June 30, 2007

I am two years old!


My business is two years old and I'm throwing a party on Thursday.

Get the details here and read all about energisers and energy drains. There's also party favours (downloadable worksheet) for everybody.

Have fun and see you at the party!

June 29, 2007

Have you met Yvette?


Yvette is a client of mine who came on a goal-setting workshop I ran last January. She loved the workshop but because she wasn't in the right space mentally, she didn't do as well with her goal-setting as she would have liked.


Work and life happened and so did the whole "too much going on to think about my goals" syndrome.

Fast forward another few months and... the end of the year was in sight.

Yvette didn't want to be in the SAME place a year later so I suggested that she give the goal-setting thing another bash. When I run the workshops, I tell the people, "the principles ALWAYS work if you WORK the principles". It's true.

Anyway, she bought my e-book, 12 days to goal-setting success, just before she went off on her December holidays. You can buy it here.

Well, I bumped into her during February and she was radiant!!!

She used her holidays to start working through the e-book. And by working I mean writing all her goals down, creating her action plan and so on (I elaborate much more in the e-book, obviously).

She then started putting her plan into place and just two months after starting, had achieved not one, but TWO major goals.

She got her driver's licence AND she bought her first house. WOOHOO! Now, you'd swear I was her mother; I was that proud of her!

I'm telling you all this to INSPIRE you to action.

What are you waiting for?

Life is passing you by.

You can also be like Yvette and change your life one step at a time.

Remember goals are just the things you want to get done - don't get caught up on the word "goals".


Get the book here and start working through it by yourself OR email me/ give me a call on 0845047339 to schedule your 30-minute KICK-START YOUR GOALS session.

Ali's meme on alternate careers

Ali has a fun meme going on.

Here is how to play:

If you had the opportunity to do a 1-year internship in a company or field completely unrelated to your current career or specialty, what would be your top 5 choices?

Mine are:

  1. Producer on Oprah or Dr Phil - controlling all the segments, video clips, order of guests - yum!
  2. Cruise director - holiday with work, what more could I want
  3. Talk show host - put my big mouth and curiosity to good use
  4. Organise a big event like a big Christian conference with thousands of delegates, guest speakers, lots of food, details, etc.
  5. Travelling motivational speaker (this is a bit of cheating because this is linked to what I currently do, except for the travelling part)
  6. Bonus - buyer for a stationery chain store (hmmm, getting to choose paper, pens, notebooks, etc. Heaven)

Edited to add: Dion reminded me that I'd make an excellent prosecutor. I used to want to be Helen Gamble in The Practice. Remember Bobby Donnell saying, "Lucy, in my office!" More quotes

So what are your 5 alternate careers?

Ali, it really was a lot of fun to dream out loud on the internet!

I'm tagging Coach Jen, Karen, Annie, Suzanne and YOU. If you're reading and you don't have a blog, leave your careers in the comments.

June 28, 2007

In the kitchen - Sandra's pizza

Making pizza is one of my favourite things to do - I think it's because it feels like chemistry. A little bit of this and a little bit of that :-)


I used to buy the ready-made pizza bases OR use wholewheat pita breads for a base until I discovered Sandra's pizza recipe.


This is so easy - it's the 3rd time I've made them. And I'm typing the ingredients by memory!


Ingredients
1 pkt yeast
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tbsp honey (I don't have honey so I use sugar)
1 tbsp oil (I use extra virgin - anything will do) - I see Sandra uses 2 tbsp




  1. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the liquids.
  2. Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm spot to rise to double its volume (I put my bowl in the laundry, on top of the tumble drier while it's drying the laundry).
  3. Roll out on a floured surface
  4. Add some pasta sauce (I use All Joy- 99% fat-free :-)) and lots of garlic and smear
  5. Add your choice of toppings



6. Bake at about 220 degrees for about 15 minutes



7. Enjoy







This weekend I made focaccia too.


