|Posted on December 3, 2019 at 2:35 AM||comments (12)|
How do you feel about the Festive Period?
I absolutely LOVE Christmas and almost everything about it.
It's the most magical time for me, my girls and my family.
There are a few things which bring anxiety and give that burning sensation rising from my tummy up to my heart.
As a single mummy, I find the financial side a bit of stretch, especially as the clinic I work at closes over Christmas & New Year.
Then the car needs £600 worth of work doing to it and deposits need paying for school trips! Which all comes out of the blue, you know how it goes!
Also, as much as my family all love each other, we are human, and we sometimes argue, especially over how to cook the turkey!
In reality, I have saved up for Christmas all year and look forward to this time.
Here are a few journaling prompts I like to use when I feel my thoughts and anxiety starting to go on a downward spiral.
Writing the answers to these questions, I do one per day, really helps me stay positive and grounded.
Focusing on all the things I love and the things that made me feel good as a child and more recently lift my spirits.
Give them, and a go and I would love to know your thoughts.
Here are 10 Christmas journal prompts to get you started:
What is your favourite Christmas memory as a child?
What's your favourite Christmas movie and why?
When do you decorate your Christmas tree? Do you have tree-decorating traditions?
Do you have Christmas Eve boxes? What's the best gift you have got in them?
Do you open your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? What traditions do you have?
What time do you wake up on Christmas Day? Who wakes up first?
What are your favourite Christmas smells?
How do you spend Christmas day?
Every year we buy a new Christmas Reindeer and give them names such as Ralph the Reindeer, Lorraine Deer, Twiggy... Do you have an ornament collection or tradition?
Do you dress up or dress casually for Christmas lunch/dinner? What do you love to wear?
Please comment below with your feel-good journaling prompts and share your answers! Sharing is caring!
|Posted on August 12, 2019 at 6:55 AM||comments (1)|
"Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day & the rest will fall into place" - Unknown.
On Sunday evenings, I sit and set my intentions for the week ahead, as part of my self-care routine.
First of all, I do this by taking 10/15 minutes to go within and meditate to calm and clear the mind.
Then I ask myself:
How will I look after my body? (e.g. nourishing foods, yoga, water).
How often will I connect to my source? (Meditation, journaling, affirmations).
How will I best serve my family, clients, team & the world? (e.g. positivity, inspiration, compassion).
How will I practise self-care? (e.g. Reiki, EFT, essential oils).
How will I set clear energetic boundaries and maintain them?
How will I spread my positive vibes out to the world? (e.g. clear communication & consistency).
How will I take positive steps to expand my business every single day? (e.g. social media, email marketing, asking for referrals, events, networking).
I then plan everything out in my Carrie & Co. planner.
I'm a very visual person, and I love to see everything laid out in front of me.
Setting the intention & dedicating time to each practice helps me complete them.
Let me know one intention you are going to set today to focus on this week?
|Posted on July 31, 2019 at 9:05 AM||comments (2)|
"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
I love this quote by Albert Einstein.
As an introvert I have always enjoyed solitude.
People are often amazed when I say I’m an introvert as they say I’m confident or a social butterfly.
I think confidence and introversion are different things.
When I was little I used to get so anxious before going to parties; I used to sit and cry on the couch, clutching the gift.
I still feel painfully anxious when I walk into places on my own nowadays.
Yes, once I get going I can talk to anyone!
I struggle in large crowds of people, and I feel the need to “recharge” by being alone for a while afterwards.
I think this is why I love getting up early in the morning, it’s so quiet and peaceful and I can meditate and get on with my personal development.
Are you an introvert or extrovert or a bit of both?
|Posted on July 31, 2019 at 8:55 AM||comments (2)|
Because of my past, I thought I had to do everything myself to prove I was some Superwoman (or actually to show I wasn't who other people said I was).
I was afraid to ask for help; I saw it as a sign of weakness.
I had massive fear I would be judged; For someone with low-self esteem already, its paralysing.
I wasted so much time sitting at home, alone, crying because I was too scared to admit I didn't know what I was doing or where I was going.
The truth is, I don't want to be Superwoman!
I want to be the best version of me!
At first, it was uncomfortable to ask for help.
Then it got to the point where I had to the benefits office and beg for help to feed my babies and put a roof over our heads (which took months to go through).
When you have nothing, and at rock bottom, pride flies out the window!
I think the lowest point was having to ask the next-door neighbour for their leftovers so I could feed the kids.
But this was a great life lesson for me.
It's ok to ask for help! Thank goodness I swallowed my pride!
I'm so grateful for the help getting me back on my feet.
I went to the doctor; he offered me antidepressants (which I refused) and counselling. I was assigned an Outreach Worker and was enrolled in the Freedom Program.
The police put a marker on my home.
This support made me feel so much more positive, confident and safe.
Sometime later, after EFT & Reiki came into my life, I got a job and restarted my career.
In my professional life, shortly after I started my business, I joined the Female Entrepreneur Association. It's the best decision I ever made.
Inside that group, it's a safe, non-judgmental platform where it's ok to ask for help.
In fact, they actively encourage you to ask for help.
In asking for help, I have grown massively as a person (personally and professionally over the last 2.5 years, possibly more than the past ten).
I am a better mother, leader and student.
My goal nowadays is to ask for help as much as is humanly possible but also to encourage others to do the same.
Asking for help has allowed me to feel free to live my life once more while staying calm and confident, so please feel free to ask me to show you how to do the same.
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