Whilst going for your dreams, you are always being tested by life. But there is much beauty and true wisdom in the lessons we learn from “going for it” on this journey.
You have to stay super focused amongst the everyday distractions and this is when you can really tell if it is your true burning passionate desire to achieve this goal. If it wasn’t, you’d most certainly be very tempted to give up as soon as it gets a little tough. It is at these times, a super passionate person would dig in even deeper, put in extra effort to really stay on track or take things up a level. A determination like no other will spur you on to keep going and you will stay resilient towards achieving the goal in hand.
This is me and I want this to be you too. This is where I am at and I am telling you, nothing is going to stop me and I want you to feel the same about your dreams and goals in life. I am building up serious momentum each and every day and I am starting to feel the spark lighting up inside of me. I want the best ever life for you and for me and I do hope your focus, determination and inner strength is as strong as mine and if not even stronger.
If I can do it, You can do it, We can do it – Let’s do it!!
I love this quote above, it rings so true for me right now.
It is always tempting to compare yourself to the outcomes of another but I urge you to think only about you, how far you are progressing and if you are doing everything you can to move yourself forward and be the best that you can be.
When you think of it, it really does sound crazy to compare yourself to someone who is much further forward on the Chapters of their own book.
You are the Artist, you are the creator of your own life and you must design it your way. Yes, you can use people as role models but don’t compare yourself to them, use their success and achievements to inspire you from within and do it your way – your own way – you know, like in the song by Frank Sinatra…..”I Did It My Way”.
Some days I am just full of energy, like today. I was in bed fairly early last night and woke up at 3am as bright as a button. It was pitch black outside but I thought to myself, get up and do what you need/want to do, so I did, rather than stare into the darkness of the room.
Sometimes I write my best stuff at this time in the morning, I really do and I love it when that happens.
So treat yourself to an early night and wake up early morning, fully alive and ready to take on your dreams. Remember to take time to watch the morning sun come up, it is such a beautiful scene.
It is so easy to overthink things, give yourself a break and just do what needs done. Often the more you hang around making a simple decision the more mixed up the mind gets. Set your mind free today, do what needs to be done and instantly that busy mind will simmer down.
Sometimes you just come across work out there that is a perfect fit for you at this moment in time and when that does happen it feels so wonderful inside. I urge you to seek the perfect work that fits your circumstances right now, believe me, you will enjoy it so much more than the ultimate dream job at the wrong time or worse still that high flying job that gives you no rest and no life outside of work.
Think about it, think about securing the perfect fit for you and your life right now and enjoy the journey.
One thing I have discovered for sure, is that if you don’t have clarity on where you are going, chances are you might just go around in circles. It’s so easy to drift when your destination is unknown, so I would encourage anyone who feels like they are in “drifting” mode to take time out to really answer that question for themselves.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
It may seem like such a simple question but it can be a difficult one to answer and/or even a more challenging one to pursue. You know what you’ve got to do though and I think this is a good place to start.
Please also ensure that the destination is in alignment with your core values, what and who is most important to you in your life, your passions, wants and desires.
I would love to hear all about it, please keep me posted or better still send me a postcard from that beautiful destination, yes that one place that just feels like home, like no other. 🙂
Expect the unexpected in life, it can shoot you down and leave you in the gutter of despair. I want to tell you something, because I’ve been there and there is always hope, there is always faith and I want you to believe that if you’re feeling like that right now, hold onto the truth of your heart. Work on improving the most important relationship in your life first and that is the relationship with yourself – be your own best friend. I like to pray when I’m feeling like this, so I made up this prayer to share with you in the hope that it may help you during tough times. Prayer truly works for me, I believe and know this and I hope that it works for you too. Lots of love to you today and always, Clarabelle.
Prayer of Courage of Strength
I say this prayer, from the bottom of my heart. And I ask you to help me to stay strong in this time of need. Please help me to overcome these difficult challenges, And become a better person from the lessons therein. Help me to build a loving and empowering relationship with myself, So that I can turn my life around for the better. Give me the courage and strength to forgive and to be forgiven. Let me see the open door in the darkest night Let my heart grow with true love, faith and hope. And may my inner light shine and guide me to all good. I pray that I raise my self belief in my own capabilities and potential. And may this lead me into a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Thank you for answering my prayer.
