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New Year… Fresh Start ๐Ÿ˜Š

New Year… Fresh Start ๐Ÿ˜Š

New Year… Fresh Start ๐Ÿ˜Š

So, after setting New Year intentions I thought about the best way to make space in my life for what matters, plus welcome in all the new and exciting things to come in 2016!ย  So I set about my Fresh Start.

My favourite way of doing this is by having a good declutter. To me this is great therapy. I don’t know about you but I seem to be clearer in my head when my environment is too!

It can be a very daunting and once in the middle of it all and think why on earth but push on. I love gathering things for friends, charity and Adam’s clothes are passed on to another little boy.

I put on my favourite music and begin by choosing one room at a time. Sometimes even saying to myself ‘I’m just gonna give it an hour’.ย  Taking a gradual approach I find, isn’t so over whelming.ย  Now my little Bliss office looks like My-Inspiration-Journal-Fresh-Start-My-Bliss-Officea much more peaceful place to work.ย  I have a sofa in it as you can see ๐Ÿ˜Š given to me by a lovely friend.ย  I really don’t feel comfortable at a desk so this is my way around it ๐Ÿ˜Š It feels great and I feel more efficient already!

It’s good to get everyone in the house involved.ย  Have a clear out together, encourage eachother to donate items you don’t use or need and then plan a nice treat for you all as a reward for all the effort.ย  You could even hide a little note with what you love about them. Which they will hopefully find! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As Adam is 9 years old he needed a hand to get going. He is a massive teddy fan and feels attached to everyone of them. Helping him decide which ones go to a new home via the local charity shop wasn’t easy. So we decided that he would chose a new one once we had dropped these in. It warmed my heart seeing him hug each one and decide who was coming home with us ๐Ÿ’œ

It has taken a while but it feels great to know that others will benefit from the things I no longer need. Plus my mind feels so much clearer ๐Ÿ˜Š

So, I begin this New Year with a clearer house, office and head. It feels wonderful to have space for the new to come in ๐Ÿ˜Š

I would love to hear your ideas on just how you begin the year? I’m sure many of you have tips you could share with us. Please do ๐Ÿ˜Š

Again, thankyou so much for reading. I hope this blog gives you a little inspiration to begin the New Year with a fresh start and make space for what matters ๐Ÿ˜Š

Keep sparkling and Shine brightly everyone ๐ŸŒŸ
Much love,
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New Year – Fresh Start

New Year – Fresh Start

New year, fresh start… endless possibilities ๐Ÿ˜„

Back home and all cosy. So I thought I would sit by the fire and write a short New Year blog.

With the holiday season coming to an end I found this lovely quote which is very true. Christmas is forever, not just for one day. For loving, sharing and giving are not to put away like the bells, lights and tinsel ๐ŸŽ„

It’s been a tough year for many all over the world but don’t forget 1 candle can light thousands. Go out there and be the light and keep shine brightly โญ

MyInspirationJournal-New-Year-TreeSo, as I sit by the fire I’m thinking about the New Year. I have decided that as I rarely see out my resolutions ๐Ÿ˜• I mayย ย try setting intentions. As most of you probably know, an intention is the starting point of any dream. It’s like drawing a map of where you wish to go.

So when listing these it’s best to keep them positive, uplifting and in the present tense. They are normally short term but why not create with the year in mind. As they can be polished as you go and will evolve as you do.

For example ~
My intention is to Inspire and help others see their inner magic ๐Ÿ’œ
My intention is to Sprinkle kindness everyday ๐Ÿ˜Š

Make as many as you like, refer to these frequently, voice them daily either silently or aloud, place them where you will see them.

So before the New Year begins I shall journal mine. I have magical dreams for 2016 ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜Š

MyInspirationJournal-New-Year-InspirationWhen journalling these I decided to have a little more fun and fill my Bliss Board too with all the dreams I would like to invite into my life and apparently I can’t include Keanu Reeves in this! I think his photo might just find its way onto my board ๐Ÿ’œ A girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜Š

I took myself to the local shop and bought a few magazines to leaf through and tear out images, words and pictures that represent my intentions. I’m thinking of adding glitter and Sparkle as I glue these into place! A gorgeous activity to do on New Years Eve ๐Ÿ˜Š I may even ask my friends along to a little Bliss party ๐Ÿ’œ so we can inspire eachother, set intentions and fill our boards with our own inner magic ๐ŸŒŸ

Why not include a Bliss Jar ๐Ÿ’œ Chose a beautiful one, add a few sparkles inside or out, make a little tag for it and everyday write a note about your reasons to be thankful and the good things going on. Place them in your jar and then look back on these whenever you like or maybe leave until next Christmas. You could borrow my gorgeous sister’s twist on our jar and fill with a note for each day of the year! ( see yesterdays post in Bliss Inspired for all the details) A truly beautiful gift ๐Ÿ’œ

This is a lovely activity to do with Adam ๐Ÿ˜Š Infact i may just hold a Bliss Buds party too! ๐ŸŒŸ

I know many lovely souls have been saving their journal for exactly this moment. To begin journalling their hopes, dreams and to start the New Year on a fresh and positive note. I am with you all, sending my intentions out into the universe which will help guide us to our goals as long as we follow our inner guidance and take action!

