Friday, 20 January 2017

The Law of Attraction

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Let me begin my acknowledging that the Law of Attraction is a huge concept - much larger than one article, or ten - it's the kind of thing people spend their entire lives studying, preaching, writing books about, experiencing... it's a whole way of life, really.

That said, it's important to understand two things going into this article:
1. I am new to the Law of Attraction, especially compared to a lot of people out there writing and researching the concept, and,
2. This is a fundamental understanding - this article is an introduction to the intricacies of the LoA, and a kickstart to encourage you all to look further into this concept on your own.

With that aside, let's jump straight in -

What is the Law of Attraction? Essentially, this is a universal/philosophical idea or way of thinking and living that is based off one simple concept: what you put into the world is what you attract, and that as a result, if you exude positivity into the universe, then you already have, are and live everything you desire.

Sound crazy? I thought so, too, but keep reading, open your mind, and let your preconceptions down - it all makes sense, if you let it.

The Law of Attraction centers around the notion that time is linear - that is, the past, present and future are all equal realities. In accepting the linear nature of time, you knock down any barriers that stand between you and your desires, such as the time it takes to attain them, the difficulty of the path towards them, and most importantly, your uncertainty about whether or not what you want will actually materialize around you.

For example, if you want a pizza in the present, you actually already have that pizza in the future - and because the future is simply an equal reality, you have the pizza.

"But I don't have a pizza!" - you're yelling this at me right about now, aren't you?

Let's phrase it this way: if you want the pizza in the present, and truly, wholeheartedly believe that you have that pizza already in your future reality, then you're going to take the necessary steps to attaining that pizza here, now, today, aren't you? If you believe you have the pizza, then you're going to go online, order a pizza, pay for the pizza (i hope?) and have your pizza.

I admit, pizza was a silly example, but necessary; now that i've laid out the steps in your mind about how, let's apply the same pathway to something bigger - something more long-term; something that (hopefully) means more to you than that pizza.

Let's say you really want to lose twenty pounds. That's your resolution, or your goal, or you've been trying and trying and trying for months to do so, without success. Now, if possible, believe within you that you already have lost the weight. Think hard, open your mind, imagine fiercely; you are twenty pounds lighter, you look like you did when you were five years younger, you have more energy than you ever thought possible, everyone is telling you how great you look.

There - you've lost twenty pounds.

Almost. Whilst believing that you already have or are the thing you most desire is the single, most important part of the Law of Attraction (and I mean really believe it, you can't fool your own mind), then you're naturally going to start taking the necessary steps to get yourself there.

If you believe you are twenty pounds lighter, that you live that fit-brunch-long-walk-kickboxing type of lifestyle you always wanted to embody - if you really believe that you already are that girl, looking that way, running that fast, then you will live like her, too. If the 'dream you' wakes up at 6am to go to yoga every morning, has green tea with her breakfast, and walks to work instead of driving, then the moment you believe that you are that girl, guess who's going to be doing all those things? You.

Soon enough, that twenty pounds will be history, you'll be running a half marathon, loving your oatmeal and green tea... it all comes down to now, and having unequivocal faith in yourself, that if you already have achieved your goals in the future, then there's nothing stopping you today.


I'm aware that for a lot of people, this can be a stretch (maybe a huge stretch) - but it's an important one. Once you realize that exuding negative vibes into the universe - stress, resentment, grudges, self-loathing, hatred, gossip - returns into your life only more negativity, your life begins to shift. You constantly exude more positivity - you spread love, starting only with yourself, and welcome love in abundance into your every day.

As I mentioned, the inner workings of this process are complicated (way complicated), so I'll break it up, and end this post here. I'll write a separate article on how to implement the Law of Attraction into your daily life, but for now, read and re-read this basic understanding, broadening your mind each time to accept the linearity of time, and the power of your future self that is actually within you, here, now, today.

Your goals are not in front of you, nor behind you: you goals are you.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Everyday Tips For Clearer Skin



For most of us, whether you're thirteen or twenty-three, attaining and maintaining clear skin is both a struggle and a priority. Having clear skin provides confidence, which we all know can lead to a whole world of things; you’re more willing to go out, your more comfortable in your own skin, etc.

