Spread ideas

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

– Swami Vivekananda –

As most of your will know by now, I’m a pretty big fan of TED. And I was lucky enough to attend TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House today, which was truly awesome and incredibly inspiring.

Furthermore, being true to the promise that I made to myself when I started writing this blog of writing a post every day, even though I’m ever so slightly tipsy, and it is 11.44pm, I am writing a blog post before the day is out.

I think the thing that was most profound about today, was that throughout the ecletic mix of people that spoke from Tom Thum the human beat boxer from Brisbane, to George Khut who uses heartbeats to create art, from Adam Spencer who spoke about his TED talk in California about Prime Numbers that brought about a standing ovation to Mr Mark Newson being interviewed about his contribution to the world of art and design, everyone had ideas worth spreading.

And so I guess the conclusion for today is, no matter how random a thing it is that you’re interested in, or have an idea about, have the conviction to spread it. Because you can bet there’s at least a few thousand other people out there that care about what you have to say.

Inspiration for this post

TEDx Sydney

Set goals every day

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“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
– Napoleon Hill –

I just wanted to share a habit that I have got into over the last year, since I set up my business.

I set goals at the beginning of every day.

I know we can all write a to do list, a list of stuff that we feel we should cover off by the end of the day, but I try to set an intention from my heart of 3 big things that I would like to achieve every day, and that, when it gets to the end of the day, I can rest my head on my pillow knowing that I have done 3 awesome things (no matter how big or small). It’s in the similar vein to my JFDI post, and it tips its hat to the concept of Eat that frog.

The important thing is that you feel in your heart that you want to achieve these things, that in doing them you will feel good, and you will be doing good for yourself and ideally others too.

It could be something as simple as committing to read for an hour, baking a cake or going for a nice walk. Or  doing something that you’ve been putting off for ages like calling your Accountant or making a dentist’s appointment. Or it could be reaching out and helping someone who you know could do with a hand.

Once you’ve set your three big goals, then you can continue to empty the contents of your head with all of the others things that you need to do in the day, but you will always remain focussed on the three big things you would like to achieve, that act as your guiding light for the day.

So, the question is, what 3 things would you like to achieve today?

Inspiration for this post

Myself 🙂

Be the change

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol –

I went on a fantastic road trip today down to a beautiful part of NSW called Kangaroo Valley with a girlfriend to go and do a recce for the festival that we working on at the moment.

We had some amazing chats throughout the trip, all 4 hours of it (it should have been 2 and a half – don’t ask why it took so long, but it involved a sat nav that thought it’d be funny to play around with us and an important pit stop along the way for a bacon and egg roll).

Anyway, the central theme of our chats was about change, and why we as human beings sometimes resist change and what we can do to overcome it.

The main reasons that we came up with was fear, nervousness, anxiety and worry. And it’s funny how paralysing fear can be, especially when you are wanting to do something that you’d really like to do.

The other thing we were chatting about was the fact that we are all reflections of one another, and the fact that if you find something in someone else that annoys you, angers you, bugs you, bothers you, etc. in order to overcome that, all you need to do is resolve whatever that thing is in yourself and you will see it resolved in others.

For example, I have always been bothered by people who are control freaks. It has annoyed me for pretty much my entire life, until I realised recently that it was because, in part, I was a control freak myself! And when I started to let go, relax and go with the flow a little more, I started to see that all the people who had once annoyed me with their controlling ways, had started to chill out too.

Now I’m not saying I’m 100% perfect and that I don’t ever slip up every now and then, but the fact is that I’m conscious of this trait in me, and I do my very best not to try to control people or situations and trust that everything will always be OK and work out.

Which leads me nicely to the conclusion of todays post. If you’re trying to change people in you life to be better versions of themselves, mop up annoying traits or habits, have a good look in the mirror. And when you do this, ask what you can do yourself to be a better example? And then set about making those changes in you and in your own life, and see how things start to transform. Very simply, and as Gandi very eloquently put it:

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Inspiration for this post

Gandi

Just say YES

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“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

– Dalai Lama –

We watched Yes Man last night, and I had forgotten what an awesome film it is.

