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Who is magical you?

Digging deep and pondering on what’s what recently, I’ve come up with some questions for you…

Who are you at your most magical? Who are you when you’re at your absolute best? What does your life look like when you’re living it with a cherry on the top?

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My mission for 2014 and beyond is to listen to your answers to those questions and to support you to be your most magical you.

Out of my search and wonderings, I realise that it’s about being your/my authentic self. What I know is this, when I’m completely in tune with myself and being true and in no way in conflict with myself then I am attracting people and opportunities to me that are ‘right’ for me and my life’s purpose. Does that make sense?

What I know as well, is that the more I am able to connect with my higher self then the more I am in the flow and doing and saying what I’m here to do and say. It follows then that the more fulfilled I feel and the more effective I am, the more use I am and the better I can serve my purpose. Do you know what I’m saying?

If I can support and encourage you to speak your truth, to come from your highest place and therefore live your purpose, I’d love to know. A good indication that you’re on track is if you’re feeling good, so as a first step I encourage you to do the things you love and to follow your joy.

Until next time, wishing you well, love Catherine x

start where you are

“Start where you are”

Maybe it sounds obvious?

I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently, and I think it’s the reason many people don’t actually start.

Here’s something I read this morning, “You are where you are right now because of the actions you’ve taken or the inaction you’ve taken,” Steve Maraboli. Do you agree?

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I think many people feel that they are so far away from what they want, in terms of their health, their wealth, their happiness and everything they what they want for their lives, that they don’t even start to take steps towards what they want. What do you think?

I see that sometimes people get cynical, blame others, blame God, the universe, blame anything and everyone, rather than take a deep breath, look deep inside and really assume responsibility for their life.

The first step is to decide what you want and to muster a little faith to believe it’s possible. Only then can you begin to take steps towards it.

I know that my life is as a result of the actions I’ve taken. I know I could have stayed married to a man I cared about and was not in love with. I know I could have believed all those who said I’d never recover from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I struggled with for almost 10 years. I know I could have been too fearful to follow my heart and not move to London to be with the man I married last year. I know I could have let my doubts and thoughts about not being good enough stop me from beginning the work I now do to support women to get the best out of life.

I didn’t let my fear stop me and I trusted that my steps out into the unknown would be rewarded.

There’s nothing I can say that will make the steps that, in your heart, you know you need and want to take, any easier. I’ll always be scared to some degree when I step out of what’s comfortable for me and you will be too. That’s life.

What I can say though, is that I know your courage will be rewarded when you take those steps. As well, you only need to think about the step you need to take today. Think about what you can do today towards what you want and take the action that comes mind. Leave what comes after until ‘after’. Don’t be concerned with tomorrow and do your best today.

My work is all about supporting women to organise and simplify their lives; freeing up time, energy and money to enjoy more. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to sign up to my newsletter and receive my bite size tips and information every month. When you sign up I’ll send you my top tips for organising and simplifying all areas of your life; it’s a little gift from me to help you get started. Please email me to sign up and receive your gift catherine@magicalyou.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and wishing you well :)

Catherine

 

living simply, simply living

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler” Henry David Thoreau

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I’m not suggesting that I want to test out this theory by living alone in a simple home in the woods on the shores of Walden Pond as Thoreau did, beautiful as it is! Yet, there is much about living a simpler life that makes sense to me.

So, I’m asking myself, what does it mean to pear down my life until I am left with a simpler life? Well, it works on two levels for me. On one level, it’s about organising and simplifying the practicalities of my life in a way that’s right for me. It’s about doing it to free up my time, energy and money. The benefit is I have more time, energy and money to enjoy more, of life. On another level, it means I simplify my life so that I’m left with what my life is really about. It seems to mean I choose what I do want and stop doing what I don’t want. Easier said than done! It makes sense that it’s about being clear on what my purpose is and simply getting on and doing it. It definitely means I live true to myself and work at being more and more of who I am, who I truly am. I know there’s a ‘me’ that is courageous and compassionate and connected and I don’t always act like that ‘me’.

I know that it’s something to work on. I see that it’s a lifetime’s work.

I heard today that it’s the choices that I make, moment to moment, throughout my life, that shape the direction I go in and what my life is about. I agree. A great life isn’t made up of great big grand events. It’s made up of living each and every day and each and every moment of every day with purpose and integrity.

My questions to you are these… if you had to tell me what your purpose in life is, do you know, are you interested to know? Also, what does it mean about the way you live your life each and every day, each and every moment? Are you consciously going in the direction of your dreams and living a life that is on purpose?

 

Some simple building blocks

I wonder if it’s because my husband has a building company or the fact that we’re extending our kitchen that my thoughts often turn to the benefits of laying a solid foundation in life and then using some key building blocks to construct the life I want?

Today I’m going to tell you about some of my all time favourite building blocks. Here goes

  • I work to do my best every day and to accept that my best may differ from day to day
  • I work to accept that nothing anyone ever does or says is personal. If I’m upset by something someone says about me then I know they’re often saying more about themselves than me. If what they say is true and I’m upset because they have hit a sensitive spot then I work to go easy on myself and on them and I take steps to be more like the person I strive to be
  • I strive for the win-win outcome in every situation. If I win and you loose then I don’t really win. We’re all connected and so ultimately I loose as well.
  • I work to tell the truth and I also ask myself, is it kind and is it necessary?
  • I work to accept that me and only me is responsible for my life and my happiness. I remind myself to quit blaming people or events for anything I don’t like about my life and to use my energy to work towards what I want

After a marriage that I didn’t make work, a long term physical illness, a mental illness and numerous other challenges in my life over the years, I’ve often had to learn the painful way that life is what it is and it’s how I respond to it that makes the difference.

Someone close to me did something I didn’t like or agree with recently. At first I felt angry. Then I looked at it again and I worked to see past the actions and to see the person and then to go even further and consider their pain and their fear. Once I’d done that I no longer felt angry and could give something to that person. I felt better and they felt better.

The only person who really suffers when I feel upset is me.

Here’s a photo I took recently. I’m grateful that I’m fit and healthy and can climb to the top of hills to see such awesome sights!

What are you grateful for today?

What can you give and what can you contribute today?

It’s amazing how good it feels to be truly thankful and to give.

Wishing you well, Catherine