I brushed the dough with extra virgin olive oil, smeared with garlic and added some coarse salt. And it tastes delicious! I might just put Mimmo's out of business :)






June 27, 2007

Snow in Africa!

This morning we woke to beautiful snow. It is the first time I have seen snow, up close and personal.

Look at the sun just rising


In our backyard


I love this one - palm tree with snow! Crazy!




Through our kitchen window



Dion's footprints

My first snowball



One of my favourite streets (Innes Street, Observatory) - look at the sidewalks


June 26, 2007

Discover yourself

I received an email from a coaching client, Danel Bester:

Thank you very much for the coaching session! You are a very inspiring person and I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you.

The way you helped me see myself in a different way really boosted my confidence. It helped me make a mind-shift; now I can see myself clearly as the person I really want to be - it’s not a dream anymore, it’s now a possibility.

Do you know how this thrilled me? I LOVE hearing testimonials like this because it means people are being empowered!

This was a Discover Yourself coaching session. If YOU want to discover yourself, book a one-on-one coaching session like Danel did. I offer this session in-person or virtually.

June 25, 2007

How are you doing with your goals?

We're nearly halfway through the year so it's check-in time!

Those of you who have my goals workbook know that I talk about a regular review. It could be weekly, monthly, quarterly or every 6 months. It really depends on what works for YOU!

By the way, the fitness assessment I mentioned before forms part of my health and fitness goals for the year.

I look at my goals every day (because they're inside my wardrobe) but I do a more detailed form of goals planning once a month. I then take some of those goals and do something to move me closer to my goals every week.

Weekly planning is the best for me - I plan my business tasks, date night, gym, menu planning, EVERYTHING!

And then I schedule those weekly tasks and activities in my daily planner so that they get done. And mostly, they do :-) So that works for me. (I'm going to blog more about my system - with pictures! - so keep checking the Organising Queen blog ).

But back to you.

How are you doing with your goals?

Don't get caught up with the word "goals". Remember, it's what you want to get done. Your intentions, if you like.

1. If you wanted to lose some weight, how's that going for you?
2. Are you on track with your savings plan?
3. Have you planned your holidays?
4. Have you started your job search?
5. Are you living a more organised life?

(Did you know that the top 3 things most people want to do every year are get organised, lose weight and save money/ get out of debt).

Remember it's not too late and you are not behind - these are not New Year's resolutions so there's no deadline!

I'm sure you'd rather start working on something now than not at all. You can do anything in 15 minutes a day.

If you need some accountability, have a look at my coaching packages.

Do you have a plan to get you there?

June 24, 2007

Weekend reflection - 24 June 2007


kitchen

  • followed the menu plan all the way through
  • made some more of Sandra's pizza - yum! Will have to post the recipe and pictures later this week. Did a normal pizza and 2 foccaccia and they were good. This is my 3rd attempt so I think I'm getting better.

health and fitness

  • I weighed the same as the previous week so I didn't bother to post it. However, for the last couple of days, I've weighed less. Hopefully this stays for the next couple of days so I can report less weight.
  • And I didn't make anything sweet this weekend - only cooked real food so there were no temptations.
  • Had my fitness assessment and was very pleased with the results

out and about/ reading

  • Dion and I went to the library on Saturday and for the first time in MONTHS, all the copies of The Joy Luck Club were out. Amazing!
  • After that, we had a lovely lunch of chicken schnitzels at Aromas in Killarney
  • Finished the book in time for the Spring Reading Thing and ended with 16 in the 3 months. Not bad for me but not great either.
  • Also read a Christian novel this weekend - Mixed Signals by Liz Curtis Higgs. Very nice.

blogville

  • Annie and I finally outsmarted the evil email system and got each other's addresses
  • Barb had a wedding - can't wait to read all about it
  • Got my first award - that Lorie is just the sweetest thing

computer

  • Finally got the computer back and it is working fine.
  • I'm up to date on replying to emails on both the computer and the laptop

business

  • Tidied up my other blog's sidebar - it is now perfectly organised for the moment. Now this blog needs some work. I'm not happy with any of it - that's why it keeps changing its look.
  • Registered for sitemeter - oh my word, it is addictive.
  • Made a new form to organise my business routines and habits better
  • Wrote one article for another online newsletter (I will also use for my mailing list).

grateful for
-Blog awards
-Website sales
-Health and happiness
-YOU!

