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Monday Motivation – Denzel has got a message for you this morning!  

“Utilise that gift, don’t abuse that gift, treasure it”-Denzel Washington

Hey hey!

Monday morning, wiping the sleep from your eye thinking ‘Where did the weekend go?’ (Input distraught face) butttt this morning I wanted to share this wicked video from Denzel Washington speaking on goals and dreams.

Now let’s be honest, we all have dreams, we all have goals we wish to attain, nobody wants to look back in 5-6 years and see no growth. But we can want all we want, it going to take action, dedication, consistency and discipline to make anything happen.

I hope that you get something out of this video and be sure to know that YOUR dreams can be turned in to reality, when your heart is in it you already have it, it’s just for you to decide how far you want to take it.

Enjoy! Share with a loved one and let’s motivate one another to the top!

Love&Light Always

Monday Motivation: ‘I love living. It is infectious’-Will Smith

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 ‘Just decide. What its going to be. Who you’re going to be. How you’re going to do it’ 

Will Smith

Good rising Kings and Queens,

Its Monday, you not only have a new day and a new week you have a new month. I wanted to share with you guys a video of all of Will Smith’s best interviews and speeches where he gives us real gems on becoming successful and emotionally happier with our lives.

It served as a reminder to me that the difference between the US and the UK is the US believe in the unimaginable. From a young age they are told you can do and be anything you want no matter where you come from. I feel here in the UK we are more limited and structured. We don’t believe our dreams are realistic enough and like Will Smith says in this video ‘Being realistic is the most common travelled road to mediocrity’.

This is your Monday message to say IT IS OK TO DREAM BIG, BELIEVE IN THE UNREALISTIC AND PUSH UNTIL YOU GET THERE! You have this one life in this body, why are you playing safe?

Have an amazing one guys!

Enjoy. Love & Light.


Monday Motivation- No jump, no flight.

 Good rising kings and queens,

It’s Monday, some of you are jumping for joy and some of you, well actually probably most of you are longing to ring the boss and say ‘Today is cancelled, I will be in tomorrow’. But there’s money to be made and bills to be paid right?! Not to mention that holiday you need to book ASAP! 

But before you roll into a ball of negativity and resent for this Monday morning I wanted to share with you a video I sent out to my friends this week. It was a video that left me pumped and although already embarking on a business adventure just gave me that extra motivation I needed (believe me WE ALL FALL OFF SOMETIMES!). Steve Harvey, internationally known for being a comedian is also well known for his very inspiring advice and thoughts. Through books, such as ‘Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady’ (also a major film), tv and radio shows Mr Harvey has made his mark and really does have a way with words and the ability to make you think. 

Just remember, today is a new week, a new day and a chance to change your life. You are stronger than you think and to make the jump from great to greater. I will say no more and let Mr Harvey work his magic and I am confident you will start today with a completely different attitude. 


Love&Light Always


Dear Diary..

Hey guys,

So I’ve named this blog post Dear Diary because thats exactly where I felt like I was writing. Lol. 

So it’s been a year since a close family friend commited suicide and it had me thinking that whilst most are in high spirits around this time of year, not everybody is. 

A time where if you have lost somebody or don’t have family or even friends it seems now it would be highlighted and you could feel more isolated and alone than ever. If this is you please please know you’re not alone, if you’re reading this that means you have access to the Internet which is a great start for reaching out to people. You can find clubs or classes that may be great for you to join. Or even if it’s reaching out to a friend, sometimes you have to put your ego to the side and do it. Ask for help. 

I remember last year feeling more alone than ever as I was changing and so was my lifestyle and although I love and adore my friends there were certain conversations that I just couldn’t have with them. That’s where Instagram came in and I was blessed to be connected with so many like minded people and people I could also learn from. It’s all about reaching out. I also started going to boot camp and now I go to gymnastics (btw I am not flexible and fall flat on my face most of the time! Haha) but I’ve made some life long friends, not to mention feeling fitter and healthier. I now have 1-1 yoga with a beautiful young lady who again I also feel will be in my life for a very long time. It’s all about pushing your comfort zone and getting out there.

