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3 moments in 2017 that led to my freedom

This article was a contribution to the Huffington Post on December 31st 2017. Read it here.

If I had to describe 2017 in just three words I would use: cathartic, fulfilling and ‘magical’. 

Thankfully due to my interactions, introspection and personality, I am able to learn from almost each person and situation I encounter. The nature of my work allows for even more epiphanies about our human condition.

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I have come to the realization that we do not live in a capsule, as many times our challenges are universal, regardless of how successful or happy we appear on the surface.

 

As I navigate through life, it becomes clearer that everyone has their fair share of ‘demons’ to ‘exorcise’ in life. To each person, their own situation may seem catastrophic at times, until they had the opportunity to get up close and personal with another human being and realize that their own struggles may be a microcosm of someone else’s.

 

When we step outside of our own reality, it is only then that we are able to see our glass half-filled, instead of half-empty.

We are able to greater appreciate our blessings (no matter how humble); adjust our mindset and behavior to accept what is, so as to make the most of our opportunities and gifts, exercise patience and put in the effort and work to realize our fullest potential.

 

Case in point

 

The single or divorced parent who managed to raise their kids well, while working full time – multiple or menial jobs, with long hours and/or little pay.

 

The kid who has made a success of their life in spite of growing up with perceived limited opportunities for advancement, due to their socio-economic background: poverty, abusive/broken home.

 

The person who has learnt to cope and make progress in life; in spite of physical or emotional challenges, due to accident, illness or environmental factors.

 

I have had the opportunity to either speak to many of these people, or experience some of these things first hand and this is what fuels my knowledge on the content I produce.

 

Yes, in some cases I would have had the theoretical background to bolster the practical knowledge, but most of it can now be applied because of my ‘intimate’ interactions with people from all walks of life, religions and cultures.

 

As 2017 comes to a crescendo so to speak, I’ll share my 3 a-ha moments:

1)When I learnt to ‘love myself more’ and let go of toxic people and situations

I recall saying this at my Book Talk & Jazz event in May of this year. At the time I may have let go physically, but did I really let go mentally and emotionally? I remember taking with me the burdens of the last two years in particular, well into 2017.

 

My closest friends extended advice and I knew what my brain and intuition was telling me to do, but my mind and heart was still running the show. Only when I ventured on that internal journey; was I able to clear the emotional clutter through mindfulness, soul searching, reflection, prayer and meditation.

 

I was then led to situations and people that acted as the catalyst for me to evaluate who and what was right for me at the moment, maintain healthy boundaries and let go of the baggage that was inhibiting my true growth, healing, evolution and progress in all spheres of life.

 

2) When I stopped listening to the external ‘noise’ and trusted my own judgement

For a long time, I struggled with making some difficult personal and business decisions. Again, I was only able to get the courage to act on those decisions, when I took that journey within and trusted my own values and intuition.

I stopped listening to everyone else and made my own choices, based on my evaluation of the details of those situations, that only I can know and understand.

 

Sometimes in life we get consumed with honoring others more than ourselves. We may feel obligated to follow the masses and conform to familial or societal expectations, or standards of success or happiness.

 

We may lack the courage to stand up for our rights or feel indebted to others, since people present themselves in so many subtle ‘disguises’.

 

We may get brainwashed or consumed by mainstream and social media with regard to what success and happiness is supposed to look like.

As a result; our own values, goals, confidence and sense of worth, may get swept away or compromised, as we are made to feel insecure and pressured into conforming to the status quo.

 

3) When I realized my worth and acted the part

 

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Due to a heinous act committed to bring myself and my family into disrepute in January of this year, I had lost my ‘mojo’ due to waning energy levels, resulting from the rage ignited due to this grievous injustice.

 

Though I could have taken legal action; my mother, priest and friends counselled me to be patient and trust my Creator to serve justice in His Divine timing. It was not an easy twelve months, but I am better for it today because of the chain reaction of experiences and emotions this act elicited and triggered.

