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20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

20 Incredible Places Ski Lovers Should Visit This Winter

Have you gone skiing this season? No? The good news for all ski lovers is that there are loads of incredible places worldwide where you can ski all year long – and even all day long! Here are just 20 resorts you should seriously consider as your next skiing destination!

1. Meribel, France

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    Absolutely lovely resort sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens, this place has less crowds and more budget-friendly accommodations. The scenery is as beautiful and as luxurous as that of Courchevel, yet the prices tend to be at half the price. Be sure to grab a glass of the local mulled wine at the end of the day. It’s simply magnificent!

    – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €80 per night.
    – Weather: Mostly sunny and dry during January, with average temperatures at -5 to 2 degrees Celsius.
    – Travel tip: Don’t miss the huge indoor ice rink and a swimming pool!

    2. Cervinia, Italy

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      Situatted just on the opposite side of a popular Swiss ski resort Zermatt, Cervinia resort and hotels prices tend to be about half the cost, with the same array of skiing tracks. The place is great for both beginner and pro-riders. Just make sure you don’t run into Switzerland by accident.

      – Accommodations: You can rent out an apartment for a week starting at €250 per person.
      – Weather: Daily average temperatures fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during during winter.
      – Travel tip: Freestylers should check out “IndianPark” with over 400 meters of incredible kickers and rails. Be sure you stay ’til late, as the hottest parties happen there too!

      3. Girdwood, Alaska

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        This place recently got an accolade from “National Geographic” as the best “Off-the-beaten-path powder hounds with an aversion to glamour”. Pro-skiers will love nearly vertical slopes with hardly any other folks around, along with 360 degree perspective views opening from treeless tops! Not to miss: cat-skiing and heli-skiing offered at the base of the resort. Plus, take a day trip to nearby Anchorage to unwind on your rest day. The city is absolutely lovely.

        – Accommodations: Double rooms run from €46 per night.
        – Weather: Average temperatures range from -12 to -8 degrees Celsius during winter. Make sure you know these hacks for keeping your feet warm while skiing.
        – Travel Tip: March is the best time to visit, as there is an average of 12 hours of daylight and it get’s just a tiny bit warmer.

        4 . Klosters, Switzerland

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          An incredibly charming, chalet-style village just a few miles away from Davos and seeimingly divided into two main areas. Klosters Platz, where all cool kids hang out in the bars and shop ‘tll they drop at exquisite boutiques, along with fine red and black pistes accessible by a cable-car. And Klosters Dorf, with loads of nursery slopes to practice. Riding off-piste is pretty impressive too. Did you know Klosters is Prince Charles’s favorite resort?

          – Accommodations: Double rooms start at €90 per night.
          – Weather: Daily averages of -9 to -8 degrees Celsius during the winter.
          – Travel tip: On your rest day, check out Davos Kirchner Museum dedicated to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

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          5. Soldeu, Andorra

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            Being part of the Grand Valira ski resort – the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees with 205 kilometers of runs – Soldeu is well-known for it’s sloping hills suitable for both beginners and intermediate skiers, along with a few fine black pistes for seasoned professionals.

            – Accommodations: Doubles start at €60 per night.
            – Weather: Daily averages of -5 to -2 degrees Celsius.
            – Travel tip: You can easily drive to nearby Spanish or French towns for a day trip, as Andorra is really quite compact.

            5. Zakopane, Poland

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              One of the hottest new ski destinations this year, Zakopane, offers amazingly cheap ski passes and a great array of terrains that both professional and beginners will admire. Add the excellent Polish cuisine (roasted lamb is an absolute must-try!), dirty cheap spas and a huge new water park nearby. Spending time in Zakopane would likely be fun, even for non-skiers.

              – Accommodations: Soubles start as low as €12 per night.
              – Weather: During the winter, daily temperatures range from -7 to -3 degrees Celsius.
              – Travel tip: Visit gorgeous Black Pond during your rest day.

              6. Geilo, Norway

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                Visiting Geilo may seem a bit pricey, but it is absolutely worth the splurge. Think about the five snow parks, a huge center for cross-skiing and one of the best spots for kite-skiing in the world! There are 39 slopes accessed by 20 lifts, with several easy green and blue pistes for newbies (along with a top-notch ski school), while more experienced skiers can check out Geilo’s extensive cross country system – 220 kilometers of tracks, including five km under floodlight.

