Icy Puddles

I was out walking the other day and took the photo below, I just thought the scenery around me was stunning. Beautiful Bonny Scotland, on a winter’s day.

Icy Puddles

Icy puddles,
Reflecting on me.
Frosty edges,
Pure beauty.
Landscape wonders,
Spellbound eyes,
A magical mirror,
Full of surprise.

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Snowy Cairngorms, Scotland, A Wintry Wonderland

I had indeed a very very beautiful 2. 5 hour walk yesterday in amongst the snowy mountains of the Cairngorms, it was absolutely beautiful and to top it all off I spotted a stunning little doe deer, it was such a lovely surprise. I took a 1 minute video almost 2 hours into my journey. Look at how stunning Bonny Scotland is.

Loch Lomond Sky

Loch Lomond Sky

A friend allowed me to share with you a stunning photo (below) he took of Loch Lomond, Scotland recently and it inspired me to write the poem about it below, I hope you like it. Thank you to Gerry Mitchell for allowing me to use his beautiful photo of Loch Lomond for this blog post. Lots of love to you all today Clarabelle

Loch Lomond Sky
Loch Lomond, Photo by Gerry Mitchell

Loch Lomond Sky

A bird flies high,
Beneath the Loch Lomond Sky.

With freedom in its wings,
The whispers of its soul sings.

A beautiful tranquil day,
Where shadows guide the way.

And reflections of white light,
Keep my heart bright.

As I stand here all alone,
Loch Lomond feels like home.

It takes my breath away.
Forever this moment will stay.

Poem created by Clarabelle, 7 January 2014

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank YOU

Thank YOU

Thank you to one and all who visit this Clarabelle Blog, I am delighted with the blog’s progress and in my Bonny Scottish accent I would like to say that I am “chuffed to bits” that you are here.  Cheers to you for dropping by, I love it.

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Friends at Christmas

Friendship Photo

True Friends at Christmas

It is so lovely to receive an unexpected call from a true friend at Christmas time.  I am just off the phone from a really good friend of mine who moved away from Scotland this year and it was so lovely to hear her voice and chat and laugh with her.  This has inspired this Day 14 Christmas Poem.  Go on, pick up the phone today and give a true friend some warm Christmas Love.  Clarabelle

Friends at Christmas

Friends at Christmas,
are so special and true.
A chat full of joy,
through and through.
We talk of good times,
we laugh a lot.
We think of Christmas,
and all we’ve got.
Friends at Christmas,
are so precious to me.
Phone a friend this Christmas,
and let true friendship be.

Created by Clarabelle, 13 December 2013

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It’s All About Gratitude eBook

It’s All About Gratitude

Thank you for visiting the page for my latest eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”.  If you are interested in purchasing this 65 page self published eBook then please,

CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

The eBook costs, one single payment price of £8.50 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page where you can download your eBook.

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It’s All About Gratitude is a 65 Page eBook by Clarabelle

Special Features of “It’s All About Gratitude” include original:
  • Stunning Photography from Scotland, UK
  • Poetic Verses on Gratitude and Being Thankful
  • Powerful Gratitude Affirmations
  • Highly Imaginative and Practical Gratitude Exercises
  • Beautiful and Meaningful Image Quotations
  • Discover The Science behind Gratitude and its relationship with Happiness
  • Details on How to Practice Daily Gratitude and so much more!!

Table of Contents includes:

Introduction Section 1:

  • “Why Gratitude?”
  • The Feeling of Gratitude
  • Here Comes The Science Part

Gratitude Quotations Section 2:            

  • “Be Grateful for….”                                                                
  • “Give Thanks”                                                                        
  • “When You Are Grateful”                                                                
  • “Be Grateful for the Raindrops. . . .”                            
  • “Be Grateful for the Blooming . . .”                                        
  • “Be Thankful for. . . .”
  • “Be Grateful for the Opportunities. . .”
  • “Be Grateful, Be Happy”
  • “Take a Walk in Nature. . .”
  • “Be Grateful for the Beauty. . .”

