What I heard when I talked to the trees

  Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words. ~ Roy T. Bennett Hey, Lovelies. Maybe I’ll speak to […]

Talking To Trees

  Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. ~ Herman Hesse Shhhhhh! I can’t talk now. I am listening to trees. Because to build a relationship, you need to listen more than you talk. So, this morning I am sitting with […]

The Source Of Today’s Happiness

  Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust Hey, Lovelies. Something wonderful happened yesterday! My social media feed and my inbox were filled with examples of the things you have chosen or done for yourself this week in […]

I found some old sketches

  “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso Hey, Lovelies! Recently, as I was unpacking boxes of old papers and files I came upon a few interesting things. One was a series of charcoal sketches I did at a life drawing class […]

The Curious Box

  Usually if you pray from the heart, you get an answer—the phone rings or the mail comes, and light gets in through the cracks, so you can see the next right thing to do. That’s all you need. ~Anne Lamott Hey, Lovelies. I received a curious package this week. It was delivered to my […]

Ocean Immersion

    “I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of […]

Making Room For Emotional Luxury

Luxury – definition: 1. a state of great comfort or elegance 2. an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain 3. a pleasure obtained only rarely ~ Oxford Dictionary Hey, Lovelies, this is a week for embracing emotional luxury, and finding a little space for the energy in your daily life. So, […]

Soothing Sounds

  “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” ~ Henry Beston Hey, Lovelies, this morning I have already heard the wind in the trees, and rain on the roof. Now? I’m at the […]

A Tiny Foodie Adventure Ends In Great Sunshine Coast Sourdough!

  “If you really want to make a friend, go round someone’s house with a freshly baked loaf of sourdough bread!” ~Chris Geiger Hey, Lovelies! One thing I have missed since moving from Byron Bay to the Sunshine Coast is really good European-style sourdough bread. We’ve tried a few places, but nothing has had that […]

Are You Ever Slow To Take A Hint? I Might Be…

  “Signs. Senses. Synchronicities. Connect the dots. Follow the breadcrumbs to your destiny.” ~Anthon St. Maarten Hey, Lovelies. I was having a Facebook Live chat with my Inner Circle members yesterday, discussing the energies of the month, and how it’s a great time to pull a card for yourself to help you see the bigger […]

It’s Not A Crime To Say NO!

  “When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.” ~ Paulo Coelho Hey, Lovelies. This is a quick but important reminder. It’s okay to say no. It’s also okay to only say no. By which I mean that you don’t need to add a justification, an excuse, a reason […]

Friday Night Drinks

  “One should never, but never, pass by an opportunity to celebrate.” ~ j d malouf Hey, Lovelies. Ben and I had a quiet celebration last night. I made gin and tonics, we ordered in food from our favourite Indian restaurant, and sat on cushions on the floor around a coffee table in the lounge […]

3 Affirmations To Support You In Difficult Times

“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…” ~ Nino Varsimashvili Hey, Lovelies. Every morning when I wake up, before I get out of bed, before I pray or meditate, before I do anything else at all, I say a little affirmation. In fact, sometimes I will chant it like a mantra. In my head, or […]

I Can’t Blog Today Because…

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ~ Jane Austen Hey, Lovelies. I started reading a book last night, and […]

Making Space In Your Life

  “Find a moment of stillness, give your heart a chance to tell you where you really need to be.” ~ Dodinsky Hey, Lovelies! Today, I want to remind you about the importance of making space. When we create space in our lives, and then sit quietly with the emptiness we have created, magic can […]

Sucking It Up With Tech

  “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” ~ Douglas Adams   Hey, Lovelies. I’m having a tech moment. And there’s only me to fix it, and I have no idea what I am doing or even what really needs to be done. So, I am breathing […]

Wide Awake At 2am

Those who wake at this hour feel a lonely separation from everyone but night birds and ghost crabs, never imagining the legion of kindred souls scattered in the darkness, who stare at ceilings and pace floors and look out windows and covet and worry and mourn. Kathy Hepinstall Hey, Lovelies. I could have titled this […]

Birdsong and Beaches

When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.  Amit Ray Hey, Lovelies.I woke this morning feeling distressed. Even my meditation did not soothe it. War in Ukraine ( a friend of mine is missing there after his village was shelled), floods here at home where we have elderly […]

