I entered my local shopping centre with the intention of just stocking up on the essentials like a bag of rice, some tins of tuna and a couple of bags of frozen vegetables. But I crossed the line, I entered the aisle where the newest hot commodity, toilet paper used to reside. Now being an…

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success is boring

I am often asked what are the most fundamental elements of success? Success means different things to different people. For me, success is being able to spend my day, just how I choose. This means that I need to have my finances in order so that I do not have to worry about where the…

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One thing that has always resonated with me, was what Clyde Campbell, founder of The Shake it up Foundation said to me when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  “It is important to understand that this is the start of the journey and that you can work on how you function with Parkinson’s to…

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I am no snob. There was a reason that I would always spend the extra money to travel in business class. I made a promise to myself after being employed by Qantas Airways that I would never fly economy again. I understand if you are reading this and think that you are perfectly happy travelling…

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Standing Tall

And Judge John Pickering said: “Any mother should be entitled to leave their children in a busy shopping centre and not have any belief or expectation anyone would then create harm,” he said.The comments above were from the judge presiding over the case of a security guard that was caught on cctv cameras, leading a…

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Patience is an almost forgotten quality. As people push to the front of the line or treat the roads like their own personal drag racing track, cutting off anyone that may be doing the speed limit, or you are just simply in their way. But it is part of our culture to line up and…

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the c word

As we fill in our time literally passing from one screen to the next, I am reminded of the Pixar movie Wall-E.  The Earth is no longer habitable as the rubbish has overtaken every square metre of space. The human race now resides on cruise liners in space. The essence of being human has been…

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Trust me, I am your dentist. Having your mouth filled with someone else’s hands and an array of needle sharp instruments that can, with one poke or prod in the wrong place, instantly put you in a world of pain, does take a lot of trust. You are at the complete mercy of the dentist.…

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Things change

Things change. One of the biggest challenges that we have as people is coping with change and the bigger the attachment to the thing, situation or person, the more one suffers to cope with the change when it happens. We build these seemingly indestructible castles around every aspect of our lives and in the end,…

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Supermarket Self Defence

There is a very thin veneer between living our lives in a community that is based on civility, good manners and being good law abiding citizens and people that live outside the bell curve of what we consider good.  Evil is sometimes only a breath away and within a blink of an eye you can…

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Martial arts and money.

Martial arts and money. Attending martial arts and working towards your black belt takes time and discipline. Each class that you attend is one step closer to your eventual goal. There are no short cuts. Saving money and paying off loans is the same. Saving for the long term takes discipline and commitment. Paying off…

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Fear

Fear It’s with out a doubt one of the main reasons we find ourselves stuck. Many people just roll along happy with their lot, never having the need or desire to challenge the outer edge of life. This email is not for you people. This email is for the person that has a desire, need,…

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10 unique ways to develop a peaceful life

1. Develop a sincere curiosity. Instead of judging or criticizing replace the urge with ” that’s curious” 2. Replace negative thoughts with; the beauty of…..the beauty of sitting in traffic is that I remind myself of the beauty around the great city I live in. 3. Bathe in the present moment and give each task…

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Learning to live fully and not just exist.

Live Now. This sounds like a pretty easy thing to do…Live now, because if you are not living now then where and when are you living? In a practical way this is true, but it is important to not confuse living with existing. While the body exists in a space we are easily taken away…

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So I was feeling pretty good after teaching submission and sparring techniques in class, followed by a couple of cold drinks and pizza with the students.  Driving back along Darling St I could see that there were families out and people were enjoying the last of the warm weather. I was relaxed and attentive, slowly…

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Our lives are really full. There is a powerful pre occupation with “doing” that keeps us really busy. We step out into this world from the cocoon of our parents and launch ourselves onto the treadmill of life. As life gains momentum we zing past events and quickly move onto something new and what was…

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It is up to you! There is a quantum leap in your awareness when you realise with certainty that you are responsible for your own life. Once this awareness sits in your soul, you can shape a life by design and not by default. Designing the way that you want to live means you take…

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Biggest loser

On biggest loser you see the end product of years of habitual conditioning which generally revolves around a deep seated dislike of who they are. Eating and a lazy lifestyle have thrust them into a deep hole of dispair. Luckily they have realised it and have taken massive action. With the help of a boot…

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Yesterday as I was walking out of the post office at Balmain a man walking past me caught my attention. Just for an instant I looked at him and him at me….I thought, “wow what an interesting hair cut and hey, tattoos…he is covered in them, he is not the usual person you would see walking…

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What if? What if?  The possiblities are endless? You have a choice in each action, to open and embrace uncertainty or to be a prisoner to your own limitations.

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50 possible ways of cutting 100 calories a day Reaching our weight loss goal needn’t be as difficult as it may seem. The secret to losing weight successfully is making small and progressive lifestyle changes until we develop completely new lifestyle habits and achieve our ideal weight. Here are 50 painless ways to cut 100…

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The first night I worked as a bouncer was at a popular night club in Sydney city in the early 80’s  . At that time this particular nightclub was probably “The” place to be seen when discos were at their peak of popularity. I did not need the money as I was working full time, I…

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So many people profess to love you and say they are loyal yet the first sign that their ego may be threatened and they will cut your  throat, metaphorically speaking of course. Here is a news flash, for most people are loyal only at the wims of their own ego! And what exactly is this…

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