Making every day count


You know sometimes, there are those moments of chance that you act upon and the simple act alone can change your life dramatically? Those moments that you’re not expecting, and the lesson doesn’t come immediately, but from the act alone. Thosemoments. 

It happened to me a mere 2 days ago as I was rushing to catch my plane to Bali. I normally always come prepared with soul defyingly good books tucked neatly away in my carry on luggage, but for some reason, this trip I had forgotten. So as I rushed past the newsagent steps from my gate, I took a risk and dived in to the aisles to make a hasty choice on a book I could devour by the pools. 

Best decision ever. 

I picked up a book by a favourite inspiration of mine – Robin Sharma titled “Life Lessons from the monk who sold his Ferrari” thinking it might hopefully be as good as the first book I had read from that series ‘the monk who sold his ferrari’. Not only was it ‘as good’, it exceeded every expectation. 

I am an inspiration junkie. I am attracted to any words, pictures, movies, or seminars where I think I could burn my passion a little brighter or become more connected to something far greater. And this book delivered that. 
There was 101 life lessons – all of which I resonated with deeply. But there was one particular lesson though; lesson 72 – ‘See your day as your life’ that particularly resonated a little harder than others and made my heart beat a little faster than normal. 
It read; 

“The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant, friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away’, observed Emerson. As you live your days, so you will live your life. It is easy to get caught up in the trap of thinking that this day does not matter much given all the days that lie ahead of you. But a great life is nothing more than a series of great, well lived days strung together like a beautiful necklace of pearls. Every day counts and contributes to the quality of the end result. The past is gone, the future is but a figment, so this day is really all you can own. Invest it wisely. 

It continued to make my heart beat a little faster again with this; 

“Your life is not a dress rehearsal. Lost opportunities rarely come again. Today, vow to increase your passion for living and multiply the commitment you will bring to each of the days that will follow this one. Many people think that it takes months and years to change your life. respectfully, I disagree, You change your life the second you make a decision from the depths of your heart to be a better, more dedicated human being.

Expansive. Soul Swelling. Screaming to the sun ‘hells yes’.  Heart beating kind of goodness. It was going in to my concisous somewhere a lot deeper than other words do. It’s because the message amongst his words spoke such truth. 
Life is just a series of days. Lived, one after the other after the other, after the other. Neither is any more special than the last, each one containing a sunrise and a sunset, and another 24 hours. And yet there are some days I think – it’s ok, I don’t have to do better today, or it can’t wait for tomorrow, as it’s “just another day”. But it’s so not. 

Every single 24 hours we have the chance to live again. Our hours turn in to days, that turn in to weeks, that turn in to months that turn in to years. But ALL our time passes day by DAY. So that is the trick to this living thing – living each DAY like it is your most special one. Here’s the thing as well, you don’t know when your time is up so imagine living each day as if it was your last. 
Would you hit snooze 4 or 5 times? No you would be up with ease at sunrise in awe that it might be your last. Would you get agitated in traffic? Nope, you might turn up your favourite tunes a little louder or take the time to call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in awhile (on blue tooth of course). Would you let self hate or loathing stop you throughout your day – buying that yummy lunch, saying hello to strangers because you want to, writing a big love post on your social media platforms? Nope – because all judgement would go out the window – as that day would be it to do it. 

Every single day you have a new 24 hours laid out in front of you like a gift from the universe/mother nature/God/Science – whoever or whatever you believe in. It’s yours to do whatever you like with – so don’t waste it. Just remember that life isn’t big bold grand gestures and singular days you remember, it’s living consciously, day by day making the moments count. It’s realising that you have every day to write a new story, to be grateful, to be happy and to make a different in your life and others.

So how can you make your days count or be just as special as those days you feel alive on holiday, at Christmas or on a really good day you have just had on your weekend? Here are just some of my gentle nudges with love…