Cloud Oracle – For Emotional Support and Encouragement

Brushing the clouds away from my eyes, I see clarity in the raindrop and beauty in the first ray of morning sun… Life is strange and wondrous… Virginia Alison Hello, Lovelies!I know, it’s tough right now. There is so much going on, so much to worry about, so much that makes us exhausted from feeling […]

And then the rain came…

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. Bill Watterson Hey, Lovelies. When we moved to the treehouse I thought my days of being flooded in were over. At the farm we were cut off from the world by flood waters a couple of times a year, […]

Managing global uncertainty as a Highly Sensitive soul

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.  Martin Luther King Jr. Hey, Lovelies, For empaths, intuitives, and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) the current barrage of information about the emerging situation in Ukraine, while we are dealing with an ongoing pandemic, and the usual global uncertainty, as well as our own local and personal […]

Standing On The Edge Of The Known World

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.  Haruki Murakami Hey, Lovelies! I saw my bossy but kind cardiologist on Tuesday, and […]

Well, that sucks…

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. Emory Austin Hey, Lovelies. Let’s put in a disclaimer first – if you are expecting love, light and unicorns in this post, move along, cos I have the crankies! To be honest, I am not really inclined to write a blog. Or to […]

WooHoo and Eeep!

Yay and freak out! The kind of day where I’m feeling everything at opposite ends of the spectrum at once. Hmmm…. Let me explain.

Can You Spare Ten Minutes?

It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Diane Von Furstenberg Hey, Lovelies. Do you have a regular spiritual practice? I know, many of you have told me that you want to, but that you’re already so busy, so tired, […]

Harry Dog To The Rescue

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. Marc Brown Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday I was home alone with the dogs. It was also a heavily scheduled day of client readings for me. I stayed locked in my writing room, and after their breakfast and ablutions Ben left the dogs to roam the […]

My Big ETSY Sale!

If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later. Richard Branson Hey, Lovelies!Woohoo – it’s a SALE!!!!!! In honour of my free 30 Day Challenge, which starts this Friday – 28 January, 2022 – I have created a […]

Searching For Elders

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, […]

Enrolment is Open for my Free 30 Day Challenge!

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting. Andy Warhol Hey, Lovelies! Today is the day. I have thrown open the doors for my free 30 Day Planner Challenge. This challenge is being run as a course inside my Journeymaker Academy. You can enrol here. The actual lessons start on January 28, and […]

It’s Not Enough For Me to Have the WooWoo without the Grit

To my mind, ‘magic’ is the hard-to-define quality of the things that stir up mystical feelings like amazement, curiosity, imagination, and above all wonder. Magic is that which renders something beautiful in a spiritual sense. It is that which makes one feel as if the world is more than it is presently understood to be, […]

When Rats Attack!

Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans. Terence McKenna Hey, Lovelies! Thanks for all the well-wishes for Ben’s birthday celelbrations. Which didn’t quite go to plan… We had a massive internet failure yesterday, and needed to be home all day for the tech guys to […]

Happy Birthday, Ben!

I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. […]

Hey, Friend! I’m checking in on you ♥

Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special. George R. Bach Hello, Lovelies. This morning in my meditation (and I always include you in my morning meditation) I felt the loneliness some of you feel, your overwhelm and grief, and your yearning to have someone with whom you can connect. So, today I’ve made […]

Stupidly Adoring Cauliflower

I must have flowers, always, and always. Claude Monet Hey, Lovelies. I know, I know. Cauliflower is not what most people consider worthy of a blog post. And it’s certainly something most people don’t get particularly excited about. Except me. I have a wonderful local fruit and vegetable shop where I can order online and […]

Unexpected wonders and a need for coffee

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.  Cassandra Clare Hey, Lovelies. Today I have only this. A favourite poem. Some lovely things I found on my morning walk. And soon, good coffee, a chapter of one of my Christmas books, and a day of planning. May you find some wonder […]

We, The Expendable

From the very depth of my being, I challenge the right of any man or any group of men, in business or in government, to tell a fellow human being that he or she is expendable. Jimmy Reid Hey, Lovelies.COVID is ripping through the Australian population right now. It’s causing panic, supply chain issues, food […]

Monsoon Weather

Jungle rain had no beginning or end; it grew like foliage from the sky, branching and arching to the earth, sometimes in solid thickets entangling the islands, and other times, in tendrils of blue mist curling out of coastal clouds. The jungle breathed an eternal green that fevered men until they dripped sweat the way […]

Vale, Craig Ruddy

Sensitive people care when the world doesn’t because we understand waiting to be rescued and no one shows up. We have rescued ourselves, so many times that we have become self taught in the art of compassion for those forgotten. Shannon L. Alder Hey, Lovelies. A short post today, to honour my friend Craig Ruddy […]

Beachcombing With My Grandmother

The people you love become ghosts inside of you, and like this you keep them alive. Rob Montgomery Hey, Lovelies. With COVID raging the way it is here in Australia right now, and my dodgy immune system the way it is, the only way I am walking on the beach is if it is empty. […]

Free 30-Day Journeymaker Planner Challenge Coming Soon!

