Things to be thankful for…

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.” ~Germany Kent

This morning I’m counting my Blessings. Such a simple thing to do, and it always makes me feel richer. I like to count them off on my fingers – a tangible act, and a way of really anchoring their truth in my life. Blessings to me are always the simple things in life, and often the things we take for granted.  Even on the worst of days we can find something to be grateful for.  Counting blessings gets my attention OFF the things I don’t want, and back on the things I do. It’s an instant mood lifter that keeps things in perspective for me. It never takes much to find something that’s a blessing.

Today I am grateful for:

1. The sound of wind in the trees as I go to sleep, and birdsong as I wake up.

2. The warmth of the fire, and the sweet smell of woodsmoke in the cold morning air. (I’m also grateful for my husband, who chops the wood and loads the wheelbarrow, and stokes the fire for me!)

3. Chai tea, enough for two, sipped from big bowls, with just a dusting of cinnamon.

4. My Meyer Lemon tree, and its abundance of luscious fruit. And the fresh Lemon Curd I can spread on my morning toast!

5. Farmers’ Markets, and the dedication of our local growers to grow or make the best seasonal fresh produce.

6. My Kindle, and being able to snuggle under the doona on a lazy morning, sipping chai and reading books.

7. My dogs, Rufous and Harry, for their love and companionship.

8. Writing. It is my greatest love, and the thing that wakes me up in the middle of the night, brimful of ideas.

9. Red Jasper which grounds and nurtures, and feels wonderful to have tucked up within my aura.

10. Trees. My little farmhouse is cradled by hundred-year-old trees who whisper their secrets, one to another, and add an incredible energy to this place and to me.

How about you? What do you have to be thankful for today? Go on – count them off on your fingers!

Wishing you many Blessings, Nicole  xx

Five Things That Made This Week Extra Wonderful Already!

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
~ Charles Dickens


1.New Journal Challenge!


It’s been a while since I ran a journal and oracle card challenge, so I’ve decided to cook another one up for you. It’s fabulous, it’s free, and there will be more details here on the blog on Friday so stay tuned!


2. New Swimmers!

I needed new swimwear for my upcoming trip. Usually this is not the kind of shopping I look forward to. But… The very first place I went into, the very first swimmers I tried on – perfect fit! Don’t you love it when that happens? 🙂


3. Money In My Pocket!

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When I was looking for a bag to keep all my journals and crystals in when I go travelling I came upon a pencil-case I though I’d lost years ago. When I opened it up there was $350 cash. Bonus! Now I have extra spending money.


4. Our House Sitter Brought His Dog to Stay!

I was worried about leaving Harry Dog on his own for the first time without Bert to keep him company. But our wonderful house sitter has brought his gorgeous Black Labrador with him and she is the sweetest girl, so now Harry has a friend and he won’t be lonely. Such a win!

5. Holidays!

Holidays? Yep. They start today. Hooray!!! By the time you read this I’ll be on my way to the airport! Two weeks in Vietnam and then two weeks in the Philippines.So excited!!!  I’ll keep you posted on all the fun and goodness. 🙂


Biggest hugs and love to you, Nicole <3 xx

My Friendship Garden

Angela's hydrangea

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”
~ Alfred Tennyson


I cut some hydrangea flowers this week, and placed them in a glass by my kitchen sink. They’re Angela’s hydrangeas, or at least that’s how I think of them. They have grown from cuttings taken from her garden, and she helped me to press the woody cut stems into the pots where they now flourish. Angela passed away last year, but the plants she gifted me anchor her memory and energy at my home.

So much of my garden has come from friends. It’s something I learned from my Nana. She had a friendship garden and now I do too.


I have hippeastrums from Shannon, who lives at the farm across the creek from us.

When the water is low we can walk across the creek at the shallowest part to share a cuppa at each other’s house. Hi, Shannon! 🙂

My herb garden has rosemary from a cutting I stole from a bush beside the butcher shop at Forest Hill back when I was a student. Cuttings of that rosemary have travelled everywhere with me, ever since.There’s also lemon-scented thyme from Sue, one of my students who knows I love cooking, and Thai basil from Tili the waitress at a favourite restaurant in Brisbane.


