Archive for May, 2011
Living Her Purpose
Last week, I met an amazing woman who had recently moved to Ballarat from Melbourne (just like moi!). Her name is Morgan Wills.
Morgan’s business card caught my eye, because it was a pic of (and in the shape of) a gorgeous baboushka doll. Ever since a trip to Moscow a couple of years ago, I’ve been in love with those Russian nesting dolls.
(Did I ever tell you that my aunt won a trip to Moscow and Helsinki a couple of years ago, and that she asked me to go with her? We added Paris – one of our favourite cities – onto the trip. See? When you live at a high vibration, good stuff always seems to happen!)
Morgan truly is living her purpose, making all sorts of lovely, colourful works of craft-art and selling them all over Australia. She’s been ‘crafty’ ever since she was a young child, and now she works with her passion every day. Isn’t that inspiring?
Just look at this scrumptious scarf (similar to the more-berry-toned one in the pic above), made from 100% recycled fine-knit woollen jumpers:
I can see myself donning one of those, given that Ballarat’s winters are known to be especially nippy…
Luckily for us, Morgan is opening her very own store in Ballarat, called The Crafty Squirrel. One of my daughters LOVES craft, so she will love visiting this store, as will I!
Do you have a passion that you’d love to explore? Then JUST DO IT! Just look to people like Morgan for inspiration, and know that once you surrender to what it is that you love doing, you will attract everything you need to keep doing it!
Gratitude Friday – 27 May 2011
Well, hello! Another week has flown by, but even though it FELT as though it flew by, I followed my usual, easy practice of looking out for things for which to be grateful.
Believe me, the practice of looking out for ‘gratefuls’ wasn’t always easy, but, as with all habits, over time it’s become easier and easier, and I now do it automatically. And boy, does it feel good!
Here’s a rundown for this week:
- Visiting my grandad in hospital, and seeing him looking so much better, and knowing that he’s well cared for.
- Spending an afternoon with family, celebrating my gran’s birthday, and seeing my aunt and uncle’s holiday photos (over 2000!) from their recent trip to the UK. (Most people groan at the thought of watching a ‘slideshow’ of other people’s holidays, but I LOVE it! It almost feels as though I’m there with them, on holiday! And it reminds me that we’re all abundant and can choose to have amazing experiences.)
- Evie’s dentist assuring us that he can add a resin to replace the missing parts of Evie’s teeth, so that she’ll soon be back to looking like her old self again. (Coincidentally, a day before her school photos!)
- My beautiful husband, and all that he does for the girls and me.
- Spending a fantastic evening at a speed networking event, hosted by Ballarat Business Women. There really are some phenomenal, creative women at work here in Ballarat (some of them newly moved from Melbourne, just like me!).
And I’d like to make special mention of my travel clock calculator, which features in the photo above. I was just thinking this week of how much I really do appreciate it. It was a gift given to me by my grandparents as a 21st birthday present, nearly 19 years go – and it’s travelled the world with me, keeping me on time for flights, showing me what time it is in various time zones around the world, helping me work out currency conversions, and helping me add up the cost of my purchases!
Ever since I received it, I’ve used it as a bedside alarm clock to wake me every day, because I don’t believe in having electronic fields close to my head (or the heads of my children) – all this clock needs is a new watch battery every couple of years. I do love you, travel clock! Thank you for so many years of reliable service, and for being so versatile and cute-looking, to boot!
A Law of Attraction Necklace
I mentioned recently that I’d attended Sandy Forster’s ‘Secrets to Money & Success’ event in Melbourne, and that I’d purchased a beautiful Law of Attraction necklace at the event.
Well, here it is, in the photo above! Isn’t it just gorgeous? I’m not usually a ‘jewellery person’, but every now and then something catches my eye. I love the arrangement of stones, crystals and pearls in this necklace, and the silver metal.
The US-based company that created the necklace is called Seeds of Light, and there’s a cute little explanatory card that comes with the necklace, featuring this text:
The law of attraction works when we first ask the Universe for what we want.
We must have faith and believe that we deserving of our desire knowing that we are worthy of the request. We now must be open and receptive for our desire to manifest.
The following stones will aid us in our quest: Aquamarine and Amethyst open the connection to the Universe through divine guidance and intuition, allowing us to ask for and receive information. Emerald heals the heart and clears the emotional body. We are now ready to create pure intention allowing us to believe that we are deserving of our request. Pearl promotes purity of mind, body, and spirit; opening a divine connection of highest good for all, enabling us to receive our gifts with gratitude.
Aww, isn’t that lovely? Originally, I was going to purchase the ‘Prosperity’ necklace that Sandy was selling at the event, but it had sold out by the time I went to buy it – how wonderful that Sandy then whipped out a bag of these Law of Attraction necklaces! While being more my colour, this necklace also suits me perfectly because my business is based on Law of Attraction principles!
I know I already vibrate at a high level – because I choose to – but wearing this necklace is a lovely affirmation of my intention. I just love it.
If you’re interested in ordering this specific necklace, just head here, but be sure to check out the other beautiful products on that website. Heaps of gorgeous gift ideas for your lucky friends and family…
Value Your Time!
