Join our Book Reading Challenge for February 2018

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”  
~ Voltaire

Do you love to read?

In January of 2017 a group of us embarked on the inaugural Cauldrons and Cupcakes Reading Challenge. It was a fine year of reading, friendship and sharing of our love of stories and all things book-related. Now, in 2018, with a successful Challenge already completed, it’s time to embark on a new year of reading adventures.

This year the Cauldrons and Cupcakes Team has decided to nominate Pencils of Promise as the charity we’ll be supporting through our Book Reading Challenge. Pencils of Promise build schools in the developing world, train teachers, and support kids and communities to be able to access education. In 2018 more than 1 in every ten children around the world is illiterate and in developing countries, that figure is 1 in 3. I’m hoping that our loyal blog community can change that, and help provide opportunities for some of those kids to be able to read, write and learn so that their lives can open out in front of them in more meaningful ways.

Would you like to join us? Let me explain the Challenge to you:

It involves four simple steps:

  1. Read or otherwise consume a book, short story or journal article each month. You might borrow a book from the library, or buy one. It might be gifted to you, or it might have been waiting for you in some pile beside the bed since who knows when. It could be an e-book or an audio-book. It can be any kind of book, story or article at all. A novel, a romance, crime, children’s or young adult’s, a non-fiction book like a memoir or a cookbook or a travel book. It could be a graphic novel. A comment piece, investigative journalism, or even a textbook.
  2. Post the name of the book, story or article you are currently reading or listening to here or have finished during the month on the blog or over on our Cauldrons and Cupcakes Facebook or Instagram page. Feel free to suggest any books, stories, articles or audiobooks that you have already read and enjoyed. That way you’ll be adding to a list of resources that we can all dip into and choose from. I love finding new reading recommendations!
  3. Sign up to become a Team Member of the Cauldrons and Cupcakes Fundraising Team for Pencils of Promise. Here’s the link for you to join.
  4. Download the Book Tracker. Each month write the name of any book/story/article you have read in the corresponding month. It’s fine to add more than one. Then add a small amount of money to a jar for each book you read or go directly to Pencils of Promise and make a donation there. It doesn’t have to be much. Whatever you can afford will be great. Here’s the Book Tracker for you to download – just click on this link: BOOK-TRACKER-3. There’s a space for you to write down your reading wish list. Then start filling in the Monthly Tracker when you’ve read your first book.
  5. During the year I will put up a Book Challenge Post on the fourth Saturday of every month so that we can discuss the books and stories we’ve read or listened to, and swap ideas and reviews. I’ll also be asking you to donate the money you set aside from your completed books and stories to Pencils of Promise. When you donate that money is up to you. Just make sure you have registered as a team member first. It will feel great to help someone else to experience the pleasure and comfort that reading brings. The world needs more readers. If you want to team up for this challenge that’s a great idea too!
  6. During the year we will also be holding a Read-A-Thon so that you can get your family, friends and workmates to sponsor you for the books and stories you read or listen to. It will be a great way for you to indulge in some reading for a good cause, and to raise some extra money towards our goal. Stay tuned for details in a post next week!

Download this: BOOK-TRACKER-3

I’d love you to get your friends involved, so please feel free to share this post far and wide.

All year we will practice kindness to ourselves by reading.

At year’s end, and at various points before that, we will pass some of that kindness on to someone else in the form of a donation to help Pencils of Promise deliver more readers and writers to the world.

So, that’s our Reading Challenge for 2018. Want to join us? Go add your name below, join our Fundraising Team and don’t forget to let us know what books have you been reading or listening to this past month.

And now for February…

Let’s end the month off with the list of books, stories, articles and audiobooks we’ve already enjoyed in February

Go ahead and tell us in the comments below, or pop over to Facebook and join me there.

Happy Reading!