June 21, 2007

Spring reading thing - wrap up


Summary
I had 12 books on my list – 6 fiction and 6 non-fiction and therein lies the problem.
I finished 16 in total - 8 of these 12 and an additional 8, all fiction!

What was the best book you read this spring?
Hmmm – it’s a toss up between The hundred secret senses – Amy Tan and Chasing the dime – Michael Connelly.

I rate each book I read and actually, 6 of them got 9 out of 10. I chose these two because intellectually I know I love these authors but I keep forgetting just how much until I read one of their books again.

And the weird thing? I still have not read Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club! However, we are going to the library on Saturday and I’m going to get it. Just writing this post made me start anticipating the whole reading of it. Can't wait!

What book could you have done without?
Hot stuff – Elaine Fox (enough said)

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?
A couple come to mind
Daisy Waugh – no, I will not read her again
Jennifer Weiner – a real pleasant process of discovery for me. Read my "Little Earthquakes" review. This is on the best books list (9 out of 10)

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it?
My library due date rolled around for the one fiction I didn’t finish; I realised that I didn’t feel like I even wanted to renew so that was that (life is too short).

I could have finished the other 3 non-fiction if I’d remained disciplined but sadly, I’m not when it comes to reading. That’s me – I’ve accepted it. I’m allowed to be undisciplined somewhere J

Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?
I didn’t really go looking. Although I saw Queen of the Castle when I was on holiday, bought it and then when I saw it on Lara’s and Kim’s blogs, started reading. I am about a ¼ in but I stopped to finish my last book for this challenge.

What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share!
Not to pick so many non-fiction. Next time it will be 4 fiction to every non-fiction (much more realistic but still challenging).
I fizzle with writing reviews - did you notice I got up to 11 books and 12 to 16 are conspicuously absent. Okay, I just finished number 16 two hours ago :-)
I realised I read nothing that other people read and I don’t follow others at all, even if something got a fabulous review. Weird.

What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?
Getting through those 3 non-fiction staring at me longingly from my bookshelf.

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?
Definitely!
Please do click on the label to read all my SRT posts

June 20, 2007

My fitness assessment

I went for my bi-annual fitness assessment on Monday. The very first time I had this done was in May 2003 and at the time, I only had it done because of the Vitality points (with our medical aid, the more points you accumulate, the better discounts you get on airfare and hotels, etc. and we're all about jet-setting so saving is always good).

And then I was shocked when I was told that my fitness was poor (!) so I promptly joined the gym.

Now interestingly enough, I weighed 52kg then which just goes to show that thin is not necessarily healthier!

But since then, I go willingly and I can't wait to find out how I'm doing. It's only R155 and the medical aid will refund the money. Even if they didn't, I'd still go.

So these are my results in the 6 categories:
Smoking & drinking excellent (because I've never smoked and don't drink alcohol)
Blood pressure excellent (80/40 - on the low side)
Nutrition good (improved from last time - was acceptable)
Body composition acceptable (although BMI is normal, body fat is 1% higher than what it should be)
Physical activity acceptable (I know I need to increase this - too lazy)
Overall good

Interesting points
My step test was acceptable for my age!
  • Flexibility on the top part of my body (reaching) is excellent but in my
    legs (hamstrings) is just acceptable. The guy says I need to stretch my
    hamstrings after working out - well, I need to start this.
  • I am very good at sit-ups (good) but I totally suck at push-ups (low end of
    acceptable)

  • Goals for next time

    1. Get those hamstrings sorted out
    2. Do better at the cardio.
    3. Do 43 sit-ups (to push me into excellent)
    4. Do 25 push-ups (to push me into good).
    5. I have my work cut out for me!