I’ve also recently felt there is so much pressure amongst us to make next year so much better than this one. Which don’t get me wrong isn’t necessarily wrong but I know some of my friends feel super lost and don’t even know where to begin and I for one started to feel overwhelmed with how I could top this year, which will be hard. 

To help me with my new year I sat down and wrote where I want to be this time next year, what I would have wanted to accomplish. Now don’t be afraid to aim high! Last year I wrote I wanted to be on radio and be in a magazine amongst other stuff but please believe both of those came true! 

The key is to be gentle but honest with yourself, focus on you and your growth. Don’t worry too much on how far your friend is getting, instead use their journey for inspiration rather than allowing it to put you down or make you feel like you are under achieving.   

If you have past issues then I would always recommend speaking to somebody or finding a positive outlet, I’m yet to have counselling but I’ve realised my outlet is anything to do with exercise and meditation. So I make time for these. I’m a mother, a single one at that, I work part time, run pick me up inc but still find time to do things I know I love. I have battled with self harming since I was 11 and so I know it is vital to find time to do things that allow me to release any tension or negative energy.

I wrote this post this evening because it’s been weighing heavy on my heart that we put too much pressure on ourselves to have it all together and that alone can make us feel down or like we are not doing enough. 

You don’t have to feel alone, you are powerful and so much stronger than you think. Every day is your day. Reach out and get the support you need. Never be embarrassed or afraid. 

Love&Light Always.



Monday Motivation- Born again

Good Rising!

I hope you have had an amazing weekend and if you haven’t fear not, today is a new day, a new week and a chance to be reborn. Sounds extreme? Well I don’t think so.

If we looked at 24 hours as in £24,000 how would we spend each hour? Because there is nothing more worse than wasted time. You have already started spending (you’re reading this so well done, so far this is time well spent! haha)

But today on this Monday I want you to allow yourself to be reborn, let go of any negatives from the past, even if it was 5 seconds ago because its gone, lost in time, also let go of the positives, smile and move forward. Indulge in now, this is your time so make every minute count. Right now its 6am so we are £6000 down, how else will your time be spent?

You can create your day, your path and your life. Your mindset is your power house. Invest in it. Read more. Listen more. And enjoy life. Even when it gets tough, if you’re reading this from your phone then I would say you’re pretty blessed already. In the society that continues to make you want to accumulate more, why not need less and spend your time doing more of the things you love?

Lastly you are powerful, you are amazing and you can handle whatever this week throws at you! Enjoy!

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MONDAY MOTIVATION- How to build self esteem and confidence!

Good evening beautiful being,


I hope you have had an amazing weekend and you are getting ready to chill and enjoy the last few hours before the brand new week begins:) This weeks Monday Motivation is all about confidence and self esteem, what it is and how you can build it. I hope that this post will have you feeling confident and ready to kick Mondays butt!

Confidence is believing in your ability to do something, it is not something that you can buy or borrow. Confidence is born in your mindset, it also goes hand in hand with self esteem. Self esteem is how you view yourself. When you have a healthy self esteem, your views and beliefs about yourself are generally positive, and so is your outlook on life. Even when you face challenging times you can bounce back without allowing the situation to stop you long term. On the other hand when you have a low self esteem you can often feel bad about yourself, highlighting your weaknesses and more often than not blaming yourself for the difficult times and failures in your life.


I could identify with having low self esteem at a point in my life, always seeking validation from others and taking things personal that really had nothing to do with me. For me to have the strength to convert that negative energy into something positive I had to know the source of these feelings.