                – Accommodations: from €80 a night, per double room. But if you plan on renting out a cabin,  prices can drop to €50 to €60 per person.
                – Weather: Daily averages of -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                – Travel Tip: Slopes are nearly empty in the morning as Norwegians tend to begin skiing late.

                7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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                  Being pretty remote, Jackson Hole is a dream destination for pro-skiers as it boasts the country’s longest continuous vertical relief, along with a bunch of nail-biting terrains and mind-blowing landscapes. Also, it’s a pretty darn great place to try heli-skiing!

                  – Accommodations: Start at €40 per double room.
                  – Weather: The daily average temperature ranges from -10 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                  – Travel Tip: National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park are just a stone’s throw away.

                  8. Jasna, Slovakia

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                    A hype destination for frugal young travelers, it comes with cheap beers and loads of budget accommodations available if booked in advance. Over 45 km of slopes, ranging from mild blue runs to breakneck freeride terrains.

                    – Accommodations: From €35 per double room.
                    – Weather: -6 to -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                    – Travel Tip: Nightlife in Jasna is epic, with loads of cool events hosted every other weekend during high season.

                    9. Bled, Slovenia

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                      Now, Bled may not have the giddiest pistes, yet it’s one of the most spectacular ski resorts in Europe. Watch glimpses of the sun disappear in the half-frozen Lake Blade, while riding down tree-covered slopes. And of course, you cannot miss visiting fairy-tale like Bled Castle!

                      – Accommodations: Starting at €30 for a double room.
                      – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -2 degrees Celsius during wintertime.
                      – Travel Tip: Should you crave for more twisted rides, check out slopes at Vogel, offering one of the biggest verticals in the area.

                      10. Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

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                        Though it has one of the most spectacular ski terrains and deep puffy snow most time of the year, Fernie still stays off the travelers’ radar – which isn’t so bad after all! You can roam fresh tracks until the late afternoon and enjoy all of the wide open alpine bowls and daredevil chutes with hardly anyone else around. The town is charming, with loads of funky traditional houses and family-owned restaurants with moderate prices.

                        – Accommodations: From €56 per double room.
                        – Weather: Temperatures range from -8 to -4 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                        – Travel TipBean Pod has some seriously awesome coffee and homemade chocolates!

                        11. Kitzbühel, Austria

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                          A charming Tirol town with loads of medieval cobblestone lanes, Kitzbühel seems to be taken from a fancy chocolate box wrapper. Both intermediate and pros alike would admire long and extensive wide-open slopes with excellent views of Mt. Hahnenkamm and Kitzbühler Horn.

                          – Accommodations: Start at €80 per double room.
                          – Weather: Temperatures fall between -8 and -2 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                          – Travel Tip: You should definitely take a ride on the traditional horse-drawn sleighs.

                          12. Wanaka, New Zealand

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                            You would love Wanaka for the “Lord of the Rings” scenery and loads of daredevilry tricky runs, earning the city a reputation of one of the world’s premiere adventure towns. Choose Treble Cone if you are a sucker for a good view, while riding most pistes here go above the tree line.

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                            – Accommodations: Prices for a double room start at €42.
                            – Weather: Temps fall between -2 and 3 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                            – Travel tip: Don’t forget that seasons are reversed in NZ and ski season in Wanaka runs from June ’til October.

                            13. Niseko, Japan

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                              Due to harsh winds blowing from Siberia, mounts at Niseko, Hokkaido always stay covered with sparkling fresh powder. The terrain varies from legendary tree runs like Strawberry Fields and Miharashi, to mind blowing powder fields if you step a bit off-pesto.

                              – Accommodations: From €50 per double room.
                              – Weather: During he winter, temperatures from between -15 and -8 degrees Celsius.
                              – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough cash, as most shops and restaurants don’t accept credit cards. The closest ATM is 6 kilometers away in Kutchan.

                              14. Verbier, Switzerland

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                                Over 410 kilometers of pistes connected with 89 lifts and verticals ranging from 1500 meters to 3330 meters, makes Verbier a perfect choice for extreme junkies! Most runs are marked black, so make sure you’ve practiced well! Add to that the lively nightlife and a great choice of restaurants, and this place is all the more attractive.

                                – Accommodations: Start at €125 nightly for a double room.
                                – Weather: During the winter, temperatures fall in the range of -14 to -10 degrees Celsius.
                                – Travel Tip: If you’d like to splurge, head to Crock No Name – one of the most sophisticated places in town.

