16 Posts to Lift Your Spirits and Help You Feel More Optimistic during dark times.

It’s Monday morning in Brisbane and I’m sitting in my office looking out the window. I’m trying to write but struggling with everything that is going on in my head.

I’m thinking about what’s happening in my little patch of the world as well as what’s happening in the world outside my apartment.

To be honest, I’m feeling a little anxious.

I’m trying to get my business up and running (fantastic but also stressful), I’m trying not to worry about some medical results my Mum is waiting on (not sure how well I’m doing on that score, but I’m giving it my best shot) and I’m trying to make sense of the senseless acts of terrorism plastered across the news today.

Let’s face it some days life is enough to send us scurrying back under the bed covers with the plan of never coming out (except maybe for chocolate and wine).

Here are some posts from my archives that I wanted to share with you today to help you feel more optimistic.


A Love Poem – I wrote this poem to read at my best friends wedding. Not sure exactly why I wanted to share it today, but it’s probably because I wanted to think more about love than hate.

Look for the Beauty in LifeThere is a lot of beauty in the world. We tend to forget that when violence erupts, so it doesn’t hurt to have a little reminder.

How a Scrawny Stray Cat Changed My Life for the Better – you’re probably wondering why I included a post about my cat. It might seem trivial but there are reasons. He’s an incredible source of comfort (and we all need some of that right now), he’s a reminder of how transformational love can be and he makes me smile (he just jumped up for a keyboard cuddle while I was typing this which put a big smile on my face).


Be Kind to People – After watching the recent horrors, a lot of people are feeling shocked, sad and angry.

It’s a good time to be more patient and kinder to the people around you.

The Importance of Kindness – Another reminder to be kind.

Getting through tough times

Hang in There – Things Will Get Better – A simple reminder to hang in there because things will get better.

How to Maintain Your Self-Confidence During Times of Adversity – I originally wrote these two posts about the whole job hunting process but they also deal with getting through hardship and coming to terms with our feelings.

How to Maintain Your Confidence Through Time of Adversity Part 2

How to Deal with Periods of Transition – Change is a given. In life, love, work, politics and the world. How we handle transitions can make all the difference.

You Are in Control – when innocent people get hurt we feel helpless. We feel like we have no control over the situation and often we don’t. What we do have is control over our own actions and behaviors so that’s a good place to start.

How to Cope with Feelings of Loneliness  – Remember that comment I made about hiding under the covers? It can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. At times like this, the reach out to people message is important.


A few quotes to get you thinking…

My Top 10 Thought-Provoking Quotes

10 Thought Provoking Lessons from Mahatma Gandhi


As a traveler, it upsets me to think that people will be scared to travel after everything that happened last week. With that in mind, I thought I would share two inspirational travel posts.

12 Ways Travel Can Change Your Life

8 Glorious Reasons You Should Travel By Yourself

I wish you a successful and peaceful week. Show yourself and others compassion each and every day. Love and kindness everyone!

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