My 100 Happy Days Journey

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After posting a guest blog on my friend Jazmin who was doing the 100 Happy Days Challenge (you can read it here), I decided rather than just talking about it, I should do it too!

I have just finished my last post and wanted to share with you all the journey it has allowed me to go on and what benefits I found by doing it.

I like to think I’m a very happy person and initially thought the challenge would be SUPER easy. But it was not. Like every other human being, I have rough days too.

There were some days when I thought not a single good thing has happened to me today and there is nothing to be happy about.

But these were the days when the challenge was most beneficial. I was forced to find something to be happy about, perhaps it was something that I could look forward to or just a quote that really helped me get through the day. If I wasn’t doing the happy days challenge I would of gone to sleep those nights thinking how crappy my day was but now I feel as if I won’t.

Without thinking about it I already consciously note down happy things in my head that happen each day and at the end of the day I think about them. This is an amazing habit to have formed and I am so thankful that I chose to undertake the challenge.

Furthermore it has sort of changed the way I use social media. Before I would just upload pictures for the sake of it but now most of my captions are showing appreciation and happiness for all I have had happen to me throughout the day. I feel as though I will continue this – whether other people look at my caption or not does not matter –  because its a conscious way that I can show gratitude and when I look back I am reminded of all the wonderful things that have occurred.

I hope I can keep these habits and continue on a path of conscious happiness and gratitude.

If you want to check out my challenge go to my instagram: @kkkirstin

I challenge anyone who is brave enough to do it too, sign up here!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Trust in the process

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Life has a funny way of working out, even if we never thought it would…

Things often seem impossible, plans fall apart and we are left wondering what on earth we are to do next!

But what a wonderful place that is to be in – because did you realise that having no plans in place allows you to be open to whatever will come your way…

And trust me, something good is most certainly on it’s way for you!

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A few weeks ago I was terribly lost, although I had come to terms with this feeling, I still struggled to have faith and to remain positive that something amazing was on it’s way for me. I spent a good few weeks, perhaps even a month and a half in this confused place, but I am glad that I did.

I chose to stay in this place because opportunities that arose didn’t quite feel right for me, I knew something was coming but just didn’t feel like it had reached me yet.

However one day I was offered an internship with a fashion magazine, then the next I was working for them, meeting all the team and even getting my on signature made up for my staff email because they wanted me to be part of the team so badly.

Here I was, convinced that my journalism degree was a waste of time and now I have a job in the industry and still have a few months of studies to go!

I feel so very blessed to have been offered this opportunity but even more thankful that I allowed myself to be patient. For if I had of taken up any other opportunity just because I was stuck in a place of insecurity, I would not have been able to put the time and effort into the internship which landed me an amazing job.

So if you’re in between things, stuck wondering what to do next, unsure of which direction to turn, stay there a little longer, be patient and have faith that something amazing is on its way to you!

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Trust in the beautiful, crazy but oh-so amazing process!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Listen to your gut feeling

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A few weeks ago I was talking with a yoga instructor about intuitive feelings. If we learn to listen to these feelings, she said, we get a strong sense on “YES ABSOLUTELY GO FOR IT” (she threw her arms out wide and beamed with a smile) or “no that isn’t going to be a good option for you” (she wrapped her arms around herself in a protective way).

I have known about intuitive feelings for a while, but only really started noticing them and acting on them when I was 18 and ending a serious relationship. But gut feelings don’t just come up when you are facing a big decision, they come up with every decision you make, if you listen closely enough to yourself.

For me, if I am faced with a decision and go with the option that is against my gut feeling (probably because I chose to ignore it or just acted so quickly that I didn’t give myself the time to figure out was best), I will feel anxious, nervous, pain in my chest and normally very on edge. Sometimes I even tear up or just have a lump in my throat. When all of these signs start to happen, it’s only then that I relaise I am going against my gut feeling. My body starts physically giving me signs to steer me in another direction.

But if I give myself time to think about a decision and realise what is best for me before acting on it, my body is much happier for it. I feel calm, at peace and as though my heart is smiling.

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While all of these feelings can come up in daily settings, I know not all of them are intuitive, for example, feeling anxious before a presentation certainly doesn’t mean you should walk away from it by any means! You just have to listen to yourself, your body and your spirit deep down know what is best for you and what isn’t, so trust them.

For those of you that are not in tune with your intuition, guided meditations and yoga are a great place to start. Spending time alone, in quiet places, like walking on the beach, also helps.

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My intuition has never lead me wrong, the only ways I have been lead wrong in the past is if I completely ignore it or act too quickly! So I am going to try to avoid doing those things and hope my life can remain relatively peaceful as a result.

I encourage all of you to get in touch with your intuition – start listening to yourself. In society so many people tell us what to do each day but there’s only one person who knows what is best for you, and that is you!

