The weekend before last I attended Leonie Dawson’s Shining Academy Business Retreat here in Canberra.
It was 2 days of inspiration, positivity and soaking up the beautiful energies of over 100 women who attended.
As I was going over my notes from the weekend I realised that even though the focus was on business, everything also related to life. So with this in mind I thought I’d share my top Life Lessons from The Shining Academy Business Retreat.
10 LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SHINING ACADEMY BIZ REREAT
Doing more is not always better. Do more of what works or feels good for you and less of what isn’t working in all areas of your life.
Be curious and open to opportunity. New discoveries of any kind can add joy and meaning to your life.
Commit to YOU. Commit to your growth. Commit to your health and wellbeing. Commit to your self care. Do something every day that moves you towards the life you desire.
Listen. What are the people around you saying? What is your internal dialogue like? How are these words affecting you? Are they useful, positive and supportive?
It’s ok to say NO. It’s ok to say YES. It’s ok to do what’s best for you.
Focus on what matters to YOU. Let go of what doesn’t matter to you.
Connection is key. Build a community of like-minded friends who ‘get you’ and who you genuinely care about. Have a go-to healer/therapist/coach/mentor that’s right for you in specific situations. Get support when you need it.
Give generously and genuinely from your heart. Giving is one of the most beautiful ways you can bring more joy to your life.
You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. Make sure they are special to you! Do you aspire to be like the people you spend time with? Do they inspire you? Uplift you? If so, yay! If not it may be time to gently let go of some people in your life or see a lot less of them.
Have gratitude and show it whenever you can. What you focus on grows, so pay attention to all the good things in your life, big and small. Plus, saying thank you to someone can make a huge difference to their day.
There was so much more goodness shared and realised during the Retreat, both for maa organics and me!
I’d love to know your thoughts on my 10 Life Lesssons and as begin to integrate and implement what I learnt I’d also love to hear what you think I could incorporate into maa organics to better look after you.
Head to the comments below and let me know.
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Hello and, I know it’s more than half way through January but, Welcome to 2016!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post.
I kinda got busy and out of my routine at the end of 2015. So I made a decision to just go with the flow for the remainder of the year.
I let go of what I thought I ‘should’ do and allowed myself some time to just to finish off 2015 in a calm, joyful way – for the most part! Time with some family and close friends was special. And as 2016 began I started planning for the year ahead.
New Years resolutions haven’t been my thing for many many years. However, I do find the beginning of the year is a great time to revise goals and set new ones, but this is something I do throughout the year as well.
In addition to setting some personal and business goals for 2016 I really thought about what I wanted more of, what I wanted less of and, of course, my guiding word for the year ahead. In the past I’ve chosen 3 words but this year it came down to just one, which you’ve probably guessed is LOVE.
So I thought I’d share my MORE and LESS list with you. I’m sure I’ll be adding to it as the year progresses. For now it’s simple. A little softness for my soul. A gentle reminder to be me.
time with Andrew
meeting people who are on my wavelength
cooking yummy food
reading (biz and non biz books)
appreciating the beauty that surrounds me
moving my body and enjoying it
focus on what could go wrong
doing things that don’t bring me joy
time with people who just don’t get me
And that’s how I came to choose my Guiding Word for 2016
There are so many words I could have chosen this year. Right at the top of the list were consistency, persistence, visibility, expansion, confidence…and more. But it all comes back to LOVE.
Love for myself.
Love for family.
Love for my friends.
Love for my work.
Love for all things non work.
Love for all things that bring me joy.
LOVE is the foundation for all that I do and all that I desire to do.
LOVE is my theme, my guide, my teacher and my purpose for 2016.
How did you kick off the New Year?
Do you have a guiding word, a personal goal, a plan for your career this year?
I’d love to know. Head to the comments below and let me know.
Each week on my Facebook page I post a #wednesdayword in the hope that I inspire, uplift or just bring a smile to someones face.
Last week I chose POSSIBILITY.
P O S S I B I L I T Y
The Apple dictionary on my laptop tells me that possibility means:
a thing that may happen or be the case
the state or fact of being possible; likelihood
a thing that may be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives
unspecified qualities of a promising nature; potential
Right now I’m flooded with possibilities, but often it’s difficult to see the opportunities that are available to us. Sometimes we don’t even realise we have more than one choice and the options seem limited or just not doable – I know, I’ve been there as recently as 6 months ago.
Choosing one possible alternative, even if it doesn’t feel perfect, especially if it doesn’t feel perfect, is often the only way forward.
CHOOSE the best option. LEAP and TRUST
At the end of April my love and I made the decision that, after 2 years of waiting, we would walk away from our home in Far North Queensland if it hadn’t sold by June.
It was far from perfect and YES!, it was scary when June came and we drove away, leaving an empty house that was still on the market.
But underneath the tears and the fear we knew without a doubt that a better life was waiting for us.