    June 17, 2007

    Weekend reflection - 17 June 2007




    computer
    It's been a very frustrating week. My computer's been running slower and slower and I suddenly realised - it's like I have dial-up again!!! So I recognised this as a yellow flag (I think that's what Jack Canfield calls it) and got the computer taken into the shop.

    A yellow flag is a warning signal that we are aware of but often ignore. Like when a women's husband is out all hours of the night, on business trips all the time and suddenly he announces that he's met someone else and is leaving her. She is shocked and can't believe it as she had no idea. The being away from home all the time is the yellow flag.

    Anyway, so I didn't want my computer to totally crash before I figured out that my yellow flag is the slow speed. I've now switched to my laptop and it's like heaven again - fast internet again. Only thing is my husband took the thing in before I had a chance to respond to all my downloaded emails so Danel, that's why I haven't answered you yet. I think that was the only one that needed a reply.

    health and fitness
    Got to the gym twice last week - yay! Stuck to the menu plan and lost a whole 0.1kg.

    I have my biokineticist appointment tomorrow and can't wait to see what he says. This is probably the most unfit I've been in the last 4 years!

    blogging & business
    This week I blogged a lot on health-related things and my weekly tips mailing was also on health. I realize again and again why I love blogging – it’s the immediate feedback you get after you write a post.

    Half the time with my weekly mailings I never know if anybody’s reading or if they’re impacting anybody. Then I got 2 excellent testimonials this week. I wrote about the one in my weekly mailing (but I also need to blog it) and the other arrived after the mailing had gone out so will include that this week.

    This week my main focus when working ON my business is writing – I’m scheduling 30 minutes every week to work on our book, Suzanne – and I have to send lots of articles (must just tidy them all up) to my virtual assistant to submit to the article directories.

    bags
    You know about my handbag obsession, right?

    Well, a few weeks ago I fell in love with another one. It’s the companion to my gorgeous green wallet and made by Jekyll & Hide. Now it was so expensive and is actually the most expensive item of clothing/ accessories I’ve ever owned!

    So I made a deal with myself (even though I could easily pay for it because it seems almost criminal) – if I could raise half the money by selling some of my old bags, then I’d get it.

    And I did!!! So I went to get it today!!! I still have lots of bags to sell because once I got stuck into the decluttering, I couldn’t stop.

    reading
    I’m going to really push to get that last book done in time for the Spring Reading Thing. Stay tuned to see what lessons I learnt and my answers to all the questions that Katrina’s asked all participants to answer.

    grateful for
    -Lots of downtime with Dion this weekend
    -Lots of sleep
    -Good books
    -Blog friends
    -Lots of bag sales :-)

    If you want to participate in Weekend Reflection, please go visit Judi.

    June 14, 2007

    Thursday 13 - 13 ways you can make a difference


    Somebody I've admired for ages recently started a blog and asked me how I have enough content to keep both blogs full all the time. The truth is I've developed Bloggers' Focus - where you have so much to say that you have to write it all down lest it disappear from your busy mind!

    Anyway, so I've wanted to write this post for about a week - and yes, it was on my blogging list.

    About two weeks ago our pastor spoke on the fact that we can ALL make a difference. So I started thinking about how (you know how practical I am) and here are 13 ways I came up with:
    1. smile at a stranger

    2. wave hello to a passing motorist (in Jhb, the people will faint from the shock of friendliness and think you're a tourist!)

    3. tell someone that they're special

    4. send a nice "no reason" email

    5. pay for someone in the queue behind you

    6. buy lunch or coffee for a friend

    7. cook a meal for a neighbour

    8. bake muffins for the office

    9. if you remember someone talking about something on a blog, go back days later and send them helpful links

    10. link to someone for no reason

    11. (still on the blogging topic) leave a thoughtful comment, not just a "nice post" comment

    12. tell someone you love them

    13. reach out to someone less privileged. Get a doggie bag when you eat out and give the food to the beggar on the corner.

