I love encouraging and uplifting others to be the very best version of themselves and to go after the life they envision with confidence.
A believer that faith conquers all; I love sharing stories from my personal journey to demonstrate how faith, positive action and and a positive outlook can shape our successes.
I hope you are encouraged by what you read and can find inspiration from the stories shared; to believe in the impossible and take positive action to achieve it.
Love Camille x
I love writing and am always drawn back to it, after long spells of avoidable procrastination. Which usual starts with me developing a complex about my writing style. My doubts are not necessarily about whether I’m a good writer, they tend to border on how I come across to others. Is my writing too formal or casual? is there a point to it and how much can I get away with!
Never one to colour in the lines, unless I was too young to know about it or have a say; I’m all about the authentic person. No matter how mad hatter you are. And so thinking about practising what I preach and encourage others to do and be. I’m gonna get back to my love of writing.
If you haven’t already switched off, the take away from this post is… I’m gonna do what I love, how I want, and hopefully bring others with me. All the ridiculous self doubt and time spent analysing something I and I alone have total control of is simply a waste of time.
Do what you love people and the rest will take care of itself (literally)
A new baby and the uneventful adventures of late-night feeds, led to the binge-watching of Reese Witherspoon’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and its gripping, intertwining storylines. It was so good, my husband finished watching the series before me, which never happens in my household.
Without divulging a single spoiler, and after processing the ending: one profound thought channelled through: “It is important to be kind to others, however, the act of kindness should never be borne out of the need to satisfy one’s ego or re-affirm a position of power”
This further led to me reflecting on the rise of social media, entrepreneurship and the desire to be wealthy. True kindness in the rat race of modern society can seem far fetched as everyone focuses primarily on “making it” personally or professionally.
Yes, collaboration and the sharing of ideas exist, but so too does the need to secure what is “mine”. However the same law of kindness applies personally or professionally, and it is healthy to have some element of altruism, whilst we chase our dreams.
It’s being amazing that throughout this pandemic, communities and individuals have pulled together to help each other and the intrinsic value of kindness has been restored. And I hope this continues long after this crisis.
Kindness about giving to receive or doing good to elevate our status. Kindness when selfless and humbly extended, uplifts the receiver and not the giver, creating a chain of positive actions that makes the world a better place.
It is amazing how a profound revelation in relation to our own indifference, can just waltz into our being at the least eventful moment, challenging our well thought out version of ourselves. A bit of a mouthful I know, but in sharing this reflection, I wanted to take care to accentuate the power of these profound moments in words and how much we need them to help us live in love without prejudice.
Years ago, when the bus was my car, I used to observe this one particular lady and her three kids getting on or off the bus on my way to work. For whatever reason, there was constantly an issue with her oyster card. It then always seemed like the children were at odds with each other and the mother equally at odds with the children. This made for an interesting bus journey but I tell you what; I immediately judged her and her children.
Then over time, I saw her and the kids together less. I observed a shift. The company she kept seemed questionable. Her appearance became more dishevelled and the hustle became key. As my eyes opened to the situation, my judgement grew.
Finally, I no longer saw her with the kids. I saw her alone, homeless on the street. And my viewpoint was dim. Full judgement applied: I criticise her being, her loss, her faults and what I presumed to know of her. As a mother, my heart went out to the kids, but not her. I would not offer kindness.
Then recently I sat in my car, taking in my surroundings and as I looked up; I met a flash of lady’s face draping across my memory. And then it came to me; that much needed profound realisation. I had no right to judge her and never once in judging her did I pray for her.
Because we presume to know a person, and by this definition cast judgement on them, does not mean we get to forever label, treat indifferently or regard them as unworthy. For we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It is shamefully to have judged her but was so easily done. As I sat in my car, I felt a deep sadness at my lack of empathy and kindness.
As people of faith, we fall so short at times in our endeavour to be like Christ. Fortunate for us, He is a big forgiver of sins. So I sought His forgiveness and I prayed over that lady and her kids, as its never too late to pray or correct a wrong. Even if I never see her again, I know my prayer has power and God can do more than I can.
Where has your judgement led you astray or blinded your love and gracious towards others? if so, how can you take positive steps to change this, now or in the future?
Actions you may consider:
Pray for the person or situation
Offer up a kind gesture
Clear the air in a positive environment
Commit to reflecting on and paying attention to your thoughts and how they affect your actions.