We CHOSE the best option. We LEAPT and we TRUSTED
And here we are nearly 4 months after arriving in Canberra and things are falling into place beautifully. It brings me to tears to think about the support I have around me here.*
I am home.
And I’m open to so many new opportunities. I feel like there are so many possibilities. So many options are available and more will open up for me as I grow and change and move into this next phase of my life and my business.
So now I’d love to know…
Do you see all the possibilities surrounding you? Pop to the comments below and let me know.
There are probably many more than you could imagine.
Ask someone what possibilities they see for you, you might be surprised what pops up.
As I return to blogging and sending out regular newsletters (sign up below if you’d like to receive news and specials delivered to your inbox) I wanted to share a few words with you about the last few months along with a little farewell letter to Queensland.
The last few months have been an emotional and somewhat strange time in my life.
Exciting, sad, happy, a little overwhelming at times! Not really working and not really being on holidays was a bit unsettling.
As my love and I drove from our home in Far North Queensland to Canberra there was a gradual letting go of the old as we invited in the new.
Not long after we arrived in Canberra our house in Queensland sold after 2.5 years on the market! Yes! That long!!!! We had a 7 week settlement period. Then it got delayed. Twice. It felt like one final thing to reinforce that we had made the right decision.
Everything about Queensland seemed heavy and weary. It was time to completely let go.
And so I wrote a little farewell letter…
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our time together. During our 12 years I learnt a lot, I grew, I met some amazing people, there were many fun times. I changed – a lot!
But now, despite your warm, sunny disposition I am ready to let go of you for good, to breathe in the cool crisp fresh new air of beautiful Canberra, to embrace new opportunities, make new friends and begin an exciting new chapter.
Out with the old and in with the new.
With love, Dee xxx
Everything about our new life feels, well, just right.
There is a sense of ease, of support, of openness. I know this is often the case with new adventures – that sense of excitement as you settle into your new reality, your new normal. And, lets be real here, life will always have it’s ups and downs.
Even though I know in my heart this move is the best decision ever, over the last few months I’ve felt overwhelm, fatigue, anxiety, frustration, worry, apprehension and fear. But I’ve also felt happiness, love, support, joy, butterflies in the tummy anticipation and absolute excitement.
And one thing I want to say is that it’s ok to feel all of those things. It’s ok to feel whatever you’re feeling. The important thing here is to acknowledge it.
How you’re feeling right now doesn’t define you. It’s a moment in time and it will pass.
Life is is a process of letting go of what you no longer need or desire to make room for the new, room for growth, room for discovery, while keeping what works best for you at that moment in time.
On that note I’ll leave you with a quote I’m loving at the moment…
“your life does not get better by chance.
It gets better by change”
– Jim Rohn
I’d love to hear your thoughts on letting go and change. Pop down to the comments below and let me know.
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I guess it’s because I’m soon to move interstate and away from some friends I love to bits. But I’ll be closer to old friends. And I’ll be making new ones.
This is exciting, scary, a little bit sad. But what it brings to the forefront is that real friends remain forever. The ones I’m leaving behind will still be there, just as the ones I left behind in 2003 when I moved are still there. Just like I’m still there for the friends that have moved interstate and overseas.
We may not get to see some of our friends very often when they are scattered across the country and the world but the joy of true friendship is that when you do you’ve got so much to catch up on. And of course, with technology these days it’s much easier to keep in touch.
I love the excitement when I see a friend I haven’t seen in ages and we connect, our beautiful individual energies come together….isn’t that what true friendship is all about?!!
It’s about BEING YOU – being able to say what you feel without being judged.
It’s about ALWAYS BEING THERE –through the good times and the tough ones too.
It’s about A DEEP CONNECTION – whether it’s days, weeks, months or years since you’ve seen each other you can just pick up where you left off.
It’s about happy chatter, easy silences, laughter,silliness, fun, seriousness, hugs, pressies, smiles, sharing and truly caring for one another.
I feel so lucky to have many friends both near and far…thank you to each and every one of you – you know who you are ♥
I’d love to hear your thoughts on friendship, head to the comments below and let me know.
Last week I discovered a new hobby that I love and was reminded of the immense value of having a hobby.
I created a little video for you to watch as well as this blog post…
So, why have a hobby when your to do list is so long?
This little self care practice really helps you switch off. When you love what you do this can be very difficult. So much of what you do relates in one way or another to work – I know you get it!
On one hand this is fantastic because you truly love what you do. On the other hand it is incredibly important to step away form work sometimes and do something that is utterly and completely for you and that has no impact on your business or income.
Something that is just for the sheer pleasure.
It’s a fine fine line that I know very well and I’m sure you do too!
Having a hobby or three – something that you enjoy that has nothing to do with your work can really help you switch off. There doesn’t have to be a reason or justification for it. It’s solely for your enjoyment. That’s the point of a hobby!
My new hobby…
The new hobby I discovered is colouring in! The new adult colouring in books have been calling to me for a while now and I finally received The Secret Garden colouring book by Johanna Basford last week.
