What’s So Merry About Christmas?

 A lady asked me this question last week and it made me stop and think, for two reasons.  Firstly, what caused her to ask this question and secondly, what is my answer? This client proceeded to list numerous reasons why the festive season was an unhappy time for her.  All her complaints were genuine; some were the result of high expectations which ended in disappointment, some were focused on past hurts and others were due to the bombardment of media and marketing that puts pressure on us to spend, spend, spend!    We worked together on releasing her past hurts and in a short space […]

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Its the Welcome That’s Most Important

It’s the welcome that’s most important,” my mum used to say whenever we had people visiting our house. Then she would run around like a mad woman cleaning, clearing, screaming at us kids to help! Everyone would receive a warm welcome except us! As we approach Christmas and plan to host events, allow me to share a few tips on how to deal with all the chores and tasks involved in a positive manner. We are driven by our feelings. Those feelings come from an initial thought. Those feelings also direct our behaviour. If we can manage that initial thought, […]

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A Life With Purpose

The local newspaper wrote an article about my Women’s Self Empowerment Group. The heading read Finding Purpose in Life.  The journalist was fascinated with my personal story. Why?  She told me that she could relate: she too often wondered what her true purpose is and she, like many, is still searching. The dictionary definition of the noun states that purpose is – the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. This leads us to ask the question, “why am I here?”  For those of you who know the answer to this question and have an internal […]

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Stress Less !

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when we feel unable to cope. We feel unable to cope when there is a mismatch between the demands made on us (real or perceived) and our ability (real or perceived) to cope with them. It is the balance between how we view demands made on us, and how we think we can cope with them, that determines how stressed we feel. Two people may react differently to the same situation, for example an event that is perceived as stressful for one person […]

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The History of Mothers’ Day

Mother’s Day was celebrated in the UK on Sunday 26th March this year. It was lovely for me to see photos on Facebook of my friends celebrating with their children. Originally from Scotland, I have lived in Sydney with my husband and two daughters since 2007. I have often wondered why this day is celebrated on different days in different countries and so decided to do a bit of research. Reading about the history of this day, I discovered that an American social activist named Anna Jarvis (1848 from Philadelphia) lobbied the US government for an official day to honour […]

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Clear Clutter to find Clarity

As a young child, whenever I was sick my mum would clean my room and say, “you’ll feel better after I’ve tidied everything away.” And I always did; even to this day I always feel better when my house is clean.   It is well know that our surroundings affect us. Take a moment to acknowledge how you feel when you go to the beach, or for a walk in the hills. Recognise what emotions surface when you enter your office building or the dentist surgery.   How do you feel when you are in your own home? Content or […]

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All You Need Is A Little Gumption!

At the beginning of each year I choose a word to guide me through the next 12 months. A word that I find inspiration from, a word that resonates with what I’m trying to achieve. For 2017 my word is GUMPTION.   I love the word gumption not just because it originates from 18th century Scotland, and I was born there, but also because of what it means. The dictionary definition states that a person with gumption is shrewd, spirited and resourceful.   I believe everyone has a dose of gumption. Some of us just need a bit of help […]

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Life Lessons Learned on a Cycling Trip

  My family and I have just come back from our first Cycling holiday. We went to New Zealand. I was so excited about going. I’ve always enjoyed cycling (even though I don’t do it very often). I love to be out in the fresh air with the wind blowing in my face and the feeling of freedom I get when whizzing down hills. We pedalled approximately 45km per day, which gave me a lot of time to think. There were so many metaphors about life that came to me during this trip that I felt compelled to share them […]

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Things to do in the New Year

Things you need to do at the beginning of a new year!

One of the things I love about living in Australia is that life slows down for the whole month of January.  I still find a hot, sunny Christmas a bit confusing but I like the fact that people take time during, and after the silly season to spend time at the beach.  It is not only the festive season but also our summer holiday time and most schools don’t start back until the end of January. I use this time to set myself up for success in the coming year.  I don’t just mean business success, but personal success too. […]

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KEEP CALM THIS CHRISTMAS

Easier said than done, I hear you say, when reading this title.  I agree. It’s an oxymoron having the words ‘calm’ and ‘Christmas’ in same sentence.  For most of us the run up to Christmas and even the special day itself, is anything but calm. Adverts talk about the ‘Christmas Frenzy’, just reading those words makes my brain overheat. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can choose to do it differently this year.  As a mum with older teenagers I look back and wish I had have relaxed more on 25th December every year, here are a […]

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