Hi Guys and Gals! It is great to have you here on Lifevolution 🙂

A character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved” – Hellen Keller

Guys and Gals, I have been thinking a lot lately about silver linings! You know that phrase people say when you are facing a challenge … “Every cloud has a silver lining”?

On difficult days, I have joked with my husband about the universe’s motives, often wondering whether there is no straightforward and easier way to learn the lessons of life. It is almost as though the universe sits back in her chair, pours a glass of Pinot Noir, grabs the remote control and flicks through TV channels however, the only programme available is total wipeout. The exception to this game of life as opposed to the original version is that the prize for navigating obstacles is not a large pot of cash but rather a silver lining. It sounds overly dramatic doesn’t it?

For most of us, struggle is something to avoid at all costs however, other people rely on being knocked every now and again to grow and get better at what they do. 

We are all human with thoughts and emotions and it is fair to say that struggle can be painful and cruel at times but it serves a purpose.

Over the last few years, I have battled with health issues and been thrown head first into the realisation that the life I envisioned for myself is not the right one for me. The best likeness to this situation I can give is a deer in the headlights. In having to work through challenging situations, I have been forced to challenge my belief system around health, food, medicine, mental health wellbeing, family, love, life, and purpose. I have gone through every thought from “why is this happening to me? It’s not fair” to “I would give anything for things to go back to the way they were. Things were great a few years ago”.  Having thoughts like these is normal. The question however is, were things really good the way they were? Is it perhaps time now to change the status quo and do something greater with the life I am so lucky to have. 

Guys and Gals, struggle has been my greatest gift ! Fear, pain, anxiety and struggles are part of the journey to light and we are all strong enough to handle it and inspire others through it! We have made it this far!

If you had it easy all the time, then you would never feel the need to make a change.

Struggle is necessary for change and change is necessary for growth. Struggle builds strength, compassion, resilience and courage and none of these things would be possible in the absence of challenges.

Challenges have helped me learn that:

1. We need to take care of our bodies and minds and help others do the same. Our bodies and minds are a precious gift . 

2. Life is fragile so we should relish the time we have with friends and family.

3. It’s ok to take time out for yourself to do things that make you happy. Happiness and success are not defined by the amount of money you have or the size of your house but by your experiences and the positive impact you have on other people around you as well as the earth that allows us to continue thriving. 

4. Forgiveness is a huge part of letting go of the past, living in the present and building a healthy future for yourself.

Despite life’s challenges, I am grateful for the opportunity for change, so guys and gals, next time you are going through a difficult time, remember there is a silver lining no matter how difficult it is to visualise in this moment. Be patient and kind to yourself. You are strong, courageous, resilient and you can get through this. It will be worth it, I promise. 

Stay safe and well and remember to live purposefully and be the best version of yourself!

Manuela xoxo


  1. Incredibly thought provoking and certainly a different spin placed on the many bumps and hurdles of life. It’s made me assess the route I’ve taken to get where I am now and look differently at certain aspects.
    Keep striving Manuela ^_^

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    • Thank you 😊 for joining the Lifevolution journey. I always say that hurdles are the gifts we are not always happy to receive but they really are a gift.


  2. Very well written, it is true everyone in life goes through huddles but it is the way ones jumps over those huddles. Very inspiring. Good job Manuela.

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    • Thank you for joining in on the Lifevolution journey ☺️ It is particularly difficult for everyone at the moment but banding together will help us all get back on track.


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