Archive for August, 2012
Healing of Love Workshop
The beautiful island of Bali seems to be a place of healing – many Australians, in particular, head here for regular vacations, soaking up its tranquility, warmth, fresh air and good vibrations.
I can see why my friend and colleague Michelle Mayur, of Angel Wings Healing, has chosen Bali as the location for her upcoming ‘Isis Healing of Love’ retreat – and if you’re a lightworker or healer, you may want to consider joining her there.
For four days (from Friday, 28 September to Monday, 1 October), Michelle will teach you advanced healing techniques that will clear blocked energy and free you to be a higher version of YOU!
And it all takes place at Sula Resort, Yoga and Spa. On the information page, Michelle explains why she chose this special resort for this unique retreat, and exactly what goodies await you.
PS If you’re drawn to all things Egyptian, you’ll love Michelle’s work. Curious? Read more here…
Gratitude Sunday – 26 August 2012
Happy Gratitude Sunday! What have you been grateful for from the past week? If you’d like to share, simply pop in a comment below. Here’s a wee list of my favourite things from this week:
- Enjoying a really special birthday, with loads of cuddles, hugs and gifts from my family and friends.
- Seeing more and more beautiful daffodils and other bulbs blossoming in my neighbourhood and wherever I drive (see the photo above).
- Having one day of almost balmy weather, giving us a sneak preview of the warm weather to come. I am SO ready for some warmth!
- Having my ‘colours’ done and finding that I can now wear different colours to those that used to suit me. What a revelation!
- Seeing my dad and stepmum on a Skype video call, and sharing a ‘cuppa’ with them while we chatted.
- Having friends over for a special Sunday lunch, and seeing life through the eyes of our friends’ 20-month-old little boy – don’t you love how little ones lunge at life and want to experience everything?
Have a blessed, beautiful week. I’ll see you soon.
The Big Birthday Sale!
Well, it’s my 41st birthday today.
This morning I’ve been showered with gifts and love by two excited little girls and one smiling husband, and with wishes, gifts and cards by family and friends. And the fun is only just beginning.
I’ve decided to give YOU a birthday gift from me, the gift of 41% off any of my three downloadable products.
I’ve never had a birthday sale before, so this is exciting! I love the thought of being able to make (even if for one day only) my inspirational, transformational products available to anyone!
You can choose from the:
- Living Rich Declutter program
- Your House of Abundance guided visualiation program
- Dream Life Affirmations audios (and bonuses!)
So, if you’d like to receive 41% off any (or all) of my instantly downloadable products, you can simply head here:
Sale doors close at 10am Wednesday 22 August Australian time (that’s 8pm Monday US EST, and 1am UK Wednesday), so jump on in!
This might just be the nudge you’ve been asking for…
Gratitude Monday – 20 August 2012
Yes, it’s another instalment of Gratitude Monday – here are five of my favourite ‘gratefuls’ from the past week:
- Attending a special graduation lunch for a friend and client of mine who had attained a doctoral qualification. Such a lovely, lovely afternoon with lovely people!
- Meeting a couple of friends at a cafe for chatting, laughter and soul connection.
- Visiting our new dentist, and knowing that our teeth are being very well cared for.
- Attending a couple of networking functions and connecting with some interesting, intelligent, dynamic women!
- Attending the Hay House I Can Do It! conference in Melbourne, being inspired, re-filling my well and meeting many sensitive, heart-centred women. Oh, and meeting Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson at the book signing!
What about you? How’s your week been? Feel free to declare what YOU’RE grateful for by leaving a comment below, or simply saying them out loud. The universe will hear you, either way, and you’ll be keeping your vibration high.
PS Keep an eye out for my Big Birthday Sale, which starts soon. You’ll be able to purchase any of my downloadable products at 41% off for one day only, because I’ll be turning 41! Jump on my subscriber list in the box above, or check back on the blog tomorrow…
Lessons from French Women
I’ve always LOVED France. French people always seem to enjoy themselves, indulging in leisure and beauty every day. And then there’s the sumptuous French accent… j’adore!
A Facebook friend of mine recently posted a link to an article revealing the difference between we goal-oriented, Protestant work ethic countries and the vacation-loving French. There’s so much to learn from the French approach to life (even if you’re not a lover of all things French) – and we don’t need to give up our goals, dreams and successes in order to enjoy our lives to the max.
