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Self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself

Self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself


In psychology, the term selfesteem is used to describe a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. In other words, how much you appreciate and like yourself. It involves a variety of beliefs about yourself, such as the appraisal of your own appearance, beliefs, emotions, and behaviours.

If you have low self-esteem, harness the power of your thoughts and beliefs to change how you feel about yourself.


Watch and learn from pros

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

If you’ve been following me for some time now you’ll know that I love to play. Play with reinventing my career. Play with improving my life. Play with flowering into my true potential. To do this I have watched and learned from pros—mentors, coaches and muses—and investing in my future.

Recently, I’ve taken up painting again. Mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell had it right when he wrote, “When you follow your bliss doors will open for you that don’t open for anyone else.” Or words to that effect. Following what lights you up is a great way to boost self-esteem and to feel better about yourself

Here’s a recent example evidencing how following your joy is the best way to live. Paintings from my Soften Series and also works from New Beginnings (pictured above, Sunday Surprise) are now currently on show at the fab Pure Day Spa, in the Bay of Islands.

I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to view art—and be pampered. Two of my passions! I’m exhibiting there – thanks to the fab encouragement of Karen, the owner, who said, ‘Yes! Yes! Yes! In fact, she was so enthusiastic that she helped me hang them right away. I love that several of her beauty therapists have fallen in love with one in particular. Recently a lady who saw my painting Tranquility messaged me to say she wanted to buy it:)

Receiving messages from people who love my work sends my self-esteem soaring.

Self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself


Love is my superpower. Is it yours?

Would you love to follow your bliss? Explore a new hobby or resurrect one you’ve neglected? Is stress draining your joy? Would you love to do something—just for fun? Or are you a pro who has lost their mojo?

Do you feel like Mary, a printmaker who shared, “I am struggling with finding a way of telling my story whilst being authentic and how to express myself?” Or Roberto, a successful but frazzled businessman who told me, ‘I need to do something creative.”

Whatever your reasons, whatever your motivation, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you feel Play Dates is perfect for you.

Would you love to play?

Enjoy a preview into the course:  Playful Ways To Bring Your Creative Vision to Life. Creating Your Passion Journal

Discover some of my many creative inspirations. This video is about the varied sources that inspire my creativity. As an intuitive artist with a passion for following my ‘inner joy’ I hope my work captures and celebrates the ‘life-giving’ aspects of art, and leaves viewers with a feeling of pleasure, peace and contentment. Discover more here:https://www.thejoyfulartist.co.nz

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You’ll also find more helpful tips to create unstoppable self-confidence in, Boost Your Self-Esteem and Confidence: Six Easy Steps to Increase Self-Confidence, Self-esteem, Self-Value and Love Yourself More. If you struggle with low self-esteem, or you’re seeking positive and effective ways of building a healthy sense of self-worth this book is your go-to guide.

Many factors can contribute to the way you see yourself—but the one contributing factor that all people who struggle with low self-esteem have in common is negative thoughts and low self-valuing. Of course, it’s easier to feel good about yourself when things are going well and you feel happier, but when life turns to custard or the skies are grey, it’s your interpretation of your circumstances that can rock your confidence and self-esteem— regardless of what they are.

Boost Your Self-Esteem and Confidence: Six Easy Steps to Increase Self-Confidence, Self-esteem, Self-Value and Love Yourself More uses proven-effective methods including CBT, spiritual tools and evidence-based tips and techniques to help you raise low self-esteem. You’ll learn how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy self-esteem, how to detect and analyze negative self-statements, and how to create new, more objective and positive self-statements to support your self-esteem rather than undermine it. You’ll learn to let go of judgmental, self-attacking thoughts and think, feel, believe and act in accordance with what matters to you most, enhancing your sense of self-worth.

Practical personal transformation and life reinvention strategies teamed with motivational quotes will rescue you from low self-esteem, improve your relationships, rediscover happiness, pivot you out of your comfort zone and leap into the life you’ve dreamed.

If you struggle with low or unhealthy self-esteem, Boost Your Self-Esteem and Confidence, has everything you need to improve the way you see yourself for better overall well-being.

In Boost Your Self-Esteem and Confidence: Six Easy Steps to Increase Self-Confidence, Self-esteem, Self-Value and Love Yourself More  you’ll learn:

  • How to reclaim your self-esteem and confidence
  • How to value yourself
  • How to love yourself more
  • How to find your inner strength
  • How to find your point of brilliance
  • How to minimise anxiety and depression
  • How to care more about pleasing yourself than pleasing others
  • How to handle career, job, business and self-employment setbacks
  • How to attract fulfilling relationships
  • How to master the art of building and sustaining self-confidence and self-respect
  • How to achieve self-esteem mastery
  • How to embrace the gifts of imperfection: let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are

If you’re short on time but high on motivation, then this is the book that will cheerlead, support, encourage and inspire you to be your best.

