What can you say about 2020?

What can you say about 2020?

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Each year at this time of year I always love to write a small reflection post on the year that has passed and all the things I am looking forward to in the new one. Well, 2020, what on earth can we say about you?! I absolutely always try to find the positives in every situation as I know for sure that having a mindset like that makes life so much easier! However, in this blog post please do not feel that I am being insensitive to the many down sides that I know so many people have endured this year. I am not blind to what has happened, and I feel so incredibly sorry for everyone who has suffered this year. This blog post is going to aim on the positives and the things I have learned, as I want to keep it light and fun to read.

One of my favourite things that I have read online in the last few weeks was on Facebook where someone shared ‘it is no wonder the end of the war in 1918 was followed by the roaring 20’s’. I hadn’t thought about it in the slightest, but when it was pointed out to me a huge light bulb went off in my head and gave me a huge sense of hope for the amazing years that are about to come because of what we have learned during this global pandemic. This is the biggest lesson I have taken from 2020, to say yes as much as possible and to live life to the absolutely fullest without ever saying ‘I can’t do that’, ‘maybe next year’ etc… It has showed me that we need to live life NOW because you never know when that can quite literally be taken away from you.

Next up, who are the people you should have in your life? This year we have all been in the same storm, yet in different boats, however I firmly believe that those who are in your life for the right reasons will be there whatever boat you are in and whatever storm you are all enduring. I have learned a lot about the relationships that I have in my life and in fact some have even fizzled out this year as ultimately, they were not serving me mentally. If you take one thing from this blog post, please let it be that you always need to remember that a relationship is a two-way street and if someone isn’t there for you, it’s time to let go.

Next up we have a big one for me; resisting the burn out. This is the first year in a very long time where I haven’t physically made myself ill from work and generally overdoing it without knowing when to stop. We have all had to actually stop everything we are doing and even though my work hasn’t stopped, I have really haven’t had to juggle this year and it has been a revelation. This is something I want to remember and really take with me into 2021, as let’s be honest, we all need to ditch the ‘stressed out from work’ badge of honour and start to put our health first. I’ll let you know how that one goes.

 

 

So, like I said, lots of big lessons from 2020 that will definitely stay with me in 2021. I am so excited for the fresh new year and have so many plans for work, life and of course the blog. Let me know what you would like to see.

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G r a t i t u d e

G r a t i t u d e

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2021 is fast approaching and I really wanted to do a blog post all about gratitude. This year has been such a challenge for absolutely everyone, however I feel a huge sense of gratitude as for me it has been a completely life changing year. Right at the beginning of Lockdown 1.0 I felt extremely stressed as my control freak brain could not cope with all the sudden changes and complete uncertainty. I decided a few weeks in to take control and invest some time in myself and my mindset through the power of personal development. Through doing so I learned so much about gratitude, enabling me to grow as a person and really seize every opportunity in front of me despite what life throws.

 

I have always been someone who actively practices gratitude and I have always tried to turn a negative situation into a positive one by remembering what I am grateful for. Whatever situation you are in, this isn’t always easy, however this year what has begun to make total sense to me is if you learn how to practice gratitude properly it doesn’t just become easier, it becomes an unconscious habit.

So, what do I mean when I talk about personal development? For some people this two-letter phrase can be interpreted as ‘one of those things I would never do’, as honestly it is just totally unknown if you have never given it a go. For me, my personal development consists of a miracle morning power hour (blog post here), although it is totally up to you in what way you do it. It could be as simple as listening to a growth podcast in the car, reading 20 minutes of an influential book in the evening or even just watching a 5-minute motivational video in the morning to help you start your day on a good note. In all honesty, it doesn’t overly matter what you do as long as it works for you, however I would say there are two key things to be featured as part of it. The first is, as part of doing this, you need to be completing gratitude each day (which you will automatically learn more about when reading or listening to personal development). You could either write a whole list each day of what you are grateful for, or what I think is even better is to write 5 things you were grateful for that day before you go to sleep. These 5 things need to be super specific and usually apply only to that day. What then happens is you begin to look for them throughout the day and start to live in this unconscious state of gratitude.

The second thing to consider is you need to be consuming personal development from people who you respect, admire and ultimately you would like to be like. Why on earth would you bother listening to someone who hasn’t done the things you want to do, or who doesn’t think in the same way that you do/ would like to? Finding the right content is all about finding the right people to consume their knowledge from, almost like finding your own tribe. For me, my whole journey started with author, actress and all-round super star ‘Mel Wells’ when I heard her speak at a conference just before beginning my personal development journey. I totally connected with her and then the way she writes. This was then followed by my love and appreciation for ‘The 5am Club’ by Robin Sharma and ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki. Two authors who practice what they preach and totally inspired me. My personal development now totally stems from the skills I learned initially from these three influential people on my life.

