Today’s Sunday Planning Session And Some True Confessions

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“Live in the moment but just be mindful that you are working towards something.”
~ Eric Zaccone

 

I know, I know. It’s Sunday. And on Sundays I don’t blog, and I don’t go on the internet and I don’t do any work.

Except that on this particular Sunday I am!

I’m taking some time over a cup of tea to revisit my yearly goals, my One Big Thing and my support focus areas using my Year of ME Planner. I’m thinking about the months ahead, and the plans I had for August, and how I might need to amend them or juggle them around. Plans are what hold me together in rough seas, and right now my sea is rougher than usual.

As you might know, I am scheduled for major surgery on September 5. Seeing I’ve shared such embarrassing issues as vomiting in public places and incontinence here on my blog, I figured I might as well continue in that same spirit of disclosure! I have an old problem that was put on the back-burner a few years ago because my heart was failing and I wasn’t up to surgery at that time. Other health  issues became a bigger priority. Most people with chronic lyme disease have similar stories – they have multiple serious health issues over time, rather than just one thing…

Just a few weeks ago (well after my holiday had ended, thank goodness) I was revisited by reminders of this old problem. I suffer from fibroids, benign tumors in and around my uterus which have caused pain and heavy menstrual bleeding for most of my adult life. Three years ago my doctors chose a method of halting those symptoms while we dealt with my heart and my other ongoing issues that were of more pressing priority.

The treatment for my fibroids worked, and the problem slipped to the back of my mind. My doctors and I were hoping that menopause might slow the growths or shrink them and that we could avoid surgery. For the past few years I’ve been symptom-free.

(And before I receive an avalanche of helpful advice about natural cures for fibroids… I have been doing them all for thirty years, and none of them have worked. I’ve also had surgery three times previously. Believe me, I have never wanted to get to this point, and have done everything in my power to reverse this. All those other methods have failed. All of them.)

From my latest scans it is apparent that I now have nearly thirty of these fibroids, including one that is 15cm x 4 cm, and a 20cm x 30cm new growth that is enlarging rapidly, and which has become involved with some of my other organs and internal structures.It will be long and complicated surgery to remove and repair all of these things. The growths in my belly are causing me a lot of pain and discomfort and a small amount of worry.

There. Now you know what’s going on with me.

Anyway, life goes on. It’s Sunday, and Sunday is my planning day. So I am planning. I hope you are, too!

I pulled this week’s oracle card for some guidance, and I thought I’d share it with you so you could see my process. No, I don’t use the little book’s meaning for the card. I let the card speak to my intuition instead.

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I love this card. It’s optimistic. It’s hopeful and positive. Here’s the fox, sitting on the egg of all her hopes and dreams and potential. It makes me feel like she is guarding those dreams carefully. That resonates for me. I was drawn to her soft, vulnerable underbelly and her complete dedication to her task. She gives me a sense of strength and direction.

She is also gazing intently through her telescope. A telescope brings certain things into clear focus. What things do I need to focus on right now? Into the future?

The telescope was the key image for me this week. Narrowing my focus. Bringing things into clear perspective. Keeping my eye on the destination and not being distracted by all the bombs going off around me.

Miss Fox is being watched by the moon, and by her unseen loved ones. She feels protected and very loved.

The word OBSERVER reminds me not to get caught up in my head or my emotions. Detachment is a useful skill.

The numbers 4 and 9 are also significant for me this week, although often I pay them no attention at all. 4 speaks to consistent work and steady effort. It’s a number of organisation and systems and attending to plans. 9 is for the completion of cycles. I am taking that as my personal good omen! Both of these numbers give me direction and a lift in my spirits.

I may not be able to barrel forward at my usual rate of knots this week, or in the coming months. That doesn’t matter. I can let slide whatever isn’t important. I can ask for help. I can delegate. I can do what I CAN do, and I will keep my eye on the prize.

