Category Archives: Surprise Me…

A Lovely Letter for you…

Hi there,

In today’s busy, digital world, there’s nothing quite like a handwritten note is there?

What is written from the heart, goes straight to the heart.  

That’s the enlightening idea at the heart of today’s post…

While suffering from a debilitating illness, Jodi Ann Bickley decided to send out heartfelt letters to anyone who needed a reminder of how amazing and loved they were, and to know that they weren’t alone. She created One Million Lovely Letters and has now handwritten and sent over 3000 letters to people all over the world, giving them words of comfort and reassurance. Her heart-felt letters went on to become a Sunday Times Best-selling book. Watch her TED X talk here:

Here’s one of the open letters she read:

Open Letter One Millions Lovely letters

Source: http://onemillionlovelyletters.com/letters/

Pass on to someone who needs to hear/read these words…

PS. “Enlighten Me…TV” will endeavour to film an interview with Jodi and some of her lovely letters. 🙂 

[VIDEOS]: How do You Learn to Love yourself?

Hi there,

Did you know that today (Feb 13th) is “World Self Love Day”? The idea is that if we feel good about ourselves and value ourselves first, then we’re more able to give and receive love on Valentine’s Day, and generally find it easier to have harmonious relationships (all year round!).

Today’s videos, Produced by ‘Enlighten Me…TV’,  are intended to inspire a little dose of Self Love and Self Acceptance….

Self Worth is no easy task. Feeling Good Enough; easier said than done right? Self Love: A great idea in theory? That’s why Enlighten Me.tv  is on a quest to explore the practical ‘how-to’s, interviewing experts and people from all walks of life.

This first video features one Psychologist/ Family Therapist’s point of view (Dr Menis Yousry)  [a UK interviewee}.  

And here’s a touching and inspiring personal testimony from Comedian and Counsellor (Susan Brame) [an Australian interviewee], who I met on the road, (well, at the beach).

Are you a little too hard on yourself? Could you begin to look at yourself with less judgement, and more self acceptance?

Keep Calm Self Love poster


Wishing you a (self) Loved Up Day! And please do share the videos and help spread the Love!

🙂 Myfanwy,

Enlighten Me.tv

Why Travel: The Big Picture

Why travel? The Yolo Babes have some enlightening insights from their road tripping across America…

Check out their blog below.

Love these girls…So inspiring!

Stay tuned for their video blog coming soon  – they’re going to answer a few questions especially for ‘Enlighten Me…’:) 

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Embrace Spontaneity on the Road

Photos: owned by Yolo Babes.com

Follow them for more inspiration, fun and enlightenment! @theyolobabes

(instagram).

The Yolo Babes

When thinking about travel, we tend to get caught up in the excitement of it all instead of thinking about what it really means to be going somewhere new. You see each time you travel, if you do it right, you have the unique opportunity to come back with more than a few cheap souvenirs and  memories—if you do it right, you’ll come back with more respect for others and in turn, a greater world view.

Not to be cheesy, but I think Maya Angelou put it best when she said:

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

Seeing the world from other people’s perspectives, experiencing life in their shoes not only gives you a better understanding of why they are the…

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A Musical Interlude – Road Trips & Silver Linings

Hi there,

Seems all of us crave freedom, whether it’s dreaming of a Road Trip, or time for Creative Freedom, or escaping something. This sweet new tune by ‘First Aid Kit’ is an uplifting reminder to move beyond our Comfort Zone, when we can.

Because the other side of our Comfort Zone – is Freedom.  

And silver linings…

The song goes:

“I won’t take the easy road… there’s hope,

there’s a silver lining”.

“I hear a voice calling out for me…”

Lyrics to song here:

I personally chose not to take the easy road. I heard a ‘call to adventure’ and answered it.

When I was 24 I bought a 1-way ticket to the other side of the world, chasing my dreams – by myself. (From a very safe and cosy life in Australia –  to London & US). That might sound scary to some, and it has been challenging, but it paid off.  It actually turned out to be the ‘Fast-Track’ to my dreams. A ticket to success. And My Silver Lining after some sad events.

But I’d say it’s a constant, daily choice to take the road less travelled.

With this ‘Enlighten Me’ project, for example, where I’m ‘starting over’, without the safety net or backing of my former long-term employer (who I chose to leave), it feels like once again, I have to bypass the sign saying ‘easy road’…stay geared up to overcome any fears or obstacles…and just keep my eye on the direction I want it all to take. (A much bigger vision, that goes way beyond me).

But I’ll choose the ‘open road’ any day.

‘Cos that’s the road trip of my life.

“Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road”

To your freedom,

Myfanwy 🙂

(Founder, Enlighten Me…)

PS.  I’m also a big fan of short Road Trips closer to home for times when you need a new perspective.   Like the song says “I’m tired of looking for answers”.

SHARE YOUR STORY:

Q: Can you enlighten me… do you have a story or experience to share? Are you taking steps to push through your comfort zone in a little way, or a big way? Or perhaps you feel stuck? Maybe you’re even taking a road trip.  Have you already found your ‘silver lining’? Leave a comment below,  share your blog or link. 

Sweet Freedom: A Joy Ride for you with Dolphins

[VIDEO]
Hi there,

Here’s 2 minutes of Calm and sweet freedom for you… being swept along with Dolphins.

Ever-smiling Dolphins represent peace, harmony… and playfulness!

Notice how they swim in Pods. They are social creatures, and Bottle Nose dolphins like these are even known to be empathetic; cooperating together to rescue the sick. They have much to teach us.

This is raw, uncut footage from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia, kept long to really give you a feel for the experience.

Jump on board and enjoy the ride (and the swim) 🙂

Can you Enlighten Me.. have you been swimming with dolphins? How was the experience for you? I’d love to read your comments below. 

– Myfanwy

Travel: a natural high

TRAVEL – a natural high

Travel not only offers the possibility of high adventure, (and a natural high), but it can also provide a new vantage point, a fresh perspective from which to understand our lives and our world.
Ayers Rock web

But what about when we can’t travel far and wide?

Then the words below might hit home…

“Travel with curiosity. It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.”

– Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)

Is there somewhere close by in your neck of the woods where you can go to reflect… and see things with a fresh perspective?

Or to go further afield, is there a trip you could start to plan? Somewhere you’ve always wanted to explore?

Get a buzz just thinking about it!

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy 🙂  
– Myfanwy 

PS. This photo was taken a few days ago by an old school mate in Australia, who climbed the legendary Ayers Rock (Uluru), and then clearly having no fear of heights, decided to go even higher in a helicopter where he took this breathtaking shot. If you have any photos you’d like to get out there, to be a background for inspirational quotes, feel free to post/ message me.

Finding inspiration in nature

Nature is such a gift. And truly amazing…

This composer saw a photo of birds on wires in the newspaper, and decided to play the notes according to their positions. This is the composition with the melody.

The tune made my heart smile…

I’d love to see you and your contributions on my facebook pages: http://www.Facebook.com/EnlightenMeTV and http://www.Facebook.com/EnlightenMeGifts

Myfanwy,
Enlighten Me…TV

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