Monday, November 8, 2010
Namaste - a word I have always loved after hearing that it meant 'The divine in me bows to the divine in you'. How fabulous is that!
I've started Power Vinyasa Yoga at the local centre and am absolutely loving it. It's doing yoga at 30 degrees (centigrade my international friends) and you sweat your arse off while stretching, increasing your balance and improving your core. All the while giving yourself space, 'me' time and relaxation.
I also recently spoke to a male friend who had a very bad breakup with a yogi. He and another friend have a theory that yoga can also make people very self centred. My theory is that it depends on the individual... Thoughts?
I've been a few weeks without going to yoga and I really have to say that I miss it. My body feels the difference, my mind feels the difference and I can't wait to get back to Sydney to continue the journey.
Some of my favourite yoga resources are:
20 Minute Yoga Sessions - Podcasts you can download from itunes and put on your ipod or phone for yoga on the go
Kimberly Wilson - for living a stylish life of yoga on and off the mat. She also sells books and yoga workout recording from her main site.
Make it as you wish SSSs!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Why are we interested in the lives of others? Is it so that we feel connected to others? So that we can know that the thoughts, feelings, stresses and joys that we have in our everyday are shared by others? So that we can narrow the divide between ourselves and strangers on the other side of the world?
And I'm not talking about celebrities and the superficial details and dramas we hear about on celebrity news shows and magazines. This is real people, writing blogs, sharing their stories - their journeys, inspirations, disappointments, fun, adventures, and goals.
I've started collecting a list of blogs to check regularly. I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to look at them on such a regular basis, but at least I'll be able to access blogs on business, life, inspiration, motivation and creativity as needed. I'll share these when I collect a well rounded snapshot of blogs, because I seem to keep stumbling across treasures every day.
I'd love to share more of my journey. I'm not exactly sure what the end point is. I have a pretty good idea in my head of what I want my life to look like (and feel like), but I don't think I necessarily have a 'when I have two kids and a house on the best street'
I guess this is a journey towards a life of living my everyday with as much style, authenticity, ease, joy, giving-back, inspiration, passion, drive, love, laughter and humour as possible.
There are so many areas of life as a Savvy Sassy She that we can work on and it is a gradual improvement in all these parts that can make a life really, authentically whole and appreciated.
I really do love the idea of blogging on life's journey, but I also know it takes effort, a willingness to share fears, hopes, vulnerabilites and strengths as well as the discipline to do it regularly. Which can be quite difficult when I have a life that is quite full and stretched at times. So I will try to blog at least once a week, but the times I don't make it I won't punish myself too much.
Being open to a blog means looking at your life slightly differently. You open your eyes a little more to what is around you in your everyday and what actions you are taking. And of course you try to make them a little more interesting (wow...washing dishes can be a meditative practice and a time to put a problem out there to find a solution instead of just clearing dirt off eating utensils). And you start carrying around your camera to take great photos of everyday, normally mundane activities and objects (oooh, look how the light is reflecting off the clean laundry?!). Or play around with the effects on the camera while taking photos at an exhibition of the universe the man and I went through (as my photo above shows).
So, make it as you wish SSS
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Happy Octoberfest! Though I didn't really celebrate Octoberfest this year, I at least had a beer :)
So, my October dreams (and once again it is the middle of October and I started this post on the 1st October and only posting it now!). I found this month quite difficult to come up with a list, but I think that is because of starting the new job, I'm not really sure how things are going to work during the week. I guess I will know a little more in the coming weeks.
1. Continue declutter and organisation of home
2. Start new work routine
3. Rent out apartment in Perth
4. Start and maintain exercie routine
5. Smooth into new work routines
6. Sort through receipts
7. Create workable filing and workflows
8. Create happiness project
(and because I'm already half way through October - i'm already well on my way on many of the above!) Yay!
