The Happier Side of Life

Life brings a roller coaster of changes that we are often not prepared for.

What do I know about what you’re going through right now? I have no idea if you’re feeling good or lying low but I do know that life brings a roller coaster of changes that we are often not prepared for.

We all have an emotional response to what’s going on around us and some of us are better at controlling that emotion or how we react to it.

There are so many different factors that determine how we respond to any given situation and I bet you, if you’re having a particularly bad day, you won’t respond the same way as you would, if you were having a good day.

Let’s keep it simple and say a bad day may equal a bad response and a good day may equal a good response. Therefore, if you want to respond better to challenging situations that come your way, it’s better to focus on the things that will help you have good day.

We can’t control other people and what they do but we can do as much as we can for ourselves to have a better kind of day.

Lately, I’ve been trying this out for myself and through my own daily efforts, I have managed to have more good days and good reponses than not so good ones. Below is a short list of some of the things I have been doing:

Reduced my intake of refined sugar. Although I really do love sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and all that lovely stuff, I noticed it was having a detrimental effect on my mood. I certainly had more of a short fuse when sugared up to the max with these delicious fancies. By cutting these out of my diet for the last four months I have noticed a positive difference in my mindset and mood.

Cut out caffeine. Caffeine has always been a tricky one for me, I love to love it but hated the brain crash when the caffeine wore off. This, so called crash put me into a low and cranky mood and I didn’t like that one bit. So I decided, let’s cut this stuff out of my diet and see how it goes. I must say my mood has definitely uplifted and my energy levels are higher and more constant throughout the day.

Got myself back in the gym. I stopped the gym for about a year and I did notice the negative changes in my body because of it. So, I started going back to the gym 2-3 times per week and this also had a positive impact on my energy levels and mood.

Running. I love to run but again, like the gym, I stopped it for a while and I’ve got to say, I really missed my running. Running makes my whole body feel good and alive, so I make sure I run at least twice a week to get the full goodness from it.

Writing. I love writing on this blog and creating poems but I stopped for about four years and that wasn’t good for me – I was unhappy with not satisfying my creative side. So I started writing on this Clarabelle blog about five months ago and that makes me feel on top of the world.

Went on holiday. I hadn’t been on a proper holiday for a number of years and it was well overdue. This holiday really did refresh my body and mind and reminded me of how good it is to ‘getaway’ every now and again.

Positive Relationships. I started focussing on having more positive and meaningful relationships that fulfilled me and inspired me to be a better person and reach for my goals. The power of having these good relationships in your life are highly impactful and can be a real gamechanger in terms of your own love and happiness.

Sleep. One of the most important factors for me in having a better day is by getting a good night’s sleep for at least 8 hours every night. I love my sleep and never feel guilty about putting my head to rest and going for a well deserved nap. Give me a great night’s sleep and I’ll be on point the whole day through.

Water. Since I stopped the caffeine, I don’t drink fizzy soda drinks or anything like that anymore. I mainly stick to sparkling and still water and aim to drink about two litres of this beautiful stuff everyday.

Motivation. I love listening to a little bit of motivational talks everyday, it just keeps my head in the right space. Every morning I listen to “7 Good Minutes” on Spotify and it really does have a positive impact on my focus and mood throughout the day. I always say to myself, “if they can do it, I can do it” – it’s powerful stuff!

There are so many other factors that I could add to the above list, like being around family, going for walks in nature, being by the sea, watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset, doing more fun things and the list goes on.

It really all comes down to choosing to do those things everyday that will help you be a better you and ultimately have better days. I am sure most of us, if not all, would rather be around a positive, good energy person that handles most challenges well and chooses to live on the happier side of life.

By Clarabelle, 23 November 2022

Motiquote Monday

Breathe in nature’s magic

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

How’s your Monday going?

Today’s quote reminds us of the beauty in each season.

Winter is a coming – isn’t it captivating?

“As winter takes its first breath, we stand here captivated”

Remember, to breathe in nature’s magic – it’s always there for you.

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Motiquote Monday

I see you there.

Welcome to Motiquote Monday by Clarabelle.

Monday’s aren’t everyone’s best day but if you are doing what you love, then I guess Monday’s are so exciting for you.

Today’s quote is to remind you that the magic is within you.

“Magnificence Becomes You”

Take this motiquote today and run with it in your heart of hearts.

I see you there, living out your greatest dreams, full of smiles and uplifting surprises.

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Poetry Days

I will have a POETIC EMPIRE evolving before your eyes

I hope you’re having a truly wonderful day – I really do.

I was reflecting today (28 October 2022) on how much I love writing poetry, so much so, that I decided to change this whole Clarabelle blog into one GIGANTIC POETIC VISION.

So you will see that some things have changed around here and my main aim will be to continue to write poetry daily and share it with you. Going back to my roots and keeping it simple.

I will still add in some empowerment food for thought along the way but my strong focus now, going forward is, quite simply, to write poems and share them with you.

So there you have it. Poetry all the way.

The Clarabelle Podcast will now become the Clarabelle Poetry Podcast and I will share my spoken word poetry with you.

The motivational and encouraging posts will now be entwined in some sort of poetic format.

The videos I create, will all be poetic.

The Clarabelle products on sale currently all contain poetic verses and I will continue with this.

