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Things you want to know about

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Marianne Elliott

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I think I may take a leaf out of my friend Susannah’s book and generally post my round of links on Friday so you can click through them at your leisure over the weekend.

But this week I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on a few time-sensitive things, so I’m sharing this list earlier than usual.

Making space

I’ve been on a massive clear-out/declutter/space-making mission for the past week, which is a fantastic (though dusty and surprisingly emotional) way to start a new year. If you think you might like to do something similar, here are some great resources…

My friend Leo Babautu is leading a ClutterFree Challenge (you can sign up for free here) and he recorded a free tele seminar on decluttering which you can watch here.

I’m convinced I can take the process of making space and lightening my load further (what if as well as those jeans that don’t fit me anymore, I let go of ideas about myself that I’ve also long outgrown?). So I’ve signed up for Go Lightly, a lovely little offering from Lisa Baldwin of Zen at Play, who says that space-making can be a journey of discovery, lighting up old stuff in new ways.


I didn’t make any New Years resolutions (I never do), but I did come up with some New Years desires. Other approaches to the New Year that I think are cool:

Tara’s 12 Questions for the New Year,

Karen’s non-goals and

Alessandra’s review of the year that was.

Events & Courses

If you are in Sydney, and you are interested in the intersection between yoga and social action you might be interested in an Off the Mat, Into the World Yoga in Action workshop I’m leading at the end of this month. It runs for two days, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January and you can read more and sign up here.

There are often amazing retreats and events happening far, far away from New Zealand, so if you live in New Zealand and have wished that you could hop on a magic carpet to get to Squam Art Workshops or the Creative Joy retreat I’m co-leading next year – the very wonderful Leonie Wise may have a solution for you.

If you teach or want to teach, I highly recommend the Teach Now course with Jen Louden and Michelle Lisenbury (that’s a magic affiliate link) – Jen and Michelle are a powerful combination of joy and deep wisdom and this was probably the most nourishing thing I’ve ever done for myself as a teacher.

Meanwhile, if you know that you have more to say, do and be in the world but keep playing small, then the Playing Big course offered by Tara Sophia Mohr might be just right for you. I have enormous respect for Tara’s intelligence, her insight and her ability to facilitate pretty big changes in the lives of the women she works with. Also highly recommended (and also an affiliate link).

This week’s hot deal

Danielle la Porte was the first ever business strategist I worked with. I had one of her Fire Starter sessions way back when and she lit a fire under my entrepreneurial ass. Since then she’s turned her sessions into a course ( The Spark Kit), and now into what is certain to be a best-selling book (The Firestarter Sessions). Today, for just 24 hours, she is offering The Spark Kit on a pay-what-you-can basis to anyone who pre-orders The Firestarter Sessions. Danielle is whip-smart. The Spark Kit has been one of the most useful business tools I’ve ever come across. If you’ve been thinking of checking it out, today’s the day (it’s about to be retired)



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2 Responses to "Things you want to know about"

  1. I’m trying to check out The Spark Kit but it says its password protected….do you know of a way around that?

    • Marianne Elliott says:

      Hi Jen,

      I believe that the offer may now be finished, and The Spark Kit retired. But fear not, Danielle’s new book ‘The Firestarter Sessions’ which you can pre-order now for about $14 is going to cover a lot of the same territory, just in a less interactive way.



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