Overcoming resistance … I’m back (daily – almost)

It’s 8:44am and I am sitting here looking out over the beautiful marina in my cozy little neighbourhood about to start this blog piece with a fresh new commitment to writing, every.single.day.

But immediately, the inevitable happens, what happens every time I go to write. Resistance slowly and sneakily takes over – and without even realising it, just under 10 minutes has passed and I realised I have been sitting here scrolling Instagram.

I silently tell myself ENOUGH in my mind, put my phone down and start to write.

And here I am.

Back to my happy place. Writing. And here you are, back at maybe your happy place of exploring the internet, reading it. Which I am so eternally grateful for. Always.

I started writing on my blog – ‘this’ blog (it’s had a major re brand from lifesshinyprettythings to annaandmorgan is all) in May of 2011, so on 23rd May of this year, I will have been sharing my life in this space for 6 years. Back when I started, I had a commitment to write almost daily. I would work 10+ hour days in Federal Politics, (sometimes 18+ hours if it was a Parliamentary sitting week), but every night, still get home and go in to my home office which I still so lovingly dub my zen den, and write in this space. Why? Because I love to write, it was and is writing that makes me happy.

You know those books and quotes and eye catching phrases that talk about finding the things where you can be doing it for hours and hours on end but have barely even noticed the time? That is writing to me. It’s of showing up to a blank piece of paper and just beginning to type or write and seeing what comes out.

And yet, somewhere along the way in this last 6 years, my commitment to daily writing has become almost non existent. I journal, sure, privately and almost daily – but it used to be those journal pages that I would share online, instead of writing in a book privately, I would write it on this blank white paper on the screen, in this space, and that is what made this space (in my opinion) so special.

So I am back.

Because I am done with the excuses of I don’t have time, or every.other.tiny.little.excuse that I throw up in my mind daily when I keep telling myself to sit and open that laptop with no wifi and just write. With no interruptions and before I do anything else in my day.

I can’t promise it will be every day, well actually no – I can. I can promise it will be every day, but I can’t promise it’ll be published every day.

My commitment is to show up to my blank pieces of paper on my screen and write NO MATTER WHAT – some days it might be absolute verbal vomit on a page – other days it might be the most profound or craziest thing I have shared. Most posts will make the cut I am sure, but some won’t. Either way we are back on this journey together.

Gone (finally) are the feelings that every single thing I write has to be a lesson for you or 5 steps to blah or content that you NEED to take something away from.


Now I so fully understand that the very practice of just showing up, daily, is a lesson for you in itself, to show up to the ONE thing YOU love, every single day, no matter what.

And the magic, the real magic of my writing and this space, is just that also, the fact that I DO show up as myself, always, and just share what’s on my heart – some days it may be lessons, other days I might be sharing the craziest day that happened whilst travelling the world, or hell, even talking about sex.

Just know this, I will write for as long as you show up to read, and even then, I will continue to write when you don’t.

I am so excited to go back on this journey with you, and can’t wait to see where it takes us both.

How to be healthy & happy 365 days of the year

I can’t tell you exactly when I started to have beliefs around food that I do today, but I can tell you it has been this way for a very, very long time.

Even before I was the size I am today and have the love and passion for nutrition and fitness that I do today, I always had a healthy MINDSET around food and my body. Habits, no, but mindset, yes.

The Anna you see today, as I have very well documented over the last 5 years since birthing my blog is a vastly different woman to the Anna several years ago, but I can confidently say one thing that has been strongly consistent in my life for a very very long time is how I feel about food and the relationship I have with it.

Back when I was 17kg heavier, and honestly truly believed that as long as I cooked something at home, that it was healthy (regardless if it was an extremely creamy pasta or a massive rice dish or a carb heavy plate smothered in gravy). I thought a home cooked meal was far healthier than say a McDonalds meal, and granted I was still right, but in terms of the nutrients I was getting from carb heavy / naughty home cooked meals I had absolutely no idea they actually weren’t that amazing for me. Morgan and I were guilty as charged as well for at least once or twice a week, crawling in to bed with a big glass of coke (a cola) and a packet of salt and vinegar chips and watching a movie together.

Needless to say it’s no surprise to anyone with a heart beat and some common sense why I was 17kg heavier. But here is the thing…

I was happy – until I wasn’t of course and at that point I set out to change my health and lose the weight and just feel better in general.

But even smashing back the foods and drinks I was, I almost never ever had ‘guilt’ around the food I was eating or hated on myself for it. I enjoyed eating my gravy covered dinners or big glasses of coke, and when I ate anything, I was genuinely hungry (I have never ever ever been an emotional eater) and I would choose things that I felt like and I also thoroughly enjoyed every meal.

I still look back at how I ate back then and how little I exercised (and when I say how little I exercised I mean, I didn’t exercise at ALL) and am shocked I wasn’t kg’s and kg’s and kg’s heavier – as I should have been.

BUT I truly believe I wasn’t, because even being a bigger size, even being un healthier even with such accidental disregard for my health – there was no guilt around food, just enjoyment.

