ME, MYSELF AND I

Beyonce reference... obviously! 

So let's talk about ourselves.

You are you for the rest of your life. You have been given this body, and this soul and you are to do with it whatever you like. So why not do good? Why not make the most of your life and do exactly what you desire?

To do good in this life, we must feel good within ourselves first. Sometimes we have to treat ourselves as first priority. It's not selfish, it's just what we need to do in order to be the best version of ourselves. 

People benefit from people, and we bounce of each others energies. Choosing where to focus your energy is important. You might not realise, but the smallest negative thought can steal a good amount of energy away from you. (Positive thoughts have a higher vibration than negative thoughts which is great! But make an effort not to give those negative thoughts the time of day.) Choose to use your energy doing and visualising the things you desire in life. 

Now, YOU! What do you want to do in life? Are you doing it now? Do you want to do more? Are you happy where you are? Do you have dreams and aspirations that haven't yet come to fruition? Here is an excerpt from a book called the 'Manifestation Miracle.' This might give you some motivation to make sure that you do everything you desire in this life. 

"An Australian hospice care nurse called Bronnie Ware, recently conducted a study of terminally ill patients who were in the final few weeks of life. In her study, Ware asked these patients whether they had any regrets and whether there was anything they would have done differently. Here’s what most people said:

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life that was true to myself, not the life that others expected of me.”

I find this so sad. Imagine thinking that on your death bed? That you didn't live life on your own terms because of what others expected of you. Well I'm here to tell you that your life is your life and no one else's! Of course you're going to have people disagree with what you're doing with life. That will happen no matter what you do because we all have different views, values and opinions. 

In this day and age, I have heard and witnessed people not doing exactly what they desire, not because of what people expect of them, but because of what others may think about them. WHO CARES! It's time to let go, otherwise you will have so many regrets, just like these elderly people who were interviewed. 

When you're feeling a little lost in life I highly recommend reading some self help books, or the Manifestation Miracle by Heather Mathews. Mediation can also help. Quieting your mind and asking yourself what you truly desire can clear your mind and open you up to the answers you've been looking for.

Before you're ready to help other people, you need to focus on you. Figure out exactly what you want, and learn to master your thoughts and energy. Once you have, it will come naturally to help others on a spiritual path. Your energy will automatically give off positive vibes and people will be attracted to the energy you're giving off!

I hope you enjoyed today's blog! 

Cleo xx

 
 

Snowball your Life into Happiness

It all starts with one thought, one feeling or one circumstance. 

We all have bad days, weeks, or maybe months. I'm here to tell you the easiest and most effective way to get yourselves out of these horrible ruts and turn your life around instantly. 

A friend and I were chatting yesterday about our travels and how we both got stuck in negative ruts while we were away. We felt alone and negative, which led to bad moods and negative outcomes. We were both away for months, it wasn't a holiday. (Just FYI) 

We both had a really similar path back to positivity and it made us realise how easy it is to get back to where you want to be if you have the right mind set. 

For me, it was definitely my mind set. I had in my head that I didn't like LA for many reasons. LA is an amazing place, it's exciting and there are so many opportunities over there. It wasn't until I got over the fact that I was 'alone' and in a 'tough industry' that things started to change instantly. All I did was change my mindset. Instead of thinking, 'I have no friends or family here,' or 'Why did I put myself in such a hard industry,' or 'This is a waste of time, energy and money,' I began thinking things like, 'I am here for a reason,' 'I'm thankful for the opportunities I have been given in the States,' and 'I have a bunch of friends and support over here.' 

Things honestly changed in a matter of minutes. I was so shocked, but at the same time it all made so much sense. What you put out, you get back. It's true and it's been scientifically proven so many times, so why do we not lean on this more? 

Something very similar happened to my friend. It was terrible weather where she was for a couple of weeks, which resulted in her having nothing to do. She started with one positive thought, and automatically felt better. Good things started snowballing from there... the sun even came out! When you open your mind up to positivity and possibilities, it's amazing the ideas and good thoughts that will pop into your mind. You might wonder why you hadn't thought of these things before? It's because you weren't in the right mindset, you weren't allowing yourself to be open to these ideas and thoughts. 

It's so amazing what will snowball your way when you change your mindset. The last two weeks of my America trip were incredible, and I believe I have myself to thank for that. I look back and I'm so thankful for how everything turned out. I'm even thankful for those few weeks where I was extremely negative and not wanting to be there. It's the bad times, and the negative times that shape us! It's how we deal with them, how we react to them and how we move on from them that make us learn and grow. 

Don't choose to give your negative feelings the time of day. Try your best to ignore them and train your mind to think of the positive outcomes, and how this negative situation might be helping you in the long run. We learn and grow so much from all our experiences, and we don't realise until it's over. 

So to snowball your life into happiness, start with one positive thought, and believe it. Enjoy the ride from there! 

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 

Photography: Michael Angelo - Instagram: michaelangelophoto

A Balanced Life = A Happy Life

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." - Thomas Merton.

Family, friends, health, diets, fun, sleep, study, work, exercise. All of these factors are vital to a person's overall happiness. To some people balance comes naturally, to others it's a struggle.

You can work out how you need to balance your life quite simply. Grab some paper and a pen, and write across the top all the things that are important to you. Underneath, rate them out of 10, 1 being not important and 10 being extremely important. Under this, create another column with the same titles, but this time you're going to rate in percentage how much time you're giving each factor at the moment. Eg: DIET - 30% SOCIAL LIFE - 90% - WORK - 60% Here, it would become clear to me that I need to put more effort into my diet, and focus less on my social life, which should leave me more time to concentrate and improve on the work side of things. 

One thing to keep in mind is that everyone will have different expectations. You might rate the importance of work 90%, I might rate it 60%. Either way, there is no right or wrong. You know how to best balance your life in order to make yourself happy. Once you've done your list, have a good look at it, and think how you can best shift your life to make room for the more important things in your life. This isn't supposed to be a chore, or an assignment, so it's not like you now plan your week/months/lives around this. Take it in, and subconsciously your mind will become aware of what is more important to you, and what is less. Next time you're out you might find yourself thinking, 'I better leave the shops now and finish that assignment so I can get a good sleep', whereas before it wouldn't have even crossed your mind.  

Another thing that you may experience while you're trying to maintain a balanced life, is guilt. I have gone through it myself, and I have seen my family and friends go through it as well. An example of this is dieting. You might feel guilty because you're out with friends and end up having a few drinks, or a piece of the birthday cake, or you might feel guilty because you have some chocolate after dinner. Here's where balance can put our guilty minds to rest. It's a healthy lifestyle choice to have a balanced diet. I'm not a dietician, and of course it's going to be more beneficial to your body if you just eat veggies, meat, salad etc. But we should never feel guilty for treating ourselves every now and then. Let's face it, it's more fun and a lot more tasty when we do! As long as you're getting in your five food groups, there is no reason why you can't let go and enjoy yourself. Balance is the key! 

