Creating a beautiful life for ourselves is possible. And in order to do that we have to strive for balance and that means addressing all areas of life. I observed that last year I was very much only focused mostly on one area of my life and that was my businesses. I thought that I would use this blog to show you what I have been up to and also how I have got the balance back in my life.
Having just become a representative of Miessence selling certified organic personal care and house hold products meant I needed to pay careful attention to keeping my life balanced. I have two other small businesses to contend with meant other parts of my life had become unbalanced so this year was about adopting a holistic approach to get that balance back.
I thought that I would write this blog for people who tend to focus only on one part of their life. I thought I would use use my own experience and show you how I have been getting the balance back in my own life to help you do the same. Plus I thought that it would give you an opportunity to see what The Earth Faeries have been up too.
Firstly I looked at my creative area. I realized that while I was making accessories for my customers I rarely had time to make anything else for myself or my loved ones. When mum expressed interest in what I was making I always said I would make her something but never got around to it. Time was always a factor so I read an article about creating more time and doing things that are important to us.
I devised an affirmation that has worked wonders in my life and has done just that. As they say we are living in a quantum field and thoughts become things. And so do the affirmations that we recite every day. The affirmation that I use is: I always have time for the activities, people and experiences that are important to me. And sure enough time has been created and I suddenly have more free time.
And so I got to work on my mums ornament that I have made her. I made it in her favorite colour which is buttermilk yellow. You can find my full range here. It comes with a little hand made scroll too with a personalized poem in it so I am just working on that at the moment. I just hope she likes it. Here is a sneaky preview of the rose I have made for my mum. Each rose is named after its owner and I called this one Barbara Frances after her.
Secondly I decided to start focusing on doing more self development work on myself. I am a qualified and practicing life coach – specializing in spiritual coaching and well being coaching. I knew working on myself would creating more energy and momentum in my life to facilitate change.
As part of my self development I do earthing while practicing mindfulness in my big garden, forests, and woodlands. I practice earthing otherwise known as grounding about once a month but now have started to do it every day and am observing a massive difference in my energy levels. So how does it work? The free electrons in the earth move through our feet and into our body and create well being in our mind body and soul.
Many have lost their connection with the natural power of earth because Rubber and plastic soles on our shoes. They are not conductors so they prevent the free electrons from the earth moving through our body. So taking the shoes and socks off and walking on the mud, moss, forest floors, beaches, and grass is a great preventative measure. It is also a way to stay well and increase our well being and energy levels which contributes towards having balanced and a beautiful life
My word this year has been contribution. Giving back! Giving feels so good so I thought I would like to do more of it. I am all for looking after our planet so I decided to volunteer at Garth organic fruit and vegetable garden in Wales. It was the most enjoyable day that I have had in ages and it was lovely to do something different and to help others out too. It is surprising what opportunities you get given when you get out of your comfort zone because I got asked to run a mindfulness work shop there so am making time now to devise my lesson plans and I am due to run them this August!
It was an eventful day. I learned how to grow baby onions. Although I have grown potatoes carrots and lettuces in my own garden I have never grown onions. A lesson learned from there was not to plant them upside down and I suppose metaphorically speaking the same applies to us – so always reach for the light to get you to the places you want to go.
I also learned how to grow the food in rows and to measure the depth I was planting them in as well as how to space them correctly so they had room to grow. I did this by using rope tied around pieces of wood and put in the ground. The rope once stretched out helps you to plant the crops in a straight line.
I also got to see some slow worms too which resemble beautiful snakes – as Jude the owner of the organic gardens prized back the soggy straw they sliver deeper down into the earthy layers. They slithered away before I could get my camera out.
I got to meet some other lovely volunteers too and it was nice to share a common goal with them which was looking after the planet that I love so much. Plus I got an abundance of organic vegetable and salad in return for helping out. There is something lovely about eating fresh salad and sprouting broccoli from a garden that you have picked yourself. It tastes so much nicer!
I have just been asked to come canoeing in Llangollen canal with my daughter and while my mind says I have this to do and that to do I stopped, and said to myself I always have time for things, people and events that important to me so I said yes. My other friend has just invited me to London for the vegan and vegetarian food festival and I said yes! So one of the secrets to having a beautiful life I have learned is to say yes to more opportunities.
Getting balance in your life so you can have a beautiful life is not a destination. It is a journey. We are always striving for it as circumstances and goals change so we have to continuously address the balance. And what I have discovered is that with those changes we have to pause, reevaluate what is serving us and what is not so we can modify our goals and then get back in flow.
For me having a beautiful life is about keeping the balance in my own life on a consistent basis. For me keeping that balance means coming up to smell the roses regularly and not being hard on myself when I go off track slightly. It is also about being mindful too – living in the moment, being non judgemental if my mind strays elsewhere and jumping straight back on again.
What other techniques or practices are you using to keep your own life well balanced?
In this blog I am going to talk about what The Earth Faeries have been up too – my high lights and the challenges too and how I have overcome them. I am also going to show you some of the places that have inspired me and also any new skills that I have learned on the way.
I have been going through a re-brand over the past couple of months and have made all of my products vegan. I thought I’d share with you some of the new materials I have sourced out so you can see what my products are made of and tell you about a new product I am working on that I am excited to finish so I can reveal it to you.
My highlights have been that my venture has started to become more visible and has attracted more new customers that I am very grateful for. There is something wonderful about seeing your products traveling around the world and putting smiles on peoples faces. My groups is growing organically and I am making some very helpful connections.
I am still learning about the changes to face book and Instagram algorithms as it affects all online businesses. If you are a business owner I know that this will resonate with you. It is also important to keep abreast of the field to ensure our businesses continue to get seen and grow. Otherwise we are offering a great disservice to our customers as they are never going to get to experience our lovely creations.
I have also finally learned how to take a picture that you can see now and no more glare from my blue tinge backgrounds. However it is all still a work in progress but each day I am learning more.