My friend Sharon and I were have a deep and meaningful discussion the other day and we were talking about having different experiences. She shared a good analogy of her own which was, if you buy a bag of apples and the first apple you pick out is bad you don’t throw the whole bag away – do you??? I think that’s a good analogy of life, just because you have had one bad experience with someone or something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will always have that bad experience with another, as a matter of fact, chances are you will definitely not.
I have another thought on this one, what if you never experienced the bad apple in the first place, would you have missed a vital life lesson??? Sometimes what you perceived to be a bad experience initially, can for the long term turn out to be one of the best lessons in life you have ever learned. Life lessons are for the long term, as long as you remember them and learn from them.
Maybe the perceived bad apple is actually a beautiful Golden Apple in disguise.
A very special thank you to YOU for visiting, following, liking, sharing and commenting on this Clarabelle Blog.
When I began this blog in April 2012 I never imagined such interest and I am so delighted with the blog’s progress. I know I have said this before, but I honestly really do LOVE posting to this blog, I just love, love, love it, it really is an extension of who I am and what I am all about.
Thank you beautiful people for continuing to inspire me to “keep going” and share with you the wisdom and whispers of my heart and soul. I am forever grateful. Thank YOU.
A few years ago I always used to say this quote to people, “It doesn’t matter where you are but who you are with that matters.” Yes, I do feel partly true but as I have become more spiritually aware and grown as a person I would now change that quote to this:
“It doesn’t matter where you are or who you are with, it matters how you are feeling.”
One for you to think about today.
Happiness comes from within and if you are in a super grumpy mood or feeling really low it will not matter where you are or who you are with, it will not change your experience until you change your thinking from within, which then in turn will change how you feel and what you do. Remember this THINK, FEEL, DO in that order.
Wishing you a beautiful day today and I do hope you are feeling positive and uplifted and if you are then I guess you are thinking that way. 🙂
I love this chart above, it was passed to me by one of my clients who has been working with an expert on leading change. I love it so much that I carry this little chart about with me everywhere now, I often look at it to measure where my mood is at. Earlier today, I had identified my mood as being -1 Impatient, Frustrated, I know why, I was putting too much energy and focus on a situation that did not serve me well, I changed focus and it then gradually moved up to +6 Resourceful and in this moment in time I am at +8 Wise, Insightful. Try it for yourself, print off the chart, cut it out and put it in your wallet/purse and test yourself throughout the day in terms of where your mood is at, it is very enlightening and will help you to reflect on where your current focus is – Is it serving you well or not?
Have fun with it, work on increasing your mood and I then reckon much more positive actions will come from this.
Thank you for reading this post – ah now I am +9 Grateful, THANK YOU, Clarabelle.
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 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.
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Sometimes when I am out running it feels like a kind of meditation, it really does, I feel I can really get to the core of my own wisdom and truth about life. Today, when I was out running I was thinking about this:
“In my experience, life goals are rarely achieved by only going in a straight line, because the experience of life is not straight, it is much more fluid and free-flowing than that. Sometimes in life we have to embrace the challenge of not always stepping forwards or even backwards for that matter, in a straight line. Sometimes we have to take zig-zag steps to the left and to the right, to truly experience and embrace life for what it really is. I believe that , life is not a straight line…..on your journey today, think about taking “The Zig-Zag Way of Life“.
Much love to you today, I’m zig-zagging all the way to my goals, Clarabelle 🙂
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
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.
Over the last year or so I have had an increasing desire to buy items that are the colour red, below is a list of some ‘red’ items I have purchased recently:
Red Kitchen Tiles
Red Bathroom Mat
Red Bed Covers
Red Mini iPad Cover
And the list goes on and on……………
Before that I had the desire to purchase items azure bluefor e.g.
Azure blue Car
Azure blue Running Trainers
Azure blue Running Top
Azure blue ‘Clarabelle’ Butterfly Logo
And the list goes on…….
I originally didn’t really think that any of the above had any real significance to anything but after I had a meaningful conversation with someone about it, I now realise there is a very strong connection to the colours I am attracting into my life and what this actually means.
