Passions rekindled

Passions rekindled

Last year, I was given two gifts that delivered way beyond expectation and rekindled passions that have been missing from my life. My dear friend Charlotte thoughtfully gifted me a map and poem about travelling. This reconnected me with my passion for travelling and it now fills my wall with a world view. It also prompted me to dig out my old travel diary and reminisce with my kids about past escapades . This turned me into a storyteller as I shared tales of places I had visited,  people I met and some tricky situations that I survived along the way. Her gift helped me to keep past travel adventures in my mind and future voyages on my horison. It inspired me to hatch plans to visit some of the new places on my bucket list and to re-visit the places that I adore. The second gift was a pair of walking boots. Osteoarthritis in both knees resulted in me hanging up my running shoes. I missed the feeling of running hard and pushing myself in outdoors, that endorphin rush that follows and the headspace to leave all your worries behind. For some reason I had forgotten to apply my ‘adapt, improvise and overcome’ mindset to this challenge till, much to my surprise, I was presented with my walking boots. To say that these are now my most favourite possession would be an understatement. These shoes have taken me on numerous twilight and sunset walks since I acquired them. In one week alone they stomped over 65 miles. I have discovered a new hobby, enjoyed a more sustainable way...
Find confidence within

Find confidence within

We often talk about confidence with an assumption that there is a shared definition. Yet confidence might look and feel different to each of us. I wonder what confidence means to you? By my definition, confidence can be demonstrated in your words, behaviours and your actions. It comes from having belief in your abilities and having inner strength to stand your ground. Together these attributes shape the successes that you can create through your own actions.  Inspired by sourceofinsights.com why not think about your confidence as ‘the juice to jazz your thinking being and doing in more powerful ways’. Through years of experience working as an occupational therapist and mental health coach, here are some of tried and tested confidence hacks that have helped others to find confidence within. Spring clear your thoughts: What you believe is what you become. Spring clean unhelpful thoughts and fill your mind with a world view that will help you to have more, be more and do more. Know what you stand for, get clear on your key values and stand by them. Recognise your capabilities and gifts and be proud of them. Do confidence to grow confidence: Embrace opportunities to achieve your goals (no matter how daunting) and trust that your capability and comfort will grow from this. Repeat till this becomes your new norm. Don’t wait to feel confident to do new things, do things to become confident. Behave like you would if you were confident and allow your actions to influence your feelings. Fake it to become it. Celebrate your success Celebrate your successes on a regular basis. Ask yourself ‘what...