GUEST BLOGGER – MICHAEL VINCENT PART 2

GUEST BLOGGER – MICHAEL VINCENT PART 2

Hi guys,

Hope all is well with you. I’m so happy to have some time to write again today. It feels like things have been really busy lately and this year is just flying by! But it’s important to have down time to reflect and realign so that you are able to do whatever you need, to the best of your ability. And that’s why I love these Guest Blogs so much, they allow us a unique glimpse into the journey of other’s who had a dream and accomplished it. They remind us that the road is not straight, obstacle-free or easy, but it’s worth persisting for a true gift the journey gives us – growth.

I hope you enjoy part 2 of Michael’s story as much as I did. You can read part one [here]

1.What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

MV: The biggest challenge in my life was overcoming my mental neurosis that I didn’t belong anywhere. I was getting into a lot of fights at school, being bullied, subjugated, racism all of which played with my mind. I experienced deep levels of inadequacy and thought that I was not good enough to belong anywhere. One day I had an epiphany, I said to myself “fu*k it”. I belong to myself, I belong to the world. I don’t care if people don’t want me to belong with them. I decided to put the smile on my face first. I realised I don’t need anybody to make me happy; I don’t need anything or anyone to accept me. I accept myself – this was a turning point in my life. I started to conduct myself in such a manner that didn’t need to ask for anything from anyone. I became someone that supported himself, his mind and his heart. All of this is rooted in my studies and spiritual values.

I choose to believe in Jesus and rooted in the life of Jesus is the simple notion I had nothing to be afraid of and that Jesus loves me. I began to speculate on this notion and it inspired me simply because Jesus took the slings and arrows and scourging for the sins of the world and yet still had the capacity to love.

I overcame my challenges by working on my craft, my psychology and reframing my beliefs and values about myself and creating new possibilities for my life. My primary belief is that I am responsible for everything that happens in my life. I do not point the finger at anyone or blame anyone for anything that happens in my life. Happiness begins with me first; I can then be generous and share my happiness with everyone

Michael Vincent performing in Poland.

2. What is success to you?

MV:I think success is an elusive concept. I think the world has brainwashed us into thinking we need to earn a certain amount of money, we need to live in a certain type of house, drive a certain type of car, to date a certain type of person. All of this is a crazy illusion, this is not success, this is a false illusion of looking good in the eyes of others. Success to me is being able to communicate in spite of being deaf. Success to me is having peace of mind. Success to me is looking after my mother with her Dementia and earning enough money to do so without wanting. Success to me is being able to perform magic and have an audience still enjoy it. Success to me is keeping my heart open to the possibility that I may fall in love again.

I am single, my heart was broken six years ago and it’s taken me this long to feel normal again. Success to me is forgiveness, success to me represents hope and possibility and faith that life as it is today can still be a beautiful experience. With all the craziness going on in the world I choose to believe that life is a beautiful experience. I choose to emphasize the word experience, because to live life and to experience all of it with an open heart and not be broken is the mark of a successful attitude towards life. I have had many friends and family members commit suicide in the last three years. I have struggled to come to terms with this. It has confused me, and got me present to the fact that some people couldn’t see beyond their pain and chose to end the experience of life they were having.

One of my heroes in life was a gentleman named Victor Frankle. He wrote a book called A Man’s Search for Meaning. This little book documents Victor Frankle’s life in Auschwitz during the Second World War. Here, he talks about his attitude towards this circumstance in his life and he survived simply because the experience did not break him. He realised, the only thing he had which could not be taken from him was his Attitude. I attempt to keep this in mind at all times. I believe that my attitude will always guide and direct me in the face of challenging circumstances. To maintain this state of mind, and to live in the state of grace and equanimity to me is a treasure beyond price – this is success to me.

Michael performing in China.

7. What advice would you give someone trying to do what you do?

MV: We live in different times now, I’m not sure my advice would make much difference to someone wanting to follow in my footsteps. I will say however, they must love what they do, passion is everything and they must discover their purpose in life. The Big Why is important to longevity. The most important thing of all they must be in it for the long term.

8. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt on your journey so far?

MV: The biggest lesson I have learnt is to tell the truth no matter what. I’m not interested in looking good in the eyes of others; I am only interested in expressing myself honestly to others so that they know whom they are dealing with.

9. What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?

MV: I would tell my younger self, trust yourself before you trust anyone else. Follow your heart don’t be afraid to tell the truth. The world is a beautiful place, you will encounter people who will smile in your face and stab you in the heart in the next breath. Become a student of people, enjoy your life and honestly express yourself.

Just want to thank Michael for his openness and honesty in these pieces. If you have been touched by the blogs, please leave a comment for Michael below and thank you guys for reading! Love and light x MC

More about Michael on:

Michael Vincent Magic | The Vincent Academy | The London Card Expert | Michael Vincent Image Creation |Instagram
@michaelvincentmagic and @fujiwarrior

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Guest Blogger – Michael Vincent Part 1

Guest Blogger – Michael Vincent Part 1

Hi dearies, hope you are well and enjoying the lovely summer weather! If it’s not summer where you are, I hope you are enjoying life regardless 🙂 I’m so excited to bring you my next guest, who so happens to be the world’s best close-up magician. I met Michael on a networking course hosted by my workplace and I was immediately fascinated by his magical genius but more so on what he had to say. His perspective of life and purpose is a gift that I’m very blessed to have experienced and so very honored that he has given me the chance to share with you all here. I’ve split this into two parts as I don’t want you to miss on the gems being shared here.

