Book Review: Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk (How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Businesses)

Crushing It! Book Cover

Looking for a good kick up the ass when it comes to getting the work-life you want?

Need some hard-hitting, no bullshit, tell-it-as-it-is motivation?

Want to grow your business/career into something you love but are stuck?

Then Crushing It! is THE book you need to own!

Through 2017, Gary Vaynerchuk (a.k.a. Gary Vee) was undoubtedly the person who had the most influence on my personal development.

If 2016 had been all about spirituality, the quantum universe, discovering the power within, 2017 was all about taking decisive action, foot firmly in reality and getting the hands dirty – and there’s no one out there currently, in my opinion, who encapsulates this message better than Gary Vee.

If it weren’t for him, I quite possibly wouldn’t have even started this blog – I certainly wouldn’t have grown it as much as I have. And I DEFINITELY wouldn’t be going to Thailand next month! Because without him saying we should never be afraid to tap up influencers, even when we are just starting out, I would not have got in touch with Brett Moran for months or even YEARS!

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One Year of Blogging: Have I Created my Dream Life in One Year?

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It is one year since I started this blog, so vainly named after myself!

I’m proud that I kept going, through some months when I was really struggling personally and other months when I was frustrated at all the hard graft I was putting in for little reward.

Buuuuutttt……………………..have I answered the title of my very first blog post:

Is it Possible to Create Your Dream Life in Just One Year?

Well it’s been a year – have I created my dream life?

I don’t have everything I want, let’s be honest. But the difference from when I asked this question 1 year ago, is ASTONISHING. Read more

My 1 Year Blog Birthday: 10 MAJOR Blogging Things I’ve Learned!

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Happy Birthday to meeee!! It’s been 1 year since I began this blog!

I was thinking about what wisdom I can impart to those of you who might be thinking of starting your own blog or vlog, or those of you who may be exasperated and ready to give up.

First of all, I think it’s pretty damn good I’m still even here, as most blogs don’t last longer than a few months. Massive pat on the back to myself, I reckon (though I almost did can the whole thing 3 months in – don’t think I’m any different to anyone else!).

So what made me carry on despite the wobble?

Simple: it’s because of the very stuff I write about!

Overcoming adversity (anxiety in my case).

Exploring the power within.

Self development.

Learning from those who have been there and done it.

Without what I’ve been learning, I undoubtedly would have given up when the going got tough.

I had to tap into inner reserves to keep going, back when no one was reading. But now I understand that I can create anything I want, it gave me the motivation to continue.

To visualise the outcome I wanted.

To believe that my message was valuable.

To know that I am good enough.

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Bye-Bye Meat & Dairy….Why I’m (Hopefully!) Going Vegan!



I love meat.

Sure, I can go without beef or pork for a long while, it’s no big deal. But chicken? Now that’s a WHOLE other story!

And you tend to forget about fish, the way we’ve been conditioned; it’s almost as if they don’t count as an animal! Plus, I love a juicy king prawn!

Then you’ve got your dairy………milk drenched cereal, rich cheesecake, milky tea, stringy pizza topping and any kind of moist, tempting cake…….how an earth can I leave all that behind?!

I’ll tell you how!

Perhaps the biggest change that has occurred with me since my awakening, my deeper questioning of life, of the last 2 years and my commitment to continuous personal development, is my connection with nature.

When I try to explain this, some people don’t get it. I wouldn’t expect them to, simply because it’s something you have to experience yourself to understand.

One friend said to me that she already was a nature lover, so going through an awakening would make no difference to her. But you see, I have always been a nature lover too.

But now, I’m more than that.

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How to Manifest an Epic Life: Interview with Alexi Panos (video)

How to Manifest an Epic Life: Interview with Alexi Panos (video)

Alexi Panos was one of those people who just clicked with me instantly at the height of my spiritual awakening. I first saw her in The Abundance Factor Movie and was spellbound by her passion, energy, astoundingly honest story of immense highs, success (a top modelling career) and despairing lows (rape), and the way she now devotes her life to helping others.

Man, if I could ony find a woman like her! I’ll have to make do with interviews like this one with the wonderful Rick William on his YouTube channel.  She talks about her crazy, inspirational life, spirituality and how any one of us can create an epic dream life too.

Alexi also has a great channel she still posts on occassionally – check it out!

Is the World REALLY a bad place?

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As yet another mass shooting hits the headlines (and yet again, in America) it is understandable that many people believe this world is a cruel, nasty, unfair place.

Whilst I agree that it has cruelty, nastiness and unfairness in bucket-loads and is messed up to an insane degree……….the world is NOT a bad place.

There, I said it!

If you are reading this and disagree, then let me assure you that;

A) You are so wrong!

B) I have seen the world from your viewpoint too!

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Why Taking Risks Will Change Your Life MASSIVELY!!

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It remains the single biggest emotion which dominates human lives and has the potential of de-railing every single one.

Why is this?

Because we still react to life using our reptilian brain. The part that is constantly on the look out for predators and danger. The problem is, we no longer have sabre tooth tigers eyeing us for lunch and most dangers from our prehistoric times are long gone.

But reptilian brain still searches.

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Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic book by Elizabeth Gilbert

A few years ago, before I began my process of awakening (you know, from that zombie-esque sleepwalking!) questioning everything in life, and self-development, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, would have been the type of book I would have run a mile from!

On the outside, it appears to be your classic, namby-pamby, head in the clouds, self-help, woo-woo drivel for pretentious creative types. Written by the author of Eat, Pray, Love (your classic namby-pamby, head in the clouds, white middle-class American woman on a foreign journey of self discovery drivel!), you can see how one might think that!

But once again on this increasingly incredible twist to my life over the past 2 years, I find myself thinking and feeling the exact opposite of what the old me would have thought or felt. Read more

How I Went from Hating Meditation to it Transforming my Life!

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If you’d told me 18 months ago that I would meditate every single day, without fail and actually ENJOY it, I would have had you sectioned – for you surely would have been insane! I simply could not keep my mind quiet for more than 10 seconds – and that was a struggle! And on the odd moments where I did manage to relax, I would fall asleep!

There was literally nothing I liked about this practice. My legs ached for days after sitting in the lotus position. I never managed to shut out all thoughts – my mind would always race away to whatever worries I had going on that day. It was  a wholly frustrating experience and I just didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

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