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A day of gratitude

I’m a big fan of gratitude.

It’s something I do each day, and something I encourage my child to do.

The other day, we flew to the UK to attend an event in London. The plan was to fly in, do the hop on, hop off bus tour, go to the event and then spend the next day at London zoo before flying home. 

The best laid plans

I like being organised.

The dogs were at the kennels.

My bag was packed and the alarm was set to 8.30.

A quick shower and we were off. It’s around 2 hours to get to Dublin airport from where we live, and we had to park the car too.

We had printed our boarding passes the night before, so headed straight to security.

Then a funny thing happened.

I looked at the departures board.

It said our flight was boarding. Whhhaaaattttt?

I looked at the time. It was 11am, and our flight was 11.20. Shhhiiiiiittttttttttt!

If you’ve met me in real life, you know I’m what some people politely call curvy, but this curvy girl had to get from one end of Dublin airport to the other, and it’s not a small airport.

Needless to say, when we got to our gate it was to see our play leaving the gate.

We missed it.

1st act of kindness

The first act of kindness that day was the lady by the desk.

I apologised profusely, knew it was my fault and apologised to my son. 

Then something happened. This lady took pity on me and my son and put us on the next flight. I’m not sure if she should or what the protocol was, but this was my fault and she helped us out big time, and didn’t charge us at all.

The next flight was in 2 hours, so we didn’t lose much time at all.

2nd act of kindness

The second act of that day was when we got on the plane.

The steward could see the my son and I were seated away from each other, and so he checked his seating plan to see what seats were free. He then told us to go to a different aisle where we could sit together.

A small act of kindness, but appreciated none the less.

3rd act of kindness

We were on the plane yay!

However, as we headed to the taxiing area, our plane developed a fault. We had to go back to the stand and wait for an engineer.

It took a wee while, so then the cabin crew went round and gave everyone a nice cuppa whilst we wait. It’s probably some EU regulation, but at that time, the cuppa was most welcome, and an act of kindness that I really appreciated.

In that day, we were grateful for all the kindnesses we were afforded.

They didn’t cost the airline more that a cup of tea, but it made what could have been a disaster into something else.

Small acts of kindness don’t have to cost much, but they can make a massive difference to the people receiving them.

    Developing your own gratitude practice

    I practice gratitude everyday and have recently updated my first gratitude journal so that it includes colouring pages too.

    I love how it’s turned out, and I hope you love it too.

    If you’d like your own copy, or want one as a gift, then just click on the image to visit the journals Amazon page.


    Are You Setting the Right Goals for Yourself?

    As a Life Coach, I’m all about setting goals, and taking action to bring them to fruition. 

    But when it comes to setting goals, there are a few things that you need to consider before you get started. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before you start.

    1. What is the final outcome you want to achieve?

    It sounds daft, but before you start setting any goals, get very clear on what you want the final outcome to be. You also need to think about the consequences of achieving that goal might be and where you might go from there.

    Be clear on whether you truly want what you’re asking for, because sometimes, there’s no going back.

    2. Is this your goal or someone else’s?

    There is nothing harder to do than stand up to family and peer pressure to strike out on your own. There may be expectations that you follow the route in life set out for you, but when you start achieving goals for someone else, they may well be happy, but this road will only lead to you living a half-life of unfulfilled dreams.

    It will be hard to strike out on your own, but when you do, you’ll know that every success is yours, and yours alone.

    3. Is the goal realistic?

    I’m all for big dreams and big goals, but one mistake people make is with the time line. Their goal may well be one that is achievable, but you have to be realistic about how long it will take to do. When you don’t get the results in the time you expected, even though you’re further ahead than when you first started, you get discouraged, and give up.

    Instead, break down your big goals into smaller ones and think of each smaller one as it’s own project, with it’s own milestones.

    It’s like the old joke of how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

    4. Are you learning from failure?

    The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Sometimes we get setbacks on our way to achieving our goals. But instead of thinking of them as failures, think of them as lessons of what doesn’t work, and then try another route.

    I like to think of it as a journey. If there’s an accident or roadworks, then your journey may take a little longer, or you may look for a different route. You don’t give up and go home until you’ve exhausted all avenues.

    When something goes wrong, change the plan, not the goal (as Confucius would say).

    5. Are you learning from success?

    In the same way that you shouldn’t let failure stop you, you should also learn what works for you. When you learn from your successes, you learn what works for you.

    So create goals that set you up for success right from the beginning.  Don’t make them too small, make them so that you can build on your successes and grow a little on the way.

    So when you set goals do:

    • make sure you’re doing them for the right reason
    • be clear on what you want to achieve and why
    • learn from your mistakes and failures, and build on your successes.
    • make sure that they’re realistic. Break big goals down into achievable bits, and set yourself up for success. 