1.Tell us about you

My name is Michael Vincent I am 55 years old and my parents are both from St.Lucia

2. Tell us about what you do

My career started as a Professional Magician. I was entertaining at Corporate Events throughout the 1990s, Private Parties and the odd appearance on Television.

I consider this my generic period doing what I thought I should be doing in show business. It worked, it was fun but eventually after ten years, I got bored and felt, is this all there is to my life? 

By the time 2000 came upon us, I was beyond disillusioned and frustrated at the Groundhog Day experience of my career so I started teaching magic to students.

This was a breath of fresh air because I was focused on making a difference as opposed to being self-absorbed about my own interest.

I started presenting lectures on magic and psychology to various groups around the country and this gave me even more enthusiasm for my craft because I was now focused on discussing concepts around presentation skills, communication, rapport dynamics and personal development. 

This was an interesting period for me because my career was no longer about entertainment; it became more about communication and self-expression. By 2010, I had hit a groove and began to explore deeper the world of human potential – I enrolled onto The Landmark Forum. I loved this education so much; I stayed in this environment for the next six years. This was a life transforming process. During this time, I created my Academy.

The Vincent Academy is my training and development company that specializes in coaching, training, development, live seminars and inspirational speeches.

3. What sets your soul on fire aka what do you love to do?

 I am very passionate about making a difference to the quality of life for others. Inside of this context, I have developed skills in presenting magic and my core ability is to communicate.

What sets my soul on fire is having ideas and immediately creating possibilities to bring these ideas into fruition. For example, I had the idea to write a book, I didn’t know if there would be any interest for it. I did a little market testing on Instagram. To my great surprise, there was a reasonable level of interest, which inspired me to start writing. The book was written on my iPhone during my downtime.

The completed text was uploaded to my computer and fine-tuned and edited. This is an example of my creative muse pushing me to complete a project. As I type this, the book is being printed and has already paid for itself.

I am now in profit zone.

This inspires me because there is a creative energy in the universe that supports all of our desires.

When an idea pops into my mind and my heart feels warm about it, this tells me that God, the universe, the living force whatever deity you choose to believe in, is telling me /us that I am the one to bring this project to life.

This has my name on it and the rewards will be all mine. It’s not about the material gain, it’s about being used for something greater than myself. The final outcome is an expression of the creative energy of life at work.

When my book arrives in the hands of the people who purchased it, they will feel as I felt during the creative process

4. What inspired you to do what you do?

I was inspired by the magicians I saw on television as a boy. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I was not entertaining thoughts of being professional, I just love the subject matter. As I look back on my life I can see that the craft of magic has become be the foundation for my career.

This foundation is now rock solid – I am building my enterprise – My enterprise is all based around communication, self-expression and supporting others to discover their voice and natural expression in the world.

I can see how my life and all the events that have shown up have shaped me and inspired the work that I now do.

Thank you Michael for being so forthcoming and sharing so many gems with us. I always learn so much when I hear you speak. For more on Michael please see below sites:

Michael Vincent Magic | The Vincent Academy | The London Card Expert | Michael Vincent Image Creation | Instagram:
@michaelvincentmagic and @fujiwarrior

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Guest blogger Felicity

Guest blogger Felicity

I’m so pleased to introduce my next guest to the blog Felicity. I wanted to feature Feli because she embodies all of what we all aspire to be – she’s multi-talented, focused, hardworking and incredibly kind. I was immediately drawn to Felicity when we met. She was volunteering her resources and time to film sermons for our church and thus helping spread the gospel message to a wider audience online. She also helped me film some videos for the blog and that’s when I found out about her passion for fitness. Despite working at a Law Firm, Feli found time to pursue what sets her soul on fire and serves as a brilliant source of inspiration for me. I’m grateful she allowed me to share her with you too. Thank you Feli x

1. Tell us about you

Hey! My name is Felicity but people call me Feli for short. I am 23 years old and I currently live in Leeds, UK.

2. How did we meet?

Metiya and I met in church! Her bright, outgoing spirit is what actually brought us together and I’m so grateful to know such a beautiful soul.

3. What sets your soul on fire aka what do you love to do?

So I am really passionate about health and fitness and over the past couple of years my interest has definitely grown along with the knowledge I have gained. The thought that I have the option to work towards taking care of my body; the food choices I make and how much exercise I do is something so incredible and I want to be able to make better choices and hopefully inspire and encourage others to do the same. I try to work out a minimum of 3-4 times a week and have naturally started to focus on eating more healthily too.

