One of things that I wanted to offer my personal development clients was the opportunity to purchase my self study courses and my first (mini) one has gone live. I am so excited and really pleased with myself at the hard work, dedication and care that has gone into this course.
I am a true believer that to make significant changes in your life you need to know yourself and this course helps you Reveal The True You, and gets you to dig deep and take a very close look at yourself. It’s amazing what we suddenly remember.
This 72 page self study mini course will help you take back control of your life and start you on a path to changing your yourself and you life for the better.
The course consists of 10 Modules that focus on:
- the roles you play in your life
- reflecting on your past
- the dreams you had and still have
- your attributes
- the things you would like to change
- what you see as self-care
- the people in your life
- answering some deep questions
- your perfect day
- and putting all the information you have gathered together
This course is available via my Etsy store, so click here to invest in yourself!
When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to Smile but have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown,
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Edgar A Guest
The first time I heard the This Is Me by Keala Settle the words just resonated with me, especially the ones below:
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
This song is all about standing up for yourself, being proud of who you are, accepting every part of the person you are, and loving yourself even when no one loves you back.
You can be your biggest fan, your best friend, your own personal cheerleader.
So this is me……
The full lyrics can be found here.
Charlie Mackesy’s beautifully illustrated picture book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, has captured a nation during a difficult time, with its pages filled with messages of empathy and self-care that only the cold hearted amongst us would fail to be touched by them.
I bought this book as a gift for my daughter to help her through a challenging time, and I knew instantly that she would love, not just the words but the pictures too. It sits proudly on her bookshelf and she wasn’t embarrassed to say that she had a little cry whilst reading it.
I have seen so many people talk about this tiny piece of comfort, from people struggling with their mental health, to key workers sharing the words with patients, to teachers adding this to their online classes.
I should have bought a book for myself, not because I am struggling, but to remind me that there is kindness still in a very unkind world.
What I didn’t know at the time, was the same Charlie who had drawn two of the pictures hanging on my bedroom wall; they caught my eye instantly too.
Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Maybe make their day a little bit brighter? It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. You won’t know how many people are encouraged by your kindness because smiles are contagious.
Try out one or more of these 7 ways today to put smiles on their faces.
1. Write an encouraging note to others that have encouraged you or that need encouragement. Handwritten notes that are given to encourage, not just for thanking someone for a gift, are rare. That makes handwritten notes even more special. Start a new practice of sitting down and writing an encouraging note on a regular basis. You just might start an epidemic!
2. Take a friend out to lunch or invite her to your home for a meal. You will get to know each other even better than you do right now. If you feel like being more adventurous, throw a party for several of your friends and put smiles on a multitude of faces.
3. Give someone an inspirational book to read. You will feel good doing it, reading the book will change the person, and they will think of you every time they read it.
4. Ask a friend or relative if you can take care of their kid(s) for a day or evening. If you have been a parent, you know the value of being able to have a few hours of “adult time” without worrying about the children. Don’t wait to be asked to baby-sit when it is required. Offer to do it at a time when the parent can do something fun and relaxing.
5. Deliver a meal to someone you know that is sick or having a rough time. We have all been sick and know the last thing you want to do is be out of bed. There are also times when life is tough and it is hard to do all of the daily chores. You can be a tremendous help by providing a meal that can be enjoyed.
6. Volunteer time to supporting a local charity. Every minute you dedicate to a charity will cause many smiles. You will put a smile on the face of each leader just for helping without being asked. You will also be putting smiles on the faces of those that are being helped through the organisation.
7. Thank everyone that supports you throughout the day. The list of those that you come in contact with is endless. Remember family and friends, secretaries, co-workers, teachers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, store employees, janitors, gas station attendants, those that deliver your mail and newspaper, and servers at restaurants.
I know this is a list of 7 ways to put a smile on someone’s face, but there is one more way that can’t be ignored. Reveal a genuine smile to everyone you meet. You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile!