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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Keep Holding On - Behind The Clouds, The Sun Still Shines!

Keep Holding On - Behind The Clouds, The Sun Still Shines!

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

It’s hard to be patient. But as one of my favourite quotes goes ‘’Things are happening behind the scenes, if not visible on the surface.” 

So when you feel the rollercoaster of life has broken down for you, and you’re watching everyone else fly past you (or that’s what it feels like) know that it is just taking a breather to make things better in your life. 

When there’s nothing going on in your life, just know that something is making its way to you. 

When everything is going on in your life, you forget about the little things that troubled you.

For instance, I entered a competition and the end date was the day I moved into university for my first year. Now I forgot all about the competition because I was so focused on moving all my stuff in and making new friends (which I did, very quickly and easily) and that night I got a phone call saying I’d actually won the competition! 

I know it’s hardly the same thing but it just goes to show when you focus on something else, something you’ve been waiting for, consciously or unconsciously will happen. 

So go on, try focusing on the things that make you happy in life and see what happens. 

Life doesn’t stand still, though it may seem like it does sometimes, the light may be distant but it will be shining. Like the sun never stops shining, it may go down in your world but it’s rising somewhere else on the earth. And it shines behind the moon at night, when you can see it on clear nights, and even on cloudy stormy nights it’s still there regardless.

So keep holding on, because even though you can’t see them every night, the stars, including the sun, still shine.


Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 
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Friday, 25 October 2013

You have to be able to make yourself happy.

You have to be able to make yourself happy. 

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

A lot of exciting things have happened to me this week! 

And good things might not come in hordes or bundles, they might be one at a time but that will make you appreciate them for what they are more at the time! 

If you want good things to happen, understand that they won’t all happen at once! Life doesn’t work like that. 

Only one good thing actually happened for me this week, but because of that I got to re-live one of my best memories on my blog! So I made it into ‘a lot of things’. 

And that’s what you have to do sometimes. You have to be able to make yourself happy. 

When there’s not much going on, you need to be able to make yourself smile. Find a book you can lose yourself in or a funny book that’ll make you laugh out loud, anything to keep your spirits up and rising. 

As you know from a previous post, you are the most important thing that has ever walked this earth, not to mention amazing, good-looking etc., but don’t be arrogant because big-headed people don’t get far in life. 

Just know that you are worth it, whatever ‘it’ happens to be.

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Healthy Living:Get going every day

Healthy Living:Get going every day

This post is from the Change4Life website
Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we’re too busy or we simply can’t face the thought of it. But most people are not getting the amount of activity they need to stay healthy. Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right kind of activity they need each week. And sitting down for hours – maybe at work, watching TV or playing computer games - can also increase the risk of poor health.
Building activity into your day keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you’re feeling down.
That means:
  • Adults needs to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
  • Kids aged five to 16 need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day
  • Kids under five need three hours of activity a day 

Activities for adults

For adults, it can seem hard to fit activity in to a busy schedule. Working and looking after the rest of the family and the home can mean there isn’t much free time. And sometimes activity can seem expensive too - but it doesn't have to be.
It's not just about feeling stronger, fitter and more energetic. You can also get a great sense of achievement if you decide to learn to dance or take up a new sport, and you’ll feel loads more confident too.
Being active means getting your heart rate up, feeling warmer (perhaps even breaking into a light sweat) and making your lungs work harder.
Try our ideas below for easy ways to get going every day!
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

e-Happiness 2 By Stephanie Carfrae

e-Happiness 2 By Stephanie Carfrae

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

I don’t have a magic wand to whisk away all of your problems. 

Heck if I did, I definitely wouldn't be in this predicament. 

But I do have the power of words, which in the words of Dumbledore, are the most inexhaustible source of magic, both capable of inflicting injury and remedying it! 

Celebrities are admirable because they are actors, dress in a particular way or are singers. 

The people we regard as strong are people who act as though everything is OK, even and perhaps especially, when the world is falling down on them. 

Singers are breaking the mould into acting nowadays, whether it’s just in music videos or like Jennifer Lopez, acting is where they made their name. And it seems easy for them. It’s a seamless transition. And why is this? 

