We Found It!

Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago. Tom Baker Hooray, Lovelies! We found our tree. Of course, it was in the last place we looked, rather than the first, but that is always the way when searching for lost things. It […]

The Hunt For The Christmas Tree

Things are never lost to you; you are lost to them. If ever in need of a Thing that has lost you, simply stop hiding from it. Shannon Hale Hey, Lovelies. Today is the day. Today is dedicated to packing and shipping orders and to the Spirit of Christmas. I’m working all day tomorrow, doing […]

Dear Frenemy, I Am Not Listening To You Anymore

I’d rather have an enemy who admits that they hate me, than a friend who secretly puts me down. Karen Salmansohn Hey, Lovelies. I had an interesting day yesterday. A writer friend of mine saw that I had successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge and messaged to congratulate me. It’s good to see you writing again, […]

I Don’t Have Time To Blog Today!

Don’t forget to cheer for yourself, when you reach the finish line  Charmaine J Forde Hey, Lovelies. 2854. That’s how many words I need to write this morning to meet my 50 000 word target for NaNoWriMo on this last day of November. I can’t quite believe it. In the midst of being so busy […]

My Best Christmas Fruit Cake Recipes

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew.” Emma Lord Hello, Lovelies! Have you made your Christmas Fruit Cake yet? Here are my favourite recipes to help you create […]

The Antidote To Mean People

Don’t believe the noise. Those mean, petty, hateful voices will never be the majority. They only seem loud and pervasive, because they have the idle time to broadcast their negativity. The rest of us are too busy with real efforts to make the world a better place. Anthon St. Maarten Hey, Lovelies. It had to […]

A Possible Option For The Vax Or Non-Vax Issue In Daily Life

We are not short of answers; we are short of the right questions. Sukant Ratnakar Hey, Lovelies. I am immunocompromised. So are several members of my family. So are many members of my community. I also have several major health problems (all caused by genetics and post-viral issues). For me, and many of the people […]

A Week For Blessings And Love – Monday Oracle 22 November 2021

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards by Angela Hartfield, with artwork by Josephine Wall, for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is 40 – SHOW YOUR SUPPORT. This is such a gorgeous […]

Three Card Spread For The November Full Moon

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. H. Jackson Brown Jr Hey, Lovelies! With the Full Moon upon […]

Using The November 2021 Taurus Full Moon To Create Change

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy Hey, Lovelies. We have the Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse coming up on the 19th of November, but you’ll be feeling these big energies already. This Full Moon is a practical moon, a moon that inspires action – and […]

I Need To Hire A Detective!

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.  Arthur Conan Doyle Hey, Lovelies. The strangest thing has happened. Just over a fortnight ago I bought quite a selection of (mostly) high quality chocolate bars. The reason? I intended to make chocolate truffles this week. I thought I’d make some […]

This Is What Happened When I Asked For Pink Hair…

It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? Isaac Asimov Hey, Lovelies. I finally went for my haircut. […]

The Perfect Christmas Gift for You Or A Loved One

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou Hey, Lovelies. I was sitting in my packing room last night. The packing room is a spare bedroom that has been turned into a workspace, with shelving against every wall, a big table for wrapping, and everything at my fingertips to pack and […]

Should I Chop It All Off Or Dye It Pink?

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. Coco Chanel Hey, Lovelies. I’m going to the hairdresser this week, for the first time in nearly two years. My hair is a lot longer than usual. It’s a bit more grey. It’s still curly and wild. (Yes, if you’re wondering after my […]

The Pleasure Of Working Out What To Bake

“Oh, you smell delicious! What’ve you been baking today?” “Roasted strawberries and rhubarb for a mascarpone ice cream. Lemon tart pastry, mint meringues, sun-dried tomato rolls, honey cake.”  Brianne Moore Hey, Lovelies. A friend has her birthday on Sunday. I’ve invited her over to share a meal and, of course, because it is her birthday […]

The 2022 Journeymaker’s Planner Is Here – Along With A Few More Surprises!

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.  Walt Disney Company Hey, Lovelies! It’s finally here – our beautiful new Journeymaker’s Planner for 2022. Plus we have a few extra surprises […]

I’m Taking A Quick Road Trip

Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.  Angela N. Blount Hey, Lovelies. I’ll be away from my desk today. I need to take an unexpected road trip. We’ve got a few things going on in the background right now as Ben and I work to move all […]

Christmas Crack Recipe – Easy, Good, Legal

Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate. Jo Brand Hey, Lovelies. As promised, here is my Christmas Crack recipe. This is an easy-to-make and all-too-easy-to-eat chocolate and caramel slice that makes a great gift, or contribution to a festive meal. I got this recipe from an American friend almost thirty years ago. Her family […]