                                15. Portillo, Chile

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                                  Arguably one of the best ski resorts in South America, this place is well-known for huge mountain rains with epic views of the nearby Inca Lagoon. Seasoned skiers will fall in love with the local terrain and fabulous off-pisto tracks, making your guts cringe at first.

                                  – Accommodations: From €40 nightly per double room.
                                  – Weather: Temperatures fall between -5 and -2 degrees Celcius during the winter months. Note: seasons are also reversed here.
                                  – Travel tip: Experts should not miss Roca Jack, accessed by a high-elevation tow rope.

                                  16. Snowbird, Utah

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                                    Located in the very heart of marvelous Wasatch National Forest, Snowbird boasts mighty fine views, along with over 1,270 centimeters of snowfall per year. Yes, think loads of powder to chase on spectacular slopes!

                                    – Accommodation: From€ 60 per double room nightly.
                                    – Weather: The average temperatures fall between -8 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter months.
                                    – Travel tip: Head to Glen’s (named after Glen Doherty, a SEAL killed defending the U.S. consulate in 2012) if you crave a challenging, steep ride.

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                                    17. Tiffindell, South Africa

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                                      Tiffindell is one and only ski resort in South Africa with only two (ungraded) runs, yet the scenery here is simply jaw-dropping as the town lies in the shadows of the marvelous Mount Ben McDuie.

                                      – Accommodations: Start at € 100 nightly per double room.
                                      – Weather: The average temperature drop is between -21 to -10 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                      – Travel tip: Make sure you’ve taken enough warm clothes as the temperature often drops to -21 degrees Celsius.

                                      18. Riksgränsen, Sweden

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                                        Sweden ski resorts seem to be seriously underestimated, so you would hardly ever see any crowds around this place. Yet the very best thing is, you can still ski in Riksgränsen after bedtime, under the bright midnight sun.

                                        – Accommodations: From €105 nightly, per double room
                                        – Weather: Temperatures generally fall between -10 and -5 degrees Celsius during the winter.
                                        – Travel tip: Ride down Gransleden for a brief detour into Norway, before sliding back to Sweden.

                                        19. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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                                          This ski are has been called the most beautiful in the world for it’s unusual and dramatic peaks of the Dolomites lurking here and there from the snow (watch out for them, btw!).Yet, the beauty has it’s price – Cortina is a high-end resort with loads of boutiques, ladies in exquisite furs and luxury spas.

                                          – Accommodation: Start at €120 per double room.
                                          – Weather: During the winter, the average temperatures are between -7 and -2 degrees Celsius.
                                          – Travel tip: check out Enoteca Cortina wine cellar – Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bar where he once got so drunk during lunch that he could not return to skiing afterwards.

                                          20. Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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                                            It’s hard to believe you are still in North America when you walk along the charming narrow lanes of Mount Tremblant. Styled after traditional French Alpine villages, this resort boasts some of the finest gourmet dishes and fresh pastries after a long day of exploring one of the 95 runs.

                                            – Accommodation: From €59 nightly, per double room.
                                            – Weather: The average winter temperatures fall between -10 and 02 degrees Celsius.
                                            – Travel tip: Opt for the pricey, yet amazing Scandinave Spa on your rest day.

                                            Featured photo credit: Full length of skier skiing on fresh powder snow via shutterstock.com

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                                            Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                            13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                            13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                            Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                            Why is this so critically important to you?

                                            The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                            Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                            1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                            Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                            When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                            • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                            • The man facing the judge.
                                            • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                            • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                            • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                            • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                            These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                            Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                            Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                            2. Accept Your Fear

                                            Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                            We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                            And here’s what can be done.

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                                            3. Get Some Perspective

                                            I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                            And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                            That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                            We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                            So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                            • Are you really at risk?
                                            • Will this kill you?
                                            • Which leads us on to..
                                            • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                            4. Hold a Hand

                                            As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                            Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                            We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                            Ask yourself:

                                            • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                            • Could that really happen?
                                            • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                            • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                            By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                            5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                            This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                            Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                            The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                            It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                            For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                            Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                            6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                            I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                            Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                            Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                            Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                            Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                            Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                            7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                            Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                            I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                            It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                            One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                            Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                            It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                            8. Assume the Worse

                                            If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                            Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                            • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                            • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                            • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                            And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                            When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                            Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                            9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                            If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                            Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                            Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                            10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                            One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                            11. Go with Fear

                                            When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                            I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                            Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                            One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                            However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                            We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                            12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                            And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                            The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                            What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                            13. Own Your Fear

                                            Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                            We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                            You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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