What's in a moon?

The moon brings me into a different state of being.

That giant's fingernail, a sliver of goldenness, hanging low in the sky.

Or a full white orb. Blazing its' light like a beacon in the wee hours of the morning.

I'll stand outside, regarding the moon from my porch, wondering at it from the garden, wherever there is the best view.

Or I'll grab our kids, pajama'd and ready for bed, and show them the sight, pick out some stars, and enjoy that special moment of moonlit cuddles.

The moon makes us realise that we are small creatures, yet part of something bigger. It's the best reminder to pull us out of ego and into the picture on a grand scale.

Lately I've been watching a loved one, helpless, as they chart their course into illness and ours into grief. It's a journey with no return. We are sad, impossibly sad, but also grateful for small moments stolen together, for family time, for the kind words from friends, and appreciative of the little things that mean so much.

We don't have much time, and none of us know when our clock stops. It feels at times like these, kindness, love and care makes the world go round.

At times like these, the moments we can spend watching the moon and feeling it's unique pull, somehow helps. Reinforcing that it's time to seize the now, and let your people know just how much you love them.

Current mood: wistful, heartfelt

Drinking: tea (in a Wills + Kate wedding mug)

Wearing: Fabletics pants, Bering watch, Arbonne Intelligence lip treatment

Listening to: Dora the Explorer in the background

Traveling to: Perth 

Reading: The Obstacle is the Way

Fave Quote:

"Love always protects
Love always trusts
Love always hopes
Love always perserveres
Love never fails."

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. 

Impossibly Imperfect

Whenever I travel overseas something happens.

Maybe it's the long haul air travel, and the fact we have no phone calls, emails, messages, notification or texts coming in.

I get inspired.

Lately I've been thinking and learning on so many topics.

Mastering mindset, the power of the universe and how we fit in, living in the moment, and lots more.

It's a meander down Development Lane - a daily practice - I'm indulging a new interest in getting to know oneself better, getting comfortable and confident with what's on the inside and the out.

At the same time, here's an idea floating around in my brainbox, around wanting to make a more conscious contribution to my blog, creative and fulfilling and of use to others.

On the way to the airport, I casually remarked to one of my fave bloggers and people and biz partners about another blog I had liked, which was of the lifestyle variety, except that of course my life was "impossibly imperfect."

This week, taking flight above Sydney's silken harbour, there was a moment, probably evoked by the sight of the waves woven together into one tapestry, where it seemed like the individual drop of water and the greater mass had all become one.

And so an idea was born. A new blog direction in the hope of sharing some topics that inspire me and hopefully you.

I thought, why not document some of those individual moments of enlightenment and learning, or even if it turns into a hot mess? 

So, as with many things I've done - from running a publishing venture to having my own wellness business - it's going to start with one small step.

The vision is to riff on the topics, themes and issues - triggered by real-life experience - and showcasing a bit of our fun, zany, big-dreaming, and often crazy lives in the process.

I hope you manage a look-in occasionally - that it inspires you to dream and imagine where life can take you, push yourself outside the comfort zone, be creative, laugh, practice what makes you happy. Maybe even to learn or try something new, or to look at the possibilities within life in a different light.

I'm off in America for a week, and while it will be busy, it might present an opportunity for more moments like these, captured in the air, on the phone, literally on the fly.

View from The Bellagio

View from The Bellagio

Love and light, 

sar x

 

Current mood: inspired, reflective

Looking forward to: blue cheese dressing on everything in the USA. And a run.

Go to air travel beauty staple: Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment

Carrying: two iPhones. And loving it

Next purchase: a power adaptor

Next read: the new Huffington book on The Sleep Revolution

Next watch: Joy

Wish I'd: changed the batteries on my Bose noise cancelling headphones before flying

Drinking: water (for now)

Looking at: my wedding rings. I love them and they remind me of our family

Today's quote: "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)" - E.E Cummings

 

What are we here for

I'm not on this earth to be popular. I'm not here to be a pleaser. I'm certainly not here to whinge about my life and do nothing about it.

