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The Inner Hippie Club – Chapter 1 – Early Childhood

This is the raw, uncut and unedited version of Chapter 1 of The Inner Hippie Club, which will be published in the very near future. You can read the full chapter if you join the Inner Hippie Club as a founding member by CLICKING HERE. Right now it’s still free for one month before the doors officially open on Monday, 27July.

Read more about the Inner Hippie Club at www.innerhippieclub.com.

The Inner Hippie Club – Chapter 1 – Early childhood

There’s nothing really special about my earliest childhood. It was a happy and carefree one, growing up with my grandparents looking after me whilst my parents were at work. Growing up in a small German city in the early 1970s in an environment that was still heavily marked by the memories of war but also a sense of upbeat rebuilding, all at the same time. People were just starting to really get on their feet again and there was a general feel of optimism and security in the air.

My earliest memories of my grandparents’ flat where I spent so much of my time are of an old, quaint, charming place. My grandparents being financially comfortable but not rich by any means, it was filled with old furniture and artefacts dating right back to the early 1950s. The house was a simple workers’ house in the harbour area of the city. It was located on the main road with trams driving past, traffic, the noise of the harbour and the almost constant smell of the big silos opposite that seemed to pervade every single breath you took. Yet when you entered the flat, it was like stepping into another world. The place was a multi-family house and my grandparents had the flat on the ground floor. On the rights side of the corridor was the front door that led into the flat itself. On the left side of the corridor was the entrance into the communal washing area, a true blast from the past with its zinc washing tubs and manual mangle right next to some modern washing machines. The whole house smelled of old wax and cleaning agents mixed with the heavy smell of cabbage and roast dinners from all the different households. These were the days when people still used to cook a full breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

The flat itself was like a step back in time. Linoleum floors, a black Bakelite telephone hanging on the wall in the hallway, the bedrooms and the living room stuffed full with amazing 1950s and 1960s furniture, the crockery the pots and pans, everything in the house was from the 50s and 60s. It’s not surprising really I have always had such soft spot for this era. The wallpapers were those beautiful 1950s patterns. There was no central heating just the big wood burner in the living room. The kitchen was the heart piece of the whole place where life was lived. I can still see my grandmother with her apron standing in front of the huge coal range that she used to cook on. It’s the type of range that you would kill for nowadays. It took up the best part of one wall in the kitchen and it was always stoked and warm, giving its heat to the rest of the flat. There nearly always was the smell of something delicious cooking whenever you entered place. There was this massive dining table and benches and chairs where everybody used to sit around as a family, eating dinner, playing games, doing work. I still see grandad now sitting at the table drinking his milky coffee from the saucer instead of the cup, sitting there in this grey flannel pants and braces. The archetypical grandad you would see in a picture book. And there was grandma still doing the household chores…………………..

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Have you got an inner Hippie that’s screaming to be let out?

Have you ever woken up feeling totally empty? Dreading even getting out of bed because there’s just nothing to look forward to in the day? The prospect of another day drearily dredging your way through a job you stopped enjoying years ago but you kept anyway because the bills need paying?

Then you’re not alone! I know exactly how you felt, or feel! I was there one, in that same dismal place. On the outside, I was totally successful in my business and life in general, on the inside there was nothing left of me because I had given it all to just keeping going, to pay for everything and have food on the table.

Yet despite having achieved financial freedom and security, I had forgotten how to enjoy myself in between. It was all work, no play. And if there was any occasional play, I was way too tired from working so hard to enjoy any of it.

 It all ended in burn-out. And at my lowest, I decided that things couldn’t go on like the way they were. And that’s when I decided to do something about it. I started reading self-help books, researched online and even went to a Buddhist monastery to learn mindfulness.

I successfully pulled myself out of the doldrums and whilst doing so developed a method for reclaiming your joy and your Inner Hippie. It’s based on five pillars ─ time for fun, time for rest, time for gratitude, time for nature and time for reflection. Practice all of these regularly and the improvement is almost instant and impressive.

And the best part is that it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Just 10 minutes each day is enough. Although you’ll probably soon find yourself much longer at it because you’re enjoying yourself too much doing it!

I found that integrating meditation, mindfulness, joyful activities ─ such as arts, craft, reading, poetry, singing and dancing (and whatever else gives you joy) ─ a regular gratitude practice, moments of reflection and connecting with nature is a powerful mix that elevates your mood instantly. Enough to then deal even with the unpleasant aspects of life and depressing jobs without this negativity taking over your life.

Now, I’ve been asked a lot: “What exactly is an Inner Hippie?” Let me tell you: Your Inner Hippie is that part deep inside of you that was a carefree teenager ready for their first Rock concert or disco, that young person who went on their first holiday with friends and laughed out loud for two weeks until their belly ached, that young adult who was ready to take on the world with excitement and enthusiasm.

