January 31, 2007

January goal update - to grow spiritually

Last night as I was reading my Bible in bed, I thought about how this month has gone.

When I started out, I had 3 things that I thought could help me grow spiritually:

1. Read Bible everyday
2. Listen to teaching tape every week
3. Listen to one worship CD every week

I am happy to report that I have read my Bible each and every day - the last week or so, it has been automatic to grab my Bible first before my "for pleasure" book, which I do read every day. Which just goes to show that habits do form in roughly 21 days.

I was interviewed for Get-It magazine on Sunday and the journalist asked me about my reading after she saw my goals list (y'all know I'm not shy - I'm very open and she had a good look at all of it). Well, I told her that I set personal reading goals every month (doesn't everybody?! - just kidding). If you must know, my goal is 7 books every month - 5 fiction and 2 non-fiction.

I have been listening to Barry Smith's series on The Christian Family every Sunday while preparing my
menu plan and veggies for the week. While I'm not done yet, it has been lovely having some quiet kitchen time by myself. I'm usually in and out of there in less than 30 minutes during the week, so on the weekend, it's nice to take my time and try out some new recipes.

Now this is the best. The more I listened to Christian worship, the more I wanted to. I have been through so many CDs this month and remember I'm only about 15 - 18 mins from work and I catch up on the news and traffic report (if you live in Jhb, you know that's a must) too. So other than a genuine 80s song that I love, I don't even bother with the radio. And it has calmed me down in the traffic, big time!

So that's where I'm at - I'm very happy with my progress so far this year. In fact, that's an understatement because I'm ecstatic.

How about you?

Get-It mag - February 2006

Picture coutesy of www.dreamstime.com

Just to let you know that an article of mine 10 tips for an awesome relationship was published in the February issue of Get-It magazine.

Look on page 19 - it's the article in pink.

I scanned it in and while the quality is not great, at least you can read it here.

January 29, 2007

Weekend cooking - Easy Focaccia

I saw this focaccia recipe in a Weigh-Less recipe book.

Pizza base
280 g cake flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
50 ml oil
½ tsp salt
150 ml low fat milk

5 ml olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp dried rosemary, chopped
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spray the baking tray with Spray and Cook.
Sift dry ingredients together.
Add the oil, milk and mix.
Roll out the dough until 35cm in diameter and press into pan.
Brush with oil, sprinkle with garlic, rosemary and salt.
Bake until golden brown.

I found that the mixture was a bit dry so I had to add some more milk. I could have even added more oil.

before it went into the oven

As you can see, I didn’t have a round pan that was suitable so I just used my normal biscuit pan.

And here's the end result!

I plan to take this with me when people invite us out to supper. Of course, I'll make a nice neat one - trim edges and so forth.

January 28, 2007

Book review: How to say No... and live to tell about it - Mary M Byers

When I bought this book initially, I was looking for some extra tips to include in upcoming time management coaching programmes.

Well, I got that and a whole lot more. 39 really good chapters with titles like People-Pleasing, What If There’s No One Else To Do It? And Practice Makes Perfect

There is a whole section on what you should be saying YES to in your life – like your passions, your family, etc.

I like the way this book is written – the chapters are about 4 pages each, so you can easily read 2 at a time every evening and not feel overwhelmed. She also has some “discovery questions” which in my mind are just like coaching questions at the end of each chapter to prompt your thinking.

And as Barry Ronge used to say, this one gets a resounding 9 from me.


January 23, 2007

Grahamstown, one of my favourite places

And now you can see why!

Dion and I were down in Grahamstown for a friend's wedding in December and while I was there, I met up with a coaching client.

We met at a coffee shop and just look at that delicious chocolate cake!

Check out the file to her left on the table. She was super-prepared...and I was super impressed!

We were both so energised by the session - A left full of good ideas and I left absolutely pumped up by teaching her how to make her dream a reality.

Now that I'm back up here and she's still down there, we will coach either in my online chat room (I've tested it and it works - yippee!) or via email. Don't you love technology?!

By the way, Dion and I met at Rhodes University so we had to take a picture somewhere on campus. All you old Rhodians out there, do you recognise where this was taken?

January 18, 2007

Update on Spiritual Goal

As I mentioned in the newsletter, I am focussing on building good habits to support my goals this year. For January, the category I've chosen is spiritual.

I posted an update on the blog on the 10th Jan but just wanted to give you another update.

So my "broad" goal is to grow spiritually. Some of the mini-goals to get me there are to read my Bible each and every day, to listen to one audio tape a week and to listen to more Christian music and less rubbish (you know what I mean).

Well, I've shared about how the Bible reading is going...great. I am being very disciplined and reading my Bible first before any reading for pleasure.

So how are the other things going?

So far I've listened to only one teaching tape. I am thinking that it probably will go like this because I do long cooking in the kitchen (for an hour or longer) only once a week.

Then an interesting thing happened.

I started off listening to only one worship song on my way to the office and one on the way back. But I found that the stuff on the radio started sounding more like a waste of my time (except my 80s of course) and I'm listening more and more.

This week I have been switching to the radio only for the news and the little inserts like Battle of the Sexes (mini quiz show - men vs women). Isn't that interesting?

I'm reaching my goals because of these reasons:

1. I chose small things to incorporate
2. I didn't stress about doing things perfectly. Rather, I just did them.
3. Initially, I've had discipline but then momentum took over.