    Bonus - edited to add

    I've just been to the mall and as I was paying for my parking before exiting, I offered the parking attendant a toasted coconut marshmallow (since I was eating them). Of course she said yes (they are delish) but you had to see the guy's shocked face in the queue behind me. Priceless!

    I can go on and on, but it is Thursday Thirteen!

    What other ways can you think of?

    June 13, 2007

    Is your body a temple?

    I was chatting to a lady from my hip-hop class as we left the gym the other night.

    I told her that I'd booked my bi-annual fitness assessment with the biokineticist for next Monday (I'll tell you all about it next week). And being the helpful person I am ;), I encouraged her to get an assessment done too.

    You see, we only get one body and we have to take care of it.

    Most of us treat our cars better than we do our bodies and yet, we can replace our cars fairly easily but once the body's wrecked, that's it!

    We skip meals but we make sure our cars always have enough petrol (gas) and water. We allow our cars to warm up in cold weather but we rush ourselves and push our bodies too hard when we're not used to lots of exercise. Or we make sure to drive our cars regularly because we don't want flat batteries but we're quite content to have bodies that don't move!

    Like this fitness assessment – it's only R155 whereas a car service costs anything from R700. And so what if the medical aid won't refund the money? I would get it done anyway.

    So this week, I'm strongly encouraging you to take better care of your body.

    1. Drink more water
    Fill a one-litre bottle in the morning and one again after lunch, and make sure you get through all of it.

    2. Start exercising
    Five or ten minutes a day is better than nothing!

    3.Go for your annual check-ups
    Have you been to the gynae, the dentist and the optometrist recently? And if you're over 40, have you had a mammogram or prostate exam?

    4. Get a fitness assessment done
    The biokineticist will check your fitness level, blood pressure, heart rate, flexibility and best of all, your weight and body fat %.

    5. Eat five servings of fruit and/ or vegetables daily
    I break it up like this - a fruit with breakfast and one just after lunch; one serving of vegetables with lunch (on my sandwich) and two servings at supper time. Easy as that - you're done.

    Make it your goal to phone up and schedule all the appointments, and then add one of the other points to your routine every week until you've got them all covered.

    Remember, it's better to take the time to get healthy NOW than to land up in bed for weeks because you're sick later!

    Please add your comments and hold use this to yourself accountable.

    May Day Weight Loss Challenge - week 4


    Going so slowly it’s barely noticeable :-)

    Last week 56.1kg
    This week 56.0kg

    On the bright side, it didn’t go up! Maybe I should stop baking muffins!

    June 10, 2007

    Weekend reflection - 10 June 2007

    Click on picture to go visit Judi

    date night
    Last Sunday after my blogging, we want to go see Fracture and I loved it. I don't enjoy going to the movies very much in the first plarece (can't sit still) and when I do go, my first preference is romantic comedies so I always forget how much I enjoy a good legal drama. Both Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling were very good and we both enjoyed it.

    Then on Tuesday, we went to see The Lion King at Montecasino. Intellectually, I know it was excellent (set design, costumes, acting, etc.) but I couldn't enjoy it very much because I was so hot. Anyone who knows me knows that I get cold very quickly so if I said it was hot, then it was very hot. I took off everything I could but it was still hot. I was sweating inside my corduroy pants. I started feeling light-headed and that's when I stopped enjoying the show. Yes, I drank water (600ml just in the first half) :)

    health and fitness
    Went to gym on Monday and skipped Wed but I did work out with weights.
    Was down 0.3kg this week - woohoo - I know you think I'm crazy but I celebrate everything!
    The eating is going fine - and I am drinking green tea to keep me regular :)

    personal
    Visited the hairdresser yesterday for a colour. I have been counting down the days til I could go see her so yippee! This week a client was talking to me (not the thoughtful one below ;) ) and started staring at me. I immediately said, "my appointment is on Saturday!" because I knew he was staring at my grey hair - ugh!

    business
    I had a wonderful coaching session on Thursday with a fantastic person. DB, thanks for the sweet email you sent me afterwards.

    kitchen
    The menu plan went well except for Thursday because we had Wednesday's leftovers. I will blog the low-fat creamy pasta recipe next week - promise!

