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9 minutes | May 31, 2021
Why Its Good To Unplug!
Are you starting to daydream about what your life should look like? And what I mean by that is…is your self esteem starting to take a slow, corrosive beating everytime you open up Facebook or Instagram, and see glamorous selfies of your friends, because you have the perception that their lives are more exciting and picture perfect than yours? If you are feeling this way, then perhaps this is one of the signs that you need to unplug every now and then to gain some clarity, tap into reality, and have gratitude to produce more of your inner magic. So today I want to give you a dose of creative groundedness. Sometimes, we need to take a break from Cyberland. Today, I’ve put together 3 tips for you to use to fee refreshed, rebooted, and revived – to continue in your creative goddess flow. Sign #1: On Social Media, you unknowingly compare your life to someone else’s.. It’s true that Facebook can make us feel special and can rescue us from the monotonous moments of our lives. But the picture perfect images of your friends post are merely periodic highlighted photos in an entire lifetime of their story. In reality, we deal with myriads of emotions in our lives that have the potential to accrue more meaning than Facebook could ever show, know about or even understand! Sign #2: On Social Media, you start to question your achievements… What if we chose not to compare our lives with the seemingly perfect one of our facebook friends? Why not go off Social Media for one month, and instead chose to carefully craft craft yourself from the inside out, instead of the outside in? That means going on a journey deep inside yourself to find out what activities make you happy, and then manifesting it around yourself. Why not invest your free time on rebooting yourself and your needs, or the needs of others around you? Sign #3: On Social Media, you need to post photos every single day, to feel special. It is so natural for us to want approval and attention in our lives from others. We are conditioned to be this way since birth. So, what if all we needed to do was be our own emotional sounding board? If you are feeling stuck, why don’t you delve into your curiosity and achieve some untapped goals that make you feel so good inside, that generate such a high level of self confidence within you, that you will no longer even care about posting pictures of every single moment in your online life! Your need for approval and attention would completely dissapear, as you would be focused on your real needs. Isn’t it time to stop caring about what others think of you.. or how they perceive you? Live your life as your personal best. Live your life with true connections, as you were meant to live – in complete peace and harmony within yourself. Join me next week, when we’ll discuss how to find your artistic passion…stay sparkly, stay grounded, and most importantly, stay goddessy at..The Creative Goddess!
9 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
What Are Your 4 Sparkly Qualities?
What are your sparkly qualities? If you could shower yourself with something, other than just soaps and shampoos, what would that be? Would it be kindness, thoughtfulness, loyalty or authenticity? In this chapter, I want to share this idea with you. The idea that you are MORE than your Instagram or tik- tok post. That you probably have more sparkly inner qualities inside of you than you think! But often, we spend so much time obsessing over what our friends are posting that it’s so easy to forget what our own special qualities are on the inside. These qualities are called character traits. They are the positive VALUES inside of you that make you unique. They are the colours and qualities inside of us that make us special. They literally make you … YOU! Often, it’s easy to forget this kind of stuff when we are watching videos and seeing what everyone else is doing on Instagram, and start comparing our lives to theirs. Remember girls, a lot of that stuff by your friends is edited to an inch of its life. It’s lit up or tweaked! And sometimes … what your friends post isn’t even real or true! So in this chapter, I want to share my top 4 favourite sparkly qualities that might help give you confidence and build your character up to your very own sparkly personality! Kindness It’s super important to be kind. To be a nice person makes people feel good when they are around you. By being kind, you are letting someone know that they are special and appreciated in your life. It costs nothing to be kind! You can be kind by: Sharing some goodies with a friend. Greeting a new student at school and making them feel welcome. Giving someone a compliment. Positivity What could be more powerful … than being positive? No matter what others think of you. No matter what happens to you, what matters is that you remain positive and strong! If you are a positive person, no one can take it away from you. They might be able to take it away for a moment, but if your natural state is to choose happy, then congratulations, you are being positive! Why Should I Be Positive? We all deserve to look on the bright side of life. It will make you stand out from the crowd It will make other people want to be around you. So let’s make it a daily ritual. A daily religion. The collective state of happy! Honesty Honesty is about being loyal, trustworthy and sincere. Having an honest character trait makes you reliable to tell the truth, and it makes others able to trust you to keep a secret. If you are honest with others, you can be honest with yourself and your feelings too. This shows that you have respect for yourself. knowing what is true, or speaking your truth is really a special virtue to have, especially when discerning what is real vs. what is fake on social media! Why Should I Be Happy? We all deserve to look on the bright side of life. It will make you stand out from the crowd It will make other people want to be around you. So let’s make it a daily ritual. A daily religion. The collective state of happy! Being curious opens up your mind to learning about the world around you. Having curiosity about the real world makes you interesting and fills you up with satisfaction in knowing that you are challenging your mind. Why Should I Be Curious? Learning new subjects or adopting a new skill or hobby makes you … Feel more confident and smart It makes life fresh and exciting It’s like searching for new treasure…or opening up a new door, and one of them can lead you to your dreams! Curiosity is seriously cool! So, have a great week, and shower yourself with bubbles of kindness, honesty, curiosity and positivity! Shine brightly, Nicole
9 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Ep 6: Are You A Seed or A Weed?
