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Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Ways to Get Inspired

Vol 8, Issue 11
27 November 2012

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Quote of the month

'Allow yourself to spread your wings and fly!'

-  A thought for the day by Ros Sansbury of Nurturing Humanity

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10 Online Visibility Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Welcome to Living the dream, Blue Sky Coaching's monthly e-zine, written for small business owners, young entrepreneurs and service industry professionals and filled with cutting edge success tips to help you skyrocket your income, enjoy more personal time and be known as a star in your field. 

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

Earlier this month I had the great pleasure of attending my beautiful client Ros Sansbury's launch event for her first book, Nurturing Wisdom: Daily inspiration to be all you can be.

As well as purchasing two copies of Ros' book (my tip for a lovely Christmas gift) I also bought a pack of Ros' gorgeous Thought for the day cards and have used them as a new source of inspiration each morning. Picking a card and using its message as a positive vision for my day has been very powerful. Thank you for creating these wonderful cards Ros! I now keep mine in my office and share them with my clients. One of these beautiful messages is my quote of the month.

This month's article is filled with ideas and techniques for getting inspired, from another great book by Robert Holden, Shift Happens! How to live an inspired life starting right now. In his chapter on 'You can have whatever you want' (see article) Robert shares his experience of a talk he attended and a blessing (Darshan) he received, similar to the Oneness blessings available in Adelaide. So, if you feel inspired to attend and receive one, you'll the find details listed below under Sponsors and Advertisements.

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
Living the dream e-zine

Feature: 10 Ways to Get Inspired

Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it from someone in your life who's touched your heart and soul?

Has listening to a TED talk, watching a movie, reading an inspirational book or quote helped lift you up? Or, has remembering how you successfully navigated a big challenge shown you what's possible for you? 

Here are ten concepts taken from the essays in Robert Holden's book Shift Happens! How to live an inspired life starting right now! that we can all draw on for inspiration: 

