, only “You” know what inspires “You”.

I wish you a day filled with truth, faith and inspiration to act upon your heart.

Much love to you today, Clarabelle

Seek First to Understand….

Seek first to understand

“Seek first to understand before being understood”, one of my most favorite quotes from the late, Mr Stephen R. Covey in his bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I was recommended this book in 2007 by an Executive Coach in America and I remember when trying to read it for the first time, I didn’t understand it…..I just couldn’t get it, I guess I wasn’t ready for it at that time.  Then, in 2009 I had this urge to try and read it again, so I did and I absolutely loved it. Second time around,  I related to every single aspect of the book, I fully understood the principles within it and it was a life changing book for me.  I use the impactful teachings from this book every day in my work and in my own journey towards personal mastery, but I don’t always get it right!!

“Seek first to understand before being understood”, is such a wonderful principle when put into practice but when emotions are running high it can be very difficult at times to adhere to it.  I have put the principle into practice many times but yesterday got caught out and I immediately realised it, after the event!!  You see, I allowed myself to react to my emotions rather than respond to the situation, which led me to putting my reply across in the wrong way.  I was wrong and I admit I was wrong….so a meaningful “sorry” from me followed straight afterwards.  I know if I had applied the principle effectively, I would have been having a different conversation with the person in hand and thus possibly a more successful outcome that supported the relationship and not damaged it.  Lesson learned, massive lesson learned.  We can learn from others mistakes too, not just our own.

I wanted to share the above with you today because I feel if you apply this principle in your life, it will most definitely strengthen your relationships with other people and you just never know what positive outcomes that may lead to, now and in the future.

Also, is there a book that you need to go back to reading, it could just change your life you know!!

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle.

Out with the old and in with the new!!

Out with the old and in with the new

Love, Care and Attention

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

Inside of Me

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

So why am I sharing this with you? 

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

Inner Spirit

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

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

Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle

Sunshine in her Heart

Illuminate

Whatever the weather outside, please know that there is always sun shining in your heart, creating warmth and pure energy wherever you go.  Feel your inner glow right now, believe that there is no special secret to a fulfilling life, you have all the answers you need, at this very moment.  You don’t need fixing, you just need to illuminate the strength from within your soul, it is this strength that touches others in a moving and inspirational way because we are all connected and your happiness is my happiness too.  This next poem is inspired by just that, may every part of your being today sparkle in the fresh air.  Much love to you, Clarabelle.

Sunshine in her Heart

Sunshine in her Heart

She talks with sunshine, in her heart,

Love flows freely, a connected part.

In the darkest of days, she sees the star,

Bringing it closer, from travels afar.

Imagination sparkles, in every thought,

Happiness in the moment, that cannot be bought.

She is special, she holds cares in the clouds,

Enlightened moments, from amongst the crowds.

Where does this come from?  How did it grow?

What does she feed it, for true love to flow?

There is no secret, or special mix,

The solution is insider her, and there’s nothing to fix.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 March 2013

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

 

Inspiration is Full of Heart

What inspires you?  What ignites your spirit from within?  What would it take for you to feel inspired at this moment in time, right now?  I just love the feeling of feeling inspired, it awakens the soul and lights up the fire inside.  Like an explosion of excitement and abundance of enthusiasm, when you are truly inspired there is no mountain that you can’t climb.  Wishing you a super inspired day. I hope you enjoy this next poem about inspiration.

Inspiration is full of heart, it comes from deep inside

It fills your soul with energy and captures you with pride

There is nothing greater, than feeling truly inspired

Connecting the mind, body and spirit, never feeling tired

In these inspirational moments, there is nothing you can’t do

Life feels amazing and fulfilled through and through

It moves you, it makes you, it changes your inner self

It masters your soul and gives you abundant health

poemsbyclarabelle, 29 May 2011

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

It Made My Heart Smile

I received a lovely supportive email the other day from my good friend and business partner Debbie Hollingsworth.  Debbie was offering me her enthusiasm and encouragement regarding the Charity Walk that my mum and I did on Sunday  – that email really made my day.  Debbie ended the email with ‘It made my heart smile’, I loved that phrase and I told her I was going to write a poem about it.  This next poem is dedicated to Debbie, thank you for your inspiration and wonderful friendship.