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Wishing you so much happiness and peace,

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Never Compromise

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Lately I have been feeling a bit down because I am in my final semester of university, and feel like my degree hasn’t really gotten me anywhere in particular. I have no idea what I will do next year or with my life in general and have just been feeling a bit stuck.

People have told me to do post graduate studies because it will get me to where I want to be. But three years at university sure didn’t help me get there, so why would two or four more years?

I feel as though a university education just makes you become like everyone else, but what if I don’t want to be like everyone else?

I know the results I want my life to produce – to help others, to inspire others and to make a difference – but I am not sure what actions to take, to produce these results.

My sister suggested going along to a movie with her, so I happily went along, not sure what to expect. What I encountered was a community of like-minded positive people gathered in a small yoga studio, with vegan treats and chai tea, huddled on bean bags to watch the movie Finding Joe. Afterwards everyone stayed around and talked to each other about the movie and about life. I was amazed in the power of Finding Joe – this movie allowed strangers to talk so openly and warmly to other strangers. It was one of the most beautiful things I have witnessed or ever been a part of.

If Finding Joe helped me realize one thing, it’s to never compromise. Your dreams are important and you need to listen to them. The people who tell you to go to university, to do post graduate studies, to get a well-paid job and live like the majority – they are the unlucky ones.

Joseph Campbell preaches to:

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The unlucky people ignore their calling, they choose not to acknowledge what their bliss may be, and in turn, they are the ones who won’t find bliss.

While these unlucky people may shake their heads and laugh at you, don’t let it compromise your hopes and dreams. Even if they tell you your plans are not realistic – don’t listen to them. Others settle for a life that’s just okay because they fear failure. They fear another opportunity will never come along so they just take whatever they can get, and live the safe life. But as Joseph Campbell said, you must go after your fear!

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The very next day after seeing Finding Joe, I withdrew my application for post graduate studies. I realised my applying for that position was not a step towards bliss, it was a step towards conformity. Yes, it may have got me a well-paid 9-5 job, but I want so much more than that.

Although I am not sure exactly what lays ahead of me, I’m determined to only make decisions that make my heart happy and I can confidently say that one day I will find my bliss. Those who said “that’s just a hobby, you can’t make a living doing that,” how wrong they will be.

A mediocre 9-5 job and an average life is not for me. I can’t settle for that. And I hope you won’t either. I hope you follow your passions, listen to your calling and chase your dreams.

It will be hard and you will struggle many times along the way, but as Joseph Campbell said:

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Let me assure you, it’s going to be okay. Or maybe it won’t be. Maybe instead of being okay, your life will be grand, magnificent and spectacular.

 

Those of you who wish to join me on my path, please follow my blog (you will see a subscribe section on the right hand side of the page up the top). You can also add some positivity to your Facebook newsfeed and hit the like button on my page (also up the top right).

I am focused on positivity, self-love and happiness, I love connecting with others who are similar, so I hope to hear from you!

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I wish you all peace, happiness, and so much love,

Kirstin xx

Allow Yourself to GROW

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I read somewhere that 50% of the people we have in our lives don’t want to see us do well. They don’t want to hear about your dreams, and if you still choose to tell them, they will tell you that you can’t do it, and secretly wish failure upon you. Roosh summarizes these people perfectly below:

They want you to fail because your success is their failure. It reminds them of their laziness, their poor work ethic. Their subtle jabs and withholding of encouragement are aimed to keep you in an inferior station. No one wants to see someone rise at faster speed than themselves.

There is no point in telling other people your goals. They will talk you out of it or give you bad advice. There is no point trying to convince others of your world view. They will plant seeds of doubts that prevent you from action and seeing the truth. The minute you go just slightly higher than you have been, they will try to sabotage you. They are the worrymongers, fearmongers, scaremongers, shamemongers, guilt-trippers, trolls, and haters. Ignore them. Feeding them brings you down to their level, which is exactly what they want.

Now as someone who is quite aware of those kind of people, I certainly don’t believe that 50% of the people in my life are like this at all. However I do know a few, and one in particular that definitely needs to be let go of.

I allow these people to remain in my life, even though I know they have served their purpose and it is time for me to move on. They remind me of the person I was, or the person I’m trying to move away from, and the familiarity I feel for them is probably what makes me keep them around.

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I’m challenging myself this weekend to say good bye to one of these people, to ask them not to contact me anymore. I need to do this for myself so that I can properly become the person I feel I am becoming. It will be hard, but if I don’t let go of this person, I feel my life and I will not grow.

I challenge all you amazing people this weekend to have a good think about if you have any of these kind of people in your life – ex lovers, friends, old colleagues, acquaintances etc. If you feel that a particular person does not help you grow or even inhibits you from growing, it’s time to cut the strings.