Poems of Gratitude Section 3:                                                                                          

  • Gratitude is in my Heart
  • Thank You                                                
  • The Beauty of Gratitude
  • Gratitude is a Song
  • Thank You For All
  • Forever Grateful
  • Believe in Gratitude
  • Sparkle With Gratitude
  • Happy to be Thankful
  • My Heart Shines

Gratitude Affirmations Section 4:                                                                                 

  • I Am Grateful
  • I Am Blessed
  • Beautiful Heart
  • Beauty of Love
  • Inspires My Soul
  • Thank You
  • Happy Heart
  • Life’s Treasures
  • The Beauty of Life
  • Loving Relationships

 Practical Gratitude Exercises Section 5:                                                                    

  • Declaration of Personal Commitment
  • Gratitude Drawing
  • Gratitude Letter
  • The Magic of Music
  • Gratitude Penny Jar
  • Walk of Gratitude
  • The Colour of Gratitude
  • Pay a Poem Forward
  • Gratitude Cloud
  • Gratitude Candle
  • Memories of Gratitude
 
“Practising gratitude invites joy into our lives….. it’s life changing.”
(Professor, Dr. Brene Brown)

“Gratitude is Gold”
“Gratitude saved my life.”
“Gratitude has kept me happy”(Jane Ransom, Coach/Speaker/Author)

The Purpose of this eBook is to inspire YOU to invite the power and practice of gratitude into your daily life. 
When you are grateful in the moment you benefit in so many ways and when you practice the gratitude exercises within this eBook:
  • Your mood will instantly be uplifted.
  • You will feel much happier from within.
  • Important relationships will be improved.
  • You will feel so amazing with life right now.
  • Your energy will be raised to a higher level.
  • You will be inspired and motivated.
  • You will feel more abundant in life.
  • Your general wellbeing will be improved and so much more!!

“Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul.”  (Deepak Chopra)

Author of “Thanks, How the new science of gratitude can make you happier”.
“Gratitude I believe has the power to do 3 things to heal, to energise and to change lives.” (Professor of Psychology, Dr Robert Emmons)

  • Gratitude is such a powerful force which will enhance your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around you.
  • This eBook contains a variety of original gratitude poems, affirmations, quotes and practical exercises created by Clarabelle.
  • This eBook encourages and guides YOU to be mindful everyday of the blessings that you already have in your life.
  • It is a beautifully presented and yet practical guide for your own use or to give as a special gift to others.

The eBook costs, one single payment price of £8.50 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page where you can download your eBook.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

Thank you for purchasing this eBook and if you have any queries in relation to the purchase or this eBook, please email me, Clarabelle at claire@murraypeople.com

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A Little Bit of Me Time…

Happy and Excited 

Yesterday my best friend Donna and I went to the Carrick Spa at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond, this was a 40th birthday gift given to me by my great friends Gina and John. We had one of the BEST days ever and even though it didn’t all go plain sailing, we were so happy and excited about going, nothing was going to dampen our spirits.  Here is a little taster of our journey from yesterday.

59 Seconds

We both decided that we would get the train in so we could have a few celebratory glasses of bubbly as part of our day.  Unfortunately we missed our train by 59 seconds (to be precise) which was going to leave us 30 minutes late for our spa treatment, a rasul mud massage.  I telephoned the Spa to let them know we were going to be late and was very nicely advised that because they were fully booked that day, we would probably not get our treatment but we could still spend the rest of the time using all the other spa facilities.  Instead of us being angry, annoyed or disappointed, we just laughed off the situation because we were still very grateful for this day.

