Quest: One week without disposable plastic

Can you go a week without acquiring/using any new disposable plastic items? How many disposable plastic bags, bottles, cups and utensils do you use in a day, a week, a year? After watching a video by Jeff Bridges (I’ve embedded it below for you) I was inspired to take the …

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Day 1: Kilimanjaro Journey VS Sprezzatura

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Today is finally here – well, actually ‘today’ was going to be April Fool’s Day (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke – I just figured April 1st was a good day to start a crazy adventure) but I just couldn’t wait…  I never was much good with the whole patience …

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76% of Potential Clients Can’t Find You!

I was astonished at the findings! After reading a particular book I wanted to contact the author and couldn’t find their contact info anywhere.  Not at the front of the book, nor at the end.  I Googled them and their book to no avail.  All I could find was that …

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Who am I? An unexpected (and very personal) journey…

Over the past months I have been tracing my ancestry – and what I have discovered actually revealed more about who I am, how I view the world and interact within it than I ever expected… Growing up in a seaside mining town in working class suburban Australia, I never felt like I belonged …

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Writing Competitions & Book Fairs – April 2016 Deadlines

Time to start writing and/or submitting your work for these April 2016 Deadlines! Remember, continually promoting your book leads to greater awareness, increased sales and sometimes to opportunities you could never have imagined… Here are the latest writing competitions and book fairs for you to consider – they each have deadlines …

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Your Book as Your Business Card

Imagine… You are at a business networking event and instead of simply handing you a business card, the person with whom you are speaking hands you a copy of their latest book, with their business card as a book-mark! Books are no longer just books… For professionals and entrepreneurs, they …

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What Makes an Effective Book Trailer?

What is a Book Trailer? Just as a movie will have a trailer to attract your attention and (hopefully) encourage you to go and see the film, a book trailer is a short video designed to get you interested enough in the book to purchase it. The definition from Wikipedia …

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I’m climbing Mt Kilimanjaro!

On April 1st, I start a journey that will be one of the biggest journeys of my life in every way – on April 1st I start my preparation to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Seriously. …and while this in itself is a reasonably major undertaking, what …

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2016 Kindle Book Awards

2016 Kindle Book Award Details This is the fifth annual Kindle Book Awards, and I would suggest anyone who has published a Kindle book consider entering. The cost is minimal, and you never know…  YOUR book may be among the winners! Here is the information from their website https://www.thekindlebookreview.net/2016-kindle-book-awards/#comment-12107: WHEN: Registration Starts Feb. …

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What does your office look like?

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…and I’m not talking about how many stacks of papers there are on your desk… How to live a life most people only dream about… I’m referring to ‘where’ you actually work.  For many, there is no option but to turn up to a specific place however there is an increasingly large group …

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Is there enough TIME?

Do you ever have the feeling that there is never enough time to do and see and experience and explore and share everything you want to do and see and experience and explore and share? Tonight watching a panel discussion on mathematics from the World Science Festival, it really hit …

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Imagination + Memory = Reality

Hmmm… (play deep thinking contemplation music) Imagination + Memory = Reality. Think about it… Two people can be in the same time and place together yet remember the event completely differently – they use their imagination upon their memory to create a scenario that fits with their view of their …

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Twilight Zone

LOL! This morning I awoke and my phone said it was 4:18am – although the clock in the room said it was 7:35am… I checked my emails on my phone and the last email that had arrived did so at 4:17am… So, I thought I would consult with my iPad …

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What brings YOU immense joy?

I’m not talking about those once-in-a-lifetime moments…  I’m talking about everyday moments… What brings you immense joy? Think about it – right here and now, look around you – what brings you immense joy?  What makes you smile? Joseph Campbell said you should “follow your bliss” but in order to …

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Taking your writing from ordinary to extraordinary…

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov Writers are a unique breed – good, bad or otherwise – writers have a compulsion to translate what their senses and imagination convey and turn that into a piece of written art. …

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How old is too old – and are YOU too old?

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Are you too old?  That’s actually a loaded question… On the weekend I watched a documentary on PBS about John Glenn. While many know of – and even remember – his inspiring flight in 1962 as the first American into orbit, what I didn’t know was that while he was a …

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Who Inspires You?

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling less than my bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self, rather than talk about it – which only usually makes me feel worse and puts a downer on the day of the poor soul with whom I decided to share my misery – I tend …

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Luxury is a Choice, not a Dollar Sign!

Look at an image like this and you think of a quality day spa where all you hear are sounds of birds chirping, waves rolling… and many also immediately then jump to “but I couldn’t afford that type of luxury”… Luxury is a Choice not a Dollar Sign… On Sunday, …

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We’ve been nominated for an Emmy!

There are certain moments in your life when you do more than a double-take and pinch yourself…  Hearing that a project with which I am involved has been nominated for an Emmy® was one of those moments. “Trafficked No More” is an initiative of The Las Vegas Mayor’s Faith Initiative Human Trafficking Workgroup, led …

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Leave the wake in the past…

As many of you know, one of my most beloved teachers and the person, next to my great-grandmother, from whom I have gained perhaps my most important and profound perspectives is Dr Wayne Dyer.  One of Dr Dyer’s stories that he uses to illustrate the power (or lack thereof) of …

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Social Media tips from Guy Kawasaki

  I just finished reading this latest book co-written by one of my go-to guys when it comes to the virtual world, Guy Kawasaki. It’s full of both useful info for experts in the online world, as well as explanations for people who are relatively new to the world of …

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