Navigating the Year-End Frenzy: A Holistic Approach to Balance

Navigating the Year-End Frenzy: A Holistic Approach to Balance

As we find ourselves hurtling towards the end of another year, the annual frenzy begins. The holidays, financial strains, and workplace pressures converge, creating a perfect storm that impacts us on physical, emotional, and physiological levels. Even if the office lights stay on, the year-end hustle affects our productivity and well-being, leaving us to question: How can we navigate this season without sacrificing our health, happiness, and financial stability?

The Workplace Grind: Affecting Productivity and Well-being

The pressure cooker of year-end deadlines and the race to meet targets can take a toll on our physical and emotional health. The relentless pursuit of goals, coupled with the desire to close out the year on a high note, often leads to burnout. While the holiday season may beckon, the workload often doesn’t abate, leaving many feeling drained and fatigued.

The physiological impact is undeniable. Stress levels skyrocket, contributing to sleep disturbances, weakened immune systems, and increased susceptibility to illness not to mention addiction (a separate subject on its own).It’s crucial to recognize the signs of burnout and proactively implement strategies to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Financial Strains: Navigating the Holiday Budget Conundrum

The festive season comes with its own set of financial challenges. The pressure to buy gifts, plan family vacations, and host elaborate dinners can strain even the most robust budgets. When the funds are tight, it’s essential to approach the situation strategically.

Here are some of my thoughts.

Consider creating a holiday budget well in advance, allocating funds for gifts, travel, and festivities. Embrace the spirit of thoughtful giving, focusing on meaningful experiences rather than extravagant presents. Communicate openly with family and friends about budget constraints, fostering an environment of understanding and shared responsibility.

Coping Strategies: Strategizing Time, Space, Energy, and Funds

To successfully navigate the year-end frenzy, a holistic approach is necessary. Here are some strategies to consider:

Time Management: Prioritize tasks and set realistic deadlines. Break down larger projects into manageable chunks to prevent overwhelm.

Space and Energy: Designate specific areas for work and leisure. Create boundaries to maintain a separation between professional and personal life. Incorporate short breaks and moments of relaxation to recharge.

Financial Planning: Develop a comprehensive budget for the year, including anticipated expenses for the holiday season. Save consistently throughout the year to alleviate financial strain during the festive period.

Mindfulness and Self-Care: Incorporate mindfulness practices into daily routines. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, or simply taking a walk, these activities can help manage stress and improve overall well-being.

Open Communication: Share your challenges and concerns with colleagues, friends, and family. Opening up dialogue fosters a supportive network and may lead to collaborative solutions.

Navigating the year-end frenzy requires a proactive and multifaceted approach. By strategically managing time, space, energy, and funds throughout the year, we can cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling life, ensuring that the holiday season is a time of joy rather than stress. Let’s embrace the opportunity to conclude the year with resilience, well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose.  Make this time count.

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Reflecting on 2023: Gratitude for the Journey

Reflecting on 2023: Gratitude for the Journey

Hello beautiful souls.

As we bid farewell to 2023, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve shared globally with loads of changes and tragedies.  Personally, this a been a year a year filled with insights, many dark shadow moments, and possibilities beyond my wildest dreams.

Your unwavering support has been a guiding light, illuminating the path even during the shadowy times. Together, we faced challenges that revealed hidden insights and opportunities for growth. Through it all, your resilience and commitment were like beacons, turning the darkest moments into stepping stones toward brighter horizons.

It’s been a paradoxical year, hasn’t it? The highs and lows, the twists and turns – it’s as if the universe conspired to teach us, surprise us, and show us the vast spectrum of experiences. In those shadow moments, I discovered strength in vulnerability and found that, often, the most profound insights emerge from the depths.

As we approach the holidays, I extend my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.

May this season be a time of reflection, gratitude, and the joy of shared connections. Please know that I’ll be available for limited appointments before and after Christmas, should you wish to connect.

Looking ahead to 2024, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement about the possibilities it holds. It’s a canvas waiting to be painted with dreams beyond our imagination. May the coming year unfold with surprises, laughter, and growth, surpassing even our wildest dreams. May we have the strength and resilience to move into a new phase of our lives with an acceptance that comes from reflection.

Thank you for being a vital part of this transformative year. Your support has not only made a difference but has also added depth and meaning to the journey for me. Here’s to a holiday season filled with love, joy, healing, and a New Year brimming with infinite possibilities.

