workshops

11
May

The quieter you become the more you can hear

In our busy lives rushing between all the ‘jobs’ we need to get done every day, we get caught up in needing to be somewhere or do something and forget to actually live our lives!

For me, this is something I struggle with each and every day as I am a woman of many hats – I am a mother to four active children, I am a Kinesiologist, I am a wife and (just recently) I am the Tuckshop Lady at my children’s school. Which means that my life is a busy one with lots going on.

This makes it very easy for me to get stuck into the never ending cycle of what needs to be done and in constant thought about the next job to do! And for a long time I would be this person, struggling everyday to get everything done and feeling absolutely exhausted at the end of each day. Unfortunately my children and husband would often bare the brunt of my tiredness and frustrations.

I decided that I did not want to be that mother and wife who is cranky with no time to connect with her children.

I have found the one thing that has made a huge difference for me is meditation and mindfulness of the present moment. It is through this awareness of what is going on and allowing myself time out to re-focus on what is important which has enabled me to be calmer and ‘in the moment’ with my family.

My one most important tip to you today is to take some time out today (it only needs to be a few minutes) to breathe and just allow yourself to sit in the moment. Focus on your breathe and allow your mind to quieten down. Do this a few times each day. I will do this while I am waiting for my kids to come out of school, before I get out of bed in the morning, whilst I am eating my lunch, short breaks at the computer and most importantly before I go to sleep at night. Give it a try in your life today, it is something so simple which can have a profound effect on your day and mood.

I am very passionate about this as I know (through my own experience) that you can also get control of your busy life through using the same techniques I use daily. Hence I have created a workshop called ‘Meditation Made Easy’. Please click here for more information.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Signature -Debbie

3
May

Meditation Made Easy

I am always surprised when my clients tell me that they have never meditated as they simply don’t know how. I am surprised because I use meditation every day to calm, centre and energise me.

Hence I have created a 1.5 hour workshop called ‘Meditation Made Easy’, to show you just how easy meditation is for yourself and your children.

Meditation will empower you to move from feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed into a space of peace and calm in your daily ‘busy’ life.

This 1.5 hour intimate workshop will teach you the essentials of meditation, to quieten and calm your mind, body and life.

On the night you will receive…
– Guided meditation.
– Gratitude diary.
– Tips and tools to use meditation in your daily busy life.

I would love to show you how easy meditation is, so please join me by booking your ticket today.

To your happiness,

Signature -Debbie

16
Mar

The Art of Mindfulness

Becoming mindful is the key to living a happy, calmer and more fulfilled life. Yet in our busy day to day lives we forget to be mindful of the present moment as we get caught up in the next thing we need to get done!

I will be running a workshop called ‘The Art of Mindfulness’ on Thursday and at this workshop I will be teaching you the powerful tips and tools I use on a daily basis to keep myself grounded within the present moment. It is in this present moment that I create the future I desire, live the life I love, move away from any past negativity and teach my children to do the same!

Please click here for more information on this workshop.

To your happiness,

Signature -Debbie

16
Mar

Love Your Brain!

With 4 school aged children in both primary and high school, I am very passionate about how to support children’s brains in learning. hence I have developed a program called ‘Love Your Brain’.

Our brains are just like any other muscle in our body, it needs to be exercised and looked after to function at its optimum level.

What can I do to help support my children’s brain in learning???

  • Water and lots of it! Check out my previous blog on the importance of water.
  • Make sure they are eating food high in protein (at every meal), check out my previous blog here on protein.
  • Encourage them to do brain exercises, check out my previous blog on some simple brain exercises.
  • Allow for relaxation time, time for the brain to unwind and relax. I love talking my kids through a gentle meditation before they go off to sleep.
  • Ensure they are getting enough sleep. Sleep is when the brain repairs itself, develops and allows it to relax a be ready for another day at school.
  • Have fun with my kids. As much as learning and discipline is important it is just as important that our brains have fun, to allow for our feel good endorphins to be released within our bodies.
  • Keep out additives, colourings, flavourings and preservatives from their diets. These are artificial products and can cause the brain to go either hyper, confused or anxious.
  • Lots of love and guidance. Some of the basic needs of our children are to feel safe and loved, if they do not feel this then their brains will not function as calmly and effectively as possible.

