“Sally makes the sun shine on the cloudiest stormy days! Her bubbling personality will cheer any client and make them feel good about their situation. Sally is a very professional businesswomen who has a grand desire to succeed and I have no doubt she will make it to the top because nothing can stop this force of good business skills and a great business professionalism.”
Matt Planck, Owner Matt Planck Website Development
‘To sum Sally up is: A wonderful woman, mother, associate and friend ..What I have learnt the most from sally is honesty, integrity, compassion, being organised, (getting out of my PJ’s before sitting in my home office:) determination and patience. I know Sally gave me the tools and the vehicle to get where i am going…..and i am nearly there….Thanks Sal….. YOU TOTALLY INSPIRE ME EVERY DAY TO BE A BETTER HUMAN BEING. I LOVE YOU AND YOUR WORK’
Kerry Martin, Alexandra Hills Australia
Thank you Kerry Martin..
I love what I do and I love knowing I am making a difference to those on my 90 Day Challenge to ‘Redesign Your Life’
or visit the ‘Challenge’ page on this website for more information’
I live in a beautiful part of the World.. tropical climate, gorgeous beaches… Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and spectacular WhitSunday Islands of Australia.
Life is blissful for so many here – or it WAS until the last State Election which has now sent hundreds upon hundreds of Queenslanders into a panic of anxiety and despair. Jobs are being slashed by the hundreds and although undoubtedly many of the ‘public service’ departments were in much need of an overall ‘tidy up’, disturbingly the culling has extended to Emergency Workers and other life saving areas such as hospitals..
Clearly there is no mental health check for Politicians before they are handed an entire State or in Australia’s case, Nation and given the power to destroy so much, so many, so quickly!
A close friend was one who got the news over the weekend. Get this – she read it in the Newspaper! WT?? Her whole department are being made redundant and they found out from reading it in the Newspaper being quoted by one of Australia’s top Political leaders!
Fortunately for her, she had begun to set up other streams of income, so will be able to hold on to her home and keep going, however, for many and this includes nearly all of her work colleagues – NOTHING! Ironically, whilst she was spending weekends and evenings burning the candle creating business ventures, her colleagues were in front of the television!
AGAIN I can’t stress enough the importance of creating more than one stream of income.. Australia you are NOT immune.. Remember what happened in the USA a few years back? We are not the untouchable lucky Country many think we are – not with idiots holding the reigns to this magnificent Country of ours.
Dig your Wells BEFORE the water runs out.. yesterday it was my dear friend, today it could be YOU!
Over the weekend I visited an old friend in Canberra. We worked together in the 1980′s and quickly developed a nice friendship.
A few years later, we went our separate ways. She joined the Police Force and I moved to Queensland. We didn’t really see much of each other in the years which followed. However, stayed in touch – not constantly but occasionally.
Last weekend I went to visit her in Canberra. It was a mixture of business and personal, as she is joining me in one of my businesses. Needless to say, we had a brilliant catch up. We use to be big parties girls when we were friends in the ’80′s and last Friday night tried to relive those younger years – all in one night ! Well last memories of the night were singing Stevie Nicks in Karaoke – need I say more?? :)
Great night was had by all and we shared a decent hangover Saturday morning – yep good ‘ole times.
I decided to blog about it because as we said our goodbyes at the Airport, it occurred to me how timeless and effortless our friendship was.
Despite the years between visits, every visit is like we only saw each other yesterday. We pick up from where we left off, share news and stories over a few (actually several) wines and continue to be amazed as to how fast our children are growing up when we don’t seem to be aging at all! (I did say several wines!)
Our friendship is so effortless. No conditions, no accounting to each other, no criticisms or looks of disapproval, no unwanted advice – just an easy time filled with stories, laughter, appreciation of the value we add to each other, topped with respect both personally and professionally.
THIS is what it should be all about.. in friendships and with relationships. Life is very much about who you surround yourself with.
It is so true that you become the top 5 people you spend time with. Select your friends and associates carefully. Resign from ‘pity parties’ and ‘group gripings’ . Avoid toxic people and those who only want to spend time sucking your energy and power out of you because their lives are high maintenance and miserable.
Look at your friends because THAT is your future..
More on this is covered in my Program “Your Life, Your Design”. See the ‘Program’ page on this website.
Enjoy your week and avoid those ‘dream stealers’
Out with the old, make way for the new.
We all need a good house spring clean occasionally and similarly, we do within ourselves.
Our lives can clutter like your favourite cupboard and although you want to make room for change in your life, remember it’s impossible to fit those new clothes in your wardrobe if it’s filled with the old.
