Archive for July, 2012
Gratitude Friday – 27 July 2012
Don’t you love Fridays? I love knowing I’ll have my family around me for the next couple of days, and that our routine will be super-chilled (although, we’re keeping snug and warm inside for much of the weekend!).
I’m grateful for so much from this past week. A few highlights:
- A local tech company diagnosing my computer’s hard disk with a virus, but being able to retrieve all my files, unharmed! They’re going to build me a new, super-fast computer that will mean all my work can now be done at lightning speed (well, that’s my theory). Honestly, it will be fantastic to have a fast new computer with heaps of memory.
- The five or so good years that my old computer gave me, without any major problems.
- My girls having the chance to sample an after-school Italian-language class… while I read a newspaper from cover to cover in a cafe!
- Re-starting weekly parent-helper time at my children’s school – I know how much my girls love having me there, and I know the teachers appreciate the extra help.
- Receiving a huge tax refund – thank you, Universe!
So, what’s been ‘new and good’ in your world this week? Would you like to share a few goodies with us? Simply pop in your comment below, and let us know! And have a wonderful weekend, won’t you?
Gratitude Friday – 20 July 2012
The more grateful we are, the more we’re given to be grateful for.
What am I grateful for from this past week? A few highlights:
- Having one of my little girls at home with me all week while she recovered from tonsillitis – and I think she really appreciated the freedom of having ‘so much time, so little to do’. I loved being able to have ‘hugs on tap’.
- Hubby Darren doing so many extra jobs/errands for the house, picking up shopping etc. I don’t know how single parents manage when children are sick!
- Making our way through the challenges thrown our way by the Mercury retrograde, and coming out the other side with things fixed and in order. Thank you, Mercury retrograde.
- Remembering one of my favourite movies – You’ve Got Mail (Deluxe Edition) – through a fun blog post, and sharing the memories with my aunt, who also loves this movie. We’re going to watch it again when we next meet up!
- Selling quite a few items on eBay, helping to keep our home a low-clutter zone.
Feel free to let us know YOUR list of gratefuls, and I’ll see you soon.
A Beautiful Message from Mayo
If you’re a subscriber to any life-enhancing ezine (including mine, of course!), you’ll know how wonderful it is to receive those regular blessings of love and wisdom, written from the heart to inspire you to live your greatest life.
Helen Elizabeth Evans writes such an ezine. In a recent edition, she told us about Mayo – a special, gentle man who not only profoundly affected the lives of others during his short life, but is also doing so now, after his passing.
I’ve asked Helen Elizabeth whether I could share her (and his) story with you, and she has generously agreed. So here it is, in her words and the words of Mayo. Soak it up, and carry its message with you throughout your day today:
Are you a touch fed up?
Yes, I definitely have my moments when I feel really fed up! I’ve even been quite depressed at times in my life and I meet a lot of depressed people these days. It makes me think about what gets us into our depressions and what gets us out. My experience is that it is about how we think!
The reality is we cannot control what happens to us, nor the behaviour of others around us, but… we CAN control how, a) we think about what happens to us and b) how we respond to what happens to us. I use the world respond deliberately as response requires a conscious behaviour choice whereas our reaction is an unconscious knee-jerk behaviour pattern.
I could share so much with you about getting rid of that feeling that life is awful, depressing or just ordinarily hum-drum, but I’d far rather let Mayo Charles Marriott inspire you!
Before I do let me share a little about him… I did my NLP Masters at a place on the Scottish borders. It was cold and wind-swept and the house we were doing our work in was old and had only the most basic facilities for a person in a wheelchair; and yet there was Mayo in his motorised wheelchair, breathing machine and full-time carer.
See him in the front of our picture here? He wasn’t able to do anything physical for himself (including feed himself) but he did not let that hold him back from growing as a person, from becoming a coach and inspiration to so many others. A couple of weeks ago we heard he had an unexpected heart attack and died 4 days later. He would have been 38 in August.
Here he is with us at the local (and very cold) Tibetan monastery we visited.
Visit his facebook page to see the tributes pouring out to him from those who knew him. Click his photo to go to his Facebook page. It’s below the following letter he left behind, which his sisters shared with his friends.
“If I died in my sleep tonight, what would I want people to think, feel and say? Thank God would not be my favourite choice! The first word I would like to use is positivity, positivity and positivity.
For a long time the feeling of not knowing how long I will live for, used to plague me before I went to sleep at night. The thought pattern went something like this “this night could be my last, so I want to make sure I am awake as long as possible, so I will keep the radio on until I wake up, if I wake up.” I guess the radio was an easy distraction from the uncomfortable thoughts of passing away in my sleep.
Anyway that was in the past, now I am cured completely! I cannot tell you when these repetitive thoughts stopped or how, but I think it was when I had a serious car accident and I was in hospital for some time. I could have easily been killed in this car accident, but amazingly I had survived with a few minor fractures and my life!