When you have a new idea or desire to make a change in your life, it can be pretty daunting. Especially if you are daring to be bolder than you have ever been. You may have the urge to seek out a friend; to sound out your thoughts or help you gauge whether your idea is way off base or aligns with your vision. The core of who you are and what you want to achieve.
From personal experience, this can be quite powerful. We are at our best when we allow others (the right people) to be a part of our journey. However; who we choose to lean on and when we choose to lean on them should be factored in before there is any leaning.
I say this because often there is a vulnerability or element of fear intertwined with bold decisions to implement or seek change.
Give your idea or boldness to change an opportunity to survive by adapting good sharing habits and fundamentally knowing and being confident in your ability to make good decisions; knowing what’s right for you.
And though we may convince ourselves that “we just want to gauge where we’re at” subconsciously there are times when what is ultimately being sought is validation and not valuable insight. And seeking validation from the wrong person at the wrong time can kill your idea in an instant.
This way when you do approach someone for valuable insight, you are clear in your own mind that you are not seeking validation or permission. You are purely giving voice to your plan, with openness to being challenged positively or discovering valuable gems that could help you along the way.
How can you do this? here are some helpful tips:
Ask yourself what do I want to achieve by sharing my thoughts with this person?
What makes this person, the ideal individual to connect with?
Is the right time? (timing is so important, both in terms of where you’re at and where that person your trusting is at)
How am I likely to feel after speaking to this individual?
Lastly but more importantly if you are a person of faith, Why not try asking God. Recently I wanted to find a good Accountant. I prayed about it and God’s reply was for me to ask a friend. I had no idea if this friend even knew an accountant, but it turned out he did!
I pray this week: that your vision will flourish and those you choose to share it with, will add nuggets of wisdom and hope.
It’s the start of another week, but really the continuation of the journey you’ve been on, and another opportunity to shine. So my wish is that this week is filled with little moments that remind you, just how valuable you are and that nothing is wasted. The joyful or challenging moments are adding to the amazing story you’ll come to share and evidence in your life.
I can say this because it’s been a challenging time recently with the addition of a new baby. In truth, there are days when I wonder if this beautiful gift is the end of my desire to be a fully-fledged entrepreneur. Especially as you then tend to feel older and for some reason consumed with the idea that time is running out.
But what a load of crockery! Have you ever owed a cupboard full of plates that you’re convinced you’ll use one day despite the fact that there are only 4 of you in the house? The feeling; that your running out of time is a lie, just like that cupboard full of plates. This is how our minds deceive us in fixating on the negative.
When faced with these moments, I have to go back to basics: the foundation of God’s word to get my head and spirit straight.. literally. I know that can in itself to be a challenge, but once that block or focus has shifted you realise that we need to trust what God has in store for us, no matter the storms, or confusion that comes our way or how delayed the vision seems. God is not a liar and He has given us so much and for a purpose.
Time is on my side because God is for me and he is the shepherd of time and my life – C Foune
I am back! Being away from writing for almost a year has made me realise, how much; I love and miss it! It’s so therapeutic and through writing my imagination is ignited and my passion flows. It is also a positive platform to connect with others and I look forward to sharing more stories; connecting with writers and readers alike.
In keeping with the core values of my blog, I want to continue encouraging and inspiring others to live purposefully and abundantly, confident in the belief that all things are possible. Understanding that our mindset is a huge factor in achieving our desires, and that we can push past the limitations that lurks in the shadows of our mind; to achieve those desires.
Looking back, I have loved the content shared so far on Reflections of a Storyteller, but growth is everything. So in future I want to be less formal in my writing style and really connect with the realities of life as they are lived. I want to avoid getting caught up in worrying about the criteria of success on social media platforms or how my writing may be perceived.
I write to making a difference to that one person’s day or life, and that’s where my focus will be.
I want to also add a journal element to the blog, where real life situations and scenarios can be captured and shared to fully show the relatability in the things we all go through as human beings. Especially when trying to improve the outcome of our lives. So, join me for chapter 2 of Reflections of a storyteller and let’s enjoy the ride together.
P.S stay tuned in to find out why I have been M.I.A for a year and remember:
“Life is designed to throw punches at you, you are designed to punch back” – Camille Foune