https://media.blubrry.com/the_creative_goddess/content.blubrry.com/the_creative_goddess/The_Creative_Goddess_6.mp3 ‘Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.’ So… I found myself weeding the other day. This creative goddess…was actually WEEDING in her back garden, for the very first time. Now, I had never seen a single weed in my life. And when I finally got the hang of bending down and digging the spade underneath the soil so I could remove their stubborn roots, I was amazed with what they actually looked like… I couldn’t believe, that what seems like just some plain looking shrubs on the outside, lies the driest, most shrivelled root I have ever seen. Yet it is so stubborn to remove from the ground. Like pulling teeth. Like trying to drag a screaming toddler out of a supermarket aisle. It’s like…empty and frazzled, lacking any energy. Just well, scraggly really. So then I had a creative thought. About how we think, and about how our life choices come about by seed or weed thinking. Do you have thoughts that make you more evolved, that make you grow like a SEED, or is the quality of your thinking small, dry and looking a bit … erm..WEEDY? Are you the seed.. or are you the weed? Who are you choosing to be, or…how are you choosing to think? Will you stay stuck in the ground, or will you choose to emerge and bloom? It’s only a thought. But a pretty BIG one for all of us this year. Weed or seed? Just another sparkly thought this week at The Creative Goddess!
12 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Ep 4: How To Build Your Holiday Sparkle!
http://www.nicolesalinger.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Creative-Goddess-4-.mp3 Everyone carries a certain kind of vibe. Some are sparkly, some are icy. Some just excude that certain something that says: I’m confident, I care about myself, I love who I am! You can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. It’s an element that is making someone shine heads above everyone else in the room. This is what having presence looks like. Its an energy that springs up from a person. It’s a look of confidence. A pop of effervescent charm, bursting with pride. Its a certain posture, a certain walk, with shoulders back and head up high. One thing I find interesting, while teaching dance at the gym, was how so many female members craving to rebuild their sense of femininity. But the great thing was that they were from all walks of life, from different age groups – all wanting to be there for the same reason, to regain their presence. To feel alive within their own bodies, to feel sexy and desirable again, only for themselves. So after a while I realised that this was a universal want and a necessity to a woman self worth and to finding inner magic. Having a positive vibe is a sure fire way to win that first impression, that first creative job, that first date. Its your body unknowingly telling the other person that you are confident in yourself. It’s a built in mechanism that shows your worth to others. That you are proud of who you are. Keen to build your inner magic? Here are the 5 things you need to do today to build up your Goddess presence, no matter what age you are! 1. Go to Dance Class The easiest way to get your groove back is to pretend you are under the spotlight in a dance club! Try zumba! Learn some hip hop, jazz, rock n roll and sultry latin moves. Slink your way through Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Lady Gaga songs. Say hello again to your hips, quads and hamstrings. Ham it up, get out your inner pop or rockstar. Movement is key. Reintroduce yourself to your body and your happy endorphins! 2. Sashay In The Supermarket Haven’t got time for the gym? Why not make food shopping fun after work? Put on your headphones and get a playlist going on your iPhone. Develop a sultry walk by swinging your hips while pushing the trolley to your favourite tunes. Practise your new walk without a care in the world. Make this about you, your music, and your moves. 3. Create a Runway Walk If Dancing is not your thing, than go for a Runway walk! Think of it as a power walk but imagine you are on a “Runway” instead. Plug your favourite songs onto your phone, and imagine away. Walk with your hips, with each knee powering forward in front of the other. The songs need to have a strong beat, so your walk becomes purposeful with power. Walk around outside, preferrably twice around a park if you can. 4. Practise Walking In Heels The moment I put on heels – magic happens. My shoulders suddenly pull back, I support my stomach muscles, my spine rises, and I start to walk a little taller. My legs also look a little longer. Heels make us feel alive and strong! Even if heels are not your thing, they are great to wear even for a couple of hours to feel taller. 5. Release Your Shoulders. Standing tall with a lovely posture is the key to your presence. Stand in front of a mirror, at home or at the gym, and roll your shoulders back ten times, and forward ten times. Then gasp your hands behind your back and pull your chest out for ten seconds and release. Repeat this 5 times for going out! Presence is a look of power and above all, female fearlessness. Learning to build this sense of pride into your body is the base for achieving Goddess Style, whichever way you choose! Until next time my lovelies…right here, at the Creative goddess…
10 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Episode 3: It’s OK to Swim!