Basically, I will have a POETIC EMPIRE evolving before your eyes.

So that’s it for today. I am currently in Bonny Scotland visiting my lovely Mum who is celebrating her 80th birthday but I will continue to write on here daily whilst away.

My motto today is: keep it simple and do you

Thank you for being here.

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You Can Do It

Just make the choice

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My Heart

giving you love

Good morning to you my beautiful friend. It’s Youtube Tuesday and today’s original video poem is filled with lots of heart just for you.

May you gain great strength from this short verse.

My Heart

My heart is with you,
through all of the pain,
giving you love,
to get well again.

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Poetry Corner #13 Catch the Light

let it shine all around

Touched by emotion,
loving life,
freeing my spirit,
from worry and strife.

Keeping it together,
hoping for all,
rising faith,
breaks down the brick wall.

In the twist of the wind,
no enemies appear,
all friends together,
filled with good cheer.

An unfulfilled heart,
takes you beyond,
frozen miracles,
reflected in the pond.

Catch the light,
let it shine all around,
mystic and magic,
will soon be found.

By Clarabelle, originally created December 2014

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You’re Never Alone

You’re never alone, at the toughest of times.

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Flourish

flourish and blossom

Good morning to you my wonderful friend. It’s Youtube Tuesday and today’s original video poem if filled with empowerment for you.

May you flourish with self-confidence and real purpose today.

Flourish

You have the power,
to water the seeds,
flourish and blossom,
fulfil all your needs .

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POETRY CORNER #12

be grateful for you

Welcome to Poetry Corner Thursday. Today’s Poem was written back in 2014 and I do believe some of my earlier written poems are truly the best. I originally entitled it “Bubblegum Ambitions” but recently changed the title to “Let Your Life Be”, as I feel it’s more fitting.

Let Your Life Be, offers hidden wisdom in such a meaningful way. May this poetic verse below resonate with your being and help you on your own journey of life.

Take care of precious YOU.

Let Your Life Be

You are not what you have,
or even what you do,
you are what you are,
be grateful for you.

To compare your life,
to another one,
to aggressively compete,
under the sun.

Will take your ego,
into the sky,
bubblegum ambitions,
no tears you will cry.

But then one day,
there will come a time,
you want to change,
from what’s mine is mine.

You crumble to the floor,
and what once was real,
is starting to flake,
and numbness you feel.

There is always a way,
to shine at night,
glowing and flowing,
it’s a natural flight.

Silent is the heart,
it speaks to you here,
vibrations of energy,
simmer the fear.

Truth is where it’s at,
go to the ocean,
the waves clear your thoughts,
love is in motion.

Now you are hollow,
now you are free,
knowing what you live for,
let your life be.

Created by Clarabelle in 2014 updated 13 October 2022.

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Product Showcase

Stay Strong, find the inner strength to carry on

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Love

To love freely

Good day to you my wonderful friend. It’s Youtube Tuesday and today’s original video poem if full of LOVE, only LOVE.

Surround yourself with beautiful love today and embrace it.

Love

To love freely,
and give your all,
will capture any star,
wherever it may fall .

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Let Go of Old Ways

Think of your life ahead as one big blank canvas

What if you had to begin again? I really mean begin again, right where you are. What would that mean for you? What would you want to start again?

Life is a bit like that, sometimes we just have to begin again, start afresh, let go of old ways and encompass new ways – new ways of thinking, new ways of doing and new ways of feeling.

Think of your life ahead as one big blank canvas, with lots of white space to fill with whatever you want to fill it with – what do you want to fill your white space with?

Use your imagination right now to envisage a life of love, love for everything you want to do and who you love being with.  Reinvent the next chapter of your life into something truly amazing for you and your loved ones. This space can be entered into the here and now by changing things up for yourself, whatever that will be for you.

So I encourage you today to fill your walking boots with courage, bravery, energy, love, self-discipline, creativity, imagination and determination to make each baby step of change fulfilling and purposeful for you.

Get those walking boots out and rock your socks off into the next episode of YOUR AMAZING LIFE.

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POETRY CORNER #11

your heart will always shine bright

Welcome to Poetry Corner Thursday. Today’s Poem was written back in 2013 – I’ve been writing poems since a child. I originally entitled it “You Are Gold” but recently changed the title to “The Path of Life” as I feel it’s more fitting.

The Path of Life is full of wonder, amazement, good times, not so good times and everything else in between. May these poetic words below resonate with your heart and uplift your spirits to new heights.

This one is for YOU.

The Path of Life

In every challenge,
there’s potential in you,
in every thought,
in all that you do.

Believe the hype,
believe it’s true,
you are special,
loved through and through.

A broken heart,
drowning at sea,
mind swirling around,
set yourself free.

As the high winds howl,
like a wolf in the night,
look for the stars,
as your guiding light.

When at the bottom,
the only way is up,
as shattered dreams,
feel heavy in your cup.

But one year on,
you’ll look back on this day,
success was in the failure,
because you found your way.

The path of life,
never goes straight,
one day lost in the maze,
another finding the gate.

The way out is clear,
you can’t see it with your eyes,
it’s from deep within your heart,
its whispers are wise.

The people on your road,
are here for a reason,
some for a lifetime,
some just for a season.