A couple of weeks ago I was Chairing a Board meeting and before the meeting started I shared my desire for buying red with one of the newest Board members, John, who is a Reiki Master/Teacher (www.scottishreiki.co.uk). I said to John, “I just can’t stop buy red”, as I stood there proudly wearing my redtrench coat.
John explained to me how my buying of red relates to the different colours of the Chakras and he continued to explain to me what each colour meant. John expressed that my desire for red is a good thing and to continue to do what I am doing in terms of my own personal growth. The Red Chakra relates to these positive traits:
“Redrelates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth. The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.” Extract from www.threeheartscompany.com
I then looked up the meaning of Bluein relation to the Chakras. Blue is in relation to the Throat, the ability to verbalise and expressing truth through the power of the spoken word. “Blue is the colour of the spirit andrelates to self expression – speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements; Spirit of truth and purpose. This is a mentally-relaxing colour. Connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.” Extract from www.threeheartscompany.com
I totally found this a fascinating connection with me starting up of this blog, expressing myself through lots and lots of poetry and songwriting. I remember I had such strong desire for buying items of the colour blue at that time.
The significance here is that Aviral Kulshreshtha introduced my blog with a very interesting take on what he called my ‘red‘ photo. Here is an extract from that very blog post and Aviral’s introduction:
“Being a Science student, I always learned, ‘Red color has the highest wavelength’.’ The highest wavelength has the highest energy. This energy reflects from red colored pic, who inspired me at every bit of seconds and I truly feel lucky to have her on my ship of Life: Clarabelle. Clarabelle means Bright. As I said, red color is the brightest color which reflects from her poetic heart and beautiful mind.”
Wow, I just feel the significance of the above expressions from both John and Aviral relate so much to me attracting the colour red into my life (and blue the year before that) – I believe this is in relation to the frequency of the vibration I am on. High energy attracts high energy, thus my desire for the colour red.
I could be completely wrong here and it would be interesting to hear other thoughts on this, I am always open to new learnings.
What colour are you attracting into your life right now? What colour do you have a current desire for?
At the moment mine is vibrant ‘red‘ and I’m indeed “REaDy for Action”!!
Wishing you a colourful day today, full of many beautiful rainbow moments.
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.
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 redright now – I will share my thoughts around that in another blog post.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
“You can’t force love in another, all you can do is love yourself.” (Clarabelle)
I woke up this morning and that was the first thought that came into my head,so what does this mean? For me, it means many things but the one true sentiment from this sentence is really about having self-love, only then will you attract real true love into your life. Love attracts love and when you have self-love then you will be a magnet for pure love from another This next poem is inspired by just that, focus on the power in you, put your energy into your own self-love and believe me, you will be surrounded with an abundance of love from others, that is a special kind of love.
A Special Kind of Love
There is a special kind of love, dancing in me;
Flowing through my veins, setting me free.
A burning energy of joy, happiness and light;
Capturing my soul, in the heat of the night.
Focus on yourself, give attention to you;
Your spirit welcomes, pure love in what you do.
The right person will come, for they never left your side;
Self-love is your answer, hold it in your heart with pride.
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;
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
There, I said it, I shared it….”I don’t love you anymore”. I don’t feel the way I used to feel about you, it isn’t a bad thing or a bitter statement, actually, it is a very positive statement and it is the realisation of an inner transformation in me. I feel no attachment to the past anymore, I feel no emotion when I think of you, just that I wish you very well and that I thank you for teaching me so many lessons about myself, helping me to understand my deepest thoughts and my inner struggles, at times. I am very happy that I met you all those years ago, for at that time, we had a very special connection and I believe we were meant to meet for the purpose of inspiring each other in the magic of love and trusting each other in the process.
I am focused now, super focused on the now and the future…..never our past, for that was many yesterdays ago and the best love is yet to come for us both. No longer do I dream of us together, dancing under the stars and laughing until the some comes up…..that vision for me has gone now, I don’t feel sad, I feel free and I feel happy. This next poem is inspired by that experience and as I end the chapter of this book, I look forward to creating the magical story of the future chapters. Thank you my friend for everything and more, Clarabelle.
A New Love Story
Caught up in the moment, city lights bright,
Happiness in my heart, let’s meet up tonight.
Energy is high, love takes our breath away,
You can see my soul, you can hear it pray.