http://www.nicolesalinger.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Creative-Goddess-4.mp3 Hello and welcome back to the Creative Goddess podcast! I’m Nicole Salinger, chief self – excavator, Wellness Wizard and sparkler of inner magic! In life, we are lots of different things, and especially now, in 2021, I feel its time for you to honour your abilities, seek your passions and find the courage to free your inner magic! Its the end of the year. The holidays are coming… its time to get into the holiday spirit… but 2020 had other ideas for you. You are feeling.. a little underwhelmed. You feel like you are having some kind of identity crisis. You don’t know who you should be anymore… or who that person is. You are trying to do lots of different things, trying to be curious and broaden your horizons, and worst of all? You feel judged. from trying one thing or another. You may feel social pressure..to be this, or be that, and then, when you really think about it..you become so over whelmed that you decide to do nothing at all. You remain feeling misunderstood. So this is what I want to say to each and every one of you, at this time, towards the end of 2020. I want you to swim. I want you to wash away the noise, unleash your inner mermaid…lay out your beautiful, sparkly fins, dive into the ocean that is this big, wide world…and swim. (music) A few years ago, I was creatively burnt out. I redesigned my life, sold my design business..and decided to explore many other facets of my creativity and expression. Deep down, I wanted to evolve and grow. So I got physically healthy and my whole being opened up to accept change. I did a makeup course. I entered the world of health and fitness, and I started a blog. I was being creative in other ways and my mind was open to what was ahead of me. And you know what? It made me so frickin’ happy! I felt free to transfer my skills BEYOND the shores of the limits around me. YES I had 4 kids, YES I was in my forties, YES I was single again…but I totally didn’t care what anyone thought! YES it could have looked like I was on a rollercoaster ride to nowhere, YES I’m sure my parents thought I was momentarily mad…but in my heart – I knew it was ok to swim! Looking back, I was swimming. From port to port to test myself, to challenge myself, to bask in a sea of possibilities. So what have you got to lose? Especially in Covid times, this is the time, more than ever, to bring out your inner magic! So today I want to talk about why its ok to swim. Why you deserve to swim, especially in our every changing world. Firstly, its a way to move past your fears. When we think of doing something new. We initially get excited to bring a new skill into our lives. But then, seconds later, we talk ourselves out of it. We start overthinking it, and start thinking negatively. We start doubting we can even do something new, we freeze, and hesitate. Then we create all these imaginery scenarios of what could go wrong instead of right. We let fear take over. But you are not alone. Everyone does this. Let me give you an example – Apple Store. Seeing others there doesn’t make you feel alone! Doing something new is the unknown. It’s walking through a new door. And the unknown is scary. But it doesn’t have to be. Think of it as gifting yourself with new knowledge. Think of this as investing in yourself. Try one class. Try a workshop. Start slowly. Check in on how you feel. You may surprise yourself. Go to the apple store! Get on that bike. Get back on that horse! Ad if that thing doesnt turn out to be the thing you thought you wanted? Try something else! Secondly, it’s a way of breaking out of feeling stuck and unmotivated. Of breaking out of your your comfort zone and trying something new. Breaking past your comfort zone, opens your mind up to feeling great. it also builds your self confidence. Think of it as a way to working on yourself but with you as the painting. You are investing in yourself to recreate a newer, better.. masterpiece.. of you. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s a way for you to grow, like a flower, by planting some new seeds of knowledge, so you can build your resilience and self esteem! None of us on this planet were made to stand around like statues. None of us are robots. Life is ever – moving, and you are no different! It’s ok to swim from hobby to hobby. To search for that exact thing that makes you energised, that make you light up. It may not be easy to swim through, it may tire you. Or maybe, just maybe, it will bring you the peace and purpose you are searching for. So dive… Into an ocean of possibilities. Take a journey beyond your wildest dreams and swim on. Wade and glide up the rivers, streams and lost lagoons, towards the elements of life, that hold the essence of your dreams. Swim on, twisting and turning, to embrace the oppotunities that has been placed before you. Come upon each experience as a journey, and then swim on to the next port. Life is full of possibilities. It’s ok to swim. Dont forget, all these steps are in the shownotes. Have a fabulous week. Until next time, at The Creative Goddess.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Episode 2: Better or Bitter?