But remember this,
you are gold,
a precious stone,
no one can mould.

So when darkness falls,
and you have no light,
remember your heart,
will always shine bright.

Like an angel in the wind,
floating by your side,
she appears in many people,
being your silent guide.

Originally created by Clarabelle and posted on 5 December 2013

Reposted to Clarabelle Blog on 13 October 2022

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Motiquote Monday

Love the rain

Welcome to Motiquote Monday, where Clarabelle will share one of her original quotes.

Today’s original quote, is inspired by Clarabelle’s love for the rain and the refreshing beauty she feels it brings.

Each quote whispers wisdom from the experience of life itself.

“Love the rain, it opens the soul, quenching life, making you whole.” Clarabelle

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Motiquote Monday

Life moves on

A wonderful hello to YOU. It’s Motiquote Monday, where I share one of my original quotes with you.

Today’s original quote, is an extract taken from one of my original poems.

These words of wisdom are poetically entwined for you.

“Seasons change, life moves on, the present is now, tough pasts are gone.” Clarabelle

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Time to Help

Add some goodness to each day.

What if today you decided to help someone?

It might be something as simple as giving some food or money to a homeless person or phoning a friend or family member who lives on their own.

Help and expect nothing back, just help to HELP.

You might see an older person struggling with their shopping bags, so maybe you could help them across the road.

You might decide to share some positive words on one of your social media platforms – those empowering words, might just help out a friend in need.

If you have more time to help, why not do some volunteering for a day – there are many organisations out there who would love your help.

Help where you can and with your wonderful smile.

A little help can go a long long way, so let’s help one another and add some goodness to each day.

Thank you for being here, it’s a real joy to have your presence.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 7 September 2022
Posted to Blog on 24 September 2022

True Story

Take command of your heart, mind and soul.

“There must be more to life than this”, I said to myself, as my mind filled up with deep monotony and extreme dullness. I was 23 years young, had just lost my father to cancer after a 5 year struggle, was about 3 stone overweight and completely and utterley unfulfilled at work and life in general! I didn’t just have the “Monday Morning Blues”, I had the “Everyday Blues” at that time in my life. It got so bad, I didn’t even want to look at my reflection in the mirror because I was so afar from the person I wanted to become. Absolute true story. . . .phew!

Thank goodness, I took charge of my life and decided to change it for the better. The good thing is, I recognised at that time, nothing was going to change, unless I changed – so that’s what I did.

I joined the gym; started applying for new jobs, got a better job and a new boyfriend, all at the same time. I turned my boring, stagnant life into a much more happier one, in under 12 months.

You see, I’m really not the “settle for less” type of person – I can only do that for so long and then I begin to explode with passionate energy for something much more fulfilling.

I guess that’s just a natural part of me, who I am and what I really do love about myself. I am like the underdog who keeps coming back for more, getting stronger and more resilient everytime.

Oh how I wish I had joined the army when I was 18, which I really wanted to do, but I allowed the voices of others to decide that wasn’t a good option for me. No regrets and no blame – life is what it is and you can always make it better if you want to.

I encourage you to focus on the things in life that give you real energy and enthusiasm for each brand new day – this is why I write.

Bring more meaning, purpose and fulfillment into your life, in anyway you can and bit by bit move closer to the best version of you.

Most importantly, where you can, please help others along the way – your wisdom and experience can make a real difference in their life.

Take command of your heart, mind and soul and make a self-commitment to worry less and live more.

Thank you for being here.

Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 23 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 21 September 2022

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Motiquote Monday

The Midnight Sky

Welcome to Motiquote Monday, where Clarabelle will share one of her original quotes.

Today’s original quote, is an extract taken from one of Clarabelle’s original poems. This quote is one of Clarabelle’s favourites.

Each quote whispers wisdom from the experience of life itself.

“The midnight sky, is vast and black, yet stars appear, and light comes back.” Clarabelle

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I Love It!

Timing can be EVERYTHING!

I just love writing in this blog and I will never tire of it.

When I write, I write for you and for me. Often, I am talking to myself when I write a post. It usually starts off with something that’s going on in my life – good or bad and then this conjures up some words of wisdom and/or a real effort to turn around negative thinking, in order to brighten up my spirits or to cheer up someone else who needs to read these words.

You see, timing can be EVERYTHING – empowering, positive words and strategies might just pop into someone’s life, just when they need it. They might be pondering over a difficult decision or life changing matter and the blog post helps in some sort of way.

The forever aim of what I write IS to help, motivate, encourage, inspire, empower, teach, develop and share as much positive influence, inner wisdom and useful knowledge as possible.

I write about these things because that is who I am as a person and that comes most natural to me. I have so much energy and passion for this stuff – it takes my breath away!

So, no matter the barriers, difficulties and challenges that we all face in life – you can always ‘camp out’ in this Clarabelle Blog and hopefully find something that will help you move forward in life.

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 16 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 12 September 2022

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Knock Knock

You’ve only got to answer.

“Knock, Knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Your Dreams!”
NO ANSWER

“Knock, Knock, Knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Your DREAMS!”

STILL NO ANSWER

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK”
“Who’s there?”
“YOUR DREAMS!”

EVEN STILL NO ANSWER

You see, you’re wonderful and most desired dreams, they will keep on knocking, KEEP ON KNOCKING, until you DO answer!

