Life’s Big Moments are the Ones You Don’t Expect to Happen

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” When I first heard it, I agreed with Forrest Gump’s credo in the same-titled movie, and it wasn’t only because of my chocoholic tendencies, or Tom Hanks playing such an unusual but highly likeable character. I have always had this view about life as something more than the…

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The Trouble with Happiness, and the Forgotten Path to Fulfilment

A series of encounters with human behavioural specialist Dr Demartini changed my interpretation of happiness and provided me with an unexpected secret to lasting fulfilment. Happiness or Fulfilment? “I prefer the term ‘fulfilment’ and not ‘happiness,’” replied human development specialist Dr Demartini in an interview I conducted for an online publication I had timidly started a few years ago. My question was: How do you…

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The Positive Side of (Self-)Doubt: Why Doubting Makes You Stronger

What if doubt could make you stronger and wiser? In this essay, I explore five reasons why I believe doubt can be a powerful ally in your self-improvement journey. In a world craving for security and certainty, doubting (yourself) is an inescapable reality. It brings fear of the unknown, negativity and paralyzing thoughts. But it doesn’t have to spell disaster. Since the dawn of time,…

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Why Love Does Not Last

How do you see romantic love? Is love a one-way destination to the one you perceive as your soulmate, or it is more like a ‘moving goal,’ one that resembles so much the passion and obsession you crave throughout your life? And if it is the latter, what are your chances to a long-lasting epic romance with your current partner? You can easily un-love after…

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Simple Ways to Bring Balance in Your Life

A life coach I consulted once told me that growth happens during times of rest, not of activity as often believed. She used the analogy of the bodybuilder or athlete who knows that training is required to exercise muscles, but that actual rebuilding happens during restorative periods, not training. If you are a gym enthusiast or doing a form of exercise to improve your figure,…

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How a NLP Coach Taught Me to Deal with Inner Criticism and Build Self-Confidence

So you have a dream, and you are willing to give it a try, if only the voice inside your head stops barging in to remind you why you cannot do it. A few years back, I took a group coaching course with a local accredited neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) teacher, which focused on creating a life of choice by manifestation, and not default. The premise…

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Be Here Now: A Guide to Happiness

Are you happy? Or are you still looking for the ‘magical feeling’? Think of an inner journey to your happy place. Where would you start? Picture this: You are living in the age of busyness, of having and doing, surrounded by the universal voice of society, peers and the media. You are told to work more, earn more, have more. You are encouraged to set…

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Book Publishing is a Business, Plain and Simple

“There are lots of clichés surrounding book publishing. ‘Everyone has a book inside them’ is the favourite. ‘Write about what you know’ is another. ‘To be an authority you first have to be an author’.” “Actually all three clichés have merit but what they fail to transmit is that book publishing is a business, plain and simple,” says Georgina Hatch, a South African award-winning journalist…

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Why e-publishing on Amazon Kindle is a good idea for writers

I have finally met Len du Randt and PW Pretorius for coffee on a warm spring day in Pretoria. I had seen Len before at the occasional braai (barbecue), and I was eager to know more about his business, ClaW Publishing which he launched back in 2012, together with his friend PW Pretorius.  They both dedicate themselves full time to publishing e-books for Amazon Kindle,…

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Book Review: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In light of Dr Wayne W Dyer’s unfortunate recent passing, I am sharing a few thoughts about one of his most inspiring books that I am blessed to have in my collection: “Change Your Thoughts, Change your Life – Living the Wisdom of the Tao.” (Hay House) In the popular motivational author’s words, “this is a book that will forever change the way you look…

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