Not only do I feel grateful for discovering personal development and the feeling of my eyes opening so much to all the wonderful things in our world, but I am so so grateful for the shift in my mindset and what practicing gratitude has taught me. Life is by no means perfect, but if we all did this every single day, I have a funny feeling that it would soon all start to look an awful lot better.

I would love it if you could share your gratitude list today with me! Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at ladyhunter@abigailhuntermarketing.co.uk

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Miracle Mornings

Miracle Mornings

Good morning everyone and welcome back to Lady Hunter Blog. I am beginning to find my rhythm again with blogging after a very up and down few months, trying to get the new website sorted and also find inspiration during some very uncertain and frankly irritating times. What I find quite funny in my personal situation is that 2020 seems to have taught me so much more than pretty much every other year and I am actually extremely grateful for certain parts of what this year has shown, one of which being creating a heavy focus on helping myself mentally and properly digging in to my personal development journey.

Back right at the beginning of what is now being referred to as ‘Lockdown 1.0’ I was feeling extremely anxious as my control freak brain could not cope with the massive changes going on and the uncertainty of what was to come. I spent a good few weeks sleeping a lot, using ‘self-care’ as an excuse to basically do nothing and eating/ drinking my weight in everything purely out of boredom. To cut a not so interesting story short, I decided to take action and invest some time into myself. I started to take part in something called a miracle morning each day with my Arbs team, starting at 7am on ZOOM and lasting for an hour. This small and simple task has been one of the most life changing things I have ever done, and I have actually managed to create a sustainable habit for myself getting something extremely good out of the lockdown situation.

In this blog post I thought I would simply outline what I get done in that hour before my day really starts to hopefully inspire you to give it a go and see if you can notice any changes. However, to begin with I have one thing to recommend you do first which can be done on it’s own or as part of your miracle morning. Purchase the book ‘The 5 AM Club’ by Robin Sharma. This is the book that started it all for me and kept me committed to creating this daily habit for myself. What’s incredible about it is that it is written as a story, making it super exciting whilst also teaching some incredible and valuable life lessons.

 

So, let’s break down the hour.

7am to 7.20am:
Gratitude – dedicate a specific notebook for your miracle mornings and each day you will want to write these things. Start with your gratitude… ‘today I am grateful for…’ write as many things on the page as possible and they key to this is to make them super specific. This way, during your day you will look for those things and always be living in a beautiful state of gratitude.
Affirmations – I love this one! Affirm what you want and watch it come true! Each day I write ‘it’s the last day of the month and I am/ have’…
Visualisation – the power of visualisation is HUGE! Spend 5 minutes visualising something you want to create/ have. Close your eyes and picture it… the trick with this is the feeling. You need to feel yourself in the moment.
7.20am to 7.30am:
Meditation – okay, I’m going to be honest with you, I absolutely hated meditation when I first started and if I’m being even more honest… it still isn’t my favourite thing. I find it so hard to focus and my mind wonders off about 100 times, however what is important is that I am continuously trying and believe it or not… I am getting better! You have to be persistent with things like this. My favourite tool I have used so far for meditation is an app on my phone called ‘Insight’.
7.30am to 7.50am:
Reading Time – again, reading was never my favourite thing, but guess what? That’s because I hadn’t found what I really enjoyed reading! Now… I am absolutely HOOKED! I cannot put them down and they are without a doubt the best part of my miracle mornings. A few of my favourite that I have read include:

  • Mel Wells – Hungry for More

  • Robin Sharma – The 5am Club

  • Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad

  • T Harv Eker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

  • Rhonda Byrne – The Secret 

 

7.50am to 8am:
Motivational Video – The best way to end your miracle morning… get inspired! My favourite ones are the ‘law of attraction’ coaching on YouTube, however if you just pop in motivational videos so many incredible ones will come up!
Daily:

 

Podcasts – one of my favourite things to do now is to listen to inspiring podcasts daily. The only way I really remember to do this is to always make sure my phone is connected to my car and listen as I drive. I am guaranteed to get at least 10-15 minutes in a day and it is totally uninterrupted listening utilising what would normally be pretty wasted time.

