Thursday, 16 February 2017

My Favourite Quote: Dr Karen Phillip, Counselling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist


"My quote 'It's one thing to know what you want, it's another to know how to get it' I use with clients every day. It resonates so deeply within as we explore how they can achieve the change they desire and need."

Dr Karen Phillip is a Counselling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist working with people every day helping them achieve what they want. Learn more about Karen at www.drkarenphillip.com. 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

My Perfect Valentine's Day: Martin Gladman

It's important to make your loved one feel special and appreciated on Valentine's Day, says Martin Gladman. Martin believes that this feeling can be created through sharing special moments together, not just by buying gifts and flowers. Here are Martin's other thoughts on creating the perfect Valentine's Day...
1. My perfect Valentine’s Day would include... 
"A surprise ticket to An Intimate Evening Of True Love Songs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, followed by a walk around Rymil Park and an early night tucked into bed with my partner where we can talk about all the wonders that we have, both together and in this world."

2. My dream Valentine’s Day gift would be... 
"My partner feeling his absolute best (and me too!), completely loved up and joyful, because being around that is absolutely infectious and very beautiful, not only for me, but for all, but that's him everyday not just on Valentine's Day! Outside of that, if I had to choose one gift, then a new eye pillow from Feather Light Productions is a very beautiful and practical thing a man can receive as a special gift."




3. My ultimate Valentine’s indulgence... 
"Is performing in An Intimate Evening Of True Love Songs (!) I know it's a bit of promotional opportunity, but truly, being able to share such an astounding show with a room full of people, getting them up and dancing and joining in on the fun, is pretty awesome and we get to do it twice a day! This is an absolute gift, I can't wait to share it with Adelaide."

4. I’d love to get a Valentine’s card or treat from... 
"Everyone in my life, why build love with one when you can build it with all? I get and give Valentine's gifts every single day but they're not in an object, they're not even about Valentine's, it's about my love - be it in a hug, a word or gesture, they're the ultimate Valentine's Day gifts and they can be given all year round, not just on one day."

Martin Gladman is a counsellor and social worker from Melbourne, Victoria who is an avid writer on all things concerning love and relationships. Check out An Intimate Evening Of True Love Songs at the Adelaide Fringe here

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Monday, 6 February 2017

My Perfect Valentine's Day: Lara Solomon, www.LOLL.com.au

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we caught up with some friends to friends to find our what their perfect Valentine's Day looks like. This week Lara Solomon from www.LOLL.com.au shared her thoughts on what makes her Valentine's Day special...




1. My perfect Valentine’s Day would include…
"Lots of kisses and cuddles, a picnic (organised by him) on the beach and a swim in the ocean."

2. My dream Valentine’s Day gift would be…
"Time - a weekend together, not necessarily away, but just hanging out."

3. My ultimate Valentine’s indulgence (drink, meal, treat) is…
"French champagne and strawberries - traditional, but also my favourite."

4. I’d love to get a Valentine’s card or treat from (partner or celebrity crush)…
"Hugh Jackman."

Lara is the owner of LOLL beach towel ponchos - wear them as a poncho or unzip the sides to lie out like a towel. Check out the range at www.LOLL.com.au

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

My Favourite Quote: Jordan D'Urbano, human behavioural expert

"Don't let your past steal your present" 
- Cherrie L. Moraga 


"This quote resonates with me because quite often people don't realise that past events still remain unresolved in our mind. When this is the case, it's impossible to take any power from adversity therefore the past continues to rule our present."

Jordan D'Urbano is a human behavioural expert. "Far too many people believe they lack drive or a mission in life, well I prove that a mission isn't gained it is awakened". Learn more about Jordan at www.facebook.com/jorddurbano

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

TUESDAY TIP: How to create order and focus for peaceful mornings

With most schools back this week, we thought tips that helped create peaceful mornings were rather timely. 

Certified feng shui consultant, Karen Kertesz recalls: 

"Our school morning routine was extremely busy with my daughter often in tears and stress culminating just before we walked out the door. 

It had been concerning me for a while, but then, not one but two new ideas came about that changed my mornings forever. 

The first change was in the order of things. Instead of getting myself ready first, I had my daughter ready with hair done, uniform on with shoes and socks BEFORE I went in the shower and got myself ready. So simple, right? But, the difference it made was incredible. No stress, no tears, and no raising my voice to coerce my daughter to finish getting dressed before we left for school.

Secondly, I realized there were just three main things to focus on in the morning - make breakfast, pack the lunches and get dressed for the day ahead. I began to focus on each one separately, with minimal crossover in-between.




First, I fed my daughter, then myself, then the pets.
Second, I prepared our lunches for the day with no distractions. If my daughter made a request, she came to me, not the other way around. This was a lovely side effect of being so focused. I was calling the shots!

Third, I helped my daughter get dressed, with minimal fuss. We tied back her hair and put on her shoes. Then, it was my turn to shower and prepare myself for work. 

And what did I find? There was time left over! No having to look at the clock every few minutes, just at the end of each main task. I checked the time a little at first, but once I knew that being focused made the task quicker, I realized that everything would indeed be completed. Solution found and morning peace returned."

Adapted from "Win Back Your Time" by Karen Kertesz
Karen is a certified feng shui consultant. "A flowing space in clutter's place". Learn more about Karen and her practice at www.emeraldspace.com.au

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Monday, 30 January 2017

My Top Gift Tips: Sara Eastwood, MyBestGift.com.au

The best gifts are ones that create happy memories, either by the way they're used, or by the memories they create when they are enjoyed. This is where "experiences" make great gifts, says Sara Eastwood from MyBestGift.com.au. Experiences are also a great choice for the "hard-to-buy-for" or people who don't like "stuff". 

1. The best gift I ever received was...
"A surprise weekend away to Palm Beach from my boyfriend (now husband)! I'd only been living in Sydney for short while and hadn't ventured up to the northern beaches. He was telling me how great it was and the next day called me to tell me he'd booked that weekend in Palm Beach for us. I loved it so much, we've since moved north (and got married and had two kids)!"

2. The top gift on my wish list is...
"Diving with Whale Sharks, but I think I'll have to wait a few years for that one."

3. The best gift I have ever given was...
"Oooh that's a tough one! Every year since we've had kids, I've done a photo book of our girls, for the grandparents' and great-grandparents' Christmas presents. It's the one gift that I know they all really appreciate and look forward to receiving and I love doing it for them."



4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for was/is...
"My Dad. He's always been so content with what he has, never asks or wants for anything, which makes it tricky!"

5. The best last-minute gift is...
"An e-Voucher from MyBestGift.com.au. Give an experience gift to someone special! You can order these as late as Christmas morning, miss the craziness of the shopping centres and print it off at home, or email it direct to the recipient, easy!"

6. My hot gift buying tip is...
"Experiences!! Experiences create lasting memories and make us happier :-)"

Mum-of-two Sara Eastwood is from Sydney's Northern Beaches and is founder of www.MyBestGift.com.au.

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