Along with figuring out the most important factors in your life, it's also important to figure out where your energy is going. It's so easy to give our energy to things we don't necessarily need or want to give it to. The two main things that I find take my energy is work and people. Your energy is important because you need it to live and to be yourself! Unfortunately there are negative people in this world, and their energy can drain you of your energy. Sometimes we have to be around these people, so it's important that you either change the subject, or try your very hardest to not let their negative energy, draw yours. As another example, if your work situation is draining your energy, concentrate on balance and how best you can even this situation out. You could go do some yoga and meditation on your lunch break, or talk to your boss about the work load. If your work is draining your energy to the point of no help, maybe it's time to consider another job. If it doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. There's something better out there that you were born for, you just need to figure out what that something is!

Remember, the only person who can make you 100% happy is you!  You're the only one who knows what you really want and need in this life, and you deserve just that. So put time into figuring out your life. Once you do, act on it and you will start to be the most positive and happy version of yourself! Live the life that you want, and on your terms. 

I hope you enjoyed today's blog! Wishing you all an amazing week filled with love, light and POSITIVE ENERGY! 

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photography: Michael Angelo - Instagram - michaelangelophoto

The Secret to an Abundant Life

The secret to an abundant life is pretty simple; It's believing that you have an abundant life. Did you know the brain can't tell the difference between imagination and reality? So therefore, believing and visualising that something is already so, will bring that something about. 

It's so exciting what we can do with our minds. The tricky part is continuing to make an effort in controlling what your conscious mind is thinking. We have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day, so it's normal that some of those thoughts are going to be negative ones. For some reason it's normal for us humans to think about the things we don't want to happen, rather than thinking about the things we do want to happen.

So step 1: Make an effort to control as many thoughts in your day as possible. If you find yourself thinking about something negative, change it right away to a positive thought. If you are having trouble getting out of a negative rut, think back to a memory that is bound to make you smile, or turn on an up-beat song that makes you happy. 

Step 2: Play make believe. You know how kids can play for hours with nothing but a doll or a car? They might be imagining this enormous race track, or a beautiful big doll house. Start to get excited like children. Visualise what you truly want to come about in your life. Feel the feelings you would feel when it comes about. Keep visualising throughout your meditation or throughout your normal day, until you believe the thing you're visualising is yours. 

Remember, the brain can't tell the difference between imagination and reality, so really you're tricking your brain into giving you want you want. 

Step 3: Be kind to yourself. No one gets far by beating themselves up. We all have moments of self doubt and anger, but the trick is to get yourself out of that asap, and start treating yourself like the most important and delicate person in the world. Negative self talk is destructive. Positive self talk can help you beyond belief. 

Dr. Masaru Emoto demonstrated through an experiment the powerful, energetic effect that our words and thoughts can have. Dr. Emoto got two containers of water and on one wrote words such as 'you fool', and on the other wrote phrases like 'i love you.' He froze both of the containers, and days later he took photos of the water crystals. The results were incredible. In every case where there were positive words and energy projected onto the water, the water crystals were frozen symmetrically in intricate patterns, some resembling diamonds. On the other hand, in every case where the words and thoughts were negative, the crystals were small, misshapen and deformed. 

Dr. Emoto re-performed this experiment over and over again with thoughts, photographs and music, both with either a positive or negative vibe, and the results stayed the same. 

Our bodies are filled with 75% water, so think what you're doing to your body with negative self talk. Next time you're disappointed in yourself, instead of saying 'ah, I'm so stupid,' say 'I am good at this, and it will work next time.' 

Having an abundant life is something that most people want. Having plenty of everything that you want is something that is easily achievable, and YOU are the only person who can attract this into your life. 

In a nutshell; Make an effort to control your thoughts, play make believe, and be kind and gentle to yourself. I can guarantee if you do this, you will feel and see results. You will feel better and more positive within yourself, and coincidences and positive outcomes will start arising before you. I know, because I have done it myself, and I know thousands of believers of the Law of Attraction have done it as well. 

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photography by: Michael Angelo Brown

INSTAGRAM: michaelangelophoto

30 Day Challenge

Gratitude is one of the fastest and most effective ways to put yourself on a great frequency. Putting yourself on a positive frequency allows you attract all the things you are thinking, visualising and wishing for. 

When you are gracious, you feel lucky and happy right? You might be grateful for something small, like a pretty butterfly on your way to work, or good surf, or a stranger smiling at you. Or you might be grateful for something big, like your family, or winning something, or getting good grades. 

Whatever it is you're thankful for, focus on it and build on that positive aspect of your life! 

I love the YouAreCreators Youtube channel. They have such amazing meditations, and videos that will help you maintain a very positive journey. I was scrolling through their videos one night and came across a 30 day challenge. In this challenge, for 30 days you are to write down 30 things you are thankful for. PLOT TWIST: You can't use the same thing twice. Yes, that is 900 things in total that you will end up writing down. 

Of course there are 900 things in this world that you are thankful for! You just have to dig deep, and try to notice the little things that you might take for granted in a normal day. 

I am currently on day 18 of my challenge and I can't believe the effect it has already had on me. I'm in LA at the moment, living away from home and competing in one of the most competitive industries in the world. It's pretty normal for my emotions to go up and down because of this. This challenge has helped stabilise my emotions and has made me a lot more positive!  

Everyday we go on with our busy lives, we scroll through social media, we go to work, we socialise and go to bed. (Obviously I can't talk for everyone, but this seems to be a pretty popular routine people can get themselves into these days.) Sometimes we don't even take a minute to look around us, and notice all the amazing things in our lives. Noticing these things, big or small, and being thankful for these things is a very powerful tool! 

I promise you after doing this for a few days, you will notice positive changes in your life. Good things will start to happen to you, and around you. You will begin to attract everything you want, and everything you need. If you focus hard on those things you are thankful for, you will attract more of these good things into your life. 

The coolest part about this challenge is that you can write things that haven't already happened to you. For example, 'I am thankful for the huge pay check I got,' or 'I am thankful for my new dress,' or 'I am thankful I scored the tickets to the concert.' Be specific, and act as though you have already received these things. You should feel the same gratitude and excitement for everything on your list, whether you have it or not. 

So have fun, go crazy, believe anything can happen because guess what?! IT CAN! Anything is possible if you are on a positive frequency. You will know when you are on the right frequency. Amazing things will start to happen, everything will start going your way and you will notice 'coincidences' that will help you along your path. 

Here is the link! Enjoy, 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSOthXny7HI

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Comparing Yourself to Others

We all get stuck in ruts from time to time. A common rut that girlsespecially seem to get stuck in, is comparing their life and/or feelings to others. 

If you've read my blog before, you will have heard this: You are your own person, you are no one else, and that is special. Someone else out there, whether you know them or not, admires you, and most likely compares their life to your life

A lot of girls are in denial of this. If you're self conscious, or struggle with low self esteem, you are probably thinking, 'pfft as if anyone wants to be like me,' or 'as if anyone wants my life.' Well, someone does! Because naturally, everyone wants what they don't have.  