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I have a red rose from Agnes, an old lady at the CWA who couldn’t believe that I didn’t know roses would grow from cuttings.

They do!

roses and gardenias

There are bromeliads – from Nana, from Vynette’s mum Leanna, and from my friend Lynda’s grandparents. They make wonderful homes for small frogs and I love their unusual flowers.


And I have a gorgeous spreading soft-leaved groundcover with white flowers from my friend Marlene. I have no idea what it is called, but I am reminded of her every time I see it.

I’ll tell her how much I love it when I meet her for coffee this morning!

I can thoroughly recommend having a friendship garden. It’s one of the most meaningful blessings in my life. <3

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The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday September 12 2016

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“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”
~ Augusten Burroughs


Hello Lovelies,

The card I’ve chosen for this week’s energies is the delightful ‘Treasure Island’ from the Wisdom of the Oracle Deck by Colette Baron-Reid.

This is a week that invites emotional flow. Big, deep dreams and longings will surface this week. The thoughts you have squashed down over the years because they were ‘unrealistic’ or ‘impossible’ will come pulling at your shirt tails, and inviting themselves into your sleeping hours, your journal, your card spreads and your unguarded thoughts.

That’s okay. Welcome them in. You could use a little dreaming right now. There’s magic in the air.

It’s also a week of burgeoning hope. Of starting to understand that change is possible. That you could still win. That your idea might fly. That love might still happen after all.

This a week of positive shift. Of new beginnings. Of things finally turning in the right direction, of last-minute reprieves, new opportunities and miraculous breakthroughs.

Need a change? This week is superb for job applications and launches of projects and businesses. Enter that competition. Ask the person out. Dare!

Some of you will also find that it’s not only old ideas and dreams, but old relationships and opportunities that recross your path. It reminds me a little of when the Blues Brothers got their band back together for one last divinely inspired show.

Expect synchronicities, things just falling together, and for some of you – the kind of clarity or inspiration that takes hold and won’t let go. You may end up knowing that ‘you’re on a mission from God’.

Most of all, make time for connection this week. Romance is in the air. Friendship and family are looking fabulous, and it’s a great time for hanging out with the people you love, or meeting the person of your dreams.

If your relationship is long-standing, this week brings a freshening of your romantic energies and appreciation of each other too. A great time for heightened awareness, sharing and intimacy.

It’s a week of progress and flow. Relax into it. Smile. Soak up the sunshine. Make the most of it!

Sending lots of love your way, and my intention that this will indeed be a good week for you and memorable for all the right reasons, Nicole xoxo



Day 12 – Oracle Card Challenge

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“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
~ Thomas A. Edison


Opportunities and Possibilities

As we become more aware of our current position, we are able to begin charting a path forward. Today we’ll work with your intuition and Higher Self to begin choosing a destination that will be personally satisfying and energetically aligned with your best life.

Here’s what you need to do.

Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:

Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or visualise a colour in your mind’s eye. When you are ready, open your eyes. Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write.


Now shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself ‘What opportunities and possibilities are lighting my horizon?’

When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select up to four cards using the method that feels right for you.

Place the cards face up in front of you.

Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at each picture.  Then come back to the first one.

What stands out for you today? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? What thoughts come into your mind?

Write these down in your journal.


Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words does this card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question ‘What opportunities and possibilities are lighting my horizon?’ Take five minutes and write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Draw a second card for clarification if you need to.

Repeat this process for each card.

Finally, read back over what you have written. Begin to create images in your mind of what these opportunities and possibilities could look like for you in your life.

An Amazingly Ordinary Fabulous Day!

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“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
~ William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents



It sounds so boring, doesn’t it?

Except that it’s not.

As someone who has suffered chronic illness for decades, ordinary has long been a pipe-dream for me. To be ordinary, to have the energy of an ordinary person and to do ordinary things over the course of an ordinary day? Wow! WOW! That would be amazing!!!

Yesterday I had one of those days. An ordinary one. I woke early and meditated, helped my husband stack windfallen timber on burn piles, and then dragged the hose around my vegetable gardens and new fruit trees before we headed out to the markets and breakfast at a favourite cafe.