So declutter.. get rid of irritations, friends & associates who don’t add value. Make way for positive, happy people who will add value to your life. Be ruthless, be honest..
It can be such a concern to parents watching our children grow into teenagers and knowing the time is coming when they will soon have to make a decision about Senior High School and the subjects they need to choose to qualify them for University or College. So many are confused about what they want to do in life.
My son is now in his final year of high school and I am so blessed that he knew at an early age what it was he was going to do. His passion is music. He’s talented and focused. The only concerns were that the options offered by many Institutions were limited as playing guitar didn’t seem as important to many tertiary outlets as becoming a Doctor or a Lawyer. I am so pleased to see that the education system is now changing and some Colleges are now recognising various skills as career opportunities. We have found one here in Queensland which offers just that.
The pressure to conform to the masses by the education system is now being lifted from our children and it’s about time. When I hear my son compose a song and perform it, I think what a loss it would be for the World to not hear his music. He brings so much joy when he plays and his love and passion is evident. How wonderful it is that he has found his purpose. What a loss it would have been to have him work in a trade which shackled him to a J.O.B. for the best years of his life.
As a parent, we need to watch what truly excites our children. What is it they loved to do at an early age and which still seems to bring them joy… follow the clues. Everybody has a passion and a purpose. Let it evolve and don’t put pressure on them for the “A” on their exam papers in subjects they clearly have no passion for and struggle with. If they gave it their best shot – and can look you in the eyes and tell you that – then that “C” is as good as an “A”. The subjects they have talent for will effortlessly grade an “A”.
Developing self worth and integrity is everything.
They are the next generation, let them give it their best shot, not ours..
Many of us dream about the day when we no longer are reliant upon the J.O.B and can work from home.
SO MANY advantages; flexible hours, working around your family and your personal commitments; endless tax advantages; knowing that the sky is the limit on your earning potential, it’s up to you what you want to earn in exchange for the effort you put in.
However, there can be potholes in the road.
You can get easily sidetracked and interrupted. The phone rings, you sleep in, the kids need you, friends pop in, email ‘incoming message’ sound demands you – which is so distracting, you just want to check it straight away – and of course Facebook or other social media. Before you know it, you’ve lost half a day.
DISCIPLINE is key. Here are some helpful hints to ensure that every moment in your home office is productive:
1. Prepare the night before as you close down for the day, what you need to achieve tomorrow;
2. Ensure friends & family know you are NOT available during certain times;
3. Don’t allow incoming emails to distract you from your present task. An email is just another way in which somebody is trying to get your immediate attention. Let them wait their turn, what’s urgent to the sender is not always urgent to you.
4. Dress for work. This doesn’t mean high heals or a suit. Smart casual. If you don’t ‘feel’ the part, you won’t work as productively as you should. Very important. So get out of those pj’s and that dressing gown and slippers!
5. Go for your morning walk or workout, have breakfast, brush your teeth, get dressed and then into your office. Remember to hang out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. Check your emails.. nothing urgent? Great! Spend a few minutes checking your social media and updating your ‘status’ (if you don’t it’ll nag at you all day – plus Social Media is vital to success in a home business – networking); now go to the list you prepared the night before and when you get to the end, you’re free to go out and play, check emails, etc..
Remember to take breaks. At least 5 minutes every hour. Go to the kitchen, make a drink, stretch, clear your head. Very important to keep the circulation flowing.
You don’t need to put in an 8 – 10 hour day. Know the times you are productive and operate the best. For me personally, it is in the morning until around 3pm. After that I get a bit tired and lose concentration. So that is the time I would wrap up my day and do the easy things which don’t require much concentration. However, what I have achieved has been great.
It’s vital that you treat your home business as you would any other work. Don’t let the convenience of working from home make you accessible to interruption. If you don’t ‘master’ working from home skills, the only one you’re hurting is you and your climb to the top will have many, many detours.
Remember – Discipline…
Recently I had an Associate who received a massive Telstra phone account after being in the USA.
I had heard of this happening before, so when I was in my local Telstra Shop recently, I thought I would ask how this happens, particularly when you are being careful, have International Roam on etc.
Apparently, the bulk of the problem can be with Apps. Even when you may have your phone Internet connectivity turned off, the Apps can still find their way through to your phone by bypassing your Internet. App download in many countries is outrageously expensive, so when these Apps find their way into your phone, you pay for them!
Key is to turn off your phone as often as you can and particularly at night.
This also applies to when you’re home. The technician advised me to always turn my phone off at nights when I’m not needing it.
He also said that most Providers are understanding and that if this does happen to you after a trip, to go in and see them and they’ll be able to determine the cost breakdown percentage and often take this off the bill.
I hope this is off some use.