Archive for December, 2011
Goodbye for Now – See You in 2012!
Well, it’s Christmas Eve. (Actually, we’ve taken to calling it Christmas Evie at my house, given that one of my daughters is called Evie.)
It’s time to slow down, savour time with loved ones, feast on rare treats and reflect on the year that was.
I’ll be doing exactly that over the next few weeks, and will be taking a wee break from blogging. I’ll help you start your New Year with an inspirational article (pop back here for that, or sign up for my ezine in the top right corner), but otherwise, things will be quiet here at Rich Radiant Real, while we deeply relax and then return completely rejuvenated!
Thank you for joining me here on the blog this year, and I really look forward to inspiring you in 2012, and beyond!
All the very, very best over this beautiful season, and I’ll see you soon!
Gratitude Friday – 23 December 2011
It’s Friday, and it’s been a whirlwind week! All that preparation for Christmas (I secretly – or not so secretly – love it)…
What am I grateful for this week?
- Receiving some gorgeous, fresh silverbeet (Swiss chard) from our lovely retired neighbours, grown in their organic garden – that’s one of the silverbeet leaves in the pic above. We’ve used the vibrant leaves and stalks in green smoothies, in a frittata, in salads… We’re so fortunate!
- My girls finishing school. I love having them all to myself for a while!
- Having a lovely long phone chat with a special friend.
- Receiving a Christmas gift of fresh cherries from the tree of those lovely, kind neighbours of ours. The cherries (pictured below) are so fresh, sweet and juicy. It always feels like Christmas when we have cherries.
- Knowing that Christmas is nearly here, and that we will soon be spending time connecting with family and friends. I LOVE this time of year.
- Having YOU come visit me here at the blog!
Have a wonderful day!
Gratitude Friday – 16 December 2011
OK, there goes another week, and here we are nearly at Christmas. Woohoooo!
What am I grateful for this week?
- Getting to share the fun of Christmas craft, helping out in my children’s classroom.
- Sensational weather – does this mean summer is finally here?
- A fabulous chat with my friend Michelle Mayur.
- Being treated a special high tea at Craig’s Royal Hotel here in Ballarat (definitely not raw, but a lovely treat).
- Getting all our Christmas cards in the post, and just about finishing our Christmas shopping.
What about you? What are you grateful for from this week? Share with us, in the comments below.
How to Win ‘Raw Food Made Simple’!
The power of raw foods is incredible.
They’ve been known to help people lose weight, to cure or reduce symptoms of disease, and to make skin glow and give your energy a huge boost. They bring out your inner ‘gorgeous’ – just look at the picture of raw food coach Karen Knowler, above!
You’ll know from my 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life ebooklet that raw foods contain life force and are chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Eating more raw helps you live life to the full.
(If you don’t have the 7 Ways ebooklet, you can downloaded for free by popping your details in the box on this page.)
Are you new to the concept of raw foods? Would you like to know more?
Then I have a beautiful gift for you.
I’m giving away a copy of Karen Knowler’s funky little book called Raw Food Made Simple.
It’s a beginner’s guide to raw food – its beautiful, full-colour pages explain everything you’ll need to know, in a very accessible way. You’ll be shown how to transition to a way of eating that includes more raw foods, and about the low-cost equipment you could use to help makes your food even more delicious!
If you’d like to go into the draw to win a copy of this amazing book, simply leave a comment below by the end of this weekend, letting me know your biggest concern about your health, and a ranking out of 10 for how good you feel most of the time (0 being ‘feeling awful’, and 10 being ‘leaping of my skin with energy and a sense of supreme wellbeing’).
Remember, you need to let me know both your health concern and your ranking in order to go in the draw.
I’ll announce the winner on Monday! (You might even receive the book in time for Christmas.)
Joanne’s Little Helper
Do you get overwhelmed when you think of how much you want to do?
At this time of year, things can get a little crazy, and our to-do lists can run a mile long.
I have a little tip for you.
When I realise that I have an awful lot that I want to accomplish, I create a detailed schedule for my day.