It’s the same game. As long as they believe in the lyrics and/or can relate to them in any way they can act like it’s happened to them even if it hasn’t. That is why music is so "relatable" and the lyrics seem to speak to or about us. Not because we’ve all been in the same situation. 

So the people we regard as strong are the best actors because they carry on with a smile on their face regardless of everything. 

Acting, while it may not be the easiest thing to do, is what people do and some are better at it than others.

For instance, I never gave a second thought to the temperamental situation of someone close to me until I started getting calls from other people asking me to watch out for her and help when I could.. Of course I did these things, and now I care for her in a new way. This person was such a good actor that I had no idea something was wrong.

So it may be the person you least expect who needs help. 

Don’t be so arrogant as to only to think of yourself in every situation, because someone might need you. Even if it might seem like the biggest deal in the world, and will have repercussions on your life in the future.

Please remember it is NOT all about you. 

Others in the same situation might need to rely on your strength, and may have things draining their lives at the same time as you.

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 


Tuesday, 15 October 2013


mistakesTuesday Clinic: When You Make A Mistake!

We all mistakes! There isn't a human being alive who doesn't  – we all do. That is why, when people do work where accuracy is critical, systems are usually put in place to inspect and assure it.

We make mistakes in all parts of our lives, not just at work.

So, when you make a mistake, what do you do next?

Well I think the first big step is to accept you did make a mistake. Most of us are very good at coming up with excuses. Underneath we usually know the truth.

Once you have admitted to yourself what happened, you need to make sure that your mistake causes no further damage. Do whatever you can to put things right or at least make sure that what you did doesn't cause any further harm. That can be difficult when the mistake is to do with wrong choices in a relationship at home or at work. At times like that it often helps to talk to a friend or to a coach like me.

Part of putting things right often means being ready to go on record and admit what you did.

Now, if you made a mistake you can put right quickly with no real damage, perhaps you won’t need to tell anyone. But what about the people you who deserve an apology, or those who need to learn from your mistake? Remember hiding a mistake at work that is later discovered is not the best career move.

Being ready to say sorry is really important. A sincere apology for an honest mistake makes a huge difference to the injured party and to your own self-esteem.

Usually, the most important part of handling mistakes is understanding why they happen. Mistakes can occur because you are tired, or perhaps you were distracted. Sometimes it is because you don’t really know what you are doing or because a system or a piece of equipment doesn't work properly.  All those things can usually be understood easily and put right.

Sometimes, we make mistakes because we are unhappy. We might make bad choices at work or in relationships for reasons deep within us to do with our emotions. And some of us just go on making those kinds of mistakes.

If you keep making the same mistakes, it is a good idea to seek help. There lots of counsellors and coaches around who will be happy to work with you. Take action now, your life is too precious to waste it going round in the same circle.

If you need support in a particular situation please get in touch.

I hope you are enjoying your week.

Warm regards
Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com 
http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Something Healthy For Friday - Cabbage Rolls (Polish Gołąbki)

Something Healthy For Friday - Cabbage Rolls (Polish Gołąbki) 


I love these. Jenny Jones shows her simple recipe for delicious and healthy Cabbage Rolls (Polish Gołąbki) stuffed with rice, ground sirloin, mushrooms, and tomato. 

"I grew up helping my dad make gołąbki and they are easier to make than you think," says Jenny. "I hope my step-by-step video allows more people to enjoy this traditional Polish dinner."




Link to printable recipe: http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/c...

For more of Jenny's healthy recipes, visit:http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Are you feeling stuck in the maze?

Are you feeling stuck in the maze?


When I talk to new life coaching clients the most common words I hear are;  “Can you help please? I feel stuck".

It usually makes me think of someone lost in a maze surrounded by high hedges with no idea how to go forward or back. And sadly most have forgotten exactly how they got here. They are well and truly stuck.

It doesn’t feel good to be stuck in a maze where all paths seem to lead nowhere.

Of course, it is an illusion. There is a way to the centre and back again out into the wider world if you can get up high enough to see or you have a map.

And that is I suppose what working with a life coach is about.  Finding a way to get up high, taking the broader perspective, or at least a different one, working out where you want to be in the big wide world and making a plan.

Climbing that ladder or getting into the helicopter on your own can be frightening.  You need confidence to do it.  And when you have been stuck for a while, confidence is one of things that gets damaged.

