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Evolution

Ready to Bloom will be two years old next January, and it’s gone through a lot of changes along the way. It started out when I began my journey in coaching and NLP, and it gradually evolved into what it is today: a 30 day program to work toward authentic happiness. Most of my original posts focus on time management, primarily because one of my very first posts was picked up by Freshly Pressed and received an amazing amount of visits in just 24 hours. That post continues to be my top article to this day, with almost 7,500 views…even after changing the domain this year, meaning that the entire blog had to be re-indexed. I was fairly obsessed with time management at that time, and I continued to hone my techniques for prioritizing tasks and getting things done, sharing my experiences and tips here on this blog.

And then I focused on wellness or wellbeing, and what I saw as the nine aspects of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, professional, social, spiritual, and sexual. You’ll still find that some of my blog posts are classified under one or more of these wellness categories. Continue Reading →

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Where am I? Top 3 Areas to Improve

It’s time to take a look at your Wheel of Life once again. If it’s been a couple of months since you filled out yours, download a fresh Wheel of Life and re-assess things. Remember, life changes, so it can be very useful to do this exercise a few times a year. Next, re-assess your priorities. Again, if it’s been a while, do this exercise all over again. Life changes (I will never tire of saying that), and our priorities change.

The “Where am I?” question is all about where you are in your life, at this time, in this present moment. That means that your answers to “Where am I?” will change on a regular basis…even from day to day. That doesn’t mean you have to do the “Where am I?” exercises on a daily basis, however it can be helpful to do them once a month or every few months. You’ll be able to feel what frequency is right for you.

The Wheel of Life looks at very important aspects of life: career, finance, personal growth, health/wellness, family, spirituality/religion, social life, attitude, self expression, etc. You choose which eight areas will go on your wheel of life. The priorities exercise will help you get clear on which of these eight areas are most important to you. The next step is to focus on the top three areas.

In the example I shared in a previous post, the person ranked spirituality/religion, personal grown, and family as their top three priorities. Highlight your top three priorities on your Wheel of Life and take some time to reflect.

Look at how you ranked these three areas on your Wheel of Life. How are these top three areas ranked on a scale of 1 to 10?

How do you feel about these rankings? Do these numbers make you feel frustrated, uncomfortable, depressed, satisfied, unfulfilled, content? Note what feelings are stirred up by looking at how you rated each of these top three areas. Write them down, as it may help you clarify your sensations.

Assuming that your rankings were below a 10 in each area, how would you like each area to be ranked? A 10? Something else? What changes you could make in your life to improve these rankings? Create a separate list for each of these top three areas, and write down all of the things you could do differently in your life that might improve your ranking. Keep writing until you can’t think of anything more.

Take a break from your list, and come back to it later: either later on in the day or on another day. Ask yourself what ELSE could you do to improve each of these three areas of your life. Expand on your list. If you find it difficult to think of anything more, challenge yourself to add three more things to each of the three lists.

Now read through these three lists. Decide which of these life-changing actions you will actually take. Set yourself a deadline for completing each one…then get started!

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Where am I? Priorities

SO sorry about my extended absence. So, to recap: we’re onto the second happiness question: Where are you? Meaning, where are you in your life? In this area, you can clearly identify what’s right and what’s wrong for you: which things you like and which things don’t like, which things you want to keep and which things you want to change.

Sound good? Since we’re just about to start a new year, I thought it would be appropriate for us to take a stock at where we are in life.

