Words of Wisdom with.. Bel Crawford
This weeks blog post is another ‘Words of Wisdom with..’ because I love hearing from fabulous, successful and hardworking girls about how they got to where they are, what motivates them and hearing what inspiration they can give us!
(If you haven’t read a ‘Words of Wisdom’ before check out my first one with my all time fave internet human, Kasia Stanachich)
If you don’t know who Bel is, let me introduce her!
Bel is an amazing kiwi gal who hosts the ZM day show, writes for her own blog (www.belcrawford.com) and has her own podcast (The Self Love Club Podcast) Phew! She’s a busy gal. She is also another one of the reasons why I started this ‘Words of Wisdom with..’ blog post series. I have binge listened to so many episodes of “The Self Love Club Podcast” and absloutely love hearing Bel talk to other amazing successful woman in NZ about how they got to where they are, their failures, their wins, and how they get, as well as how they keep, being inspired. It really makes me want to kick my butt into gear and start producing the content I want for you guys!
Bel has a lot of great answers to the questions I asked her, and I hope she inspires you guys as much as she inspires me. I definitely relate to a lot of what she is sayimg (especially about learning how to say no!) She is so talented and motivating and I’m so excited to see where she goes in life - and I will definitely be following her along the way!
@belcrawford on instagram
(and if you know of anyone you’d like to read about in the ‘Words of Wisdom with..’ series, lemme know down below!)
What books have greatly influenced your life?
Eckhart Tolle ‘A New Earth’
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last 6 months (or in recent memory?)
I mean it costs most than $100 to go travelling but travelling 100%.
Or for under $100 my Shakti mat. I try to use it every night before bed.
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success. Do you have a favourite failure?
The way I look at it and I’ve found you can’t always learn unless you make mistakes.
Also failure isn’t always failure either, it can mean you end up with different epic opportunities.
But I know it can be tough at the time when you feel like you’ve ‘failed’ at something. Handle it and try to see if you can find the positives in it.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it- metaphorically speaking getting a message out to millions or billions what would it say and why?
(could be someone elses quote/are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by)
Ooh so many things “LOVE YOUR FREAKING BEAUTIFUL SELF”
A quote I really love is “Good things happen, love is real, we will be ok” Adam J. Kurtz.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made. (could be an investment of money, time and energy?)
My health and well-being 100%.
Whether it be a yoga membership, investing in seeing a really good naturopath, a therapist.
Learning about how to look after yourself really freaking well.
Your health (which is so much more than physical) is so important and when you work on yourself you glow and life can be pretty epic.
In the last 5 years, what new belief, behaviour or habit has most improved your life?
That when things don’t work out the way you thought it isn’t that things aren’t going right it’s more a re-direction. I have learnt to go with the flow of life a lot more and readjust and problem solve on the spot if you like as life happens.
What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the "real" world, what advice should they ignore?
Believe in yourself, backing yourself will probably come in time. There’s so much to learn in the real world but get stuck in and lap it all up to create the life you really want.
People can be really mean too so there will be baddies and meanies (I swear I’m not 5).
In the last 5 years what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations) what new realizations and/or approaches helped?
I 100% have had to learn to get good at saying ‘no’. I’m a giver and want to be able to do all the things for all of the people and ‘not let people down’ but you can’t you’ll just burn yourself out. You gotta have respect for yourself too and boundaries.
I think once you know what you want and what you’re focused on you’re able to refine things a lot better and focus on what fits with what you actually want in your life.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost focus temporarily, what do you do? (what questions do you ask yourself?)
I step back and focus on my self-care.
There’s no point trying to keep going full steam if you’re not feeling 100%.
Focus on getting yourself feeling good.
Ask yourself what’s stressing you out or making you feel overwhelmed.
When you’re in tune with yourself you’ll be able to know.
Take steps to get yourself on track and then get back into things.
Go outside, breathe in fresh air, visit the beach, have a bath or have a nap.