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Hi... failte (Irish for welcome! and pronounced fall-thhha). I'm a newbie to blogging, here just over a year, but what a great year it has been! I've turned the corner to 50 recently and two things become more relevant...time and experiences! Material possessions are less important! Using time wisely and truly experiencing each day holds a new significance for me! If you wish..., a little of the back story... I''m blessed to be married to a kind and loving man for 28 years, we have two children now 19 and 21. As I approached 40 and searching for something more, whilst holding down my then part-time legal secretarial work, I trained as a voluntary adult literacy tutor, with the hope of helping adults improve their literacy skills and have a second, and better experience of learning! However, little did I think that wanting to help others improve their lives would see my own life improve beyond measure also! You see for years I found it difficult to know what to do as I watched our two children suffer at the hands of bullies. Their struggle began to change when I returned to education! Through education I slowly gained valuable knowledge, I grew in confidence and self-esteme and it had a ripple effect! By 2014, aged 47 I had completed a Higher Certificate in Literacy Development and a B.A. in Adult Education. I love my work as an adult educator, particularly when adults trust me enough to let down their defences and 'let me in'. Then I can help them by getting to know what makes them 'tic' and what 'lights their fire!'. As an added bonus along the way I've realised that I also have a love of writing and that writing is cathartic (providing psychological relief through written expression of built up emotions), both for my students and myself. This blog enables me to pursue that new-found interest and I've really enjoying reading your blogs, sharing comments, getting to know so many people and gaining new perspectives. I also like to share any little 'gems' of learning I've gathered along the way! Thanks for sharing your stories and for helping me realise that it is all possible...and that together we write a truly better story! Much love, Marie x

The Power is yours… Quote No. 6 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.6 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

 

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If you struggle with low confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, inferiority feelings or imposter syndrome which has been described as a feeling of being fake or believing you only achieved success because you were in the right place at the right time.  You may also believe you are not as competent as other work colleagues, other mothers, other bloggers, or you may struggle to accept praise or to bask in the glory of your achievements.  If any of these sound familiar to you then affirmations can help you to deal with and manage these challenges.

Talking about these challenges can help normalise them and help us realise that it’s ok to be human and to admit our struggles.

I’ve doubted my ability as an adult educator and I was able to overcome these doubts by reminding myself that “I am a competent and capable adult educator.”

Encouragement is a powerful tool!  Encourage Yourself  Encougage Others is a powerful tool kit.

What do you struggle with?

What affirmation do you use or might you use from now on?
Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (If you would like your own copy of Anne’s book send your enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

The Power is yours… Quote No. 9 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.9 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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I often find it helpful to withhold any action in the heat of the moment.  Doing nothing creates space for reflection.

What have you been unsure about lately?  What “positive action” did you take or was “doing nothing” a “positive action” for you?

 
Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

The Power is yours… Quote No. 11 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.11 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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This quote is particularly relevant now more than ever.  Don’t be afraid to “Honour and remember those you love in your way.”

We are a country with a long-standing tradition of showing our respects in remembering our deceased relatives, neighbours and friends. However, Covid19 restrictions have caused funeral traditions and services here in Ireland to change.

Now only a limited number of family members can attend a funeral wake and mass now.  That could limit a funeral size to ten or twenty family members only.

Relations, friends and neighbours have started forming a socially distanced line along the road side leading to the church or graveyard instead.  These changes are difficult for all concerned.  Respect how others cope with these changes.  Allow other to honour and remember those they love in their way.

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

The Power is yours… Quote No. 15 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.15 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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Make today the most amazing Sunday by putting these four lines into practice…

Then do it again tomorrow!

Let me know how you get on,  share the difficulties you encounter and share the highlights, encourage others by letting us know how remaining compassionate changed your day!

 

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

Flower Power Trip: Only .99 Kindle from 5/20 thru 5/24 — This Is My Truth Now

The 3rd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series is on sale for only .99 cents from 5/20 thru 5/24. You can download it to your Kindle here. This book was released on March 30th, 2019 and has been getting rave reviews from mystery fans all around the world. You can visit all the posts from…

via Flower Power Trip: Only .99 Kindle from 5/20 thru 5/24 — This Is My Truth Now

This morning I’m not posting an Encourage Yourself Encourage Others post so instead I’d like to Encourage Others; Jay, at This is My Truth Now, because I find when I do something to Encourage Others it Encourages Me!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day — Reclaiming HOPE

May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. In fact, the whole month of May is dedicated to raising awareness of fibromyalgia. Why is awareness important? Just

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Today I’d like to share Terri’s post where she has gathered a selection of posts to helps us thrive, not just survive with Fibromyalgia/CFS and she reminds us that

“May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.In fact, the whole month of May is dedicated to raising awareness of fibromyalgia.”

What could be more convenient as we continue to raise awareness than having all these dedicated bloggers and their blogs within easy reach!

The month is long, and lockdown longer still so we have the time and opportunity to educate ourselves a little more.  Happy reading and learning.

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

The Power is yours… Quote No. 17 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.17 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

 

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Unrealistic expectations; a very different animal to healthy expectations!  Have you encountered or employed unrealistic expectations?  What pain did they cause?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

The Power is yours… Quote No. 20 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.20 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

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When my children were bullied into silence, I hadn’t realised that I was bullied too.  It took professional support to help me see this.

I’ve had to relearn the importance of my own voice and how to use it to good effect.  My opinion matters and now, I can say it with confidence!

Have you had to relearn the importance of your own voice?  Are you confident that your opinion matters?
Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

Watching Glass Shatter: .99 for Kindle Version from 5/17 thru 5/21 — This Is My Truth Now

May is a big month. All of James J. Cudney’s books will be discounted for a few days at some point. This week, it’s Watching Glass Shatter, his debut 2017 novel about a family drama imploding from a bounty of secrets. Download the Kindle format here as it’s only .99 from 5/17 thru 5/21. Rumor has it…

via Watching Glass Shatter: .99 for Kindle Version from 5/17 thru 5/21 — This Is My Truth Now

Who doesn’t love a bargain especially if you have a little extra time on your hands because of lockdown.

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