Month: October 2015

Signs

Signs

I’m starting this blog today smiling. Every Monday I look for inspiration, or I reflect on my previous week, and see what I would like to write about. I have been thinking about signs recently, and today’s blog image popped up in front of my face! 🙂 It was a sign! haha

My way of viewing the world, myself, people, and events is quite eclectic.

I believe in myself, the good of other people, and the world is full of possibilities.

I wear my CBT hat 37.5 hours a week, and my thinking is heavily based in common sense.

AND… I have been known to believe in intuition, fate, manifestation and signs from the universe 🙂

Two films come to mind writing about this: Sliding Doors and Serendipity. If you like this topic definitely give them a watch!

Focusing on signs from the universe, I believe we can receive extra information which can give us clues or recommendations about current events or upcoming decisions. Some may be subtle, some may be more obvious. It is up to us whether we use this information or not.

signsIn Sex and The City, Miranda was not sure Steve was “the one”, she was confused in a relationship with someone else; she loved him but she needed some clarity, and then this happened…

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…they ended up getting married.

This is a good example to illustrate how signs can help us, and fictional characters 🙂

Personally, I have experience of being at a crossroads in my life and receiving a sign:

I needed to choose whether to prioritise my career at the time. I was sitting in a cafe, and I decided if I was offered an interview for a job I recently applied for I would say no. ***My phone rang!***  I was informed I had been selected for an interview, and I said yes straight away! I knew then, that even though I had weighed evidence for & against the decision & concluded otherwise, going for the interview was the right thing to do.

A new chapter started when I got the job!

Everything is open to interpretation; what someone may call a coincidence, may have significant meaning for you, or vice-versa.

Everyday signs:

  • You haven’t spoken to a friend for a while; a song comes on the radio that reminds you of them – sign to get in touch?
  • You’re wondering what to have for lunch; your colleague says they are off to the new deli down the road – sign to try it out?
  • You’re wanting to ask someone out; you’re hesitating, but you see a sign saying “Just Do It” – sign to ask them out?
  • You’re thinking of going on holiday; you hear someone talking about Australia, you see some photos of Australia, and you read a fun article about Australia – sign to go to Oz?
  • You’re considering starting a new venture; someone you have never met starts chatting to you on a train, and shares their story of successfully setting up their own business – sign for you to give it a go?
  • You’re in the process of making a decision; you read a blog post all about signs – sign to make that decision?

Some signs may be warning signs to trigger you to be aware, to highlight something is not right or to take some action. Tune into your gut feeling, and consider your options.

When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities. This is when the magic begins.
~ Deepak Chopra

If you are open to receiving signs, then ask for one and see what happens…

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Take care,

N

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Positivity

Positivity

Positive vibes on the blog today 🙂 It’s a new week, with fresh opportunities. In the words of Ellie Goulding: anything could happen!

I was inspired from a young age to embrace positivity, to see good in people, and to believe anything is possible. My dad knows no limits, and my mum believes there is a gift behind every challenge – perhaps positivity is in my genes!

What is positivity?

To me, it is a way of thinking and approaching life that can improve the way you feel emotionally and inform decisions you make.

For example:

  • Starting each day with an optimistic outlook.
  • Seeing the positives in situations, rather than the negatives.
  • Thinking a mixture of positive and balanced thoughts.
  • Knowing if you are faced with a problem, it can be overcome.
  • Being willing to try new things, believing it could work out well.
  • Being hopeful for the future.
  • Reflecting on lessons learned from challenges experienced.

Importantly, all of the above are then complemented by positive action, including problem-solving, planning for the future, putting learning into action, and making changes.

True or False?

Positivity is blind optimism

What is positivity NOT?

  • Blind optimism
  • An answer to everything
  • A replacement for action
  • A cure for common mental health problems

In essence, positivity comes from hope.

If you are negative, you often believe there is no point… going to that social event, trying to fix that problem, aiming for that goal. There is no hope for me. There is no point. Full stop.

Hope and positivity inspire you to believe there is EVERY point – give it a go!

anythingispossibleBe hopeful & take care,

N

F.E.A.R

F.E.A.R

F.E.A.R has two meanings:
Forget Everything And Run
or
Face Everything And Rise
The choice is yours
~Zig Ziglar
Fear. A small word with a lot of meaning.
Fear is predominantly associated with anxiety, stopping us doing things, leading us to avoid things, and generally making us shake in our boots! Literally…
We experience a heap of physical sensations when we are fearful of something: heart racing, tight chest, shortness of breath, dizziness – the list could go on.
The physiological reason for these symptoms is our in-built adrenaline boosting fight-or-flight response, designed to help us protect ourselves in life-threatening situations.
Linked to the quote above – the forget everything and run response!

In the 21st century, this response can be triggered by all sorts of situations, and circumstances, including:
  • Supermarkets
  • Interviews
  • First dates
  • Social events
  • Moving house
  • Starting a new job
  • Life decisions

Running or fleeing from these situations is great in the short-term – “Phew! What a relief!” – BUT once you get into a habit of running away or avoiding situations, it can be very hard to stop. Not so great, right?

The recommended approach to overcoming your fears is to overturn your habit of avoidance and expose* yourself to your feared situation; basically, you need to face it. It takes guts to do this, and it will be uncomfortable but it is worth it to reduce your anxiety.

*Learn more


What stood out for me with the Zig’s quote is the idea that you could rise from fear…

You could be:

  • Confident
  • Successful
  • Victorious
  • Triumphant

So, if you can…

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

~Susan Jeffers

The choice is yours.

Take care,

N

Sibling love

Sibling love

Today I would like to celebrate siblings 🙂

I am lucky to be a sister, and a step-sister.

It makes me sad when I hear about siblings not getting on, falling out, and generally not appreciating each other. Every family has their quirks and differences of opinion. I recognise some situations are complicated, and can only be understood by the people involved. However, when it boils down to it – you are peas from the same pod! Your pod may only have two of you in, or it can have up 69 (official world record)…

Wow, imagine having 68 siblings!

Being a sister has made me more loving, grateful, and happy than (I believe) I would have been otherwise without such a meaningful relationship.

Sibling celebration and inspiration…

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In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips

~Author Unknown

Sibling quote

When mum and dad don’t understand, a sibling always will

~Author Unknown

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Siblings share childhood memories and grown-up dreams

~Author Unknown

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Siblings make the best friends

~Author Unknown

Take care,

N