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Are you a Cookie Thief?

Over the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying listening to some of my old audiobooks again.  I especially enjoy listening to Wayne Dyer, rest his soul.  How often are you a cookie thief?  By that I mean, how often do you point the finger?  I can’t remember who shared the quote with me, nor can…
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Gratitude for the Small Things

How easy is it to take our everyday blessings for granted?  When did you last show gratitude for your food?  Your shelter?  Your vehicle?  The people in your life? Your ability to move?  Sometimes it’s not until we lose one of these things that we realise how much we take them for granted in the…
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Questions – a hindrance or a help?

Most of us think that asking questions is a helpful thing to do when someone asks us for help  – right?  Well, I beg to differ.  When we ask questions, we’re generally trying to connect the story dots in our heads, so we can figure out what happened so we can offer help, guidance, advice,…
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My Love of a Good Novel is back!

What have you read lately?  What would you recommend and why?  I love getting a great recommendation for a book or movie don’t you?   We finally took a holiday during the first two weeks of July and headed up to Omapere on the west coast.  We set up in an Air B & B which…
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What’s a metaphor?

The word metaphor gives me cause to smile when I hear or read it.  I love plays on words and it takes me back to my NLP training with Dr Richard Bolstad and his play on words … “What’s a meta for?”  Auntie Google’s dictionary defines a metaphor as ‘a figure of speech in which a…
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The Lessons that Autumn Leaves

Every morning for the last few weeks I’ve been watching the changes happening in our trees.  When the sunrise hits them just right, the leaves glow like precious jewels above the leaf litter on the ground.  Every morning for the last few weeks I’ve been saying to myself “I’d love to take some photos of…
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A Serendipitous Pile of Dung!

Serendipitous:  occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way. There’s been some interesting serendipities this year, especially when it comes to me giving presentations.  One of my favourite stories comes from the book “Who ordered this truckload of dung?” by Ajahn Brahm.  Imagine you return home from your work today to find a truckload…
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Use the Poppa D Strategy to Get Stuff Done!

I’m using the Poppa D strategy to get things done! Growing up we lived next door to my grandparents who had a couple of acres of incredible gardens.  Imagine large sweeping concrete driveways surrounded by gardens, lawns, trees leaning over laden with fruit, grapevine tunnels, gooseberry bushes nestled in amongst the stone walls, fuchsia houses…
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Our Greatest Need – To Be Loved

Yesterday I received a newsletter from Robyn Pearce, NZ’s very own ‘Time Management Queen’.  In it she paid tribute to those impacted by the tragic events that occurred in Christchurch last week and she shared a blog written by her cousin Susie Laery. I was moved by Susie’s words and I’ve been given permission to reproduce her blog…
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Even Caterpillars Dislike Change!

It’s great weather for being out in the garden and over the last few weeks I’ve taken a close interest into what’s happening with the four abundant swan plants in our garden.  To understand the first part of this story, you might want to read instalment one in an earlier blog. Magic happened again as…
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