    Today I went mad in the kitchen though - lots of slicing, dicing, cooking and baking going on. Made some more pizza for tonight's supper, muffins for fun and some easy meals for the week.

    blogging
    I was blog-surfing through some blogs and found this old post over at Raising Five. I love it!!
    Been very busy over at the Organising Queen blog. I can't stop it - I just keep thinking of good things to say (or so I think).

    Read my post on how to keep your blog reading under control. And that's exactly what I did which is why I got a lot of "real" reading done this weekend.

    spring reading thing
    there are only 11 days left before the Spring Reading Thing is up. I have read 15 books since we started (my goal was 12) - of those, only 2 are non-fiction (1 in March and 1 in May)!

    So far for June, I've read Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly (what do you mean, you don't read him?! Everything he writes is at least a 9 out of ten) and The one you really want - Jill Mansell (also a 9 - loved this book).

    I don't know if I have the discipline to read nothing but non-fiction until the end. If I do this, I may finish my books. But if nothing else, I do want to finish the current non-fiction I'm busy with - Idiot's guide to organizing your life.

    Have a great week, everyone!

    Weekend cooking - Oatmeal yoghurt muffins

    Recently I was blog-surfing and I landed up in Melbourne, Australia. Bindi Nestor posted this muffin recipe and people all over the world started baking. Isn't blogging fun?

    1. mix 1 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla yogurt and 1 cup rolled oats together
    and leave to soak in the fridge for half an hour.

    2. after half an hour stir the following things in, making sure you fold the flour in last to avoid over beating: 1 egg, 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use extra virgin olive oil, but it
    works ok with canola oil or whatever you prefer), 1/2 cup sugar, your own
    favorite combinations of fruit, nuts, chocolate, spices, 1 1/4 cup self raising
    flour (or plain flour plus one teaspoon baking powder).


    3. the mixture makes 12 large muffins (1 tray) or 24 little muffins (2 trays - these are very cute).
    Grease your tray and spoon the mixture in. Cook for about 15 minutes in a fairly
    hot oven, 220 Celsius. You might need 20 minutes for the large muffins, but its
    worth checking them at the 15 minute mark and giving them the extra time until
    they are golden brown on top, and no longer squishy - they should spring back to
    the touch.


    I'm lazy so I use muffin cups - much easier to clean afterwards.




    As you read, you can add whichever fruit you like to the basic mix. I love cinnamon and apple is also one of my favourite things (certainly my favourite fruit) so I decided on cinnamon and apple muffins.

    I peeled a Granny Smith apple and grated the entire thing (medium-sized apple) into the mix. And then I added about a tablespoon of cinnamon (told you I love it).


    Now, this first batch came out a bit hard and Bindi was kind enough to comment on the blog to brainstorm solutions.

    I made them again this afternoon - here in the Southern Hemisphere it is cold = baking weather for me. And this time they are perfect!

    So I think what I did wrong is I left the oats/ yoghurt mix too long the first time. This time I was very disciplined (very unlike me in the kitchen), set my timer so I wouldn't forget and mixed the rest in after exactly 30 minutes.

    Also, my muffins need only 12 minutes in the oven, not 15. That could be why they were a bit harder the last time too.



    By the way, Bindi - I think you should do a Mr Linky and get everyone who made your recipe to link their posts onto yours so we can see where in the world this has been made. Won't that be fun?