So, the review of my September dreams. I did pretty well, a few things were postponed due to others' schedules, but managed to tick quite a few off:
1. Celebrate Mum and Dad's birthdays (6th and 7th Sept) and enjoy the time with all the guests coming. DONE!
2. Enjoy family trip to Germany for the 10-yearly Passion Play in Oberamergao. DONE! WAS FAB
3. Organise and finalise Christmas trip dates. IN PROGRESS
4. Celebrate one year anniversary with the Man on the 19th Sept!!! DONE AND WONDERFUL
5. Organise and finalise living arrangements in Sydney. BEING FINALISED
6. Steering Committee Meetings and organising online SC. DONE
7. Prepare thank yous and farewells to Staff and Students. DONE, just have to deliver present off to them
8. Start looking at potential business set up with home building. RECONSIDERING
9. Give and facilitate women's talk on finance at work on my last day! POSTPONED
10. Work out a personal routine for new work/life set up. IN PROGRESS
11. Start Transition plans to 10thousandgirl. IN PROGRESS. Start tomorrow!
12. Set up amazing home work space - DONE!
13. Continue the Success Principles - haven't done much of it this month
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The above is of where I am writing this as we speak - how gorgeous is this office??!
Unfortunately, the holiday I was envisioning for the Swiss experience has been hijacked with the preparation of the birthday celebrations! Its been fun still, but the days have been filled with doing rubbish trips, shopping missions, cleaning the house, organising everything and assembling IKEA furniture... We've still been trying to do it with grace and gratitude and thanks that we are in this lovely environment, but I've not really given myself the opportunity to sit, dream and plan!
But I have put time aside to look at my September dreams. A few will be carried over from August, but I am also realistically prepared to carry some over to October as September is looking a very busy month with returning to Sydney on the 16th, finishing work and all that entails for the 24th while celebrating farewells and Steering Committee meetings and a few other things in my first week back in Aussie land. Regardless here is September!
1. Celebrate Mum and Dad's birthdays (6th and 7th Sept) and enjoy the time with all the guests coming.
2. Enjoy family trip to Germany for the 10-yearly Passion Play in Oberamergao.
3. Organise and finalise Christmas trip dates.
4. Celebrate one year anniversary with the Man on the 19th Sept!!!
5. Organise and finalise living arrangements in Sydney
6. Steering Committee Meetings and organising online SC
7. Prepare thank yous and farewells to Staff and Students
8. Start looking at potential business set up with home building
9. Give and facilitate women's talk on finance at work on my last day!
10. Work out a personal routine for new work/life set up.
11. Start Transition plans to 10thousandgirl
12. Set up amazing home work space
13. Continue the Success Principles.
So, looking back at my August dreams, I was perhaps being overly ambitious with a few, especially in regards to my dreams associated with home as I was away and busy with work! So what did I achieve?
1. Enjoy weekly date night and quality time with The Man; DONE!
2. Get started on Jack Canfield's The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be. Read and implement at least 1 per week; DOING,I'VE DONE MORE READING THAN IMPLEMENTING
3. Organise, facilitate and enjoy the 10thousandgirl Steering Committee Monthly meetings; DONE FOR THE SYDNEY COMMITTEE
4. Experience and celebrate Melissa and Julian's wedding and festivities in Perth; DONE!
5. Savour family and friends time in Perth; DONE!
6. Plan for, pack and set intentions for Dad's Birthday Europe trip (leaving 27th August 2010) DONE!
7. Create and buy Dad's birthday presents; IN PROGRESS
8. Start handing over job responsibilites to Successor at work; DONE
9. Regularly Journal and Blog my experiences; I'M GETTING BETTER AT THIS
10. Start transition to 10thousandgirl with plans and personal set up; NOT YET
11. Organise a fabulous wardrobe space; NOT YET
12. Set up amazing home work space; NOT YET
13. Set up workable personal routine; NOT YET
14. Ensure I'm spending enough quality time with myself... TRYING TO!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Being in a foreign country can be like being in a land of magic. You tend to look at everything new with awe and wonder. If only we could be more like this in our everyday.