I believe, if it’s meant for you, you will NEVER silence out those purposeful unfulfilled dreams. . . . NEVER! I guess you better answer then.

“KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK” x 1000
“Who’s there?”
“YOUR DREAMS!”

“Hello my dearest dreams, where have you been all my life?

You’ve only got to answer.

It’s your life – GO GET IT!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Written on 15 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 9 September 2022

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Poetry Corner #6

with wonder and doubt

Every Thursday is Poetry Corner time. Oh, I do really love writing these poems! As always, thank YOU for being here.

May these poetic words ignite your inner ambition.

Warrior in Fight

Why are we here?
What’s this all about?
Questions unfold,
with wonder and doubt.

The deepest you,
knows everything,
footprints of knowledge,
answers to bring.

Without the how,
before the when,
life evolved,
absent of men.

No truer mind,
free from pain,
loves abundantly,
with nothing to gain.

Darkness alone,
rescues no light,
ignite your ambition,
like a warrior in fight.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 12 August 2022
Posted to blog on 8 September 2022

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I Remember When. . .

Everyone in the community knew each other and looked out for each other.

MY SWEET SWEET MEMORIES FROM THE LATE 70S & EARLY 80S

You could leave your house door open during the night;

You could go for an early sole run in the park with no fear;

You would chat outside to your next door neighbour for hours;

No one carried a mobile phone and everyone coped fine;

Children played in large groups outside after school;

Local playgrounds were filled with children, without the need for parents being there;

Children used their imagination and played ‘made up’ games with their friends;

You only had one true best friend but it was called a ‘best pal’;

We didn’t have a landline at home and no one really cared;

All family dinners were home made;

A holiday was going on family day trips to the closest seaside location;

There was only three TV channels and we felt spoiled for choice;

If you could afford a taxi, you were rich;

If you missed the bus, you had to wait another hour on the next one;

Those tiny bronze half pence pieces existed and you felt you had loads of money;

Children would jump for joy with a 10 pence mix up;

Children played water fights during the summer holidays with empty washing up liquid bottles;

Everyone in the community knew each other and looked out for each other;

Hardly anyone had a car;

Getting a 50 pence toy from the local shop, felt like Christmas;

The milkman delivered your glass bottles of milk on your front door step every morning;

As children, we played, football rounders, hide and seek, skipping ropes, kick the can, hopscotch, obstacle courses, sprint races, tennis, swingball, talent shows…and all outdoors!

My Dad, Grans, Granda, Aunties, Uncle, Godmother and some good School Pals were all living back then – now sadly missed . . . . . . oh how I remember when!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 9 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 4 September 2022

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Kicking the Brick Wall

if you’re angry, you’re wrong

Yes, you did read that right….. and what a really stupid thing for me to do!

2008

The year was 2008 and I was training for my first marathon. I was about 8 months into my training (out of 11 months in total) and was on a significant 16 mile run. Up until then, everything was going perfectly in my training and this particular Sunday morning run, started off really well.

I got to about 12 miles in, and soon, a little knee niggle became a huge big, pain in the butt – so much so, that I had to stop running at the 13 mile mark.

To say I was furious, was an understatement – I was so ANGRY and FRUSTRATED, that I started to agressively kick the brick wall next to me. I kicked that wall so hard that I nearly did myself some serious damage, but thankfully, I realised how stupid I was being and eventually stopped.

This ‘kicking the brick wall’ incident was very ‘out of character’ for me, and as I reflect on it today, I feel very bewildered by that ‘manic behaviour’ – it really made no sense at all!

LIFE

The ups and downs of Life WILL put our true emotions to the test and it’s our job to have internal control over how we respond to these emotions. Anger, frustration, aggression and crazy behaviour, NEVER EVER works…. period!

I recently watched a video interview of a former Royal Marine, who shared one piece of learning that was so POWERFUL. In this interview, he said, “if you’re angry, you’re wrong” – WOW . . . . . just think about that for a minute.

RERUN

So let’s take the aforementioned running incident and deal with it all over again, today, as it was back then. What would I do? Well, as soon as I felt the little niggle at the 12th mile – I’d stop, flag a taxi, rest the overworked knee and celebrate my progress to date, with my favourite bar of chocolate!

*IMPORTANT NOTEno bricks walls were harmed in this 2008 incident, only a bruised EGO that needed to learn a hard lesson!

By Clarabelle, London,UK
Created on 9 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 31 August 2022

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Dreamlike Moments

What if it does work out?

Dreamy Dubai

Don’t you just love a beautiful morning sunrise?

When I lived and worked in Dubai a few years ago, I used to go for 5am runs towards the stunning Dubai sunrise.

The morning sunrise in Dubai was as picture perfect as you could get it and it really did make a positive difference to the rest of my day.

A Good Solution

The lovely air conditioned gym in my apartment block, didn’t open until 6.30am and that was too late for me – so an early morning run, before the heat became unbearable, was a good solution for me.

Wonderful Opportunity

I also had the wonderful opportunity, whilst staying in Palm Jumeirah, to go for morning swims before work. I remember during those blissful swims, feeling so wholeheartedly grateful for manifesting those dreamlike moments into my life.

