Monday, September 9, 2013

Krispy Kreme For MS!

Who feels like some Krispy Kreme Doughnut love in Perth?

I am beginning my fundraising efforts for 2014's Step Up For MS Challenge, right now, with a Krispy Kreme fundraiser.

Orders can be made now until September 27th, via email or through my On Sparkling Wings Facebook Page.  Just send me a message with what you desire, and I will respond to confirm your order and send you my bank details or Paypal details so that you can pay.  All payments must be made by September 27th.

Your delicious, delectable, doughy love bombs will be delivered via airplane to Perth on October 13th, where we will arrange for you to collect or us to drop off! :-)

So exciting!!!

One dozen of Krispy Kreme's Classic Doughnuts cost $21 or One dozen Mixed Krispy Kreme's cost $25.

All money raised go to my Step Up For MS Challenge fundraising efforts.  :-)

Yes, I'll be climbing Central Park again next year!  1103 stairs await me... May 4th 2014!  Bring it on!  I have a lofty goal of $3000 to raise this year!  Please help me do this and support people with MS!


Of course, if you are not in Perth, Western Australia, and can not partake in my yummy Krispy Kreme Fundraiser, please feel free to support me by making a donate directly to my Step Up For MS page.

All of your support is greatly appreciated.  It would be wonderful to see a world free of MS sometime very soon!

Now get your order in!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Week In Review!

The Weekend...

The best laid plans can sometimes go pear-shaped.  We were going on a day trip to Busselton, but delays caused us to reschedule. We did have a busy weekend though, nonetheless.
  • Talked to my daddy on the phone.
  • Went to Kmart - bought bicycle locks and kids clothes
  • Went to Coles - bought plastic containers for the kitchen
  • Went to Gosnells Markets - got eyebrows waxed and bought fresh fruit and veg
  • Went to Bunnings - bought casters, plants and the kids had a play!  Drooled a lot.
  • Cleaned out the bunny cages
  • Reorganised our pantry!
  • Caught up on washing
  • Dyed my hair
  • Enjoyed the kids giving their Papa, Father's Day gifts in bed
  • Woke up to find a missing bunny! I guess I didn't close the cage properly, so after some hunting, we found him.  Then after some coaxing, I caught him and returned him to his hutch.
  • Got ready to go to Busselton
  • Started driving and realised I'd left a bag of gear behind that we needed & one child had no shoes! Decided to reschedule.
  • Came home and had bacon and eggs
  • Enjoyed a nap
  • Spent some time researching bicycle accessories
  • Went for a ride with the family
  • Went out for dinner
The Week
  • Took the Daisybug on a bus and train journey to the city to collect some important papers
  • Caught up with the folding
  • Went to belly dancing class
  • Did a ton of online browsing for bike gear, belly dancing gear, boots, candles etc
  • Took a hot lunch to school for the boy people whilst letting the Daisybug jump in muddy puddles!
  • Did my e-learning for Lifeline, Mental Health
  • Did some stair climbing at the train station while waiting for a friend! <puff puff>
  • Bought shoes online
  • Went to Lifeline for face to face training
  • Slept a lot
  • My bike trailer arrived!!!
  • Spent an afternoon with my brother and his family at the park!
  • Had coffee and biscuits with my Jenfriend
  • Took hot lunch to the boy-people at school again - 10 mins on the bike!
  • Voted
  • Posted letters
  • The children had friends over after school
  • Took the kids to the shop on the bikes - NOT DOING THAT AGAIN ANY TIME SOON!
  • Home made fast food - chips and nuggets!
  • Wrote this post because I couldn't sleep
Hopes for this weekend...
  • Clean up the house
  • Clean up the patio
  • Do some study
  • Get casters on the rabbit hutches
  • Do some blogging



Sunday, September 1, 2013

My Week In Review


My Weekend... Nice!
  • Slept in until MIDDAY on Saturday
  • Posted My Week in Review
  • Wrote Day 18 and Day 19 posts for the 30 Day Blog Challenge
  • Ate bacon and eggs with grilled tomato - delish
  • Collected the new bunny and got all 3 settled in a new location on the patio
  • Played the mean-mummy card on my naughty boys. Will they get the xbox back?
My Week
  • Got swamped in the laundry department, still floundering!
  • Blogged Day 20 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge
  • Had coffee with my brother and sister-in-law
  • Belly dancing class - SHIMMY!!!  Happiness is, a new coin belt!
  • Penned a post for Day 21 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge even though there was no set topic
  • Enjoyed coffee with my Jenfriend! <3
  • Had a bit of an emotional meltdown over hormones and life
  • Spent an afternoon talking and snuggling with one of my boys
  • Baked cookies from my freezer dough stash
  • Moved the bunny houses out of the rain - 2nd relocation this week!
  • Completed the e-training for my Lifeline course - topic, addiction
  • Wrote Day 22 and Day 23 posts for the 30 Day Blog Challenge
  • Bought new containers for my kitchen reorganisation!
  • Got back into the school baking swing of things with a double batch of pikelets and a single batch of white choc-chip pikelets. 
  • Baked pizza scrolls for lunch.
  • Walked an extra school run to deliver forgotten library books to the big boy
  • Became the proud owner of a bicycle for the first time in 18 years!
  • Had a parent teacher meeting
  • Watched my little boy's class host the school assembly!
Hopes for the weekend...
  • A trip to Rainbow Farm for photos in the flowers
  • Get my eyebrows done
  • Organise my kitchen
  • Get some sleep!

Secure Home and Adventurous Trips

Eeek, I've very quickly fallen behind.  That was NOT my intention but somehow time just slipped between my fingers.  Oh well... Catch up time! :-)  I'm not skipping any of this section, because I want to explore it fully.

Today's prompt... Or Day 23's...

What is your level of location independence and your Nomadic Quotient?

When I wrote about my perfect day I was surrounded by comforts of a home, family, friends, security of work, community and a hint of freedom each day.  I did not envision a day travelling as 'perfect', although it so easily could be.

