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Episode 12 - In Conversation with Ceri Hodgkiss, West Kent Mind for Mental Health Awareness Week

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I have a special treat for Mental Health Awareness Week. In today’s episode I am delighted to be joined by Ceri Hodgkiss from West Kent Mind.

We didn’t plan this conversation and trusted that we would have a good one… and wow the time went really quickly.

We talk about the importance of Movement (this year’s theme) for our mental health. We cover how you can spot signs of someone struggling with their mental health and what we can do if we spot that. We also talk about one of my favourite subjects, mental fitness, and how that can be used as a way of cultivating resistance to the challenges that life throws at us.

Be sure to listen to our conversation and if you feel so inclined please support West Kent Mind here: https://westkentmind.org.uk/i-want-to-support/fundraising/move-for-mental-health/

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#shineyourlight #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalfitness #resilience

Episode 11 - Mental Health Awareness Week is coming

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Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Building mental resilience is central to my work. I believe that this is the key to not just surviving but really THRIVING in this busy, highly stimulated, competitive world that we live in.

We can all build mental resilience, just as we can all build other muscles. The key is creating an awareness of how you respond to life’s challenges, then learning and embedding techniques to help you thrive.

In this episode, I share some of my experience with mental health and now mindfulness and Positive Intelligence has made such a difference to my life.

Over the course of next week (w/c 13th May) I will be holding a 50-minute webinar in support of Mental Health Awareness Week and West Kent Mind.

I will be showing you how to respond to life’s challenges, cultivate healthy relationships, enjoy ultimate wellbeing and reach your peak performance.

You can choose from the following times:

Monday 13th May at 12:00

Wednesday 15th May at 18:00

Friday 17th May at 14:00

All times are London, UK. Each session will be the same.

To join a session please register in advance here: https://bit.ly/HowToThriveInLife .

For each person that attends a live session Reaching My Best will make a £1 donation to West Kent Mind.

Please share this episode and details of the webinar with anyone that you care about that would benefit from attending.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#shineyourlight #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalfitness #resilience

Episode 10 - What role does judgement play in your life?

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Have you ever spent time observing the judgements you make? It is a truly enlightening experience.

I remember being quite shocked when I noticed how often I made judgements. Now I am more aware of them I can catch myself in the moment and move forward from a place of discernment; with compassion and kindness.

Judgement can be broken down into three categories:

  • Judge of self
  • Judge of other
  • Judge of situation or circumstance.

In this episode, I give examples of each and invite you to make a note of the times you find yourself in judgement over the course of the next week.

This is a confronting and challenging exercise, but the rewards far outweigh the challenge. Give it a go and please share your thoughts and observations. What surprised you most?

#shineyourlight #judgement

Episode 9 - Creativity lies in each of us

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In Monday’s Mindfulness session I chose card 24 – Creativity lies in each of us”.  Today’s episode is all about creativity and I share with you one of my current crate projects.

What started as a day workshop learning sashiko – a Japanese hand embroidery technique -has morphed into a jeans upcycling project to make a sashiko embroidered French cushion for my outdoor bench. I had best get it made so I can make the most of it this summer!

I really believe that we are all creative. We just need to give ourselves the time and space to play with the sort of creativity that brings us joy. Try everything. Sign up for workshops. Enrol in adult education classes. Join the local knitting club. Invite friends over to paint. Pick up an instrument. Sit in the sun with a notepad and pen. I can guarantee that even a small dose of creativity will make you feel amazing! (She says still full of cold!)

Please share your creative projects in the comments. I’d love to see them and creative inspiration from others is SO powerful.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#shineyourlight #reachingmybest #creativity #upcycling #sashiko

Episode 8 - The ease and flow of co-creation

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Today I am joined by my first guest in Season 2. It’s important to let others shine their light as well.

Emily Hammond is a special guest for me as well as she helped me create the Shine Your Light cards. This was the most beautiful, creative process that I have ever been involved in and it goes to show how when we let our egos go beautiful things can be created.

We talk about how aligned we were throughout the process and how we have received the same Universal nudges about the look, feel and purpose of the cards.

There is a LOT you can take from this conversation to test out in your own life. Above all it requires TRUST!

I’d love to hear about any similar working collaborations that you might have experienced and would welcome any guests that want to share them.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#shineyourlight #reachingmybest #cocreation #universalnudge

Episode 7 - How do you experience joy?

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A first for me… pressing record before I know what I am going to be talking about!

In today’s episode I draw a card from my Shine Your Light coaching cards and see what I will spend the episode talking about.

