Sunday, April 11, 2021

Working from home tips: David Lee, CPD Online College

Laptops are convenient because they are so portable, allowing your to work from anywhere. However, "working anywhere" can take its toll on your body if it compromises your posture. Working from the bed or sofa are not the best options for your back, neck or eyesight, as David Lee points out. Here are some of David's other top tips for working from home:



1. Make a separate office space 

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room, designating this as your office will help you focus on work, rather than be tempted to multi task and do household chores at the same time. In addition it will tell you, and the other members of your household that you are now at work and are not to be disturbed.

2. Make sure your laptop is at the correct height

It’s fine looking at your laptop for your own leisure on the sofa or in bed but not when you are trying to work. For long term periods of use, your feet should be flat on the floor and your screen level with your eyes so you don’t have to stoop. The keyboard should be straight in front of you when typing. A laptop stand is the best option and you can order these online. Failing that, try supporting your laptop on books or another support so that it is at the optimum comfortable height. Doing this will avoid strain and potential back problems.

3. Stick to office hours

If you can stick to office hours, it will help you manage your home / work balance but of course if you do have small children this is not always possible, especially if the childcare is your sole responsibility. You may find that working in the evenings, early mornings or when the children are occupied or sleeping is the best time to catch up on work. With children you need to be flexible and all employers will understand this. Suggest that contact is done by email rather than taking phone calls and video calls.

David Lee is the Manager of CPD Online College

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Working from home tips: Angel Santiago, www.angelsantiago.com

Our Working from Home Tips series is back for 2021. Whilst restrictions have eased in quiet a few countries, for many, working from home has become a new way of life - at least for a couple of days a week. Working from home provides so many lifestyle benefits - even if it's just reclaiming more time in your day by not having to commute. We hope this is a lifestyle trend that will continue for those who have enjoyed this change in their life. In this post we caught up with Angel Santiago, who shared his top three tips:

1. Get buy-in from the family

This new way of working has turned the 9-5 into a group effort. What worked for me was sitting my family down and having a discussion around needs and expectations.


2. Have a hard stop on every day 

Whether that's 5pm or some other time, there needs to be a time when you turn off your work devices and walk away. I struggled with this and it took away from my family time.

3. Schedule breaks to be with your family

At an office, we'd all walk around and take part in idle office chitchat - the same thing needs to happen at home. I schedule 15 min blocks, where I deliberately break up my day to spend time with my family.


Angel Santiago is a husband, father, veteran, and entrepreneur dedicated to making a lasting impact on his community by becoming a champion for the underserved and underrepresented. Learn more at www.angelsantiago.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Working from home tips: Abbey Robb, www.abbeyrobbtherapies.co.uk

Those chats in the office kitchen can have more benefit than we initially realised, says Abbey Robb. Here are Abbey's top working from home tips to keep us relaxed and performing at our peak:

1. Make a designated space your office space

You don’t need to have a large house to make this work.  It’s ideal if you can set up a room as an office, or allocate one end of the dining table as your work area, but even if you can’t it’s enough to make sure that you sit in a different part of the lounge room than you tend to gravitate towards when you’re relaxing. Give yourself that visual cue that this area is for work, and other parts of your home are for relaxing and you’ll find it much easier to switch off of an evening.



2. Build a routine into the end of your workday

Spend some time to mentally divest yourself of the work you’ve been doing and leave things neatly organised for when you return in the morning. This is especially important when working from home because again, those cues that signal to us that it's time to mentally switch focus aren't there anymore.

Dr. Adam Fraser, a peak performance researcher, recommends a specific 3-step routine to shift focus and be more present. The three stages are:

Reflectspend a little time finishing up your day, making a list of things that need to be done in the future and emptying all those tasks out of your mind. It can also be useful to ask yourself a couple of questions like 'what did I do well today?' 'How did I get better?' This helps people start to change their thinking away from worrying about the future to having a sense of satisfaction for their efforts.

Rest - take a little time to do something that helps you rest. That might be going for a walk, doing a crossword puzzle or making yourself a snack. Find something that works for you to give yourself a bit of mental space and relaxation.

Reset - take a few moments to orient your thoughts towards your home life, your goals and values and how you want to show up there. Allow yourself time to shift priorities and focus on what your intentions are. Maybe you want to really connect with your partner, spend quality time with your kids or celebrate something with a friend.