It does seem like a lot of things to do for our children’s brain, yet it really is not and I am sure you are already doing a few of these points.

It is about seeing your child’s brain as a focus and nurturing it through these different points.

Based on these points I will be running a webinar called ‘Love Your Brain’. It is a 1 hour webinar containing lots of information about how you can help improve the function of your child’s brain. These webinars are very informative and a must for all parents and teachers. To register for this ‘must see’ webinar please click here.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children and don’t forget to Love their Brains!

Signature -Debbie

 

9
Feb

Align with your 2015 Dreams

Have you created your vision board for 2015?

 

Often when we create a vision board, it also stirs many underlying emotions of doubt, fear and anxieties to achieving what we desire. These feelings are expected as we are setting a vision of something that we want to achieve to extend ourselves in ways we did not think were possible.

 

For me a big one on my vision board is to do big event speaking engagements. This is something I have always dreamed of doing, yet the thought of doing it absouluetly scares me! It brings up all those feelings of not been good enough! Yet in order to achieve this vision, I need to do more than just place a picture of it on my vision board, I need to work through my doubts and fears to allow me to grow and reach my vision.This is something I have found with my clients, that it is often a fear or doubt that holds them back from succeeding at a goal. By understanding what these fears are, we are then able to chip away at them to eliminate them once and for all in our lives.

My popular workshop called ‘Align with your 2015 Dreams’ is back again this year, to register please click here.

It includes:

Access to Kinesiology muscle testing to pinpoint your exact area of focus for 2015 aligned with your body, mind and spirit. We will also be able to determine any stresses that may prevent you from reaching your 2015 vision.

You will also receive…
– Personalised changeable vision board

– Gratitude diary

– Guided meditation on the night

– Establish any fears, doubts or behaviours that will prevent you from reaching your vision.

– Tips and tools to implement at home to put your 2015 vision into action.

Places are limited so please click here to book your seat today.

 

To your happiness,
Signature -Debbie

 

14
Nov

St Michaels Health and Well-being Expo

Last week I was privileged to present Happy Mums = Happy Kids at St Michaels Health and Wellbeing Expo.
I receive a lot of positive feedback from the presentation and I wanted to share some of it with you, my wider audience.
Here are my 7 most crucial tips to becoming a Happy Mum:
Time freedom – the biggest complaint we as mothers make is that we don’t have enough time, time to look after ourselves, get things done around the house, prepare nutritious meals, spend quality time with our children or partners etc. etc. We need to first look at what we actually do with our time first in order to evaluate how we can utilise our time better.
The past is the past – often we let the past determine and influence our present and future happiness. We need to accept, understand, forgive and let go of the past. learnt he lessons from your past to move into the present moment.
Look within – often we let our external world determine our internal happiness, which is never a long lasting happiness. We need to focus on things within us to feel empowered in our own happiness and life.
It is what it is – letting go of the struggle to be the ‘perfect’ mother. Accept yourself, your children and the situation for all that you are, just as you are.
Set the tone – children learn 80% of their behaviours, actions and reactions through role modelling. Become the person you want your children to be!
Don’t be so hard on yourself – don’t compare your inner world with someone else’s outside world. Start to treat yourself with compassion and kindness, just like you would a best friend.
An attitude for gratitude – be grateful for all that life is and has to offer you, the good and the bad.
Over the next few weeks I will delve deeper into each of these tips, so please stay tuned!
Here is a picture of me at the presentation, it was great to have so many like minded Mums in the room sharing their experiences and helping one another!
Talk photo 1

Here is some feedback I received…
“Good insights for mums. Refresh simple things that we often forget”.
“Really good and informative. A reality check, understanding everyone goes through the same emotions”.
“Practical straight forward advice that is easy to apply”.
Thank you everyone who attended.

Until my next blog guys, enjoy your children.

Signature -Debbie

25
Sep

Multitasking Uncovered

The most important thing about Multitasking is how it effects and rewires our brains! Our brains are not wired to do multiple tasks at the one time.

