LIFE - Life Is For Ever

Hi there. Over the past weeks, I have to admit I've had a bit of writer's block. Normally ideas and inspiration come flooding on a daily basis, but for some reason they have been hiding in the background recently. 

Last week I attended my husband's grandmother's funeral. She was 93 when she past away and left behind 6 children (in addition to 4 step children), 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren . At the service each of her children shared memories of her as a mother and person in general. It was really touching to hear their stories. At times laughter, other times tears. They spoke about her kindness, how she always had time to listen and how she tried to help others, inspiring them with her faith. As I listened, I couldn't think of a better way in which a parent would be remembered. People who had known her for a lifetime, or for a few years all said similar things about her; what an inspiration she was. 

Their stories made me think about how I would like to be remembered when it is time to go to the other side. What would you want people to say about you? What would you like their fondest memories of you to be? When they look back on your life and smile, what do you want to come to their minds? What do you want them to feel proud of about you? 

They say we're only here for a brief period, before we go on into eternity. 

I want my time here to be the best possible. And I want yours to be too. 

Love life and live it today! 

 

A Fun, Exciting Adventure - How to Create the Reality You Want

A Fun, Exciting Adventure - How to Create the Reality You Want

My husband is very outdoorsy; he loves camping, survival books, watching Bear Grylls: in short, he loves adventure. 

He also easily gets excited about things and is naturally very positive and optimistic. In fact, when we did his StrengthsFinder profile, 'Positivity' was in the Top 5 of his strongest sides. 

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How I Found My True Position of Power

Hermine Hodson

I recently watched a TED Talk about the importance of body language. The speaker stated that making yourself smaller (hunched back, arms folded (protecting yourself) makes you feel more insecure, and how making yourself bigger (arms stretched out, straight back) makes you feel confident. In other words, our body language affects how we feel about ourselves (see link below). 

For most of my childhood, power posing wasn't exactly a part of my everyday life. On the contrary, I was making myself smaller. My posture wasn't the best (hunched back, folded arms and so on) Although I was told to improve it and one person even took a photo to show my posture to me, I still didn't change it.

Reflection

My posture reflected how I felt inside; broken, scared, insecure, protective and afraid to trust others. Sometimes a person who is staring down into the ground doesn't just need help with body language, but with finding his/her internal power. 

To change my display, I needed a change on the inside; knowledge that I was ok as I was, that I was good enough, safe, smart and attractive.  

Head held high

I eventually got help in Spain and learnt to accept myself, and nowadays walking with my head held high comes naturally. I am determined to spend the rest of my life that way.

I love making power poses: fist in the air declaring I am strong; smiling at myself in the mirror telling myself that I am smart. It is not bragging. We were made in the image of excellence. These practices are essential to get to where you want to be. I know the power of talking down to oneself, and that is why I make the utmost to use words to feel good about myself.

True change

While I agree with Amy Cuddy, the speaker, that how we carry ourselves affect how we feel, and that adopting a power posture to boost yourself up is useful, I also believe that true change, true confidence comes from the deep rooted conviction that I am perfectly fine as I am.

That conviction can only come when we accept ourselves, no give or take; the whole package just as we are right now. Then you are in true position of power. 

Want to find out more about how you can improve your confidence? Click here I would love to help you be your best you! 

To watch the TED Talk, click here

All the best, xxx /Hermine

The 4 Power Principles

The 4 Power Principles

First thing, we need to figure out where we are heading, what is driving us in that direction. Who are you? What are you about? What defines you? What is your mission?

In life coaching one of the keys is to start by setting a goal. This is important, but I would argue that a purpose is beyond the next 6 months, 12 months, 24 months. A purpose has do to with your spirit, drive, your essence - what are you about?

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Making the Decision - My Move to Madrid

Making the Decision - My Move to Madrid

When we decide, the magic starts. When we decide, we let God work in our lives. When we decide, we open up to blessings.

One of the worst, most frustrating places to be is on a fence. It is safe, but it can wear you down.

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Break Free Moment - 3 Things to Declare over Your Destiny

Break Free Moment - 3 Things to Declare over Your Destiny

Some of us have lived, or live, in environments in which things seem to work against us, where we are set up for disappointment, encouraged to be 'realistic'. I don't know how many people I have spoken to who were told not to pursue a dream because it was deemed 'unrealistic'.

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3 Questions That Will Help You Find Your Purpose

3 Questions That Will Help You Find Your Purpose

Back in college I received a lot of information about career and further education. However, what I missed were some deeper, more fundamental questions about identity, vision and mission. Sometimes what we long to do is right in front of us, we have the skills and passion and our actions point in that direction. We just haven't been confronted with the right questions.

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Stepping Out Of The Mould - How I Challenged My Beliefs

Stepping Out Of The Mould - How I Challenged My Beliefs

Some of us grew up with images of ourselves that were anything but positive. One of the key benefits I gained from therapy was to challenge the view I had of myself. Fortunately I started therapy at a young age, 18, and since then, nothing has been the same. Here are some examples of how I changed preconceived ideas about myself and my life...

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You Are Your Own Best USP - 8 Lessons I Have Learnt from Being Self Employed

 You Are Your Own Best USP - 8 Lessons I Have Learnt from Being Self Employed

I was recently given the opportunity by Wenta to give a talk to entrepreneurs about the most valuable things I have learnt since I started trading. 

Below is a list of the 8 lessons I found most important. This is by no means a complete list and will surely be updated as I go along. I hope you find the compilation useful! 

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No Light Without Darkness: Appreciating the Past

No Light Without Darkness: Appreciating the Past

It was early in the morning and I was brushing my teeth before attending a book club meeting. Suddenly the bathroom turned purple. I looked out the window, and surely, the whole sky was covered with a beautiful light of dawn: aurora.

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