• Vlog 14: Road Trip To Ireland


     
     

    Road Trip To Ireland After Over Two Years Away

     

    Two years and four months later, I finally went back home for a visit. It’s bliss being here! The vlog shows the mad journey across the continent, stopping to see a few sights and also friends along the way.
     

    I hope you’ll enjoy the vlog! It’s been a lot of fun creating it.
     

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  • The Magic Of Outsourcing


     

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    I’ve said before that we try to do too much. We expect of ourselves to do all the work that historically all the different classes had to do: The upper class, you might have been lawyers or doctors, and the lower class who had to do the house work. At the same time, we expect of ourselves to be in perfect shape physically and look great.
     

    True, a lot of work is much easier today – just think of washing mashines! Without these inventions, we would stand no chance. But even so, it’s too much.
     

    Your mission today is to understand the magic of outsourcing.
     
     

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    Task 1: Why is it too much?

     

    Some people really do work around the clock and never sit still. It’s clear why they never seem to have time to do what they love!
     

    Maybe you’re different. You might have a small household and not that much work. I’m the same, but it’s still a lot.
     

    The reason for this is that we need a different kind of focus at work, at home, for housework and different tasks. It’s this switching back and forth that exhausts us. Having time is not the same as having headspace for a passion.
     

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    Task 2: Find your outsourcing sweet spot

     

    Obviously, if you’re in dire straits financially, outsourcing might currently not be an option at all. As long as you’re on a sufficient income, though, you’ll be able to find ways.
     

    You needn’t get a cleaner who comes in every day. I started with one who came twice a month and only cleaned the floors and the bathroom. That already made a huge difference.
     

    Outsourcing options: Cleaning, laundry, ironing, paperwork (such as taxes), childminding, garden work, cooking. The options are sheer endless.
     

    You can always outsource more, or less, when your situation changes. Get started now, and breathe some free air. You’ll soon find the energy for your passion(s).
     

  • Nourish Your Soul With These 3 Types Of Energy

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    “Energy” seems to be a catch-all term for all sorts of things.
     

    These days, you’ll probably think of fuel first – prices of oil and gas have been skyrocketing and are a hot topic. There’s also the much harder to define personal energy. People may say they lack energy to work out or do what they love. Overall, this second type of energy seems mostly physical and is related to tiredness and sleep cycles as well.
     

    A third kind of energy comes from us and the people around us. This energy can either drain us – when we’re around people who are unsupportive or toxic, or even just on a different wavelength – or nourish us. When we’re in the presence of a good friend, we instantly relax and feel well. In contrast, some people’s energy sets our teeth on edge as soon as they enter a room.
     

    It’s this third type of energy I’m writing about today. It comes in different shapes and forms, and in order for us to thrive, we need 3 types of energy on a regular basis.
     
     

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    Nourish your soul

     

    Before I detail the types of energy though, I’d like to talk about the beautiful-sounding concept of nourishing your soul. It’s a frequently used term but also a kind of catch-all, which makes it hard to grasp and define. Allow me to try.
     

    Physical nourishment is easy to define. Mostly people talk about food when they’re talking about physical nourishment. Exercise does fall into this category as well. Of course, our bodies, souls, minds, and spirits aren’t really separate but all part of, well, us, and so nourishing your body will also nourish your soul to an extent.
     

    However, it’s worth keeping in mind that it works both ways. When the soul is nourished, the body benefits too (just as afflictions of the psyche can at times manifest in physical illness).
     

    Nourishment for the soul is anything that makes you feel good, cosy, safe, understood, seen, heard, cared for, and comfortable. Looking at this list, you probably realise that there’s more than one way of soul nourishing, and that you probably need different kinds in order to cover all your needs. I’ve identified three of them.
     
     

    3 types of soul-nourishing energy

     

    Why 3 different kinds, though? Why do I insist on these different types of energy so much? You’d be forgiven for thinking that any kind of soul nourishment is good, but there’s a danger in that.
     

    Our society feeds us many narratives, and some of them are highly toxic. One example is the belief that all we need for our happiness is the love of one romantic partner. It has given rise to narcissistic abuse going unchecked (because people find it romantic when someone wants their partner all to themselves, isolating them) and all sorts of unhealthy patterns developing.
     

    So, no, having the nourishment of one other person doesn’t cut it. Neither does being on your own all the time and only relying on your solo energy. Are we clear on that? Good. Because I honestly can’t emphasise it enough.
     