I am looking forward to using my new camera as at the moment I have been using my camera on my phone and pictures can become blurred if taking the pictures too close up to my products. Plus pictures on mobile phones can look beautiful whilst on there but once made bigger they become very pix-elated. I want them to look as beautiful for you all as possible so I am going to keep on practicing and will be able to get better results with my new camera.
I got rid of the white backgrounds and replaced them with a wooden one as firstly it fitted in more with my brand and secondly no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of that blue tinge. I have used my wooden window ledges in my new photographs and the light in the bedrooms at a certain time is perfect for doing photo shoots so no hanging out of my windows anymore.
This year I wanted to learn how to style my products. I think not only does it make them look more appealing but it adds interest to the pictures. Plus it’s where my passion lies and I am always on the hunt in my garden, house and shops for props that I can use. Here are some of my new product pictures of my hand made personalized roses that I styled. I made these two for my dinner table and I wanted it to look like a wood land theme. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself sat in a woodland with a long wooden table full of beautiful wooden cutlery, twigs and flowers for decorations. Faeries joining you for dinner and squirrels watching with interest from the nearby branches. This vision is what helped me to style my products.
Lavender pink personalized rose
Neon purple rose table decoration
I am always in awe when I look at other makers websites or shops as they have perfected the art of styling. I was always taught if you want to learn something then learn from the people who have already done it. And so I am on a mission! Several online courses later and after studying others who had perfected it I finally did my first product shots that have been styled with props. The wooden cup and cutlery is courtesy of my friend and a family member. The last picture is out of focus slightly so I will be retaking these with my new camera very soon and look forward to seeing the results.
I am also having to learn how to style my dolls heads hair so I can show case my hair slides so people can see how they look when they are worn. A friend of mine is a hair dresser and she has showed me some lovely but basic styles so now I have to put it into practice. It is all fun and creative in the Earth Faeries house hold.
I came up against some challenges in 2017. A super glue that I was using wasn’t lasting for long which meant that a couple of months down the line my flowers that I was wearing in my hair were coming off the hair slides.
I want to make strong products that last and that are the best on the planet so I knew I had to resolve this straight away. I contacted all of the people who I had sold my hair slides too and only one said it has happened to her too. I thanked her for her honesty and have since made her a replacement and thankfully I still have her as my client.
However challenges are there to make us grow and as long as we learn from our feedback and strive for better so we can resolve it then it is always a win win. After lots of trial and error I finally found another vegan glue called gorilla glue that I am now using and seems strong enough to glue a house together. Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea.
I have also taken photography up as my new hobby. I have been photographing landscapes and buildings in the countryside. I was also put in for a black and white 7 day photography challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed and learned lots from it.
Making my hair accessories used to be a hobby but once I turned it into a business it became something quite different. Being up to early hours to ensure products are dispatched on time can take its toll so it’s important to get the balance. I counteracted this through taking up my new hobby and I am out in the countryside practicing my photography skills most days. There are so many beautiful places to visit where I live and getting out in nature is a sure way to replenish and change ones mood. Here is some pictures of my travels and some of the places that have inspired me.
This was taken near Ceiriog forest – a beautiful wilderness of different green hues.
Castell Dinas Bran in Llangollen – the ruins of a castle on top of hill with the most beautiful views of the countryside, cliffs and bigger hills.
The new products I am working on.
I am currently working on some new table decorations that can be used as home ornament too. My new project is a tree of life made out of wire work and beads.
I am making it for my daughter and her partner but there are plans to make them available to buy on my online shop and website in the near future. I planning on putting the Tree of Life on a pebble or rock because I want to add some of nature to the design. I have just received some of the Swarvoski crystals today that will be using in my new project. They are a lovely emerald colour and I thought that they would look lovely as leaves.
Here are some of the things that I have learned last year and this year too that I thought would help you in your business.
6 tips to go forward in your business in 2018
One of the biggest things I learned last year is either to make things that people want and to make them in the colours that are trending. Rather than what I like. Yes, it was a big learning curve. I have been researching the colour trends for spring and I must admit I do love all of the pretty colours that are going to be in for the Spring. Lavender pinks, navy’s, naturals, yellows, mint to name but a few are all going to be working our way into our wardrobes. However I have found that there are customers who don’t buy because of the trends and they wear the colours that they love and reflect their individual personalities. One of the things I love about the clays that I use I can create most colours with them. I mix them so if someone can’t find a colour they like in my shop or on my website I can mix them to get their preferred shade or colour. So you still get to be uniquely you and I get to have even more fun as it is one of my most favorite parts of making my products. You can see some of the spring collection on my online shop. Please click here.
I also learned that if something isn’t working to do something different. That way you get different results. But no matter what the outcome there is always something to learn from it and as long we learn from it, and strive for better then its always a win win!
Keep up to-date with changes in your industry. The internet is constantly changing all of the time and marketing strategies have to change to keep abreast of the field. Marketing that worked six months ago may not work now since the algorithms have changed so keeping update in this area is crucial if small and big businesses are to go forward.
Once your hobby becomes a business it is time to get a new hobby to keep the balance.
Get the best pictures of your products that you can. I am still learning and have a long way to go. That’s the beauty of life though. There is no such thing as perfection but we can strive to be best that we can be. And most importantly as one very successful online shop owner told me don’t get so caught up with trying to reach perfection with your pictures. This can prevent you from getting your products out there. Or you may be waiting for ever. Just do the best that you can and keep practicing. We all have to start some where and as your business grows you can always outsource.
If your phone camera pictures look pixelated once the pictures are made larger (like mine) then it is time to invest in more up to date model or buy a camera. There are some very good quality cameras out there that don’t run into hundreds or thousands which is great news if you are on a small budget.
What two most important things in regards to business did you learn last year?
In today’s blog I am going to look at some of the interesting places that I have been to this year that has inspired me. I am also going look at some of the challenges in my business & life I have had and how I have counteracted them this year. I have also been using some great mantras and other techniques that have been working for me so I thought that I would share them with you.
