A New Start

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I haven’t posted here in a while. That’s because my imagery has a new home at Kokoro Imagery where I guide women to bring Personal, Emotional and Spiritual Freedom into their lives with positive transformation through Personal Coaching, Sharing Knowledge and Personal Insights and Creative Expression through the medium of art, to create Photographic Portraiture of the Heart, Mind, Spirit, Emotions and Feelings which, put together, create the beautiful goddess that you are.

I would love for you all to come join me at my new website and keep up to date with new insights, articles and upcoming online courses! Click the link and be sure to follow the blog or sign up to my mailing list to ensure you don’t miss anything: http://www.coletteduggan.com

There are some very exciting things coming soon, I can’t wait to see you there!

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

Smile

Inspiration

Hello Beautiful Ones,

I’ve been rather quiet over the past 2-3 weeks, but I am still here, just dealing with a busy schedule and some medical problems.

Today’s post is just a short one, but it’s always nice to share some of what I’ve been working on 🙂
Here are a couple of favourite images that Hannah chose from her session a couple of weeks ago 🙂 I love seeing the reactions when clients view their images and they love them 🙂 Makes what I do so worth it 🙂

I’ve also managed to make someone smile who was experiencing uncertainty in whether she was following the right path with her goals, which is lovely 🙂

Remember everyone, SMILE! You’re beautiful! 🙂

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

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Lingerie Is Not Porn – An Article From The Lingerie Addict

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I read an article on The Lingerie Addict yesterday that I really want to share with you. This is really important since lingerie is so strongly related to Boudoir, so the stigma many associate with lingerie also extends to Boudoir. When people see lingerie, and henceforth Boudoir, as porn, they completely miss the real purpose of it. Cora from TLA sums it up perfectly:

“As a lingerie blogger and, more importantly, as a consumer of lingerie, I firmly believe that intimate apparel, as the name implies, is a deeply personal form of attire.  It can be an entirely valid means to self-discovery and self-expression, and for some people, their underwear is the only place they get to truly be who they are and wear what they want.”

In other words, lingerie is about wearing what they love, whether others like it or not. It is about bringing beauty into the world and about seeing yourself as beautiful. This is also the purpose of Boudoir. After all, as I say on my website, creating a gift for their partner is only the excuse to do a Boudoir session most of the time, it is not the reason for it.

I’m not saying that lingerie can’t be used for that purpose though. Certainly, there are brands of lingerie designed with seduction in mind. That’s perfectly fine. But that in no way means that all lingerie should be put into the same category. As I said above, lingerie, in general, is about personal expression. About looking and feeling beautiful. Not just looking sexy. The sooner we can spread the word and remove the stigma, the better.

To read the original article, click here: http://www.thelingerieaddict.com/2014/10/lingerie-porn.html

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

P.S. Let me know what you think in the comments below! I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

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A day of thought adjustment in the little city of Adelaide.

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

Today I’ve been adjusting some thought patterns that aren’t doing me any good, and about time too.

I’m sure you all know those thought patterns. I’m not good enough. No one loves me. I’m not beautiful enough.

Yep, I’m pretty certain most of us have thought the last one. More than we’d care to admit. But today, I had a look at the negative thoughts that affect me the most, whether they were regular thoughts, or just ones that pop up occasionally. Even if it was only thought once, it has to go.

So I sat down with a cup of Green Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey, some instrumental music playing in the background and pen and paper and came up with this list of thoughts that are not doing me any good:

  • I don’t have enough.
  • I’m not good enough.
  • No one wants what I have to offer.
  • No one wants me.
  • No one cares about the things I care about.
  • I’m a failure.
  • Nothing is working.
  • I hate my hair.
  • I’m not beautiful enough.
  • The world is #*@%&! and there’s nothing I can do about it.
  • Everyone else gets the things I want the most and I don’t.

These are all things I have thought when things are going badly. The funny thing is though, when you begin to think these kinds of things, you begin to think it more. And more. Soon it becomes the only thing you can see and you believe it to be true. And that in a way, makes it become true, at least to you.

Other people tend to pick up on this negative feeling though. And the more you convince yourself that these kinds of thoughts are true, the more they get reflected in your dealings with others and the world around you.

Now, perhaps you may be reading this and saying “that’s ridiculous Colette. How could that possibly work?” But trust me, words are incredibly powerful. They can make a person believe that they are worthless. They can make a person believe that the world is better off without them.

On the other hand, when used in a positive way, words can make a person believe that they are important. That they can make a difference in the world. That they are loved. It’s all a matter of perspective.

So, now for the list of thoughts to counteract the thoughts above. But before I tell you what they are. I will share my criteria for these thoughts.

  1. They had to be helpful (or in other words, they had to be positive rather than negative. And,
  2. They had to be true.

That meant that I couldn’t just jump on the internet and pull a heap of generalised ‘positive affirmations’ from some website. They had to come from me. They had to be things that I could think of myself and think “that makes me feel good and I am able to believe that.”

Are you ready? Here they are:

  • The Universe (God(s)/Goddess(es)/The World/Whatever else you want to put here) will always provide me with what I need.
  • I am good enough and I deserve to be happy and have good things.
  • People do want what I have to offer. I just need to either look in other places to find those people or see how I can better help the people I have contact with already.
  • The people that matter want me and love me.
  • The right people care about the things I care about, I just need to find them.
  • I am not a failure, for I have known and still know success, no matter how big or small.
  • I will find what works and go with it.
  • My hair is wild, untameable and beautiful, like myself.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I will be the change I want to see in the world.
  • Those things would not help me, the Universe (God(s)/Goddess(es)/The World/Whatever else you want to put here) will always give me what is best for me.

It was incredible reading through that list with the knowledge that each one was both helpful to me and true. After all positive affirmations from the internet can only go so far. In order to make the change from negative thinking to positive thinking the replacement thoughts need to be more than just positive. They need to be true.

So, what negative, unhelpful thoughts do you find yourself entertaining? And what positive, truthful thoughts can you replace them with?

Comment under this post with your lists! I’d love to hear them 🙂

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

I was prompted to finally do this after reading this article by Amita from Aligned Holistics.

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