The Power of a Personal Off-Site – a conference with yourself, a solo creative excursion.

The Power of a Personal Off-Site – a conference with yourself, a solo creative excursion.

As a leader, you are quite often planning or attending off site meetings and conferences for the whole team. You hope to ensure a jam packed agenda to keep everyone thinking, strategizing and entertained. When they’re over, although everyone else feels pumped and ready to power on through the next quarter, leaders are often exhausted.  When was the last time you actually planned a personal, solo off-site to regather your momentum? Where there is no agenda and you remain in a place of mindfulness, allowing creativity to flow and just breathe in your success. You too need time to reflect on your inner world and your purpose. Last year, my sister in law and I did just that, we booked a flight and 2 nights’ accommodation. Our goal was to just focus on two main things. Firstly, our inner world (mindfulness and me-time) and secondly forward planning for our biz. We didn’t know what these would look like but knew a change of location and the ocean air would allow our creativity to flow. It worked –  a change of place, a change of pace and a change of perspective. I was able to reset, reflect and refocus. I spent time alone walking, swimming and relaxing, while in deep thoughts as to the direction of my business, plans, goals, purpose and vision. The enlightenment and clarity that arrived on the pages of my notepad was to be my roadmap for the coming 12 months. My sister in law also became my ‘accountability buddy’. My top tips for planning a personal off-site; Choose a place which instantly makes you relax...
Aspiring to a positive Mum / Life balance!

Aspiring to a positive Mum / Life balance!

Was your life feeling off balance during of 2016? Did you have trouble trying to focus and stay on track? Do you feel like your exhausted at the end of every day, paddling away and not actually making any progress? Are you frustrated and impatient with your partner and kiddies? WELL! It’s a New Year and now is the best time to re-set (one of my favourite words!) As I reflect on the whirlwind of what was 2016, my mind is running 100 miles an hour. I think about things such as ‘when did Miss 4 become so inquisitive and develop so much attitude?’ at the same time as I’m telling myself to ‘calm down and breathe’. It’s during moment like this, where I make a mental note to revisit my synergy model. I need to figure out what’s mis-aligned.   Everyone needs to create their own synergy model – here is mine:                 As each on these circles grows smaller or larger, we become off balance. When this happens, it’s time to check yourself in and work on balancing the circles back to even. To achieve this, I usually book in more ‘me-time’. I need time to re-energise myself and fill up the oxygen tank. So within my diary I schedule non-negotiable ‘me-time’ which includes two gym sessions per week. It also involves coffee and lunch with like-minded friends who are energy givers (not taker’s – 2017 is the year to ditch these types of people!) at least twice a week. I also use my daily gratitude diary. While your ‘me...
Why Creating a Vision board can change your life!

Why Creating a Vision board can change your life!

Are you feeling a little bit lost and need to re-focus? Do you know what you want but cannot seem to articulate it? Are always daydreaming of a better future, place or job? Have you forgotten the daily gratitude’s of life? A vision board (often referred as Dream board / Treasure Map or a Visual Explorer / Creativity Collage) is typically a canvas board on which you paste images that you’ve torn out from various magazines to make a collage. It’s really that simple. As a very visual person and being quite crafty at school, I was always flicking though magazines and cutting out pictures, lyrics to songs, funny quotes, clothes and items I dreamt of owning. Little did I know, I was actually creating my future or at least my subconscious future! Christine Kane says “the idea behind a vision board this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to holiday, your life changes to match those images and those desires.” My current vision board has the ‘car of my dreams’, motivational quotes, quirky sayings, visual designs for my home, holiday destinations, beach and mindfulness (me time) imagery. It also has photos of my 2 crazy kids to remind me of who I need to be for them. A vision board is a powerful image to remind you of your ‘WHY’? the reason you work so hard, strive for greatness, push yourself, work those long hours, make sacrifices and don’t settle for average and ordinary. In essence to...