Lots of love, Nicole ❤  xx

This month has gifted me lots of time sitting in waiting rooms, hospital rooms and doctors’ rooms, so there has been ample opportunity for me to read. This is my reading list so far for February:

  • Silence: In The Age Of Noise by Erling Kagge is only a short book, but profound. Kagge is a Norwegian explorer who once spent fifty days alone in Antartica. He writes about the nature of silence, and how to find it – not just in nature but in our everyday lives, and as a space within ourselves. It has given me much to think about, and it was a work where I needed to read a short grab and then stop to absorb and think about it a little, so that one small book lasted me well. It certainly opened up a quiet space within me.
  • First, We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wison is an examination of anxiety and depression within our society, as well as a very personal journey through Sarah’s own dance with chronic anxiety. At turns funny, heart-warming and heart-breaking, and always honest and filled with compassion, this book has helped me to understand friends and family better, and to also see patterns of anxiety in myself and how they have created an endless whirlwind of damaging busy-ness in my life from which I am only now recovering. I highly recommend this book if you suffer from anxiety, or love someone who does.
  • Great Vegetarian Dishes by Kurma Dasa – This is an old favourite that I revisited, looking for inspiration to cook a birthday dinner for a friend. Kurma Dasa comes from the Hare Krishna and Vedic traditions with his cooking, and I love his recipes. They are tasty and easy to prepare, and often have a little philosophy sprinkled into the descriptions.
  • I also listened to Mythos by Stephen Fry as an audiobook this month. I immersed myself in a world of Greek myths and loved them all!

My Charming Coffee Companion

“Coffee is real good when you drink it. It gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink. It’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” ~ Gertrude Stein

This week was one of those weeks.

In the midst of it a good friend accompanied me while I had some medical tests and then she took me for coffee when we were done.

This delightful fellow found his way to our table and hung out for a while with us. Well, he hung out with the hope that my toasted sandwich might find its way into his mouth.

He didn’t really have eyes for us at all.

I guess it’s always good to know what you want and to keep your eye on the prize.

My charming companion’s visualisation of the moment that food might reach his lips was so good he could taste it. (And yes, I did share some sandwich with him.)

How about you? What are you focusing on right now? Are you thinking more about what you want or don’t want?

Think about something you really want to do, be or have. Think about yourself as if you already have it. Think how that will make you feel. How your life will be different. Feel that gratitude in your heart.

Make it so real you can taste it.

That’s how you call something into your life.

Sending you all my love, and my hopes that you spend a little time visualising this weekend. Make room for some magical manifestation in your life! Nicole   xx

 

It’s Not Too Late To Join My Business Mentoring Program!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
Benjamin Franklin

In the past few weeks I’ve been inundated with people asking me if it’s too late for them to join my business mentoring program for 2018.

The short answer to that is NO, but the doors won’t stay open much longer. I’ll be closing out this group on March 15 and the doors won’t open again until January 2019.

My mentoring program combines a year-long membership to my Year of ME community and Planner, as well as a ten-month business course designed to help you get up and running or to level up and create better cashflow in your existing business.

And all of this while learning to be beautifully, comfortably and authentically yourself!

What’s Involved?

There are three options for this mentoring:

  1. The standard package which costs $770 – truly this is a no-brainer. Where else can you get ten months of business course and group coaching for $440 AND email support from me? Which is what it boils down to after we subtract the twelve-month Year of ME (YOM) community membership and course – the YOM course is compulsory and is where I teach many of the metaphysical foundations you’ll find so helpful in a soul-centred business. The YOM community is where I hang out, and where you can get access to me for all kinds of stuff. Incidentally, if business isn’t your thing or if you’re in that long queue of people waiting for a reading with me or to come on my next retreat you should consider joining YOM because I run regular webinars and Facebook live sessions where I share many of the concepts and skills I teach on retreats, and I also do card readings in my live sessions where I give my YOMMERS guidance and support – it’s awesome. Did I say you should come join us?! Details in my shop! The standard business mentoring package is available as a one-time purchase or monthly subscription. Note: total subscription cost slightly higher than one-time price
  2. The standard package plus ad hoc coaching hours – you can buy coaching sessions as you need them with me, to get that extra targeted support.
  3. The Deluxe YOMpreneur package. This package includes membership to YOM and YOMpreneur 2018, with one important extra. Dedicated one-on-one coaching time with me as we work through the YOMpreneur program. As a Deluxe YOMpreneur for 2018 you’ll receive:
    • Priority booking status ahead of all my other clients
    • 10 hours of intensive business coaching and personal metaphysical mentoring to be used throughout the year. All our sessions will be recorded and made available to you as MP3s.This can be taken as phone, skype or face-to-face sessions.
    • A twenty-minute orientation call/skype where we map out your coaching time with me for the year ahead.
    • Email support.
    • This can also be paid for as a one-time buy or as a monthly subscription

