Thoughts on Growth

Stop making yourself small to fit in tiny opportunities that won’t serve you. Know your value and rise to your potential. You were born to be successful. Take it one day at a time. You’ve got this.

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: Simply exploring the power of choosing motivational language to win at life.

Today’s post will focus on your power of awareness and its role in choosing the correct language for your advancement. We often busy our days trying to fulfil tasks without paying attention to how we communicate in different situations. However, as intellectual beings, we have the power to choose, arrange and rearrange language to achieve our desired effects in all situations because if you study, look and listen carefully to words, you will understand that each one has the power to create or halt change.

Let’s begin with how language and words are powerful in relation to finance. I want to point your attention to phrases that you may often use.

‘I’m sorry I can’t do this activity this week, I don’t have any money.’

‘I can’t wait for payday, I’m so broke.’

The choice of words used here immediately limits your ability to be receptive to ways that money can actually flow to you. Thus automatically locking you in a lack mindset. You should understand that beyond the material world, money is currency, and currency is energy; therefore, energy does not rest in limit and lack. You just need to find a way to keep it flowing. By stating that you don’t have any money or that you’re broke, you’ve subconsciously stopped the flow of the energy of money into your life. So how do we change this? By removing low-vibrational words associated with lack mindset.

‘I’m on a budget this week, let’s plan this activity for next month where I can factor it into my budget, and we can have fun.’

‘Payday is around the corner. In the meantime, I will work with what I have. Next month I will ensure to manage my budget and cash-flow effectively.’

This does not automatically hand you money out of thin air but opens your mind to ways to manage your finances so that you’re not in the same situation next month. It nudges you to make a plan that factors your financial needs and eliminates dread and embarrassment. This concept can be applied to any aspect of your life, such as health and fitness, business and career, to how you manage your close relationships. Try to approach situations consciously and see solutions rather than focus on the negative aspect of problems.

Until next time.

Thoughts on food: The importance of cooking with purpose

When I think about cooking, I immediately think of my mother. For those who know me, know that my mother is the essence of my very being. Her meals are charged with high frequencies that pull me out of the deepest funk. Today, I will journal about the typical Seychellois dish that brings the family together. Even when we are far apart, this dish never fails to bring us joy. 

When I think about my family and Seychelles, I think about the Fresh Grilled Red Snapper with Spicy Creole Sauce, Fresh Rice and Green Pawpaw Satini Papay. The colours glazed on the dining table, evoking a feeling of security, love, joy and compassion. As I enjoy eating the meal, I have to include that watching (because sometimes it’s better to let the professionals get on with it) or helping my mother cook her exceptional dishes is also a magical experience. She chops her ingredients as though they were just picked from the garden, washes the fish with care and infuses positive intentions as she folds the seasoning in the Satini. This is an alchemy that my elder brother also uses and never fails to impress and envelope the devourers who usually ask for a second serving. And you know the food is really delicious when we sit in silence or get stuck in with our (clean) fingers. This is one way we show love for one another and the community. There’s plenty to extend a bowl of nourishment for our extended family. 

For the sweet-toothed, the traditional Ladob is usually a favourite after a Sunday lunch. The plantain and sweet potato, coconut milk, sugar and nutmeg is the foundation that brings warmth and a smile on my face reminiscent of the holiday cheer that compels me to top up my plate until bedtime. However, it’s not the type of dishes that make or break meal times, it’s the person’s energy that fulfils the purpose they want to convey. I find that it’s imperative to churn and actively add positive intention within every meal I cook as I want nothing but the best for my family and guests. 

I dedicate Today’s post to my mother, my big brother and my Seychellois ancestors.

Until next time. xo

Thoughts on productivity: It’s time to get organised

The leaves are falling, the air drifts into stillness, and our desire to go outside begins to decline into a need to stay indoors in our favourite silks watching Netflix, sipping our beverages of choice. Autumn. The perfect season to slow down and gather ourselves. As we do so, we begin to feel the need to get our lives in order the best we can. Below are my typical list of things worth revisiting and up-keeping.

Wardrobe

This is the time to have some fun putting together some autumn/winter appropriate outfits. Find ways to liven up your wardrobe by adding new pieces or removing the cringe-worthy items you purchased out of boredom during lockdown amnesia. You can donate some of these items to the local charity shop, sell them on eBay, or swap them with your friend. If you’re someone who loathes ironing clothes, this is the time to ensure all of your key pieces are washed, dried, and ironed so that it’s ready for the festive season.

