Personal development

Addiction - A Unique Perspective

by GEM Magazine / Jun 04, 2015 / Comments

From alcoholics to smokers, and gamblers to sex addicts. They all share one thing in common - they are using (or abusing) their chosen addictive behaviours in order to repress or distract themselves from feeling painful emotions.

Apologies To The Modern Man

by GEM Magazine / Jun 02, 2015 / Comments

There has been so much blame between us, so much hatred and name-calling. Each gender suffering in its own way. To the extent that one gender was denied wholeness, the other was denied it as well. Women were denied the right to basic protections and pathways of expression, men were denied access to a tender, receptive way of being. No one got off easy, despite appearances.

How To Stop Scaring Yourself and Attract Positivity Into Your Life

by Kressa Sisu / May 28, 2015 / Comments

I was in a major transition a few years ago and had lots of challenging events happening all at once. The outcomes I was expecting didn’t pan out. My stability and groundedness were severely challenged. My ego/mind was extremely active, going into all the “what ifs”. I wasn't very happy about having to face a “void” and not knowing my next step.

Major change like this can be very scary and I was certainly feeling this anxiety in every part of my body.

Then one morning I woke up to this thought and it was very loud:

“You are scaring yourself”.

Dealing With Depression

by Ashleigh James / May 22, 2015 / Comments

Recently I've not felt myself. Some days I've struggled to get out of bed and others I've felt so alive that my body vibrates with energy. Up and down on an emotional roller coaster that I can't seem to get off... I've been depressed.

Sticks and Stones

by GEM Magazine / May 02, 2015 / Comments

I remember being a teenager, looking at my image in the mirror, wishing and hoping that I would one day wake up looking like the movie stars on tv. Perhaps then my friends wouldn’t use such harsh words like your body is amazing but your face…

How Appearance Can Affect Your Self Worth

by Ashleigh James / Apr 23, 2015 / Comments

I feel like as a woman, we rely so much on our looks that we don't realize it's our smarts and independence that are actually more attractive. And I believe that is due to a mixture between a socially created stereotype and from having little self worth.

My low self esteem comes from being an ugly duckling as a child. I wanted so badly to be one of the popular girls at first school but I didn't seem to fit in (sucked at gymnastics) and was sometimes mistaken for a boy.

Vern Grewal - My Road To Personal Freedom

by GEM Magazine / Apr 13, 2015 / Comments

Happiness is not something you can fake, you can't just put it on like lipstick and mascara. Our moods can change moment to moment but we ultimately decide if we are going to let go and choose happiness over fear.

Expressing Your Emotions

by Ashleigh James / Mar 16, 2015 / Comments

As I write this I am at a challenging point in my life. I'm finally learning about my true self, having more self-belief and finding my voice, however it does not come easy. For this you have to pay a price and personal development is hard.

Table For One Please

by Ashleigh James / Mar 14, 2015 / Comments

For the first time in 27 years I can honestly say that I enjoy my own company. Even though I've always been an independent and fairly confident young woman, I can admit to being a serial monogamist.