After breakfast we came home and I did a load of washing, and then worked on a new draft of my Year of ME Planner (stay tuned – it’s not too late if you haven’t started. I’m launching a mid-year intake on my course, and there is a June to December version of the Planner to help you make the most of the remaining half of this year! We’ll be launching Monday 23rd of May – or Sunday 22nd if you live on the other side of the world.).

2016-05-20 11.27.40Then I sat in the sunshine and coached two of my Deluxe Year of ME students via skype, and did an emergency reading for a client.

Washing off the line, the hose dragged up into the orchard to deep-soak a few fruiting trees, and a big pot of chilli made and on the stove for dinner.

Course uploads and a recording for one of my groups. A few facebook messages and comments on posts.

After dinner there was time to work on my memoir. A whole chapter rewritten before shower, meditation and bed.

It was a full day.

My brain worked.

My body worked.

I had energy.

I was happy and engaged and so, so positive and clear about my direction and my various projects.

At day’s end I wrapped myself in my blankets and promptly fell asleep. After a moment of worrying as to whether I had overdone it…

And this morning I woke after a great sleep, stretched, meditated and began the day feeling as good as I did yesterday.


I think this is what well must feel like. Whatever it is, sign me up for more!

Ordinary is extraordinary. It’s deliciousness on a stick.

Hugs and love from a very grateful and slightly emotional Nicole xx

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Simple Pleasures

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“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
~ Emma Goldman


Here we are, home at the farm. Such a healing space for me. While I’m soaking up the magic before we head back to the city again to support our beloved family, here’s a taste of our last few days.


A tin full of baby fruit cakes, some to keep for us and some to share.

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Some mixed lettuce and snow peas to plant out into the vegetable garden.


A drink of sweet fresh water down at the dam. There are ten new calves, and all of them are healthy and happy.

2015-05-15 10.21.16A visit with some good friends, our neighbours Princess Lil the Farm Dog and Monty the Horse..

2015-05-18 11.41.39The camelias around the house are all in bloom, and carpeting the lawn with their pretty petals.

2014-03-31 17.21.32The mandarins are ripening nicely in the orchard. We picked a few to munch on while we were burning the pile, and we’ll pick more today to take back to the city.

2012-07-15 08.31.15We got to burn a pile of windfallen timber up in the orchard, as well as the frames of the old fruit trees we’d removed late last year. The fragrant smoke lingered on our clothes and hair. I can still smell the pile smouldering this morning.

2012-07-31 17.18.42And our table has been filled with food, friends and blessings. I love my little farm. It’s so good being home.

Sending much love to you, Nicole <3 xoxo




Letter Writing Challenge – Week Six

Love Letter By Cilgin Pastaci Deviantart

Love Letter By Cilgin Pastaci Deviantart

“A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it’s not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Welcome to the final week of my Letter Writing Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed penning some cards and letters over the past few weeks!

Here’s what you’ll need this week:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Around thirty minutes of undisturbed time to sit down and write your letter

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Read the instructions through once, and then complete the activity.

This Week’s Theme :  A Proper True Love Letter

A real love letter is a beautiful thing. It’s not a needy rant, nor a declaration of desire. Instead it is a pouring onto the page of tender, powerful, vulnerable and exquisitely aware observations and emotions. A real love letter helps us to understand ourselves better as we connect with that love for another. It helps others to understand themselves better as seen through your eyes. Above all, love letters are kind, and seek to use love as a healing balm, and a path of growth and deeper peace.

Love, purely felt, allows you to see everything around you in a new light. It brings clarity and wisdom, peace and acceptance.

So this week, I am asking you to write a letter to a true love.

This might be a person – a lover, a parent or grandparent, a child, a friend. Living or passed.

But don’t limit yourself to that. One of my true loves is books and story telling. Yours might be a place, art, music, cooking, nature, a favourite pet, God.

Your true love may also be yourself.

Yes, you can write a letter to any of these things.


Start by holding your crystal or stone in your hands. Close your eyes, and build an energy of gratitude in your heart. Feel your heart swell with emotion. Pour that energy of gratitude into the crystal and then continue to sit in meditation for a minute or two longer. Now connect in to your heart. Ask yourself the question: “What true love does my heart require connection and dialogue with right now?” Wait for an image or representation of this true love to appear.