You need to phone a friend or even better a life coach.  We are really good at holding the
ladder and we've been taking helicopter rides over life’s mazes for a while now.

Get in touch, I'm always happy to help.

I hope you are having a very good week.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

You Are Amazing By Stephanie Carfrae

You Are Amazing By Stephanie Carfrae

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

‘I think you’re amazing,’ someone says to someone else, but it doesn’t matter who, because they’re all amazing really. People are amazing.’ An insightful quotation from David Nicholls in his amazing book One Day.

And it’s so true. 

Whether your wings are still forming, you’re still metamorphosing or your wings are fledging, or you’ve already taken flight, YOU ARE amazing. 

Always believe that. Even when the world seems to have turned its back on you, there is a star somewhere shining for you. Always have the confidence to believe that. Because YOU ARE worth it. 

Anybody who tells you that you aren’t are merely jealous because they want to be who you are, or they are pessimists. 

When you know that you are worth it, you find things that seemed impossible aren’t as terrifying. 

It is a hard thing to do. I still remember how hard it was to convince myself of this fact. I do deserve things to get better. And that took a long time. I had to keep reminding myself and still do sometimes. 

But YOU DO TOO. You deserve all the happiness in the world. 

‘It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.’ A quotation from http://www.upworthy.com/something-every-teacher-should-watch-and-student-and-person?g=2 If you have the time, I encourage you to watch this, because it is beneficial to all. 

And just because someone says you won’t make any money that way, doesn’t mean you won’t. Like if someone says you can’t be happy if you live like that, just show them that you can and you will. 

I don’t know your situation, but I am sure that there is someone who you’d like to prove something to. So why not? 

Go do what you want to do. Because life only comes around once. ‘Die with memories, not with dreams.’ 

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Healthy Living: Healthy Fats Won’t Make You Fat

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Healthy Living: Healthy Fats Won’t Make You Fat

Today's post is from contributor - Natasha Gelder. Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a choreYou can find her blog here http://natashajadegelder.wordpress.com/

There seems to be a lot of confusion over the food group ‘fats’, with most people assuming that all fats are bad for them. Many people seem to believe that eliminating all fat from their diet is the best way to lose weight quickly and effectively. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the case. Fats are actually an essential part of our everyday diet and are needed to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, however, only some fats are beneficial to us and should be eaten regularly; this is where the confusion regarding which types of fats you should be eating seems to stem from.

Some fats are bad for you in the sense that they are high in calories and if you consume a lot of them, you run the risk of obesity and all the serious health problems that go hand in hand with it, with diabetes and coronary heart disease being examples of these. The other type of fats may also be high in calories but they are extremely high in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, as well as providing your body will the essential fatty acids it needs to function normally. We need these ‘good fats’ in our body and should eat food containing them on a regular basis, whereas we should eat ‘bad fats’ in moderation and try not to overindulge in these.

So, how can we work out which fats are ‘good’ and which are ‘bad’? Saturated fats are the unhealthy fats that are present in a high percentage of foods which are readily available to us, whereas unsaturated fats are the healthy fats that contribute to our bodies staying healthy when eaten regularly. There is a type of fat named ‘Trans fats’ and small quantities of this occurs naturally in dairy food and some red meat; the intake of these Trans fats, however, should be limited as consuming excessive amounts  can increase the level of cholesterol in the body and can lead to coronary heart disease.

Which foods should we eat and which should we avoid? An easy way to work this out is to think in terms of whether or not a food is deemed as unhealthy; if a food is classed as bad for us then this is likely to be because it contains high amounts of saturated fat. Foods like chips, burgers, ice cream and all the other tasty stuff all contain high levels of saturated fat. As well as using these foods as treats rather than as everyday diet staples, some other ways you can reduce the amount of saturated fat you consume without drastically changing your diet include trimming the fat off meat, limiting the amount of butter you use and choosing to grill or steam food rather than fry it.

Some foods that do contain ‘good’ saturated fats that you should try to eat more of include oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, nuts, avocado and olive oil. Foods such as these provide us with a source of energy but are kind to our bodies and can contribute to us leading a healthy balanced lifestyle. It turns out that not all fats will make you fat.