So as we begin a fresh New Year what are your intentions? What dreams are you going to create? How do you intend to bring out your inner magic? ๐ŸŒŸ

Thankyou all so much for being a part of this journey ๐Ÿ’œ Together we are shinning our own unique light. I am so very grateful for each and everyone of you. You are at the very heart of Bliss ๐Ÿ’œ

I and the Bliss team wish you a very Happy New Year and am so excited to see just what 2016 brings for us all ๐ŸŒŸ

‘Follow your Bliss and Sparkle’ ๐ŸŒŸ
Shine brightly everyone ๐ŸŒŸ
Much love,

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Oh yes a link to our website would be good for those of you who wish to start the New Year with a journal ๐Ÿ’œ

Or visit one of our three lovely stockists๐Ÿ“š

Innovation, Market Street in Bangor.
Kingfisher Craft Gallery in Killyleagh.
Or the magical Starfish Cafe, Ballyholme.๐ŸŒŸ

Thank you ๐Ÿ’œย 

The meaning of life!

The meaning of life!

Today’s post is by our guest blogger and friend Kirsty Millar.

The meaning of life!

โ€˜The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. โ€œ Pablo Picasso

Christmas time is the time of year when we seem to be obsessed with gifts. Where to find the perfect gift? Online, offline, on the high street, not on the high streetโ€ฆ.the possibilities are endless. We seem to put an enormous amount of time, energy and finances into these important decisions and of course it is lovely to give gifts and receive them during the festive period.

However, we are often so focused on finding those perfect material gifts for others that we forget to look for and recognise the unique gifts we have inside ourselves
to give and share with others.

โ€œI saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.โ€ Michelangelo

michelangelo-galliani-pietrasantaMichelangelo believed that in each stone he worked with there was a figure inside waiting to be revealed. As a master sculptor he saw his job was to clear away what was not the image in order to reveal the masterpiece inside.

In the same way, we are the master sculptors of our own life. We have the ability to pick up the tools and start chiselling away at all that is not the true โ€˜usโ€™. By facing our fears, blocks and negative stories and learning how to successfully let them go, we find ourselves getting closer to finding our true gift.

Everyone has a gift. It is found where our values, passions and strengths meet. Using an inspiration journal can really help us dig deep and uncover these beautiful nuggets and gems. By committing to recording this journey, we can release worries, dream big and connect to our true unique gifts and potential.


As we head towards another New Year, why not decide to make 2016 the year you carve your angel from the marble. By honouring and sculpting yourself, you can give this greatest gift to your loved ones at anytime, not just at Christmas.





About Kirsty Millar

KirstyMiller-WithinyourskinThrough years of in-depth research and experience in personal development and energy therapies, I have arrived at a point in my life where my passion is to share my knowledge, experience and intuition to help people go within their skin to discover and chart their own personal journey to balanced well being and optimum self acceptance.

Combining 20 years of teaching experience with qualifications in Usui Reiki (Master Level) and Emotion Freedom Technique (Masterย Practitioner), my mission is to be a creative catalyst for people who are looking to transform and balance their lives from the inside out.

Read more from Kirsty atย www.withinyourskin.comย and ย www.facebook.com/withinyourskin/

My Gratitude List – Gratitude Week 4

My Gratitude List – Gratitude Week 4

My Gratitude List – Gratitude Week 4

So i thought i would end the month of November with a gratitude list, of sorts!

So many special moments to be grateful for, so many special people sprinkling their sparkle and inspiring others to be the best they can be ๐Ÿ˜Š

With everything going on in the world, we have so much to be thankful for and as we begin the festive season it’s always good to take stock and count your blessings.

Everyday, give thanks for all your littleย  treasures and you will be sure to find more!

I myself know that life can be challenging but a positive attitude can help make things easier. It’s important that you go easy on yourself, don’t give up and follow your heart ๐Ÿ’œ

This time of year can be stressful for some, I will include myself in this. By setting the intention of focusing on the good helps you prioritise the things that are important to you. Take each day as it comes, prioritise your tasks and try to avoid overwhelming yourself by achieving a few small steps each day and let the rest go. Tomorrow is a new day.

