Sustainable Business

by Imogen Short Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
Yes. They can be.  If the foundations are set up properly, with a mixture of good intention, a willingness to serve from your true self, and to keep adapting, then online businesses can be hugely successful and sustainable. It’s no wonder that online marketing has recently become such a buzz-word both on and off the web.  I have begun my journey into the online business world. It’s been hugely interesting comparing it to all the other employment I’ve had over the years and to challenge ...
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Non-violent Communication

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
One of the most useful nuggets of wisdom I've acquired over the years has been from a friend of mine. Mich and I have brilliant conversations, which always leave me feeling lifted and motivated. One day we started talking about communication and how we (humans) speak to one another. Mich told me about a conversation she'd had with another friend about how we speak to ourselves. The friend had advised someone, 'Try to listen to how you are speaking to yourself. Think about ...
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Introverts in an Extrovert World

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I am an introvert. Mostly.  The line dividing introvert and extrovert natures in most of us is grey and a bit blurry. But we tend to lean more into one most of the time. Having said that, our ‘way of being’ can and does change throughout our lives. I would not have described myself as an introvert 5 to 10 years ago. My last few years at school and my first few years into ‘adulthood’ were filled with excitable chattering, loud music, ...
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Competition in the Digital Market?

by Imogen Short Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
There seems to be an influx of adverts for online marketing and the digital entrepreneurial space on the web these days – is it a fade? Or here to stay?  I strongly believe that there is space for any business, both on and offline. As long as they provide valuable products and services, then they are contributing and have their place. And if you consider that everyday a new product, service or idea can join the infinite space of the internet - you don't need ...
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Lean into Challenge

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
This is a subject I have considered in depth over the years, and I’ve come to understand through personal experience that our reactions to every situation, not just challenges, come from our preconceived beliefs about our experience of the world, our emotions, and our thoughts. However, all these elements of life and what make us human change over time. A way in which we reacted in the past to a certain situation may not be the same way we react today. Especially ...
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Judgements

by Imogen Short Relationships, Self Improvement
When we differentiate we judge. Any opinion we have is a judgement. We decide what is positive or negative in the world around us, all the time. But no two people have the exact same preferences about absolutely everything. Everyone sees and experiences reality differently, therefore we all make our own unique judgements about the world. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. It makes life interesting that we all have different likes and dislikes. However, passing such general 'black and white' judgements about everything ...
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How to live in Elegant Simplicity

by Imogen Short Home Improvement, Self Improvement, Home and Family
I recently went to the South West of England, to a beautiful place called Dartington.  Rugged rolling hills, fresh air and sparkling stream – I always feel refreshed, detoxed and new after visiting the West country. Feeds the soul for sure. I’d gone there for a talk given by the author and activist Satish Kumar. If you’re not familiar with his books and work then I thoroughly recommend you explore them.  His vision, message, and mission are very close to my heart so I relate ...
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Creatures of Habit

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
As human beings, we are creatures of habits. But building habits does not happen over-night. The habits we have today will create our future selves.  So, what is the most important habit that you can develop now, in order to be successful in the future?  Firstly, habits become habits after frequent practise, and this does take some time.  For example; if you start eating a healthy diet, start running daily, and start drinking more water, you will see a definite and positive change in ...
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Choice is Power

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I believe we always have a choice. It's not always easy. In fact, sometimes making a choice can feel like the hardest thing in the world. But, when you start to explore this idea and how it relates to your life, you can see that you really do choose everything. It's more about how you choose to react or act in every and any situation which is presented to you. Choices are not always what we want but are usually what we need. That's ...
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Honour Where You Are

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
'Not everyone learns the same life lessons as you do, when you do.' - Unknown This is one of my favourite quotes. It's taught me a lot about myself and others. Especially the lesson of patience. We live in a world that is fast pace and seems to be speeding up. We rush around. We rush ourselves. We rush each other. It's my belief that we need to start practising slowness. Taking our time to do things well. Taking our time to think, and then ...
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Driftwood