http://www.nicolesalinger.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/The-Creative-Goddess-3.mp3 Hi guys and welcome back to The Creative Goddess. I’m Nicole Salinger, creative goddess, chief self – excavator and sparkler of inner magic. In life, we are lots of different things, and especially now, in 2020, I feel its time for you to honour your abilities, seek out your passions and find the courage to free your inner magic. Is it time to get back your sparkle and thrive? You bet it is! Join me here, join me now, at the Creative Goddess. “To feel better about yourself, you must welcome CHANGE into your life, and not to question what these changes are, whatever the outcome. Change is everywhere. She is constant. Change exists in places and things all around us. In each and every moment. People change, the seasons change, and mother nature even promotes change, by evolving a caterpillar, shedding its old skin, getting ready to turn into a butterfly. She is there in the shadowy steps of every breath you take, of every life decision you make, and she follows you and guides you through every obstacle or challenge that comes across your path.” When you need to make a change in your life, you always have a choice about how you are going to receive it. I also love the whisper and breezy feeling of the word, “CHOICE”. Choice is always in the air, and from the moment we are born, it floats along beside us as we breath, as we think, as we feel. It bubbles and simmers in the background, and it is the patient, watchful eye that quietly observes your beautiful life waiting to unfold. Sometimes our choices down our life’s path are good for our spirit, and sometimes, we simply make the WRONG choices. And it’s all ok. This is life’s learning curve, filled with balls of obstacles and challenges that are thrown our way in spite of our good intentions. And in the aftermath of it all, sometimes we feel regret or relief, but other times we can become stunted with frustration, blaming the world and blaming yourself and blaming others for your own mistakes. And before you know it, this toxic cocktail of broken dreams and mindless head chattering completely unravels and affects not only you,but everyone around you. So if unexpected change has come your way, what’s your choice going to be, better or bitter? Are you going to open your wings and fly, despite the limitatons of the world at the moment, or are you going to sink into a pessimistic, vengeful mindset where you will just sit in contempt of others around you and act like a victim…and atttempt or unknowingly bring others down with you?? Are you the weeds of the soil, or are you the seed that is going to bloom like a beautiful flower? Are you going to be like the lotus flower that rises out of its toxic undergrowth? Or are you gonna choose to hide and be tangled in a dirty, webbed mindset of victimisation? Which choice do you think is the wisest choice? Not the easiest choice… cuz it’s so easy to be negative…but the wisest choice…the one that’s gonna make you better? Is it trying to take responsibility for the hard lessons the universe has handed you? Or is it to whine and complain of how hard your cards have been dealt? The question is… is the latter going to help you? Is your whining and complaining and finger pointing going to better your health or your situation? What are you really fighting for? and who are you exactly fighting with? Fighting in the face of emptiness is not a choice my friends. It is a way of tormenting yourself. You are not meant to be a closed, caged animal, locked up in anger and hate, refusing to release yourself from your own narrative. Living in blame, is a rose coloured state of mind. But being better? That is a life choice, of someone who wants to conquer and shine, to heal their wounds, and rediscover their spark within. But to do that you need to do some, well, WORK. You need to embrace, make friends and make peace with your current story. And you need to get honest REAL fast, because life is not gonna slow down for your self- pity. Especially when it’s self- generated. So, let me ask you this.. Are you proud of your current story? Are you proud of where you’ve landed? Are you setting out to be someone else in your lifetime, to hold a fake mask to everyone else to escape from your real personae? Or are you carrying your unique experiences like armour of your bravery, courage and light? Let me tell you something. If each and every one of us has magic inside of ourselves, then your life, rightly or wrongly, is already a rich and engaging best- seller. Your life experiences are the building blocks of your inner foundation, your myriad of stages and developing qualities, an entire volume of tales and tantalizing chapters, of the glorious, rich elements of you. But sometimes, in order to realise your magical story, you must realise the magic in yourself. No matter how old you are. No matter WHO you are. And that comes with complete self- acceptance…your biggest gate to freeing yourself from your inner struggles. Your story is not something to hide from. It’s a beautiful journey. Journeys of life are vast and wide. They may