    Now that you’re clear on what your goals are, then maybe you’ll benefit from 5-star rated “My 90 Day Goal Planner”.

    It includes:

    • a master to do list of the things you want to do
    • a master success list to remind yourself of all the awesome things you’ve already achieved, for when the doubts kick in
    • 4 tools for success
    • weekly goal setting and accountability sections
    • a page a day for your appointments, to do list and notes
    • positive and inspiring quotes

    Everything that you need to take consistent action every day.

    3 Habits that will help you be happier in 2019

    If 2018 a really crappy year for you, then perhaps 2019 could be so much better.

    Maybe you started 2018 feeling hopeful, but then reality set in, and suddenly you were in that dark place again.

    Overwhelmed by everything that was happening, feeling stuck.

    And now it’s 2019, and again, you’re feeling hopeful. You’re willing to try something new, but you just don’t know what it is.

    I know what that’s like. 2018 sucked for me too. My dad passed away, my husband had a heart attack 6 weeks later, and not only were we worrying about his health, we were also worrying about finances too. And even at the end of the year, when we were starting to pick ourselves up, disaster struck again, and we spent some of Christmas Eve in a hospital.

    But I KNOW 2019 is going to be better.


    Because over the years I developed some habits that help me remain positive, even when it feels like the sky is falling in.

    My 3 key habits are:

    The Gratitude Habit
    By practicing the gratitude habit each and every day, I have said thank you for all the blessings that have come into my life. I have so much to be grateful for that even when we weren’t sure if Christmas would be spent at home or in a hospital, I knew we’d get through.

    Research has shown that practicing the gratitude habit for just 21 days has a significant effect on your levels of happiness that last for months after.

    The Meditation Habit 
    By taking a few minutes each day to silence the monkey mind and clear it completely, its like re-booting a computer. Everything works better, I’m more calm, more relaxed and things that used to get to me, just don’t.

    The Kindness Habit 
    By practicing the kindness habit, not just to others, but to myself too. Recognising when I start beating myself up over some little thing, and stepping in to stop it. Why do we sometimes treat the people we dislike better than ourselves?

    These 3 habits were key for me getting through 2018.

    This is why I wrote my Happy Habits Journal.

    I knew that no matter what, my positive habits are what got me through a really crappy 2018, but I wanted to more than just get through.

    In 2019 I want to positivity flourish and bloom. So I sat down and thought about all the tools I’ve used in the past, then put them in an order that gave the most benefits first. I now have 12 happy habits to work on.

    I’m planning on being positive in 2019, and staying that way too. And my happy habits will make that possible

    Take care for now

    Karen x

    PS My Positivity Planner is still available on Amazon, but I’m going to retire it shortly. 
    My Happy Habits Journal is an undated version, and it is only £9.99.

    I’ve created a free support group, My Positive Year, on Facebook where the is a small community of people working through the habits too. When you join, you’ll get:
    => a daily dose of positivity post 
    => a weekly post asked if anyone would like some energy healing
    => a weekly post asking if anyone would like an angel or oracle card reading
    => a weekly post to check on you and offer help and support

    I’ve made it as easy as I can to help you have an amazing 2019. I really hope that you make this small investment in yourself, and seek out the support that’s available to you.

    119 Goals for 2019

    119 Goals for 2019

    Since completing my Life Coaching course in 2015, I’ve been setting goals for myself each year, using Leonie Dawson’s Shining Life Workbook. It’s a great little workbook that helps you review the previous year, and clarify what you’d like in the following one by reflecting on each part of your life.

    From previous years, I’ve learnt to be a bit flexible, because you just don’t know what will happen. For example, last year was challenging and many goals were derailed completely. Not only did my Dad pass away, but my husband also had his heart attack. This meant I had to focus on healing my spirit and also supporting my family.

    However, saying that, I’m really looking forward to 2019. It’s a whole new year which will bring opportunities that have yet to present themselves. So whilst I have set 100 goals, I’m open to the possibility of even more goals and new opportunities.

    So here are my 119 goals for 2019…

    Movies to see

    I love going to the movies with my son, so this is a priority for us.

    1. How to train your dragon 3
    2. The secret life of pets 2
    3. Men in Black International
    4. Aladdin
    5. Lion King
    6. John Wick 3
    7. Jumanji sequel
    8. Star Wars IX
    9. Dumbo
    10. Toy Story 4

    Places to go

    Looking after my dad meant I was very restricted when it came to travel. This year, I want to go and see all the places I’ve been planning to in Ireland, but also finally going to Iceland and doing part of the Camino Way.