I would like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to our Bliss Team. ย Some changes have occurred and to those who have helped us launch and find our little place in the world I am very grateful. ย It’s like the saying “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime”. ย Julie Ann, Ruan and I wish Guy and Laura all the very best, without them we would not be here today. ย Such talented individuals with big hearts and we wish them much success in the future ๐ŸŒŸ

When I look back to this time last year, when all I had was a dream and the journal on rough pieces of paper.. it’s amazing just how far this journey has taken me. When you trust and have faith in your dreams they can happen ๐Ÿ˜Š

My-Inspiration-Journal-Gratitude-4-MIJI have met the most wonderful people along the way. Inspiring me to ‘Reach for the Stars’ ๐ŸŒŸ

To you, our Bliss Buds, I would like to say a huge thank you. I don’t think I have ever had so many hugs, well wishes and smiles. My heart swells when I see and hear all the beautiful comments on the journal. I have made so many new friends who sparkle so brightly โญ

So I end the month with gratitude. Thank you for shinning your unique light, the world needs you. Just be yourself. ย  I took some time today to use My Inspiration Journal to express my gratitude for some of the things in my life for which I am truly grateful and thought I’d share it with you.

I was reminded that people should play to their strengths. ย I try my best to and ‘My Inspiration Journal ‘ ๐Ÿ’œ can help you to find yours. When you look within you will discover all sorts of hidden magic that brings out your own unique sparkle ๐ŸŒŸ ย ย To find out more please visit our website myinspirationjournal.com.

I would also like to thank my friend Tim Feherty for the beautiful image we used as the feature image of this post. ย The shot was taken on Ballyholme Beach in County Down. ย Other examples of Tim’s work can be see HERE

‘Follow your Bliss and Sparkle’ ๐Ÿ’œ

Shine brightly everyone ๐ŸŒŸ
Much love,
Claire Xx

Gratitude Rocks – Gratitude Month, Week 3

Gratitude Rocks – Gratitude Month, Week 3

Gratitude Rocks!

These are some of the many heart shaped stones that sit on my doorstep. Staying with our theme, today I thought I would do a short blog on gratitude rocks.

With these in hand, I took the opportunity to blow the cobwebs away and head to my favourite place to be, the beach ๐Ÿ˜Š Most have been collected by my son and I… We always scour the sand to find one.. having a race to find it first! Adam normally wins, as he seems to have an internal heart magnet, bless him ๐Ÿ˜Š It’s these precious memories that I hold close and as I walk up the steps into my home I’m reminded of this. Now a few other people have joined in on the act and I have one from Scotland( thank you Fiona!) a few from Ireland. As my adventures expand with Bliss, who knows where others could come from!

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Collecting Gratitude Rocks

I’m sure many of you have heard about this idea but for those who have not it’s simple. I first heard about this when reading ‘ The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. Look for a stone or rock, one that fits into the palm of your hand. It’s lovely to find them together as Adam and I do. You don’t have to go to the beach they can be found anywhere. Chose one your are attracted to hold it and think about something you are grateful for. Carry it with you and every time you hold it think of another. You can even hold before you go to sleep, counting your blessings and why not journal these too!

So after taking pictures of my little rocks I looked up to the sky giving thanks for having the energy and time to do this and this appeared. The clouds had formed a heart just for me ๐Ÿ’œ

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A magical reminder that when you take time to notice the good in life more little reasons to be grateful magically appear ๐Ÿ˜Š

This leads me on to our logo. I chose a heart for many reasons and Julie Ann designed a gorgeous one, adding our Bliss Stars and sealing it with a little kiss x ๐Ÿ’œ

I try to work from the heart in everything I do. To me our Bliss Heart which had to be pink ๐Ÿ˜Š is at the very centre of our mission to bring more love to the world. By inspiring eachother through the heart we can make a positive difference to the world. How cool is that!

My intention today was to inspire you to notice all your little blessings. Hold them close and say thankyou for each and every one.

I am so grateful to you all for taking this journey with us. We are trying our best just like you, learning as we go. When you work from the heart you can’t go wrong and keeping an attitude of gratitude helps so much.

Thankyou for reading and sharing. Please keep sprinkling your unique sparkle far and wide ๐ŸŒŸ

Shine brightly everyone ๐ŸŒŸ

Much love,

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November Month of Gratitude week 2.

November Month of Gratitude week 2.

So our November monthย of gratitude continues.

