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

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

            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

  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

    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

        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

  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

    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

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

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

    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

  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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