Personal Growth

8 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Clutter — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get. ~ Karen Kingston We live in a world that encourages us to buy as much as possible and to clutter our lives with ‘stuff’. Apparently, the more stuff we have and the bigger and shinier it is, the more valuable we are and the better our lives will get. But is that…

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4 Ways To Tap Into Your Creativity During The Coronavirus – Personal Development Article

If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you might feel some boredom creeping up in between spurts of COVID-induced anxiety. While you may have other responsibilities to keep you busy (work meetings, homeschooling kids, and DIY projects, to name a few), you might be feeing a little—shall we say—uninspired by your new normal.That’s why we consulted award-winning spoken word poet IN-Q (aka, Adam Schmalholz) on this episode of the mindbodygreen podcast, as he certainly knows a thing or…

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The 7 Stages of Personal Development and Growth – Personal Development Article

Do you ever feel like the personal growth road is one where you take one step forward and two steps back? On our way of becoming who we are, we go through a lot of challenges, and we have many obstacles to overcome. Each obstacle is actually a step forward to our personal growth. In fact, during our life journey, we face 7 stages of personal development and growth. Not all of the stages we go through are pleasant, and…

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Are Relationships Actually the Ultimate Spiritual Practice? – Spiritual Article

The idea of a perfect relationship is as flawed as the idea of a perfect man or woman, yet so many of us entertain this idea, consciously or not. Often, when we enter into a new relationship, things are perfect at first. We feel so in love that we see everything through those ‘love goggles.’ Colours are brighter, we want to dance to music, everything tastes great and sex is amazing.Then, one day, our new partner might say or do…

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How to Show Courage When Everyone Else Is Afraid — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

To show courage when everyone else is afraid is to prove to yourself and to the whole world that love knows no fear. As it is so beautifully written in the Gospel of John: ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear… The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ ~ Luminita D. Saviuc I called my sister the other night. It was around 8 pm and I knew she was about to leave the…

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The Importance Of Hobbies & How To Start Them – Personal Development Article

Before we can make any changes, we need to analyze our current habits. In a compassionate, curious way, reflect on how you usually spend your downtime: Do you try to fill it answering emails? Or do you turn off right when you get home and immediately zone out on the couch? Neither of these habits is “right” or “wrong,” but it’s important to get a feel for them so you can understand where the shift needs to happen.For example, up…

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6 Positive Ways To Calm Coronavirus Anxiety – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. We live in uncertain times. Our world has been put into a sudden shock because of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping almost every continent on this planet. Regular life already brings…

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How To Stay True to Yourself While Following Your Calling — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

How do you stay true to yourself when right now you might feel stuck? All I can tell is not to give up; meaningful change starts with one small step, a step towards the life you truly seek “You start by starting.” I read that somewhere, and though it made perfect sense, I tend to think of all the reasons NOT to start, not to take that chance, not to pursue that big bold dream. Sound familiar? I want to share…

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What mindbodygreen Staffers Are Doing To Stay Healthy Right Now – Self Improvement Article

This week, like many other offices, organizations, and events around the world, our team at mindbodygreen began implementing policies of social distancing. Since the transition to working from home, I’ve also been working hard to keep both my mind and my body healthy.Thankfully, no commute means extra rest, which is super valuable right now. But as holistic psychologist Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., CNS, told me “routine is still valuable. Not just for supporting healthy habits, but also for reducing anxiety.”To maintain…

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Creatives on Their Most Valued Habits – Productivity Article

Morning pages, writing prompts, and keeping an ideas diary: these practices are all too familiar to creative types. We rounded up some more unexpected rituals that you can incorporate into your days to make your creative life richer. *** Be bored  Kyle T. Webster is not afraid of being bored. In fact, he makes a point of creating opportunities for unstructured time that can give rise to some brilliant ideas. In his 99U talk, he pointed out how scarce that…

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The Secret to Being Happy Again — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Have you ever wondered what it means to really start embracing your imperfection and how this can change the quality of your life? I know nowadays there’s more pressure than ever before to get things right in every part of our lives- to be perfect. Gadgets, apps, and advice on how to be your very best all the time surround us. But that’s such an illusion. No one can be perfect; it just isn’t humanly possible.  “To banish imperfection is…

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Full Immersion – Self Improvement Article

I haven’t been feeling well and have needed to spend a lot of time resting on the couch. It gets old really quickly because there’s so much that I want to be doing, especially hanging out at the beach where I frequently see sea lions and harbor seals. But, until my body feels stronger, it will remain on the couch. One of the things I like to do to help cheer myself up is to visit three of my favorite…

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7 Brilliant Ways To Overcome Adversity and Accomplish Your Dreams – Self Improvement Article

On the other hand, if you say, “I’m lonely or I can’t get myself to make any change or I’m guilty of my action,” you’re likely to keep experiencing a negative mood every day. The solution to this? Start practicing positive self–talk. When you feel weak say you’re strong, when you’re sick say you feel fine, and when you’re broke remember that you have all you need. Do this and you will be creating a better reality for yourself and…

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How to Master the Art of Engaging Your Inner Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Chasing external sources of happiness may have failed you, as ultimately our deepest satisfaction comes from within. But often when people turn their attention inward, they don’t like what they find. Here are three ways to constructively engage with your inner life.  We all know the road to greater life satisfaction has more to do with how we feel on the inside than with any external riches we may gather, whether they be material possessions, good looks or accomplishments. Engaging…

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How to Be Better Every Day by Tweaking Your Routine – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Once you establish a daily routine, it’s easy to stick to the mindset that it’s the only way to get through your day. You might get up, drink your cup of coffee and get going, but how much of your routine makes you successful?There are always ways to grow and improve on what you do every day. The first step to making change happen is to take a second look at your routine and make positive…