You may be comfortable where you are, surrounded by familiar people, but are these people wishing you well? Do they inspire you to set goals and achieve them, or do they try to hold you in the place you are in right now, not wanting you to grow because if you do, they are afraid they will lose you?

You need to do what’s best for yourself and surround yourself with the people who wish you well, who are happy for your successes, celebrate your victories and do not find joy in your failures. I’m sure you can look at the people in your life and know whether they help you grow or not.

So I encourage you to get up the strength to let go of the people that don’t wish you well, you’ll make room for the positive people in your life, and find it much easier to achieve your goals and dreams once you are surrounded by like minded people who want to see you climb mountains.

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Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

100 Happy Days

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A little while ago I wrote a post about making time for the things that make you happy (you can click here to read it!).

One of my closest friends is using the ’100 Happy Days’ Challenge as perfect example of this!  Jazmin found the challenge has helped help her find what it is that makes her happy and it also helped her recognise something good about every day, no matter how tired or stressed she was.

If you want to check her challenge out, head on over to her Instagram: @jazmingabby

And make sure to read her beautiful post below!

Lots of love, Kirstin x

 

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Recently I became very stressed, I started a new job and moved and I felt like I was constantly working for months on end!

I started doing the ‘100 Happy Days’ challenge to try to focus on the little things through my day that make me happy.

Coming home from a long shift, staying late and feeling so physically and mentally exhausted (being an RN on a surgical ward!); I would normally just switch off and watch TV or have a nap.  I realised that I had no time for me that day, and switching off will just make the tiredness worse.

So, now when coming home I do something that makes me happy, something I love.

Another thing I realised was that I figured out what things actually make ME happy. Everyone is different, and the things that make me happy are creative and low-key, and that’s ok.

Most of the people I talk to my age say that they have fun by grabbing a huge group of friends and going drinking. Personally, I could not think of anything worse. I enjoy things like quilting, makeup artistry, reading, cooking and gardening. Socially, I like having small dinners with friends and hanging out shopping or watching a movie.

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Accepting what I like and actually doing it and not feeling that I have to fit in what everyone else likes, is important. I know it’s clichéd, but my main point is BE YOURSELF, the only thing that will make you happy, truly happy within yourself is being who you are.

Never mind what people think, never worry about the judgement of others, because the people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind.

If you’d like to sign up to do the ‘100 Happy Days’ challenge you can here; http://100happydays.com/

Have a happy day Jaz xoxo

Even Grown Ups Are Unsure About Where They Are Going

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As young adults (yeah, we’re grown ups now!) we constantly feel that if we are not 100% sure what we want to do with our lives, that we are less successful as a person. We feel we are far behind, lost and that we’re never going to get to where we want to be because we don’t even know where that is.

When I speak to my friends, we all seem to be in this same place. We are determined and motivated people but discouraged by the fact that we don’t really know where we are going. Unsure of our “dream career,” what we are doing after we have graduated, or even which job to go to next, each time we are asked about these things we simply say “I’m not really sure.” These four words eat at us and make us question what we want in life, who we are and if we will ever truly find our life purpose.

This is such a negative way to think, we all need to realise that not knowing where we are going is not such a bad thing!

People who are unsure of where they are heading are often far more open to opportunities that arise. They are the type of people who seize the moment. They tend to be happier people and more sure of themselves because they are finding what their purpose is by figuring out what their purpose definitely is not.

I think the one thing that helps me get through the day and helps me know that everything I’m doing isn’t for nothing, is having a strong sense of my life goal. To inspire others. At different stages of my life there was additional words added to this goal, such as specific ways I was to do this, but I decided to shorten it as it felt more right for me.

When opportunities come up I ask myself whether this opportunity is somewhat achieving my life goal, and if it is, I will seize it, and if not, I may let it pass. Although I don’t particularly know what career I will end up in, I know that I will end up doing something that inspires others and this is such a beautiful thought!

If you don’t have a life goal, I strongly encourage you to spend some time thinking about it. Think about the thing or things that make you burst with happiness and you’ll be on your way to discovering what that is. I know it is hard to figure it out so take your time.

So many people do not know where they are going, far more people than you would realise!

You are not alone by any means. Plus you’re still young and you have so much life ahead of you. Have faith that it will be amazing, meaningful and make you oh, so happy!

I decided to finish this post off with a piece of text. When I finished high school, our principal read a Dr Seuss book to us. I have included the full text from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” below. If you haven’t read it in a while, I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. I promise it will be worth your while! Particularly if you are feeling lost and unsure of yourself and your life, give it a read!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets.  Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry.  Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.  But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?  Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.  there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame!  You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

I hope this post has made you feel better about not knowing what career you will do. There are so many of us in this situation, just try to figure our your life goal so you have a bit more purpose and have faith that your life is going to be amazing!

I hope I have inspired you to keep on going, even if you don’t know your destination, cause going is the best way to be!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx