A few years ago my son was given an assignment to write a poem for his literature class. I found it accidentally and was so profoundly moved by the beauty of his words and the exquisite gift he had for alliteration and creative construct.

The theme of the poem was about teenage ‘issues’. It was an articulate, well-crafted insight into the brewing emotional landscape of a soul that could feel on such a deep and profound level.

My husband then had to the ‘genius idea’ to Google a few of the words from the poem and can you guess what popped up?

You guessed it…

THE SAME POEM that my son had literally ripped off from an award-winning poetry website.

This was a severe learning curve for my son. He is one of the most honest and fair people I have ever met. This incident, however, was one of those teenage fuck-ups that you have to experience to know how far you can push the boundaries. Needless to say, Sean and I came down on his like a ton of bricks and he had some severe consequences for his actions. I think it was no Playstation for a month or something like that. Thomas grew stronger from this experience. 

Anyway, today it was brought to my attention that one of my manifesting students had plagiarised my work. Pretty much by copying and pasting the words into her own formatted copy and adding a few carefully different concepts in there in the hope that no one would notice. Even some of the spelling errors were the same!

Yes, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism is illegal.

I’m a writer to the core of my soul. Everything that I create comes from my heart and I have a pretty high standard to intuitively communicate content that I know will help and inspire people.

When it’s stolen from me I feel like a huge injustice has occurred.

My ego feels a little bent out of shape right now, but my heart and energy field feels like someone stole my Unicorn horn.

I could only imagine how Louis Vuitton feels with all of the cheap and nasty knock-offs (Gluey Vuitton) in Thailand or Bali.

It’s a creative slap in the face.  Even so-called ‘spiritual teachers’ (like this lady) aren’t afraid to compromise their integrity and steal the words that rightfully belong to someone else.

In my quest to honor my truth, I sent the said plagiarist a cease and desist letter so that her and her associates cannot keep promoting content that is rightfully mine. If you see it, please message me. I’ve already had a few people share their concerns.

The moral of the story?

Don’t pretend to be something or someone you’re not.

There is a sacred space between a writer and their work that is not allowed to be messed with.

If you can’t write your own content then for fuck’s sake don’t steal someone else’s. Karma is a bitch, but there are some beautiful and loving lessons for me to learn from here somewhere right? What are your thoughts? Please feel free to comment below…

There is a massive misconception in the self-help, personal development industry that the teachers are all riding magical unicorns, manifesting rainbows, followed by butterflies and leaving footprints of glittery sparkles with every step they take.

The perception is that people that ‘walk the talk’ need to be happy all the time, emotionally balanced, calmed, chilled out with not a grain of sand venturing out of their perfectly groomed Zen garden. This isn’t how it is at all and it’s not how it’s meant to be either…

The true teachers out there have a deep understanding that shit hits the fan in order for them to grow ‘spiritually’.

It’s a profound, sacred part of the deal that enables them to experience the fullness of life in order to teach new perspectives to their students and be of value.

Being spiritual means that you’ll screw up because you need to. It’s part of the game plan.

Yesterday I had some pretty severe emotional upheaval to deal with. Let’s just categorize it as ‘family drama’. You know, the kind that pretty much 100% of the population has to deal with at one point or another in their lifetime.

Several ‘nasty’ (for want of a better word) nuggets of perception were hurled at me that were an attempt to discredit the work I do teaching people about ‘spirituality’ and creating a life they love. I was pretty furious. Fuming.

Things got really ugly and my energy went berzerko (AKA batshit crazy). It’s a space I don’t usually allow myself to enter into, but my energy was so out of whack that I succumbed to the dark side.

Being spiritual means that you’re human

We’re all going to make mistakes, be in bad moods, make choices that hurt people and find ourselves in the quicksand-esque landscape of conflict…

After the storm passes we can then wrap it up in a pretty personal development bow saying things like…

‘it was meant to happen’

‘everything happens in divine timing’ (which it does, I’m big believer in this). 

‘so and so isn’t as spiritual as me’ (<<<this is bull-crap).

