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!

Personal Growth

authenticity requires embracing change

Coming Home to Myself Part 2: Uphill / Downhill

Neither my body nor my brain could function anymore going over the same physical and mental terrain. It was exhausting. I bent over in the middle of the hill …

avoid the second arrow of suffering

Don’t Get Slain by the Second Arrow

We can’t control the incidents that strike us, but we can control our reaction to them. Learn about the first arrow versus the second, according to a Buddhist teaching.

getting unstuck and finding your path

Making Peace with Restlessness

When restlessness and frustration hit, what do you do to calm your mind and make good decisions?

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.