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April 2011

Inspiration

Watch Your Thoughts

April 16, 2011

By now, most of us understand that our thoughts create our reality and are working on being mindful of what thoughts we are consistently having and trying to change them into something positive.

Greatitude is a great way to keep our thoughts flowing positively and to bring in more good things because you cant be given more if you dont appreciate what you already have.

So, think about some of the negative thoughts that come up, like, “Im not good enough”, “Im so broke”, “I can never get a man”, etc, etc

Is this what you want to be thinking about everyday?

Now think about how your thoughts would sound if your life was everything you wanted, they might sound like, “I can pay for that course because I have enough money”, “I can visit that country because I can afford it”, “My partner is so loving and supportive, I am so blessed”, “I feel so good today because Ive been taking care of my health and exercising in a way that I really enjoy”.

Do you see where Im going here?  If your life WERE everything you wanted it to be, its safe to say your thoughts would be much more positive.

So, if your thoughts create your reality, doesnt it make sense to change your thoughts to those you would have if your life was everything you wanted?  Thereby in fact creating your life in your mind so it can become reality for you.

Your task this week:

1) Keep a gratitude journal every day this week, write it before you go to bed and find things to add to it throughout the day.

2) Every time you have an automatic negative thought, replace it with what you would rather like to think, repeat it until you feel good.

3) Let us know in the comments how your week turned out, notice any positive changes in your life as a result?  What did you learn?

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Things That Rocked My World This Week!

April 16, 2011

My best friend from Perth Australia and my cat’s surrogate mother, Pippa, paid a one night only visit and we painted the town red!

The next day, I did, what I like to call, “Yoga Anywhere!”

  • Being quick with the witty one liners and falling off barstools from laughing so hard
  • A cute guy we met and called “Scottie the Hottie”
  • A handsome and funny policeman flirting with me while giving a statement at 4am about the stabbing outside my house
  • Writing my Bucket List and re-discovering my priorities
  • Being featured on Makeunder Your Life
  • Receiving and playing with my new iPad 2 from a fan who had my name put on it

  • Really enjoying a book about How to Live Off-grid
  • Girly catch ups over Vanilla Lattés in a quirky, hippy, arty local café and discovering cool Dia Dé Los Meurtos felt skulls, cloggs and pictures for sale
  • False eyelashes! Especially those made by Ardell (the best!)
  • TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me (on repeat! Cant get enough of this great song! Like old King of Leon!)

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My Bucket List

April 15, 2011

As inspired by David at Raptitude, here is my list of things to do before I die!

Cities To Tour

  • Kyoto
  • Dublin
  • Paris
  • Vegas
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Tel Aviv

(Ive been to New York, Florence, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Amsterdam x3 and Singapore.)

Countries/Regions to explore

  • Morocco
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Costa Rica
  • Canada
  • Hawaii
  • Italy
  • More of England and Wales

(Ive been to Bali, Indonesia; Phuket and other island in Southern Thailand; Queensland, Australia; South Western Australia; All over South Africa; Parts of England.)

Skills and Knowledge

  • Learn Latin American Spanish
  • Learn basic Japanese
  • Learn a Martial Art (started Muay Thai in Dec ’09)
  • Learn First Aid and CPR (bought a First Aid book)
  • Learn to surf properly so I dont look like a kook (started back in 08, need to pick it up again this summer)
  • Learn to longboard skateboard with confidence, working up to slides and grinds.
  • Learn some survivalist skills
  • Learn self-sufficiency skills
  • Get a Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Learn to grow my own groceries
  • Learn to hula-hoop
  • Learn to bellydance!
  • Learn to use iMovie properly
  • Learn to use Photoshop properly
  • Achieve a general understanding of various philosophers
  • Read Mary Angelou, Emerson, H.D. Thoreau, Roosevelt
  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Learn to play the drums
  • Learn to ride a motorbike (can ride a quad-bike)
  • Learn to build a house from all natural materials

