Taking A Weekend Off

  We’ve often been taught that if we truly want to get somewhere in our lives, we have to work hard and stay focused on our goals. But what if the best way to get from Point A to Point B is to detour to rest stops much more frequently? ― Thatcher Wine Hey, Lovelies! My […]

It’s A BIG Day Here At The Treehouse

I cooked dinner! ~ Ben Phillips * Note from Nicole: Ben did not actually buy the food, prep the food, or prepare all of the sides. But he did light the barbeque, add the prepared food to barbeque, and turn that food once or twice. Hey, Lovelies! There is great excitement at the Treehouse today. […]

Black Friday Sale At My Etsy Store

  Well, Nicole, the thing about shopping is that everybody loves a bargain. ~ Nana Cody Hey, Lovelies. My Nana loved a good sale! So, in honour of my beloved Nana I am running a sale for Black Friday. Starting today, and until the end of this month I have a 30% off sale over […]

Do You Want To Join My Healing Meditation?

Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck. ― Anthon St. Maarten Hey, Lovelies. I’m doing some big healing meditations this weekend, starting on Friday night 25 November (Brisbane, Australia time) and ending on Sunday night, 27 November. […]

Off To The Doctor Again

There are only two sorts of doctors: those who practice with their brains, and those who practice with their tongues. —William Osler Hey, Lovelies. I’m off to the city with Ben to see my favourite physician, get some test results, and the next steps in my journey. I’m also in the thick of doing testing, […]

Cracking the Code

I had written down an important piece of information. But where? I needed to find it because I knew it was the info I needed to crack the code!

Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe – Make and Mature

  “I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!” ~ Carolyn Wells Hey, Lovelies! I have so many fruit cake recipes, but if you have the time this one delivers a perfect Christmas Cake that […]

Heroes and Vulnerability

Name one hero who was happy. ~ Madeline Miller Hey, Lovelies. As some of you know I am slogging through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) right now, creating a new beginning, a new sub-thread and an ending for the novel I began writing in NaNoWriMo 2021. My hero is Dave. I know – not a […]

My Ten Point Survival Plan for Sensitive Souls

“There are certain children who are told they are too sensitive, and there are certain adults who believe sensitivity is a problem that can be fixed in the way that crooked teeth can be fixed and made straight. And when these two come together you get a fairytale, a kind of story with hopelessness in […]

Our new Journeymaker’s Planner 2023 is here!

OMG – we did it! Nicole and team 💕🥂🤩🎄 Hey, Lovelies! It is with a sigh of relief and a cheer of excitement that I can announce that The Journeymaker’s Planner 2023 is now available for purchase. You can get it here. This year we have gone fully digital. So, you can print it out […]

I slept in!

I never sleep in! How did that happen? ~ Nicole Cody Hey, Lovelies. My plan was to get up at 4am, to meditate until 5am, to write until 6am, and then to dive straight into a deadline driven project I need to get finished. The reality? I slept in. I NEVER sleep in. Until today. […]

Watching Your Thoughts And Choosing To Change

Change your thoughts, change your life. ―Jeanette Coron Hey, Lovelies. As we are moving through the tail end of this energetic shift I have a little advice for you. Watch your thoughts. Then pause. Don’t act. Don’t do anything! Just pause for a second. Ask yourself if these thoughts serve you, and if they are […]

Me And The Moon

  Dreams are like the old stories where wolves are seekers always running, and women carry fire in their bare hands and light the dark paths before them. Old stories hold that the birds will fly all the miles of the world to tell your secrets to the rising moon, and men will walk over […]

Guided Meditation for Managing Panic, Anxiety and Fear

  Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.  ~Samuel Butler Hey, Lovelies. If you’re highly sensitive, intuitive or empathic you may feel a little overwhelmed with emotion right now as we journey through these times of flux and transition. It’s normal to be triggered as we work with our shadow selves and as […]

Dripping words onto the page…

  The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important […]

Shadow Work

  The shadow is needed now more than ever. We heal the world when we heal ourselves, and hope shines brightest when it illuminates the dark. ― Sasha Graham Hey, Lovelies. November is a wonderful month for Shadow Work. Have you heard of this before? Shadow Work is any work that helps you to see the […]