+ Wake up earlier. 
+ Make sure you are happy with where you’ve chosen to be at this stage in life, and if you’re not, change it. Without delay. 
+ Spend 5 minutes each morning writing what you’re grateful for. 
+ Watch the sunrise or the sunset, at least every day.
+ Practice the art of presence in all that you say and do. 
+ Stop rushing. Stop it. 
+ Be a better listener – remember we have two ears and one mouth, you might be surprised at how much better you connect and how much a deeper connection you have. 
+ Create a beautiful home. I think a home is a reflection of the life you THINK you deserve or what’s going on inside your mind. Keep your house spacious, clean, tidy and have things you love in it. 
+ On that note; don’t wait to use the good glasses, dinner set, champagne glasses – EVERY day should be celebrated. 
+ Toast more things – I don’t have one glass of champagne without toasting to something – good health, good friends, sunsets … whatever is currently filling me up. 
+ Eat good, healthy food – your body is a temple and one that must be respected daily.
+ Move your body – whether it’s a 10 minute walking around the block or an hour in the gym…just move your body. 
+ Don’t touch your phone in the morning until you have at least done your gratitudes, kissed and said hello to your loved ones and eaten breakfast. Facebook. Instagram. Emails can wait.
+ Meditate. Daily. Without Fail. 

And lastly;

+ Be more, do less. 

If this was your last 24 hours here on earth how would you be spending it? Wildly in love with your family. Forgiving. Thoughtful. In love. Hungry for fun. Present. Are just some of my guesses – but the beautiful thing is you can have that kind of day everyday, and THAT is what creates a magnificent life. 
So what are YOU going to do today that will create a more magnificent life for yourself? I’d love to hear it even if it’s one word in the comments below. 

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You are beautiful, you really are

I had grand plans this morning to sit and write to you about living a life of your ideal days but instead, my heart and spirit kept pulling me towards these divine quotes about loving yourself, all of you, and I feel like there are instead women out there who needed this message today. So here is the thing gorgeous;

You are beautiful. More than beautiful. 
Even your flaws and those imperfect parts about yourself in fact even just make you more perfect. 
Your beating heart and that exquisite soul that you have, that is what makes you so beautiful. 
Not friends unfair critisicim, or societys unrealistic body and beauty pressures. Or asshole comments on social media or anything that isn’t your own truth. 
YOU are beautiful. Your smile. Your laugh. Especially in those moments when you can’t see your true beauty, you are. If only you could see yourself the way those that see your essence see you. 
& on off days, or bad days or dark weeks, know your power. Trust your purpose. Keep the spark flickering inside you and just KNOW how beautiful and worthy you are. 
You are a divine being of light, a life participant, a universal being with love & light to give. You have a unique purpose you were put on this earth to live. YOU MATTER. 
So next time someone trys to dim your light, or you feel defeated, or stressed out or like it doesn’t matter anymore… come back to this. You are beautiful. Your heart matters, your soul matters and you matter. 

4 ways to live a happier life

Life, whether you are having a great day or a bad day, truly is a beautiful, overwhelmingly extraordinary gift. Here we are on planet earth, just far enough away from the sun to sustain life, living and breathing, being gifted day after day after day.

Whatever you believe in, whatever cards you’ve been dealt, it is our duty and obligation to full comprehend that life truly is a gift and is yours to honour and to live with gusto.

We choose what we feel, what we experience, what we interpret, so today I am challenging you to always choose happiness and here are some of my ways I seize my days.

Be more Grateful 


Did you know that? No, did you really reallyyyyy know that? Gratitude, and expressing gratitude is so fundamental to living a more joy filled existence. Starting every day with gratitude can solely change your life. As soon as your eyes open, smile, because you have a new day that is yours to fill with anything and everything that you love. 

Have you been able to wake in a warm bed? How incredibly lucky. Were you then able to jump in to a hot shower and wash your skin? Even more amazing. Do you have the love of your life living with you or some adorable kids you have brought in to the world? GIVE THANKS.

We get so caught up in what’s not going right for us these days that we forget to give thanks for what is going right – so much of our days and moments are things we take for granted, but it is all things to be grateful for. Once you start finding gratitude in the small things, like a hot cup of coffee, or a smile you got from a stranger, you will start to attract more wonderful things in to your life. Like attracts like, the law of attraction works in marvellous and beautiful ways. Like Shakti Gawain says –If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations.” 

The more you strengthen your gratitude meter the happier you will become. Don’t ever let another day pass without at least writing either in the morning or at night, 3 things you were happy about. Buy a journal or even just scribble it on the fridge, but jot down what you are grateful for, your gains, little or big, significant or not, and watch your life change in an instant and the law of attraction welcome up some beautiful moments for you. 
& remember….

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us be thankful – Leo Buscaglia

Quit Comparing

Does it feel like your girlfriend always seems to just be so flawless even on bad days? Or the places you hang out online recently all seem to be flooded with the same girls killing it? Or maybe you are not where you want to be weight wise and if you could just loose another 5kg like that girl you see at the gym? 

