Saturday, 16 March 2019

4 Steps to Overcoming Envy

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Envy is a poisonous emotion we all feel at one point or another, however, we often fail to acknowledge. Considering we’re all emotional beings, it should be expected that we display and feel a wide range of emotions. However, somehow, we managed to make envy seem so taboo that we don’t even discuss it. I can honestly raise my hands and admit that I’ve slipped into the motions or envy more than once. It's almost always the same routine: You see someone that's perceived to achieve higher/better than yourself, you result to negatively comparing yourself and thus end up resenting the person. There is no real logic to this, our successes and milestones are mutually exclusive of each other. If person ‘A’ succeeds, this does not affect the possibility (or probability) for person ‘B’ to succeed. We all know this, yet somehow emotion  take over our senses and lead us down the downward spiral of envy. For this blog post I will outline four ways I address and overcome the taboo emotion of envy. It has taken multiple attempts of practise, but I feel I finally have a better understanding (and grip) of this emotion:

The first step to change is to acknowledge the issue. You have to be alert about how you react to different scenarios. For example, if a friend/acquaintance/etc shares good news with you, yet deep down you know you don’t feel happy for them, address it. It's so important to tackle this emotion as soon as you’re aware of feeling it. No pretending and hoping it goes away, no masking it with happiness, no sweeping it under the carpet either. The first step is to introspect, search your heart and confess to yourself that you feel envious!

Quite often, the way we treat others and react to others is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. If you find yourself feeling envious, it’s a great opportunity to soul search, dig deep and ask yourself why you feel this way. I find triggers to be such an amazing pointer for self discovery, as they usually force you to search your heart to understand why you’re feeling a particular way. Envy can often serve as a prompt that reveals where you feel you’re lacking in your life and therefore need to work on. For example if your friend starts an online business which honestly makes you envious, this is an opportunity to dig deeper and ask yourself why you feel this way. You may discover that you have a desire to start your own business. Or maybe you already have a business and realise you’re ready to take it to the next level. This may even reveal that you feel empty and want more for your life. The possibilities are endless, however we won't even begin to understand this unless we question ourselves.

Comparison is the thief of joy. Even when we find ourselves in a great position, we may still come across someone in a much better position. The logical thing to do is to learn from this person and utilise what they have to teach us. However, we often risk clouding our minds with covetous thoughts that force us to negatively compare ourselves, thus begin a vicious episode of envy. I believe the opposite emotion to envy is admiration. It’s impossible to feel envious towards someone you truly admire. This is because admiration is a positive thought that outshines envy. Similar to envy, admiration challenges us to compare ourselves to the achiever. However unlike envy, the comparison is very positive. Not only do we applaud those we admire, we learn from them and respect them greatly. Ultimately, we all have separate walks in life with separate timelines for success. Sometimes we’re aiming to achieve the same thing, however we all have varying timelines for this. It’s incredibly important to be grateful for where you are, acknowledge that you’re on your own unique journey and also learn from those who have achieved what you desire.

Finally, I would advise to stay focused or your development, goals and objectives. No matter how bumpy the road gets, always hold yourself accountable for your development. I try my best to instill a tunnel vision attitude to my success. I find when I’m super focused achieving objectives, I don’t have the time or head space to dare envy anyone. When I’m in my ‘go-getter’ mode, whenever I encounter someone in a successful position I resort to admiring them as I know I will one day get there (I have all this personal investment to show for it!)

To summarise, envy is a natural emotion. Like a lot of our emotions, we must learn to process and manage it accordingly. It's not always easy, especially at a younger more naive mental stage. However as we develop and become more self aware, we learn to ask ourselves the right questions. I hope this post was of use to you, I would love to hear your tips on how you manage and overcome envy.

Love & Peace,

Jen Noir

Sunday, 24 February 2019

4 Steps for Setting Healthy Boundaries

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I think it's great to be around people - making new friends, building new connections and spending quality time together. It's no secret that we’re all unique and diverse in our individual ways, from how we like to be loved and respected, to the things we do not like and will not tolerate. A very early 2019 lesson for me was the importance of setting healthy boundaries. Although I enjoy the fact that I’m surrounded by a wonderfully diverse group of family and friends, I must admit that some of said people can have a tendency to say and do things that upset me and ultimately hurt my feelings. I’ve learned and accepted that my happiness is my responsibility - It is my job/duty to invite the things I love/enjoy into my life as well as remove/create boundaries around the things that threaten my peace of mind. In this post I will share some key things I’ve learned so far with setting healthy boundaries. I find this to be an ever evolving topic with new trick learned every day. I hope this post enlightens you in the importance of maintaining control over your happiness.

What you give great portions of your attention to is what consumes you. Whether it’s social media, a particular friend or a particular thought. This works great if said ‘attention taker’ is something that has a positive impact on our lives. However, sometimes this is not the case. It may be a particular family member, a particular friend or a particular activity that has a negative impact on, therefore the attention we give them drains our energy in a very negative way. Your time/attention is an important aspect of your boundaries. Spending less time focussing attention on such negative ‘attention taker’ is a great way to create a boundary for your mind. If you free you mind of such habits/people you create space for more positive  thing that serve you better. I try my best to not engage too much with people who form a habit of hurting or annoying me. I achieve this in a variety of ways, from not answering call/texts I know may upset me, to declining to hang out with people who pull on my emotions.

