Author: Rowena Mabbott (page 1 of 9)

How knowing your strengths makes you happier

We each have strengths. There are personality strengths, physical strength, spiritual strength and so on.

I want to talk about the strengths, or talents, that help make us who we are.  The skills, abilities and talents, that when we are operating within them, bring us enormous joy in our life, a sense of purpose and satisfaction.

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Honouring your Memories: creating a memory box

Using a memory box helps honour our memories, whilst getting organised.  

It’s nearly the end of March, a new season is upon us and New Year’s resolutions feel like a long time ago.  With the Easter long weekend coming up, you might be contemplating either heading away or tackling a home organisation project.

One area of home organisation we often put off is tackling sentimental items. 

Today, I am going to share how we can get organised whilst honouring our memories, with a memory box.

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Designing your Season: It’s Okay to Plan

It’s March, and only a week or so into the official change of season – perfect timing to begin planning.  A new three-month period, full of potential and opportunity is upon us, ready to be designed to suit you.

The new season can be an ideal time to consider what you want from your life.  But not necessarily on a large-scale (after all, it’s not New Year!).  Rather, consider how do you want to feel in 3 months time?  When the season changes again, what would you like to have achieved or done?

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The joy of letting go: making the most of life transitions

There are many times in our lives when we desire to find joy by letting things go.  Possibly the most challenging and yet potentially most rewarding, is the joy of letting go during major life transitions.

Life transitions are an opportunity to let go of your own limitations, expectations and the constructs that keep you playing small.  Discarding the beliefs that stop you doing what you want to do.  Times of significant life change are ideal to reconsider what you truly desire and let go of everything else.

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Interviews with Inspiring Women: Upset to Set-up – Ann-Maree Imrie

Welcome to the ‘Upset to Set-Up’ Series: Interviews with Inspiring Women

This quarterly interview series shines a spotlight on inspiring women and shares their stories of resilience in the face of upset.  Here we interview women who have overcome significant tragedy, loss or upset and used that experience to set themselves up in a new and different way.  They have turned their upset into a set-up.  Each guest generously shares what they have been through to find the joy in life.

Ann-Maree Imrie

Ann-Maree with Kai and “You Could Have Been…”

Today we meet Ann-Maree Imrie.

Ann-Maree is a social worker and author of the children’s picture book, ‘You Could Have Been…’

Ann-Maree used the grief she felt after the stillbirth of her first son to write a book for bereaved parents to read to their child who died, or didn’t survive a pregnancy.  It’s filled with a parent’s wonder of who their child could have been if they’d had the chance to grow up. The book is written to the child, so a parent can talk to them about their lost hopes and dreams, but most importantly, their love.

Ann-Maree is an inspiring woman and mother, and I know you will love learning more about her in this interview.

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Creating a bucket list: It’s Okay to Dream

Creating a bucket list is a popular thing to do.  But I must confess, until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t have one.  And I hadn’t given the creation of one much thought either, until a comment from a friend let me know that an experience I had recently, was on her bucket list.  It got me thinking; maybe I should create a bucket list.

But first I needed to find out, what exactly was a bucket list and what was the benefit of one?

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How to avoid self-sabotage

Self-sabotage can occur when we are attempting to change a habit or improve ourselves (hello new year’s resolutions!). Just like when we are in a time of transition and are needing and wanting to make changes in our life, we can, unfortunately be our own worst enemy.

This time of year, when we are just a few weeks into the New Year, the resolutions we made a couple of weeks ago can already be starting to feel a little challenging.  Regardless of how deeply we desire to change and feel better, we can find ourselves resisting change, or worse; actively sabotaging our own efforts to either seek support or make positive changes in our lives.

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How to set inspiring goals for the new year: 3 simple tips

Happy New Year!  And welcome to 2018.   Here we are, only a day or so into the New Year, and perhaps, like me, you are using this holiday time to rest, recharge and connect with your loved ones. You may also be taking stock of 2017 and, like many of us, setting some new goals for this year.

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The life changing magic of being kind: It’s Okay to be kind

It’s okay to be kind.  Kindness is what everyone is talking about (along with mindfulness), right?   Everyone from your boss, your friends and the Uber driver is talking about kindness, and it seems like kindness is having a moment.  But surely, we should all be kind, all of the time?

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The importance of knowing your why

“Why?”

It’s a question every parent of a toddler faces multiple times a day.  But it’s also commonly asked of us in adult conversations too.  Whether we are a corporate high-flyer, a stay at home mum, a working mum, or any other combination, it’s hard to escape the question; ‘What is your why?’

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