Life Lessons From A Deathbed

Dying? I’m quite looking forward to it. ~ Annie D. Hey, Lovelies. A friend of mine died. I couldn’t write about it yesterday – after she passed on Tuesday night – I was still too choked with emotion. But she wanted me to write about it, so, here it is. My friend Annie died the […]

Cinnamon Apple Slice

  This is pretty good! Can I have a bit more? ~ Ben Phillips Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday I made the apple slice from the little Australian Apple Recipe Book Mary-Lou Stephens gifted me. It was a very straightforward recipe – the only issue was lack of direction about a suitable tin size. I tried a […]

The Lovely Parcel

  There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go. ― Frederick William Faber Hey, Lovelies. I received a delightful gift in the mail yesterday. The author Mary-Lou Stephens had a give-away for readers of her newsletter, and I was fortunate enough to […]

Sometimes you just need a moment

  If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong. — Masaru Emoto Hey, Lovelies. I needed a moment yesterday. I felt […]

That Unsettled Feeling

  An unsettled person will constantly rant about inconsequential things. ― Charmaine J Forde Hey, Lovelies. I have a full day of medical appointments today. Test results, action plans, and who knows what else awaits? I’d love to say that I’m calm, but I’m unsettled, and I will be until the day is done and I […]

A Card And A Cuppa

  Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott Hey, Lovelies. I have a favourite way to start my day, or to give myself time for me during a busy or stressful day, or a restful pause and reflection time at day’s end. It’s pretty […]

My Secret Garden Update

  If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero Hey, Lovelies! Another happy update today – my secret garden on the laundry deck is thriving, and tonight I will be using fistfuls of fresh basil for our dinner. We already have tiny tomatoes forming, our first […]

Milestones

  My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones. ~ Agnetha Faltskog Hey, Lovelies. It’s been a pretty crappy 14 months healthwise, between late stage Lyme, a misbehaving heart, an intractable UTI superbug and a myxedema crisis – but I am delighted to say that I am […]

The Case of The Curious Red Flowers

  Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you. ― Mark […]

The Dream That Keeps On Giving

  People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes. ― Neil Gaiman Hey, Lovelies. You may remember me telling you about an interesting dream I had last week, where I was working […]

The Comforting Dream

  It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, […]

The Backup Plan

  Even when God is your co-pilot, it pays to pack a parachute. ― Dean Koontz Hey, Lovelies. I am feeling proud of myself this morning. A while ago I decided to get someone to help me on a project, and we made a start. But communication wasn’t good, there were always excuses, and as the […]

Peaks and Troughs

  Life is just a series of peaks and troughs, and you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good.  ~ Ricky Gervais Hey, Lovelies. In chronic illness, […]

Touching The Wall

Sometimes it is the meaning we give something that makes it special. For me, it was touching the wall. A symbolic victory, a sign of progress, a reason to celebrate…

Universal Right Timing

  Coincidences link us to the unknown and weave us into it. ― Doug Dillon Hey, Lovelies. Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? Yesterday, after a rough night, I needed to get myself to an early-morning hairdressing appointment about 30 minutes from my home. I got Ben to drive me there, because I wasn’t up to it, […]

Comfort From Beyond

  They say love is eternal… They say love is enduring. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… It is one of my favorite passages in the bible. There is a quality about that kind of love that transcends our mortal understanding. ― Kaleb Kilton Hey, Lovelies. We’ve been juggling a […]

Walking As A Meditation

  I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~ John Muir   Hey, Lovelies. Do you have trouble trying to meditate? There is a powerful meditation practice you could try that involves movement. It’s one of my favourites […]

Our Favourite Mandarin Gin Cocktail or Mocktail Recipe 😊🧡

  Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you. ~ William Shakespeare Hey, Lovelies. As you will know, it’s become a tradition here at the Treehouse to celebrate Friday night with a Happy Hour. Our neighbours often join us, or perhaps we’ll go to their place for Friday night drinks, but last night it was […]

Random Happy Things From My Week

  If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. ― Dorothy Parker Hey, Lovelies. It’s been quite the week. Lots of […]

What it means to sit with a big question

  Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Hey, Lovelies. One of the most important gifts you can give yourself is the patience and care to sit with something that forms a big or […]

The Soul-Sucking Reality Of Chronic Illness

  Having a chronic illness, Molly thought, was like being invaded. Her grandmother back in Michigan used to tell about the day one of their cows got loose and wandered into the parlor, and the awful time they had getting her out. That was exactly what Molly’s arthritis was like: as if some big old […]