I could have written about waking up in a chalet somewhere in Europe, riding my bicycle to a bakery to buy fresh bread and cheese to eat by the river or a canal.  I could have imagined riding a horse to the edge of Lake Louise and enjoying a picnic in the autumn sunshine.  I could have envisioned walking through markets in India, or Brazil, or Vietnam...  Focusing on a visit to the bubbling mud of Rotorua, Disneyland in Florida, or Lapland to visit Santa!  An elephant ride in Thailand, watching giraffes in the wild somewhere in Africa...

All of these could and would be perfect.

But I surprised myself with a story of contentment at home.  :-)

This does not mean anything when it comes to my urge to travel, find adventure and see the world.  It simply means I want a secure home base to return to.

Ideally, I think I would travel 2 or 3 times a year, a month or two at a time - returning "home" in between to nest and work and recharge for the next destination.

I know that when I have travelled before, I LOVED it.  I felt like a different person on my own and away from ome.  I didn't have to 'be' who everyone knew me to be.  I could BE anyone I liked, do anything I wanted and no one around me would question if it was out of character.  I was free to experiment, to take risks, to manage the fall out if things went pear-shaped and to grow in new directions.

Just talking about it makes me feel giddy.

Some of the best experiences I had whilst travelling where the pear-shaped ones. Certainly, at the time those moments were emotion charged and often chaotic.  But in the softer vision of hindsight, those same experiences were enriching, hilarious and I wouldn't change them.  Every one had a silver lining. And silver linings foster gratitude.

So what is my Nomadic Quotient?  My Propensity for Adventure?

I think in years gone by, although I was experimenting with who I was when I was free, travelling solo...  I was not as courageous with the boundaries as I could have been.  In the past 2 or 3 years I feel I have had a big leap into daringness.  I think its something to do with getting older, wiser, and over giving a shit what people might think.  Although it felt I was free when I travelled in my mid 20's, I wasn't as brave as I feel now.

So with that in mind... I see myself far more adventurous than I was before.  Where in the past I'd have turned down the opportunity to swim with dolphins because I might look silly in a wet suit and I am not an athletic swimmer, today I'd get in there without the damn wetsuit if I had to!  Where I'd have shied away from climbing a tower or a bridge or riding a bike or a horse to see something unmissable, because I don't do exercise...  Well now I'd just do it and be focused on the sight and see the strenuous part as good for me.  Where I'd hesitate to talk to strangers then, I'd just do now.  What's the worst that can happen?  Making a fool of yourself can be funny!  Making friends can be priceless.  You'll either come out with one of the two outcomes... :-)

I can feel my feet itching!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Where in the world...

Whooohooo! I'm so keen for Day 22 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!  Act 3, the third part of this journey is focused on how to live the travel dreams you love to imagine while living the business dreams you aspire toward!

If you chose to live anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?

As excited as I am by the question... I can't answer it!!!  I can't say just ONE place I'd settle down and live my entire life if I had all my wishes come true!  There are so many beautiful places in the world that call me for so many beautiful reasons.

At the risk of being cliche, I think I know that no matter how far, or how wide I roam, I'll still call Australia home.

But that doesn't mean I'll LIVE here! Is that bad?

My family and all my childhood friends live here.  My memories of growing up, growing into myself, growing into a parent, are all rooted firmly in the Australian soil.

I remember the day before I first travelled overseas, I went for a long walk and as I passed beneath the rustelling laves of the gum trees down my street, I wondered if there would be any such backdrop sound where I was headed to.  Or if that greyish green foliage would be matched by any other plants I might find over the oceans...

The answer was no...  Nothing I've found so far makes up for the special place a row of gum trees has in my heart.  But oh how did I LOVE the new exciting discoveries I made.  I have so many new places in my heart for the things I saw, learned, experienced, for the people I met.  And there are so many places in my heart that have yet to be filled.  But they will when I spread my wings and fly again.

So... now I've made my heart's enduring tie known, acknowledged my belonging - no matter what.  Where would I live?

My dream come true image from
http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-3256708-stock-footage-central-turkey-colonial-mansion-or-estate-in-ottoman-style.html

I definitely want to live where the leaves change colour in the autumn.  Where snow comes on the winter winds.  I want white christmases, to ice-skate on a natural lake, to wear a real winter coat and make snowmen with my kids.  I want to crave the first blades of grass in spring, the first flower, the first  new baby deer, or rabbit to be seen for the year.  I want to sit and soak in the warmth of the sun while the children run under he sprinkler, and I sip on cool lemonade.

I want community where I live.  Where people talk in the streets with one another, whether they are long lost friends or never laid eyes upon each other before.  I want the local cafe to know how I like my coffee and the librarian to set aside books they think I might love.  I want my kids to attend a school that feels like a second home filled with one giant family.  I need a fresh green grocer, a butcher a baker, not a over-priced carbon cut out supermarket selling me year old frozen produce from the storage bins.  I want to know the name of my postman!  I want to talk to the other parents in the park, know that they are keeping an eye out for my children and have them feel confident that I will do the same.  My neighbours are welcome to borrow a cup of sugar, stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.  My friends can just drop in, and I can do the same to them.  I want my kids to have that wonderful extended  group of Aunts and Uncles that are not any blood relatives at all!

Where I live, I want freedom!  Green grass to roll in, hills to slide down on cardboard boxes, woods to ride horses through or take a walk in.  I want a place to sit and enjoy nature, watch the sun come up and go down and maybe even take a swim beneath a beautiful old tree.

I also desire adventure!  Easy access to arts, culture, fairs, concerts, historical tours, sightseeing, things to see and do!

I don't want much...

And when I'm not HOME in Australia, or HOME, wherever the above criteria lies, I will be everywhere else in between!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anticipation

Day 21 has no topic for the 30 Day Blog Challenge assigned to it.

I'm both excited by this and a little bereft.

