mandylehto

Mandy Lehto

•London 🇬🇧 •PhD, writer, coach •#MoxieCast , the podcast for life lift-off •Get inspiration, wisdom & tips •@moxiethoughts Podcast👇🏻

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"Some days I shock myself with the smart stuff I say and do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Other days, I spit toothpaste in my own hair. " ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -- unknown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two things to take into a new week: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More lightness and playfulness. Laugh at yourself when you try getting out of the car still wearing your seatbelt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, laugh any chance you get! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And if it all feels a bit much right now, remember this will change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If it's going great right now, savour it for the same reason. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smilemore #laughmore #mondaymotivation #moreplayfulness #havemorefun #thiswillchange #laughatyourself #laughtertherapy #coachesofinsta #lighthearted #motivationalthoughts #inspirationalthoughts
Have you ever made a "things I like" list? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I swear it's therapeutic just thinking about all that stuff. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are a few things I like (in no particular order): *Top notch stationery *Sunny winter days (my face turns to the light like a sunflower) *Jeans that fit like a dream *Earl grey tea with almond milk, just a splash *A tangerine-coloured pedicure *When my poodle Herbie falls asleep on my chest *Ripe peaches *Tulips - instant happy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What about you? I'm curious - tell me something that's on your "I like" list? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ilikelist #tulips #colourfulliving #colour #colourfullife #mondaymotivation #moxie #dailymoxie #selfreflection #knowyourself #smallpleasures #positivethinking #attitudeofgratitude #lifeisgolden
Abundance is one of my words for 2019. One of my greatest sources of joy and richness is in my connections with wonderful people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So this year, I've decided to write 100 gratitude notes to 100 people who inspire me, and make me feel more alive. People who show up in a way that makes a difference to me and others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I make a ritual of the writing. I light a candle. Brew tea. And I sit for a moment and really bring the spirit of that particular human to mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I close my eyes and imagine them. The wonderful thing is this: I end up smiling and feeling flooded with their goodness and marvellousness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I get to experience them right there, at my writing table, just bringing them to mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Connection is powerful. I mean, how lucky are we? Double tap if connection matters deeply to you too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tribe #connection #deepconnection #community #communitymatters #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #friendshipmatters #girlfriends #attitudeofgratitude #deepthoughts #positivethinking #sharpieaddiction
I'm almost done my book. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I had the aha moment that my life is over-full. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I over-yes to nights out, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to work commitments, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to online scrolling, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to coffee dates to "catch up." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I stopped that, because I'm incubating a project that matters to me. Big time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Diluting my time and task-switching wasn't serving me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In case this message is for you too, what needs to stop? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What needs to be postponed? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We can do almost anything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But we can't do everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bigdreams #writersofinsta #booklover #writerslife #writinglife #slowdowntospeedup #focus #deepwork #singletasking #bookwritersofinstagram #memoir #memoirsofinstagram #justdoit
I'm convinced that bright colours on a drab day are a magic pill. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This means that I dress like a children's entertainer for most of January - red, orange, yellow, blue. The brighter the better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you an all-black wearer in winter, or getting your colour on? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #colour #brightcolour #marimekko #marimekkoumbrella #thebrighterthebetter #colourlover #ilovecolour #multicoloured #color #fortheloveofcolour #colourhappiness #ihavethisthingaboutcolour
Now that I got your attention with a puppy picture (he's actually smiling, aww!), I wanted to share something with you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I couldn't hope for all that," a coaching client said (as if there's a limit). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm totally for lowering expectations in the name of happiness and sanity in some things: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ replicating the Cookie Monster cupcakes you saw on Pinterest; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ frozen pizza; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ last-all-day lipstick. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But when it comes to a life you're creating (these are your DREAMS, people!), I'm gonna hold your shoulders and look straight into your eyes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Aspire for whatever you want. And go after it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Save your lowered expectations for cardboard pizza. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now lets get to work, hot stuff. *karate chops the air* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dreambig #keepgoing #motivation #takeaction #donotgiveup #dreamitdoit #mondaymotivation #dailymoxie #moxiethoughts #moxie #coachesofinsta #coaching #positivethinking #positivethoughts #justdoit #mondaymojo #motivationalquotesoftheday