I approached the author of this beautifully written blog post, Tonya Leigh, and asked her if I could share her wisdom and observations with you. She agreed! (Thank you, Tonya.) So here’s the article. Be sure to let me, or Tonya, know YOUR approach to life. May this give you food for thought.
French Feminine Secret #6: Work to Live
“People who know how to employ themselves always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.”
– Marie Jeanne Roland
I just e-mailed a friend of mine who lives in the South of France, and here is the automated response I received:
Bonjour, je suis en vacances du 28/7 au 26/8.
(Hello, I will be on vacation from July 28 through August 26.)
We can call the French lazy and lacking ambition and drive. However, while we are cranking out 60+ hour weeks, shuttling our kids to the moon and back, stressing our bodies to the max and spiraling into states of depression, they are probably sitting on the beach of Ibiza sipping a Pina Colada (scratch that; the French are not Pina Colada drinkers), and laughing at how we Anglo-Saxons just don’t get it.
French life is centered around quality and pleasure. Excessive work is not pleasurable to the average French woman. So, while the average Anglo-Saxon seems to always be in pursuit of The Next Big Thing, our French sister is likely to be basking in the Big Thing of Now – her morning café, 3-course lunches and, of course, frequent holidays and vacations.
The French woman certainly doesn’t have an arsenal of productivity tools and her time management system seems to nothing more than being present wherever she is. In fact, to the outsider looking in, she seems to have time on her side. Just like us, she has a job, maybe a husband and kids and a home to run. However, you’ll find her reading a book during lunch (that is, if she’s not indulging in a multi-course dejeuner), stopping off at her favorite market on the way home to pick up a fresh baguette and sitting down with her family for dinner.
The French woman doesn’t forget that her life is not her career, just a means to offer her what she’s really after: a life of play and pleasure.
This reminds me of a story I once heard:
A group of French people were working for an American businessman. Every day, they would leave at lunch and wouldn’t return for two hours. The American businessman was frustrated. “We need to be more productive, and your 2 hour lunch breaks are interfering, so tomorrow bring your lunches with you. You’ll be eating on the job.”
The following day, the American businessman was looking forward to increasing his production. At noon, the French workers, having agreed to eating on the job, went to the back of a truck, brought out tables and chairs and covered them with beautiful linen. They placed vases of fresh flowers on each one and set up each place setting. For le menu, they grilled steaks, roasted potatoes and cooked haricot verts. Of course, no French lunch would be complete without a glass of red wine and cheese.
Two hours later, the French finished their lunch and went back to work.
The French woman can thank her country, which has made her seemingly tranquil lifestyle possible. The government has certain laws in place that takes the fear out of job security. The 35-hour work week leaves plenty of time for love and passionate pursuits. And, everyone, from the banker to the plumber, receives 5 weeks of paid vacation, which you’ll never hear a French person say they’re too busy to take. This makes it very easy for the French girl to relax in her life.
Across the ocean, we’ve been raised very differently and afforded opportunities that the average French woman doesn’t have (and for which I’m extremely grateful). We live in a country that allows us to go after our dreams and do work that we love. Not every French woman gets to pursue her passion in the workplace, so thank goodness she has the time off to do it outside of the office.
On the other hand, with our protestant work ethic, we seem to always be in pursuit of something – more happiness, health and wealth – making it extremely difficult to slow down and savor life.
As an entrepreneurial female, I love my work and can get lost in whatever project I’m working on. I adore our clients, so spending time with them is a great pleasure. And, I love the freedom that running my own company affords me, so it doesn’t seem to be a problem.
However, deep down, I know it can be. I can’t fool life, and neither can you. Spending hours on the computer, neglecting our families and home, and most importantly, abandoning ourselves, we forget one key principle: our work is simply a means to live a beautiful life.
After speaking with many of my French girlfriends, I realize that most French people aren’t spending hours on Facebook, perusing books on how to make their life better or pressuring themselves to be, do and have more. Perhaps, it’s because they live in a society where they can’t or maybe they just don’t want to. As my French friend, Catherine, once said, “Life is too short for so much self-induced pressure.”
During my first visit to France, I remember feeling like life suddenly made sense – the way people dined, walked, presented themselves to the world, loved, lived. Beauty and leisure were sought out each day, not when you reached some non-existent finish line. Like the French, time felt like it was on my side. I bottled that feeling and set the intention to recreating that French essence back at home in the States.