A good way of resetting your feelings, and changing your negative thoughts into positive ones, is to view yourself from the outside. You can do this through meditation, before you fall to sleep, or just in everyday life. Imagine yourself floating out of your body, and viewing yourself from above. 

Start complimenting yourself. (And no, this is not up-yourself or vain to do!) Be kind to yourself. What physical things do you like about yourself? Maybe it's your hair, or your legs, maybe it's your fashion. What about personally? Maybe you like how you accept everyone, that you're a hard worker, or that you make everyone feel welcome? While you're looking at yourself from another perspective, pick every single thing you like about yourself, as if you are viewing someone else. We have no problem complimenting other people, so why do we have issues complimenting ourselves? 

After you have done this, you need to become thankful for those things that you noticed about yourself. Gratitude is one of the most important factors in the Law of Attraction. Being gracious puts you on a high positive frequency immediately. Staying gracious will keep you on this positive frequency, and soon the positivity will start bouncing back at you. You will know when you're on the right frequency, because you will feel GOOD! 

Same thing goes for feelings. We all feel differently, and we all respond to situations differently. For me, I remember times where I haven't understood why someone was so happy or so angry in certain situations. A. It's not our business, and B. We have no idea why other people feel the way they feel. I am a big believer in the saying, 'Be kind, for everyone you meet, is fighting a battle you know nothing about.' Next time you're about to compare your feelings to others, or feel that you might be about to judge someone regarding their feelings, say that quote over in your head. 

Another thing, is to not let other people's emotions affect you. You are not them, and therefore, it is not your problem. Of course helping someone who is in a tough situation is a great idea, but don't let their emotions, affect your emotions. Help where needed, and then remove yourself from that situation. Look after yourself.  

The last thing I want to talk about is; your own feelings. Never question why you feel a certain way. I have found myself comparing my feelings to others after we have been in the same or similar situation. That's a way to drag yourself into a deep hole of negativity! You're allowed to be sad, you're allowed to be angry and you're allowed to be negative! On your own terms. It's normal and sometimes refreshing to let it all out! BUT, just don’t wallow in it. Let the feelings out and move on.

Overall, you are you for a reason. Whether you believe me or not, there are people out there who are envious of an aspect in your life, just like you're envious of other people's lives. View yourself from an outside perspective, be proud of who you are, and be kind to yourself. You are perfect and amazing just how you are! 

Cleo xx

New Year, Not New Me!

A New Year is always a good time to set yourself some goals and to feel motivated about the year ahead. 

A lot of people see a New Year as a fresh start. Which is fine, but what I want to get across in today's blog, is that you shouldn't wish for a 'new you.'

It saddens me how many people I hear say, 'New Year, New Me.' No matter who you are, you definitely don't need to be a new you! If you're not happy with some of the decisions you made in 2016, you might need to become a better version of you, but definitely not a NEW you. 

No one else is YOU, so why try and be someone else? Think about people that you admire. It might be a celebrity, or a local hero, it might be your mum or a friend. Well, guess what? Someone looks up to you too. I know some of you are thinking, 'pfft, no they don't,' well stop it, because they do! You might not even know this someone, it might be someone you pass on your morning walk everyday that admires your hair, or your motivation. I used to absolutely admire this girl who worked in a local clothes store. I was infatuated (not in a creepy way) by her style, and her personality. But she had no idea! Everyone is admired in some way or form and that's what makes you special and different. 

The next thing is, don't be ashamed of 2016. We all make mistakes, and sometimes do things we aren't proud of. But don't beat yourself up about it and never think of any year as a waste. 

Another topic that seemed to be trending online this year was how horrible 2016 was. When bad things happen, it's so important to learn from these things, and take them as a lesson. Negative situations only help you grow. If we didn't have negative situations, we wouldn't have positive situations. If we didn't feel sad at times, we wouldn't know how good it felt to be happy. If you dwell on 'how bad 2016 was,' or how you 'shouldn't have done that,' or 'shouldn't have done this,' then you are only attracting more bad things to come your way for 2017. 

Change your tune. Be thankful for 2016. Be thankful for how you felt, and for what you learned. Today, you are better than yesterday, and you are only going to keep growing. You are human, everyone makes mistakes, everyone looses their temper, everyone is lazy at times. THAT'S LIFE! BUT make an effort in 2017 to improve. Try your hardest to be a betterVERSION OF YOU, not a NEW YOU! 

TIPS TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF:

  • Help more: In the community, with your family, your housemates etc. 
  • Donate: Donate your time or money to good causes. 
  • See rubbish on the street? Pick it up!
  • Only 'like' and post positive things on the internet. (I will never understand the dislike button on Youtube, and I never understand why people post comments to make other people feel uncomfortable.) 
  • DO NOT put others down to make yourself feel better. RAISE other people up, encourage and inspire! 
  • The minute you're feeling angry, take a breath, go for a walk, make an effort to do whatever you can to calm down. 
  • Do things that make you happy, because when you're happy you're already a better version of yourself. 
  • See the good in everyone. 
  • Make a conscious effort not to get jealous. It's natural, but everyone is different and on their own paths. 
  • Everyone is fighting their own battle, so don't judge a book by it's cover. 

Cleo xx

 
 

You Can Tell Your Own Future

I know lots of people, including myself who have gone to see psychics in the past. While some are amazing, and can talk to deceased loved ones or know your name or things about your life without asking, YOU know way more than they do. 

If you read my blogs often, you will know a little about the Law of Attraction. Basically it's a law that has proven to be just as powerful as other laws, like the law of gravity for example. The trick with the Law of Attraction is that if you completely believe and understand it, you can create your life exactly how you want it. 

A lot of people go to psychics because they think it will make them feel better about themselves or their lives. Or they might think it will give them something to get excited about. Which is fair enough! But you can do that yourself. 

Usually whatever the psychic/healer tells you, you will believe - right? If the psychic says, 'well unfortunately you're going to lose a lot of money soon', you are going to continuously think and worry about when this loss of money is going to happen and how you're going to cope. That's exactly what NOT to do. By doing that, you are giving out negative vibes, and you're going to attract exactly what you're thinking about: debt, loss of money, no work. In some ways a psychic could be great! If they tell you positive things like, 'you are going to find your soul mate soon', or 'an old friendship will be rekindled', you are going to believe them once again, right? You will know in your mind that this is 100% going to happen, and therefore you're on a positive frequency, telling the Universe what you want by believing that what you want is coming, or is already here. 

(Remember; believing that something is already so and that whatever you want has already been created, is much more powerful than believing that something is 'coming', or 'on it's way.')

You don't have to be told this stuff to believe it. Tell yourself what you want and make a conscious effort to believe you already have it. 