Finances

You must go through your bank statements, direct debits, and standing orders to reevaluate your income, savings, or any outgoings you anticipate during the winter months. This is not the time to bury your head under the sand, hoping that your financial affairs will fall in line. Emergencies are most likely to arise during the cold months, such as boiler breakdowns, car breakdowns, services, etc. It’s also important to factor in all of your festive activities and luxuries as early as possible. The more time you give yourself, the more money you will be able to save. Perhaps you’re anxious about the lack of income. Nonetheless, this is the time to think about creating a side hustle or perhaps research on affordable investments. The opportunities are endless once you summon the drive and discipline to flourish in the age of technology. Check out the Break Platform for some ideas.

Necessary Maintenance

As much as you need to be financially prepared to deal with the necessary maintenance, you also need to be prepared by anticipating what may need fixing during the cold months. Don’t leave your car servicing or fuel level until the last minute, because it won’t be a fun experience to be stranded on the motorway or on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere. If you’re a homeowner, make sure your boiler is sufficient, and your house isn’t susceptible to flooding or anything that could make your autumn and winter a living nightmare. Prevention is better than a cure.

Health

This is an obvious point, but I think it’s worth reinforcing. Your health is the foundation of your quality of life. If you’re run down from overworking or from being a permanent sofa resident, you will be unable to enjoy the pleasures of this life. It goes without saying that in the current climate, your health is of utmost importance. As tempting as it is to slouch on the sofa, wrapped in your blanket with a tipple in one hand, and a thick slice of cheesy pizza in the other, it is also good to ensure you’re well-hydrated, your body is moving, and your diet is as clean possible. I’m not a doctor, so if something doesn’t feel quite right with your mind or body, then it’s a good idea to catch up with your GP.

Check on your loved ones

Perhaps you’re responsible for looking after a loved one or you live quite far, and you are unable to visit frequently. Whatever the situation, it is crucial that you schedule consistent means of communication to ensure that your family and friends are okay, be organised with their care, and promote a micro-community to help those in need.

The most important thing to remember here is that everything seems to take twice as long in the cold months; therefore, always be prepared for the unexpected. Ensure that you look after yourself and your loved ones and stay safe.

Thoughts on spirituality: Five ways to begin or refresh your meditation practice

Let’s talk about meditation. My journey has been quite long, however, fascinating when it comes to meditation. I started my journey three years ago, and the thought of sitting down quietly and watching my breath didn’t appease. At that time, I marveled at the notion of being busy and restless, ensuring that I had a lot of things to do and people to see. My excuse was, “I could never meditate. I can’t get my mind to stop thinking” but then something inside me switched, and I began to understand that meditation was a time to connect with myself with or without thought. Thoughts will always be there, but as you progress with practice, you will be able to automatically quiet your mind. But then comes the time when you fall out of your meditation to practice, sometimes for so long that you dread starting again. Below are the five tips to help you start, whether it’s for the first time or the tenth.

Find a quiet space to reflect

It can be your garden, the bath, or your bedroom, but wherever it is, make it comfortable for yourself so that it’s conducive to meditating. Once you are in this space, try not to focus too much on being thoughtless but more-so reflect on your day, situations, or feelings that stand out to you. Here is where you’ll choose to allow the matter to flow through you and out into the universe.

Write a journal

Writing is a fantastic way to help clear your mind and push negative emotions out and it is a great way to help you materialise your intentions. Words are powerful, and if you choose to study and research them, you will realise that words are spells. You may choose to keep two journals, for releasing negative emotions and thoughts, the other for manifesting your goals. There’s no specific time to journal. Keep it tucked safely in your bag, besides your bed, or anywhere you deem fit. The focus here is to take some time for awareness.

Go for a walk

This is not just any power walk; leave your headphones, and take your time to notice the environment around you, whether it’s on the city streets or the countryside. Pay attention to the sounds and the cycle of how things work, try to see things from a different perspective. How often do you get to slow down and notice things around you? Enjoy and explore.

Try some yoga

You can sign up for a class or follow a free video tutorial; the choice is yours. But when you decided to try yoga, make sure that you do your research and start on a level that is suited to your experience to avoid hurting yourself. Yoga Journal is a great resource to look into.