That all changed however when one night, Morgan and I were having a party at the house with a few friends, and I was my usual at the time, weekend warrior, few ecstasy deep self – and I went inside by myself to put bathers on to have a spa with the girls. I remember putting some green bathers on in the bathroom really hurriedly and as I ran back out to go join the party I caught the reflection of myself in the mirror – and honestly didn’t recognise the girl staring back. It was the first time in my life, I didn’t vibe with the body I saw in the mirror.

{ The night I knew that I didn’t love the body I was in anymore and could do better }

That was a Saturday night, and by the following morning, Morgan and I had had a huge chat about our health and weight and decided to go do something about it.

By the Monday, we were attending our first weight watchers meeting to educate ourselves on food, being inspired with some healthy recipes and learning at the very least the basics around what healthy food looked like.

The next year we changed our habits and completely transformed our lives – Morgan loosing 23kg and me loosing 17kg (6kg of which came from major jaw surgery). But that is a story for another time.

That year though, the ONE thing that never changed (because our exercise and food habits absolutely changed) was my mindset around food.

Sure I had started to eat way way way differently and so so so much healthier – but everything I put in my mouth, I still totally honoured, and yet again, there was just no guilt with any food I ate. My body and mind and I had a great relationship with food and food had a great relationship with my body and mind.

Years and years followed, and the 17kg loss was maintained with struggle to be honest through a lot of gym exercise and being pretty strict with what I ate – STILL honouring food regardless though.

A year after that, come March 2013, which was when Isagenix found me and a whole new chapter and journey in my life began. My weight maintenance the last 3 ½ years has been the easiest thing ever but my enjoyment with food has increased tenfold. That 3 ½ year journey again is another story and one you can read snippets of in previous posts on this blog.

That’s not why we’re here today talking though, we are here for the following lesson.

Over the last 3 ½ years as I just mentioned above my enjoyment of food has increased – a lot, but my relationship with food has deepened even more divinely.

You see, I honour food. So.fucking.much.

I know that I know that I KNOW, that loving food and honouring each and every meal or thing I choose to put in my mouth to fuel me makes that food digest with ease and harmony.

Whenever I eat, more than ever today, I am so grateful for the meal in front of me, and I am choosing to eat or fuel my body with nutritious yummy food and never ever have guilt around what I eat.

That probably sounds easy when you know me and you know I fuel my body with a LOT of high quality nutrition and yummy food. It’s like well of course you don’t have guilt Anna you eat really well and have amazing habits (why thank you, yes, I do, and I’m really proud of that).

But here is the kicker.

I live, the most balanced life more than anyone I know.

So yes, I absolutely eat and fuel my body with nutritious healthy food, and have cleanse days and superfood smoothies, but I also don’t have a nickname “Anna hot chips champagne Richards” for no reason.

Not a week goes by that I am not also enjoying delicious cold glasses of French Champagne or hunting down the best hot chips either in my city or around the globe. OR just being SUPER honest, grabbing the odd cheeky chocolate bar from the shops when I run in to grab something.

Then there is the travel I do, and when I travel, I can also be honest and say my eating habits are more around enjoyment and finding gorgeous cafes than a strict food plan.

And yet, my body stays harmonised and toned and healthy and slim year round.

I’m not allergic to anything, I have no intolerances and I have never cut one thing out of my diet nor counted one calorie. Ever.

So how? HOW do I honestly maintain that kind of body amongst the crazy balance of salads but hot chips, water but champagne, cleanse days but non organic chocolate, or food prep but days off with burgers….

Well I believe it’s my RELATIONSHIP that I have with ALL food and how much I HONOUR it and ENJOY it.

I can sit and have a few crazy days where I need to rely on my food prep of rice, chicken and vegetables, then fly to Sydney for 3 days and have champagne most nights, too many hot chips to count and some salt and vinegar chips on the plane (there I said it) … Or I can have a week of perfect eating with my non negotiable cleanse days but then have guests come and spend 5 days celebrating life and success with champagne, lunches and dinners out and a relaxed exercise regime …. But not matter WHAT I DO, and no matter WHAT I EAT and no matter WHAT GOES IN TO MY MOUTH…….

I honour it so damn deeply. I have absolutely ZERO guilt around it. I ENJOY it all SO much and I never eat anything I don’t feel like or won’t absolutely love.

And that is what I TRULY believe keeps my body so harmonised and happy and healthy and toned year round. Because food that goes in to my mouth is eaten with gratitude and love, and digested with ease and harmony as I talk about how much I love it, or how yummy it is.

The other major aspect to this whole theory though is what I SAY about my body also. When I finish a meal, there is no guilt, which means I NEVER say things like…

“God I feel so fat”.

“Why did I just eat that?”

“Next time I go to order chips someone stop me”

“I feel so disgusting I so need to not eat the rest of the day”

… Or any other negative comment associated with my body.

(I do occasionally say I feel a LITTLE bloated if I do, but generally it’s freaking rare I actually do, and if I say I am it’s normally backed up by “but god it’s worth it for how delicious that meal was” – I am just trying to be REALLY honest with you guys so you REALLY get this point).

I always however talk about how delicious a meal was. How yum the hot chips were. How amazing that particular champagne was. How much of a good time I had laughing or talking with friends whilst I ate said meal or drank said champagne.

I truly, deeply, fundamentally believe that our thoughts and words DO shape our reality, and I know SO many others know this to be true also (and that’s because it IS true) and yet we seem to forget that that then extends to every single aspect of our co-creating reality. Including our beautiful body.

If you are going to constantly put your body down, or say you feel fat, or pick on the parts of your body that you hate or feel guilt every time you eat food – what do you honestly think is going to happen? Nothing? Because I can tell you that unfortunately your body is ALWAYS listening and responding. If you call it fat, it thinks its fat and I believe creates fat. If you pick on parts of your body you hate, negative energy is held in those areas only making that part of your body feel worse. If you feel guilt around food when you eat it, be it a big yummy chicken salad or your favourite treat (like hot chips!) then that guilt is held and becomes a stagnant energy in your body.

Point is, anything you say aloud, or even THINK….your body is always listening.

So what do you think happens to your body when you’re in a state of gratitude for all of your food. When you sincerely enjoy all of your food – be it extremely healthy or more of a treat meal. When you honour every meal that goes in to your body. When once youre done, you hold no guilt and only hold on to positive thoughts.

I can tell you;

You digest your food with harmony.

Your food does exactly what it needs to in the body.

Energy circulates through and around your body with ease.

You live in a state of fulfilment and hold on to no guilt.

You love your body and your body responds by loving you right back.

And it’s not just thinking and saying positive things when you’re eating either. No way. Let me assure you with absolute certainty that your body is always, ALWAYS listening.

You have to SHOW your body that you love it. You have to TELL your body that you love it. You have to DRESS your body like you love it. You have to live in to feelings of LOVE for your body.

This is a constant journey I am on still and a journey I know I’ll always be on, but a journey I am honoured to be on and treasure – one of loving and accepting the meat-suit I was so divinely gifted when I chose to come back to this earth this time around.

There are moments where I still have a negative thought about my body (of course) or I wake up after a big night of delicious food and drink with beautiful friends and I feel a little heavier or groggier than usual, and have a negative thought about my food choices or how I’m feeling in my body. But would you like to know what I do in those moments? Honestly? …

I put my hand on my stomach and my heart and I tell my body how beautiful she is, how much I honour her, how grateful for her I am and I just sit or lay in gratitude telling her how beautiful she is again and again and again until I genuinely feel the shift of me believing it – then I can carry on with whatever I was doing.

I tell my body how beautiful she is. I dress my body like I love her. I give my body food and drink (it’s why I love French champagne so much) that she loves. I move, walk and talk like I love my body. And you know what I get in return?

A body that so loves and nourishes me back.

You get to choose.

In every moment in every day, you are either choosing your thoughts that empower or disempower you, and it’s no different for when you are eating for or talking or thinking about your body.

There are no ‘5 steps to’ or ‘3 ways to change’ when it comes to your body + relationship with food. It’s just a conscious decision again, and again, and again and again to choose love. To choose to be grateful for every meal you sit down for. To choose to feel satisfied and happy after a meal. To choose to send your body love when you’re not necessarily feeling it or her. To choose to honour the food that goes in to your mouth.

It’s not always going to be a perfect this journey to self love of food and your body – but it’s a journey that is SO WORTH giving time and energy and a deeper level of commitment to, because you really DO only have one body for your time on earth, and I know so wildly and deeply, that loving and honour ‘her’ (or him) creates a far more beautiful and extraordinary time on planet earth than the opposite.

My wish for you is that you choose love today, is that you choose to honour your food today, and that you choose gratitude for your food today, and in the moments when you don’t you simply start again.

And I promise you – it’s worth it.

Love, Anna xoxoxo

Images: herehere

How to overcome your mind

You have, in your divine possession a weapon so powerful it could change everything for you. Your financial situation, your emotional situation, your wellbeing situation, whatever it is you can think of that isn’t working for you right now in life….this weapon could change.

I’m not talking something woo woo or evil either … I’m talking about your mind.

I’m sure you’ve heard it once before, maybe even a million times, but i’m here to put out a gentle reminder to your soul again – what you think you manifest and attract. Whether you like to believe or admit it or not – and maybe that is half the problem in the first place – your mind and thoughts create your reality.

You know those moments where you seem to say, ALOT, “god i KNEW that would happen, it always happens to me” … of course it does. Because you think it does so that is exactly what you attract. We are divine beings of light more powerful than you could ever imagine, and that mind o’ yours – it is there to manifest whatever it is you are choosing to put in there – be it good or bad thoughts or programs.

Have you ever tried to be complexly conscious of your thought? That is, gone a whole day and caught every negative thought that pops in to your head? There will be positive ones of course as well, but we want to try to change the negative ones to change your thought patterns and change your life.

Let’s begin shall we?  

How to overcome your mind

1.  Acknowledge the thought

Catch every negative thought & write it down. Sure, this might be time consuming, and even a little painful but the purpose of this is for you to become consciously aware of just how many negative thoughts you are actually thinking.

