Hello Dear Friends
It’s Sunday afternoon and currently a sunny 26 deg here in beautiful Ballarat. I’ve got the doors and windows open at the moment and am enjoying the warm fresh air and hearing all the birds tweeting and singing away outside.
After a busy week that included gardening this time last Sunday, a fun Melbourne Cup day with friends, a quick 24 hour trip to Sydney for a workshop yesterday, as well as my corporate job, I’m treating myself to a well-deserved quiet ‘me’ day.
I love days when I can wake up naturally (i.e. no alarm clock going off early in the morning), mooch around in comfy clothes with no makeup on, and no set timetable or agenda. Today started well with a sleep-in, then a leisurely breakfast (olive sourdough toast with raw honey and goats milk yoghurt) outside in my garden enjoying last weekend’s gardening efforts.
I’m loving the change in the seasons at the moment and the days getting longer and warming. I’m back to walking to the train each morning which is a lovely way to start my working day as I love being part of the day as it wakes up (Ballarat wakes up gently compared to the city which is always nice). Here in Ballarat and Melbourne we’re at the point of putting the winter coats away which is always something to celebrate.
Flying back to Melbourne last night on the 8pm flight, the plane was chasing the sunset all the way back and we were treated to a gorgeous orange pink glow. Sunrises and sunsets are my two of my favourite times of the day and always leave me in awe with their lightshow.
Saturday saw me in Sydney to do a Be Your Best workshop with Heather Yelland from The Elevation Company. I participated in another workshop with Heather earlier this you on knowing where you stand and learnt so much (you can read the post here). Being Your Best took things a step further so I thought I would share a couple of insights with you.
The first is the difference between ‘working in life’ vs ‘working on life’.
Many of us spend all our time ‘working in life’, focused on the action of doing repetitious tasks on a consistent basis. This type of activity has us looking inward and is usually done for maintenance and survival: the result is that it can leave us feeling numb and controlled as we go through the same rinse & repeat cycle every day.
A ‘working on life’ approach however allows us to feel connected with who we are, and as a result, feeling alive.
When you work on life, you’re asking ‘why’ questions rather than the ‘how’ of working in life.
When you ask ‘how’ you look outward rather than inward: this allows you to develop and thrive, to be innovative, inventive, insightful, and inspirational (lots of ‘in…’ words there :-)). Asking ‘how’ gives you freedom of choice and creates flow in your life.
‘How’ thinking is about control has us doing what is needed whereas, ‘why’ has us doing what is right for us and is essentially connection with our self. It’s no surprise that asking ‘why’ is the healthier space to be working in!
The second insight is about emotions.
We all have emotions and they are an essential part of being human. When we accept our emotions as being signposts, they can give us important messages. When you learn to read your emotions, they can guide you as to where to go next.
Our head can often override our heart when we experience emotions, yet it is our heart reaction that we need to get in touch with.
Difficult or negative emotions can be scary however when you accept them as a signpost of where you are at, rather than bad news, you need not feel stuck in that emotion. When you see scary emotions as the beginning of growth, it’s much easier to move forward.
There are 4 A’s associated with emotion:
• Acknowledge the emotion rather deny that you are feeling it
• Accept the emotion – no need to judge it as good or bad; it just is – this is your signpost
• Allow the emotion – it’s real and needs to be felt
• ‘Act-spress’ – feel the emotions from our heart rather than your head
Follow these four steps when you feel strong emotions and they will bring you to a different place from which you can consciously move forward.
What else is happening in my life at the moment?
I’m half way through an essential oil bootcamp and learning lots of great ways to incorporate using oils in in your life. Today I have been infusing Lemon, Wild Orange and Peppermint oil: a lovely blend that is uplifting and invigorating.
Tonight I’m treating myself to a bath with lavender bath salts using the following recipe:
• 2 cups Epsom salts (these are the mineral Magnesium sulphate that has muscle relaxing, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties)
• ½ cup baking soda (great for your soothing your skin)
• 15-20 drops of Lavender oil
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with lid and give it a good shake.
Run you bath and when you’re just about to hop in, add ½-1 cup pf the bath salt mix then lay back in the bath, relax and enjoy!
I’m looking forward to the bliss!
Looking for a natural all-purpose cleaning recipe that smells fantastic and does a great cleaning job? Try this simple DIY recipe:
In a 450-500ml spray bottle combine:
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• 1 ¾ cup water
• 10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
• 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
• 10 drops Wild Orange Essential oil
Shake bottle well before each use.
Spray the solution onto a microfiber cloth and wipe surfaces to be cleaned.
I’m also 5 weeks into an amazing personal wealth management course with Ann Wilson from The Wealth Chef.
Anne has taken herself from a negative equity situation to financial freedom and shares all the steps in a simple and easy way to understand and implement. Already I am putting a practical financial plan into place that is having me feel empowered and positive about my financial future.
The course will have you get clear on where you are at and show you how to create a personal financial plan to that can be life changing no matter what stage in life you’re at or where your finances are. It’s definitely worth a look.
For dinner tonight I’ve been inspired by a recent post from Grown & Gathered: one of my favourite whole food sites. I love using fresh herbs in my meals so The Ultimate Spring Salad is on the menu this evening.
Until next time, wishing you a day of delicious love, laughter and learning.