I always said I was no good at art

  Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday I made art. This is something very new for me. I have always considered myself no good at art. Childhood experiences left me terrified to even make marks on a page. But recently I put together some […]

The Usefulness Of Tears

  Tears are words that need to be written. ~ Paulo Coelho Hey, Lovelies. I’ve had an unexpected companion these past few months. Tears. They sit just below the surface most days, and digging deeper rarely helps me see a cause. At first I had thought they might be illness related, but now? Now I […]

Getting to know my other neighbours

  I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence – that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light. ― Lynn Thomson Hey, Lovelies. One of the best things about living in the […]

The Slow Climb Back

  I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive. ~ Frida Kahlo Hey, Lovelies. I have missed you. Also, I have missed myself. These past two weeks have been hard. (Don’t know what happened? Go here.) It has taken time to get my new medication right, and we’re […]

Well, That Was Unexpected…

  She looked as if she were about to burst into tears, but she was wonderful at catching the ball of her own mood in mid-air. ~ Rebecca West Hey, Lovelies. Well, this has certainly been the year. As you know, I live with a complex bucketful of dodgy genes, autoimmune diseases, chronic infections, post-viral […]

Owning Our HeART Space

  …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? ~ Vincent Willem van Gogh Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday, art happened. Ever since we moved to the treehouse, our walls have been mostly bare. We own art, but it was not on the walls. We wanted to […]

Not Everyone Peaks Early

  So called ‘late-bloomers’ get a bad rap. Sometimes the people with the greatest potential often take the longest to find their path because their sensitivity is a double edged sword- it lives at the heart of their brilliance, but it also makes them more susceptible to life’s pains. Good thing we aren’t being penalized […]

What The Doctors Said, What The Nurses Said

  It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly. ~ Stephen Ambrose Hey, Lovelies. I’m staying home today. I’m not planning on going ANYWHERE. And if you’re squeamish or have issues with bodily emissions stop reading now, or go straight to the bottom of the page… As most of you know I am […]

This Quiet Moment – A Way To Cope Better With Life

“Feel your emotions, Live true your passions, Keep still your mind.” ~ Geoffrey M. Gluckman Hey, Lovelies. One of the skills I have honed (by necessity) over many years is coping. Yep. Coping. Here’s the definition according to the APA Dictionary of Psychology: coping n. the use of cognitive and behavioral strategies to manage the […]

Stepping Away For A Few Days!

  Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. ~ Noam Chomsky Hey, Lovelies. We’ve got some big stuff going on right now, so I am stepping away from the blog […]

Pantser vs Plotter

  The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss Hey, Lovelies! In preparation for my first session with my writing coach tomorrow, they have sent me notes on the manuscript excerpt and synopsis I recently submitted to them. The […]

You Can Still Join My Healing And Space-Holding Meditations This Weekend

  Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.~ Lao Tzu Hey, Lovelies. Did you see yesterday’s post? Would you like some extra love, positive energy and support at this time? This week has been about upgrading your thinking, about being bold with your decisions and actions, and […]

Well, that was disappointing! Epic. Cake. Fail.

  “Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.’ That is true,’ said Mma Potokwane sadly. ‘There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.” ― Alexander McCall Smith Hey, Lovelies. As most of you are aware, I’m on […]

Is It Really Too Late?

  You say it’s too late. In my opinion, only a thimbleful of situations in life are that dire. Death begins and ends that list. Everything else is simply an obstacle that must be dealt with. ~ Kathleen Baldwin Hey, Lovelies! I had some strong responses to my post yesterday. Most of them were people […]

You Never Know…

  So have adventures. Go exploring. Drive around at midnight. Feel the wind running through your hair. Life is so short, my darling. And there’s no day like today. ~ Morgan Matson Hey Lovelies, Life is a precious gift, and one that can be all too brief. Before you came to this life, you had […]

My New Beach Wheels

  Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~ Wayne Dyer Hey, Lovelies. We took a walk on the beach at low tide yesterday. The sand was hard beneath our feet, and the beach was empty, because the weather was cold and bleak. I spied a lone item on the […]

Simple Steps To Increase Intuition

    The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein Hey, Lovelies. I know many of you are feeling disconnected from your intuitive flow right now. All of us are intuitive […]

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