Have An Awfully Big Adventure!

Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself? Be someone else for a while?

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I haven’t. Well, at least not since I *grew up. As a child I was always fantasising about being in an Enid Blyton Famous Five adventure or similar. Or discovering that I could suddenly do maths and all this trauma about getting numbers wrong was simply a dream. (I’d better admit I still occasionally have that one, but most of the time I’m just glad we invented accountants).

I often come across women who want to be like someone else; occasionally they even say they wish they could be more like me, poor deluded souls. My advice is always just be yourself; no one is better at that than you.

You can’t be anyone else because you are you, unique in all your wonderfulness.

If you don’t feel that maybe it’s because you haven’t got to know yourself very well yet. It can often seem as if the world is conspiring to make women feel inadequate with impossibly glossy ads, masses of diet advice, how to be perfect Mums, wives, career women, and so on ad nauseum. Some days it feels harder to love yourself than others. Occasionally you need a bulwark against the perfect images that are thrown daily at you from men and women alike. Your hidden talents and traits need to be discovered and celebrated.

Which is all that personal development is really. One way of finding your very best self and getting to know yourself better. Learning to like yourself. You can spend ages focussing on the bits of you that you don’t like but how about focussing on those things that work well?

So try this for the next 15 minutes. Take a pen & paper and list 10, yes TEN, positive things about you. 10 is a very small number as I’m sure you’ll have more, yet lots of us struggle to complete this list. But try hard.

Once you have your ten, look down it and think what is it that you do that makes those 10 come to mind? And then do more of that. Focus on the positive and it grows. Trust me, I’m a personal development specialist!

PS. I was asked recently by a journalist for some diet tips. I replied that really I probably wasn’t the best person to ask as I would reply from a feminist perspective which might not chime well with the tone of her article. I sent her something in anyway and to my surprise she quoted me. You can see it here if you like. Almost all my advice was included except the bit about reading Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach. They obviously felt that was a step too far…

*I can’t tell you when that exactly happened but I just know at some point it did. Although family members may beg to differ…

If you’re interested in spending some time which is focussed solely on you, in a good way, check out my own personal development course called RenewYou. I have wonderful trainers across the country delivering it. Here’s a little bit of background information, too.

Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!