Archive for March, 2011
A Candle for a Goddessy Kind of Day
Just thought I’d share the candle that now graces my desk. Isn’t it beautiful?
It’s a chakra candle, with each colour representing a different chakra – it starts at the top with red, which is the colour of the base chakra, and then it burns down as it goes up through the chakras. Each layer also contains the aromatherapy oils that correspond to each chakra.
And pretty. I love rainbow-type colour combinations, so I love this candle! The wax is made from soy, and the wick is organic cotton. Perfect for an eco-chick like me!
Hope this has brightened your day, and boosted your feel-good vibration – don’t you wish we had ‘smell-a-vision’ on the internet? (It’s only a matter of time, my dears…)
Burst Training to Raise Your Vibration
Hello, my darlings!
Tell me, have you had some heart-pumping exercise today? Maybe just a tiny bit?
The only exercise I’ve had so far today is leaping out of bed to get ready to take my girls to school – I’m itching to do more, but I have a full work schedule today. Sound familiar?
Well, regular readers of my ezine will know that I have a goal to confidently do a cartwheel and handstand by the end of the year. They also know that I’ve put in place a flexible exercise routine that will help me get there. That routine includes ‘burst training’. (I have a fun end-goal of a cartwheel and handstand, but what I’ll be getting along the way is super strength and fitness!)
If you haven’t heard of burst training – also known as interval training – you’ll love the above video, by my favourite doctor, Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo. Burst training is basically short ‘bursts’ of intense exercise followed by bursts of recovery. Great for burning fat, and recharging your vibration (and we all know how important that is.)
In the video, Dr Ritamarie shows how easy it is to incorporate fitness into the BUSIEST person’s day. She is one very busy lady, and she manages to do it – so can we!
So, in about half an hour I’ll be picking up one of my daughter’s skipping ropes and doing a few ‘bursts’ that leave me breathless, heart-poundy and completely recharged. Join me? Just watch Dr Ritamarie (who’s in herr 50s!) for inspiration.
Goddess Playshop Bliss
On Sunday afternoon, I gave myself some decadent ‘me-time’, and met with fellow goddesses at a Goddess Playshop. What a treat.
I won’t tell you too much about what took place (just in case you should ever want to be part of a Goddess Playshop yourself), but I can tell you that I am feeling incredible!
I knew a little about chakras before attending the playshop, but we explored the concept more there, and as I drove home I really felt the difference in my wellbeing (a feeling that I still carry with me). The peaceful, loving, supportive energy of our facilitators (and sisters) Luanne and Michelle, and the other women attending, was utterly blissful. (You may remember Luanne from the Rich Radiant Real teleseminar I hosted this month, called ‘The Goddess in You’.)
And, oh, the location – beautiful Gaia’s Garden in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. I adore the space that Trisha Szirom has created, an absolute haven. In fact, I’ve been looking for inspirational, private spaces in which to hold exciting VIP days with clients, and I think Gaia’s Garden is just perfect. What’s a VIP day, I hear you ask? I’ll tell you more about this very special concept soon, but let’s just say that it’s a day just for you, a day where I help you explore what a dream life means to you, and we then work/play together to create a dynamic plan to help you reach that dream life sooner than you think (all while living – and revelling – in the now!). But I digress…
My afternoon of ‘me time’ was just what I needed, and I feel restored, and so grateful for the experience. Apart from the beautiful gift bags each goddess received to take home, we were able to indulge in some goddess-like retail therapy with pampering and inspirational goodies. Just look at the photo above, showcasing the products available on the day – the rich rainbow of colours, the soothing scents of high-quality aromatherapy oils (you’ll need to use your imagintion for that), the energy of love radiating from everything on that table. Gorgeous.
Right, I’m about to sail off to bed, all set for a blissful night’s sleep. I intend on keeping this sublime feeling of peace with me for a long time to come! Thank you so much to my goddess sisters who attended the event…
Gratitude Friday – 26 March 2011
Don’t get me wrong – it isn’t always sunshine and lollipops (that just ain’t real life, and we are all about being REAL), but I appreciate the contrast that ‘down moments’ provide, and I give myself a different perspective, looking for the blessing in the things or events that I would rather hadn’t happened.