I have been enjoying the challenge of addressing a topic each day.  Even when those topics sometimes did not light my creative fire or even spark my interest.  The fun of a challenge I guess!  But to have no topic at all, is just free and a little bit empty.

But I shall fill the space with words of review and anticipation.

In Act 1 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur's 30 Day Blog Challenge I was given permission to dream.  I was encouraged to spread my wings and imagine myself living my future.  It was a beautiful and enlightening experience.  Not only did I learn that my aspirations are far more humble than I anticipated that they would be, I was also blessed to realise just how close I actually am to getting there.  The divide between where I am, and where I aim to be, really is not that wide.  Now, I have a clearer view of where I am headed, why and indeed, how to get there sooner.

Act 2 was admittedly much much harder to explore.  It felt less creative and more intangible.  This is mostly due to the fact, I think, that I do not actually have a business or a clear idea for a business, and this Act was all about determining and refining how to make a business happen.  Despite the obvious challenges however, I learned a great deal about myself.  I have definite ways of doing business that I gravitate toward and some that I absolutely do not.  I feel that in the future, when I become more clear about ''what" I want to do as an online business, it would be EXTREMELY beneficial to revisit these questions again.  To delve into them with an actual concept, a baby you want to birth, in mind, could change so many of the answers, or reaffirm some.  That could make all the difference to an outcome.

And Act 3... I'm looking forward to Act 3... It is all about taking off and flying on those Sparkling Wings to far off places and experiencing freedom in all its forms.  It is about being ABLE to live a nomadic lifestyle anywhere in the world and still be anchored to the real world requirement to make money to support that lifestyle.  But even better, it is encouraging that anchor not just to be a source of fuel for the hip pocket and feet, but also to be gratifying and satisfying to the heart and soul!  Plus, I suspect, there will be many expert tips to make the nomadic lifestyle much simpler to implement.



It has been a long time since I last travelled.  I have taken a trip or two and glimpsed that sense of freedom that comes from REALLY travelling.  But it was only the tiniest hint of sensation, the essence of it.  I ache to feel it again.  The freedom, excitement, anticipation, mystery, discovery, learning, confusion and relief, drama, peace...  I want to roam.  I want that heart-racing feeling that begins with the smell of an aircraft and the force of being propelled into the sky!

I realise there is nothing stopping me from having all of this right at this moment.  I just need to seize it and make it mine.  I can travel and feel so much of this even without going anywhere or having any money. But I anticipate that the next 9 days will really bring this idea into full focus for me and get me one more step closer to that magical life I envisioned in Act 1.

Bring it on!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Tools For Future Time and Money Saving

Day 20!  Happy Dance time!  Two-thirds of the way through the 30 Day Blog Challenge 

I'm beginning to wonder just what it is that I'll write when this challenge is over! I'm sure I'll find something because I actually look forward to writing now, and miss it when I don't find time.  I shall update my list of topic ideas and get busy on it soon! :-)

But for now...

State your top 3 tools that you already use, or will use, to save time and money in your online world more seamless.

So far, I don't really have any experience with online tools to make life simpler or aid in handling money but what I do know is, PAYPAL rocks!  I've used it many many times purchasing books and cd's from international sellers, items from ebay and transferring money to friends overseas.  It is secure, convenient and easy to use.  I love it.  If I were going to take on any kind of business dealings online, Paypal would definitely be part of my equation!

I have played with HootSuite before and can see that, as a business grows, using this tool to manage multiple social media avenues would be ideal for reducing time consumption.  I am sure it has far more features than I delved into, but as my blog/business grows, I can imagine and see the potential HootSuite has to help smooth the way and keep people up to date with what's going on in my sphere!

The third tool I'd have to say that I lean towards is InfusionSoft for email marketing, e-commerce etc.  I honestly know NOTHING about it except that several other small businesses that I know use it and I tend to feel that if its something they trust enough to use, then it may be a service I could too.  Naturally I'd do my research if and when the time came.  But what I have seen to date leaves a good impression.

There you have it!  Short and simple.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hot, Workmen Free Zone... Sigh...

Oh oh... Again Day 19 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge from The Suitcase Entrepreneur is a doozy that does not sit well on first glance  It is too businessy and out of my league.

But I'll answer it anyhow!

Which methods do you want to use to build your platform and increase your influence?

The sarcastic comedienne in me wants to procrastinate here by saying "by hollering at the hot workmen brandishing electric screwdrivers, of course!"  But anyway...

For this exercise, I am choosing to focus on the platform I have here and now, my blog.  Nothing too dreamy and future focused.  Just the "what I got".

If I am to grow what I have in this little corner of pixellated freedom, I simply need to keep on doing what I have been doing so far - regularly write and share my thoughts.  I simply need to layer post upon post upon post and see where it takes me, and what kind of readership it brings!

All of the questions to date have been making me think about what it is I have to offer, who I want to offer it to, what terms I want to offer it under and so on.  I have more direction and thought out detail than I have ever had.  But even so, I have a deep desire to just grow in whatever direction the light comes from and just see how far or wide (or weed-like) I can become.

If I let my writing here be free as well as follow the directions I do have planned, I hope to have enough structure, content and mystery to draw in those who have wings of their own and want to glide on my breeze.  I don't want to push, pull or "influence" but rather put out a little magic magnetism and enticement.

A beautiful image from
https://www.facebook.com/RainbowFarmPhotography

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My Week in Review!

