10 Life Lessons From The Shining Academy Biz Retreat

10 Life Lessons From The Shining Academy Biz Retreat

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.

You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with


  1. 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.
  2. Be curious and open to opportunity. New discoveries of any kind can add joy and meaning to your life.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. It’s ok to say NO. It’s ok to say YES. It’s ok to do what’s best for you.
  6. Focus on what matters to YOU. Let go of what doesn’t matter to you.
  7. 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.
  8. Give generously and genuinely from your heart. Giving is one of the most beautiful ways you can bring more joy to your life.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

And don’t forget to join me on Facebook or Instagram!

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx


Image from Leonie Dawson.

How To Create A Week You Love

How To Create A Week You Love

My Ideal Week

Creating my ideal week is something I love doing so I thought I’d share it with you.

The reason I love it is because it’s FUN! It gives you permission to think about what you really desire and how you want to feel at the end of each day. It allows you to dream big.

I’m not sure where I first came across this idea but I’ve kinda been doing a version of it for most of my life. I love being organised so I’ve always had lists, a diary, a plan for what I was doing each day.

But in recent times I’ve actually sat down and designed my ideal week. Really thought about how I wanted my week to be. Each day is a little different.

Designing your ideal day and week doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how tomorrow will be – it can be something you work towards. It can be close to how your days are now or completely different.

In fact, it can be exactly what you want it to be.

You can create a week you love.

Why design your ideal week?
  • To ensure the important things get done.
  • To see where your time goes and how you can maximise it.
  • To make sure you have time for self-care, fun and YOU time.
  • To discover your ‘non-negotiables’ and how you can consistently incorporate them into your life.
  • To bring your version of balance back into your life and improve your health and wellbeing.


Here’s some things to consider when designing your ideal week
  • What must get done? Work, meals, household chores and other commitments.
  • What are your ‘non-negotiables’? This will be different for all of us. It could be a morning routine that sets you up for the day ahead or a nighttime wind down ritual or anything that is important to you.
  • Have you made time for YOU? Self-care, hobbies, time out just for you.
  • How long do things actually take? Quite often we think something takes a lot less time than it actually does. Be realistic and adjust as needed.
  • What can you actually get done in a day? Don’t try to fit too much in. Leave space into between things to allow for the unexpected. Again, be realistic and adjust as needed.
  • Does it feel doable and sustainable? When you’re designing your ideal day pay close attention to how you feel. Is is joy and calm? Or are you feeling anxiety and overwhelm? This is the key to whether your ideal day is really what you desire.


How to create a week you love

This is how I create my ideal day and week.


  • I write a list of all the things I must get done in a week, my non-negotiables, self-care and time out for me.
  • Next to each of these I estimate how long they will take.



  • If you don’t have a weekly planner you can divide a piece of paper into 7 sections for each day of the week or use a spreadsheet or document.
  • This is where I design an overview of my ideal week.
  • I put all the must dos – work and personal – into the relevant days, then my non-negotiables, self care and time out. I spread things out throughout the week and make sure each day feels good.



  • This is where timing comes in.
  • I put each days activities, in detail, into my calendar.
  • I always leave some completely free time and allow time in between things.
  • I also allow ‘catch-up’ time. This is really important – it gives you that extra time just in case something comes up or takes longer than expected.



This step is probably THE most important.

  • Take a step back, maybe even come back to it the next day.
  • Look over your week and take notice of how it feels to you? Do you have a sense of ease and joy? Is this the kind of week you’re going to enjoy? If not what can you tweak to bring it closer to a week you’ll love?
  • You can review as often as you like. At the moment I’m reviewing mine each month after my business mastermind meeting where I set my goals for the month ahead.


I keep my weekly planner overview on my desk where I can see it every day. This reminds me of my goals, helps me stay motivated and keeps me out of overwhelm.

Have you created a week you love? Head to the comments below and let me know.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

2016::More, Less + LOVE

2016::More, Less + LOVE

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.

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.

2016::More, Less + 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.