What a Real Gentleman

Thank you to the gentleman working at Queen Street Station in Glasgow City Centre, who came over to us to offer his help and he spent at least 20 minutes trying to help us look at alternative trains so we could get there on time.  What a real gentleman he was and we had such a laugh talking to him and telling him about our wonderful day ahead at the Spa. After looking at the other options, we accepted the fact that we were going to have to be 30 minutes late and therefore miss our rasul massage treatment but hey, we were still really looking forward to using all the facilities at the 5 Star Spa.  I said earlier, we were in such a good mood, nothing was going to spoil our excitement.  🙂

Elated

We arrived at the very stunning Carrick Spa in Loch Lomond and sincerely apologised for our lateness.  To our wonderful surprise, someone had just phoned and cancelled their 1pm appointment for that day for the rasul massage treatment and yippee we were given that appointment, woo hoo, we were elated to say the least.  🙂

We spent almost 5 hours in the Spa that day including receiving our rasul mud therapy treatment, it was truly wonderful and below are some of the photographs (some funny mud ones too) from our day:

Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond
Donna and Clarabelle at the Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond 17.10.13
Clarabelle & Donna, Rasul Mud Faces
Clarabelle & Donna, Rasul Mud Faces
Clarabelle Rasul Mud Therapy Treatment
Clarabelle Rasul Mud Therapy Treatment
Clarabelle, Sauna Time at Carrick Sap
Clarabelle, Sauna Time at Carrick Spa
Clarabelle, Rooftop Jacuzzi Pool, Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond
Clarabelle, Rooftop Jacuzzi Pool, Carrick Spa

“Me Time”

We had such a great day and it was so good for Donna and I to have special quality “me time” together.  We had a brilliant experience at the Carrick Spa, it is such a stunning place, hidden amongst the beauty of natural surroundings.

YOU Deserve It!!

A little bit of “Me Time” really does you the world of good, go on, treat yourself today to some special “Me Time”, it doesn’t need to be a day out at the Spa (although I would fully recommend it), it could just be taking 30 minutes of alone time to read a book, go for a walk, play your favorite music, whatever it is, enjoy it to the fullest because YOU really to deserve it and it will make you feel so good.

Thank You

Thank you again to my great friends John and Gina for this special 40th birthday gift, it is an experience we will never forget, thank you.

Thank you Donna for the most amazing company yesterday, it was such a fabulous day.

Thanks also to YOU for reading this blog post, I am so glad to have you here, I like sharing the stories of my life with you and I do hope you have some special “Me Time” today.

Much love to you as always, Clarabelle.

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Beautiful Dreams…..

Schoenstatt 

Below is a photograph of one of my most favourite places to visit.  This is “The Shrine” at the Schoenstatt Retreat and Pilgrimage Centre in Lennoxtown, Scotland (http://www.schoenstatt.co.uk/).  It is less than one hour’s drive from my hometown of Motherwell and I really do feel so blessed to be alive when I visit this stunning place, the setting is so beautiful and tranquil.

“The Shrine”

When I visit, I always make a point of going into “The Shrine” where I light some candles and say some prayers.  They also have, what I call, a prayer box, where you write down what you hope and pray for on a piece of paper, also sharing what you will do in return for your prayers being answered and then you place your folded up note in a large urn at the altar of The Shrine.  I always connect what is in my heart and soul to the lighting of my candles and the completion of the notes.  This is such a beautiful and spiritual process for me, I love it so much.

Inner Peace

I do hope that you get the opportunity one day to visit this beautiful place, hidden amongst the tranquility of nature, where you will leave with the most calming sense of inner peace living and breathing inside of you.

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Photo by Clarabelle of “The Shrine” at Schoenstatt, 12.10.13

Great Spirits of the Loch Ness Marathon 2013

Medals, Loch Ness Marathon 2013

It is with great pleasure that I share this blog post with you today because it is about the successful completion of my third marathon since I did my first one in November 2007. Yes, we did it, my friend Jamie Haugh and I successfully completed the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday, 29 September 2013 in Inverness, Scotland.

At the start of the Loch Ness Marathon
At the start of the Loch Ness marathon

If I’m honest it was my toughest marathon course to date because it was very hilly, much control is required at the downhills and much strength and stamina is required on the up hills and there was quite a lot of them!!

