mandylehto

Mandy Lehto

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

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What is the cost of your un-given love? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'll never forget when my friend John Wineland asked me that question. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm good at silence. I'm fluent it in. I'm a thinker. An introvert. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So often I've not given the compliment to a stranger on the bus. Great scarf. So easy. But I kept it inside. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've kept generous, loving thoughts to myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Too awkward. They'll think I'm a stalker or a weirdo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is the cost of your un-given love? Your un-given compliments? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Weighing that today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #deepthoughts #speakup #shareyourlove #randomkindness #love #introvert #compliments #complimentsomeone #dailymoxie #moxiethoughts
Hi friends. I'm so glad you're here. If you're new, WELCOME! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A few random things I know to be true (for me anyway): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Listen more. I've never regretted listening deeply. Especially to my children and my body. But yeah, more generally too... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Resist the urge to numb feeling bad if you screwed up. Feel it. Let it wash through you. 'You messed up' is different than 'you're messed up.' Who knew? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's impossible to stay crusty when you say the word 'bubbles' aloud. Try it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm lovingly curious if any of these zing with you? Please tell me you're gonna try the bubbles thing... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #saturdayafternoonvibes #saturdayafternoon #coachesofinsta #coaching #dailymoxie #inspirationalthoughts #moxiethoughts #mandylehto #bestself
I am not invincible, but I'm strong. Soft and strong. I used to think that I had to cover the softness. Hide it. Deny it. Disown it. Till I realized it was the thing that made me real ...and strong. Funny, that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hello soft strong ones. I'm glad you're here. I want to introduce my new hangout, which is still being built. I'd love you to swing by @moxiethoughts ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #moxiethoughts #dailymoxie #softandstrong #softness #youarethemagic #selfheal #riseup #knowthyself #selfknowledge #bestself #selfcoaching #selfhelp #deepthoughts
It started as a kid. Books. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I lose myself in them. I devour them. Several at a time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They're on my bedside table, my toilet lid, in my handbags, my suitcases, my kitchen counters. My coffee table is groaning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this hyper-connected, tech-loving world, I'm old-school. I like to hold a book. In my hands. Preferably with tea. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Double tap if you like holding a real book too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookworm #bookstagram #realpaperbooks #readingtime #readingisselfcare #lostinbooks #booklover #bookaddicted
Is mercury in retrograde? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Asking for a friend... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Spending time in nature for a mental re-set. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oh, and reading my horoscope to find out what the heck is going on! Full moon? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone else out of sorts? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mercuryretrograde #keeplaughing #outofsorts #keepsmiling
My tank is empty today. 😐 11:30am, I had to down tools. 😴 Old over-doing habits die hard, but my “friend” adrenal fatigue reminds me to lay down. Go slowly. Listen to my body. ❤️ Fortunately my frisky friend, Herbie, is here to help. He’s an expert at resting. 🐩 If your tank is empty today, go gently, friend. 🌸 #adrenalfatiguerecovery #adrenalfatigue #selfcare #selfcarethursday #thursdayfeels
How wonderful it is to be tethered to the earth and be pulled by the stars at the same time. ⭐️ I feel alive when I walk. I think about stuff. Other times I live in the moment, feeling the earth beneath my feet. ⭐️ So grateful for Herbie, my faithful walkies companion. Who else is a walker? ⭐️ #walkies #dogwalks #walkswithmydog #mindfulwalking #getoutsideandplay #selfcaretuesday #toypoodle
Our lives are over-full. Crowded. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We over-yes to nights out, work commitments, online scrolling, coffee dates to "catch up." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If there's nothing big you're creating at the moment, maybe these things are fine - fun, even! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But for those of us incubating a project, a business, a dream, there is too much on our plates. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It dilutes us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This message today won't be for everyone - and I'm okay with that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But if it IS for you, what needs to be pared down in your life, even if it's just for a while? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And what needs to be stopped all together? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We can do almost anything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But we can't do everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #fearlessfriday #fridaythoughts #fridaymotivation #businessideas #prioritization #successtips #lifecoaching #coachingtips #bestself #dailymoxie #dailymoxiecoaching #moxie #fridaymojo
❤️ Warrior Daughter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep your gentleness, your open-flower heart, in a closed-up world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There's such a thing as fierce grace. I'm learning the power of softness, when my instinct is to armour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm telling my story, so you don't need to feel afraid of being different, or screwing up, or being scared to speak your truth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't want you to learn the art of shrinking, and invisibility that I felt I needed so often. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be a force of nature, dear one. Be Kali-tongued when it's needed. Be soft, but tolerate no motherf*ckery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Warrior daughter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I want to be the kind of woman - soft, powerful, centred in her own skin and bone marrow - that can hold space for your becoming. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I honor you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I honor all Warrior Mothers holding space for their Warrior Daughters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We need your big hearts. We need your bravery. We need each other. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #warriordaughter #motherhoodrising #thoughtsonmotherhood #wordstomydaughter #daughterlove #motherhood #daughtergoals #motheranddaughter
It's a tea and tulips kinda day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There may be fuzzy socks in Birkenstocks under the table too. (Don't judge me). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't know about you, but it took some gearing up to get going today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fire up the kettle. Green tea at the ready. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Monday, hit me with your best pot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy October, loves. I'm still clinging to my tulips... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who's feeling autumnal? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tea #tulips #monday #mondaymood #mondaymorning #mondaymotivation #bestself