Being spiritual means that you don’t have to be annoying about it or beat yourself up. You just need balance.

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Conflict, bad moods, emotional outbursts and errors in judgement don’t need to be soothed with people becoming an annoying new age fortune cookie about things. It happened, allow yourself some space to build a bridge and get over it. 

Being spiritual is just about being consciously aware and trusting that you’ll have many ups and downs throughout life.

It’s about deeply acknowledging that there is always purpose to the seeming madness.

It all has a place. It’s all about building a soul portfolio of experiences to draw on for next time, and placing your newfound tools in your ever-expanding spiritual tool box and moving forward no matter what. xo

As the saying goes…

“There really is nothing new under the sun.”

Most of the time, and especially in the personal development industry, the same old/same old concepts are re-hashed over and over again but with a new marketing twist to get it out there to a wider audience.

Take the movie ‘The Secret’ for example…

In 2006, the DVD took the marketing world by storm with over 4 million copies sold. The premise of ‘The Secret’ isn’t a new concept at all because it was a clever way to teach people about The Law of Attraction which has been around for donkey’s years.

However…

It illustrates a really powerful point that is important to explore if we ‘think’ or assume that nothing is new…

We are always changing.

Take for instance, when you read a book on self help or spirituality and the concepts don’t really sink in or resonate with you. The book could sit on your bookshelf for ten or so years and then you pick it up and the book and concepts finally make sense. This is why it doesn’t matter at all that ‘nothing is new under the sun’.

What this means is that as we change, the information that we need in order for our souls to grow all of a sudden starts to hit home and become relevant. It brings with it beautiful newness.

So just because you think you might have already heard of something before or been familiar with a certain concept… doesn’t mean that you fully understand it.

As humans we are constantly evolving and our conscious awareness levels are expanding. If you think you’ve seen it all and know it all, you actually know…well… fuck all (and I mean this in the kindest way possible). 

I’ve experienced this recently with the book A Course in Miracles. I remember picking up a copy back in 1999 and flipping through the pages (dismissing it because I thought I’d seen it all before) and wondering what the hell it was about. Now, nearly 17 years later, the concepts make sense because I have changed and life has filled me in on the details required to take the text to a new and deeper level of understanding.

So next time you think that you’ve ‘seen it all before’ – stop and ask yourself if that’s really true.

This gives you the gift of being able to see the world with a new sense of wonder, kind of like a child sees things… so you can learn more and then ultimately teach more.  And that’s a really beautiful space to occupy if you ask me. xo

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I teach my mastermind students and people in my blogging community all about the importance of authenticity and blogging from your heart. To do this, you need to allow your audience to get to know you. However, a lot of people refrain from putting themselves ‘out there’ because they’re fearful of being judged. By giving yourself permission to be vulnerable and visible, you open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities. If I didn’t live this philosophy I wouldn’t have landed a book deal, met my husband or attracted any media attention for my business. My open hearted approach to online business has been very successful.

Remember: If your readers trust you then you will build a strong, loyal and powerful tribe. This is so important for the growth and longevity of your entrepreneurial adventures.

Blogging from your heart + your authentic self = beautiful connection and engagement for the growth of your brand.

So in the spirit of connection here are 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.

I’d love for you to post your own #20Things and link to them in the comments section below. xo

  1. As a child I used to hide food in my mother’s shoes if I didn’t want to eat it. In fact, my relationship with food has been weird my whole life. I was anorexic and bulimic when I was younger. I’ve found having a mostly Vegan diet is the best choice for me.
  2. When I was about 17ish my mother told me I had two older half-brothers that she’d kept a secret from me and my little sister for our whole lives. We went through the process of finding them and reuniting. They are both incredible human beings.
  3. I was a runner up in a beauty pageant when I was 16. It was called the ‘Miss Red Hill Show Girl’ contest. I won some money, a tiara and a sash. I also got to ride around in a convertible car and wave at people. I did the pageant as a dare from one of my friends. If I didn’t win a prize I would have had to eat a whole jar of mayo.
  4. Dairy is my Kryptonite. FACT: I would rather eat a piece of dog poo, than a piece of cheese or butter. This might sound revolting and extreme but it’s supposed to illustrate my dislike.
  5. I was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, and we moved to Australia when I was 5.
  6. I met my husband on Twitter when I was married to my first husband. Sean and I became friends (just friends) and it wasn’t until I left my 10 year marriage that enough time had passed for us to spontaneously fall in love. Sean flew from California to Australia for a date. It was 11 magical days that turned into a forever situation.
  7. I am an intuitive person that is super responsive to energy. I have strongly felt the presence of my children before they were conceived. In fact, I had a dream of my son when I was just 16. He said: ‘See you when I’m ready to be born Mummy.’ And he had an English accent. Sure enough, I was pregnant 4 years later and married a man from England.
  8. I designed a range of gift wrap for Hallmark when I was 14. The designs were in major department stores and it landed me media attention. This is where my entrepreneurial bug began.
  9. I have been pregnant 9 times. I lost my first pregnancy when I was 20 at 16 weeks. I then got pregnant with Thomas in 2001 and then Olivia in 2006. The week before I married Sean in 2013, I had the first of 5 consecutive miscarriages. My ninth pregnancy, after thinking that I couldn’t have another child resulted in Lulu Dawn. She’s now 4 weeks old today as I’m writing this post.
  10. My family are an artistic and eccentric bunch of people. My Dad is a watercolourist (you can Google A.A Prout). My mother has illustrated a ton of children’s books but is now a musician. I had my first solo art show when I was 19.
  11. I believe in ghosts. I’ve seen them, heard them and can detect them if they are around. No, I’m not John Edwards and have no interest in getting messages from the other side. I try and stay away from that type of energy.
  12. In 2013, I got married in Las Vegas at the Rumor Boutique Hotel where they filmed a wedding from The Bachelor. My decor was pink (of course) and we had a giant and oh-so-beautiful Vegan wedding cake.
  13. In 2005, I had a dream about a giant 3.7 million dollar house that was not too far from where I lived. In the dream I lived there and my ex-husband came to collect the kids for the day. It had giant gates and was in the best position in the entire suburb. In 2013, I moved in there with my new husband and the kids. Not in a million years would I have thought it was possible to rent that home. We lived there for 8 months.
  14.  I didn’t get my driver’s licence until I was 29.
  15. Nail biting is such a nasty habit and I did it for most of my life. Hiding my hands was something I always had to do until I read that nail biting represents self-hatred. So I stopped, and now have beautiful long nails.
  16. I don’t have any fillings and I have eaten a lot of sugar in my lifetime.
  17. I’ve lived in Gothenburg, Sweden and loved it. We think the next stop is America, but we’re not sure yet if that’s a possibility.
  18. I am a survivor of domestic violence. It was a 10 year learning curve to make me who I am today. I’ve let go of the pain of ‘the story’ and know that it served a divine purpose.
  19. Pink is my super-power colour. Also, things that sparkle make me a little giddy. 
  20. I am fiercely loyal and honest. My husband and my children are my world and I would protect them with my life.

Now it’s your turn to write a #20Things – please link to your post below. I’d love to see what you have to share. xo

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Ring-a-ding-ding. Your soul is calling and you start to make money doing what you LOVE. You’re 111% committed to changing the lives of others, and being creatively fulfilled in order to nurture your heart. ‘Ordinary’ entrepreneurs look for opportunities to cash in on, and there’s nothing wrong with this. However, the truly ‘spiritual’ entrepreneur sees the high-level overview of awareness and how their venture expands the consciousness of everyone that participates in the cycle of prosperity.

Are you a spiritual entrepreneur? You know you are if you can identify with any one of the following traits…

1. Spiritual entrepreneurs acknowledge that deep spiritual work is a never-ending story.

Making money doing what you love has various scary moments to be confronted with. You are challenged with breaking through emotional blockages, worthiness issues and sometimes severe bouts of doubt. You may find yourself getting in the way of your own flow of abundance too, which means that your consciousness expands to allow for growth take place. Whatever challenges you are faced with must be seen as a powerful teacher. Time passes and the lessons will be revealed. Honour the fact you put your hand up to do this work.

