Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Blog Has Moved.


Four and a half years ago I joined the blogging community by launching My Resolution Challenge (which I later re-named Motivate Me!) here on the Blogger platform. I shared regular content and loved every second of communicating my thoughts on a variety of personal development topics, disclosing information about the host of challenges I’ve taken part in, and getting to know you, my fabulous readers.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to move the Motivate Me brand over to WordPress. As I already use this platform for my author blog, I know how easy it is to navigate, and I’m already a member of the huge WP community of bloggers.

Rather than lift all the content from this established blog and move it over (which makes me feel slightly queasy to think about!), I’ve chosen to leave this blog in place so that all my old content is still accessible. I’ll be hand picking the most popular posts and giving them a shake up and re-posting on my new site together with brand new content.

There only remains one thing left to do:

  • If you are a regular reader of this blog, then I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, and encouragement. It is hugely appreciated, and I hope you will join me on my new platform so we can continue our friendship.
  • If you are joining me today because one of the links in my book sent you here, then may I say a huge thank you for buying and reading my book, and also invite you to explore this site if you have time, and join me on my new platform.
  • If you are popping onto this site for the very first time, welcome! Thanks for taking the time to read this far. Feel free to have a look around; there’s plenty of content here to keep you entertained, or come over and join me on my new platform.

Thank you, everyone, for being awesome. I’ll catch you on the flip side!

Shelley x

Monday, 24 April 2017

Happy National Stationery Week! #writingmatters


Hurray, it’s my favourite week of the year. Yes, it’s National Stationery Week! As if I ever needed an excuse to buy a new pencil case, notebook, or colourful pens.

You can get involved by visiting http://nationalstationeryweek.com or using #writingmatters on your social media platforms. Of course, there is another way you can join in on the fun, and that’s by purchasing and using oodles of gorgeous stationery.

Monday is ‘Pen and Pencil Day’ so I thought I’d share my odd obsession with pens.

When I start on the planning stages for one of my books, either a non-fiction book or one of my young adult fantasy novels, I invest in a new notebook dedicated to notes, bios, and scribblings about that book and I always buy a new Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink pen. I can’t use anything else!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Real Women, Real Lives: An Interview with @SallyDhillon from Career Mums #MondayBlogs

We are surrounded by inspirational women on a daily basis, they are on the television, the radio, or they've written the books we buy or the articles/blog posts we read.  It's easy to put a celebrity on a pedestal and desire their lifestyle, power and determination, but we don't need to turn to the glossy magazines, or the big screen, to find inspirational women who can motivate us to succeed. They live next door, work alongside us, and talk to us at the supermarket.
I wanted to highlight these incredible individuals on my blog. Women who have succeeded on their chosen path, or turned misfortune into positivity. Ladies who have conquered illness or gone above and beyond to help others, and made a difference. Women who have stepped out of their comfort zone and launched a business, or ventures that have an impact on their environment, or community. 
They are your friend, co-worker and neighbour.  I am honoured to be able to introduce a host of remarkable women for my feature, Real Women, Real Lives.  
Women who are happy to share their motivational journey and the inspiration behind their success.
Interview with Sally Dhillon from Career Mums

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A Parent's Survival Guide to Revision and Exams #Parenting #Stress


On Monday 15th May the GCSEs begin here in the UK. I blogged about this very topic three years ago when my eldest son sat his exams, and now the time has arrived for my middle son to do the same.

My original blog wasn’t about the stress and strain on our youngsters as they study hard, worry about the process, and ponder on their fragile future, no, it was aimed at the thousands of parents who have to live in the same house as that teenager! Yes, I’m sharing it once again. A parent’s survival guide to exams and revision.

Everything has changed. The world is a very different place for our sixteen year old and, of course, your teen will never believe that you were also sixteen once. They truly believe you were born in your forties! I hope the following guide is of some help and that we all make it through alive – good luck to you all.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Are You Holding Yourself Back? #Creativity #Goals

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

When we’re in our tweens, we long to reach our teens. When we finally arrive at that sweet sixteen landmark, we long for adulthood.

As adults, many of us aren’t prepared for the mess of responsibilities, or indeed, the real-life influences that can suck out our creative soul. Time goes by, and our lives can feel a little bit out of control. That electricity bill needs to be paid, the sales meeting must be attended, and the car has to be insured, but when do we make time for the dreams and aspirations we had growing up?

As an eight-year-old, I had clear ideas of becoming an author, but it wasn’t until I reached the ripe old age of forty-two that I got around to doing something about it. For thirty-four years I’d held myself back in a variety of ways. Throughout my twenties, and thirties I often woke in the middle of the night dreaming about characters, and plot twists, but I used the excuse of an unhappy marriage, subsequent divorce, and being a single mum as a way of telling myself I didn’t have time to write.

