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The time I flew

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I remember standing in the corner, of the front facing garden of my family home back in Jamaica; hidden between the wall of the veranda and my favourite plum tree. Which when in bloom, was like the 25th of December, all season round.

Sheltered from the busyness of the street by the plum tree, and the prying eyes of those inside my house, standing by that corner was my anecdote of heaven. There I would stretch my arms wide open; first the right, then the left. My feet would follow suit and as I felt the air below me, I experienced the freedom of flying.

“I was in the air and it was awesome”This was a memory I strongly held onto from childhood to my early twenties, as vivid as night is day. The belief that I flew! You heard me right, I flew!

I know what your thinking…..humans can’t fly!

I really believed in that vision, that the dream or feeling I had was real. It happened and no one could tell me it didn’t.

I have long loved the outdoors and I think even as a child I was always “exploring, reflecting, trying to find my place in the world” This for better or worse has followed me through my teens, twenties, thirties and hopefully, it will in my 40’s.

That dream was real to me and I did feel and experience the freedom of flying because back then I was physiologically releasing my self from my circumstances and giving my mind permission to wonder, to be free.

As I have gotten older, I may no longer believe I can physically fly or that I ever did, but what I have realised, is something fundamentally greater to my existence in this world.

I realise that I experience the freeing of my mind from situations and challenges through my dreams, prayer and through my love of nature.

“I’ve realised it’s impossible to fully live, unless I’m prepared to accept that I can never stop exploring, or setting my mind and self free through methods others may find out of context. Even more so when viewed in terms of faith, but this is where my strength lies”

Through dreams, my subconscious brings to the surface, so vividly at times the challenges or struggles I’m facing. In some cases through those dreams, I am able to see and understand what my real thoughts and emotions are and what I need to work on.

One might say dreaming about each step of my long awaited promotion and it happening exactly as I dreamt is crazy. But through faith all things are possible. Right? Hell yes!

I unashamedly love praying. I’m not ritualistic and tend to pray as if I’m talking with friends. Prayer is intimate for me and I find it soothing, peaceful and powerful. Through prayer, I feel a great sense of belonging and peace.

Nature, there is just too much to say! Nature is captivating and I can be lost in the untouched woodlands of tall glorious multicoloured trees that rise to meet the sky.

Especially in summer when the trees seem to toy with the sun, giving an illusion of balance in this world. The dynamics of light and dark and how easily one flows into the other. Nature balances me!

So, at the end of the day, am I crazy or am I just living a liberated life? As individuals, we need to be free to see life, the world, through the lens we choose it.

So I encourage you! Dream how you want to dream? Hold onto them no matter and find freedom in the things that unashamedly express the inner you!

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Monday motivation – mirror mirror of the world

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The mirror of the world is neither silver nor gold

Designed from unleashed potential and projected self importance

Staring into it’s abyss, often ignites the emotion of inadequacy and comparability

The reflection staring back internally wounded, but externally portrait as “having it together”

With weakness an enemy, the internally hides, eats away at the soul and self is conflicted

mirror mirror of the world, why so cruel?

But am I? Am I truly cruel?

For the subjection of self to staring into that abyss of a made up world, is truly the cruellest?

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The glue gun saga and the power of motivation

As a mum of a creative and free spirited 9 year old, I have long learnt that nothing is safe in my house. Old dresses can be transformed into three piece outfits overnight, beautiful cards reserved for little notes to inspire others, become papier-mâché’ and even my sanitary napkin once became a shoe. I kid you not! As proof below you will find one transformed into a unicorn/person.

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Having illustrated the essence of my daughter’s character, I must say, I wouldn’t wish her any different. She is motivated by her creativity, which in turn makes her resourceful and witty.

Not only is my daughter motivated by her creativity, she is also massively motivated by money. I recently shared a video via Facebook, relaying my excitement at having bought a Selfie Stick. It was purchased on a Sunday for £9.99, and used to film my excitement and left in my room to recover.

