The Power of Persistence

The rain fell continuously. Not hard, but it was there throughout.

But there was a lesson there for me as a viewer watching on tv.

The women’s elite race was amazing. Lesson learned from watching it…never give up! Even when it looks like it’s ‘done and dusted’
just keep going. 🏃🏻‍♀️☔🙂

And hooray to all of the virtual runners too. Congratulations!

Let’s use this lesson as we go about pursuing our dreams and goals. Have faith, do the work, and just keep going. What goals are you working on and how can persistence help you win the day!🙂☔🌻

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Find Your Inner Child 🌞

I went to a rooftop garden recently in London. It was my first time to get back on the trains since lockdown in March.

The rooftop garden was very beautiful. There were trees and plants from everywhere. Then I saw the hopscotch diagram and my inner child could not resist how are you having a go. You can see it in the video.

Have you ever had the urge to do something that you used to do as a child just for fun?

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Goodbye to the Blues – Hello Gratitude!

Goodbye to the Blues – Hello Gratitude!

Once in a while it might feel good or like a bit of relief to have a good moan or a good complaining session.

But I believe I believe it’s really something that we should do and be done with it, and move on. The problem starts when one complains about one thing and that complaint lead to another issue which in turn can lead to to a whole series of complaints – of seeing the downside, the dark side, the negative side, the draining side of an incident.

What we complain about frequently we can often bring about. Conversely when we we speak positively about, or look for the light in a situation this often can bring about more of that same good or better.

Our words are like magic. They are like magical magnets that attract to us what we put out.

So perhaps the best approach is the way of gratitude. What can we be grateful for in this situation? How has the situation brought light or knowledge into our lives? Gratitude brings more good things to be grateful for because it makes us feel good. That’s perhaps, what we all want anyway. It takes just as much energy to look for things to be grateful for as to look for things to complain about.

So whatever our situation, let’s try to find at least three things every day that we can be thankful for. Maybe write it in a notebook, or keep a record on your phone via an app. Then at the end of the week you can have a little review of your journal entries.

You can do it it. Why not give it a try!

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Where Energy Flows…

A little bit of a calm space, a small wisdom bit blog for today’s musings.

The power of the mind is really incredible! Where our focus goes, energy flows. So we must watch and take care with our thoughts and words! 😃

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About Keeping Well & A Full Moon Card for You..

Well I just noticed that it has been eons since I last posted a blog. Apologies!

How is your health? Have you been keeping well? Have you been taking care of yourself ?

It’s so important to watch our good health during these times that we are going through right now. It’s so easy to let the tension just kind of creep in to our minds, and our spirits, and our bodies. So much news, all the adverts on TV are becoming much alike with the same virus-oriented messages & themes – even just to sell a mattress for instance! – we can become so easily influenced, and unconsciously this is happening. And we wonder why we feel tired, and a bit down.

Be sure to get a bit of exercise every day and try to to connect with people virtually if you feel the need to communicate with somebody. Turn off the news once in a while, you don’t have to hear everything every hour on the hour. Take care of yourself and somehow, some way, try to find a bit of joy in every day day. And look for things to be grateful for. There is still always something to be grateful for.

So… last night was a full moon, the flower moon and so I pulled a card for us and here it is. We are blessed, truly. Stay well!

Full moon blessings to you!
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Ten ideas to survive social distancing, lockdown & isolation

Here we are in lockdown,social distanced,and/or self isolated… what are we going to do with ourselves so we don’t go crazy with anxiety or with boredom, here are…

Ten ideas to survive social distancing/ self isolation/an overabundance of me time!


Sleep… no you don’t have to put yourself into a deep sleep like Snow White, but getting enough sleep is important, you need to be at your best energy to keep an even mood.
It’s easy to fluctuate up and down between happy, I don’t care, and sad when you’re totally fatigued from lack of sleep and have no energy. But getting a good night’s sleep or even taking a short nap during the day can raise your energy level and an enable you to deal more positively with the current health situation and it’s effect on your daily lifestyle.


If you’re feeling tense and wound up just breathe. Breathe in for 4 hold and then breathe out for 4. Try this a number of times until you feel a bit better.
Another method of breathing is called alternate nostril breathing.
To do this:
Lift your right hand up toward your nose.

Exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.

Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.

Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.

Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.

Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.

This is one cycle.

Continue for up to 5 minutes. But a shorter period of time is good too. Take care not to become lightheaded.

Always complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.


There are many beginner yoga apps which we can put on our phone and devices or we can look at YouTube lessons. Yoga is very good because it slows us way down, which will help to release any anxieties.
Because you can’t have an anxious mind that’s running a muck while at the same time doing a slow considered yoga session. And there are very many beginner poses which most people can do do so don’t worry if you’re not the bendy type.


