• Breathe (Neon Light)
    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks

    3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

    Often times stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s worries into our present-day thoughts. An accumulation of these worries will almost always end up with a high stress level, raised cortisol levels and a perpetual state of distraction and not being able to fully focus. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the previous day or days and concentrate wholly on our today. So here are 3 stress-busting tips to help you manage the daily build-up of stress. If you’re suffering a more chronic stress, or feeling overwhelmed or even burnt out, check out my related content on these here: How to build resilience…

  • Moon Sun Eclipse in Black and White
    Spiritual Life

    The Art Of Daydreaming

    When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image. Meister Eckhart Do you have any idea what you think about all day? It sounds like a silly question, but most of us don’t actually observe the noise that’s constantly going on inside our heads. You’ve heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!!” This is the universal Law of Attraction at work and it applies to all of us without question. Unless we make a conscious effort to watch ourselves from the sidelines, our everyday thoughts and our reactions to…

  • Anxiety & Fear in a Journal
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    Anxiety & Fear: Learn 5 Steps to Conquer Them

    Your journal is your therapist. It’s not just a place to answer profound questions from “50 things to journal about” lists or to write about what you had for lunch, though there is nothing wrong with either of those ideas. You will also see other journaling ideas in my Journaling Tools section of the site ranging from gratitude to affirmations to help setting up Day One Templates, app reviews, different ways to journal and more, including my Journaling Playbook which you can download to help get started in just a few minutes every day. But what do I mean by the idea that your journal is your therapist? Put Anxiety…

  • Morning Routines: Breakfast
    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Character

    Turning Morning Routines into Morning Bliss

    Do you have a morning routine? And do you struggle with it somedays, or every day? The problem here is the word ‘routine.’ If the first things you are going to do in the day don’t light you up, you’re more likely to snooze than excitedly leap out of bed. 生き甲斐 – IkigaiThe thing that gets you out of bed in the morning – your sense of purpose. There are a gazillion morning routines in books and all over the Internet. You may have tried one or more of them and given up. No single routine is better than any of the others because the question is not “What is…

  • Man jumping over a ravine
    Life Hacks

    Fear. What is it good for? Confidence

    Over the course of February I spent some time studying confidence in more depth, and its bedfellow, fear. I thought I would share a few key takeaways with you. Confidence is Earned You don’t have or require confidence before you do something. You earn it after you have done the thing. The principle here is that confidence is like a “charge” you build up over time by doing more of the things that are just outside of your comfort zone. Everything that is inside your comfort zone is easy and not challenging, so you probably don’t feel like you need the confidence to do these things. They are automatic. However,…

  • Person Loving the Breeze
    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…

  • Girl reading and thinking in nature
    Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Life Vision

    Just Stop. And Think.

    I have worked for myself for almost 20 years now, and the general (b)rule has been to work, work, work because it’s all about the hustle. And if you’re not hustling you’re not doing it right. Before that, I always kept myself busy: I had my day job and then my hobbies – like dancing – and other pursuits such as running role-playing clubs, or a side gig such as web design (which actually became my first solo business). I fill moments between activities with audiobooks nowadays, time I used to fill with music. It’s become more intense and I have succumbed to workaholism and the (b)rule of being always…

  • 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…

  • Muse 2 Meditation: Brain Sensing Headband
    App Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation with Muse 2: My Experience with EEG

    I have been meditating since my schooldays – not all the time, but often enough to have developed a good practice. My friends and I were interested in the occult, the paranormal and the esoteric and looked at numerous systems including tarot, meditation, shamanism, angels, Wicca, rune lore, Zen, scrying, ley lines, you name it. We visited a number of groups over the years, went to seminars teaching different spiritual practices and engaged in activities from guided meditation to overtone chanting to crystal workshops to earth energies and more. For me, it was an excellent foundation in what lay on the other side of science (see also my review of…

  • Blank Card
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    Day One Templates: Elegant Simplicity

    You may have seen me mention Day One a few times in other posts – it is my go-to journaling app and great for quickly jotting down ideas too. This post is about creating Day One Templates. One of the challenges I find with a daily journaling routine is my desire to have a short set of pre-defined sections or questions which I can adopt – i.e. headings. Other apps like Evernote also offer the facility for templates, but I found Evernote too unwieldy for day-to-day journaling. Evernote is geared for a different purpose. Day One has the template facility nailed and it even comes with a few templates for…