Image from thoibau.today

Why work with me?

I have worked as a private business coach for a number of high-profile clients for over fifteen years, helping them to grow their businesses in sustainable ways. To do this work I combine my psychic and business abilities as well as my professional training and experience to help identify opportunities, strengths and skills – and to then generate business plans that elevate performance, create teams and build sustainable and strong businesses.

I’ve got a strong business and adult education background and qualifications in those fields, as well as being able to use my intuitive and psychic skills. My current business is a healthy six-figure gig that I run from home, part-time and often in my pyjamas, with help from a great team. I’ve run other people’s businesses, been a business trouble-shooter, a business lecturer, and run my own corporate communications company with universities, government departments, international agencies and global corporations as clients. I understand how to create businesses that can support your needs, especially if you have a family, are a carer or are working from a place of illness, fatigue or disability.

In 2017 I launched the pilot program of YOMpreneur – a program to help my Cauldrons and Cupcakes community and my metaphysical mentoring students to create their own success in business.

In 2018 I’ve refined this process to become YOMpreneur Business 2018. In this mentoring program I will work with you on your existing small business or a new business idea to build something that can generate income and help you to take your ideas and products to the world.

Seriously, I’ll never offer this amazing course at such a ridiculously cheap price ever again, so why not sign up now and take advantage of the chance to work with me to help make your business dreams a reality!

Read on to find out more below.

 

What’s In the YOMpreneur Course for 2018?

The YOMprenuer Course is designed to be used in conjunction with the Year of ME Planner yearly membership and course. Access to the YOM course and materials is part of the YOMpreneur Package.

The YOMpreneur Coursework and Support runs from February to November 2018.

In these ten months I will work to skill you up in the following areas:

  • how to think like an entrepreneur – the ‘ideas’ part of the business
  • how to think like a business manager – the ‘get stuff done’ part of the business
  • how to actively learn from the past year, and incorporate those learnings into your business
  • how to incorporate your intuition and values into your business planning and everyday business activities
  • how to understand and clearly define your business offerings and audience
  • how to develop business plans that are sustainable and that honour your own style of working and living
  • how to create systems to support your business and your work/life balance
  • how to identify your best opportunities for growth and success in 2018
  • how to work towards turning ideas into action, results and profit
  • how to generate cash-flow in your business
  • how to avoid burnout and make business fun again!

You’ll also get to connect with other intuitive and empathic entrepreneurs

If you join up as a YOMpreneur I’ll show you how to navigate and plan for the year ahead in business, and how to incorporate those activities back into your Year of ME Planner so that you get on track and then keep going. The YOMpreneur membership will suit you if you have a business idea but haven’t taken it further, but it will also work for you if you have an existing business and are looking to make it work better for you or take things to the next level! There is something here for all heart-based entrepreneurs.

I’m going to help you create the plan and then work the plan.

The emphasis in 2018 is on getting you cash-flow positive. We’re going to do this through regular group coaching calls, coursework and webinars.

YOMpreneur offers something very important – like-minded people, accountability and a chance to be less isolated in your business development and entrepreneurial dreams.

I’ll also have webinars and facebook live events to keep you updated, motivated and heading in the right direction. You’ll also have a special accountability buddy for the year ahead – me!