My Weekend
  • Cleaning the house
  • Preparing party food
  • Entertaining my birthday boy's friends and family.
  • Cleaning up
  • Napping
My Week
  • Wrote a post for Day 11, Day 12, and Day 13 for the 30 Day Blog Challenge
  • Posted My Week In Review for last week.
  • Cleaned my cutlery and utensil drawers in my kitchen after my daughter spilled juice into them!
  • Took my Bunny to the vet and learned to give oral medicines to her via syringe.  I hope it helps!
  • Went to belly dancing class and played with hot pink fan veils!  So pretty and very energetic!
  • Posted for Day 14 for the 30 Day Blog Challenge after listening to Natalie Sisson's Podcast twice!
  • Completed my e-learning for Lifeline on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault (because it didn't record my result last week!  Grrr) AND Child Protection
  • Chilled out with a jigsaw puzzle while listening to said podcast
  • Helped two friends with some very different copy writing needs
  • Listened to The Desire Map AGAIN!
  • Wrote my Day 15 and Day 16 posts for the 30 Day Blog Challenge
  • Took the kids out to dinner
  • Did some art journalling - first time in ages
  • Made a call I was not looking forward to making
  • Sent some emails I have been meaning to send
  • Started fundraising for the 2014 Step Up For MS Challenge
  • Created new reward charts for my kids
  • Wrote Day 17 post for 30 Day Blog Challenge
Dreams for my weekend
  • Sleep
  • Smiles with my children
  • Study
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • A new bunny! (No, before you wonder, not to repace my sick bunny.  Another new furry bundle of love!)

Friendly Teams!

Image from
http://www.123rf.com/photo_13411677_summer-landscape-with-daisy-field-and-blue-sky.html
Day 18's question is uninspiring!  This 30 Day Blog Challenge has had it' challenges but this is one of the bigger ones because I just don't 'feel' the question at all.

But that hasn't stopped me for the previous 17 days, so here goes...

What does your dream sales team look like and how will you ensure they help you buld your business?

See what I mean... VERY BUSINESS ORIENTED.  It is hard to think about what a 'dream team' of any kind would look like if you aren't quite sure what was in the dream!

But I'm just making excuses. I'm whining and not taking action that will inch me into forward momentum.

SEE I AM LEARNING!!!  :-p

My dream team would look like a thousand friendly faces that love what I do, say and who I am, in my sparkling glory and my cruddy blueness.  We all have the cruddy blueness and the best growth, I find, comes from the fertiliser that surrounds those days.  And I want those that follow me to not just be excited by the wonderful sparkling days but also by that growth that occurs in the warm sordid scrambling moments that feel like decay but are perfect conditions for flourishing.  I want to help people see the beautiful parts that make up the bulk of life, and the beautiful parts that hide in the shadows too.

So... I guess I envision an affiliate program of my own, promoting whatever it is that I end up producing.

I am very much people centred.  Big corporations don't excite my senses.  They actually turn me off most times.  I'm not into hoopla and catch phrases and marketing strategies (I don't think anyways... I don't have a lot of experience here to base anything on!)  I don't buy into brand names, don't know who celebrities are or what or who they are doing for the most part.   I don't pay any heed to mass media 9 times out of 10.  But I do love people, variety and natural progression.  I don't want to push and cram and bustle people along.  I just want a natural, beautiful flow of life, and marketing, if that is in my future.

I feel that it would be an honour to be recommended to others.  It would be a blessing if those others purchased anything I might produce, as a result of that recommendation.  I think it is only fair, just and respectful to acknowledge that wonderful support.  Sharing the love by spreading the word for exchange for a few dollars is a win for everyone involved.  It is quite beautiful really. Not only does it ensure the growth of a business, it creates financial flow to everyone involved, circulates information, that I create, more widely than I could ever possibly achieve alone, but most importantly it creates community and TRUST.  Who can't love that idea.

And it would all happen in an organic flowing natural way rather than a contrived, glossy package with a mind-achingly catchy jingle to keep you awake at night!

The only other part of a dream Sales Team that I can envision would be the involvement of friends and family to support me through the process of creating something to actually market.  Encouragement on "good" and "great" ideas, or "perhaps you should rework that!" suggestions would be crucial.  But choosing the right people to support me is essential too.  Picking only the real "supportive" members among my circle and leaving the ones who could shrink my shine to fulfil other roles in my life that they are more suited for!  It's all about delegating! :-)

So... for a topic that didn't inspire me, I think I did ok! Don't you?

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Friday, August 23, 2013

I Want Community. Who Wants To Play Along?

Day 17!  I am loving these high teen numbers!  It's so amazing to me that I, or all people, have stuck to this 30 Day Blog Challenge this long!  I usually give up on things like this much sooner, particularly if I'm not all that 'into' the theme.  In this instance, I'm not all that into business building, but its been an educational ride nonetheless and my interest is beginning to be piqued!  Just what could I do here?

So today's topic...

What three steps can you take to build trust and credibility online for you, your brand and your business?

My first answer to this is keep active and in the spotlight!  Keeping on blogging like I have done, with regularity and something of interest to say. This will keep whoever is already looking, coming back, and will encourage new people to join!

Keeping active will mean following up on my ideas for taking this blog in a new direction and cultivating others.  I am absolutely up for that challenge!

My second response would be to keep up with my Facebook page for this blog and perhaps expand into other social media avenues. This certainly won't deter people from coming here to visit and spend a few minutes (or dare I dream - a few hours?) reading.  If I make people aware that this little blog exists, and keep people reading after their first visit, not only will my blog readership grow, but my own credibility will grow as a natural consequence!  My gut says that social media activity is very important here.  The blog is where the action is, but there is a strong possibility that the socail media networks is where the INTERACTIVITY and TRUST will grow best of all.

My final thought on what I can do is to take any and every opportunity that comes to my attention to promote my blog.  Even taking up this challenge has increased my reader stats and thus, the knowledge that I'm here, in my little corner of the world wide web.  I think keeping active and getting the word out as much as possible, in any way, can only be beneficial.

I'm looking forward to interaction the most.  I want to know what readers think and feel and if they want more or less from me.  I want comments...

Comments people, please?

I started this blog for me.  But its slowly morphing into something new.  It would be nice to know who is on the journey with me and if they want something in particular from the ride too.  Perhaps I can make us both grow!  No harm in asking, right?