It would be impossible to pick just one reason to why someone could end up having low self esteem but here are a few I could think of:

  1. A childhood experience (violence, abuse, neglect, grief)
  2. The media (magazines,social media, TV)
  3. Parents (comparing you to friends or even themselves as a child)
  4. Friends (putting you down, feeling like the odd one out)
  5. Family (comparing to other family members, never good enough)
  6. Grief (loss of a loved one, dealing with regret)







Focusing on positive things when you are feeling low or unenthusiastic can feel scary and even exhausting just thinking about it but its best to remember great things take time and practice. I have found ways to create a more positive and motivating outlook on life when dealing with self esteem and self confidence and these are also definitely good to use when about to face a Monday morning.

Recognise and do more of what you are good at: it boosts self esteem and confidence so keep doing what your good at no matter what others think.

Build and maintain healthy relationships: they say you become like those around you, no doubt we can all got through a hard time but be careful of those who are constantly hating life, they will bring you down too! Be around people that believe in you, motivate you and inspire you to be the best version of you.

When going through a challenging time try not to indulge in negative thoughts: It’s so easy when we are going through a challenge to think of all the negative outcomes but this will only make it worse, switch your attention to something else. Just like when you know you’ve cut out cakes on a diet and you start to think about eating cake, you think or do something else to snap out of it, the same applies to negative thinking in a tough situation.

Contribute to something: Giving and making a difference boosts self esteem, go out of your way to make someone else’s day better and see how you feel after:)

Be yourself: Always be you, unforgivably imperfectly perfectly you:) As they say you was born an original don’t die a copy

Being assertive and learn to say no: Oh wow this has taken me forever to put this in to practice and I still have trouble now. But being assertive and knowing your boundaries and when to say no leaves you feeling so much more in control of your life. Theres nothing worse than saying yes to something and feeling like a pushover when deep down you know you should have just politely said no.

Self appearance: Now, being too self conscious can lead you to feeling insecure and we know this BUT theres a thin line between being too self conscious and just caring about your appearance. Studies have said that in the first 30 seconds of meeting you, people are taking in your appearance, not what you’re saying, not that you are a millionaire with a baby range or not that you just travelled the world singing hi low they are looking at how you are presented. Now I’m not saying grab your credit card and run to louis vuitton, what I am saying is just to take pride in the way you are presented. Brushed hair or shaved whatever as long as its neat (unless you’re going for the messy bun or wild mane;) but make sure your clothes are ironed, you look at people when you speak to them, maintain eye contact (not in a  scary way may I add) stand up straight (bad posture is the worst) and have clean nails. Just a basic I look after myself appearance. I find when I look good I feel good and when I feel crap, throwing on my favourite jeans and painting my nails can change my confidence from 5 to 10.

Read: Books are my oxygen and considering paper is made from trees it would make sense;) get it? ha-ha (queue cricket noises) Yep that is why I never did stand!  No but honestly, some of my best nights have been when indulged in a good read (sorry friends). I normally find when Im going through something reading helps me find the answers I need. Reading books such as ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ By Susan Jeffers and ‘The Way of The Spiritual Warrior’ By Dan Millman gave me the most confidence and lust for life. READ READ READ!!!

Sleep: When I don’t sleep properly or I go to bed too late I wake up groggy or not in enough time to prepare for the day properly, therefore leaving me feeling less confident and unprepared for what is ahead. All of sudden watching back to back youtube videos of Ekhart Tolle wasn’t such a good idea, no matter how inspiring they were. I need my sleep and so do you! Try burning incense oils just before bed as well, smells can influence your mood so much more than you think.

Exercise and Diet: So as we know or may not know exercise releases endorphins, a chemical that not only reduces your perception of pain but also triggers a positive feeling. How amazing?! That by exercising we can make ourselves feel better (after the pain of  Our diet also has a lot to answer for when it comes to our moods. (check one of our pick&mix post on ‘FOOD FOR MOODS’By Hipster Veggie) Every morning (well nearly every morning) I aim to get up half an hr earlier to exercise and it makes all the difference to my day.



