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.

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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

You are the Answer!


“Don’t ever stop believing in your own transformation. It is still happening even on days you may not realize it or feel like it.” 
~ Lalah Delia

April is a great month for leadership, for team work and for finding new people to be on your team. So if you’ve been looking to find the right builder, baker, dentist, wedding planner, personal assistant, dog walker – whatever your need is – April has supportive energy for you.

There’s a flipside to that though, my friends.

And that flipside is this: Someone might be seeking YOU.

YOU might be the solution to someone else’s current problem. So make sure you put yourself out there, apply for jobs, ask if you can help, share your gifts and talents, launch your own material, keep your eye out for new opportunities.

Back yourself!
Much love, Nicole❤ xx

The Energies of June – 2016

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Welcome to June. June is a month for plugging ourselves into the wider world. It’s a perfect time for creating or joining teams, for travel, for organising help, for forming new relationships and strengthening our relationship with ourself.

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for May for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

 

June is all about connection. Connection to friends and family. Connection to social networks, connections in the workplace, and connections to the world-wide-web. No matter who you are, or where you are, look for opportunities to reach out and connect with other people. Have you been thinking of someone lately whom you haven’t seen for a while? Call them up, invite them for coffee, or drop by and say hi.

Travel. Get out and see a little bit more of your corner of the world, or further afield. Let June have a little adventure in it for you!

Everyone needs a team, and June is the perfect energy for expanding yours. Your team is anyone who helps you in some way. Your dentist, the person who makes your coffee in the morning, the place where you buy your groceries – all of these people are as much a part of your team as the people you work with or your family members.

We all need to help each other, and having a team we can rely on is vital to sustainability, wellbeing and managing stress effectively. Teams amplify energy and creativity. They relieve our burdens and help us all to grow.

June reminds us not to overreach. The thing we don’t enjoy doing or aren’t good at is someone else’s favourite thing, just as you can do things easily that other people might find hard. Who needs you on
their team? How could you help them?

June is also about where you can make a difference.
Take time this month for connecting with people who are important to you, and who make you feel good. Build your team. Put your hand up to be part of someone else’s. How can you be the solution to someone else’s problem?

 

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“Fair exchange is no robbery.” ~ L.A. Banks

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Exchanging Gifts. It’s a sensible message of caution that supports the initial card about connection.

This card reminds us that there needs to be fair energetic exchange when we put our talents and gifts out into the world. Don’t work for free unless you need the experience or you are happy to donate your time and efforts.

Don’t give time (or any other gift) to those who won’t value it. Limit your exposure to the users of the world, especially those who are habitual takers in your life.

Be generous with praise where it is deserved, and support where it feels right. Sometimes our payment is in the satisfaction of having lived true to our values – helping another who had nothing to give in return.

This month you can make incredible progress in your life. Don’t let it be derailed by people who are selfish and clueless and who make it all about them. Set clear boundaries and make sure to hang out with people who encourage and uplift you.

 

 

Best crystals this month?

Moonstone helps us to tune in to the energies of the people around us. It supports empathy and intuition, and is a gentle and reassuring stone for developing psychic ability.

This is a super stone to wear as a ring, bracelet or pendant.

 

Carnelian is a joyful stone of creativity and passion that helps keep us motivated,
inspired and energised. Wonderful if you feel depleted or exhausted as it provides a great boost to your physical body.

Image from www.gem.agency

Image from www.gem.agency

 

Essential oils to support your journey?

Try this sublime diffuser blend of 6 drops of Lemongrass, 5 drops of Joy (a Young Living blend) and 1 drop of Vetiver. This fragrance is uplifting, refreshing and the Vetiver gives that touch of grounding. If you don’t have Vetiver use a drop of Cedarwood instead. Instead of Joy you could substitute 2 drops of Geranium, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang and 1 drop of Bergamot. My fairy friend Sokli calls this her Wake Up Happy! blend. You can find the oils here.

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Need some extra encouragement, support or inspiration?

Try these posts:

Unworthiness Issues – Or Why Am I Freaking Out When Things Are Finally Going So Well?  –  Some reflections on our self-sabotaging behaviours and limiting beliefs.

What does happiness look like to you? – Happiness can be found in simple things. This post gives some examples and suggestions for creating your own happiness list.

The Best Path Magical Oracle – Choose a Magical Path and receive a message just for you!

Meditation for Healing your Relationship With Money – A guided meditation for finding better ways to connect with the energy of money and worthiness.

Life Lucky Dips – Why you need them! – Tips for starting small and getting out of stuckness.

Do What Makes Your Heart Sing – Life is precious, and this post will help you to remember why you need a team. Because you have so many things in this life that only you can do, and the rest of the tasks can be shared with others.

June is a month for living a little more loudly, a little more joyfully, a little more fully. It’s a month for connection and reconnection. For adventures and for honouring your value. Enjoy this fabulous month. I know I will , as I travel around Asia and Europe on my own big adventure!

Sending all my love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

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