I thought I’d post this video today – actually, have you ever read The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content., by Tim Ferris? The book is a wee bit controversial, not only because it goes against the grain for people who figure you shouldn’t be paid if you’re not physically working every moment of the day, but because he recommends outsourcing work to people in developing countries who charge less. However, there’s no need to follow every recommendation in the book if it doesn’t tally with your values, but the book offers a fabulous perspective on the value of our time.
If we’re here to live a truly magnificent life, then all the money in the world means nothing if you never have time to enjoy it (or to see it being enjoyed and appreciated by those with whom you share your money). The true richness of life comes in actually LIVING your life.
In this video, Tim is being interviewed about a few things, but I like how he talks about time being our most previous non-renewable resource. Check it out, and let me know what you think.
Gratitude Friday – 20 May 2011
Hmmm, an interesting week! This Gratitude Friday post is a little later than usual – Friday was actually not a great day for me, at all, and I have needed a couple of days to come to terms with what happened.
One of my daughters, Evangeline, fell from her scooter on Friday morning, on the way to school (it was ‘Walk to School Safely’ Day!). She fell face-first onto the pavement, and gashed her lip, under her nose, and her chin. The worst part is that she has chipped her two front teeth. She’s lost about a third of one tooth, and a smaller corner off the other. Needless to say, she was in a lot of pain, there was a lot of blood, and she was very distressed. I was in shock myself, and couldn’t believe something like this had happened to my baby.
Even though it felt like the worst day in my life, I’ve tried to look for the blessings – thank goodness Evie had her helmet on, and therefore didn’t suffer a serious head injury. Thank goodness a car wasn’t coming across the side-road when she lost control and shot across it, before her scooter’s front wheel crashed into the pavement’s lip. Thank goodness she didn’t knock her teeth out completely. Thank goodness we live in an age where dentists can work seeming miracles, and reconstruct parts of teeth. Thank goodness we had a really lovely doctor in the emergency department at the hospital, who looked after her beautifully and with such tenderness. Thank goodness Darren now works close enough that he could come to the dentist with us straight after the accident, to help be of comfort to Evie.
Thank goodness I still have my little girl, and even though she’s gone through pain that no mother would ever want her child to experience, I’m grateful that I was able to be here to help her through it all.
I’ve experienced yet another lesson – that of making sure I’m really looking after myself and getting more sleep, so that I can make better decisions. I wouldn’t normally have let my children ride their scooters down a slope, but because I was tired that morning, I wasn’t thinking clearly. OK, Universe, message received loud and clear!
What else am I grateful for?
- Hosting a wonderful teleseminar with Rosie Craven, on feng shui and colour therapy.
- My lovely gran turning 81, and still going strong!
- Attending Sandy Forster’s Secrets to Money & Success event on Sunday.
- Receiving a gorgeous green T-shirt from a friend and client, which featured an illustration of a tree that’s just like my Rich Radiant Real abundance tree, except that it had hearts instead of leaves – gorgeous!
- My girls having a ball at a schoolfriend’s birthday party last weekend.
Happy Monday Blessings, from one grateful mum…
How to Use Feng Shui & Colour Therapy…
… to attract more of ‘the good stuff’ into your life!
That’s the name of the call I’ll be hosting tomorrow (Thursday) night, at 8pm Australian EST. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? I mean, who wouldn’t want more of the good stuff? (Whatever ‘good stuff’ means to you.)
If you’d love to join me on the call, where I interview the lovely Rosie Craven, a feng shui expert and colour consultant, then pop on over to:
On the call, Rosie will reveal three highly effective ways to bring fresh energy into your home or workspace, and will share the one piece of feng shui wisdom you MUST apply in order to attract prosperity into your life.
You won’t want to miss this call. Here’s the link again:
See you there!
Immersed in Inspiration
I attended Sandy Forster’s ‘Secrets to Money & Success’ event in Melbourne on Sunday – and it was fabulous!
In the photo above, I’m with a lovely lady called Judy, who told me that she’s a subscriber to the Rich Radiant Real ezine! It is wonderful to meet my subscribers (there’s nothing like putting a face to a name, and the energy of meeting someone in person). Doesn’t Judy have a fabulous energy? Even from photos, you can tell when someone has a high vibration and radiates joy.
The room was filled with so many lovely people – and that’s what I love about attending events such as these. Like-minded, positive people attend, and you can just feel the optimism in the air.
Sandy did a marvellous job (as usual!) of inspiring everyone, and the room itself was gorgeous. Ornate chandeliers, beautiful mirrors, flocked wallpaper, comfortable chairs and tables… very luxe. Being a VIP attendee, I also received lunch at the Marriott’s restaurant (the beetroot salad was sublime), and I’d won a free pass for valet parking at the hotel, so it was luxury all the way.
Sandy was selling a few products at the event, and I treated myself to a beautiful Law of Attraction necklace – I’ll post separately about this, with a pic of the necklace. You’ll love it!