As quick as it came, quicker it went,
You had moved on, my love was spent.
And in the heat of the moment, I held on so tight,
You let go of my love, I never gave up the fight.
And as time went by, you were in my thoughts,
Will he get in touch? My stomach in knots.
Now I have healed, the power is in me,
I’ve transformed inside, I now feel free.
May your heart touch another, I wish you well,
This chapter is now closed, a new love story to tell.
Pure sunlight, it is beautiful, truthful and spiritual for me. I remember when I wrote the poem below and how I felt writing it at the time, I felt at peace and at one with myself, it was very early in the morning and I knew I was connected to the power of the universe. Let the silence between each line, awaken your soul and connect your spirit to a higher purpose. Your sun shines from within, let it radiate beauty and inspire other hearts around you today. Much love to you, Clarabelle.
Today, I celebrate the birthday of this blog, it is one year old today. I love putting my heart, soul, passion and energy into this blog and I feel it is evolving as I am evolving.
I didn’t plan to do this blog, it wasn’t one of my goals but I do remember the day, one year ago, when I decided to set it up here on wordpress. Prior to that, I had been writing lots and lots of poetry and I was gaining so much inner growth and special connection from my creative self expressions. Something just clicked with me that day, on 20 April 2012, there was a heightened moment of realisation, a momentary illumination of the heart, that I should share my poetry and other creative expressions on a blog. I just felt there was this strong inner calling to do that – so I did, I acted on it straight away, with no hesitation, it was a very enlightened experience indeed.
The Story of My Life
It was the right thing to do, this blog is part of me now, it’s the story of my life, the sharing of my secrets, it demonstrates the strength in my vulnerability and the love in my heart. It has been soul baring, deeply moving and heartwarming at times, I have shared poetic reflections that I used to only whisper to my shadow. This blog is about who I am and what I am becoming but I know I would not get the same fulfillment, deepest gratitude and satisfaction from it, if it wasn’t connecting with other souls – it has to inspire hearts – it has to help YOU to evolve and advance too.
I want for you what I want for myselfand that is to truly live life, to truly love life, to be who you are, to answer your inner calling, to shape the right way forward for yourself in alignment with your values, to have peace and knowing in your heart that you are all that you ever need to be, to have faith and trust in your ability to use your creative imagination to advance you forward in life and attract a never ending abundance of all that you have ever wanted. You are on the path to personal evolution, you never came off it, it’s time now to enjoy the scenery and truly live in this moment now……..as I write this, I hear the birds singing outside – in the beauty and gratitude of each precious moment the miracle of life right now will always give us what we need.
Go create with pure passion in your heart, for the tide of opportunity wants you to surf its waves and refresh the soul of the deepest oceans.
Thank you for reading my posts, I truly mean that from the core of my heart.
“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!!
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
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.
“If we return to what we walked away from, out of fear, and for comfort, our growth will become a vision of the past.”
When our spirit becomes caged by life circumstances; a soft tug from our heart-strings will pull us into our desired direction to where we can be set free. But along the way of our new path, there will be moments of difficulty that will trigger fear, and past reflections, of only happy memories that will try to pull us back into our cage… and if we return, we will find our self sitting in our cage, and reflecting on when we used to fly.
We must keep moving forward to soar higher in flight, by embracing the fears of the unknown future, for they will always try to tell us that the cage was cozy, but in reality, flying is our only freedom.
I love inspirational and motivational quotes, they are often full of long lasting wisdom. This next quote was created by me in the midst of “creative flow”, I want you to really think about its message and what it means to you.
This is a blog post from an old blog of mine, I wrote this post in April 2010, 2 years prior to me starting this poetry blog. I thought I would share this with you because it is amazing how life evolves as we grow and develop. If someone had told me back then that I would now have a poetry blog and was so commited and passionate about it, I would never have believed them…..my creative writing desires are stronger than ever. We are all on a journey of personal evolution, much of this will be invisible for you right now, who knows what great things you will be part of in a few years from now. Much love to you today. Clarabelle
Below is that original post from April 2010:
I absolutely LOVE my job but it wasn’t an easy job getting here—it took me 36 years of learning, being, doing, hoping, having, not having, feeling and experiencing the highs and lows of real life and work. It is only now that I feel wise enough and knowledgeable enough to share this experiential learning.