Coffee for Clarabelle, before the marathon
Coffee for Clarabelle, 1 hour before the start of the Marathon

It was a marvelous day though and I was very mindful of embracing the day as much as possible, as I was thinking this was may be my last marathon.  🙂

Jamie Haugh at the marathon start line
Jamie Haugh at the marathon start line

Great Spirits

Jamie and I were in great spirits before the marathon started, we had such a laugh and got chatting to some other runners….I would like to give these people a mention:

  • Thank you to Mo whom I met on the train heading to Inverness, Mo was doing her first marathon and I am delighted to say she successfully completed it in an amazing time.
  • Thank you to the other marathoners who were staying at No.29 B&B Accommodation in Inverness, we had a right laugh at breakfast on marathon morning….Frank was doing his first marathon and I am so pleased to say he did it. He has already committed himself to doing it again next year, he’s on a mission to break the 4 hour barrier.
  • Thank you to John Tougher, a friend from High School, whom we met for dinner the night before the marathon, John is “proper” runner and the Loch Ness was his 10th marathon, well done John on completing your 10th marathon in an amazing time.
  • Thank you to Martin who was doing his first marathon, I used to work beside Martin’s lovely wife Ruth and we had been updating our marathon training progress on Facebook.  It was lovely to bump into Martin at the race start, amongst the sea of 4000 runners, there he was standing just in front of me.  It was great to be able to personally wish each other well.  Martin successfully completed his first marathon, well done Martin, you did it!!
  • Thank you to Gerry whom we chatted to for a while before the marathon started, Gerry had some wonderful stories to tell us, he made us laugh, I don’t know how Gerry did but he has completed many many marathons so I have no doubt he successfully completed it…no doubt whatsoever, so I will say in confidence, well done Gerry.  🙂
  • Thank you to all the other marathoners we had a wee chat to along the route, some really inspirational people running for some great charities and it was really wonderful to see and be part of.
  • Thank you to all the supporters along the route and the hundreds of people lined across the streets of Inverness leading up to the finish line, I always had a smile for everyone of you because you helped me get through the last few miles much easier.  “Go girl in the orange top”, thank you to the lovely person who cheered me on at the last mile I significantly remember you shouting that at me.  🙂
  • And last but certainly not least, thank you to Jamie Haugh for his company throughout the whole trip, we had such a laugh, played the “Positivity” game at 13th mile and the “I Am Strong” affirmation game at the 15th mile and you kept my spirits high, you did it, your second marathon this year, what an amazing achievement and you should be so proud of yourself.  Well done Jamie 🙂 🙂 🙂
Nessie at the marathon finish line
Nessie at the marathon finish line

The question is on, “Will I do another marathon?”, well, I haven’t broke the 5 hour barrier yet, I am 1 minute out……it is kinda annoying me hahahah, let’s just wait and see, I am contemplating it…..contemplating!!!  🙂

Loch Ness Marathon

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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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Today is your….

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Photography and Quote by Clarabelle 🙂

 

The Silent Lake….

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Photo and Quote by Clarabelle 🙂

What will make today a great day for you?

I came across this video on Youtube this evening and I really loved it, I thought it was too beautiful not to share it with you.

Give gratitude to the gift of life today, open your heart and let the blessings of gratefulness flow through you.  Lots of love, Clarabelle

 

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What are you grateful for today?

Balloch, Scotland
Balloch, Scotland, 23 August 2013

When you are feeling the power of gratitude from within you are putting good energy into your body and also sending out good vibes into the Universe. Please take a moment to answer this question:

What are you truly grateful for today?

I am grateful for living in Scotland, I love the beautiful landscape, the “4 seasons in one day” Scottish weather 🙂 and the Scottish people.  I love living in Scotland, I really do and the more spiritually aware I am becoming, the more I really appreciate its beauty.

This doesn’t mean I want to live here forever, I do actually believe I will move out of Scotland in the near future, but it just means I am really grateful for Scotland in the “here and now”.

