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Confidence Challenge April 2016: Celebration of the ordinary as a tonic for confidence

Sunday, April 24th, 2016 | Leave a reply

            In my country this week we have been celebrating. It was our Queen’s 90th birthday, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare …… and, my own quite ordinary birthday! I love celebrations and I believe they are great confidence boosters.  I am not someone who enjoys big crowd events, so I watched […]

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Confidence Challenge February 2016: Morale boosts to beat dark day blues

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | Leave a reply

  February in the UK is a tough month for morale.  The weather is often dark and dismal and the friendliness of Christmas has disappeared into the distance.  Spring flowers, blossom and encouraging green shoots will soon help to lift most of us out of our blues.  During this next month, however, people who are […]

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Confidence Challenge January 2016: Weather the whims of the world by making your inner confidence as sturdy as the trunks of a Magnolia tree

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | 3 Replies

    When I got back at the beginning of last week from our stay in Hong Kong, I noticed that the beautiful magnolia tree that I see from our office window was almost ready to break into flower. Instead of being thrilled (as I usually am), I was dismayed.  I said to my husband […]

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Confidence Challenge November 2015: Dealing Positively with Powerlessness

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | 2 Replies

        Apologies for not sending out any Confidence Challenges for the last couple of months. I have just been so busy. This week’s news about the terrorist attacks in Paris has sent shock waves through Europe and many other regions in the world. Wherever I have been, I have encountered people talking […]

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Confidence Challenge July 2015:  Use some summer sun moments for 5 star contemplation

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 | 2 Replies

  My husband and I spent a lovely relaxing break yesterday in Richmond. It was a beautiful sunny day with a good breeze so an ideal climate for enjoying being outside. In the UK, when we have days like this, everyone seizes the opportunity to go out and about, so the riverside was teeming with […]

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Confidence Challenge June 2015: ‘Positano’ inspirations to keep you positive

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | Leave a reply

    This June blog is very late and you may have noticed that I missed May too! There have been many reasons why recently I have not been able to write when I had expected to be able to do so. The main one was that our daughter decided to get married and only […]

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April 2015 Confidence Challenge: Test out this 7-step plan to combat worry.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | 21 Replies

  I’m a worrier. This confession will come as no surprise to my family and close friends. Others, who know me less intimately, would probably never use this label to describe me. By and large, they would have only seen my  ‘reformed worrier’ in action. She might not always be smiling, but she wouldn’t be […]

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Confidence Challenge March 2015:Enough is enough! Negativity overload is draining me dry.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Leave a reply

  A few days ago when I was at one of my book club meetings, a new member bravely challenged us on our choice of books. She said: “Although I have only been in the group for three months and have really enjoyed our discussions, I’d like to know if you always choose books with […]

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Confidence Challenge Feb ’15: Give kindness anonymously and enjoy secret self-satisfaction

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | 3 Replies

  Last week I heard a lovely Valentine story, which gave me the idea for this month’s Confidence Challenge. Just hearing it, I felt uplifted so I hope you will too. A few days ago, I rang an elderly friend of mine who has been very unwell for a number of weeks. She lives on […]

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Confidence Challenge Jan 2015: Make 3 Rules for 2015 that you will truly want to keep.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 | Leave a reply

  The day before yesterday I had planned to plough through a backlog of paperwork that had piled up on my desk. But the sun was shining and I felt like going out and about.  I went for a walk and dropped into our local arts centre for a coffee. While I was there, I bumped […]

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