Sometimes, life sucks…

…or does it?

Is every obstacle really just a blessing in disguise?

Is every bit of choppiness really just the path  to calmer waters?

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Have you ever had a day, when life. just. feels. hard. When it hurts. And you don’t exactly know what the ‘it’ is? When you’re on the verge of tears, and everything and everyone feels ‘off’, doesn’t ‘get’ you, and nothing feels right? I’m sure you know what I mean?

In the midst of one of those days today, I had an ‘AHA!’…

Here’s what I’ve got, so far (I’m so excited to share this with you!!!).

If I hadn’t woken up this morning feeling tearful and hurting, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing to you right now. Equals a good thing (a.k.a a blessing in disguise)

If I wasn’t blessed with living a life where I pretty much get to choose how I use my time, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing to right now. Equals a good thing.

If I didn’t have the time to fully feel, all of the stuff that I feel (and I have to tell you, some of it feels pretty darn painful), I wouldn’t be sitting here writing to you right now. Again, equals a good thing (you get my drift…?)

The realisation I’ve had, this morning, goes something like this… I am truly blessed to be living this life, my life, the one that I am living. I have so much time, so much support, and so much freedom… things that so many people yearn for, dream of, and don’t experience, in their life, yet.

And so, out of my feeling terrible, I now feel grateful. My heart is open (I’m still teary), and yet in an open hearted way. Tears of gratitude.

I am grateful for my husband who loves and supports me. In so many ways.

I am grateful for all my beautiful women friends who love and encourage me. In so many ways.

I am grateful for all the ‘difficult’ things in my life, that I now see, today, are my opportunities to feel, to open, to share, to write from my experience, from my heart, direct to yours… to let you know you are not alone. We are all in this together. This human experience, this living our lives thing. And so now, I feel connected. I no longer feel alone. Each and every one of us, whether we choose to accept it or not, are all the same. If only, if only (and this is where I can be of service and I see I can make a difference) we all choose to accept it, and share it, all the ‘its’ that we feel bad, or ashamed, or stupid, or silly, or scared to share.

Because one thing I know for sure. Is this. If we could all just let down our guard, open our hearts, and start to be really real with each other, then the world could quite literally change in an instant. We could be one human being talking with another human being, fully accepting and ok with, the fullness (‘good/acceptable’ and ‘bad/unacceptable’) of who we all are.

So, when something shows up in your life that you think you don’t want, here’s what I gently invite you to ask yourself…

What is this thing here to show me, teach me?

What do I have to learn here?

What I am avoiding that this thing is trying to help me with?

There truly is gold in every challenge, if only we are patient and gentle enough with ourselves to investigate it. The path to peace, really, is, within.

Sending you so much love always,

Catherine

 

 

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The HUGE benefits of taking time out

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a blog post. I wanted to write today, to let you know, I’m still here, and, I’m still very much committed to what I’m doing here. I just needed to give myself the gift of some time and space over the past few weeks, to, well… to simply by with myself.

There’s two things that have popped up in my awareness over that time. I’m now in the process of exploring them both… deeper, more, further…  I’ll be talking more about them as we go forward from here.

It all feels very exciting!

In short, being really brief, and to give you just a flavour for now… the first thing is this…

‘BEING NESS’ It’s seems ever more, that the way many people are chosing to live, is through making their ‘being ness’ a priority, rather than what many of us have done a lot in the past, which is to look ‘out there’, or to external and materialistic things to bring us happiness, peace, love, joy. Continue reading

The 3 Keys to Unlocking Your True Happiness and Deep Fulfilment – Part 3

The 3rd Key

“Making time to play”

If you’re anything like a lot of women (me included), when we reached a certain age, somehow, and for whatever reasons, we stopped making time to play.

It’s easy to let all the things that have to be done, and all the roles we take on, become all consuming and sometimes overwhelming.

When you’re on the path to living life on your terms, in a way that feels really, really good to you, it’s essential you spend time doing things you love and that are just for fun! Continue reading

The 3 Keys to Unlocking Your True Happiness and Deep Fulfilment – Part 1

This is the first in a series of 3 blog posts that I wrote last year. It’s SO vital, that we, as women, remember these 3 things, that I’ve decided to re-post “The 3 keys to Unlocking Your True Happiness and Fulfilment”, starting here with The 1st Key. I hope you enjoy!

The 1st Key

“Taking super good care of yourself” Continue reading

When change beckons

Life will nudge, and, sometimes, it will even prod you a little harder, when it wants you to sit up and take notice.

I’ve been unwell over the past month so I haven’t written here for a while. The past few weeks have been my wake-up call, a time for me to address and change, what needs to be addressd and changed. Continue reading

I have to tell it like it is!

Dear One,

Do you ever feel really frustrated, like you’re trying to say things that you’re not sure are being fully received?

That’s how I’m feeling right now. And, maybe I’m going out on a bit of a limb by writing to you about it here… the thing is… I’m willing to go out on this limb… because, it’s important… because, I really want YOU to know this. I really want YOU to live your most amazing life! Continue reading