Take Control of Your Attitude

“A Beautiful Mind”  A great movie.  I’m not here to talk about the movie though, but the mind itself.  There are many articles, books and videos on the subject of the power of the mind, what we can accomplish with the right mind-set and attitude.  Staying positive and what we need to do to achieve this.

How many books have you read, videos watched or even attended seminars on personal development, mind-set, success principles?  You’ve come out feeling radiant, warm and full of positiveness, saying  ‘wow, that was brilliant’, or passing that book on you’ve just finished reading – twice – because it was just, again, wow I want some of that.  Well, you can have it …

You need to ask yourself  –

  1. What did I take away from the experience?  and
  2. What am I going to do about it?

You READ the book right, you were LISTENING to the speaker, because they were telling you HOW – your job now is to DO!

Recently Will Edwards sent me an invitation to join a webinar hosted by Julianna Raye, a trainer in `Being Zen and Basic Mindfulness’.  After the webinar, I read and watched a couple of further reports on the topic and thought this really is powerful stuff.  Now, I’ve been doing mediation for some time but after learning about ‘Basic Mindfulness’, I could see I was really missing out.

a)  I wasn’t practicing regularly on a daily basis and
b)  I wasn’t understanding the whole concept enough to be able to achieve the full benefits meditation gives.

Sea shellWith some understanding and regular practice you can train your mind to adopt the attitude you choose in any situation to amazing degrees.  A little example;  a couple of weeks ago I found myself in a situation where I would have normally flipped out, got into a tither, got upset and then later probably have laughed at myself thinking what an idiot I was for over reacting like that.  Instead, my reaction was the total opposite, I was calm and saw an immediate solution to the problem at hand, then later praising myself for keeping my cool. 

So, how did I manage this?  I chose the attitude I wanted to adopt to the situation.  The wonderful thing about it was, I did it without consciously thinking about it, without that – deep breath in count to 10 – breath out.  And, this was just after my first week with training and daily practice.  I’ve only hit the surface!

I’m not saying everyone should take up meditation – would be a calmer world if we did – but, next time you attend a seminar, watch a video or read a book on ‘how to’, if it’s what you want – then set your mind to it and do it!

The last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances ~ Victor Frankl

I’m going to leave you now with a song.
So … relax, close your eyes and hear the music … Note



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So, What’s Happening?

Google Reader is shutting down on the 1st July.  If you currently use it, do you have an alternative yet?  I started using feed.ly and am quite happy with it so far.  The transfer from Google Reader was simple and seamless and they also have some great little features.  You can pop over here where you can see a short deThumbs upmo inside feed.ly and you’ll also find some other Google Reader alternatives to choose from.

WThumbs upindows Live Writer, ever heard of it?  I hadn’t, and guess what, I’ve had the program on my computer the whole time! Light bulbBright spark me!  So, what is it?  Adrienne Smith brought my attention to this so you can pop over to her post and she’ll tell you how Windows Live Writer can save you time.  (Using it now for this post.)

If life throws lemons at you, add the tequila!  Bet you’ve heard that one before.  Anyway, Deone Higgs has a completely different theory,

lemonPie“When life hands over lemons, combine the other ingredients it has served, and wait to taste the victory in a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie.”

You can read his life’s recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie here.  (And yes, the picture is the results of the recipe of the actual Pie also from Deone.  Yummy!)

That’s it from me for now.  Just thought I’d let you know a little of what I’ve found on my travels.

Take Care
Julie Be right back

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The Pests of the Net Hacking at LinkedIn Accounts

Hi there, have you received emails from LinkedIn, opened it, skimmed through it and clicked the link within it?

Oh dear!

I’d been receiving some messages from LinkedIn telling me I’d a private message or a connection request, but in my LinkedIn account, either there were no messages or the ones there, did not match with the mail sent to me.  Take a closer look here Julie. 

Below is a photo of one of the latest e-mails received.  The ‘from’ I blanked out as there are several people in LinkedIn under that name being used, but for starters, the sender email address LinkedIn astuterlln27@barbarawien.de


Now, let’s look at a message sent via the LinkedIn message service.  (name of sender & message blanked out)

The sender email address  messages-noreply@linkedin.com


Do be careful people, check the footers of your mails and the sender address, regardless of the Name and Headers.

Here you can read about LinkedIn’s Security Footer Message

Take care now


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Dear Santa + A Gift for You

wishListAnd a little gift to you for visiting today.  Below is a picture of 10 Christmas headers you can use, just click the gift box.









A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to You All.  ♥




Movember 2012

Every year for the month of November the Movember organization runs a world-wide awareness and fund raising event for prostate cancer and other cancers which affect men.  It may or may not surprise you, how many do not know that there are treatments for prostate cancer when detected early.  This is why it is sooo important for ALL MEN to have a yearly check-up.

Some UK statistics Movember collected ….

