June 27, 2008

I get a kick out of little things

me sporting my Ireland t-shirt

In an **effort to build up my fitness, I've been trying to go to gym 3 times a week. It hasn't yet happened once but because I'm aiming high (yes, that's high), I manage a couple of times a week.

**I have to have a minor (or so they tell me) operation soon and I know from past experience that I recover quickly when I'm fit!

After dragging myself to the class (a free dance class, which means she does whatever she feels like teaching), that night's class is ....Irish dancing :)

I got such a kick out of that!

Some other things I got a kick out of recently:
  • finding an apple-green and white sweatshirt like Mindi's
  • actually BEING in Malahide, Dublin and reading a Patricia Scanlan novel (City Woman) - popular Irish author
  • sitting in Johannesburg being interviewed by Jenn in Pennsylvania (isn't the internet wonderful?!)

What are you getting a kick out of these days?

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June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Marcia loves ___________

Upon arrival at a B&B in Stirling, Scotland

London Underground on the way to Fulham


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June 24, 2008

Are you waiting while life passes you by?

London Underground - 4 May 2008

Something happened last week that really upset me BIG time.
I'd been waiting and waiting and waiting (and in between the waiting, trying to make things work in a specific area) for about 18 months.
Well, the something that happened finally made me realize that I was BANGING my head against a wall.
It was not going to happen and I was absolutely devastated and hugely disappointed.
When I stopped crying, I started thinking about what I could learn from this experience, and this is what I came up with:
  1. If I'm to be 100% honest with myself, there had been yellow flags over the 18 months which I chose to ignore. A yellow flag is what happens when your computer's been running unusually slow for a few days, you ignore it and then the whole thing crashes. It's also what Oprah calls that hmmm feeling when you need to listen to your heart.
  2. I'd got into a comfort zone instead of being slightly uncomfortable and on edge.
  3. I'd become a passenger instead of being in the driver's seat of my life.
Nothing but my attitude's changed but I can tell you this - I'm no longer prepared to sit by and let other people make decisions on my life.
How about you?
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(excuse the vagueness - I can't be very specific because I blog using my real name and PEOPLE can find me!!!)

June 23, 2008

How to have a great summer

Lighten Up Teleclass

July 8, 2008

5:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern



Do you remember the freedom, fun and aliveness of summer? The sun on your head as you ran. The breeze from the swings as you touched your feet to the sky.

Laughing so hard you rolled on the grass. Exploring places unknown. Creating adventures.

Those days seem long gone, now that we have the seriousness of making a living, taking care of people, paying the bills.

Wouldn't you like...


  • to feel that joy again?

  • to be relaxed instead of stressed?

  • to be able to take a little time for yourself?

  • to create an atmosphere of laughter in your home?

  • to let go of striving and pressure for a bit?

  • to say during Labor Day weekend, "That was a fantastic summer!"


Don't let this summer slip away from you again. We all need time to relax, reflect and lighten up.


Join Beth Dargis for the Lighten Up Teleclass:

http://www.mysimplerlife.com/lightenup.htm

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June 20, 2008

Standing up for yourself

Wicklow, Ireland



I have pigmentation on my face (they tell me it's hormonal) and I've been going to a skin clinic since Sept last year for regular face peels.

In this time, I've had not one, not two, but THREE different therapists.

The first one, Megan, had the MOST GORGEOUS skin. Yes, she was pregnant at the time but she was still a really good ad for the clinic and that's why I signed up after my initial consult. I wanted her skin!

The second therapist, Daniella, replaced Megan when she went on maternity leave. In SA, we usually get at least 3 months off.

She was SUCH a lovely person with just the right blend of friendliness and professionalism and I was truly sorry when she returned to Italy.

Enter therapist number 3 who I'll call C. She did my skin the last time.

She was too quick and made me feel so rushed that it was not in the least bit relaxing. In addition, she's also very pushy with the products which I HATE!

And then I saw absolutely no change afterwards either (the type of peel I get usually results in flaking on the affected areas).

So I've been dreading going back...and yet, up to this point, I usually loved those afternoons. I'm not one for lots of girly pampering so once every three weeks was just right.

I thought about it and decided to stand up for myself (as I coach my clients to do) so I phoned them up and told the receptionist, "My new therapist is C but I'm not happy with her so I'd like someone else from now onwards".

And you know what?

Nothing happened. Except a longer-than-normal pause from the receptionist AND I got a new therapist.

Next time I go, I will certainly speak up if I feel rushed and make sure this girl does her job properly. After all, it IS a lot of money :)


Do you need to stand up for yourself? Or speak up for yourself?
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June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Ambleside & Ireland

Outside The Bay Cafe - Ambleside, Lake District, England


nice yellow flower in Leap, Ireland



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June 15, 2008

Weekend cooking - Victoria's apricot crumble


The lovely Victoria made these "healthy biscuits" for us when we stayed with them in London. Delicious!

Since Dion also liked them (and he generally hates ANY cooked fruit), I got the recipe and made these this afternoon.

Ingredients
300g wholewheat self-raising flour
100g oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
175g castor sugar (I used normal)
200g butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
400 g dried apricots, softened with some warm water and then drained ( I used tinned apricots and drained the liquid)
zest of 1 orange

Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Rub butter into all the dry ingredients until it looks like crumbs



Divide the mixture in half and set aside one half.
To the other half, add the egg and milk, combine and press firmly into a greased baking tray

Finely chop (or roughly, if you're lazy like I am) the moistened apricots and add the zest.