When you look at death in the face it ceases to hold any power over you, then you realise that you have to make the most of life. Nobody knows when the Grim Reaper will come knocking, I for one don’t want to know! I think positivity is very important; it is what keeps me alive and interested in all the delights that life has to offer! Don’t worry I do have bad days as well and I am not 100% positive all of the time! I cannot think of any reason why positivity is bad, it doesn’t mean being unrealistic. Think about what you have to be grateful for, do the things that give you joy and pleasure, talk to and be around positive people, you are not alone; other people are going through the difficult emotions of living.
There is an opportunity inside everybody if you look deep enough, and being disabled is no exception to this rule. It can be a tool to teach others that you can still have a great life whatever limitations you have, with the right kind of perspective and motivation.
Having a trauma (emotional or physical), getting injured in any way, or becoming disabled in my eyes isn’t the end of the world, it is the beginning of a new one in which you can find new possibilities, new goals and meaning. Even if your physical condition is getting worse, your personal development doesn’t stop. Whatever your situation is, you have always got the choice, how to think about it, how to feel about it. It is always you who chooses.
I think there is a reason why we are all here living on this planet. From my experience and those of others I have opened my heart to the spiritual essence of who we really are. Don’t look at yourself or others as a disabled or abled person. We are disabled and we are not disabled, because our soul is free, whole and perfect.
Keep positive. Live long and prosper! Mayo“
I could share with you about Mayo’s illness and suggest you might want to make a donation to fighting the disease but I know that he would far prefer to know that he inspired you to change your experience of your life, that his story made you live more fully and joyfully that you had before you knew of him…
Today I was walking hoodless without an umbrella in the rain along the streets of London and felt the joy of being alive, of being able to walk, feel the rain and get wet, the joy of the city around me, noticing things along the way I’d been too busy rushing to notice before and it was wonderful!!!
Sending you love, light, laughter and the joy of being here now!
Helen’s Elizabeth Evans is the UK’s Premier Life Purpose Expert & Your Signature Brilliance Decoder. Her gift is opening you up to your unique brilliance and then showing you how to integrate it with your unique soul purpose in a practical and meaningful way. Her clients describe her as a powerful alchemist and pathfinder which is testimony to the impact working with her has on them and their lives. Connect with her at www.stepintoyourlight.com or via her Facebook page: Step Into your Light.
Gratitude Friday – 13 July 2012
Ooh, an interesting week for me. Our entire family came down with some form of ‘the lurgy’ (for me, just a sore throat and a night cough). But there were still many blessings to be had…
- Being able to have a few days at home, snug and warm and dry in our lovely house – this meant lots of cuddle time with my girls, and us all reading together.
- Having plenty of time to create an eBay account and sell a few items. Woohoooo!
- My sister in England receiving a special book I’d ordered for her from Amazon UK – and she loves it. Yay!
- Receiving an invitation to the doctoral celebratory lunch of a dear friend and client.
- Seeing a couple of episodes of the UK’s Escape to the Country show. Now I have even more ideas for my dream home.
We’re nearly all recovered now, apart from my daughter Evie, who has been unwell today. She’s sleeping now, so lots of healing going on for her.
Wishing you a special week!
International Raw Food Day
Eating food that’s ALIVE is so good for you – did you know that?
Fresh, raw food has a high vibration, and when you consume it, it helps you raise your vibration, too.
I mean, really: look at the pic above. Doesn’t it make you feel good just looking at those colourful, vibrant foods? And wouldn’t it be great to glow like the girl in the pic, too? Raw foods can help you do that!
If you’re new to the whole concept of raw food and health, you might be interested to know that today is International Raw Food Day, with the benefits of raw food (including its taste) are being celebrated and promoted around the world.
This Raw Food Day is the brainchild of the original raw food coach, Karen Knowler – I’ve been a student and champion of Karen’s for years, and I love her mission to help change the planet through raw food.
Karen wrote a fab book for beginners recently, called Raw Food Made Simple. If you’re keen to dabble, and would love a full-colour, friendly introduction to raw foods, head here to purchase a copy of this nifty, easily digestible little book.
Or, you could always start with a free copy of my The Green Smoothie Glow ebooklet, which features eight green smoothie recipes and a little explanatory info. Green smoothies are made from fresh fruit and dark leafy greens, all blended into an exquisite elixir that tastes good and does you good!
Also, feel free to register for my complimentary monthly ezine (if you haven’t already – simply enter your name and email address in the box on the top right of this page), which always features a raw food recipe – and if you click on the ‘recipe’ blog category to the left, you’ll discover a heap of my recipes.
And here’s one more fab resource for you: the website Tera Warner.com, which has loads of free resources (including a great blog), plus books for sale, and life- and health-enhancing live programs. In face, Tera is soon to run a 10-day Juice Cleanse with a group, so if the sound of that has piqued your interest, simply click on the link below.