Thank you Bonny Scotland, you truly are very Bonny indeed.

May you bask in the beauty of gratitude today, wherever you are in the world.

Lots of love to you, Clarabelle

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Snap Happy

Balmaha Bay

Today I am going to go on a day trip to Balmaha Bay, Balloch, Scotland with my mum and during that trip I am going to be “snap happy” as I will be taking some beautiful photos for my new eBook that’s coming out, “It’s All About Gratitude”.  I am excited about doing this and it will also be really lovely to spend a day with my mum.

I love Balmaha Bay, for me it is a place of deep beauty and peaceful tranquility and sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered.  🙂

In 2011 I wrote a poem about Balmaha, I have already shared it on this blog before, but here it is again, just in case you missed it first time round:

Balmaha Lake
A frozen Balmaha Lake January 2011

Sweet Balmaha Bay

Balmaha, an inspiring place,
Oh how I love, your beautiful face.
The silent lake, speaks many words,
A magical paradise, beneath the flight of birds.
My soul’s at home, when I visit you,
I feel at one, below the sky so blue.
As I tie a yellow ribbon, around the old oak tree,
I appreciate your world, for all to see.
The air is clean, fresh and new,
The shimmering sunlight, makes a stunning view.
And the many boats, who sail in leisure,
Uplifting spirits, you provide great pleasure.
In hail or rain, sunshine or snow,
Your tranquil beauty, will always show.
For the depths of your heart, are in everyone,
Sweet Balmaha Bay under the horizon sun.

 Poem By Clarabelle, 2011

Wherever you go today and whatever you do, I do hope it brings you sweet happiness and fulfillment, much love to you Clarabelle.  🙂

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In Time We Heal

Beautiful sky

Life Purpose

I have been sharing on this blog that I am currently making a career transition to Singer/Songwriter.  Since May 2013 I have been writing songs that are inspired by my true experiences, creating lyrics and melodies that make a real connection with me and hopefully with you the listener.  I have written 22 songs in that short period of time because I know this is my life purpose (including my poetry) and it feels very right to me.

In Time We Heal

Today I want to share with you one of my favorites songs that I wrote on 26 July 2013, it is called “In Time We Heal“.  The song is about self healing after a period of struggle and pain and I can truly say that I am healed from my own situation.  Below is the Soundcloud link and lyrics to it so you can sing a long if you wish.  🙂

Here is the Soundcloud link:  In Time We Heal by Clarabelle

Gigs

I have had various meetings with people in the music industry to help me with the backing tracks for all the songs and I will then perform gigs starting in Scotland and then branching out all over.  I would really love to come to your hometown/city so please let me know if you would like me to come along and do a gig for you.  I am also creating an Album entitled “The Becoming of Me” which will contain 13 of the best tracks for you to listen to.

Below are the lyrics:

In Time We Heal

Verse 1

Troubled times
Lost my mind
Feeling lonely
From afar
I see that star
One and only
Take me to the top
Never let me stop
Let me go

Chorus

Because in time we heal
And soon the battle’s over
Over again
And the sun shines within
Soon the rain storm is over
over and we win

Verse 2

Drinking wine
Can feel divine
When you’re lonely
Bitter sweet
It’s no real treat
When you phone me
Take me to the light
In the darkest night
Let me glow

Chorus

Because in time we heal
And soon the battle’s over
Over again
And the sun shines within
Soon the rain storm is over
over and we win

Bridge

And we win
Oh yes we win
And we win
Oh yes we win
Yes we win
Oh yes win
And we win
Oh yes win

Chorus (to fade)

Because in time we heal
And soon the battle’s over
Over again
And the sun shines within
Soon the rain storm is over
over and we win
And we win
Oh yes we win

 Copyright Clarabelle 26 July 2013

Remember that your sun shines from within, soon the rain storm is over and you win.

Lots of love to you today, 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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True Story

True Story

I would like to share a true story of mine with you today.