When I Grow UP I want to be…..
From the age of 5—15 years I went through different phases of wanting to be a Mum, Air Steward, Dancer, Model, Nun, Song Writer (I had a real desire to write the winning Eurovision song – still do!!), Primary School Teacher, Nursery Nurse and a Secretary. So where did my early career ideas come from, maybe………
Mum: Watching my mum lovingly support and care for our family; wanting to be just like my mum and also being the proud owner of various dolls such as (in its day) the famous ’Tiny Tears’.
Air Steward: Wanting a ‘glamorous’ lifestyle (perceived) and the opportunity to travel all over the world, maybe even marry a pilot!! I also think the popular TV advert for Caledonian Airlines had a big influence….I remember wanting to be a ‘Caledonian Girl’.
Dancer: I was a massive fan of the hit TV Programme ’Fame’ and loved dancing from an early age – still do 🙂
Model: Watching Miss World on TV and aspiring to be like one of these beautiful woman. I wanted to wear that crown!!!
Nun: There was a real religious influence here from my childhood days, in particular at Primary School and I went through a really ’holy’ stage—that was until I discovered my like for boys!!
Songwriter: I used to lock myself in my bedroom for hours and make up songs, I would practice and practice them all day long and never got bored of it—this was a perfect escapism for me at such a young age. To this very day I still remember the songs and so do my closet friends. We often burst into these songs after a few wines!!
Primary School Teacher: I used to babysit for my next door neighbour when I was in my early teens—I loved watching their 3 kids, probably because I could be a ‘big kid’ myself. This inspired me to want to teach young children to learn and develop—I then found out that I would need to study for a further 5 years after Secondary School and this sadly (at the time) put me off.
Nursery Nurse: Again my love for children and helping them to learn and have fun. My Guidance Teacher at Secondary School totally put me off the idea “that’s not the career for you he said, that’s not a good job”. How easily influenced I was as a teenager.
Secretary: Well I figured I would go with the safe bet and be a secretary, after all I was good at typing, passed all my Secretarial Studies exams with flying colours and oh yes my mum did that when she left school and she told me fabulous stories about her career in this field. That was it at the age of 15 I aspired to be a secretary. Well there was nothing else, was there……???
My Career Path
So I finally had come to the idea that I would be a Secretary. So I went to typing College to learn how to touch-type—this proved to be a very worthwhile skill to have during all my future jobs. What where they? Well, my career experience consists of:
Shop assistant, sales representative, hotel waitress, 20 years of various office type jobs from receptionist through to human resource management. A couple of these jobs which I liked and some others I have quite closely hated.
An Independent Decision
Then at the age of 34 I decided to think very carefully about my future career and where it was heading. Why then? Well lots of reasons I believe, but I think coming out of some personal turmoil combined with some major achievements made me a much stronger person with a really determined ‘can do’ attitude.
This included personal triumphs and goals such as Graduating from University in 2005 in Personnel Practice, running the New York marathon in 2007 (I then later did the London Marathon in 2010) and Graduating again from University in 2008 in Human Resource Management. It was in 2006/7 when I seriously reflected on my future and felt much more equipped to correctly answer the following question…….
So what do I really want to do when I grow up?
To answer this, I identified my core values and what they meant to me, I looked at what job activities I particularly enjoyed doing, I thought about what are my strengths, what was I truly passionate about doing, what excites me in life, where did I want to see myself 5-20 years from now and the ultimate question: How was I going to get there?
I had a real belief and confidence in myself and I knew I wanted to have the freedom to explore new territories, learn new things and meet new people. I knew that I wanted to help other people achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations in life. I wanted to coach and mentor people to do just that, I got excited about the thought of it and felt strongly passionate about it. I was truly ready for this and felt fully motivated and inspired to do so.
What did I do?
I researched into Coaching, I wrote to no less then 200 practicing coaches in America asking for their advice, I then went to New York and met some of those coaches, left my full-time job as Human Resource Manager, studied for a further year and achieved a Diploma in Coaching at Distinction level (94%), started up my own business at the end of 2008 and that’s where I am at the moment. I have BIG plans for the business and I know that I will only achieve this through hard work and commitment. To be honest, at times it feels like starting all over again—to what it was like over 20 years ago.
