Share a Laugh for a Serious Cause

Can you imagine how tough it must be to be homeless? Where do you sleep? Where do you wash? Where do you eat? How do you afford personal care items such as sanitary products (which STILL attract a GST – can you believe it!), shampoo, toothbrush or toothpaste?

Well, over 44,000 Australian women face this every day.

Share the Dignity is a group that aims to make a difference to these women by providing personal care products – helping them to retain some dignity.

They do this in several ways, and one of these ways is running an Australia-wide Yoga day on Saturday 2 September at 8am.

And I am participating in this through my business LaughterWorx. It’s super easy to attend:

  1. come along at 8am-9am and laugh! (Venue is St Marys Church Admin Hall, cnr Norton & Burnet Streets, Ballina – entry via Burnet Street)
  2. Bring friends
  3. Offer a gold coin to join in – and put something in the personal care basket
  4. Have a laugh – for a serious cause!

If you don’t live near Ballina – don’t despair, you can still join in. Just go to #YogaforDignity, or click on this link to find out where your nearest yoga event is happening.

Homelessness can occur at any time – it doesn’t take much for your whole world to change. Please be part of something that makes a difference in people’s lives 🙂

A new year and a new…. oh not again!

How many emails or Facebook posts have you seen starting with ‘A New Year and a New (fill-in-the-blank’.

My question is – why wait? It’s February – we are already nearly half way through the first quarter of 2017 so the New Year has well and truly passed. What do you want to achieve?

I must admit – after a very indulgent Christmas / Birthday / New Year period I looked at myself in the mirror and am not that different to last January. What a wake up call.

Making the shifts I want to see in my life can’t wait for an ‘event’ such as a turn of the hour hand, a calendar date or a birthday. Change happens on a Tuesday morning when I turn up to that yoga class, gym or go for a walk; or a Friday night when I say no to that  extra piece of pizza or 4th glass of wine.

A big change I’ve made has been to do my yoga practice pretty much every morning this year. No, not every morning, but almost. (I even did a little video about it on my Facebook page.) And guess what? This morning, when doing downward dog my heals touched the floor!!! That has NEVER happened before and I’m ridiculously excited about it! There was another exercise I couldn’t do because it hurt my neck – but that’s the thing isn’t it. Looking after yourself is the key.

So why not give yourself permission to look after yourself as if you were your best friend. Does that sound weird? It shouldn’t, because who else can if you can’t? Who else is in your head (apart from that awful critic who criticises you all the time – mine has a VERY LOUD VOICE!).

I listened to a great webinar over the Christmas break with Elizabeth Rider and Grace Keohohou (I did my coaching course last year with Grace and she is, well, incredibly well-named.) They talked about how to combat that inner critic – and came up with finding your INNER CHAMPION. Isn’t that neat?

I have my Inner Champion. She is Amazonian – 188cms tall (or 6 foot 2 inches), because she needs to

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squash my inner critic down to size. She has short red hair in a pixie cut (because I would love to but it just doesn’t suit me). She is strong. She is untamed. She doesn’t take shit from anyone – including my inner critic. (Have you noticed that my Inner Champion has capitals, but my inner critic doesn’t? That’s no mistake either.)

She is my friend. My advocate. My defender. My supporter.

She has my back. She hasn’t told me her name yet – but that’s cool, she will. (In fact, now I look at her description, she is remarkably similar to Boudicea – the amazing Celt warrior queen who fought the Romans.)

Think about it. Could you find your Inner Champion? What is her name? How tall is she? What colour is her skin, her hair, her eyes? Find her – and you will find that part of yourself that is strong, vibrant, brave and courageous. Because the magic in life only happens outside that comfort zone – and if you need your Inner Champion to get you there like I do, then connect with her now.

Cheers, Meredith

 

 

 

What Will Life Be Like In 2115?

My mum sent me this in an email the other day, and I thought it was fascinating. I’ve added my own bit of fun (and serious stuff). In one hundred years, our world has changed so much, I doubt my grandmother would recognize it!

Here are just some of the changes that have occurred.

What do you think our world will look like in 100 years?

•The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

•Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only.

•Only 14 percent of the homes had a bath.telephone old fashioned

•Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

•The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

•The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

•The average British wage in 1915 was ÂŁ15 per year! (In Aussie terms, that’s about $28.40)

•A competent accountant could expect to earn £800 per year (AU$1515.00).

•A dentist £900 per year (AU$1705.00).

•A vet between £600 and £900 per year.

•And, a mechanical engineer about £2000 per year ( AU$3800.00).

•More than 95 percent of all births took place at home

•Ninety percent of all Doctors had no university education! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”

•Sugar cost two pence a pound.

•Eggs were 10 pence a dozen.

•Coffee was five pence a pound.

egg yolks•Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

•Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

•The American flag had 45 stars.

•The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

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•Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

 

•There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

•Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and, only 6 percent of all British pupils went to university.

marijuana-87144__180•Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner chemists. Back then chemists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, infact, a perfect guardian of health!”

•Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help

•There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249.

•In the UK the murder rate in 1915 was 1420. In 2015 it was 537. (Perhaps they are doing something right!)

cheers Meredith

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