3. Manage your stress levels

If you don't already have practices in your life that support stress management, find something that works for you - exercise, a hobby, meditation, or journaling. Often we unconsciously divest ourselves from stress through interacting with the social connections that we have at work without even thinking about it. Those chats in the office kitchen are more important than most people realise!


Abbey is an award-winning Integrative Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She specialises in helping people effect fast and lasting change in their lives. Learn more at www.abbeyrobbtherapies.co.uk



Learnings from Whatever Arises Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You by Matt Kahn

Whatever Arises Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins With You was my first taste of Matt Kahn's work, and I'm hooked. I immediately subscribed to his newsletter and am on the hunt for his other books, in particular, Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul's Evolution. Reading Whatever Arises Love That was like receiving a warm hug from the universe, and many of Matt's experiences resonated with me. These were the top learnings and inspiring quotes I took away from the book: 

1. The Universe is your teacher

"Whether you know it or not, all orchestrations, encounters, and outcomes are created by the universe as a way to help you expand to full capacity and realise the truth of your divine nature."



2. Don't lose sight of the what's right in front of you

One Halloween Matt recalls this realisation: "My friends and I, dressed in our favourite costumes, were so focused on getting as much free candy and covering as many neighbourhoods as possible, we didn’t take the time to even give much eye contact or a “thank you” to those who filled our bags. In the same way, you can be so blinded by the number of mystical experiences you collect or how much understanding you hope to find that you may not even take the time to wholeheartedly receive the gifts that have been given to you."

3. Mind your self-talk 

"If it’s not the way you would talk to a child in need, it shouldn’t be the way you talk to yourself."

4. Just listen

"The greater interest you show in others, without needing to interrupt anything they say, the more you allow them to feel authentically seen and heard. This increases the likelihood that they will find the motivation to hear and see themselves more often."

5. Be mindful of your response to situations

"If others shout, you choose to listen. Since shouting can only occur through shallow breathing, you slow down and calm your breath. When others are tense and rigid, you relax your body. If others complain, you respond with a compliment. If you feel dominated by the energy, words, or actions of another, the law of polarity inspires you to back away and give them more time and space so they can be with themselves on a more intimate level."

6. You are not a victim to other people's reactions

"You don’t need anyone to act in a certain way in order to feel the harmony, bliss, and joy that life always provides."

7. Take one moment at a time

"Despite how anyone around you chooses to be, the difference between perceiving a life of synchronicity versus a world of endless stress solely depends on how do you speak, breathe, and move – from one moment to the next."

8. Only you can do you

"Everyone has a unique personality, which carries a one-of-a-kind vibrational frequency that no one else in history can deliver to this planet."

9. Ego is simply an inflamed personality

"Typically, the word inflammation is associated with the different ways that bodies respond to their environment. This could include reactions to certain types of food in which allergens are capable of producing an inflammatory or toxic response in the body. Ego is what happens when the personality gets inflamed."

10. Don't hide from the world or you will miss important lessons

"One of the most common themes I’ve seen throughout all stages of spiritual development is a tendency to be awake in private and inflamed in public. This can influence energetically sensitive beings to stay secluded at home or entrenched in spiritual communities, while withdrawing from the world in view. Hiding from the world is mostly due to not knowing how to respond to the unresolved debris sensed in the energy field of others."

11. Rather than supressing, replace feelings of "sadness" and "fear" with love

"Just like fear, moments of sadness cannot be defeated, cured, or overcome. They can only be transformed through your willingness to love."


12. Choose your response

"No matter how misunderstood you seem to feel, you can infuse any experience with heart-centred consciousness simply by choosing a more inspired way to respond."

13. Whistle while you work

"While success in many areas of life may be contingent upon getting things done, the rewards of spiritual evolution are discovered when the way you approach each task is equally as important as the goal at hand. When you are able to be relaxed during your daily activities, your heart can stay open more freely. This allows your mind to rest in a natural state of silence so you can focus on being as thoughtful and caring as you are driven to thrive and succeed. Even when you notice how tense, rigid, frustrated, or short-tempered you seem to be, this can only be a reminder to slow down into a more harmonious flow."

14. Look for the opportunities in life to learn more lessons

"In every chapter of your life, there is no wrong doing or mistakes to confess. They are merely opportunities to notice suffering, stress, judgement, aggression, or pain as signs to balance your assertiveness with heart-centred care."