As I got ready for work Monday morning I noticed my selfie stick had a shine to it. On closer inspection, I found it had been loving wrapped in gold tape. As I started to unravel the tape, I realised the selfie stick was broken. The little clever clogs!

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I promptly rushed into my daughters room, voiced my unhappiness and told her she would need to buy it back from her Christmas money. That was the worst news ever! She chanted the whole morning “I am not using my money to buy it back” and I was adamant, she would.

I have to confess, she did not. Miss little clever clogs, on return from school used the glue gun she received for Christmas to glue the selfie stick back to together! Her response “told you I wouldn’t buy it back”. Forget the cheekiness, in that moment I was so proud!

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Motivated by her creativity and a desire not to spend her money, she resolved to find a resolution to the predicament she found herself in.

It reminded me that at times we can find ourselves in unintended circumstances, where we are presented with limited options or no options at all; effectively stuck between a rock and a hard place.

In sharing this story I want to remind you, that you do not have to be trapped. Let your motivation be your light, your guide, your resolve to finding the right solution for your situation, and not to the detriment of your money, your creativity, your values, your relationship or any other factor. But staying true to who you are

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I encourage you as always to find your “why”, and hold on to it in challenging times. Persevere and find creative resolutions. Be confident in your goals, in your actions and keep striving.

If you find this a struggle, here are some helpful tips:

Reflect on what motivates you and put steps in place to keep yourself motivated, this may include:

  1. Writing down 1-2 sentences that affirm your “why”
  2. Repeating it to yourself everyday
  3. Taking 5 mins out of every day to visualise your vision
  4. Buddying up with a like-minded person
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Your path is yours alone

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I had driven nearly an hour in a muddle of road works and traffic, to satisfy an innate need. At the point I mentally committed myself to undertake the one hour journey, logistics was not at the forefront of my mind. I simply envisaged the reward awaiting me. A classic cheese burger from Bryon burgers washed down with an Oreo milkshake from heaven. Creamy, indulgent, thick, flavoursome milkshake sipped from a frozen metal cup. Pure indulgence!

Whenever I go to Byron I spend quite sometime staring at the menu, only to order the same dish. The cheese burger, with no onion. I then through nosy glances admire the tower of a burger being delivered to nearby tables, wishing mine would arrive looking just like that.

As the waiter approaches my table, I’m a little disappointed. “Oh, its so small” I think; and then I get stuck in, already convinced I’m going to need something else to eat as this will not quench my hunger. It simply will not do.

Then as I take my last bite of the burger, having drank half my milkshake. I get super happy that I did indeed chose the right meal, because my stomach is about to explode! I couldn’t eat another thing. I take comfort in my Oreo milkshake from heaven.

This story is a great analogy of the need to stay on our own path in life and make decisions aligned with our values, vision and what you can handle. Not decisions or actions based on what we see those around us doing.

It’s easy to steal glances or outright follow another’s path because it’s looks bigger and better, and you think it may bring satisfaction. In reality it does not and will not. Because that journey belongs to someone else and not you.

I encourage you, choose your own path, run your own race. Make life decisions based the outcome you want for your life. That way should challenges come you will be able to face and fight them based on your belief and vision.

Make way for new beginnings

There is an indescribably feeling when you make a decision to do something new, especially when it’s something you’ve put off time and time again! ⠀

But of all the emotions, excitement is top. It feels great and secretly you are proud that you taken the step you needed to. You are buzzing with the atmosphere of change ⠀

If this is you, I applaud you. I am routing and praying for you. If you are on your journey to commit to that first step. I am still routing and praying for you. ⠀

Because I believe you can get there ⠀

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Surround yourself with goodness

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As a child the older folk around me would constantly echo this old saying “show me your company and I’ll tell you, who you are”

Now as a adult, I fully buy into that and consistently echo it to those around me. And if your thinking “she’s turned into one of those older folk” I’m still young thank you very much.

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It’s good to surround ourselves with a diverse variety of people. It’s also good to ensure that you can learn from and enjoy the company of those you surround yourself with.

In turn they should feel the same about knowing you and time spent with you. So iron can sharpen iron.