Spread the apricot mix over the base and then top with the other half of the crumble mix (I reserved about 2 T of the apricot juice and added it to the crumble mix)



I put a bag over my hand to keep my hands clean. See? It doesn't only work for meat :)
Pat down firmly.

Bake for 35 mins or until golden browm. I have a hot oven so I baked mine for 30 minutes; the last 10 minutes covered with tin foil)

Enjoy!

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June 13, 2008

Just for fun...Friday's feast

Appetizer (or starter, as we say in SA)
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?

Definitely an optimist. Tempered with a good dose of reality ;)

Soup
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?

Used to be purple or pink. I've now discovered a GORGEOUS dark green which is my new favourite. I now only write with these PILOT G-2 0.7 gel pens - they are YUMMY. R20 each at CNA ($2.5)

Salad
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure?

I hear the crash of people all over the world falling off their chairs BUT
I have NEVER had a manicure or a pedicure! I keep my nails very short and I change the colour every few days so I can't see the point. And...well...I really HATE people touching my feet!

Am I the only weirdo?

Main Course
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?

Yes, thank goodness. Not in any of those giveaway things BUT a few months ago I received an email from a newsletter I subscribe to who said to pop over to this site and enter (she herself was donating a prize). And so I did and I nearly fell off my chair when I actually won one of the 10 gifts, Easy Partnerships. You'll be glad to know that I have actually listened to all the audios - just have to read the ebook now.


Dessert
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?

The computer is in our study/ home office. I also have a laptop which I keep in the lounge (living room) on an ottoman so I can do some stuff while catching up with Dr Phil or Oprah. I particularly like working on the laptop when I'm writing ebooks or articles because I never use the laptop for email (just one of my rules - I like it all downloaded in one place) so I can get good, focussed work done!

I'm tagging Suzanne and Beth and anyone else who wants to play.

Let me know when you're done and I'll come see :)



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June 11, 2008

The power of intention

Clonakilty, Ireland - pic by me


I was at the hairdresser's one Saturday when I bumped into a friend who told me about his upcoming holiday to the US.

As we were talking, something clicked in my brain and right there and then, I got my daily planner out of my handbag and wrote on my goals for June "apply for US visa".

You see, I suddenly realised that it was crazy for me to want international speaking jobs unless I was ready for them to happen.

And then something amazing happened to me last week.

Doors started opening. Literally!

I've now received a proposal to do a talk in the US to 400 people.

Whether or not it works out (but please do pray that it does - I will be OVER the moon), I feel like this is a new phase in my business that I'm stepping into.

Coaching tip
Set your intention by writing down what you want.

Share in the comments :)

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June 08, 2008

How do you read your magazine?

Celtic Ross Hotel Cafe - Rosscarbery, Ireland


Tertia posted on her blog about what your magazine reading habits say about you.

The question is: how do you devour your magazine?

And here's what I said:

Hmmm, I mostly like House and Leisure, and Ideas. I only buy when I am "inspired" by beautiful pictures at the Pick and Pay tills.

First off, I take forever to actually read the stuff but the same day I buy them, I do go through and look at all the aforementioned beautiful pictures. *sigh*

Then months later (because weekends are for FICTION!) I actually sit down and READ. I start at the front and read them all the way through like a book. Of course I page straight over the fashion and beauty pages, drool over the recipes and if they look doable (if I actually have the ingredients and they're not too complicated), I tear them out and stick on the fridge. There they stay until I try them or for 2 months, whichever comes first.

I also tear out some of the beautiful spaces that inspire me and pop them into a plastic display folder (flipfile) - I have one that I call Gorgeous Houses. I have flipfiles for Organising Ideas and one for gift ideas (I LOVE making presents look beautiful).


So how do YOU read your magazines?

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June 05, 2008

I AM *that* person



The one that talks to you on the aeroplane :)

But only on short flights (just in case the person doesn't actually have conversational skills)

Anywayyy, so our Ryanair flight from Dublin back to London was delayed for....wait for this...1 hour 20 minutes and by the time we got on the airplane, I was bursting to talk to strangers, after people watching for all that time.

(am I the only one who makes up stories about people? I imagine their lives and if they're on holiday, on business, leaving home, or returning home...)

So I sat next to this girl and she was writing in a travel journal (which was a SIGN I just couldn't resist) so I started talking to her. Turns out she's from Manitoba, Canada and is doing the travel thing for a whole year - great, isn't it?! We chit-chatted about how expensive Dublin is, what the hostels were like, was she scared of travelling alone, how brave she is to be stepping out, etc, etc.
As we landed, I handed her a card and said to send me an email to let me know how she's doing.

Of course, people hardly ever do. But I got a call just as I switched my phone on and I was telling a friend, "I sent you a message on Facebook" so she says to me, "oh, I'm on Facebook" so when I was done, I said to look me up.

Then a few days ago, I get this friend request...

Hi Marcia, I met you on that Ryanair flight from Dublin to London.

and I burst out laughing. I was on such a high because I LOVE connecting with people.

Anyway, so what are you like on planes? Do you talk to strangers or do you keep to yourself?

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June 04, 2008

*smooches*

Steve & Shereen - Birkinhead, England (just outside Liverpool)
David & Victoria - London underground station

Dion & Marcia - Loch Lomond, Scotland


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