 

For me this is an essential part of my day now and it totally sets the tone of each day as the biggest thing I have learnt is that if you ‘own your morning, you elevate your life’. If you would like some recommendations, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Remember, it takes an average of 21 days to create a new habit, so throw yourself into this and I would love to hear how you get on!
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Why I decided to have a wardrobe edit

Why I decided to have a wardrobe edit

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Hello all and happy Sunday! I am bringing a well requested blog post today after all my ‘wardrobe edit’ pics and stories on Instagram. I had an amazing time during my wardrobe edit last month and have learnt so many useful tips for shopping and styling within my own wardrobe. In this blog post I am going to share with you why I chose to have a wardrobe edit, what it involved and the skills I learnt from it afterwards. I had my edit with Elise from Redefined Styling, who I had already had a colour and body shape consultation with and loved. I have shared about this experience in its own blog, which you can read here

The decision to book in for a wardrobe edit stemmed from my initial service with Elise, as I could instantly tell how knowledgeable she is, and I gained a lot from the short hour that we spent together. A wardrobe edit is much more detailed than my previous colours service, where Elise came to my home and helped me to cleanse my wardrobe and style outfits using the tools I already had. As this was in August, we focused mainly on transitional styling that would help me going into Autumn and beyond, as I knew already that I would book in with Elise for a separate Winter edit. The beauty of this service is that not only do you have a proper sort and clear out of your wardrobe, but Elise also shows you what options you have to work with that I had never seen before. We analysed all the items in my wardrobe to make them work again, to resist having to completely rebuy a wardrobe each season. Elise showed me the key pieces I was missing in my wardrobe to bring everything together too which was so helpful. This session totally re-inspired me and motivated me to love my wardrobe again and has also totally changed my mindset and attitude towards how I shop. 

During the session we took each section of my wardrobe out, category at a time, starting with long dresses to short, skirts and then tops. We went through each and every item, ruthlessly throwing things out and styling the ones we kept with the rest of my wardrobe. I am a rare Summer palette in terms of colour, so a key part of styling for me is bringing out those beautiful pastel colours in each look, even if the item only has extremely small details of these colour waves. For each outfit we then wrote what was missing for me and gradually found a pattern with this, such as a cropped denim jacket to go with pretty much everything and some more transitional lighter coloured boots with a point. 

I absolutely loved the feeling afterwards of being totally in love with my wardrobe again, almost like seeing it with a fresh pair of eyes. It has given me such a confidence boost and also enabled me to be much more conscious of shopping sustainably and correctly which was already a change I wanted to make, without knowing necessarily how to before. I would recommend this service to anyone, as often it could be something that you have never considered before, but it really can totally transform the wardrobe you already own and your attitude towards how you feel wearing your own clothes. 

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Best place to reach me is on Instagram >> @ladyhunterblog. 

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  1. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am inspired! Extremely helpful information specially the closing section :)…

The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

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Hello everyone and welcome to a new blog. It feels like such a long time since I have sat down to write a blog post, or even had something that I feel really passionate about and want to write. My mindset has been so all over the place over recent months, as everyone else’s has, just with the constant uncertainty and lack of routine. I have found it really hard to focus on specific things and just keep anything constant… however this week is the first that I feel like I am starting to get my mojo back and fit into some sort of new routine. A lot of this is down to a new habit of mine, which is something I started properly around two months ago. I started doing something called a miracle morning after reading a book called ‘the 5am club’. Now, I don’t get up at 5… but I still carry out the principles of the book and make it work for me. Each day, at 7.30am which is the time that works for me physically and also still means I am working by 9, I give myself an hour of me time. In this time, I practice gratitude, affirmations, visualisation, reading and listen to a great audio. I am absolutely loving it and its results, with the biggest one being how much more positive I am feeling. 

I am going to dedicate a whole blog post to the miracle morning as it definitely deserves one, so I thought I would just do an initial post all about positivity and how having a much more positive mindset has impacted me recently. With being in the fifth month of the pandemic here in the UK, I have really noticed so many people in my life suffering mentally, and also people I don’t know so well but have spoken to. I am hoping with this blog post that I can inspire lots of people to practice a few small things daily to experience what I have experienced and start to feel a lot better mentally, despite the chaos of the world. 

So, the first thing to understand is that this whole principle is based on mindset and our mindset should be the biggest priority we have to work on day to day as it determines pretty much everything in our lives! If you always see the good in things, your day will be full of good, but if you see the bad, I guarantee you will see bad things all damn day. So, my first piece of advice is gratitude. If you live in a constant state of gratitude and choose to see the good…. The good will flow. In order to start small and be realistic about this, my advice is to pop a notebook by your bed. Each night before you sleep, literally the last thing you do, write down five things that you are grateful for that day. The key to this is to make it specific, so by this I mean do not write: my home, my car, my partner, my job, my phone. It needs to be specific, so mine last night would have been: the delicious vanilla coffee I made in the morning, completing a task I had been putting off for weeks, the beautiful flowers my partner bought me, the delicious meal I had with friends and the cooler weather making it more bearable to sleep! In theory, these five things should be different each day and what you will notice start to happen is you will begin to notice these throughout your days and naturally see the good. 