2. Spiritual entrepreneurs have a powerful purpose and clear vision.

It’s so important to keep your eyes on the prize and remember the ‘why’ behind your chosen business venture. Remember that nothing is ever set in stone and it’s perfectly okay to evolve and change your mind. As long as you check back in and see that you’re doing something because it is alignment with your big vision.

3. Spiritual entrepreneurs know that being of service and helping others is the key to success.

There is a beautiful energy exchange that happens when you remove selfishness out of the transactional equation of enterprise. When you serve others from a place of having a true desire to assist and nurture, then miracles happen.

4. Spiritual entrepreneurs meditate often or at least know how to.

The real and most authentic foundation to being a spiritual entrepreneur is the art of being present. This is the core element to success. If you can still your mind and tune in to the Universal flow and life-force then you are recharging all of your creative facilities and allowing awesomeness to manifest.  A true spiritual entrepreneur can make a meditation out of anything – washing dishes, drawing, walking the dog, applying mascara. The meditation is in the present moment. It’s right now.

5. Spiritual entrepreneurs are ‘in flow’ but it doesn’t get in the way of productivity.

Yes, it’s true, spiritual entrepreneurs can often be found daydreaming and riding around on a unicorn in a field of cherry blossom. However, they know that there is work to be done. Spiritual entrepreneurs know that systems are the backbone of business success. Make this your mantra.

6. Spiritual entrepreneurs are keen philanthropists.

Spiritual entrepreneurs understand the energy of money and know that if you freely release money to a greater cause it will bounce back to you. If you give without expectation and help someone else (or a worthy cause) then you are engaging in the process to strengthen your abundance vibration.

7. Spiritual entrepreneurs surround themselves with others that uplift them.

Spiritual entrepreneurs have a tribe, a soul family, a collective group of supporters that understand and nurture the journey they’re on. Spiritual entrepreneurs also regularly do ‘friendship audits’ to make sure they want to exchange energy with people that aren’t going to poo on their parade. Some may see this as judgement, others see it as self-love.

8. Spiritual entrepreneurs post a lot of inspirational quotes on Facebook and Instagram of green smoothies, kale salads, rainbows and vision boards.

Yep, it’s true. Spiritual entrepreneurs need to appear to be hemorrhaging rainbows of awe-induced glittery notions at all possible times. It’s a creative way to use social media and electronics addiction for a greater good. And it works.

9. Spiritual entrepreneurs have usually travelled a painful journey to give themselves permission to make money from their passion.

There is a deep and gut-wrenching drive from people that have turned their pain into power. It’s our stories that align us with the people that need our help the most.

10. Spiritual entrepreneurs are authentic in their written communication and deeply moved by the connection and impact they have on the lives of others.

Blog comments, Facebook love-notes and submitting testimonials all feed a spiritual entrepreneur and act as powerful feedback to let them know they are making a difference in the world. They are also very helpful to look at in times of doubt in order to get back on track.

11. Spiritual entrepreneurs know that no one is perfect.

The personal growth and personal development industry is riddled with people that think they have it all figured out and strive for perfection. True spiritual entrepreneurs know that you are not broken.  True spiritual entrepreneurs appeal to your awareness that you know you are en ever evolving being and that things aren’t always unicorns, rainbows and glitter-cannons of gut-busting laughter. True spiritual entrepreneurs know that we’re all on a specific path, there is no pedestal and that celebrities are just normal people. True spiritual entrepreneurs also know how to work their faults, their flaws and their downfalls and turn them into the most exquisite silver linings.

 

Creativity is a powerful spiritual practice and process. 

I’m entering a new phase in the development of my brand where I want to start making more art to inspire people.

Recently, I’ve been hand-drawing vibrant mandalas with my own unique twist and the response has been overwhelming. Now I’m doing a little market research to see if people would be interested in me creating custom mandalas for them based on intentions, colour schemes, affirmations and a desire to own a beautiful piece of original artwork (by yours truly).