Anyway, enough about me.

How are your goals going?

Don't forget to download your 2007 goals form

January 16, 2007

Back to my childhood

Do you remember cherry fizz pops and grape bubbleyum?

Well, I was transported right back to my childhood when I tried these new children’s yoghurts from Dairybelle.

They're called Cherry Lollipop and Goodie Grape.

Absolutely delicious - yum!

January 14, 2007

Weekend cooking - pizza potatoes

This year, I'll be posting some of the things I cook and bake. Hope you enjoy it.

This one is something I found in a weigh-less cookbook. As with anything in the kitchen, you can make it healthy or not so healthy. Since one of my health goals is to get to my goal weight of 52 as fast as possible, I'm going for healthy.

180g potato
200g diced mushrooms, onions and tomatoes
salt, pepper to taste
30g low-fat cheese

First, zap the potato in the microwave until done (in my microwave, that's about 7 minutes).
Cut the potato in half and scoop out the potato.
Mash and mix with the mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper. Should look like this:

Then, scoop the mixture back into the potato halves. Of course, there's such a lot of mixture that it does all spill everywhere. That's fine.

Put back in the microwave for about 2 minutes.

Then sprinkle cheese on top and zap again for about 30 - 60 seconds.

Then it looks like this (there should be more cheese but I was hungry so I started on the cheese)

Voila - enjoy!

January 09, 2007

Are you due for a service?

My car has to be serviced every 15000 km. because I only remember when it hits 15 000, it's a mad rush of phone for a booking and get the car in.

That happened yesterday.

And everything was fine-ish. Apart from only getting to work at 10am. And being driven through peak hour traffic by a madman who wanted to get back to the dealer to finish his shift at 5pm (no, we didn't make it - we were 10 minutes late). But everything with the car was fine.

They tell me that when a car goes in for a service, they check a gazillion things, change oil and reset some other stuff. Details, details...

So I got thinking about how everyone always gets their car serviced on time. And yet...
We are so much more important than cars, which we can easily replace.

We should have a life audit or as I like to call it, a life service, every 6 to 12 months. During this time, we should check some things to see if they're still working, change other things that are no longer working, and reset yet some more things.

So do me a favour, even if you don't believe in goals (my answer to this is, "oh, so you don't want to be a better person and improve your life, because that's all it really is, folks), make a date with yourself tonight, just for 15 - 30 minutes, or longer, if you want.

And take a notebook, pen and a cup of coffee/ tea with you and do your life service.

Because you're worth it!

If you need some help, I still have places available on the goals programme.
Go here for more info and to reserve your spot.

P.S. I must learn to save things before I try to publish. I just lost a looong nicer version of this post now. Infuriating.

January 03, 2007

how to save thousands

"What was the best thing you did this past year and why?"

The best thing I did last year was start blogging - I learnt so much from all the other blogs I read and of course, learnt skills I wouldn't otherwise have had when I started this and the other blogs.

And I made some wonderful blog buddies -
some of which have actually visited with me .

On the financial side, waiting before I spent money is the best thing I did.

I took a spending fast in May (
someone on another blog was doing this – incidentally, we are now accountability partners/ coaching one another as we're both coaches! And that came about only because I left comments on her blog) because I was spending too much on too many books, e-books and courses.

After the month was over, I bought one thing straight away but found that other items I "had to have" during the month didn't seem that important. So my new rule was wait a week and if you still want it, then get it.

And this way, I saved hundreds of rands!!!

Personality tests

I thought you might enjoy learning a little about me.

Very interesting indeed but I'm a bit shocked at that high anti-authority score!

Stability results were high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..
Orderliness results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.
Extraversion results were high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
trait snapshot:
clean, likes large parties, outgoing, makes friends easily, optimistic, positive, social, high self control, traditional, assertive, rarely irritated, self revealing, open, finisher, high self concept, controlling, rarely worries, tough, likes to stand out, does not like to be alone, semi neat freak, fearless, dominant, trusting, organized, resolute, strong, practical, craves attention, adventurous, hard working, respects authority, brutally honest, realist, altruistic
If you take the test, post the results in the comments.

January 01, 2007

2007 off to a good note!

Hi everybody

Happy New Year and all the very best for 2007!!!

The newsletter is out and you can read all about my year in review on the newsletter blog.

Meanwhile, my year kicked off on a really good note earlier today when a client (she is actually a raving fan) phoned me.

I sent out an SMS to all my clients just before midnight to wish them well for the new year. I didn't think that the SMS was all that special, to be honest.

She said that when she got that SMS, she got thinking and couldn't believe how far she'd come in 2006. She "didn't have the words to explain nicely" via SMS so waited to phone me later.

Anyway, she thanked me for all I'd done by coaching her in so many areas of her life - self-esteem, relationship, and so on.

WOW - I was virtually speechless (and you know how I like talking).

Now, this makes it all worth it.

I feel honoured to be a coach, able to teach people how to have great lives.

Thank you for reading - have a great day!


This is the area that I'm choosing to focus on in January.

This month, I want to read my Bible each and every single day. I'm not saying how long because then I get into the all-or-nothing mode and start feeling guilty when I don't achieve.

I'm starting one day at a time and will check back in next week!

Who of you are joining me with this as your section to focus on?

Otherwise, please feel free to choose any other section and post your intentions in the comments.