Always keep those who are alone or without during this time in mind and reach out. A simple gesture can change a life.

Much love to you all,

Marléne

P.S. maybe this is the time to take that time to reflect on yourself. I am open for bookings, and you can select a time and day that suits by clicking here.

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Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

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Hey there, lovely souls. I hope this message finds you wrapped in the warm embrace of love and light. Today, I want to share something that’s been weighing on my heart as I sit down to write. Life has its way of throwing curveballs at us, doesn’t it? Lately, since the Lunar eclipse on 28 Oct I’ve been feeling the currents of energy around us getting a bit turbulent, making it challenging to ride the waves smoothly.

Carry on reading here.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

Embracing Change or Grasping the Unchangeable: The Dance of Acceptance

Embracing Change or Grasping the Unchangeable: The Dance of Acceptance

In the intricate tango between our aspirations and realities lies the paradox of acceptance. A captivating question arises: why do we often cling to situations that no longer serve us while striving to accept the unchangeable?

On one side of the spectrum, there’s the remarkable human capacity to adapt and endure. We endure relationships that drain our spirits and jobs that dim our passions, seemingly caught in a web of learned acceptance. But is this resignation truly a mark of powerlessness? Could it be that accepting our circumstances, even unfavourable ones, is a testament to our ability to find strength amid adversity?

Conversely, the advocate for assertive choice-making argues that acceptance should be a beacon of empowerment. This perspective champions the art of discernment, advocating that we hold the reins in sculpting our destinies. Why acquiesce to situations that cause harm when we can cultivate environments that nurture growth?

Between these viewpoints lies the crux of a delicate balance. We are accepting without surrendering our power and discerning without being immobilized by change. So, let’s engage in this dialogue. Is acceptance a bridge to serenity in an ever-changing world or a mask for inertia? Does embracing what we cannot change free us, or does asserting our power liberate us? In the grand theatre of life, where do we find our starring role: as the passive protagonist or the empowered playwright of our existence?

We often find ourselves at a crossroads between embracing what no longer serves us and accepting what we cannot change. Are we powerless passengers in the face of these choices, or does our agency to make discerning decisions hold the key to our true power?

There’s a curious tension between accepting situations that do not contribute to our growth and having the wisdom to surrender to the unchangeable. Is acquiescence a sign of weakness or a testament to our resilience? Conversely, does the ability to make empowered choices transform us into architects of our destinies?

Business owners, executives, and employees alike grapple with these questions daily. The dynamic landscape of the corporate world demands swift adaptation, but does that mean succumbing to unfavourable conditions? Herein lies the crux – the need for ongoing coaching. Coaching isn’t a sign of inadequacy; it’s a declaration of commitment to growth.

Coaching empowers business leaders to discern between strategic persistence and detrimental attachment, guiding them to make choices that serve their ventures’ vitality. It nurtures the capability to differentiate between surrendering to the unchangeable and shaping the changeable. Coaching stands as a beacon in the journey of acceptance, illuminating the path toward embracing what elevates us and relinquishing what stagnates us. In balancing empowerment and surrender, coaching becomes the compass, navigating the relentless pursuit of personal and professional evolution.

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We understand your challenges in the fast-paced world of business today.

We understand your challenges in the fast-paced world of business today.

As leaders, when you feel demotivated, it can resonate throughout your team, impacting productivity and growth. But remember, every problem is an incredible gift – an opportunity to find solutions and unlock your true potential!

Have you already experienced a Wake-Up Call?

In the hustle and bustle of running a business, it’s easy to overlook a critical aspect – the risk of blocking your true potential. As leaders, we often wear many hats and face countless challenges that can inadvertently hold us back from unlocking the greatness within us. Let’s pause momentarily and shine a light on the dangers of this perilous path. 

The Perils of Blocking Potential:

  • Stagnation: When we stay in our comfort zones, growth takes a backseat, and stagnation sets in, limiting progress and innovation.
  • Fear of Failure: The fear of failure can paralyze decision-making, preventing us from taking the necessary risks for success.
  • Ignoring Intuition: Leaders might suppress their gut instincts, missing out on valuable insights and opportunities.
  • Disconnected Teams: Demotivated leaders can inadvertently disconnect from their teams, affecting morale and collaboration.
  • Tunnel Vision: Blocking potential can lead to narrow perspectives, hindering us from seeing the bigger picture.