    June 06, 2007

    One word

    Pamela Slim wrote a blog post a week or so ago asking which one word describes the way you do business. Hmmm.

    I remember her saying that the word sexy came to mind about Alexandria Brown. I wanted to comment and say that I'd say party but as some of you know, I can't comment on Typepad blogs. Or even fun. Everything is fun fun fun. Always jetting off here, having lunch there, holidays here, and so on.

    It's all about branding, image and how you portray yourself to the marketplace.

    I know what I'd like it to be but not sure what it is so I decided to ask my mailing list. So guys, feel free to comment or email me.

    Let me know which word YOU think it is.

    P.S. I asked Dion for the word he'd use to describe me (not the business) and he said driven. Hmmm. It's true :-)

    May Weight Loss Challenge - week 3


    I weighed on Wednesday but I've been too lazy/ busy to blog this so I'm very late but I'll backdate the post.


    This week, I have slight excitement to report:

    I am down 0.3kg.
    Starting weight: 55.4
    Last week: 56.4
    This week: 56.1

    Since WL challenge: +0.7kg

    Didn't go to gym on Wednesday BUT I did some weights work to sort-of make up.

    Career guidance

    I have recently become addicted to Guy Kawasaki's blog, How to Change the World. I love his no-holds-barred writing style, his interesting "take" on business issues and of course, his blog title.

    As an aside, any ideas for a new name and blog description for this blog???


    I found these two great posts which I loved and I'm sure you will enjoy!

    Career guidance for this century (interview with Penelope Trunk of "Brazen Careerist" fame)
    9 biggest myths of the workplace - this post is written by Penelope

    I'd love to know what you think of it, especially if you're South African. Our job climate makes some of these points (like 3 & 8) particularly discussion-worthy.

    June 04, 2007

    Are you ready for financial freedom?

    • Do you have enough money to live comfortably?
    • Do you have a savings plan for emergencies and retirement?
    • Do you have too much debt and don’t know where to start?
    • Do you know exactly where all your income goes?
    • Do you have a system for paying your bills on time?
    • Are you an emotional or impulse spender?
    • Do you know how to cut down when you need to save for once-off items like taxes, holidays, etc?
    • Do you know how to budget? Or do you have difficulty adhering to a budget?

    I can help you.

    I want to be financially free – book my place on the e-course now


    I have helped many people get a handle on their finances, get out of debt and start living within their means to build their savings accounts.


    Why an e-course?
    Simply because we’ve all bought books that are still on our bookshelves, totally untouched!

    The regular delivery of the e-course ensures that you are constantly thinking about the subject matter, and makes it easier to implement the lessons in your life.

    What it involves
    It is a 10-part e-course.
    You will receive your e-course lesson once a week.



    How much time will this take?

    About 30 minutes every week for 10 weeks


    I’m ready – book my place now

    When can I start?

    Just as soon as you pay. The course is automated so once you click the link to start, the system delivers once lesson every week.



    How do I pay?
    It is a once-off payment of R150 (+-US$20).

    Click this link to enter my store


    Go here to read how Suzanne answered the questions.

    Coaching pics

    Here I am, coaching someone at my home. As you can see, it was still summer, hence the sleeveless T-shirt and the tanned arms.

    This was an intro session - how are you doing, S?

    June 03, 2007

    Weekend reflection - 3 June 2007

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    date night
    Well, we had a mini date night on Tuesday when we went to Mimmos and as I mentioned last week, we want to go see Fracture so that's happening in an hour or so after I blog this and my menu plan for the week. This is the Mimmo's takeaway Fettucine Alfredo (I promised Sandra I'd take pictures but my batteries were flat).

    health and fitness
    Went to gym twice - woohoo! i'm telling everyone that I'm going so that i am accountable. I ran into one lady (from the Salsa dance class) and said, see you Wednesday, so even though I don't feel like going, I won't be called a liar, so I drag myself there and once I'm there, I'm fine.