Image borrowed from http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/178389i1307B19E9F1AF045/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Teams Make Light Work

Day 16! This is actually going quite quickly, and despite being business oriented, I'm enjoying it!

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Today's topic is:

How will you build a team round your vision and work smarter instead of harder? 

I actually love this question because although its intent is to make you think about your business vision, it could actually be applied to any part of your life.  It encourages you to think about what you value, what skills you have, what talents you need those around you to exhibit and how you can make it all happen.

The first thing I imagine that you'd need to have BEFORE going after your team is to know exactly what your vision is.  

So for me, at this moment at least, it would be to have a happy loving family, a comfortable home, enough time and money for needs to be met and a few creature comforts and fun to be had. It also means having purpose in my life, right now that is motherhood and undertaking my study.

What do I bring to the table to make this vision a reality?  Love, desire and passion to make it happen, the ability to plan and coordinate the implementation of plans. The energy and enthusiasm to pitch in and do the hard work that's required to make the plans take shape.  The tenacity and enthusiasm to delegate and manage others to help keep the ball rolling.

I also acknowledge that I don't have these abilities every day of the week...  

This means I need tools and people to help me.  

Guidelines, rules, routines, incentives and rewards.  Plans with stepped out strategies of achieving them.

But all of that is hard going if you don't have a team to help bring it to life.  It is possible to do it alone.  Millions of people create a vision single handedly.  But I have to wonder if they could have made their vision that much more significant and sparkling if they shared the work...

Presently, my team includes:

  • My Husband - Bread winner, cooking, parenting, yard work, supermarket runs, chief fixerupper, other duties as required
  • My Friends - Support, mentor, kick my ass, dry my tears, have my back, help me dream and bring me wine and/or chocolate, give me permission when I can't give myself permission.
  • My Children - Give me reasons, create work LOL
  • My Family - As for friends with the addition of bringing lasagne, playing taxi and emergency childcare
  • My Teachers (all of them, including Natalie right now!) - They teach me and support my growth
  • Service Providers that I depend upon - Childcare, home delivery shopping, public transportation etc
Now if I had a business, I know I'd need a more refined support team who fulfil delegated tasks.  Some of those people I may have no relationship with beyond those delegated tasks besides a, "hi, how are you?" said out of courtesy.  But they would be a part, and a valuable part, of making my vision come to be, none the less. They would be a valuable part of the team.  

So too would be my clients, customers and followers.  As my children are my purpose right now, they would be my purpose in a business model.  

To develop the team you need to look at what you have, what you need, what you want and find just who it is, and in what way, you can meet all the requirements to make what you dream a reality.

It isn't weak or lazy or a sign of lack of commitment to let others help create your vision.  In fact it is strong.  It is smart.  It is efficient.  You get to pool your own talents and resources into what you do well and love the most while knowing that the other stuff that matters, is being well taken care of by others who have those specific talents and who are lit up by those things.  It makes sense!

Newsletters Prevail Over Junk Email!

Day 15! The half way mark for the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today's topic is a little bit of an adaptation on the actual topic that Natalie Sisson has set out.  I'm not quite ready to tackle my own mailing list but I'm ready to dream...  So...

If you had a mailing list for your blog/business, what content would it include? How frequently would you send it out? What purpose and value would the email have?

So I just wrote a whole bunch of stuff and realised it was filled with BITCHING ABOUT EMAIL NEWSLETTERS!  Apparently I have issues! LOL

I deleted what I wrote.

Instead of torturing you with my ranting, I am opting to summarise in point form my irritations.  I wonder if you can relate?

  • Too many! (Particularly if you're reminding me of something for the umpteenth time!)
  • Too messy! (If I have to read a ton of filler or search for the good bits in a sea of crazy fonts, advertising or junky graphics, you've lost me!)
  • It's just FILLER - no good stuff!
  • Too SALES PITCHY! (I'll buy if I like what you have to sell, not if you cram it down my throat!)
What is it that I LOVE about email newsletters?  Good wholesome meaty VALUE in each edition that I love to open and read.  That I will skip over a dozen others to read!  I love to expect good stuff inside and find it easily. I want to SMILE when I see that subscription in my inbox. I want to smile even bigger when I read it.  And I want to LOOK FORWARD TO next time!

My time is valuable (even if I am a procrastinator... LOL) and I don't want to waste it deleting 1000 emails and potentially great value content, simply because of one of the above occurring one too many times!

If I had an email list of my own... I would want the following:

  • To SMILE as I wrote the newsletter
  • To have GREAT FEEDBACK about my newsletter
  • To FEEL GOOD about the whole process


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I would provide a clean, brief, interesting and informative newsletter.  I imagine it to include an update of what's going on or recently occurred, maybe something funny or inspiring, a suggestion or tip or two and all formatted in a simple, easy to follow manner that is repeatable and dependable.  If there's QUALITY content I don't think there's any need to send out more frequently than every 2 weeks UNLESS something BIG is about to happen! If what you offer is LOVED then you won't be forgotten.  In fact, I believe you'll be craved!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dreams Count!

DAY 14!  Whooot Whooot!  2 whole weeks of blogging almost daily (or catching up within days!)  How awesome is that?  That is an achievement in itself!

So... Day 14 is perfect.  After Day 13's Sparkling New Directions, hot on its heels is a day of learning dedicated to making those directions one little bit more attainable!  The prompt to write upon is...

What are two key ways you could use the habits of a millionaire to monetize your blog in the next month?

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So here goes...

The first habit that calls to me is NO EXCUSES!

I have a lot of excuses not to do things that could potentially bring me more joy, make life better, move me forward and so on.  There's laundry to be done, I will do it later (my favourite), I can't afford that, I can't invest the time required, there are too many other things to do, I don't have the energy/patience, I can't think straight with my house a mess or when the kids are running  around.  See I'm full of excuses...