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hey, Lovelies! Are you ready to dive deep into 2022 energies, increase your intuition, reconnect with your inner wisdom, and to work towards your goals and dreams?If you are, then come join me for our next free 30 Day Planner Challenge, which will […]

Getting Ready For A Mystical New Year’s Eve

A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which […]

What will you change for 2022?

I didn’t ‘grow’ wise, spiritual, or happy. I shrunk towards it. I didn’t add; I subtracted. There is wisdom in simplification. There is strength in recognizing that life is too short for nonsense. You find yourself spending time with people who make you laugh. Those who make you feel loved. Simplify your life. That’s where […]

Have A Little Rest – Monday Oracle 27 December 2021

Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest. Mark Buchanan 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 13 […]

Christmas Oracle 2021 – My Gift To You!

A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect. Jonathan Lockwood Huie Hello, Lovelies, So here we are – another Christmas is upon us. It’s a joyful time for some, and a trying time for others, and I wanted to acknowledge that, and to remind you that there is always a place here at […]

Our Office Hours and Schedule For the Christmas Break 2021

There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live. Mokokoma Mokhonoana Hey, Lovelies!It’s Christmas Eve here in Australia. My team are taking a well-deserved break from today until January 5, 2022. If you have a reading booked with me in that time, rest assured that we have a […]

Christmas as a Meditation on Kindness

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.Give the world […]

Wonder, Awe and Updates

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. William Blake Hey, Lovelis.I had a restless night last night. Too much on my mind. You know how that can be. Earlier, I had spoken with […]

No Post Today Because Supporting A Friend

It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.  John Steinbeck Hey Lovelies, I’m keeping this short. I am tired from having been on the phone supporting a friend for most of last night. One of my dear friends lost her elderly Mum to COVID […]

Create A Christmas Altar for Healing and Remembrance

It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.~ Rose Kennedy To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.~ Thomas Campbell Hey, Lovelies. Christmas is […]

Easy Christmas Festive Fudge Recipe

They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you? Terry Pratchett Hey, Lovelies! I’ve had so many […]

Introducing some very special stones…

How different everything is for the craftsman who transforms a part of the world with his own hands, who can see his work as emanating from his being and can step back at the end of a day or lifetime and point to an object — whether a square of canvas, a chair or a […]

5 Million Reasons To Celebrate!

We don’t heal in isolation, but in community. S. Kelley Harrell Hi, Lovelies!I had the most wonderful news yesterday. (Thanks to everyone who messaged me to let me know 💖) Our blog reached a new milestone. 5 million views!!! I’m so grateful for every single one of you, and your contribution to helping make this […]

What Will People Think?

We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us–that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect. Emilio Estevez Hey, Lovelies. I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine, Michael, yesterday. He called me specifically to discuss the fact that I blogged about seeing a therapist. ‘Why did you do that?’ he wanted to […]

Easy Christmas Rum Ball Recipe

“You little beauty! I wait all year for these Rum Balls!” Michael the Tractor Man Hey, Lovelies. One of our family traditions is making Christmas Rum Balls. Some we keep for ourselves, but some we share as gifts with neighbours and friends, and with the people who have served and supported us throughout the year. […]

Under The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.  Andy Rooney Hey, Lovelies. Ben, the dogs and I spent time under the Christmas Tree last night – or at least we […]

One Of The Best Gifts I Ever Gave Myself

The best gift I ever gave myself is a gift that keeps enriching my days. It’s a gift of time and care, of comfort and support, of gentle and of hard questions, and sometimes, hard answers. It’s the way I manage life. The way I cope with the things that should break me. I highly recommend it…

When You Don’t Know Who You Are Anymore

Explore yourself in silent contemplation. You will find a breathtaking person you were completely unaware about.  Hiral Nagda Hey, Lovelies, I had a strong response to yesterday’s post from people who told me that they no longer know who they are, or what they want, or what they care about. Somewhere along the way, in […]

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 […]

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