May we give our all to every action we take #motivation

May we give every action our all #motivation - Claire Samuel

Give it your all, in all you do, you never know what blessings could come your way. I never imagined that one day I could go to Cabo Verde and do a headstand in the sand, as on the photo above. May we always do our best and reap the blessings that we cannot see today but which are coming our way.


Thank you #Oprah Winfrey: the power of saying “No”

Thank you #Oprah Winfrey: the power of saying "No" - Claire Samuel

A few years after I escaped from violence and abuse, I stumbled across the amazing work and legacy of Oprah Winfrey. I watched many youtube videos about her work and various speeches. I love her so much. I also listened closely to the message carried by the people she chose to interview. Moreover, there is one word that stands out in Oprah’s generous body of work and this is “no”. Learning how to say “no” to people, even family, is the most important thing to say “yes” to ourselves.

My secret #motivation card of positive affirmations revealed

My secret #motivation card of positive affirmations - Claire Samuel

I wrote on a little card, on both sides, several positive affirmations which helped me through many years of recovering from abuse. Whenever I feel sad and lonely, I read them again. The card is always on my desk or on the wall, even through various flats. This card has been the witness of my tears, my hopes and my hard work.

We are never alone anyway. There is a higher power. Besides, we are more powerful than we thing we are. This card was on my side when I was studying for the bar exam. This card is still with me today, as I embark on this entrepreneurial venture. May it inspire you and bring you comfort too. This is what it reads:

  • Always assume the best
  • I love you, sorry, than you.
  • It happened for me.
  • The sky is the limit.
  • You are a ray of sunshine.
  • Beautiful surprises of life.
  • To be one with life.
  • Whatch what happens.
  • I am more powerful than I imagine.
  • Prepare and it will come.
  • Abundance and confidence.
  • Accept and act.
  • I deserve great things and more.
  • I love my beautiful life.
  • Only good things are coming now.
  • I am safe.
  • I am loved.
  • I am a strong and beautiful woman capable of anything.
  • The great man is already mine.
  • I am willing to receive.
  • I am enough.
  • Dear God, please make me into someone wonderful.

My secret #motivation card of positive affirmations - Claire Samuel

My secret #productivity tip to avoid sacrificing exercise for study

My secret #productivity tip to avoid sacrificing exercise for study - Claire Samuel

My friend, my sister, are you going back to university? are you determined to improve your current situation by going deep on personal development, rather than movies or fiction novels (even temporarily)? are you hungry for success, for productivity, for climbing higher in your life?

If you rebuild your life after trauma/abuse, you need to listen to audio books or online courses.

However, exercising is essential to enjoy a good functioning brain. The solution is simple: listen what you have to listen to become the best version of yourself (distance courses/classes, motivating audio books and podcasts), while you are exercising, whether at home, at the gym or outside if you go for a run (use your headphones on your mobile). Personally, I do yoga at home, in front of youtube videos, which I put on mute. While I am exercising on the mat, I listen to other videos, about motivation, being a writer and developping a youtube channel. I have been using this productivity secret for many years now, it helped me tremendously and, at the end of the day, I am proud of myself.