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Relationship problems can arise when there is a faulty communication pattern. In this post, I talk about conversational narcissists, why they are the way they are and offer some tips, ideas and advice as to how to deal with such people in close relationships.

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Conversations and communication make up a big part of all relationships.

We all know that.

But do we know how to have an emotionally healthy communication pattern with others? Do we know how to spot unhealthy communication patterns? (Hint: there are lots).

We all communicate in different ways with various individuals, due to the differing dynamics we share.

Overtime, each relationship will develop a pattern of communication.

The problem with patterns is that a lot of them have glaring red or amber flags. And these build up over time, and are mostly allowed to fester with either party refusing to address them.

The longer the relationship, the more deeply-rooted these ‘problematic’ patterns can be as people settle into a comfortable status quo-type situation and are unwilling to do anything to change it.

I hope to make this an ongoing series, where I talk about the various types of challenging relationships and what you can do about them. In this post, I talk about how having someone in your life who has a self-centred pattern of communication can affect you, and how not having the right boundaries could leave you feeling very unimportant, unhappy and even used.

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Always feeling low on energy, tired and unable to accomplish things on your to-do list? As a result your productivity and time management is affected? You could be getting your energy levels wrong. Enter the Spoon Theory.

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How many spoons do you have in a day?

In other words, do you know what are the limits to your energy each day?

Do you over-estimate the energy you have available each day?

Are you constantly packing your days full and always feeling worn out?

What has spoons got to do with your energy anyway?

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Another great thing about solo travels? It's one of the best times to confront all of your fears and self-limiting beliefs. Here's how I overcame my top 5 fears on my recent solo trip!

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I just loveee solo trips. Doing whatever I want to do, no rules, no having to follow someone else’s schedule. Nada.

But before I set off for my solo trip to Europe a few months ago, I was quite apprehensive.

In fact, my fears were the reason why I’ve been planning such trips in my head for years but have never taken the steps to go on one.

But I’m happy to say that the trip gave me plenty of opportunities to confront my beliefs and learn from them.

What were these self-limiting beliefs then?

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14 things bloggers don’t tell you about blogging [Part 1]

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Wondering how to start a blog? Stuck and looking for blogging tips but always finding contradictory, confusing information? In this 3-part series, I share 14 truths about blogging, and debunk several myths that have been floating around about blogging that bloggers just don’t tell you. There is some great stuff out there but also some really misleading and downright dishonest information that some bloggers pass off as truth. What are they? Read on!

Having spent about close to 2 months away from my blog and the blogging sphere, some realisations have surfaced for me.

My blogging journey hasn’t been an extremely long one – 3 years give and take – but it has been a very eventful one.

I consider it a great part of my personal growth – it was part of my “opening up” and putting my voice out there. It also allowed me to be creative and to write whatever I felt strongly for.

But the entire process wasn’t all that easy.

There were plenty of mistakes made, time wasted and plenty of (unnecessary) money wasted. 

The blogging world can be hard to navigate. As a rookie blogger, who do you take advice from? How do you know what you are doing is right? 

You will come to realise alot of information can be contradictory and you’ll also see some of the “dark sides” of blogging. People pitching sub-par products and giving advice that is not only unhelpful, but downright dishonest. 

There are great bloggers with great products and advice out there, but sometimes it can be difficult to discern them from the rest of the crowd. 

In this 3-part series, I talk about 14 different things that I’ve come to realise about blogging. Yes, most of them aren’t gonna be super positive. But I do feel that some things need to be said. 

These are my personal experiences and are not in any way framed as facts. 

Presenting Part 1! 

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Going on a vacation whilst juggling exams, assignments and readings? Here are 8 Study tips and tricks for adults, college students and high school students who are balancing homework with sightseeing. I write about my 8 top organization and motivation tips, as I reflect on my recent solo trip, lugging around my laptop whilst keeping up with reading assignments and preparing for exams.

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Have you ever had to study, take exams or complete homework whilst on vacation?

I had to do all three recently when I went on a solo adventure recently which I blogged about here (Part 1, Part 2).

I happily booked all my hotels and bought all my train tickets etc before I checked my course schedule. Out of 7 weeks of lessons+exams, 3 of those co-incided with my vacation. GROAN. 

As if it couldn’t get any worse – my final exams co-incided with the last leg of my trip in London. Meaning that I’d have to spend a good two days researching and writing 4 essays and an online MCQ exam. To ace the MCQ you have to know most of the content at your fingertips, which meant I had to spend time doing extra revisions on my trip. (No, I didn’t do that in the end)

Whilst I’d have preferred not having to study AT ALL when I was vacationing, turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. You just need to figure some things out and make tiny adjustments along the way.

So if you have an upcoming trip where you’d be lugging around textbooks and homework, I’ve got some tips for you.

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Taking a solo trip as a woman for the first time? Europe was always on my bucket list, and travelling solo was the ultimate adventure for me. On my trip, I got all the time in the world to engage in self reflections, about life, my blog, my business, spirituality, and most importantly to get closer to my inner voice and to see how the law of attraction plays out. These are my thoughts. Part 2.

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So in Part 1 I talked about five things I learnt from my solo trip to Europe earlier this summer. 

I talked about getting used to listening to my inner voice, how I realised what ‘boundaries’ meant to me, how I engaged in overthinking constantly, as well as my reflections on the need for perfection and the unnecessary stresses I tend to put on myself back home. 

Here in Part 2, I explore 5 more reflections. 

 

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Taking a solo trip as a woman for the first time? Europe was always on my bucket list, and travelling solo was the ultimate adventure for me. On my trip, I got all the time in the world to engage in self reflections, about life, my blog, my business, spirituality, and most importantly to get closer to my inner voice and to see how the law of attraction plays out. These are my thoughts. Part 1
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Wow, I haven’t blogged for more than a month! I was taking a break from life, from blogging and my career; I took a month long solo trip to Europe and visited cities in the UK and Spain. 

Honestly, it was quite The Journey. I’ve always wanted to travel alone and I loved Europe. Contrary to what alot of people say/think, I think it’s a great place and rather safe. So when I had the means (time/money) to do it this year, I went for it. 

Of course, that didn’t mean I was free from all sorts of limiting beliefs about money and safety and what not come up for me. I wasn’t. But I still went through with it. And gosh it’s been the most awesome, life-changing thing I’ve been through so far. A lot of reflections and feelings came up for me during the trip. It felt like the Universe made this happen so that I could see things in my life even more clearly. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as I had set the intention to work on clearing my inner beliefs and thoughts earlier this year.

So, without further ado, here’s what came up for me on my trip. I hope it can spark off something for you as you embark on your own journey of self-care and self-love.

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Vision boards, positive affirmations, feeling good. You do these and more always so why aren't you manifesting money, jobs love and the dream life you desire? Why isn't the law of attraction working for you? Find out where you are going wrong!

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In part 1, I talked about 5 different reasons why the Law of Attraction isn’t working for you.

The Law of attraction can be “tough to get” at first. It involves a change in your entire being, your mindset, your thought patterns, your stories, your emotions, your beliefs.

These things have been hard-wired into us for such a long time. For some of us, we have been taught “faulty” lines of thinking since we were reallyyyy young. These are buried in our subconscious. And we might not even be aware of that! Undoing that is gonna take time.

And these posts aim to bring those beliefs/attitudes from your subconscious to the surface, to give you awareness and insight, and allow you to gently work through those issues.

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