Trust that whatever you write today will be exactly what your heart needs to express about the love it holds inside you for yourself or another.

Now write your card or letter.

Trust that you will be guided to find the best words to express this wisdom of your heart.

Your words may be about gratitude. They may be observations of meaning, recollection of shared moments, echoes of distant memories or long-buried secrets. Your words may explain, forgive or seek forgiveness. They may remind, encourage or entertain. Your heart may ask you to call energies forth, to embrace something or to let it go. Honour whatever comes. You will know these wisdoms for their truth because of the emotion it stirs within you. And from the peace that comes and remains when you are done.

When your letter is finished, post or otherwise deliver it. If it is for someone no longer in your life you may choose to burn your note.

If your letter is for yourself or addresses an energy in your life read it often in the next few months to remind yourself of your rich emotional interior.

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PS: If you want to share what you’ve done, pop over to our facebook page and say hi, and share away!

Missed the start of the Challenge?

You can go back and catch up here:

Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Two

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Three

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Four

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Five

A Little Bag of Comfort!

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“There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.” 
~ Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

Right now I’m pushing through an aggressive round of drugs and herbs to treat my Lyme disease and various co-infections. Oh goodness yesterday was tough. In fact my misery had started late in the afternoon of the previous day, from which time everything deteriorated.

At first I meditated. Then I tried to distract myself with a thoughtful gift from a friend who had packed me a little bag full of prompts, sounds and smells to take me on a journey through France, all from the comfort of my bed.

Eventually though, my physical pain and discomfort became too much for those kinds of imagination games. My very bones ached, my head throbbed as if it might explode, my skin burned, it felt like a million monsters were scratching and biting at me. Nothing I did seemed to reduce my suffering. How was I going to cope with weeks more of this same horror?

I needed some help.

Reaching over the side of my bed I groped around in my ‘Lucky Dips’ bag, and pulled out the first one my fingers found.

Here’s the little Love Letter I chose for myself. Perhaps it will have a message for you too…

My Lucky Dip Bag #1. All of the items inside were chosen randomly and placed in bags ready for when I might need them. Because of the way I put these packages together I have no idea what the contents will be.

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Lucky Dip #1 contents:

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An Oracle Card from Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Deck:

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A random note of encouragement from me:

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A Kimberley Amethyst I picked up many years ago in the company of my Aboriginal Aunties:

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I hugged that rock to me all day and used it as a focus point while I meditated.

‘It will all be worth it’, I reminded myself.

‘My prayers have been heard and are being answered.’

I slept with the crystal under my pillow. I slept! This morning I woke up feeling a little better. Less pain. More optimism. 5 weeks, 3 days to go…

Whatever challenges you’re facing right now, I’m encouraging you to keep going. It will be worth it! You’re in my thoughts, prayers and meditations.

Much love to you, Nicole xx

Living like life means something!

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“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.” 
~ A.A. Milne

It’s a year since I first started my Lyme meds. I’d like to say that time has flown, but that would not necessarily be true…

Still, a year ago I was dying. I could barely catch my breath. My poor heart was about ready to throw in the towel. Things were grim.

Now I’m twelve months down the track, and that track certainly hasn’t been an easy one, but I’m hanging in. Sure it’s uncomfortable having to live through this drug therapy. It’s inconvenient being in pain, tired and muddle-headed. But hey, I’m still here.

I’m still here.

Today I’m going to savour each moment. I’ll breathe the salty air of Byron Bay and draw it deep into my lungs. I will lie on the grass at the farm and feel the sun on my face and the earth beneath my back. Every sip of tea, every mouthful of food – I’ll honour it. I’ll let myself really taste it.

I’ll surrender myself to each moment. It doesn’t need to be special. An ordinary day is just fine by me.

It’s all good. The hurty bits. The sad bits. The boring bits. The lonely bits. The fun bits. The tasty bits. The loved-up bits.

It’s all good. And I’m so glad to be here.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me.

My wish for you today is that you take a moment and really BE. Just be in your skin. Just breathe in that air. Be present with the ones you love. Savour the ordinary. Savour the miracle that is your life. Will you do that for me?

Much love to you, and some squishy big hugs, Nicole xx