Lose yourself in the peaceful world of colouring

Now there are so many apps that we can use on our phones or tablets for for colouring. We can make it a meditative experience by colouring mandalas and spiritual things or we can do it just for fun colouring nature scenes animals anime.

When you start colouring you get so much into the experience that you can think of nothing else but what colour next to put in your design.

If you’re not good at using colours there are some apps in which the colours are numbered so you just popped them in.

But the important point is this is an activity that takes your entire attention and it can be very relaxing and fun and you end up with a little mini masterpiece.


Learn new stuff

Now is a good time to learn a new skill for fun, or for future employment, or if you want to own your own business at some time in the future. Start preparing for it now.

You can find many “how to” videos on YouTube and study that way, or there are many online courses with which you can study such as Udemy or the Centre for Excellence, or there’s probably some more that I don’t even know about. Or, you can teach yourself a language with Duolingo which is free, or there’s some more free apps for learning languages . And plus it keeps you from getting bored because you’re stimulating your mind.


Now’s a good time getting around to reading all those books that you’ve been meaning to read. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ve got quite a collection of books on your Kindle that you haven’t even started or that you have started but haven’t finished. This is your time for virtually uninterrupted reading sessions. And it’s a good time to read some inspirational books as well to keep your mind and in a positive vein.


Exercise. Get those endorphins released and flowing. Endorphin release generally happens when you activate your natural reward system with activities like exercising.

When released, endorphins can help relieve pain, reduce stress and may cause a euphoric feeling.
So do something to keep moving and help keep everything working properly.

It’s easy during this time to just do a lot of sitting around and our gyms might be closed but there are plenty of apps and YouTube videos that we can join in with and get the sweat on.

Taking walks around your neighborhood is good as well, you get a bit of sun and most importantly, some fresh air. Those can lift our mood as well.


Connect. Reach out to friends and to your colleagues. Find groups with common interests and communicate.
You can communicate via Facebook other social media, via zoom,via FaceTime, via email, or Skype or apps such as House Party or Whats App.

You don’t have to be alone.

Sometimes when we are alone, that’s when the fear thoughts or the negative thoughts or the uncomfortable thoughts can just run wild. But if you can get them out and talk to somebody about them you can possibly feel a lot better.

And interacting with others just makes us feel part of the community.

We might be socially isolated but we can still reach out and communicate electronically.


Practice gratitude
No matter how bad things may seem, there is always always something to be grateful for.
For one thing you’re alive, … you’ve got a roof over your head, …you’ve got food in your house -some people have more food in their house than others – but you’ve got some food in your house. There’s always something good. If you’re feeling down try to think of things that you’re grateful. Write them down or record yourself saying them.


Eat well and take care of yourself.
Try to eat nourishing meals and not snacks and sweets all during this trying time.
Try to come with some interesting recipes using whatever food you’ve got on hand. And take your vitamins as well, to hopefully keep your immune system and energy levels in balance. Just in whatever way works for you, take care of your health as best you can. A strong body can help us keep a strong mind.

So give these ideas a try. If you’ve come up with other ideas that you’d like to share free to leave a note in the comments!


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Angel Card for today!

In these most unusual times, we must stay strong & take care of our health. Coincidentally, that’s what what today’s Angel Oracle Card tells us! 😇🌻

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Happy Thoughts-Turbo charge up your goals with these 3 steps

Ronald Dahl was a British novelist who wrote stories screenplays and he was also fighter pilot. You might be familiar with some of his books turned into movies such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the scary James and the Giant Peach, and Witches. He passed away in November 1990.

But this blog post is about exploring something very interesting that he said.
He said

“if you are interested in something no matter what it is.. go at it full speed. Embrace it with both Arms, hug it love it and above all be passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

Let’s explore that. Do you think he was just saying to us that if we had no idea, no plan, just do it it ‘… -just go off and do it. …

