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02 August, 2013

In-spiration| 3 Key Ways to Stay Motivated About Your Goal

Goal Setting can be a fun thing and for the individual setting it, it can help give direction and a sense of purpose. However, what happens when your goal doesn’t happen quick enough and the feeling to give up takes hold? Here are three top tips that you can apply to ensure you keep on top of things.

1)      Set ONE Key Goal

The mistake many people make is that they dive head first into a commitment that they just can’t keep. They have 7 goals that they want to achieve and they are all very major is size and call for dedicated and increased focus. Goals that come to mind are: quitting smoking, losing weight, getting a new job, changing roles, embarking on a new career, etc. These are not to be taken lightly; however, many people struggle to put this in order of priority. Focus on one goal and keep that in your minds eye. Write in down and review it daily. Slow and steady ALWAYS wins the race.

2)      Share Your Goal with Others           

People are sometimes quite precious when it comes to their goals and aspirations. However, nothing spurs you on more than sharing your goal with someone you trust. Not only can they act as a form of support to spur you on when you feel like giving up but will also help to give you the added incentive to not give in because it now known by someone outside of yourself. Nothing is more motivating than knowing that if you stop, you will have someone else to answer to.

3)      Squash Negative Thoughts and Replace Them with POSITIVE Thoughts

This sounds easier that it actually is because the truth is, life and its ups and downs can contribute to many of us thinking negatively more times than we think positive thoughts. However, you can take charge of this and you can become the master of your own thought pattern. To help you with this, compile a list of gratitude, highlighting all of the things which you are thankful for. When you are then having a bad day or being tested by one thing or another, refer to your list and you will instantly alter your focus away from the negative and onto the positive. 



17 June, 2013

Daily Thoughts/ Reflections: It Feels So Good To Be ALIVE

I'm thankful, haven't felt the need to say that in a very long time but today is one of those days where I have chosen to reflect on who I am as a person and on how far I have come, I can honestly say that nothing feels better than the struggle to get to where you want to be. I have often sat and wished that things were easier and that I was given more of a head start in life.

Why couldn't I have rich parents? Why couldn't I be born in a more affluent area. Why couldn't I have enough wealth to do and have what I please. The truth is, I wouldn't want it any other way. I am a firm believer in hard work and the development of ones self through sheer hard work and discipline. The best thing I can say about myself is that I am happy for everyone and anyone who have made major strides within their lives, that is what makes me, me.

I finally know what I want to achieve in my life and it can be said that the moment you realise what you are working towards, you will really realise what it means to live and to feel alive. I, really trying to soak up every moment I am here, I'm trying to appreciate every moment of every second because more and more; I have realised that life is just too short.

A number of weeks ago, I lost a friend to sickle cell, I tried to comprehend it because he always seemed to be on top of it. He was in pain but never showed it. His passion was designing and what a designer he was. He never put is problems on others and was always kind and full of life. He was an example of how I want to live my life; as a testimony to the belief that everyday is special and everyday counts.

I give thanks for his life and I give thanks that I have been able to see another day and to write a new page to my story. Throughout all of the hard times, moments of indecision, times when barriers and issues present themselves. I am rest assured that I have everything within myself to get through it.

It is, and feels great to be alive.

S x

07 April, 2013

Daily Thoughts/Reflections: Why Health Comes First..

I am not a person who embraces the feeling of being ill. Believe it or not, there are individuals out there who thrive off of the attention they receive when they are not feeling good. I am quite the opposite. There was a time when I was very active and I would partake in a number of activities that would involve me being very physical. This would include jogging, roller-
blading, cycling amongst other things.

However, over the years and with the launching of some of my ventures as well as balancing work, my health has been failing me; or should I say, I have been failing my health. I was recently diagnosed with having chronic fatigue and iron deficiency, meaning that I haven't been taking enough iron. This has seen my hair break drastically, my body ache, an increased lack of concentration and mood swings.

The past few months have been horrendous and it has meant that all of the things that I enjoy doing have been pushed aside.
However, like many things, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have spent the last few days looking at eating habits and it is evident that I haven't been mindful of what I have been putting into my body. As a result, I have become a shadow of my former self!

I am now making more informed choices about what I am eating, I am developing a exercise plan which will involve me working out more, both indoors and outdoors, taking time out for meditation and reading which will allow my mind and body to de-stress. I'm also going to start juicing more and to re-visit yoga (as this was something I used to do most evenings)

When it comes to having goals in place, it really is impossible to achieve them if your health is not in check.

The next few weeks will be vital for my own development and that of my brand. A number of days ago, I had a very productive brainstorm with my creative director and co-editor to evaluate, just what needed our attention and focus over the coming months.

I'm very excited that at last, I have a vision, a direction and a goal, worth working towards. Therefore, it is absolutely paramount that I work on not only the progress of In-spire LS and Shop In-spire but that I also work towards developing a stronger version of myself.

Watch This Space.


20 February, 2013

Daily Thoughts/ Reflections: Life has a time limit.

I've found myself thinking about the past and asking myself what if? Whilst pondering on the past and questioning the unchangeable I pushed aside my present and future plans and to do lists.

This contributed to me falling into a demotivated state; one that saw me question my very existence. It was damaging to say the least. initially, I tried to refocus and failed. But, luckily for me; my good friend Sasha provided me with many truths, which helped me to shift my negative mood to a positive one.

This evening I was reading the blog of a family friend Colin Smith who you may of read about on our site! And I realised life has a time limit. If someone like Colin can continue to push on with his life and use his fatal illness to help others despite knowing his time is limited, then why am concentrating on something I can never change?

So many people spend so much time focusing on the 'what ifs' instead of the changes they need to make. If more people had the determination and spirit that Colin possesses, the world would truly be a better place and more people would be achieving their dreams and each and every step would be appreciated.

If you haven't read Colin's story click here:

Colin's story is inspirational but more funding is needed for the charity 'Headcase'so do check out the whole blog on ways you can help.

I'm now feeling inspired and I know what I have to do to refocus and get back on track. Remember, to seize each day.
Dream, Believe, Achieve!


16 February, 2013

Daily Thoughts/ Reflections: Count Your Blessings

A large part of life contains some form of struggle! Big or small a struggle is still a struggle and it still needs to be overcome!

I've spent a majority of my life struggling or so I thought! but as I've grown I have to wonder if they're struggles or lessons and tools that have built, taught and moulded me as an individual; all in place in making me the woman I am today.

I ask myself what kind of person would I be without the struggles? Where would my determination and passion to succeed come from without the knock backs and the continual setbacks?

It's very easy to be blinded by your struggle so much so that it overtakes your life and instead of finding solutions you find your struggle becomes bigger and harder to deal with.

The easiest way to overcome the struggles of life is to look on the bright side of it! Find them blessings around you and feel thankful for everyone! And believe me everyone has some form of blessings around them be it family friends a roof over your head and even the food in your belly! Everything good small and even things that are simple are a blessing in some form because many wish for what you have!

I find the moment I think of all of my blessings, evaluate where I have been, what I've overcome and how far I have come, I forget the struggle and turn it into a learning tool! So I can focus on turning the negatives into positives.

I spent a large part of my life not having anyone I could count on. However, I finally feel that I've surrounded myself with the right people! And God I am thankful for them, they are without fail major blessings in my life!

I encourage you to count yours!

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