Okay, time for me to finish my planning session. How about you? What’s ahead for you in this new week? Where would you benefit from putting your focus between now and the end of this year?

Thank you too, for all of your messages of love and support. It has really buoyed me up.

See you tomorrow.

Big love and hugs, Nicole xx

Join Me for a Twelve Day Oracle Card Challenge?

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

Hello, Lovelies!

So, here I am in Rome for a few days, before Ben and I begin our cruise around the Med. And you may be surprised to know that our very first stop in Rome is the airport cafe! Why? Good coffee and fast, free wi-fi. Once we get to our hotel and then onto the ship I am expecting the internet to be quite dodgy for the next little while, so Ben suggested that I get some blog posts loaded for you before we catch a cab to our hotel.

And the result?

I have a wonderful Oracle Card Challenge for you!

June is our mid-year point, and that makes it a fabulous time for a little refocusing on who we are, what we need, and where we are going.

Whether you’re working with my Year of ME Planner (which you can still buy! I’ve created a mid-year intake for our membership group, and a modified Planner to take you through from June to December. Details here), or simply doing your best to make the most of 2016, I’ve designed a simple project for you to help you get that clarity as we had into the second half of this year.

Want to join me?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A deck of your favourite oracle cards
  • A journal
  • A favourite crystal or stone
  • Some pens and pencils
  • About ten minutes of your time each day (of course you can spend more, but ten minutes will get you done!)

Go gather your materials together and meet me back here tomorrow for your orientation to the program. Don’t worry if you haven’t used oracle cards before. I’m going to show you everything you need to know.

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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Come Join Us For the Year of ME!

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
~ Mother Teresa

 

Hello, Lovelies!

I’ve had so many people ask me whether it was too late to start using my Year of ME Planner, or to join the year-long course and community that I’ve created a special half-year intake.

You can now buy the Year of ME Planner for June to December 2016 for $15 AUD, or buy a package that gives you the Planner and seven months access to our online course and community for just $155 AUD or $26 per month.

I’m so proud of this lovely little Planner! I developed it from a system I’ve used with great success in my own life for many years. With my Planner I’ve been able to create a fulfilling life and a thriving business, all while I’ve been chronically ill and mostly working at home in my pyjamas in between naps or bouts of being bed-ridden. It’s a very gentle and user-friendly system that will nurture your soul and help you work towards your dreams in practical ways that can also adapt to life’s unexpected turns.

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The Planner encourages you to use journalling, oracle cards and self-reflection. It has inbuilt affirmations, month-by-month guidance and techniques for extreme self-care. I’ve incorporated solid management tools alongside intuitive ones. There are Lucky Dips and Magical Carrots! This Planner reflects your need to live from the heart, honouring your spirit as well as your mind.

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If I was to sum up the energies of 2016 in one word, that word would be LAUNCH. It is a year for expressing yourself authentically in the world, taking new directions and finding new ways of being, for starting and growing life-changing projects, for truly becoming more of who you are. A year that demands honesty and space for being yourself, sharing your gifts and moving into the flow of creativity and abundance. And there is still so much year left to work with.

To really take advantage of a year like this you need a practical tool – one that helps you to make a map and then navigate that map to your destination. It’s not too late to start, and there’s so much support for you here.

The Year of ME Planner is helping our community to reconnect to their own inner wisdom and intuition, and to put time and energy into themselves and their dreams. Our YOM-ers (Year of ME community!) have already been able to do such things as create their own businesses, finally find some time for hobbies and projects, stick to a fitness routine, take a well-deserved holiday, and be kinder to themselves.

To find out more click here to visit my shop!

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PS: There’s an extra-special reason to join the community this year too. All of my Foundation Members (people who joined this year) will have access to a code that will lock you into this year’s full-year price when I launch my bigger, brighter all kinds of other lovely things community next year. And as long as you remain a member you’ll only ever have to pay that price forever. No matter how many extra resources and materials I add.

