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Invest in yourself!

When was the last time you invested in yourself?

It’s something I’m really passionate about both in our personal and professional lives. And as someone who believes in walking the walk as well as talking the talk, investing in myself is something I’m consistently trying to do.

In October, I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts, The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle, and the topic of Writing Retreats came up. This is something I’ve always thought sounded rather lovely but a bit luxurious and a maybe one-day thing. A “wouldn’t it be nice” kind of idea.

In this year of limited travel, it seemed even more luxurious and also slightly out of reach. So I joined the host in daydreaming and putting it on the “another day” list.

The following day I was in a Facebook group where the writing retreat topic came up again! And someone had posted they were actually hosting one.

The palm trees in the post instantly caught my eye and I clicked the link. I couldn’t believe it! This retreat was to be hosted in Mission Beach in Queensland ( the state where I live and where travel was open). It was happening the following month and with this crazy year I have been booking very little ahead so the dates actually worked for me. And to my greatest surprise, it didn’t have the exorbitant price tag that usually comes attached with anything titled “retreat”.

I was essentially in on the spot! I contacted the host, the lovely Kerstin Pilz from Write Your Journey, and said “how do I sign up?!”

It all felt so right! The timing, the tropical location, the writing element and most importantly, the space for me!

So little announcement: I’m actually currently 7.5 months pregnant. So life’s about to look quite a bit different. More on this soon – but in terms of the timing, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

I saw this as a gift to myself. But more importantly, an investment in myself. Creating space and time to be creative. A chance to be alone with my brain and to just see where my ideas and thoughts took me.

It turned out to be the perfect getaway and the most wonderful five days of reconnecting with myself. Travel and writing are two of my greatest passions and to be able to indulge in these again really filled my cup.

I know that I need time to myself and time to switch off. It’s so important to find out what it is that will reconnect you to you. In our lives, we get so caught up with to-do lists, the daily grind and always pushing forward. It’s so easy to lose that connection to self along the way.

Even on my first day at the retreat, I felt more myself than I had felt for months (I had felt quite off-kilter – a result of the pregnancy and the topsy turvy year that has been 2020). Knowing what would bring me, as Kerstin says, “back home to myself” really helped to make this decision. Investing in myself was a no brainer.

I cam back refreshed, full of ideas, writing more than I have in months and thoroughly enjoying the creative process again!

So when was the last time you really felt like yourself?

Do you know how to “come home” to you?

Is it time to invest in yourself?

Talk to me! I love hearing from you and getting to know you better. So hit reply and let me know what’s happening in your world.

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General Personal Brand

Aren’t you tired?

Aren’t you tired?

Tired of being someone else.

Pretending to be something you’re not.

Fitting into a box.

Following someone else’s idea of success for you.

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Network. Network. Network.

If I could give my clients one piece of business advice, its – network!

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know is so true and it’s been proven time and time again in my business.

I would not be where I am today in my work, or in my life, without the networks and connections that I’ve forged.

I’m not gonna lie – I’m a star communicator. Like literally I get “top fan” and “all star” on social media networks regularly. I even once had Nova 96.9 radio station in Sydney tell me I was on their top caller list.

Building and maintaining relationships is my strength.

But just because communication may not be yours, doesn’t mean you can’t work on it.

Dale Carnegie’s book “How to win friends and influence people” is my go to here. The principles he wrote about back in the 1920s are still relevant today and they are so simple!

  • Smile
  • Be genuinely interested in others
  • Give someone your attention when they speak
  • Be “Hearty in your approbation and be lavish in your praise.” So be nice in other words.

It’s not hard. But it does take consistency and practice.

Having a network of people, who you truly like and connect with, can greatly support you in life. Whether it’s “building your tribe” or “finding your people”, the truer you are to yourself – the greater these connections will be.

If you’re looking for more connection in your work and life, let’s talk. Contact me today to reconnect with your own brand so you can share your story with others.

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Personal Brand

Are you in control of your story?

So often I hear people say “I don’t like talking about myself” or “I don’t want to put myself out there too much” or “no one’s looking at what I do”. But I’m here to tell you they are.

We all have a brand. However, if we’re not sharing our story and putting out our own message, then we’re not in control of it.

People will create an image of you in their mind and that may not be aligned with who you really are.

You have the power to own your story and present the person that you want people to know you as. To show the person you truly are.

When we reconnect with our authentic selves we have better connections in work and life.

Are you in control of your story?