I’ve just looked at the outside thermometer and it is showing 2 degrees centigrade as the rising sun has just peeked over the alps to the left of me. Im sitting on the balcony of our Chalet Edelweiss, hearing the somewhat unflattering sounds of construction in this otherwise tranquil setting.
What a wonderful office to be working in, looking into the valley, seeing the old traditional Swiss Chalets and gazing upwards at the beautiful mountain range called the Dents du Midi (another somewhat unromantic name, translating to Teeth of the South!).
So, a recap of my Swiss Sojourne so far…
- Pretending that I understood everything the customs officer was saying to me after seeing I have a german passport…
- Arriving in Zurich and realising my mobile is not working. So attempting to call the family on a credit card payphone (which I haven’t used in years; when was the last time you used a payphone?!) to let them know I’ve arrived and that I would be catching the next train (then checking my bank statement to realise that the 3 minute conversation cost me $34AUD).
- Catching the 9.43am train instead of the 9.13 train and having to make up my connections as I went – so it ended up that I had to lug all my baggage on 4 different trains to get to Aigle train station where the family picked me up.
- What a wonderful thing European train rides are. And what picturesque country side Switzerland has. My train experience gave me:
- The gorgeous sight of vineyards by the lakeside
- Stretches of glorious green grass and lakeside abodes with Swiss flags on the embankments
- Christmas trees planted everywhere with impressive buildings on hilltops
- Red flowers in flowerpots on every balcony and window
- Everyone on a bike looking like they are competing in the Tour de France
- A man in a suit fishing by the lake. They sure dress differently en Suisse for a fishing trip!
- Swiss Cows
- Speaking in numerous languages in my head, preparing myself to ask the conductor a question in either French or German if he didn’t speak English
- Eavesdropping on conversations around me, piecing together a probably more riveting conversation than is actually going on
- Driving straight from the train station to do some food shopping. I’d forgotten how fantastic the cheese range here is. There is so much more than just Cheddar in the refrigerated departments!
- Then finally arriving at our true home, Chalet Edelweiss and knowing the my30 year old towel linen bed was waiting for me…
Awww, what a pleasure it is to be here!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Well...It's already half way through August, but I thought I'd still post my August Dreams.
I've written these dreams out on a piece of paper and put them in my organiser so I can refer to them often and see what my over-arching priorities for the month are, which then guide my daily activities.
- Enjoy weekly date night and quality time with The Man;
- Get started on Jack Canfield's The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be. Read and implement at least 1 per week;
- Organise, facilitate and enjoy the 10thousandgirl Steering Committee Monthly meetings;
- Experience and celebrate Melissa and Julian's wedding and festivities in Perth;
- Savour family and friends time in Perth;
- Plan for, pack and set intentions for Dad's Birthday Europe trip (leaving 27th August 2010)
- Create and buy Dad's birthday presents;
- Start handing over job responsibilites to Successor at work;
- Regularly Journal and Blog my experiences;
- Start transition to 10thousandgirl with plans and personal set up;
- Organise a fabulous wardrobe space;
- Set up amazing home work space;
- Set up workable personal routine;
- Ensure I'm spending enough quality time with myself...
Wow, I have to say that looking at life in this way does focus my attention. It also seems a little exhausting but so many of them are incredibly rewarding and important tasks. And I think it is okay for me to say I am feeling a little tired and that some rewards are definitely warranted for myself (though, I did spoil myself already today with a session at the beautician - pleasure and pain with waxing, a facial and an amazing massage thanks to Jamilla at Advanced Beauty Leichhardt)...
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I can't describe how much she lifts me up. When I am feeling down or stagnant I read one of her posts and it gets me out of myself and focussed on something often wonderful.
She has a wonderful way of looking back and reflecting on her accomplishments, of looking forward at her myriad of tasks and events and infusing tranquility into her now. I really want to take a leaf out of her book and try to do this in my crazy life.
I know I often crash my way through my week, trying to be organised and trying to hit all my targets but I really rarely sit down and allow myself to see what i've actually done.
I also really love planning my week, but rarely stick to the priorities or refer back to the plan! How crazy is that?!