  1. Choose the highest thought: Every day you make a thousand choices. Most important of all, you choose what to think. And, every day the world shows you your state of mind. Life comes right up to your face and says, "This is what you are thinking - have a nice day!' The good news is that you are free to change your mind whenever you want. When you shift your thinking, the world shifts. This is because the world is an effect of your thoughts. In every event, encounter, or situation, cultivate the habit of asking yourself, 'What is the highest thought here?' Be still for an instant, lay aside everyday thoughts, delete the ego, release your fears, jettison your judgements and make yourself available to your higher wisdom. Inspiration goes wherever it is made welcome. 
  2. You can have whatever you want!: 'When I was 25 years old,' Holden explains 'I went to listen to a talk given by a Indian holy man touring Europe entitled You can have whatever you want! He began with 'It's God's joy to give you everything. Know that you can have whatever you want. Be still, and know who you are.' That was it. The holy man's assistant then told us we would each receive an individual blessing called a Darshan. He gave me a most precious gift that day. During the blessing, he looked into my eyes and asked: 'Who are you?'  It took me several responses before I understood. He was asking me to look past my labels, my self-image, my learned self, and who I thought I was, so that I could see the truth of who I really am. With great compassion, he encouraged me to win back all that is infinite, immeasurable and eternal. Every moment of your life you are deciding 1) who you are, 2) what you want, 3) what you can do, and 4) what you deserve and what you don't. In effect, you're creating a self-image, an opinion of yourself. Your self-image then creates your reality by underwriting what it deems is possible and not possible, i.e. your self-image contracts how much success you can have, how much happiness is 'realistic', how much peace of mind is okay, how much love is acceptable, and how much abundance is possible. You choose your self-image and thereby you can choose your life. Stay open to your true self, alive to new choices and possibilities. Relax for a moment. and be willing to let go of every 'I am,' i.e., I am a woman, I am a man, I am a mother, I am an accountant, I am not creative. Then, do the same with 'I can't' - I can't believe it, I can't change, I can't find love. Peel away and undo every 'I am' and 'I can't' to reveal your true self.    
  3. There is nothing wrong with who you are: Certainly, your perception and your thinking can be off and you can make poor choices, such as, you can choose to see flaws in yourself that no one else sees or you can invent a story of how bad you are. Give these strange ideas all of your power if you want, but who you are, your true self, remains whole, worthy and well. Shift happens whenever you practise unconditional self-acceptance, give yourself a break, choose kindness instead of judgement, forgiveness instead of self-attack and laughter instead of condemnation. Life always gets better when you treat yourself better. Try this powerful exercise: make a point of looking for the good in everyone you meet. See the light in their eyes, their faces, their smile and their presence. Above all, teach no one that there is anything wrong with who they are. As you offer this light to others you will strengthen it in yourself.
  4. What are you waiting for?: Do you ever find yourself sitting in life's waiting room, killing time, waiting for happiness, for love, the green light or waiting for your bridge to appear? What are you really waiting for? Courage, permission, your turn, zero risk, the right moment, a sign or a guarantee? The WAIT problem is a common block to happiness, love and success. Happiness awaits you. Love awaits you. Success awaits you. They await your choice, your acceptance, a sign from you, a 'yes' from you! The WAIT problem is really a disconnect between what is truly possible and what you will let yourself receive. Symptoms of this problem include limbo, lack, feeling stuck, no flow, no synchronicity, procrastination, overanalysing, no energy and no inspiration. Exhaustion, illness and failure happen because people wait to achieve success first before they meditate, rest and balance their life. The perfect antidote to waiting is willingness. Willingness harnesses the power of intention, trust, faith and commitment. Willingness inspires readiness and with readiness all things are possible.
  5. True assertiveness is a 'Yes': Rather than just saying 'no' to what you don't want, practise meditating and saying 'yes' each morning to what you do want. 'Yes' is the key to intention. It is the key to choice, purpose and assertiveness. When you are struggling, say 'yes' to greater ease. When you are afraid, breathe with it and say 'yes' to help. Say 'yes' to whatever you want - love, balance, happiness, even miracles!  
  6. Don't sweat it!: My mother watched me as I tried to work myself into an early grave. Several times she sent me cards with the same message: 'Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.' - MATTHEW 6:28 - 9. 'Nice message', I thought, 'but doesn't she realise that she has already sent me this?' The pattern of my life was work, work, work, exhaustion ... work, work, work, exhaustion. I was in a sweat, and there was no space for inspiration, no chance for miracles, and no time for joy. Today, let go of the belief that you need to work hard for everything. Swap effort for inspiration. Ease up on the struggle. Focus on a relationship or goal you are trying too hard at. Give up trying to 'make it happen' and make way for unconditional guidance and unconditional success. Commit to ease. Believe in effortless accomplishment. Allow for the possibility of a better and easier way.. 
  7. Beware of "I" strain: From a distance, the independent person cuts a striking pose. To be independent looks like power, freedom and true strength, but it isn't. Independence is no strength, it is a wound. Independence is inspired not by love, but fear, and not by wholeness, but aloneness. Independence is the ego's attempt to be it's own god. The independent person always runs out of juice. How do you know if you are being dysfunctionally independent? Here are a few tell-tale signs: you are exhausted, because 'superman' and 'superwoman' insist on being self-sufficient; you never ask for help - you are too proud, arrogant, scared and anal to accept help; you get a 'fail' for receiving - you never let anyone give to you. The key question is, when did you decide to become so independent? What are you afraid of? Who hurt you? Who let you down? When did you lose your faith? But, don't answer these questions by yourself - that would be being dysfuncyionally independent! Be open to some additional help and insight. Shift happens when you stop flying the flag of independence. There is a better way than independence. Give yourself some time today to make a list of your 'team'. By that, I mean everyone and everything that might potentially be a source of strength and inspiration. Let people in. Let yourself be nourished and given to. This is true strength.
  8. Exhaustion means there is a better way: When exhausted, vision pales, purpose is clouded, worry reigns, thinking is muddled and there is a downpour of aggression, frustration and pain. Self-attack is high as you conclude 1) you are powerless and 2) there is no opportunity for change. Vision can, however transform miraculously with enough rest, healing and help, so that what once looked like a dead end now becomes a way out, i.e. opportunity is nowhere becomes opportunity is now here. Exhaustion is an opportunity. It is a sign to reconnect to your heart, to end sacrifice and to drop the ego. It is a prompt to heal, be nourished, receive and be open to a better way. When exhausted, you have come to the end of a road, and now it's time to go another way.
  9. The world has finished with your past, if you have: Every time you let go of the past, you step into greater freedom and greater creativity. You enjoy more energy. You feel more alive. You attract more opportunities. And you are ready to experience a future unlike your past. Unless you let go of your past, there will be no mystery about your future. Your life will be like the movie Groundhog Day where every day is just like the one before. The members of your cast may change but your story will essentially stay the same. Shift happens when you can affirm 'The past is over' and 'Now is new!'
  10. Shift happens - when you let go! The best things in life happen when you dare to let go. Any pain or struggle is a signal to relax and let go. Pain and struggle are signs that you are holding on to a fear, judgement, expectation, doubt, or some other self-limiting thought. They are signs that your best thinking isn't working for you. Pain and struggle are evidence that a better way will reveal itself to you if you will first let go. The beauty of letting go is, you stop thinking! When you let go, you clear your mind, you make space, you open up, and you receive inspiration. Every day make space for something other than your own everyday thoughts. Make space for something higher. Relax. And when you feel calm and centred ask yourself these two questions: 1) What shall I let go of today? and 2) What shall I open up to today? Listen. Be guided. Let yourself go.

