Archive | December, 2013

No New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions

What if, for just this year, you didn’t have ‘weight loss’ as a New Year’s Resolution?

This isn’t about ignoring your health (even though health shouldn’t be your number one priority). It’s about losing the weight loss obsession.

I’ll be honest. Not having a weight loss resolution freaks me out a little. Because there’s a part of me that does want to lose weight.

I’m ignoring that small voice though. Here’s why I think you should too.

What if this year, instead you focused your headspace and energy into taking exquisite care of yourself?

And then…went out and lived your life of awesomeness.

No more half life. No more hiding. It’s time to be full of energy, to feel on top of the world.

I know you’ve got it in you. You’re nurturing, generous, whip-smart and creative. I know you want to make a difference. It’s why you’re here!

Forget the pounds of flesh, forget the crushing anxiety, leave the self loathing at the door.

Step up, and step out into your brilliance. You radiate when you do.

And when you shine like that, people can’t help but be attracted to you and your message.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve taken down my coaching services. I like coaching, but I’m going where my joy is - and that’s music. Music and building community.

That’s why I’m beyond stoked to see the glorious comrades who have already joined me for Spectrum. To learn of their deep desire to serve, to be entrepreneurs, to reach big goals, and to be themselves as they do.

I love their intentions because they mirror mine. I know we’re all in this together, and to be on a journey with these incredible people is going to be epic.

So this year I encourage you to join us too, so you can get the motivation you need to go after your dreams, minus the overwhelm.

Whatever you decide, I hope that you will commit to honouring yourself and your dreams in 2014, without the quest for weight loss.


Tahleevision: Farewell 2013

Wow. It’s the end of 2013. Can you believe it?!

All I can say is - Farewell to a profoundly challenging year! Thank you to all my fabulous comrades for sharing this incredible journey with me. Cheers to a brilliant 2014. Bring it on!

♦ The sweetest of words contained in love letters between two of American history’s greatest writers

Tho I long for the actual sunlight contact between us I miss you like a home. Shine back honey & think of me.

♦ So excited to see Brené Brown is collaborating with Oprah again to deliver an art journaling e-course based on her book, The Gifts of Imperfection

♦ I still can’t get enough of Jo Klima’s Maps To Herself. Her Mind Mandala is just stunning!

♦ Wise sage Gala Darling admits that It’s Ok If You Don’t Love Yourself

♦ You know multitasking makes you miserable, right?

♦ A hula-hoop that doubles as a washing machine?

♦ A wonderful article from Deepak Chopra on chakras. Highly relevant to Spectrum ;)

♦ Nelson Mandela’s death was a great loss to our world and his legacy will live on for a long time. Here are some of his brilliant quotes.

♦ Mastin Kipp reminds us to stay soft and open - even after you got hurt.

♦ Oooh, a fantastically powerful tip for all the worrywarts (including me!)

♦ Hearing protection never looked so good!

♦ Apparently engineers have a sense of humour.

♦ One of my FAVE community groups, the Environmental Defenders Office, have lost their funding. Can you give a little to keep them running?

♦  How to Stop Making a Big Deal About Your Problems. Nuff said.

♦ Remember The Neverending Story? It’s had a makeover.

Super cute badges for the creative with a fire in their belly!

♦ Realistic company slogans that made me giggle (with a few rude words FYI)

♦ Letting go has been a strong theme for my December. Justine Musk describes why it’s so important.

♦ This little girl has had the wildest childhood!

♦ My girl, Rachelle has launched her new website - My Saturn Epoch. It’s gorg. Check it out.

♦ Colourized x-rays. Even more beautiful than watercolours IMHO.

♦ Have you heard. Wanderlust (the phenomenal yoga & music festival) is coming to Australia!!!

♦ Stunningly modern examples of an ancient Japanese artform from a 92 year old woman

♦ Loving the new EATT magazine - a bimonthly guide to the latest eco products, design, destinations , art and photography.

♦ Dear Santa - Can I please have this Tarot deck?!

♦ Proof that you don’t need a computer to make stunning dream worlds. Just an incredible imagination!

♦ Thoughts create molecular changes to your genes. But you already knew that, didn’t you.

One of my favourite musicians, Bluetech, is about to release a new album. Squeee.


 Brené Brown’s beautiful words about the difference between empathy and sympathy - animated into this adorable video.


The BEST video I’ve ever seen about New Years’ Resolutions. An absolute must see especially if you’re joining us for Spectrum!


I’m overjoyed that Russell Brand has overcome painful addictions and is using his powerful intellect to spread such a positive message.


13 Very Good Reasons Not to Meditate

  1. Who has the time?! There are much more important things to do like obsessively check Facebook, ironing, and watching TV.
  2. It’s really hard to switch your mind off. And nothing worth doing was ever worth practicing.
  3. I’ve never even heard of anything remotely useful that would help you switch your mind off (*cough* meditones *cough cough*)
  4. Caves are dank and gross! Who would want to sit in one AT ALL?!
  5. Orange robes are for sissy’s and there’s NO WAY I’m shaving my head.
  6. Boriiiiing!
  7. I like feeling like shit.
  8. It’s easier and way more fun to relax in other ways - like eating, drinking and smoking.
  9. Sitting still is tedious and hurts my bum.
  10. Life is too stressful. I need to fix everything before I can stop to meditate.
  11. YOU try meditating when you’re surrounded by 3 kids / a looming deadline / a tonne of paperwork / peak hour traffic / insert generic pressure point here!
  12. It’s New Age hippy nonsense. Where’s the science that proves the so called ‘benefits’?
  13. I tried it once and it didn’t work.