So... The first thing I can do, bearing this in mind is to JUST START!  No more excuses, self doubts, needing permission from "someone" or anything else I can think of to keep in my comfort zone.  I think I need to just get active and start each project and run with it!  Run like the wind and don't stop even if the tricky stuff that makes it a project gets in the way.  Hurdles are not an excuse to stop, they are a reason to leap!

The second habit that resonated with me was to always move forward.  Every day, do something to get closer to the destination.  Be it big or little, forward momentum of any kind is wonderful!  

So to this end, I will set up a project book.  I will sit down and really hone in on what it is I want to create.  I will figure out what I know and don't know about making my creation a reality.  I will isolate what it is I need to learn and go after it!  Then, when I know what I need to, it really is full steam ahead with NO EXCUSES and just making it happen.  

I realise now that I need to drive what I want to achieve.  It won't grow from a idea seed if I don't give it the right conditions, nurture and nourish it.  I need to MAKE this happen.  I need to do some work, quit finding reasons not to and I need to keep the momentum up regardless of everything else in my life that is vying for my focus.  

My dreams matter as much as anything else in my life!

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Week In Review!

I forgot to post this last Friday!

My Weekend... :-)
  • Completed my Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault module for Lifeline Crisis Support training  
  • Played Monopoly Revolution with the kids!
  • Watched a movie with Rob.  Identity Thief
  • Did some food shopping
  • Got some clothes bargains for the kids for next year
  • Spend the afternoon with the kids at an 8 year old's birthday party
My Week:
  • Paid bills
  • Located a lost file
  • Scheduled a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for my 2014 Step Up For MS Challenge - details coming soon!
  • Wrote Day 5 and Day 6 blog posts for the 30 Day Blog Challenge.
  • Belly Dancing!
  • Wrote Day 7 blog post for the 30 Day Blog Challenge and added in my own Day 8 topic!
  • Baked banana bread muffins and a double sized banana bread that met a tumbling fate
  • Made wheatbix slice
  • Took my baby boy to the doctor after a mystery allergic reaction
  • Bought a birthday present for my big boy, to add to the one that's a little too big to open (There has to be something to unwrap on the big day!)
  • Snuggled and napped with my sick little one
  • Wrote my Day 9 post
  • Created dozens of little cup cakes for my birthday boy's class, and a huge mess in the kitchen
  • Delivered cakes on foot as well as birthday macaroni cheese
  • Had coffee with Jenfriend
  • Soaked in the bath!  
  • Wrote my post for Day 10
  • Took my birthday boy out to dinner with the family
  • Cleaned my house for the birthday party!
  • Rearranged my kitchen cupboards
Dreams for the weekend...
That my sweet little 8 year old boy has an amazing birthday party to remember!  And that I survive the experience! LOL


Sparkling New Directions

Whoohoo!  Day 13 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today's question is EASY!  Loving it!

What 3 things would you most like your website to have and how will you go about getting them?  

In lieu of a website, I shall use this blog as my base.  :-)

I want to use this blog to study, explore and share the greatness of others.  I have thought about this for some time, but now is the time to develop those thoughts in black and white.  I know so many amazing people who I admire for one reason, or many.  There are many many more I do not yet have the pleasure of knowing, and I would like to.  I want to explore each of these people, their goals, achievements, dreams, mistakes, beliefs and so on.  I want to examine what makes them tick, what makes them shine and what makes them LOVE their lives.  I want to know what 'their secret is" so I can soak it in, use it to my own advantage and make it available to the world to use for theirs!  I have been considering doing this with a series of interviews/guest posts all with a specific 'format' to follow, so that the questions that will reveal the 'secrets' will be addressed and we hit the mark every time!  I envision it to be something of a spotlight on an individual, a lesson in 'making things happen'.  I want it to be enlightening and educational and inspiring.

The side benefit from taking on a project like this will be that entrepreneurs I know, who are strugging to be known, will get one more avenue for exposure.  People I admire from afar, who dare to dabble in my little dream, will find a new source of admirers and followers, and hopefully a new perspective to look into themselves.  And for anyone just reading along, a wealth of knowledge, all in one place, to draw upon and improve their own lives.

So the second thing I would like to see grow within my blog/website, would be community.  I already have a facebook page where people who read this blog can connect and see what I've been up to here.  But I guess the logical approach would be to expand the blog, expand the readership, encourage more facebook friends, possibly start an email newsletter...

I began this blog for me, to get out of my shell and open up to the world.  It is funny to think that in just over half a year I'm now thinking that maybe, just maybe, I can help others with doing the same, as well as benefitting myself with their natural and learned wisdom.  But to do that, to share that around and make it happen, community is essential.

The final thing I'd love to see my blog allow me to do is further explore my creativity.  I see myself doing this though writing about topics that move me, inspire me.  By unleashing my creativity with colour, drawing, crafting, maybe even sewing.  Poetry perhaps?  Creativity with my children...  Making life beautiful ans sparkling.  That is what this blog was about in the beginning, life in all its aspects, soaring and dipping on sparkling wings.  The part that I feel has been missing to date is my creativity!  So I guess I just need to make time in my life to make it happen then be brave enough to let it be here!

So, there you have it!  :-)  I just honed in on a direction to head in!  Wonderful!

What a beautiful direction to head into!
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Unique Special Proposition

Day 12!

This 30 Day Blog Challenge has been enlightening, and challenging.  I learned a lot about myself the first week.  The days since have been more business oriented.  I find this far more difficult.  But I shall soldier on.  I just hope its interesting to read...?  

If nothing else, it is building my writing habit muscles.  And I did miss writing the past few days break.  

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Today's question looks a little juicier...

What is your Unique Special Proposition that sets you apart from the crowd?

HELLOO!!!???

I'm ME of course and no one can do anything in quite the same way as ME!  Is this really a question?

:-D  LOL sorry...  Ok, tackling the topic...

So what do I love going more than anything else?  What do I do better than anyone else?  What is remarkable about me?  What can I offer someone, or the world, that no one else can offer?