Having a hobby I love helps me to create a happy balance in my life. It gives me time to relax, be a bit creative and explore non work related passions in my life. It leaves me feeling refreshed and re-energised and allows me to bring clarity and creativity to my work.
Some of my other hobbies include photography, jewellery making, card making, reading novels, knitting and sewing.
What’s your favourite hobby? Have you tried colouring in lately? Head to the comments below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
And until next time…find some time for your hobby!
That was my reaction to finding out I made a stupid spelling mistake in my own video! I hate it when I do silly things like that…I mean I must have watched it at least half a dozen times while adding text and editing it!
How could I have missed it? How stupid am I? People will think I’m dumb.
All this and more went through my head when I realised my mistake.
Once upon a time I would have spent hours feeling annoyed, taken down the video straight away and spent half an hour fixing the mistake, re-saving and uploading it again.
But today this little recovering perfectionist got over it much quicker and decided not to redo it all again as my time can be much better spent doing the other things on todays To Do list. It’s one letter for goodness sake! Life as we know it will not end!
And, guess what, a big step forward for me. I’m going to let go of perfection and share that video with you here today. Don’t let the mistake put you off!
After you’ve watched the video. I’d love to hear from you.
What can I support you with? Is there something I can answer for you via video?
perfect is an illusion.
It’s totally dependant on how you see things. What’s ‘perfect’ for one person may not be anywhere near ‘perfect’ for another. And what’s perfect in one moment may be far from it in another.
In short, let go of perfection and focus on self-kindness.
The last 2 months have flown by and as a result I didn’t write my usual Gratitude post last month. So, I’ve got double the gratitude this month!
February and March thank you for…
Coffees, brunches, lunches and dinners with friends. Acupuncture. A much needed trip to the hairdresser. Creating my new Facebook Group maa wellbeing and lifestyle for women. A new coaching client. Lots of study. A business coach for me. Aromatherapy orders. Evening walks. A trip to Sydney. Shopping. Catching up with old friends in Sydney. Working on my new coaching program. Reading. Meditation. Weekends with my love. Aromatherapy baths. Facials. A relaxing massage. Laughter. Planning our next trip.
What are you feeling grateful for right now, in this moment? Head to the comments below and let me know.
Most of us are back at work. The kids are back at school, if what my facebook feed tells me is true!
Those goals you set at the beginning of January are floating around in your mind. You might even be contemplating the reality of what is possible for you this year.
Don’t let the magic of those new year dreams and desires slip away.
Now is the time to put a plan in place, stick to it and get the help you require to make your dreams a reality.
You know in your heart your desires are doable. You can achieve anything you put your mind to, but it does take some planning and action.
Here’s 3 tips for you that I use to keep myself on track.
3 Tips To Keep Your Goals On Track
1. Write your goals down
Grab a piece of paper, a beautiful journal or open a new document on your computer. Whatever way you prefer, it doesn’t matter, just get it down on paper so to speak.
Personally I use 2 beautiful tools. Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year Workbook – I fill this in on my laptop. And Bliss Inventive’s Daily Dream Creator – this is a gorgeous day planner that I use to plan and schedule. So far this year it’s a winning combination!
When you’re writing your goals it’s important to be super clear on what your goal is and why you desire it.
Then break down each goal and schedule time to make it happen. Don’t miss this step or I can almost guarantee your goal will remain an unfulfilled dream, just a wish.
Some questions to ponder…
Am I inspired by this goal?
Is it realistically achievable?
Does it excite my soul?
How will I feel when I’ve reached this goal?
What action can I take to move towards my goal?
2. Review your goals on a regular basis
Set aside some time each week, month, quarter, whatever works for you to review your goals.
Celebrate your achievements.
Forgive yourself for slip ups.
Come back to your why and how you’ll feel when you’ve achieved your goal, this will keep you motivated.
Review and assess and schedule your next steps.
I set some time aside at the end of each month to review and set myself up for the coming month. I also check in with myself and my accountability partner/group regularly. I find this works really well for me, as I can tweak as I go along.
Some questions to ponder…
How am I progressing?
Are my goals still right for me?
What do I need to do next to move towards my goal?
What help and support can I get?
3. Get an accountability partner
This is something I’ve had for the last 12 months and it makes all the difference.
It can be a friend – someone who will be honest and open with you. Or it could be a paid coach for the support and guidance that they provide alongside strong accountability. It can also be a group – online or in person – where you meet up or check in with each other regularly.
Whatever you choose it’s important that you feel comfortable talking to this person or group and that you are open and available for accountability.
I am part of a couple of online groups that I check in with on a weekly basis as well as a great friend that I check in with a few times a week. I am also part of a group coaching program that meet via a tele-seminar on a fortnightly basis. I find this a great combination that inspires and motivates me alongside great accountability and support.
What will you do to achieve your goals this year?
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