There is no need to go to someone else just so they can tell you want you might want or what you might not want to hear. You have no idea what they will tell you, and why risk that? Anyway, often the things they tell you are just a reflection of your aura, thoughts and the vibrations you are giving off at that time. You can change that in an instant by changing your thoughts. The only person who can change your life is YOU

When I went to a psychic, the lady told me things I did want to hear, along with things I didn't want to hear. I left jumbled and confused! Excited about the good stuff, but also a little down about the not so good stuff. I also found myself waiting around for the good stuff. And now I see why these things didn't end up coming about! I was constantly 'waiting,' and 'looking' for something that wasn't there. I needed to instead, believe it had already been created and completely relax knowing that it was already so. 

WHEN YOU ASK FOR SOMETHING, TRULY BELIEVE IT'S YOURS, ACT LIKE IT'S YOURS AND ACCEPT WITH GRATITUDE. 

'It's already so' has come from a Youtube meditation I listen to by YouAreCreators. At first I was confused by what 'it's already so' meant, but once you listen to this meditation it becomes very clear. It basically means what you have asked for, has been created. It's somewhere in the Universe waiting to happen. It's a thing. It's there. It's coming. It's already so. I've attached the video to this blog, it's a great way to relax, and manifest anything you want. 

Wrapping up this blog, YOU are the only person who can tell your future, and YOU can create whatever future you would like. Choose to be excited. Choose positive thoughts over negative ones. Choose to believe! 

Cleo xx

 
 

Trust the Process

I often talk about the Law of Attraction because I think it's amazing. There are stories out there from people who have actively used the power of positive thought and the law of attraction that have blown my mind. We really do have complete control over our lives, and while we may not have complete control of our thoughts, we do have control over which thoughts we give attention too. 

Giving your good thoughts attention only creates more good thoughts. When you have good thoughts, you say positive things, you do positive things and subconsciously you surround yourself with positive people and situations. By doing this, you have already put yourself on a great frequency. 

If you have read The Secret or other books on the Law of Attraction, you will know about frequencies. Basically you can put yourself on any frequency whether it be a negative one, or a positive one. When you are on the right frequency, you will know. You will feel good, positive and happy. Your frequency is constantly being sent out into the Universe, and you only get back what you put in.

The Secret has steps:

1. Ask.

2. Believe. 

3. Receive. 

It's really as simple as that. When you make an order online, you trust and know that that item you ordered is yours right? Treat the Law of Attraction the same. If you ask for something, the next step is to truly believe that you have that something. Believe that you deserve it and that it's already in your possession. Imagine the feeling of receiving it, talk about it and relax knowing that whatever it is you want, is yours. 

Then what you need to do, is throw the thought away, and TRUST THE PROCESS! It's tough, because when you want something it is normal to constantly think about that something. But once you have done the work of asking and believing that it is yours, just go on living your life like normal. You have to trust that what you asked for is coming. And the Universe will do so in the best way possible for YOU. 

Make sure you don't fall into the trap of freaking out because whatever you want has not arrived yet. It's very easy to get impatient, but this will only slow the process down. You will send out negative thoughts, and put yourself on a negative frequency. Then of course, the Universe will give you back what you have been putting in - NEGATIVITY! 

A lot of the time we are using the Law of Attraction without even knowing, and that is actually the best way to do it. If you are constantly wishing for something, and waiting for something good to appear it's not going to happen. Because you are 'wishing' and 'waiting' for something that you don't have. You need to ask, believe and then let it all go, and you will receive. 

BE THE BEST, MOST POSITIVE AND HAPPY VERSION OF YOURSELF TODAY!

Cleo xx 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to Find Your Niche! (Exercise Wise)

I have never been a lover of exercise, in fact I would say I used to be a hater of exercise! 

If you visit my blog often, you would have previously read something like, 'life is short,' or 'don't waste your time doing things that you don't like,' 'live life to the fullest,' etc etc. Well, in this post I will be talking about just that!

Life IS short, and life IS amazing, so don't waste time doing things that you don't like! Moving your body is important, and exercising is proven to release endorphins which make you happy. I'm sure everyone reading this has exercised before, so you would know too, that exercising also makes you feel really good afterwards. Maybe you get a sense of pride or just a general good feeling within yourself. 

I definitely like the feeling I get after exercising, although the feeling before, I really don't enjoy. If you're like me, you will DREAD exercising. But I now see that I was only dreading exercising because the type of exercising I was doing wasn't right for me. Say if I had a boxing class after work, I would spend all day thinking about it and not looking forward to it. That is wasting time! That is being negative when it's not necessary, and putting negative thoughts out into the Universe which is the last thing we want to do!

So I decided to try new things, and I didn't put any pressure on myself to do so. I feel when you don't put pressure on yourself, you automatically relax, and feel a sense of freedom. What's the point of putting pressure on ourselves? Take your time, do everything at your own pace, and stop comparing yourself to others! (Especially on Social Media!) 

So I went from running on the beach, to boxing, to F45, to power walks and I found myself still dreading the exercise. All the classes I was doing were amazing, but they just weren't for me. 

While I said I HATED exercise, I did enjoy dancing (because who doesn't), and walking on the beach. Walks whether it be on the beach or on a side path is such an amazing way to clear your head. It's also a great way to catch up with friends or spend time with your Dog! But I needed more...

Then I decided to try Pilates. I had seen it come up in my news feed and found online that there was a KX Pilates right near my house at Miami! Oh my God. I walked in, and automatically felt relaxed. Not only is their venue relaxing and positive, but their instructors and even customers all seem to reflect that vibe as well. There was no pressure which I loved, you can do every exercise at your own pace and with how ever much pressure on your machine that you feel necessary. There are positive quotes all around the room, and everyone who is there, of all shapes, sizes and ages all seem to support each other through the classes. 

I have now been doing KX Pilates for 2 months, and I'm still loving it. I've found my niche! If you're like me and struggling to find the motivation to keep moving, give Pilates a try. It's the perfect mix of slow and steady but still works you out completely. Plus, each class is different, there is no way you could get bored in these classes.

Another thing I found with Pilates is that I have noticed results. WHAT?! RESULTS?! FROM EXERCISE?! I don't think I have ever noticed results from exercise in my life. I have always remained a similar shape, and that's because I wasn't exercising regularly or pushing myself because I didn't enjoy it! What I'm excited about is I'm getting the results I want! No muscles or anything crazy, I just feel way better within myself. I'm more flexible and becoming more toned. When I wake up, I rarely have a sore back and neck anymore, and I do put it down to Pilates, because you are stretching and working every muscle in your body, but not in a vigorous way!

Whatever your niche is, I really hope you find it! Because as always, the scientists are right, exercising does release endorphins and that does make you HAPPY! The happier you are the more positive you are, and the more positive you are, the more good things you attract! And then, BAM you're living your life the way you want by using the Law of Attraction without even knowing. Congrats! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Surround Yourself with Goodness!

It's so easy in this day and age to be surrounded by negative energy. This energy might come from people, it might come from social media, articles, this energy can even come from the weather! 

