Baby Nicholas And I Are Sleeping In!

Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep.  Mesut Barazany Hey Lovelies,Hopefully as you are reading this I am still asleep this morning. I got no sleep the night before, worrying about the little unborn baby who needed emergency surgery to come into this world safely, and yesterday was such a big work […]

How To Own and Meet Your Own Needs

“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyzes us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to […]

Stop ignoring that niggle-y thing!

“Red flags are moments of hesitation that determine our destination.” Mandy Hale Hi Lovelies, this is a little reminder, because I know one of you needs to read this today. That funny feeling you are getting (you know it’s a heart thing or a tummy pain, or a light-headedness or some other not usual thing)? […]

Self-Care Looks Like This Right Now

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives […]

Honour Your Feelings

“Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth.”  José N. Harris Hey, Lovely. How are you travelling? I wanted to check in with you and see how you are doing. Myself? I’ve been up and down. So have my team. It’s a period of high emotion, uncertainty, chaos. […]

My second Challenge for you!

Our Ancestors always operated with a sense of being in a reciprocal relationship with their physical surroundings. Whether they felt that they were being rewarded by Mother Nature or punished by her, at least they were engaged in a constant conversation with her. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert Hello, Lovelies! Are you ready for my second simple […]

I have a challenge for you today!

It is not possible to solve a problem with the same consciousness that produced it. ~ Albert Einstein Hello, Lovelies! Are you ready for my simple challenge? Today I’d like you to gift yourself five quiet minutes. Just five minutes. And I’d like you to do something specific with that five minutes. Put away your […]

A Flock of Aunties

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Hi, Lovelies.I’m leading a Retreat right now. Retreats are always a time of self-work and life-work, mixed with a […]

October Energies, 2019

tober is a month for developing clear future vision. You’ll be able to build on what you have already decided or created for yourself this year, aided by a deep knowing and intuition.

Being Me Means Being Curly!

“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have.”  ~ John Grisham Hi, Lovelies! I did something a little out of the ordinary for me, yesterday. I went to the hairdresser. I usually don’t love the whole hairdressing thing. Everyone always wants to straighten my hair, and give me the sorts of styles that take hours […]

Sleeping In!

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” ― Homer, The Odyssey I’ve had a big few days, lovelies. Sorry, but I need a sleep-in. Yesterday was the last day of our Temple of Light ™ Shamanic Meditation Retreat, and I am running on little sleep. Sleep is a healing balm […]

A little note from us…

“Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.” ~ Naval Ravikant Hi Lovelies! It is with great sadness that Nicole and her team have made the decision to cancel the Fairy Solstice High Tea Party on 22nd June. With Nicole’s health being precarious at this time, the […]

Choosing Love and Kindness- Monday Oracle 20 May 2019

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ~ C. JoyBell C. Hello, Lovelies! May is such a breakthrough month – it’s a time for positive progress, big leaps forward and fine-tuning of your self-awareness. Use experts and wise people to help […]

A Week For Truth and Discernment – Monday Oracle 29 April 2019

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ~ May Sarton Hello, Lovelies! April calls you to live from your heartspace. This month lifts you above your obstacles, or helps you to blaze a trail through them. Expect magical insights and guidance to help light the path ahead. It’s […]

How to Self-Care When Life Is Challenging!

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~ Lalah Delia It’s simple enough to be well-intentioned and kind to yourself when life is going smoothly. Or if you are on holidays. Or in a really good head space. But when we are hard up against it – when we have crushing deadlines, or horrible […]

It’s Okay To Choose For Yourself

“Look to your heart and soul first, rather than looking to your head first, when choosing. Rather than what you think, consider instead how you feel. Look to the nature of things. Feel your choices and decisions. It just might change everything.” ~ Jeffrey R. Anderson Hello, Lovelies. Today I have a favour to ask of […]

Refuelling Your Soul

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss Feeling tired, flat or a bit lost? That’s okay – I have some tips to help you manage that. Or perhaps it’s worse than a little fatigue. Maybe you feel utterly smashed by life right […]

Nicole Update and a Pep Talk!