There are definitely small changes that can be made that will drastically increase my effectiveness.
So this week I am going to start focussing on a few things:
- Daily journalling - first thing in the morning (Hello Morning Pages! Remember me?!)
- More regular sharing - every couple of days
- Plan, then take action from that plan - refer to it every morning and evening to plan priorities and check things off. Ensure I am making time for things I love rather than all the things I feel obligated to do (reminder to self! do not overcommit self!!!)
- Make time to look back at what I've accomplished, big and small, fabulous and mundane. - make time on Sunday morning to look back on the week and look forward to next week
- Keep reading Stephanie Dowrick's Choosing Happiness: Life & Soul Essentials. - I'm putting it my handbag and grabbing snippets when I can
I have to make it as I design!
I guess that is a challenge for all of us. Trying to keep focussed on what we want while existing in a world that tries to distract us with the short term good and not so good.
So I've started making the time to journal again and creating the time to get inspired and creating the space to do the things I enjoy.
So I'm back... I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't blog every day, though I'm going to try to make it a habit. Journalling is very personal but I think there are things that are powerful if shared. No one might read this...but at least I'm getting it out there. And maybe one day this blog will be read and I might share my exciting, my mundane, my insights, my celebrations and my occasional humour. I guess its not PC but I do laugh at myself and with myself sometimes...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
When I'm doing the housework or sitting on the bus or working.
There are a heap of free podcasts on iTunes that have given me hours if entertainment
Give them a go!
Make it as you design SSSs
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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This year, she started a great idea where she has guest bloggers regulary contributing to her blog. While perusing it today, I read with much head nodding, a post by one of her guest bloggers Samara O'Shea. It was exactly what I wanted to say in a draft post I had saved previously. This paragraph was the trigger for the head nodding:
'I call my new ideas boomerangs, and it's my job (your job) to keep throwing them out into the Universe. Every resume, essay, poem, book proposal, blog, small business plan etc. is a boomerang. Throw them out there again and again. Some will get lost and others will come back to you when you least expect it. In 2010, boomerangs that I threw out in 2007 have come flying back at me. 2010 wouldn't feel this good if it weren't for 2009—the year of nothing going my way. And I'm sure there are other set backs ahead, but I need those road blocks to fully appreciate when I do get what I worked for (and more).'She also said that, ' I had figured out how to field failure, and having a plan for failure is as important as having a plan for success.' From personal experience, I have realised the importance of this and I touched on it a little in yesterday's post Julie & Julia.
Things happen that can disappoint, you can feel rejected, barriers seem to be everywhere and it will feel horrible. A heartache, a bad feeling in your gut, physical effects of disappointment through your body. Fortunately these are only temporary! And it is up to you to find the way out of this situation.
Create a 'plan for failure'. Expect the best but be prepared for the worst. Understand that things happen, and this 'bad' thing may be a blessing in disguise because something better is around the corner. Or it is a wake up call to improve your game.
What can you do to overcome this 'failure'?
- Speak with your friends - a problem shared and all that - good girl friends have a knack of making you feel better!
- Look at your perspective - can you put this event in its place in the bigger picture? Look at the possibility that this may actually be a good thing because you're not ready or because something better might be coming along?
- Throw yourself into an activity you enjoy - be it cooking, planning, running - to remind yourself of the good things that exist in your life
- Look at what created the disappointment and improve it. Can you make it better for the next submission, or is it still really good and it was just the wrong person to show it to or discuss it with?
- Take the time to connect back to yourself and see what is important to you in life.
- Listen to some feel good music to lift up your mood. Check out Phoenix - my current fave!
Monday, March 15, 2010
It really moved me. We often hear about poverty and those living in it. Did you know how much helping and empowering girls and women in these countries can bring about social change? Hearing individual stories is moving and then you realise you can do small (and big) things to help.
Things like buying Fair Trade products and how that really can impact individuals in developing countries and how that in turn increases education and health care for those who need it.
