Emotional Intelligence in Personal Leadership

No matter who you are, we are all confronted by not only our own emotions but the emotions of everyone around us.

This is where Emotional Intelligence comes in but what is EI?

  • EI is our capability as individuals to recognize our own emotions and the emotions of others.
  • It is being able to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately
  • It is about our ability to use emotional information to guide our thinking and our behaviour.
  • It is also about how we manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or to achieve our goal.

How you as an individual manage these emotions has a significant impact on how other people perceive you, and more importantly how effective you are in your Personal and Professional life in getting things done.

When you work on your emotional intelligence, you can become better equipped to respond to stressful situations around you with a higher level of maturity.

Research by renowned researchers John Mayer, Peter Salovey, and Konstantin Vasily Peterides discovered people who have high emotional intelligence tend to become better leaders and are excellent in everything they set out to accomplish. 

The first person to use the term emotional intelligence was Wayne Payne in his doctoral thesis, A Study of Emotion: Developing Emotional Intelligence.

In his thesis, Payne compared IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence) and determined that EQ was superior because it covers a wide range of capabilities and aspects of our behaviour.

I’m sure you relate to that. How many people do you know that are super intelligent yet unable to stand in their own space?

Studying and developing your emotional intelligence will help you to understand the source and impact of your own emotions better.

It is important to develop your EQ or EI (Emotional Intelligence) because it helps to strengthen your self-awareness. Understanding your EQ will also provide you with the opportunity to understand other peoples behaviour and the underlying reasons why they act the way they do.

Developing your EQ is a skill, that can be learnt.

THE TRAITS OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

People with a High EQ are emotionally smart people, they are self-confident, self-aware, creative, and energetic. They are also much more capable of handling stress and knowing how to get along with others. They have a more optimistic approach to their life and don’t fear change.

Emotionally Intelligent people are the people who are successful in both their Personal and Professional Lives. 

So you can see why developing and strengthening your Emotional Intelligence is so important to allow you to move on in your life and to build your Personal Leadership skills

Here is one practice that you can develop to Increase your Emotional Intelligence and one thing that can prevent misunderstanding and enhance your Leadership Skills

Think about how you communicate

Your Non-Verbal Communication is the first form of communication to consider it is often underestimated and underrated. It has a tremendous impact on your emotional intelligence because it reinforces what you are expressing to the other person.

It is possible to convey an emotion or respond to a conversation without saying a single word. Your body language says something about your feelings. The way you position yourself in a room, your gestures, your voice, and your posture reveal your attitude to the people around you. 

Awareness Exercise: How do you carry yourself in meetings, where do you sit or stand how do you sit or stand. Make it a practice to people watch and see what their body language says about them.

Consider a time when you were trying to speak to someone and they continuously looked over your shoulder. How did that make you feel?

Verbal communication is the form of self-expression we use the most. We react to situations around us and communicate our emotions through the words that we speak. If you want others to understand you, then you need to ensure that your verbal communication patterns are clear.

One of the easiest ways that you can develop clear speaking patterns is by speaking more thoughtfully. The more thoughtful you become, the more measured your responses will be, and people will respect you for that.

Listening helps you to communicate better

Listening is a vital Personal Leadership skill that enables you to interpret and respond to conversations. When you don’t develop your listening skills, messages can be easily misunderstood, which can make communication breakdown and the person you are conversing with to become very frustrated.

How do you do that?

Make it a practice to really listen to what someone is saying to you, notice if you are thinking about what you are going to say, are you getting ready to jump in with advice. Are you lining up a similar situation that happened to you so you can tell them about it as soon as they stop for breath?

Give people your full attention and use the words that they use to clarify that you understand what they are relating to you

Considering that adding excellent listening skills to your Personal Leadership skills can enhance your productivity, boost customer satisfaction, and increase the sharing of relevant information, it is crucial that you make a substantial effort to learn this skill.