    1. Visit Parkes Castle
    2. Visit the Book of Kells
    3. Visit Carrowkeel
    4. Visit Newgrange
    5. Visit King House
    6. Visit Waterford
    7. Visit Athlone Castle
    8. Visit Belfast Zoo
    9. Visit the Titantic experience
    10. Visit W5 in Belfast
    11. Visit Iceland and see
    12. The Northern lights
    13. A geothermal spa
    14. The Mid Atlantic rift
    15. Visit Glencar Waterfall
    16. Do the Viking Splash tour
    17. Do the Moon River cruise
    18. Do a section of the Camino Way
    19. Visit Kilmainham Jail
    20. Visit Giants Causeway
    21. Visit London Zoo
    22. Visit Kew Gardens
    23. Visit my husbands family in the summer and at Christmas
    24. Visit the Natural History museum in Dublin
    25. Visit a SeaLife centre

    Events to attend

    1. Women’s Inspire Network autumn event
    2. Attend a local networking event
    3. Attend a national networking event
    4. Go to Bloom
    5. See “We will rock you”
    6. See “Dr Doolittle”
    7. See “Grease”
    8. See “Joseph”
    9. See 2 shows at the Gaiety theatre
    10. Attend a sound healing workshop

    Healthy Habits 

    One of my writing goals is to create a Healthy Habits Journal. This is because when I was looking after my dad many days the only thing he would eat would be something with chips, from the local take away. My weight increased because of this and because of lack of exercise, so 2019 is my year to develop better habits.

    1. Eat a healthy breakfast for 30 days
    2. Walk 10,000 steps a day for 30 days
    3. Drink 2 litres of water a day for 30 days
    4. Eat 5 a day for 30 days
    5. Meditate each day for 30 days
    6. Go caffeine free for 30 days
    7. Have healthy soups for 30 days
    8. Practice QiGong every day for 30 days
    9. Practice self healing for 30 days
    10. No take away or processed foods for 30 days

    Home goals

    When we made space for my Dad, our home became more of a nursing home and less of our personal space. The house also became really cluttered with his stuff, and we had less opportunities to declutter. We’ve been working on a room at a time, and in 2019 we will finish it off.

    1. Declutter bedroom, wardrobe space and en suite
    2. Donate or sell unwanted toys and games
    3. Declutter paperwork
    4. Declutter kitchen
    5. Declutter spare room
    6. Donate extra bedding
    7. Sell 20 things on eBay
    8. Get house painted
    9. Paint Healing Space
    10. Tidy up garden


    Again with looking after my Dad, we got into a rut with home schooling, so 2019 is our year to complete some books, and put the fun back into our home school.

    1. Finish toe by toe
    2. Work on the literacy hornet
    3. Complete each Kiwico project
    4. Complete the KS3 History and Geography books
    5. Complete projects on China, Mexico, Iceland and the US
    6. Read 12 books
    7. Complete 52 science experiments
    8. Visit 12 heritage sites
    9. Grow 3 fruits/vegetables from seed
    10. Learn 12 new recipes
    11. Learn about keeping chickens
    12. Learn about keeping bees

    Just for fun 

    1. Knit a scarf
    2. Ride a Segway
    3. Have a seaweed bath
    4. Adopt an animal
    5. Read 50 books
    6. Do a 5k charity walk/run
    7. Eat something I’ve not tried before
    8. Go to a pop concert
    9. Go camping with the home schooling group
    10. Do a random act of kindness


    1. Read an old book
    2. Read a best seller
    3. Read a book for fun
    4. Read a book from a new author
    5. Read a biography

    Personal Development 

    1. Attend the Tony Robins event in London
    2. Complete the Bio Energy course and qualify as a therapist
    3. Learn how to use Camtasia and make my own videos
    4. Do a sleep out for homelessness
    5. Learn a new skill

    Writing Goals

    1. Publish the Happy Habits book
    2. Finish writing and publish the Wealthy Habits book
    3. Write and publish the Health Habits book
    4. Write and publish the Positivity Planner for 2020
    5. Write and publish the Kindness Journal
    6. Write and publish the Forgiveness Journal
    7. Write and publish the Creativity Journal
    8. Write and publish the Money Saving Journal
    9. Write and publish a book on quotes
    10. Re-write and publish the 13 week goals book

    Scary goals

    1. Do a buy nothing new month
    2. Do a no-spend month
    3. Do a radio show
    4. Get a story in the local press
    5. Get a story in the national press
    6. Publish a guest blog post
    7. Create free ecourse
    8. Create signature ecourse
    9. Lose 52lbs by Christmas
    10. Do a Boxing day fun run

    Finish off

    1. Dad’s probate
    2. Sort out dad’s camper van

    Being a Life Coach is about helping others clarify what they want, setting goals to make it happen and then taking action. And that is what I also want for myself. Looking after my dad meant a lot of sacrifices, and I have no regrets about that time, but now it’s my turn to step up and have the life I want.

    So what do you want for 2019 and how are you going to make it happen?

    Goals for September 2018

    Goals for September 2018

    It’s that time of the month, the time I reflect on last months goals and set new ones for this month. So here are my goals for September 2018. But first, to check in on August.

