The Gift of Creativity

The Gift of Creativity

When we think of creativity we often think of art and painting or beautiful crafts. And if we're not very good at any of those things we make statements like "I'm not creative". Except we're ALL creative in our own way. I used to say "I'm not creative" regularly...

The Gift of Desire

The Gift of Desire

It’s that time of year where we turn our thoughts to 2020 to what we want to accomplish next year.  And of course it's a new decade which is even more exciting.  And 2020 has such a lovely ring to it don't you think? It’s been several years since I’ve set any goals at...

Rules, happy endings and stifled creativity!

Rules, happy endings and stifled creativity!

But it’s supposed to have a happy ending! If you’re like me and you don’t like hearing the end of a story you’ve not read or watched, be warned there’s a spoiler alert coming. I’ve just finished watching a television series called Sanditon based on an unfinished Jane...

Why I’m ditching my big bold money goal

Why I’m ditching my big bold money goal

I’ve had quite an adventure with planning and goal setting.  Back in January 2017 I'd stopped setting goals completely and of course shared my experience in a blog post. However in the past few months I’ve started to appreciate the value of goals and came up with a 90...

Who ya gonna call?

Who ya gonna call?

One of the things I’ve noticed many business owners find challenging, is picking up the phone and calling people – whether it’s to ask for help, reaching out to past clients and prospects, contacting new leads, indeed contacting anyone with a view to that contact...

Are you paying lip service to your dreams?

Are you paying lip service to your dreams?

Over the past few months I’ve been having a lot more calls – especially sales calls.  Having not done any for several years it’s been really fun getting back into it. However this morning I had a call scheduled - and despite sending a reminder, the person I was due to...

The Magic of Saying No

The Magic of Saying No

I woke up like I do most mornings with a desire to write. But the question was: do I write in my journal or write a blog post? I had an insight this morning as I was laying in bed - a follow on from many insights I have been having this week about my writing – and...

The Battle between Marketing and Being Authentic

The Battle between Marketing and Being Authentic

I’ve just returned from an incredible transformation retreat where the underlying mechanics of something I’ve been grappling with for many years were revealed to me. For many years I have struggled with my writing.  If you’ve been following me and reading my blogs...

Key Learnings from Big Bold Announcements that go Pear Shaped

Key Learnings from Big Bold Announcements that go Pear Shaped

On July 1st I made a big bold announcement - when will I learn to not do that! I said I was going to do Sarah Arrow’s 30 day blogging challenge once again because I needed to hone my writing muscle and I believed this was the best way to do it. I started strong on Day...

Introducing…. Transformational Sales

Introducing…. Transformational Sales

When I first started out in business 15 years ago I joined an international business development organisation.  I learnt all about Direct Response Marketing and it blew me away.  Although I’d been working in sales and marketing for 7 years I felt like I knew nothing...

The Space of “Not Knowing”

The Space of “Not Knowing”

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, connected with my email community or been active on Facebook. Why? Because I haven’t felt I had anything to share – and I didn’t want to share something (anything) because the rules say “you have to be consistent and...

What a broken arm taught me about business systems!

I have a love/hate relationship with systems.  As a business owner I know how hugely valuable systems are – but as someone who likes to go with the flow, follow my inspiration and do things that fill my heart with joy – systems can often feel very restrictive. And the...

The Gift of Trust

The Gift of Trust

It’s the final day of my 30 day blogging challenge. Yay!  I did it! But as I was on my daily walk I could feel the familiar battle beginning in my head – what should I write about. The voice that has been quiet over the past 29 days because I always had tomorrow, and...

The Gift of Kindness

The Gift of Kindness

I’m not sure kindness featured in the original list of gifts I made two weeks ago but it is one that is on my mind now and it feels fitting to write about it. You see it is 7:48pm on a Saturday night and in truth the last thing I want to do is write a blog post.  I’d...

The Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Compassion

So as I was preparing to write this post, the first thing I did was look up the meaning of compassion.  This is what the online dictionary states: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others I have to say I don’t like that definition. It...