If you're having a bad day, negative energy can even come from a pen that won't work or the driver in the car in front of you. 

TWO THINGS:

1. Don't talk or think about it.

2. Surround yourself with good and positive people, situations and things!

1. One of the biggest ruts you can get yourself into is talking about this negative energy that you have encountered. "Oh my God, every car was going so slow today," or "Geeze (whoever)is pissing me off," or "I feel like crap today, everything is going wrong." It might seem unfair that this negative stuff attracted you in the first place, but science has proved that the Law of Attraction is real and sorry, but it looks like you attracted it yourself! 

Parts of the Law of Attraction I don't understand. Like, for example, no one deserves to live in a country full of war and devastation and no one deserves to loose loved ones etc. I really believe there is no rhyme or reason for that. BUT I do believe there is rhyme and reason for the Law of Attraction in a lot of other things because I have seen it first hand with myself, and other people. 

If something bad, unfair or negative happens to you, that sucks, BUT, get over it! Not in a harsh way, just seriously get over it or you will attract more yucky stuff. Whenever something crappy happens to me, I always think to myself, someone is way worse off. 

Don't use this bad thing for attention. That's another trap. When something bad happens to you, it's natural to want attention from people to make yourself feel better. Completely natural. Fight the natural and don't tell anyone. Wack a smile on your face, think about how lucky you are to have everything else in your life, and start thinking about how you could fix the problem instead of wallowing in it. 

When something negative is happening to me or around me, I say positive things to myself over and over. You can think I'm weird, I don't care! But you should try it. Constantly reminding yourself that everything is okay, is sending out signals to the Universe that you're okay. Everything you send out has to come back. That's the law! 

These might help you next time something is going on:

  • Everything is okay.

  • Everything will work out how it is supposed too.

  • I am surrounded by positive people.

  • I am thankful.

  • I am healthy.

  • I am loved.

Even if these things aren't happening, like you're sick, or you aren't surrounded by positive people, the only way you're going to get yourself out of this is believing that you're healthy or that you're surrounded by positive people. I don't meditate because I am so restless, but if you do, going over these while your meditating will set your day up in the best way possible! 

2. This is pretty simple. Surround yourself with positive people, situations, and things!

DON'T:

  • Watch a movie that is going to make you sad

  • Listen to sad songs if it's going to make you sad

  • Hang with that person who brings you down

  • Think about previous situations if it makes you all tense and angry inside. (Old jobs, ex's, fights with family or friends.)

  • Look for drama

DO:

  • Listen to feel good songs and watch happy movies

  • Hang around positive and uplifting people

  • Constantly look forward and not behind, remembering to think positively about your future.

  • Ignore drama that may happen around you.

Moral of this blog, surround yourself with positive people, situations and things and you will 100% be a happier more positive version of yourself!

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This beautiful dress is from Renee Loves Frances. I featured her dress on this blog because when I first walked into Renee's store she was so happy, bright and welcoming! Her clothes and beautiful store reflect her personality. Surround yourself with these kinds of people! 

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You Should Go and Love Yourself

Thank you Justin Biebs, yes we should, we should all go and love ourselves! 

Loving yourself is one of the most important factors of life. If you don't love yourself, how will you have the confidence or faith in yourself to do the things in life that you want?

Now, there is a fine line here. I'm not saying you should start taking 100's of selfies and change your personality to a narcissistic one. I'm simply saying, start loving who YOU are. Start now. 

YOU are different to everyone else, and yes I say this lots in my blogs, but it's because it's so important. No one else is YOU, and I can bet there are people who love things about YOU that you wouldn't even notice. The same as how you like that girl's hair, or that guy's style, or that girl's eyes. Everyone seems to want what they can't have, so what does that mean? That people want what YOU have. 

STEP ONE (And the hardest.)

Start accepting and loving your 'flaws' (Or whatever you believe are your flaws.)

I used to absolutely hate the gap in my two front teeth. But now I realise that it makes me different. A few people have even told me that they like it and that it makes me, me. It took me a while, but I now accept it and have learnt to like it. 

My freckles... I also used to hate these. It makes me feel a little sad thinking back to when I used to hate on things that make me, me. They are not gross, or ugly. I now see that they are beautiful, and a part of ME. 

I know some people will read this and think, God she's 'up-herself'. But to be honest, when you grow up, you realise that the haters are just jealous people. You ARE NOT 'up-yourself' if you like something about yourself. You are certainly not 'up-yourself' if you learn to accept and end up LOVING something about your body. You go and love yourself and don't let anyone try to tell you there is something wrong with that. 

STEP TWO

Start complimenting other people's looks, traits etc.

Doesn't it make your day when someone compliments you? You can't lie, it makes you feel good! And to be honest, one of the reasons that I started accepting my gap in my teeth was because of other people's compliments. It's a bit sad that I couldn't just decide this myself, but when I realised other people liked it, I thought why the hell don't I like this myself? You can have a big impact on other people's thoughts, especially those with low self esteem. So why not compliment your friends, family, or strangers and help them realise that something/everything about themselves is in fact, beautiful. 

STEP THREE

LOVE YOURSELF FULLY. 

You might really love your hair, or the way you can dance, or the way you treat people with kindness, and these are all great. But these are single traits or single things. 

You need to LOVE and ACCEPT every single thing about you. This is hard, it really is. Especially if you're having a bad day, or keep making silly mistakes. It's hard to love yourself in those situations because you end up being angry with yourself. This is natural and nothing to feel bad about! When you are feeling like this, instead of wallowing in it, try to start looking at the positives about yourself. Are you alive? Are you nice to people? Do people like having you around? Do you have hair on your head? Do you have nice clothes? Do you have eyes, ears, and a mouth that functions properly? I'm sure you have lots of reasons to love yourself and although it can be hard to see at times, you need to really try. First accept, and then love those things. 

Remember, it is not at all 'up-yourself' or vain to love yourself. It's natural and you SHOULD love yourself because YOU are amazing. 

Once you start loving yourself, and I mean really loving yourself and believing that everything about you is beautiful, watch what happens. Everything will change! Your confidence, your love for life, you will become more positive, you will attract more people whether it be as friends or in a relationship, and you will without knowing be applying the law of attraction to your life and start receiving goodness everywhere and within everything that comes your way! 

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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It's Okay.

I have people say to me, 'you're so happy and positive all the time!' Wrong. I'm not. I wish I was! But really, no one can be happy and positive ALL of the time. We all have our days, weeks, months how ever long it may be, where we are not happy. There might be a reason, or there might not. And that is totally OKAY

I've been sad, I've been stressed and I've been negative at times and to be honest, sometimes there is no real reason why. A way I get by is reminding myself that I have a beautiful family, boyfriend and friends, and that is all I need. Although, sometimes despite what you have, you feel things for no reason. And that is okay. Trying to get out of a negative rut can be hard, but being negative isn't going to get you anywhere, so get yourself out asap! One negative thought leads to another, and then BAM you hate everything, everything is bad, everyone hates you, everything is going wrong, bla bla bla! It's the worst trap you could get yourself into. But at times, it feels good to wallow in it because it's easy. Don't get too used to taking the easy road, because it will bite you in the back when you realise that you have been un-happy for a long time. 