YOMpreneur 2018 includes the Year of ME membership (YOM) and year-long course as well as the YOMpreneur membership and course. Both groups also have private facebook pages.

YOMpreneur Course Program:

January & February 2018:

  • existing Deluxe YOMpreneur Members’ private one-on-one coaching sessions with me. Note: If you sign up for the YOMpreneur Business 2018 Package you can still access private coaching with me by purchasing coaching hours.
  • YOM Ruzuku program is online. YOM first webinar to walk you through the Planner and discuss the energies of the year ahead. (replays are available of all webinars)

February:

  • YOMpreneur Ruzuku course opens. Access to Business Planner and Review package.
  • Access to all course resources
  • Webinar to walk you through the Business Planner and to discuss the levels of business and where you currently sit within the 5 level framework.
  • Thinking like an Entrepreneur.
  • You’ll have homework – Your Ideas Catalogue and Creative Brief
  • Accountability Buddy program begins

March:

  • Knowing the Soul of your business
  • Knowing your Story
  • Identifying opportunity and how you can serve your market.
  • The importance of short and long range plans.
  • Minimum, Target and Stretch Goals
  • Group coaching calls start. These are fortnightly live calls where you will have the chance to ask questions about your business and the material we are working through together.
  • How to think like a Business Manager.

April:

  • Webinar about choosing a launch product and path.
  • Committing to the Next Step (this will vary depending on which of the five levels your business is at)
  • Finding the right language for your offering so that it connects to your market.
  • Marketing for people who hate marketing and self-promotion
  • Fining the right model for your first YOMpreneur offering: 1:1 or 1:few for services or leverage for physical products
  • Creating a pilot launch path for a product or service that will generate cashflow for you.
  • Group coaching calls.

May:

  • Building a strong profile and name for yourself and/or your business
  • Building your offering
  • Creating momentum and interest for your offering
  • Working out what you can and can’t do yourself
  • Group coaching calls

June:

  • Webinar and pep talk about launching and how to do it right
  • Generating sales for your launch
  • How long a lead-in do you need?
  • Selling your test product or offering your launch program
  • Collaboration and community as pathways for growth
  • Group coaching calls

July:

  • Launching your product or service
  • Refining on the Run
  • Gathering feedback and testimonials
  • Teams, and why you need one

August:

  • Webinar – What people really want from you and/or your business
  • Branding, social media, and the benefits of PR
  • Intuitive Business Development
  • Counting dollars and setting new goals
  • Systems and services to help your business grow
  • Group Coaching

September:

  • Choosing your Second Offering
  • Creating a calendar of events, launches or time to be sold (includes looking at your 2019 offerings)
  • Managing Failure and Minimising Disasters
  • Where to spend money in and on your business

October:

  • Webinar – Your List and your Story
  • Growing Bigger Sustainably – a How-To
  • Add-ons and value levels for your offerings
  • Group Coaching calls

November:

  • Bonus Final Webinar
  • Learning to review your work
  • Celebrating success for your business and your community
  • Identifying the steps you need to grow to the next level in your business
  • Planning for a successful 2019

Let me help you grow a successful business this year, as well as nourishing you on a soul level. It’s going to be great!

Much love, Nicole   xx

PS – YOMMERS and YOMpreneurs are valued and important members of our community – they also enjoy discounts on many of our services and events, and get priority treatment when booking for readings, retreats and workshops!

 

Checking In On You

“Are you okay?” ~ Popular movement

Hello, Lovelies.

This morning in my meditation (and I always include you in my morning meditation) I felt the loneliness some of you feel, and your yearning to have someone to connect with.

So, today I’ve made a pot of tea, and gathered some tasty treats and put a table for us out under the jacaranda tree.

Come sit with me a while, and tell me all about your week. Tell me your troubles. Tell me your hopes and dreams. Tell me about your success and your failures. Let’s laugh a little and maybe even cry a little.