What have been the best parts of my job so far?
Most definitely supporting and empowering other people to achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations in life. Almost 90% of my work to date has been career/business/leadership goals related and with my Human Resource Management background and sound coaching and mentoring experience—it works very well and benefits my clients greatly.
Also being my own boss and having the freedom to use my creativity and innovation to lead the business into great things that will inspire others to achieve great things for themselves.
I have learned so much over the last 17 months of my business (to date almost 5 years!!) and I feel very proud to say that I have video blogged my real time journey all along the way. My vision is that one day it will be professionally edited and shared with you at home in the format of a short film/documentary.
But………what about being a Songwriter?
Hey, I can still do that, my career ain’t over yet, it is just at the beginning—the true beginning.
On 29 March 2013 – Clarabelle says:
I have now had my business for almost 5 years and I still continue to love it…….I am also planning another business which is indirectly linked. I must say however that nothing at the moment, beats the feeling of writing for this blog and getting messages from other bloggers and readers out there……you are magnificent in every sense of the word and my heart and soul is touched everyday with your responses. I see my future in this blog and I do hope you join me on the journey.
Thank you for reading this post today, lots of love Clarabelle.
When I am out running, I often feel like I fall into some sort of hypnotic or meditative state, it’s hard to explain and put into words but whilst out running today I was thinking about it. Sometimes my runs are easy, free-flowing, effortless and natural (like yesterday) and sometimes my runs feel really tough (like today). Whilst out running this morning I was thinking about, what makes the difference in me? I know that when my mind is busy, like today, my runs are tougher and when my mind is silent, it feels like, as the runner, I become the run. This then got me thinking about other things that would also apply to, i.e. the lover becomes the love, the singer becomes the song etc.. etc.. Which inspired this next poem. Whatever you do today, may it feel natural, loving and in spirit. Love Clarabelle
The late, Mr Stephen R. Covey shares in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that love is a doing word not a feeling. This inspired my next inspirational quote for you…..just do love!! Clarabelle
The heart doesn’t just beat, it dances, it sings, it smiles, it listens, it guides and nurtures too, and if you listen deeply to the music it plays, it will nourish your soul forever. For indeed the heart is like a full orchestra creating unique musical vibrations that can only be understood by you, that is why it is so important to silence your mind and listen to your heart. Dance to the sound of your inner music, this next inspirational quote is for you. Love Clarabelle.
The beauty of love is all around us, sometimes we don’t see it, sometimes we forget it is always there, deep inside of us, blooming like a flower in springtime. Every time you smile, love was there first, just remember that, I know you are smiling now. This next inspirational quote is for you…feel the love, Clarabelle.
“Love stirs your soul
and makes your heart smile inside.”
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I want to share something with you today, as I reflect upon the events of my weekend. Everything was going swimmingly well until I discovered my purse had been stolen. I was meeting a friend for coffee in a Hotel in Glasgow, paid for my coffee and by the time I was leaving the hotel, the purse was gone. I wasn’t really bothered about the money in the purse, it was only loose change anyway, however I was more sad about losing the sentimental things that were in it, such as little prayers, a poem from my sister which I had for 13 years, photographs of my niece and nephew, photograph of my dad which I have held close to me since 1997, a little medal that my best friend gave to me in 2007 to keep me safe when I was running my first marathon in New York City and lots of beautiful things like that. Also the purse which was a special gift given to me by another very close friend. I must admit I was feeling very sad and I allowed it to affect the rest of my day. I also felt a little downhearted that the purse didn’t show up, I really thought that if found in the hotel, someone would have handed it in…..no such luck, I’m afraid. I must admit my faith in humanity did sink a little, I guess because that is where my focus was at that time.
A Different Frame of Mind
However, today, I am of a very different frame of mind, after reporting the purse missing to the Police and to the Hotel, I was told of many stories were items of real financial value had been handed in, such as rolls of money containing thousands of pounds, iPads, mobile phones, bags, suitcases, bags of money etc….I smiled, my faith was restored because I had replaced my one bad experience with many wonderful stories where people have been honest and returned the items they found.