And the best part is that this Inner Hippie is still there! And it’s wanting to be let out again! Yes, it’s never too late to feel young at heart again and enjoy that carefree feeling! Even if we’re stuck in an adult rut. If we release our Inner Hippie, that rut will suddenly become bearable and disappear entirely in the end. Because we’ve suddenly discovered what makes us truly happy and we go after our real goals and purpose in life, which is so much more fulfilling than just running with the crowd!

Today, I am launching the beta testing phase of my Inner Hippie Club ─ something I’ve been wanting for so long but it’s taken me a while to get to this point. I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved and am looking forward so much to this next period in my life ─ one step further toward living my life fully aligned with my true purpose in life ─ to help others find their happiness again in a tough world!

If these words have inspired you in any way, I invite you to join me as a beta tester in the Inner Hippie Club. It’s entirely free of charge and all I ask in return is your valuable feedback and testimonials so that I can create the best possible experience for everyone.

To join, simply follow this link to the signup form and leave your email:

https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/h7i6p4

You can read more about the Inner Hippie Club at https://www.innerhippieclub.com

And if you fancy staying in touch without joining the Inner Hippie Club, you can come to my free Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/innerhippierookies to hang out and chill.

Whatever you choose, have a lovely day and don’t forget to let your Inner Hippie play a little today!

Brightest blessings,

Silke xx

Will you be my beta tester for the Inner Hippie Club?

I am so excited to announce that the beta test phase for my brand new Inner Hippie Club is starting on Monday, 29 July 2020. For one month, you can be amongst the first ever Inner Hippies to test and help me create this brand new and exciting community, which will be opening its doors for the very first time on 27 July 2020.

I am looking for women who are willing to go all in and help me create a great community for all with their input, feedback and ideas. Find out what the Inner Hippie club is all about at https://silkeharvey.com

So if you want to be a pioneering Inner Hippie, please fill out the beta tester application form at https://forms.gle/RjGKfspEGWBWsDCB9

Or private message me if you have any questions at all or want me to send you the application form link directly.

Thanks so much for your help, I’m so looking forward to makeing this a really great experience!

Bright blessings,

Silke xx

The reasons behind “The Inner Hippie Club”

Today I want to share with you a little bit about why I decided to write my book. And about all the fears that have been holding me back up to now.

All of my life, I’ve been wanting to write a book. Why have I been waiting until now? You may ask. The answer is actually quite simple. Fear. Fear of failure and fear of not being good enough.

Years ago I always used to think that my fear of failure and my fear of not being good enough is something very unique to me. When I used to look around, I saw other people doing exceedingly well, showing up and having a lot of success in their careers, yet there was me lagging behind. And even though I was successful in many ways in my life, I did not have the wealth and financial profit to show for it, like some of my peers.

For many, many years, I made the big mistake of confusing success with money. I was convinced that in order to be successful, you had to earn a lot of money, and that ultimately wealth was something that you measured your success by.

It took me a very long time to realise how far from the truth this is. When I started working through all my fears and problems, after I had my burnout several years ago, I started to realise that I was not alone. I noticed that even some of my friends and acquaintances who appear to be doing so well were feeling exactly like me underneath. They had fears and doubts about their own abilities and about their own success.

Now, that started to make me think. How come there are so many successful people, who on the face of it have everything that you could desire and have achieved great things, and yet they are feeling exactly like me? Not good enough? There must be something in it. There must be a reason.

I started to explore further and further, and the more I got into the topic, and the deeper I got into my spirituality, I realised another important fact – that success cannot be measured measured by money alone. There is so much more to success.

Success is when you manage to overcome a fear. When you stand up in front of a crowd and talk, even though deep down you are dying with fright. When you choose to ignore your stage fright, and you go out there and show yourself. That is being successful. Successful is simply getting up in the morning when you are feeling terrible. Successful is when you have managed to raise a family, and have a great career, and you are managing all these many chores and you are still surviving. There are so many different types of success in this world!

I decided at that point to work on my fear. I started practising gratitude. I started counting all my little blessings. And my large blessings. I sat down and really thought about every single thing I have achieved in my life, and everything I have gotten now and decided to feel deep gratitude for all of it. And the more I wrote down, the more I thought about it, the longer the list got of things I was feeling grateful for.

That was one of the main turning points in my life – when I realised how many blessings I have in my life. With so many blessings, how can I not be successful? My life has been a complete success up to now and the money has nothing to do with it. That I know now.

I also realised that once I started feeling grateful for all my life and all the things in it, I started getting much happier. My happiness levels increased almost instantly. And every day my burden became a little lighter. Even my job, which I didn’t like very much at the time, started feeling not quite so daunting each morning when I got up.

By focusing increasingly on all the positive things in my life, the few negative things started to lose their hold over me. They no longer had as much power. They no longer had the power to make me feel miserable when things went wrong or things didn’t go just as I had planned.