If you already have healthy self esteem and confidence then find other ways to uplift others. I started Pick Me Up Inc to motivate and pick myself up and during the process I was able to help others. All I needed was my thoughts and the internet! HA-HA!

I always use myself as an example, its crazy to think just 2 years ago I was always out partying, making any excuse not to go home, drinking loads, self harming and ending up at friends crying my eyes out about past experiences. I still go out and have fun but I am no longer running from anything.

If I have learnt anything in these last 2 years it is that we create our lives. I know what I disliked about myself and I set out to change it and to eliminate and add what I needed. Mindfulness, meditation, exercise and now gymnastics are all what have kept me going, not to mention my cheeky son Cameron.

My self confidence and self esteem are getting there and I guess they will always be a work in progress. Tonight I will write my intentions for the day ahead and what I am grateful for. Please never forget the last few hours of thoughts are what marinates in your subconscious for the next 7-8 hours of sleep so make it positive.

Happy Sunday and have an even happier and positive Monday tomorrow! Lets aspire to inspire. Be confident and build on our self esteems.


Love&Light Always












Happy Sunday beautiful people!

So yes we have now changed our Monday Motivation to a Sunday evening to get you feeling motivated and going to bed ready and pumped for the new week ahead and we have the perfect thing to start not only your week right but the month ahead!

We all know what its like when we have goals or want to change something in our lives but we don’t stick to it and it can be so frustrating. Well presenter Claira Hermet knows and has decided to do something about it! Starting with 30 DAYS TO CHANGE IT! aka #30DaysTCI!


Claira wrote on her instagram:


It’s all about sharing an experience because sharing is caring. 30 days to change it. Why am I doing this? Because I am the best at saying I will do things religiously and then failing. Each time I fail I believe in myself a little less. I know however I can do it and so can you. Sometimes we just need a little help and thats where #30DaysTCI comes in.

All you have to do is create a list of 1to 10 things you intend to do everyday for the next 30 days and do them everyday without fail. Do not over face yourself with things you know are not possible. The idea is to succeed and feel great about yourself and your capabilities. For example;

30 Minutes of exercise. A healthy breakfast. Read a chapter of a book. Meditate. Tell someone you love them. Write a journal. Drink 2 litres of water a day. Eat a sugar free diet. Research what it would take to make your dreams come true. Try something new. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

Tweet/insta what you plan to do for the next 30 days and hashtag #30DaysTCI, make at least one post a day. If it’s getting tough then say, if its fun then say. Whatever is going on say it!

If you need motivation @ me (@missclairahermet) I will need motivation too. We can use each other to keep ourselves motivated and to make sure we achieve what we set out to do.



After reading Claira’s post I immediately started to think of what I wanted to change. My list which I will follow everyday is:

1.Drink 2 litres of water a day. 2.Exercise more patience. 3.Exercise in the morning. 4.Practice my bridge (gymnastics) 5.Stretch for the splits. 6.Say hello or good morning to somebody I don’t know. 7.Read with Cameron.

I think this is an amazing idea and what a way to start a new month! I hope you guys will join in also and don’t forget to hashtag #30DaysTCI! Be gentle with yourself and honest but most of all have fun with it! Thank you to Claira for thinking of such an awesome idea and I can’t wait to see how we all get on!

Love&Light Always

Y.E x


Monday Motivation- Are you seeing things as they are or as you are?

Good rising beautiful!

This week it really dawned on me how much I’ve changed and grown. I was faced with some issues and the way I responded was a million miles away from how the old Yasmin would have responded. It then dawned on me I no longer put my happiness in the hands of others and I have fully taken responsibility for my feelings and well being and this is what I want to share for this weeks Monday Motivation.

I used to read things and see the negative. I used to receive constructive criticism yet only internalise it and take the criticism badly rather than utilising it in a positive way. I’ve realised WE DON’T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, WE SEE THINGS AS WE ARE.

