Monday, September 26, 2011

The Wellness Warrior

 Jess Ainscough
Check out this amazing woman who is eating and treating herself healthy! Jess at The Wellness Warrior has a great story to share and an upbeat way of looking at life and providing insight and inspiration with her journey.

If you're interested in cleanses and eating and living well - check out her bargain new ebook.

I've admired her from afar for a while and hope to connect some time in the near future.

Make it as healthy as you wish SSSs!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

London Bound

So, some of you may know that my younger sister Liane has been living in London for the past 6 months and has been away from Australia for about a year. We were lucky to see her last September for my Dad's 70th birthday in Switzerland where he lives and then again there for a big family christmas.

Regardless, we miss her so much that myself and our youngest sister Tatiane are heading over in October to have a Sissy holiday!

She's had some unusual requests that we bring over for her including Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter and Cottee's Maple Syrup. Oh the things you miss when you're away from your homeland!

Going on holiday always inspires me. You're away from your everyday surroundings, experiencing new sights and sounds and in some cases smells. You can't help but see things with new eyes. It is a great time for creativity.

So I'm making sure I pack my journal and camera and extra fresh eyes. I'm planning on crafting some SSSs things to get off the ground when I come back.

Any suggestions of things to see and do while we're over there? We're thinking of a long weekend in Ireland, Paris and/or Switzerland. And going over with a relatively empty suitcase and stocking up on clothes (well, a lot of my clothes don't fit me very well anymore - any excuse right?!).

Make it as you wish SSSs!
Arienne xo

What the Leap is About!

I hate it when people are vague and unforthcoming when they post about something going on in their lives (maybe I'm just nosey...) so dear readers, I apologise if that is the way I have been with my 'Taking the Leap' post or any others that have slipped through the cracks. Sometimes you're just not clear and ready to share and therefore can't even put into words the goings on of the mind. That's what has been happening in my world.

Things have been happening, but I've just not been able to sort through them. But now I have some clearer direction and, thanks to a dear friend, have managed to put them into a plan with timeframes and everything (pat on the back me!).

So, I've quit the other day job (still loving my part time 10thousandgirl duties) and am getting ready to launch into the next chapter of my professional life. Yes, I'm putting it out there and sharing it with the world even though it's not all concrete yet. That's faith and trust (and perhaps a little bit of accountability) isn't it?!

I've decided to push forth (with a lot of help from the Universe pushing and prodding me in that direction until I couldn't help but pay attention) with creating the Savvy Sassy She venture. To start crafting what it will become. To see if I can put this passion I have for young women creating a fabulous life for themselves in a fun, supportive community. To do what I love everyday. I have ideas, I have dreams, I have a vision but I'm going to be testing it with young women I know to see if it's what you really want.

I want to add value. I'm surprised by how passionately I hold that premise of adding value to people's lives. I've been to a few seminars lately, where people are on stage showing others how to make money, but have been greatly disappointed by the 'product' they are spruiking. So often, it is not adding value to the world. I mean, do we need crap websites selling something that is already out there adding to the junk that is floating around in this world, just to make someone money? Oh, I could go on and on about how dirty that makes me feel... Lucky for you I won't. But with this reaction I have, it has shown me that I feel really strongly that in everything we do we should be adding some positive value.

Yes, I believe that money is important. But it is important so that we have real choices and freedoms to live our lives with. To be able to look after the things that are important to us. To fund the ideas, projects, loves that we want in our lives. So that we don't need to stress about where the next meal is coming from. So that we can spend quality time with quality people doing quality things rather than having to work in a job we dislike. Life is too short. Sure we may have to do things we don't enjoy in the short term in order to gain more in the longer term, but seeing the big picture is important so we can try to enjoy those shorter term actions.

Phew, well I just had to express that!

So, anyway, I may be asking questions and putting out surveys and I would love if you could get involved! Let me know what you want, what you need, how you would like to be involved in creating a life where you're moving forward in different areas. There may be things i haven't even thought about that are important to you. Reach out and let me know - through my email or on a comment.

I'd appreciate it from the bottom of my value adding heart!

Make it as you wish SSSs!
Arienne xo

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Inbox Overload Craziness

So when my email inbox was getting up to 2400 unread messages and the emails that I wanted to read from friends and family were getting lost, and worse yet, unseen and unresponded to, I knew I had to do something.

Well, I'm still in the process of doing it. Many of you are probably way ahead of me on this front!! I'm trawling through my emails and working out what is worth keeping and what I should unsubscribe from.

Then I'm going to be opening a new email account and using that for all the sign ups etc and keep my private one for the important emails (banking, flights and of course the people I really want to be in contact with!).

On a side note, is it only me or are we getting less personal emails because so much communication happens through facebook? Or am I just getting unpopular?!

Any tips or suggestions?

Make it as you wish SSSs!

PS this post is for you Bartek, I felt guilty about not posting something... :) 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'm Making The Leap

For years the Universe has been pushing and prodding me in a certain direction and while I have taken some heed of it, I've made the changes half-heartedly.

Always with one foot still in the status quo. In the 'safety' of what is 'normal' or what I 'should' be doing. But that safety never lasted long. Things keep rearing up and slapping me in the face to show me that I can't stay that way. They make me so uncomfortable that I can't help but do something drastic.

I have to stand up, take a deep breath and leap into what is authentic for me.

I know when I do that, the Way, the Path, will show up. When I am committed to my authentic direction, the Universe will help me.

