Womens Work and Tending the Hearth

In our modern world the term “women’s work” is not looked upon as being a valuable career choice. Doing all the domestic chores that have historically been associated with women such as cooking, cleaning the home and raising children has become something that is no longer respected for the valuable job that it is.

Whenever a person feels obliged to perform only certain kinds of work in a society, there is a need to break free from that work in order feel like you have personal power. However, if you choose to do “women’s work” because that is what you enjoy and you can see the value in it, there is nothing degrading about it. There is a great power to it, and it can be truly meaningful and fulfilling because, after all, the home is the foundation of security for all who live in it. The importance of tending the hearth that nurtures all who live in the home cannot be overstated. Continue reading “Womens Work and Tending the Hearth”

Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission

Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010
Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010

BY ELISA MILLER

18 Jan, 2010 08:50 AM

PRESERVING the environment and improving sustainability

is not a job for one – but a responsibility for all.

It’s this notion that drove the creation two years ago of the Emerald for Sustainability Group, which aims to empower residents to improve how they live, and the environment in which they live. Continue reading “Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission”

The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Success now being distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates

The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Success is now being distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates and is available to be purchased by book shops and other retailers.

Look at their January/February 2010 catologue on Page 12 and quote no. *HYRJSB|630033] for distribution in Australia nd New Zealand. Multiple copies can be ordered via order form on page 29. Continue reading “The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Success now being distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates”

Financial Peace – How to Get it and Keep It

You might have heard people say that “money doesn’t buy happiness” and that “the best things in life are free“. But have you ever been so broke or in debt that all you did was consistently worry and stress over money? Did you know that the majority of people in North America who get divorced say that money fights were one of the main issues? While money may not buy happiness, one thing is certain: if you don’t have peace in your financial life and control of your personal finances, it will taint every other area of your life and absolutely drain you of your happiness and security.

So what can you do to get control over your money, eliminate the financial stress and gain the financial peace which will enrich every other area of your life? Let’s start with some things that most people never even consider about money… Continue reading “Financial Peace – How to Get it and Keep It”

100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle

There are so many great ways to contribute to a healthy planet. Some steps are larger than others; some are quick and some eco-friendly ideas take substantial planning. We’ll eventually talk about all these ideas at length but just to get you thinking here are 100 various ideas that can help your family go green.

  1. Buy less stuff.
  2. Change incandescent light globes to energy efficient ones.
  3. Visit the library instead of buying books.
  4. Borrow from DVD stores instead of buying DVDs.
  5. Buy in bulk – but not if you end up wasting food – it defeats the whole purpose of being sustainable.
  6. Grow herbs in an egg carton, or another recycled container.
  7. Start a compost bin for kitchen scraps & garden waste (no dairy, meat or fish scraps).
  8. Hand children’s clothes onto family or friends with younger children.
  9. Eat vegetarian – start with one meal per week.  Expand your cooking skills by visiting the library and borrow a vegetarian cookbook – you’ll be surprised at the variety of meals on offer. Continue reading “100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle”

Have you taken steps to start balancing your life yet? We can help.

One of the first things you need to do when you recognize the need to balance your life is to understand where you are in your life now. One of the tools we give you to do this is an interactive wheel with questions on each section of the wheel. When you answer the questions on each section, you can then create an average score for each area of your own Wheel of Life. This will then let you see which areas of your life you need to work on to create balance. Continue reading “Have you taken steps to start balancing your life yet? We can help.”

Knowing Better Now

The Past in Light of the Present

When we look back at the past, knowing what we know now, we often find it difficult to understand how we made the mistakes we made. This is because once we learn new information, it is nearly impossible to reenter the headspace we were in before we learned that information. And so we look back at parents who spanked their kids, for example, and wonder how they could have thought that was a good idea. Similarly, our personal pasts are full of mistakes we can’t believe we made. We did things then that we would never do now, and this is precisely because we have information now that we didn’t have, or weren’t able to access, then. Continue reading “Knowing Better Now”

How Can I Exercise When I feel so Tired?

If you’re interested in losing weight or just getting into better shape, you’re probably aware of the fact that you need to start doing some exercise. However, you might have tried getting up in the morning but felt so tired that you made the common plea “My body needs sleep more than it needs the exercise.”

So you put it off until the night time…but by then you’re so tired that you’re back to committing to it the next morning instead. So what is the solution? Cramming it into your busy afternoon?

You know that you need to get started. But how can you when you just don’t have the energy? If you are curious about this, and looking for the cure to the cycle of procrastination then the following strategy is just what you need…. Continue reading “How Can I Exercise When I feel so Tired?”

Who is REALLY Looking Out For Your Well Being?

The Inside Scoop on Healthy Living

If you are someone who is interested in taking great care of your body by living and eating healthy foods, you’re probably wondering where you can get the information which will help you. After all, even educated doctors are promoting their own branded labels these days and some food companies are using the whole “go green” thing as a marketing strategy to promote foods which really aren’t much different than the conventional options. Who can you trust to have your best interest in mind when it comes to healthy living? If you are concerned about this and looking for a source of information that you can trust, the answer might be a lot closer than you realize…

The One Person You Can Trust More Than Anyone Continue reading “Who is REALLY Looking Out For Your Well Being?”