PS - Are you a nurturing creative who has BIG plans for 2014? Want to achieve them minus the overwhelm? Join me and a tribe of like-minded comrades for Spectrum.


How a Good Pair of Headphones Will Change Your Life

Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to your favourite music with a good pair of headphones?

I mean REALLY listen.

With a REALLY good pair of headphones that cover your ears?

It’ll change your life.

Here’s why.

1. Earbuds kill your hearing

Actually - that’s not quite true. Noise kills your hearing.

But the problem with earbuds is that they don’t block outside noise very well. So in order for you to hear your favourite tunes while you’re on the #86 tram - you have to turn the volume up really loud.

When you use “over the ear” headphones, you can keep the music softer because you’ll be able to hear it more clearly. Plus you’ll be saving your ears from hearing loss, because once it’s gone - it ain’t never coming back.

2. You’ll hear things you’ve never heard before

Listening to music in good headphones is an exquisite experience. You have an intimacy with the song that you can’t get anywhere else.

You’ll hear bits and pieces, particularly in the background that you’ve never heard before. Plus, really good headphones have a greater frequency response. This means you’re able to hear a greater tonal range in the music.

Again - it’ll be crisper and clearer like you’ve never heard before. Bliss.

3. You are able to experience the therapeutic qualities of meditones

Did you know that meditones directly stimulate relaxed neural activity? And that you can only experience their calming effect when you use headphones?

This is because meditones aren’t processed in the brain like normal sound when you use headphones. Meditones stimulate the whole brain to function at an optimal calm state. They truly are phenomenal.

But if you listen to meditones in speakers, you can move your head around and cancel out the effect. No effect = no therapeutic value. Sad face.

So where do you get awesome over-the-ear headphones?

Here are a few of my faves.

Panasonic DJ Street Model Headphones

Super cute and foldy-uppy. So you can take them wherever you go and still fit them in your handbag. Win win.

Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Headphones

I adore Skullcandy. They make high quality headphones that are funky and affordable. These ones come in a TONNE of colours but the rainbow multi-coloured set is mah favourite.

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Over-Ear Headphones

If you really want to experience clear sound and block the outside world, these noise-cancelling headphones are for you. A little extra, but well worth the investment.

What about you? Do you own a good pair of headphones? What’s your favourite music to listen to with them? Head over to the Facebook page and let’s discuss.


Because Burnout is a Bad Idea

Dadoi. Of COURSE burnout is a bad idea.

So why do we keep doing it?!

I know it’s a lesson I’ve sorely learned more than once.

I’ve burnt the midnight oil, powered through to deadlines, worked 3 jobs at once whilst simultaneously organising 2 regular events.

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and then chewed like hell. And it always ended the same way.

Case in point:

A few years ago, I was working full time as a Environmental Project Manager whilst also studying to get my official quals (a Cert IV in Project Management). I decided that this would be the perfect time to also undertake my Personal Training certification. I was working 5 days a week, studying in the evenings, plus studying and training at the gym every Saturday and Sunday.

I was focused, determined, and have a great love of learning. I was having a blast. Until - BAM. I hit the wall.

At the end of my PT certification, I skipped the boat party that everyone else was celebrating at. Instead, I headed straight home to curl up on the couch with a huge block of chocolate and watched TV for hours. How ironic.

Self care? Non-existent.

Lesson learned? Not even close.

Once I had finished my PT studies, I was offered a job at a local gym and quickly moved up into a managerial role. There was HUGE pressure to turn the financially failing gym around within 3 months.

At first I was excited at the prospect of fixing a broken business. I saw myself as a grand leader that would bring the team together and we would all become a united front for positive change. I had a wonderful mentor and great staff, and for a while things were great.

But then I faced resistance from staff and members, an absent mentor and was personally directed to shoulder the responsibility of the failing business from a tyrannical owner. I was constantly asked to chop and change, I felt criticised on all sides.

And what did I do?

I tried harder. I worked longer hours. I never exercised. At the gym I was working at, I never made time to workout!

Sure there were things that were outside of my control, but I didn’t take advantage of the things that were. ie - myself.

Even other managers could see I was struggling and advised me to chill out, to make sure I was taking good care of myself.

But I didn’t. Until - BAM. That familiar sensation of burnout hit again. I was exhausted, teary, waking up in a cold sweat at 2am and constantly worried. In the end, I resigned.

Self care? Non existent.

Lesson learned? Getting there but not quite.

Even recently, as a full time entrepreneur - there’s days when I’ve spent hours at the computer. Skipping lunches, workouts and catch ups with friends. All activities that were meant to be part of my routine now that I have nothing but time.

Every now and then I’ll remember and I’ll make sure I book in something nourishing for myself. A massage, a bushwalk with a friend, or even just doing Pilates in my loungeroom.

But sadly, more often than not - I haven’t had good boundaries. I’ve poured everything I had - energy, time, thoughts and money - into growing my business. It’s not sustainable and it certainly wasn’t fun. I’ve neglected my health, my relationships and my joy.

Well, no more.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with growing, expanding and going outside your comfort zone. It’s where transformation happens.


Don’t get addicted to productivity. - click to tweet

Work must be balanced with a rocking self care practice. Otherwise you don’t get the resilience you need to keep going with the work.

This exquisite self care practice is something that I will be cementing in my life in 2014. I’ve decided to step up and really walk my talk. To ensure I feel good as I achieve my goals, not only when I ‘get there’.

Because I’ll be honest with you. 2013 was a rough year for me. There’s been wonderful blessings that I’m deeply grateful for, but also some very painful lessons. And it seems many people I talk too have had a tough year too.

It’s why I created Spectrum. It’s really something that I need. It’s the anti-work course that is the antidote to overwhelm. It seems to be landing pretty well with other comrades too. Will you join us?