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The 5 Secrets to Feeling Confident Again — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Confident people are not sheep, and they do not conform to what the majority are doing. The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. What separates mediocre people from extraordinary people is their level of confidence. What does it take to feel confident again? Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. “We know what we are but not what we may be.” – Shakespeare Until you get rid of your…

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Need a Life-Change? Here are 5 Ways to Reveal Your Hidden Talents – Personal Development Article

Do you actively utilize your innate talents or keep them hidden away? What are your talents? The second question above is seemingly simple but so many of us struggle to answer it. Yes, there are the fortunate among us who can quickly list that they are good singers, dancers, artists, teachers, or salespeople. For others, it’s difficult. We often go through life doing things that help us earn a living, and make our mark as contributing adults. But, how often…

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5 Different Approaches to Experiencing Personal Growth — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Personal growth and education, in general, are often focused on changing yourself. The implied assumption is that your natural being is not good enough and it needs to be forced into something else to create happiness and success. In order to see improvements and growth, we often think we need to be hard on ourselves. What is Personal Growth? We think that we need to be the taskmasters of our own lives, consistently pushing and encouraging ourselves to work harder,…

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Letting Go of the Shell – Self Improvement Article

Last night, Dan and I were talking about how, as a child, I collected seashells (in the same way that others collected baseball cards or stickers) and would ask anyone who had been to the beach to bring me back some. I grew up in a suburb of Denver and had never seen the ocean, and I couldn’t explain why I felt so drawn to shells. (I now see that my soul was calling me home to the ocean, where…

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3 Guidelines for Setting Realistic Expectations – Self Improvement Article

Expectations. They are something we all have, from the time we are young, right on up through the time we take our final breath. Yet, even though expectations are clearly a huge part of our lives, few of us truly learn to set healthy, realistic expectations and manage them well. All of the wishes, desires, hopes, and wants we carry around, which are never really quite fulfilled, have the power to greatly influence the satisfaction and happiness we experience in…

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12 Powerful Ways to Trust Yourself — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

As you start to trust yourself, you discover that you no longer need others to validate you, your choices and your life. In fact, you never needed their validation and approval. Your trust was always enough! ~ Luminita D. Saviuc I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you, but a few years ago I had this inner knowing that I was going to write a book.   I had no idea how I was going to publish it and how…

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Navigating Grief When a Creative Role Model Passes Away – Productivity Article

I’m sad to say I wasn’t familiar with the work of illustrator Jason Polan until he passed away in January, but I am grateful to have discovered it now. Once news spread on social media, I found myself sucked into a tunnel of discovery. I felt drawn not only to Jason’s work and way he saw the world, but how he was described as a person and friend. Suddenly my own life was influenced by this talented figure I’d never…

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Tackling Fear of Failure? 5 Steps to Deal With Rejection and Criticism – Personal Development Article

The fear of failure can be overwhelming because–let’s face it–criticism and rejection are really tough, and few of us know how to deal with them well. One of my first years as a college professor, I taught a graduate-level course on Learning.  I ended the semester feeling like it was a great experience. Unfortunately, as student ratings came in, my optimism quickly dwindled. The following are excerpts from one of the students in that class: I had no trust for…

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3 Tiny Mental Habits I Practice Every Morning – In Less Than 5 Minutes – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to self-improvement, it’s not just about changing our physical habits but also our mental habits. In what direction does your mind naturally tend to go? Do you focus more on the “positive” or “negative” in any given situation? Do you pay more attention to your “strengths” or your “weaknesses?” Happy and successful people tend to share similar beliefs and attitudes that help fuel their happiness and success. Some may have picked up these beliefs naturally (through their…

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How to Become Better, Not Bitter — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Allow life’s many pains and hardships to make you Better, not Bitter. To refine you like silver and purify you like gold. To turn your wounds into wisdom and all your difficulties into opportunities. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Life’s many challenges are meant to make us Better, not Bitter. But it all depends on how we choose to manage our moments of hardship, intense pain, and darkness. 10 Ways to Help You Become Better, Not Bitter 1. Intend to become…

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7 Ways Life Tells You It’s Time For a Change — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

There used to be many times on my journey when I got off my soul path and got myself stuck in life, and that’s the moment I knew it was time for a change. I didn’t feel happy at these times and I felt like I was dying and yet I was almost paralyzed with fear and not knowing which direction to choose. I remember that sensation very clearly.  Eventually, I did shift, but I really got life to force…

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The Dangers of the “Average of 5” Rule – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I have learned profound wisdom from Jim Rohn, but one thing he taught, which many other coaches echo, is that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. The advice around this is to surround yourself with people who already have aspects of the life that you want for yourself to elevate your station in life. One study confirmed that it’s not only the five people closest to you, but also the people…

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Why Failure Is Your New Best Friend — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

I used to think that when I made a mistake or didn’t do something “perfectly” I was a failure. In my mind, failing was not an option. It meant that I was not good enough, and therefore should stop doing anything that I didn’t succeed in immediately. If I didn’t think I’d be great at something, I didn’t attempt it because I thought it was safer than failing. This trend started early on when my mom signed me up for…

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My Final Soul Clarity Monthly Reading – Self Improvement Article

I wanted each of you to know that this will be my last monthly soul clarity reading. I know this announcement will come as a surprise to many of you (especially to those who have been part of my community for the eight years that I’ve been offering these readings on my site each month). And I know that while some of you won’t give it a second’s thought, some of you may feel all sorts of emotions about this…

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