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How Jen Louden, Danielle LaPorte & Rachel Cole changed my puritanical view on desires

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

It’s the beginning of a new year, and it seemed like a good moment to revisit my systems, including how I plan my days. I’m a minimalist when it comes to planning. I plan as much as I need to: to reduce stress for myself and others; to give myself some parameters around how much will be enough so that I don’t work all night; and to make sure the things that really matter to me happen.

But I’ve always been wary of traditional approaches to planning – guided as they often seem to be by external ideas of success, and sufficiency. Many planning approaches feel too restrictive and rigid for me – as someone with a constitutional tendency towards rigidity, the last thing I need is a rigid planning tool!

So I was excited when two of the women I’ve learned the most from over the past four years as a business owner – Jen Louden and Danielle LaPorte – recently released (or in Jen’s case, re-released) books sharing their own approach to planning.

Workshops in Sydney & Melbourne in January

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ve been all over the place this year, and my down-under peeps have been asking when I’m going to teach here in New Zealand or Australia. So, this January I’m teaching in Sydney and Melbourne. If you are down-under – come join me. And if you are far away, consider joining me anyway. There’s no […]

Everything I know about rest, I learned the hard way

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I grew up on a dairy farm where there was always more work to be done, so I was raised on the virtues of labour. Spending an afternoon on the couch with a book? Woefully indulgent. Even today it takes a lot of discipline for me to rest. But I’ve learned the hard way that […]

Avoiding despair when disaster hits: aid, advocacy, action.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

When we are faced with large scale human suffering, like Typhoon Haiyan, we want to help. Our desire to help is part of what is most beautiful about being human, our capacity for empathy and compassion. Helping is also one way of keeping despair at bay. But what kind of help is most useful? Here […]

My win-win plan for building world peace + inner peace.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

If you are anything like me, you get dozens of fundraising requests every week. Between requests from independent artists crowdsourcing funds to make their film/record their album/publish their book and campaigns from non-profits or individuals raising funds to do great work in the world, it can be overwhelming. And very hard to decide which campaigns […]

Courage needs curiosity. And curiosity takes courage.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

When I was a teenager, I went to my father – an elder in our Brethren Church – and told him I wasn’t sure I believed in hell. ‘It just doesn’t seem right to me’, I said. ‘Why would a loving God, who created us because we would give him joy, choose to banish us […]

10 questions to ask before you start a non-profit

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

There’s a kind of person who – when faced with a big problem – gets on with the business of building a solution.  I love this kind of person.  Sometimes I AM this kind of person. The world needs this kind of person. AND here’s the tricky thing about this kind of person: sometimes we […]

Read this, next time you want to give up on making a difference

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The world’s problems are big. And complex. And some days it feels like nothing we can do will make enough difference to be worth the effort. Next time you are ready to give up on making a difference in the world, I want you to remember these five things. 1. No act of kindness, however […]

Everything that matters takes courage.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Registration closes this Friday (17 April) for 30 Days of Courage. I LOVE teaching this course because we all need courage. It takes courage to apologise when you realise you’ve messed up. It takes courage to say no to a request that doesn’t feel right for you. It takes courage to speak up when we […]

Today is Malala Day.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

There was a time where women asked men social activists to stand up for them. This time, we will do it for ourselves. – Malala Yousafzai Today is Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday and to celebrate, this brave young Pakistani education activist – who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban – is at the United Nations calling […]

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