Staff Meeting, Part Two

“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” 
~ Thomas Sowell

Once upon a time, I was a member of the corporate world. My meetings lasted hours and sometimes days. I wore a suit. I was often bored, or frustrated. Every hour a meeting dragged on made me feel a little more dead inside.

I do meetings differently now.

Our Staff Meeting started with a cup of tea and a tasty piece of cake on the veranda.

After a skype meeting with our team member who’s in another country (Hi, Miss Love, And HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TODAY!!!), we broke for sourdough toast and soup in the winter sunshine.

Then we did a little more work.

We finished scheduling our next course and looking at the calendar for 2020. That also involved scheduling a mini-break interstate with Ben for my birthday in September this year. Because holidays matter!

In the afternoon we walked up into the orchard and picked sweet mandarins and lemons.

Just a little more work and then we called it a day.

In the early evening we stood outside looking up at the moon and the stars in the crisp winter sky before we came back to sit by the fire and enjoy a leisurely dinner.

We got plenty of work done and came up with some great new ideas. But we also balanced that work with living. And that feels right for me.

I like this new business model much better than that old way of working. How about you? What kind of business world do you want for yourself?

Much love, Nicole xx

A cup of tea for us, under the Jacaranda tree here at my farm!

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

Monday Oracle 16 April 2018

Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.” 
~ Ann Voskamp

 

Hello, Lovelies!

April is a month that brings a delicious flow of new ideas and inspiration. Your job is to honour this flow, making room for change in your life and for acting on these ideas and inspired thoughts. If you’ve lacked direction you’ll be glad to know that April gifts you sudden flashes of insight and clarity. Keep that in mind as we look at the gifts of inspiration which the oracle card Four of Wands brings us.

I just love the message of this week’s card!

We’re reminded that tiny steps taken each day in the direction of our dreams will indeed help us to eventually achieve them. It doesn’t matter how small that step is, just as long as we are putting one foot in front of the other.

From the smallest and most humble of beginnings great things can grow. So it’s okay to start small. In fact that’s one of the best ways to start anything.

But don’t start from a place of chaos. If everything’s a mess take some time to clean things up first so that you can begin fresh and unfettered by old stuck energy.

Want to grow things faster? Think cooperation. Think finding a team. Think gathering support around you for your ideas, projects and dreams.

When we surround ourselves with people who believe in us or who are further along the path than we are we can grow ourselves as well as our dreams.

What dreams can you put some energy and love into for the week ahead?

Supportive crystals this week?

Clear Quartz amplifies intuition and your ability to tune in to Universal and Personal Wisdom. It’s a great stone to enable you to understand at a soul level what you really need. Amazonite helps you to live bravely and from your heart, especially in regard to your creative projects. It will boost self-confidence and self-worth. Orange Calcite connects you to inspiration and is a wonderful beginner stone for tuning in to the spiritual realms. It’s also great for all forms of creativity. Unakite (pictured below) opens your heart to love and draws love, friendship and helpful people to you. It helps you to overcome feelings of isolation or loneliness.   

Image from http://www.crystalage.com/

 

Helpful essential oils?

Hands down it’s Geranium again this week. Geranium is such an underestimated essential oil. With its sweet floral scent it’s brilliant for helping you relax, unwind and get connected to your essence. It will uplift you and stimulate creativity, sensuality and emotional flow – all energies that are great for shifting us into a more creative space. If you’re an over-giver and your tank is dry, geranium oil will fill you back up again.

Apply it to your pulse points at wrist, neck and over heart like a perfume. Place a few drops in your bath water. Diffuse it. One of my favourite uses is as a centering and inspiring pick-me-up. Put a drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and then inhale the aroma. (Here’s a simple three-minute meditation you can do using geranium or any of your favourite essential oils – click here)

Need an extra boost of encouragement? Try Young Living’s Believe essential oil blend. It’s fabulous in your diffuser while you work, or as a quick pick-me-up with a three-minute meditation. Believe is uplifting and promotes confidence, spiritual connection, clarity and belief in ourselves. It also helps us to let go of fear, doubt and old emotional pain and hurt.  I often use this oil when I am creating, writing or journalling, or working with cards for myself. 

 You can find the oils here.

If you’re looking for some extra support for your spiritual and creative flow come check out my upcoming Pop Up Shop, Channelling Night and One Day Workshops in Brisbane 26-27 May. I’ll be teaching foundation spiritual practices (the things I used to develop my own psychic and intuitive skills, self-awareness and compassion), meditation and mala making (this second workshop is brilliant if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, stuck or suffering from anxiety or depression). No matter what level you’re at I’ll have something for you on my program. More details 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, ‘Four of Wands’, 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.