Getting Out Of Your Own Way

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What keeps us from what we truly desire?

Ourselves

Our limiting beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves.

The stories that keep us small and safe.

It’s a hard habit to break (or is that simply another story?) It’s a journey and a process, usually not something we achieve overnight.

The first step is to learn to dream without limitations.

Dream of everything you could ever want to be, do or have.

Without limitations, ignoring excuses and defying logic. Ugh, that ever-intruding-nagging part of the brain that insists everything is too hard, expensive or scary.

Take out pen and paper, or some pencils and start writing.

Whatever comes up, write it down.

No censorship. You’re just writing, it doesn’t mean you have to quit your job tomorrow and run away to travel the world.

Have fun with it. What would you do if you could do anything at all?

Let us know in the comments below what you come up with?

 

What I Am Wednesday

A little midweek mojo. A place  to share all we are doing, seeing and loving. A little mid week. inspiration. Don’t’ forget to share in the comments what you are discovering this week.

Bicycles in Bruges, West Flanders ,Belgium

Image copyright Nicole Atkinson

What I am reading: I have set myself a goal to finish  the unfinished books scattered around my house.  Starting with The Signature of all Things. While I absolutely love Elizabeth Gilbert as a person and enjoyed the book, it isn’t one that I picture myself reading again.

What I am loving: This video made me laugh and smile.

This world is full of such talent and beauty, I want to experience it all.

Just in case you missed this, I still get teary thinking about it and have vowed to never buy a Barbie again.  A reminder that you can make a difference.

I love anything that challenges my assumptions like this video did.

What I am watching: I heard there were mixed reviews about The Second Best Marigold Hotel, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. In fact I saw it twice at the cinema and didn’t feel disappointed. Just lovely, colourful fun and a reminder to me that I love a good community.

I also watched this lovely movie with my five year old daughter as it was on a list of empowering movies for young girls.  Kit Kittredge

We’ve also been watching old episodes of She-ra. A flashback to my childhood. I always wanted to be a princess of power, with a trusty steed.

What I am learning: Apart from the usual study I do into expanding my own little property empire, I am taking part in the WILD mama journey with Avalon Darnesh. It’s an online course for getting clearer about your vision and purpose and stepping into alignment with it.

I attended a Nepalese wedding party and discovered these little beauties. While I need to be gluten free for health reasons, there will be occasions that I  break this rule; I will be eat pizza and pasta in Italy and I will experience the heavenly taste of lovingly and traditionally made Gulab Jamun  by my Nepalese neighbours.

The world is one creative and beautiful place, it is our job to discover it.

Please share in the comments below your discoveries for this week.

xx Nicole

How To Cultivate Courage.

Courage is an essential part of growth and I believe growth to be one of the key requirements for happiness.

We often confuse courage with ‘being a hero’. Courage isn’t a once in a lifetime event like rescuing a family from a fire or some other way of  putting our own lives at risk. Hopefully you will never need to do these things, but does that mean you can’t be courageous?

No. Courage comes from the small decisions and choices we make every day.

Courage is;

Asking for help when you need it

Being able to say ‘I don’t know’

Letting people know how you really feel instead of responding with your usual ‘I’m fine’

Choosing the option that is right for you especially when it is not the popular one

Knowing and accepting that there is nothing at all wrong with being afraid

Saying ‘I love you’,  ‘I miss you’ or ‘I need you’ when you are unsure of the response

Following your heart when your head is telling you otherwise

Putting something out there before you’ve perfected it

Giving up the excuses, complaints and justifications that hold you back

Saying ‘no’ or ‘yes’ and putting your needs first

Following your dreams

Getting out of bed and showing up

Taking a step forward, no matter how small

Saying hello to a stranger on the street or sending a thank you letter

Wearing the outfit you’ve got stuck in the back of the wardrobe because you are never sure whether it’s appropriate

Choosing play before work, rest before housework

Allowing yourself to take the easy option or the difficult option whichever is best in the moment

Owning your space, time and life

Turning off the computer and talking to the person next to you

Crying when you’re sad, laughing out loud and allowing yourself to be angry when something pisses you off

Walking into a room full of strangers and saying hello

 Making the appointments you need, the ones that scare you and showing up

Setting your standards, establishing your boundaries and sticking to then as best you can

It’s having the confidence to accept how your life is and let go of your expectations of what life should look like

Giving up the comfort foods that are making you unwell

Risking being laughed at and being able to laugh along

Ordering a different menu item, trying a different restaurant or visiting a new place

Not knowing the answers but trying something anyway

Trusting that you will find a way, you will solve the problems

We are given hundreds of opportunities a day to practice courage and honestly at times I think rescuing somebody from a fire may be easier than giving up chocolate.  Courage is relative to you, not somebody else’s experience.

Do you believe that you are courageous? What ways do you practice courage, let us know in the comments below.

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