Isn't it exciting to have a future? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seriously. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are people we don't yet know who will love us and change our lives in beautiful ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are beautiful vegetables we'll eat that are still seeds. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are soul-lifting tulips that sleep in bulbs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are glasses of wine we'll have with friends - those grapes haven't even ripened yet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are books that will make us weep and the author's fingers haven't yet typed out those combinations of words. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you, dear life, for all the wonderful things winging their way towards us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #attitudeofgratitude #selfawareness #gratitude #gratitudepractice #mindfulmoment #deepthoughts #positivethinking #feelalive #magicmoments
Think of all the ways we let ourselves off the hook with things we want to create in our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was never gonna work anyway. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've got no willpower. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm SO busy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I haven't had a decent night's sleep since 1977. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't have the money. Or the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm not brave or disciplined enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're storytellers, all of us. We fall for our own compelling tales of why we can't do the things we dream of. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We think people who do follow through are iron-willed and blessed in the discipline department. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What if they just follow through, even if they don't feel like it? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What if they don't believe their stories? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What if that's all they've got on you - not believing their own siren songs, seductive as they are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They don't wait to feel like it. What if that's it? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thursdaythoughts #wisdom #motivation #motivationalthoughts #inspiration #justdoit #whatif #themagicisyou #moxie #dailymoxie #coachingwisdom #coaching #lifecoach #positivethinking #selfbelief #yougotthis #newyearnewyou #selfhelp #selfdevelopmenttools #deepthoughts #takeaction
I know you're busy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But can you just take a minute... to be grateful for all the juicy, wonderful things coming your way? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A gift someone's choosing for you (and feeling warm and fuzzy just thinking of you). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A hug that'll melt you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A life-changing cookie you'll eat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A dream coming to fruition. Finally! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't wait for them to happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enjoy the anticipation of good things already winging their way towards you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be grateful in advance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #attitudeofgratitude #positivethinking #gratitude #positivity #mindfulness #gratituderocks #thursdaythoughts #thursdaywisdom #coaching #thankful #gratefulheart #gratefulmindset
Here's a gift for you - one of my favourite quotes from William James. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Nothing is so fatiguing as the hanging on of an uncompleted task." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Think of the knee-buckling weight of something you're procrastinating on. Something big, or some real stinker of a job. A tax return. A book proposal. A closet you've been meaning to un-clutter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How does it make you feel even thinking of it? Deflated, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a chapter to finish. I keep rolling it around. I've tidied the cutlery drawer. For real. This is gonna stop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are you hanging onto that's deflating your energy? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lets shift this. Team work makes the dream work....Who's in? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #getstuffdone #justdoit #procrastination #takeaction #motivation #inspiration #moxie #mojo #wednesday #positivethinking
Self-awareness has so many gifts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For one, it means not having anything to prove. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's why I love this quote and wanted to share it with you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I wish you self-esteem so high that you're humble." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -- unknown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whenever you hustle for worthiness, big up, show off, try to demonstrate your importance, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ notice how it feels afterwards. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I feel gross and deflated. Worse (and smaller) than before. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love the freedom of this quote. The simplicity of it. The blue-sky-ness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe there's something here for you too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I wish you self-esteem so high that you're humble." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you need to hear this today? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #deepthoughts #mondaymotivation #selfdevelopment #selfdevelopmenttools #selfawareness #selfawarenessjourney #coaching #coachinglife #bestself #selfhelp #selfhelpquotes #motivationalquotes #inspirationalquotes #youarethemagic #selfconfidence #selfconfidencequotes #confidence