In life you get what you ask for and put up with what you tolerate. It's very easy to fall into the trap of people pleasing, tolerating what hurts you all for the sake of not offending others. The problem with bending over backwards/tolerating what you know you do not like is that eventually you risk snapping - which I have experienced (not nice at all!) Once you recognise a pattern of behaviour that does not agree with you or your energy, it’s very important to vocalise how you feel. If you do not communicate this, how will others know how to address and treat you? I know it can feel scary to be confrontational and declare what you do not like, however failure to confront the issue will only make you boil more. Dare yourself to be assertive and let others know how you feel.

A major message that always rings true is that your intuition is your guide. I’ve found that every time I felt overwhelmed by tolerating others too much, my intuition always warned me way before hand. Intuition is that silent voice we sometimes ignore, in my experience it has sent subtle boundary messages such as ‘stop pretending, be yourself’, ‘decline that invitation’ or ‘tell them you’ll think about it and get back to them’. Sometime we somehow get so busy with our day-to-day lives, that we forget to tune in to our guide, thus the voice of intuition sounding quieter and quieter. I tackle this issue by spending quality time with myself and my mind/soul - tuning in to my feelings and understanding how I really feel. If I’m asked to do something I’m not 100% comfortable with, I try my best to ask for some time to think about it before I make a final decision.

So having considered how we direct our attention (and therefore energy), how we can communicate our feelings and how we can also listen to our soul, there are physical practises we can put in place to establish a healthy boundaries. For examples, not all phone calls or text must be answered or responded to right away. You are allowed to take your time to gather your thoughts before responding to anyone. In social situation, you generally have control over who you spend time with. You don't have to accept invitations with people you do not like, and you also do not have to accept invitations or requests on the spot. It's more than okay to say ‘I’ll have to check my availability and get back to you on that’ or simply say ‘no, thank you’. As well as setting healthy boundaries, it's also important to make room for the people and things we love. By cultivating positive energy and interactions (i.e spending time with the people/things/activities we love), we make space for more positive experiences.

I’m by no means advocating intolerance/cutting people off, however I do feel that entertaining things that upset us can be detrimental if tolerated for too long. You are a loving, breathing, beautiful being that deserves every inch of happiness and peace - command it and expect it. Those that truly love us will accept and understand our boundaries, those that do not can leave. I hope this article was of use to you, please do share your methods for setting healthy boundaries, I’m learning this list in infinite.

Love & Peace,

Jen Noir x

Monday, 19 November 2018


Hey Beautiful People, here's Vlog #010 
My usual running around central London having fun, hope you enjoy it! Xx

Monday, 5 November 2018

My Experience Fasting...

Exactly three weeks ago my Church announced a 21 day fast we were all invited to partake in. My decision was a no brainer - I  NEEDED this. I found myself walking down the very familiar road of a Christian that does the usual “going to Church” and “spreading love/positivity”, but felt somewhere deep inside a desire for a cleanse of some sort. I’m glad to report I completed my fast with some life lessons learnt along the way. I hope this post is useful to you and even plants the idea of attempting to fast!

I like to think I live a relatively care-free life. I strive to do what I want when I want… but where do I draw the line with this? Something that really jumped out to me during this fasting season was my over consumption of food! For this fast I survived on water alone until the evening (around 6 p.m.) where I would break my fast with a hearty meal. During the day I found myself able to go to work, attend meetings and complete various tasks with very little (physical) energy stored. This was quite a surprising revelation, as I often relied on “the need for energy” as my excuse for hourly snacking.

My use of negative words and exposure to conversation/music with profane language became very apparent to me. I had no idea the words “f**k”, “sh*t” and “b**ch” were such regulars in my vocabulary. Every time I swore I felt really bad inside, the words were literally flying out at a velocity I could not control! They say acknowledgement of an issue is the first step to making a change. I’m hoping with time I can truly address this compulsion and eventually stop swearing.

Ultimately (for me) fasting is a spiritual offertory to God. During the fast, it's very important to stay engaged with God through prayer, listening to Gospel music, reading the Bible, etc. I must admit I didn't always commit as I should have, but it was a very beautiful journey to deny my flesh of its desires, in order to feed/grow my spirit. During this time I had the opportunity to reflect about the good and bad aspects of my past. It was very interesting to receive some revelations about certain situations.

Fasting was also a great opportunity to explore my mind, especially concerning positivity. Whenever I felt down or upset, I felt really sensitive about allowing this to happen. I now realise how much of a spiritual battle it can be to cleave to the light and not pay attention/fall prey to dark thoughts. I feel I have a better understanding of our calling to be vessels of God’s light - being the positive energy for our friends/loved ones and those in our sphere of influence.

Overall, I’m very grateful for this fasting experience. Though I’ve completed this fast, it still feels weird to eat breakfast! I feel I have a much better understanding of the lifestyle I’m called to live. Above all, it was an opportunity to be intimate with Our Father. I really do encourage fasting for all. I believe something as simple as a 1-3 day fast could work wonders!

Stay Blessed

Jen Noir xx

Friday, 19 October 2018


Hi Beautiful People, here's Vlog #009, spent some quality time with my wonderful friends and family. 
Hope you like it! Xx