Everything will be OK (Part 1)

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‘She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.’

– Elizabeth Edwards –

It’s 9am on a Sunday morning and I have just written a blog post that is nearly 2000 words long. Therefore, rather than doing what I would probably usually have done and post the entire thing, I’m going to separate it into 4 parts and drip feed it out to you over the next 4 days in bite sized chunks, so that you aren’t overwhelmed with a big ‘ol 2000 word blog post from me. Enjoy.

So, where are we, Sunday 24th November 2013? Wow, already I’m starting to get reflective about the year I’ve had and it’s not even December yet!

This year has definitely been an interesting one, and in particular the last 8 months since March.

In that time I managed to move into a beautiful 2 bedroom flat, 2 minutes from the beach in Manly, have my wonderful Dad come and visit me and take a trip to the Australian GP in Melbourne. Shortly after that, in April, my darling boyfriend moved in with me and this was also around the time that I stopped making money through my business.

The bank balance for my business then proceeded to become dryer and more arid than the Atacama Desert. For months I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t making money? Was my pricing wrong? Was it because I didn’t have a website? Was it because I had repositioned my company as a Conscious Branding company? Was it because no one wanted to work with me? The list of questions go on and on . . . .

During this time, I had to allow Darren to reach out and support me financially, and this is a position I had never been in, in my life. I had never had to allow someone else to do this. I had never had to allow myself to be so vulnerable. . . . .

And he supported me for 7 months.

This was a testing time for me. To begin with, I felt guilty allowing him to help and support me. After a while, I was OK with it. Then I got scared that because I had allowed him to help me, I would never be able to earn money again, and that I would be forever financially dependent on him. And during that time, I didn’t matter how hard I tried, or what I did, I couldn’t make money. I even started applying for other contract roles and even permanent jobs, considering completely and utterly giving up on the company I had set up to do what I love, thinking that perhaps it wasn’t meant to be . . . .

Part 2 will follow tomorrow . . .

Sending you love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Image gratitude – http://www.picstopin.com/480/everything-will-be-okay-in-the-end-if-its-not-then-/http:%7C%7Cimg*youtube*com%7Cvi%7C8ltX3Cm4nZw%7C0*jpg/

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How to Cheer Up

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“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
– Mother Teresa –

Admittedly we all have dark days, after all life isn’t sunshine and rainbows 24/7. Well, it might be for the Dali Lama, but for us mere mortals, every now and then we might lose our balance and need picking up, dusting off and popping back up on our perch.

So this blog post is dedicated to how to cheer up.

I actually found a really great wikihow page on this, so I’m going to list the suggestions that they made and provide a link to the page if you want to learn more.

I’ve also found a super cute You Tube video of some pandas playing on a slide, which is bound to cheer you up.

Do fun activities

  1. Build a fort in your living room
  2. Watch cute of funny videos
  3. Get in touch with an old friend
  4. Take a luxurious bath
  5. Play in the dirt
  6. Cook yourself a delicious meal or bake a decadent dessert

Find humour in it

  1. Make faces
  2. Sing and dance

Common ways to cheer up

  1. Spruce up your home
  2. Cheer up someone else
  3. Hug someone
  4. Exercise
  5. Take a power nap

Put it in perspective

  1. Meditate
  2. Be thankful
  3. Forgive
  4. Accept
  5. Imagine

And I promise you that even if you have done just one or two of the things on the list, you will be feeling much better.

And most importantly, whenever you’re in a bit of a grump or a funk, turn the frown upside down and into a smile. I know at times it can seem hard, but the minute that you put a smile on your face you are giving your body an indication that you would like to change your state.

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

How to Cheer Up article – wikihow.com

You Tube video of pandas playing on a slide

Love makes us human

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“To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human.”

– Morpheus, The Matrix –

Darren and I watched one of the most fantastic films I have seen in a very long time last night, Warm Bodies.

Not only is it a brilliant zomromcom (Zombie Romantic Comedy a la Shaun of the Dead), but it is also an incredible metaphor for how unconscious we can become with how we live our lives.

After suffering burnout and severe depression several years ago, I know what it’s like to feel like a zombie. Dead on the inside and out. You feel numb, empty, purposeless. And there are so many of us just shuffling about our lives, from day-to-day, numbing the pain or suffering, of the fact that we’re not really that happy with our situation with pharmaceuticals, drugs, alcohol or even just indifference. Pretending that everything is OK, when actually it isn’t.

Comfortably numb.

But there is a way out. There is a solution. And it’s very simple.

Love.

Love is the answer. Love is the key. Love is the cure to the emptiness.

And it starts with loving yourself. When you love yourself, and decide that you care enough about yourself, your life and your future, you’re in a really good position to start to make a change.

And when you start to love yourself more, you are able to find love in others and life in general.

And it begins with the simple things. If you’re unhappy with something in your life at the moment, or someone or something is causing you discomfort, do something about it. Make a change. Have a conversation, be honest. And even more importantly, get clear on what you do want.

So for anyone out there who is having a bit of a rubbish time at the moment, or perhaps even just simply wants to tweak a few things in their life, here are some simple steps to get you moving:

6 simple steps to get you moving

1. Decide where you wish to be and what you wish to be doing in the next 3 years and write it down.

2. Decide how much money you wish to be earning and what you’re going to do to earn it.

3. Share this with at least one person in your family or someone who is close to you, and one other person who will be selling your services to, or who can help you move into the job or profession that you desire.

4. Start to take the necessary action (even if it’s something small), every day, to make this dream a reality. You need to show the Universe that you are committed to making this change.

5. Believe that this change is possible.

6. Trust that the Universe will bring you whatever and whoever you need to achieve this wish.

7. Receive everything and everyone that comes into your life and know that the Universe has brought them to you to help you achieve your wish.

Most importantly, ensure that these are things that you wish for and desire, things that you would love to have in your life and look forward to what will start to come your way. Embrace the positive change you are creating in your life.

Sending you lots of love, hugs and light,

Kat x x x

Inspiration for this post

Warm Bodies – You Tube trailer