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Merry Christmas From Lifestyle Design With Monica. New Book and New Website!!


Well, Hello to all the special people/ blog readers of Lifestyle Design With Monica!! Long time, no talk, huh??!! 

I can hardly believe how long it’s been since I’ve written a post here, but as you will see, there have been may reasons I haven’t, not one of them being that I’ve stopped writing. At all!! In fact…..

I am just about to release my book, The Weight Loss Mindset!! Promotions and marketing are running high here in the real world and lots of exciting things are happening, which is why I decided it’s about time I returned to my blogging roots and to thank ALL you wonderful people who have read and subscribed to my blog some time ago. So, THANK YOU!!! Without the support of people like you who took the time to read, comment and encourage my writing I may have come as far a I have (so to speak!!).

If you would like to continue to follow my journey (and I would sincerely LOVE you to!!), please drop by my new site, www.theweightlossmindset.com.au to find out more.

My new site will soon have a blog on it too, but even now you can sign up and I will stay in touch via my bulk email service. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about my book and also the newly associated products and services that will eventually be available on my site.

Because YOU are one of my early blog readers, YOU’LL BE THE FIRST TO HEAR!!

In the meantime, I would also like to wish you and your family a beautiful, safe and happy Christmas and New Year. There is so much untapped potential in us all and I wish for YOU, this festive seasons, your own feeling of abundance, success, joy and awakening possiblities in the NEW YEAR.  It truly can be a great one for all of us, if we choose to make it so, no matter what else happens in our lives.

With Much Love, Peace and Happiness,

Monica xxoo

PS To reply to this post, please just leave a comment. I WOUL LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU’VE BEEN UP TO, AS WELL. Any successes or recent triumphs you have experienced with you blog or life?  PLEASE SHARE!!

A Live, Learn, Achieve, Grow Update or Something A Little Different From Me


 

Well, that crept up on us didn’t it ? One minute I was busy planning blog post ideas and enjoying myself in cyberspace;  the next I have people asking me am I making rum balls this year and have I finished my Christmas shopping yet?

The answer to both those questions, in case you’re wondering, is yes.

Don’t be alarmed though, just because I’m talking about Christmas, does not mean I’m going to ask what you’re getting me. No way.  But whatever it is, could you please keep the receipt so I can take it back and get a refund and then spend it on wine and chocolates new plug-ins for my 2011 blog upgrade? Thank you. 🙂

On A Serious Note

Actually, if you’re hoping for something like that, you might like to come back in a week or so. 🙂

I am not blogging anything highly significant or informative today, but I do have one very important thing to say, so keep reading….I’m getting to it…. 

Did I mention by the way, that I’m blogging from the balcony of our holiday unit, with a glistening view of the Pacific Ocean in front on me ? I must say it is rather different from where I usually blog (my study), but I’m liking it….

To The Point

So, what I want to say to you is this – THANK YOU. Thank you if you have been reading here, thank you if you’ve commented, subscribed, emailed or followed me on Twitter,  And thank you if you’ve taught me something or replied to my comments or questions on your own blog.

It is a pleasure sharing and learning with your guys and I am looking forward to doing more of it in 2011. 

For now however, I am ON HOLIDAYS! And you know that view I mentioned ?  It includes a beach – one that stretches for miles and miles – and for the next week or so, that’s where you’ll find me. 🙂

I will also, of course, be spending a little wind down time with my close family and friends.

But I’ll be thinking of you guys 🙂 

And if I can work out how to, I might tweet a photo of this beautiful spot I find myself in.

Another Thought

A special thought also to any of you who may be snow bound. I’ve been watching on the tele and it looks beautiful, but a little extreme. I hope it doesn’t disrupt any of your Christmas plans.

The Last Word

And finally I wish you a  Merry Christmas! I hope you have a lovely time with the people lucky enough to be sharing it with you.

Stay peaceful and I hope you can rejoin me in the New Year. 🙂

Mon

You guys rock! 🙂

How Staying Zen Might Help Your Family This Christmas or How To Find Calm in The Festive Chaos


 

A Story

So I’ve just been daydreaming about lying in a corn field somewhere (oops..better make that sugar cane or bananas …I come from Australia…which could be uncomfortable, now that I think about it…lying there amongst the fruit trees…..darn, daydream) . Anyhow, whilst I can’t actually see myself taking the action to get me to these places,  the mental imagery is helping.

The Feeling

What I’m really after is a feeling. You know that rush of expansion and abundance you get when you sit amidst an open space staring up into the sky or out into the ocean? That’s what I’m looking for. Somewhere peaceful. Calm. Quiet. And still.  With a light breeze soothing my senses.

And the reason I’m escaping into this daydream? Well  it’s simple really. The holidays are here and it’s December – duh, duh, doh!!  Normally I looove this time of year and very soon, I know I will have that feeling again, but at present I am going through a slight ‘adjustment phase’.

It’s December ?

I must say I have been about as prepared for the holidays as someone who has been watching the weather channel for days, perhaps observing the movement of a cyclone (or hurricane) and then calmly changing channels, feeling secure and safe that this event will hit someone else’s town or city.

And then at the very last-minute, when I realise the event is about to hit, after all, I find myself standing outside holding a small fragile looking pink umbrella and realising, as it is being ripped to sheds by 100 kilometre hour winds, that I really should’ve planned this better and at least bought a heavy-duty, all weather coat. Or something.

A Little Attitude Adjustment

So now I need a place to shed all the fraying edges of my pink umbrella so I can throw it away and finally realise that it was not shelter I needed after all, but rather something far more helpful and easily accessible. A peaceful attitude.

With Santa visits to be had, malls to shop in, movies to see, friends to call on and Christmas lights to be awed by I know that I have no reason to be anything other than extremely grateful.

And I am.

A Slight Delay Due To A Change In The Weather

I may not be getting the posts written that I had planned for this week (and I hope you can forgive this minor change to the my blogging ritual), but my time and energy is certainly being used wisely and happily. I have now surrendered to this busy time of year and am fully committed to living more fully in the moment and enjoying it all.

It just took a little tweaking of my thoughts to arrive here, but I now think I have fully embraced the concept of what ekamati108 (the author of www.belongingmatters.wordpress.com ) describes as ‘being here now’.

Before I Go..

Perhaps you too have disruptions to your own personal routine or schedule is a in December . If so, I hope you find your own field to relax in or at least a bench at the Mall, where you can sit and catch your breath, for a while. 🙂

Thanks also for staying with me this week. I’ll be back to my normal blogging program soon…..

Just FYI: I am actually working on a post series about e-book writing and self publishing so stay tuned if you’d like to explore this possibility for yourself!!

There are many authors out there who journeyed from blog to book . Maybe your blog is  already a book half written!!

If so, what comes next? There are loads of possiblities….hope you can pop back to find out what they are!!!

In the meantime, Happy and Peaceful blogging!!

So now over to you. Do you think it’s important for you to be the calm in the storm during the holidays? Is your own personal schedule or routine disrupted or changed unexpectedly come December 1st ? If so, how do you handle the change? 

Do you have a mental practice or technique for living more peacefully? If so, why not share it here? Christmas is, after all – a time for sharing and connection. And staying Zen.

Namaste,

Mon