The Staff Meeting

“I think there needs to be a meeting to set an agenda for more meetings about meetings.” 
~ Jonah Goldberg

My PA, Trish Lyons, turned up at the farm yesterday afternoon so we could have a staff meeting.

Staff meetings are important. We feel we approached it the right way.

The first thing we did was have a cup of tea.

flowers from my garden

Then we went for a walk and fed the cows.

The sun was getting low in the sky by then so we made a snacks platter, got the log fire going and got a roast dinner ready for the oven.

We then ate the snacks platter and the roast dinner.

After which it was time for bed.

Today Trish will have a sleep-in while I go down to Byron Bay to get some acupuncture and Lyme treatment. Then we’ll regroup, make more cups of tea and sit on the verandah with our notebooks and flipcharts and a Zoom hotline to Love, our other team member who can’t join us in person (We miss you, Miss Love!).

One of the most important things I have learned is that if you wouldn’t invite a person to your home, or share a meal at your table with them, then they’re not the right person for your business.

I’m really blessed to have a great work team who are also my good friends.

Today we’ll finalise our gorgeous new 2020 Planner before it goes to the printer, our courses and program for the rest of this year and our new Academy of Learning for 2020. I’ll update you as soon as we’re done! I imagine this will be a multi-cup-of-tea and snacks kind of day.

Much love to you, Nicole xoxo

In case of trauma, Melbourne Breakfast…

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” 
Douglas Adams

 

I’ve had a busy few days since Friday, the day of our anniversary Vomageddon. I worked all Saturday in Brisbane doing psychic readings and coaching, which was wonderful and then expected that on Sunday I would rest, write and have a quiet day.

Then on Saturday night I had a call from a long-time client. Her 42-year-old husband, injured in a motorbike accident two weeks before, had collapsed at home and been found unconscious on Thursday. He’d had a massive bleed in his brain and there was absolutely nothing that could be done for him. His medical team were going to turn off his life support system and she asked me if I come and sit at the hospital with her on Sunday morning before that was done. They have three young children together. What a gut-wrenching situation. So I held her hand and we meditated and prayed together, and I did what I could to provide her with comfort and guidance, and it was an emotionally shattering day for all of us.

The past two days I’ve been at another hospital supporting my own family while one of them has undergone major surgery followed by complications and more surgery.

I’ll be there again at the hospital today, and for the next few days too.

Everything else can wait. Everyone else can wait. What matters now is us, each other, and being together.

But right now on this early morning, I’m sitting at home in the city with Ben, the dogs at my feet, drinking Melbourne Breakfast tea by the mugful and soaking up the calm and quiet before another hectic day.

My Nana always said that a cup of tea made everything much better, and I do believe she was right.

2018 is a year of relationships and focusing on what matters. It’s a year for family, love, friendship, creativity, happiness and a slower pace of life. I’m really taking that to heart. How about you? Are you giving enough time to the people and activities that you love? Life is short and precious. Make sure that the choices you make help to minimise any regret over time wasted on the wrong priorities.

Biggest love and hugs to you, Nicole xx

A Social Kind Of Day

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“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn’t mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it’s no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don’t get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”
~ C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman

 

It was a very successful day yesterday. We got plenty of planning done, and my whiteboard calendar for 2015 filled up with dates, events and holidays.

We worked right through the morning; Dana, Ben and I.

But the afternoon?

The afternoon, and then the evening, was devoted to friends. Visitors who popped in to say hi, have a hug and a catch-up chat, and of course, a cup of tea. It turned into an endless stream of people

By day’s end we had drunk good old-fashioned Bushell’s tea, peppermint tea, Melbourne Breakfast, Flutteryby Kisses, Roasted Dandelion, Genmaicha, and chai.

There was not a clean mug or a teacup left in the entire household.

The Christmas fruitcake is demolished.

We have nothing but crumbs in the biscuit tin.

This morning I have a mountain of washing up. And I couldn’t be happier!

Life is meant for friendship, cups of tea and tasty gatherings.

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Blessings at my back door!

damsel

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
(Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.)
― Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12

 

In my pyjamas, sipping tea in the backyard after a rough night. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful here at the farm that I can’t help but feel a little cheered. I thought I’d share my morning with you…

hungry birdyEveryone’s ready for breakfast.

herbspotThings are busy growing.

stickThere’s quite a bit of stick chasing and stick chewing going on.

bunny 2A rabbit has come by to visit! I hope he doesn’t eat too much of my garden.

frangisThe mist is lifting and it’s going to be a magical day.

Lots and lots of love to you, Nicole xx