Il était difficile pour moi. Being an ambitious and driven woman, I kept getting sucked back into the vortex of working madness. However, over time, I’ve learned to live in my own world where pleasure and play are a priority. I let go of feeling that I was behind when everyone around me seemed to be so far ahead. I stopped caring about what others are doing in their businesses, and focused on what works for me and my life. I even take sabbaticals like the French to renew and revive.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I want to create, grow and inspire. I have desires that I absolutely love seeing come to fruition. However, I do not want to be that girl who never enjoyed what she had because she was always in hot pursuit of the next thing.
Anglo-Saxons have perfected making a living, but the French girl has perfected creating a life!
I want to do both!
In all honesty, I’m still learning what that looks like for me. However, I’ve noticed when everyone is stressed and talking about how busy they are, I pour myself a glass of wine, take a deep breath and remind myself that there is no hurry. Right now is pretty damn good!
What about you?
As always, I want to hear from you. Which side do you air on? Are you more of a Frenchie when it comes to your work life? Or are you the driven, ambitious American woman who’s always striving for the next big thing? Or, maybe you’re a bit of both.
Leave your comments below, or at Tonya’s blog.
Master Life Coach Tonya Leigh has a simple credo: French Kiss Life. Cherish The World. And The Rest Will Follow. With chic travel retreats, solo & group coaching, and her infectious blend of joie de vivre & practical mind-play techniques, Tonya helps dynamic & driven women turn the world into their own personal playgrounds. She’s changing the way her clients think about power, seduction, and luxurious living—and challenging women to live their own self-made romances, one fearless choice at a time.
Gratitude Friday – 10 August 2012
Hello there! Another week on Planet Earth, and five more ‘gratefuls’ to cherish:
- A weekend of chillaxing with my beautiful little family.
- My husband mowing the lawn (which had grown very ‘lush’ after all our rain).
- My car receiving a service – it’s so great to know that it’s safe and is running smoothly.
- Receiving a lovely large payment.
- Having a fabulous haircut and (organic) colour – I find that it helps one to feel all polished, professional… and groovy!
If you’d love to share a few of YOUR favourite gratefuls with us, simply pop in your comments below.
See you soon!
Desire, not Desperation
I had a deep and meaningful discussion about manifestation with my aunt the other day, and after our phone call I read something that reinforced the aspect we’d been discussing. I shared the quote with her, and now I’d love to share it with you.
The quote is from Gill Edwards’ book Stepping into the Magic: A New Approach to Everyday Life:
…your desire must fall short of desperation. If you believe that you cannot survive without X, your Higher Self is quite likely to say, ‘Oh yes, you can!’ and block it coming to you – because it wants you to know that your happiness does not depend on having a new job, or more money, or an intimate relationship. Desperation usually repels what we want. Our desires should be centred in our heart, not in the need for survival. It’s far easier to manifest a Dream if our attitude is ‘I really, really want this – but if I don’t get it, it’s OK. I can be happy without it.
Yes, it is difficult to desire something lightly, but it does get easier with practice. I talk about this in my free guide called 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life, in the bonus step-by-step manifestation action plan: ‘Practice the art of living light – knowing that what you desire is on its way, but not being overly invested in its arrival. Feel that life would be just great, either way!’.
If you’d like to know even more about how to manifest, I’d highly recommend that you grab yourself a copy of Gill’s book, because she goes deep into the mechanics and nuances of manifestation. It’s a beautifully written book, and complements her other books.
I’ve just discovered that, sadly, Gill passed away late last year, but she has left a special message on her website, assuring us that she is ‘still very much here, just not embodied any more’. I’m so grateful to have found her teachings, and to have had my life uplifted by her work. I hope her work does this for you, too (I’m sure it will!).
Gratitude Monday – 6 August 2012
Whoops! Welcome to ‘Gratitude Monday’, a one-off deviation from our usual ‘Gratitude Friday’ format!
What am I grateful for from the past week and coupla days? Here are a few good ‘uns:
- My wonder-tech, Jimmy, laying out my full-colour monthly ezine in record time and whisking it into the inboxes of all my subscribers. (If you’re not yet a subscriber but would love to be, simply fill in your details in the box on the top right-hand side of this page.)