    Eating is okay although it is getting harder to continue eating the fruits and drink all my water when it's so cold. I found that forcing myself to drink a glass of water before each cup of coffee/ tea is doing wonders.

    business
    Sent out a reminder for my Financial Freedom programme on Monday and my newsletter on Thursday.

    Had a wonderful organising consultation yesterday - I really do love doing home offices and especially for those with their own business.

    Do you want to book a virtual session with me?

    kitchen
    Stuck to the menu plan perfectly Mon - Wed. On Thurs we had the Mimmos leftovers and on Friday Dion had a work function in the afternoon so he wasn't hungry. So I boiled up some spinach and ricotta pasta and had some hot and spicy tomato pasta sauce with that - yum.

    I also tried Sandra's quick pizza yesterday and it really is quick and easy so I am super-excited!!! I kept one to use for this week.

    I also made Bindi's yoghurt muffins (apple and cinnamon) and took those to our team meeting on Friday morning. I'm not 100% happy with the results but they still got lots of compliments. I'll refine them a bit and when I'm 100% happy, I'll blog the results and my revised recipe.

    blogging
    I loved seeing Annie take a strong stand this week. That truly was my highlight.

    I really opened up and blogged my 100 things about me and our first date. And met some South African bloggers as a result - how cool is that?

    Speaking of dates, I need to finish up and get ready for our...millionth...date

    Life is too short to read bad books

    I can't remember where I was blog surfing this week when a blogger said how she'd been trying to read a particular book for 2 months! She wasn't getting into it though and just felt like she should finish it just because she'd started. (This is different from reading slowly and still being busy on a book 2 months later...)

    Well, I left a comment and told her, Life is too short to force yourself to read books you don't enjoy.

    Isn't this just how life goes though because on Friday night I picked up a fiction book from my library pile and started reading. Well, it wasn't very bad but it definitely didn't grab me and I could see it was just more of the same, being repeated, one chapter after another (I read fast so I got through about 40 - 50 pages very quickly).

    So I took my own advice, ripped out my bookmark and stopped reading.

    And you know what? I felt free!

    So much so that today I returned some clothes I wasn't sure about. The one jacket was a gorgeous pink but the style wasn't quite right for my body shape. And I'd bought a shirt that was pretty, looked good on me but quite honestly, I know that I won't really wear it. Because I don't wear shirts in winter - it's too cold in Jhb.

    Cool...

    Now, what else is life too short for?

    Life is too short to feel guilty.
    Life is too short to wear clothes that don't look good on you.
    Life is too short to say yes to things that you really want to say no to.
    Life is also too short to force yourself to read magazines when you just want to throw them out.

    What else?

    June 02, 2007

    Weekend cooking - oatmeal drop cookies

    • Warning - your friends and neighbours will love you forever once you make these.

      For a quick, cheap Christmas present, I made a batch, packaged them in see-through plastic containers, tied a big green bow, attached Christmas tags and handed them out to my 5 colleagues at work.



    Ingredients
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup margarine
    1 egg
    1/3 cup milk - I use about a cup but I add slowly until I can see the consistency is right
    1 1/2 cup sifted flour
    1 1/2 cup quick oatmeal
    1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp cinnamon - I use a tablespoon because I loooove cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    ½ - ¾ cup raisins or mixed fruit (optional)


    Method

    • You already know that I premix the dry ingredients. So.
    • Melt the butter in the microwave with a sheet of roller towel on the top so you don't mess.
    • Cream. (Beat with a hand mixer if you also don't have strong arms like me).
    • Add the dry ingredients and the egg.
    • Combine, yada yada, you know the rest of the story.
    • Grease your baking sheets.
    • These are drop cookies. Take a teaspoon full of the dough and place on baking sheet.
    • Allow for space to spread during the baking process.
    • Flatten them out a little bit with the back of the teaspoon and some water.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I suggest that you check them so that they don't start burning around the edges like some of mine did.


    Yields about 50.

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