    Reviewing August’s goals

    Here’s how I got on:

    Homeschooling. Reading is an ongoing process. We didn’t do as much as we should, mainly because it was too nice outside!. He did attend adventure camp, met up with other homeschooling families and visited heritage sites. He did his kiwico project on his own, building an automaton. We cleared dad’s room of furniture and have prepped the room for painting, but don’t have the funds yet to replace the carpet and get the furniture we want. So it’s still the kitchen table for us!.

    Health. I’ve been working with a nutritionist and have got into the habit of having porridge with blueberries, flaxseed and mixed seeds each morning. I’m more conscious of when I’m thirsty so am drinking more water and I’m walking more. However, I’m still not in the habit of 3 meals/2 snacks a day.

    Spirituality. I still haven’t completed the Angel Practitioner course but did completed the Meditation teachers course and am now qualified in this field.

    Business goals. I have some gorgeous new business cards and finished off my daily dose of positivity emails and memes. This was a big project so I’m delighted to have seen it through. I’ve started posting the memes, but want to finish off my online shop before I send out the emails, as the first one includes a money off voucher. Dad’s garden room is almost cleared and I have a new desk, therapy table, book case and other bits now in the room. Just waiting for the funds to add a sofa and a second bookshelf, as the first one filled up rapidly! However, I haven’t started photographing things for the shop.

    Money goals. I did write a letter to money and posted my limit of 10 items on eBay, and a few other things on Facebook. I didn’t do my own accounts, as I’m still dealing with my aunts and my dads estate.

    Fun. We did go to the cinema and watched “Antman and the Wasp”. It was surprisingly good, and we totally enjoyed it.

    Goals for September 2018

    In keeping with previous months, I want to focus on these 6 areas:


    This month we will:

    • continue to focus on reading, working on Toe by Toe and reading at least one book and the two magazines he gets
    • begin working on spelling.
    • visit 2 heritage sites
    • meet up with other homeschooling families
    • do 4 science experiments
    • cook a new recipe
    • build his latest kiwico project plus something using knex or meccanno.
    • begin using the key stage 3 books for each subject.

    In addition, we will paint the room, get a new carpet down and set up my son’s study/my library room.


    I want to continue working on my eating habits and increase my level of activity.


    I’m starting my Bio Energy course this month, so will be focused on practiticing the skills learnt that weekend.

    I also want to continue on the Angel Practitioners course.


    I want to get the foundations of my business in place. To do this, I still have to:

    • finish off my healing space so that it is useable
    • get my online shops up and running
    • create my 3 healing/coaching programmes


    It’s time to send of last years tax return, pay any tax outstanding and get my accounts up to date.

    I would also like to:

    • write a letter to money for this month
    • sign off on my aunts estate
    • get probate send off on my dad’s estate
    • get my dad’s camper van in my name
    • look at the feasibility of buying a new house.


    We are due to visit Taytopark with my husbands work.

    We’ll also visit the cinema again and I’d like to read a book, just for fun. I love cozy mysteries and am currently reading the Agatha Christie Book Club series. I think Barbara Freethy has a new book out too.

    30 More quotes on gratitude

    30 More quotes on gratitude

    As part my series on gratitude, I included 30 quotes on gratitude. But there are so many out there, so I’ve compiled 30 more.

    30 More quotes on gratitude

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

    “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. ” ~ Brene Brown

    “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

    “The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust

    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus

    “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey quote

    “Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

    “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

    “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown

    “Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ~ Steve Maraboli

    “Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.”  ~ Sanaya Roman

    “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ~ Amit Ray

    “I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.”  ~ Habeeb Akande

    “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”  ~ John Ortberg

    “If we want to keep the blessings of life coming to us, we must learn to be grateful for whatever is given.”  ~ Harold Klemp

    “Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it.”  ~ Ryan Lilly

    “Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.”  ~ Jim Fargiano

    “When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.”  ~ Lissa Rankin

    “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.”  ~ Sanchita Pandey

    “Embrace every new day with gratitude, hope and love.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

    “Ask. Trust. Give thanks. Simple right?” ~ Dawn Gluskin

    “Living in gratitude makes each day feel like a treasure.” ~ Akiroq Brost

    “Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

    “Negativity is contagious, gratitude is the antidote.” ~ Connie C. Perez

    “Give forgiveness, give gifts, give gratitude, give love, give time, give joy, give tears, give hugs, give an ear, give a speech….Simply give.”  ~ Jodi Aman

    “Gratitude is not in words, but in the heart, which expresses it.”  ~ Luffina Lourduraj

    “Grace, goodness, and gratitude are the heartbeat of a life well lived.”  ~Will Craig

    “I choose to walk with gratitude, not envy; with faith, not worry; with confidence, not fear; with kindness, not anger.”  ~ Charles F. Glassman


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