15. Find the beauty in the little things

"Just by catching a glimpse of something that passes you by, you are acknowledging the innocence and beauty of its existence, simply by allowing it to come into view. This is the gift of significance. Whenever life is honoured with significance, every person, place, and thing can be celebrated for the vital and equal role it plays throughout the divine plan. Since everything is composed of matter, the consciousness within each form remembers how important it is – when invited to be seen. As you realise the powerful gift of significance that can be offered to the world, the beauty and innocence of all begins to shine through at a more accelerated rate."

16. Slow down and enjoy the ride - life is not a race

"The faster you try to make it go, the higher the RPMs will rev, which inevitably results in the combustion of the engine. While you could conceivably live your life at such a frenetic pace, waiting for your nervous system to crack in order for consciousness to expand, loving what arises offers a far gentler and more direct way to enter the doorway of eternal freedom."

Learn more at www.mattkahn.org and purchase the book here

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy Friday and Easter Long Weekend!

 Wishing you a fantastic Friday and a wonderful Easter long weekend!



Sunday, March 28, 2021

How can you add value?

 How are you going to use your gifts to add value this week?


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

FREE PRINTABLE TEMPLATES: To-Do List and Weekly Planner


Fed up of getting to the end of another week and wondering what you actually achieved?

This FREE printable template consists of two pretty pages which will help you:

✅ Focus and set your goals on a daily basis, whilst keeping a daily gratitude list
✅✅ Review the week that was so you can "put your best foot forward" week after week

Print as many as you need to keep you accountable AND on-track.


Monday, March 22, 2021

NEW FREE COURSE: Magical Mornings: The secret to a productive morning routine



SO excited to announce the launch of my FREE COURSE, Magical Mornings: The secret to a productive morning routine.

This subject is very close to my heart and I'm excited to share my learnings and experiences as a course.
So, what's it about?
Magical Mornings will introduce you to a new routine which will have you jumping out of bed with new-found energy and a zest for life EVERY DAY.
This course has been created from over 15 years of tried, tested and PROVEN learnings and techniques and has been my “magic bullet” for juggling family, work, exercise, personal development and everything in between.
By using this routine I have:
✅ Created four different businesses
✅ Written a book
✅ Completed courses and excelled my learning by consuming hundreds of online tutorials and videos
✅ Practiced piano
✅ Established a regular meditation practice
✅ Exercised and run hundreds of kilometers and more...

In this course, you’ll learn how to:

☀️ Create a Magical Morning routine that resonates with your life RIGHT NOW.
☀️ Define what is important in your life and how you can use your Magical Morning to achieve this.
☀️ Implement powerful self-care rituals to promote physical activity, personal development and learning, spirituality, connection with others, and organisation for the day ahead.
☀️ Set yourself up for the day with intention, clarity and focus so you can tackle whatever comes your way with calm confidence – all before 7am!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The journey is beautiful

 Hope you can enjoy a beautiful walk this weekend! Happy Friday:-)



Tuesday, February 16, 2021

If you knit, knit



I stumbled across this beautiful quote while listening to Judith McAdam's nurturing book, The Source: Connect with your inner power and create your own

"If you knit, knit" was something Judith's father used to say to her often. This is sage advice to come back to when we are at a fork in the road, presented with multiple opportunities, or simply feel stuck. I can't recommend this book enough - particularly the audiobook, because Judith's soothing voice is like a warm hug:-) 

Check out the book, The Source: Connect with your inner power and create your own here.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day 2021!

 Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with love:-)



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

What I’m looking forward to this year

Last week was my first “proper” week back at work since the start of the year, thanks to the school holidays (cue happy dance). 