I got halfway through Danny Wallace’s book halfway through the 2000’s, but never finished it for some reason. If only I had been able to read my blog post JFDI back then. 🙂

Anyway, it’s a great book and film, mainly because of the sentiment.

The premise is that a guy starts to turn his unhappy life around by starting to say Yes to questions, rather than No, and karmically, good things begin to happen to him. And most importantly, after a few interesting experiences, he realises that he needs to be selective about the things that he says Yes to. He needs to follow his heart and say Yes to the things that really matter to him, when he perhaps once might have said No.

The Universe wants us to be happy. It wants us to live a life full of peace, joy and love and it is constantly giving us opportunities to experience these things. All we need to do is be willing to allow these experiences into our lives, so they can happen.

So, what do you need to say Yes to, that you have been saying No to, for too long? I promise you, you’ll be rewarded as a result.

Inspiration for this post

Yes Man the film

Yes Man the book by Danny Wallace

You can create your own destiny

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“What you focus on with thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience, whether or not its something you want.”

– Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

I watched The Secret today. I bought the book a year ago, and for some reason haven’t got around to reading it, but picked it up the other day, and decided to watch the film first.

It is an incredibly powerful film, all about The Law of Attraction.

According to Wikipedia, ‘The Law of Attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy.’

This also compliments the post that I wrote just the other day, ‘What we think, we become‘.

The central theme for the book and the film is the importance of filling your head, your thoughts, your body and your feelings with positivity, and being clear about what you desire to have in life, because like attracts like.

The concept of bringing The Law of Attraction into your life is based on a simple three-step process you can follow, which is:

1. Ask – Decide what you really want. Sit down and write it on a piece of paper. Write it in the present tense and be clear and specific.

2. Believe – You must believe that you have received it already. You must know that what you want is yours the moment you ask. You must have complete and utter faith and that you deserve it.

3. Receive – All you have to do to receive is feel good. When you are feeling good you are on the frequency of receiving. You are on the frequency of all good things coming to you, and you will receive what you have asked for.

And I can speak from complete and utterly honest experience when I say that if you follow these 3 simple steps (and I have been doing this subconsciously for quite some time), you will be able to manifest the most amazing things into your life.

By asking, believing and receiving, not only did I manifest sponsorship and a visa in order to stay in Australia, but I manifested my beautiful boyfriend, and most recently a wonderful new flat that we have both just moved into.

Now some sceptics out there may think this is all a little woo woo and far-fetched, and that is perfectly fine, it will just mean that you won’t be able to manifest, because you’ll be missing step 2 and most probably step 3 as well.

I would say to anyone who is wanting to manifest anything in their life, be it good health, wealth, love or even a new job, all you need to do is start with getting absolutely crystal clear about what it is that you want in life.

Then you must believe that you can have it, and that you deserve it. Believe that it is possible with every ounce of your being, physically and energetically will it to happen.

Close your eyes and visualise every day already having what you want and feeling the feelings. Focus on what you’re grateful for already and enjoy those things. Focus on all of the good things in your life and fill your head with good thoughts and your body with good feelings. Do things that you love and that make you feel happy. Surround yourself with positive people. And then release everything that you desire to The Universe and trust that it will work out how to manifest it.

According to W. Clement Stone ‘Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve.’ and its true. All we need to do is think about the things we desire in life and believe that we can have them, trust that we can and act upon these thoughts and feelings by taking action to prove to our body that they are possible.

If you wish to have a new car, go and test drive one, if you want to move into a dream house, go and view it or look at a photo of it every day. The list goes on . . .