The Real Truth
I will never again doubt the honesty and integrity of humanity, because I know there is much more goodness in the world than not….we just don’t always hear about it and therefore don’t include it in our frame of reference. When we look at the world only through our own lens, we are in danger of excluding the real truth….that is, what could be and what is possible for each and every one of us. I take full responsibility for what happened to me on Saturday afternoon and it has taught me many lessons which I am very grateful for.
A Very Special Thank You
I would like to also offer a very special thank you to the staff members at the multi-story car park in Concert Square, Glasgow City Centre, they were so supportive when I told them I didn’t have my parking ticket (which was in my purse) and had no money to pay for the parking, they were very understanding and let me leave the car park for free.
I think Angels come disguised in many situations and it is not until after the event that we realised they touched our heart and soul. May you open your eyes to the goodness that is in the world today, look out for the success stories of kindness, love and encouragement and let them uplift your spirits today. Much love to you today, as always, Clarabelle
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
The “roots determine the fruits”, what does this mean? It means that if you work on the root of a problem rather than the symptom you can create everlasting change. Nourish the root with love, that’s what my next inspirational quote for you is all about. May your day be filled with love and encouragement, Clarabelle.
You are the miracle of your life, you are the magic, welcome it with open arms, embrace each moment as an opportunity to be a better version of you. This next inspirational quote by me is all about that. Wishing you a magical day, love Clarabelle.
Every moment is a moment to change for the better, that is what this inspirational quote by me is about. Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on you door, go out create opportunities for yourself, make it happen, just do it!! You owe it to yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and move into your stretch zone, go on do it now because opportunity is indeed NOW!! Lots of love to you, Clarabelle
This is a post I wrote for another business blog in 2011, I came across it today and thought I would share it with you, there may be some value in it for you and please feel free to share away. I wish you a day filled with opportunities for the taking, it’s your life, go get it!! Clarabelle.
An Exciting Challenge
I was on the phone to my business partner Debbie and we were talking about ‘change’, for me ‘change is opportunity’. Why do I say this? Well as much as some of us might dread the thought of change, I absolutely love it and find it an exciting challenge. I don’t want to sit in my ‘comfort zone’ all my life, it is important for me to get out there, embrace new challenges and live life. If I fail, well I feel I have only learned some great lessons that will strengthen me as a person.
I was sent this wonderful quote last night by my friend Stephen, “if we never fail at anything we are not being adventurous enough” by Peter Huntley, MD of Go North East buses, what a truly wonderful quote that is. I would rather try and fail 1000 times than not try at all. Determination, persistence, passion, consistency, self-discipline and never giving up is the qualities that I feel will get me everywhere. We all know the famous saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ so I would also throw in some ‘love and patience’ to this amazing mix of ingredients.
What I would say however is that to make change happen you need to know exactly your answers to the following questions:
Where you are going?
What do you specifically want to achieve?
What is your life’s purpose?
What do you need to be, do and have to get there?
What activities can you take action on NOW that will have the greatest impact on moving you forward towards your change goal?
Change is a choice and once you make that full commitment to change anything in your life you must take ‘MASSIVE ACTION’ to initiate the process. When you start taking meaningful action towards your change goal you will get more and more motivated by the results you start to see – the fruits of your labour.
To change effectively and for the long term you must start at the core, with the root “the roots determine the fruits”. That means change the way you think, which will change the way you feel and ultimately this will change your behaviours and it is in what you do that will help you get real results.
So make that decision today, challenge yourself, be open, flexible and adaptable to change, welcome it with open arms and express who you really are because the only constant in life is change and if you stand still, I believe you are actually going backwards, as others make changes to drive ahead they will most definitely overtake you – so don’t be left for dust, change is opportunity NOW!!
“Dreams build momentum as faith grows inside. Believe in yourself, believe it, have pride.” (Clarabelle)
When the time feels right and you’ve held onto your dreams for long enough, you will know when it is time to let go, to free your soul and release your dreams to the world. The heart will speak, the universe will give you signs, then you will know, you will just feel it and know. Dream it, Do it. Go forth in the direction of your dreams. Love Clarabelle.
Whispers in her Soul
She wakes up every day, with a song in her heart;
Her Vision is so strong, sweet music – the missing part.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, being pieced together;
Her motivation is high, no matter the weather.