Taking Care Of Yourself First- Monday Oracle 1 November 2021

If you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first.  A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others. Emily Maroutian Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards by Angela Hartfield, with artwork by Josephine Wall, for my […]

Wearing My Best Perfume

Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.  Patrick Süskind Hey, Lovelies. You know, I don’t […]

Another Of My Unusual Crystal Trade Relationships

‘A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business’. Henry Ford Hey, Lovelies. I thought I’d share some of the messages I received over the past few days, with one of the places which supplies crystals and makes malas for me. It’s attached to a monastery in Asia. They don’t do business the […]

Date Night At Home

I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life. J.A. Redmerski Hey, Lovelies. I planned a beautiful meal for Sunday night. A pasta dish, with carefully selected wine (just a glass cos Monday is a work day), a […]

Being Careful About Being Me

Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space. Asa Don Brown Hey, Lovelies. I found myself in a social situation recently with people I did not know. Of course, one of the first things people usually ask in these circumstances is ‘What do you do?’ I’ll be honest. I’m guarded with new people. […]

The Best Thing About Unpacking Boxes

People tend to find books when they are ready for them. Neil Gaiman Hey, Lovelies. So, it’s started. The big unpacking and putting away process that will be my new writing room (I refuse to call it an office!), and the rest of our belongings that need to find a place in our new home. […]

My Sneaky Loyal Little Friend

Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Emma Kenney Hey, Lovelies. I was sitting quietly at my desk late last night, finishing up a few little things. I still get so fatigued, and I’d needed to nap during the day, and […]

Taking A Chance On Someone

Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. Michelle Obama Hey, Lovelies. I did something radical yesterday. I took a chance on someone who has already let me down. More than once. Many people would say that’s the definition of stupidity. But I feel differently. I […]

Nanna’s Easy Chocolate Cake

This is part of what makes me, ahem, an excellent houseguest: I’m game. I’m flexible. I’ll make you feel okay about eating an entire chocolate cake in one sitting because I’m right there by your side with my own fork. Jen Sincero Hey, Lovelies. Ben and some friends moved all of my big, heavy, timber […]

This Post Will Be Short Because Music

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley Hey, Lovelies. I’m in one of those headspaces where I just need to sit with my thoughts. It all started with music. Actually, it all started with Adele’s new song, Easy On Me. There’s one lyric that hit me hard. I […]

What I’ll Be Doing When Australia Begins To Open Up Again

You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.  Roy T. Bennett Hey, Lovelies. I live in Queensland – a state of Australia that has had few COVID cases, and which has maintained strict border closures since the pandemic began. We’ve had a relative amount of freedom […]

What happened after I opened the book…

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. William Styron Hey, Lovelies. Has this ever happened to you? Ben brought my mail in to me at my desk late yesterday afternoon, and in a haze of distraction and fatigue I opened it, […]

You’re Right Where You Need To Be – Monday Oracle 11 October 2021

Your life requires your mindful presence in order to live it. Be here now. Akiroq Brost Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Nature’s Whispers Oracle Cards by Angela Hartfield, with artwork by Josephine Wall, for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is 14 – ASSURANCE. It’s a strong […]

Some responses to yesterday’s hair post

Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection Yeah, we knew it would happen. Lots of people had an opinion about my post […]

Why I wear my hair like this right now…

The old woman was a witch shadow – hair like matted spiderwebs, hooded ’round darkness of features, eyes like glittering jewels. Frank Herbert Hey, Lovelies. So, I want to talk about hair. Ah, I’m sharing another of my great secrets now. You can tell a lot about my state of wellness by how I wear […]

Losses and Gains

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose. Yoda Hey, Lovelies. I went back to my regular yoga practice yesterday. I have a routine I do every morning, using an app to which I subscribe. Lots of floor based work to help my lower back, lots of stretching and flow poses. It’s […]

My Need For Quiet

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh So, Lovelies, I am sure some of you will relate to what I am about to share. I’m a Highly Sensitive Soul. I am sure you may be one too. Because of my sensitivity, my intuitive and psychic abilities, I am able to connect deeply with people. […]

Back In The Saddle

“You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance. It took me a long time to accept that, but it’s true. You need to have patience.” […]

Managing My Unrealistic Expectations

A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie Hey, Lovelies. So, here I am, back at my desk. (For those of you not sure what this is about read this.) Not back at work. Not yet. Just back at my desk for a short visit, to write an update for […]

A Little Nicole Update

Bedrest means lying in bed at home, doing nothing, Nicole. Do you understand? If you have a problem with this we can bring you back to hospital. It’s your choice. My cardiologist, on realising I am not good at resting! Hey, Lovelies. This blog post is coming to to you direct from my bed, here […]