The card I choose is all about how you experience joy… a similar theme to last week’s episode but with more emphasis on committing to a joy project. What did you enJOY as a child? What activity could you do as an adult that would help you experience that same joy? Even if you don’t have the skills yet for this activity you could commit to one small step that would take you towards learning the skills for an activity that brings you joy. When you let go of your ego and what other’s may think of your activity, what would you do to bring you joy.

As I write this I think it is telling that the JOY theme comes up two weeks in a row… I sense that we all need a little more joy in our lives. So what are you going to do to bring you more joy.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#childlikejoy #shineyourlight #reachingmybest

Episode 6 - Experiencing childlike joy

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This week I selected Card 2 Childlike Joy in my Shine your light self-rediscovery coaching cards, so that was the theme of Monday’s Mindful Meditation and is also the theme of today’s podcast episode.

As adults, we get so caught up in our busy lives that we forget what it’s like to experience childlike joy or any joy for that matter.

Activities that bring us joy help release the happy hormones. And when we are happy we attract happiness… so being full of joy  is really important.

What brought you joy and had you in a flow state as a child? How could you experience that sort of joy today?

What can you do this week that will bring you a little joy?

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#childlikejoy #shineyourlight #reachingmybest

Episode 5 - Awareness of negative thought spirals

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In this week’s Mindful Monday Meditation I selected Card 20 from the Shine your light self-rediscovery coaching cards.

It’s all about bringing awareness to your negative thought spirals. Did you know that it takes 3 positive thoughts to counter balance a negative thought? I find that a sobering thought!!!

Listen to this episode to find out more about negative thought patterns and how they are established. Find out about the power of attracting positive thoughts and how mindfulness plays a role in achieving this.

I also share details of a thoughts tracker that you can download to observe and understand your thoughts as well as a quick practical exercise to stop those negative thoughts in their tracks.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#negativethoughts #positivethoughts #mindfulness

Episode 4 - What’s in a name?! A light is reborn…

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Have you ever thought about why you are called what you are called? Or how you came to be called that? What is the meaning behind your name and can you see any inspiration in that?

In today’s episode, I share my reflections on words and their use or meaning and I tell the story of how we named our eldest daughter Ruby.

And then, most importantly (of course), I share what I have discovered about my name and what the discovery of its meaning has unlocked in me.

As usual, this is unscripted. From the heart. Unedited. Me in my raw form!!!!

I’d love your thoughts and reflections on your name. Drop them in the comments.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#lightreborn #selfrediscovery #reachingmybest

Episode 3 - Where does (my) inspiration come from?

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Where do all the best ideas come from? What is inspiration? When were you last inspired to do something and followed it through – despite the fear you may have felt?

In today’s episode, I talk about how I came up with the idea for my Shine your light coaching cards and how I followed through on that initial idea. If you are looking for inspiration or need a nudge to act on some inspiration that you have had, then make sure you listen to this episode.

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#coachingcards #bepresent #inspiration #creativity  #selfrediscovery

Episode 2 - It’s cool to be different. Doing things my way!

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In today’s episode I share my new Shine your light coaching cards. They are designed to help take you on a mindful journey of self-rediscovery so that you can shine your light and reach your best. In this episode I will share my intention behind the cards, who they are for and how you can use them.

If you are stuck in a rut or know that something has to change in your life then these cards will help you do that. They take everything that I have learnt and experienced over the past 5 year (or more!) and give you a way to go on a similar journey in a way that works for you.

Understanding who we are and what our purpose is, is a life journey. Everything happens for a reason and there is always something valuable to learn from every “challenging” experience.

If you have been following me for a while you will also know that I am an advocate of mindfulness. This is an incredibly powerful skill that has to ability to improve so many areas of our lives. Learning ways to be more mindful each day provides us with the tools to slow down and be more present. When a challenge then presents itself we can counterbalance our automatic unconscious behaviours with considered options to respond. When we practice this regularly it is a real game changer.

You can see my self-rediscovery coaching cards and purchase them here: https://reachingmybest.com/coaching-cards/

Keep shining and reaching for your best!

#coachingcards #mindfulness #selfrediscovery

Episode 1 - A new look. Rebranding. What I’ve learnt so far and what’s coming

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Welcome to the first episode of the second season of my podcast. You will notice a new name and a new look.

In this episode, I share the reasons for my rebrand and what it’s all about. I share the lessons that I have learnt in the first two years of starting my coaching business.

I speak unscripted, from the heart so I hope you will enjoy it.

You can see my self-rediscovery coaching cards and purchase them here: https://reachingmybest.com/coaching-cards/