If there are answers to these questions and others like them, then I will have my Unique Special Proposition.

The tough part of answering this question is tooting your own horn!  I've never been one to self promote.  In fact I'm more accustomed to self doubt and self critique while blending into the landscape!  But I can see how beneficial this question is to face up to, both personally, and later, from a business perspective.  It is just uncomfortable to do...  But growth doesn't happen if you sit inside your shell now does it?

I guess the things I love to do most are help people and to laugh.  I enjoy taking what I learn about myself and others, and forming a picture about life and what it could be, for each of us.  I feel that one of my best qualities is empathy.  I care about others. I love positive outcomes and solutions to problems.  But if problems can't be 'solved' I love the process of growing into understanding and acceptance and persevering.  I believe that we can survive anything, we can be great, we can LIVE - regardless of our lives and our circumstances.

I feel as thought I hover between introversion and extroversion.  I am comfortable with my own company and I need alone time to regenerate my resources.  But I thrive when I am surrounded by people.  I am sure that one aspect would win out if I put it to the test, but I feel that essentially I am quite balanced (most days anyhow) and I am open.

Ok... I've wrung the sponge of self-boosting enough for the moment.  I'm sure I could get another drop or two out but I am happy with the little bit I extracted.  It gives me a little foundation to build upon...










Branching Out to look at Business Modelling!

Ok, so I had the weekend off blogging.  We were birthday-partying instead!  Fun tun fun!

But I'm back and ready to catch up.  So onto Day 11 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!  The question to answer this time is, tricky, to say the least.  Again, no business...  But...

Which business model is best for you and what one revenue stream is most feasible.

I am going to tackle this in a futuristic tone. Mostly because I know that IF I were to pursue a venture at this moment it would look significantly different from what I would love to create later.  This is due to my commitment to motherhood.  I'm not able to commit the time and flexibility right now as I will when all my children head off to school.  So I will focus on my dream, and not this moment.  It will give me a clearer picute of where I need to steer my imagination for later.

Part One:  What business model?

I'm a people person, a helper and a healer.  What I want to do is assist others to create better, happier, healthier lives.  It feels useful and fulfilling to support others.  It feels expanding to learn from others as I support them.

With this in mind, I can only imagine building a business that centres on me and my ability and willingness to help others.  It needs to promote my skills as a helper as well as my compassion and capacity for empathy.  It has to be all about what I can offer others to make their world better.

Due to the nature of the work I want to focus the majority of my effort on, a personal one on one type of assistance is essential. It pivots on my active involvement.  It will mean my being there, interacting, to provide a service.

Of course, I can supplement my lifestyle with other avenues of work and income.  Running a business that requires my own ACTIVE participation does not preclude me from creating other things that could be used by others to help themselves, or bring joy.  It does not mean I can not sell or promote products created by others.  But it is where I want my focus to be.  I love making a direct difference and seeing first hand, the results.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Mining For Gold Nuggets

Ahhh today will be tricky...

Day 10 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur's 30 Day Blog Challenge...!

I'm so impressed at myself for sticking in there this long!  :-)

Today's mission to write is:

What are the key ways in which you want to make money online in your chosen business OR Which are the key online revenue streams you want to focus on in your existing business?

See why its tricky?

I don't have a business... LOL  Well, not really...

BUT - I really would like to have 'something'.  So lets get writing and see what little nuggets I can mine out!

I'm not sure about KEY ways... But there is one way that I'd like to make a little money from online.
My Nutrimetics page and facebook page.  Nutrimetics is a beauty and cosmetic company who's products I adore and use myself.  Many are formulated with the oil from the apricot kernel.
I have neglected this opportunity for a long time and only half heartedly put effort in prior to that.

So... Something to focus some attention on!

That nugget wasn't so hard to find.

I also have affiliate programs set up for The Amazing Biz and Life Academy and The Desire Map.













These are both products I use and love!  The Amazing Biz and Life Academy is a whole host of goodies that teach you how to make your life, and business, AMAZING! (LOL Seriously!) And The Desire Map is all about reshaping how you look at setting goals in your life.  It turns the process on its head and looks at the Core Desired Feelings you long for in your life and THEN the goals, rather than the goals themselves, and hoping you get to feel what you hope you will, when you get there.  If you get there!  They are both FABULOUS and you should check them out!  Click my affiliate links, please!

If there are any other products I fall in love with in the future, I won't hesitate to become an affiliate.  It is an absolute win win win situation.  Win for the product creator with a sale, a win for me with a percentage of the sale, and a win for the lucky person to finally have their hands on something not only beautiful and insightful, but possibly life changing!

As for what else I could pursue to make money online, perhaps advertising on my blog once it grows a little more and I find my feet for real rather than just being committed to a challenge, like I am at this moment.  I think I need to be more secure in my ability before that.  But its something for the to do list.

I have several other ideas floating around in my mind that I would like to sink my teeth into and tackle. Some involve writing, some involve general creativity.  Some involve specific technology to allow them to become a reality.  But what they do have in common is the necessity for me to let go of my self conscious, self defeating mindset and allow myself room to create.  Without that these ideas can not be born.  After that, their potential to be lucrative, will be based upon my ability to market and spread the word and conduct the hard work of running a business.  I have so much to learn!

Then there are the physical, real life, offline opportunities I'm pursuing.  Counselling and completing my Education Assistant Certification.  Both could be considered somewhat location independent if you consider the ability to counsel and coach from anywhere in the world via technology.  And the creative aspect of being involved in education can only aid my ability to unfurl my artistic wings... surely!  And if not, the supreme organisational skill required in a job light that might help me to get the rest of my business life running smoothly.  But if all else fails, it could be very interesting doing relief work in various locales..

The sky really is the limit.  And with Sparkling Wings, I can reach it if I want to!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Catching the Tranquility Bug


Day 9 of The SuitcaseEntrepreneur's 30 Day Blog Challenge!  Whooohooo!