Please share any Insights below if any, I’d love to know:

What did you notice about your listening skills, Did you find yourself drifting, did you practice repeating back what was said. Did you learn anything about yourself?

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Your Immune System and Acupuncture

Your Immune System and Chinese Medicine

We all know that when we get run down our immune system can become compromised and leave us open to catching all kinds of flues and colds.

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds the same view but rather than allowing illness to take hold In Chinese Medicine, we look at preventative measures we can take to strengthen our immune system or as it is known in TCM our Wei Qi”

So What exactly is Wei Qi?

Wei Qi provides an “immune system-like” barrier that protects your body from harmful pathogenic factors that can cause illness and disease. When we are exposed to bad air, germs, and viruses, your first line of defence, according to Chinese medicine is your Wei Qi barrier.

Over time, your immune system (Wei Qi) can become weak and unbalanced this might be due to a few things: wrong foods, emotional stress such as grief, sadness, your inherited constitution, smoking, and pollution.

When your Wei Qi is down, you become prone to allergies, asthma, colds and even skin problems.

To sum it up, your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Wei Qi that flows within your meridian channels.

What you can do to help yourself

Eat well, cut out sugar and processed foods, exercise, get a good nights sleep

You can also use these two Acupressure Points to strengthen your immune system 

Here are two common acupuncture points to support your health in the lead up to winter. These points are located on both feet.

Rubbing these acupuncture points with your finger for 30 – 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body. Don’t worry about locating the exact spot stimulating the area around the points will stimulate your Kidney Qi.

Kidney 6 and Kidney 7 acupressure points

Kidney 6 – ‘Shining Sea’ This point is directly below the inside ankle bone. It is useful for a sore throat, calming your mind, insomnia, frequent urination, irregular menstruation, cramps of feet and hands.

Kidney 6 and Kidney 7 meridian points

Kidney 7 –Fuliu, Returning Current (Recover Flow)This point is located about two inches above your inside ankle bone and on the border of your Achilles tendon. This is a useful point for Tonifying your kidney energy, oedema, night sweating, diarrhoea, dry mouth, low back pain.

 

 

Book and Acupuncture appointment

Why not book an appointment to strengthen your Immune System ‘Wei Qi’

You don’t have to wait until your Immune System (Wei Qi) has become weak and unbalanced.

The very premise of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is preventative.

When we allow our Wei Qi to go down, we leave ourselves open to allergies, asthma, colds and even skin problems.

Your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Wei Qi that flows within your meridian channels.

To book your appointment 086 8381017

 

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7 Simple Tactics to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Are your New Years Resolutions Fizzling out with the New Year Sparklers

Every January, about 40% of us vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. There are the usual favourites:

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but then 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve and they all fizzle out with the sparklers.

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Define your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

One way to keep everything in check is to make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you measure your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more.  Your subconscious loves success. So, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, and succeeding is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Have a positive mindset remember you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym with you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a group of like minded people where you would know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find a Lifestyle Coach

 If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers to keep you motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 Do you know that there is an actual science behind VB’s and that we have an information filtering system in our brains known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and that Vision Boards serve the role of programming our RAS to tune into the things that help us move closer towards our intentions.

There is a craft to creating a Vision Board that works A bad Vision Board can work against your RAS and leave you with a Vision Board that is just a load of pretty pictures and moves you further away from your intentions.  If you would like to know more about Vision Boards what not join me on my Next Vision Board Workshop You can contact me here.

A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly.

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

 

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7 Simple Tactics to Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, about 40% of us will vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. This tradition  rears its head every New Year when we resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior,  accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve our life

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but the 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Know What  Motivations you 

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

 Make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you evaluate your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Having a positive mindset you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find some to be in your corner 

If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers who keep us motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly, place it where you will see it daily. YOu can learn more about Vision Boards here

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

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How Persistent are you?

How persistent are you when you meet a challenge?

Are you persistent enough to get things done?

What is Persistence?

The dictionary describes persistence as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition” but here are a few other ways of describing persistence. 

