How a simple jar and paper can change your life

How a simple jar and paper can change your life

On the last day of 2015, I attended a casual New Year’s Eve party with a small group of friends. We sat about chatting and the conversation shifted to our highlights of the past year.  The first things that sprang to mind were those that had monetary value, holidays, new cars, pay rises and a new house. Happy times indeed, but were they the best moments of our year? Were we so conditioned by society and its consumerism that we no longer valued authentic connection? 

And so I announced I was going to write down the highlight of my day, every day, for a whole year. Who knew, such a simple practice would have such a profound impact on my life.

Just before bed on New Year’s Day, I found a nearly empty jar of pickled onions...

Becoming a Natural Superwoman

Becoming a Natural Superwoman

As 2017 begins I find myself evaluating the way I live my life and the goals and lifestyle I wish to forge for myself and my family. We all want to a look after ourselves and our families and want our environment and home to reflect this also. Personally, I want to do this without compromising the planet or my ethics. For me, being a conscious consumer has more significance now than ever before. The way I purchase items and products are built to last not limited by built in obsolescence and short product lifecycle, nor having a negative impact on our planet. In this podcast, you will learn about easy #healthhacks and #biohacks to make your home healthy and toxin-free. This podcast will give you some tips on eliminating unnecessary items, working with less toward a more natural and sustainable existence.

SLEEP - AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK

SLEEP - AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK

My entire adult life, I have worn my sleep deprivation as a badge of honor.  I equated a full schedule and little sleep with success and strength.  While I was at University, I would fill every second of my day planner with appointments.  I was working three jobs while trying to get straight A’s, and also have a social life.  I surprised myself one day, when I dissolved into tears upon finding out I got a B on an exam.

KEEPING YOUR CURRENCY, THE VALUE OF INDEPENDENCE

KEEPING YOUR CURRENCY, THE VALUE OF INDEPENDENCE

If there is one piece of advice I would give my younger self, it would be to never ever give up, to have the courage to follow my dreams, and to never give up my independence.

 

CAN TIDYING UP CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

CAN TIDYING UP CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

For me, it's like this obsession that overtakes me once or twice a year - it slowly builds, my closets getting more crowded, and I spend more time looking for things, only to find them at the bottom of the folded pile, shoved back and wrinkled.  Finally I've had enough (and it often coincides with a time when I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed), and spend days trying to implement clever new organizing strategies and giving things away.  My friend tells me it's because I'm a Virgo (and I relate to Nate Berkus when he said that ...

Would you like some sex on your pizza?

Would you like some sex on your pizza?

Women liking, needing or enjoying sex, an oxymoron if you are to believe what societal conditioning and gender stereotyping have taught us.

The perception around female sexuality is largely predicated by what we've been exposed to via our parents, family, church, social and peer groups, media/entertainment, and now, influenced largely by the porn industry. It's regurgitated, misogynist, objectifying nonsense and frankly, it needs to stop.

Turn Your Toes Toward What is Possible

Turn Your Toes Toward What is Possible

The show had a big job on it's hands.  I wasn't in the most inspired mood (I had been travelling internationally with my two year old, and I was jet lagged and exhausted). I also arrived late with my extended family (including four kids between the ages of 15 months to five years old - one of whom had princess slippers that lit up every time she moved). It goes without saying that I was not the ideal audience member when I walked in...

THE DANDELION EFFECT

THE DANDELION EFFECT

 

Recently, I attended a get together at a friend Jo's home. It was her birthday and a group of women, many of whom did not know one another, were there to celebrate.

Shortly after I arrived, Jo's sister-in-law stated she had to leave, a school night, babysitter... we all know the drill. She had an ask, "Before I leave, I'd like for each of us to spend a moment telling Jo what they love about her."...

FERGIE AND KIM KARDASIAN: MILFS VS. MOMMIE MOMS

FERGIE AND KIM KARDASIAN: MILFS VS. MOMMIE MOMS

I hate that I'm even writing about the acronym MILF.  Mercifully it's been re-defined as "Moms I want to follow" in this video, but of course, if you haven't actually viewed Fergie's new music video, that's certainly not what you would think when listening to the song.  I just can't get it out of my mind.  Last night I was flipping through channels and landed on Keeping up with the Kardashians. In this episode, Kim was making an appearance on Fergie's M.I.L.F. $ video (more on Kim...

Last night a dating app saved my life

Last night a dating app saved my life

On Mothers Day 2014, my world was turned upside down.  I found out, quite by accident the day before, that my husband of 17 years was having an affair. 

Boom! I was unprepared, suddenly alone and scared beyond belief. Ever since, I've been walking through my life in a state of shock, dealing with a myriad of emotions. 

How my children saw me react weighed heavily on my mind. I have always been...