Watch or listen to something that makes you laugh

Sometimes we all need a healthy dose of laughter. You can relieve the pressure off your meditation practice by simply immersing yourself in content that makes you laugh. You’ll notice that when you’re engaged in this state, your worries will start to melt away, and your body should automatically relax.

Rest in silence

This approach is similar to the first point, sometimes all we need to do is sit or lie in a quiet place. When you rest there long enough, you’ll notice that your body will signal what it needs, and your mind will be receptive to ideas and new thoughts that will encourage your growth.

Thoughts on spirituality: Being The Higher Self

This post is dedicated as a reminder for you to find your inner balance and peace by knowing who you are. There are certain people, whether it’s complete strangers, in friendships, work colleagues, or family members that are low frequencies who intentionally or subconsciously are culprits of dragging you down to low-level situations that don’t serve your highest purpose. Suppose you can listen and observe carefully instead of blindly reacting to situations. You will understand and see that most people are out there to gain your confidence and friendship to fight their battles because they are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives. These people are set within their ways, they are comfortable living in their toxic cycle, and they cannot function without drama. As much as you try to lend support and provide care, you have to use discernment and know that some people are out there just to use your energy and goodwill to boost their confidence and drama within their space since they can’t live without it.

Always find time to do the work within yourself to find your confidence because when you know yourself and what you stand for, you are more likely to have the courage and strength to stand up for YOU, your belief. It will also signal to these people that you cannot easily be lead to arguments and low-level situations. It is true that the higher you raise your frequency, the better you can deal with people as you realise that certain situations are not worth your time and energy.
We are now coming towards the end of 2020, and if you haven’t planted seeds for yourself, you still have time to do so and watch them grown, whether it’s for your health and wellness, creative and business ideas, or lending your knowledge to those who need it. This is an excellent approach to taking care and protecting yourself as when you walk with a strong and confident posture when you know who you are and what you stand for; nobody can approach you with their nonsense to sway you. Even if they did try, they wouldn’t be successful.

This post is to help and nudge you into remembering who you are. Please continue to do the work, and if you haven’t done any work within yourself, this is a great time to start. Find some time by yourself to figure out what you like, what you want to achieve, and what type of people you wish to surround yourself with. There is no time to slack as we need to move forward. We can’t engage in mundane garbage anymore as the world is moving forward, there may be two types of people. The alchemists understand and know that they can create opportunities for themselves and walk in their highest purpose, and the sheep who fall for anything and everything while waiting for people to fix their lives.

All the best.

Thoughts on success: My five favourite tips for being productive

Hello there!

I hope everyone’s having a great start to the week. It is now officially autumn in the UK and it has surely been an interesting year so far. Today, I woke up thinking about productivity. In the midst of the pandemic there’s no doubt that we’ve had to change our way of thinking, planning and doing. Some of us have taken the situation in our stride when it comes to business, using the time spent at home to tick things off our To-Do List while others have simply fallen in a slump of confusion. Whichever side you fall into, perhaps the below tips will assist you in executing your short term goals effectively.

Prioritise your list

This is a simple way to choose your most important task on the list. You can do this by doing your most dreaded task first or by executing the tasks that will create a foundation for other things on your list. However, you decide to use this approach, it is important that you try to keep the process simple and fun.

Get ahead of the game

A lot of us are guilty of leaving things until the very last minute. In most cases, you’ll find that if you just leap into doing the tasks on your list the night before, the feeling of accomplishment tend to motivate you to continue doing things on your list and before you know it, it’s all done. The good thing about this is, if you’re motivated to do everything the night before, you can enjoy some extra time in bed the next morning since the dreaded list is not hanging over your head.

Turn on or turn off distractions

It’s easier for some to turn on music or background noise while they work and it’s a necessity for others to switch off all distractions. Do whatever works for you but don’t get carried away. The purpose of this is to create an environment that motivates you to tap into discipline and get things done!

Try not to take breaks

When it comes to short term goals, i’ve found that the best approach for me to execute tasks is to get it all done at once. Let’s face it, the list is there because you’re probably falling behind on your work so why waste time in between when you can just have it all done and enjoy a rewarding hot beverage afterwards.

Just say no

We are all guilty of saying yes to menial tasks that we simply do not have the capacity to complete within a short timeframe. As your business evolves, you will need to have the courage to simply say no when you know that you are unable to fully commit to demands. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this and only you know what is best for you when it comes to managing demands however, please take your mental health into consideration. Being burnt out and missing deadlines could potentially discourage clients.