Friday, 27 July 2018


As a survivor for more than 12 years. The top 6 tips for boosting energy levels is short and sweet. I don’t use anything complex - simple is the best.

1. Banana smoothies made with organic unsweetened almond milk with organic cinnamon & turmeric powder. (no other additives in the organic powders)

2. Vitamin B2 (natural not the synthetic compounds) 200 - 300 mg taken with smoothie in the mornings. (I use Natures Own brand)

3. Add baby kale leaves in winter and fresh dill to the smoothies.

4. Reduce stress and quieten the agitated mind.

5. Energy levels are often lower when stuck in a routine or rut - do something out of the ordinary.

6. Take 2 hours minimum of quiet time alone to find your centre & re-balance for harmony.

Stay strong!


Friday, 20 July 2018


This week I wish to share something personal, which was written last year by a dear friend when she knew the pain I relived to write my book.

Certain friendships can’t be quantified, and to this day it remains a mystery on, how precious friendships are forged, and kept through the most trying of trials and times.

I still can’t read it - without it bringing a tear to my eye. Such is the power of words, and the heartstrings when attached in friendship and love.

After reading this poem, it became clear how difficult it was for this precious friend. As she stood silently by and watched from a distance as I battled for the right to live. This week, I would like to say a public and a very special thank you to her from everything I hold dear, and all the values I have learnt in this lifetime.

I lost many a friend when there was no hope for my survival. BUT to the ones who respected my wishes on fighting cancer my way and stood by me… I thank you all.

Dearest Chookie,

You have taught me the true power of friendship, a lesson I needed to learn.

Thank you XXOO

To many of my other readers, and all precious people facing their own heartaches with health or a life crisis. I hope you have found precious friends like I have learnt to treasure…. all with heart strings attached!

Stay Strong!


Saturday, 14 July 2018



Unless you have been close to death, some of my ramblings this week will mean diddly squat, or have little meaning and as if I am speaking in another language!

I found my sixth sense and instincts became heightened, and I have been using them for years, and have come to rely and trust explicitly. It is hard to turn them off. I have learnt not to question my instincts or senses. Many a time I didn’t want to follow my gut instinct, but I have finally learnt not to question. Go figure… are your instincts are they heightened and switched on? I wonder how many others also have a heightened awareness. Are they like me?

Anyway onto other matters for the week…….

What I have growing in my garden and what I have been eating, and my pastime activities?

My winter garden is providing me with fresh kale leaves and lovely fresh dill which is picked and I add to my banana smoothies for breakfast each morning.  Tramping out in the cold dewy grass in the crisp air, is not my favourite past time nor is getting up early in the winter mornings. I have spent enough early winter mornings getting up at 4 am or earlier to study or work, and no longer feel the slightest bit of guilt about what time I get out on a winter morning anymore. I have given myself permission to do what is right for my health, and so I can hang around and write to inspire others needing a little encouragement or a helping hand.

Cleaning out the garden of the dead leaves and plants which have died back in winter was grounding and brought me closer to nature. I enjoyed listening to the sounds of the birds as they warble and twitter to each other during the day.

Picking the large pumpkins which grow in the backyard, to make the usual pumpkin and ginger soup for lunches and evening meals is another delight, and pleasure for the cold days over winter.

Tomorrow I look forward to picking oranges, lemons and passion fruit with a friend, and sharing the fruit crop on our trees. Our garden is bountiful and even though I don’t eat the oranges or passion fruit, I can share more with others.

I had a blitz on cryptic crosswords puzzles this week whilst snuggled up and cosy. I always enjoy finding a new perspective or way at looking at the clues to unearth the answers, and the ones I am really stuck on ….well I do peek at the answers when really bamboozled, but that OK isn’t it?

I trust you have all had a good week? Did you find inspiration? Did you discover something new about yourself you didn’t know? Did you discover something new in the world you didn’t know before?

My greatest gift received last week was a message from someone thanking me for my book and for giving them hope. I feel as though I am walking beside them on their challenge, and if my book is holding their hand, offering hope and encouragement. I have found my inspiration, happiness and peace.

I think this week, I will search for something different in music…maybe visit some singing groups I haven’t heard of for a while, or something totally new will cross my path. What do you have on your list to enjoy and discover this week?

Stay Strong!


Saturday, 7 July 2018


Pondering this week, has led me to look closer at inspiration?
What is it? Where does it come from?

What is the process of inspiration?
Is it a creative idea or thought, transformed into energy and action?

Is it a process mentally stimulated, then transformed into emotional positive energy and from there into an action, to make an ordinary life into an inspiring life or resulting in an ordinary person, living an extraordinary life?

How is this sparked?

Is it coming to the realisation that ordinary people have done extraordinary things against troubling circumstances? You couldn’t see yourself surviving that life challenge or test and that inspires you to do well and to try harder.
To change your current circumstances or to look at your life in a different perspective.

To create something out of the ordinary

Hmmmm ... where does this come from?
Where to start?

Think back to when you were a child… were you inspired by a person like a teacher, or by reading a book? Maybe inspired by a movie or movie star? Being inspired by nature is also popular.

I see the process as an idea, fused with a positive emotional response, it then converts into a physical action. Resulting in the energy levels being ramped up by the positive thought towards a particular goal. e.g. losing weight, taking a holiday, a commitment to take better care of yourself.
Many business ideas have come from someone becoming inspired by being aware of a need and gap in a society which needs to be addressed. Turning a negative experience, or circumstance into something positive.

How to be inspired, and stay inspired when life becomes humdrum, and the energy levels and thoughts are not sparking inspiration in your life? That is the conundrum. What do you  do?

When Inspiration is not being created from within you.

Have you ever thought or considered that leaders in our community and society carry this question with them regularly. How to inspire the troops when the leader has no inspiration?
Inspiration is more than oozing a high energy output. It is showing passion, enthusiasm and belief of yourself and your actions which become infectious to those around you. Similar to a yawn or an infectious laugh. It can be easily transmitted.
It is getting it off the ground - most people struggle with…. and then maintaining it on a regular basis if you are a leader.
Having inspiration usually means you want to change something in your life.
Do you want more depth?
More meaning?
More purpose?
What thought do you start with?
What memory do you have?
Is it a dream of a better future you can create for yourself, to escape current circumstances?
Are only the persistent - and people with strong willpower the inspirational ones?
Is it never giving up on your thought and idea when the circumstances are tough?
For me it is transforming my current life and circumstances into a life with purpose and meaning, and then I carry the hope in my heart with the thought. I may be able to help someone through a trying and difficult time.
I couldn’t do it without feeling passionate.

I write for all those special people out there battling a life crisis or health issue. I feel for you and know how difficult it can be to remain positive and not give up on yourselves.

For this week, on your TO DO LIST.

Find something which is so inspiring your heart soars. 
SEARCH... for it until you find that sweet spot which 
settles in your heart, mind and soul.

For some…. being inspired brings a tear to your eye, a lump in your throat and a feeling in your heart rarely felt. So you cradle and hold that thought and emotion gently so it doesn’t slip through your grasp. It brings out a tenderness you haven’t felt for a long time.

Inspiration can be mind blowing or gentle and subtle, and sometimes a real tear jerker. You will know it when it finds you.

Actively seek it... if it cannot be found within you.

Welcome it like a long-lost friend!

Stay Strong!