How warm are your feet?

Mum & I were talking about shoes the other day, and she mentioned a conversation she’d had recently with her friend. Mrs D was raised in an Eastern European country and as a small child never had shoes. They were simply a luxury the family couldn’t afford, even for the adults. Through the winter months…

8 Ways to manage a stressful day

Many people in today’s society are living with unhealthy levels of stress. The follow activities are things that will help to alleviate and manage those stress levels. Don’t try them all at once, rather try something new each time you notice your stress levels elevating to the red zone. 1) Block time out to relax…

6 Virtues every Family needs!

Last night I started a virtues workshop that is part of an international Virtues Project to develop and nurture virtues in children. The first evening we focused on the language we use internally, in our thoughts and also externally, to our family and particularly our children. The 300 Virtues have been identified to be positive…

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4 Easy steps to boost your productivity

I recently created a new workshop around personal efficiency and time management, and I’d like share the best of it with you. The team that went through this workshop a few weeks ago loved it, and really clicked with a new way they can work and get the most out of their day. Traditionally we’ve…

The new pathway to profitability

Business is fickle! There are always new trends, theories are constantly changing and the bottom line is often an elusive number managers hunt relentlessly. In the last eight years I’ve learned everything I can about happiness, and interestingly enough in the last few years it’s taken me back to my business roots. I’ve become incredibly…

3 Life lessons from the park

We were at the park the other day and Laura, being a fairly typical 3 year old, decided that she wanted to go on the baby swing. The problem being that if Laura goes on the baby swing Dylan can’t ride on it, so he starts crying and throwing a tantrum. However, if Laura goes…

Three points on Equanimity

Sometimes being a Mum is hard! By hard, I mean relentless, exhausting and thankless, and that’s on the good days before the teething, dirty nappies and tantrums. Equanimity is a state of mind that is balanced and calm regardless of the circumstances around you. I first discovered the term reading Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah…

Happiness and old age

Last week, when speaking at the Library Lovers Day (that’s Valentines Day to the rest of us) I was asked a really great question. A lady in the audience hesitantly put up her hand and said “Jodie, I don’t really know how to ask this, and I don’t want it to come out wrong…. but…

Getting out of my own head

For those of you that didn’t know, I actually only work three days a week. I’m lucky that Wednesdays and Thursdays I get to play with the kids, cruise parks, hang out at the beach and generally just have fun. Laura is now 2 and a half and Dylan in almost 16 months. Some days…