Achievements

  • Become gainfully self-employed
  • Become debt free
  • Find out who my ancestors are beyond my great grandparents.
  • Be able to do one proper pull-up
  • Reshape my upper thighs and butt into strong muscle areas
  • Make a living doing work I love
  • Grow my own food at my off-grid home in the countryside
  • Work with kids in a creative, un-government-scheduled way (teaching horse riding?  teaching art at a Montesory school?)
  • Perform professionally as a non-exotic dancer (IN PROGRESS)
  • Be completely prepared for disaster should I need to be (supplies/exit strategies/basic medical knowledge)
  • Achieve a location-independent, mostly passive income
  • Read all the books I have bought before buying more!
  • Swim/surf/snorkel with wild dolphins and turtles
  • Get a turtle tattoo
  • Immigrate to Australia
  • Complete my pole dancing training so that I can do all of the advanced moves!
  • Become fully flexible

Books to read / Films to see

  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Beyond Good and Evil – Neitzsche

Experiences To Have

  • Plant and harvest an organic vegetable garden
  • Work with pre-schoolers
  • Surf, explore and do yoga in Costa Rica
  • Fly First Class
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See Kings of Leon live
  • Live in Paris for at least a month
  • Live in a van
  • Stay at a very expensive hotel
  • Be part of a documentary
  • Be on TV
  • Go camping
  • Go kayaking
  • Work for food and board on a Permaculture farm
  • Work for food and board on a low impact homes site

What are some things you would like to achieve in your lifetime?  Tell us in the comments!

Inspiration

How Do You Learn to Love and Accept Your Body?

April 13, 2011

Change your mind, change your life

Honestly, learning to love your body is as simple as making the choice to love and accept your body, even on your off days.

When we self hate its because we are comparing ourselves to others or not taking care of ourselves properly.

The obvious answer would be to stop doing both. You will never look like anyone else but yourself but at least you can look your best self if you put in the time and effort to do so. That means exercising and eating right.

Its all down to choice

Choose to be the best you can be, choose to ignore the negative thoughts, choose to be grateful that you have all your working limbs and senses, that your body can take you to your place of work, that it can let you swim, run and be hugged.

Whenever you get a negative thought, think of three things you love about your body then go on with your day.

I hope this helped!  Do you have any other tips you can add to this?  Let us know in the comments! Dont be shy! :)

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{Recipe} Homemade Brocolli and Cabbage Soup

April 12, 2011

Some of my best meals are the ones I make from scratch with no recipe and whatever I have left in the fridge.

I get a box of organic, locally grown veg delivered once a week and today all I had in the fridge was a bag of purple sprouting brocolli and a tear drop shaped cabbage which was a week or so old – so needed to be cooked!

I figured adding Parmesan cheese and créme fraiche to it would make it more palatable.

So I chopped up the veg, a couple large cloves of organic garlic and boiled them in a pot with about a litre of hot water and a vegetable stock.

I seasoned with sea salt, dried oregano and black & red pepper (makes it spicy!)

Once the veg were tender, I added half a bag of grated Parmesan cheese and about three tablespoons of créme fraiche before I put it in the blender in stages.

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Chapel Street, Melbourne

April 12, 2011

Shortly before I moved back to the UK from Australia, I visited a friend in Melbourne and we spent almost every day on the fabulous, trendy, cool and hip Chapel Street.

I already knew about Chapel Street thanks to Amy Duncan, an amazing illustrator and tattoo artist working out of Chapel Street Tattoo.  Check out her work here!

Chapel Street is definitely my kind of place! Packed back to back with vintage stores, cool cafés’ and coffee shops as well as quirky book stores with cats asleep in the afternoon sun. Yellowbird Café was my favourite place and where my Feature interviews took place.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time here, only a couple of days, but as usual, I got trigger happy with my camera!

IMG_9320Chapel Street VintageChapel Street ArtChapel Str VintageIMG_9341Yellowbird Café Chapel Street MelbourneYellowbird Café, Chapel Str, MelbourneIMG_9335IMG_9364IMG_9336IMG_9490IMG_9371IMG_9349IMG_9377IMG_9375IMG_9370IMG_9489Chapel Street Tattoo

Lifestyle

A Homemade Country & Coastal Wedding

April 11, 2011

Unusual Wedding BoquetI had the pleasure of attending the homemade wedding of two very good friends of mine this weekend. It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever attended, most of the people attending are all close friends of mine and all of us love the couple very much. Most of us also live in the same town where the wedding took place. Continue Reading…