Strengthen your self-belief with these powerful affirmations

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Positive affirmations are very powerful. They can change your deeply-rooted beliefs over time. By changing your beliefs, you’ll remove the ‘blocks’ that stop you from being the best version of yourself and creating your best life.

For a great start to the day, repeat an affirmation at least ten times. I prefer to write it down ten times in my journal, but you could repeat it out loud. Some people say it’s good to do so while looking in a mirror.

Come back to the affirmation of the day several times during the day:

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I hope you all had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas, even if you couldn’t spend it in the way you normally do or would have liked to.

Now that 2020 has drawn to a close, here is a round-up of the 10 most popular posts published in Small Steps. This year, I’ve decided to rank the posts in terms of the number of reads rather than the number of views, fans or claps.

I think the number of reads is the best indicator because it shows how many people were interested enough to read a post all the way through, rather than just glancing at it or skimming it. …

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Very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas! May it be filled with love, laughter, joy, and peace.

Thank you for reading Small Steps magazine this year. Your support is very much appreciated.

In particular, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed at least one article to Small Steps this year:

Lisa-Anne Sanderson, Caroline Schley, Vic Womersley, Pierre Trudel, Anne Emerick, Erica Martin, Gerome Samonte, Randy Ta, erin m

Thank you so much for all your contributions!

The writing prompts will return in the New Year!

In the meantime, have a beautiful Christmas, overflowing with good things.

Best wishes,

Roz Andrews

Founder of Small Steps

Celebrate How Far You’ve Come This Year

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When I wrote 366 Positive Words to Help Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet, I had no idea what 2020 would bring. I had no idea that a pandemic would affect everyone on the planet. I had no idea how many people worldwide would be infected by a virus that I had never heard of. I had no idea how many people would be affected economically as a result of the virus. I had no idea how much people would need a positive message of hope to get them through a difficult year.

Now that we’ve almost reached the end of 2020, it’s time to celebrate how far we’ve come this year. Scientists have developed and tested several vaccines in record time. Communities have come together, with people helping each other, whether it is by donating and distributing food, checking in on neighbors or having a friendly, socially distanced chat in the street. 2020 has highlighted how much we need each other. That is something we’ll all take into 2021 — an appreciation of the people around us. …

Spend Less, Enjoy Christmas More!

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Is it possible to go Christmas shopping without leaving your home or spending any money? If this sounds too good to be true, read on.

The truth is that most people have many unopened and unused new items in their homes. These may still have the tags attached and/or be sealed in their original packaging.

You or a member of your family may have bought these items on impulse. Or, they may have been given as gifts, which you or a family member didn’t like or need.

Such items make excellent Christmas gifts.

How to Go Christmas Shopping Without Spending any Money

Here’s how to go Christmas shopping without spending any money at all. Do this every year before you buy any Christmas gifts online or from a store. …

“Peering from some high window at the gold of November sunset, and feeling that if day has to become night, this is a beautiful way.” E.E Cummings

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November is a month of contrasts — dreary, grey skies combined with vivid red, gold, yellow and green leaves. It seems as if everything is changing — and sometimes the pace of change appears to be too fast. If you feel like this, retreat, relax and take some time for yourself.

To me, November always feels like a time to hibernate. Just over a week ago, the clocks went back one hour here in the UK, so it gets dark at about 5pm. I’ve felt more tired than usual every evenings.

On a few evenings, I went out for a walk and enjoyed walking through the lit streets, looking at the Halloween decorations (fewer than in previous years) and some early Christmas twinkling lights. Normally a walk energizes me but I felt even more tired when I got home. I didn’t have the energy to do anything other than slump in front of the TV or read a book until I fell asleep. …

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It’s almost November and winter is fast approaching. For reasons we’re all aware of, it’s likely to be a tough winter for everyone this year. Here is some inspiration to help you through it.

Make and Fill Your Own Comfort Box

When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or low, a comfort box will help you feel better. Decorate your comfort box in any way you like and fill it with things that will make you feel good. Lisa-Anne Sanderson explains how to do this in How to Make Your Own Comfort Box for Hard Times.

Read an Inspiring Book

Last month’s writing prompt was:

“What is the most inspiring book that you have ever read? …

“October is a symphony of permanence and change.” Bonaro W. Overstreet

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Welcome to the golden month of October! I love watching nature transform itself from summer into winter, and October seems to be the month with the greatest changes. Can we replicate these beautiful changes in our lives this month?

While looking at the list of positive words for October (see below), some words stood out for me.


Rarely are things handed to us on a plate. If we want something, we have to go out and get it. We need to work long and hard towards achieving our goals. Financial freedom, for example, is rarely achieved in one day (unless you win the lottery). …

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I hope you’re having a lovely September! The weather has been glorious here in the UK. I’ve been making the most of it by getting out and about as much as I can!

As fall/autumn approaches, we’ll be spending more time indoors and, for me, that means reading more books. With this in mind, this month’s writing prompt is:

“What is the most inspiring book that you have ever read? How did it help or inspire you?”

One of the most inspiring books I have read is The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice. In 10 Key Life Lessons from The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele, I share the lessons I learned from this excellent book. …

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein

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September is a new beginning. Summer is slowly changing into fall. A chill appears in the morning air. The children are back at school.

For me, early September is a time to get out my journal and look at my goals for this year. I take some time to appreciate how far I’ve come and to evaluate how much further I have to go.

There are always some goals that I haven’t achieved and, when I look at them, I just don’t feel good about them anymore. In the past, I would feel guilty about this and tell myself I should try harder. Now, I realize that these goals are just not the right ones for me. I made them with the right intentions but later realized that my heart was not in them. …


Roz Andrews

Writer, editor, proofreader & founder of and, moving forward in life, one small step at a time.

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