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
For me there's no better way to experience and see motion than when you're still and watching the ocean. There's motion all around us, all the time. Some of it we see, but some of it we are so painfully unaware of, it can feel like nothing is happening. But, there's never nothing going on. The wonderful film Peaceful Warrior explains this with such beauty when the character Soc (aka Socrates) played by actor Nick Nolte says 'there's never nothing going on'. This phrase, for ...
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Rest

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Learning how to rest properly might seem like an odd task to do, but in a world of fast pace living it is often something many people take for granted. We've all been there, when we feel like we have to get something done or meet an important deadline. We work, hardly rest or look after ourselves, all because we have this preconceived notion in our minds that the deadline set is absolute and if we don't hit it, we'll be in ...
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Pro-activism

by Imogen Short Relationships, News and Society, Self Improvement
I've been thinking a lot lately about being proactive and getting involved with things which are meaningful. Over the years I've volunteered with many different organisations and on projects which have filled my soul with so much love and compassion I thought I'd explode. Being part of something bigger than yourself, which contributes to conserving the planet, or health & well-being, or human & animal rights, you can't help but be inspired and feel at peace with how you're spending your time. Disappointingly, ...
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Deserving & Needing

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
We only really need four things to survive and be mentally stable; food, water, shelter, and connection. Beyond that everything else we either want or feel we deserve. So, as we go about our day to day lives, it's important to consider how we show up in the world. How we act, what we think, and what we say. The language we use and what we are actually saying, or what we really want to be saying, can change everything. When we practise switching ...
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Hopelessness

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
We all have those times in life when things seem hopeless. That there's nothing more we can do. We're done. But, what if there was something that could be done to turn it all around? What would be the One More Thing you could do? It's ok to feel sorry for ourselves, we're only human! And it's healthy to feel things. Just don't stay there. Don't turn the pity you feel for yourself in hards times be what defines you and the rest of ...
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Authentic Self-Love

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
I believe we must all work on real, raw, realistic and authentic self-love. I'm practising this in my own life so that one day I can be in a position of total & complete compassion with myself, in order to truly love others. When we come from a place of wholeness; full of love and compassion, then we are truly honouring each other. But how do we get to a point of total self-love? Through my yoga practise and training, through meditation, through thinking, ...
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Holding Yourself Accountable

by Imogen Short Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
It's hard not to look elsewhere for validation. For someone else to take responsibility for us. To want everyone else back us up on our thoughts, beliefs, words and actions. But, if you've been paying attention throughout your life, you've probably noticed this never really works. So, why do so many of us still live our lives hoping that we can control others and the outside world in this way? Well, after recognising this in myself and working through a lot of limiting ...
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Realising Your Importance

by Imogen Short Self Improvement
Do you ever wonder if you have any any value to share? If you're important? The word important, like so many, has developed mild negative connotations. The idea of being important can create pride and arrogance in confident folk, and those of us who are more quiet and reserved fear importance and shy away from it. But the importance I want to speak about, isn't about fame and glory, or being better than others. It's about finding your importance in the world. You are ...
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Appreciation & Gratitude

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
We are constantly exposed to information and stimulants everyday. So much of this goes unnoticed, and usually because we are registering the same information over and over again. Although we convince ourselves we are absorbing new information everyday; if you see and experience the same environment each day, how can it be any different from one day to the next? We think we see everything, when we actually only pick up on a small amount of what is actually all around us. We never ...
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Attention

by Imogen Short Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
They say attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. So, in order to reach people with our message, our gifts, our knowledge, we should focus on creating videos, and quick ones at that. But I believe that there's still a strong willed and passionate culture of readers out there. Of mindful souls who take their time, not only to absorb information, but to think, to discuss, to learn from, and to apply to life what they gain from the simple act of not ...
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