The Gift of Abundance

The Gift of Abundance

Abundance – a beautiful word meaning: a very large quantity of something Whenever I think of abundance I always think of the air that we breathe. You see we often strive for abundance or wealth, or financial freedom, yet if we had no air to breathe we’d be dead within...

The Gift of Awareness

The Gift of Awareness

One of the key things that has shifted over the past few years is my perspective on life. And the gift I want to share today has probably made the biggest difference in my life: The Gift of Awareness Or as I tend to see it on a day to day basis “simply noticing” If...

The Gift of Judgement

The Gift of Judgement

I’ve written about judgment before: https://www.melinaabbott.com/judgement-is-the-glue-that-keeps-us-stuck/ And it makes me smile reading back my own words and remembering the struggle I had with writing. A struggle that went on for several years. Caused…. by a fear...

The Gift of Desire

The Gift of Desire

It’s that time of year where we turn our thoughts to 2019 to what we want to accomplish next year. It’s been several years since I’ve set any goals at the turn of the year – over the past few years I’ve preferred to see what life has in store for me and follow the...

The Gift of Appreciation

The Gift of Appreciation

Appreciation – such a beautiful word. It means: Recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. A full understanding of a situation. I often sit (or stand) back and look at my life with appreciation.  How wonderful life feels right now and how...

The Gift of Creativity

The Gift of Creativity

When we think of creativity we often think of art and painting or beautiful crafts. And if we're not very good at any of those things we make statements like "I'm not creative". Except we're ALL creative in our own way. I used to say "I'm not creative" regularly...

The Gift of Joy

The Gift of Joy

We tend to think of feeling joy when things are going well. And of course it’s easy to be joyful when life is good. However I’ve discovered that in truth instead of joy being something we experience when things are going well – joy is actually something which comes...

The Gift of Nourishment

The Gift of Nourishment

Interestingly I sat down to write about the Gift of Appreciation today but nothing was flowing. So I looked to see what other gifts I could write about and the Gift of Nourishment leapt out of me. Quite topical for this busy time of year when there are endless jobs to...

The Gift of Consistency

The Gift of Consistency

Many people have told me they are inspired by my blogging challenge – they are cheering me on and are impressed at my dedication. I’m impressed myself because had I undertaken this challenge at the beginning of 2018 there was no way I would have blogged consistently...

The myth that is: “It’s about them not you”

If you’ve been on any marketing training you will have heard the expression “it’s about them, not you”. What that means is, it’s not about what you want to create and sell – it’s about what your clients want to buy – and by closely aligning what you’re offering with...

All is not what it seems!

All is not what it seems!

A few years ago I was at an event totally enthralled by one of the speakers. She was amazing – the whole audience loved her. She was an expert in her field, authentic and spoke with such integrity – everyone wanted to learn from her. I was in awe of who she was and...

How our sabotaging patterns impact our pricing

How our sabotaging patterns impact our pricing

How much should I charge? This is a question that gets asked a lot, and one many people (including me) agonise over! No matter what business we’re in – whether we’re selling shampoo, clothing, consultancy, coaching – or even doing Airbnb - there’s a huge price range....

If you’re in business, are you charging enough?

If you’re in business, are you charging enough?

Today I wanted to take a bit of a detour to what I've been blogging about recently and share a business post I wrote 5 years ago - about selling.  And specifically - pricing and that old chestnut of a question "what should I charge". Since I wrote this post I have a...

Practicing the art of receiving

Practicing the art of receiving

Christmas is a time of giving. I love to give gifts! I put a lot of thought and love into sending gifts I think people will like.  I don't always get it right but I hope people can feel the effort and love that goes into it. However there was a time when I would give...

Do you feel unappreciated?

Do you feel unappreciated?

There's nothing worse than putting your heart and soul into something and it going totally unappreciated by those around you.This used to happen to me a lot - but it's one of the things that has totally shifted for me in recent years.I recorded a video to...

