Archive for September, 2010
Spring is well and truly upon us in Melbourne, Australia. Here’s a photo of a beautiful big tree from our garden, with gorgeous new buds starting to appear. It’s a bit of a ‘late bloomer’, as many of the other trees in the garden and in our neighbourhood already have full leaves – but it’s a good reminder that, as with humans, late bloomers can be the ones that burst forth with the most abundance. Are you a beautiful late bloomer? It’s never too late to bring your best into the world.
I love that nature keeps reminding us that we can always have a fresh start. That life is cyclical. That we can have new growth.
Are you growing, learning, evolving, reaching for the sun? Take nature’s example, and let yourself bloom!
Gratitude Friday – 24 September 2010
Why, hello! This is a somewhat belated Gratitude Friday post (what with it being Sunday, and all), but I’ve been a little waylaid by both the flu and a back spasm. Actually, the combination of the two is making me a laugh (gently, of course!). A good reminder to LOOK AFTER MYSELF.
Here are five of my favourite gratefuls from this week:
- My mum and nephew arriving safely in Melbourne for a visit.
- Having relaxed mornings, now that it’s the school holidays.
- Hosting a fabulous teleseminar with my coach, Jenny Duncan, earlier this week – so inspiring.
- Being able to see my beautiful vision board whenever I’m in my office (which is often!).
- Picking fresh oranges from the huge orange tree in our garden, and then making freshly squeezed juice.
Really, there’s so much to appreciate in our lives, even when it seems as though things aren’t going our way (such as getting the flu and a back spasm!). We just need to get into the habit of gently changing our focus back onto the things that ARE working, and to the good that’s always flowing in.
Wishing you a fabulous week!
PS If you’d like to share your ‘gratefuls’, we’d love to hear from you!
The Amazing Power of Visualisation
Wow, what a week I’m having – life is fabulous! The highlight so far has been the sensational teleseminar interview that I hosted on Tuesday night, called The Amazing Power of Visualisation. It was a free teleseminar, and anyone who is signed up to receive my ezine was able to listen in.
I spoke with Jenny Duncan (of www.mindanimations.com), who is MY coach! We discussed what visualisation is, why visualising what you want is so very powerful, and how you can visualise effectively. We shared great stories from our own experience, and revealed potent tools for creating ‘good stuff’ in your life!
Every month, I’ll be hosting one of these free calls, with a different subject each month. If you’d like to be a part of the action, to have the chance to listen in to content-rich, inspiring calls that are guaranteed to enhance your life, simply pop your name and email address in the boxes on the top right of this page. When you do so, you’ll receive my monthly free ezine (called Your Abundant Life), which will let you know details for each free call. You’ll also receive the beautiful, sumptuous, utterly gorgeous 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life e-booklet (all 22 pages of it!). Really, what are you waiting for?
Come join us on the calls. Can’t wait to meet you!
Gratitude Friday – 17 September 2010
The end of another fabulous week – doesn’t time fly?
Here are five wonderful things for which I was very grateful this week:
- Really great chats with my girls while we sat at the table and had afternoon tea together.
- Cherry blossoms!
- Receiving a parking fine for stopping to drop off my children outside their school – a good reminder to be more organised in the mornings, and to get to school on time!
- My soft, comfortable bed.
- Chocolate (nuff said).
Bring it on – what were you so very appreciative of this week? Wanna share? Then feel free to leave a comment below!
JJ Virgin Free Teleseminar
See that lady, above? That’s JJ Virgin. One amazing lady. She’s a PhD level nutritionist (with something like over 30 qualifications) and personal trainer who teaches DOCTORS about nutrition. And look at those arms! She sure knows how to look after her body, and she’s made it her mission to help all of us become the healthiest we can be.
And, if you’ve been following me here on Rich Radiant Real for any length of time, you’ll know that I believe dazzling health and vitality are essential for helping us raise our vibration and attract ‘the good stuff’ into our lives! (Oh, yeah, and just feeling great is a very good thing!)
Well, JJ’s hosting a FREE call next week, where she lets us in on the reality about a few so-called ‘health foods’ out there that we may be consuming, thinking that we’re doing the right thing. It turns out that many of the foods that have enjoyed rock star status in the media and on the health food market shelves are NOT actually good for you, and in fact may be quite detrimental to your health, and to your weight-loss efforts.
JJ wants to share all the details with you so you can stop inadvertently harming yourself in a free teleseminar she’s hosting on 22 September, AEST, (21 September in the US) called:
The Shocking Truth Behind Your Healthy Food Habits: Could They Actually be Jeopardizing Your Weight-Loss Efforts and Making You Tired, Bloated and Cranky?