November is the perfect month for adding the attitude of gratitude into your day. ย This lies deep in the heart of ‘My Inspiration Journal ‘ ๐Ÿ’œย ย  There are many pages in My Inspiration Journal in which to fill each and every day, with positive quotes dotted throughout, encouraging you along the way.ย  Here is one of the many ways you could use your journal to journey within and help reveal your own personal Bliss!
Hidden amongst the pages you will find your very own Bliss Jar (gratitude jar) To fill with the people, things and memories you are grateful for. Our Bliss Bird sits on the top waiting for you to add your own treasures and Sparkle ๐ŸŒŸin a way only you can!ย  These can spill over into the adjacent page as you add to these over the coming months. Once filled you can draw your own in the free pages and feel free to share ๐Ÿ˜Š


As ‘My Inspiration Journal ‘ has been created for all ages I asked my son Adam and myย lovely niece Zoe who are both 8 to do this with me.ย  ย We spent a few minutes chatting and then dived in. With colouringย markers and lots ofย glitter and sparkles everywhere (sorry sis for the mess..) they and I filled our jars.ย ย  Adam chose a sweetie design with his blessings in each.ย ย  Zoe chose lots of colour and glitter, describing her blessings that help to make her feel happy.ย ย  I borrowed our graphic designer, Julie Ann ‘ s lovely idea and wrote in multi coloured hearts, leaving room to add more when inspiration strikes at a later date!

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So a wet Sunday afternoon turned into something quite special in many ways. We spent time together, shared thoughts and feelings, laughed, created our own unique gratitude jars.

Sometimes when we take the time to notice just how lucky we are life has much more sparkle ๐ŸŒŸย And remember November month of gratitude each day.

Shine brightly everyone ๐ŸŒŸ
Much love,
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From Little Acorns, The Mighty Oak Grows… Gratitude

From Little Acorns, The Mighty Oak Grows… Gratitude

From Little Acorns, The Mighty Oak Grows…

I was reminded today that from little acorns, the mighty oak grows ๐ŸŒณThank you to my dear friend Gillian โค We at Bliss are just beginning our journey as a little acorn, planted firmly in the ground and gently blossoming, and showered with continued support and help by our fans, our Bliss Buds.

The Power of Gratitude

We have decided to set a theme for each month, with November being a month for gratitude. Our posts and blogs shall be filled with the magic and power of gratitude ๐ŸŒŸ
Firstly, I would like to say how grateful I am to our lovely customers who believe in us and after embarking on their own journey with ‘My Inspiration Journal’, where they’ve decided to purchase more for friends and family. This is truly touching and a magical reminder of the gentle power in that our journal holds. ๐Ÿ’œ To inspire others is exceptionally wonderful. For this to cause a ripple effect within close circles is just magnificent. You just never know how far the journal will travel. Our first month has seen a few sent to far away lands.
Gratitude should also be given to the special team that made this happen and our friends and family who cheered us on. With their help and yours, we are ‘Reaching for the Stars’ ๐ŸŒŸ
In the coming weeks we shall share in our blogs about just how an attitude of gratitude is one of our core values in ‘My Inspiration Journal’ We will soon reveal our Bliss Jar, in which young and old can have a ball… Encouraging each other to get creative and inspire one another by drawing, sticking and capturing moments we are all thankful for. We would love for you to share with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page of what you are thankful for. We look forward to joining in! ๐Ÿ˜Š

My Gratitude forย You

Here’s my cue to start the ball rolling… I am so grateful for those who have shared with me how they use the journal on their journey. All ages have begun to share their hopes and dreams. With our youngest being 4 (with mums help) and oldest 92! Each is very different but have the common theme of looking within to reveal your own inner magic ๐ŸŒŸ which is exactly how it was designed.
So please follow Bliss Inspired on Social Media and of course, keep an eye out for our weekly blog. We thoroughly enjoy giving our followers little tips on how to add extra sparkle to your day, whilst motivating and guiding you with your inspirational journal. Our wish is to inspire and connect with each and every one of you.
Many thanks ๐Ÿ’œ
Shine brightly,
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P.s This photo was taken in Castlewellan, County Down, Northern Ireland. Connecting with nature is just magical ๐Ÿ‚


Promote Positivity

Promote Positivity

Promote Positivity in every way, shape and form

So much good is happening every day.ย  Shift any negative mindset to positive.ย  Just like having poor vision, the world is blurry.ย  When welcoming positivity in to yourย life, your world will become crisp and more detailed.ย  What used to appear as a blurry blob is now a wonderful puffy cloud.ย  Clouds can include your thoughts, which float in the sky, where all your hopes, dreams and ideas are realised.

As you’ll soon discover, clouds feature throughout ‘My Inspirationย  Journal’ as a reminder to us all that the world is a beautiful place, and that we are beautiful bliss beings in this universe.

Inspiration journal logoLet us finish off on a *Positive* note with 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know or Thought About!

At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would give their life up for you.

At least 15 people in the world love you deeply and truly.

Your smile can bring happiness to even a stranger.

You mean the world to someone.

Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

Discover your true self-worth by revealing your inner-self with My Inspiration Journal