Monday, 27 March 2017

March in Review #Blogging #GoalSetting


March Review

I’m continuing my monthly blog review with a recap of March. I find this is the ideal way to assess the posts I’ve written and the interaction they received, as well as share the links in case anyone missed one.

How was March?

Stats:

It’s interesting to see the difference in views this month. Overall, the blog received 9,709 new visits which is incredible. However, this is a large dip in views based on the first two months of the year. I know that my own blog viewing has slipped as ‘real life’ takes a hold. The initial buzz of a New Year has settled down as we steam towards spring and summer at an astonishing rate. Is this normal? Do we all start the year with good intentions to read more and learn something new? I believe we do. My good intentions are still there even though I seem to be busier than ever at the moment, so not only is my blog reading hitting a slump, but my blog promotion is also affected. Only by checking my stats on a monthly basis did I flag this up, so I’m glad I started doing this.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Trials and Tribulations of Teenage Parenting #familylife


When you begin a voyage of self-discovery or a period of recovery, it can trigger a host of issues to bubble up that you might feel unable to cope with.

Since I started having regular acupuncture appointments seven months ago, I’ve been presented with certain topics that have pushed their way to the forefront of my therapy sessions. Some of the themes I face tend to rise and fall depending on my mood, and the cycle of the moon! However, recently I’ve been presented with an issue that on the surface appears to be every mother’s daily battle, but buried underneath is my fear of confrontation, aggression, and dominating and bullying men.

We all know that you don’t get a manual when you have children, and so we muddle along doing the best we can. I’m fortunate that my children are smart, funny, and open to talking through problems with me. We are a close family and support one another at all times. As a mother, it’s hard to watch your children struggle, whether that’s with school work, friendships, or more serious issues.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Women In Business #Networking #SociallyShared

There’s only one way to spend International Women’s Day, and that’s in the company of strong, confident, and like-minded ladies who run successful businesses and know how to have fun.

As with most events, the morning began with lashings of coffee and a mouth-watering array of pastries. The eager attendees were greeted with a big smile from Christine Cooper, a member of the Socially Shared team who delivered their delegate pack.
MC for the event was Joanna Tidman, Broadcast Journalist for the BBC Worldwide & BBC News, and Breakfast Presenter at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio. Jo kept the event flowing beautifully with an injection of humour that kept the giggles rippling throughout the day. Her opening address touched on the power of networking, and the wide range of support that events such as the Women in Business Conference generate within the community.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Chakras for Beginners #Health #Wellbeing


Chakras for Beginners

If you don’t travel in spiritual circles, reap the benefits of a holistic life, or take advantage of the variety of alternative therapies then you may not know what a ‘Chakra’ is.

Knowing the difference between a chakra and a chorizo is not something that will change your life, however, understanding the basics can improve your wellbeing.

In the simplest terms, the Sanskrit word Chakra means wheel and this refers to wheels of energy located in the body. There are seven main chakras, which align with the spine and can be visualised as swirling energy. The energy is called Prana, or vital life force. It’s this energy that keeps us healthy, physically and mentally.

Where are they?

Each Chakra is linked to major organs and the nervous system, as well as our psychological and emotional state. As mentioned earlier, the Chakras are moving energy, and so it’s important to keep that energy flowing to be in optimum health.

Think of it like a hose pipe. The flow of water keeps your garden flourishing, but what happens if you get a kink in the pipe? In some cases, the build-up of water makes the pipe explode. Not good for the hairdo! However, in life, this explosion could become a life-threatening physical health issue.

If I were to give you an example of this in action it would look like this:

Monday, 27 February 2017

February in Review #Blogging #Goals


February in Review

I’m continuing my monthly blog review with a recap of February. I find this is the ideal way to assess the posts I’ve written and the interaction they received, as well as share the links in case anyone missed one.

I’ve also shared the link to a guest post I wrote for the Women Writers, Women’s Books site.

February was all about the theme of self-love on my blog, and it was a popular topic with my readers. It seems we all suffer from a little self-doubt, comparison, and guilt!

How was February?

Monday, 20 February 2017

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others #SelfLove


At the start of the year, I was a woman on a mission. 2017 was going to be the year I got my mojo back, the year I would feel normal again, and the year I would dedicate to the personal development of my mind, body, and soul.

I’ve already made positive progress towards nurturing my mental and physical health. However, during my mindfully-infused sessions where I take the time to learn and grow, I’ve noticed an uncomfortable trend – comparison. We all do it, but it’s in varying degrees of intensity. I’ve often wished that I could live in a warm country like my hugely successful cousin, Becky. Or that I drove a super sexy Land Rover Evoque like my bestie, Liz. These are the kind of comparisons that are merely fleeting thoughts rather than crippling destruction for our self-esteem. I love these thoughts because they shape my ambitions. I want to earn enough to buy a lovely car, and I want to travel to interesting places.

In January I bought a