Lots of things didn’t work out for me in Dubai or I would have stayed there for so much longer but I NEVER EVER think of that. I put my focus on what did work out and the truly wonderful people I crossed paths with and learned so much from.

Embrace Every Opportunity

Don’t expect things to be perfect in life, when you try something new or go to a new environment to live or work in but DO EXPECT to embrace every opportunity that comes your way, for that indeed makes up the true essence of you.

Never think, “What if it doesn’t work out?”
ALWAYS think, “WHAT IF IT DOES WORK OUT?”

A doubtful mind is a horrible burden to carry.
An empowering mind, on the other hand, will carry you there.
NOTE THE DIFFERENCE!

Your dreams are for the taking and now is your time!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 5 August 2022
Posted to blog on 21 August 2022

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Strive to be the Greatest

Never apologise for aiming to be the BEST in your field.

Even if you never ever become the BEST in your field, the fact that you actually strive to be the greatest, is what will make the difference between being ordinary or being AWESOME.

I always aim to be better today than yesterday – it might not always work out, but at least I go for it!

If I believe I AM THE GREATEST in my field, I won’t let limited thinking stand in my way of progression.

Even if, in the eyes of many, I am not the greatest, I don’t allow their thinking to have a negative affect on mine. Well, wouldn’t that be a bit BIG HEADED then? Absolutely NOT, if it is for a meaningful purpose and aligns with your core values.

Never apologise for aiming to be the BEST in your field. Never ‘dumb down’ your talents and abilities to fit into a smaller box. In my opinion, battle your way out of any boxed thinking and set yourself FREE to achieve greatness.

If you’re not aligned with the above – that’s okay – you just need to kick your way out of that box!

I see you doing AMAZING things, when you let your greatness shine through.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Article written on 3 August 2022
Posted on blog 19 August 2022

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Poetry Corner #3

tough pasts are gone

Every Thursday is poem day, with a little pinch of positivity!

Enjoy it, wonderful you.

Magnetic You

Magnetic you,
with wisdom eyes,
full of heart,
and kind surprise.

Yesterday’s dreams,
never went away,
they live in you,
and breathe today.

Seasons change,
life moves on,
the present is now,
tough pasts are gone.

Attract your passion,
love and do,
everything you deserve,
special and true.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 4 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 18 August 2022

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The Greatest Surprise

kind heart and thoughtfulness

I have realised that when I know about an amazing event, activity or gift coming my way, the level of excited anticipation can reach a good 8 out of 10. However, when I am unexpectedly surprised by the kindness of others – even something like someone giving me a surprise cup of coffee – that excitment is, quite simply, off the scale! The elation that I feel when this happens it truly unbelieveable!

I promise you, it’s not really about the actual material thing that has amazingly come into my existence. It’s actually about the kind heart and thoughtfulness of the other person that puts me in this state of elation. The fact that that person took the time out of their day to think about me and show their beautiful heart through kindness.

I believe, the greatest surprise we can all offer someone, is the gift of the human spirit.

Which means, YOU, my dearest YOU, are the most precious gift of them all.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Article written on 3 August 2022
Posted to blog on 17 August 2022

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In Time You’ll See

Inspiration lives in you

In time you’ll see the difference between those people that truly matter to you and those that don’t.

In time you’ll see that some of the things you once worried about are now so insignificant.

In time you’ll see how strong you truly are when you need to be.

In time you’ll see that we all have weaknesses and that’s actually okay.

In time you’ll see that the bad days can turn good and the good days can turn bad.

In time you’ll see that some people just ‘get you’ and quite simply, others do not.

In time you’ll see how important a good night’s sleep is.

In time you’ll see that perfection is in the imperfections.

In time you’ll see that the right people will cross your path when you least expect it.

In time you’ll see that kindness is one of the greatest qualities a person can have.

AND HOPEFULLY, in time you’ll see that inspiration lives in you and you must share your greatness with the world.

IN TIME YOU’LL SEE!

By Clarabelle, London, UK
Created on 3 August 2022
Posted to blog on 16 August 2022

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Poetry Corner #2

feel your presence

Every Thursday on this Clarabelle blog is Poetry Corner.

May the words ignite a deeper wisdom in you.

Didn’t You Know?

The clouds can’t hide,
your smiling face,
abundant love,
full of grace.

Your unique ways,
we all admire,
present now,
future desire.

Didn’t you know?
you are the one,
to inspire many,
do what needs done.

Your truth exudes,
a special vibe,
attracting many,
into your tribe.

Feel your presence,
as we see you,
enriched with beauty,
through and through.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
Created on 2 August 2022

Love from Clarabelle
Love from Clarabelle

Hello from Clarabelle

It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

Thank YOU for following this blog and supporting the work that I do. My aim is to bring a little bit of sparkle, knowledge, wisdom and positive ‘feel good’ feelings into your life.

We all need some inspiration and encouragement at different times in our life and I do hope that my blog posts help you move forward and forge you into achieving EVERYTHING you truly deserve.

Your dreams are for the taking and I want YOU to really GO FOR IT!

After all . . . . . . . . .
It’s Your Life – GO GET IT!

Thank you so much for being here. Love Clarabelle

By Clarabelle, London, UK
10 August 2022

Clarity of Thought

What if you did something different today?