That Moment When I Gave Up And Put Myself To Bed

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. Douglas Adams Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday was one of those days. Right in the middle of a client session, on a busy day, all the power in my office failed. Unbeknownst to me Ben had turned off an unrelated fuse in […]

About Those Dreams You Let Slide – Monday Oracle 23 August 2021

Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Ray Kroc Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Wisdom Of The Oracle cards by Colette […]

We Need New Art…

A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place. Robert McKee Hey, Lovelies. It’s been a long time since I bought any art. Our little farmhouse was so small. Our city home was so established. We had […]

Random Things That Made Me Happy Yesterday

The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn Hey, Lovelies! Happiness finds me often – even on my hard days. How about you? One thing I have learned, whatever you look for you will find, so I try my best to live from gratitude and to look […]

What I hate about writing memoir

Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.  Neil Gaiman Hey, Lovelies. I’m deep in what I hope will be the final edit of my memoir – the first one, anyway. The one where I find myself in […]

Thanks For All Your Beautiful Messages Of Support

If you can do nothing else, do whatever is in your power to make the people in your life feel completely unashamed of who they are. Sam Killermann Hey, Lovelies. I just wanted to thank you for the absolute avalanche of support and positive messages you have sent my way, in response to yesterday’s post. […]

I took a deep breath and changed things

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin Hey, Lovelies. I did something quite radical yesterday. Radical, but so in keeping with the energies of August, and this Lion’s Gate Portal. I set up a meeting with my team. I sat in front of […]

Shhhh….

The world is quiet here.  Lemony Snicket Hey, Lovelies. Let’s not disturb the magic of this quiet morning. Let’s sit together in companionable silence, and let our sense of each other and our friendship, and our deep listening to the quiet around us fill us up with peace. Love, and an expansive feeling of connection, […]

Loving My Heart And Letting It Rest

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.  C.S. Lewis Hey, Lovelies. I’m still in the mop up from my first Pfizer Vaccine. Slowly, most of my symptoms are abating. I’m fatigued, […]

My Own Pfizer Post-Vax Journey – Part 1

Laughter is the only medicine without side effects. Shannon L. Alder Hey, Lovelies. I promised I’d keep you posted on how I travelled after my first Pfizer vaccination. I live with chronic illness, heart problems, thyroid issues, autoimmune stuff and late-stage lyme disease. Plus a bunch of genetic things. So, I was a little concerned […]

What I Did Yesterday

You’re never perfectly safe. No human being on Earth ever is or ever was. To live is to risk your life, your heart, everything. Rick Yancey Hey, Lovelies. So, yesterday I did something important for myself. I got my first dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. I made the choice to get vaccinated in consultation […]

Apple Crumble Pie Recipe – Easy and Quick

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.  Jane Austen Hey, Lovelies. I love a good pie, but pies from scratch can take hours. This recipe is a cheat’s version of an apple pie, but it’s so yummy you won’t notice. We’re in lockdown right now, so making pies seems like the […]

Beaming Out Love In The Dark

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen Hey, Lovelies. My heart is full and heavy right now. A dear friend is coming to the end of her life. Her family are precious to me too. I am […]

Getting Hard Things Done – Monday Oracle 2 August 2021

There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life: 1) Not finishing 2) Not starting Buddha Gautama Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Wisdom Of The Oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is 10 – UNFINISHED SYMPHONY. This […]

Do you really need a Grand Gesture to get started?

You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.  Meryl Streep Hey, Lovelies. Is there something you really want to do? Is there a dream or a goal, a vision you hold for the future? Maybe you want […]

Easy Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Recipe For Pies

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. David Mamet Hey, Lovelies. I am fond of a bit of procrasti-baking, and central to that is the capacity to make a quick pie. I love this foolproof pastry recipe. You whizz it up in a food processor and then rest […]

Don’t be a prisoner to the past…

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;One need not be a house;The brain has corridors surpassingMaterial place. Emily Dickinson Hey, Lovelies. Today I want to remind you not to dwell in the past. Memory is notoriously unreliable. Ask any detective or psychologist. Ten people could witness an event and each will have a […]

Brrrrr – that feels AMAZING!

If we always choose comfort we never learn the deepest CAPABILITIES of our mind or body. Wim Hof Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday we did something quite mad. And it was so good we’re gonna do it again today. Ben and I jumped into our freezing cold pool (it’s winter here but even in Summer our pool […]

Hey Sensitive Soul, Don’t Amplify Fear!

