It's been quite a while between posts so I'm thrilled to mark a return to the blog with inspiration via a young woman courageously making her mark on the world. Chloe Wigan is a young writer and life coach from Australia that entered the self-development field from a young age, which immediately resonated with me. But the reason I'm so excited about this interview is because Chloe is a brilliant example of someone that puts her best foot forward and commits to living boldly even when fear and doubt pops up. It's definitely worth listening to some of the gems she has to offer up, I'd say.
It might seem a little late to post about goal-setting for the new year, but if we're honest, I don't think most of us give it much serious thought until we're a couple of weeks in and have a better feel for what we want from the year ahead. I find that intentions and goals tend to have a pretty different vibe about them, but in a very literal sense there are some important differences that I want to point out too.
When you know the difference between goals and intentions, you'll also see that it affects the way that we use them as well. And although goals and intentions are different, they can be used to complement each other.
Side note: I actually wrote this blog post way back in October 2014 as part of my first freebie for my tribe members but after a couple of plot twists the eBook never made its debut, so instead I'm dusting it off today to share with you. I've updated it slightly but this is essentially a snippet into exclusive content for my tribe (lucky you!).
January 1st carries all of our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Whether we want to finally shift those extra kilos, run a half marathon, change careers, become a morning person, find love, go travelling or start a business, everyone is talking about their New Years Resolutions. On the one hand, the first day of the new year is filled with optimism and abuzz with energy; and on the other, it's a reminder of things yet to be achieved or attempted, flaws, failures and daunting ambitions.
"This year will be different. I want it more now. I have a plan this time."
Advent marks the start of rapidly filling social calendars, mulled wine season, and best of all, its finally acceptable to play Christmas songs. We spend all year looking forward to Christmas, but the lead up to Christmas is a hectic time for everyone and it can be a little draining if you’re not careful. I thought I’d share a handful of tips to help keep you centred and combat overwhelm in Advent.
I've been sitting on this post for a little while now, trying to find a clever way to present my travel notes that will express my joy, learnings and enthusiasm for the world Down Under. But no such luck. I had also originally intended to write this post whilst I was travelling to make sure that I could share it all with you without missing a thing. But again, it wasn't meant to be. To be honest, I don't that there are words that could do justice to how I feel about my travels anyway (or at least I haven't found them yet) and my photography skills are hardly up to scratch. So instead, I'm just going to say that this is simply a verbal and visual snapshot.
Gosh, are you guys in for a treat today. Connie Chapman is one of the women I most admire in the personal growth and coaching field. Having had a session with her myself I can tell you first hand that Connie goes deep, has an uncannily spot-on intuition (there's no hiding!) and she is there to support her clients the whole way as they inhabit the changes they crave. Her vulnerability is pretty darn inspiring and her writing is truly stirring. And let's not forget her brilliant podcast, Awaken Radio, which is a must-hear. She's filling in the blanks for us today.
Social media (and the wider media) is getting a pretty bad rap at the moment. There’s a trend online to highlight how damaging comparing ourselves to the constructed social media presence of those that are ‘social media famous’ can be. The social media famous teen, Essena O’Neill, recently quit Instagram, deleted over 2,000 photos and edited the remaining captions to show her 500,000 Instagram followers that social media isn’t real life, and it has got a fair bit of media coverage. I also shared a ‘real selfie' earlier this month as part of Mel Wells’s #showyourrealselfie project to celebrate reality, and our beauty minus all the posing and filters (she explains why here). I think that this is a really important message to share and raise awareness of. BUT (and it’s big but) I think there’s also a tendency to blame social media.