This time JJ has partnered with Leanne Ely, the Dinner Diva of SavingDinner.com, to share this valuable information with you. JJ and Leanne don’t want you to go another day tolerating poor energy, frustrating symptoms, or being overweight for no good reason. I strongly suggest you join me on this call, as you will definitely learn a bunch of important tips that could positively impact your health for the rest of your life.
Here’s where to learn more and to register:
This call is for you if:
- You have been innocently asked ‘How far along are you?’ and you’re already in menopause
- You can’t wait for the introduction of full-body Spanx (you feel bloated all over)
- You feel tired, cranky, scatter-brained, achy, and have no sex drive
- You suspect that something isn’t quite right, but can’t figure out what’s WRONG
- You been suffering from any of the following, and have come to the conclusion that this is just ‘normal for you’: bloating and gas, brain fog, fatigue, constipation, diarrhoea, weight-loss resistance, moodiness, skin problems, joint pain, headaches.
Here’s that link again to reserve your spot in this complimentary teleclass:
On this ground-breaking call JJ and Leanne will share:
- Which ‘healthy’ food (you’ve been told to eat for good
- hormones) actually slows down your metabolism
- Which ‘healthy’ food makes you better at storing fat (oh, no!)
- Which sweeteners are okay and which you want to avoid at all costs (you’re going to be surprised at some of these)
- Which is REALLY better – soy milk or cow’s milk – and why you’ve been eating the wrong kind of dairy products
- ‘Wholegrain goodness’ or something more sinister?
- Which foods give you the best energy
- How you may be unwittingly turning a healthy food into a hazard
- How you can get support and participate in a group program to get your diet back on track and feel better than you have in YEARS
If you’ve ever been on a call with JJ or Leanne before, you know they’re just bursting with great information and always share am amazing amount of it (plus they are FUN). I recommend being armed with a pen and paper to take notes.
See you on the call!
PS You will leave this call with practical information and easy changes you can make immediately to your diet that will improve your energy, clarity and mood, AND de-bloat and slim down. Reserve your space on this free call before you forget:
PPS The call is free, and there is no obligation ever to buy, but if you ever do, know that I’m an affiliate of JJ’s, which means I believe in the value of what she does and if you buy something from her I do get a commission.
Flowers by Tricia Guild
A little earlier this month, I reviewed a book called French Essence.
Now, it’s time for book number two on my ‘website-completion-rewards’ booklist. Another gorgeous tome to savour, and to remind me that I am creating a beautiful life for myself. Make sure that you, too, put yourself in this ‘feeling state’ often – appreciating the beauty in your life now, and the beauty of the life you want to live, makes you a vibrational match to the things that you love and appreciate, and the universe can’t help but bring more of those things into your existence!
If you love gorgeous flowers as much as I do, you will adore English designer Tricia Guild’s book called Tricia Guild: Flowers (as with French Essence, I am a little behind in getting to this book – it was published in 2008!). To get the full experience, I sat in a comfy chair on a dazzlingly sunny day, with a view to the garden and a hot cuppa in hand, and sighed with contentment before letting myself fall into the beautiful pages of this book.
Talk about colour. Talk about vibrant colour. Tricia Guild has never been one to shirk from colour (bit of an understatement, there), and in this book it absolutely pops off the pages. The energy of the flowers is palpable, done justice by the photography of James Merrell. The text was written by Tricia in collaboration with Elspeth Thompson, a favourite writer of mine who, sadly, died earlier this year. I can see Elspeth’s touch throughout the whole book.
The paper in this book is also amazing – all pages are thick, but some are matte, some are glossy, and some are almost see-through (I just saw Tricia’s Pattern book at a bookshop this morning, and it had the same mix of papers within it, too). I love rubbing the paper (or ‘stock’, as we call it in publishing!) between my fingers as I turn each page. Mmmm…
But it’s not just a sumptuous coffee-table book – it’s full of inspirational descriptions, allowing us a glimpse into Tricia’s rhythm of life, and into her approach to design. At the back of the book she also includes a practical section called ‘Working with Flowers’, which gives advice on caring for, conditioning and arranging flowers.
I love this quote from Tricia:
‘I find that flowers I’ve grown myself have a radiance and aura about them that is quite unlike those bought in the shops. If you have the space, grow your favourite flowers in abundance, so you won’t feel bad about leaving a space in the border when you pick.’
What a fabulous idea – I had been planning on growing a thick wall of sweet peas for this upcoming summer, and with that quote, Tricia has inspired me to just go and do it. Keep your eyes on the Rich Radiant Real blog to follow my progress! (I might even try growing a few other favourite flowers…)
So, I closed the book, my head full of ideas and my spirit lifted. What a great reminder of how our immediate environment can have a huge impact on how we feel. Do you surround yourself with beauty?
If you’d like to purchase this very special book, head here:
US version: Flowers
UK version: Tricia Guild: Flowers
Now, book number three, which has been patiently waiting its turn, is in my sights….