Embrace Your Potential: A Path to Success!

Are you ready to embrace the power of coaching?

Let’s embark on a transformative journey together, where we’ll dive deep into the heart of your leadership style, tackle those hurdles head-on, and reignite the passion that once fuelled your entrepreneurial spirit.

Here’s why booking a coaching session could be a game-changer:

  • Rediscover Your Purpose: Realign with your core values and reignite your passion for the business.
  • Empower Your Team: As you grow, inspire your team to thrive alongside you.
  • Enhance Decision-Making: Gain clarity and confidence to make impactful choices.
  • Overcome Challenges: Transform obstacles into stepping stones for success.
  • Foster Resilience: Develop the ability to bounce back stronger from setbacks.
  • Improve Communication: Enhance your leadership skills and foster better connections.
  • Balance Work-Life: Create harmony between your professional and personal life.
  • Maximize Growth: Unlock your untapped potential and propel your business forward.

Embrace Coaching: Your Path to Unleashing Potential!

Let’s break free from the shackles of blocking potential and seize the opportunities before us!  Embracing our potential involves seeking the guidance of a coach who acts as a catalyst for growth and transformation.

How Coaching Unlocks Your Potential:

  • Clarity & Vision: Coaches help you clarify your goals and create a vision for your business and personal life.
  • Overcoming Limiting Beliefs: Coaches identify and help you overcome self-limiting beliefs that hinder your progress.
  • Accountability & Action: Coaches keep you accountable, ensuring you take actionable steps towards success.
  • Personalized Strategies: Coaches craft customized strategies to suit your unique strengths and challenges.
  • Unlocking Creativity: Coaches stimulate creativity, unlocking innovative solutions to business problems.

Unblock your potential, embrace change, and embrace your true leadership power! Together, we’ll unlock new levels of success and growth.

Until next time, much love,

Marléne

Don’t forget that, as an introduction and preamble to my six-week course on getting to know your inner child and exploring the value of freedom and independence, I have an eBook for you to download: The Lingering Wounds of the Inner Child. It is a simple introduction to your inner child, how to connect and heal your wounds, and integrate the new relationship with self-love and compassion.

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

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Hey, lovely souls! Today, we’re diving into the enchanting realm of Tarot to explore the captivating message of the Page of Cups I drew this morning for inspiration as my day began.

Embracing this card is a beacon of hope, whispering to us that the world is our oyster, brimming with endless possibilities! But hey, let’s be real – life’s journey isn’t always a walk in the park.  We’ve all been there, struggling to notice those opportunities that await us. So, let’s embrace this heartfelt chat about how to open our hearts and embrace the magic around us!

Carry on reading here.

Some of my offers

Find your purpose, with Life Alignment.

There is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Understand and unlock your purpose, with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

Coaching is a unique process that aims to improve your performance and focuses on the “here and now.”

Coaching is a unique process that aims to improve your performance and focuses on the “here and now.”

It’s not about dwelling on the past or worrying about the future – it’s about unlocking your potential and achieving greatness right now. And guess what? You have all the answers within you!

Coaching: A Personal Learning Experience

In our coaching sessions, I won’t be playing the role of an expert telling you what to do. Instead, I’ll be your dedicated facilitator of learning. My goal is to guide you on a transformative journey where you’ll discover your solutions, overcome challenges, and tap into your innate wisdom. 

Coaching can be your guiding light, whether seeking personal growth, professional development, or improved relationships. It’s like having a personal cheerleader and strategist rolled into one!

You Hold the Answers, I’ll Help You Find Them

I firmly believe that you are the expert in your own life. You know yourself better than anyone else, and you have the power to navigate your challenges and achieve your goals. My role as your coach is to provide support, guidance, and a safe space for exploration. Together, we’ll delve deep into your aspirations, strengths, and limitations, helping you uncover the answers that are within you.

Embark on Your Coaching Adventure!

Are you ready to embark on this transformative coaching adventure together?

In our Coaching Sessions, we’ll explore your goals, dreams, and any obstacles standing in your way. We’ll work on strategies and action plans to help you overcome challenges and achieve your desired outcomes. I’ll be there every step of the way, providing encouragement and approaching life’s challenges with confidence and grace through personalised guidance, actionable strategies, and ongoing support.

