My ‘why’ with the 5 top tips series #5TTT

Hi all,

I began writing my 5 top tips on a Tuesday back in September 2015  and I have rarely missed a week since.

100 articles later, I am still going strong, first and foremost because I love writing them. I love connecting with you all and hearing your opinions on a variety of topics. I love passing on any information I have to you and sharing my knowledge. I love that you might disagree with me. I love that you might know in your gut that what I am saying is or isn’t right for you. I love that you come back with follow up questions, stories or suggestions. I am proud of my content because it’s my way of saying you already have everything you need within you, sometimes you just need to answer the right questions to help coax it out.

Asking questions and getting you thinking about what you do, what’s right for you, or how you feel is my jam. No one will have the same two answers. It’s what makes us so amazing. It is also exactly why my approach has never been, and never will be, one size fits all.

For this weeks 5 top tips, I simply wanted to share with you 5 reasons why I am here, each Tuesday, sharing information with you all. Hopefully understanding my ‘why’ will help you all know me a little better and as a result see my intention each the red grape

Helping me helping you

I have never hidden the fact that sometimes I write these posts based on advice I need to tell myself. Often I know what actions to take in a particular situation but I just can’t do it for some reason. Writing advice as if it was for another person clears all of that. It gives me the drive I need, the proof if you will, to know I am doing the right thing. But I don’t want to do it alone. I know that most of the time my issues are shared by many. If I know I can help myself then I know I want to help you all to do the same. I may pose questions that we have different answers to, but the process of thinking is where all the magic happens so that you can do the best for you.

Cut through the BS

Being in the world of writing about health and happiness, I read a lot of BS. Not because the opinions differ to mine (although that does happen frequently) but because, as I mentioned above, of the one size fits all approach. We are different people. A diet that works for you doesn’t work for me. Same goes for exercise, hours of sleep, motivation, stress levels so on and so forth, The BS is in telling you what to do. No one can do that for you, you need to work it out for yourself. Ask questions, experiment, stop comparing. I never want you to feel that you aren’t good enough. You are always amazing to me.

Keeping advice short and snappy

I ain’t got time for endless reading. I want short, concise and to the point advice, help or motivation. I want a snappy read that will get me excited or gets me thinking. It’s also why we created the podcast. Got no time to sit and read? Listen to Chase the Red Grape instead. Although the topics will differ, the essence is still the same.

Questions to ask yourself and takeaway

Questions, questions, questions. What do you think? How do you act in this situation? What do you feel in your gut? I am always asking you questions. These questions reveal your answers, the real call to action (if necessary). I am just the facilitator bringing up a topic. You have the answer to any factor within your life. I want you to feel empowered. I want you to know that you can and you will.

Embrace the suck…view it differently… if it is even there…

Somethings in life suck. Somethings in life we feel bad about because we think we should. Sometimes we feel alone in our unhappiness. Sometimes we feel bad that we feel so good. I spent too long living in the suck. Figure out what you can control and spend your time on that, don’t waste time living in the suck. However, sometimes I want you to see that often the suck isn’t really there. Maybe it can be seen in a different way. Maybe it’s a problem you have just become too involved in or maybe it isn’t even worthy of attention. All realisations after asking a few questions.

Life is too short to feel down. I want to help bring you up. But only you know what is best for you. 

Want to read some of my 5 top tips? Check out the 5 top tips page on the header of the site. Or click here.

Do you like being told what to do or do you like figuring it out for yourself?

Has anything you have read (not just from me) lead to an ‘ah ha’ moment?

What ‘one size fits all’ piece of advice have you seen online or otherwise that would be so wrong for you?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

10 thoughts on “My ‘why’ with the 5 top tips series #5TTT

    • Jen says:

      Sometimes I think it takes someone else to simply go ‘yeah that does suck and it is horrible’ rather than trying to sugar coat everything. My life ain’t sunshine and roses and I think it’s so important if you have an online profile to be honest and real.

  1. Bharat sharma says:

    I am new to your blog. Good to know that you love sharing your thoughts and opinions, and also enjoy hearing about others. Writing 100 articles on a subject kind shows your consistency.

    As far as life is concerned, I do my best to find positiveness in even the bad situation. However, sometimes sucks so bad that nothing helps.In that situation, sometimes diverting yourself from the same, and focusing on something positive helps.
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    • Jen says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I too like to see the positive in every situation. Sometimes life is hard but there is always something that can bring a smile to our faces, right?!

  2. Cora says:

    This is just awesome. I’m so glad you’ve been doing these posts. 1) They are truly unique to you 2) They are so, so helpful in opening our minds and helping us ask ourselves questions or hold a mirror up to something we may be doing that we want to change and 3) I’m really glad you also do them for yourself and that they help you as much as us. Its so true that often my posts are also my way of trying to think something through, or find an answer, for myself – not just for others. Congrats on 100 articles!! I don’t know where you keep coming up with the topics!
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    • Jen says:

      Thanks lovely! I don’t know how I keep finding things to talk about but the inspiration often hits me when I least expect it! And then I scramble to get my phone so I can write down notes… it’s like a whole post just pops into my head!

  3. Miss Polkadot says:

    Well, I hope you won’t stop writing these posts anytime soon because I genuinely enjoy them. Some might be less applicable to my life/current situation than others but overall, you’ve been covering an amazingly broad spectrum of topics. Definitely something for everyone to get thinking, agree or disagree and ponder new ideas.
    Just do me a favour and never tell me the top five reasons for being a morning person or 5 ways of becoming one ;). These kind of posts are the one size fits all that just don’t work for me. It’s my inner clock …
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    • Jen says:

      I am so glad you enjoy them and I think it’s often good when such a wide variety is spoken about. Sometimes this means the apply to us, sometimes this means they could apply to someone we love or sometimes it could just be a quick interesting read!
      And I had to laugh at your comment, I would never tell you to become a morning person – everyone is different, work with your strengths girl!

    • Jen says:

      I’m glad you enjoy them Meg – I always love seeing your comments pop through and seeing what you think. 🙂

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