So there you have it. A wealth of fresh resources to start you on your journey towards better health. Thank you to Karen for creating International Raw Food Day – and here’s to your health, and to gooood vibrations.
PS Oooh! A HUGE PS! If you’re at all interested in creating magical raw food dishes, you must check out the work of my beautiful friend, Shakaya Leone of Earth Empress.
You’ll love her Nude Food, an exquisite e-collection of recipes, featuring mouth-huggers such as ‘Shakaya’s Sublime Key Lime Mousse’. Honestly, check it out!
The Generosity Cleanse
I recently heard about something rather intriguing, and I just had to tell you about it.
An Arizona-based wellness educator and health coach is offering access to her five-day raw-food cleanse – and you get to choose what price you pay!
But the brilliant bit about this cleanse is that it’s:
…infused with daily opportunities to practice generosity towards yourself and others
Isn’t that lovely? As well as getting to try out the benefits of raw foods over the course of only five days, you also receive guidance on generosity explorations, daily affirmations, self-care practices (*love*), hints of wisdom, and a checklist.
This is such an original idea, and I love that it combines raw food with the energy expansion that’s fostered by generosity practices and self-care.
If you’d like to check it out, head here.
I haven’t seen the inner workings of this course, but it sounds phenomenal. If you’re new to raw foods and would love to try it, let me know what you think of it, won’t you?
Gratitude Friday – 6 July 2012
Hello thar! How has your week panned out? Mine’s been brilliant. It’s school holidays here, so we’ve been chilling out and having loads of fun. Here are five things for which I’m supremely grateful this week:
- Driving my mum safely to the airport, and spending a little time with her before her flight.
- Receiving some unexpected money. Thank you, Universe!
- Seeing a beautiful performance of Peter Rabbit at Her Majesty’s Theatre, with family.
- Loads of laughs with visiting extended family, including nights watching The Royle Family DVDs.
- My beautiful girls, my ’better in the kitchen than Jamie Oliver’ husband, and my very, very blessed life. They’re my ’evergreen’ gratefuls.
Wishing you a great weekend, doing what you love, with people you love.
8 Top Tips for Creating an ‘Un-Mediocre’ Life
This short ‘n’ sweet article appeared in my ezine nearly a couple of years ago, but I wanted to bring it to your attention again because its message is simple and profound. Let me know what you think!
Mediocre. Just saying that word brings my energy down. It’s such a ‘blah’ word, isn’t it?
We all have blah/mediocre days; that’s just part of life here on Earth. The mediocre days serve to provide us with contrast, and let us really appreciate the fabulous days that (I believe) make up the majority of our experience.
But if you’re reading this, I’d bet my bottom dollar that you don’t want ‘mediocre’ to be a way of life.
So, what are my top 8 ways for creating an extremely satisfying, sizzling, exciting, enthralling, decidedly ‘un-mediocre’ life? Here they are!
1. Decide that it’s OK to live an unconventional life, one that suits YOU, not your extended family, peers, old school friends or neighbours.
2. Write a list of 100 things that you want to do before you die (if the thought of 100 things freaks you out, just start with 20 – you’ll be on a roll in no time), and start planning for how you’ll start achieving at least five of those in the next two years. Keep in mind point 1, above, when creating your list.
3. Choose quality in everything you bring into, and reflect out from, your life – from the clothes you wear, to the friends you choose, to the gifts you give, to the chocolate you eat…
4. Seek out people who are living by their own lights, who dare to be different and decidedly authentic (you could scare yourself silly – in a good way – by making friends with someone who skydives, rock climbs or surfs). Let their example lift and inspire you, and give you courage.
5. Spin a world globe, close your eyes and stab at it with your finger to make it stop – you know what I’m going to suggest now, don’t you? Heck, why not give it a go?
6. Have the courage to be outwardly loving, affectionate and kind – to everyone you meet! Expressing love and kindness sure ain’t mediocre.
7. Seek out and grab opportunities. When you say ‘yes’ to opportunities, life takes on an unparalleled richness. (If I hadn’t taken the opportunity to write books when approached to do so, I may not have had so many doors open for me.)
8. Consciously employ universal laws to help you create an ‘un-mediocre’ life. For example, once you’ve had the courage to identify and start overriding limiting beliefs – beliefs that were often fashioned in childhood by well-meaning people – you can consciously employ the good ole law of attraction to craft a beautiful, exciting new life.
So there you have it. Eight fabulous ways to help you live a deep, rich life, one that’s far from mediocre. After all, isn’t life too short? Do you want to look back from your deathbed with a big smile on your face, giving thanks for the wonderful life that you let yourself live? I know I do.
It’s over to you, but I’ll leave you with a quote that’s an absolute favourite of mine: ‘sometimes we just need to take a deep breath – and jump’.