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Confidence Challenge Dec 2014: Amongst the festivities, use a memory of tranquillity to regain inner peace

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 | Leave a reply

    I have just returned from a lovely week in my home in southern Spain. This was one of my annual painting outings with a great friend. I set off barely able to use my voice and extremely anxious about all the pre-Christmas jobs I had failed to do in the previous week.  (I […]

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Confidence Challenge November 2014: Beating the Christmas Blues

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | 1 Reply

  For me, this Christmas holiday will be special. It will be our first with our new little granddaughter.  She won’t be big enough to know what is happening but she will pick up on the positive energy of people who love her and the happiness and excitement around her.  She is lucky and so […]

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Confidence Challenge: October 2014 Stop self-poisoning your self esteem

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | 1 Reply

  Last week in my art class I mistakenly took a swig a deadly poison. I had put paint solvent (a colourless liquid) in a beaker and placed it to the right of me. Unfortunately I had also filled a similar beaker with drinking water. I had placed that one to my left so I […]

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Confidence Challenge Sept 2014: “Break safely out of a loneliness shell. ”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | 1 Reply

  Yesterday, I saw a large group of women relaxing together in a park. Almost all were either chatting, or busy sewing or preparing food. But my attention focused in on one young woman who was sitting with her back turned slightly outwards reading a book. The image of this young woman stayed with me […]

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Confidence Challenge August 2014: “Look at me aren’t I clever!” is ok for adults too.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 | 5 Replies

    You may have noticed that I missed out a Confidence Challenge for July.  This is because I was either on holiday or busily occupied looking after my baby granddaughter. She was nearly five months old and very excited about her new power to move her body. With great effort over several weeks she […]

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Confidence Challenge June 2014: Recovery tips for football losers and you

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 | Leave a reply

      The night before last, I did something I haven’t done for four years. I watched a football match.  Anyone who knows me in the UK might now be thinking, how did she possibly agree to spend her Friday evening doing that? The answer is because I have a very clever husband who […]

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Confidence Challenge May 2014: Set goals like an Olympic gold medalist.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | Leave a reply

    “In my own life I have always tried to achieve something. It’s what makes me tick. I still take it day by day but I never thought I’d end up as president of such an organisation or chair my own charity, let alone become a dame.” Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic Gold Medalist. […]

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Confidence Challenge April 2014: Learn how to listen like a canary!

Monday, April 7th, 2014 | Leave a reply

  I loved this photo the minute I saw it! It is not only bright and fun, it is putting across an important message about listening in a stunningly simple way. The canary in the centre is so absorbed in listening to his companion that he is completely oblivious to the canary on the left […]

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Use moments of mindfulness to re-boot your confidence – Confidence Challenge March 2014

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Leave a reply

The great appeal of the current trend for Mindfulness meditation is that it can be done quickly and anywhere at any time. It is an ideal stress reduction technique for our fast contemporary lifestyle. Like any good meditation it gives our minds as well as our bodies a refreshing rest. This month’s Confidence Challenge is to use the […]

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How Grannie sucked a life lesson from her newborn grand-daughter

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 | Comments Off

12 days ago today my first grandchild was born. She is an adorable baby girl. I had planned to write a post the day after her arrival to share my news. But little did I know just how busy and preoccupied I would be! I should have known better. So many of my friends had warned me that my […]

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