Self Growth & Wellbeing

2inspire Network Ladies Day – 19th August 2012

Founded by Hazel Chawapiwa, 2inspire network is a platform which enables women to promote, network and communicate.  A place, according to Hazel, where “we can all share, learn and grow”.  2inspire is holding it’s inaugural ‘Ladies Day’ on the 19th August 2012, at the Crowne Plaza London Docklands.


The event is a free exhibition showcasing a variety of business and services that meet the needs of women. On the day there will also be lifestyle inspiration workshops demonstrating how to look and feel good, plus business and personal development workshops that aim to empower and support women in creating a crystal clear vision on both a personal and business level.  With upto 30 exhibitors (their products ranging from fashion to beauty to artwork), this event will be, according to the organisers ” an ultimate one stop shop for ladies”.  I’ll be going…..will you?

Self Confidence and Self Esteem

Self-confidence and self-esteem are not the same thing, but very much go hand in hand.   Your self-esteem which is based on your beliefs about your own value as a person will affect how confident you feel about yourself.


I was inspired to write this post, by Angela Curtis a successful entrepreneur and Leader of a newly formed team ‘Ask Angela & Friends‘ on Etsy, who knows only too well what it is like to suffer from poor self-esteem.
She says “I was an obese, sad person for my entire adult life…until 3rd March 2011…..I had a minor health scare…and I changed my life”.   Angela added exercise to her life and changed her diet completely.  She enthuses “the minute I started caring more about myself, the self-esteem and confidence came to me”.


What helped Angela keep firmly on her path was ensuring she had a positive source of support throughout her year of changes. For example, her husband and Facebook friends.  As Angela lost weight, she  posted photos of herself on Facebook.  The positive reactions she received encouraged her to keep going. 

 Angela’s inspirational and loving guidance to you and I is  “whatever it is that is holding you back from having good self esteem… you can overcome it, you can do anything you put your mind to… I am an example of that and I hope to inspire all of you…. please take control of the feelings, put them in their place, and feel good about yourself…..because you are worth it”.  


Well!  I think I’m worth it and have recently joined a gym to help me shake of and tone up my menopausal weight gain/body changes.  I know that if I slack of or beat myself up about it, I can come back to this post and be encouraged and motivated by Angela’s words of wisdom!

5-Minute Marrow Makers

JJ of The Marrow Of Life says “there are so many ways to bring delight to your everyday life, tiny ways to connect to the source – call it God, consciousness, presence, Being, Goddess… tiny Marrow Makers will bring you happiness and make you smile at the folks in line with you”.  She has kindly given me permission to share with you her 5-Minute Marrow Makers:-


  • Candlelight Cleanse.  You have to shower.  You shower alone most of the time.  Turn off the lights and light a candle.  Even on the most hectic mornings, this tiny trick is like a day at the spa.
  • Starbucks Sweetness: Leave your cell in the car when you go into Starbucks.  While in line, take a 3-point check: What do you smell?  Hear?  See?  Starbucks are usually designed like a senses feast, but we rarely notice it.  Your latte will be so much more delicious after having anticipated it!
  • Car Kids:  What are the kids doing in the car on the way to school? Texting? Watching DVDs?  Is there a possibility this could be some quality time – a time to set intentions with them, or just to ask what they want from today?
  • Car Cruise:  I love Oprah’s old Spirit Channel podcasts.  If you are mindlessly choosing the 9:30 Z100 phone tap… try a spiritual podcast instead.  They’re thought provoking and usually put you in the frame of mind to work mindfully.
  • Twilight Tea:  Do you have that cup of coffee after work to plow through the evening? Choose a tea.  The sensual experience will be greater, bringing you closer to the present moment, and you will sleep better if you choose a delish decaf like Tazo Calm.
  • Goddess Goo:  Skip the sh!tty Suave discount lotions.  Dump them all and indulge in one, gorgeously scented, skin-friendly, paraben free body lotion.  You have to moisturize – why not treat yourself like a goddess while gooping up?
  • Night Nurture:  Instead of mindless flopping around Facebook (#1 culprit) the 10 minutes before sleep, set an alarm on your computer/phone/iCal to shut down the visual stimulation and open up something peaceful.  Create a stack of inspirational books, or a gratitude journal, and spend the time before bed invoking meaning into your sleep!
  • Dishes Dance:  Turn on something stimulating for your ears while you wash those dishes.  Keep a little iPod speaker on the sink so it’s no big deal to throw on some sweet, soothing tunes, meditations, podcasts, or soundscapes.  Wiggle your butt around! 


New Year Resolutions

The start of a new year…a time to let go of what is old and a time to renew ourselves, open upto new experiences and ways of being.

At this time of the year many people make resolutions.  Personally, I prefer not to use the term ‘resolution’ as it reminds me of so many times in the past when I would have a mental list of around 8 or 10 resolutions and was lucky – if by the end of the year I’d managed to achieve even one of them!  Why?  Because, like many people, I made the mistake of relying solely on  my willpower,  as well as  keeping a lot of it in my head and having no real game plan, nor of really examining if the steps I was taking would really help me to achieve what I wanted to achieve or whether they were setting me up for failure!

For instance, I would take out a membership at a gym, attend a few sessions and then give up or let myself become easily distracted by being ‘too tired’ to go, after a hard day at work, or because of a multitude of other reasons…..does this sound familiar to you?

It took me a long time to realise  (and accept) that actually, going to the gym was not really ‘my cup of tea’.  Experience has shown and taught me that I’m more apt to stick with exercising if it is something I actually enjoy and come away from the activity exhilerated and full of energy (i.e an egyptian belly dance or bollywood style dance class) or as in the case of my once weekly pilates class – feeling stretched, graceful and serene.

Now, this was all before I got into reading a lot of self-development books and learning about things like positive affirmations,  the law of attraction, visualisation, journalling, life mapping and so much more.  This was long before I became a life coach and really got to understand the concept of goal setting.

Tomorrow, I want to share with you 10 ways to help you keep your resolutions that I recently came across.