2. Bring it up, and honour why you feel that way

You do this quickly. Every feeling wants to be felt, and generally a negative thought is attached to some sort of feeling. Bring that up, welcome it up in to your consciousness and thank it for coming but just know it’s time for it to leave, thank it for coming and send it on it’s way. 

3. Replace it with a positive thought or different way of thinking

As soon as you have caught the negative thought, acknowledged it and sent it on it’s way, you need to immediately replace it with a positive one. Turn the ego talk from ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘there is no way I’m ever going to get this done’ in to one that comes from love, like; ‘I am worthy and I deserve love & happiness’ and ‘I have plenty of time and space in my life and this task will be done with ease and calm’ …. Can you feel the empowerment already? Negative thoughts disarm you, they instantly disempower and when your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what isn’t, if you are telling yourself you’re not good enough or can’t do something, guess what it’s going to believe? SWITCH those thoughts. Banish the negative and welcome in the positive. Empowering thoughts, positive talk in your head, will instantly change your situation.

A good little tip that I live by; Don’t believe a single thought that isn’t positive.

Remember, we are always manifesting! ALWAYS!! Anything good in your life, you invited it in, and anything bad, you invited it in. Each of our thoughts creates an energy flow within and around our physical being, our brains can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is not, so you have the power to manifest the GOOD over the bad every single time.

Oh, and beautiful, one more thing …

Know the universe has your back. 

You’re meant to be here, where you are, doing what you’re doing, having met who you met….TRUST THAT…and know the universe has your back 10000% … GET OUT OF THE UNIVERSES WAY. Don’t set big shiny intentions and get in to a place of having, then doubt…the universe is going to provide you what you need when you need it and when you trust it that much…life just works. Get in to that true place of having and knowing….when you’re in that place of knowing (KNOWING you will succeed and be happy and be loved and give love in return) … you don’t vibrate fear or disbelief. When you KNOW that you will be ok, you know that true happiness is yours, and you know you’ll succeed, the unvierse has your back and your mind becomes an ally, not the enemy. 

You are love, light and a soul waiting to live it’s purpose and change the world. Let your mind guide you to that, not hold you back from it. 

Wishing you days of positive thoughts, high energy and beautiful manifestations.

Images; here & here

My weekly round up + Lifes lessons & blessings

I have it on my heart to apologise this week. I tried to start this post a million other ways but kept getting pulled back to just being raw and honest with you and admitting this space, my space, our space has been a little quiet of late and I am re committing to turning that around. 
You see, no matter where my current life journey takes me, with new business ventures, company launches, beautiful friends, crazy work loads – this space is where it all began for me. I came, almost nightly, and could share a journey, piece by piece, experience by experience, moment by moment, as I found my self through self love and wellness and mind/body spirit betterment. I will never ever forget that. 
Life can take us on crazy, wild, delicious rides and I really think I am in a pivotal moment of my life where I am learning to release and just let it throw me where I need to me – growing and learning and expanding. One thing that will always remain important to me though is this space. 
This week as I’ve rushed from place to place or from person to person, I have stopped to honour all that is happening right now in my world and soak up every tiny little moment. It was in these moments I have been open to some little lessons and blessings that I wanted to share with you with love… 
There is no point in getting stressed, being rude or letting overwhelm control you. Breathe through any moments like this and watch the feelings that do nothing for you fade away. 
Life is always, always better with a hot peppermint tea.
Release release release. Release on everything. Let go on any and all feelings that don’t honour or serve your current situation or life. 
Sometimes, all you really need is a night off, with your favourite person, some yummy food, a glass of red & a good book. 
Letting someone you know at least once a day how amazing they really are, how much they mean to you and how much you love them, is more fulfilling than any number in a bank account. 
Life is too damn short to not eat the damn chocolate bar (organic of course). 
I Sending you love and light and oodles of good intentions as you embark on your day or task at hand, and would love to know your own little life lessons that came up this week as you were rushing through life. 

How to get to where you want to go; Tips on living the life you DESIRE

Oh gorgeous. Where do I even begin??
A mind shift happened to me over the weekend. A huge one and it came like no other shift has ever come before. It was exciting, calming, exhilarating, truly overwhelming.
The mind shift?
Pure and utter belief.
In goals. In knowing that anything a mind sets itself too, it can achieve. That we CAN be who we want to be, do what we want to do, have what we want to have.
Of course, I have felt that before. Totally.Utterly. BELIEVED it with my whole heart….but this was different. Like something unlocked, and it was a turning point in my life and there wouldn’t be any more doubt surrounding belief in goals and myself ever again.
It all started by being given the most extraordinary opportunity on the weekend to attend a conference with the company I do my nutritional cleansing through (if you haven’t read it yet, my review on it is here). I went excited, knowing I would walk away at the end of the 2 days with a mind full of confidence in product knowledge. Never did I imagine though I would have walked away with how much more than I did though.

