Category Archives: Mind/Body/Spirit

Throwing spaghetti.

I’m sitting with my back against the wall.  Literally, not figuratively.  I’m in bed, perched upright with my blankets covering my legs and my bare shoulders leaning against the cool wall.  On the floor beside me, a pile of my clothes which I had left on my bed this afternoon to fold and put away are heaped; a denim jacket, a crop jacket, a brown top, yoga pants.  Together they form a crumpled, weighted, lump.  A reminder of another thing I have to do. It seems like every where I turn I have left myself little reminders of the next thing I have to do, alongside the other 10 triggers… Continue Reading

Concentrate on the positive in life

I just watched this video and, once again, I’m reminded about the power of imagination and possibility.  Always creating possibilities means you’re always encouraged to imagine something bigger than what’s in front of you.  And what’s more joyful than that? Before you watch the video, make a list of all the things you believe are holding you back from the things you desire in life.  Just write them down in front of you and then hit play.….. What’s holding you back now?     Continue Reading

Trust your practices

A few years ago, I attended an all day business conference with Marc LeBlanc.  He was funny, insightful, relevant and the conference divulged some brilliant practices for running a small business.  One of the nuggets of wisdom I took away was his insistence that we trust the practices that he was teaching us.  He talked about moving to California, many years prior, and hearing the phrase “I just trust the universe,” when asking business owners about their businesses.  It baffled him, as you could imagine.  So, now, after more than 20 years of coaching and developing practices for his small business clients, he advises them to trust the universe, after… Continue Reading

Writing exercise: Word Association.

  In my yoga/writing retreat I talk a lot about the importance of writing, without worrying about whether it is good or not.  This isn’t wisdom that I made up all on my own, of course, it’s come from the likes of writers such as Julia Cameron & Anne Lamott and Mark Twain and, perhaps, every other writer who gives advice about writing. It’s Anne Lamott’s ‘Shitty first draft’ advice really. But still, it’s not easy advice to heed.  So many nights I sit and agonize over the word I want to use or worse, I sit and scroll through facebook, waiting for inspiration to strike, not writing a lick… Continue Reading

Life Loaf – an edible love story.

**Please note, I am not a health coach, this is not a ‘food’ based blog, I don’t claim any expert knowledge on nutrition or nutrition based healing.  However, I do inform myself quite a bit on food and its nutritional content and I am always curious about new recipes.  Please click the links I provide for the real experts about this.  I just wanted to share this – once you read the story, you’ll know why** About three years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne, Australia.  My friend, Sonya, and I took a yoga class at a studio in the trendy suburb of South Yarra and she… Continue Reading

A friendship in 4 frames

I board a late night train from Bangalore to Kannur, Kerala. A young woman is sitting on the sleeper bed, underneath mine, feeding her baby. I say hello and inquire about her child.  She tells me he us 6 months old and doesn’t have a name. They will name him when he is 8 months old.  Her husband and 3 year old son would be boarding the train in a few moments. I hoist my luggage to the top bunk. Her family arrives and I look down, pleased at the company I will share a 15hr train ride with, and take a photo. FRAME 1. I settle into my bunk… Continue Reading

Valentines Day Writing Contest. What is Love?

LOVE. What does it mean? How has it challenged you? Do you still believe in it?     There is a little under a month until Valentines – the day on the calender notorious for lovers and offering symbols of affection which mostly includes last minute purchases of red roses bought from the side of the road, and dinner in an over booked restaurant. What fun! But, is this what Love is all about for you? Is this what you find romantic? For the past 2 years I’ve published something about LOVE on February 14. The first year I spent every day for 14 days, leading up to the Feb… Continue Reading

The talk of procrastination

  I vacillate between staring at the blank page and updating my facebook cover photos, instead of being a writer.  I tell myself that keeping my social media profile fresh is good for audience engagement, and I like the way the photos look together.  “There is story in this too”, I tell myself.  But, then I start reading a health article about the warning signs of a heart attack and then another about the Disneyland of colleges but I’m a healthy, slim, 37 year old woman who has no family history of heart disease and have had no problems with my heart before, and I don’t have plans to attend… Continue Reading

Connected prosperity. Or, because we’re in it together.

I’m really happy to announce that my 2014 yoga/writing retreat to India is now at capacity (could possibly squeeze 1 more person in, but you’ll have to connect with me). No more online sign ups. This has been exciting for many reason – there is the obvious fact that it is happening. However, I am most inspired by the collective spirit of my friends and family who shared it and put it out in the world. You see I, like many of my friends who are entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, yoga teachers, business owners, painters, illustrators, creatives, freelancers (read: anything that doesn’t give you the security of a stable salary) spend a… Continue Reading

On the way to discovering what I want to be

When I was in the first year of high school I was confronted, for the first time in my life, with the daunting prospect of deciding my future as a grown up.  I was 14 (high school starts in the 7th grade in Australia) and I mingled with friends who told me their parents wouldn’t let them take drama class because it wouldn’t help them become a doctor.  Or, that in order for them to become a lawyer they needed to make sure they achieved certain grades for particular classes. I was baffled a lot of the time and, quite frankly, shocked!  “Why are their parents being so bossy about… Continue Reading