Monday, 20 May 2013

The Hunger For More: What We Really Want and Need

So, exciting moment - I had an article featured on tinybuddha.com, which brought me a lot of new traffic!

The article was something that I wrote truly from the heart, something that I feel is greatly important. Writing something like this isn't easy, though; you have to be in the right frame of mind for the right words to flow. But here it is. It's about that feeling inside you, that hunger for more, and one of the ways that we can satisfy it.

"As a child, I was obsessed with other worlds—reading about alien planets, writing fantasy stories, or just playing video games. As a teenager, I longed to know as much as possible— who we were, why we are here, the meaning of life.

Later on, I started traveling. There was so much to see, so much to do, so many ways to look at the world. I wanted to see it all, touch it all, experience it all.

This need for more has existed throughout my life in its many forms, and I can thank it for always driving me to do great, exciting things. But at the same time, it has never allowed me to stay still, to just enjoy myself the way so many people seem to.

When I ignore this feeling, it starts gnawing away at me from the inside. It tells me that I am not doing enough, that I’m lazy, a time-waster. Some would call the feeling a feeling of becoming stir-crazy, cabin fever, ennui.

I look at it as a hunger. When I ignore that hunger, when I stop traveling or learning or creating or just doing, the weight of the world piles up on me and life suddenly feels like a suffocating, restricting place."

Read the rest HERE!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Confidence to Perform! (video entry)

Hello there!

I want to give a big "WELCOME" to all the new subscribers I got recently... very exciting! I'm glad to have you here, and I hope that together we can help you find what you're looking for.

Today's episode of "Tea with Gwynnie" stars my friend, musician/actress/vocal coach Rowen Bridler, my lovely, talented friend who recently came into my life.

Rowen is no stranger to the topic of confidence - she not only has to conquer it when she goes to auditions, but she helps her coaching clients to build up their confidence and become better singers and public speakers.

Over a nice cup of tea, we talked about the wonderful work she does with her clients and discussed some tricks that you can use at home to build up your own confidence. She also did a little singing coaching with me, but I've saved your ears by only including a tiny clip! I have to say - she was great at spotting my bad habits straight away, and had no problem with pointing them out to me - great stuff.

If you're a singer, actor or performer of any kind, you might find this useful - but it's applicable for everyone else, too. Have you ever had to give a speech at work and frozen up? Ever wished you could project your voice, or just appear more confident? Have a look... this lady might be able to help you!




You can find out more about Rowen at howtosingforyourlife.com, or check out www.rowenbridler.com to hear her music.







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Friday, 10 May 2013

How To Handle Rejection


Mmmm, rejection... don't we all love a bit of that? If you're anything like me (and most people), rejection not only is responsible for some pretty painful memories; it can also stop you from trying new things.
(From sheknows.com)

Imagine the situation: you want to start your own business, but you worry about whether people will actually like you. You browse the jobs pages, but you don't actually apply, because you don't think you'll get the job anyway. You watch that cute guy/girl from the corner of your eye, but you don't dare to make a move, in case they walk away in disgust.

The reason for all of the above, whether you realise it or not, is simple: you are terrified of rejection. The thought of someone saying "no", of turning you down or even giving you a piece of negative feedback, freezes you up. You can't be hurt if you don't try, right? Better to stay in your safe little cocoon, where nobody will reject you, and nothing will ever change.

It isn't only death and taxes that are inevitable. As long as you interact with other humans, rejection is unavoidable. If you want to change your life, you're going to have to deal with a bit of rejection along the way... so, instead of hiding from it, it's time to learn how to handle it!