Your personal coaching experience is all about you so we tailor the sessions according to your needs. It’s about empowering you to become the best version of yourself, tapping into your unique potential, and creating a life that aligns with your values and aspirations.

Ready to get started? Let’s connect and discuss how coaching can benefit you and bring about positive changes in your life. Contact me to take the first step on this empowering journey.

Remember, you have the power within you to achieve incredible things. Let’s unleash your full potential and create a future that exceeds your wildest dreams! Coaching is more than just an investment in yourself – it’s a lifelong gift that keeps giving.

I wish you a transformative and fulfilling coaching experience ahead!

Until next time, much love,

Marléne

Don’t forget that, as an introduction and preamble to my six-week course on getting to know your inner child and exploring the value of freedom and independence, I have an eBook for you to download: The Lingering Wounds of the Inner Child. It is a simple introduction to your inner child, how to connect and heal your wounds, and integrate the new relationship with self-love and compassion.

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

Today, I feel compelled to reach out to you from the depths of my heart, sharing my personal experiences and sending you abundant love in the life you live. Life, as we know it, is a beautiful yet fragile journey, and in the face of mortality, I often find myself contemplating its meaning.

Sometimes, life’s harsh realities come crashing down on us when we receive news of a loved one’s passing—whether through illness, tragedy, or simply the natural course of time. Each time such information reaches my ears, I can’t help but notice the myriad of reactions that unfold within me and those around me. It fascinates me how we all process and cope with death differently, shaped by our unique perspectives and emotions.

Carry on reading here.

Some of my offers

Find your purpose, with Life Alignment.

There is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Understand and unlock your purpose, with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

Have you ever stopped to think about the incredible impact that communication has on our lives?

Have you ever stopped to think about the incredible impact that communication has on our lives?

From building relationships to achieving success, effective communication is the key that unlocks doors and bridges gaps between individuals. In this edition of our newsletter, we’re diving deep into the fascinating world of communication and why it matters more than ever before.

So, what exactly is communication? 

At its core, communication is the art of sharing thoughts, ideas, and information between individuals or groups. It goes beyond mere words and encompasses various elements like body language, tone of voice, and even written expressions. It’s the invisible thread that connects us all, allowing us to express ourselves, understand others, and foster meaningful connections.

In today’s fast-paced world, mastering the art of communication is essential. Whether you’re in the professional realm or navigating personal relationships, effective communication can make all the difference. It helps you express your thoughts clearly, actively listen to others, and find common ground. Think of it as a superpower that empowers you to collaborate, negotiate, and inspire those around you.

But what makes communication truly powerful is its ability to break down barriers. It has the extraordinary capacity to transcend differences in culture, language, and background, creating unity and understanding. By honing your communication skills, you can become a bridge builder, bringing people together and fostering a harmonious environment.

To truly excel in communication, it’s crucial to practice active listening. 

This means not just hearing the words spoken but also paying attention to non-verbal cues, emotions, and the underlying messages. Active listening shows that you value the speaker and their perspective, promoting empathy and building trust. So, the next time you engage in a conversation, remember to be fully present and embrace the power of listening.

In the digital era, communication has taken on new forms. Social media platforms, messaging apps, and video conferencing have revolutionised how we connect with others. While these advancements offer incredible opportunities, it’s important to remember that genuine communication goes beyond emojis and quick messages. Taking the time for face-to-face interactions, heartfelt conversations, and meaningful dialogue remains essential in nurturing authentic relationships.

So, dear readers, let’s embark on a journey to sharpen our communication skills and unleash the magic they hold. Together, we’ll explore practical tips, expert advice, and captivating stories that will help us communicate with confidence, empathy, and impact. Get ready to unlock your full potential and discover the extraordinary power of effective communication!

Until next time, much love

Marléne

Ps:  here are some links to previous articles from different angles on communication

Do we really listen one another?

The benefits of being specific

Don’t forget that, as an introduction and preamble to my six-week course on getting to know your inner child and exploring the value of freedom and independence, I have an eBook for you to download: The Lingering Wounds of the Inner Child. It is a simple introduction to your inner child, how to connect and heal your wounds, and integrate the new relationship with self-love and compassion.