  • LOVE
  • gratitude
  • self-care
  • time with Andrew
  • going out
  • meeting people who are on my wavelength
  • cooking yummy food
  • listening
  • reading (biz and non biz books)
  • appreciating the beauty that surrounds me
  • moving my body and enjoying it
  • decisiveness
  • doing



  • focus on what could go wrong
  • doing things that don’t bring me joy
  • time with people who just don’t get me
  • worrying
  • indecisiveness
  • distractions
  • procrastination
  • complicating things


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.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

3 Supplements For Glowing Skin

3 Supplements For Glowing Skin

3 supplements for glowing skin

Today I thought I’d share with you the 3 supplements that I regularly take to keep my skin looking and feeling great.

For those of you who don’t know I spent years struggling with bad skin conditions for many reasons.

Over time I’ve found that taking certain supplements really made a difference in maintaining the health of my skin. 

3 Supplements For Glowing Skin

There others I take from time to time, but these are my 3 that I always come back to for looking and feeling great!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant. It is known for its anti-ageing effect, It helps increase elastin, tissue growth and collagen production. It aids healing.

I find my skin is clearer and feels much better when I’m taking it.

Plus it’s great for your immune system!

The body doesn’t make vitamin C so we need to include it in our diet. It can be found in fresh fruit and vegetables including oranges, lemons, limes, berries, pineapple, kiwi fruit, capsicum, broccoli, tomato and many more. As a supplement, the powdered form is excellent as it is more easily absorbed into the body.


Zinc is excellent for wound healing. It is an important mineral for the maintenance of healthy skin. It can help relieve skin disorders such as dermatitis and acne. It decreases the risk of skin infections and helps skin heal quickly.

I find my skin is consistently clearer when I am taking zinc and if I do get a minor breakout, eczema attack or dry itchy scalp it clears up quicker with zinc supplementation. 

Zinc is also needed for proper immune system function and maintaining vision, taste and smell.

Fresh oysters, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, rolled oats, ginger, raw cacao and almond, brazil and cashew nuts are all a source of zinc. As a supplement you can choose a liquid or tablet form. I’ve found both to be of benefit.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

I love my fish oils! – great for dry itchy irritated skin, dry and/or flaky scalp. It helps decrease inflammation, improve hydration and maintain healthy sebum production. 

I find my skin is much smoother, more hydrated and gets less irritated when I’m keeping up my Omega 3’s!

And don’t forget some of the other issues it addresses like high blood pressure, fluid retention, cardiovascular health and joint pain.

Some dietary sources include flaxseed oil, walnuts, oily fish (eg salmon, tuna), scallops, soybeans, tofu, broccoli, cabbage and kale.  Get that green smoothie happening!  As a supplement you can buy it as a liquid or in gel capsules.  The gel capsules are much easier to take!

I’d love to hear what supplements have helped your skin.  Pop down to the comments below and let me know.

In health and happiness, Dee

Please note:  This information is based on my personal experiences in my own life and with my clients along with my own research. It is not to be taken as an individual treatment plan or as a replacement for medical treatment. Please see your health care professional for advice relating to your specific concerns and conditions.


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.



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.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

*You know who you are and I am forever grateful.

Letting Go, Change and a Farewell Letter

Letting Go, Change and a Farewell Letter

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.

Letting Go, Change and a 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…

Dear Queensland,

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.

Farewell Queensland.

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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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Gratitude for July and Canberra Love

Gratitude for July and Canberra Love

Well hello there,

Soooo much has happened since I last wrote.

My love and I finished our journey to Canberra.

We are now in our new home.

I’ve almost finished setting up the new maa wellbeing studio.

We’re loving the Canberra life.


So, firstly some much much deserved gratitude for the astounding month of July

via a little video of images from the Gold Coast all the way to Canberra.

I hope you enjoy it!

Canberra Love

Well here I am, finally in Canberra. Thank you to all of you who’ve listened to me continuously going on about how ‘I’m moving to Canberra soon’, for the last two and half years! Yep, it’s been that damn long!  I’m a true believer in things happening at just the right time and things seem to be working out wonderfully, so who am I to argue with the long time frame.

I’m coping unbelievable well with the cold.

I’m living just 10 minutes from the city and 5 minutes from the local shopping centre and restaurants.

I’m creating new rituals that are making life fun.

I’m saying YES to things, meeting new people and experiencing new things.

So, in a nutshell I’m loving it here so far.

Now, I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for. Head to the comments below and let me know.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

essential oils I can't live withoutAs you may already know I’m packing up my house in far North Queensland and moving to Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

I’m not sure I can squeeze a single thing more into my suitcase!

…perhaps one more pair of shoes?!

Nope!, not even a 5ml essential oil bottle!!!!

I wish I could take my entire essential oil collection with me, but practicality prevails! Most of my essential oils are packed safely away but there are some essential oils I can’t live without on this big transition of a trip I’m about to embark on.

14 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

Frangipani. Geranium. Ginger. Lavender. Lime. Mandarin. Meditation. Patchouli. Peppermint. Pine. Sandalwood. Sweet Dreams. Tranquillity. Vitality.

And here’s why I can’t live without them…

FrangipaniBliss in a bottle!  So so harmonising, creating inner calm and helping to stabilise your mood.  It is great in times of stress, fear, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.  This happy oil is also uplifiting, alleviating depression and is perfect for relaxation. It brings joy, vitality and optimism and encourages an open heart.  It enhances self-confidence and self-worth, giving you the ability to give yourself the love you need.

GeraniumGeranium is a fantastic balancer for the nervous system.  It relieves stress & depression, strengthening and balancing the mind. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt.  It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change.  It balances hormones. It is a lymphatic stimulant. It is a great boost if you are feeling run down. Also very balancing for the skin – it regulates sebum production, strengthens capillaries, assists with dehydration, relieves congestion and soothes emotional stress that is reflected in the skins appearance. It is great as a general overall tonic and immune support.

GingerGinger is grounding, soothing and calming.  It is a physical & spiritual cleanser.  It is emotionally lifting.  It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity.  It warms the body and promotes circulation.  It soothes tired sore muscles.  It fights fatigue, increases vitality and endurance.  It helps reduce symptoms of colds, coughs & sore throats. It is also great for travel sickness, nausea and mental fatigue.

LavenderLavender is purifying and normalising on an emotional and physical level. It’s antiseptic property also makes it cleansing on a physical level. It is balancing, healing, relaxing and brings comfort and strength to the soul. It is anti-stress and anti-anxiety, very calming and sedating making it great for treating panic, shock, stress, nervous tension and insomnia. It soothes the emotions and calms the mind for positive decision making. It is antibacterial, antispasmodic, good for headaches and muscular aches and pains. It is great for the skin – cleansing, soothing, balancing, antiseptic and antibacterial. It is suitable for all skin types.

LimeLime is bright, lively and lovely. It is uplifting and refreshing especially when mind and body are fatigued. It enhances positive energy and vitality. It is great for overcoming self-doubt, fear and anxiety and helps create the right energy for inspiration, clarity and decisiveness. It revitalises the spirit and is excellent in times of nervous fatigue and stress bringing balance to the mind, body and soul. It is also detoxifying, cleansing and revitalising. And It enhances fun, laughter and appetite for life!

Mandarin: Mandarin is a happy, smiling joyful oil. It can help you connect with your inner child to create a sense of playfulness and bliss. It is balancing, enhancing gentleness and bringing joy and happiness to the heart. It is sedating to the nervous system and uplifts the spirits, making it excellent for depression, sadness, nervous tension, anxiety, panic and stress. It is helpful for insomnia and restlessness. It gives emotional strength and support, peacefulness and serenity. It enhances inspiration and motivation.

Meditation: Meditation is a blend of frankincense, myrrh and rosewood. It helps to create inner calm. It is soothing and relaxing. It heals the spirit. It enhances magic and healing and is perfect for meditation.

Patchouli: Patchouli balances and integrates the energy between mind, body and spirit!.  It is great for anxiety and depression.  It is also good for enhancing purpose and fulfilment.  It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace.  It is also a very gentle oil great for wisdom, laughter and love.

PeppermintPeppermint is very cleansing, cooling and refreshing. It helps relieve headaches and clears mind.  Great if you feel fuzzy-headed or your mind is cluttered with thoughts. It enhances concentration and clarity, bringing calm focused thoughts. helping in the deveopment of new ideas, inspiration, insight and creativity. It very energising, great for fighting fatigue and burn-out.