Today's topic isn't as touchy-feely as the previous ones, to my mind anyway.  But the challenge was to get writing!  I'm tackling it head on.  It's just that I have chosen to participate in a blog challenge with a business twist and I don't actually HAVE a business.  Nor do I know what I want to be when I grow up.  So, hurdles can be expected.

But hurdles were created to jump!

Whose online business do you admire most, and why?

There are hundreds upon thousands of online businesses out there.  I'm sure I have only encountered the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to goods and services available on the internet. 

But when I ask myself this question.  One Entrepreneur-Extraordianaire stands out for me.

Kimberly Wilson, is the founder of Tranquil Space yoga studio in Washington DC, designer of an eco-fashion line named TranquiliT, author of three books, Hip Tranquil Chick, Tranquilista, and Tranquilologie, as well as the co-founder of Tranquil Space Foundation.  She is a passionate animal rights activist, hosts a fortnightly podcast, hosts global retreats, creates e-courses and has a wonderful sense of style. She blogs, indulges in creativity, is well educated and has an AMAZING ability to pack life full of goodness while remaining (to the observer) unfrazzled, and indeed, in a state of TRANQUILITY!



How does she do it?

If I could emulate anyone's online business style, perhaps even some elements of lifestyle, it would be Kimberley's.

She has so many beautiful strings to her bow of life:
  • A physical workplace where she holds classes, runs a business, employs others and works with her passion for yoga.  
  • The ability to explore her creativity in her writing.
  • The ability to extend that creativity into a totally different direction with fashion design.
  • Fulfilment from do-gooding in a variety of ways, most notably her own non-profit organisation and animal rights activism.
  • Jaunting off around the world for yoga retreats and all the bliss that travel entails.
  • Creativity through blogging and podcasting and even video podcasting.
  • Creating e-courses.
  • Seemingly an endless thirst for knowledge through study and oh-so-much reading. (She's an excellent source of great non-fiction books to sink your teeth into!)
  • Lover of sparkles, cupcakes, furry creatures, all things pink, Paris, vintage and cute. 
  • She's into art journaling and journaling.  
  • A strong sense of family.
And that's just the public side of her!  I'm sure there has to be more beneath the surface.  The part that makes her who she, is as a person, as a woman. Not just the who public profile.

I admire how she has drawn so many ribbons of passion into the bow she is living.  I'm sure there are parts of running several businesses that don't make her feel giddy with pleasure or even bring on a sense of tranquil bliss.  But the fact that she's obviously living her dreams would go a long way in counteracting the inevitable drudge aspects.  

I also admire that she has so many passions and seems to immerse herself into them fully, and they support her lifestyle completely.  It appears to almost be a positive spiral upward.  She loves what she does. She is rewarded for it, which makes her love what she does even more.  

Who wouldn't want that kind of life?

So, what can I do to emulate Kimberly's lifestyle/business style?

Reading between the lines, I imagine she is IMMENSELY well organised and a tiger when it comes to time management!  I have already identified in Day 7 that I need to hone these skills so that all strings of my life bow can come together neatly, even attractively, rather than what feels some days, to be a helpless ball of knotted wet string!  

Again, in Day 7's challenge, I identified that I could use a permission slip to just let go and be creative.  I need to hang the "I don't care" sign on the door and forget the judges and critics and do what makes me glow! Kimberly seems to have this down pat!  I can't see how she could be negatively criticised, or if she were, how it could possibly stifle her.  It seems she would never allow that to be.

I would also love to develop multiple streams of income that allowed me a life where I could nest or fly free, whenever, wherever.

How can I bring all of this together?

Keep doing what I have been I suppose.  Delving deep into who I am.  Exploring life and what opportunities shine brightly for me.  Keep my mind open, my heart open and my wings open.  Fly with purpose, but let the breeze help guide my trajectory.  

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

No Prompting!!!!

Eeek!  Day 8 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur's 30 Day Blog Challenge, has not got an actual challenge topic!  And I'm itching to write!  Who'd have thunk it?  :-)  I've been so hit and miss with blogging that I never imagined I'd be itching to write and not actually have a topic to write on! Let alone encounter that problem within the space of a week!

What an incredible revelation... I actually enjoy writing!

This past week has been filled with revelations actually.  It is very liberating when you grow into your skin.  There is a long way to go, I know this. But I am feeling more and more comfortable as I go.  And I like this feeling very much.

I love the realisation that I have the majority of the framework of my life already in place.  There are some missing beams and pillars.  There are also some structural modifications that need to happen.  But essentially, a there is a form, a shape of a life that I love, already in existence.  I have my family that I'd die for.  I have passions that keep my mind churning.  I'm learning about myself daily.  I've tasted travel and want more, more, more!  My spiritual self is growing and revealing itself, and in turn, I am also growing and unfurling my wings, showing the colours in the sunlight, finally.  My life framework just needs some remodelling, refurbishing and redecorating...  And maybe a bit of bling!

It isn't just this 30 Day Challenge.  It has been a long succession of high moments, low moments, slaps of reality and well deserved kicks in the pants!  It has been intensifying in the past year or two. But this challenge is keeping life, and what I want from it, square in the forefront of my mind right now.  Right where I need it to be so that I can REALLY dig into it and do something amazing and wonderful.

I posted on my facebook page on Monday, saying, "Oh, how easy it is for LIFE to distract you from LIVING!"

I've done this almost my entire life.  I've done a million things without heart and soul involvement.  I've made choices based on the needs and desires of others.  I have gone against my instinct.  I have even done nothing, letting fear, self-doubt and shame overshadow my light.  In fact I have even given away my power and waited to be rescued.  I am certain I will do all of these things again and again in my life, in the days to come.  We all make mistakes, we all misjudge, we all make choices based upon limited knowledge.  We all gamble with life.  It is how we live.  But, what I hope for in the future, is that I do more LIVING in the now than being distracted by the stuff of LIFE.

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Bring on Day 9!

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