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”~ John D. Rockefeller Hello, Lovelies!Thanks so much for all the love and positive energy that has flowed my way the past week or so. I’ve felt it, […]

Lean In To Your Emotions This Week

“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” ~ Mario Testino What do you do when your emotional state is not great? Do you distract yourself, numb yourself, or work furiously at positive affirmations? (Note that […]

Monday Oracle – 14 January 2019

“ None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith. ” ~ Paulo Coelho, Brida Hello, Lovelies! This year as I present our #MondayOracle I am dividing the year into Quarters, to correspond with all of us in the community who are using […]

It’s almost #GeSHiDoMo time! – 2018

“Ninjas don’t wish upon a star, they throw them.” ~ Jarius Raphel “While others were dreaming about it – I was getting it done.”  ~  Nathan W. Morris   As the year races towards December are you shaking your head at the list of tasks you’d hoped would be done by now? Here we are in […]

Energies of October – 2018

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ~  Blaise Pascal Hello, Lovelies  October  brings  our  focus  back  to  our  home  environment,  our  heart-space  and  our  soul’s  journey.  We’ll  feel  a  need  to  nest,  to  clean  and  beautify  the  spaces  where  we  spend  most  of  our  time  (this  could  be  your  body,  home,  work […]

Teacup Oracle – For Life Guidance

  “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ~ D.T. Suzuki   Will you join me for a cup of tea […]

Overwhelmed and exhausted? Check your boundaries!

“Boundaries are, in simple terms, the recognition of personal space.”  ~ Asa Don Brown I woke, overwhelmed and panicked, at 3am on Monday morning. This isn’t usual for me. I’m by nature calm, centred and strong. I knew part of why I was awake. An old friend had died the day before in an accident – […]

I Have A Present For You!

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~ Lalah Delia Hello, Lovelies. Are you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or completely over it all? Congratulations! I’ve just gifted you a Free Pass. You might want to cut this out and store it in your wallet. You may also want to share this with someone else who […]

Are you taking care of you?

 “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”  ~ Deborah Day   Many of my friends are healers. They come from widely different schools and philosophies of healing – general medical practitioners, environmental medicine specialists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, herbalists, body […]

Being Okay With Where You Are

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  ~ Lao Tzu I’m still recovering from the flu, and gee, it’s taking muuuuuuch longer than I would have liked. On top of that I managed […]

10 Ways To Be Kind to Yourself

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.“  ~ Brian Andreas Mostly when we think of kindness, we think of how we can act towards others. But today I want to focus on another equally important type […]

Are You Protecting What Matters? – Monday Oracle 19 March 2018

“If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.”  […]

It’s a Fairy Forest here at the farm!

“Few humans see fairies or hear their music, but many find fairy rings of dark grass, scattered with toadstools, left by their dancing feet.”  ~ Judy Allen We’ve had a furious amount of rain here at the farm these past few weeks. Everything is damp and waterlogged, but green green green! On my morning walk I […]

We’re On Retreat!

  “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ~ Albert Camus   Today we enter Retreat until Sunday 11 March. It’s a sacred time for me and my team and for our retreat participants as we walk this spiritual path together, learning, sharing, connecting and finding time for […]

The restorative power of deep rest

“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 […]

Monday Oracle – 8 January 2018

 “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” –  Meister Eckhart   Hello, Lovelies! The cards I am using for guidance for 2018 are the enchanting Inner Child Cards – A Fairy-Tale Tarot by Ishna Lerner, Mark Lerner and Christopher Guilfoil. I’ve used and loved these cards for over 25 years […]

The Energies of January – 2018

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke   Hello, Lovelies  It’s January! It’s a time for easing ourselves into the energies of 2018, for resting and recharging, for planning and dreaming and for tuning in to what can support us in the year ahead. Cards […]

Off On A Grand Adventure!

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous By the time you read this I’ll be at the airport, or maybe even on my way overseas! My darling husband Ben bought me a surprise three-week holiday as a belated ‘Congratulations on Turning Fifty and Thank You For Not […]

Planner Will Be Live In Shop In Just A Few Hours!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”  ~ A.A. Milne We had […]

Sneaking Out of Retreat

“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”  ~  Steven Pressfield   We’re on Retreat right now, and I am that Retreat’s leader. But this morning I am sneaking off. Every Thursday morning is my acupuncture and […]

Eagles and Cups of Tea

“Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”  ~  J.R.R. Tolkien We are always up early, […]

Introducing #GeSHiDoMo – November’s answer to finishing 2017 strong!