Today's post is from contributor - Natasha Gelder. Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a choreYou can find her blog here http://natashajadegelder.wordpress.com/
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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

My Belief By Stephanie Carfrae

My Belief By Stephanie Carfrae

Here is another post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and I think you will be inspired by Stephanie's first video on YouTube 

When I find myself facing a task I don’t like or that I think will take a long time if I get involved. I just imagine myself not being able to do that particular thing ever again. It helps me stop putting things off.  

Having infinity to get things done is a nice idea but that’s all it can ever be because time is so precious. Life is unpredictable at the best of times. 

After I’ve had a good time at an occasion, I just use that as inspiration to do what I need to. 

Life is an unpredictable waiting game. 

You never know what is coming next. Which is why it can be exciting. 

When you’re going through a really hard time, it seems it will never improve. But there is always a ray of light somewhere. It may be buried deep within a situation or may be really obvious but you can find it. 

Sometimes it’s easier to see the light when you remove yourself from the situation. This isn’t always possible but when you close your eyes you can make believe that you can take yourself out of the equation and see that it is all right. 


I have always thought of life as a waiting room in a doctor’s surgery. Something’s always going on and sometimes there’s a new patient who will become important to you or someone else who’s close to you.  Often it is just a check-up you are waiting for, but sometimes the waiting room will get a little crazy and serious. It can bring you back to the Earth with a bang.

Stephanie Carfrae, Creative Writing Graduate. Find her blog at www.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.uk and her video introduction at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSHqG-DOMK0


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Healthy Living: Shut Up and Squat.

Healthy Living: Shut Up and Squat.

Today's post is from contributor - Natasha Gelder. Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a choreYou can find her blog here http://natashajadegelder.wordpress.com/

From the outset, it may seem strange that I am choosing to write an entire article solely on squats.  After all, you may be thinking, it is just one exercise. The squat is not just one exercise; it is the exercise of all exercises. If you want to see impressive results in a short space of time then you cannot afford to miss squats out of your exercise routine.

Squats help to build muscle all over your body; they actually create an anabolic environment which means that they contribute to a person’s ability to build muscle everywhere and not just in your lower half. Although they have a tremendous amount of impact on leg muscles including the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves, they also help to firm the bum and stomach when done correctly. Surprisingly enough, when performing a squat, the movement is so intense that your body releases the testosterone hormone and a growth hormone, both of which are vital when it comes to muscle growth. This also results in an increase in muscle mass all over the body.

It is no secret that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, (even at rest), so why wouldn’t you want to perform exercises that increase your muscle? No other exercises require as much effort as a squat does; you are moving your entire body weight across a great distance, (this is because your legs are longer than your arms, so this distance is vast in comparison to other exercises).  This results in maximum toning with an element of cardio because, let’s face it, squats are not easy.  The human form is made up of the top and the bottom, whilst the top half makes up 40% of the body’s musculature, the bottom half makes up the remaining 60%. Therefore, the quickest way to get into shape, (by gaining muscle), is by training the bottom half of your body. And the quickest, and arguably the best, way to do this is by doing squats.

Squats are one of the few exercises that are actually practical and benefit us in our day to day lives. Strong legs are useful as we need to use them every day, a lot more than we use our arms- just think about how often you get up and walk into the kitchen at home; you need to use your legs for that rather than your arms. Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile with age and helping with balance and therefore preventing you from falling. Athletic injuries are also reduced as squats help to strengthen ligaments and the stabilizer muscles in your ankles.

Squats are also practical in the sense that they can be done anywhere, anytime and with no equipment. You can do them whilst brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil. You can do them holding a tin of beans or a kettlebell whilst watching television. You can do them in your local gym using dumbbells or holding a bar across your shoulders. Squats can be easy or challenging as you can alter the speed of your squats or add weights to make them more difficult. 

So the next time you are moaning about how wobbly your thighs and bottom are just shut up and squat.

Today's post is from contributor - Natasha Gelder. Natasha is a full time Literature student based in Leeds who is juggling the quests for higher education, money and rock hard abs. She believes exercising is a vital part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and should not be seen as a choreYou can find her blog here http://natashajadegelder.wordpress.com/

You should of course undertake no exercise program without ascertaining first that you are fit to do so, taking medical advice if necessary