Working on yourself is the best gift you can give to the world.
If you don't like what you see, change it from within.

Why do we take so long before asking help?

As I reflect on the past and how I could have made things easier, I have to realize that one of my biggest problems was (and sometimes still is) the ability to ask for help. 

I got inspired to create a new series called The WHY series. I remember as a kid, I was always wondering “BUT WHY?”

Especially at church school, some of the stories didn’t make sense to me so I was asking “BUT WHY….?” And I often got the answer “because that’s how it is and stop questioning!”.

And the rebel in me simply wanted to question even more….

I often wish I would question less. It would be easier! But that’s who I am: I like to understand things. So the WHY series is a wink to my younger self.

It only makes sense that the first video is on ‘WHY do we take so long before asking for help?”

Have you ever realized that when you teach something to someone, you get triggered on that very specific topic?

It’s always like that and as a coach, I get triggered all the time. It’s a great opportunity to be clear about your level of integrity and make sure you “walk your talk”!

So, as I was getting ready to send you this video, a crazy storm hit Victoria. We were expecting some rain, but that was “next level”!
It started raining so much last week on Tuesday and by Wednesday it was crazy… We were flooded very quickly and my beautiful soon-to-be yoga studio had water coming through every walls.

1- Luckily the plasterers were still in it and they called me right away.
2- Luckily, we were in lockdown and my boys were there so we had more spare hands to dig.
3- And luckily, the floorboard was meant to be installed the day before and got moved to the day after, and therefore it was not damaged. 

We managed to create some tranches for the water to escape bypassing the newly freshly built studio. We pumped the water and broke a couple of fire pumps in the process (luckily we had 2)!
Seriously feeling so lucky and blessed, it could have been so much worst. 

And that night got scary… Trees were falling down, destroying fences (luckily none of the animal fencings was damaged), and blocking the road. Animals were agitated, scared.
The next day, the roads were flooded, trees had fallen everywhere. And we had no network and the community had no power (luckily we are off-grid and we had power).

The network came back on Saturday and the power yesterday. Some people still don’t have power and won’t for a while. We spent a week surrounded by generators songs (just to make it like it sounded ok).

It felt quite overwhelming to have so much to do on the land to get back to square one.
And after 3 days of working in the mud, I was quite keen to get my washing machine into action mode and she not only passed but also leaked through my laundry floorboard which was completely damaged.

And that’s when you know that all you can do is “laugh” at the situation (after a good cry) and pray… until…
You have enough energy to find plans B, C, and more…

There is NO WAY on earth I could have managed this on my own.
I have a small chainsaw and small arms to hold hit and there is not much I can really lift alone.
I had to ask for help and support. I needed help to fix the property, to cut the wood, and still need more to fix the laundry and get back to normal.

This reminds me of a story my great-grandma twin sisters told me. They were identical twin sisters and born blind.

They once told me that the best moment of their lives was during WWII, the community was helping each other with safe shelter, swapping food, supporting each other.
And because they could not see, they had developed other senses, and Oh Yes they could feel! And they felt so much love, care, support, and kindness through those horrifying times.
And that was their best life moment!

During those collective crises, asking for help is easier than when we have our own internal crisis or very personal problem. 

When I was going through some really tough times as a teenager, I recall trying to ‘suck it all in’ and ‘deal with it’. It was not very fashionable to get ‘emotional support’ in the ’90s and when I went through grief, depression, anxiety… There was not much to do about it. I don’t recall speaking about it to my friends either. This led me to feel suicidal for quite some time and finding peace in taking drugs. 

Years later, when I had my twins, I couldn’t ask friends to support me with food or ‘babies’ care so I could rest. I simply did it alone. I would definitely welcome support when it came, but would not dare to ask.

I have countless examples where I could have asked for support earlier on. And the decision (conscious or not) to not ask for help has had tremendous consequences on my health and wellbeing.
Hence, I have made this video for you and you can watch it below.

As a single mum, and now living on a large property with animals and lots of responsibility, I often wonder why we came to living so isolated.

Life would be so simpler if we had strong community support.

I came here, to nature, to be part of a community and I do feel closer to people living here than I ever felt living in cities (even though we spent most of our time here in lockdown). But there is always room for more connection, more sharing, more community support.

Asking for help may not feel comfortable but when you drop the ego that needs to have it all sorted all the time, you can see more clearly what would feel better.

Asking for support can start with asking for a chat, sharing how you feel, reflecting with someone on a situation, getting advice, and more.