For in the purpose of her heart, there lies the key;
A bright flame is burning, mesmerizing she.
She knows her faith, is stronger than ever;
She believes in herself, deeper than the river.
She swims against the current, going her own way;
Touching hearts, each and every day.
Her music is silent, it whispers in her soul;
One day she will empty it, making her whole.
The dream is building, time is nearly here;
Nothing is in her way, not even one fear.
Embrace yourself world, get ready to listen;
For when her sound is heard, the universe will glisten.
I write with ‘she’ in mind. Who is she? What can she become? What does she dream about? What hopes are in her heart? What happiness does she bring to others? What if she just lived? What if she became alive, right now, in this moment? What wonders would she bring to this world? “She” may be you, “She”, may be me. Who is she? This next poem is inspired by just that. May the beauty of each day, shine in your soul forever. Much love to you today, Clarabelle
Dreams in her Soul
She writes with love, she writes with light;
Early in the morning, and last thing at night.
She opens her heart, to everyone;
Sharing her secrets, thinking of fun.
A happy soul, she shares it with glee;
Positive thoughts, changing me.
Hope is on the horizon, look up to the sun;
Shadows paint a pathway, over where she has run.
Beauty is in her heartbeat, shining afar;
Smiles last forever, and wherever you are.
She is a miracle, a symbol of life;
Forgotten are her days, of trouble and strife.
Her life has moved on, she dances alive;
Dreams in her soul, love in her heart does thrive.
I am thinking about my happy childhood today, so I decide to take a snapshot memory from one of these true moments and share it with you today. Release the child inside of you, just for a moment, just for today, be that child once more, it feels so loving and carefree. Lots of love, Clarabelle.
My Soul is Free
I am 8 years old, I am playing in the swing park and look up to the pretty red sky on a sweet summers night. I see a million lights sparkling in the distance, like the most precious jewels I have ever seen, they mesmerize me. It feels like I am in a hypnotic state, my heart feels happy, my soul is free, I dream, I visualise my future….
“I’ll be there one day”, I say;
Here, right now, I can be there any moment of any day, for my childlike imagination, can take me there. Whenever I want to go there and without physical travel, I can instantly be there.
Where is there?
There is “Happiness” my friend, Happiness is my home and my heart has always lived there.
It’s almost 4am, I haven’t slept yet, I hear the birds chirping outside, they sound very happy indeed….I have this urge to write, not sure what will come out of my soul at these early hours of the morning but here goes……my heart speaks to you. Much love and light to you today, Clarabelle.
Now…what is now?
Now….what is now? I smile;
Peace, love, openness, for a while.
Moved by hearts, touched with care;
Self-expression, take me there.
And if I go, if my time has come;
I know my journey has helped someone.
They write to me, tell me it all;
The footprints of my friends, walking tall.
For in this moment now, I’m alive inside;
Filled with hope, beaming with pride.
You’re never alone, in this physical space;
I hear your cry, I see your face.
The wonders of the world, mesmerize me;
My mind has stopped thinking, the heart is the key.
So hold onto your hat, as the wind blows your way;
Challenges are a plenty, but tomorrow is not today.
I often feel that when I don’t act with love it puts me out of balance, let me give you an example. Recently I received a message from someone, which I didn’t like the tone of, I waited for a little while before I responded, but still feel I was reacting to the emotion I was feeling rather than responding to the situation. I feel this upset my equilibrium and for the next 36 hours it certainly did. I knew the only way to put myself back into balance, was to see the situation for what it was and not worse than it was. By doing this, I let go of unnecessary frustrations, this then opened up my heart and I instantly apologised for my poor response at that time. What did I learn from this situation? Most definitely, to never fight fire with fire and always to respond with love, this will free you from some unnecessary worry and pain. It’s never too late to respond with love and if you feel you need to do that with someone today, please do so, it will make life for you and the other person involved a whole lot better. Go on, put your life back into balance, what are you waiting for? This next poem is for you. Much love to you today, Clarabelle
Love is Profound
I call out my heart, do you hear my cry?
Where are you now? Don’t pass me by.
I search outside, nothing I find;
Where can it be? I know it’s one of a kind.
Then, in the silence, I discover, glowing from within;
A miracle heartbeat, I take a look in.
I see an extraordinary life, happiness all around;