“A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” ~ Brian Tracy, The Gift of Self-Confidence   November is nearly here, and Christmas is just around the next corner. When you think back to January this year and all the plans you had, how are you placed as […]

It’s almost #GeSHiDoMo time!

“Achievement. Just another skill of a ninja.” ~ Jarius Raphel “While others were dreaming about it – I was getting it done.”  ~  Nathan W. Morris   Here we are in the final quarter of 2017. It’s a great time for planning for the year ahead, and a very good time indeed for getting stuff done. […]

Today’s a Self-Care Kind Of Day

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama   It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Lots […]

A Grateful Heart Is A Magnet For Miracles – Monday Oracle 9 October 2017

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”  ~  Anthony Robbins Hello, Lovelies! If you read my forecast for October, you’ll know that it’s a month of energies of love, friendship, community and togetherness. It’s also a month for getting creative and for self-acceptance. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts which the oracle card Abundance brings […]

10 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Involve Baths or Beautifying

  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”  ~ J. Pierpont Morgan Hello, Lovelies! Almost everyone who talks to me about self-care seems to think that self-care is about taking long indulgent baths with candles burning and soft music playing in the background. […]

September Stones – last call for entries!

“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard   Hi Lovelies, Reblogging this as the last call for entries on the September Stones! Love lots, Nicole and Cauldrons and Cupcakes Team *** Every day in September I am meditating with these two stones. The stones are intended […]

September Stones – A new competition for you!

“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard   Every day in September I am meditating with these two stones. The stones are intended to be held, one in each hand, as you sit in meditation. I’ll be giving these stones away, as well as recording a […]

Our August Meditation Stones Winner

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”  ~  Henry David Thoreau   I was moved to tears by many of your entries into the August competition. Thank you for trusting me with your stories and your sharings. After much deliberation, the winner of the August Meditation Stones and personalised meditation giveaway […]

Win Our August Meditation Crystals!

“It is more important to go slow and gain the lessons you need along the journey then to rush the process and arrive at your destination empty.”  ~  Germany Kent All this month I have been very busy meditating with two carefully chosen meditation stones – an Anchoring Stone and a Connection Stone. These pairs are […]

And the Winner is…

“As I walk through the wilderness, my eyes and my heart are pulled towards the thicket, the ever-changing landscapes, the gentle daisy and the old beloved stones; as I marvel at the timeless complexities of creation, Nature never disappoints me.”  ― Amelia Dashwood   We had so many entries for our meditation stones competition! It was […]

Win these beautiful meditation stones!

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”  ~  Brené Brown […]

Road Trip Treasures!

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.”  ~  Paulo Coelho   Late last week Ben and I slipped away from the farm for a few days. We took a simple road trip into country New South Wales. […]

5 Simple Ways To Love Yourself Better

  “Have the courage to love yourself like you always wished someone would.”  ~  Vironika Tugaleva   Everyone knows that self-love is vital to building self-esteem and self-confidence, for setting healthy boundaries and feeling good about yourself. Problem is, if you don’t feel good about yourself to start with, if you don’t like yourself much […]

After Rest Comes Rejuvenation

“In a cool solitude of trees Where leaves and birds a music spin, Mind that was weary is at ease, New rhythms in the soul begin.”  ~ William Kean Seymour   Are you taking some time for yourself this week? As part of my be-gentle-with-myself healing process I spent the late afternoon in the garden […]

After work, rest!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”  ~  John Lubbock   This morning I’m not blogging. I’m sleeping. Sleeping is healing, and […]

Your Wake-Up Call Is Here! – Monday Oracle 24 July 2017

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will […]

Small Steps and A Pep Talk For Hard Days

“Small steps may appear unimpressive, but don’t be deceived. They are the means by which perspectives are subtly altered, mountains are gradually scaled, and lives are drastically changed.”  ~  Richelle E. Goodrich   As most of you know, I am recovering from illness right now. I’ve just finished two months of bed rest and am […]