contain periods of peaks and valleys. They also contain a timeline you must navigate with patience, teamed with challenges to lead you to your ultimate life’s purpose. Right now, you may be standing on a mountaintop, deciding whether to jump into the unknown, embarking on a life decision of great enormity. Or you may be running, one year later, excitedly down a windy path of the unknown. Perhaps, even some of you have already found your purpose, and are navigating your way towards a future of abundance and empowerment. Stay on course. Wherever you may be, stay on your path. It has been given to you on a silver, shimmering platter, to rebound and revive your very existence. But most importantly, this experience is there to help you grow your wings, to fly high, and send a ripple of light and purpose out into the universal sky. So embrace your story. Today – I’d love it if you picked it off the bookshelf today, dusted it off and start admiring your cover of unique beauty. Open your insightful story in awe, and turn it, page by page, because this is the key to ultimate self acceptance. With each a mistake or bad choice you made, open your warrior heart and laser that experience with a glaze of golden wisdom you acquired from that time. And most importantly, if there is a chapter of FEAR, just touch it between your warm hands, like a mother seeks to settle down her child. Reassure this chapter that you love it, that it is a part of you, and treat it as a chapter safely cared for and preserved in the story of your life. It will be the most courageous and brave thing you will do for yourself in your lifetime. Embrace your story. Embrace your journey. Until next time, brave ones, keep on walking on a goddess path of sparkle, step by step, towards your golden destination. Subscribe. Share this episode, download it on Apple or Spotify. You can read my shownotes, and if you really loved this episode, shoot me a review. I’d love to hear your thoughts… at the Creative Goddess!
17 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Episode 1: Finding Your Spark!
http://www.nicolesalinger.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/The-Creative-Goddess-2.mp3 Hi guys and welcome back to The Creative Goddess. I’m Nicole Salinger, creative goddess, chief self – excavator and sparkler of inner magic. You can listen to it here, or read this blog post! I believe everyone has their own breed of magic inside of themselves. In 2021, what will yours be? How do you excavate it? How do you open yourself up, through the mind, body and soul to receiving it? Is it something that you can develop and train? Or is it something already inside of you, just waiting to come out? For the first time in 100 years, Covid has made us stop, sit and reflect upon our lives, and in ourselves. It’s made us take stock of what is important to us, and made us stop, look and listen to what our souls are telling us, or at least trying to tell us. You might be someone who is starting life on a clean slate, terrified about taking your first steps into the unknown. You might be someone who is stuck in the humdrum of your life, feeling like groundhog day, just itching to do something you love but not knowing what that something is. Or…you might be terrified of getting out of your comfort zone..and trying a new career, afraid of what others will think of you. And what I’ve discovered is…the common thread is what everyone on this planet wants.. to find their inner magic, that very thing that makes them unique, that gives them a life purpose. And this is because a life purpose, financial or not, keeps us in a healthy mindset. And after years of deep – seeded conversations with people from all walks of life, I’ve realised that having a purpose is the thing that makes us feel full inside. It makes us feel ike we are contributing to the good of the planet. That we matter. It could be as a volunteer position you take on board, it could be a hobby you’ve never tried before, or it can be taking an online course in art, just to broaden your horizons. It doesnt matter what it is. What matters is that you are willing to put yourself on the line and take some sort of ACTION, especially when we are facing life in a pandemic. Sitting and being indecisive about your next steps is not enough. If we dont do anything about feeling stuck, we start to feel glued to the ground. We start to become immobile and unmotivated. Not knowing how to bounce back with sparkle and vitality! Throughout my years as both a creative and a wellness advocate, I believe that the 3 major elements to finding your inner magic lies within exercising your body, mind and soul. In that order. This takes action. It takes effort and work. It takes an enormous amount of guts and courage to start glowing again. It might sound ‘too hard’ or ‘too scary’, but it’s the truth. I’ve done it myself. I redesigned my whole inner self first to redesign my life. It took more than creativity alone to find my inner magic again. It took a whole lot of inner reconstructive WORK. And most importantly, to add colour and sparkle back into my life, I had to let go of everything that did not serve my