4. What inspired you to do what you do?

I would say I have always been an avid yet sporadic gym goer however my inspiration to actually start taking fitness seriously came from points in my life where I felt a lot of emptiness and dissatisfaction which started to take a toll on my mental health and my physical health likewise. Going to the gym became an outlet for these negative feelings and I realised that I started to feel better through my increase in strength and being able to challenge myself. What I initially had a mere interest in has now become a significant part of my lifestyle.

5. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenges that I have faced during my fitness journey have both been external and internal. From being skinny shamed to simply lacking personal motivation. With personal growth I have been able to tackle this by growing in self love and by accepting myself as I am and not being deterred by opinions based on my outward appearance. I place more emphasis on whether I feel healthy, increasing my physical strength and being able to simply perform functional exercises. Creating a plan and setting myself goals has undoubtedly helped during times where I lack motivation as I can think back and remind myself why I enjoy training and what I want to gain from it.

6. What is success to you?

Success to me is being able do something that you don’t feel like doing in the moment but knowing that it will benefit you later. Particularly with fitness, motivation fluctuates but if you remind yourself of the goal in mind and can push past the feeling of sometimes not being in the mood to train and still show up each time, that is success to me.

7. What advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do?

I would definitely say to just start! No matter how unfit you think you are, whether it’s a Thursday and not a Monday, just start, because once you can get the ball rolling you can sort everything else out along the way

8. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt on your journey so far?

The biggest lesson I have learnt on my journey so far is that you are capable of more than what you really think. I say this because for example, for a very long time I have always wanted to be able to do chin ups/pull ups but I was always too afraid to even give it go incase I couldn’t do it. However I eventually decided to just challenge myself to try them and I soon realised that I was actually capable with just a little work and now I can’t stop doing them!

9. What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?

If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self to work on self love as it has a significant impact on how you are able to treat yourself first which also reflects on how you treat others. I would also tell my younger self that it is okay to be true to yourself because you are simply enough just the way you are.

10. Where can we find out more about you and follow your journey?

You can find me on my Instagram page : @felifitnessuk

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Guest blogger – Efi

Guest blogger – Efi

I’m so pleased to introduce my first guest to the blog and a wonderful friend of mine – Efi. I love this woman not only because she is absolutely gorgeous, extremely intelligent (a Medical Doctor and researcher), or enterprising (an award-winning blogger), but she also has her sights set firmly on things above. Efi is a devoted christian lady and true example of what seeking the kingdom of God first looks like. I aspire to be like her in many ways and I’m very honoured that she allowed me to share her wonderful self with you X Thank you Efi.

1. Tell us about you

Hi! My name is Efi and I’m a 27 year old Christian junior doctor currently working for the good ol’ NHS! I also love travelling, Netflix and spending time with my family but not in that order! Random facts: I grew up in 3 different countries, I’ve been to 5 out of 7 continents so far, I am an identical twin and I always use way too many exclamation marks when writing!!!

2. How did we meet?

We met through a mutual friend whilst studying at the University of Bradford! I’m still grateful for that meeting to this day!

3. What sets your soul on fire aka what do you love to do?

Jesus! Helping and encouraging others whether through medicine, mentorship, research, church, family life or any way I can really! I also love travelling to discover and meet new places, cultures and people! I find it humbles me and expands my thinking!

4. What inspired you to do what you do?

I believe God placed a desire in my heart to help people and be of service in some way! He also placed within me a curiosity and love of human biology! This path led me to studying clinical sciences and then medicine! Doing so nurtured my love for research, which I hope to continually incorporate in my career! Working in a nursing home when I was younger also confirmed my love for older adults (a.k.a the elderly), and I hope to continually work with these individuals no matter what medical specialty choice I end up making!

5. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Not getting into medicine first time round, but persevering and getting into graduate medicine! God’s grace, the support of my family and friends, and a lot of hard work made it possible in the end, and I am privileged to be doing what I do today because of this!

6. What is success to you?

Walking in God’s will and purpose for my life. This includes being content where I am but also striving to continually better myself and be the best me I can be, which will hopefully allow me to be the biggest blessing I can! I hope that makes sense, haha!

7. What advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do?

Persevere! It will all work out in the end for good – sometimes the way you expected and sometimes not! Either way, if you keep working hard and surround yourself with a good support network, you will find yourself exactly where you are meant to be and you would have had an interesting adventure along the way!

8. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt on your journey so far?

Worrying don’t change a thing! Except your stuck in a fire or a lion is chasing you, then worry and get the heck out of that hopefully very unlikely situation, but I digress, haha! Luke 12: 25-27 says, and yes, I’m about to quote scripture for you all! ‘Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’

I’ve found this verse to ring so true in my life so far, and research has actually showed excessive worrying can actually do the opposite by shortening life. God has taken me on a journey of learning to trust Him, and it is one I am currently still on as I have my moments. I am so glad His grace is sufficient and helps me to strive for better everyday!

9. What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?

God’s got you always! Learn to trust Him!

10. Where can we find out more about you and follow your journey?

www.wonderingwarriorette.wordpress.co.uk

instagram – efia77

I look forward to connecting with you and hearing your stories! God bless!

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