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

In many ways I feel like I am standing at the edge of a cliff, with the vastness of the unknown stretching out before me, I can feel my heart racing like it has never before. It’s a place where fear and excitement collide, almost as though they are in a battle with one another,  where the familiar ground ends and the possibility of flight emerges.  These are moments where I hold my breath.  In the past I have let fear sit with me and become my constant companion and still jump or freeze.  Excitement is an emotion that is foreign to me.  I am learning to get to know it and embrace it’s nuances as I would learn to get to know a friend.

Carry on reading here.

Some of my offers

Find your purpose, with Life Alignment.

There is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Understand and unlock your purpose, with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

In this month of May, let’s explore the topic of Perception, Projection, their impact on our decision-making process, and how the world reflects at us like a mirror.

In this month of May, let’s explore the topic of Perception, Projection, their impact on our decision-making process, and how the world reflects at us like a mirror.

Our perceptions are formed from our formative years, which can heavily influence our lives, those around us, and decision-making processing throughout various stages. This is because our decisions are often based on our perceptions, leading to an entirely subjective process, usually even when we have done our research. The way we absorb, interpret, process, and execute our decisions is filtered through our conditioned mind, which ultimately forms our perceptions.

To overcome this, we must be aware of our perceptions and how they affect our decision-making. If we are unhappy with the results, we must change our meaning-making process. This is where Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) comes in, helping us reframe our perceptions and create new, more positive, inclusive factors in our meaning-making process.

So, what questions should we ask ourselves? Firstly: “what are my current perceptions, and how do they affect my decision-making?” Secondly: “how can I reframe my perceptions to create a more positive meaning?” Thirdly: “what new opportunities can I explore by reframing my perceptions?” And, finally:  “how can we see the world differently.?”

The “Perception is Projection” principle suggests that individuals project their beliefs, attitudes, and values onto others. This principle is based on the idea that we see the world not as it is but as we are.

Research has shown that this principle can significantly impact our lives, relationships, decision-making processes, and well-being. For example, individuals with negative self-perceptions may project those negative beliefs onto others, leading to conflict or strained relationships.

One study by researchers at the University of Minnesota found that individuals with negative perceptions of themselves were likelier to project those negative beliefs onto others. The study also found that individuals aware of their projections were more likely to experience positive outcomes in their relationships on all levels.

Another study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that individuals who projected their own beliefs onto others were more likely to judge those individuals based on those projections rather than their actual behaviour. This suggests that our perceptions can be a powerful force in shaping our attitudes and behaviour toward others.

Do we see things as they are?

Overall, understanding the principle of “Perception is Projection” can benefit us personally and professionally. By being aware of our projections and working to reframe our perceptions, we can create more positive outcomes and build stronger relationships.

Contact me at Self and More Coaching for a Discovery Session. My programs include tools and tips that we work through, reframing your perceptions and creating a more favourable outcome in your personal and professional life, using NLP, Life Alignment, and Trauma Release-based methodologies QEC & TRE.

Start by asking yourself: “what are my current perceptions, and how do they affect my decision-making daily on an ongoing basis?”

In conclusion, our perceptions heavily influence our decision-making, and it’s crucial to be aware of this to create a more positive outcome. By learning to use the techniques avail via NLP, we can reframe our perceptions and create new, more positive meanings. Let’s start by examining our current perceptions and work towards creating a brighter future for ourselves and others.

Much love, as always

Marléne

Don’t forget that, as an introduction and preamble to my six-week course on getting to know your inner child and exploring the value of freedom and independence, I have an eBook for you to download: The Lingering Wounds of the Inner Child. It is a simple introduction to your inner child, how to connect and heal your wounds, and integrate the new relationship with self-love and compassion.

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

Cold water immersion, also known as cold water therapy, is immersing oneself in cold water for a set period. It has been gaining popularity recently due to its many benefits, such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and increasing circulation.  Search Wim Hof for his work on the benefits.  This is my experience.

Carry on reading here.

Some of my offers

Get clear on what truly lights you up in 2023, with Life Alignment.

In 2023 there is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Unlock your best life in 2023 with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

It is April 2023 and we are in the first Sun Sign of Aries.

It is April 2023 and we are in the first Sun Sign of Aries.

It is April 2023 and we are in the first Sun Sign of Aries.

With so many major planetary shifts taking place that will change our course, we’re talking today about a topic near and dear to my heart: freedom and independence.

Have you ever stopped to think about what these words mean? They represent the ability to live life on your terms, free from the limitations and expectations of others. But why do so many of us feel like this is unobtainable? Who has control over our lives? To be clear, this freedom and independence also mean that we allow the same for others. Accepting who they are and the path they wish to follow.

