Writing for healing and closure

In the last workshop I held we focused a lot of writing to heal and gain a sense of closure. If you’ve been on the blog before by now you know I’m an advocate for writing and journaling and that I love the work that I do. So, it was great to have a bunch of women who already knew the value in writing down the things they carried within. One particular woman was struggling with letting go someone who had died. Harsh words were spoken prior to the death of this family member many years earlier, and even though she tried to let it go, the feeling of guilt and shame plagued her. The things she said haunted her because the words spoken in anger at the time, were fighting words, word used to ‘win’ an argument and they did not really reflect how she truly felt about the person. Shortly…

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Making me time non negotiable

When’s the last time you did something just for you? Can you recall without thinking too hard about it? I’ve been thinking a lot about how we sometimes fail to make time for ourselves. We’re often so busy running through life, ticking things off our to-do lists, making time and space for everything and everyone and we forget to most important person of all. Ourselves. I’ve been there. Scratch that, I’m still there. I’m recovering from self neglect because I realize that there will always be a dream to chase or some project to catch up on, but if I’m burnt-out, tired and not healthy of taking care of myself, I may not live to realize my dreams or reach my goals and if I do, I probably wouldn’t be able to enjoy them.  One of my resolutions for 2015 is to take better care of myself. Not just my…

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What chains hold you?

Good morning folks. Happy Monday. I’m a quote junkie. I use the God’s Word and other wise sayings to build up my personal repository of confidence and boldness. I’ve been busier than usual thanks to my entrepreneurship and branding workshop, Start Me Up Weekend. At Start Me Up Weekend I work with entrepreneurs to get their business and brand going in a weekend. It’s an intensive all day Saturday and Sunday affair and you can learn more about it here. I’ve you’ve been on the blog for a while you know that I’m all about encouraging women to become the best versions of themselves. I’m an advocate for entrepreneurship and I’m purposeful about empowering women. So when I do my workshops, I’m not just focusing on the standard business areas such as marketing or content, for example, but I work with women to address limiting mindsets, deal with the imposter syndrome and…

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Dealing with negativity and the internal critic

Let’s face it – there are times when the criticisms and opinions of others can lower the opinion we have of ourselves. I think even the most confident among us will agree that somethings, not everything, will touch a nerve in us. But what happens when we are forced to endure extended periods of negativity? Speaking from my personal experience, I can honestly say that it can creep my consciousness and lower the image and perception I have of myself. Perhaps it’s the same way with you. In the last couple of years I’ve become a fan of the concept of pruning. To me, pruning is the process of shedding the things, relationships, thoughts and attitudes that fail to serve a higher purpose in my life. When faced with negativity, I get into pruning mode and disengage from the source of negativity. As I get older, I realize my first responsibility is to myself. My desire to…

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Talking to your emotions

Emotions are a  powerful driving force. Without them we could not have varying experiences and feel the highs and lows of life. Emotions are a normal part of our being and add an interesting dimension to life. Emotions are also the cause for much of the chaos and drama we experience. Many struggle with dealing with their emotions opting to cover them up, deny them and even suppress them. This ultimately affects every area of their lives. If you truly want to live a harmonious and joyful life, at some point you will need to address your emotions. What many of us fail to realize is that emotions are real things. The word emotion means energy in motion. Emotions become real the second you create them. Where most people go wrong is they suppress them because they feel no right to have those feelings on an unconscious level. So then they bury these feelings…

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