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Learning to be who we really are


Clare Honeyfield is a transformational coach, yoga teacher, and director of The Made in Stroud Shop; farmers’ market founder and coach working with entrepreneurs and creatives.

What a year!! So much to think about, so much to adjust to, so much to let go of. So much loss, so much quiet time, so much solitude. 

What if we come out of this with a new attitude? What if we become our own cheerleaders and cheerleader for those around us?

Certainly, we have had to dig very deep this year.

Maybe we need a new vision, maybe it’s about thinking about what we can offer and what difference we can make to people’s lives, offering solutions and good vibes?

I speak to so many people with great ideas and great products who just don’t want to shout too loudly about their brand because they don’t want to be seen as ‘over confident’. In fact, you could say our culture encourages us not to be too great, not to be too outstanding, and not to be too fabulous.

What if we turned that around and allowed ourselves to be all that we are? To fulfill our potential and to really shine? 

With all of the uncertainty in our lives at the moment, creating our own certainty is a gift we can give to ourselves. 

“I am” are the two most powerful words we can say to ourselves, and we can choose to change our self-talk from negative to positive. I write my own affirmations and often read them out loud before starting my day. As crazy as this sounds, we each have tens of thousands of thoughts a day. Research has found that around 80% of these are negative and around 98% repetitive – so we are walking around thinking the same thing over and over again. When we stop to think about it, this is so accurate. So starting the day with some positive affirming thoughts actually gives us a head start. And when I’m writing my own affirmations I always think the more absurd it feels, the better.

Because I don’t know about you, but I think my body and mind deserve a little positive boost at least once a day. And when we are kind to ourselves, it’s so much easier to be kind to others.

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