So, here are five fab moments from my life this week:
- Hosting a fun teleseminar called ‘The Goddess in You’, with Luanne Simmons of Goddess Playshops. Lots of wiggling and giggling!
- Beautiful, big, tight cuddles with my daughters.
- Having my hair ‘done’ at a great hairdresser who was recommended by a new local friend – and being given lots of info about the local real estate market (as well as enjoying a cuppa and a really good haircut!).
- Meeting some wonderful new friends at a business women’s breakfast.
- An enlightening coaching session with my lovely coach.
We have a great weekend planned – how about you? I’m open to ‘serendipity’, and well as planning to have a wonderful time!
The Infectious Power of Laughter
My children took a gold-coin donation to school today, to take part in the Laugh for Kids appeal – at the school assembly, they had to laugh for one minute!
They said it was strange at first, and that they were faking their laughter, but then it all seemed so ridiculous that everyone was laughing for real after a few seconds.
It reminded me of ‘laughter yoga’, and of the fantastic health benefits of laughing (not to mention the great things it does for our vibration!). So I dug out the above YouTube clip of John Cleese researching laughter yoga – the quality of the sound isn’t great, but you get the gist!
See if you aren’t smiling – or even giggling – by the end.
This has been a community service announcement!
Tips to Move You
Last month, I promised to pass on some tips I’ve gathered from my recent house move.
Never let it be said that I don’t fulfil my promises!
I believe that moving house offers us a beautiful opportunity to declutter and bring some fresh energy into our lives – in short, to improve our vibration, which, in turn, helps us feel great and naturally attract great experiences.
Moving makes you come face to face with the ‘hidden’ in your life, which can be painful, but it’s so cleansing and liberating!
My top tips:
- As soon as you know you are definitely moving, start sorting, culling and packing. The earlier you start, the better, especially if you’re a hoarder. Put packed boxes into a corner of the room nearest your front door.
- If your move date is a long way off, start sorting and culling anyway, even if you don’t start packing. Make the most of being able to space out the throwing out of rubbish each week, without needing to make trips to the tip!
- Create a master (what’s the female equivalent of that? Mistress? Gaa!) organisation list, so that you know in what order you want to pack certain rooms (start with packing the least-used cupboards, the attic and the garage).
- Create a master list in Excel of all people, companies and organisations who will need to be notified of your change of street address, telephone number and email address (this list is handy for subsequent house moves, too).
- Take the opportunity to get rid of a LOT of stuff (if you’ve forgotten you had it, it can probably go, unless it’s a family memory thing) – either give it away to friends/family/charity, or sell it on EBay etc.
- If you have a lot of larger items that you’d like to ‘get rid of’, consider holding a garage sale a few weeks before your move. It’s also a great idea to combine forces with neighbours, to make it a bumper event. Do a leaflet drop, make signs, make homemade lemonade to sell (which my girls did, at ours!) etc.
- Give potted plants a hard pruning a couple of days before the move, and don’t water them for a few days before the move (not watering makes it lighter for the removalists to lift them, and the removalists are less likely to be pricked by the plants if they’re pruned).
- Nurture yourself throughout this process of moving. Yes, it can be a grind, but it doesn’t have to grind you down. Keep it light, and give yourself MORE than enough time to do everything.
- For move day itself, have healthy snacks on hand (easy to eat fruit, nuts etc), and eat out at healthy restaurants (or you might be lucky enough to be invited to eat at the home of a nearby friend or family member).
- Have a box of ‘essentials’ that you keep with you on move day, containing things such as: a folder with all the documents you’ll need; your address book, including phone numbers of new utility providers; tissues; a bag for rubbish; loo paper if necessary (not all previous homeowners leave any in the new house!); healthy snacks (see above); bottled water; mobile/cell phone; equipment chargers; keys to new house.
- Keep a luggage bag aside with PJs, a towel, clothes and toiletries that you’ll need for a day and a night.
