All posts filed under: Enlighten

More than Survival

Anna’s Story Allow me to tell the story of a fellow cancer survivor – where I have the honour of sharing a triumphant process of a woman regaining control and injecting choice back into her life. A stark comparison to the cancer process where choice is usually in limited supply.   Choice and control is more powerful than you think… Often, like a lot of things in life, until you loose something, you don’t necessarily value its importance. This is a story of an incredible woman exercising choice and control to nourish her soul and bring a feeling of peace back to her heart, after feeling torment for so long. Anna suffered from breast cancer at 35, then again at 42 (parotid gland cancer) and then again (yes, again) when she was 47, breast cancer (triple negative). She’s had 20 surgeries, 8 chemotherapy sessions, 60 radiotherapy treatments and various complications along the way that could probably fill a book (maybe she’ll let me write that one day)? I titled this story ‘More than Survival’ and …

What’s Your Flight Style?

Are you a talker, sleeper or ‘do-er’? I recently boarded a flight back to Sydney after a work trip. We’d had a beautiful morning at the beach before reluctantly packing to head back home… Home is inland and very much ‘beachless’. A little sad to leave the turquoise ocean behind, yet, feeling grateful for our mini break. Anyway, the point of this article is to seek ‘What’s Your Flight Style’? This may seem like a weird question, yet this thought process came to me when I boarded this particular flight back to Sydney. We slotted into our row of three and immediately did our [family] ritual… bags up or under the seat. iPad hidden so that Mr ‘four’ can be bribed to sleep before the iPad comes out, drink bottle ready, snacks within easy reach, and don’t forget the three favourite super hero figurines that must be held in gorgeous chubby toddler hands. Hubby’s usually catching flies before take off (i.e. yes, he is snoring and sound asleep – an impossibility for me). The above …

Packing Away the Silly Season

[Originally published in ENLIGHTEN – ISSUE NO. 2] You know when you realise enough is enough… when you’ve felt it for a long time, yet you seem to grant yourself permission to continue to defy what is important. You talk yourself around to avoid guilt, and you inevitably continue to sabotage yourself… Why? Because, “Heck, you deserve to have fun.” Right? [… well at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself… just one more drink, just one more piece of cheese]. When the ‘fun’, the ‘silly season’ and the ‘summer lovin’ indulgence flows well and truly into the New Year, you begin to feel sluggish. Let me tell you what I’m talkin’ about (my mum and I had some fun and made a poem)… ‘ tis the season To be jolly French champagne   And Christmas holly Chocolate and cocktails Celebrating with friends… No time for thoughts   As the BELLY DISTENDS Festivities continue… With delicious food, This keeps us all In a festive mood!   Perhaps it’s because I’ve not yet packed down my …

Meet the Mindful Warrior

Anna is the creator and director of ‘Mindful Warrior’ a business that brings a series of mindfulness classes and workshops to our children. When you meet Anna, you will be filled with the presence of kind energy, genuine care and a deep appreciation – for all she represents and all she is capable of giving to our children, in a world that sometimes lacks the appreciation for such art [mindfulness], inner strength, self love and self belief. Anna’s classes include, meditation, yoga, Mindful drumming, Mindful colouring as well as Family Mindfulness sessions… Mindful brilliance if you ask me. So, what happens when you step inside the world of a Mindful Warrior class? I had the privilege of experiencing a Mindful Warrior Drumming class, which was held in the school holidays. Feel the magic that Anna creates for our children.  Step inside… Mindful Drumming Children creep in slowly… they find a place on a brightly coloured cushion and exercise patience in leaving their drum until class starts. There is excitement; there is hesitation and anticipation. The …

Introducing… ‘Enlighten’

The word ‘newsletter’ for me, resonates with the likes of school newsletters, and other compulsory platforms – basically, a newsletter doesn’t excite me.  They [newsletters] are informative of ‘must know’ dates and details in order to remain on top of things. The same can be said for ‘bulletins’. So when I was trying to name my ‘non’-newsletter, I decided that with my content and storytelling, I wanted to Enlighten my readers. Enlighten them by their own choice of whether they want to read my words [or not] – not because they might forget an important date like a pupil free day and accidentally send their child to school. Other than ‘Blog-tober’, where I blogged daily for the entire month [in order to raise awareness for young breast cancer], I have blogged quite sporadically. This is fine with me; I don’t have a huge following that expects to hear from me five times a week […yet]. For me though, I like consistency, yet life doesn’t always allow for that. By delivering a monthly e-magazine, I will be …