  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer ever year and there are 250,000 men currently living with the disease
  • 1 in 9 men in the UK are likely to face prostate cancer in their lifetime. This is comparable to the 1 in 9 women that are estimated to get breast cancer
  • 2,209 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009
  • 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years
  • 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year

A bit shocking isn’t it!  But it’s not all bad, some top advice from Movember to staying healthy …. (and not just for the lads – we could all follow this advice 😉 )

Look after yourself, know what symptoms to look out for and know your risks.  If something seems out of the norm, alert your doctor to it.

Family history is one of the most powerful tools to understanding your health.  Family history affects your level of risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, among other illnesses.  It all starts with a conversation; talk to your family and take note of illnesses that a direct relative has experienced.

If you do smoke, stop!  Smoking causes more than 8 in 10 occurrences of lung cancers in the UK.  Studies show that smokers in their 30s and 40s are 5 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.

If you are not already physically active, start small and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.  Stay on the move throughout the day; long periods of sitting increase your risk of disease.  Every little bit counts – take the stairs instead of the lift or take a walk during your lunch break.

Fill up with fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and choose healthy proteins like lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.  Moderation is key, as is eating a wide range of food to ensure you get a variety of nutrients.  The best source of vitamins is from food.

Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off from physical activity.  Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, and certain cancers.

Alcohol can be part of a healthy, balanced diet, but only if consumed in moderation.  The UK government advises that men should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol each day, the equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer.

Stress, particularly long-term stress, can be a factor in the onset or worsening of poor health.  Managing your stress is essential to your health and well-being.  Take time out of each day and go for a walk or do something you find relaxing.

The quality of your sleep can dictate how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, how fat or thin you are, how well you can fight off infections, and how well you can cope with stress.  Keep a regular pattern of sleep, going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time is key.

  • Have you had your Yearly Check-up? 
  • No! ~ here’s your reminder  –  TO GET IT DONE!

Please pass this on and do pop over and check out my MoSista page, Movember works and grows with your help.

Take Care

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Saving Man Hours in the Workplace

A lesson on how consultants can make a Difference in an organization.

Last week, we took some friends to a new restaurant, ‘Steve’s Place,’ and noticed that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket.

It seemed a little strange.  When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I observed that he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket.

Looking around, I saw that all the staff had spoons in their pockets.  When the waiter came back to serve our soup I inquired, ‘Why the spoon?’

‘Well, ‘he explained, ‘the restaurant’s owner hired Andersen Consulting to revamp all of our processes.  After several months of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently  dropped utensil.  It represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour.

If our personnel are better prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift.’

As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he replaced it with his spare. ‘I’ll get another spoon next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now.’ I was impressed.

I also noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter’s fly.

Looking around, I saw that all of the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies.  So, before he walked off, I asked the waiter, ‘Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?’

“Oh, certainly!’  Then he lowered his voice.  ‘Not everyone is so observant.  That consulting firm I mentioned also learned that we can save time in the restroom.

By tying this string to the tip of our you-know-what, we can pull it out without touching it and eliminate the need to wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39%.

I asked quietly, ‘After you get it out, how do you put it back?’

‘Well,’ he whispered, ‘I don’t know about the others, but I use the spoon.’


Dining out tonight? Bring your own spoon! 😆


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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Well, this certainly was not the post I thought I’d be writing next.  But, am sure proud to be doing it.

Thank you soooo much to Linda Bond for passing on the ‘Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’ to me.  A wonderful surprise and I’m very honoured indeed.

With accepting this award, there are some conditions …

and they are …

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post 7 things about yourself
  3. Nominate 7 others and let them know they have been nominated
  4. Include the award logo in your blog

Okay – Here’s 7 things about me …

1.  Born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, I’m the second of four children and (so they tell me) was a right bossy boots to not only my siblings, but cousins, aunties, uncles and parents!  Although we lived in the city we had a large yard and had … 1 sheep, 7 cats, 3 guinea pigs, 2 rabbits, we did have hens for awhile but as they stopped laying, we had them for dinner!

2.  Growing up I spend nearly every school holidays down on the farm.  My grandmother ~bless her sweet soul~  lived there.  It wasn’t until I was older that I began to really appreciate the time spent on the farm.  Around about the age of 14, I started getting holiday jobs because if we wanted spending money, we had to work for it.

3.  Over the years, I’ve had 26 different jobs.  From, working in the shearing sheds, being a kitchen hand, a waitress, bar tending, chambermaid, also worked in an accountants office, for brokers, bankers, a scientist, for an airlines, in a school library.  And my current job being working with kids, teaching them about nutrition and healthy eating. 

4.  I love travelling, have visited 24 countries and not yet finished with that list.  After the boys were born, things came to a bit of a slow down there.  But, that is all about to change, October I’m off to Norway, November to Budapest … and I’ve yet to plan further on.

5.  I’m a single mother of 15 year old (going on 3) twin boys.  They do my damn head in most days, but I do love them.  Three more years though and they’ll be let loose into society – good luck with that world ….

