I’m moving…

Thank you for blog

Thank you to everyone who has checked out my blog and followed me over the past months. I’ve been advised that as I have my blog on my website, I should only really have one. So, I’m saying goodbye here and just posting to my blog on my website from now on. I really hope you’ll still keep following on my website.

The link to my site is here and I’ve just added a new post this morning! Have a read and let me know what you think…

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter and I’d love to connect with you there…

See you soon and wishing you well,

Catherine

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Are you an Alice?

There’s a childlike bit of me that I often squash down as I assume my role as wife, daughter, sister, business owner…Do you see that about yourself as well?

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What are the things you love to do?

If you’re not sure, have a think about what you loved to do as a child. Use that as a pointer.

I know that by organising and simplifying my life and laying a solid foundation then I naturally free up time, energy and money to enjoy more of whatever it is I want to enjoy more of. Magical You is about being so serious about my life that I am serious about enjoying it.

There’s so much that I learn from children about intention and determination. Just imagine a child in a sweet shop who is absolutely clear they are not leaving that shop until they have those brightly coloured sugar filled sweets safely in their, soon to be, sticky little hands!

There’s also so much I learn from children about spontaneity, curiosity, wonderment and playfulness. If I’m willing to get in touch with all those childlike qualities, at the same time as being a grown up and responsible for my life, then I believe I hit the jackpot!

With Magical You, my intention is to get in touch, and support you to get in touch, with a childlike enjoyment and wonder about life, at the same time as being willing to accept complete responsibility for my life and to support you to accept responsibility for yours.

Now I’ll ask my question again, are you so serious about your life that you’re serious about getting the best out of it? In other words, are you an Alice and ready to enjoy the wonderland that is your life?

Til next time,

Wishing you well,

Catherine

start where you are

“Start where you are”

Maybe it sounds obvious?

I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently, and I think it’s the reason many people don’t actually start.

Here’s something I read this morning, “You are where you are right now because of the actions you’ve taken or the inaction you’ve taken,” Steve Maraboli. Do you agree?

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I think many people feel that they are so far away from what they want, in terms of their health, their wealth, their happiness and everything they what they want for their lives, that they don’t even start to take steps towards what they want. What do you think?

I see that sometimes people get cynical, blame others, blame God, the universe, blame anything and everyone, rather than take a deep breath, look deep inside and really assume responsibility for their life.

The first step is to decide what you want and to muster a little faith to believe it’s possible. Only then can you begin to take steps towards it.

I know that my life is as a result of the actions I’ve taken. I know I could have stayed married to a man I cared about and was not in love with. I know I could have believed all those who said I’d never recover from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I struggled with for almost 10 years. I know I could have been too fearful to follow my heart and not move to London to be with the man I married last year. I know I could have let my doubts and thoughts about not being good enough stop me from beginning the work I now do to support women to get the best out of life.

I didn’t let my fear stop me and I trusted that my steps out into the unknown would be rewarded.

There’s nothing I can say that will make the steps that, in your heart, you know you need and want to take, any easier. I’ll always be scared to some degree when I step out of what’s comfortable for me and you will be too. That’s life.

What I can say though, is that I know your courage will be rewarded when you take those steps. As well, you only need to think about the step you need to take today. Think about what you can do today towards what you want and take the action that comes mind. Leave what comes after until ‘after’. Don’t be concerned with tomorrow and do your best today.

If you’d like to see how I’ve brought what I know and what I’ve learned from my own experience into something that you can benefit from, please have a look at my website, http://www.magicalyou.co.uk. My work is all about supporting women to organise and simplify their lives; freeing up time, energy and money to enjoy more. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to sign up to my newsletter and receive my bite size tips and information every month. When you sign up I’ll send you my top tips for organising and simplifying all areas of your life; it’s a little gift from me to help you get started. Please email me to sign up and receive your gift catherine@magicalyou.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and wishing you well 🙂

Catherine

living simply, simply living

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler” Henry David Thoreau

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I’m not suggesting that I want to test out this theory by living alone in a simple home in the woods on the shores of Walden Pond as Thoreau did, beautiful as it is! Yet, there is much about living a simpler life that makes sense to me.

So, I’m asking myself, what does it mean to pear down my life until I am left with a simpler life? Well, it works on two levels for me. On one level, it’s about organising and simplifying the practicalities of my life in a way that’s right for me. It’s about doing it to free up my time, energy and money. The benefit is I have more time, energy and money to enjoy more, of life. On another level, it means I simplify my life so that I’m left with what my life is really about. It seems to mean I choose what I do want and stop doing what I don’t want. Easier said than done! It makes sense that it’s about being clear on what my purpose is and simply getting on and doing it. It definitely means I live true to myself and work at being more and more of who I am, who I truly am. I know there’s a ‘me’ that is courageous and compassionate and connected and I don’t always act like that ‘me’.

I know that it’s something to work on. I see that it’s a lifetime’s work.

