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For the past few months I’ve been looking more and more into spirituality. Having established my own company over a year and a half ago, I found myself constantly working and starting to burn out. Then one day, I read a quote that really resonated with me.

Success is having the time to do what you enjoy

Whilst that can be work if you love what you do, there’s a balance to strike and I began to re-evaluate my priorities. Of course, my business is incredibly important to me – all of the amazing people that I’ve met along the way, my epic team and fab clients… but when you get to 90, will you reflect on your life and remember the days that you worked late?

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I’ve been a fan for some time now of Gala Darling and so decided to take it upon myself to start my very own Radical Self Love Bible. Being a digital gal though, I opted for a Pinterest version, you can check it out over here.


Through digging a little deeper into Gala’s work, I then came across an interview with Gabrielle Bernsteinย and it was instant love. Within a fortnight, I’d read both Miracles Now and Spirit Junkie and my perceptions on everything had completely shifted. A natural born worrier (I think it’s hereditary), I always anticipate the worst happening so that I’m pleasantly surprised if it’s anything better than that. Before long, this can seriously dent your confidence and your negative internal monologue is working double time.


Both Gala and Gaby promote asking your spirit for solutions in prayer and listening for answers in meditation through the quietening of the mind. Rather than worry about how things will turn out, have confidence that things are exactly as they’re meant to be. When you think about it, things might go “wrong” along the way, but afterwards they always seem to have worked out that way for a reason. Yes, our paths might not unfold as we anticipated, but guaranteed they’ll be more awesome.


Up until now, I’ve felt so passionately about this new found belief system that I’m trying to install on a daily basis… however you can’t help but worry that when you talk to people, they think you’re one of those “hippy freaks”. Then yesterday, it struck me, it’s my truth. It’s what I believe in and for that I need to learn to not be sorry. I’ve got a long way to go, but I genuinely feel like I’m on a really interesting and refreshing journey and I can’t wait to see where it will take me.


What do you do when life seems to get in the way? Do you meditate? Guided or unguided? I’d love to hear from you…

M xo

Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.


  1. JJ


    I have been a big fan of Gala Darling for a long while now (love her TED Talk) and dip in and out of Gabrielle Bernstein and Danielle LaPorte’s sites when I can.

    After my crash, I spent a long time learning about meditation and mindfulness and it changed my life. Lost track of it all a little somewhere in the last 8 years but recently, I’ve totally shifted my mindset again and completely believe in this way of thinking. Pleased you’re on this journey and know it will bring you even more happiness and success. With you all the way x

    • Mel Kirk


      Thanks beauty. Itโ€™s amazed me how much hard work and focus it takes to train yourself out of old ways, but thereโ€™s still time to teach this old dog new tricks x

  2. Mel Latham


    Hi Mel,

    I have been really enjoying your new blog, it’s fab!

    Funny enough I saw one of your FB posts mentioning Spirit Junkie and the title intrigued me, on investigating Gabrielle Bernstein it really hit a cord with me and I knew this was something I would love to do. Hence I am just about to read Miracles now and start my journey to rediscover myself and hopefully learn to love me as much as I do others.
    Really excited, and reading how it’s helped you gives me that extra push to make time and embrace it. Bring it on ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks Mel, who knows your FB post could inadvertently change my life !

    • Mel Kirk


      Hey Mel,

      So good to hear from you, I really hope that you love the book. Having read it and watched several interviews of Gabrielle’s, I’m now a great believer that things are delivered to us when we need it most…. god bless Facebook!

      Let me know how you get on, I’d love to know xxx

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