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We’ve all had those days where we get out of bed on the wrong side and things go progressively more pear-shaped as the day goes on! The thing is, how often do we take the time to consider that the world is not happening to us? We are participating in everything that we get in life! And if we don’t like what we’re getting, then we can change it!

Whining about your mood is a bit like watching a really dreadful movie on TV and not bothering to change the channel! No matter what is happening in the outside world, you alone are responsible for what’s happening inside your head!

So if life is seeming a bit tough right now go and find some uplifting music and dance around to it. Do some yoga or meditation. Read a great book or watch some animals doing stupid things on YouTube! Phone a friend who will make you laugh. Play with the dog, or borrow someone else’s! Watch Ice Age on DVD. Whatever it takes. It’s up to you, and only you, to do what it takes to feel wonderful!

Make that your first priority every morning!

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Hope you’re feeling fantastic today… and if you’re not, that you had the most amazing time earning it! We had a wonderful evening with great friends watching the spectacular fireworks all over Dubai! Happy 2012!

How was your clutter clearing yesterday? If you didn’t get around to doing it that’s OK. Just do it as soon as you can. Just because you didn’t achieve what you intended, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up completely. It just means you can try again and do things slightly differently based on what you learned.

But if your clutter clearing was accomplished yesterday well done! Give yourself a big pat on the back and now start thinking about what you are going to put into all those spaces you created. Its important you work quickly here – anyone who has ever made a garden knows that once you have taken out all the weeds you have to plant the good stuff quickly or the weeds will be back with a vengeance!

So to kick 2012 off with a bang – make a list of all the things you would do if you knew you could not fail!

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I hope your Christmas was wonderful and good. Mine was spent with great friends, delicious food and quite a lot of champagne round the table in my garden in Dubai! But Christmas Day in Dubai is nearly over so I’m going to bed now and I’ll leave you with one final Christmas song:



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This hasn’t been a great week for blogging from me and I apologise for that. Sometimes being with friends and family just has to take priority, especially at this time of year. And tonight we are preparing to welcome some good friends over to our house to celebrate Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies! I was going to leave blogging until after the party but wisdom prevailed!

But I promise tomorrow I will share with you some more ideas on Energy Vampires and how to slay them, especially the ones who try to derail your Christmas fun!

So here’s another one of my favourite Christmas songs from one of my all time favourite movies.

…and yes, I know! I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to Christmas!

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OK, I do love this time of year, I really do but sometimes all this celebrating gets a bit overwhelming, especially when there’s birthdays involved as well! So tonight I’m off to celebrate my friend’s birthday and I’ll leave you with a song!

Still no sign of snow in Dubai!

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My best buddy has just arrived from the UK and we haven’t seen each other for nearly two years so blogging is taking a bit of a back seat while we catch up. But I found this lovely article by one of my favourite authors. I hope you enjoy it:

You Were Made For This
By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D

Author of the best seller Women Who Run with the Wolves

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I’ve been very remiss with blogging today. Got an old friend in town – well, he’s not that old but we’ve known him a long time! We’ve just spent a lovely evening catching up with him and sitting under the stars on a beautiful Dubai winter evening! I’m feeling very mellow and grateful for the fact that we get to spend the winter in the sunshine while so many people are freezing cold and getting snowed on. Not that I don’t love the snow, but I’m old enough and wise enough now to realise that I love the theory of snow more than I love the reality of it!

Sending all you folks in the frozen north loads of sunshine – we have plenty to spare!


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Have you ever had that experience where you’re telling a friend about a fabulous idea you’ve had and suddenly you sense that their eyes have completely glazed over?

What’s going on here? Aren’t your friends supposed to be your greatest supporters?

Well, here’s the problem. There’s two problems actually.

Firstly your friends love you for who you are, and they are worried that if you act on all these great ideas that you will change and move away from them and that makes them sad. Often its a subconscious thing, they are probably not even aware that that is what they’re doing. Although some will do it consciously, telling themselves its for your own good. We call these ones Energy Vampires and they are not your friends!

Secondly, your friends feel threatened by the fact that you are changing and growing and chasing your greater potential and that makes them feel guilty because they realise that they are not. Your growth and development highlights for them what’s possible when you let go of fear. But perhaps they are not yet ready to let go of fear. Choosing to change takes real courage and strength and not everyone believes they have enough of that.

But be a rebel and do it anyway! Find yourself some new friends who are all going forward fast with their lives, and share your dreams and ideas with them. That doesn’t mean you have to dump the old ones, just that you don’t need to let their negativity drag you down.

And the really great thing is your true friends will always be with you. They love you not only for who you are, but also for who they know you can be!

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At Last!

So we finally made it to the weekend and all Dubaians are now finally officially on chillout mode. And the rest of the world will eventually catch up by tomorrow. Wishing you all a wonderful relaxing time with good food, good wine (if that’s what you enjoy) and most importantly good friends.

Happy weekend everyone! You’ve earned it!

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We’re off out to meet some friends at a fantastic Indian Restaurant in Dubai so blogging is off the menu tonight but tandoori prawns are on! Anyway, the place we are going to has a great band and dancing so I thought I’d give you a taster of what my evening will be like…

…well, maybe not quite like this!

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