5 reasons why you should listen to podcasts

By Kirsty / March 10, 2014

Ok, so I may be a little biased here or maybe even a little podcast crazy at the moment, since I have just launched my own podcast (details at the end of the post) but I do really love the shows and I wanted to give you 5 reasons why you should listen to them.

1.  They are FREE!

Yes, my favourite word, podcasts are free.  If there were ever any reason to just jump in there and give them a go, this is it, you will lose nothing, but you have so much opportunity to gain.  You can listen to them on iTunes if you have it installed or if you have an apple device, or Stitcher radio if you have android, or you can generally listen to them from the producer’s website.  Easy peasy. Continue reading

5 ways to wake up excited about your day

By Kirsty / March 3, 2014

When you’re in the zone with reaching your dreams you can quite easily imagine jumping out of bed with renewed vigour at the start of every day right? I’ll tell you now, now every day is like this, but follow these tips and you can help ensure you have more good mornings than bad!


Set your alarm to wake you up with a happy song

If you need to be up for a certain time each day, don’t have your alarm play out the Psycho theme tune!  It will only end in tears!  No, set yourself up a happy song, maybe something that reminds you of your goals and dreams, and play that.   Alarms never feel good, so try and make the best of a bad situation.

Alternatively, natural alarm clocks can help wake you up slowly, which will make you feel better.  Then when you’re up – play that song!

Have a picture that reminds you of your dream by the side of your bed

If when you wake to turn of that alarm and find that you’re staring at a picture that shows you a glimpse of your dream, then you’re increasing your chances of waking up with a smile on your face even more!  A mock picture of your future book?  Maybe a picture of your dream destination when you’re travelling, or maybe a picture of the beach will remind you why you’re striving to set up your own business.

Wake up 5 minutes earlier, and go through your dream

I’m really fond of snoozing and have got in to a bit of a bad habit with it, but what would be a much better use of my time would be to use that ‘snooze’ time to focus and replay my dream in my head so I am completely familiar with it.  It’s actually one of the most enjoyable things to do, imagining my dream life being played out.  And it still means I don’t quite have to get up out of bed yet!

Meditations and intentions

Starting the day with some meditation is a great way to centre yourself and to calm yourself.  I’m only just beginning to realise the power of all of it, and it really makes a difference to my mindset as I start the day.  Intentions are just saying to yourself what you intend to do or be in the day and are also amazingly powerful.  Think about what you want to achieve, even if it’s as simple as being happy, and see how the day progresses.

Set yourself a routine

If you incorporate all of the above then that might be a great start to a little routine for you to have on a morning.  There is nothing worse than rushing around because you have woken late or you’ve forgotten to do something.   Think how you feel when your morning is like that and think how you feel when you’re in a little bit more control.  Does it make a difference?  Setting a routine so you’re not in a rush or a panic helps to combat the negative feelings about a day and in turn you’ll wake being excited rather than worried.

I’m sure you could think of a few others to add to this list, but hey, I’m keeping it clean!


We only get limited numbers of mornings in our lives.  Let’s wake up excited rather than stressed and get started on reaching those goals that mean so much to us.

What would you ask me?

By Kirsty / February 24, 2014

Ever since I completed my amazing dream of taking a gap year and travelling with my kids back in 2013, I’ve been kind of inundated with questions and comments about it!  I get asked all sorts from ‘how did you start?’, ‘how did you manage to keep up the enthusiasm for it all?’ to ‘oh my gosh you are so brave I’d be too scared!’  You get the idea!

So since I started Untrapped Life I have been delving deeper in to how dreams are accomplished and putting it all in to practice again for my next dream which, if you’re interested in, can be found in the My Story category. It’s made me think so much more about it all and I’ve been looking into these questions more and more and of course pondering the answers.

It has also made me wonder, what are the questions that are burning for you?  What would you like to know more about reaching your dreams and how to get there?  Which bits do you think are going to be hard for you? If you could sit me down with a cup of tea for half an hour, what would you just love to find out?

So with that in mind, I’d really appreciate it if you could do me a favour and fill out the survey that I am linking to below.  I’d love to hear what is on your mind and what questions you also have for me! There is only one question, so won’t take too long for you!

Fill out my one question survey!

Thank You!

Why you shouldn’t hope for a lottery win

By Kirsty / February 17, 2014

We’ve all done it, we’ve all wished for our numbers to come up and for us to be the recipients of a windfall.  It seems like it would completely solve all our issues and our dream lifestyle would just land in our lap.  Perfect!  So why do I think that hoping for it to happen is a bad idea?

Lottery wins are rare

The chances of winning the lottery are so low that we could wait and wait our entire lives for them to happen and they just might not happen.  I know that someone has to win and maybe it could be you, but there are still some other reasons why I think we should just ignore lotteries and opportunities for windfalls.

Your dream gets relegated

By wishing for a lottery win, you then tend to think that if only you can win, your dream can happen.  So subconsciously you begin to not chase it.  You end up just hoping that it will happen on that magical day, so there’s no need to work hard for it.  Your dream also begins to take on unreachable status since instead of focusing on what you can achieve you focus on what you’ll be able to do if only you have the money and the time to throw at it.


It can be a sign

I’ve noticed that whenever I am dreaming of that lottery win, it’s been a sign of something.  It’s like deep down I know I’m not doing enough to get me what I want and so I begin to look for a cheat.  I feel that life is getting me down so much that I am reaching out for some help.

Now if I begin to wish for a lottery win, I know something is up so I take a good look at my life and see what it is that I am feeling trapped with and I work on what I can do to escape it.  I know that I could win the lottery and it would all be better, but the chances are that I will see a quicker result if I just take charge myself and make some changes!


Work on doing, rather than hoping

A friend of mine always talks to me about what he’s going to do when he wins the lottery, trips to Italy feature highly, and I always feel like shaking him and saying ‘if you want to go, then work on going, don’t work on hoping’.  Life is too short to just hope our dreams will happen.  If you want something go for it!

“If you want to go, then work on going, don’t work on hoping to go.”   Tweet this!

So many dreams are put aside because we think that aren’t reachable, that they aren’t available to us unless  we manage to get some helping hand.  What we fail to realise is that inside each of us is a helping hand that is just as great as the lottery win.  We can reach our goals, we just need to focus on doing it rather than hoping for it.


Practising what I preach – always learning

By Kirsty / February 14, 2014
Istanbul sign million stone

Sign in Istanbul – which way should I go?

This is the where I let loose with my dreams and hopes that are specific to me.  If you’d like to read more about my story then click here to get further posts in this category.

This month has been an interesting one for me as I work harder and harder in getting Untrapped Life going.  I’m so excited to be getting my ideas down and sharing them and I’m loving writing my course that will be available in April.  What has been interesting is that in writing it all down I’m aware that although I have a dream that I am working towards, I don’t think I’ve really been practising what I preach in terms of getting it started!  Oops!

So what am I guilty of?   Continue reading

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