STOP IT. Right now. Don’t ever waste another minute or slice of your precious energy on comparing yourself to someone or something seemingly ‘better off’ than you.
We were all born as complete individuals in a vast and astounding world. We each carry a unique soul, a unique set of fingerprints and a unique dna code. We each value things differently, have been brought up with different values, and react to things differently. So why would you ever for a second compare where you’re at or what you look like to anybody buy yourself? 
They say the only person you should ever compete with is the person you were yesterday, and it’s so true. I also loved reading the quote up above – don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. Let go of comparitinitis – and start living your own story, dance to the beat of that own amazing drum and start living your own life. You are so stunningly divine and have so so much to share with the world as yourself. As soon as you can harness that and start living that truth, that’s when you will grow exponetially and wonder how or why you ever compared in the first place. 
Where you’re at and how you’re doing it is just fine babe, perfect in fact. 
& remember…

“If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition” – Scott Stratten

Be of Service

One of the fastest ways you can improve your day is by improving someone else’s. The minute you take the focus off you and how you can help yourself, and instead shift your energy towards helping others, the minute your life will take a dramatic turn. 
We are here to align with our purpose and ultimately, each and every one of our purposes is to serve others. Through helping others we help ourselves. It costs nothing to smile at a stranger, to offer to carry an older person’s groceries to the car, to go and read books or paint nails in the local aged care homes. It costs nothing to give a genuine compliment, to give your time at a hospital or for a great cause and it costs nothing (in hindsight) to donate small amounts to great wonderful causes. 
Life is on fire when you serve,  it gels, it aligns, you vibrate at a higher frequency – it just it makes sense. So next time you’re having an off day, or week or month – give some time to a worthy cause, give an unexpected compliment or try to make a goal to make at least 10 people laugh in that day, not just because they’re worth it…but you’re worth it.

Exercise Daily 

That’s right, you have to get up, and get moving. We all know the benefits of exercise, you know, stuff like reducing your risk of getting heart disease, increasing your level of muscle strength, enhancing your sexual desire (yup) and helping you to more effectively manage stress, but it also just feels really fucking good

Endorphin’s are clever, amazing little things that kick in after a good solid work out, they really are a free high. Even if you can just get up and get moving for half an hour a day, be it on your lunch break, or even before and after work you will feel so so much better for it (not to mention start looking healthier and in turn happier as well). 

There really are no excuses. Winter is always going to come, so we need to just embrace the cold, if you’re tired in the mornings, go to bed earlier, if you complain you have no time, then we need to talk – there are 24 useable hours in a day and you might need to just look at how effectively you’re managing your time. Getting up and getting moving is so important to a happier and healthier body and brain function so make a promise to yourself that there will be no more excuses and if you do fall off the wagon, you don’t waste a minute in time getting back up again. 