Persistence is; your ability of continuously moving forward no matter what you might be feeling,

Persistence is; when you push past the point where you feel like you want to give up, throw your hands up in the air, surrender and quit altogether.

Persistence is; a combination of your desire and your willpower, your urge to get there, no matter what happens.

Being persistent is; having determination. Just like the waves wearing down a rock a litle at a time.

If you want to see persistence in action, watch any young child and how persistent they can be when they want something. The child never falters they will try every angle of persuasion until they get what they want, it’s pretty difficult to resist them.

Can you find your persistent child?

It might just be some fun to tap into your Inner Persistent Child and see how persistent you are when you want to be.

Close your eyes for a moment and think about a time when you were really persistent when would not give in until you got what you wanted.

How did it feel when you got what you wanted? Really feel the sense of achievement and all the other feeling you felt. 

Now imagine how your life is going to be if you can tap into that persistence whenever you want.

Are you persistent enough to achieve your goals?

Are you persistent enough to DO, BE and HAVE all the things that you want in your life?

 

Whether we admit it or not, there are times when we are ready to throw in the towel on a project and it takes courage to choose to carry on, until we reach our goal.

Being persistent comes from having a vision of your future and having a  burning desire to make your vision happen. Being persistent pushes you to give everything you’ve got until you make the impossible possible.

TIP: When you feel like you want to throw in the towel, look for that one next step you can take and begin with that one task, that first step, things might move slowly but stick in there, this is where you will find out how persistent you are. You can accomplish each small step and move on to the next step and the next, all you need to do is hold onto to your resolve and persist.

Every step you accomplish will build your confidence and you will move forward building each step on top of the next, and as you go through this process of building you also build your persistent levels.

When you have reached your lowest low and everything seems to go against you, keep your eye on your target. Dig your heels in and stay persistent, think of the persistent child, stand your ground and meet your challenges.

Believe me, we will all have many challenges and setbacks in this life and there is no way that we can avoid that.  But you can help yourself by building your persistence as you move forward and achieve your goals.

I’m here to help

Wisdom over Information 

Mary

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Slow your ageing 5 key Tips

Slow your Ageing process With these 5 Key Tips

Ageing is inevitable. No matter how hard you try, it will catch up with you eventuality, but that does not mean that you have to sit back and let it prematurely take your youth away.

No, there are things you can do starting right now to slow down your ageing process, and maintain your youthful looks and vigour well into an age nobody will be able to guess!

These tips are extremely simple- there’s no magic pill here. Read on to find out the five keys tips you should be doing:

Sleep More

Sleeping is one of life’s simple pleasures, and something that should come naturally to everyone. However, more than half of the adult population is chronically sleep deprived, in the sense that they get less than the recommended 8-9 hours nightly, for many days running.

Sleep is the one thing that everyone has going for them.

Sleep is the hit reset button for your body.

During sleep, repair ensues, so that proteins in skin are fixed, hormone production is ramped up, and the process of rebuilding in general. Chronic sleep deficiency inhibits the ability of the body to fix structural defects, including those already programmed in our DNA, which can accelerate greying of hair, wrinkling of skin and deterioration of organs

Get Your Veggies

Eat lots of vegetables. It doesn’t really matter which, but include a variety of different ones, as each bring something different to the table. Most vegetables are extremely low calories, making them perfect for bulk at mealtimes, as you can eat a lot, and not get a lot of calories. In addition, vegetables are full of fibre, which keep intestinal and colon health on point, as well as tons of anti-oxidants, vitamin and minerals, which fend off free radicals and compounds that damage DNA and promote ageing.

Let go of your Bad Recreational Hobbies

Sure, watching TV late into the night is a bad hobby, and it is damaging, but it is not bad in the sense we are referring to.

The ways we are talking about, relate to drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Excessive alcohol consumption places undue stress on your liver whose primary job is to remove toxins from your body. Undue stress on your liver, in some cases, results in your Liver being unable to do its job. The end result is that this accumulation of toxins in your body is bad for your health, and kick starts and accelerates your ageing process.