essence anymore, and begin my life over again. What do YOU need to let go of to leave room for your inner magic to flow? Is it a toxic situation? A negative imprint notions from your previous life chapter? I promise you, that in redesigning your, body, mind and soul, it leaves space for the real magic to come through, back into your life. There is magic in the air, and its happening all around us, all the time. We just have to wake up and let it in. I want to give you an example of one of my life chapters, and how my personal refurbishment began. I found it in the most unlikely of places. My local gym. At the time, I was professionally burnt out, and going through a tremendous personal setback. A divorce. In all honesty, I was at an all time low. I had lost sense of myself, and my life’s values & beliefs. I needed a desperate boost of sparkle in my life but I didn’t know how to psychologically get there, and stay there. I would gaze at my reflection in the mirror and feel lost – searching for the vivacious, confident, happy and positive, woman I used to be. My inner voice of wisdom was faintly there, whispering to me that it was time for a change. An inner, deeper change. But I didn’t understand what a “deeper change” meant. As far as I was concerned, I had two choices laid before me. Facing life as a single mother of 4 young children, I could either play the victim, and feel sorry for myself, or I could play the victor, and take the reins of my own wellbeing. I decided to be the latter. I decided to take responsibility to heal, to work on myself, and to rediscover and love myself again. I figured that as long as I stayed committed to my process, and stayed positive, it would rub off on my kids, and they would be ok emotionally. I was scared. I was excited. But I didn’t know what to do first. It wasn’t like I could pack my bags and travel to India, like in the movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ and attend an ashram or meditate all day. I had 4 kids who needed my love, assurance and attention! I needed to do something, but it had to be close to where I lived. So, reluctantly, I took change’s hand, and a friend referred me to a gym, which I refer to now as my Goddess Temple. Upon entering, I saw a slew of fit women, and felt a wash of fear and intimidation sweep over me. But there was something else that mesmerized me about this particular gym. It was quite surreal. I stood in awe as I observed mums, just like me, working hard to get fit. It wasn’t YOU vs. me, it was US. It was inclusive. And it wasn’t their instructor bodies I was so fascinated about. It was their confidence. The way they stood. The way they laughed. The way they engaged with other women equally, without competition. Their self esteem was through the roof. They were magnets of positivity. Like the Amazonian warriors in the movie Wonder Woman. They carried themselves with inner confidence and self- assurance. But moreover, they looked ALIVE. They had an inner spark. They cast a spell on me. Something in me stirred. I realised there and then- that this gym was where I would learn to rebuild my self- esteem. The first steps to rebuilding myself was going to be a physical one – My FOUNDATION. It was in this very place that I was going to learn how to love myself again, and regain my self confidence. This is how the road to my Goddess path was set. So when I joined my Goddess Temple, a shift started to happen inside of me. The shift of “SELF – BELIEF”. It was small, but it was there. It felt like a dark cloud had lifted, and after a while, I suddenly started to think a little bit more positively about myself in the mirror. It made me realize how important the mirror is to us and how it reflects the relationship we have with ourselves. Is your reflection clear and confidant, or is it fractured and cracked? When I started my path of getting back my magic, my answers weren’t that clear. I just knew that I wanted to have self confidence again. In classic fairytales, the Queens, Princesses and Maidens always looked to their reflections for life’s answers, and being on a Goddess path, I guess I was no different. I was looking for guidance, a way to love myself again and feel strong, ready to redefine my inner & outer beauty. So I looked for inspiration. I remember looking at pictures of Goddesses on Pinterest. And there they were – beautiful, amazonian beacons of confidence & strength. The way they stood. The way they looked at you with eternal wisdom. I needed to start seeing myself this way. I needed to start embracing their physicality. I needed to start loving myself again to survive. I need to have some monumental thoughts! After a few months at my gym, a golden opportunity was laid before me. I had been enjoying a Dance Cardio program that was fun, slightly sexy and very feminine. So much so, that I forgot I was exercising. The instructor at the time sensed my self- belief grow with every class, so he would kindly bring me up onstage to demonstrate the dance moves to the members. Then, within a few weeks, he endorsed me to train as an instructor for the program. My ticket back to body confidence. So with hard