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There’s Planning, and then there’s Life…

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“All human plans [are] subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.”
~ Arthur C. Clarke

 

Thursday last week I’d had every intention of Monday (today!) being the day where I would launch my half-year edition of the Year of ME Planner and welcome you all to come join those of us already working with the Planner, and this fabulous supportive community that has been created,

I’m out by one day!

Sorry, it won’t happen until tomorrow. Our internet and phone problems which have plagued us for months at the farm and which were getting steadily worse became critical on Thursday night. Friday we had almost no telecommunications at all. Saturday, the technician appeared, pulled all our services and worked on the line all day, restoring service that works (fingers crossed!) late on Saturday afternoon. It’s very hard to work on an internet-based business when there is no internet!

And then on Sunday, my scheduled day of rest which I’d decided to repurpose as a catch-up day, I ended up dealing with a psychic emergency that lasted late into Sunday night (or early Monday morning if we were to be specific!).

So now I’m going back to bed to catch up on some sleep after yesterday. All the details of the half-year Planner (which goes from June to December 2016) will be up on the blog and in the shop tomorrow. You’ll be able to buy the Planner on its own, or buy a package that includes the Planner and membership to the remainder of our year-long online course and private facebook community.

There’s an extra-special reason to join the community this year too. All of my Foundation Members (people who joined this year) will have access to a code that will lock you into this year’s full-year price when I launch my bigger, brighter all kinds of other lovely things community next year. And as long as you remain a member you’ll only ever have to pay that price forever. No matter how many extra resources and materials I add.

Cafe Dog is pawing at my leg and looking at me winningly, so maybe we’ll have a little Cafe breakfast outing first before I finally get some sleep.

And I’ll share the details of the psychic emergency later this week. My client’s happy for me to let you know what happened, and I know you’ll find it fascinating and very affirming for those of you who are also intuitive (which I’m pretty sure is all of you!).

Lots of love, a very sleepy Nicole xx

Saying Hi from the PI

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“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”
― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

(Hi Everyone! This is Chelsi, Nicole’s  Virtual Assistant – posting this blog post in behalf of Nicole )

Just a quick update from me to let you know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers, and to share a little more of my big overseas adventure to Cebu in the Philippines.

The internet here has been terrible, so loading my blogs has been impossible. On the upside though, it has meant that I’ve been able to focus on myself and my own dreams and plans. I’m sorry if you’ve been worried by not hearing from me. I promise I am okay. 🙂

Being here has been both challenging and wonderful. It is so good to be alive. It seems like a miracle to be embarking on new adventures again. I am truly enjoying using my entrepreneurial brain, and being with like-minded people. I have had some late nights, I have celebrated being in a tropical paradise, and I’ve even enjoyed dressing up for dinner!

My trip has also been challenging because I have only now begun to realise just how much my husband Ben does to take care of me, and to make my daily life easy and smooth.

One of those big things that mean so much when you suddenly don’t have them is safe mobility. When I am at home, Ben takes my arm or holds my hand when we go walking, especially when I am tired or the ground is uneven. He’ll shoulder my bag, and walk slightly in front of me as we go up or down steps to that I can stabilise myself against him.

I didn’t know how much I relied on this until my first night at the resort when I tried to walk home to my room from the pool. To access my room I had to walk over a little bridge that had steps up and down, and a curved walkway in the middle.

In the dark, the bridge became an obstacle that seemed suddenly insurmountable. Suddenly I heard a friendly voice behind me. ‘Are you okay? Do you need a hand?’ One of the women attending my conference walked me over the bridge and to my door.

Throughout the time I have been here in Cebu there has been a quiet army of thoughtful and kind people looking out for me and offering that little bit of extra help that makes my solo trip easy and hassle-free. I have been supported and cared for at every turn.