I remember being in a place where I thought my friends had time for everybody else but me. But really when it came down to it, it was just a reflection of where I was at in my life and I had a lot of insecurities to deal with. I was handing over my power, blaming other people for not meeting my expectations. But that is so wrong, on so many levels. Expectations only lead to disappointments. I now only expect from myself and I know that it is wrong to emotionally manipulate anybody in to thinking they owe me anything. Whether I liked it or not I and only I was and is responsible for my own happiness. I was vibrating on such a negative level that everything I viewed I viewed from a negative perspective this was just a reflection of where I was at in life.

Some people may read this and think ‘But there are genuinely horrible people that make me feel a way’ and all I can say to that is, when you know who you are and when your intentions are true, how others perceive you to be will not affect you. Its not ignorance, it’s having a greater understanding of who you are and inner standing that people can only affect you as much as you allow them to.

Through meditation, reading a lot of books and watching countless you tube videos I have found myself in this place where I have a greater inner standing of me and who I am. Mostly found when being quiet and still, deep in the depths of myself I have found a stillness that I can only describe as pure bliss. Although sometimes I find myself vibrating on different levels, high and low, I know that place of bliss can be reached.

I will leave this with my most honest and humble thoughts. YOU have responsibility of your happiness, feelings and well being. Life serves you, and sometimes it can serve you the rawest deal and yes that may be out of your hands but what is in your hands is how you decide to react to it, this and only this will determine the affect it has on you and your future.

Take time for yourself when you need to and remember you can’t be there for everybody. It isn’t your duty. Expect less and be grateful for more. Have more soul and less ego. Be honest and kind to others, but most of all be honest and kind to yourself.

Have an amazing week and I invite you to take responsibility. Change the way you look at things and you will see the things you look at change.

Love&Light Always.






Monday Motivation- Your life your meaning

Good rising beautiful people,

Today I will leave you with the smallest quote.

And with that I ask you. What does your life mean to you? 

Regardless of your answer I want to say to you. You may or may not know it yet but you mean something to this world. You contribute with your presence, your actions and your conversation. Live with intent today, own your day! I send you nothing but faith, energy and love on this Monday morning. 

Have an amazing day, 

Love&light always 


Monday Motivation- ‘Making it MY MONDAY!’


Good rising beautiful people!

So I’m going to jump straight in and to be brutally honest I haven’t been my normal happy go lucky self. I’ve had things that life has thrown at me, one thing after another and I’m tired! BUT today after a beautiful weekend, I’m making this Monday ‘MY MONDAY!’. I’m dedicating this day to me because some days we need a little TLC! (I promise I didn’t mean to make that rhyme. Lol) 

But no honestly I have my down days and I go through life just like you reading this. Some days are better than the others and I sometimes feel as though I’m doing this big great juggling act, with being a mum, pioneering the company and working part time. Not to mention trying to stay socially active and be there for others. But sometimes it comes to a point where you can’t be there for everybody. You have to be there for you! And you shouldn’t feel guilty about it! 

If you’re reading this and going through anything then I just want to say it’s ok!! If you want to cry, cry! If you want to laugh then laugh! But whatever you do, regardless of what you are going through. Make today YOURS!!! All YOURS!!! Whether that means throwing your phone on airplane mode for an hour or so,  chilling in doors with your favourite film or book! Going to the beauty salon! If you are going to work, be pleasant to others, kill the work and plan an evening to yourself or even time to yourself. An extra long bath (once the kiddies are in bed if you have them)  or your favourite dinner and yes indulge in the dessert! PLEASE! If that will make you happy! Ha-Ha!
I am not happy every day but I am positive in most situations. I guess what I am trying to say is yes life is hard but it is also very beautiful. YIN and YANG. No life without dark, no sunshine without rain?? You get what I’m trying to say?? Ups and downs are normal just know when to take a step back and say ‘I can’t control everything’. And flow with it! 

I hope this has helped as most dislike a Monday, it doesn’t have to be all bad! And I invite you to make this day yours!! Have an amazing one guys!

Love&Light Always!


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