I remember to include the important things such as exercise, good food, and relaxation, so that I have the energy to get everything else done.
I account for every important activity in one- or two-hour blocks, and ensure that I include a ‘buffer’ (that is, allow a little more time than is needed to complete the activities). This leaves me stress-free, and means that if other little five-minute jobs crop up, I have time to do those within one of the blocks I’ve allocated for other jobs. But, for the most part, I keep similar tasks within the one block of time, so that I’m ‘batching’ and can really get on a roll.
I don’t use this scheduling technique all the time, but it’s a lifesaver when the pressure is on, and when I have a lot to accomplish.
It really helps me avoid overwhelm!
Hope this tip helps you – do you have a technique for ‘getting it all done’? I’d love to hear what works for you. Leave a comment below!
Gratitude Friday – 9 December 2011
Umm, well, yes, it’s Sunday. But I’m grateful that I remembered to post this list, even if it’s two days late!
So what was I grateful for over the past week?
- Spending a fabulous two days in Melbourne with my gran, aunt and cousin, celebrating my aunt’s birthday – LOTS of chat time and laughter!
- Making it home in time on Sunday to see my girls having a ball at a friend’s birthday party. (They’re so mature in the way they interact these days – my babies are growing up.)
- Arabella’s physiotherapist letting us know that Bella will be able to touch her shoulder (of the arm that had a broken elbow) after a few weeks, if she does all the exercises. Woohoo!
- Seeing the girls experience a feeling of confidence at their swimming lessons.
- Having dinner at Daylesford’s amazing Lake House restaurant, celebrating 10 years of marriage with Darren. It was such a beautiful place to celebrate – I loved watching the ducks floating on the lake; the sun setting; and my handsome, lovely husband smiling at me from across the table…
A really wonderful week. I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for from this past week – simply leave a comment below!
What Millionaire Women Do
If you’re after an interesting stocking filler for a friend (or yourself), I’d highly recommend this book.
Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen reveals a lot about how millionaire women in the US made and accumulated their money, and how they spend their money.
The results may (or may not) surprise you.
Millionaire women are very, very giving, and are very frugal – although I prefer changing the author’s terminology here to ‘thrifty’, a term that has a lighter energy. Percentage wise, millionaire women are even more giving than millionaire men.
If you’ve ever felt that it’s wrong to desire money, then this book will show you that money can do wonderful things for people, and that it needn’t change the ‘core you’. Most millionaire women value connection with others, and don’t feel a need to show their peacock feathers or live extravagant lives.
I would add that it’s OK to desire the freedom that money can bring – it broadens the amazing experiences you can have in this life (travel; time freedom; good quality and thoughtfully purchased possessions that uplift you and beautify your life), as well as being a form of energy that you can harness for good (health care for you and your family; helping others in your community and around the world who are in not-so-great situations).
Check out this absorbing read, and let me know what you think of it.
PS Most millionaire women featured in the book’s studies were self-made business owners, but, interestingly, a few were employees who just made good investment decisions and lived well within their means.
10 Ways to Create a Sparkly Christmas
If you’ve found yourself feeling a bit ‘over’ Christmas in recent years, going through the motions with no real joy, then it’s time to ‘sparkle’ things up a bit!
How do I define ‘sparkly’? Well, for me, it means seeing Christmas as the embodiment of all that it is good in the world. Connecting with people you love, and really celebrating life and beauty. A time when all that glitters really is gold!
Here are a few ideas for adding celebration and sparkle to your Christmas. I’ve either ‘done’ these myself, or plan to. Please don’t feel overwhelmed by this list – if you spot a couple of ideas that really resonate with you, why not just give those ones a try this Christmas?
1. Create a beautiful, welcoming wreath for your front door or the inside of your home.
2. Create personalised Christmas cards. We’ve done this every year since our girls were one year old, because I thought it would be easier to have one card that included a photo update of our children, rather than printing and sending photos with conventional cards.