Some sites and resouces that can help you find out more:
www.10thousandgirl.com - the fun finance program I am involved in that aims to get 10,000 Australian women more financially literate and that ultimately helps others through microfinancing via Opportunity International
www.girleffect.org - bringing awareness to how a single girl can make a drastic change in her community
www.Kiva.org - loans that change lives
www.globalpovertyproject.com - commit to take action to eradicate poverty
www.fta.org.au - more info on Fair Trade
What small thing can you do to help?
I finally got to watch the amazing movie Julie & Julia today. I can't describe how much it spoke to me. The women, their personalities, their lives, their newly discovered passions.
As Julie Powell describes it herself in the last post of the famous blog:
'Who knows how it happens, how you come upon your essential gift? ForWhat got me was these normal women finding their drive and purpose in life. Wanting to break out of something and channelling their energy into something they found meaty. This is right up my alley and makes my heart sing and my heart pump a little faster!
this was hers. Not the cooking itself so much – lots of people cook
better than Julia. Not even the recipes – others can write recipes.
What was Julia’s true gift, then? She certainly had enormous energy,
and that was a sort of gift, if a genetic one – perhaps the one thing
about her you can pin down on the luck of the draw. She was a great
teacher, certainly – funny, and generous, and enthusiastic, with so
much overbrimming confidence that she had nothing to do with the
surplus but start doling it out to others. But she also had a great
gift for learning. Perhaps that was the talent she discovered in
herself at the age of 37, at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris – the
thirst to keep finding out, the openness to experience that makes life
Julie's character and situation really spoke to me because I am in a similar place right now: Working in a job that I don't mind, but is not what I want to do; wanting to do more in my passion projects, but finding it hard to find the energy at the end of the day to get stuck into my meaty things. Perhaps setting a deadline, like she did, will keep me more focussed and help me build momentum. So, I'm going to blog at least every three days!
The other thing that touched me is the negativity that can come from others, even from those that we idolise or highly respect. I've been there before - getting disappointed after meeting someone you 've thought was amazing for a while, and the encounter was nothing like you had envisaged. Or showing some work to someone whos opinion you respect and you get shot down. It's like being let down by someone you idolise. Julie Powell received a lot of flak after the movie for a variety of reasons. Julia Child experienced book rejection. But what I'm learning is that you have to deal with that disappointment and continue to move forwards if you truly believe in what you are doing, because someone else will love it, someone else will benefit, someone else will see its worth, someone else's life will change because of it.
I don't proclaim to be someone who knows everything about creating an amazing life (I am still at the bottom of the mountain, dreaming about the climb - wanting to set up amazing strategies - wanting to become a better person). But I want to have the experience, I am on that journey. I have 'the thirst to keep finding out, the openness to experience that makes life
Do you have it my SSS's?
When life gets busy, it is amazing how the important things can fall by the wayside while you feel like you are putting out fires. Things that are absolutely the most important things in the world. Friends and family. Especially those special people who live far away from where you do. I love them, they are in my mind, I think of them often, but there can be times of little contact. It has really been on my mind for the last few months.
So I called my Dad today (he lives in Switzerland and yes, it is as beautiful as you imagine), because I haven't spoken to him in a month or so. I wanted to tell him how much I love him and how I've missed him and have a good gander about life etc. Then...he didn't answer! Great...
Well, at least I called and left a message and he knows I've tried, but it is nowhere near the same as actually speaking to him. I sometimes feel like he may not know how much I care about him because I allow everyday life to take over rather than creating the time to make a call. With the time differences and long days at work and not really having a home phone, on top of the social activities, the time I need to rest, the time I try to put aside for my passion projects, it sometimes feels too hard, or the time flys by and all of a sudden a week has passed. But that is pathetic! That is horrible! He is one of the most important people in my life and I CANNOT continue like this. My admin job is not as important as my father.
So what can I do? What can I do to ensure I have the important time to speak to him, and the other important people in my life, especially when life feels so busy and out of control. These are the times it is even more important to connect. I want to involve them in my life, find out what is going on in theirs - laugh together, commiserate together, find out the little and big things going on in their everyday.