  1. So, take a look back at your Wheel of Life. If it’s been a couple of months since you filled out yours, download a fresh Wheel of Life and re-assess things. Remember, life changes, so it can be useful to do this exercise a few times a year.
  2. Think about which areas are your priorities. Take a separate sheet of paper and rank them in order, from 1 to 8, since there are eight categories. One is your top priority, and 8 is your lowest. Try to do this as quickly as possible, without over-analysing too much.
  3. Write your rankings around the edge of your wheel, as shown in the above picture.
  4. Next, think about how you actually live your life. If Spirituality & Religion is your #1 priority, as in the example above, do you really place that area as your top importance? Do your actions show that Spirituality & Religion is your to priority? If close friends or relatives were asked which of the above eight areas were your top priority, would they get the answer correct?
  5. Get out a different coloured pen and mark what your REAL priorities are, meaning which areas you actually place priority on in your life. Maybe you put your work before your family? That should be reflected in your “real” priorities. Write your new rankings down along the edge of your wheel, in the different colour.
  6. How do you feel now that you look at how you actually live your life? Does it feel like it’s time to start making changes, and actually put your top priorities in their places? Think about what changes you could make.
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Where am I? Wheel of life

Now we’re onto the second happiness question: Where are you? That means: where are you in life? This is where you can clearly identify what’s right and what’s wrong for you: the things you like and don’t like, the things you want to keep and the things you want to change.

You may have done the Wheel of Life or balance wheel before, but as with other types of exercises, it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. Life changes, and it’s useful to notice how things have improved.

So, how does your life currently rank on a scale of one to ten in the following areas: career, family, finance, health/wellness, personal growth, self expression, social life, spirituality/religion? Analyse how your life is going in each of these areas. Be sure not to over-analyse. Just give a quick, honest answer.

And remember, you won’t help yourself by being dishonest. This is all about getting to know the real you, without judgement and without hiding from the truth. Let’s take a minute so you can make note of these rankings. 10 is the absolute best: couldn’t be better. 1 is the worst you can imagine.

  1. Print the document in the above link. I’ve already filled in the categories, but you can
  2. Adjust the categories if needed. Consider the following: health/wellness, exercise/gym, relationship with partner, personal growth and development, spirituality, religion, career development, studies, giving back/contribution to society, financial prosperity, savings, socialising/fun, friends, family, children, parents, entertainment, work, personal space, hobbies, sports, artistic expression, etc. Can you think of any additional areas? Please share them in the comments below.
  3. Now rank how you’re doing in each of the areas, on a scale of 1 to 10. If you’re unclear how to do it, use the example above. Get creative and use colored pens, oil pastels, or paints if you like.

How did that go? This is such a simple exercise, yet it makes it so easy to get clear on where we are in life.

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A weekend at the Mind-Spa

Treat yourself to the ultimate pamper weekend for the mind.

Relax, recharge, rediscover your passion and create the life of your dreams!

In this powerful, fun and creative 2-day workshop, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to focus on what is really important to you. You’ll begin to rid yourself of all that’s holding you back and with a freer mind you’ll become clearer on a vision of your most abundant life and what it takes to move towards this.

By the end of the weekend, you’ll not only feel amazing but you’ll also have your ultimate vision board that will help you manifest the life you really want. And to turn dreams into reality you’ll design a powerful action plan.

We all know the feeling of being so busy that we end up waiting for life to happen. Well, here’s your chance to stop waiting.

Take time out from the busy-ness and the stress. Get in touch with your inner voice and begin to live the life you are here to live.

We’ll provide:

  • All the materials you need for your Vision Board and Action Plan
  • A fun and inspiring range of activities to pamper your mind
  • Water, juice and snacks
  • And, of course, the connected space where it all happens

Please bring:

  • An open mind
  • A printed photo of yourself that makes you feel happy
  • Comfortable clothing for the stretching exercises
  • Any pictures or photos that inspire and resonate with you at a deep level

Dates: Sat 8 and Sun 9 October

Time: 10am – 5pm both days

Location: Westminster, Central London

Facilitators:

  • Holly Worton (Ready to Bloom)
  • Layla Dowthwaite (Implicit Freedom)
  • Indre Jakumaite (Purple Inspiration)

Cost: £99 before 21 September, £149 full price

Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now for an experience you won’t forget

Book now!

Oh, one more thing, there are no physical spa treatments included in this workshop, however we do promise quality inner-beauty treatments and mind-massage!

**OVERNIGHT STAY SAT NIGHT NOT INCLUDED, FINISHES AT 5PM SATURDAY AND RESTARTS 10AM SUNDAY**

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