When I was 16 years old, my first full-time job was as an Office Assistant in a Solicitor’s Office in Glasgow City Centre.  I really loved that job, mainly because I really loved the people I worked with, it was really fun at times and I learned so much with it being my first permanent job.

Escape

Unfortunately, I was in two serious car crashes when I was 18 years old and was in crutches for a year and half and sadly, my position at the Solicitor’s Office had to be terminated because there was no real indication when I would make a full recovery and was likely to return.  So there I was at the age of 18, in crutches for 18 months, no job and no real indication from the Doctors at the hospital when I would get fully better.  I could have been really depressed about being in that situation, but I wasn’t.  I decided to use the extra time I had to read lots of books from the library on subjects I was interested in at the time, it helped me escape from my current reality.

A Christmas Gift

There is a significance to me telling you this story and that is because of a Christmas gift that was given to me when I was 16 years old from the staff when I was working in the Solicitor’s office.  They very kindly got me this lovely mug, that I totally treasured, it had my name on it “Claire” and a short poem about the meaning of name.  Here is the little poem:

CLAIRE
MEANING:  LIGHT

You’re quick to solve puzzles
Without hints or clues
And shed light on situations
Known to confuse.
The inner glow you have
Because of your name
Makes your life a lighthearted,
Whimsical game.
You’ll always know happiness,
Love and delight,
For you follow a lifelong path
Cheerful and bright.

 
It was my job to make the coffee and tea for everyone throughout the day in the office and every time I made myself a quick cuppa, I would read the little poem and smile with delight, I really loved it so much.  

However, when my employment got terminated at the office I never seen my treasured little mug again….until 15 years later, yes my little mug came back to me and here is a photo of it below:

Claire's Mug
The Original Claire Mug from the year 1989

So how did it find its way back to me?  This next true story is fascinating.

My younger sister, Leanne met her husband to be Cameron when she was 22 years old and Cameron was 18 at the time.  My sister and I had both decided to spontaneously go out the evening she met Cameron, they instantly fell in love with each other and are now very happily married with three beautiful children.  The interesting fact here is that Cameron had lived in Cape Town, South Africa all his life and him and his family emigrated to Scotland to live, the year Leanne and him met.

Our Claire

A few years after they met, Leanne and Cameron got married and it was a very beautiful wedding.  Shortly after the wedding, Cameron’s mum, Joan, who works in an Accountant’s office, was showing her friends in work the wedding photographs, she then also showed the ladies in the office downstairs the wedding photographs.  Whilst looking through the photographs, one of the ladies said, “Who is that bridesmade girl?”, and Joan said it was Leanne’s sister, Claire, they said that’s “Our Claire”, “She worked here when was 16 years old…..we kept her mug, please give her mug back to her and tell her we are asking for her”.  WOW, Joan had been working in the Accountant’s office upstairs from the Solicitor’s office I worked in when I was 16 years old and none of us knew.

Joan, surprised me one day, she turned up with the mug for me and told me the whole story, what a truly wonderful surprise it was….after 15 years, they kept the mug and it was returned to me.

I still find this story very fascinating and especially that the mug has poetry on it…..which for me as you know, poetry, if part of my life, it is part of who I am.

24 Years Later

I have visited the staff in the office since then, some of the original staff who worked there when I was 16 are still working there, almost 24 years later.  They have also allowed me the use of their offices to hold coaching sessions in…this time I am not the receptionist, I am the business owner meeting with my own clients…..I feel I have come along way since those days as an Office Assistant.

True Love

I am not exactly sure what the moral of the story is here, I think you will have your own take away from it.  All I know is that, my “Claire mug” was meant to come back to me and it took a family to emigrate to Scotland from Cape Town, South Africa and a real love story to make its way back to me…..how lovely indeed.  I really treasure this “Claire mug” with all my heart, I believe, true love brought it back to me and now I share this story with you today.