 

On this final day of December, the epiphanies realized due to the spiritual and internal journey I found myself on, has led to my catharsis, healing and evolution. In the third quarter of this year, during my myopic interpretation of ‘hitting rock bottom’, my zeal, passion and purpose returned when I least expected.

 

I was able to redefine my focus and vision for business sustainability; a deeper sense of self (foibles included) and by extension self-worth, both in business and personal matters.

 

As such, I have now finally come full circle to allow for my actualization and equilibrium, so as to more readily apply the tools, knowledge and lessons acquired throughout my life.

Here’s to 2017…I bid you adieu and thank you, as I wait with bated breath for the new adventures and lessons of 2018.

 

Carolyn Kristy Correiais the author of Thinking out LoudHow To Find Yourself & Claim What’s Yours and She missed the boat on love. She is also a communications consultant, freelance writer, blogger and motivational speaker. Learn more, stayed updated on social media and connect via her website: www.carolyncorreia.com

 

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Can you separate reality from fantasy? [interview]

Eeek! My last blog was posted on August 2nd 😦 So much has happened since then. I’ve been on a go-slow….drafted one a while ago and never got around to finishing it, which is so unlike me. I haven’t been writing much on the whole esp for fun. I must be ill 😦 But I follow other bloggers/writers and I know this is normal. 

Life happens.

The last few weeks, this week in particular has taught me some really valuable lessons and I am noticing a shift in my thinking and behavior already.  I’ve also been running into even more people I once knew which is clearing my path. I’ll share a tinsy bit with you.

I’ve got some exciting stuff planned. I am taking my micro-business in a slightly different direction. Been meeting with some folks to make it happen over the past few weeks and taking a more active role in ensuring sustainability so I can expand and get back my girl Friday and a team of good people I can rely on, who share my values and work ethic.

This is so hard to find these days, but I am glad I have met the ones I want to work with.

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Photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash

Within the most recent years, I have learnt so much about life, people and business.

I recently realized that because of my seeming carefree and humble nature (so I’m told), I have been burnt and misunderstood and taken for granted, one too many times.

I have also pushed people away that may have cared at some point and lost out on opportunities/experiences, which may have actually been a blessing in disguise.

Someone recently told me that I need to set boundaries and find a balance without losing the above qualities.

Easier said than done, but I guess you live, you learn.

I have also learnt that at the end of the day, you will attract your “tribe” based on what you exude and who needs you or your services at the right time. We have a saying in this culture, ‘after one time is two’ – meaning things have a way of reversing. 

Discernment is key from separating reality from fantasy. Just be patient and stay calm.

I learnt from observing my Dad that you don’t always have to respond to everything. A still tongue, keeps a wise head. Neither do you have to beat your chest to get noticed.

Once you know your worth, continue to do you and give freely from the heart, abundance will come back to you like a boomerang. What is for you, is for you and no one can ever take that away. This goes for both personal and business relationships.

If you want to learn more about what I have learnt along my entrepreneurial journey, you can listen to this short interview I did a couple weeks ago.

It gets to the meat in the middle where I sorta bare all. Hope you enjoy. Comment if you can relate.

Until next time.
That’s all she wrote.

Endless Love,

Carolyn xxx

For more, you can follow me on social media or shop for my books via www.carolyncorreia.com

Official Book Talk [& Jazz] video!

Heya guys…Happy, happy Tuesday!

So I received the video footage of October’s Book Talk & Jazz a while now, but I was waiting on the right time to release it to my blog. Some of you may have received it already via email and other social media…but this is OFFICIAL!

I was nervous about releasing it because …well, you just had to be there to experience the magic LIVE IN THE MOMENT! My voice was sorta husky because of all the last minute running around, but hey…I’m sending it to you so you can formulate your own opinion on whether you want to be a part of the audience (again) this time around. No pressure!

But seriously guys, I couldn’t believe folks were laughing so hard and touched so much, until I heard the testimonials, saw the pictures and interacted with guests after the event (unfortunately the camera didn’t capture the sounds of the audience, but I absolutely love the beautiful way in which the videographer portrayed the night).

