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My Inspirational First Aid Kit

No matter how positive you are, sometimes life will still overwhelm you. This past week has been one of those for me, so I thought I would share one of the ways that I give myself a boost.

I consult my Inspirational First Aid Kit!! These are the people, pages and website that I turn to for inspiration when things start to overwhelm me or get difficult and mean that I always have something to remind me of the amazing world we live in.

My Top 8 Inspirational People

Why eight?? Why not?? Actually eight is my favourite number so it seemed appropriate, and although I have other authors, speakers and inspirational people that I follow, these eight are constantly popping up on my Facebook timeline with just the right thing at just the right time.

1. Danielle LaPorte – of course!!  As a Desire Map devotee and Licensee, Danielle’s work is top of my list when it comes to a quick pick-me-up. You can access her amazing #Truthbombs both electronically and to purchase via her website, pop over to her Facebook page for more wisdom or sign up for your daily Danielle dose via email. Now that I have my own truthbomb deck, one of these cards always makes it onto my Desk Altar too. She has some great Pinterest boards too…


2. Bryant McGill/Jenni Young – I have paired these two as this real-life couple run Simple Reminders together, matching inspirational quotations with their own amazing photographs. Their Facebook page is one of my favourites or you can subscribe for a daily email and get a boost straight to your inbox. They use their own words but also those of so many other inspirational people that it is impossible not to smile when an image arrives. You can also pre-order the book before it is released in May 2015. You can never have too many books!!!


3. Dr Steve Maraboli – This bloke is like a breath of fresh air and a true champion of women, amazing relationships and not settling for second best – ever. His quotations are often used by Simple Reminders (above) and you can also find gorgeous images with his words on his Pinterest boards. He is a truly gifted motivational speaker, author and behavioural scientist and watching one of his clips is a sure-fire way of lifting me out of any lull I am having.


4. Marie Forleo – my B-School hostess, Marie just has to be on my list too. Her motto is “change your life, change the world” and she is living proof that you can do just that. Not only is Marie TV my must watch for Q&A Tuesday but her website is full of great free content too. She’s a little different than the creators of masses of image content, and focuses on videos, but I love that angle too.


5. Oriah Mountain Dreamer – the author of my favourite poem, The Invitation, Oriah often posts her thoughts on Facebook. I keep my copy of The Invitation book close at hand and find that reading it along with the words she shares about it can be a great release – and something not online for a change!


6. Sophie Bashford – is based here in the UK and I am so inspired by her work as an Intuitive Healer as it is similar to what I do. You can sign up for her Feminine on Fire newsletter at her website and follow Sophie on Facebook for amazing intuitive insights. I can’t wait to have a reading with her – it is definitely on my list!

Sophie Bashford

7. John C. Parkin – best known along with his wife Gaia as the authors of F**k It and F**k It Therapy, their work has helped me so much in the past. You can find lots of F**k It goodies over on their website and regular ramblings on their Facebook page – including the image I used in my last Blog post (with credit given of course).


8. Leonie Dawson – She’s last but definitely not least! I love Leonie’s colourful website and Facebook page, especially the way she shares her behind-the-scenes shots and shows the rest of us that she is just as normal (or not) as we are (or not). I bought Leonie’s 2015 Workbook and loved the clarity it gave me for my life and business for the coming year. If you want to hear some non-sugarcoated truths, then this is the Aussie for you…


I also talk to friends and get myself out of my usual routine if things are spiraling downwards, but these online resources are available 24/7 and that makes them so useful.

Try creating your own Inspirational First Aid Kit and see if it can help lift your mood next time you are struggling…

H x


Trying something new

One of my promises to myself once I turned 40 was to look after myself much better than I did in my 30s and not only my physical self (although that is proving hard enough to be honest) but my spiritual self as well.  I am pretty good at remembering to meditate and to spend time reading and learning new things, but I have been less than good at actually going out and getting someone else to do some healing for me.  My personal challenge is to try some new healing therapies and visit someone at once a month to help me stay in balance.

So, yesterday I had my very first Angelic Reiki session.  I am a Reiki practitioner myself and use it both for self-healing and for my clients, but have been very recently drawn to Angelic Reiki.  All I can say is that it was AMAZING!  I truly enjoyed being the client for a change and relaxing whilst my therapist did her thing and felt a huge wave of calm and insight during the session.

According to the Angelic Reiki Association:

“Angelic Reiki offers a profound system of healing and consciousness expansion.   It is a powerful means of personal development, transformation and preparation for Ascension.   It is the healing for our time.

Angelic Reiki is a powerful healing modality that works with the highest energies of the Angelic Realm to bring about healing and balance on all levels to those receiving the healing energy.   With Angelic Reiki we have the possibility for self healing and to send healing to other people, places and situations near and far.

Angelic Reiki draws from the Usui and Shamballa lineages and combines these with powerful transmissions channelled by Kevin Core.”

I can honestly say that it has helped me and that I am looking forward to booking another session in the future.  During the session I was also reminded of an Aura Soma taster session I had a couple of years ago and know that this is another therapy that I will be trying soon.

Whatever your interests, passions or beliefs – it is important to try new things. What are you going to try next??

H x

To find out more about Angelic Reiki, visit Angelic Reiki Healing or the Angelic Reiki Association.

How The Desire Map is changing my life

We are now well into June and one of my goals for 2013 was to write more blog posts…  It just wasn’t happening and I was beating myself up about it.  That only seemed to make it worse and so started a vicious cycle…  You get the picture.

But then something amazing happened.  I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook posts and saw that an inspiring lady called Danielle LaPorte was sharing her program called The Desire Map.  I am an avid reader and student and a ‘self-help’ groupie too (as you will see from some of my earlier posts on my favourite books) so I headed to her website, read the introduction and thought it sounded like just what I needed – anything to help me get out of my writing rut.

What can I say?  I am only part way through the book and workbook but have already felt an enormous weight lifted from my shoulders.  Danielle has written The Desire Map as a holistic approach to planning your life.  It guides you to identify your core desired feelings, and to use those feelings as the drivers of what you want to do, have and experience in your life.  In effect it turns goal-setting inside out, and that’s what I really like about it.  As well as the fact that she realises that most of us have really busy lives and won’t get all the exercises and reading done in a day or two!  I feel that she’s given me permission to work this around my young children, my businesses and other commitments.

I’ve already joined The Desire Map Facebook Group and even found myself as the joint Admin of a new UK Desire Map Facebook group, I’m busy mapping my Core Desire Feelings (CDFs) and although it’s only been a matter of weeks, my husband and friends are already seeing and commenting on how differently I approach almost everything.  I feel motivated to blog again (one of my CDFs is being ‘Connected’) and hope to write about the inspiring way this multimedia program is really changing my life for the better.  I am learning so much so quickly and it’s great.

Here’s to living with life-affirming goals that really do resonate with my soul!  x

My ‘Weekly Words’

Every Sunday night I spend a quiet few minutes meditating on what I need to know or work on for the following week. I like to call it my ‘Weekly Words’.  Sometimes just one thing will come to me and sometimes I feel or hear more than one thing. Where do these words come from?   Continue reading

Listen and Do


My hubby and I are very lucky to have two young sons, and like many parents we use reward charts (on and off).  One day while updating their charts for another week I read one of the ‘rules’ we’d written – “Listen and Do”.

What struck me was not that we were asking our children to listen to us and do what we asked them to, but that as adults we often do not listen to our own inner voice guiding us in the right direction, but instead listen to others and often end up going a way that feels uncomfortable or just plain wrong. Continue reading