Until last year, I had our DL-sized cards designed and printed at Snap, but last year I created my own and will have fun doing that again this year! I love taking the photos of our girls for these cards – they have a lot of fun!
Here’s a scan of our family Christmas card from a few years ago:
If you live in the US, Pinhole Press has a fantastic range of beautifully designed templates that can be personalised with your photos.
3. Help out at a food shelter – bring your family on board. If you can’t help out in person, perhaps donate some food, or consider donating to Oxfam via its Unwrapped Christmas-gift project.
4. Remember the power of intention, and create an affirmation that helps you attract the type of Christmas you’d love to have (for help with creating affirmations, check out the Affirmations: Your How-to Guide PDF bonus when you invest in Dream Life Affirmations audios.
5. Make a set of special, long-lasting decorations that can become family heirlooms (perhaps some Santa tree ornaments or napkin holders?!).
6. Take healthy sweet treats around to your neighbours on Christmas Eve, beautifully packaged – you could make the White Christmas recipe in this month’s ezine, or check out the recipe for decadent Orange-Choc Bliss Balls in Monkey Mike’s Raw Food Kitchen: An Un-Cookbook for Kids.
7. Watch a suitably Christmassy movie such as the original Miracle on 34th Street, or the Christmas scene from Mr Bean’s Christmas! (And then there’s always Love, Actually.)
8. Add a bitta ‘bling’ to your life with sparkly decorations in your home and office. There’s something so special about glitteriness. Just remember that ‘sparkly’ can be tastefully done (tinsel doesn’t have to feature, if that ain’t your thing). Candlelight makes everything shimmer – and what about adding sparkle to your clothing? Check this out for inspiration!
9. Pretend you’re a child again, and put out a stocking at the end of your bed.
10. Create your own Christmas crackers. We did this for the first time last year, and it was so much fun.
We (my children and I) bought the inner tubes and cracker snaps from Riot, and we filled the crackers with a cracker snap, a wrapped Lindor chocolate ball, a handwritten Christmas joke, and a handmade paper crown. We then wrapped them in tissue paper, tied ribbons on the end, and put a small photo of the recipient on the front of the cracker!
Note: don’t make the tissue paper wrapping too thick. We did, and it was a little difficult to rip the crackers open…
Oh, a bonus tip – if you’re a ‘planner’, like me, you’ll love Alison May’s Brocante Home Christmas Planner, which features heaps of inspiration and dozens of checklists.
I hope this list has inspired you – and if you were feeling a bit jaded about the whole thing, I do hope that it’s reignited your Christmas spirit!
PS I’d love to hear what you love about Christmas – what traditions do you love to repeat every year? What new tradition/s would you like to start? Leave a comment and let me know!
Gratitude Friday – 2 December 2011
It’s been a fantastic week here at Rich Radiant Real Central. How was your week?
Here are five ‘things’ for which I am truly grateful:
- My daughter Arabella secretly writing me some affirmations of her own on Post-It notes, and pasting them along the bottom of my computer monitor (see pic above) – the affirmations are ‘Mummy is awesome!’, ‘Everything is possible’, ‘Nothing can stop you’ and ‘You can do anything’ (the latter with smiley face). Aren’t I lucky?
- Getting to see a beautiful ballet performance.
- Having a wonderful Skype call with my Dad and stepmum over in England (video actually worked for a while! Yay!).
- Going to a really interesting presentation about some natural skin, haircare and make-up products that don’t use harmful chemicals. When I’ve sampled a few more of the products, I’ll definitely be letting you know about this company. Phenomenal!
- Having long, fascinating chats with friends at cafes, and browsing in gorgeous gift shops!
Most of all, I’m grateful, as always, for having my beautiful, sweet daughters in my life, as well as my awesome husband, Darren.
Feel free to leave your list of gratefuls in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
It’s All About Love, Actually…
I was reminded recently of this scene, which appears in one of my favourite films – Love Actually.
It’s simply beautiful, and it really does encapsulate what we’re all about.
See if this scene doesn’t bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye!