Friday, 3 July 2015

Book Review - ‘Life & Love’ Creating the Dream by Lisa Messenger

Do you want to be deliriously unapologetically happy?

Well Lisa Messenger is and she want to share that happiness with you.

Life & Love is an amazing book, every page oozes with love and inspiration.

Lisa talks about attitude and gratitude, love, confidence, finding your tribe, love, creativity, community, style, social media (how to use it as a force for good), role models, staying humble and did I mention love?

We need to be ourselves and stop putting on masks, yes you might be weird but we like that. Be you and don’t apologise for it. Meet everything in life with love and gratitude and this world will be a better place. Even when life gets rough, choose the higher road.

I love the way Lisa speaks in this book, it’s as if she’s right there in the room with you having a coffee and cake and talking to you as a best friend. Lisa doesn't big note herself even with all her success, she’s incredibly humble and knows how much hard work is required to achieve.

The book is filled with inspirational quotes, beautiful pictures of Sydney Centennial Park and Lisa’s dog Benny is adorable.

So do yourselves a favour and get out there and buy this amazing book. I don’t often get excited about books like this, but it was wonderful to read something that hits at the heart of my passion – “to spread love and kindness”. I've dreamt of writing my own book someday and this is exactly the kind of book I’d love to write.

Can’t wait to read her other book Daring and Disruptive and I'm heading out to get my hands on a copy of The Collective as I want to be a part of Lisa’s positive movement to inspire.

This is not a sponsored review I just really liked the book and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Push thyself

I struggle with confidence, I like to do things perfect straight away, up front. Well this just doesn't happen in life and I've given up doing so many things throughout my life just because I couldn't get it right first time.

This is a trait I've been trying to challenge over the past 2 years and even more so this year as I'm sick of missing out on moments, lessons and achievements just because I'm not ‘perfect’. This weekend I had a real breakthrough moment, I was so proud of myself.

My lovely friend Lynda from Homelea Lass asked for volunteers to test out her draft crochet pattern of a lovely blanket she’s designed. I love crocheted things and it's a skill I would really like to possess. So this weekend past I decided to give it a go. I know some basic crochet stitches but I'm still very much a beginner.

Well the crocheting was a series of errors, undoing, redoing, undoing, redoing, missing stitches, misunderstanding instructions and still after 6 hours not getting it right and only ending up with 4 rows done completely wrong. But the best part was every time I made a mistake or had to start again, I just laughed – something I wouldn't have done last year. I kept saying to myself “you’re learning, you’re a beginner, each row redone it another row learnt”, and it was all true, I was learning, I am a beginner and each row was practice. One day I do hope to be at least half as good as Lynda but I have to remember Lynda was a beginner once too. 

We seem to do that, we forget that we have to start as a beginner before we can become a pro. We always want to skip the beginner part and be pro straight up. We struggle with the process of going from one to the other. The journey between those 2 points can be tough, annoying and long but they can also be fun as you push yourself to achieve something you've never done before. We can’t always excel first time (maybe the odd fluke), it all takes time, patience, practice and effort. In the end sheer determination will pay off.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Visiting a memory... 8 years on

Let's travel back in time to the year 2007, it was early July and very cold. A 22 year old girl was being picked up from work by her boyfriend of 4.5 years.

When her boyfriend arrived at work, she found a single red rose on the passenger seat. Once she got in, she was advised they would be going a little afternoon road trip. Upon asking where the answer she received was "a surprise".

After driving for about an hour and a bit they arrived at Wentworth Falls in the lovely Blue Mountains region. Finding a park they both processed to follow a walking track that took them to an amazing view of the falls (hence the name Wentworth Falls).

Waiting until other onlookers had left the scene the boyfriend got down on one knee and proclaimed his love and ask the girl to marry him, which of course she said "YES".

Fast forward now 8 years and that boy and girl have been married for 7 years and are still very much in love, also if you haven't guessed already that 22 year old was me.

So why am I telling you this quaint little story, well last Thursday for the first time in 8 years we went back to that very spot where MJ proposed to me all those years ago. It's quite funny and strange to visit a place with such memory attached to it, like visiting a dream.

This time though we walked down to the top of falls and explored a few of the bush tracks. It was magical, I could almost hear the soundtrack of Lord of The Rings as we wandered through mist and speckled rain.

Memories are fascinating creatures, it's a blessing to keep them alive. What memories do you like to keep alive?

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Health & Wellbeing at The Wellness Show

Last week I visited the iconic Luna Park with a lovely friend of mine for The Wellness Show. It was a free show with some great speakers and wonderful stands all about health and wellbeing.

We heard from Therese Kerr, who talked about all the chemicals and toxins that are in our beauty and cosmetic products.

Oh my gosh talk about a mind explosion. I knew there were nasties in products but I didn't realise how many and how sneaking the industry is. Did you know that the cosmetic industry is self-regulated? Meaning that the safety of the chemicals in cosmetics are deemed safe by the people who create them. Meaning there is no independent testing to see whether or not these chemicals are in fact safe. Shocking news!! Plus you can buy the word organic and stick it on your product even if it’s not organic, so make sure you only use certified organic.

The one thing that I really took from Therese’s talk was if you don’t want chemicals on your body, stop putting them on there, find safer alternatives, also another point that struck me was “you are either moving away from or moving towards health – there is no in-between”.

Justin Robinson from the Geelong Grammar spoke about expressing gratitude.

Gratitude is a choice, you choose to be grateful, only you can make that choice no one else, it’s in your hands. Gratitude is not just a thought it’s an action, because when you think grateful you will then want to act out gratefully too, there are flow on effects. So take the time every day to find something, no matter how small to be grateful for.

Jenni Madison from Coconut Magic talked about as you might have guessed coconut oil.

She spoke about beauty being the by-product of being healthy and happy. Also the power of plant foods: foods that cleanse, foods that heal and foods that offer nutrition.

I always use olive oil for cooking but I'll be switching to coconut oil now, as did you know when olive oil is heated up it becomes a carcinogenic.

Coconut oil also helps balance blood sugar (which is good for my hypoglycaemia), stops sugar and carb cravings and is very powerful for digestion. So much goodness all in one oil, I'll have to start looking into this more – I know I'm a bit late to the game but better late than never.

Last speaker we listened to was Kristine Carlson talking about “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.

Kristine talked about the five principles of the mind.

1. The principle of thought – “What is the quality of your thinking?”

50% of our thoughts are negative and 80% of those thoughts are repeating every day.

2. Principle of moods – “How does my mood shape my day?”

Moods are like the weather, they go up and down.

3. Feelings

What would it be like to return to our natural state of mental health and wellbeing as quickly as children do?

Acknowledge your feelings and emotional state without getting ‘caught up’ in the story.

Feel to heal – pause.

4. The principle of separate realities – “How does my reality collide or cooperate with others?”

You are always coming at life from your own lens. The filter is made from my past, beliefs, valves etc.

5. Present Moment Living

Fear takes us out – Love brings us in.

You are only 50% engaged in what you do – wow that was a mind blower.

Happiness comes from perspective in life.

Hope you enjoyed what I learnt and the reading the notes that spoke to me the most. When the Wellness Show returns next year, I'll differently be there as there’s so much to learn in this world, fascinating stuff.

Photo taken by me

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Book Review - The Body Battle by Sheralyn Bucknell

Many people might not know this but I've struggled with a body battle for most of my life. It's really only been in the last 2 years I've become comfortable in my skin and (dare I say it) happy with myself.

The Body Battle deals with the cause behind the issue of why we struggle with body image and weight. It's not a physical thing like we all think it is, it is more spiritual and about how we view our value.

Sheralyn Bucknell is a pastor at C3 church in Oxford Falls. So yes this is a Christian book but don't let that stop you if you don't have a faith or a belief as the truths about how we see and value ourselves and our self worth will speak to every woman out there.

At the end of each chapter there are journal questions to answer which I found very insightful and helped me delve deeper into why I've struggled most of my life.

I was really captured by the idea that God would be interested in my health and weight issues. Everything we do and experience in life is connected to our beliefs and spirituality, so why would something as big and powerful as our body be any different. We can be free from this war and the freedom is through God.

This book has really helped me connect with God in a very different way than ever before and I'm so grateful to have found this great resource. I hope it can help you too.

The Body Battle is available online at either Word or Koorong.

This is not a sponsored review I just really liked the book and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

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