One of the biggest challenges I had last year was taking good photographs of my products. I am a designer and maker and my forte is not photography. However I soon learned that to run a successful business meant I had to get good at everything or if not hire someone else to do it. I am one of those people that will give it my all before considering the latter.
After sending off for a photography light box that didn’t work I became well known in my house hold for either running outside to capture products in ideal lighting or hanging out of my windows. I have been reading that there is a lot of crafting businesses that have been doing the same so if you are a small business this may resonate with you. I have tried all different kinds of back grounds and was partial towards the white ones but I could never get rid of that blue tinge even after adjusting my white balance.
And after many online photography courses and lots of help off a fb friend I was just about to hand it over to a professional when I had a dream. They say our dreams often have messages for us and I think this gave me much insight. I can’t remember much about that dream apart from the message that was given to me by a person in it that is unknown to me. He said “your photographs with the white background are awful and you should use a wooden one as it fits in with your branding.”
Deep down I knew that this was true so today I took his advice and took some more pictures using my wooden window sill. I have had fantastic feedback so far and I must admit I am very happy with them too. Challenges always make us grow stronger and it is our passion we always find a way. One of my new challenges this year is to learn how to style my products so I can make them look more interesting to look at it. I will keep you posted on how this goes.
One of the other challenges I had last year was that I was so busy working that I hardly got chance to do more of the other stuff that I love. So my new years intention was to make more time to enjoy the outdoors. So on New years Eve I wrote a big long to do list – one of them was to meditate more. This practice quietens the mind, replenishes the body, mind and soul. I have been practicing it every day this year with noticeable results two of them being more energy and more clarity of thought.
As we moved into another year I am proud to say my to do list has worked. It motivated me and I have five tasks already ticked off. I find that to do lists gives me direction and I get things done. No to-do lists and I have a habit of meandering through life. That is okay if I want to be spontaneous and have some outdoor adventures as its sometimes-fun not knowing where your going to end up. However it’s not ideal I have discovered when running a business, organizing an event or some other big goal.
Language has a big part to play in creating our life. Words have so much power to create a life that is either aligned with our goals or off track. Mine was the latter. I would catch myself saying all I do is seem to work and have hardly any time off. I feel so tired. This kind of thinking is not pulling in same direction of what I wanted to achieve so I started saying
‘I always have time times for things and people that are important to me.’
‘All I do is have fun and have outdoor adventures’.
‘All I do is socialize an meet new people!’
‘All I do is manage my day effectively and have time to relax and have fun too. All I do is feel energized.’
It is almost as if times responds to what we are saying as this year these mantra has worked and I got to start the year off with more time to relax, socialize, get creative and have some outdoor adventures.
To combat the tiredness I also started using some aromatherapy oils. I found a wonderful small business who customized an aromatherapy roll on for me that I could roll onto my pulse points. I chose grapefruit as it is stimulating and argon oil which is moisturizing. I loved the fact that it was all customized for me and the service was marvelous. You can find her range of products here.
To also combat the tiredness I decided to get out into the fresh air more and leave work behind me. And that meant not carrying it with me. This weekend I went hiking on the moorlands. I happen to live in an area that has a very diverse terrain from woods to forest hills to mountains and moorlands. it is a place that i am eternally grateful to live in. So when my daughter said do you fancy a walk today she didn’t need to ask twice. I was determined to make time for myself this year so we set off and after a twenty minute walk past lush countryside and forests we arrived on the moors.
In the summer months there are thousands of miles of heather all in full bloom with lilac and pink flowers on. But at this time of year the plants are more of a copper hue and stretch for miles There is an old watch tower on there that every time we go there we never seem to reach it through one reason or another. Word of caution when walking on moorlands or mountains the weather can change very quickly so one has to keep a look out on the sky.
We left the main path and took a different route that my daughter had plotted out on her map before we left. Our dog bounded through the heather looking more like Bambi than a Labrador and we jumped over numerous bogs. And as we reached the top of the path I noticed the mist had started to creep in and I decided that it was a good time to go back. We quickly walked along the moors so we could gain access onto the main natural path that would lead us off it. We could see the mist starting to circles us and it was one of those adrenaline moments. With no time to spare we picked up our pace.
We had phones with us but there was no signal up there and the moorlands are not a place you want to be in once the mist descends. Reluctantly we got off there in time. As we looked back over what was once a moorland of orange hue was just a blanket of dense mist with no visibility. We arrived back at our house to find a package that our friend had left us on the doorstep – about three dozen home cooked Oaties. She knows I am vegan so had kindly made them with no dairy products in. We sat munching them over a cup of tea reminiscing about our adventures. It was nice way to end the day.
The following day we decided to go to Llangollen and do some hill walking. I live up in the hills and the nearest village is 3 miles a way. Normally we have a car to get out and about but this day we didn’t so it was 40 minute trek down steep country lanes to catch the bus from the village bus stop. It made a nice change and the route was scenic – past hills, rivers and farm lands and was all part of the adventure. Some times it is nice to push yourself out of your comfort zone and do something different.
The hill we visited is called Castell Dinas Bran meaning fortress of crows. Yes it lives up to its name as there was lots of beautiful crows there and that made it quite mystical and magical. The hill was situated just slightly outside of Llangollen town. It’s not as rural or wild as I am used too and is more of a tourist attraction than a path through the wilderness. However it was fun to do something different and there were views of mountains in the wilderness that we could see from the top of the hill which we are planning on exploring soon.
As we walked up the path lots of the crows flew over our heads and you could see them circling the ruins of the castle. My imagination started to run away with me and I had some great ideas for my faerie stories that I write on here. I could imagine my faerie characters riding on the backs of these beautiful mystical creatures.
The walk was fairly steep and you would need a moderate level of fitness to get up there. However there is benches on the way up that we did sit on to take in the breath taking views. In one direction there was rolling hills and in another quarry type cliffs. The hill we were walking up had sheep roaming freely on and as we got to the top a crowd of these woolly fellows moved quickly as they spotted our Labrador who was on a lead I may add.
