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!

Changing outlooks

personal growth and development

Power Through the Transition

My friend John gave me a new mantra for fall: power through the transition. He was talking about surfing, but I thought it was awesome life advice.

beautiful views cover up harsh realities

Is It Possible to Flourish in California Anymore?

The quality of life in California has declined significantly as the cost of living has skyrocketed. How can people flourish in California in conditions that inhibit growth?

show respect and be of value to the world

Contribute Value & Ask for Value in Return

The year 2022 can feel like overpriced underperformance. But what might happen if we contributed more value to the world and asked for more value in return?

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.

changing your outlook

Bright Side, Dark Shades

Have you ever tried to look on the bright side of life but feel like you’re wearing dark shades? It happens to me often. For example, as I wrote about in my last post, I had been stressing out about securing housing in this tight, overpriced market and debating whether …

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