Think about how our brains work, they are already really busy with relying information across to where it needs to go, storing information, processing and acting on outside stimulation, processing and acting on inside stimulation and the list goes on. We are constantly thinking at the rate of approximately 70,000 thoughts (conscious and sub-conscious) in one day. That is huge and very energetically taxing. Now think about if we add in the process of doing more than one task at a time, in its already busy state, the brain will get confused and will slow down its processing. As the brain swaps between the different tasks we are trying to complete quickly it will cause our brain to become confused and stressed!

Studies show that the human brain can’t handle more than one task at a time. Even though we think we’re multitasking, our brains are actually switching rapidly between tasks”. (The Myth Of Multitasking, Scientific America. 2009, July).

Our brains are changeable and are constantly changing through our daily activities. We are able to change the way our brain works by doing repetitive activities, which allows the brain create the new pathways. Think about that and the effect that long-term Multitasking will have on your brain. Through Multitasking we are actually training our brain to not focus on one thing (especially on the smaller details) and our memory (as our brain is switching between tasks it will leave very little time for a memory to be created). Before I began my no-multitasking mission, I was beginning to notice that I was forgetting things and I thought that my memory was failing me! This frightened me as it was becoming quite bad that I would put something down in the house and 5 minutes later I could not find it and I would forget play dates or coffee dates I had organized with close friends and family. There was nothing wrong with my memory – the problem was that I was not focusing my attention on one thing! It got to the point when I was talking to friends or family, I was actually thinking about what I had to do later, which meant that my mind was not present, so how could I possibly remember the interaction we had. Unfortunately and fortunately it is through this that we train our brains how to think, react and remember things by the way we engage in current life. So I was actually teaching my brain not to remember as I was not allowing it to focus on any one thing for too long.

This is supported by Dr David Meyer, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan, agrees with another US psychologist Dr John Arden, that when humans multitask too much, they can experience short-term memory problems or difficulty concentrating. Of course, what else would the brain do but what we teach it to do!

As you now know Multitasking causes us to feel stressed and anxious on an emotional level and a Brain level! For example when you are going from here to there for all different tasks you get stressed out, especially when one thing does not go as smoothly as you had imagined. I know I was guilty of this when I was trying to still be a bookkeeper for clients at home and trying to squeeze in the time to get it done in between doing washing, tending to the kids, answering messages and even checking facebook. This caused me great stress as at the end of the day I would say to my husband I feel like I have done nothing all day today, but I have been so busy. Then this thought would cause me more stress as I did not get the work done and the deadline was looming. My next thought was that the same thing was going to happen tomorrow. So as you can see my bookkeeping work ended up being like a huge task when in reality it was only about 8-10 hours a fortnight, but when you break down the work into little chunks it was much longer than that as it would take me twice as long starting and stopping and I felt like I was constantly doing it as I was squeezing it in between everything else.

So once again, we are actually wiring the brain up for stress and anxiety around getting tasks completed, as it does not know how else to process tasks if we are always doing multiple things at the same time!

How can you incorporate more single task activities in your daily routines to allow your brain a chance to think clearer and more concise over the one thing?

This has been a excerpt from my “Ignite Your Possibilities” eCourse, Be More Effective With Your Time section. For more information on this please click here.

Until my next blog enjoy your children.

Signature -Debbie

18
Mar

Time Freedom for Busy Mum’s Hot Tip

I wanted to share with you one of my hot tips from a workshop I ran last night on ‘Time Freedom for Busy Mums’.

To get control of our ‘out-of-control’ lives we need to start to look at the underlying emotional causes that are reason why we feel overwhelmed and out of control on the outside.

It is about going inside to see what our internal thoughts and internal belief patterns are which are causing us on the outside to feel crazy, out of control and like we are not getting anything done.

An example of this is if you feeling like you are not good enough, a not good enough Mother or a not good enough partner or whatever it maybe in your life. By focusing on these feelings of not being good enough, which are our internal feelings, we are able to make changes to these feeling on the inside.  Allowing us to feel more confident in our abilities and more in control of what is going on. At the end of the day, when you feel calmer on the inside it shows on the outside and life does tend to flow easier.

We need to continue to look at our internal feelings before we can focus on our external world.  Once we are able to make these changes internally, these will then reflect to the outside world.

Focusing on our internal emotions is what is important. Take your focus away from the emotion and drama that our crazy busy lives bring us. Make the change to focus on what is important and what we can change to ultimately make those long lasting changes to our lives.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

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