• Woman tying up her trainers
    Health & Fitness,  App Reviews

    App Review: HIIT by Down Dog

    Down Dog are possibly most well-known for their yoga app (hence the name – it’s a pose in yoga), but recently they have released a slew of related health-and-fitness apps which have been up to the same excellent levels of craftsmanship. I use the yoga app and recently added their HIIT and meditation apps to my roster. This review is about the HIIT app. For a long time, I have not settled on a preferred fitness app. I have been into running recently, tried push-up quests and a variety of styles over the years. But with the very cold winter weather, plus the heavy rains, I decided running was not…

  • Do Something Great
    Life Hacks,  Courses

    The Best Personal Development Coaching?

    The best personal development coaching is, without any doubt, experienced and delivered one-to-one with your own dedicated coach. The sessions are personalised and tailored to your exact needs and the accountability boost you get is invaluable (contact me for more details). However, there are many other ways to receive personal development which range from group coaching to live personal development coaching, to pre-recorded personal development training, to books and audiobooks, to YouTube, and then talking to your friends. Roughly in that order of effectiveness. When people ask me where I get coached, my answer is that it’s a combination of all of the above. Every author or presenter is a…

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    Journaling

    Why Affirmations Are So Powerful

    In the video above, Marisa Peer, renowned and resected therapist with over 30 years experience, sets out the fundamental reasons behind the mind’s machinations. There are 11 principle rules behind why you get the results you do, and why affirmations are a simple, yet powerful tool to help you reframe your beliefs. Later in the video, Marisa goes on to talk about how children perceive the world and sets out, albeit briefly, 14 key points as to how they understand the world. It is very informative – whether you are a parent or want more understanding of why or how you became the way you are. I learned a couple…

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    Journaling

    Free Journaling Playbook Released

    This is a really quick post to say that I have created a journaling playbook to help you get started with journaling. It’s built around a short morning session and another short evening session – both around 10 minutes. Each session blends gratitude to enhance your mood and mental state (which we could all do with right now), planning and goal setting (the easy edition) and the all-important analysis (core journaling) plus a handful of other tips. In the playbook are two templates you can use to fill in each day, or adapt to your preferred medium. I will be releasing other freebies in time, and if there is something…

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    Book Reviews

    2021: 12 Months. 12 Books I Recommend

    I was on a forum discussing personal growth and one of the members asked for book recommendations that they could study this year. The goal is one book per month for 2021. This is part of my 2021 #WisdomWednesdays series, and if you have an area you would like me to explore, drop me a message with your question. You should know by now that I read a lot of books each year, mostly in audio format, and in 2020 I reached 50 books throughout the year (including re-reads of some). I reviewed a good selection of them on this site (see the book reviews section), but I took a…

  • Gratitude Journal
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    How to make your Gratitude Journaling reap Powerful Rewards

    Keeping a gratitude journal is often recommended to help you develop more happiness. By being grateful for even the little things in life, we gain a much greater inner appreciation for what we actually have. It helps stem the tide of negative or comparative thinking which, through self-talk, brings our emotional state down. Gratitude journaling is beneficial and easy to start. Simply jot down the good things that happened to you like a promotion, hitting a goal in your fitness program, or getting some good news. You can use a piece of paper, a digital notepad or any of the myriad journaling apps or ready-made journals that exist. I prefer…

  • Boat on Water
    Book Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    This is the advanced manual to a life of abundance and joy. Incredible. It is an effective guide to unlocking the prisons we create for ourselves through inner mental constructs we make to protect our perceived fragility as directed by the ego. But by understanding exactly who we are – which is not the sum of our experiences, our mental chatter, our fears, our emotions, or any of that stuff – we can live a more expansive and vibrant life. Every chapter is poignant and enlightening and stand-out points for me were: The importance of death as a teacher of what it means to live freely. The first section on…

  • Feeling Alive
    Book Reviews,  Intellectual Life,  Emotional Life,  Character

    The Charge

    I took Brendon’s course called The 10 Human Drives earlier this year, which is based on this book. The course runs for 90 minutes and is an excellent overview of the 10 human drives. The book takes each one and delves deeper into the research and background with additional case studies from Brendon’s own clients about how he identified these charges lacking within them and helped them turn it around and lead a more transformed and fulfilling life. According to Brendon, we live our lives in one of three states: Caged: We are trapped in the past or in the expectations of others. Those who live caged lives feel tethered to…

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    Book Reviews,  Character,  Career

    Your Stand is Your Brand

    Outstanding and pivotal. This book applies as equally to personal development as it does to business since Your Stand is routed in your own identity. I found it to be ‘the missing link’ in my personal journey and Patrick’s 5P Expansion Sequence is one which is easy to understand yet requires focused effort by the individual (or business team) to truly dig deep and understand your inner workings and then apply conscious choice to embrace your truth, instead of unconscious choice and operate with your conditioned choices which are often in conflict and, ultimately, lead to your lack of success in any or all areas of your life. The book…

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    Book Reviews,  Emotional Life,  Love Life,  Social Life

    Empath Awakening: How to Stop Absorbing Pain, Stress, and Negative Energy from Others and Start Healing

    Another easily accessible read from Kara Lawrence which has the usual blend of helpful checklists as well as explorations of the key concepts of being empathetic. I like that Kara does not simply lay out what an empath is and how they function, but she contrasts this with the opposite personality types of ‘energy vampires’ which come in all shapes and sizes and also goes further to provide a shopping list of techniques you (the empath) can use to protect yourself from said ‘vampires’ and other external factors which can deplete your gifts. Here is an overview of the chapters in the book: Chapter One: Are you empathetic? Understanding these…