Quit feeling stuck. Reclaim your power! Boost Your self-esteem and confidence in six easy steps and finally live the life you want. “Buy Now” to love yourself more>>getbook.at/SelfLove

“This book is conveniently broken into six steps. Each step covers practical aspects of how to empower a part of your life. I like the “Empower your spirit” section. It reminded me of my true north and how faith must remain at the centre of my life. Although everyone’s values and beliefs are different, continuing to connect on a spiritual level is important to me. Coupled with this, I was reminded also about the need to live out my passions which I know feeds directly into me feeling good about myself. I was also interested to read about “embracing your flaws.” I hadn’t heard that term before, and so doing this takes the pressure off you having to try to be “perfect.” All in all, this book causes you to think and question aspects of your life, and cause you to become a better version of you.” ~ Amazon Review


Change careers in your 50s, 60s and beyond. Success Stories…


From unhappy employee to lifestyle entrepreneur of her own publishing business

Several moons ago, a beautiful lady (but then frustrated) writer, Heather, contacted me for help to publish her children’s empowerment stories. She’d been penning her healing words for years but no one was able to read her beautiful stories. They were all in her head, her notebooks, her computer. After her mentoring programme, she now has her own boutique publishing business and her books can be enjoyed by children, parents and teachers ALL OVER THE WORLD.

A beautiful side-effect has been the increased exposure as an expert that sharing her teachings has given her. She quit her salaried job and is now flying solo with her own business – Kaleidoscope Solutions.

“When it comes to healing children on an emotional level, I can’t emphasize the importance of Heather’s therapeutic stories enough”.  Jamie – Mother of 6-year-old daughter.

“I can’t speak highly enough for Heather and the impact the story has had. The tailor-made story truly helped Victor to understand the new feelings he was going through with this new life-form entering the home vying for mummy and daddy’s attention. Our son was very engaged listening to the story and he loved the special song included in the story too. Thank you so much for helping our kid through this difficult stage!” Chris – Father of 3-year-old son.

Check out Heather’s beautiful stories. Enjoy the first book in the Kaleidoscope stories here>>https://www.kobo.com/nz/en/ebook/bright-star-21. Also available as audio—narrated by Heather.

View her other books on Amazon, here>>https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Dodge/e/B0899NNR63

Do you have a story to tell? A book to share? Would you love to publish your own book or create another source of income?

Stay tuned for my new coaching programme: Love Stories.

In this intimate group coaching course, I share my secrets of how I built a successful self-publishing business and guide participants through all the steps that are essential to create and publish the stories they want to share with the world and ensures their online bookshop thrives.


Featured reader of the month—Mandy

Mid-Life Career Rescue

I still remember the day Mandy rushed up to me in a hotel and cried, “Cassandra. I’ve got to give you a hug! You changed my life!”

We had never met. Not in person. We met in person. Through the power of story. My story of having the courage to change careers, confidently leave a job I hated, and start living a life I loved, before it was too late, inspired Mandy to leave her job, her marriage, her home—her life… and live her dream.

I share more of Mandy’s story in Mid-Life Career Rescue.

To grab your copy from Amazon, click here>> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG1L3D6

To grab your copy from Kobo, click here>>https://www.kobo.com/ebook/mid-life-career-rescue-series-box-set-books-1-3-the-call-for-change-what-makes-you-happy-employ-yourself

Take steps to feel better about yourself. Your legacy can be like the one I created for Mandy (and many other men and women I’ve had the privilege to help like her), who in her 50’s, after reading the book I wrote as a result of my experience as a life and career coach, wrote to me and told me how the book had changed her life:

“To be honest, I couldn’t put the book down—it was as though Cassandra had got inside my head and written it specifically for me! It helped me process the what/where questions I was asking myself and discussed all the aspects that had been tumbling around in my head like a washing machine for many months.  It helped me process my thoughts, clarify my thinking, formulate a real plan and prepare myself for my new life.”

And what a new life it was. Mandy packed up her old life as a disillusioned consultant and unhappy wife in New Zealand and moved to outback Australia after successfully applying for a new role. She landed a three-year contract as an Infrastructure and Assets Manager, overseeing the construction of the Art Centre and new houses, as well as the commercialization of the airport and the development of major roads.

“I wanted a new adventure and I’ve found one!” she wrote to me. “I’m excited and terrified.” Others saw Mandy as an inspiration, paving the way for other mid-lifers to make courageous life and career changes.

Mandy has since made another massive change, settling back in Auckland with a new business and a new man!

My clients, and readers like Mandy, tell me they value the fact that my advice is gained from both my personal and professional experiences and is both practical and inspirational.

Work with me. Boost your self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself. I’d love to help.

One-to-One Coaching. Two Hour Intensive

Gift some dedicated time for yourself or someone you love.

If life has you by the horns and you would like to seize joyful control and create a plan for your life or business in 2021, that’s exactly what we do in a two hour intensive.

You receive a questionnaire prior to your Zoom call to help you clarify where you are now, where you want to be—your desires, skills and dreams. This helps me to tailor a coaching programme to maximise your success during our coaching call. You will receive a follow-up email with a dream achievement plan and a video recording of our session.

Investment: $ 600 USD

Get in touch with me to book your time or pre-purchase a gift voucher for someone you love…cassandra@cassandragaisford.com


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Self-esteem: Take steps to feel better about yourself

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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