I’ll admit straight up that genetics have a lot to do with skin; your hormones and any family history of acne, dryness, oily skin etc., are - unfortunately - a part of who you are. That said, to simply give into these factors would be a mistake. There are a number of things that everyone can consciously do each and every day to improve the health, vitality and glow of their skin.

  1. Drink more water. This is one of the most popular pieces of advice when it comes to healthy skin, and not for no reason. Dehydration affects absolutely every aspect of your body, from brain function, to metabolism, to skin. Even if you have problems with oily skin, drying your face out via dehydration limits your body’s ability to heal itself, which is the primary role of the skin when it comes to acne and curing acne. 
  2. Use headphones. Today, it’s unbelievably rare for any of us to go anywhere without our phones - admit it, you even bring your phone to the bathroom with you, don't you? Naturally, our phone screens are going to be covered in germs, be it from your fingers, your pocket, your handbag, the desktop you put it on, etc. Placing this screen [even if you clean it with a screen wipe] onto your ear/face when you make a call places those germs directly onto your skin, literally forcing bad bacteria to settle in your skin. Instead, make the decision to look like you’ve gone crazy as you walk down the street talking to your BFF via a set of earphones.
  3. Wash your sheets. We all do this [I hope?] at least every two weeks [If you don’t, maybe make that your 2017 resolution…], but what about your pillowcase? If you really want to see a difference to your skin, it doesn’t make sense to wash the very thing it rests on for 8-10 hours every night the same amount as the sheets that your feet lay in, does it? Ideally, washing your pillowcase every 3 days is good to aim for, but if this is just unreasonable for you, try to at least do it weekly, or have two pillows so you can sleep on one for a few nights and then the other before doing a linen wash.
  4. Keep your hands off. As touched upon in the problem surrounding phone screen germs, your hands are actually the dirtiest part of your body. It makes sense then that constantly fluttering around your face with your hands is going to leave traces of oil, dirt and bacteria all over. The key here is to not only stop playing with your skin or touching your face, but monitoring your subconscious movements, e.g. if you rest your chin in your hand when you’re bored in class.
  5. Swap coffee for tea. Please don’t hate me - it’s for the best. I’m not saying no coffee, because I can straight up guarantee you that I’m not willing to do that, and therefore wouldn’t ask such an absurdity of you, either. However, coffee can cause breakouts in some people [not everyone], so either cutting back or taking a break from coffee could be a good way to see if you notice any changes in your skin and find out if you're one of those people.
  6. Take off your make up. Make up itself has been demonized for skin problems, breakouts and virtually every other problem under the sun when it comes to teenage and young adult women - and I don’t entirely disagree with this demonization [read my post on giving up makeup here], however I truly believe that it’s not the makeup itself making you breakout, but rather, not taking it off. If you go out at night and fall asleep with a face full of foundation, or workout with your perfectly contoured cheekbones, you allow sweat, dirt and grime to not only settle onto your face, but the makeup prevents it from having a chance to get off, as well. Oh, and if you’re not changing that pillowcase regularly, then you’re also sleeping in last weekend’s makeup residue, too… 
  7. Tie it back. Your hair naturally carries with it a whole lot of oil [mostly healthy, if you wash it often enough], which - if always down, dirty and/or pressed against your face - transfers onto your skin. You know how the story goes by now: tie your hair back whenever you can, especially if it’s dirty [it also looks less oily tied back, fun fact] to keep it off your face and unable to transfer onto your gorgeous face.
  8. Watch what you eat. Yep, another super common tip, yet again, not without reason. If you suffer from zits/acne, then you need to acknowledge and understand exactly what acne is: whilst blackheads can be formed from dirt in the pores [and blackheads can turn into spots], acne is more commonly a symptom of something going wrong on the inside. If you’ve got zits that persist despite your routine wash, cleanse, tone, pillow-cleaning, earphone-talking habits, it’s likely that they are resulting from inside. Healing your gut with macronutrients, fresh fruit and vegetables and a range of vitamins every day literally feeds your body the nourishment it needs to heal itself.