work, and many hours in front of the mirror, I gained a Les Mills certification in Sh’bam and went on to teach it to maintain my body confidence. But slowly, it began to dawn on me, that it was becoming something more than just myself. I began finding a purpose to help women look in the mirror and come into their own kind of femininity, and the mirror was showing me something I had never seen before. My own personal magic. What was reflecting back was a light that was slowly turning on inside of me. What I was EMANATING, was a powerful energy. During class, I began witnessing, like a mirror, the effect of my own power, and it was being reflected back to me through the women during the class. Looking back, was not only the first step to my CHANGE, but it quickly became one of unexpected TRANSFORMATION. So I started to see MYSELF differently on the inside and out. It was my inner magic and sparkle. I suddenly felt alive, feminine and so very powerful. I felt I had the power within me to affect another’s wellbeing. That I was significant. That there was a superwoman inside of me that I had just discovered. So it dawned on me. It was time for me to finally feel my powerful and positive potential. That this was a new chapter for me. That knowing my power was going to be the key to my inner peace and happiness. And thus began my newer, deeper, more significant quest – to go inside and rediscover my worth. First came the physical. It ignited a fire in my belly- to rediscover my inner magic…and get my spark back! So if life brings you change…don’t. get. stuck. Take action. Get moving! Go out and seek to honour yourself. Feel it in your body first! Find your golden key of enjoyment. Look at your reflection, and do it by trying something new. Something that might test your body. Something that might surprisingly, challenge your Mindset. Something that might just turn out… to be exactly what you need. To open up the gates inside…to unleash your own magic and to decorate your own path, to arrive at your golden destination. To find out more about me, or to contact me, my links are all in the show notes. Until next time, take care on your path to brilliance, right here, at The Creative Goddess.
4 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Welcome to My Podcast – The Creative Goddess
http://www.nicolesalinger.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/The-Creative-Goddess-Podcast-1.mp3 Hi and Welcome to my Podcast, The Creative Goddess. I’m Nicole Salinger, a Designer, Illustrator, Storyteller and Emerging Kidlit Author! I’ve held a lot of creative titles throughout my life, including having spent years as a Walt Disney singer and performer. So I thought it would be fun to share what inspires and motivates me to become a better artist, writer and human being! Here on this show, you’ll find moments of inspiration, empowerment and mindfulness, to get you into a safe, creative bubble of inner happiness, especially in these crazy, Covid times! Come with me to get comfy, inspired and free, to express your best creative self – at The Creative Goddess. In today’s episode, I want to start by telling you a little story about myself. When I was 10 years old, I discovered magic inside of me. It wasn’t the magic of a genie in a bottle, or the magical spells of a witch, but it was some other kind of magic that was already inside of me, because out of nowhere, I realised I could illustrate characters. They would magically appear inside my head, the creativity would go down to a pen in my hand, then I would draw some kind of character that would be… it was like magic! Some kind of character would appear on the page! It was someone I had made up. And (pause), the only explanation I have for being able to put it on a page…is, you know, when you are a child, that you’re fearless. You’ll just have a crack at anything. Just to try. And you don’t have any fears inside of you. And so, in this podcast, what I want to teach you, is that I think that as adults, we forget that we still have the magic inside of us, and I want to motivate you to unleash it out into the world, because it couldn’t just be me who had ‘no idea’ about the magic inside of me and then all of a sudden it came out. I believe each and every one of us on this planet has some kind of, you know, untapped talent, that they either haven’t had the courage to, you know, bring out. They’ve been too scared, or too scared about what people think of you, and in this pandemic, we’ve had a lot of time to reflect, and I believe that in that reflection, we can start to harness our own kind of magic. But this takes effort. It takes courage and it takes WORK on your part to get out of your own way, release your magic, bring it to fruition, and perhaps find your life purpose! In this podcast, I want to inspire, motivate and empower you to find your own kind of magic. Like a female explorer, I want you to excavate it. Like a mermaid, I want you to keep on swimming towards it, and like a hero goddess, I want you to exercise it. Whatever age you are. Whatever it is… isn’t it time to free your inner magic?
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