Smoking, on the other hand is worse in many aspects. With negative effects ranging from your lungs, to blood vessels and more, smoking can age you 25 years in just 5 years.

Smoking stops nutrients from being delivered to your body and your skin suffers. Smoking encourages ageing and wrinkles at a much younger age far than it should, and it goes without saying here that you increase your risk of dying from complications of the lung.

Stay Happy

We don’t expect you to be euphoric all day long, but being happy has proven benefits over being sad, or pouty. This can be explained by endorphins, which are feel good chemicals produced in the brain that boost mood, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and reduce stress levels as well.

Practicing mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to develop your appreciation of the little things in life, and improve your happiness and outlook. Frowning just speeds up development of wrinkles and fine lines! So practice being happy!

Weight Train

A little jogging or cycling is good during any point of life, for cardio vascular health  but in order to diminish the effects of ageing, weight training is a must. Not only does muscle help you fill out your clothing, but it can also help prevent skin from sagging, wrinkling, or your posture from stooping.

Nothing screams old like a hunched back and sagging skin, but luckily, weight lifting can delay this for years to come, not only that, but your overall mobility will be kept in check, your bone density will stabilise and you will look great, so do some weight bearing exercises!


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How to make the most of your Acupuncture treatment

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Acupuncture can produce faster results than common medications, depending upon your condition.

You can get the most out of your Acupuncture Treatment and commit to healing.

Here are some tips to help you get the most from your Acupuncture Treatments.

BEFORE YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • Keep an open mind. Positive energy speeds up any healing process
  • Refrain from alcohol and drugs (unless they are prescribed) for at least 12 hours before your session.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes for comfort. Make sure your clothing can be rolled up so that all of the necessary acupuncture points, ankles, knees, belly and arms can be easily reached
  • Eat a light meal or snack, you don’t want to be starving but you also do not want to be overly full. Avoid greasy, heavy foods that could upset your stomach.

DURING YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • You will be asked for a comprehensive health history. Your personalized treatment plan will come from your answers.
  • Some questions may seem irrelevant to your current condition, but keep in mind acupuncture is a holistic practice and deals with all aspects of your Body, Mind, and Spirit.
  • Be sure to let me know about any other treatment you are currently receiving and any medications you are taking.
  • Answer any questions honestly and completely. Don’t shortchange yourself by using answers you think the acupuncturist wants to hear or omitting bad habits.  
  • Ask whatever questions you need so that you feel confident and well-informed
  • Once the needles are set, take the time to truly relax. I will take you through a  quick body scan starting at your feet and moving up to your shoulders and head to give you an opportunity to experience total relaxation to make sure your body remembers what it feels like to be completely relaxed.

AFTER YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • To get the most from your treatment I recommend that for the rest of the day after your acupuncture treatment, that you avoid alcohol, stressful situations, caffeine, strenuous exercise, and heavy or spicy meals,
    It’s fine to go to work, school, or other activities following treatment, but avoid overexerting yourself.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and caffeine within a few hours of your treatment.
  • You may feel tired after your session, so take it easy drink plenty of water and stay at a comfortable temperature
  • Be realistic: There is no such thing as an instant cure it may take several sessions and some lifestyle changes
  • After each of your treatments take some time to yourself to reflect, take notes on how you feel, bring them to your next acupuncture session so any necessary adjustments can be made, at your next treatment.
  • If you are extremely drowsy you must rest. 

If you have any questions about your Acupuncture treatment that have not been answered here please feel free to call me on 086 8381017

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My Vision Board Story

Oprah says that Vision Boards have changed her life.

Well, Oprah and I have something in common. A Vision Board changed my life, too.

No, it doesn’t mean I got my own TV show and magazine! But that’s not what Vision Boards are all about. They’re about creating your own authentic outcomes in your own ideal life.