I invite you to reflect on your life and ask yourself “where could I get more support?”.
Where could you dissolve challenges, blockages, arguments with others?

And if you feel stuck, lost, or anxious, please reach out, and let’s get you out of this. I support people to find a clear direction to a successful, joyful and purposeful life. If you wish to learn more about how I can support you, please respond to this email.

I hope this video will help you finding solutions to get closer to the best you.

Reward yourself for taking the time to connect with yourself.

Remember that everything starts from within and THE SHORTCUT TO SAVE THE PLANET IS TO LOVE YOURSELF!

Thank you so much for reading, watching & sharing with your loved ones. I would love to hear from you and thank you in advance for your comments.

Subscribe to my blog here and receive regular tips to live a successful, joyful & purposeful life and become the best version of yourself.

Bisous xx


Find the inspiration you need here.

Enough of your addiction?

When I was younger I just wanted to escape.  I was given my first [...]

Why is building communities now so important?

Our wellbeing relies on a few pillars, one being CONNECTION! We ar [...]

Death: why do we fear it?

I have lived in many places as I was born in a region, moved to another to go to boarding school, then to an [...]

Why it is a good idea to practice feeling abundant

ABUNDANCE…. What a topic! The world is going crazy right now, th [...]

What is your definition of Success?

We believe we are living our life in complete free will, but the reality is that [...]

Getting out of the time trap

Do you ever feel like days are going so fast, you hardly can do anything? When I ended up alone raising my boys while working full time, [...]

What to do after a long day?

We are creatures of habits and we take them on very quickly. Seriously I’m always extremely surprised on how quickly I can slip into my un [...]

The start matters

Do you ever hear the alarm and snooze it until you’re actually late? [...]

How to stop feeding the fear of aging?

I recently went to France to visit my family and friends. My 4 grand parents are still alive and together in the same retirement home. [...]

yoga with Wendy

Yoga for busy people

Here we are in week 3 of Feb Fast month and I’m now feeling much better. It took me two weeks to be ok without my coffee and I have to adm [...]

Helene Pouwels feb fast

Feb fast is on: how to rock it

Today was tough! Not just tough, it was hard-core! I had such a great day yesterday and knowing that Feb Fast was one, I abused a little [...]

Helene biting broccoli

Are you ready for Feb Fast

I’ve changed so much in 11 years, I let go of some bad habits I had in France and added heaps of great ones with my daily routines.< [...]

Helene Pouwels clean food tips

How to clean your non-organic fruits & veggies

Organic food can be more expensive and sometimes it’s simply not available. I move around for my trainings and I’ve landed into re [...]

Helene's morning start photo

7 tips for a Kick Ass morning start

The way we start the day is setting the tone for the entire day. We can either chose to snooze the alarm a few times, rush to get ready with [...]

Helene's stop bad habit photo

How to stop a bad habit

Bad habits take different shapes and forms. It’s pretty much a habit that does not serve you when done too regularly. It can be TV, wine, [...]

Helene's how to get anything image

How to get anything you want

Getting what we want is quite easy, the most difficult part is to decide consciously and making sure that our unconscious program is working [...]

Helene's feeding scarcity image

How to stop feeding scarcity

We are getting bombarded by so much negative information. Some events are very important to be aware of and to do something about it. We don [...]

Helene Pouwels image 4

How to get out of bed to start a healthy routine

After years of experiment, morning and night rituals or routine are the most efficient tools for me to be balanced. When I’m consistent, i [...]

Helene Pouwels 2

How to meditate

Meditation is THE TOOL that allows me to keep sane! When people ask me: “Helene, how do you

how to forgive

How to forgive someone that really hurt you

We, all, have been hurt at some stage in our life.   It may have happened a long time ago or very re [...]

Helene Pouwels how to lose weight tips

How to lose weight more easily

Prior to arriving in Australia I never had any weight issue. I was concern about my body as much as most of teenagers and women.

Helene Pouwels photo 3

How to get rid of negative emotions

Did you know that our entire program, belief system is set before 7 years old? Everything that we have witnessed before that becomes o [...]

Helene's how to heal yourself tips

How to self heal

we can use energy to dissolve the pain when it is not too late. We do have more than just the Physica [...]

Helene's keep your energy tips

How to keep your level of energy high

I was born with way more energy than the average person. I never needed to sleep much and was always super a [...]

Helene's life purpose tips

How to find your life purpose

I studied and learnt non-stop since out of school wondering what was my life purpose. Over the years it became more and more evident that wh [...]

See more in my Journal page

Subscribe to your Happiness and receive weekly tips to support you in all areas of life.