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...

Where’s your “Happy Place”?

Where’s your “Happy Place”?

I first heard the term “happy place” last year.   It was a description of the holiday destination of a dear friend of mine. Within a couple of days I then heard several other people mention their “happy place”. It really had an impact on me – this concept of a “happy...

Holding Space

Holding Space

“Holding Space” was not the topic I intended writing about when I sat down this morning!  And indeed like all my writing this email has meandered and changed course several times prior to it appearing here! Over the past few months (probably the past few...

Following our heart is good for our physical health and well-being

Following our heart is good for our physical health and well-being

If you’ve ever wondered why things seem to work wonderfully for some people and not for others no matter how hard they try, chances are it’s because what they’re doing (or trying to do) is out of alignment with who they are. Being human we have a tendency to put a LOT...

Our deepest, darkest fears and innermost desires

Our deepest, darkest fears and innermost desires

Last week I wrote a blog post entitled “When ….then …. the search for that final missing piece” You can read it here:  https://www.melinaabbott.com/when-then-the-search-for-that-final-missing-piece Well, that post nearly didn’t get published! Before I uploaded it I...

When … then … the search for that final missing piece

When … then … the search for that final missing piece

So here I am, once again with a blank screen in front of me, wondering what to write. To simply start and see what flows? Or pick a topic and write something that will educate, inspire and help move you forward on your own journey to …. To …. Which is where I always...

Frustrated you’re not achieving everything you want?

Frustrated you’re not achieving everything you want?

Over in Wonderland we are exploring our relationship with time. This week we’ve been looking at getting things done and how distractions often get in the way! You know, you wake up in the morning with lots of plans (usually in your head), but then one thing leads to...

The Art of Receiving

The Art of Receiving

In the past month in my Facebook Group we have been exploring The Art of Receiving – and in particular how to receive what you truly want.  If you’d like to join the conversation you can do so by clicking on the link below and asking to join:  Join the conversation...

The soft gentle whispers of your soul

The soft gentle whispers of your soul

Yay!  Another day of glorious sunshine.  Isn't there something about sunlight that just lifts your spirits? At last spring has arrived. And what never ceases to amaze me is how quickly things can change – in just a few days flowers are blooming and the trees are...

Time to Fly

Time to Fly

Somewhere deep inside of you there’s a part of you that wants to be unleashed. A part of you that wants to sing, to dance, to laugh, to run, to fly... A part of you that craves freedom above everything else. It’s time … Time for that part of you to come...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I recorded a brief video whilst out walking the dog to wish you a very Happy New Year. I hope 2018 brings you all your heart's desires.

What do you really want?

What do you really want?

What do you really want? (When I ask those words I always hear the Spice Girls singing – which I think is probably the perfect juxtaposition between something very deep and profound and something very light-hearted and trivial). I believe asking the question “what do...

How good are you at receiving?

How good are you at receiving?

I believe that the number of gifts we receive is directly proportional to how good we are at receiving. And I am talking about all gifts – support, love, help … not just actual physical gifts. Several years ago I went through a phase of winning something in every...