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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Drama Queen? Superhero? Angry Bird?

Do any of these personalities live in your home? The truth is that we are all guilty of playing some of these roles at different times, depending on the situation or the people involved. Recognising these behaviours in ourselves is the first step to having harmony in our lives, our work place and our home. Teaching this awareness to our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. You may have heard of The Drama Triangle. It is a relationship tool that was created by Psychiatrist, Stephen Karpman in 1968, as a way to show his clients […]

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Is your dog the only one who listen’s to you in your home?

Is the use of social media causing arguments in your home? It’s not all bad! Firstly, let’s acknowledge that it’s not realistic to opt out of technology entirely. The web and digital devices are now thoroughly integrated into modern life. And to be honest I love using Facebook as a means for keeping in touch with my family and friends overseas. I was recently ‘found’ on Facebook by old school friends that I haven’t seen for 25 years, words cannot describe the uplifting feeling that I had at being reconnected with them. Set boundaries for the whole family: Set time […]

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Balancing Act

Work, Rest & Play are the three main areas in life where we spend most of our time. Some of these areas we find more fulfilling than others. Some of these areas we find more challenging than others. Why is that? Usually because each area has its own tendency to encourage either achievement or pleasure, and we, often without thinking, fall into good and bad habits in each domain. It has been said that our natural tendency towards either pleasure or achievement plays out most obviously in our leisure activities. For example, on a Saturday morning, some people choose to spend […]

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LIFE IS ALL ABOUT …

Robert Waldinger presented a Tedx talk last year about what makes a good life? He asks the questions “what keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?”  He tells of a study where children born in the year 2000 were asked what their most important life goals were, and over 80% of them said that a major life goal for them was to get rich. Another 50% of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous. There was no mention […]

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WHAT DRIVES YOU?

I have studied the topic of motivation and different internal or external drivers that move people forward in life.   For example, some people are motivated by money others strive for free time. I have struggled with the idea of goal setting for the past few years because (thanks to my husband for financially providing a comfortable life for me and my family) neither time nor money drive me to achieve. Some may say this is a very ‘spoiled’ scenario and to just ‘get over myself’. I may even recommend to someone else in this position to go and do voluntary […]

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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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“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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