Above all, remember that your skin is a [massive] organ, and thus, requires as much attention when it comes to proper health and functioning as any other part of your body. Don’t forget to love yourself as you are in order to fully appreciate your skin at its best, and don’t ever ever judge another person’s skin, either. What goes around comes around, so spread love and kindness and your life will be filled with plenty.

Love,

Annabel

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

How to Stick to Your Resolutions


In a follow-up to my previous post [I know it was a while ago, I'm sorry, Paris made me a little off-radar...], you know that I believe there is a method/art/skill in setting resolutions - making them specific, attainable, filled with passion - all that good stuff. That said, setting a resolution isn't the hard part - it's keeping it.

Now, assuming that you've set your resolution in some kind of attainable manner [you can check out my tips on making sure what you're striving for is within a realm of both enthusiasm and workability], you should find yourself in a pretty good place to start. Right now, at the beginning of this 'resolution period', we'll call it, you should be filled with joy, excitement, motivation, self love and ambition. Harnessing these things and putting them into action is the key to success.

But how to "put them into action", you wonder?

There are a few methods/tips I have from personal experience and research [AKA a weird amount of reading books that relate to self help, self love and success], however before you take any of these on board, you first need to be willing to invest time, energy and organization into yourself. Once you've decided that you [and thus, your resolution] are worth focus and struggle, then you can begin to set out on the path that is no-doubt going to be a tough one, regardless of what you're trying to achieve.
  1. Start small. Say your resolution is, like so many others, to get fit. Don't wake up tomorrow morning and try to make yourself go for a twelve mile run and expect to pull up fine. Going too hard too soon can not only grind you down [both physically and mentally in this scenario], but can put a bad taste in your mouth from day one. If things are too tough from the start, you're going to constantly associate exercising with pain, negative emotions, fear and whatever else strikes as you attempt to break twelve miles post-holidays. Instead, start small enough to ensure that you can keep at it long term, but large enough that you still feel a sense of success upon completing each day.
  2. Write it down. Having your goal put down, either written down or in photos on a vision board, allows your brain to see, visualize and materialize exactly what it is you're after. Plus, having your goal written down/printed out and placed somewhere you'll see it constantly will remind you of what you're working towards [and why] each day. Some examples: your phone screen, your password to something, at the top of your planner, on the mirror, on the fridge...
  3. Tell someone. Most of us tend to be proud people - we like to put our best foot forward whenever possible. By telling someone you see regularly about your goal [and why it's your goal], you'll be held more accountable, and thus, more likely to stick with it. Additional tip: tell someone who is firm enough to keep you accountable and who, if you go crying to them wanting validation for quitting, won't let you.
  4. Really plan it out. There's no point in having all that motivation, accountability and visual inspiration if you don't actually figure out and pave out a pathway to get you from A to B. Sit yourself down with pens, papers and calendars to work it out. For example, if your goal is to save more money this year, figure out how much you want to save each week. From there, work out what you're currently spending, and then use your projected deficit to find the things you currently spend money on that could be eliminated each day to add up to huge savings. E.g., buying one $4 coffee each morning equates to $28 per week, so by the end of 2017, you could save $1456. Plan out each day, and let the days add up naturally. 
  5. Review how you're going - constantly. Each night, week or two weeks [depending on your goal], take ten minutes to sit down and check in with yourself. Have you stuck to your weekly plan? If not, why? What made you diverge? What can you do in the next week to change it up and make sure you stay on track? Asking these kinds of self-reflective questions keep you aware of your actions and thoughts - conscious and subconscious - and to really see the process of forming new habits evolve over time.
This, today, right now is the perfect time to fuel your passion, harness your motivation and cultivate your own successes. Put in the time, the effort, the energy, the forgiveness and the self-love that you deserve, and your dreams will become realities - no questions about it.

Love,
Annabel 







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