Belief. Fear busting confidence. Support.Love.Next level motivation.New strengthened friendships.
The biggest take home for me though was 2 things.
First it came from a beautiful & inspiring friend Peta Kelly who got up and ROCKED the stage (did I mention she’s only 24). She spoke about your WHY. She left her heart & soul on that stage & it was HUGE turning point for me. In fact, my biggest take away quote from the whole event that resonated hardest for me was her own …..
“When your whys are bigger than your why not’s, you will succeed”
What IS your why? So you want a million dollars by the time you’re 30?? (let’s use my goal as the example) … but WHY?? You need to emotionally connect to that. So when you are tired, when you don’t see much light at the end of any tunnel, when you have doubts, overwhelming fear, can’t be bothered…whatever it is that is holding you back from getting one step closer … you just need to remember your WHY.
Me? I want a million dollars to retire my mum and support Morgans and my own family. My why is to buy my mum that cottage house on the big block with the wrap around verandah, big beautiful oak tree out the front and enough rooms for the grandkids and walked her to the front door hand her the keys and say…I love you, more than you’ll ever know, thank you for all that you’ve done our whole lives – this is yours. To gift her the life she has gifted me.
As I wrote that, I started crying. In fact, as I am still writing this, I have big tears streaming down my face. I’m THAT emotionally connected to my why. I’ve had my why since I was about 12. SO you can imagine how committed I can stay to my goals with an emotional connection like that.
The other huge take away I took which is so in tune with that came from Australian 5 time Olympian & gold medal winner Natalie Cook.
She shared her 5 P’s in life. HOW she got to compete for 20 years (5 Olympics) in the Olympics. HOW she won her Gold Medal for Australia (it just gives you shivers doesn’t it??)
In ALL that you do, in ALL that you want to achieve, in ALL that you set your mind to you have to have the following:
A Purpose
A Plan
The right People
A purpose so clear there isn’t a doubt in your mind, THIS is exactly where the emotional connection to your why comes back in. GET TO KNOW YOUR WHY GORGEOUS.
A set plan on how to then get there (remember my post onchunking your goals down? GREAT place to start).
The next step is filling your life with the right people – cut the shit from your life. Today is a better day than ever to do it. Has one of your ‘friends’ been holding your truth back because you’re worried they might not get the change you’re about to go through?? DELETE them from your life. A friend, true friends, inspire, uplift, support, encourage, cheerlead the shit out of your empowering decisions. Any one who isn’t doing that isn’t worth your energy. (note; I get a lot of emails from girls asking for advice on being more positive, living happier lives, achieving goals….THIS IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST HINTS THAT I JUST SHARED)
You have to have PASSION. For life. I always say it. Life is a gift. A big, beautiful, vivid, overwhelming gift. HONOUR THAT!!! Have passion because of it. You’re here, you have gifts, you can share them, you can inspire, be inspired, follow goals and be happy – let that passion be set on FIRE.
And most importantly, with all of it. Have perseverance. No matter what. Keep going. And going and going. And going. And just when you want to give up or you feel your disconnecting from your why, dig deeper and KEEP GOING. As Natalie Cook said “courage is your willingness to fail over and over and over again without ever giving up”. 
When you have those moments of doubt though. Of fear so debilitating it holds you back. When you watch what you’re saying because you’re scared of what people might think. When you’re sad. When  you feel like there’s no point. When you just can’t be bothered. It means ONE OF YOUR P’s IS OUT OF BALANCE…go back, re address, re align and get back on your souls purpose track. 
You see beautiful. YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right purpose, with the deep deep connection to your why.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right plan that fits you. Your purpose, your goals, gifts. Make it soulfully yours. Don’t plan to society norms or what you think you should be doing it. Set the plan with your whole gut and believe in it like nothing else.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With the right people. Cut the shit from your life. Fill it with real friends, soul friends, true friends, like I always say – grow that tribe, that big beautiful, overwhelmingly supportive tribe.
YOU CAN DO THIS.With Passion. Passion set on fire. Kick it up a notch gorgeous. LOVE what you do, and if you don’t love it, change it!!!  A day not doing something you love with someone you love is a day wasted.
YOU CAN DO THIS. With Perseverance. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up. The difference between you and somebody else who WILL succeed is they won’t give up when it gets a little tough. They’ll keep going. No matter what. And you will too.

The challenge? I really want you to share your why. WHY do you want what you do? WHY are you going after your goals? It can be anything. It could even be “because I finally want to after all these years start taking care of me” OR… “ because I need to look hot” WHATEVER it is, let’s get to your why…the sooner you connect to it, the sooner you can start on your own path to success.
I can’t WAIT to hear from you in the comments below xx
Images: here and here 