Do whatever makes you feel happy. Go outside, see friends, take a day off work to relax, read a book, write a to do list and get everything done, read The Secret, read some positive quotes, look at photos of yourself where you were at your happiest and feel that feeling. Sleep, exercise, watch a movie, listen to happy music, spend time with family, pray, whatever works for you, do it. Spend time working on YOU. No one else, YOU. 

If you have a goal, start working on it. There is no better feeling than being proud of yourself and knowing you have achieved something you maybe thought you couldn't. Force yourself to do happy and positive things that will get you out of this rut that you may be in. 

If you're not in a negative rut right now, that is amazing. I'm happy for you! Remember this for when you might need it, but for now, continue being happy, remind yourself that you're great and fill your weeks with activities that work alongside your life purpose. 

Moral of this blog post; It is okay to feel however you are feeling. Happy, sad, excited, negative, angry, jealous, content. Never feel guilty for the way you are feeling, and never compare yourself to the way others 'seem' to be feeling. You don't know how they really feel. You only know how YOU really feel. So work on YOU. Look after YOU. Be a happy YOU. And if it takes you a while to get there...

IT'S OKAY!

Cleo xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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POSITIVITY = HAPPINESS

Getting positive can be tricky. Especially if there are things happening in your life that you don't like...which unfortunately happens to everyone. 

Here's the catch, you can't control what happens to other people and you can't control situations that you have nothing to do with... but, you CAN control what happens to YOU and the situations YOU are involved in. Never forget that you have complete control of your life, because control is the key to becoming the most positive person you can be. You can easily unlock the life that YOU want by being more positive.

If you have read my blogs before, you would know that positivity is absolutely, definitely, 100% the key. Once you become a more positive version of yourself, you will find that everything you want will start to fall into place.

Being positive not only helps YOU, but it also helps everyone around you. People will start feeding off your positive energy and want more of what you are feeling. I've said it before and I'll say it again, POSITIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS.

I've decided to break this blog down a bit into what not to do.... and what to do to become a positive, happy and smiley human. 

WHAT NOT TO DO 

(Let's get this negative stuff out of the way first)

  • I know I'm kind of going against what I am doing right now, but DON'T talk about negative things. Don't even give them a thought. If you think about something negative, that will only stress you out and bring more negative thoughts into your mind, talking about it will make it even worse! Don't do it, it's a trap. 
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Don't comment negative things on people's photos, videos, status' etc. Not only is that nasty but it's also one of the most negative things you could do. Having a nasty thought about someone in your head is bad enough, but then putting it on Social Media for everyone to see as well as the person you're talking to, is just a whole other level of negativity and (bullying.)Oh and if there is an option, don't click the dislike button. I've never understood why someone would do that, if you don't like what you're seeing, fair enough, but you don't need to let the whole internet know. I see it as screaming out to the Universe, 'I DON'T LIKE THIS, SO I'M GOING TO MAKE A POINT BY PRESSING DISLIKE.' Negative, negative, negative! 
  • Don't judge people. Everyone is different, accept it and move on! I always think, the people that are different to me probably think I'm really weird, so let's just all settle at being individuals. (It's okay to be different!)
  • Don't judge yourself! Like I just said, it's okay to be different. No one else is like you, so own it and be happy that you have your own personality, looks and style. It's so easy to judge yourself, or compare yourself to others, PLEASE DON'T! I know it's easier said than done, but being an actor I am constantly judging and picking on myself and it gets me down so much. Why do I do it?! Why do we all do it?! The other day I did an audition right, and I was so angry at myself. I hated the way I looked, sounded and did the scene. But then my friend who was helping me out, genuinely loved the scene and everything about it. A prime example of judging yourself when it's absolutely not needed! Just think, when you are in one of those down moods and for some reason hating everything about yourself, someone else who you admire or think is fantastic is probably doing the same thing. And guess what? Everyone has admirers, whether you think you do or not, there is someone in this world that wants to be more like you and they wouldn't understand why you are thinking those things about yourself. 
  • Don't day dream about negative things. I find myself dazing off sometimes thinking about situations in my life and how they could go wrong. CLEO! SOOOOO SILLY! IF YOU DO THIS, DON'T! Not only am I going against thinking positive when I do this, but I am also imagining and creating how situations in my life will unfold. If you have read my blog before you will know that if you want something in your life, you have to dream, and believe in the way you want it to come about and it will. So basically, sometimes I fall into the trap of dreaming about how I want situations in my life NOT to turn out. Naughty. 
  • Stop expecting things off other people. You are responsible for yourself and that is it! Don't expect calls, texts, or help from people. Know that the ones around you care for you and leave it at that. Remember when you give, you will receive.

WHAT TO DO! (Yay, this is better.)

  • BE POSITIVE! Duh! It's pretty straight forward. Love yourself, be openly thankful for everything and wear a proper (not fake) smile on your dial everyday because you are alive! 
  • Believe in yourself. You can do absolutely anything you set your mind too. Even if it seems impossible right now. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm Possible.'" 
  • Love yourself. Like I said above, you are different to everyone, and there is someone in this world who wishes they were more like you, just the way you wish you were more like someone else. So love yourself for who you are and flaunt what you got, because no one else has it! 
  • Love others. If you show love, you will be loved in return. Simple as that. Accept and see beauty in everyone.
  • Work hard on your dreams. There's no better feeling than achieving something. Being proud of yourself is one of those feelings you wish you could have all the time. Well, get started! Start working hard on what you want, and in time everything will start coming together and the dream that was once in your head will be reality and you will feel incredible!
  • Inspire/help others. Another straight forward one. Always be ready to help no matter who or what is needed. 
  • See yourself as a magnet. Whatever you want, imagine yourself as that kind of magnet. Whether it's a happiness magnet, a love magnet, a health magnet, a positive magnet, a new opportunity magnet, a money magnet, etc. Whatever you want, believe that you will attract whatever it is easily and quickly.   
  • Have fun! Life is short, so live it up and do whatever is fun for you

Change the way you think, examples;

If you are thinking 'I feel sick,' instead think, 'I feel healthy.'

If you are thinking 'today is not my day,' think 'today is a good day'

If you are thinking, 'they don't like me,' think 'everyone benefits from my presence and likes having me around.'

If you are thinking, 'I'm not good enough at my job,' think 'I got this job for a reason, I am capable!'

If you are thinking, 'I have no money,' think 'I am a money magnet, lots of opportunities and money is coming my way.'

CHANGE YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS INTO POSITIVE ONES AND BELIEVE IT! YOU WILL NOTICE A DIFFERENCE!

Cleo xx

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2015, how I ignored my fears, mistakes and negativity.

