18 April 2014

Overcoming Doubt

This past week was busy filled with my beginning Rock Your Blog (affiliate which is seriously incredible!!!) and attempting to clean up the house. Plus daydreaming, as I am want to do. Daydreaming about living in France again, smelling all the scents that fill the air and float around the streets, looking for passersby to take a minute and pause, relishing the moment. It was the place I was the happiest and I miss it dearly.

Then the excuses started coming in about why I can't live there again. Billy is gluten free, it would be hell for him living in the bread capital of the world! I'd like a house and if we ended up in Paris we would be in an apartment. The crime was bad last time I lived there. Maybe it's not safe. Maybe it would be a pain applying for Billy and Kaya's residents card. Maybe we wouldn't be able to get healthcare. Maybe it would be best to be in Canada. No more visas!!

The truth is I have no idea if I will ever live their again, but when I confronted these maybes head on I proved them all to be false. Except for the apartment. That was is pretty much a given. The real issue here is doubt.

How often do we dream or set goals and then fear comes to play and ruins everything? 

For me this is a regular occurance. I want results from the things I do and if they don't manifest I get discouraged and self doubt sets in. What I've found is that most of everyone's doubts and negativity come from an ignorant place that is trying its best to protect us from anything that may come from doing something different.

We can overcome this doubt, anxiety, and negativity in different ways, but probably the is to prove the negative self banter wrong by showing it examples of people who have done whatever it is we have wanted to do. You can watch this episode of Marie TV to hear Dr. Cathy Collautt talk about how to do this ( you can also get her free pdf on it here)

What do you do when you encounter self doubt? How do you motivate yourself?

12 April 2014

Photos from Bangkok

Little cafe across from our hotel. Cheap, great coffee!

I'm sorry...is that green tea soft serve? Yes. Yes it is. From Japan.

I have been excited to write about our trip to Bangkok but hadn't had the chance as soon afterwards we were off to Malaysia to get our visas. You may remember that the last time we were in Bangkok we decided it wasn't the right place for us; we could find affordable pet friendly housing ( most condos do not allow pets) and the trip wasn't the best overall. We did get to meet our friend Molly and her lovely daughter and had the chance to stay at a gorgeous apartment though, so I had a hankering to go back sometime and explore the city further. Which we finally did!

We were only there a few days and had to hustle to get my passport renewed in time. We stayed at the same hotel and actually did the same old routine of walking around the neighborhood and swimming in the rooftop pool. This time however, we found people both friendlier ( at not only the hotel but wherever we went) and discovered an amazing Vietnamese restaurant. No, we didn't hit up the touristy-yet-gorgeous temples or get off the beaten track, but it made us realize we want to spend more time there in the future.

Bangkok is hectic, hot, and not laid back like here in Phuket. But I can tell you from experience that island life, albeit relaxing, can be boring. My mind and spirit are craving something to do, new places to explore and so I can't wait to return to Bangkok in a few months to get Kaya's passport renewed.

10 April 2014

Quotes to make life bright

Today we have the lovely Carly sharing with us quotes to uplift a day that needs some lovin'. 
Carly is the scribe behind Living Brightly. As a long term health sufferer of CFS/Thyroid/adrenal/autoimmune issues she hopes to build a community to inspire and motivate those on a wellbeing journey, and also to generally encourage everybody to pursue passion & purpose in order to create happy and content lives.
She believes that true wellbeing is a unique synchronistic blend of Mind, Body & Soul.

I love a beautiful uplifting quote.

A few carefully chosen words put together in such a way that they poetically and mystically wrap around your soul and pierce straight to your heart. They shift your perspective in one single beautiful moment. Time freezes for a second whilst their ornate wisdom pours in and you experience their warm embrace.

There are always flowers for those who wish to see them.” Matisse.

A perfect quote has the power to sum ‘it’ up so succinctly and absolutely, that if you find the right one, at the exact precise correct moment, it is like finding an exquisite (Christian Louboutin) slipper that fits so perfectly it could only have been made just for you.

I like to keep quotes on hand. In a book by my bed and on an App on my smart phone. I scroll through them when I feel the need for some reassurance, advise, or inspiration.

They can also remind me to be a better person and to serve others;

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless.”

At times the perfect quote seems to simply and synchronistically find me (Thank you universe) and sometimes I just keep scrolling until I find what I need.......

Every journey starts with a first step.”

Ahhhh bliss; this one fits me perfectly most days and speaks to my soul. It supports me and lifts me. It reminds me that no matter what is going on all that I need to do is focus on that tiny first step. That is it.

I can do that.

I feel as though this spiritual intelligence frees me from all the doubt which I can create for myself. It takes the pressure off. I don’t need to fully know my destination or even my whole journey. All I need is one little step in the right direction.

Thank you wise words.

The perfect quote will transfer its energy and intention to you. It realigns you and sets the vibration you are seeking. It soothes and heals. You feel understood. You gain guidance.

The next time that you experience the joy and contentment of a few magically constructed words know that they were meant for you. The universe offering up a personal message.

This was written for you and it found you for a reason.

With Love
Carly xx

and Twitter at @CarlyJennings3