My weekend “off” & why you need one too

It cut through me like a freezing cold splash of water over my body, words that no person in a couple should ever be let said twice… “I feel like I’m going to have to schedule my own time with you this week just to see you”. 
It was Morgs letting me know he felt a little disconnected from my seemingly mayhem’ish ‘to do’ and ‘to see’ list for my week ahead. I felt terrible. No matter how busy I can seem (remember this post though? We’re only busy because we choose to be) I never want anybody, let alone Morgs to feel like I don’t have time for them or like they’re not a huge priority in my life (because if you’re in my life – you are). 
So, I took immediate action. I cancelled (with love & good intentions of course) every.single.’thing’ I had booked for the weekend just gone and spent every waking minute with the man (minus a special breakfast date with my soul sista Morgs made me keep as he knew how special it was to me). 
The result? 
A weekend of bliss. Of laughs. Of relaxing. Of life catch up. Deep Sleep. Of ‘being’. Of re-connection. Of Understanding. Of new motivation and love. Of Japanese eating, coffee drinking, furniture buying, movie watching bliss. 
I slowed down, right down and got to just be in every moment. I rush. A lot. So to not have to rush anywhere or finish something to go somewhere else was a nice reminder of how life should be and I am setting a new big shiny intention each and every week to revert back to managing life a little slower and better. 
The extra goodness from the weekend just gone? As Morgs sat and laughed our little heads off in a small cafe we connected with 2 couples seated next to us in their late 70’s. Never one to shy away from learning from in love couples who have 50+ years of marriage under their belt, I had the opportunity to ask them what their secret to love & marriage was…& this is what the said: 
“respect each other as an individual as much as you do together as a couple. Don’t ever become clones – always honour the others differences, hobbies & uniqueness, & never stop laughing together” 

So beautiful, your mission this weekend (you have the time to plan this now) is to disconnect from crazy schedules, mayhem’ish ‘To Do’s’ & ‘To See’ and Reconnect with some soulful time with yourself (+ a loved one who you want to remind you love so so dearly). Go for a long walk. Get lost in a cup of your favourite hot drinks. Lounge comfortably and watch a movie. Whatever it is, be present. Make them feel like they’re worthy of your time, your presence and your words – because after all, our relationships in this life are what make it all the richer. 
Wishing you love, peace and warm hugs as you embark on your own weekend of soulful wellness. 

Learning to let go

As I sit and write this, the sun is shining through my lady cave’s window, I have my favourite music playing in the background, and I am thankful for how energised, content and relaxed I feel. It’s day 4 of our Easter Long Weekend and it has been 4 days of blissful life catch up. 
I hadn’t wanted to be in Perth though, nuh-huh.    
You see, for weeks, I had been hounding asking Morgs to puh-lease get on board the idea of mine to pack our car and escape down south for the 4 day weekend we are gifted over Easter. 4 wholeee days of relaxing in a country town by the beach. Sounds perfect right? I know. The thing was though, he just wasn’t as enthusiastic as I was and said to just relax and allow this weekend to come and go, and for me to just absorb some me time, I think his words in fact were “just relaxxx honey, you don’t always need to be doing something or going somewhere 100% of your time”. 
I felt like my body was aching for it though, and yet deep down, I knew if I really wanted it – I would have booked and organised it regardless (better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission right?)
So what happened? 
I took my handsome man’s advice and let it come – and go. 
Simply – I let go of the plans I wanted to make way for the plans I didn’t realise I really needed. 
I slept in. I cooked delicious food. My love & I relaxed on the couch together. I went on soul nourishing walks. I spent quality time with my mum. I was present. I Relaxed. I caught up. 
Detoxing. No alarms. Bliss. 
I had time to breathe. 

To just… be.
So what was the lesson I took away from all of this? apart from the fact I really should listen to Morgs more often? 
+ That we don’t always have to have plans or be somewhere or doing something just because we have the time to.
+ That it’s ok to let go of the things we believe will make us happy, and follow that burning intuitive to find what will actually make us happy (less plans, more free time). 
+ To switch off and be totally ok with that. No plans, no to do’s, no burning responsibilities.  
+ To invest more in self love. Giving bodies sleep if it calls for it, a walk if it calls for it, a nap if it calls for it and some switch off time (like watching an old favourite movie) if it calls for it. 
The Challenge: 
I want this week for you to be about slowing down. 
I want you to listen in to your body and mind and giving it exactly what it’s asking for. We are in an age now where days, let alone months whizz by in blinks of our eyes – so this week is for you, and your precious hours to do exactly what you wish with them. 
Give yourself permission to say no to an event or a commitment if your body is calling for you to take a bath by candlelit instead. Maybe you’ve been in a bit of a funk recently and just can’t get on top of it all. Well you know what gorgeous (don’t tell your boss I said this) – but take a sick day for goodness sake. You’re given those days for when you need it most and sometimes, you just need a reset. 
I want this week to be about you – your favourite things, nourishment, self love and life catch up. 
Go dip your toes in the ocean, watch one of your favourite movies you haven’t seen in for-evah or dance in the rain because it will make you laugh. Fill a wholeeee day with your favourite things – a smoothie, a good book, a long bath and some quality time with your favourite person. 
I think we forget our easily we can choose our happiness – and this week is our beautiful reminder. 
Tune in deep this week – listen intently to what your mind and body is calling for and give it just that. 
With powerful intention and love for your best week yet, 
Anna xx
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Why I know you’ll succeed

You know sometimes when you’re plodding along with a book, a website or even a magazine and all of a sudden you read something so powerful it almost slaps you in the face. The words instantly resonate, and resonate so hard you almost get emotional from excitement? 