So if you’re keen to test The Law of Attraction out for yourself, set yourself a goal, however big or small. Decide when you would like to have achieved it by. Get really clear and specific about what that thing is that you would like. Think good thoughts about it. Fill your body with good feelings. Be grateful for everything that you have in your life, by listing at least 3 gratitudes every day. Visualise that you already have the thing you desire, every day. Trust and believe that you already have it. Do this as often as you can. Focus on and fill your life with the things that you love. Be ready and open to receive whatever The Universe sends to you (even if they are things seemingly unrelated to your goal) and watch what happens . . . I promise you, you’ll be amazed.

When I focussed all of my energy, attention, love and passion on getting sponsorship for my company in order to be able to sponsor myself, over the 5 months that it took me to do everything I needed to do in order to be able to put my application in, at every single step of the way, The Universe sent me wonderful and amazing things and especially people to help me. Luckily I was trusting, humble and open enough at every step of the way to receive these gifts, which meant that in the end I was able to achieve something, that (to our knowledge) no one else in history has achieved.

So, the question is, what would you like to manifest. The only limitation is how big you can dream . . . .

Inspiration for this post

The Secret (film)

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne (the book)

Do what you love (Part 1)

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‘If you fill your life with the things that you love, you will live in abundance’ 

– Kat Kinnie –

We had a really fantastic housewarming party this weekend. I was very humbled by how many people came to celebrate Darren and I moving in together. Our little flat was packed full of beautiful, lovely, happy people. One big love fest.

Amongst all of the drunken merriment, there was one thing in particular that stood out to me, and at the time (in a slightly boozy haze) I promised myself that I would write a blog post on it, so that’s what I’m doing. 🙂

There are two lists of things that I have written and stuck to my fridge to remind me of what I need to fill my life with. One is a ‘Do what you love’ list and another is a kind of ‘Design for an awesome life’ list. Today is all about ‘Do what you love’, and I’ll save the ‘Design for an awesome life’ list for another day, maybe even tomorrow.

Anyway, both lists, for some reason were getting a fair amount of attention, especially considering how many people were going in and out of the fridge throughout the night to get to their booze.

And when asked about said list, I told people who I wanted a constant reminder of the things that I love, so I remember to fill my life with them.

I think, too easily do we forget to do the things that we really love. Maybe because we feel guilty, perhaps because we feel that we don’t have enough time or money. Surely, it can’t be that easy or simple to do what you love in life? Well, the good news is, it is.

And my promise to myself to ensure that I do at least 5 things that I love a day. Whatever they are. Yesterday for example, I wrote my blog post (Love no. 1 – writing).

I made myself a delicious hangover cure bacon, egg and avo roll (Love no. 2 – cooking) and read some of an awesome book I’m reading at the moment ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ (Love no. 3 – Reading).

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And then I went out for a drive (Love no. 4 – Driving) up to Bilgola Beach on the Northern Beaches (Love no. 5 – The beach) and took my camera (Love no. 6 – Photography).

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So I actually smashed my target of 5 things that I love. And the day before was filled with many things that I loved too, including painting a great big black sheet of fabric with neon fabric paints for one wall of our apartment, so we could shine a black light on it (Love – Painting). See the photo at the top of this post for how it came out.

So, here’s my list of things that I love as a constant reminder of the things that I want to fill my life with that make me truly happy.

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Why not write your own and stick it on your fridge.

Inspiration for this post

My ‘Do what you love’ list for the fridge

Read more on this subject

Do what you love (Part 2)

Fill your life with things you love

Want to know how to be happier in life? Easy, change something

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” 

– Aristotle –

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet today as it’s getting late and I’d like to sit down and watch a movie with my lovely boyfriend.

However, I would like to share a video with you that I think is particularly inspiring. Watch this especially if you are having Sunday ‘I don’t want to go to work tomorrow’ Blues.

It’s very easy to complain about all of the things that you aren’t happy about in your life, it’s a lot harder to decide to do something about them. 2 and a half years ago I was so miserable, depressed and unfulfilled I didn’t want to get out of bed. So I decided that things needed to change.

I broke up with my boyfriend on my 30th birthday, left the job that I hated and went travelling.