The wind was strong on the top of the castle and I could understand why my daughter had told me to put my hood up. It was quite a challenge to hold my phone camera still to get some pictures but I managed to get some for you all. The energy was very different to where I live where the odd tractor goes by and the occasional hikers and mountain bikers. The path was well worn by tourists and you could catch a glimpse of the town below so although not as rural as what I am used to it does have a nice contrast of yin and yang.
We wandered past run down walls that were dotted around the top of the hill. The castle had been build in 1260 by a Welsh Prince. We walked around small paths that circled around the ruins. Stunning panoramic views of the lush hilly and cliff terrain greeted you at every turn. We had chosen this time of year when there wasn’t a lot of tourists there so was only a handful of people up there. I am not one for crowded places so was happy I almost had it all to myself.
Afterwards we chose a less steep path that led us back down and past this beautiful wood carving.
Back in the town again which was about a five minutes walk from the hill we past a canal with paddle boarders on. It brought back memories of my paddle boarding adventure two summers ago. We had paddle boarded along the Llangollen canal before popping in for lunch in this cafe in our wet suits in a small canal cafe.
The climb had given us an appetite so we headed to a pet friendly cafe popular with kayackers. My daughter kindly bought me lunch whilst our dog sat next to the cafes owners dog. A beautiful gentle Alsatian by the name of Skye that she has known since they were puppies.They bonded well as they nuzzled each other as we had our bite to eat.
After a falafel burger with hummus on and a latte with soy mill (they cater for vegans) we headed down to the river to sit and watch the kayackers tackling the river rapids. My daughters’ partner is training to be a kayacking and paddle boarding coach so we thought that it may have been him as he was there on his course that day. However it turned out it wasn’t. We sat on concrete steps watching a kayacker tackle the rapids and go side on to navigate the fast moving water. I silently cheered as he got through the rapids.
I even managed to get a picture of these three ducks whilst our dog went for a paddle in the calmer part of the water. She was definitely a swimmer in another life as give her water and all you hear is splash. She is the only dog I know that swims like a human.
Pubs are not my favorite place as I don’t drink but some times when it’s cold outside it is nice to go into somewhere warm. And the corn mill was a quaint country pub that didn’t feel like a pub at all. It is set besides the river rapids and you can eat outside and watch the steam train opposite or watch the adventurers white water rafting which is a sight to behold. It also has a huge non working water mill that is fenced off by a cage but is a spectacular sight. And we went in there for a drink of non alcoholic ginger beer which I have never tasted before until then. It was delicious and has inspired me to make my own. I also got to go out onto the balcony and take some pictures of the river.
Part of the view from the Corn Mill
More stunning views from the Corn Mill
The old water mill.
We arrived back in the village before dark but as we began to walk up the country lanes the darkness crept in. Thankfully we had brought a head torch so we had good visibility. There was no stars in the sky that evening as normally I entertain myself by spotting the constellations. The only light was from our head torch and the reflective stickers on the field posts. After a 40 minute walk in the sleet we arrived back feeling like we had had a good exercise and already planning our next adventure.
My mantras are working as I have just been for an hours walk this evening with my pet dog despite torrential down pour and hail stones. And I am feeling full of energy and I am having more time to do more of the activities I love so I will keep saying these.
Here are some tips that have worked for me to overcome challenges:
Look at all your options and take some time to explore them.
Keep open to the universe as she always sends you new options and often knows the easiest way.
Meditate each day to replenish yourself. When the mind is rested the body follows suit.
If something isn’t working then try another approach.
Practice makes perfect. It is how we all learned how walk.
Go easy on yourself when learning new habits, skills etc. Good habits can be cultivated with practice and patience.
Get your mindset on board and enlist the help of supportive mantras and people too. Make sure that your thoughts are pulling in same direction as what you want to achieve. The key is congruence here.
Put to do lists together and follow through. You can see how much progress you are making then and it is sure to motivate you.
Reach for holistic remedies as they support the immune system naturally and many have been round for thousands of years and are tried and tested.
Make time for things and people that are important to you. I remember speaking to a lovely old lady and she said ‘at the end of our days we don’t look back and say ‘wow look at all those material things I accumulated. We look back at all the adventures we have had, sharing of good times with others and the lives we have touched. Not to mention the lives who have touched our own.’
Put the fun back into what you are doing. If there is no fun there then what is the point of doing it. If there is no fun in what you are doing maybe make it more fun or use it as a sign to go along another path which will make you happier.
As my friend puts it ‘Help others to rise’ Whether that’s sharing our knowledge or skills or whatever it may be it is a fact that helping others to get what they want helps us too. As when we help others we always receive help in return and our path becomes smoother and the challenges start melting away.
Has anyone had any challenges with their business or other goals? And if so how did you counteract them so you stay on track?
Happy holidays everyone. I hope that you have all had a lovely seasonal time. In this blog I am going to tell you what I have been up to over the festive season and have a look at some of the high lights over the year. Plus I thought I’d tell you some of my new plans for next year as well as give you some tips on how to build up momentum and confidence to go forward with your goals.
The snow had come and gone by Christmas. If you have been following my blogs you will have known that I have been building snowmen, sledging in the garden and country lanes.
This was taken before Christmas.
I was hoping that it would grace us with its presence for Christmas but it didn’t. However it has started to snow again today so am wondering whether I will have a thick blanket of snow on the ground when I get up.
I had my mum, daughter and her partner here for Christmas who made it really special for me. My daughters’ partner dressed the table and the Christmas tree. On Christmas day we sat around the tree and opened our beautiful gifts. Watching faces smile in delight at the gifts they had received brought a smile to my own face. Christmas isn’t just for children. It is there to keep the inner child alive in all of us.
That’s one of our dogs presents in the green stocking!