- Having my girls at home for two days to help get rid of head lice that they’d probably picked up at school – not a fun job, but it was so lovely to have them in my space for so many hours. They loved that it gave them an excuse to watch movie after movie…
- A glorious sunshiney day on Saturday – spring, here we come!
- Chris from Precision IT delivering and installing my NEW COMPUTER on Saturday morning. It’s super-fast and snazzy, and will enable me to do my work in an even more efficient, effective way. Thank you, Chris!
- Selling even more of our no-longer-unwanted items on eBay – lots of extra cash, and clearer cupboards.
How about you? How has your week gone? I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for. Just leave a comment below.
Mercury Retrograde & the Law of Attraction
They say that when the planet of Mercury appears to be travelling backwards in the sky – which happens a few times a year – it can cause havoc here on Earth… but how does that jive with the law of attraction, which states that what we focus on, we create? A retrograde can only affect us if we think that it exists, and we expect bad results from it, right?
Now, I’ll say upfront that I’m not really into astrology. I quite like the notion that I’m a ‘Leo-Virgo’ cusp, but I’m not the sort to read my daily horoscope.
What I DO believe is that we create our reality, but I also acknowledge that there are forces that are beyond our individual control.
So I’ve been a little perturbed of late, having felt the full force of the Mercury retrograde that started a few weeks ago (27 June, according to some sources).
Surely I didn’t consciously attract the following little laundry list of minor catastrophes and inconveniences into my life? They MUST be due to some outside forces, right?
Since the beginning of July:
- my entire family has been sick (trip to the hospital, chest infections, tonsillitis etc);
- we cancelled a whole week of much-anticipated socialising with family and friends on vacation due to above-mentioned illnesses (very disappointing!);
- the washing machine died and needed replacing;
- one of our toilets became blocked (hello, emergency plumber!);
- my computer’s hard drive caught a virus that created a critical disk error;
- one of our car’s headlights and rear lights went out;
- lightbulbs in the house blew;
- our vacuum cleaner needed repair; and
- a gazillion (well, a few) other little things ‘went wrong’.
At first I was incredulous at how everything seemed to be ‘going wrong’ in a short period of time, until someone on a Facebook group mentioned it was Mercury retrograde, and my ears pricked up (or my eyes lit up, I guess, because I was reading at the time…).
I’d never really experienced the ill effects of a Mercury retrograde, and I wasn’t even sure that I believed there to be a real connection between planetary events and life down here.
But it all made sense. And once I researched it and realised that a Mercury retrograde is actually a BLESSING, I saw that it was all part of a divine plan to help me slow down (which was needed after a few months of go-go-go), double-check details, back up files, and focus on maintaining good health and environment. There was also the gift of just ‘going with the flow’ and of not being fearful of the effects of a retrograde. That would, as per the law of attraction, just create more drama!
My husband Darren rolled his eyes whenever something ‘went wrong’ and I’d say, ‘it’s that Mercury retrograde!’. But it’s nice to think that it’s only temporary, and that it means we get to fix things that were probably due to be fixed anyway. A great way of clearing energy.
So, are we just victims to planetary disruptions? What happened to the whole theory of being able to create our lives to be the way we want them to be?
Well, I believe that we, as a collective consciousness, helped co-create this planet, as well as the entire solar system and beyond. I also believe that when we chose to come down to Earth in human form, we wanted to experience certain challenges that would help us learn the lessons our souls wanted to learn.
Sometimes those challenges come to us by way of planetary disruptions. So, you see, it’s all part of a beautiful, divine plan! You can still create your dream life, but you WILL face challenges along the way, all designed to test you and help take you closer to living your very best life.
But, err, having said all that, if you’d like some advice on how to make the most of a Mercury retrograde period, here’s a fab website to check out.
Also, know that the cycle completes around 22 August, so things should return to ‘normal’ after that!
Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know your take on the whole Mercury retrograde, law of attraction connection.
PS As I mentioned above, I hadn’t ever noticed being affected by other Mercury retrogrades, but apparently it hits harder when it’s in your star sign (and it’s ‘Leo’ season right now…). Also, there are several other planets in retrograde at the moment, so it’s quite possible more people are affected than usual. I know that friends and family members in Australia and overseas have had some health or other dramas of late, so I’m not surprised! So if you’ve noticed some real effects from this Mercury retrograde, apparently that’s why!