It’s easy to feel like we’re not controlling our destinies because, when you stop to think about it, for the most part we aren’t. We fit into a system we have been educated in and restrained to adhere to or comply with to prosper and to survive, with only a few thriving. Whether it’s the expectations of our family, our job, or society, it can be difficult to break free from the mold and live our own life on our terms. But what would happen if we did? If we regained our power and sovereignty and became self-empowered and independent of the system?

The possibilities are endless.

We could live a life filled with purpose, passion, and fulfilment. But along with that would come a whole range of emotions. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt are just a few of the emotions that can arise when we step outside of our comfort zone.

So, how do we deal with these emotions? That’s where my six-week course on getting to know your inner child and exploring the value of freedom and independence comes in. Together, we’ll explore what these words mean to you, what’s holding you back, and how to deal with the emotions that arise.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please get  in touch with me for more information. I can’t wait to help you on your journey toward a life filled with freedom and independence.

As an introduction and preamble to the course, I have an eBook for you to download: The Lingering Wounds of the Inner Child. It is a simple introduction to your inner child, how to connect and heal your wounds, and integrate the new relationship with self-love and compassion.

Much love,

Marléne

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Some of my offers

Get clear on what truly lights you up in 2023, with Life Alignment.

In 2023 there is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Unlock your best life in 2023 with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

I have been focusing on my inner drive for freedom and independence now at this age and revisited some other stages in my life where these two values were just as important, however, for different reasons.

Firstly, why is it important to me?  Perhaps you may want to ask yourself the same question and list what comes to mind.

Carry on reading here.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

Laughter is one of the most important aspects of our lives. It is one of the ways that we connect with others, and it is essential to our physical and emotional health.

Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten the importance of laughter. We are so busy with our work and our responsibilities that we don’t take the time to enjoy ourselves. We don’t take the time to laugh and to love.

The consequences of not including love and laughter in our lives can be serious. We can become depressed and isolated. We can become angry and resentful. We can even become ill.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We can all find ways to bring more love and laughter into our lives. We can take time for ourselves, to enjoy the company of friends and family, and to laugh at the absurdities of life..

We can also find ways to make our work more enjoyable. We can find ways to connect with others at work, and we can find ways to laugh at the challenges of our jobs.

Most importantly, we need to remember that love and laughter are essential to our health and well-being. They are essential to who we are as human beings. So let’s not forget to laugh and to love. Let’s make sure that we include these things in our lives, every day.

Contact me at https://www.selfandmore.co.za/contact-me/ to assist you to bring laughter and fun in your life again.  

Much love,

Marléne

Movement is a key component to a healthy body and mind.

Our bodies were designed to move and when we do, we feel better mentally and physically. Movement helps us to build strength, flexibility, agility and balance.

One way to move your body in a way that feels natural and in rhythm with your body is to incorporate Pilates, Callanetics, Stretch and Tone and Body Sensing. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility. Callanetics is a low-impact exercise that focuses on toning and lengthening the muscles. Stretch and Tone is a form of exercise that combines stretching and strength training. Body Sensing is a form of yoga that focuses on sensing and feeling the body in order to move with more awareness.

When you move your body in a way that feels natural, you are more likely to stick with it. These forms of movement are all easy to follow and can be done at home if you wish or in person in groups with little to no equipment. Move your body in a way that feels good for you and you will be on your way to a healthier body and mind.  

We add the fun back into the movement.

Some of my offers

 

Get clear on what truly lights you up in 2023, with Life Alignment.

In 2023 there is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Unlock your best life in 2023 with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the year progresses, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here are two of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

As someone with Chiron in the 4th House in the sign of Pisces, in my astrological chart, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what it means to be a wounded healer as I have chosen the profession of helping others and teaching them to navigate their lives through the wounds and healing as we go along, finding understand and forgiveness has always been key.

Carry on reading here.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

This, they say is the month of love and romance.

This, they say is the month of love and romance.

It is certainly a nice idea and offers many a chance to either pursue someone who may not yet know how you feel – or for most of us it’s a time to remind our loved ones that we do really care. 

 

It always gets me thinking though, I wonder how many of us make a point, not only in this month of love but at any time, to remind our children how much we love and care for them? I also wonder how many children there are who see all this going on, whom themselves feel very unloved? 