So I am walking to that cliff edge, knowing the 'what' but not exactly knowing the 'how'.

I trust that the how will show up.

So come with me as my tentative steps become determined strides.

Let's jump!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

From the Senses To the Mind To the Heart

Ears are wonderful things. Eyes are wonderful things. The mind is a wonderful thing.  And the reason? Well, because they are all tools that can help us expand, pull us upwards and grow.

Of course it is helpful to have the clips to listen to via the ears and the items to read via the eyes to process and enlarge our lives with! Like so many things we are exposed to on a daily basis, it is important to look at the quality of what we are allowing into our space and attention.

Just like we may become more conscious of avoiding negative inputs such as the news, we can also start to look at exposing ourselves to more uplifting, educational and inspirational ideas.

For me, doing this makes a world of difference. If I’m feeling a little off or unmotivated, reading one of my favourite blogs can make me laugh or inspire me to get back on track. When I am doing some mundane chore I normally have my iPod in or my laptop playing some podcast or audiobook (that is not me in the accompanying pic though). I love, love, LOVE audiobooks and podcasts (did I manage to stress my love for them enough??).  I think it satisfies the multi-tasker in me.

Podcasts to Listen To
There are a huge range of entertaining, informative, educational and inspirational things to listen to depending on what your interests are. Here are some ideas (and some of my favourites!):

The 10thousandgirl Campaign (surprise!): 1othousandgirl’s series of podcast interviews
Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips For A Richer Life: While it is an American podcast with US references, it still has some great tips
The mind opening TED talks are available for download
A Vampire Story (for those of you who are missing Twilight)
Hamish & Andy: A barrel of laughs from the Radio duo
Tranquility Du Jour (my absolute inspirational favourite!!): One tranquility seeker’s sparkly lifestyle musings 
Working in Heels: Discussion of issues related to women in business 
herBusiness: Insights for women in business 
SocialInvest: Interviews with figures throughout the social investment and the civil society sector
iTunes University: This is something pretty amazing. Free lectures and seminars from universities around the world including Yale and Harvard

And of course the Savvy Sassy She Podcast!

When to Listen
There are a myriad of times when listening to a podcast or audiobook will add to your stimulation in the moment. These include:

Doing mundane tasks
Walking the dog
I’m sure there are lots of other times you can come up with! Share with us in the comments section.

How To
If you want to know a little more about how podcasts work and how you can use iTunes to access them visit:

So where can you find podcasts and audiobooks from?
The local library! There is normally an audiobook section in the library that you can borrow from.

MP3 play such as an iPod or your phone with a fab pair of headphones 
Your computer

If you’re already an enthusiast – share your favourites with us! If you’re a podcast or audiobook newbie, come and discover the new way of devouring content. And enjoy!

Arienne Gorlach is the content manager with the 10thousandgirl Campaign and can sometimes be a bit of a bookworm (okay, a total bookworm)…

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Streamlined Chaos

This is a post I wrote for The 10thousandgirl Campaign. I hope you enjoy!

I have an admission to make…I am messy…

Not in the filthy ‘there might be mouse under there if I move it’ messy, more in the ‘most surfaces are covered with something’ messy.

My handwriting is messy. My hair is messy. My desk is a shambles. But I’m pretty sure I know where everything is. Sorta pretty sure.

Someone help the person who tries to tidy up my piles of stuff (however good intentioned it is visiting mother). Because I know that piece of paper I was looking for was in pile #3 on the left hand side of the table. Now you’ve stacked them all on top of each other and put them in the cupboard and I’m fuming because my filing system is now out of sync.

Now, I know the benefits of tidy minimalism – clarity, ability to focus, efficiency etc, but while I attempt to achieve this (see below) I somehow revert back to piles.

(this is the below) I have another admission…I am an organising fiend. I have beautiful stationary. I create folders with carefully labelled tabs. I read blogs and books about organising. I create my own systems and routines. I even created my own paper diary – designing and printing out the pages myself with well-thought out columns and collating them into a beautiful organiser.

Zoe Lamont, generous founder of 10thousandgirl, often lovingly teases me about this (well, I’m assuming it’s lovingly!).

I set up weekly routines and plan out my days and months in advance (see another post I wrote about this). I go through spurts of delicately crafting how my wardrobe is set up, rearranging a drawer and filing all the bits of paper on my table.

Do I always stick to it? Um, no… But it makes me feel good to know that I’ve organised and planned out the most important things. It makes me feel a little more together. A little more ready to tackle the myriad of projects, tasks and goals.

I am a juxtaposition of streamlined chaos. Am I satisfied with that? Sometimes…

Sometimes I think that having everything in its place would give me more focus and productivity; additional effectiveness and efficiency. Getting organised excites me and I have experienced first-hand the benefits. Organising your financial paperwork is particularly important so you don’t miss opportunities or deadlines (listen out for our podcast interview with Lissanne Oliver of coming out on 27th September).

Other times I feel I have much better things to do with my life than be perfectly organised. Like actually living life in all its messy, chaotic, fun and crazy glory!

Do you get organised and stay organised? What are the benefits? Can you relate to being in streamlined chaos? Do you embrace ‘messyness’? What are your tips on being organised? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Arienne Gorlach is 10thousandgirl’s content manager. She owns a few books on organising. They are not filed in alphabetical order. Neither of the desks in the photos are hers.

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