2 and a half years later I now live in a country where the sun nearly always shines, I run my own business that I love and have sponsored myself to stay in said country, and I live with the most beautiful, loving, caring and peaceful man I have ever met. Most importantly, I am in control of my own destiny.

I am living, breathing proof that you can tip the contents of your life upside down and set about replacing and rebuilding everything, exactly as you would like.

Too easy, as the Aussies would say. Happy Sunday everyone. x x x

Inspiration for this post

You Tube video – Your words and thoughts have physical power – Will Smith 

JFDI (Just flipping do it)

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“And every day that you want to waste, that you want to waste, you can
And every day that you want to wake up, and you want to wake, you can
And every day that you want to change, that you want to change, yeah
I’ll help you see it through ’cause I just really want to be with you”

– Foster the People –

I’ll admit that I can be an awesome procrastinator. In fact, if it was an Olympic sport, I’d definitely make it to the podium. However on the flip side, I’m also really good at committing to a task and a deadline and just deciding to do something.

There is something really special and exciting about throwing caution to the wind, asking yourself ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ and deciding to do something that you’ve always wanted to do, but have been putting it off for some reason.

Recently a good friend of mine from the UK came over the Australia for a holiday and while he was here spent a bit of time with us in Sydney. He’d been toying with the idea of moving to Oz for a while, not 100% happy with his job or living situation, but a little uncertain or overwhelmed with the idea of moving so far away from home.

After being in Australia for just a week or so, and before he even came to see us, he’d decided that he was going to move here, which was awesome. And today, I received a message confirming that within a week of getting back home he had organised a Working Holiday Visa and a one way ticket to fly out here in September. So exciting, so fantastic, so brilliant!

Yet another person in my life who has decided to take action, make a positive change in their life and do something different.

So the question is, what thing have you been putting off in your life that you’d secretly really love to do, but are a little frightened to, or you think it’s too hard or too difficult?

What thing do you just need to decide that you’re going to do, commit to and give yourself a deadline by which to complete it?

Life’s pretty simple and awesome when you decide to JFDI.

Inspiration for this post

Waste by Foster the People

Discomfort is the new comfort

Stop playing it safe

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

I have spent the majority of my life living within the safe confines of my comfort zone. Never needing or wanting to step outside of it, because it’s called a comfort zone for a reason, right?

Equally never knowing, that there’s actually something much for fun and exciting happening on the outside of the comfort zone, but because I had never ventured outside of it, I had no idea it was there. . . .

In fact, I had got pretty good at being comfortably uncomfortable. I stayed in jobs longer than I wanted to, in relationships longer than I should have, never challenged myself as much as I could, and never really pushed myself as much as I probably could have, for fear of failure.

Now, and especially within the last 12 months I have spent the predominance of my time, outside my comfort zone, because, that’s where the magic happens. And without doing so, I wouldn’t have achieved the amazing things I have achieved in my life, nor would I have grown as much as I have.

Not only have I challenged myself by setting up my own business (which was WAY outside my comfort zone for someone who has not only spent the last 10 years in the corporate world, but who would have been petrified to run a team of people), but I also made the brave step of starting to sing again.

And in a funny way, the singing was actually more challenging and nerve-racking than setting up my business. I started singing at a very young age and have always loved it. I was always in 2 or 3 choirs at school and became a trained soprano. However, when I left school, I stopped singing for some reason, and then, in turn, lost my confidence.

I was always the first person to grab the mic after a few beers at a karaoke night, but was always safe and comfortable through the drunken haze of it all and no one really taking it seriously.

And it was only this time last year when I decided that I wanted to start singing again, that I started to really step outside of my comfort zone. I put an ad on Gumtree for a guitarist and a few months later I was on stage singing in front of a crowd of 150 people, shaking and petrified to heck, but afterwards so happy and proud of myself, because of what an amazing feeling it was to get up on stage and sing again.

So, the question is, which comfort zone do you need to step out of in order to create some magic in your life?

Inspiration for this post

Brené Brown’s TED talk – The power of vulnerability