Think bigger

A trip away is the ultimate freshen upper.

When you hit foreign shores you get out of your comfort zone.

The streets smell different, the sun hits your back at a new angle and there are fresh accents in the air.

From having a range of restaurants to choose from (as opposed to cooking at home) or working by the resort pool (instead of the kitchen table), this all repesents a break from routine, and when it's a working break like my annual Vegas vacay, theres a whole lot of new stuff to learn and absorb.

There's always many takeaways from a beautifully orchestrated event like a global training conference, and here are mine for this year.

Think bigger

This has to be an ongoing theme in 2016. It's coming at me from different angles and the challenge is to start implementing these ideas on how to up my game in a number of different areas.

One thing I know, if you stay comfortable, your rate of learning goes into decline. So time to get uncomfortable by setting up a few more projects - at least when I have that "out of my safe zone" feeling, I know I'm in the right place.

Pay it forward

Playing bigger means thinking beyond the individual self. Helping your community, whether doing a reading group or a clean up or uniting people for a good cause. Caring for someone going through a tough time. And of course doing somethingfor people outside of your community too.

In that light we will continue to fundraise for the Arbonne Charitable Foundation - we have already helped over 90,000 teens rebuild their self esteem and realize their self worth. And if you have a teen project you'd like support and funding with, we'd like to assist you with that. Find out details here.

For Chris and I, we also have some important projects with the mob from Veterans off the Streets Australia - Chris is an inaugural ambassador - starting with donating 10% of all profits from his new novella RANGER, which covers the real and growing issue of homelessness from returned vets.

There are more than 3,000 guys and gals coming back from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD and mental health issues, becoming estranged from their families and disappearing off the grid. These people need our support and our love.

Don't hold back

There's a quote that I have loved for years, since we started Chris's self-publishing journey back in 2010 - "what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?"

There's no point in letting the music in you be muffled by the fear of what others might think of your tune.

Here's to a few months ahead working on embracing our true selves, doing our best, getting to that next elusive level. 

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And just as a trip begins with the anticipation of the new and exciting experiences, so as we fly over Bondi Beach and Centennial Park bathed in Sydney's soft morning light, there's a quiet feeling of contentment in knowing that a big portion of my heart will be waiting at the arrivals gate for crazy kisses andcuddles.

There's never any place quite like home.

 

Drinking: tea

Eating: Virgin inflight muffin (clean and lean restarts tomorrow)

Reading: Dare to Dream

Watching: Batkid Begins

Wearing: Kit and Ace singlet, Fabletics pants, JustFab sneaker wedges (ship to Australia soon please)

Spritzing: Arbonne RE9 Toner in-flight to maintain hydration and PH balance 

Longing for: cuddles, and my washing machine (SRSLY)

Excited about: Arbonne's new Genius Ultra skincare device! A complete game-changer for your skin. 

Face-to-face and heart-to-heart

I went to a conference for my new business. In Las Vegas.

I mean, a girl's got to go there at least once in her life, right? But it was also for work. I wanted to see the Chief Exec of the new company speak, get a sense for the leadership and culture first hand.

And I wanted to drink martinis, eat at Hooters and get some new boots at the Outlet Mall.

(That's what you do in Vegas, of course)

So off I went, and loved every minute. Apart from the heart-wrenching feeling missing the boys on Mother's Day, the day before I was due to come home.

But I was there for my business and my family (and my wardrobe) - I had another, higher purpose than just drinking martinis and eating buffalo wings (which were, just incidentally, deep fried with a side of blue cheese dressing).

I heard so many great people speak that week on the stage at the MGM Grand, and committed it to memory.

There was this one phrase that I still can't let go of.

"This is a face-to-face, heart-to-heart business."

What does that even mean? Why did I like it so much?

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