I think maybe that’s not exactly what he meant.
I think that he did mean in order to carry through with an idea through all the disappointments, and ups and downs that we could encounter along the way,
we’ve got to be totally committed.
We’ve got to be so committed that we bounce back from any hardship. We bounce back from any feeling of ‘I don’t want to do this today’.
Our desire, our ‘why’ is great enough to get us off that sofa and to our desk or work place to work on making our dream a reality.
It’s very interesting that when we are lukewarm or lackadaisical about a goal, it so easy to give up.
And it’s also a bit hard to get some support when we’re very lukewarm about our goal because enthusiasm and passion are what incite others to follow us or just help us out. Our enthusiasm helps others to see our dream and sometimes it convinces them to join in the endeavour.
To help us however they can … be that referring us to a book that will help us ..introducing us to someone who might be able to help us move along to the next step…or even pitching in and giving physical help when needed to reach our goal . It’s our enthusiasm, it’s our full speed ahead attitude that convinces others to help us.
And, that attracts to us the help and resources we need.
That gives us the strength to keep going when the Going Gets Tough.
And I believe that at the desire to serve others, the desire to offer assistance, to lift others, to show them how to do do something that will improve their lives in some way is is a powerful motivating force to keep us moving full speed ahead.
Sometimes if our ‘why’ is just solely to benefit ourselves, it’s easy to give ourselves a break. And give up.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a rest but that’s not the same as giving up entirely.
Sometimes if our ‘why’ is just about me, it’s easy to say: no one’s being hurt if I stop. I’m tired.
But if you’ve got something to offer, a dream to serve others, a service to bring to the world, that becomes your reason to keep moving. You’ve got something to give and you’ve got to give it. Nothing can stop you. Slow us down maybe…
Ronald mentions loving your dream,embracing it.
How do we do that? I think there are several tools that will help us to embrace our desire to love it, to be it.
Three things come to mind vision boards, journalling, and networking or master minding.
With the Vision board, we have pictures of what we want to come into our lives …pictures and words, and we look at this everyday.
This could be a big board that we put on a wall somewhere or it could be something on our phone.
For instance my vision board is on my phone. It’s a collection of photographs & a collection of sayings or words, and then I play it as a slideshow, and I look at it it almost every day.
It is just a matter of taste. You could cut out pictures and put it on a board on your wall, but the phone is just more convenient for me.
The next idea is is journalling. Again this is something that you could either have a physical book and write down your thoughts which is kind of connecting your hand to your mind to your emotions as you journal, or or you can do it on your phone on an app or in a notebook.
Just write down your feelings, write down your dreams, write down what you think might be stopping you , write down what you think would help you, write down how you think you could overcome those things that you feel are stopping you. Write down your mission statement, your why.
Journalling can help us to clarify our thoughts so we don’t just have blind passion for a goal, rather we have intelligent focused passion that will take us in the right direction ,and keep us on track when we start to wander off the path. It’s totally ok to be passionate and still to take a break, when we have gone on too much. Our passion will help us to start again after we have rested and refreshed ourselves.
The third idea that I have to help us to keep that passion, Enthusiasm ,love, hugging the dream to our hearts – is linking with people who support our goal, who are of a similar mindset so that we support each other.
We will often find that we cannot achieve this goal by ourselves, we might need people who have complementary skills or complementary knowledge, or just who can help us keep our spirits up as we do the same for them.
Or someone of a complementary mindset whom we can bounce things off of , exchange ideas & plans.
This has to be someone whom we trust, and know has our best interests at heart and can help us, as we help them be accountable to the actions we need to take, to achieve a dream.
Sometimes in might be hard to find this kind of a person and we might have to go alone for a good long while, but we can do it. Because if we don’t have this person in our lives, that’s what books and podcasts and motivational speakers are for … to keep the fire burning.
So that in my mind is the magic trio to keep our goals hot and keep running at full speed: vision boards or visualisation, journalling, and being as best we can with like-minded people who support and encourage us.
How about you? What do you do to keep yourself in the groove. To keep going on a goal when things are going slow or not moving at all, or you begin to doubt yourself and wonder what you are doing trying to accomplish this task.
How do you pull yourself back ? How do you get out of lukewarm mode and turn the heat and passion back up?
Let’s share let’s help each other. Feel free to leave a comment or visit us on Twitter @stefsvoice. Or visit our Facebook group positive affirmations and audio stories.
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Commitment and Following Through

Just a “slice of life” blog post today! 😊

If you commit to doing something, follow through with it. Don’t let yourself get distracted.

I was committed to listening/attending this webinar. But at the time of the webinar start, I was at a shopping mall. Wouldn’t get home in time.

My first thought was well I guess I’m going to miss the webinar. But then I said are you determined to move ahead; are you willing to do the work… and the first step was to stop find a seat at the mall, get plugged in via my phone,and attend webinar to learn what I needed to learn.

Just do it! Find a way.

Do you have a time when you were determined to achieve a goal & were tempted to just go with the flow & take the easy route…BUT, you didn’t…you just adapted and carried on with the plan? Let’s encourage each other…feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. The instagram webinar was fantastic & well worth it.


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Entering a podcast contest

Thank you 4 your encouragement for my uplifting podcast- “Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories”. You can listen to the latest episode on the “podcast” page to this blog’s site.

So what’s new???

I just found out about this contest venture. I’m taking the leap and going for an award.

I’d be ever so grateful – if you are up for it – if you would cast a vote for my podcast in the “open” OhMyPod. category before 12/31! Many thanks friends.🙋🏾‍♀️

Here’s the link —

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