The bliss of uninterrupted time at my desk last week gave me the space I needed for some reflection. Even though I’d set my goals for the year in early January, this was the first time I’d had to review them and establish a plan of action for achieving them. As I was reviewing my goals, I could feel the excitement building inside me – I had set some awesome goals and couldn’t wait to get going and achieve them. As I continued to look at them, the penny suddenly dropped. These were no longer goals – they were the things I was most excited about this year. To honour of the joy these goals give me every time I think of them, I have renamed my 2021 Goals to my “Excitement List” – here it is, in no particular order:

1. Finishing my book (update: IT’S DONE!!!)

2. Starting my new book 

3. Creating my podcast

4. Visiting family and friends in Queensland

5. Reading and listening to more amazing books

6. Meeting new and interesting people

7. Practising the Law of Attraction

8. Learning lots of new things

9. Growing my online business

10. Spending time with my family and going on new adventures together

11. Spending more time with my girlfriends

12. Growing my garden

13. Running in nature

14. Trying new wine

15. Being creative and working on creative projects

16. Helping my kids overcome their individual challenges

17. Creating a wonderful home for our family to enjoy

My goal document digs deeper into each of these areas, defining the specific ways I want to achieve the above objectives, but at a top level this is what I hope my life looks like in 2021.  

So now that I’ve shared mine, I hope you’ll share yours with me – feel free to comment below… 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Learn one new thing each day

"If you don't feel like you've learnt at least one new thing each day, the day wasn't as good as you thought it was."

- Al Roker



 What's on your Learning List this week? SEO is my focus for this week:-) Happy Monday! 


Saturday, January 30, 2021

The importance of disappointing people

 "Your job, throughout your entire life, is to disappoint as many people as it takes to avoid disappointing yourself." 

- Glennon Doyle


So...who are you disappointing this week? 


Sunday, January 24, 2021

When you want something, trust in the Universe

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


Here's to hoping the universe helps us achieve anything we set our mind to this week!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Learnings from...Crappy to Happy: Love What You Do by Cassandra Dunn

Cassandra Dunn's Crappy to Happy: Love What You Do is a delightful little book bursting with practical advice on making the most of your work life. The physical book is a quick read, featuring a beautiful hard-cover and quirky, colourful layout interspersed with quotes and actionable steps. These are the learnings which resonated most for me: 




1. Finding pleasure and passion in your work is often more about your mindset than the job itself. 

"If you are wary about the idea of finding your passion at work, I encourage you to keep an open mind. Experiencing joy and meaning have as much to do with your mindset as they do with the job itself. The way you choose to think about what you do, and whether you focus on what you can change what you can’t, make a profound difference in your level of satisfaction and the impact you have on the people around you."


2. Everything happens for a reasons - it's all part of a greater plan, even if you can't see it straight away. 

"When you realise you are finally experiencing pure contentment and a deep sense of meaning, and you are fully engaged in your working life, you will understand that every challenge, every random, seemingly pointless job, every twist and turn along the path has helped you reach the place where you feel completely aligned with your soul’s purpose."


3. Nothing is certain, but there are always options. 

"Learning to tolerate uncertainty and let go of the need to have a perfectly laid out plan is essential if you are going to free yourself from the feeling that you don’t have options. You always have options. What we very rarely have, though, are guarantees."


4. Often the path isn't clear, and that's ok. The key to progress is simply taking one step at a time - no matter how small. 

"Except that you don’t have all the answers, and take small steps to a happier and more fulfilling work life, one step at a time."


5. Work stress is real, and you're not the only one feeling it!

"A survey conducted by the Australia Institute in 2012 found that 3.2 million Australians experienced stress and anxiety because of their work. It also found the 2.9 million people lost sleep because of work stress, and 2.2 million people said the job was having a negative impact on their personal relationships."


6. Don't underestimate the physical impact stress has on your body. 

"High levels of stress over an extended period cause your body to flood with cortisol and adrenaline. The overproduction of the stress hormones can make you feel angry and irritated, or more emotionally sensitive than usual. You might experience physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension or digestive problems. Stress often affects your appetite as well as your sleep, and you might find you are increasingly relying on unhealthy coping coping strategies, such as alcohol or drugs."


7. It's ok to be where you are now, as long as that's where you choose to be. 

"If the risk of making a change feels too great, you’ll likely choose the status quo, and that’s perfectly okay! What’s important is to acknowledge that this is a choice you are making for now."


8. If you feel stuck in a job or your career (and let's face it, most of us have at some point), one of the most helpful questions you can ask is "what do I need to move forward"?

"So, what is it that you need? It might be more information or it might be more self-belief. I’d hazard a guess, though, that what you’re really holding out for is more certainty. And that is the one thing you may never have."


9. If you're unhappy at work, there are always choices - and probably more than you think!

"You can make the choice to leave.