That’s what friends are for.

Today I’m checking in on you, to ask if you’re okay and to see what’s going on in your life.

You’re always in my thoughts. I believe in you and your dreams. You can do this, and get through this. I love you, hang in there, Nicole   xx

Monday Oracle – 19 February 2018

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” 
― Suzy Kassem

 

Hello, Lovelies!

In February we are building on the strength and intuitive connection we found for ourselves at the beginning of the year. February brings opportunities for planning, learning and growing in order to bring about positive change. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of awareness which the oracle card Nine of Swords brings us.

This week’s card speaks to that place within us that is scared, doubtful and filled with feelings of insecurity and unworthiness. Nine of Swords calls us to embrace the challenges and opportunities in our lives.

This week don’t let fear hold you back. Don’t let insecurity prevent you from engaging or putting yourself out there. So much of your fear is from limited thinking, and from being in your head rather than in a place of action.

If you are feeling overwhelmed look for a mentor or coach to guide you. Or try a book, a course, or a group of like-minded people.

Whatever it is that you want to do, someone has done that thing before you. If they found a way you will too. Look at how you can model your thoughts and actions on someone who is already enjoying success in the area that is calling to you.

Most importantly, don’t give up – on yourself, on your dreams, on your future.

The longing in your heart is a sure sign of the direction you need to follow. Make space for those dreams this week, be brave and take action!

Longing For You by mandyleft at deviantart

Supportive crystals this week?

Sunstone helps you to sit in a place of abundance thinking so that you see the blessings and possibilities in life and to believe in your right to a better future. Banded Agate (pictured) creates a sense of security and courage as you open up to living more fully as yourself. Amazonite is fantastic for being brave in putting yourself and your ideas out into the world. Unakite opens your heart to love, and draws love, friendship and helpful people to you. It helps you to overcome feelings of isolation or loneliness.

 

Helpful essential oils?

I’m loving Young Living’s Clarity and Believe blends this week. Use Clarity for focus, inspiration and breakthroughs. Dab a drop on your Crown Chakra and the soles of your feet, inhale directly or add to your diffuser. Use Believe when you are doubting yourself and want to find your confidence and self-belief. It’s great to inhale directly, diffuse or add a drop to Heart Chakra and inner wrists. A few drops added to your bath make for magical self-care.

Want to make your own blend? Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. Frankincense elevates our mood and promotes spiritual connection and intuition, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Ylang Ylang opens our hearts and is supportive when we feel anxious or overwhelmed, and Bergamot promotes joy, gratitude and optimism. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

Need some extra support for your year?

Go grab one of my Year of ME Planners over at my Store (ME stands for Manifesting Energies, and the energies of 2018 are fabulous!) The digital full-year planner can be in your inbox in minutes, ready for you to review 2017 and begin mapping out what matters for you in 2018.

Want fun, friendship, learning and loveliness? Join my Year of ME community for a whole year of webinars, meditations and loads of activities and helpful tools and the most fantastic online facebook group. You’ll feel right at home with us!

I’ve got a fabulous course and coaching options if you are a heart and soul centred entrepreneur or if you want to be. Come join my YOMpreneur group and let me help you create or grow your business.

All the information you need is over at my Store.

We’ve also got a very special Residential Retreat coming up in March, that will help you to create a sustainable spiritual practice, connect to your Higher Self and Guides, and gain clarity about your inner energy, life path and best direction. More details: Awakening to Spirituality Retreat and here

Holding you, as always, in my thoughts, prayers and meditations, and intending for you a life of abundance and joy, where you are no longer limited by your doubts.

All my love,

Nicole ❤ xx

PS: Monday’s oracle card, ‘Nine of Swords’, is from the Inner Child Cards – A Fairy-Tale Tarot. I use any cards shown as a prompt for channelled messages and my own own intuitive wisdom, so my take is sometimes quite different to the meaning found in a book. 