If you have an uplifting true story you would like to share, I would really love to here it, why don’t you share it on my blog, I would be happy to dedicate a blog post to it for you.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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A Miracle is in the Air

Not long till spring time, yet I wake up this morning to a pretty blanket of white snow (see photo below, taken this morning, of the trees in my garden).  As winter takes its last breath and holds on, I decide to write some poetry.  I feel a light inner calmness in me as I look outside, the perfect mode for the heart and soul to sing.  A miracle is in the air, I can feel it and it’s making its way to you today.  Much love to you Clarabelle.  

Clarabelle's Garden 11.03.13
Clarabelle’s Garden 11.03.13

A Miracle is in the Air

It’s the middle of March, it silently falls,

Snowy roof tops, icy halls.

Angels whisper,  a miracle is in the air,

Lovingly white snowflakes, caress my hair.

It’s nearly spring, yet winter holds on,

White candy floss, now covers my lawn.

It looks very pretty, fresh and clear,

Winter’s last calling, at this time of year.

I stare at its beauty, it brings calmness in me,

The brightest white, on my conifer tree

A picture perfect, is in front of my eyes

Mixed seasons, can be wonderous, a magical surprise.

poemsbyclarabelle, 11 March 2013

A Vision of Love

This photograph below was taken on a beautiful winter’s day in Bonny Scotland, a stunning little place called Balmaha.  It inspired this next inspirational quote.  May you open your heart today and see an inspirational vision of love right there in front of you.  Clarabelle

Balmaha, Scotland
A Winter’s Day in Balmaha, Scotland

“Love has endless beauty,

like the sun shining on a winter’s day.”

(Clarabelle)

Sweet Balmaha Bay

Scotland has the most beautiful scenery, I am so grateful to be living here.  This next poem is inspired by my visit last year to Balmaha, Scotland (photo below) on a frosty winter’s day.  This magical little beauty spot left me with a diamond experience.  If you ever come to Scotland, this place is certainly worth a visit, you’ll never forget it.  Wishing you  a diamond day, lots of love Clarabelle.

Balmaha, Scotland
A Winter’s Day in Balmaha, Scotland

Sweet Balmaha Bay

Balmaha, an inspiring place,
Oh how I love, your beautiful face.
The silent lake, speaks many words,
A magical paradise, beneath the flight of birds.
My soul’s at home, when I visit you,
I feel at one, below the sky so blue.
As I tie a yellow ribbon, around the old oak tree,
I appreciate your world, for all to see.
The air is clean, fresh and new,
The shimmering sunlight, makes a stunning view.
And the many boats, who sail in leisure,
Uplifting spirits, you provide great pleasure.
In hail or rain, sunshine or snow,
Your tranquil beauty, will always show.
For the depths of your heart, are in everyone,
Sweet Balmaha Bay under the horizon sun.

poemsbyclarabelle, 1 April 2011

Balmaha, Scotland
Balmaha, Scotland, January 2011

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A Walk in the Rain

My mum told me when I was a little girl, I loved to play out in the rain, it always felt very refreshing and free to me.  I would be jumping in and out of puddles and catching raindrops on my tongue, it made me feel so happy.  Nowadays, with my adult head on, I simply just go for a walk in the rain but I still love it.  I suppose living in Scotland is the perfect place for me, because we always get lots and lots of rain, so I am spoiled really.  I went for a walk in the rain the other day, which inspired the next poem.  May the next raindrops that fall on you, cleanse your soul and uplift you to higher spirits.  Lots of love Clarabelle.

A walk in the rain   A Walk in the Rain

A walk in the rain, refreshes your soul,

Ignites your dreams, explores your goal.

When the heart feels heavy, and all seems lost,

The answers are awakened, where once worry was the cost.

Think of freedom, as your mind escapes,

Into the space, to form cloudy shapes.

The view is still, silent whispers you will hear,

Every deep breath you take, banishes the fear.

All is beautiful, your vision is sweet,

Be at one with yourself, hear the music in your heartbeat.

poemsbyclarabelle, 31 August 2012

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