I heard today that it’s the choices that I make, moment to moment, throughout my life, that shape the direction I go in and what my life is about. I agree. A great life isn’t made up of great big grand events. It’s made up of living each and every day and each and every moment of every day with purpose and integrity.

My questions to you are these… if you had to tell me what your purpose in life is, do you know, are you interested to know? Also, what does it mean about the way you live your life each and every day, each and every moment? Are you consciously going in the direction of your dreams and living a life that is on purpose?

some simple building blocks

I wonder if it’s because my husband has a building company or the fact that we’re extending our kitchen that my thoughts often turn to the benefits of laying a solid foundation in life and then using some key building blocks to construct the life I want?

Today I’m going to tell you about some of my all time favourite building blocks. Here goes

  • I work to do my best every day and to accept that my best may differ from day to day
  • I work to accept that nothing anyone ever does or says is personal. If I’m upset by something someone says about me then I know they’re often saying more about themselves than me. If what they say is true and I’m upset because they have hit a sensitive spot then I work to go easy on myself and on them and I take steps to be more the person I strive to be
  • I strive for the win-win outcome in every situation. If I win and you loose then I don’t really win. We’re all connected and so ultimately I loose as well.
  • I work to tell the truth and I also ask myself, is it kind and is it necessary?
  • I work to accept that me and only me is responsible for my life and my happiness. I remind myself to quit blaming people or events for anything I don’t like about my life and to use my energy to work towards what I want

After a marriage that I didn’t make work, a long term physical illness, a mental illness and numerous other challenges in my life over the years, I’ve often had to learn the painful way that life is what it is and it’s how I respond to it that makes the difference.

Someone close to me did something I didn’t like or agree with recently. At first I felt angry. Then I looked at it again and I worked to see past the actions and to see the person and then to go even further and consider their pain and their fear. Once I’d done that I no longer felt angry and could give something to that person. I felt better and they felt better.

The only person who really suffers when I feel upset is me.

Here’s a photo I took recently. I’m grateful that I’m fit and healthy and can climb to the top of hills to see such awesome sights!

What are you grateful for today?

What can you give and what can you contribute today?

It’s amazing how good it feels to be truly thankful and to give.

Wishing you well, Catherine

Saying “Yes”

About a year ago I had the thought to create a day for women. I wanted to create some time out of day to day life for women to come and be inspired, re-energised and learn some things, and to have time with other women. I wanted to involve other women who do work that compliments mine and for them to have the opportunity to share what they do as well. It was all about women supporting women, women encouraging women.

On Saturday it was our Women’s Discovery Day. Here’s a pic of the delicious food we enjoyed courtesy of Theresa P1000218

These are some of the things I saw and learned –

  • I saw that it took me a year to realise what I set out to do, I learned (again!) the rewards of keeping going, chipping away, doing it step by step, day by day.
  • I saw I needed and wanted the support of other women to create the day, I learned (again!) I can’t do it alone and also that I enjoy being part of a team.
  • I saw that I didn’t do everything I could have done on the day. There were things I didn’t say. I learned (again!) that I can either give myself a hard time about that or learn from it and move on and do it differently next time.

So, all in all, it was a great day.

  • It was great because 3 women, Jane (A Path to Peace), Julie (Julie Van Leer Pilates) and Theresa (Kitchen Buddy), supported me with my idea and we worked together to realise it.
  • It was great because 21 women came and took part in the day.
  • It was great because I did what I said I wanted to do and created the day.
  • It was great because I learned some things. I grew.
  • It was great because I said “Yes!” to myself, to my idea.

I see it’s easy to stay stuck in life and come up with reasons as to why not. I see it’s much, much more rewarding to give it my best shot, watch how it goes, learn what I need to learn and move on with the intention to do it differently next time if that’s what I see I need to do.

What would you like to say “Yes!” to in your life? I wish you well and cheer you on 🙂

small steps equal BIG RESULTS

It’s a bright, clear morning and there are signs around that are the promise of Spring days to come. Our building works are progressing. It’s been brick by brick, step by step over the last few weeks, and here we are, with our roof on and a space that now looks like a room in the making. Here’s a photo I took a few days ago. The garden works are progressing beautifully too!

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It’s got me thinking about what simple small steps you can take today that will give you big results in your life long term.

Step One : Start writing. What things about your life are you looking for solutions to? Buy a notebook. On the first page write the heading, “what’s not working in my life?”, and then begin to write. On the next clean page write the heading, “what can I do about it?”, and write some more. You might be amazed with the solutions and resolutions you see.

Step Two : Take action. Read through your solutions and decide on something you can do in the direction of solving what’s not working for you or, equally, towards creating more of what is working.

Step Three : Keep taking action. Every day do something towards making your life the way you want it to be. You are allowed to be happy. You are allowed to have the life you want. Give yourself permission to reach out and go for it. Trust yourself and see what you can do!

p.s. If you want a bigger kitchen then let me know! I might have some tips that you’ll find useful! 🙂