Gratitude Friday – 10 September 2010
Helloooo! Have you noticed the new gratitude picture? I thought I’d ‘mix things up’ a bit and vary the pictures I use for Gratitude Friday, just to keep things interesting!
Wow, it’s been a super-busy week here at RRR Central, with the release next week of the very first edition of my ezine. If you’d like to sign up to receive a copy (which comes out every month), simply enter your details in the box on the top right of this page – you’ll also receive the gorgeous e-booklet 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life. If you’re already signed up, keep an eye on your inbox next week!
OK, time to shout out loud just five of my ‘gratefuls’ for this week. Here they are!
- Receiving a beautiful belated birthday gift in the mail, from a friend (I love late gifts – they help spread out the birthday celebrations!), which included a box of flocked, monogrammed notecards. Swoon…
- The hard work of my special designer and programmer.
- The feeling of warmth in the air (almost balmy, if I do say)
- My bright, lively, animated little girls.
- Colin and Geoff (our cleaners) leaving our house sparkling, with fresh energy flowing through.
If the mood strikes, feel free to leave a comment below, letting us – and the universe – know what you’ve really appreciated in your life this week!
Wishing you sunshine, chirping birds and giggles galore…
I just had to share this beautiful picture with you. I believe we can raise our vibration by appreciating the beauty around us, so that’s why I love bringing gorgeous, vibrant pictures to you through the blog.
This photo comes from Karina, a friend of a friend (I spotted the photo on Facebook, when a friend of mine commented on her friend’s photo). Isn’t that lavender so healthy looking? I also love the brilliant, bold colour of the door that’s in the background.
Karina lives in a town called Warwick, in Queensland (Australia), and it seems she’s a fellow garden-lover, so I asked her for a few tips. She says:
I am enchanted by my garden at the moment. I am glad you like my photo and my “a bit wild for Warwick” front door.
In the background are pretty little bulbs called Spring Star Flower. Both the bulbs and the lavender have thrived this winter – the soil in my garden is perfect, like butter to dig and full of fat worms. My family say I could put a paddle pop stick in the ground and it will grow – I have a green thumb for sure. I wonder if the lavender is extra good this year because we had a wet winter?
Thanks, Karina, for letting me share your photo with my blog readers! (Dear Reader – if you have a photo of your garden that you’d love to beam out to the world, just drop me a line through the Contact page – I’d be happy to feature your photo on the blog.)
Gratitude Friday – 3 September 2010
Another fabulous week here at RRR Central. Here are five of my absolute favourite things that I’m grateful for THIS week!
- Darren giving the back garden a good tidy-up, including digging over the vegie patch, pruning roses etc. What a good hubby!
- Listening to a great audio by Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo on my mp3 player while on a heart-pumping walk
- Rewarding work with my special coaching clients (they’re all very special!)
- Kind smiles from strangers as I made my way around the shops
- Being able to help out one morning a week in my children’s school classes
- Love, love, love! (OK, that was a bonus one.)
What are you grateful for this week? Care to share? We’d love to hear from you!
Take care, and hug your loved ones.
When I began work on my website earlier this year, I bought myself three gorgeous coffee-table-style books to read as a reward for finishing the site. Nothing like a little incentive, huh?!
Several months later, it’s time to come good on that promise to myself. (I’m rather proud of myself for holding out, for not devouring the books long ago.)
All three of the books that I purchased are special to me because they celebrate beauty and style, and their photos and written descriptions help remind me that I am creating a beautiful life for myself. Creating a beautiful life is something you can do for yourself, too – and it’s my mission to inspire you to take action towards that!
The first of the three books, French Essence: Ambience, Beauty and Style in Provence, was published last year, and was on my wishlist for quite a few months before I finally gave in to its irresistible allure.
Written by Australian expat Vicki Archer, French Essence provides an outsider-turned-insider’s celebratory view of life in Provence. As I mention in my blog posting entitled Things I Love, I adore ‘English- and French-style gardens, homes and architecture’ – and this book lets me fall into a world of beauty, French-style.
Having cherished Vicki’s first book, My French Life, which chronicled the journey Vicki and her family took in purchasing and renovating a 17th century farmhouse in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, I knew I was going to love this latest book. Within its pages are vivid, larger-than-life photography by the exceedingly talented Carla Coulson; evocative, all-senses descriptions of life in Provence that make you feel as though you’re really there; and glossy, heavy paper (the latter being very important in Joanne’s world).
Sigh… I adore immersing myself in beauty. Do you? It makes my heart sing.
If you’d like to purchase this lovely book as a gift to yourself and to fire your inspiration, head here:
Now, time to absorb myself in book number two. Stay tuned.
PS Vicki also has a gorgeous French Essence blog – if you love Provence, head there now (to the blog, or to Provence, or to both!).