Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True! In February I was offered a job as Creative Director of the recent Wired for Wonder event/experience in Sydney. I cannot express how unexpected this was, I wasn’t searching for work, I did not apply for the job. My husband and I were going through some serious stress that included financial woes and…

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Gratitude – A Cure for Depression?

Gratitude – A Cure for Depression?     This Is No Fun Depression is no fun…  none at all, I hated it. Obsession isn’t any fun either… all that relentless going over what happened, who said what, who did what, and how unfair it all was.   After a major life crisis I spent the…

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The Gift in Shitty Wrapping Paper

FAILURE THE GIFT IN SHITTING WRAPPING PAPER   a follow up post to Why Failing is Fabulous . I said last month that I’d talk about the gifts that failure has given me – here we go.   “Toni, this is a gift in shitty wrapping paper.”   When all the hard, shocking stuff happened at…

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Why Failing is Fabulous

    Failing is Fabulous   Fired and then fired again (and again) I’m a repeat fail-er. I fail often and with great variety. I was asked to leave one school and then formally expelled from another. I couldn’t even make it in one of those ‘school without walls’ style alternatives. I’ve been fired at…

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Gratitude: The Wonder Drug

Gratitude the Wonder Drug     5 Reasons I think Gratitude is the Wonder Drug     Some Background There was a time in my life when I was drowning in a sea of anger, bitterness and depression.  I thought I had lost everything.  Even prior to this season of slowly sinking I was ever…

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Why Smile

Why Smile?   Smiling is powerful stuff, it has an immediate affect on your brain chemistry. Here are a few of the reasons it is good for you.       1. Smiles Makes You Feel Better Even when you don’t feel naturally like smiling the very act send messages to your brain that make you…

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A Generous Angel

 A Generous Angel       A week ago a friend came over. She’s 65, recently divorced, caring for her elderly mother and out of work. I know she has very little in the way of savings yet she gave me an incredible gift. She gave me $1,000 toward the book I’m self-publishing shortly. She…

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A Killer Funeral

A Killer Funeral There was much confusion over the cause of death. One person could have done with more imagination as they went for the rather ordinary ‘being hit by a bus’ scenario. One daughter thought it was failure to release the parachute during a tandem nude sky dive. Another daughter declared it was the tragic…

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Stranded at the Wedding Station – 36 years on

Stranded at the Wedding Station  – 36 years on Many years ago my father came to me to express his concern that my (then) 19 year old daughter was planning to marry. This is what he said to me: “She’s too young, she’ll miss out on all the adventures she could have, her life will be…

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If This Were A Gift, What Would it Be?

If this were a gift, what would it be? In my quest to walk through life as a recipient of goodness rather than hobbling along with my old victim mentality I need to avail myself of inspiration wherever I can get it. We’ve been lucky to have been handed many inspirational and life-changing nuggets as…

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