Albert Einstein Clarity of thought

It’s very easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, doing the same thing day in and day out. The treadmill of life can be a bit like that, if you let it. What if you did something different today? What if you surprised yourself with trying something new, maybe something that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t quite got there yet?

Your Day

Let this be your day, your day to express yourself in a different way, your day to shine in a different way that adds sparkle to your own life and brightens up another’s life. What would that be for you?  When you gain clarity of thought in this area, it will immediately perk you up, you will feel excited and joyous about this new activity in your life.

Follow Your Heart

“Follow your heart”, it really is one of those sayings that a lot of people love and a lot of people quite frankly dismiss. Personally, I have been on both sides of the camp, at different times in my life – sometimes following my heart and sometimes following my head!  Lots of times, I didn’t follow through with the heart stuff because my head got in the way – is this good or bad?  No regrets, thats what I say – I am here now, grateful in this moment and that is what matters most to me now.

Dig Deep

What do you enjoy most about your life right now? Even if you are finding that question hard to answer, dig deep if you have to – you’ll most definitely find something and soon realise, you are a lot richer than originally thought.

Be Present

Review the experiences you are currently having in your life right now – are these experiences of quality, of fulfilment, of purpose?  Are you growing and contributing to life as much as you want to be?  Questions, questions, so many questions but the right question will lead you to be present in the fullness of life.

I ask you today, to ponder the thoughts that this post raises for you. Reading between the lines, What speaks true for you?  Here is one conclusion of many – heart with no effort, equals a head with more troubles – work that one out!!

Gain real clarity in why you do what you do – your head and your heart will thank you for it.

Thank you for being here.

It’s Your Life, Go Get It!!

Clarabelle
Article originally posted 26 March 2016
Updated and reposted 10 August 2022

Unhappy?

Don’t gamble your true happiness for a safe, dull and perhaps boring life.

Want to change something in your life for the better? I think, we all do.

Decide what that is for you and put everything you’ve got into it. 100% progressive effort, really can make the difference between a better situation and the BEST situation.

I encourage you today, to take your destiny by the hands and do what needs done.

Don’t expect anyone to carry you to your dream outcome – you’ve got to take full responsibility for making GREAT things happen.

Everyday, strive for impactful change that will have the most powerful ripple effect on your life and the life of others.

I write to YOU, yes YOU, who needs to hear these words and do something about the unhappy parts of your life.

Don’t gamble your true happiness for a safe, dull and perhaps boring life.

Are you in?

See you at the top wonderful YOU.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
Written on 3 August 2022
Posted to Blog on 9 August 2022

Don’t Waste Your Time

choose wisely

Your time is so truly precious.

A very wise man, I once worked with, said to me, “Claire, time is gold…..time is gold…..TIME IS GOLD“. Sadly, this wonderful man is no longer here now but the wisdom that he shared, lives on in me and in others he had deep and meaningful conversations with.

If you have gold, LOTS of gold, your appreciation for time and fulfilling relationships is often enhanced. Maybe, this is because, the strive for gold, has now been achieved and you then realise, you’re still searching for that missing jigsaw piece – but maybe it was there all along.

What if, everything you feel you need right now, you already have?

What if, you viewed life with your heart, rather than your eyes?

What if, that thing you fear, is nothing but a fragment of your imagination?

What if, you dropped all internal doubt and went for what you want in life?

What if, time IS gold and material gold is in the way of your happiness?

Lots and lots of, “what if” questions, that either mean nothing to you or offer you a different perspective on life – it really is your choice what to think.

All I am saying here is, PLEASE, don’t waste your time on climbing a mountain, you don’t really want to climb. What I would say though, is choose wisely, which mountain you DO want to climb.

After all, TIME IS GOLD!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
1 August 2022

You’ve Got 100 Days

pick a feasible goal that you really want to achieve

Whenever I want to make a significant change in my life, I give myself a 100 day challenge to make it happen.

I will set the goal in hand, mark the start and end date and then everyday, I just bloody well GO FOR IT!

I have read so many times over and over again that it takes 21 days to break a habit but unfortunately that has never been true for me. I know this, because I have put it to the test many times before. I would be interested to know, has it ever worked for you?

In my opinion if you aim for a really juicy goal that you want to achieve and stay wholeheartedly committed to achieving it – the 100 day rule, gives you more than enough time. I have used this for daily running challenges, healthy eating changes and life-changing career decisions. 100 days, to me, is the PERFECT timeline for making a real positive impact on your life.

So let’s say I start today, 1 August 2022 and set myself a goal to write one blog post everyday for the next 100 days. That means, the 100th day lands on 8 November 2022 and I just know that by that day a HUGE positive impact will be made on my life – for me, it’s almost guaranteed.

You want a new job? Try the 100 day challenge.

You want a new relationship? Do the 100 day challenge.

You want to get fitter? Action the 100 day challenge.

You want to move home? Apply the 100 day challenge.

You want to start a new business? Implement the 100 day challenge.

It even works for training for a marathon – and I’ve run four!

And the goals list goes on……

The key here is, you must be committed to the goal in hand and you must NEVER miss out a day – if you do, give yourself the consequence of needing to start from day 1 again! (But then that wouldn’t be 100 days anymore).

Whatever date you are reading this, pick a feasible goal that you really want to achieve. Mark down the start of your 100 day challenge and highlight your end date – now it’s time, to GET TO WORK!