I'm a do something kinda gal. I'm here to make a better life for my family and loved ones.

I'm here to give back. Im here to serve and help others - should they wish to help themselves first, that is.

I'm here to find out what true happiness is and find ways to live it every day.

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Pyramid my arse.

One year ago, I decided to stop swapping time for money, and start a network marketing business.

I decided to make some time for it in amongst the other office work and businesses I run, and supported by my gorgeous thriller-writing husband, who knows what reoccurring income is all about (and how hard you have to work for it), and got started.

A year is going to pass whether I start something new or not, so it was fantastic that the natural energy I had for the business combined with consistent learning, being coachable and being open, oh and that special ingredient determination and elbow grease, is now paying off.

From a year ago, there's now a network of thirty of us doing this business, some fast, some slow, as well as a network of clients numbering in the hundreds who choose our pure, safe and beneficial 500-strong range over the toxins that appear in store bought products.

Still though, there's something we continue to come up against, time and again, which is the preconceived idea that a network marketing business is akin to running a pyramid scheme.

To that, I have to say - quite politely, but firmly:

Pyramid my arse.

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AUTHENTICITY AND STORYTELLING IN PERSONAL BRANDING

People find inspiration in unexpected places. This morning, inspiration struck whilst wandering into a room featuring an upturned wicker basket of small people’s shoes.

The inspiration was not due the pint-sized jogger-shaped mess on the floor - created by one four year old simply to wanting to see what was at the bottom of the basket – rather the framed words of wisdom from Dr Seuss buried amongst the stuffed toys, Thunderbird rockets and Lego blocks on the shelving nearby.

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Ten Rules for Business and Life

This post first appeared on my first blog in July 2010. Four years on, Dad's business advice is worth re-sharing - and wishing him many happy returns for his now 88th birthday on 30 July! Love you Dad - and thanks.

Born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, this quiet American, known as Mal Grigg, has sailed oceans, managed large-scale refrigeration companies in three countries, brought up half a dozen kids, enjoyed the company of the same number of grandkids, and is as sharp and active as ever.

Maybe his everlasting youth is in part due to his 'childbride' (my Mum), who keeps him on his toes by arranging adventures away, gets him off to the local gym, makes a mean Manhattan and creates unforgettable home-cooked meals.

These days, it's less common for our family to sit together at the dinner table, receiving  Dad's nightly lectures on politics, finance, philosophy and everything in between. Still, I get articles and letters from Dad, furthering my life's instruction via the postman. 

I received a great dissertation from Dad last September, the no nonsense 'Ten Rules for Business and Life.' 

With permission, I have copied down his classic 'Mal-isms': this smart man knows, both literally and figuratively, how to hit the nail on the head.

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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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Put your dreams back on the table.

The other day I was at an event and heard something from a dear friend and biz partner that's had me thinking ever since.

"You can put your dreams back on the table." 

It was like a shock of electricity. It awoke childhood memories, ideas from years past. I recalled places I dreamed of travelling to, like New York and Antarctica and South Africa. I recalled the folder of homes from when we first married.

But most of all, it created a feeling inside me, one that hasn't subsided since.

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We need to keep it real.

Not a week passes without the media posting yet another story of the rags-to-riches entrepreneur, businesswoman or artist who reflects on their time as a bankrupt failure while backstroking in cash from their gold-plated lap pool. 

I love those stories, so I read them. But I rarely read about failure from someone's who's in the middle of it - although I reckon there would be plenty of wisdom to impart from the bottom as well as at the top.

Similarly, on Facebook, we generally talk about the quirky stuff, the fun, the get togethers, the things that give us enjoyment in life. No-one likes a killjoy, right? But then there's studies like this one mentioned in The New Yorker about how Facebook makes us unhappy. 

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