My Favourite Self-Development Posts From The Last Two Years

Following on from my post sharing my favourite outfit shoots celebrating the two year anniversary of The Barefaced Chic, I thought I’d take another walk down memory lane. Self-development has been a passion of mine for many years, I find the whole concept of evolving as a person fascinating.

I’ve learned a hell of a lot during my ten year journey to become the ‘real me‘ and sharing my thoughts and feelings and maybe, just maybe helping other women find the path they were meant to walk brings me more joy than I can possibly put into words.

Sifting through the pages and pages of self-development posts, and cherrypicking my favourites was no easy task. I hadn’t realised quite how many I’ve actually written! Anyway, here are the posts that I’m particularly proud of. Let me know if I’ve included your favourite.

A broken down car representing leaving some gas in the tank | Self development | The Barefaced Chic

I used to push myself to my own limits and beyond every, single day. In this post I ponder holding back and leaving a little bit of gas in the tank. Catch the whole post here.

A black and white photograph of three girls sitting on a rocket which represents dealing with negative people | Self-Development | The Barefaced Chic, Over 50 Lifestyle Blog

One way or another, I have faced a lot of negativity in my life. Until I learned to have faith in myself and my own abilities, I used to handle it very badly and take every negative word to heart. These are my 6 top tips to deal with negative people.

Tips for surviving and empty nest | Self-Development | The Barefaced Chic, over 50 lifestyle blog.

Ah the empty nest, it comes to us all. Adjusting to the new life that lies before you when your children leave home can be downright heartbreaking. But panic not, here are 7 steps to make the road to a new you and new life easier. (By the way, those are my children, Daniel and Rachel, in the above pic).

A little girls learning to play the piano to represent learning and failing | Self-Development in mature years | The Barefaced Chic
There have been many times during my efforts to recreate myself and live a happier life that I have well and truly failed. It’s how we approach these failures that make for a more fulfilling life. In this post I pass on my what I’ve learned about overcoming failure.

A bear looking into a puddle and finding herself gorgeous, representing depression | Self-Development | The Barefaced Chic, over 40 lifestyle blog

Since the age of 21 I have battled with depression (or Bernard as I call it). I still have bad days, but I have managed to lock ‘Bernard’ away. This is my story.

Do you have an introvert in your life? Want to know how to make an introvert feel comfortable? Here are 13 way to make an introvert feel comfortable. | Self-Development | The Barefaced Chic.

Being an introvert is not always easy in a world that is sometimes centred around extraverts. So how do you make an introvert feel comfortable? Here are 13 ways!

An epilepsy sufferer for 25 years I have fought to live a normal life but I cant ignore my epilepsy. Epilepsy can be the all-encompassing fog | Self-Development | The Barefaced Chic, development in midlife.

Sharing my experience with epilepsy was one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written. The thoughts that flitter across my mind before, during and after a seizure are somewhat personal. But, whether we like it or not, there is still a stigma attached to this misunderstood affliction. My hope is that, by sharing my innermost feelings, I can increase my readers’ understanding. Read the full post here.


I think the post that makes me almost want to burst with pride is this introduction to The Midlife Rucksack. I’ve spent literally months writing a downloadable, portable survival kit designed to help demolish doubts, inspire confidence or conquer life goals. It’s stuffed with ways to get re-inspired, get some support and get plenty of encouragement to move forward in midlife.

If you want to download the rucksack you can do so here.

And that’s it, my favourite self-development posts from the last two years. What do you think? Do you enjoy my self-development scribblings or do you prefer one of the other categories? Do let me know in the comments.



  1. November 23, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Well, I was just checking my mail quickly on my phone. But to read all of that I want to get a cup of tea and take the time!

    • December 8, 2016 / 8:31 am

      I hope you enjoyed reading through them all, and your cup of tea!

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