I think it’s not about the material things, although they were beautiful presents, but it was about the sharing of good times and the memories we all created together. Plus it is all the little things that everyone did like bringing the logs in and lighting a lovely fire that made it all warm and cosy. Plus dressing the table so it looked warm and welcoming for everyone. My daughter and her partner spent hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking a gorgeous feast for us all. And I had fun photographing it all. However this was the only picture that turned out!
My daughter and her partner preparing food for us all.
Our cupboards were full to the brim with food but I don’t think we ate in excess however it was nice to have such a wonderful choice of food in. We always have an abundance of food to eat but I am not used to opening my cupboards and having the food fall out.
My mum bought us a gorgeous home made yule log that was suitable for vegans. The lovely lady who made it even delivered it right to our door with a smile. Can you imagine when I opened the big box to discover this beauty. And yes it tasted as divine as it looked.
There is something wonderful about buying hand made produce. I think it tastes so much better because you can feel the love and time that has gone into such craft man-ship. Like the Japanese I am very much a believer in the energy/essence of a person that goes into our cooking or the products that we buy. This is why the Japanese say it is so important to have good thoughts and be happy when we are creating things. It is something that I adhere too when I cook and when I craft too.
After sharing lots of good times with my loved ones I spent boxing day on my own. I wanted to do some photography and it is a solitary hobby after-all. And as one person pointed out to me, you are never alone when you have the universe with you. I am a true believer that the universe not only lives inside of us all but also in the landscapes, in the elements, the animals, the trees, vegetation and in all that lives on this planet so I happen to agree with that person.
So whilst the rest of them went to another family members house for lunch on boxing day I headed out with my camera (part of a 7 day black and white challenge I am on). As I sat in the forests, splashed through the streams and finally came to stand on the moors I felt more closely connected to nature and the universe than ever before. I was grateful for it all for keeping me company.
As I surveyed the landscape before me I was in awe. There were thousands of hectares of heather all over the moorlands and dramatic hills that my lens just about captured. The blue sky had wisps of clouds and their was the odd bird that swooped down before taking flight again. Rock pools were all frozen and there was a light scattering of snow here and there that looked like icing sugar.
One can never feel lonely in such an environment of such beauty where the universe is present in all of it. And as I listened all I could hear was the sound of silence. And I thought to myself that really is the key to feeling connected to oneself and all that there is. For it is in those moments that we have our biggest insights and our higher selves can get through!
And then on my way back I sat in my favorite forest eating my pack lunch.
I saw a crow descend into the densely packed forest and maneuver around the trees. Birds really are the true pilots of our skies and it added to the beautiful experience I was having. He was too quick for me so by the time I had grabbed my camera he had gone. Oh well, maybe next time…
Watching the light in the sky begin to change I realized that it was time to head back home. I never look at my watch when I am out but have learned how to tell the time from the position of the sun and also from the light. I was back before dark, reminiscing about my adventures and already planning more of them.
Today I decided to write my blog about my experiences but also to look at some of the high lights of 2017 and my new intentions for 2018. Here they are. I think it’s so important to review the progress we have made. It really does give you momentum and the confidence to go forward in 2018.
I had two super earth faeries characters designed and made for me by a wonderful artist. These are now featured in my Earth Faeries stories on my website if you’d like to follow their adventures.
I re-branded and made my products all suitable for vegans as I became one myself this year.
I sourced out new suppliers who stock materials that our suitable for vegans. They took quite a while to find but I got there in the end.
I stopped making jewellery and decided to create hair accessories instead as I found that is where my passion lies. It is okay to modify your goals as long as you can explain to yourself why.
I learned a new jewellery making skill (wire work) and started making a new product line.
I started practicing gi gong again. It is Movement meditation that has really helped me connect and keep my inner balance. It so easy to work yourself in the ground if one doesn’t maintain the balance of work and play.
I opened two new online shops and a face book business page.
I got lots more new wonderful followers on my groups and made some lovely friends on there too.
I got lots of glowing reviews from satisfied customers and repeat orders. It is nice to know that people are liking what I am making and makes it all so worth while.
I attended two craft stalls. One of them was in a fabulous location outside of a castle. And I even had my dream come true which was to go canoeing around the moat. You can imagine my delight when I was about to set up my stall and I discovered that one of the attractions was canoeing.
With over an hour and half before the customers were due into the grounds I knew I had time to go canooing for the very first time. My friend who also had a stall came with me (she had no choice as I literally grabbed her hand and pulled her in the direction of them. We had much fun once we managed to get out of the reeds.
I did some traveling to Lincolnshire with a good friend and attended a wonderful weekend at a laughter festival. I even got to play drums in the woods, have an Akashic record reading done for me and participated in heaps of other fun activities there too.
Me at the laughter festival in June
It snowed right before Christmas and I had another dream come true. I went sledging in my garden. You could hear my screams of joy from many fields down.
I received £3,800 which enabled me to shop to my hearts delight, go for weekend away and invest some of it back into my business.
I got a camera given to me that I haven’t used yet as have to send off for a new lead. This will help me improve the quality of my product pictures and also help me with my new hobby which is photographing the landscapes and wild life.
I devoured many books on photography to improve my photography skills and realized I now have a passion for it. So I am out most days photographing the vast terrain in this stunning place I live in. I never stop being grateful for where I live.
I was nominated by a friend to do a black and white photography challenge for 7 days. And I have been out hiking in the Lovely Welsh countryside taking them and enjoying the sound of silence in the wilderness. I waited about 15 minutes for this photograph. Finally he turned his head and I was able to photograph this handsome fellow.
I discovered a great photographer who was recommended to me. I am sending my products too him in 2018 to have them all professionally photographed.
I had my new product range measured for me so I now know the exact sizes of the boxes I require. Many a night I sat there wondering what colour boxes would fit in with my theme. I had a good response from my FB group who gave me lots of ideas. I am thinking white! They are a very helpful bunch.
I made two new friends and got to go walking with them and I also got to spend a lovely weekend away with a very close friend.