These, sadly are the children that I have been referring to in my last several articles who have been wounded or traumatised as children due to their parent’s lack of love, attention and/or understanding and ultimately are in adulthood those who suffer ‘the lingering wounds of the inner child’ (The title of my e-book on the subject.)    

Can we re-parent our wounded inner child?

The critical questions I asked in my last article – Inner Re-parenting Can Save The Wounded Inner Child – were, ‘’Can I re-parent my inner child myself – or is it too late? – ‘’Is it possible to have a second chance (or do-over) by reconnecting with the inner child and assuming the role of the parent I should have had?’’ and some others”.   

Fortunately, the answers were that we certainly can, and I gave just a few basic tips to try to inspire you to go further, which were to meet yourself again, re-parent yourself by revalidating yourself and examining if you, as a parent to yourself, could have possibly avoided the inner trauma that you suffered as a child.

I promised in this follow-up piece to talk more about re-parenting, how it works and what forms it takes. So, now the question becomes ‘’How do I re-parent my wounded inner child?’’

How does re-parenting work?

One should not think that the only way to re-parent is via your own parents, in fact, this is often counter-productive if the parents are not willing to do it or are not able to carry it out effectively.

It is better to have an objective facilitator to go through the process with you and learn to do it yourself. The therapist or facilitator assumes the role of the parent. The facilitator (in this case me), will teach you various life skills so that the child within you can learn to live productively as an adult in the world.

What forms does re-parenting take?

While re-parenting may seem to be pretty straightforward, there are several different methods and forms of it which are…

  • Total Regression
  • Time-Limited Regression
  • Spot Reparenting
  • Self-Reparenting

The first 3 are generally carried out with the assistance of Psychotherapists, but it is the fourth and most popular one which we are referring to here and of which I am a facilitator. I will assist you to learn more about the wounded child in you and re-parent yourself whenever the need arises until you feel you have overcome your lingering wounds.

Let me help

If this has convinced you that you can re-parent your inner child but need more guidance to reveal your inner issues around this and learn more about how to re-parent your inner child  I can help.

Through my business Self and More, I am offering a 6-week program to help people who wish to go deeper with the inner child work and gain more clarity on re-parenting. The program involves taking certain steps to ultimately get to know and love your inner child and effectively re-parent your inner child so that you can feel you are someone of value, who loves yourself and is poised for a meaningful life of purpose without the inner turmoil that has dogged you for so long.

As a part of the program, I will be giving away my E-book on ‘The lingering wounds of the inner child’ and if you watch this space there will be more ways you can obtain it by continuing to follow my articles and engaging with some of my excellent trauma-releasing programs.

Contact me to let me know if you are keen to join the program or for any issues with which you feel I can help you. That is my life’s purpose and I’m always here for you.

Light and especially love – for those you love and especially yourself!

Marléne

My Special Offers

Get clear on what truly lights you up in 2023, with Life Alignment.

In 2023 there is no need for a new you.

The person you are right now is good enough, but you can be better when you free yourself from the past and welcome more joy into your life.

Gift yourself (or someone else) the opportunity to set your New Year’s intentions with Life Alignment.

Unlock your best life in 2023 with a Soul Plan Reading.

As the New Year approaches, you’re perhaps starting to think about any adjustments you’d like to make to your life. Maybe you’re considering a change in direction, perhaps you’re looking to take part in new activities or maybe you simply wish to say goodbye to bad habits or challenges you’ve faced this year.

Creating new goals and resolutions can bring joy, inspiration, and hope, but they can also bring anxiety and apprehension.

But what if there was another way…

What if there was a way to discover your life’s true purpose?

A Soul Plan Reading can set you on the right path.

Where can you find me out in the world?

Talking from the Heart Logo

Talking from the Heart is my personal blog and – three to four times a month – I write about things that are important to me, and to my world, and hopefully to your world as well. Here is one of my most recent entries.

A hand reaching through bars

I wanted to share something with you today that I’ve come to understand about myself and how I make decisions. As we all know, life can be full of choices, and knowing which path to take can be challenging. But I’ve realized that our intuition is our best guide and that gut feeling or inner voice tells us what feels right and doesn’t.

You can follow me on Instagram and see all of my updates, news and views, and videos on subjects and issues applicable to our daily lives.

All of my programs and services can be viewed here, and you can easily book for any of these.

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