It Made My Heart Smile

What makes your heart smile?

What makes you go the extra mile?

What is the passion, that burns deep in you?

What gives you hope, to see it through?

Lots of questions, to make your mind tick

Choices and decisions, so important to pick

To make a difference, love starts inside

Showing you care, fills me with pride

It made my heart smile, breathing life into me

Your spirit is alive and gave me energy.

poemsbyclarabelle, 5 July 2012

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Life Energy

I went to visit one of my clients yesterday and he had this book on his desk called ‘Your Body Doesn’t Lie’ by John Diamond, M.D.  I asked him about the book and he kindly gave it to me to read – I have just finished the book this evening and I want to share with you a little of what it says about the positive effects of reading poetry in relation to your inner wellbeing.  One of the techniques it shares for increasing your Life Energy is to recite a verse or two of poetry or look at a landscape painting. So all you poets, poetry fans, artists and photographers out there have another wonderful reason to create and share your amazing talents with the world.  This next poem is for you, I hope it increases your Life Energy by reading it.

Life Energy

Having life energy, makes you smile

It uplifts your spirit, for more than a while

By reciting poetry, you go from low to high

Or looking at landscapes, beneath the bluest sky

So all you poets, and photographers too

Keep on creating, because your fans love you

You benefit them, in every way

By raising their Life Energy, so they can play

poemsbyclarabelle, 5 July 2012

 

Whispering Words

Time ticks on, moment after moment, breath after breath.  The sun rises, the sun sets and the clouds drift in slow motion, pause for a second, appreciate the time you have and live your life in meaningful pursuit.  This next poem is for you….time is of the essence. Wherever you are, I do hope the sun is shining on you.

Whispering Words

Time is of the essence, appreciate it well

The senses are awakening, I’m under your spell

Whispering words, silence in me

This daisy chain of life, surrounds the hollow tree

Each petal of hope, floats carefree in the breeze

Touching hearts, melting the freeze

Connecting souls, shining like stars

Breaking down barriers, bending the bars

The mind thinks, with passion and belief

Summer searches on, as I grasp the autumn leaf

And in the palm of my hand, I hold it tight

It’s a fragile treasure, escaping from the light

To let it go, is brave and true

Seasons change hope, that grows within you

poemsbyclarabelle, 24 May 2012

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

Shake That Body

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

Shake That Body

Daily exercise, does you good

Uplifting your spirits and changing your mood

Body feels stretched, detoxed and well

Working out feels amazing, try it and tell

From swimming in cool waters, to running in the rain

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

Skip to the music, hop to the beat

Shake that body, shuffle your feet

Whatever you do, to get the heart racing

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

The brain releases endorphins, that flow around you

Energise your soul and you’ll feel fantastic too

poemsbyclarabelle, 13 May 2012

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

Inspiration is Full of Heart

What inspires you?  What ignites your spirit from within?  What would it take for you to feel inspired at this moment in time, right now?  I just love the feeling of feeling inspired, it awakens the soul and lights up the fire inside.  Like an explosion of excitement and abundance of enthusiasm, when you are truly inspired there is no mountain that you can’t climb.  Wishing you a super inspired day. I hope you enjoy this next poem about inspiration.

Inspiration is full of heart, it comes from deep inside

It fills your soul with energy and captures you with pride

There is nothing greater, than feeling truly inspired

Connecting the mind, body and spirit, never feeling tired

In these inspirational moments, there is nothing you can’t do

Life feels amazing and fulfilled through and through

It moves you, it makes you, it changes your inner self

It masters your soul and gives you abundant health

poemsbyclarabelle, 29 May 2011

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