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Love is beautiful, light and safe.

Love is without judgement.

Love never runs out.

Love does not hurt.

Love is acceptance.

Love is forgiveness.

Love brings peace and happiness.

Love cannot break you or your heart.

Love is recognising another soul and cherishing them.

Love is available to all and multiplies when we practice it towards others.


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There’s a reason why a lot of people choose a word for a year rather than a resolution, we all know how powerful language can be. The things people say to us or that we say to ourselves can lift us up or tear us down. The chakra cards I work with each have a single word related to them and it’s that word that really inspires me to think and meditate. Back in 2013 I chose a word for each month, a reminder to act upon and think about.

Our The Works store in town recently got these wooden plaques in, a pack of 5 for £1 and I couldn’t resist. I knew as soon as I saw them that I wanted to put on them simple, plain but powerful words for me and to hang them from the string of heart lights I have over my desk/studio space. So which words did I feel were most powerful for me at this time?

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Love to remind me to love myself and accept love into my life with a grateful heart.

Dream to remind me not to give up on my dreams no matter how many times I have to rethink, change or replan what I’m doing.

Inspire to remind me not only to look for my own inspiration but also to inspire others if I can.

Create to remind me to ‘turn up at the page’ and create in any way I need to.

Believe to remind me not to give up on all the things I believe in, myself included.

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I chose a colour for each one and a embroidery floss to match using a sequence of nine knots for each charm to hang it from.


I love how they turned out, very simple but just right for above my desk. The move and turn themselves around on different days. I like to take that as a sign that I need to focus more on that aspect when they do that.

What five words would you choose as your power words and why?

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I think one of the hardest things we have to learn at some point is to LISTEN, not just to the people around us but to ourselves. It can be very easy to let our minds wander, to not fully concentrate, to just nod our heads and make sounds of agreement when we have conversations only to come away from the interaction with this sudden realisation that we actually have no idea what was just said. I know I have done it before and chastised myself for not being present and there with the person I have been talking to.

Often it becomes even easier to not listen to ourselves. How many times have you thought something or felt that gut pull in one direction or another and not listened, leading to either finding yourself in a situation your gut was trying to help you avoid or missing an opportunity your gut was trying to tell you to go for?

I find that I listen to the wrong things sometimes, the negative things hold more sway then the positive, they are easier for me to believe, particularly when my own inner gremlin is repeating them day in day out. So we listen, but selectively and that selection is often masochistic on our part and involves us buying into the lies we feed ourselves.

So how do I listen, really listen, to what I need to hear?

By taking the time out of life to be quiet, to concentrate and really hear what that quiet encouraging voice inside of us is whispering and most importantly to believe and hold onto what that voice says.

Take some time today, whether sitting in silence, walking or doing something for yourself to check in and see how you are really feeling. Listen, really listen to yourself, accept and believe what you hear and use it to take a step forwards every day this month.

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I accept the good with the bad

I accept my abilities and my faults

I accept my depression

I accept my fear

I accept my anxiety

I accept my imperfections

I accept me.

Sometimes, accepting ourselves entirely is hard. We have this knack of being mean, critical and judgemental towards ourselves but it’s important to accept all the facets to our personality to find happiness. Each one of us is a beautiful individual who has to carve our own path through life.

My word for October is accept, not only for my self acceptance but as a reminder of how important it is to accept the things around us as well. My work often doesn’t go according to plan, sometimes i make things I don’t like and I have to accept it, sometimes situations are out of our control and all we can do is wait and ride it out. Sometimes the people we love make choices that we don’t want them to make, sometimes it rains when we need sun. Rather than stress out the best thing we can do is accept what is happening and move alongside it on the path of least resistance.

You don’t have to like it but sometimes you just have to accept it.

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There was really only one word I could choose for September given the amount of change that is coming my way. From the start of the school term on Wednesday to the fact that my little man will be starting school next week. He’s doing half days for the first two weeks but then he’s there full time and suddenly I’m not going to be looking after him everyday anymore. It’s oddly heart wrenching to think about despite knowing that I’m still his mum and he’s still my little boy.

With both of the children at school I will be suddenly left with an influx of time and, I expect, a feeling of not being needed anymore. My baby is growing up, everything is changing and though I know it’s all necessary and for the best it is unsettling, more so for me than the children I think.

There are other changes happening too, the big one being my delving into starting my own business which is due to kick off this week with the coming new moon. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared but it’s exciting also. I’m due to register my business with the start of the school term and as of Thursday I officially go self employed.

There are changes everywhere this month and I can only hope that they will benefit us all positively and bring us new and happy times of growth and development.

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A lot of people have this misconception that love hurts, this is simply not true, it’s the absence of love that cuts like a knife and can leave us falling into the depths of despair. Love is beautiful, light and healing, if it’s not that to you then it isn’t love you’re experiencing but something else.

I’m not just talking about romantic love though, I mean all love. Love for friends, family, the earth, universe, spirit and, often forgotten but just as important, ourselves. This month, with the kidlets home for the summer holidays it’s all too easy to focus almost exclusively on them and forget about me. I’m trying very hard not to let that happen by loving and nurturing the different part of me; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I find doing so raises my awareness and capability for love, it sends love pulsing out of me towards others and reminds me of the love I think we all need to return to the world around us to help it heal and be the kind of place that we want our children and their children to inherit.



One of the things I have begun doing is attempting to catch and stop negative thought processes, not just towards myself but towards everyone around me and turn that negativity into love to send back to them. It’s hard at times, especially when I really feel myself getting peeved about something, or at someone, but it’s not just in their best interest to do this, it’s in mine as well because all that negativity you think on and send out gets stuck in your own energy to fester too.

Love is the most precious and beautiful thing we can experience and share, it costs nothing, heals all and is something all living things need to thrive. Don’t be miserly with it please, because when we share love it multiplies.

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I’m not all that sure what’s going on with this page, I recognise elements in it while others are as of yet a mystery to me but it is what it is. The next Journal Fodder exercise is looking at operative words in your writing, discovering them and then working from one of them.


I ended up working with was as it has featured a lot lately in my personal writing and journalling. I’ve spent a lot of time this last few months thinking and reflecting on the past, how things were and have gotten me to the point I am at today while trying to encourage myself to think about both myself and others with love and light and to let go of negativity and resentment that may still be lingering. It’s hard to do but I know that I wouldn’t like to be receiving that kind of mental and emotional energy from others.


This is my favourite part of the page, when I was doing it I thought it was a tree though it seems more like a mushroom or fungus now, particularly with the red one to the right. For me it symbolises resilience and the ability to grow whatever the conditions, making the best of the sometimes dark and less than perfect conditions. It was a fairly quick page that I played with this morning with no plan other than to make marks and follow my intuition with adding what felt right. It’s more and more how I work at the moment and it’s so much more freeing to my creativity and enjoyment. It stops me judging and criticising what I create, instead just letting it be what it wants to be.

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