If you live in Australia (or nearby) and would love to attend one of Sandy’s events in other states around the country during the month of May, just head here. Highly recommended, and at a fantastic price for a day of inspiration.
Gratitude Friday – 13 May 2011
I am grateful. For so much! Here are this week’s highlights:
- Having a ball at the Ballarat Heritage Weekend, including having a ride in a Vintage Fun Bus (pictured above, from 1938) and riding in a horse-drawn carriage! This town is amazing – it has so many interesting cultural and community events held throughout the year, with many of them being free.
- Being thoroughly spoiled with love, gifts, handwritten notes and breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. I’m so very fortunate!
- Winning free parking to this weekend’s event with Sandy Forster.
- Going for fun morning walks with my family, with us all rugged up in beanies, scarves and gloves. Yep, winter has come early to Ballarat. (Seeing a mist descend as we finished one morning’s walk was truly beautiful.)
- Seeing a brilliant, breathtaking, full-strength, one-minute-long rainbow before a sheet of rain slowly moved across.
Wow! What a week! I’d love to know what you’ve noticed and appreciated in your life this week. Leave a comment below!
Why is the Law of Attraction SO Annoying?
If you’re a subscriber to Rich Radiant Real, it means that you receive a bumper, colourful, free ezine every single month, packed full of inspiration and information (including a recipe!). Every month, we also feature an article that helps you along your path to happiness, health and prosperity. Below is the article from this month’s ezine – if you like it, and you’re not already a subscriber, pop your name and email in the box on the top right of this page, and I’ll make sure you receive every month’s fabulous ezine.
Enjoy the article!
The idea of the Law of Attraction holds so much promise, doesn’t it?
When you’re down in the dumps, or are just wanting to make changes in your life, just hearing about the miraculous powers of this universal law can be exhilarating. It can be enough to shift you from despondency to optimism.
The notion that ‘like vibrations attract like vibrations’ makes so much sense, and feels good, but it can feel a bit unbelievable – and, anyway, hasn’t your own experience borne out that the Law of Attraction doesn’t always work for you?
I bet you can remember a time when you wanted something so badly, and thought for sure you’d get it, and then… nothing happened. What happened then? You plunged straight from optimism and exhilaration right back down to despondency.
Annoying, huh? (We could use stronger language here, but annoying probably covers it!)
But do you know what’s really annoying about the Law of Attraction?
1. It always works.
What? But, surely, if we wanted something and didn’t get it, the Law of Attraction didn’t work, right?
Nope, it worked.
Which brings us to the second ‘annoying thing’ about the Law of Attraction.
2. We may not have realised that our vibration wasn’t where it needed to be in order to attract what we wanted.
Now that really is annoying.
How did that happen? We wished and hoped and wanted enough, didn’t we?
Yes, we did. But our subconscious may well have been holding us back, sending out messages (vibrations) that were contradictory to what our conscious mind was thinking.
Or it could have been part of ‘the plan’, with us attracting certain situations into our lives so that we’d start learning life lessons (which we’d planned on learning before we even came ‘to Earth’ to experience life in our physical bodies).
Gadzooks! So many variables!
But don’t be disheartened. This information, while potentially frustrating, can also be a source of great power.
How fabulous to know that the Law of Attraction is consistent – it always works!
How fabulous to know that we can start ‘reprogramming’ our subconscious so that it sends out vibrations that are in harmony with what we want!
How fabulous to know that we can now choose to start learning those life lessons, and therefore start attracting what we desire! (Remember: you wouldn’t have a true desire for something if it wasn’t possible for you to receive it.)
So here’s a re-frame – the Law of Attraction is not annoying. It’s sensational! What we once saw as frustrations can now be seen as blessings, as chances for positive change.
Sure, it may take a little courage, and possibly effort, to reprogram our subconscious and to start paying attention to the lessons we need to learn, but it’s completely do-able.
All you need is conscious awareness of what’s really going on (and since you’ve just read this article, you’re all set), and the realisation that you have the power to change your vibration and start the Law of Attraction working in your favour.
It’s annoying when the universe is always right, isn’t it?
The Vegie Patch
That’s my girl! Well, one of them. In the photo above, Arabella is proudly patting in a kale seedling (wearing my groovy new gardening gloves).
You may remember a recent blog post, where I mentioned that we would soon be planting out our winter vegie garden. Well, here it is!
So, what delights have we planted? There are herbs in the foreground, including continental parsley, thyme, oregano and coriander (I know it’s not really the season for coriander, but I’m giving it a go anyway), and further back we have kale, silverbeet, mignonette lettuces and pak choy. The silverbeet were looking a little flattened after my somewhat overzealous watering, but I think they’ll recover!
We had wanted to plant more, but we needed to leave room for the plants to grow.
I can’t wait for these plants to settle into their new home – we’ll soon add pea straw mulch to keep them all cosy during the cold weather, which has just descended on Ballarat. Soon we’ll be feasting on fresh, green vegies and herbs, and our bodies (and vibrations) will thank us for the effort we’ve put in.
Have you planted a few vegies, herbs or fruits in your garden? I’d love to hear what you’re growing…