Friday 8 August 2014

What Grains Do You Eat?

In today's society we are often told of the 'new, yet old' grains that we 'need' to be eating for the benefit our our health. To remove our dependence on wheat and subsequently gluten.

Have you considered that it may be better to discover the new/old grains that are produced in your own country rather than those that have fed other societies for many generations?

Check out this interesting article on five different grains to consider, including barley, oats, spelt, buckwheat and rapeseed.  It's a great read.

The Wonders of the Universe

Today was a day for being outside walking, the sunrise was stunning (as it always seems to be in the Winter here) and it was a crisp morning, a great time to walk briskly.

On my Life Journey I have often tapped into the powers of the Universe to establish what is available to me and to my Life Journey.  In that time I have undertaken experiments, as you have seen on this blog, and the Universe does deliver, frequently.

This morning, as I do a lot of mornings, but obviously not every morning, I set an intention.  That intention was to see a pademelon on my walk into a favourite part of the rainforest that surrounds us here.  This is because I've not seen any pademelons here for a long time, I was beginning to think they must have moved further away from the tracks for safety and peace.

Not very far into the walk, and we came around a corner and just about ran over a pademelon!!  Even with our chatting before we arrived at the corner and turning it and surprising the pademelon, it just stopped and looked at us.  The amazing thing about this is that these little creatures are very easily startled and hop/bound off at extraordinary speed given their size.  This one just looked, and waited while I sat and looked, before deciding to see if it'd stay around long enough for a photo shoot.  Yep, it certainly did - love it, and thank you Universe!

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Pademelon in the Rainforest

As the walk continued in this beautiful area, the discussion between us turned to me asking the Universe about seeing a pademelon.  The comment was "that would explain why we've not seen any noisy pittas today then".  So, being that type of person, I changed to asking the Universe about where the noisy pittas were today.

We continued our walk and talk and before you know it, there off to the side of the track was the first noisy pitta we had seen for the day.  It was very obliging, just like the pademelon, and waited for me to get my phone/camera out of my backpack and just stood and waited, no excited hopping about or flying off - absolutely incredible - so very blessed today!

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Noisy Pitta in the branches

Well, I was so very pleased with myself and grateful to the Universe for these wonderful opportunities that I very nearly missed the most exciting gift from the Universe!

As we were walking back past the area where we saw the pademelon, we spotted it again, only this time, it had a little joey bouncing around beside it!! WOW!!!!  So very, very cute, and it quickly hopped back to it's Mum and climbed into it's mother's pouch for safety, so sorry, the only photos are in my memory - one day we'll be able to download these I'm sure, but for now, you have to take my word for how cut it was!

Now I was feeling so very blessed and grateful, the smile on my face was continual on the walk back home.  What a beautiful way to start the day off.

To end the walk, the Universe supplied this beautiful display of Jasmine, it has only just started coming out here, the camillia's are just about finished, the magnolia trees are still blooming, though on the wane also - Spring must be very close as the Jasmine is filling this mountain with perfume and joy.

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Jasmine flowering

Have a glorious day today and enjoy the beauty that the Universe supplies for us so regularly

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Are You A Closet Procrastinator?

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

I listened to a podcast recently on Procrastination, with the wonderful Jeffery Combs, and I started to realise that procrastination is a definite part of my life, so it was a quick decision to write about it as I'm sure there are many people who will want to read this.

Why read this? 

  • it's a reason to put off doing what you know you need to do,
  • you want to find out if you are a procrastinator, or
  • to see how you can change being a procrastinator!

Do you answer Yes to any of these questions?

  • did you, or do you, do your homework or study at the last minute?
  • do you only do your washing when you run out of clothes?
  • do you do your ironing when you are getting dressed in the mornings?
  • are your clothes in piles on the floor, waiting to be put away or stored or given away?
  • do you arrive late to appointments, parties, work.....?
  • do you undertake your preparation for meetings, presentations just before the event?
  • does TV stop you 'doing' things?
  • do you say "I need to...." or "I should...."?
  • do you love sitting down and reading a good novel, even when you have chores to be done?
  • do you 'wing it' in life, very 'last minute'?

If you answered YES, you are a PROCRASTINATOR!!!

The next step then is how to change this?

  1. Make a committment to change
  2. Be objective and honest with yourself
  3. Follow systems, be organised

Make a Committment to Change

This is the first step on your daily Life Journey to change from being a procrastinator to becoming a producer!  Without making the decision to change, you will never make the change, your mind will continue to put off until tomorrow the steps you are to take to ensure your success in life.

Stop making excuses and start making decisions.  The energy given to the statement "I am...." is far higher than, "I should...."

Practice it, how does it feel to say each one, where do you feel the energy?

Be Objective & Honest With Yourself

How often do you say, "I don't know why I......"?

YOU are the only person who really knows why you do what you do - be honest with why you are putting off until tomorrow what you could begin doing today. 

What are you afraid of if you do complete a task? Is it fear of:-
  • failure?
  • being judged?
  • what will happen if the outcome is successful?
  • being disappointed if the outcome isn't what you desire?
Procrastination is the effect of a cause, not the cause - it is a learned behaviour, not part of who you are.  Take the decision to change, then discover WHY you want to avoid a successful outcome.  Take the story out of the possible outcome, e.g., stop worrying about what might happen, and focus on being productive!

Follow Systems, Become Organised

Quite often procrastination is a result of being disorganised and becoming overwhelmed with that level of disorganisation.

A useful system to begin following is to divide your time up over your day, include in the planning
  • your family time,
  • your exercise time,
  • your meals,
  • your productive time and
  • your relaxation time

Ask yourself at the end of every day -
"How effective have I been today?" 
"Has my activity included some productivity?"

Utilise a gratitude diary at the end of every day also, include 10 things for which you are grateful for. These can begin as small steps, but always say thank you for the steps you have undertaken to reduce your procrastination, e.g., 'I am grateful for establishing my diary planning today'


Contact me today to begin to step yourself through your journey from being a PROCRASTINATOR TO A PRODUCER!!