It is a beautiful thing to recover your joy in life. Coming from a place that was not very good, that was quite dark, I managed to find the light again. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

And I am also eternally grateful that I found my inner hippie again. You may ask what your inner hippie is exactly. Your in a hippie is the wild teenager. The young adult who used to go out and enjoy themselves. The young person who wanted nothing but having fun in life, who had no cares in the world, and no concerns because the responsibilities of the world were not yet on them. The teenager who ran free in the fields. The 18 year old who went to their first rock concert. The young person who went on holiday with their friends and laughed and laughed and laughed for almost two weeks without ever once thinking about problems.

THAT is your inner hippie!

And once you strip away the heaviness of our modern world, the heaviness of our responsibilities, and start releasing this inner hippie back into the world, once you start reconnecting with your wild side and the things that you enjoy in life, that’s when the magic starts.

My book, The Inner Hippie Club is about this very process. I am going to take you on on my personal journey. I’m going to invite each and every one of you, dear readers, to be part of my journey.

Because if I have managed to turn my life around, you can do this, too!

When I managed to find my inner joy again, and to release my inner hippie, I was nobody special. I was not a guru. I was not a super spiritual being. I was simply a woman in her mid 40s, who had had enough of feeling small, unappreciated and unhappy and who wanted to feel like a teenager again.

And this is what I want for you as well, dear reader! I want you to come on this journey with me. I want you to find your inner joy again. And I want you to reclaim your inner hippy because you are a beautiful being and you deserve to have happiness in life! You deserve to have fun and joy and laughter! And you deserve to live life on your own terms!

Let me assure you, if you have made it this far in life, and you have raised a family, you have created a home, you have built up a career for yourself – you are amazing! You have done so well!

And I want for you to have the happiness you deserve to go with that. So you can enjoy and appreciate all the success that you have already had in your life. I want you to feel like the successful person you really are, the beautiful person you really are. I want you to see yourself through the eyes of your families and your friends who all love you, to see how special you are.

So, I am inviting you to follow me on my writing journey. Each week, I will be releasing new pieces of writing from my book. And once the book is complete, you will be the first person to find out about it.

It will be so exciting! Because I know that I have so much to give to you. And I want to give all this knowledge to you, as a gift from my heart. I want you to learn what I have learned. And together, we will form the Inner Hippie Club, a circle of women who are wild at heart and free in spirit.

If you’re inner hippie is crying to be let out, come and join me on this exciting journey! I’ll promise you it will be an exhilerating ride!

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Glimpse behind the scenes of writing “The Inner Hippie Club”

I recently decided to write my first book. This has been a dream of mine for many years. But until now. I have always been too scared to get started.

There have been a lot of things going on in my life. A lot of changes are taking place right now. Like for so many other people, my working environment has changed entirely, probably for the foreseeable future. So I have had to reinvent myself to keep going.

During this process of reinvention, soul searching, meditating, talking with the Universe and Spirit, I finally picked up the courage to start on my book.

This book will be called “The Inner Hippie Club”. It ties in directly with a new and exciting project I am cooking up right now. The Inner Hippie Club will be launched within the next few weeks. And I will let you know a lot about it.

I decided that finally it is time to put down in words all my thoughts and feelings. The book will be about my life journey, my ups and my downs, my successes and my losses.

I want to share my story with the world. Because I am convinced that a lot of women in my position can benefit greatly from the insights I have gained over the years.

I have gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom about life and how to still have fun and enjoy yourself and be your inner hippie. Even when times are tough, there is always room for laughter in our lives.

The first thing I needed to think about was how to write my book. One thing I knew for certain was that I did not want to sit for hours in front of the computer typing. That just reminds me too much of my job as a translator.

Sitting in front of a computer simply puts me in the wrong frame of mind. It gives me a feeling of being at work, in the office. I knew I wanted this book writing experience to be something enjoyable, something special.

So I decided to talk my book instead. There is some great transcription software out there these days, and I decided to install an app on my phone. So here I am right now, talking to you.

Talking my story also feels just so much more personal and vulnerable. I know that when I talk, the words come straight from the heart.

When I started to write my book, I really didn’t expect it to be so easy. Most of my life I was scared that the words would not come. That I would be awkward and shy when putting down my thoughts. And that’s my writing style would be awkward.

But once I started on this new project, the words simply started to flow. I can sit here in my loft cave, my little private sacred space that I created for myself, and talk for hours. And the words just come. I don’t even have to think much about it.

In a way, writing my book is turning into therapy for myself. As I am speaking the words out loud, heavy weights are being lifted of my soul. I am reliving the stories. I’m going through all the motions. But by confronting them and talking about them, they are losing their hold over me.

Writing my book is turning into the most freeing experience of my life, and I look forward to sharing my story with you and walking the path with you in the Inner Hippie Club.

Blessed be xx