Stones, Crystals and Meditation Magic

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss   I have long been a meditator. In fact it has been a daily practice for me since adolescence. Even with my recent bout of ill-health I haven’t missed a day. It’s as much a […]

10 Simple Hacks For Creating More ‘Me’ Time

“In truth I suspect that merely slowing down is not a very satisfying answer. What I need has less to do with my pace of life than my peace of life. At any speed, I crave a deep and lasting inner peace. And if it’s solace I’m after, I don’t need to pace myself like […]

The Healing Medicine of Kindness – Monday Oracle 29 May 2017

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson   Hello, Lovelies! Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the […]

Gratitude; A Way to Comfort Ourselves – Monday Oracle 27 March 2017

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Hello, Lovelies! Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. I use any oracle or tarot cards shown as a […]

Sneaking Back to Bed

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired. Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision. Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy. Trust, even when your heart begs you not to. Twirl, even when your […]

Taking Time To Tune In

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Gautama Buddha   I’m late to blogging this morning. Why? As I do every morning, when I woke up I tuned in to myself – to see how I felt, to feel what I needed. […]

This Blog Is Late Because… January 2 – My Day of Rest!

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock, The Use Of Life   After days of insanely long hours putting […]

The Week Ahead – Monday Oracle for Monday 26 December

  “God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi “Open your mind and let the universe speak to you.” ~ Bangambiki Habyarimana   Hello, Lovelies! Here’s the oracle card I have chosen this Monday, the last one for 2016, and my take on the energetic outlook for the week ahead. ‘Inner […]

Today, I’m Off The Grid…

“While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you are and what you truly seek.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru   I’m bone tired. Lots going on and an action-packed weekend so soon after my surgery meant that this was bound to happen – that I’d wake […]

The Week Ahead – Oracle Reading for Monday 5 September 2016

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection […]

Loving-Kindness Meditation

“…eventually tides will be the only calendar you believe in… And someone’s face, whom you love, will be as a star Both intimate and ultimate, And you will be heart-shaken and respectful. And you will hear the air itself, like a beloved, whisper Oh let me, for a while longer, enter the two Beautiful bodies […]

30 Things That Changed When I Took An Unplugged Day Every Week

“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” ~ Patricia Highsmith   In January this year I made an important decision. I have a life where I am almost always on call. Always connected and reachable. Always busy. Even though I work for myself and love my work, and I […]

Life Lucky Dips – Why You Need Them!

  “Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” ~ Henry Clay   In Australia we have a quaint custom called a Lucky Dip. It is often found at fairs and school fetes. A box full of mystery gifts from which we can choose. Every gift […]

Do What Makes Your Heart Sing

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve […]

Crazy, Beautiful, Sustainable Madness

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” ~ Alain de Botton   It’s a crazy time of year for me. As the end of year/beginning of the new year always is, in my line of work. I have a retreat coming up in less than two weeks. […]

10 Easy Steps For Self Care During Troubled Times

“They called her witch because she knew how to heal herself.” ~ Te’ V. Smith   It’s simple enough to be well-intentioned and kind to yourself when life is going smoothly. Or if you are on holidays. Or in a really good head space. But when we are hard up against it – when we have crushing […]

Are You In Survival Mode For No Good Reason?

“Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!” ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre   Most of us are used to pushing, to working hard, to gritting our teeth and carrying on. If there is a crisis in your life, that is often the only thing to be done. But sometimes, it seems […]

A Gentle Morning

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full […]

Two Steps Back

Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up. ~ Richelle E. […]

Advice For Overwhelmed Empaths and Psychics

“Every time you make a commitment to your own self-care, self-love and self-respect and then follow through, you build trust in yourself.” ~ Miranda J. Barrett   The difficult thing about being empathic or psychic is that most of us can’t turn it off. Some days that’s fine. We feel strong, and we can roll […]

When Crystals Break…

“We had entered an era of limitlessness, or the illusion thereof, and this in itself is a sort of wonder. My grandfather lived a life of limits, both suffered and strictly observed, in a world of limits. I learned much of that world from him and others, and then I changed; I entered the world […]

A Big Few Days…

“It never rains, but it pours.” ~ Old English Proverb   Forgive me. This post is late in coming. Or early. Depending on how you look at it. You see, we had just returned home to the farm to catch our breath when Ben became unwell. Unwell gave way to a difficult night, a worsening of […]

