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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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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Struggle is essential for Growth

I read this story a while ago, and felt compelled to share it. Life is not easy, but unfortunately we have been tricked in to believing that it should be. Constantly striving to be ‘happy’ or looking for a quick fix can leave us feeling frustrated, disappointed and more stressed than before. When we are over protective of ourselves, and others in our life, we unintentionally disempower each other in the quest to deal with life. The following tale contains a wise message. The original author is unknown. A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it […]

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

New Year : BE you

The New Year allows us to throw away old calendars and start fresh with a blank canvass for each new month ahead. We make resolutions in our minds to change and improve. We make verbal commitments to ourselves and then we give ourselves a hard time when we don’t measure up. We label ourselves a failure by mid February and convince ourselves that it is all too hard and new years resolutions are a stupid idea anyway! “Life is difficult.” This is the first sentence written by Scott Peck in his famous book The Road Less Travelled. And do you […]

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Discover Others Inside Out

Life is all about relationships. Whether it’s a family member, a work colleague or a sport team mate, the relationship you have with each will either add to, or takeaway from your enjoyment in life. Are you a Solo Warrior? Some people see themselves as solo warriors, fighting through life to reach success no matter what the cost. This can be a lonely place. Others lack confidence and look to their peers or elders for approval, which is rarely given. This can be a lonely place. Many find it easier to hide behind a computer screen or television. This can […]

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Change

Do I have to change?

No, of course you don’t! If something isn’t broken, why fix it? As long as you are happy with yourself and your life, there is no reason to change anything. However, when you begin to experience pain, or when your thoughts and actions start to create problems, you will NEED to change. More often than not we do not WANT to change. In each and every individual there is an infinite potential for expansion and growth. Not everyone chooses to use it, but it is there! Perhaps the most ironic thing is when people continue to do what they’ve always […]

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BE INSPIRED & BE INSPIRING

Inspiration. The dictionary defines inspiration as: “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something (esp creative)”.  Inspiration can be difficult to understand and describe because what inspires one person may not have any relevance for another. Words that conjure up an image of inspiration for me are: motivation, stimulation, creation. Inspired. When you are inspired, the dictionary states that: “you are mentally stimulated to do or feel something (esp. creative)”. And this ‘something’ is usually around a topic or idea that you are passionate about. An inspired person often feels compelled to be different or do better […]

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“The Mind Platter”

There is more to education than Reading, wRiting and ‘aRithmetic. Dr Dan Siegel M.D, world renowned Neuropsychiatrist, likes to focus on three different R’s: Relationships, Reflection and Resilience. Through his research he reports that when we are interconnected with others, have empathy with others and insight into ourselves, we have “mind sight”. With mind sight we can experience reflective relationships, which create resilience – the ability to meet challenges and bounce back after a fall. The goal for Siegel is a healthy brain that sustains a person’s wellbeing. As he sees it, the brain needs proper nutrition every day and […]

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