Days 23-40 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH: Rounding it out with vulnerability

So, it turns out that trying to publish a blog post every day while running a business full-time is hard. Like, really HARD. I managed 22 blog posts during the 40 day challenge and am grateful for the experience that nearly-daily blogging gave me. This blog post rounds out this 40 day challenge. I'd love to hear any feedback or comments you have for me :)

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Preventing Burn Out: Day 22 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

In this blog I share with you a few of the tips I use when I notice I'm approaching or am in 'brown-out' stage so that I don't burn out. Read the blog to learn about the 'brown-out' stage and why healthy selfishness is a good thing :)

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Are you above or below the situation or weather? Day 21 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

It seems like this blog is perfectly timed with the weather in Wellington turning dramatically bad over the next 18 hours or so (good ol' Tropical Cyclone Gita!) This blog post is about useful tools for dealing with situations, e.g. less-than-ideal weather, in productive ways that are good for your overall well-being and life satisfaction.

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Throw Kindness and Compassion like they're Confetti: Day 20 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

I read the words "throw kindness like confetti" on a job description a while ago and felt a resounding 'YES, that's so right!' inside of me! What a fun way of putting 'be nice to people'. BUT: how CAN we have and show more kindness and compassion for people when, well, they're not being that kind or compassionate to us? This blog post details a few ways I bring more perspective to my challenges and shares a practice that I teach participants in my mindfulness classes :)

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Feed the Good Wolf: How to Encourage Yourself in Challenging Times

Today's snippet of motivational wisdom comes from my amazing Amazing Outward Bound instructors in 2014. Right before we went to do a rock climbing challenge they told us a story that was called 'The Tale of Two Wolves'. Maybe it will help and motivate you too. Because of this experience 'DON'T GIVE UP!' is one of the key things I say to myself when times get challenging:)

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Mind the Gap! FOMO, Facebook Depression and Mindfulness: Day 18 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Have you ever caught a train and seen the words written on the platform's edge or shouted over the loudspeaker "MIND THE GAP"? I think they're a powerful analogy that describes how easy it is for people (myself included at times) to get 'caught in the gap' of comparing their current life with someone else's life and feeling unhappy about it. It's a POWERFUL analogy for living life!

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Authentic Happiness, Wellbeing and Flourishing - Lessons from Positive Psychology: Day 17 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Day 17 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH talks about some important tools I learned from researching positive psychology and 'authentic happiness' a few years ago. PERMA is a great model of the permanent blocks for a life of profound fulfillment. Also containing links to some great online tests to learn about your character strengths and virtues - HIGHLY recommended! :)

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Growing Your Strengths: Day 16 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

This blog delves into an area of positive psychology: focusing on strengths/talents. Focusing on your strengths means you're more likely to enjoy your professional and personal life. After all, who really wants to be stuck in a job or a relationship that they're unhappy with and not using their natural talents in?

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Who Are You? Let's Talk About Personality: Day 15 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Let's talk about growing our self-awareness by starting with personality! Growing our self-awareness helps us to understand not only how we're different but also how we are alike, and connected as humans. Importantly, from a professional sense: recruiters and hiring managers value it when candidates have awareness of their personality, how it plays out in the work environment and how they work with others.

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What Great Leaders have: Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence - Day 14 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

This post was inspired by a woman that I met at a friend's birthday party in the weekend who said that her manager told her she "needed to become more self-aware". She seemed totally lost about how to go about doing this. My attempt at answering it included "have you thought of trying reflection, journalling, meditation or asking multiple people for feedback?" After going away and doing a bit of research on what the management and leadership development thought leaders advise people on gaining greater self-awareness it turns out I wasn't far off! Read on to find out what self-awareness is, why it's important and 6 strategies for increasing your self-awareness :)

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No Zero Days and the Three Selves: (Most Likely) The Best Self Care Advice I've Ever Heard About - Day 13 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Without sounding too salesy: your future self will thank you for reading this. Not kidding. Aware that you've got a crazy week coming up ahead and you're starting to feel anxious that you've not done as much during the weekend as you intended? Or, just having a bit of a shit time? Or know of a friend going through a challenging time? Read this. It's that simple. 4 rules written by someone wiser than me about how to care for yourself.

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The Power of your Words to Support or Undermine You: Day 12 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Day 12 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH talks about simple ways that we can use our words to support us and what we're saying rather than undermining us. Your message matters! I hope that this blog helps to ensure your message is clear and impacts others in positive ways :)

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The #1 Question that I've been asked: How do you get through challenging times? - Day 11 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

The #1 Question that I've been asked over the last few years is: How do you get through challenging times? (i.e. how do you keep showing up consistently?) This blog post involves some vulnerability and me opening up about the key self-care and coping strategies I use to get through challenging times and periods of transition. If it resonates with you I'd LOVE to hear from you :)

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MINDSET MATTERS: GROWTH vs FIXED MINDSET - Day 10 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Day 10 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH talks about why your mindset matters and the power of believing you can improve. Thanks to Carol Dweck, Standford Psychology Professor, for presenting these ideas from your extensive and great research! The 'GROWTH vs FIXED MINDSET' concept applies in numerous areas of life and is definitely worthwhile knowing about - whether you're working, studying or have kids.

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The Power of Volunteering - Day 9 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

From Friday 19th January, everyday for 40 days, I will be sharing something each day that has either (1) changed my way of thinking or perspective, (2) helped me get through a challenging period of transition, change or growth, or (3) changed my life for the better. I've called it '40 Days of Growth'. I'd love it if you followed along with me on this journey - contributing what has also helped you to learn, grow and change. And, if I can support you on your own learning journey, please do let me know :)

Day 9 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH talks about the power and benefits of volunteering.

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Learning Hacks - Day 8 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

From Friday 19th January, everyday for 40 days, I will be sharing something each day that has either (1) changed my way of thinking or perspective, (2) helped me get through a challenging period of transition, change or growth, or (3) changed my life for the better. I've called it '40 Days of Growth'. I'd love it if you followed along with me on this journey - contributing what has also helped you to learn, grow and change. And, if I can support you on your own learning journey, please do let me know :)

In Day 8 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH I talk about how I feed my insatiable curiosity for learning while continuously choosing to have a full life. These are some of my learning hacks. I hope you enjoy them!

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Pocket, Visual and Audio Mentors: Day 7 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

From Friday 19th January, everyday for 40 days, I will be sharing something each day that has either (1) changed my way of thinking or perspective, (2) helped me get through a challenging period of transition, change or growth, or (3) changed my life for the better. I've called it '40 Days of Growth'. I'd love it if you followed along with me on this journey - contributing what has also helped you to learn, grow and change. And, if I can support you on your own learning journey, please do let me know :)

What do you do when you don't have a mentor or your mentor is unavailable? 'Pocket mentors' to the rescue! Books, podcasts, videos... the advent of the internet has made infinite amounts of information available! Day 7 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH.

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Jennifer Young