Cafe Dog’s Advice For The Day

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ~ Susan Sontag   Cafe Dog, or Harry, as others know him, has been logging up early morning cafe-time […]

Getting Ready for April 2015

“And this mess is so big And so deep and so tall, We cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!” ~ Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson […]

Colour Me Calm

“Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks.” ~ Dr. SunWolf   I’ve found a wonderful new form of meditation. It’s colouring. To give myself a calming break in a busy day, I take five or ten minutes just for me. I sit quietly with my tube of pretty pencils and my fairy book […]

How to do a Ten Minute Mini-Retreat

“But this revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.” ~Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha   I have a girlfriend who is about to wing halfway around the world to gift herself a two-month retreat at a health and […]

Filling Up The Well

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brownn   This past week I’ve given all I had and then some. I was glad to do it, and grateful to be […]

Today’s expected transformation…

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” ~ Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life   Today’s the day. Our Soul Sanctuary 2014 retreat starts this morning. A group of hard-working and world-weary women shall walk through the front door, tired and in […]

Seeking Help Is Not Failure

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ~ César Chávez   I had a long chat with a close friend yesterday. She’s been struggling for a while – I’ve heard it in her voice, I’ve seen it in the way her usual happy disposition had given way to a furrowed brow, a […]

Rewarding Yourself Is A Good Thing

“The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it.” ~ Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods “To celebrate the production of the work and the personal growth created by the effort is a wonderful thing. Stopping to mark a personal achievement can […]

Will You Join Us for the 2014 Soul Sanctuary Retreat?

“When we pay attention, whatever we are doing – whether it be cooking or cleaning or making love – is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper and at the same time more spacious.” ~ R. Fields […]

Kindness Challenge – Week Four

“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 […]

A Day Just For Me

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~Eleanor Brownn   I’ve designated a day of rest. Today I have no agenda, no chores to do, and nowhere to be. I’ll leave the […]

Ten Ways to find ‘Me’ Time

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” ~ Sarah Dessen, Just Listen   No matter how committed we are the love and care of others, no matter how much is on our […]

What’s Your Carrot?

“Dangling a carrot in front of a donkey—or anyone else for that matter—is not nice, and not fair, unless you eventually plan to give it up to them.” ~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration   Traditionally a carrot was dangled in front of a donkey to keep him moving forward, even if he didn’t want to […]

Who’s your Support Crew in 2014?

“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends” ~ John Lennon and Paul McCartney Few of us get there on our own. The journey is always made easier when we have […]

What to do if you’re on your own at Christmas

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”  ~ Mother Teresa   Christmas isn’t always an easy time. In fact it can be one of the hardest holidays of the year. Not every family is close, you might be a long way from home, some families are small – there might be […]

Do you need an Enforced Rest?

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away […]

A little Solitude is good for the Soul

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”  ~ Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now   If you’re energetically sensitive like me, then you might already understand the importance of time on your own. Interacting with others draws […]

5 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself Today

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”  ~ Oscar Wilde I’m working today, conducting some psychic appointments. There’s such a joy for me in that – both the joy of spiritual connection, and the joy of being of service. And I’m also choosing to be extra kind to […]

Your Magical Free Ticket – Claim Now!

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball This Free Ticket grants you permission to gift yourself an entire hour of your day. This hour is yours to use as you want. Here are the rules: You can […]

My Lazy Sunday

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.” ~ Proverb I had intended to come up with something fabulous for today’s blog. But the truth is all I can think about is making a pot of tea, cracking my knuckles, and sitting down to work on my pirates and fairies story. It’s one of my favourite things […]

Life without my computer…

At first I wondered how I would cope, but then this happened… Beautiful book. Cup of tea. Sleep. Visits with friends.   Hand-written notes for my cookbook project as I snuggled under a doona on a cold, rainy night. And suddenly Sunday was over… Today I see my Lyme Doctor, obtain a raft of new […]

Self Care isn’t Selfish

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~ Deborah Day   A friend of mine has finally taken time out from her crazy over-giving-to-everyone-else-but-herself life to focus on her health. She’s run herself ragged, and her poor body […]

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