If you're creating something, I have a quote for you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul." -- Hayao Miyazaki ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Boom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know it's hard to make stuff, write books, create a community, bake perfect banana bread. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I implore you: Do not be the person who gives up right before a breakthrough. Do not be that nugget! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That is all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Sunday, pocket friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag someone below who is making something important and might need a mojo boost. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #keepgoing #motivation #motivationalquotes #sundaythoughts #weekendwisdom #currentmood #thoughtfortheday #sundayvibes #bestself #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #writersofig #booknerd #coaching #inspiringwomen #donotgiveup #youvegotthis
It's hard to feel sparkly and bright and all a-glow when your pesky thoughts about not-good-enoughness (too fat, too dim, too loud, too old, too clueless, too chickensh*it, too ordinary...) feel overwhelmingly loud. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can't achieve your way to self-worth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can't hide behind shiny things (not for long, anyway). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's an inside job. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I want to introduce you to Hazel Gale, one of the most amazing humans I've met this year. Check her out @hazel.gale.therapy She's a therapist, author and ex-boxer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We chat on MoxieCast about how Hazel worked more, harder, faster, trying to be good enough, and how it ended up taking her down. Her story resonates so much with my own adrenal fatigue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She talks about how fatigue can be a symptom of dishonesty. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She talks about how our "Monsters" show up, and try taking over our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Overachievers, we're talking to YOU. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Join us. Running time 33 min. Link in bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Know someone who has overdone it and burnt out? Tag them below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #podcast #hazelgale #motivational #toppodcasts #coachingpodcast #inspiringwomen #mindmonsters #adrenalfatigue #selfsabotage #overachiever #burnout #wellnessjourney #bekindtoyourself #selfawareness #burnoutpodcast #Moxiecast #bestself
23 more sleeps! Being of Finnish descent, we celebrate on Christmas Eve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Inspired by @gabrielletreanor to create calm around Crimbo, instead of running around like a mindless numpty, I'm getting intentional. My own calm and peace of mind is what I want for Christmas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How can I contribute to that NOW? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Say no to invitations that don't entirely light me up *Planning! *Asking for help. Doing everything yourself and muttering under your breath, feeling ragey thoughts is not really in the spirit of things, eh? *Consume less. Way less. No plastic tat that ends up in the Earth. No mindless buying. Simplify *Remembering the POINT of this holiday - and for me, that's resting and spending time with loved ones ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What's one intention you're living into coming up to Christmas? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #intentionalliving #Christmasselfcare #paceyourself #intentionalchristmas #holidaysanity #peacefulholidays
Current mood. Second cup of @teapigs Everyday Brew. Cozy socks. Laptop fiddling with Chapter 2. ☕️ Gimme your word to describe your current mood! Mine’s “cozy.” ☕️ #teapigs #cosymoments #writersofig #deepthoughts #saturdaymood #welcomedecember #selfcaresaturdays
Day brightening is a super-power, am I right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Small things can change the way a day looks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm so grateful for all the day-makers in my world, people who go out of their way to brighten the world for me - and for others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are one of those kinds of people, thank you, thank you, thank you. Because the little things are really the big things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My friend @suzyreading took me out for lunch a few months ago. She wasn't rushed. She listened. She was so present. I felt so good. So seen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What's the nicest thing someone's done for you lately that filled your soul? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #actsofkindness #fillyourcup #selfcare #gratitude #feelgood #feelgoodsaturdays #girlfriendship #motivation #dogood #upliftingwomen #randomactsofkindness #restoreyourself
This will change - a friend of mine has this tattooed on her wrist (how brilliant is that?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm not a fan of the darkness this time of year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This will change ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...(the darkness, I mean. Not me becoming a fan of it - though I'm open to that). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime, I'll use the opportunity to go inwards, to be okay with the darkness, maybe even to find gifts within it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whatever you're feeling discomfort around, this will change... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thiswillchange #allowing #surrender #winterdarkness #deepthoughts #goinwards #neom #neomcandle #patience #selftrust #acceptance
There is contraction after expansion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've learned to schedule a quieter, gentler day after a big day of presenting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or a gentle re-entry after doing an international flight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I gave myself permission to listen to my body - that it wanted some slowness and contraction after expansion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you build in this time for yourself too? I'm new to this party, but I'm digging it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #slowdowntospeedup #contractionafterexpansion #slowdown #recovery #breathe #deepthoughts #selfcare #selfcarefridays #dowhatfeelsgood #selfcarerituals #innerguidance #listentoyourbody #mindfulmoment #selfcompassion #selftrust
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