 

The restorative power of deep rest

A primitive type of jellyfish called Cassiopea, which goes to sleep nightly, is seen on the floor of their tank at Caltech in Pasadena, California, U.S. in this image released on September 20, 2017. Courtesy Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

“It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then…and then — ah — we open our eyes and the day is before us and … we become ourselves.” 
Jerry Spinelli

 

Don’t you just love the image of the sleeping jellyfish? It’s the sort of whimsical possibility my mind constantly entertained when I was a child, although I never imagined that they might sleep upside down!

I was lying on my acupuncturist’s treatment table yesterday as he felt my pulse and tut-tutted in his mad professor way at the energies within my body, the colour and texture of my tongue and his many other diagnostic tools. He knew it. I know it. The past couple of weeks of family illnesses and drama have exhausted me.

Hmmm, he said. Deep rest. That’s what you need. Deep rest, and rice and beans and sprouts. Warm foods. Warm liquids. No stimulants. No spices. Deep rest. Sleep.

I know he’s right. A good deep rest now and I’ll be back to normal. For me, deep rest is not just sleeping. It’s also quiet time. Time pulled back from the needs and demands of others. Time stepped back from work and busy-ness.

The alternative? I’ve been down that path, and I know you have too. In fact, I know some of you are walking it right now. That’s the path of pushing. We’re tired but we keep getting up. We’re exhausted but we fill ourselves with caffeine or sugar or both, and we force ourselves to keep on going. We bribe ourselves, pep-talk ourselves, bully ourselves and trash-talk ourselves to get our bodies upright and responsive. We push, push, push. And then we break.

All the while we think that we are okay to keep going. We’re not. We’re barely in our bodies. We’re drunk on lack of sleep. Our innovation and enthusiasm, our ability to bounce back, to laugh it off, to create with joy – all of that is missing.

It can be found again through deep rest.

That’s what I’m doing right now, and will be for the next few days. I’m doing a disservice to myself and to you if I don’t.

Today I’m asking you if you’re okay. Do you need to rest? Do you need to step back for a moment? We can’t help others sustainably nor keep on creating if we are not looking after ourselves first. The energies of 2018 do not support push in any form. If you’re pushing, it won’t be working. Look for another way. Your best solution is most likely to be taking a break, refreshing yourself, and then starting again.

Gentle hugs and much love, Nicole  xx

 

My Magical Magnolia Owl Tree

“Have you ever looked at the bud of a magnolia flower? It’s a tight little pod that stays closed up for a long time on the end of its branch until one day, out of nowhere, it finally bursts open into this gigantic, gorgeous, fragrant flower that’s ten times bigger than the bud itself. It’s impossible to imagine that such a big beautiful thing could pop out of that tiny little bud. But it does.” 
~  Joanna Gaines

We have a magnolia tree here at the farm that sits on a little mound of moss and soft grass in the back garden.

The tree is small, and right now it is covered in tiny furry buds that will open up to dinner-plate sized flowers that are so impossibly fragrant that I swoon for days over their beauty.

This magnolia is also a favourite night-time perch for owl visitors. I have never understood why they prefer this tree to others, except that the tree and the area around it have amazing energy and maybe the owls sense that too.

Right now I’m charging up a crystal grid under the magnolia. The stones have been there since January, soaking up the full moons and the lunar eclipse, the starlight and thunderstorms, the raging sun and the peaceful rain. They are almost buried in the soft thick grass now and scattered with leaves and fallen flowers.

Two more weeks and I’ll break the grid down, taking out some of the stones for the participants on my two retreats this year.

I know these stones will hold the energy of our farm, of the owls and the magpies and crows and fairy wrens and finches who have perched above or hopped through the stones too.

Our magnolia is also festooned with a harmonic wind-chime, and hand-crafted wooden owls and hearts – all gifts from dear and precious friends.

I’m feeling very peaceful this morning as I tend to the grid. I hope you can feel some of that peace too. Go gently today, and look after yourselves and each other,

All my love, Nicole  xx