I’d also recommend having a feng shui analysis of your new home as soon as possible. However, before buying (or renting) a new home, consider having a feng shui analysis carried out for your current home, so that you find out your most auspicious directions etc. This helps when you go to look at new home – I have also found Vicky White’s guide to buying a home very, very handy. Check it out here. It also talks about how to make your home more appealing to buyers, if you’re selling.
Yes, moving house is one of those top 10 stressors of life. But, if you view it positively, you’ll see just what an amazing opportunity it is. I learned a lot from my most recent house move, and I’ll definitely be using my own guidelines for the next move, which will be within a year or so.
Do you have any house-moving tips? Feel free to share them with us, below!
The Goddess in You
Have you been feeling less than Goddess-like lately? Perhaps a bit burned out, tired, grumpy or stressed?
Then, my dear friend, you need to start feeling like a Goddess. And to feel like a Goddess, you have to start treating yourself like one! (Don’t wait for someone else to do this for you – it may never happen!)
We’re having the call tomorrow morning (Monday 21 March) Australian time, but if you can’t make it, simply register, and after the call you’ll receive a link to the downloadable MP3 recording. Woohoo!
Gear up for some gorgeous Goddess-ness, and join us! Head here to register for this absolutely no-cost call.
Gratitude Friday – 18 March 2010
A very special week. A lot of breakthroughs for me, a lot of fun, and a lot of love.
Here are just five things for which I’m very, very appreciative this week:
- My dear friend creating a feng shui plan for our new home (Darren’s out buying new-coloured bed linen as I type). We are looking forward to implementing her suggestions this weekend!
- Being able to help change the lives of the amazing women who’ve registered for the very-fast-approaching free teleseminar called: ‘The Goddess in You’. Would you like to join us? If you can’t make it to the live call this Monday (Aussie time – Sunday in the US and UK), you can always download the call afterwards. But you need to register! Head here to do just that. You will LOVE what my guest, Luanne Simmons of Goddess Playshops, will have to share!
- Laughs and hugs with my girls – they really are developing fantastic senses of humour. They even shared this link with me, provided by their teacher. Go on, click through and have a laugh on me!
- Having Monday as a state public holiday, and so only having a four-day school week.
- Being parent helper for my girls’ class – SO rewarding, and I know how much the teachers and kids appreciate having the extra help and attention.
Feel free to reveal a few of your ‘moments of appreciation’ from this week!
What’s Your Wish?
There are so many women making a positive difference in the world today. Don’t you feel that shift? It’s gathering momentum, and one of the people nurturing that momentum is Tera Warner.
Tera is hosting a series of free, empowering interviews over 40 days (we’re already up to day 9), and these interviews really are incredible.
Each call is downloadable, so you can listen to these while you hang out washing, go for a walk, or drive. My favourites so far have been Brian Johnson, Alisa Vitti… wait up, I actually can’t pick favourites! So far, each speaker in the series has had a message that resonates with me in some way.
If you sign up now, you can access all the calls that have already been made available, as well as being able to access all upcoming calls. For free. What a gift!
I’d encourage you to head over to the WISH sign-up page, plug into some of the most inspiring minds of our time, and lift yourself into an even richer, healthier, more meaningful and rewarding life than you could even imagine is possible.
That’s MY wish for you!
The Last of the Summer Blooms
I just wanted to share this photo with you, to show you just one of the beautiful things I’ve noticed around me today.
We pruned our roses back fairly hard before our house move in January, so that the removalists wouldn’t be pricked by sharp rose thorns.
Slowly, and in spurts after days of rain, their greenery has come back, and there’s one bud on my rose. It’s my 30th birthday rose – the Sharifa Asma David Austin rose.
I wasn’t sure that we’d get another round of rose blooms, what with it being autumn already, but my gorgeous rose bush has decided to bless me with at least one more.
I can’t wait for it to open and release its fragrance, and to unfurl its breathtaking petals. My rose makes me feel so good! I’m going to enjoy watching it from my kitchen window, and breathing in its aroma when I hang out washing.
Do you have a special plant whose flowers you adore?