Read more tips: 10 Reasons to Clear Clutter; 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy; Top 10 Tips on Reaching Your Goals; 10 Ways to Tap into Your Intuition; 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Life; 10 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated; 10 Ways to Change Your Life with EFT; 10 Ways to Work Less and Achieve More; 10 Ways to Live Fearlessly; 10 Ways to Feel Fabulous Every Day; 10 Ways to Create an Exceptional Life; 10 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Vision Board. 

For more business and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/ezine/index.php. To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au, or call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on  tania@blueskycoaching.com.au.


Book Your Complimentary 15-minute Laser Coaching Session Now!

Would you like to have a quick and complimentary - 15-minute - business coaching or life coaching conversation with me this week?

I'll be offering between six and eight of these laser coaching sessions this Thursday and Friday afternoon between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm (Adelaide time). The catch is, I'll have Lauren, a high school work experience student with me. She's interested in becoming a life coach and she'll be listening in on our call to get some insights and learning about what happens in a coaching session.

So, if you have a goal, issue, decision or dilemma you're working through right now that you'd like to discuss and make positive progress with this week, and you're OK with Lauren being 'a fly on the wall' as we talk on the phone, then pop me an e-mail at: tania@blueskycoaching.com.au with "Laser coaching session please" in the subject line or call/text me on (08) 8338 3134 or 0411 471 941 to book-in. Please include your best contact phone number and whether you're available on Thursday or Friday afternoon. I'll get back to you ASAP with a time for our call.

Looking forward to our coaching call!

RISE UP - Birthing a New Humanity

The Dalai Lama prophesised that 'the world will be saved by the Western woman.'

Never before have women held so much power to shape the future. They are riding the evolutionary wave of consciousness that could change the course of history. They want to claim their authenticity so they can co-create their lives and shape the future. They are experiencing an impulse to evolve.

Unite the Light - New Style of Leadership and Community for Social Change holds the key to our personal and planetary potential.

Unite the Light teaches four very distinct principles for New Style leadership:

  • Confidence to transform your life
  • Confidence to recognise your destiny
  • Confidence to speak and live the truth
  • Confidence to transform the world.

All four of these principles are determined by one main governing element, VISION.

Unite the Light is holding an event called RISE UP Birthing a New Humanity in Adelaide, South Australia, which will celebrate and anchor the birth of a new humanity on 22 December 2012.

Unite the Light was born out of Elizabeth Ellames' passion to help others identify and use their gifts to make a difference in our world, pledging $10,000 to PLAN Australia - Because I m a Girl campaign, raising funds for the education of girls in our world who would ordinarily be pregnant, sold or prostituted at the age of twelve!

We can all make a difference!

Where: The Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo

When: Saturday 22 December 2012

Time: 7.00 pm - 11.00 pm

Cost: $120.00 per person available online at www.unitethelight.eventbrite.com

Elizabeth Ellames

Founder & Creative Director, Unite the Light

Mobile: 040 330 9696

Email: elizabeth.ellames@ozemail.com.au

Web: www.unitethelight.wordpress.com

Christmas Coaching Competition

Spring Coaching Competition - Enter Now!

Shift Happens!

Drawn Friday 21 December!

Enter now for your chance to WIN two business or life coaching sessions with me, plus a copy of Nurturing Wisdom: daily inspiration to be all you can be by Rosalind Sansbury.

Prize valued at over $400! 

Nurturing Wisdom: Daily inspirations to be all you can be is a valuable guidebook and a useful tool to use on a daily basis for encouragement and inspiration.

Select a page and read the words as a focus for your day to align with the light, love and wisdom that resides within you.