It’s the kind of realisation where your bodies senses go in to overdrive knowing that it will inspire you a little more to work harder and your mind, well your mind is screaming “ohmygodyessssthisissomeantforme!!!” 

That happened to me not once, but twice this week, dished up from two of my favourite ladies – Danielle LaPorte & Tara Bliss.
Danielle’s sounded a little like this; Fuck practicality. Concepts of reasonability have no place in ground-breaking.”

And Tara’s went a little like this; “And I thought ‘Shit. That’s it. That’s exactly what this is all about. ‘Not giving a F$^& about the blueprint and doing it YOUR beautiful, badass own way” 

So how does this make me know you too are going to succeed…

Because gorgeous – trust me when I say, you are on the cusp of a break through. I mean it. YOU, yes you are paving the way for your own groundbreaking revolutionary break through in your life. I can feel it. Every-where. You are wanting more of yourself, seeking more, doing more, being more…

You’re starting to realise that you are responsible for your own life & you can change anything you want to about that. 

It’s beautiful to witness, to feel and to be involved in. 

You are bringing an energy to this space. An energy hungry for change, for more happiness, more free time, less stress .. I feel it with the emails, comments, visitor numbers, and here’s the thing.

You’re going to succeed.

You are truly going to succeed. 

You don’t need to compare your journey to others though…you’ll get their in your own beautiful bad ass way.

You don’t need to stress about where to start … just start, remember it’s your why that’s important, not your how.

You don’t need more money or more time to make a difference…just a burning desire to change.

You don’t need to remember practicality through your growth .. throw the rule book out the window.

You, the you who is waking with a clearer purpose, and working on increasing joy and calm and love in your life…

IS going to succeed – I’ll be right here along side you for the ride.

It’s exciting, incredibly inspiring, vastly powerful and I am loving and urging you to keep bringing the energy that you’re bringing. 

Remember that when you are on the cusp of breakthrough and figuring it all out –  dance the beat to your own drum, run on your own time and throw all self insecurities to the wind. 

You’re here, you’re living & your time is NOW.

Anna xx

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How to turn what you want in to a reality

Like almost everything in life I believe that there are two sides to your happiness and success. 
First, you have to want to do it – you know, hit the goal, drop the kg’s, save money to get on a holiday, do the detox or be more positive. And Secondly, you have to work hard to achieve it. 
Desire + Action = Soul defying magic. 
Without that want, that burning desire or the inexplicable exciting need you will find that your goals are harder to hit. In the exact same breathe however, you have to remember that you can want, desire and need something all you want in this world but if you are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, you might find that goal slip further from your fingertips. 
I’m going to say it again.
Desire + Action = Soul defying magic.
It’s truly that simple. 
I caught up with my gorgeous friend and soul sista’ Peta the other night for some serious pow wow business and goals talks. I walked away buzzing, but something she said to me hit me like a big warm hug and high five….
“You don’t have to know your how, you just have to know your why”.
Holy shit. It was oh SO Powerful and validated a lot for me.
You see. You can have all that you desire in this world. You really can. ALL of it. But you’re not going to get exactly what you want without desire + action. This statement summed it all up for me though – knowing the why behind whatever it is you want will give you the desire and catapult you in to action
Why do you want to loose more weight? Maybe it’s because you want to feel more confident, less bloated, grow your self love and detox your mind and body. 
Why do you want to jump out of a plane? Maybe it’s because you want to feel enthralled, free, and invincible whilst you free fall through the sky. 
Why do you want to get rid of the negative shit in your life? Maybe it’s because you are sick of wasting your energy on people who don’t deserve it and ready to live your truth instead of hiding in your shadows worried about what other people will say or think.
ALL of those Why’s to the goals are awesome, valid, amazing reasons. This is what you have to work out though.
You have to work out your why. WHY? Because it’s going to fuel your desire, stoke your fire and wake up that growing spark inside of you that is trying to live it’s calling. Once you have your desire burning inside of you, you will be unstoppable in your action. 
Working out your why and flaming your desire to me, all comes down to how we want to feel – and this is what it’s all about. Waking up, every day, with the feelings that you want to. 
I want to feel excited.
I want to feel at peace.
I want to feel aligned.
I want to feel blessed.

My why is because I want to feel this each and every day. I want to live a life by design – my design, not in a job working 40 hours a week doing things I don’t enjoy. I want to retire my mum. Buy her a big ole cottage house with a wrap around verandah and enough rooms to have all her grandkids we’ll give her one day. I know my why. It consumes me. Fills me up. Burns bright. Brighter than I could ever explain.

