Here’s what happened when I called a grandmother out for lying

The 82 year-old laughed as she told me  “I’m too old to use a computer.”

It got me thinking about how I know people in their nineties who can easily navigate around an android tablet, a laptop or iPhone.

Age has nothing to do with it. Hers was a self-imposed restriction.

To put it bluntly, some people choose to adapt to new circumstances and accept the adventure of changing times, whilst others, well, they just make excuses.

There are areas of life where most of us make excuses here and there. I know I do sometimes.

But there are times when self-imposed restrictions limit our joy in life. They can hold us back – or worse, make us feel a little bit less valuable than other people. We could feel left out of modern life, as did the 82 year-old I mentioned.

When you sense self-imposed restrictions in yourself, it may be worthwhile to acknowledge these and ask whether it’s really helpful or not to impose these restrictions. What might you gain by loosening up on the “I can’ts” a bit?

I’m happy to say that the 82 year-old now enjoys her android tablet and is a Candy Crush Saga addict!

So, unleash yourself from any useless self-imposed restrictions!

Finding inspiration inside a Hawaiian volcano

Downing margaritas on the beach for a week has never been my favourite way to spend a vacation. My whale-belly-white skin could never tolerate it. Besides, I prefer adventures off the beaten path, usually out of range of any wi-fi or data service.

My most recent off-grid adventure took me inside an active volcano for some much-needed energy and inspiration. Continue reading “Finding inspiration inside a Hawaiian volcano”

Positive self-talk using guided imagery

  • All-or-nothing thinking

  • Discounting the positive

  • Jumping to conclusions

  • Self-blame

All of us experience these types of negative self-talk from time to time. Things like “I should have known better!” and “I’m such an idiot”. That’s why positive self-talk is so important. Learning to build ourselves up and be our own cheerleader can really create a positive change in thinking. Continue reading “Positive self-talk using guided imagery”