Things I Love Thursday: A Great Strange Dream

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Another week down, and April is almost over. By the way, if this has been a tricky month for you, read up on the Grand Cardinal Cross. My take on it (since I’ve been asked by a few of you!) is that if you’ve been actively working on personal evolution and growth over the last couple of years, this month is the swift-moving embodiment of all that effort. But if you’re in denial, intent on staying stuck in something that isn’t working, then you might have felt like April was a bit of a rude awakening!

I feel like I’ve learned a lot this month, and almost all of it has to do with claiming my personal power and simply saying what I want. No more pussy-footing around! You would not believe the mountains I have been able to move by merely stating my intent! (I recommend it.)

Overall, I’ve been really enjoying this week, filling it with small things that make me happy: Pilates sessions, laughing with Mike, writing all night long, climbing trees, and running around the city in my sneakers. Next week is going to be un petit peu crazy — I’ll fill you in soon! — so I guess in some ways, this is the calm before the storm!

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Hello, you fool, I love you! Getting back to the gym after a break: feels so good! Forcing Dolly to wear sparkly bunny ears for Easter Blissing out over blossom-filled streets Dress-up parties at Nanette Lepore Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Brow (seriously) Mike giving me his almond and sea salt chocolate bunny (evil/generous) Wicked scores at Buffalo Exchange (like, say, the EXACT SKIRT I tried on last week, except for $32, not $250) Getting my Dangerous Angels t-shirt in the mail from Francesca Lia Block Going on super-long treks around the city Connecting with like-minded (neon pink) souls Researching chandeliers Apple cider vinegar (two cups) added to the bathtub! Good for soothing aching muscles if you’re all out of Epsom Salts! The way that I always think of Mrs. Doubtfire when I hear Kriss Kross’ Jump Watching The Punk Singer (it’s on Netflix!) and falling in love with Kathleen Hanna all over again The way a neon manicure makes you look really tan Raspberry skies

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Clockwise from top left: playing dress up at Nanette Lepore and having way too much fun in what I have decided is my new uniform; an except from a page of my Radical Self Love Bible, and a necklace, just because!; eyebrow game has been raised with Aqua Brow, for reals; a big bundle of goodies from Make Up For Ever which I have been fiddling about with all week!

“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.” (Jack Kerouac)

So, what’s on your list this week?!

With gratitude,

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On The Road Again… Come Out And Play!

The Blogcademy

In two weeks, I hop on a plane and start teaching for the year! Next stop? San Francisco and Chicago! We can’t wait to be all up in a new city. The Blogcademy — our two-day workshop which teaches the good, the bad and the ugly about blogging — is going to be all over the place in 2014, and we’d love you to join us!

Blogging isn’t just typing words on a screen: it’s about learning to communicate from your heart. It’s about sharing something real and grabbing the attention of your tribe, whether they’re babes like you, or your ideal customer.

You might be the best at what you do, but if you’re not blogging about it, you don’t exist. It’s essential to have a well-groomed web presence, and that’s exactly what we teach. (Plus: goodie bags! Sparkly ears! Glitter and new besties! It’s kind of amazing.)

The Blogcademy World Tour 2014

May 10-11
SAN FRANCISCO
(SOLD OUT)

May 17-18
CHICAGO

June 7-8
VANCOUVER

June 14-15
CALGARY

July 20-21
LONDON
(Almost sold out!)

July 22-23
LONDON
(SOLD OUT)

July 26-27
BERLIN

August 2-3
AMSTERDAM

September 27-28
NEW YORK

October 5-6
D.C.

November 29-30
SYDNEY
(Almost sold out!)

December 3-4
MELBOURNE
(Almost sold out!)

December 6-7
AUCKLAND

The Blogcademy: Chicago

What is The Blogcademy?

In case you’re new — or you missed it somehow — let me give you the rundown. The Blogcademy is a two-day workshop for bloggers and small business owners that want to ramp their online presence up a notch… Or 15! Alongside my two BFFs, Shauna Haider and Kat Williams, we teach our blogcadettes the tips, tricks and techniques that they can use to catapult their businesses into stratosphere. Nothing is held back and no question is off-limits!

We’re proud to tell you our secrets, because we believe that information is for sharing. We want you to succeed the same way we have! Over two days, we cover creating great content, branding for your blog and business, standing out on social media, selling your own advertising, getting a book deal, writing for newspapers and magazines, using your blog to really sell your own services, and so much more! Each student also leaves with a personalised report card filled with actionable advice to apply to their very own site. By the end of it you’ll be exhausted… but in a good way!