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. They help to create and hold a sacred space for metaphysical adventures, manifesting and meditation.

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The specs:

– Each piece can take up to 5 hours to create.
– They are hand-drawn on 200gsm white quill board (acid free, from sustainable sources).
– I use a mixed variety of ink pens (Copic, Sharpie and Posca).
– It’s a very surrendered and meditative process for me and something I truly love to do. I pour my heart into it.
– The finished artwork is A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm, 8.27 x 11.69 inches).

*Please note it will be delivered to you unframed. 

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Being an artist is in my blood.

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At 14, I worked for Hallmark as their youngest gift wrap designer (see picture above). My work could be purchased in various department stores around the world. At 19, I held my first solo-art exhibition and when I was 23, I was a prizewinner in the the SHELL Livewire Entreprenerial Awards to fund my own stationery business start-up. I am a multi-passionate creative which is why I love to write books, draw pictures and design beautiful pieces of jewellery.

What you get from me.

  • A beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of unique and original hand-drawn artwork.
  • Every mandala will be different. Like snowflakes, no two pieces will be the same.
  • They aren’t designed to be perfect, they are designed to project vibrant original beauty, prompt cosmic connection and remind you that you create your own magic.
  • An affirmation and intention for your mandala (separate from the artwork).

7 Things Women Should Never Apologize For

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As women, sometimes we end up saying sorry for things that don’t warrant forgiveness or approval seeking. Why should we be sorry for empowered choices that we make or natural stuff that happens? 

Following my wildly popular article called 10 Things You Should Never Apologise for For…Ever (over 46k likes!!) I wanted to expand upon the content and add a few more things. Here are 7 Things Women Should Never Apologize for.

1. Sexuality and feminine expression

The beauty of being a woman (or a man for that matter) is the choice you have to express yourself sexually in the world or in a relationship with another human being. You should never feel the need to say sorry for the way you express yourself in this department unless it breaks a mutual commitment you have made with someone. Also, the way you express your feminine essence is never to be apologized for. The Divine Feminine energy can manifest in a multitude of different and beautiful ways that can only be defined by you. 

2. Wanting babies

For many women (not all) this is a biological urge to carry and birth a baby, or at least nurture something or someone. If you haven’t had children yet and want them, never feel the need to apologize for your desires. There are a vast number of ways that nurturing energy can manifest in your life – from having pets, plants and contributing to the world around you. The key is to stay true to what you think your soul needs in order to expand. Babies usually appear in perfect divine timing.

3. Not wanting babies

As mentioned above, there are many ways being a nurturer can manifest in the world and not liking or wanting your own children is perfectly fine. Never feel the need to justify the reasons you don’t want to have kids. There are way too many people out there in the world that procreated from a place of insecurity, accident or their own limiting beliefs. Owning your decisions is beautiful and authentic.

4. Making more money

Never say sorry for being able to draw prosperity into your life. It will create a block in the pipeline and scare the money off. Allow for abundant energy to flow by being fearless in your faith that making money is your birthright and super-easy. 

5. Changing our minds

A free-thinking human being’s mind is totally allowed to change their minds. This isn’t restricted to male or female. If your heart is in tune with your desires, then your mind can totally change the course of action intended…unless you change your mind. 

6. That time of the month

“Sorry, I’m hormonal. I’ve got my period.”

Bullshit. This is total bullshit. Apologizing for a scared ritual that needs to occur on a monthly basis for a woman is like saying sorry for every poop you’ve ever released from the depth of your bowels. Hormones are beautiful teachers, that allow us to ride the wave of life and navigate a clear path. It’s the contrast of feeling happy and sad in life that paves the future.

7. Being who you really are

Whoever you are, whatever you want to do – never apologize for the way your heart expresses itself in the world. Your role is to be who you really are – unapologetically – and cultivate love and compassion from the people around you that nurture and support your dreams.

