Carey Blakely

self development and personal growth blog
A discourse on self-development
flourish blog - personal growth and self development

Life during Covid really got me thinking about self-development and what it takes to flourish—and what can get in the way. With Flourish I explore how you and I can live authentically, pursue goals that we stick to, deal with obstacles, persevere, and ultimately thrive. 

To flourish is to “grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way.” As a noun it’s “a bold or extravagant gesture or action.” 

Let’s grow vigorously and be bold about it!

be true to yourself

Freeing Yourself From a Negative Narrative

We can become aware of how we are treating ourselves and, in doing so, break the trance. This is vital on the path to personal growth and development.

climbing your way to a creative high

The Creative Leap and Chasm

When it’s time to release your work from the hidden space where you toiled into the outer world of humans with eyes and preferences and opinions, there’s a great moment of tension. The tension is where fear and excitement grapple with each other. Despite their differences, both ask what if? . . .

dig deep to flourish

Digging Deep Days

You won’t learn anything from the projects you didn’t do. And you won’t grow by avoiding hard goals. We only know what we are capable of when we push ourselves to go, do, and be.

confidence to be yourself

When No One Gives a Shit

Start with the assumption that almost no one gives a shit. It will piss you off and upset you. Then it will set you free.

navigating dark times

The Long Toll of Covid Isolation (Part I)

It’s disheartening to observe that the majority of people I know seem to be in a worse state of mental well-being than they were before Covid. Some are the same, and only a handful seem better.