Images; here, here, here, here & here 

Finding & growing your tribe

Tribe 
a group of people in your life, it can be many, or few that get you, that get you right to your souls core. They LOVE you. They Support you. Your tribe is a group of people that so fundamentally get your essence and bring your YOU out in a beautiful & inspiring way. They see your heart, and they see your soul and allow your authentic self to live it’s truth. – Anna Ogilvie
There is something so incredibly sexy about soul connection. You know what I mean yes? It’s that moment when you meet someone, it could be a new stranger or an old friend who you haven’t seen in for-ev-ah and you just zing
Zing is that immediate bond between you both, goals align, excitement bubbles and this person brings the best of YOU out. You let that precious guard down without even realising and bare your truth, the real you. It’s liberating, Deeply fulfilling and the beginnings of an authentic friendship. That zing is connection gorgeous.
These kinds of friends are the ones who get you. Who love you. Who, after a breakfast date or wine over dinner or phone conversation make you feel like a better person than from the beginning of the conversation. 
And it is these kind of friendships that you should be attracting and allowing in your life. These are the souls that make up your tribe, they are your tribe, and you need to attract them, nurture them and fill your life with these kind of friendship connections. 
Your tribe are beautiful individuals that support and inspire you effortlessly.
Your tribe are the ones who you would call with good news for squeals and excitement, and call with bad news for love and support. 
Your tribe are, put simply, who you are filling your life with. 
Who is in your tribe? Who are you attracting in your life? Are they bringing the best of you out? Loving you? Supporting you? Inspiring you? Are they positive people? 
The people that you are surrounding yourself with play an incredibly important role in your life – so choose wisely. If you want to be more positive, surround yourself with more positive people. If you want to be happier, surround yourself with happier people. If you want to have more love and good energy, (first you must be that person yourself) and then find others who are the same. 
Your tribe is so fundamental to how you show up in life. If you have beautifully supportive people in your life cheering you on and wanting the best for you, you show up more authentic. You aren’t afraid to live your truth, to share, to be who you want to be, it all just becomes a little easier to let your you out, because as well as knowing the universe (always) has your back, so does your tribe. 
So the question I need you to ask yourself today babe is – who have you got in your tribe? Are they kindred souls who support you in every which way? Or are they negative self doubters who would do anything and everything to keep you in their comfort zone and not see you shine. If your answer is the second one, we need to have a serious talk. 
As you embark on your week I am sending you loving confidence to take stock of who you are currently surrounded by – and if they’re shit people, to gently start cutting them from your life. You can’t go through transformative growth or shine bright like the gorgeous diamond you are with negative haters and nay sayers in your tribe. Make today the day you admit to yourself you deserve all the love and happiness in the world and today is the day that you are going to start taking back more control of exactly who you are letting in to your life, and ultimatley your tribe.
You are so worthy and capable of acheiving anything and everything that you desire in this big beautiful world – and a huge part of that success will come from the loving support you get along the way. 
Be brave. Cut the shit. Attract the positive & start letting your you out and aligning with your essence. 

The Secret to happiness; You get to CHOOSE how you feel.

I want to get a little personal here. Maybe even step on a few toes, but it’s been something that is on my heart and sneaking in to a shit tonne of my conversations recently.
I want to talk to you about Choices. Your choices in fact.
You have power beautiful. In fact SO much power I don’t even think you understand.
At any given moment, on any given day, for any given event…you, you vast & brilliant soul, have the power to choose.
Choose how you react. Choose how you feel. Choose how you want to interpret what is happening. Choose the outcome of the whole situation.
We have at the tips of our fingertips an incredibly powerful tool that wants to support us in every given second. Our Minds. THAT is what gives us the power of choice.
You choose anger over happiness. You can just as easily choose happiness over anger instead.
You choose frustration over remaining calm & peaceful. You can just as easily choose calm & balanced state of mind over frustration.
You choose stressing out instead of knowing you WILL get through it & you ARE ok. And guess what? You can just as easily choose believing you will get through it and that you are ok instead of stressing out.
You choose guilt & suspicion over trust and love. You can un choose it just as fast and choose love and trust instead.
You just have to CHOOSE.
Choose happiness.
Choose love.
Choose being ok.
Choose not feeling stressed. Breathe. Think with perspective.
Choose Peace.
I swear to you gorgeous it’s that simple. Caught in a traffic jam and running late? You are the only one working yourself up over it. Nobody is forcing you too. Nobody is making you get angry, but you. Your boyfriend hasn’t done something that you really wanted him to? (well you should communicate better but that’s a whole other post) Choose understanding & calm instead of blame and anger and moodiness.
There is honestly no secret to my positivity and happiness – I CHOOSE these feelings every.single.day. I am so very aware at how I have the power to pick how I want to feel, that how I interpret a situation is what gives me my outcome so I just ensure I choose better feelings. There is no point, ever, to choose negativity over happiness, or stress over calm. EVERY time I read this quote I literally yell YES so loud on the inside as it is speaks it’s truth so loud…
“Actually I just woke up one day and I decided I didn’t want to feel like that anymore, or ever again, so I changed. Just Like that.”
Your challenge then beautiful if you choose (there’s that word again) to accept it…
This week be consciously aware of your feelings – and choose the better option. CHOOSE to not get stressed out over silly things that are going to pass anyway. CHOOSE to not get angry over little insignificant moments that worth aren’t negative or bad energy. CHOOSE love over judgement. CHOOSE positive thoughts over negative ones.
We are the creators of our own universe, we are what we think and we can CHOOSE at any given moment to feel better and pick a thought or feeling that serves us over one that doesn’t.
I want you to choose Love. Happiness. Peace. Belief. Hope. That it will be ok. That you will get through it. That there is so much more to life than the negatives you might be going through. 
Above all – I want you to choose a life that you love living, and that starts with the choice of your thoughts.
Light & love,
Anna xx
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