Well, I can put aside the time. Cement it in my diary that at least once a fortnight I call him. Write it in my diary that at least once a week I write an email to him (and my mum in Perth, Tatiane my sister, Yvette in the US one of my best friends). Then once a quarter write it in my diary to communicate with my more distant relations - my aunt in Germany, my lovely family in Singapore.
So Daddy, while I couldn't speak to you today - I'm shouting out a message through the World Wide Web :) I love you!!!!! and call me ;)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Red, red wine...
What do you do when you have guests and feel like having some wine but you haven't got any?
You raid the flatmate's stash, looking for the most inexpensive bottle you can replace. Then, before you open the bottle, you are attacked by the fear it could be a really expensive Wolf Blass, so you google the cost of the replacement...
Q: what if they see you drinking their wine?!
A: pour it into one of your previously emptied bottles, get rid of the evidence and sip innocently and contentedly on the verandah
True story! Happened to... a friend of mine.
And a replacement is it's way! SSS do not steal nor deceive maliciously!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I. Love. That Jay-Z song that I don't even know the real name of... I
will discover it, but it's all about New York and how the lights will
inspire you. C'mon you know it right?!
Well, I've had a lovely night out in Sydney-town with a couple of the
girls and I'm on my way home on the good old tram, feeling very
inspired from the conversation and the beautiful city lights I
experienced on the way back (that you can surely see from the photos)!
It is amazing when you have the opportunity to see the inspiration in
the everyday. You sometimes just have to take a moment and stop. When
you do that you can realise that what you go through every day is
really quite remarkable.
When sourcing subjects to blog about, I often just stop and look at
the things that have occurred in my life on that day, the
conversations, or the thoughts, or the events, and really see how
interesting or how applicable they probably are to most people. Not
that my life is anymore interesting than anyone else's, but that the
little (and big!) goings on and thought processes are relevant to a SSS.
Looking back on tonight's conversation, we tackled love,
relationships, saying 'YES' to more things in life, introducing
fitness regimes and how it effects the balance in your life, work and
life balance, making time to cultivate friendships. These are all
things I want to try to help you achieve in your lives my dear SSSs
(and to help achieve in mine! I'm on this exciting journey too!) To
get people thinking and talking about their lives, then giving them a
template to plan and take action!
Is this what you want too?
Make it as you wish SSSs!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Another year (and another decade) has begun and while it is not necessary for a new year to begin to start to change your life, it is a perfect opportunity to reflect and reassess.
Setting an intention for the year is a great way to facilitate change. An umbrella heading of something that you intend to do/be/act on for the year that dictates alot of your actions and behaviours.
My intention for the year is 'INTEGRITY'.
Integrity to me means doing what I say I will. Doing what I promise to others and perhaps more importantly, doing what I promise to myself.
It means being accountible for my words and then for my actions.
It means not promising something just for the sake of it.
It means not promising something when I have no real intention of carrying something out or saying 'Yes' to something without really thinking about it.
Integrity may seem like something small that you say 'of course I have integrity!', but think of all those small things you've said you'll do but have forgotten all about (i'll give you a call next week or it's my turn to take out the garbage next week). Or those bigger goals you've made (losing weight, quitting smoking etc) that you've neglected.
Think realistically before you commit to something, because when you do commit it will actually mean something because your word will become Law. When you say it out loud or say it to someone or write it down somewhere you are committing yourself to following through on it.
If you have integrity your self confidence will build in yourself. When you tell yourself you'll do something, big or small, and then actually do it, each and every time, your self esteem builds because you know you can trust yourself and your respect from others build because they can trust you.
See how important it is?
So, how do you remind yourself of your intention? Just like anything it takes a while to build a habit. But a few reminders around the place will help. Stick a note on the bathroom mirror, on the back of the toilet door, somewhere in the shower, in or on your diary, on your computer and see the intention and think about it - for 10 seconds, just to constantly bring you back to that point. Think about it while you are going through your day and see how you can apply it
So what is your main intention for the year?
Make it as you wish SSSs!