If you ever think “Oh no, why was I so stupid” read this:

If you ever think “Oh no, why was I so stupid” read this:

I was scrolling though Facebook (as you do) when I saw this in my feed: It turns out this person paid £400 for a phone and then the person she paid disappeared off the face off the earth!  She had paid via Paypal but used the friends and family option which has little...

What will transform your life is a shift in perspective

What will transform your life is a shift in perspective

Today I went to a networking meeting in my home town.  As I hadn’t done any face to face networking for over a year, I was slightly apprehensive about going (you had to give the 1 minute spiel which I’m not a big fan of) but I was also excited.  I had been...

Is fighting your natural rhythm holding you back?

Is fighting your natural rhythm holding you back?

How well do you know your own rhythm and process? Are you familiar with how you operate naturally?  Or how you might be sabotaging your own natural rhythm which in turn perpetuates a “not good enough” story? This is something I’ve been exploring over the past...

Are blueprints, systems, and step-by-step formulas holding you back?

Are blueprints, systems, and step-by-step formulas holding you back?

Do you ever hesitate doing something because you’re concerned it might not work? That something sounds great but you don’t say yes because you’re worried it won’t deliver the outcome you want?  Or maybe you’re afraid you won’t follow through? We’re even more cautious...

Not Enough Hours in the Day?

Not Enough Hours in the Day?

  Is a lack of time something that stops you doing all the things you’d love to do?  Often we’re so busy doing everything we have to do – going to work, running a busy, endless meetings, bringing up a family, cooking, cleaning, supporting others – that’s there’s...

My 30 Day Blogging Challenge (it’s official, I’m crazy!)

My 30 Day Blogging Challenge (it’s official, I’m crazy!)

So here we are, exactly one week into December and the craziness of Christmas.  Every year I tell myself “next year I’ll be more organised and start preparing for Christmas sooner”.  And every year December 1st comes round and all I’ve done is start thinking about...

Marianne Williamson’s presidential campaign and my open wound!

Marianne Williamson’s presidential campaign and my open wound!

3 weeks ago I wrote to my email community inspired to share something that had moved me to tears.  Marianne Williamson is campaigning to stand for President. My FB feed was full of the news and it touched me so deeply I felt compelled to share it with my community. ...

Contrary to popular belief, we cannot control our thoughts

Contrary to popular belief, we cannot control our thoughts

It’s day 2 of my 30 day blogging challenge! “What shall I write about today?” I ask myself. Quickly followed by: “It doesn’t matter Melina, pick a topic and write!  You don’t have time to spend hours choosing!” “Ooh but should I talk about magic being in the moment...

The most tedious blog post ever written

The most tedious blog post ever written

I’m sat here, at my desk doing my usual (frustrating) thing of “struggling to write to you” (it’s getting very tedious!) Having a gazillion (ok half a dozen) topics of what I could write about that you’d probably find helpful/interesting/inspiring. I could: Share some...

I was moved to tears when I saw this

I had an email all written ready to send today but I saw something in my Facebook feed this morning which moved me to tears. I learned that Marianne Williamson is seeking to become the 2020 Democratic candidate to run for President of the United States. And all I...

Letting Go of Sabotaging Patterns and Limiting Stories

Letting Go of Sabotaging Patterns and Limiting Stories

There are moments when I wish I just had a job – a job I could go to, work my hours, know exactly what I’m doing, do it, and go home. I experienced one of those moments last week, as I struggled – yet again – to write a newsletter to my email subscribers.  I figured...

Does setting Big Hairy Audacious Goals motivate you or drain you?

Over the past few years I’ve been questioning everything. Everything I’ve believed about myself, about the world, about the divine, about “right” and “wrong”, about the way things work… I regularly ask myself “is this really true?” And one of the things I’ve noticed...

6am starts, accountability and support!

6am starts, accountability and support!

For the past 5 days I have been getting up at 6am. Which may seem like no big deal if you’re an early riser – but for me it’s huge because “I don’t do mornings!” I love nothing better than a lie in! So when my mentor suggested an experiment of 6am starts I thought it...