Are you up for the 100 Day Challenge?

Don’t overthink it – START NOW!

Oh and please let me know how you get on – I want to hear your SUCCESS story, so that it can INSPIRE and MOTIVATE others.

YOU’VE GOT THIS!

By Clarabelle
London, UK
1 August 2022

Sunlight in your Heart

the heart and mind is one

No matter how dark and cold it gets, remember there is always warm sunlight in your heart. For your heart is honest, whole and pure and is not driven by ego or external factors.

As we grow older, the mind takes on a new life. Sometimes and often a lot of the time, it is a reflection of our current environment. However, the heart is not led by the ‘outer world’ the heart manifests beauty from your ‘inner world’. The heart doesn’t need to think about right or wrong, the heart just knows.

Your brain, in all its neurological glory, is there to help the heart survive and to protect it from potential dangers. The brain, however, may sometimes overthink and get in the way of the heart and its natural pathway.

So how can we get the best out of the heart and the mind, so that they blend together so beautifully?

I believe, that if you do work from the heart, then the mind aligns – almost as if the heart and mind is one. The mind becomes at peace and the heart exudes only love. The mind then starts to exude its greatest genius and this ultimately forms magnifence in material matters.

If you are stressed right now, I bet it has grown from ‘out of sync, mind work and most definitely not from pure heart work.

I want you to think about how you get your mind and heart to work more coherently. It is in the unificiation of both these parts, that will create the perfect inner and outer life for you.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
27 July 2022

Finding Your Happy

happiness will pop in and out of my life

There are many different indicators of where happiness exudes from and I don’t think there is a ‘one size fits’ all.

I think each individual is so extremely complex, wonderful and unique that it would be quite impossible to come up with a general list for this.

There is nothing ‘general’ about being happy – let me explain.

Through different stages of life, my own quest for happiness has been determined by many different factors – mostly, where I am at, what I am doing, where I am going, who I am with and how I am feeling. Some of this stuff can relate to external positioning and material gains and sometimes that kinda stuff did make me ‘kinda’ happy.

However, there is a huge gap here that always feels unfulfiled in terms of ‘happiness’ when I feel out of alignment with my inner values, sense of meaningful contribution and working towards a purposeful vision.

You see ‘happiness’ I think, can never be extended for a ‘forever’ period of time – life just doesn’t work out that way.

I think what we are however looking for, which I feel, is much more powerful than happiness, is finding peace of mind and harmonious balance from within. When this is achieved, it’s like being in ‘flow’ and it offers a real sense of inner freedom that can never be captured.

The older and wiser I get, I realise that happiness will pop in and out of my life, just the same way excitement does and feeling motivated to do something.

If I am searching for ‘me’ in the whole process of life, then it is in the silence of the mind that the best part of me whispers.

Enjoy your happy times, for they are indeed precious, like sparkly, shiny jewels. The real sparkle however, comes from your own inner light, peacefully flowing in the freedom of your heart. Some even call that love.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
22 July 2022

Because You Shine

I am here because you shine

I closed my eyes and walked into the light.

There I met an older and much wiser woman.

She smiled at me.

She held a beautiful azure blue flower in her hand.

She took my hand and placed the flower in it.

Without any words, she gave me this message…..

Your magical heart can make the invisible visible.
I am here because you shine.
The blue of this flower represents the ocean and the sky.
The petals represent the fragility of life.
The wonder is not in the flower.
The miracle is in you.

The old lady then disappeared.

The flower turned into tiny little seeds in the palm of my hand.

I then knew, it was time to self-nurture and grow.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
21 July 2022

Hopeful Window

see your future blend with your dreams

Never try to escape from your inner light, for there lies the truth and wisdom in everything that you purposefully do.

Always look out of the bright and hopeful window and see your future blend with your dreams.

Generate a warm feeling of abundance that attracts wellness and happiness into your life.

Remember, without you, I am nothing and your love will find a way.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
21 July 2022


Breathe Again

clouds move the rain

Take a deep breath in and know you have this moment right here, right now and no one can take this specialness away from you.

BREATHE AGAIN

Each space in time,
can give you this,
the calmest breath,
serenity so bliss.

For when you know,
to breathe again,
the sun it rises,
clouds move the rain.

A chosen moment,
yours alone,
heavens open,
a miracle zone.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
19 July 2022


A Wonderful You

petals of love

Amidst the clouds,
of a foggy mind,
hard to see,
difficult to find.

Appears hope,
just a glimmer,
igniting life,
joy does simmer.

Time means nothing,
as people and places,
open our hearts,
smiles on their faces.

Flowers like heaven,
flourish and bloom,
petals of love,
enlighten each room.

Be still in the now,
as heartbeats awaken,
a wonderful you,
is there for the taking.

By Clarabelle
London, UK
15 July 2022

The “Success” of Blogging

Just start NOW!

I have been blogging on and off for a number of years now. I absolutely love writing, especially creative writing that has a poetic and uplifting feel about it.

The only thing that keeps me going and writing in this blog for so long, is that I continue to write about things, I really love writing about. That, for me, is one of the keys to becoming a successfull blogger.

The word “success” can mean many things to bloggers but for me it means, loving the whole creative process of the blogging journey and engaging with the blogging community that are so encouraging and supportive.