My trip is almost over, and sad as I will be to leave the Philippines I am stupidly missing Ben, Nurse Bert and Cafe Dog, and our little farm. I’ve also been missing you too, and it will be good to be back home to the land of good coffee and faster internet.

Normal posting will resume shortly, but in the meantime I’m sending lots of love and hugs your way,

Nicole xoxo

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So, Here I am in Cebu!

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“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”  ~ Anna Quindlen

 

This morning I was up so early that it seemed I had the entire place to myself.

Cebu. Philippines. Beautiful.

I did a sunrise meditation and sent you all some healing and love.

I swam in the ocean, and then later in a wide pool under the overhang of frangipani and palm trees.

And now, after a wholesome breakfast made even more delightful by the fact that I did not prepare it, nor have to clean up afterwards, I am spending an entire day on my own, with my Planner and my journal. This week – on the back of the solar eclipse and the supermoon New Moon is a perfect time for working with mindfulness to deliberately craft a life plan for yourself. (Need inspiration for that? Go read Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy.)

There shall be thinking. There shall be planning. There will be naps and swims.

Did I say fabulous?

So glad I made the effort to be here.

Sending much love your way, Nicole xx

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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 is a prize, and part of the novelty is that the gift will be a surprise.

When I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago, and given a short life expectancy, I decided to make it a point to choose a ‘Lucky Dip’ for myself each week. I would gift myself a small action or adventure, or perhaps even a physical thing – the equivalent of stopping to smell life’s roses – so that if I died, I could know that I had been truly living in the midst of all of that time of uncertainty, and so that I could say that I had done my best to make the most of my life and known pleasure and emotional satisfaction. My list included things I could do ever if I was unwell, or had no money in my pocket. I was careful to honour my Lucky Dip every week. They proved a wonderful strategy for self-love and for developing gratitude and positive optimism in the face of adversity.

Last year I lost three friends to early deaths. As I sat on one friend’s bed in a palliative care unit, Angela sobbed in my arms about how she would never get to try the new restaurant she’d wanted to go to, or read all of those books, how she’d never again meet us for fish and chips and to take our dogs for a walk on the beach, or eat coconut gelati, or bushwalk or picnic, or sit around a bonfire on a crisp winter’s night. So many things she’d planned to do or thought about doing, and never got around to, because like most of us, Angela always presumed there would be plenty of time after the work was done, and the study, and the chores.

But we never know how long we’ve got. And the work is never done.

When I created my Year of ME Planner (ME stands for Manifesting Energies!) I made sure to incorporate the concept of a weekly (yep, every week) Lucky Dip, so that everyone working with the Planner would be able to smell life’s roses too.

My Planner is still available, and it’s the perfect tool for organising your days and your life into a meaningful and satisfying shape. It’s not too late for you to make the most of 2016!

If you’d like more information you can go here or straight to my shop.

Regardless, the idea of a regular Lucky Dip for your week is a nourishing self-care action. Here are some of my favourite ideas for Lucky Dips. Please feel free to share your own ideas in the comments section below, or over on our facebook page. Use the hashtag #luckydipme if you’re sharing on social media, so we can all find your ideas and pictures on facebook, instagram, twitter and pinterest.