Of Equal Worth

The notion of humility as a virtue brings numerous images to mind. We tend to envision those rare individuals who humbly bear life’s struggles while downplaying their own strengths. Yet humility is also associated with people whose insecurities compel them to judge themselves unfavorably as a matter of course. The true definition of humility, however, does not correspond precisely with either of these images. Humility is not passivity. Rather, it is an utter lack of self-importance. The individuals who embody the concept of humility appreciate that each human being on the planet occupies a unique place on an infinite spectrum of development. Though they can take pride in their own accomplishments, they also understand that the people they interact with each day are as valuable and have as much to offer the world as they themselves do.

Humility

The notion of humility as a virtue brings numerous images to mind. We tend to envision those rare individuals who humbly bear life’s struggles while downplaying their own strengths. Yet humility is also associated with people whose insecurities compel them to judge themselves unfavorably as a matter of course. The true definition of humility, however, does not correspond precisely with either of these images. Humility is not passivity. Rather, it is an utter lack of self-importance. The individuals who embody the concept of humility appreciate that each human being on the planet occupies a unique place on an infinite spectrum of development. Though they can take pride in their own accomplishments, they also understand that the people they interact with each day are as valuable and have as much to offer the world as they themselves do. Continue reading “Of Equal Worth”

The Impossible Dream – Is it Right in Front of You?

When it comes to the things we want, there always seems to be an endless list. No matter how many times we get something off that list, we add new things to replace it. In life, this drama of wanting and getting and wanting is all part of the dance. The things we want motivate us to get up and get them.

When it comes to the things we want, there always seems to be an endless list. No matter how many times we get something off that list, we add new things to replace it. In life, this drama of wanting and getting and wanting is all part of the dance. The things we want motivate us to get up and get them.

And yet, at the same time, we can torment ourselves with our wanting, especially when we want something we can’t have or can’t find. It is in cases like these that it might be fruitful to entertain the idea that maybe what you really want is right in front of you. Maybe you are using this desire you can’t fulfill to distract you from truly engaging the blessings you already have. It may seem like that doesn’t make sense, yet we do it all the time. It may be easier to see in other people than to see it in ourselves. We have all heard our friends wishing they were more this or less that, and looking at them we see clearly that they are everything they are wishing they were. We know people who have wonderful partners and yet envy you yours. We wish we could give these people a look at their situations from our perspective so that they could see that what they want really is right in front of them.

It’s not too far-fetched to consider that we might be victims of the same folly. It can be scary to have what we want. We get caught up in the chase and forget to enjoy the beauty right in front of us—like a child who never wants the toy she has in her hand but always the one just out of her reach. Take a moment today to consider the many things you are holding in the palm of your hand and how you might best play with them.

What is right in front of you?

John and Linda Ballis

For more helpful tips on balancing your life revisit this blog regularly, http://wheeloflifeblog.com or go to our website http://wheeloflifebook.com and purchase our book “The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Success”

PS. For a free copy of the classic book “Acres of Diamonds” by Russell COnwell please visit our website http://wheeloflifebook.com and download it from our free resources section. This book talks about the importance of seeing and recognising the value in what is around us. It gives many examples that may make it easier for you to see and work with the value in your own life.

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December 12, 2009

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Can You Really Profit from Pursuing Your Passion?

Ever wonder how much different your life might be if you could make money doing something that you truly loved? For many people, this might sound like a pipedream and it might even be easy to assume that making a living from pursuing their passion is reserved for a select few people. These select people are often regarded as “lucky” or even considered to have had some kind of favourable upbringing. So is there any kind of a hope for the “average” person to realize this kind of dream?

If you’re curious about this, you might be glad to find that the reasons most people aren’t making a profit with their passion is that they neglect of a few simple principles…

Continue reading “Can You Really Profit from Pursuing Your Passion?”

Another great idea to help you find balance in your life.

If so you will have an idea of what areas of your life you need to concentrate on. When you have a visual representation of how the different areas of your life interact it can become extremely clear what areas you need to work on and what areas you need to spend less time on.
* Lower back problems can point towards problems with money and feeling a lack of financial support
* Middle back problems can point towards problems with guilt and reliving past problems
* Upper back problems can point towards problems with emotions and feeling a lack of emotional support

How’s the exploration of your life balancing going?

Have you been to our website http://wheeloflifebook.com and worked through the interactive wheel of life or done it manually starting from page 11 on “The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Success” Book?

If so you will have an idea of what areas of your life you need to concentrate on. When you have a visual representation of how the different areas of your life interact it can become extremely clear what areas you need to work on and what areas you need to spend less time on.

Continue reading “Another great idea to help you find balance in your life.”

Everything You Do Matters

The Ripple Effect

In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.

Continue reading “Everything You Do Matters”