We started the Free Hug Events after I was talking to a friend who said that she had attended a similar event in Sydney and she was feeling on such a high from it. I thought it could work here in Wellington.
It was very easy to get a group of volunteers together and our first Hug event was such a HUGE success!
We gave out approximately 1500+ hugs over a 2 hour period.
It was Heart Opening, Inspiring, Joyful, Powerful, Loving, Epic, Amazing... Words truly don't do it justice.
We are doing this to raise mental and emotional health awareness. Hugs are a primary love language and need of this 'physical touch' is often not being met, either in personal relationships or at work. This was highlighted by the amount of people we gave hugs to.
We are running monthly events up until Christmas here in Wellington and are also doing one in Auckland on Sunday 24th November. If you are keen to join us a a volunteer please get in touch.
Are you up for joining us for a 100 Day Gratitude Challenge?
We will post in a closed fb page I have just set up!
The intention is to refocus our energies from our stresses, frustrations, sadnesses and focusing on gratitude, joy and appreciation for 100 days and seeing the transformations in our lives.
It's free to join, so come and be part of our wonderful community.
Tag friends who might like to join or who would benefit.
I look forward to seeing you on the inside.
Click the link to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/2058947431079264/
HeartMath is a not for profit site that researches the link that the heart has to the body and mind. I highly recommend that you have a look at it, if you have an interest in understanding our heart, it is so much more than most of us are currently aware of.
HeartMath Institute has and continues to research and develop reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.
A path to personal, social and global coherence. The video is an overview of the amazing and vital role of the heart in our lives, and how our personal energetics shapes our social relationships and ultimately affects global consciousness.
I personally spend a number of hours on the Heartmath.org site and am training to gain HeartMath Coaching Certification which will nicely compliment the mBIT Coaching, and NLP Practitioner certifications I hold.
Let me know what you think of the video in the comments below
I am a very lucky lady, I have been spoiled by being able to spend a few days with my family and friends over the festive period and have come back from holiday with fresh energy and determination.
My family and I spent some quality time with my mother-in-law and her husband in Wakefield, south of Nelson.
We also did the almost 8 hour drive to Waihi, in the Coromandel where we spent time cycling, walking, swimming and relaxing with our wonderful friends.
Coming home, and sleeping in our own beds is incredible, the small things mean so much sometimes. Taking the time and reflecting on just how lucky I am. I am very grateful!
I am so happy and grateful now that I am so much more aware!
It's incredible to think that a couple of years ago, I was feeling like a complete failure. I lacked confidence, felt lost and without purpose. I wanted more meaning in my life, and although I loved being a mother (it had for the longest time been my only goal) but now needing to grow, but not having found my new direction. Although I felt a calling in my soul, I knew that I too had a purpose bigger than motherhood but I did not know at that time, that it was all inside of me, that I could find what it was and make it happen for myself. What a transformation, when I look back such a short time, relative to my years.
Dreams can become your Reality!
What we can dream and believe, we can achieve!
Does it sound airy fairy / mumbo jumbo?
Maybe, but only for those who have yet to learn it's meaning.
My mission is to help guide and support those of you who want a happier and more fulfilled life. If you are ready to find meaning and purpose, let's talk.
I have been there - I have been lost, depressed, angry, lonely, stuck at home with 4 children and a husband who worked on average 80 hours a week and who was overseas half the year, doing the school runs, dealing with the screaming and the tantrums of my 4 young children, and wondering what else the world had to offer for me or rather what else could I offer?
I was worried that I had no place in the world. My daily thoughts included negative self talk such as "Was all the stress and drama worth it?"
Yes Me Too!
I know that I have found my soul's purpose and it feels wonderful to be able to help others with their journey in life. It's an amazing feeling, because it was only a relatively short time ago when I was saying to myself "Who, me?"
I am not saying that to toot my own horn, I am saying it to inspire you. I have gone from having literally no idea what my purpose was, to knowing my purpose, to not being able to say who I am, to now being able to say who I am, to having more confidence and being able to do so much more in terms of my ability to help serve others and You can Too!
If you would like to find your happiness and you are ready to make the changes so that you don't end up with the same as you've always had, get in touch or follow me on Facebook for inspiration. https://www.facebook.com/MyGoals.co.nz/
I look forward to seeing you on the other side.
There are times when it's easy to give up on our goals or dreams, and believe you me, it happens to everyone and I mean everyone and that includes me. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Everyone has minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months of letting their negative chatter have too much control over their day to day actions. Putting off, or delaying taking steps towards their dreams.
Sometimes the best thought to follow such chatter is to ask yourself a question such as this - Will I regret NOT following through on my dream / goal if I gave up now or if I don't start?
That particular question has helped me answer "Hell Yes" when things were a bit tough going.
Imagine spending the rest of your life reflecting on the WHAT IF scenario?
I know that for me that is a no brainer. To combat this you could choose to say something along the lines of:
I am so happy and grateful now that:
Feel free to make up your own and see what works for you.
Next time you feel down, give it a go!
The more grateful you become, the more you see the wonder in life and the more wonderful things happen. I believe that to be true from the bottom of my soul.
Check out some of my downloads for helpful tips and please feel free comment below.
I saw this young man and thought to put him up for this weeks blog. I love his energy and without meaning to has made a huge impact on the world with his humour and by being real. Check it out!
Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of "positive thought" neurons. Think about that next time you're about to get upset.
Nicole Wijngaarden, Wellington, New Zealand