It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. Patrick Rothfuss Hey, Lovelies. Our Cauldrons and Cupcakes community is a group […]

The Mundane As Sacred – Monday Oracle 26 July 2021

It’s the simple things in your life that make up the bulk of it. The mundane is where we live and we end up missing most of it. We find it again in the silence and in attention of everyday life. Eric Overby Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Wisdom Of The Oracle cards by […]

The Door Guardian

Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. Stephen Covey Hey, Lovelies. I went to visit my family, but they have installed a new Gatekeeper. No, not that top picture. This one! Pretty effective, huh? That snake was very cosy, and did not want to be disturbed, […]

Nan’s Quick Thai Chicken and Potato Soup

The pull of our roots can be such a strong force, no matter how far or wide we may roam.  Lauren McDuffie Hey, Lovelies. This simple Thai flavours chicken soup is one of my favourites. The recipe was given to me many years ago by a girl I met at University. Nan was Thai, and […]

Why do you keep running away from the thing you want?

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.  ~ Henry David Thoreau Hey, Lovelies. Have you ever done that? Avoided or run away from that thing you want? It’s a simple enough question. […]

Everyone’s Asking What Our Secret Projects Are!

To keep your secret is wisdom, but to expect others to keep it is folly.  Samuel Johnson Hey, Lovelies. I’ve mentioned that my team and I are working on some secret projects right now. Of course they are a secret. How else can I surprise you once they are finished? But, so many of you […]

Making Time For Magic

Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. Richie Norton Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday afternoon Ben and I played in the backyard with the dogs and hiked around our tropical jungle of a garden, here at the treehouse. By the time we finished it was later than we had realised. Bummer. I’d planned an afternoon walk on […]

Learning To Honour Yourself First – Monday Oracle 19 July 2021

You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of […]

How to Nurture your Creativity during COVID

“Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!” The Queen, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Hello, Lovelies. There is a winged dragon waiting at the edge of your conscious mind, and her name is Creativity.  If you climb into the jewelled saddle, and nudge her with your heels she […]

Not Blogging Today Because This!

if the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air  Nayyirah Waheed Hey, Lovelies! My team and I are working on some surprises for you – new projects that are just being birthed. One of the suppliers messaged me at 7pm last night, as they were going to […]

Some Thoughts On Risk, COVID and Individual Responsibility

Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own. Adam Lindsay Gordon Hey, Lovelies.I’ve had many messages and emails since my post about Sophie, a colleague who recently passed away from COVID. Missed it? You can catch up here.I’ve also had my share of unfollows, […]

Stop Telling Yourself You’re A Failure

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou Hey, Lovely. I have something important to ask you today. I want […]

Vale, Sophie.

Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained. Jonathan Harnisch Hey, Lovelies. Last week I had a zoom call with a friend, Irene, who is helping me with some analytics and marketing. As we talked, she raised the idea of me finding a web dev (web developer) […]

Getting Your Timing Right – Monday Oracle 12 July 2021

The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely. Alexandra Elle Hello, Lovelies! This Quarter I am using the Wisdom Of The Oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid for my weekly oracle readings. Our card to guide us for the week ahead is […]

Inviting Stillness…

When I dance, I dance, when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk in a beautiful orchard , if my thoughts drift too far off matters for some part of the time, for some other part I led them back again to the walk, the orchard, the sweetness of this solitude, to myself. […]

Do You Need To Step Away And Take A Break?

Is there a place you can go to break away for a little while? If you haven’t yet built your tree house, it’s never too late to start.  Gina Greenlee Hey, Lovelies. I just want to check in with you. You doing okay? One of my favourite coping mechanisms is to take a break. If […]

The Sneaky Snake

Laura described the remnants of snake devotion still found in rural villages of the Black and Adriatic Seas. There, people believed black or green snakes bore guardian spirits who protected their cattle and their homes. In her travels Laura saw ornamental snakes carved to decorate the roofs and windows for protection. Great good fortune came […]

NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country!

We only know a tiny proportion about the complexity of the natural world. Wherever you look, there are still things we don’t know about and don’t understand. There are always new things to find out if you go looking for them.  David Attenborough Hey, Lovelies! In Australia this week it’s NAIDOC Week (July 4 – […]

The Willy Wagtail

If that fella Willy Wagtail dance for you and make dat clicking sound, you listen! Something you need to hear. Pay attention then. Not just to him but in your life. Aunty Mary Hey, Lovelies! Here in my treehouse I have a Willy Wagtail – a small black and white Australian native bird – come […]

Nurturing Your Inner Child – Monday Oracle 5 July 2021

There is child in all of us that refuses to grow up, a child that is in awe of what can be, the polar opposite of the cynic in all of us who despairs over what is. Stories of magic, fantastic monsters, impossible courage and spectacular heroism appeal to this child, instilling it with hope […]

The Poems I Keep Beside My Bed

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  Leonardo da Vinci Hey, Lovelies. One of the most soul-nurturing things I have ever done is to read poetry. I keep volumes of poems beside my bed, and I have a journal that I have kept […]

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