For instance, when I made my first Vision Board... I felt it was a nice exercise in day dreaming and childlike in cutting and pasting but as I got into it I began to build an image of what I wanted to do in/with my life.

In fact when I found myself redundant, it was a Vision Board that allowed me to re-invent myself, knowing what I wanted was a huge help in getting me over a very bad time, a time when I felt I had no idea where I was going, My Vision Board helped me to get clear on what ‘I’ wanted for the first time in my life.

At the time I didn’t believe anything on my board was going to happen but even with my scepticism it all manifested even down to a sneaky vision I pasted on for someone special in my life, I’ll tell you about that at the workshop  (they got what they wanted too!!)

In 2011 I facilitated a Vision Board workshop as part of a “Explore Holistic Practices” series of wokshops and a few months ago I got this comment from one of the participants

“I am moving to my new home and I found my vision board in the back of the wardrobe, and guess what ?, everything on it has manifested except for one thing and I’m working on that! I rang my friend who was with me on the course and she checked hers and said the same thing, her Vision Board had all manifested too”

So what about you? Would you like to see how a Vision Board will change your life? (Especially when you give it the true clarity you deserve?)

Check out the dates of my next  CREATE YOUR LIFE VISION-BOARD WORKSHOP. It’s a full-day immersion for you to focus on your authentic life, core clarity and ideal outcomes.

Due to the deep nature of the work, there are only 10 spaces available. Would you like to create your dream life?

Let’s do this.

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How well do you maintain balance in your life?

A little bit of fun to see how you are looking after yourself 

overwhelmed, anxiety,sleep,

If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like you are balancing plates in a three-ring circus.Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling your personal needs and wants.

Circle either True or False

True or False    1.  I  successfully manage my life and take care of myself physically and emotionally.

True or False         2. I Nurture myself to enlarge my capacity to help others.

True or False        3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

True or False        4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

True or False       5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.

True or False      6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledging, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

True or False    7. I set aside creative time to nurture me.  I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.

True or False   8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

True or False   9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.

True or False   10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

True or False  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity, so I stop and take care of myself.

True or False  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

True or False  13. I listen to and honour the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

True or False  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

True or False  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

True or False   16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can make some changes to these areas in your life.

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Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

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 If you find you are becoming forgetful it can often mean that your mind is elsewhere, most likely stressing about things that just might not happen

Your memory is important at any age. You can start minding your mind by incorporating these healthy habits into your life. It is never too early to cultivate a strong memory that will stay with you for years to come.

1. Don’t forget about physical exercise

Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth.

2. Make sure you’re sleeping

Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure your brain and memory are in tip-top shape on a daily basis. To get the most out of your sleep, aim for 7.5-9 hours every night. Make sure to shut off the electronics at least an hour before bed to help the mind shut off as well. Try to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake earlier in the day. Both can result in a shallow sleep. For more help on sleeping go Here

3. Keep your brain stimulated

Research has shown that keeping mental stimulation as we age is very important for lowering the risk of dementia. Stay social, interact with others, learn new skills, play mind-exercise games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Interacting with others and continuing to learn is vital for keeping the brain healthy at any age.

4. Be aware of your stress

Chronic stress can not only make someone miserable, but also cause serious long term effects. Stress over time has been shown to destroy brain cells and damage the area of the brain that creates new memories and recalls past ones. To avoid memory loss, minimize your stress. Don’t take on too many tasks if they overwhelm you, sometimes it is ok to say no. Make sure you have outlets to relieve stress whether it is physical exercise or talking with someone about your frustrations.

5. Don’t forget about your superfoods

Certain superfoods have shown to be significant in preventing memory loss. Make sure to get your fruit and vegetable servings in, many are filled with antioxidants that help protect your brain cells. Eat more foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna and foods cooked with olive oil. Green tea is another option that has powerful antioxidants to protect from brain damage.

Your memory is important at any age. Its never too soon to start incorporating healthy habits and keep a strong memory for years to come.

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