The next one that I want to mention is your physical being. Naturally when we feel tired and sluggish it is much harder to feel positive and we frankly don’t feel good. So my biggest points here are going to be selfcare which includes eating your healthy foods each day (even if you eat junk too); giving yourself enough sleep time; drinking plenty of water; short meditations in your day and a form of exercise each day, even if you run up and down the stairs 3 times first things in the morning or a short walk. Keeping our bodies healthy and active is a huge part of being positive as we all now know; everything starts from within. 

This next point could possibly be the one I am most passionate about as it is the biggest change I have made, and I do personally think it has had a huge impact on my positivity levels. You need to break up with the news, gossip and celebrity culture, trashy tv and magazines and most importantly other people in your life who drain your soul as all these things do. Unless you are willing to stop consuming the crap put into our minds by all these things, you are always going to struggle to have a positive mindset as it is being constantly replaced by factors that let’s be honest… aren’t even bloody real! I know it’s hard, but it’s time

Book recommendations for a positive mindset: 

Oprah Winfrey – What I Know for Sure

The 5am Club – Robin Sharma

The Goddess Revolution – Mel Wells

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YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

Hello beautiful readers. I hope you are all well and staying safe. I have enjoyed a few weeks off from blogging, purely because I just needed some time away from my screens and also to find some inspiration to bring better content that is going to serve you, rather than just throwing something together. I have personally found the last few weeks pretty tough mentally, which after speaking to a lot of people, I know I am not alone in feeling. The last few months have been a total physical, mental and emotional rollercoaster for EVERYONE with this crazy time we are enduring. Little piece of advice here… if you are feeling like this… take some time away from social media and get back to nature a little more. Trust me, it will do you the world of good. Now I have done this, I am starting to feel so much better and have found my inspiration again and feel totally motivated to get going a little more and basically get on with life, albeit a tad differently. 

I think a lot of changes have happened in so many of our lives recently and we have had the biggest mindset shift of our lives, mainly down to a global pandemic, where for the first time everyone has been experiencing the same hardship at the same time. I have learnt so many things from the pandemic and being in lockdown, which I am going to put in its own blog post, however the main one is about the souls in my life and the tribe I choose to be around. I heard this amazing quote on one of my business trainings last week and it was very much a right time right place moment as it was exactly what I needed to hear! 

YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

One of the biggest lessons I have learnt in the last few months is the importance of the amazing people I have in my life and the value of what they bring, as well as of course what I can do for them. My family has always been my number one priority, but the extent to which this is true has been heightened incredibly throughout this process as well as the importance of the friends I have in my life. I have been doing a lot of work on my mindset and my personal thoughts throughout the lockdown and have already noticed how much it is having a positive impact on me. I bounce back from sad moments so much more quickly, always try to see the positives in not so positive situations and most importantly, have noticed how much less I sweat the small stuff and just simply get the f*** on with life. A big part of this is surrounding yourself with likeminded people who want to be in your life and mirror your thoughts and actions. I’m going be brutally honest, life is too short to spend time with people who bring you down. So, I wanted to pop a few pointers all into this blog post to inspire and encourage you to evaluate your relationships and the potential toll they could be taking on you. I am going to sum up a few key pointers here to get you thinking. 

Each relationship you have in your life should be an addition and they should all add up to contribute to your wonderful soul. For example, your life should not revolve around a romantic relationship, nor should having one good friendship close you to exploring friendships with others. 

Relationships and your tribe should always be there for you in a healthy and balanced way. I saw a quote recently on Facebook saying, ‘you know who your real friends are by who has been there for you at this time’. Now, this is not necessarily true, however it is not untrue. We have all had shit to deal with and I don’t agree that stressing ourselves out right now being there for everyone is what should be happening, but what is important is that if you have a real problem and need a friend, they are there for you. All relationships are about balance. 

For me this is a big one, a real friendship is defined when you don’t speak or see each other for weeks/ months and when you do, you would have no idea!! So many of my friends and I have now started to see each other, and you would have no idea it had been so long! 

Don’t be afraid to let go. The biggest lesson I have learnt over the last few weeks is that sometimes, every part of your soul needs you to just let go. If someone is draining you, and is simply difficult to have a relationship with, it is sometimes the healthiest thing to let the relationship go. This could be simply distancing yourself a little more or even a complete cut off. 

Finally, being yourself is key. Growing and developing as a human being is obviously important and the relationships, we have in our lives definitely help to shape this, although being you is still your number one priority. Always be true to yourself and if you feel like you aren’t being you in any relationship, you know it simply isn’t right. 

I would love to know if anyone else has been experiencing the same thoughts as me in lockdown and even has noticed the same huge mindset shift? Send me a DM on Insta and we can chat! >> @ladyhunterblog

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