Spring Competition Winner: B. Garrett


Next Month: 10 Online Visibility Tips for Soul-Driven Entrepreneurs

Would you like to gain more online visibility for your business?

The more visibility you have, the more people will know about you. And, the more people who know about you, the more opportunities you'll have to make more money doing what you're passionate about.

As I'm about to finalise my new website, which I'll launch in January (if not before) I thought it would be timely to share ten tips from online visibility expert for soul-driven entrepreneurs, Nancy Marmolejo, who specifically teaches online visibility strategies filled with heart, authenticity and integrity.

Sponsors and Advertisements


Oneness Gathering - Wednesday Evenings,

in Glandore SA


Meditation and Oneness Blessings (or Deeksha) for strengthening our connection with our own personal Divine.

Where: Clark Hall at Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera Street Glandore

When: Every Wednesday evening

Time: 7.15 pm - 9.15 pm

When available we'll watch online Oneness Meditations.

Cost: $10, all profit to Oneness Foundation

RSVP: Jane Whiting (Oneness Trainer) on 0431 921 246 or email jane_whiting@hotmail.com

The Oneness movement was founded to assist humanity in taking a giant leap forward in consciousness. It embraces all cultures, all faiths and all religions.

The Oneness Blessing or Deeksha (which is bestowed by a Blessing giver placing their hands on a person's crown) causes a neurobiological shift in the brain, which brings about a perceptual shift in consciousness and opens one to greater love, joy and awareness of the underlying unity or oneness of all life.

Growth in consciousness heightens our life experience and manifests in all areas of our lives, i.e. health, wealth, relationships and spiritual growth.

The Oneness Blessing heals emotional hurts, reduces mind chatter and increases our creative potential. It awakens us to our own inner Divine, the Sacred Self, the Presence within, the all-knowing self that knows only love.

To learn more, visit: www.onenesscentre.com.au



The Christmas Gift Project


Sign up now for the 'Christmas Gift Project' for fr.ee help and training for 150 southern Adelaide job seekers and learn about all the f.ree help, grants, training and referrals available to you.

Join us on Friday 30 November 2012 at Brighton Civic Centre, from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm for three hours of f.ree career mentoring.

Choose what suits you, tell us what you need or let us help you to work it out!

9.30 am - 10.00 am is for those who haven't previously attended our 'F.ree Services for Job Seekers' talk. We'll let you know about all of the f.ree help, grants, training and referrals you can get on this project.

For those who have been to 'Fre.e Services for Job Seekers' and know what's on offer - come at 10 am. There will be a choice of two different workshops available to help you determine the next steps on your career pathway:

10.00 am - 11.00 am Develop your career pathway plan: Use our colourful career development plan template and goals, aspirations and interests checklists to develop your career pathway plan in an easy, one-page format.

Or, if you prefer a more creative approach -

10.00 am - 12.30 am Visualise your fantastic future: Develop a creative visualisation board with all the things you want to attract into your life. This is huge fun and very inspiring - a picture of your future to draw you forward. You will need to bring with you old magazines, scissors, glue sticks, words you love that you have typed out on a PC and a large sheet of coloured cardboard in a colour you love.

Are you eligibe to attend? Yes, if you live in southern Adelaide, you're between 17 and 65, not in full-time education, unemployed or under-employed - less than 20 hours a week.

To register your spot, email Bridget Hogg on bh@developmentatwork.com or call 08 8322 8455 and leave a message on the answering machine with your name, landline phone number and which workshop you'd like to attend and we will call you back.

More workshops to come in December include: goal setting, resume writing, confident networking, finding the hidden jobs and what employers say.

See our facebook page to keep up-to-date.  




Gossip Box Christmas Special


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Check out our Christmas Special Box for $88.95. which includes:

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  • MC 15pk Chocolate bon bons
  • 150g Menz chococlate coated sultanas
  • DMC 3pk Sugar dusted jellies
  • 150g Nuts in Paradise salted cashews
  • 90g Willunga flavoured almonds
  • 55g Heavenly Delights biscuits
  • 35g Baylies sienna cake
  • 140g Quinzis' liquor, chocolate or triple chocolate almonds or cinnamints
  • 200g Robern apricot balls or 200g Strawberry Indulgence
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  • 250g Nuts in Paradise tropical mix or 250g salted nuts

Quite a mothful!

Log on to www.gossipbox.com.au to see our complete range.

And, if you can't find what you're looking for - simply call Ilona on 08 8250 4940 or 0412 348 094.


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