So if you’re thinking of starting a blog, please don’t think, just start NOW. Don’t think about, what shall I write about to get followers and what will the people out there want from me? Write about what YOU are deeply passionate about and believe me your best writing WILL lead you to success in a much more meaningful and fulfilling way.

So what are you waiting for? I told you not to think about!

Go Go GO FOR IT lovely you – you’ve GOT THIS!

By Clarabelle, London UK
14 July 2022

The Greatest Stuck Road

when stuggles keep coming

The greatest stuck road,
can hold you back,
invisible barriers,
keep you off track.

A bumpy path,
often uphill,
it takes real effort,
and lots of skill.

But never is there,
a journey so tough,
that is able to stop you,
no matter how rough.

For deep passion prevails,
every single time,
when struggles keep coming,
and nothing seems fine.

Your wonderful heart,
goes through every test,
until you reach the top,
where the view is the best.

By Clarabelle, London, UK
14 July 2022

Your Life Has Meaning

a breath in time

The space to think,
on a white blank page,
a breath in time,
lives an empty stage.

Thoughts they simmer,
only to unfold,
memories of love,
treasures of gold.

Invisible hearts,
surround your being,
the clock moves on,
your life has meaning.

By Clarabelle
14 July 2022, London, UK

Feelings

your every why

Feelings have power,
feelings can speak,
feelings can take you,
to the mountain peak.

Feelings can hurt,
feelings can breathe,
feelings can lead you,
so you can achieve.

Feelings are precious,
feelings are true,
feelings will determine,
every part of you.

Feelings can unite,
feelings can fly,
feelings can control,
your every why.

Feelings are unique,
feelings are you,
feelings are loving,
can you feel me too?

By Clarabelle
15 November 2021
London, UK

If God Lets Me…..

shine like the morning sun

1.
If God lets me
I'll always lead the way
If God lets me
I'll kneel down with him and pray
If God lets me
I'll do him very proud
If God lets me
I'll help all lost in the crowd 

2.
If God lets me
I'll shine like the morning sun
If God lets me
I'll do what he needs done
If God lets me
I'll be a beacon of pure strength
If God lets me
I'll go to any given length 

3.
If God lets me
I'll show him my full power
If God lets me
I'll respect his every hour
If God lets me
I'll take the best right turn
If God lets me
I'll let all worry burn 

4.
If God lets me
I'll give him my all
If God lets me
I'll knock down each brick wall
If God lets me
I'll be happy in present time
If God lets me
I'll forever be more than fine 

5.
If God lets me
I'll forgive and forget
If God lets me
I'll get out of all bad debt
If God lets me
I'll love him like no other
If God lets me
I'll make peace with every brother 

6.
If God lets me
I'll hold my head up high
If God lets me
I'll be truthful and not lie
If God lets me
I'll always sing his song
If God lets me
I'll make right every wrong 

7.
If God lets me
I'll live life to the full
If God lets me
I'll obey his every rule
If God lets me
I'll share the good I know
If God lets me
I'll give all hope a go 

8.
If God lets me
I'll believe in my self-worth
If God lets me
Every wave of life I'll surf
If God lets me
I'll be positive and bright
If God lets me
I'll sleep peacefully each night 

9.
If God lets me
I"ll take my second chance
If God lets me
I'll celebrate and dance
If God lets me
I'll show him I am real
If God lets me
I trust he'll make the deal

By Clarabelle
Created on 10 August 2021
London, UK



Life

vibrant throughout

With its twists and turns,
and turbulent times,
with its happy memories,
and sweet sublimes.

Life is colour,
and vibrant throughout,
Life is beautiful,
it's all about.

With its songs of mercy,
and praise in between,
with its dance of joy,
and what has been.

Life is precious,
and tender in touch,
Life is magical,
I love it so much.

Goodbye My Precious

I set you free

I tried so hard,
to win your heart,
I gave it my all,
right from the start.

I guess you didn't,
want that too,
I felt your resistance,
through and through.

So I moved on,
then you came back,
for another go,
to get on the right track.

My soul felt heavy,
for this buried hurt,
cannot be separated,
from cold dirt.

I set you free,
to live and learn,
deep true love,
you have to earn.

It takes respect,
trust and forgiving,
loyalty and smiles,
the same joint vision.

Goodbye my precious,
may you find your one,
to my dreams on the horizon
every mile I run.

by Clarabelle
3 November 2021
London, UK

Being “Me”

this is your call

Do not try to be loved,
for that force never wins,
opening up your heart,
is where attraction begins.

Do not try to be wanted,
for this wonderful you,
is unique and special,
for the right person too.

Do not try to be liked,
for you have it all,
talented and beautiful,
this is your call.

Do not try to be something,
you never want to be,
always stay you,
enjoy being "me".

By Clarabelle
2 November 2021
London, UK

What is…..?

a miracle glowing

What is love,
without surprise,
a caring thought,
heartfelt eyes.

What is kindness,
without the giving,
touching lives,
soulful living.

What is forgiveness,
without a prayer,
sharing you,
unique and rare.

What is gratitude,
without the knowing,
a thankful bond,
a miracle glowing.

What is here,
without your presence,
healing time,
your very essence.

by Clarabelle
1 November 2021
London, UK