And in 2018 I have lots more plans for the Earth Faeries and my own personal goals. Here are some of them.
I am getting my third earth faerie character drawn up for me.
I have some new craft stalls already planned.
A holiday with a friend to Norway. We have decided to go Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords and do some wild camping. Yes I will be sure to post the pictures!
Booking another laughter festival but this time it is being held closer to home in Wales.
Learn another new jewellery making skill.
Have professional pictures done of my products
Get some new business cards printed up
Order and send off for my new packaging
Have more micro and micro adventures where I live.
Advance my photography skills of landscapes so I can share them with you on my pages and blogs.
Go out for more hikes and do some wild camping.
Treat myself to a spa experience, indulge all my senses and go kayaking in the nearby lake.
Buy a new bicycle and start cycling again.
Explore other beautiful rural parts in UK.
Have my products reviewed.
Share more good times having adventures with my friends.
Top tips for achieving your goals in 2018
I find writing this has given me more direction too and it really makes me realize just how far I have actually come. I thought I’d share it with you to help you too. So before 2018 comes be sure to get your pen and note pad out, jot your progress down no matter how small or big and any new goals for 2018. It really will help you to go forward with a smile, optimism and create the right kind of internal environment to support you with all your en-devours. And most of all give yourself a big pat on the back on how much you have achieved! You as much as anyone deserve your own love!
Wishing you all a fabulous new year all year round!
In this blog I am going to show you how I have got over those winter blues so we end the year on a high note. I’d like to show you some of the fun things that I have been up too that has replaced those blues with eternal sunshine.
There is something about this time of year that brings back memories of snuggling in front of a log fire and having snowball fun with my friends as well as with my daughter. However with everyone grown up now the fun has never ended and I am still doing the same.
You can imagine my delight when I drew back the curtains several days ago to discover a thick blanket of snow had descended on the Welsh countryside. Of course it has brought draw backs as we haven’t been able to get out in the car and have been official snowed in. But one has to make the best of the situation so I have been sledging, taking pictures of the products I have made, photographing this beautiful wonderland and of course helping to build a snow man. December is not complete without a snow man.
He did have a nose and arms but unfortunately our dog a 2 year old Labrador decided to eat them .
The lighting has been fantastic to do some photography shots of my rose ornaments. You can see my full range here on my online shop. I am thinking about investing in a photography box but until then I grasp every opportunity when the lighting is right. After several attempts I took this picture in my garden and then ran in to warm my fingers on our log fire. Yep, that is how cold it is here.
I took this picture in my garden.
The roads have been very slippery up here in the Wales but that didn’t stop me from going for lovely walks along the country lanes. I normally go in the fields but with about 3 foot of snow now it is virtually impossible to walk in it. It stays extra light here up in the hills in Wales so I have been going for a walk in the midnight hour and with my torch light on my head. However with the thick snow clouds it has been more darker than normal. Normally I can look up at the sky and see all of the constellations and almost touch them. I spotted the sauce pan the other night. But since the snow fall there has been dark skies most nights so there has been no visibility.
All of my senses kick in on my late night walks. Its is so amazing to hear the hoot of the owls, feel the soft snow flakes caressing the skin and the rustle in the bushes as some form of wild life dwells there. And then I stopped and listened and the sound was like music to my ears. It was the sound of silence!
Snow is very metaphorical to me. It always signifies a clean slate and a new beginnings. A transition into an even better future. It has been beautiful watching the seasons change and although I do love the summer I think this time of year is one of my favorites.
Snuggled up in front of the fire with a hot drink, a magazine or even with my goal work book is an enjoyable experience. It is a time of year to reflect and note the progress we have made, no matter how small or big it has been. It helps me build confidence and momentum to go forward in 2018. Occasionally I will glance out of my living room window to admire our handy work (the snow man). And this brings my attention back to the beauty of the now! As now is all we have. It’s a reminder to tell myself the past is over, the future is for my making and the now is all that matters. It is how I am feeling and what I am thinking now is paving the way for my future.
One of my lovely gardens where I went sledging on with my family.
And finally after 5 days of snow fall golden sun light has crept from beneath the clouds and the snow is finally melting. I can see huge droplets falling from my roof and the trees. I ventured out in the garden today to check the birds had enough food. I would have loved to have got some pictures as there was a huge robin red breast munching on the food. However the snow is all crunchy and alerted him to my presence and he took flight. It is always a good idea at this time of year to check the birds and wild life have food. Thankfully I checked as the birds had devoured the bird seed my daughter had put out for them so I’m off to the kitchen now to fill it up.
Three tips to beat them winter blues and put the inner sunshine back in.
So if you feel like hibernating at this time of year and feeling on the blue side then go out in nature. She will heighten all of your senses and make you feel alive! Being out doors is a huge mood changer.
Take up photography. You don’t have to be great photographer to do it and if if you want to develop those skills there are plenty of free resources on the internet so you can learn. The most important thing is you are having fun. Not only are you capturing the moment in time but your also creating great memories and adventures on the way.
Count blessings. Just think that you are in your lovely warm house and others may not be so fortunate.
Look after the wild life, whether that is hedge hogs or birds etc, it is making a difference and give you a warm glow knowing that you are helping others.
I hope you are all having a lovely run up to Christmas and enjoying the snow if you have it where you are. Keep warm and I will write soon.
In this blog I am going to show you what the Earth Faeries have been up to. I am also going to introduce you to the lovely wonderland of where I live & run my home based business in the Wales UK.
Waking up to a blanket of snow filled me with delight. I have such beautiful views from my windows of dramatic hills, land and woods. It is something that I never stop counting my blessings for. I am used to the lush greenery of the landscape so to be greeted with the snow was a pleasant surprise. I have only lived here for nearly 2 years and the snow has been quite shallow compared to previous years. However this year is the deepest I have seen it. It is a foot in most places and about 3 foot in others.