This isn’t one of those workshops where you leave feeling inspired but never really do anything with it. We pass on all of the techniques and skills that we’ve learnt in our combined 30+ years of blogging, and if you apply them, we promise they will have the most incredible effect on your life, livelihood, and business.

Everyone who comes along joins an impressive and illustrious sisterhood. Our blogcadettes have gone on to raise over $100,000 on Kickstarter, to quit the 9-5 and run their blogs full time, and even to have Hollywood movies filmed in their homes! We’ve inspired our students to collaborate, to launch their own live events and to sell their own digital products. We couldn’t be more pleased, and we are so proud of them all.

Want to see what it’s like to attend one of our classes (affectionately nicknamed “the turquoise tornado”) and become a blogcadette? Hop on over to our dedicated website where you can find out all about our curriculum and what we teach, get answers to your frequently asked questions and read some past student testimonials.

Okay, back to researching the best spots in San Francisco and Chicago…

Much love,

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Climbing Trees To Take Photos Of Flowers

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Today was so glorious that I couldn’t bear to be in my office. I slung my handbag over my shoulder and set off, camera in hand. I sauntered across streets and through parks, meeting hyperactive dogs and interesting characters along the way. But when I encountered this row of blooming trees, I had to stop and take photos.

I say “stop and take photos”. What I actually mean is “stop, climb up on a gate, then climb up into the tree, to take photos”.

This is my favourite time of year. Do you love it as much as I do?

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One of the most special things about NYC is the proliferation of community gardens all across the city. Each one is totally unique: they’re all different sizes, with a wild variety of flowers, trees, and even vegetables growing. In exchange for a few hours work, you can become a member of your local community garden, and — this is the best part — you’ll be given a key so you can use the garden whenever you want.

If you’re hankering for a slice of peace and quiet, somewhere to write, or a place to grow flowers, you should definitely consider it. You can find your nearest garden here!

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” (Margaret Atwood)

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Have you spent any time in the fresh air lately? I urge you, before the spring blossoms disappear, go out for a walk and really enjoy the sight of them. Don’t be in a rush from one place to another. Just go for a walk, be present, and revel in the beauty.

“On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.” (Jack Kerouac)

Blossoms in my heart,

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An Excerpt From Radical Self Love Letters (365 Edition)

Radical Self Love Letters 365 Edition

Below, I’ve shared one of my recent Radical Self Love Letters. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Radical Self Love Letters is my email service, delivering a dose of sparkle and self-reflection right to your inbox.

If you were wondering what my Love Letters are all about, or what kinda thing you might be waking up to, this is a good example…

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The way that we face obstacles is what determines our life. Do you curse and howl about how unfair life is, or do you pout for a second before brainstorming five ways around it?

Some people will consistently choose to place blame outside of themselves. They blame the weather, the traffic, their wife, their kid, their father, their genetics, their boss… The list goes on and on. These people have what is called an external locus of control. They never take responsibility for anything that happens in their lives, and as such, feel continually whipped around by fate. As you might guess, they aren’t very happy, either!

Having an internal locus of control — where you realise that the events of your life are due to choices you make — leads to greater happiness. And sure, sometimes we would prefer to pretend that our business failing or our relationships disintegrating had nothing to do with us (“It was the economy! And my boyfriend was a toad!”), but that doesn’t help us. That doesn’t allow us to grow, or learn, or change.

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” (Carlos Castaneda)

Radical Self Love prompt: Reframe the crappy parts of your life as challenges. How would taking responsibility for them radically alter your life?


Would you like a dose of radical self love on the regular?
You can choose to receive Radical Self Love Letters every day for a month… Or a year! (Go on, go crazy!)

Love always,

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The Lively Show: Radical Self Love And Disordered Eating With Gala Darling

The Lively Show featuring Gala Darling

It was such a delight to connect with Jess Lively and be featured on her excellent podcast, The Lively Show. We sat down for an action-packed half hour to discuss radical self love, how to deal with disordered eating, blogging, business and coping with challenges.

Click through to listen!

Jess is so sweet and friendly, and I really enjoyed chatting with her. After we finished the interview, we stayed on the line for another half an hour, talking about our multiple mutual interests! Aw. I think I made a new friend!

Be sure to click through to see the show notes, including lots of links to the (many!) things we talked about!

Heard on The Lively Show...

If you’re in need of some inspirational, smart and uplifting listening, head on over to The Lively Show archives, and have a browse!

Much love,

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