PinePine is invigorating and self-empowering. It is reviving, fights fatigue, increases energy and enhances overall wellbeing.  It is comforting in times of emotional stress, helping to reduce depression and anxiety. It also reduces self-doubt and confusion, bringing positive energy, love, honesty, inner strength and focus. It allows you to let go of what no longer serves you well. It is cleansing on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, enhancing inner wisdom, inspiration and joy. It assists in immune support. It is excellent in adrenal support, energising with out being overly stimulating – making it great for adrenal burnout, chronic fatigue and long term stress.

SandalwoodSandalwood is centring, grounding and harmonising.  It heals the soul, promotes tranquillity and is great for meditation. Great for self-love. It also helps create openness and understanding, promotes love and hope and is excellent for loneliness and overcoming isolation. It gives a feeling of stability and togetherness, providing comfort and healing in times of stress, depression and confusion. It helps insomnia sufferers and is perfect for anyone leading a hectic daily life – and who isn’t these days?!  It is also good for treating lingering past trauma issues.

Sweet Dreams: Sweet Dreams is a blend of rosewood, bergamot, roman chamomile and marjoram. It helps sedate the nervous system and promotes deep and restful sleep. It is grounding, calming and soothes the mind, body and soul. It relaxes and settles the mind and emotions. It enhances spirituality and inner serenity. And is very balancing and restorative.

Tranquillity: Tranquillity is a blend of frangipani, lime and patchouli. It enhances optimism. It is deeply harmonising. It assists in creating inner peace and tranquillity. It integrates positive energy between mind, body and soul.

Vitality: Vitality is a blend of basil, lime, lemon, grapefruit, cypress and juniperberry. It is very cleansing and detoxifying. It helps to increase energy and vitality. It is rejuvenating and reviving to mind, body and spirit.

What are your ‘can’t live without’ essential oils? Head to the comments below and let me know.

So, I head off with my love on this new adventure tomorrow!

I’m super excited and a touch nervous and scared too! And a little sad to be leaving the friends who have been my family for the last 12 years.

But overall E X C I T E D!!!

I’ll be sharing the highlights over on Facebook and Instagram, so come on over and join me.

In health and happiness, Dee

PS the blends I mentioned above will be available here on the website once I’m set up in Canberra…I’ll keep you updated.

3 Ways to Combat Stress

3 Ways to Combat Stress

Stress is inevitable in todays world.

Even when we’re going through new and exciting changes that are positive and absolutely without a doubt what we desire to be doing there is a certain amount of stress that goes with it.

I’m referring to the big move interstate my love and I are about to embark on. While the excitement by far outweighs the stress and anxiety, it is there to an extent. And it’s normal to feel this and that goes for any big change you make.

So today I thought I’d pop in and share the top 3 things I’m doing every day to combat stress…

3 ways to combat stress

My 3 Ways to Combat Stress

1. Meditation: each and every day I do a meditation. Most days that is a 10 – 15 minute guided meditation at night before I go to sleep. If I feel I need it I do a 5 minute meditation before I start my day. This simple practise makes a huge difference to how I feel and has greatly reduced my anxiety and stress levels

2. Aromatherapy: I can’t live without this precious therapy. Each day I choose a single oil or a blend to use in my oil burner. I also use aromatherapy body oils to balance my mind, body and soul. Essential oils that are fantastic for combatting stress include geranium, lavender, sandalwood, roman chamomile, rose or anything you love the smell of. Your nose knows!

I’ve written more about aromatherapy for stress here.

Affirmations: this is something I’ve been using for years now and find helpful for pretty much any area of my life. I find affirmations can be quite personal and unique to each person, so choose what resonates for you.

The one I’m using at the moment is:

‘I move forward with ease as I begin an exciting new chapter of my life’

Other things you can do to combat stress include eating well, taking supplements and vitamins if needed, deep breathing techniques, talking to a friend or a professional therapist, music, physical activity, journalling, or anything that brings you joy.

This list is by no means exhaustive. I must also add here that if you feel overwhelmed by stress on a regular basis it’s important to consult your doctor or health care professional.

What works for you in combatting stress? Head to the comments below and let me know.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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