So are you ready to dive in to an amazingly powerful & exciting exercise? Yes? GREAT. 
1. Write down, with no (& I mean NO inhibition) your top 3 goals. Right now. I don’t care if you’re reading this at work, home, on the run. Just stop. Grab the closest pen & paper and write. Get em’ down. Your top 3 goals that you have that first come to mind. Loose 2 kgs? Cut down on 5 days working to 3 days working? Skydive? Change jobs? Start a blog? Run 5km? Book a holiday to an exotic destination?
2. Write next to them your why. Don’t stop. Let it flow. Don’t think, just write. Why do you want to achieve them? To feel better? to gain confidence? to get a guy? to feel accomplished? to stop arguing? increase your self love? Share your gift with the world? Give your mind and body peace and tranquility? Gain clarity? Become happier & healthier? Keep going, dig deeper, harder, look further than you’ve ever had to. Don’t hold back with your why either – remember we’re trying to grow your desire fire, keep the sparks hot and bright. There are no wrong answers here. Just your inner truth of why trying to get out – listen to whatever words are flowing and write them down. 
3. Write next to each goal three steps on how you can start achieving them. If a goal isn’t a goal until it’s written down, then allow me to extend that and say a goal is also not a goal until you have started an action plan. You have got your why now and that is a beatuifully exciting, overwhelming AMAZING thing. You know why you want it. You want to live a better life, be happier, get more excited, gain more confidence – that why will just grow the more you honour it, the more you dwell on it and the more you fuel your why’s .. what happens now is putting it in to action. So…what are you going to do? What are your steps? Whats the very first little thing you can do to get you started on your way. Maybe allow me to give you a little example of putting your why in to action: 
The goal: Book a holiday to an exotic location
The why? Because I owe it to myself. 
Because I am deserving of a life changing experience which is going to give me clarity, peace and a relaxing time filling my days with all of the things I love. 
Because I want to spend some quality time with my husband/wife/boyfriend/kids/self (whoever you plan on going with). 
Because my health has been suffering lately and I owe it to myself to give my body exactly what it needs.
Because I want to dip my toes in a different ocean, feel the warm sun on my face and cool afternoon breeze on my body and drink delicious fruit juices (& cocktails) by the ocean and pool all day.
(Get it? Just keep going and going and going. The more why’s you have the better) 
The action plan: 
1. Go to newsagents on my lunch break and buy a magazine on travel – full of pretty inspiring pictures, advice and travel destination. Rip some of those inspiring photos out & stick them wherever I can see them – on my bathroom mirror, on my computer at work, on my fridge. 
2. Do a rough quote on how much it is going to cost with flight websites like qantas, air asia, emirates, virgin, tiger airways, jetstar & accommodation websites like airbnb, expedia, booking.com so I know my end goal of how much I need to save.
3. Put my first $50 – $100 dollars in my savings account.
YEEEHAAA you are on your way you freaking superstar. Isn’t it exciting? Beautifully overwhelming? You are already knee deep in goal achievement. 
One of my all time favourite quotes is “you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”. The same applies for all of our goals. You don’t have to have it all worked out instantly, you don’t have to know your whole ‘how’. You’ll figure it out. Start with the very first step. Buying a travel magazine, or taking a new car you want for a test drive. 
Once we begin the first baby steps to living a goal, the rest becomes easier and the momentum grows. 
This is it though. You have your goals, now let’s get serious with achieving them. 
I want you to realise how powerful you are. How wonderful a life you can truly lead. How positive an influence you can be just by living your truth. How much fun, excitement  peace, joy and wonder you can have from following your desires and feelings and living a goal. 
I’ll be here, cheering you on every step of the way.
You deserve this, you’re worthy, you’re amazing.
So what are you waiting for?
Peace & love,
Anna x
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Advice from 110 year old me

Imagine if you were 110 years old, you’d lived all those years, living, learning, loving. Imagine all the incredible lessons you’d have learned, advice you’d have to give and love you’d have had to share. 110 years. That’s 110 years you’d have learned wisdom, forgiveness, love and happiness. 
Now imagine if you got to travel back in time as your 110 year old self, and share your deepest wisdom with your current self.
Just think about it
Well, that’s exactly what I did one sunny afternoon travelling on a long train ride between Spain & Germany. The idea came from the online course “Optimal Living” I was doing at the time. Brian Johnson said we got 5 minutes to sit and impart as much of our deepest wisdom we could share with our current self. 
I wrote, with no real idea of where my writing or advice would take me, but I wrote. With no inhibition, no concern that it would be wrong, just love and energy pouring on to the page, desperate to tell 24 year old Anna what the apparent 110 year old Anna knew. 
It wasn’t until I was going through my journal this week that I re discovered my private words. I instantly re connected, I remembered the moments and feelings I was going through when I was writing it. The advice was from the heart and uninhibited – and the advice was as follows – raw & unedited and yours for consumption. 
3 pieces of life advice from 110 year old Anna 
+ Live from a place of total love, not ego. Work hard at forgiving, daily and letting and accepting that all who come in to your life are meant to be there and all that happens to you is part of the greater plan so love fully, trust totally and enjoy the ride always. 
+ Listen to your gut, your instinct – that inner guide…daily. Give over all your worries and cares and trust the universe has your back 110% of the way. 
+ Show up. Fully & presently in life every single day by living your values and being your authentic self. By being true to this you will serve your greater purpose by serving others. 
There it is. 3 pieces of life advice that resonated with me hard when I was doing the exercise. I would highly encourage nay… implore you to try the exercise out for yourself….
What is the 110 year old wisdom you would impart to your current self if you ever got the chance? 
I’d love to hear it xx

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