I was awoken yesterday by my daughters excited voice as she bounded into my bedroom to tell me to look out of the window. Of course I shared her enthusiasm when my eyes rested on the generous helping of the snow that covered the landscape. It was a quick scramble for my hiking clothes and straight out of the door to play.
I live in the hills so it’s not easy to get out in the car. And with the supplies running low and food unable to be delivered because of weather conditions there was no other option but to walk to the nearest village shop about 2 and half miles away. However all though it was a great work out for the muscles as I trudged through the snow (the gritters hadn’t been by then) it was a pleasant walk as I admired the hills that looked as if covered in icing sugar.
We slid past forests, practicing our skiing skills.
And then once we reached the village I took the favorite family photograph. It has become a tradition to take pictures of our feet.
The descent was some what easier than the ascent. We live high up the hills and although I am used to walking down it and back up most days it was quite a challenge getting back up as a blizzard had come upon us and the icy cold winds stung my face. The clap of thunder like a lion roaring startled us all. I have never heard thunder coupled with snow. However on the positive side it all added to the micro adventure.
When we got back the fun didn’t stop there as my daughters’ partner had bought a sledge. We ventured down to our garden which is on a slight hill so we got lots of momentum and sped down the hill. Each time going a little further and I was convinced I was going to end up curled around one of our trees at one point. However reluctantly I managed to navigate myself around it. My screams of delight are still ringing around the garden.
By the time we had finished the darkness had crept in and the cold; I could no longer feel my fingers so we headed to an open fire in our house and a hot drink. There’s something lovely and Christmassy about being in front of a log fire.
The following day the same thing happened my daughter told me to look out of the window. My mouth fell open as the snow which had been about only 3 inches yesterday was now over a foot in most places and in others much deeper. My cat ventured out but the snow was bigger than him so he came right back in.
Out came the sledge and we trekked up the country lane that was situated next to our property. The snow was soft and thick and it was still snowing as we made a track down the lane. No cars could come down as the snow was too thick and the gritters hadn’t been out so we could relax as we created a track down the middle of the lane. Who says adults can’t have fun as we sure did. I couldn’t get any pictures as my phone had discharged.
Have you ever noticed that children always find it easy to manifest. This is because they have great imaginations and know how to have fun. It is some thing that I feel that is important not only to manifest our desires but also to having an enjoyable well balanced life too. Having fun makes me feel more creative and productive too. I am more relaxed so ideas come to me so much more easily. I find I am in flow.
And now I am back in my house, snuggled up in front of the log fire again, hot drink in one hand as I type my blog.
In this blog I’m going to share with you my amazing weekend at the laughter festival in Lincolnshire. Three days of laughter, playfulness, fun and learning which has helped me find myself and really go forward in many aspects of my life. I’m also going to share some tips to help you move out of your comfort zone so you can expand your consciousness and go fourth and happily create the life of your dreams.
I’m always asked where I get my inspiration from for my jewellery and I normally reply – the flowers, countryside and some times the internet. This year has been about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new experiences one of them being camping. I have done it as child and more recently last year camping by the beach and mountains in Wales . There is something wonderful about waking up with views of mountains and the beach that fuels our creative spirit and reconnects you to your own energy supply. This time there was no beach or hills in sight just miles of flat countryside that was a welcome sight when I unzipped my tent.
But most importantly I was getting to do it with my best friend. A friend who had never camped in her life and loves all of her luxuries. I knew it was going to be either a case of ‘I’m never doing it again’ or ‘I love it when are we going again?’ I was hoping it would be the latter. Bare in mind I’m no camping expert either. I used to go as a child and once as an adult but I brought my inner child out and decided to go out to play. And that meant trying something different.
I was booked all ready to go with the intention of going on my own however my friend Jas suddenly decided to come with me. The more the merrier as they say. It was an early start. The taxi arrived at 5.15 am and with only an hours sleep between both of us we were still brimming with excitement. Even the hour wait for the train didn’t dull our enthusiasm.
Chirk station in Wales
Jas & myself at the train station bright and early at 5.45
We were heading to Lincolnshire and it was our first time there. The journey was smooth. It was perfect in every way. Once we got off one train we got straight onto another one. The miles of lush countryside and lakes through our windows kept me awake and alert and the hours seemed to fly by. I think our enthusiasm to go on this lovely adventure kept the energy nice and positive so the journey was nice and smooth.
Five hours later we finally arrived in Market Rason. It was our first visit and we were greeted by cloudy skies and a down pour. However the energy from the rain seem to add to our excitement. We were just so grateful to be going on this amazing spiritual journey that the weather didn’t affect our smiles and we almost skipped in the taxi like a pair of children. We still had our playfulness head on.
The camp site was about 18 minutes from the station in the heart of rural Lincolnshire. It was a beautiful drive through miles of picturesque countryside and the chirpy taxi driver added to the experience. It was very different to where I live as it was very flat but equally as beautiful.
By the time we arrived the wind and rain had gone off and there was a glimmer of sunshine peeping through the clouds. It certainly made it easier to put up my new tent. A red pop up which was much easier to put up than take down may I add.
We arrived at the laughter conference and listened to the speakers. Each one added value to my life and facilitated my thought processes so there was plenty of aha moments. One of my favorite speakers was a Scottish lady- a scientist by the name of Christine Mcgrory – an entrepreneur with the most beautiful laugh ever. I was handed a million pound note with the logo – happiness millionaire. In fact I received three million which made me smile as I was thinking I’d love another two so I can give them to my daughter and her partner. Her talk on how to align so you can manifest the life you want was illuminating and it was delivered in a fun way without all of the jargon that can often have people scratching their heads.
Afterwards we headed to the free vegan buffet which had been created with lots of love. There was an array of beautiful colours on my plate, sensational flavors and textures that had me returning for seconds. I am a vegetarian just about to make the transformation to a vegan so I knew a way was being made for me. And I must say it was filling, delicious and I had heaps of energy afterwards considering I was running on virtually no sleep.