6.  Things I enjoy doing in my spare time, (not all at once) going for nice quiet walks in the park, people watching, reading, listening to soothing music while soaking in a bubble-bath.  Baking (and eating) and meeting my pals for a coffee or a cold beer.

7.  When no-ones home, (I’d most likely bollocks the boys for doing it) I blast music on the stereo while doing the housework.  Meatloaf’s, Bat out of Hell is a good one to rock to while vacuuming 😆

 My 7 Nominees are …

  1. Dee Ann Rice
  2. Adrienne Smith
  3. Mandy Allen  (if you’ve a liking for cheese cake, I recommend Mandy’s Simple Lemon Cheesecake, have made this … more than once)
  4. Allie Rambles (Allison Irish)
  5. Dawn Kay
  6. Ileane Smith  (Ileane has been nominated for the ‘Small Business Influenceaward, do pop over and vote)
  7. Nikki Stephens

 Just a little added something for all the ladies …..


Again, thank you Linda, you really made my day reading your post.  😉

Have a great one all 😎


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Google Analytics -Filtering Out Your Own IP Address

I can’t remember what it was I was looking for at the time when I came across this website, GoatCloud Communications which answered a couple of niggly little questions.  One which has been asked by a few, being how to filter out your own IP address from your analytics statistics in google

Assuming you have a Google Analytics account, below are the screen shots once logged in, for setting up a filter so your own IP address will be filtered out of your statistics.

  • First ….

  • Then ….

  • Once + New Filter is press, you’ll need to   …….

Good, now I’ve filtered out my own IP address from my statistics, but what if it changes?  This was the other thing that niggled me.   How come my IP address changes? 

There seems to be two types, → a “static” and → a “dynamic” IP.   A static IP does not change, whereas a dynamic IP does.  

The Internet service provider used from home will probably give a “dynamic IP”, especially if it’s the same as the cable TV provider, therefore will change over time.  This being the case, you’ll need to check up on your IP address now and then and  change it if the need be, within the filter you’ve just set up.

Hope that helps anyone who didn’t and wanted to know.

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B – Believe in Yourself

Step outside your comfort zone once in a while.  Great things come to pass when you make friends with your discomfort zone.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  There’s the saying that people who haven’t made mistakes haven’t made anything.  Make mistakes and learn from them.

It is important to realize that there is no one quite like you in the entire universe.  In the human reproduction system, a million sperms are released, out of which nature chooses the fittest to reach the egg to form the embryo.  ~ You ~

So, isn’t that reason enough to believe that you are one in a million?  Nature believed in you, the fittest, to see the world, now it’s time for you to believe in you, the chosen one.  It’s your duty to yourself, to your soul to live up to the expectations of Mother Nature.

  • Believe in Yourself and your abilities, Your goals and dreams. 

Remember, you are the part of that superior soul and there is enough light within you to see the path ahead.  

So arise and speak aloud to yourself …..

 I have the power to transform my life!

Believe in yourself, no one can take your passionate future from you except you!  Create your life genuinely.  As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can achieve in a lifetime.




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A – Achieve Your Dreams

Over and over again, we dream big dreams and have enormous aspirations.  Unfortunately, for some, dreams remain just that – dreams.

Life could be a great deal better, if only we learned to aspire higher.  The most widespread difficulty in setting goals is the word impossible.  Don’t get hung up thinking

  • I can’t do this.
  • It’s too hard.
  • It’s unattainable.
  • No one can do this.

If everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations and no breakthroughs in human achievement. 

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right”.  ~ Henry Ford

If you limit yourself with self-doubt and self-limiting assumptions, you will in no way be able to break past what you consider not possible.  If you reach excessively far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging to the impossible dream.

As you break up your dream into achievable steps, you’ll find out that the goals you thought were not possible, become easier to bring about.  And the not possible begins to seem possible.

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.  Thomas Edison

 For us to achieve our dreams there has to be effort and discipline.  But take note; that that one percent has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Positive thinking will help you accomplish things that you never thought likely.  Thinking big is the first step in realizing your dreams and meeting with success.  Ideas and dreams are a good start, but will quickly fizzle without action.  You will be amazed at how quickly things start happening when you add positive thinking to your life.

  • Take passionate action towards living your life by design.  Talk is cheap.  Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future.  Without it, passion is negated.
  • Commit to yourself as well as those you love, to create forcefully a life you can love.  Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear.
  • Identify and embrace the idea that every moment is ideal despite of its ending.  Every time you hit on something that may appear too excessive, why not give it an attempt and see if it will work.
  • Dwell completely in a place of thankfulness.  Learn to use what you have in your hands and make use of it in the most constructive way.
  • Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible.

Make your path and allow your inner light to shine brightly for the entire world to see.  Think positive, think big, take action and work hard to accomplish those dreams.  As you step up the ladder of progress, you will find that the not possible has just become possible.


Are you still dreaming your dream or are you living it?  



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