It was a very humbling experience indeed. Wow. It was surreal.

It’s the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night! Don’t believe me?

Here are some pics!

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You should know by now that my events are never a repeat…always fresh, NEW content. I will be sharing more innovative ways on how you can start living your purpose (more fully), conquer your fears (and demons) and capture your customers’ attention with:

  • Proven ways for you to shine, find yourself & claim what’s yours,
  • Tips to light that fire to shed those phobias and pre-existing notions of inferiority, “otherness”, “not-good-enoughness”, “not ready yet-ness” and other self-defeating and limiting thoughts (and nesses!),
  • Ways to make your content, offerings and service unforgettable and keep your customers engaged and coming back,
  • All this in a fun, relaxed and interactive way at a beautiful poolside ambiance with universal, personable & funny stories, Q&A, role play, dramatic book & poetry readings, live original Jazz, prizes, music and much more fun, exciting stuff!

Can you feel the excitementttt?! It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

(I just got up to turn on the fan, it’s so hott in here! 😀

So without further ado, here it is…Yours+Mine = Our Book Talk on October 8th, 2016.…Oh what a night!

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Hope you enjoyed it and found it useful! Join me in the comments if you did and please don’t forget to subscribe to my You Tube channel and Facebook page!

If you’re in Trinidad and will like to attend my next event Follow Your Passion, Shine Like a Star on Saturday 27th May, don’t wait until the last hour, because seats are filling up already, please comment below or email me at info@hicomegaconsulting.com to secure your entry!

See you sooooon!

Peace & Love,
Carolyn x

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Book Talk & Jazz Video Promo!

Happy Good Friday greetings!

May we always remember the sacrifices others have made on our behalf for us to enjoy a better life.

May we have the grace to recognize it and the humility to accept it.

Talk about conquering fears! My business coach got me to do this video…and it was kicking and screaming….eeek…but I did it! 🙂

Let’s take an introspective look inside, help you identify your true passion and purpose, let’s talk about taking risk, eliminating fear and living your best, most fulfilling life.

See you on Saturday 2nd April at The Chancellor Hotel!

Tickets are available at The Stay Chancellor St. Ann’s and the San Juan library on the EMR during working hours.

 

TV Appearance on the AP Today show

Hey there again,

So the long awaited video is finally here! I got the footage last week, but my techy friends were all busy this time of year, so I was guided to follow YouTube for some tips and tricks to editing video. It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally cracked the code! (figuratively speaking).

Good news: I was able to edit out the advertisements like a pro!

Bad news: it took me all of 3 whole days (off and on) to figure it out. Frustrated, I gave up the first night then finally took a stab at it again Sunday night.

I went to sleep at 4 am trial and error figuring it out! Then next morning I figured out the second part which was to compress a file in order to upload it to YouTube and Facebook. Woosah! That took a while. I was so exhausted the next day it took me a while to recover. But here I am again with you doing what I love 🙂

So without much further ado, here it is…this is my hour long show on the AP Today show back in August (which is now sadly cancelled). I’ve been on a lot of shows this year and last and most hosts were an absolute joy to be interviewed by and AP Touissant is no exception. She is such a darling and a terrific host. She seemed genuinely interested in my story awwww!

After edits, it is now just over half an hour minus the adverts. Tell me if you even notice where it was cut. I am super excited…now I have another skill under my belt…I’m soo proud of myself. Hurray! (I hope I remember what to do next time ha)

I am always so conscious of how I look and sound on camera, but everyone insists that I look beautiful and did a great job. Oh well. Sometimes I agree but a lot of times we find ourselves being our worst critic. But I feel so loved when I turn back on my phone as I leave the studio to receive tons of WhatsApp messages, texts and phone calls all saying the same thing! Nevertheless, as I watched the contents of this video with glee I could hardly believe it was me.

I have really come a long way…conquered my fears and surprise, surprise there’s NO DEAD AIR as I was terrified of in previous years. But before I give any more away, see for yourself and feel free to post your comments and share!

Talk to you soon…

Cheers~

Peace & Love,
Carolyn xo