A delicious vegan buffet
Some of the gorgeous views from my table as I ate lunch out in the open
Next was to explore all the free workshops provided by wonderful people all with their own life changing businesses. There was wide choice of classes from music, modelling with polymer clays, laughter classes, yoga, meditation, dance and singing bowls and drums. Some were provided at an extra fee and included Indian head massage, bars, soul readings etc. There was something for everyone. I knew there was too many to go to whilst I was there and I didn’t want to cram too much in but I intended to try as many as possible. It was an excuse to come back next year and do the ones I didn’t do – not that I needed an excuse.
The first class I attended was called dance from the heart – a free style dance class where we laughed smiled, played and connected with others in the group. The energy was huge and I left feeling exhilarated. One of the exercises we did was to pass the love energy from our hearts to others whilst staring in the other persons eyes. This was a real confidence boost. Holding another persons’ gaze whilst cupping the energy in our hands which were held close to our hearts before exchanging it to another felt a little uncomfortable to start with. However that feeling soon passed and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Other funny playful games we did was dancing and then the teacher would name a body part such as elbow or nose and we would have to stop dancing and run to the nearest group and touch elbows etc and that had us all chuckling. It felt amazing to laugh so much and really gave me an energy boost.
Later I attended a beautiful singing bowl class. You could either lay on the floor or sit on the sofas. I chose to sit on the sofa. The idea is that our bodies are like finely tuned instruments. If in harmony life works smoothly for us but if out of tune then we become out of balance. The sounds of the singing bowls resonate with our cells and put the body back into alignment or in tune again as it is sometime referred to. I walked out of that class feeling transformed, relaxed but also very energized and ready to play some more.
Singing bowls to bring body back into tune
Other classes I attended was the singing class and the music class both equally as wonderful. There was something magical about sitting in a woods with 50 other people playing wooden drums and various other musical instruments. I’m not a musician but it’s surprising what one can do when you really start to listen to the beat and let yourself go with the music. What resulted was a very beautiful sound from all of us, a fantastic work out for my arms and heaps of smiles as we sat like children drumming to our hearts content.
In addition to this I had a bar session. No, no drinks here. This was a treatment that involved laying in a reclining seat whilst a healer laid her hands on various parts of my head with no pressure which helps remove any blockages so that the energy can move freely around the body creating flow again. My friend felt tingles in her feet and I could feel beautiful warmth in my head. The healer was very accurate and said I had no major things going on in my life but just that I doubted myself sometimes which is true. But I’m working on that.
Next I had a beautiful soul reading that was very illuminating. According to Nirena she told me I had been a crystal keeper in another life time. That explained my passion for quartz crystals and after this life time I would return to that dimension and become a crystal. This information she informed me was gained from the Akashic records. A library where information is contained in books about our past, present and future lives. She said that I was here to remember who I am and now I have I will return to that dimension in my next life. I am known as a last life timer which means it’s my last time on this learning plane – earth.
I am a very open and receptive person and it gave me food for thought. However I’m not too sure how I felt about that. I also felt strangely emotional after that experience. But surrounded by an entire camp site of laughing, playing people I was soon giggling again. It’s hard not too when you walk into the toilets or even every room there and you can hear people laughing. It is very infectious.
Everyone had wrote a message on the tags and tied them to the trees
Of an evening there was entertainment in the forms of singers and bands and we all danced the night away. I loved that the person I was dancing with held his hands to his heart and passed the energy onto me with his hands and I did the same to him. We then started to share the energy in our hands with others on the dance floor and so we created a ripple effect which was beautiful to behold. It was lovely to see we were practicing what we had been taught in the class. It’s not about just attending something like this and forgetting it as soon as you get home. It’s about using what you have been taught in your own life and that’s something I’m determined to do.
My friend & heading out to the evening entertainment.
Me in the faerie village there
The last day was quite emotional as I’d made lovely connections so it was hugs and exchanging our insights and what we had learned. The winds had picked up so my pop up tent had taken flight and had turned into a kite. I had to use all of my strength to stop myself being either pulled in the air or dragged across the field. A lovely man ran down the field to help me and I was reminded how much goodness there is in this world as I’d lived with it for three whole days. There had been so many thoughtful generous loving people there. From a new Italian friend Eva Provedel who helped to run and coordinate the festival and who gave me some sleeping attire and another friend the owner of laughter festival Wes Floyd providing me with a sleeping bed as I’d forgotten my own and for organizing this little gem of happiness. Not to forget all of the wonderful teachers who gave up their time to help me move forwards in my own life.
After attending the closing ceremony I made my way to my new friends sculpture. A very talented artist by the name of Peter Boyd who had the pleasure of meeting. He had been working on the Buddha since his arrival and would return next year to finish it.
Myself with Peter Boyd who sculptured this delightful Buddha!
And did my friend Jas enjoy it? Yes she did. I think, like myself she learned a lot more about herself too. One of the biggest things I learned was to shut up and listen, laugh more, smile more and pay it forward more. And we are already planning some more adventures so watch this space.
Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones into a new zone expands consciousness. It gives us different perspectives and can open up an entirely new route i.e careers, new friends, adventures but also gives you those aha moments that sees you coming unstuck so you can go forward and achieve your highest potential.
Heres 4 tips to help you do that:
Make small changes to your routine: It could be reading a different book, trying a different food, even walking a different route. Changing routine is the biggest way to change our life.
Learn from others: read about others who are making changes, going on adventures, getting rid of habits that no longer serve them, or people who are living the life and life style you want. Read their blog, join forums. Hang out with these people online.
Positive language Use affirmations to help you go forward. Here are some to help you. I am in the process of positive changes. I go forward with ease and with joy. I live in a loving rich playful and kind universe that provides me with everything I need. I can do this! I am doing this. I am worthy. All is well in my world. Others are doing it so I can too!
An attitude of gratitude Keep a gratitude diary so you can monitor your progress. As each task, step or experience comes true for you it will build a more positive belief that your moving forward, your getting there and you can do it.