"Confidence is knowing you are not that big of a deal." - Marianne Williamson ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You read that right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You're not that big of a deal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (What a relief, eh?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now you don't have to worry about people watching you, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ or talking about you, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ or face-palming about your latest screw-up, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ or judging your pelican neck (or whatever bit of yourself you criticise). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You are free to do whatever the heck you want. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PS: Thanks to @chloebrotheridge for sharing this Marianne Williamson quote. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #confidence #confidencequotes #motivationalquotes #motivationmonday #bestself #authentic #authenticself #coaching #lifecoaching #mariannewilliamson #dailymoxie
‘Colour is a means to exert a direct influence on the soul.’ Wassily Kandinsky 🎨 You may have guessed I like colour. It makes me feel alive. I swear I write and coach better when I’m dressed in colour. 🎨 I’m digging wearing bright red at the moment as the days get darker. 🎨 What colour are you into right now? 🎨 #mondaymotivation #color #colors #brightcolors #marimekko #marimekkoleopard #colourfanatic #colorful #red #colormehappy #colourful
Instead of kicking yourself when you’re already down, how about loving on yourself when you feel you least deserve it? ❤️❤️❤️ #selftalk #selftalkmatters #selflove #benicetoyourself #selfcompassion #selfkindness #loveonyourself #selflovesunday #selfcoaching #lifecoach
Please do not avoid the difficult conversations that need to be had. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enter them with Intention: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to speak and listen with big-ness, with patience and open-heartedness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Assume good intent from the other person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep breathing. Stay open. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is freedom on the other side of discomfort. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #deepconversations #letstalk #intentional #liveintentionally #onpurpose #consciousliving #mindfulliving #discomfort #godeep #courage #brave #bebravebeyou
I am not for everyone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Neither are you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the Burlesque entertainer, Dita von Teese said: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "You can be the sweetest, juiciest peach in the world, and still, there'll be someone who doesn't like peaches." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's human nature to fixate on the person who doesn't seem to warm to you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or the one who unsubscribed from your mailing list. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or the one who gave 'meh' feedback after your fantastic presentation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They don't fancy peaches. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But there are plenty who do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tulips #petalperfection #selftalk #selfkindness #selfknowledge #coaching #coachesofinstagram #regroup #resilience #resilienceforlife #reframe #comparisonitis #imok #changeyourselftalk #bestself #beyou #ditavonteese
Some memories become part of you, like dye in wool. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💕 Here are 3 of mine, random and unconnected: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My first kiss was in the 8th grade. We bumped noses. His mouth tasted metallic, like a retainer. When his tongue brushed mine, I got the willies. I didn't get why kissing was such a big deal. I actually thought it was kinda gross. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A random sunny day on maternity leave with my infant son. He was sleeping in the pram. I sat on a park bench and ate cherries from a paper bag. They were big juicy ones, with the perfect tension between firm skin and pliant fruit beneath. Fruit-gasm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In hospital, touching my grandmother's face, smooth as an egg. Barely a crease, though she was 89. She wasn't conscious anymore, but I like to think she could hear us. I'd just flown in from England. My mother said to her, "Thank you for everything you've done for us. If you're ready to go, go. We love you." I lay my hand on Grandma's forehead. Go gently, dear one. My mother did Reiki healing on her. The next morning, the call came from hospital. She'd left her body in the night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💕 Isn't it a beautiful thing to remember? Big and little and random things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💖 A kiss that turned you inside out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💖 A pair of shoes (whatever happened to those?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A cinnamon bun that changed your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is an invitation to pull up a memory today, something you can stare into the middle distance over, and smile to yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #memoir #writer #memories #thinkingback #personalhistory #writersofinsta #writersofig
As the host of MoxieCast, my aim is to make this podcast informative (the geek in me) AND fun (the Peter Pan in me). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm busy working on the next season. But in the meantime, have you tuned into me chatting with Karen Baker? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of her superpowers is being able to talk to anyone in the room, without going all tongue-tied and awkward. She makes it look so easy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Karen, how can we do it too? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pay attention, she says. Opportunities for connection are absolutely everywhere. It might be warning someone in the buffet line to avoid the tapioca, for instance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So much goodness - and fun - in this 30 min episode. Link in bio. Join us... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #podcast #podcasting #moxiecast #moxie #podcastersofinstagram #coachingpodcasts #toppodcasts
Tea time = Me time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm writing a scene today about the time I was 21 weeks pregnant and got up from the toilet to see red. Lots of red. Panic. Spoiler alert: It all ended well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My body never ceases to amaze me. IT is in charge, not my overthinking mind. It gives me - and all of us - signs of when we need to slow down. Chill out. Regroup. Breathe... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes the span of time it takes to drink a cup of tea - small, really - can be the breathing space you need to check in. Hey body - all good? Need anything today? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Question: Do you live too much in your head? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #embodied #overthinking #teatime #teatimemetime #greentea #coaching #selfcoaching #consciousliving #pause #selfcare #selfhelp #selfdevelopment #lifecoach #takebreaks #slowdowntospeedup #breathe #selflove #writersofig
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