You can choose to stay and actively focus on what’s wrong, feel resentful and complain to anyone who will listen. (It’s not an option I recommend but I’m sure we can all think of plenty of times we’ve done this.)

You can stay and be proactive in changing the things you can and accepting the things you can’t. Be grateful for the aspects of your work you genuinely appreciate and the people who make it easier. Remind yourself of your values and make the decision to live by them, even in the face of difficulty."

10. Being happy at work isn't "selfish" - it's essential. Don't underestimate this. Ever. 

"Pursuing work that brings you joy and meaning is not a selfish luxury. I want you to have the courage and confidence to pursue what matters to you, and to know that you have a right to feel the value and purpose. I want you to stop selling yourself short or telling yourself ‘it’s just work’. Your life matters, and if you have a vision for your future, I’d love you to believe it is possible to create it. I’m a firm believer that each of us has endless value to offer, and that the world needs the gifts that you alone can bring."


11. "Skills" and "strengths" are two different things, and it is important you understand the difference. 

"Similarly, if something comes easily to you but it bores you to death or leaves you feeling drained, what you probably have is a skill, rather than a strength. Your strengths only emerge when the things you are good at are also the things you most enjoy doing. If something is truly a strength, you will seek out opportunities to engage in that activity because it is fun for you, giving you a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of pursuing your highest potential."


12. It's ok to "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative" and focus on developing your strengths, not your weaknesses.  

"Improving upon weaknesses is sometimes necessary and can be important for personal growth, but constantly doing things that don’t come easily to you will undermine your self-confidence and a erode your self-worth. You (and everyone else around you) will benefit from you identifying, developing and using your strengths."


13. Identify the strengths (not the weaknesses) of those around you - it will give you a new level of appreciation for your nearest and dearest. 

"I also recommend observing your kids with a strengths focus. Instead of being bogged down with what’s not going well, look at what gifts and abilities they are demonstrating. You might do the same with your partner or your extended family. Appreciating people’s strengths changes your whole focus, and having other people appreciate your strengths is such a gift."


14. You won't always see your personal strengths, so seek help from others to identify your strengths. 

"Often other people see strengths in you that you don’t even realise you have. That’s because when something comes very naturally to you, you tend to disregard it’s value. When you compile observations from different sources, you will begin to notice recurring themes and identify patterns that help you form a complete picture."


15. Look for every opportunity to play to your strengths. 

"Look for opportunities to tailor your daily activities so that you are spending more time in your zone of genius. Something that feels difficult or onerous to you probably feels easy and enjoyable to someone else, so take every opportunity to apportion tasks in a way that allows everyone to stay in their strength zone."


16. Changing the way you think about things is always an option. 

"You can change what you do, you can change how you go about doing it, or, at an absolute minimum, you can change the way you think about it."


17. Don't ever underestimate yourself - we all add value to the world in some way. 

"No-one, regardless of whether you are working, studying, parenting or volunteering, should ever be using the word ‘just’ in front of their job title. There is no such thing as just a stay-at-home parent or just a receptionist or just a cleaner. Perhaps we could make it our shared mission to eliminate the word ‘just’ from our vocabulary when referring to the important work we all do."


18. Work isn't always easy - not matter how much you love what you do!

"No matter how meaningful your job is, there will always be some tasks that do not feel like they are directly adding value. It’s up to you to find the meaning and to focus on the valuable contribution you are making, even if that means you have to dig a little."


19. Take risks like a scientist

"Perhaps it would help to think of risk-taking as a form of hypothesis testing. A scientist starts every experiment with a hypothesis, which is essentially a calculated guess. If the outcome of the experiment does not support the hypothesis, the scientist doesn’t take it personally. Instead, they review the data, form a new hypothesis, and test it. Guessing and testing, reviewing and evaluating – this is the way forward."


20. Finding balance in life is like sailing a boat

"I imagine the boat tilting in the direction required to keep wind in the sails so that the boat keeps moving forward. A sailboat doesn’t move in a straight line, but when you know where you’re going and you’re able to keep your eye on the horizon, it doesn’t matter if you need to be in one direction or another for a short time, so long as you course-correct as soon as you’re able to. If you feel as though your life is out of balance, it usually means you’ve strayed too far of course."

Now is the opportune time to pick up this book, as it perfectly complements any goal-setting or career aspirations for the year ahead.

Learn more at www.cassdunn.com or purchase the book here.