WOW! What a year! I don't know about you, but I swear every year is getting faster and faster. I can't believe Christmas has gone and that the New Year is right around the corner!

2015 has been the best year of my life. I am now completely sure of who I am, I understand things about life that I didn't before, I'm happier and I'm way more thankful. 

At the start of this year I was petrified that I was going to have a year like the last. Not that it was bad, but I felt useless and frustrated at how my career was going and I let it consume me. I was working so hard on getting a role as an actress in TV or Film that I exhausted myself. Not physically, but emotionally. I was scared about the future and thought if I keep 'failing' where will I end up? I look back now and see that I definitely wasn't 'failing', I was working hard and that has got me to where I am today. Note to my readers, just never use the word 'failing' or think that you are 'failing' because you most certainly are not!

This year I changed my outlook. I was thankful for every audition, every opportunity and every hint that I got from the Universe that I started to get so excited about where my career was heading!

LESSON ONE:

Get excited about your future. You can do whatever you want with this life you have been given, how exciting! And yes you can, stop saying 'no I can't,' because you absolutely can! If you stick to it, work hard, be positive and believe, then you are already nearly there.

I began to ignore all the comments like 'shouldn't you have got a role by now?' or 'oh you're an actress? What can I see you in at the moment?' or the plain rude social media comments like 'you can't act,' and 'you're to ugly to be on TV.' I literally giggle so hard at these comments now, and I can't believe I let them get to me before this year. So

LESSON 2:

If you have negative people or online followers in your life... get rid of them. Sometimes family members or good friends can be very negative. Obviously you can't just delete these people out of your life, so help them! If you're positive and happy around them, they are going to find it very hard to be negative back. Soon they will get used to being positive and they will feel happier and become addicted!

Positivity is addictive!

It's a great way to live your life. Helping others also makes you feel amazing, so if you are in the situation to help someone, do it right away!

I started this blog at the beginning of 2015 to not only help others, but to help myself. Writing about positive things has really helped me and I know that it has helped others too which makes me really happy. My career was the main reason I was feeling down in 2014, but what I didn't have then, was faith. Now I know that acting is going to be my career, purely because it's what I want to do and I'm going to make it happen! This year I relaxed and had faith that my hard work in acting was going to pay off, but I also put my creativity and passion into other things like this blog, teaching and travelling which really opened my mind up. I also realised I really enjoy other things, and that yes, acting is what I want to do, but it's not the ONLY thing I want to do. And I know that now! 

LESSON 3:

You might think you were born to do only one thing, but you were born to do many! If that one thing doesn't work out right away, share your energy around and try other things like I did. It really does feel empowering and exciting! You never know if you don't try. ALSO! Don't hold back if you're scared, good things never come out of comfort zones.

I really hope that my blog has helped you in some way this year! I love all your feedback and would love to know if there is anything that would help my readers in particular! Please comment and let me know. 

Wishing everyone a year full of happiness, positivity, laughter, health and success. AND REMEMBER,

Pass Around The Smile!

:) 

(Little video of this on my Instagram: @passaroundthesmile) 

One Door Shuts, Another One Opens!

I'm sure you all know by now that life is like a roller coaster. Sometimes it's a scary ride, a fun ride, an emotional ride, or a plain GOOD ride. 

My life has been all of the above for the past couple of months. My emotions have been going CRAZY because I have been so busy and have left myself no time to just sit and relax. 

In the end, it's YOU who controls your life. Of course un-expected things happen, but the way YOU choose to deal with those things reflect straight back on your life and the way you feel. 

A little example for my readers!

A couple of months ago I got a phone call saying I was in the top three for a role and they were flying me down to Melbourne. I was over the moon and had a huge sense of relief rush over me after so many years of working so hard to achieve my acting dream again after filming H20. 10 minutes later I got a phone call saying that they had cancelled the call back because of my age. I went from being SO EXCITED, to let's face it, devastated. 

After a little cry, I pulled myself together and thought no! How cool was it to know that I was in the top 3? This is just one step closer and has put me in front of amazing casting directors and directors for future jobs. All of a sudden I turned this situation around to be a really good thing, I'm not sure how I did it when I was feeling so crappy but I did. And it was the best thing I've ever done! It was a really good lesson. 

A month or two after, I was contacted by an American Manager. This man completely believed in me and has since taken me on as one of his clients. To have someone believe in me and push for me like he has done in the time I have been with him is such an amazing feeling.

ONE DOOR SHUTS, ANOTHER ONE OPENS!

I have no idea how he found me, there are so many amazing actors/actresses in Australia, let alone the world and he found and chose me! I fully put it down to my positive attitude and complete belief that everything was going to turn out fine. 

Like all my blog posts, I encourage people to BELIEVE and you will RECEIVE

! If you're lacking motivation please go back and read through some of my past blogs, or buy The Secret. It really is the most inspiring book I've ever read. 

Cleo xx

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21 Things To Do When You're 21

1.

Be Happy

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Life is too short to be unHAPPY. So do things that make you HAPPY. If a certain job, person, place or situation is making you unHAPPY, then get out while you're young!

2.

Be Social

Get out. Go to lunch, dinners, bars, parties, the beach, hang around those you know, and make an effort to meet those you do not know...yet! 

3.

Travel

You never know where you will be in years to come. You might have a family or a job that you can't leave. While you're young and have freedom, use it! Go travelling, big trip or small. Whatever you can afford, just do it! 

4.

Party

Who doesn't love a party?! These are the years we can afford to have hungover Sunday's... or weekdays if you're really keen. But also, if you don't want to drink, don't! But definitely still go to that party! Don't hold back now, cause you might have to hold back in a few years!

5.

Spend your money...some of it.

Go travelling, buy a cocktail, buy that new outfit. They say 20's are your selfish years and that is completely true. I am encouraging you to spend, but also save a little bit, you never know when you might need or want it! (But mostly spend.)

6.

Work Hard

In saying all of the above, to be able to spend money you have to work hard as well. While you're not travelling, partying or out meeting new people, work hard on your passion. Start aiming for where you want to be in the future and you will find yourself loving life!

7.

Be Nice

Seriously! Be nice to people. It's not hard. Smile at strangers, help out a friend, give money to a busker, sponsor a child. The more you give the more you receive. 

8.

Be Silly

Go crazy, pull faces, play childish games, go roller skating, blow bubbles, go bowling, whatever tickles your fancy. We are still young... so we can get away with still be silly. 

9.

Challenge Yourself 

Whether it be exercise, a passion of yours, a goal you have set in the past, something that you thought you would never be able to do, do it! Challenging yourself and succeeding gives you an amazing sense of fulfilment. You can do anything you put your mind to. 

10.

Appreciate Your Parents

We don't do it enough when we are really young so now is your time. Thank them, take them to lunch, visit them often, and tell them when you will be home!

11.

Stand Up For Yourself

This is a biggy. Personally I find it so hard to stick up for myself because I hate confrontation. I'm making a bigger effort this year to do it. Don't let people treat you unfairly, or forget about you, or say things to hurt you so they make themselves feel better. It's not on! 