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  • Go for a walk on the beach or somewhere in nature
  • Take myself for a picnic
  • Spend time in a cafe with my favourite hot beverage and a good book or magazine
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Go to a market or fair
  • See a new movie
  • Have an afternoon nap after a relaxing bath
  • Pedicure, manicure or facial – in a salon or at home
  • Eat out with friends
  • Take a ferry ride
  • Talk to a travel agent about holiday ideas
  • Buy myself a bunch of flowers
  • Go to the library and choose new books
  • Wander a stationery or craft store
  • Browse a book store
  • Cruise the weekend garage sales
  • Lie on the couch with my eyes closed and listen to my favourite CD
  • Visit an art gallery
  • Go to the movies
  • Time for me to craft
  • A baking afternoon
  • Visit an old friend
  • Visit my family
  • Host a barbeque
  • Play games online or on my iPad without any guilt
  • Curl up with a  good book, some chocolate and a pot of tea
  • Invite friends over to play board games
  • Travel my city like a tourist
  • Wander through a park or garden
  • Visit a plant nursery
  • Spend time in my own garden
  • Take my dog for a long walk
  • Go shopping for a new outfit
  • Watch my favourite DVD
  • Prepare my favourite childhood food
  • Have a writing date with friends
  • Go to an art class
  • Take a yoga class
  • Make myself a piece of jewellery
  • Visit a fabric store
  • Lie on the bed and read cookbooks
  • Bake or make something from a cookbook
  • Lie on the grass and bust clouds
  • Sit in the sun with a cold drink or an icecream
  • Watch the waves at the beach
  • Fly a kite
  • Make or rearrange an altar in my home or in nature
  • Play with my runes or oracle cards
  • Make a crystal grid
  • Go on a photo walk and take pictures of textures, colour and interesting things
  • Take a train ride
  • Sunday afternoon drinks with the neighbours
  • Meet friends for coffee
  • Finger-painting or playdough modelling with my friends’ kids
  • Visit a quirky suburb or town
  • Go for a drive somewhere new
  • Work on a project that’s dear to me
  • Plant some flowers
  • Visit the farmers markets
  • Spend time colouring, alone or with friends
  • Visit a shrine, temple or old church – light a candle or some incense and say a prayer for all my loved ones. Sit in the energy for a while
  • Look through old photos and letters
  • Do something new with my hair
  • Make a mandala
  • Visit a look-out and enjoy the view

 

 

Project Madness and Jean-Luc

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“And how many hours a day did you do lessons?’ said Alice, in a hurry to change the subject.
Ten hours the first day,’ said the Mock Turtle: ‘nine the next, and so on.’
What a curious plan!’ exclaimed Alice.
That’s the reason they’re called lessons,’ the Gryphon remarked: ‘because they lessen from day to day.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

I’m launching my Year of Me Planner – 2016 tomorrow night.

Although, of course, after test-driving it at our recent Soul Sanctuary Retreat we decided to add in a couple of extra features. After which I was up late for a couple of nights tweaking the final copy. My graphic designer is madly adding those in right now (hopefully finished this morning!).

And of course I needed a shop on my blog so I can actually deliver the Planner to you. (No, you can’t see it yet because it’s still in draft mode until the Planner comes back from the designer and I can upload it and go live!)

Which means I (me, the so un-tech savvie one) needed to build a shop and install it and work out all the things that let you pay money and buy stuff.

Which means I’ve been up in the middle of the night learning how to master new software and shopping carts and such.

Because, you know, launch this week! Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And just to top it off I have been developing a whole on-line course and fun-house of activities for the year ahead for my Year of ME -2016 year-long course and community. Which means I’ve been up late most nights.

Did I mention I have a pop-up shop tomorrow too? And a weekend of workshops and healing rooms?

After just-finished-biggest-ever-retreat?

It’s total sustainable madness around here right now.

But do you know what?

I’m loving every minute of it! (almost – because there was that one part where I faceplanted the desk and doubted my sanity at around 3am this morning before I finally worked out how to make the widget work that made the thingy load for the shoppy gizmo)

I have a delicious big stretch of empty days coming up soon, and there will be a bag of magical carrots for me to snack on once everything is launched and the dust has settled. Yay!

Meantime, cuddles, coffee dates, a fridge full of yummy food, essential oil magic, more cuddles, some phone-a-friend support, naps when I can, and so many people helping me to birth this crazy bunch of projects out into the world.

Yep, fun!

(Also, I managed to sneak Captain Picard into my post. Happy-happy. Yes, I am a closet Trekkie. Also, don’t I use an exceptional amount of exclamation marks when I am excited???)

Madness, done right, is a beautiful thing. 🙂

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