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    Nourish your soul #1: Solo energy

     

    No, not Han Solo – I’m talking about your own, undiluted energy. This is the energy you feel when you’re on your own, either at home or out in nature.
     

    Why is “undiluted” so important? It’s important because there are things in your life which require your authentic self. Much as another’s input can be valuable at times, this same input is misplaced when it comes to things like:
     

    • Resting
    • The ability to tune into your intuition
    • Creative work
    • Pursuing passions (at least, some of them)
    • Learning/studying

     
     

    Nourish your soul #2: Group energy

     

    If you’re an introvert or a highly sensitive extrovert (such as myself), you’ll probably wince now. Hear me out. A group setting doesn’t have to be a mass event or a class with 200 participants. It can be an evening with three or four good friends or a small crafting group.
     

    It will probably still require you to recharge afterwards, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Humans are, as we’re fond of saying, social animals. There’s something about the merged energy of a group that can be incredibly nourishing.
     

    Synergy means that the combined energy of the group is more than its individual parts added up. There’s something new that happens only when a group comes together. This could take the form of inspiration, new ideas, or simply learning from each other. It’s an energy that takes you out of your own head, and that’s incredibly healthy.
     

    The important part is that you pick two things well: the kind of group and the amount of exposure. Look after your needs and don’t overdo it, and when you’re with your group of choice, gently lean into the energy.
     

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    Nourish your soul #3: 1-on-1 energy

     

    Group synergy is incredible for generating new ideas and inspiration and taking you out of yourself. In contrast, being with one other person can deepen your understanding of yourself and get your further than you’d ever manage to go on your own.
     

    The other person could be a close friend or a partner, a teammate or indeed a coach. The important part is that you trust this person. If you do, then their energy can touch yours in ways that no group setting could ever accomplish.
     

    When I work with my coach, I feel doors opening that I never would have even found on my own. The same happens when I work with my clients. There is a depth in 1-on-1 settings that is quite unmatched by anything else.
     

    Sadly, this has led to a culture where 1-on-1 is valued over almost everything else, and as I mentioned above, this can be highly toxic. Be certain to vary the types of human energy in your life, and make sure you get enough of all three kinds to create a balanced life and a great basis for happiness, pursuing your passion, and any goals you’ve set yourself.
     

  • What To Do If You Don’t Know Your Passion


     

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    People often tell me they don’t think they even have a passion. This happened so often, I started offering an affordable once-off session to help people find their passion, and I know for a fact that everyone has at least one.
     

    It’s not your fault if you haven’t identified – yet – what lights you up. Your mission today is to learn what to do if you don’t know your passion.
     
     

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    Task 1: Learn what a passion is

     

    One reason why you might not know your passion is that you’re looking for the wrong thing. Maybe you assume that a passion needs to be something you’re innately talented at, that you’re very good at, and that you’ll turn into your source of income.
     

    But that’s not what passion is about. You’re forgiven for thinking so – the internet is full of people promising to teach you how to turn your passion into a business, and there’s nothing wrong if you want to do this. However, the definition of a passion is simply something that lights you up. Follow the joy – nothing else.
     

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    Task 2: If you don’t know your passion

     

    Another reason why you might not know your passion is that you’re looking in the wrong places. Many people assume that a passion needs to be a creative pursuit, but that’s not true. Rather, a passion is any activity that gives you profound joy. It could be a field of study or a sport, an activity or indeed an art.
     

    Others assume that you need to have one, true passion, but that’s not true for everyone. Lots of people are multi-passionates, or “scanners”. They have multiple, changing passions throughout their lives. These are still completely valid passions though.
     

    If you need more help with identifying yours, consider booking a Find Your Passion session with me. It’s worth knowing what you should prioritise in your life, knowing what is guaranteed to bring you joy independent of your job, relationship and other “outside” factors.
     

  • Vlog 13: Two Weeks In Vienna And Lower Austria


     

    Two weeks in Vienna

     

    I love my home, but it was time to go and see something else! My magic city was just what the doctor ordered. I adore Vienna (I used to live there for some years) and it was great to visit all my favourite haunts in the city.
     

    What was almost more important: I got to see friends again, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years. The video shows glimpses of all of this – most of all I wanted to show you the beauty of the city and the stunning Hohe Wand in Lower Austria, where I went with a friend on the way home.
     

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