Ever wondered why people say sorry for certain things when there really is no need to apologize? Or have you ever had someone dismiss you and belittle your feelings saying that they’re not valid or relevant? Well here’s a list of the 10 Things You Should Never Apologize For.

I’m not sorry and you shouldn’t be either for…

1. How you feel

Expressing the way you feel (and I mean really feel about something) is a gift. When you tell someone about the way you feel on a certain subject you should never think twice about apologising for expressing your personal perspective. That is, unless it’s harmful to the other person or intended to manipulate the situation. Letting people know where you’re at and how you feel is so important. If you don’t express your true feelings then they get swept under the carpet and you get sick. Seriously, they will fester and implode within your soul like a stink bomb.

AFFIRMATION: It is safe for me to express my truth and the way that I feel.

2. What makes you laugh

Your sense of humour is your own set-point of uniqueness. The beauty of the human condition is that there are so many beautiful types of humor and no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Whether you laugh at poo jokes, videos of kittens or even Japanese signs with amusing English translation failures – always be unapologetic for what makes you giggle. Life is funny. 

AFFIRMATION: The things that amuse me feed my soul.

3. What you believe in

This should be a deal breaker in relationships. Yes, we know that the fine art of conversation means avoiding the themes of politics or religion – however, if you have to say sorry for what you believe in, no matter what it is, you’re moving in the wrong circles. You have 100% permission to believe in whatever you wish as long as you don’t intentionally hurt people in order to prove a point.

AFFIRMATION: My beliefs are my own and the compass for my soul.

4. Your past

Yes, you might have done a turd and mailed it to a high school bully. Yes, it might have been nearly 20 years ago – however no one can make you say sorry for the silly stuff you did in the past. Unless, it was illegal or the overwhelming need for some sort of exchange of forgiveness to take place.

On the other hand you might have been dating two guys at once when you were younger and your present husband brings it up in fights. The basic rule is this…when something happens before you’re in someone’s life, then technically it has nothing to do with them.

AFFIRMATION: The past is over, the memories are pretty funny though.

5. Your future and your dreams

Never apologise for your dreams or what you want for your future. However, make room for compromise if you are in a long term situation with others so that you’re not appearing to be totally self-involved. Make your dreams happen, never apologise for dreaming.

AFFIRMATION: I allow myself to create an amazing future.

6. Your body or your weight

If you’re apologising for the way your body looks then stop it. You need to own your body –  the shape, the texture, the fact that it keeps you alive and HONOUR IT. Saying sorry to someone because you’re too big, too small, too green…whatever…is harmful to your heart. If someone can’t love you enough to know that perfection is mythical, then they need their soul Photoshopped. 

AFFIRMATION: I am enough.

7. Your children

Unless they are throwing their own poo around in a restaurant or yelling out vulgarities to others, then never apologise for your children. Kids are supposed to behave like kids. And if you do encounter the grouch that speaks up and makes you feel like you need to apologise for your children then gently remind them that they once were kids too.

AFFIRMATION: Kids are vibrant, messy, loud, beautiful souls that need space to be creative.

8. How much you earn

Money is a sore spot and a tender subject for a lot of people. Never feel the need to apologise for earning too much or not earning enough. Money is an exchange for energy, that’s all. So when you’re saying sorry for having too little or even too much, then you are making a very powerful affirmation to the Universe to cease the flow of abundance.

AFFIRMATION: It is safe for me to allow more abundance into my life and feel comfortable to share my wealth when it flows with ease.

9. Your personal/emotional boundaries

You draw the line when it comes to saying something isn’t okay. We should all learn to assert our boundaries and not be apologetic for our decisions that enforce our own emotional safety.

AFFIRMATION: It’s okay, when I say it’s okay.

10. Your sexuality

This one should be the most obvious, kind of like apologising for your skin colour. No matter what your sexual orientation is, you must never need to apologise to someone because of it unless it’s used in the context of ‘Sorry, I’m flattered but I’m a lesbian.’

AFFIRMATION: My sexuality never needs to be explained.

Hope you enjoyed these! If you LOVED this and want more then check out: 10 Spiritual Things You Should Never Apologize For.


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