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Clare Honeyfield on Isabella Blow, Jasper Conran and keeping a positive mindset


Because of the person I have been in the past, living in a ‘hostile’ world of ‘lack’, I work to keep a positive mindset and not to slip into old ways of thinking. I engage in activities which build new neural pathways and which make me feel stronger and more expansive.

I’ve recently been doing some specific work around actively looking for signs of abundance – or as Eloise Burton describes it, “wearing my abundance glasses”. 

I have found that “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. I hear this all the time in my coaching communities.

I was once in Mills Café yard with my three pre-school children and I saw Maggie Mills. She said she had been on a course about ‘Creating Your Own Reality’. I was taken aback as I was living on benefits in a council house, I felt stuck and things in my life were not good. “We all do it all the time,” Maggie continued. In that one moment my whole perspective on life changed. A few short months later I started running Made in Stroud makers’ markets in St Laurence Church Hall. They moved to the Sub Rooms Ballroom where I met Isabella Blow, who was a great cheerleader for the concept. 

Years later I launched the first Stroud farmers market in Cornhill helped by Issy and Jasper Conran. That was 25 years ago on 3 July, and during that time I have had a fluctuating relationship with abundance and creating wealth in my life and those around me. I have experienced great lows and great highs. The best thing about ‘doing the work’ is the ripple effect on the wider community and making my life and the lives of others better.

I don’t do it perfectly, but it’s a priority for me. It’s my happy place. And it’s a joy to share with others.

Clare x 

Clare Honeyfield is a high-performance coach working with creators, change-makers and rule-breakers for a better world.  Clare is the founder of Small Talk at the Long Table, ‘All Stroud’ Networking at The Stroud Hotel, Stroud farmers’ market, The Made in Stroud Shop and author of ‘Artisan Stroud’.


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