12.

Go on a Road Trip

I've done it, and I've mentioned in my previous blogs that it was amazing! It gives you a sense of complete freedom. Travelling on planes and trains is different. You are in control in a car, you can go for how ever long you want, you can stop where you want, and you can sleep where you want. It's so exciting and such an amazing experience!

13.

Relax

Swim, read a book, take a nap, sun bake, listen to music, whatever relaxing is for you, do it now because once again, you might not get a chance in years to come!

14.

Write a letter to Yourself 

I actually did this when I was about 10 but it is never too late! Write a letter and on it write "(your name) DO NOT OPEN UNTIL YOU'RE (however old you would like to be when you open it.)" Write little memories and stories that you might forget, or goals you want to achieve, maybe write where you would like yourself to be at that age. It will be an exciting letter to open!

15.

Join some sort of club

Being in a team comes with such a great feeling of community. Whether you join a sports team, a study team, clubs that stem from work places, schools or uni, I guarantee you a whole lot of new friends and fun! 

16.

Get off your phone!

I am guilty of sometimes being on my phone too much, I think we all are. But every now and then, just put it down. I don't know why people think it is necessary to Snapchat every second of their life, or take 100 photos of the same thing. ENJOY THE MOMENT!

17.

Realise who your true friends are

It's time to get rid of those people who use you, or those who are plain nasty to you! There's no time for that, and at the ripe age of 21, you're now old and wise enough to see who your true friends are. The friends you have now will probably be the friends you have when you're 90, so make the right choice. 

18.

LOVE

Let yourself love and be loved in return. What an amazing feeling. 

19.

Volunteer

Something I'm yet to do this year, but it's on my list. I can just imagine how good it's going to make me feel giving back to the community. 

20.

Set Goals

Pretty simple really. Set yourself goals and work towards them. Whether they be goals that can be achieved in a week, or years.

21.

BE YOURSELF

You're out of school now and in the real world. There's no point trying to be someone else whether it is to fit in or to impress someone. Be yourself completely, and people will love you for that. You will also be happier within yourself. Start accepting yourself for who you are and stop comparing yourself to others. Remember, there's someone out there who wants to be just like you. 

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5 Simple Ways to Get Smilin' Again!

1. LOOK AROUND

Do you have any of this in your life? Family, friends, love, a roof, a bed, a job, a body, health, money, pets, clothes, makeup, TV, clean water, computer a phone?

Even if you have just ONE of the above, then surely that one thing can make you smile. Cause guess what? Someone else might not have that one thing. And that alone makes you lucky! Everyone is lucky in their own way. Find out why you are lucky, and you will start to feel thankful and happier by the second. An easy way to do that is to look at the list above. If you think about what you have in your life often, the little things in life like a bad day, a broken phone or a speeding fine won't seem so bad after all. 

"Sometimes I need to remember just how lucky I really am." 

2. TREAT YOURSELF

We are getting busier and busier as life moves on. A friend and I were talking yesterday how scary it is, how fast the years seem to go. It's so easy to get into a routine of work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep, and you forget about LIVING!

If you love your job then awesome! That might be your way of living. But I think every person who loves their job or not needs some time out. Cherish the weekends and cherish your nights! Treat yourself to a meal out, go to the movies, get a manicure, buy a book, do some online shopping, eat that chocolate, have a bath, RELAX! You deserve to!

Working hard for something and then treating yourself feels really good because you've earned it! So don't be afraid to do so. Treat yourself like a Princess! Or Prince... whoever you readers may be. 

"Happiness is... Treating yourself every now and then."

3. DO WHAT YOU LOVE

I have written about this in my blog previously but I can't stress it enough! If you hate your job, GET OUT!!! I know it's easier said than done, but I'm here to give you the motivation that maybe you need. Life is too short to be doing things that you hate. Of course any job involves working hard, but if you love your job then working hard doesn't seem too hard at all. Put it this way, if you wake up and dread your day at work, and then you're at work and you still really hate it.... I think it's time to move on.

If you are in a financially unstable situation, I don't want to be encouraging people to leave steady money, but try and look for jobs that will fulfil your passion instead of just fulfilling your bank account. 

"Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession."

4. MOVE YOUR BODY

I'm not one for exercise. I go through stages of getting myself motivated. But lately, walks have been doing me just fine. Getting out of the house and to the beach is the best feeling! Not only does it make me feel good because I am moving my body, but being outside in nature wherever it may be is so relaxing! 

If you are one of those people who can run for miles or do regular training sessions then keep going! No better feeling than finishing a big workout!

"You are only one workout away from a good mood."

5. TODAY, NOT TOMORROW

MY LIFE PROBLEM! Putting things off!!! 

Here is my advice... Just do it. And lately I have actually been taking my own advice! (Go Cleo) 

How many times have you had things to do whether it be an errand to run, exercise, an appointment to make, a room to clean etc, and put it off until 'tomorrow.' And then come tomorrow, it still hasn't been done. It's so easy to do! BUT if you put your head into it and just do it you will think two things; That wasn't too hard, and ahh I feel better now.

It's such a good feeling having everything done for the day. When I complete everything I have to, I feel a sense of fulfilment and maybe even a little bit proud. 

This goes especially for all you creative buggers out there! Having a creative mind can be hard because you need to be inspired to create something. Lately I've been pretending I haven't been inspired because I couldn't be bothered. Naughty! I know that I feel so good when I finish a blog, a song or a script, so excuse me while I go get to it!

Remember, today is the day, not tomorrow. 

"Tomorrow you will have wished that you started today, so what are you waiting for?"

Cleo xx

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MOVE ON!

Here's what I think... If something doesn't feel right, it most likely isn't. For about a year now I hadn't felt right about something in my life. NEWSFLASH!

It wasn't right. A year later I'm out of this situation and it was probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life! There were tears, lots of them, but now I feel a massive weight off my shoulders and I know I've done the right thing. 

I want to encourage my readers to stand up for yourselves and do what you think is right for YOURSELF!

Sometimes you have to stop thinking about others. Not in a nasty way, but if something isn't right in your life, you need to focus your energy back to yourself until you are okay again. 

This goes for anything. Unhealthy relationships, diets or lifestyles, even an unpleasant situation. GUESS WHAT? Life is short. And you don't have time for that. If you are unhappy, feeling awkward, feeling used or upset, then MOVE ON.

Get out of that situation if you have the power to. You most likely do have the power to, it might just be an emotionally hard thing to do so you are putting it off. I did that. You're never completely stuck. If you are struggling with a situation in your life where you do feel stuck then please open up to a friend, family member or even a counsellor! You will thank yourself after all that negativity is out of your life. 

Remember that life is precious. YOU have complete control over your life, and have the power to change anything. That's pretty cool hey? Literally you can live whatever life YOU want, you just have to believe, work hard and then receive. 

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