Saturday, June 23, 2012

Leading Lady

For centuries women have been playing in a man's world but today there are leaders and leading ladies everywhere who are changing the world, making a difference with or without their heels on.

I recently read about Audette Exel, a "high flyer" who built her career on making millions for the rich, but her true achievement has been using her legal and financial nous to make money for the world's poorest. 

This woman, this leader didn't need to renounce the world to become great and make her mark, but she took her God given talents and used her mind for business and her heart to save the children who were taken from their homes and imprisoned - this is the world of child trafficking.  This extraordinary woman who works via email on a half a billion dollar sale of a European banking group yet her biggest achievement is out of the boardroom helping some of the most impoverished people in the world. "If you want to know me," the former corporate lawyer and banker says, you have to know me in this context.  The truth of me is here, it's not dressed up in high heels and a business suit in Sydney." She hasn't given up one world for the other but she has found a way to be passionate about both and use the world of corporate to feed the soul of her passion.

Women who lead have one thing in common - Passion!  They LOVE what they do and you can feel their passion in ALL that they do. Passion comes from our life force, our ability to connect to our heart and to channel this energy into something we know will make a differerence. 

What I have learned is that trusting my intuition has given me a life that I love.  It has taken me through some challenging lessons and journey's, but without them I would not have been able to know who I am, nor would I have learned to trust that little voice within that guided me all the way back home and to my special and happy place.  It is this intuition that I have started to talk to every time I need to make any decision that will impact my life - and it has not failed me yet!

We all need to access our own power, connect with our intuition and know how to use the wisdom of our bodies to know what is right for us.  I recently came across a young woman who combines classical Indian traditions with contemporary gender theory, and applies these in a powerful combination that speaks to 21st century life.

Vena Ramphal PhD. has a unique combination of knowledge and experience.  Introduced to meditation at the age of ten and studying yoga and tantra perspectives on the body, personal power and influence for 20 years and is now sharing her work through a very special retreat in Bali called "WOMEN WHO LEAD" with Natalie Turner - they both have a wealth of experience in helping successful people connect with their deeper purpose, find personal fulfilment and achieve greater success.

Women who Lead, a retreat experience in Ubud, Bali, provides this oasis of holistic nourishment. The weekends will be hosted at Como Shambala’s stunning 5* Resort in Ubud and are designed around a fusion of facilitated conversations, cutting edge theories in leadership and innovation, emotional wellbeing, pampering and time for yoga, meditation and quiet reflection.

This event is designed for women who are already making a difference in the world and who want to increase their power and influence. You will leave feeling refreshed, inspired and repurposed, ready to have a greater impact around you.  You'll have to leave your heels at home for when you get back but for this weekend it is time to connect to your own inner power, passion and femininity.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Explore the world and find yourself.

Travelling can open your eyes to a world you didn't know existed. Packing up your bags and experiencing a different culture, foreign language and different peoples way of life and styles can change you not only on the inside but the outside too. In a sense, we are all like chameleons morphing our different styles into the culture and cities we find ourselves in. Travelling can allow for the type of self expression that can only be explored when you are put in a place that is not your own. Sometimes we get stuck in the same routine of our daily lives, putting on our same staple outfits and going to our same favourite places. However, when we are somewhere new and foreign we are put completely out of our element and therefore, we have to create new places and find new things to explore.

There are different cities in the world each with their own unique and distinct styles. Take Paris for example, it is seen as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its classic french style of dressing and delectable pastries. Then there's Miami known for its fast cars, tanned beauties and great parties. Or Sydney which has gorgeous beaches and a relaxed yet sexy sense of style. The same way these cities have their own sense of style and distinct lifestyles, we too can have a unique self. However, sometimes we don't know which is the greatest and best form of ourself until we have explored all options, places, and styles. Are you a laid back beach chic or a city slicker or do you find yourself feeling completely at ease with being hidden among a small cafe in a town nobody knows? No one place or form of yourself is right or wrong. We can all go to these places and pretend to be these different forms of ourself, however deep down there will be one where our heart feels completely at ease.

So no matter where in the world you are or where you are heading too, listen to where your heart and soul feels at 'home.' Travel the world to open your eyes to the experiences that may occur.  And explore different cities, different styles and different versions of you. Like they say, the world is your oyster. ♥

Friday, June 1, 2012

European summer style.

The weather may be drastically dropping in temperature here in Australia, but on the other side of the world the European summer has officially begun. And since I will be joining them over there in 21 days (countdown begins!), I decided to share my European summer wardrobe inspiration. A few things on must pack, or must buy, list include: striped tee, coloured jeans, cut out backs, whites, flat shoes, neon accessories and denim shorts. Packing to go to a foreign country that you have yet to visit can become very daunting so I started my packing list today and started to go through my overflowing wardrobe sorting everything into must keep, must throw and undecided piles. But after looking through these photos my must throw list became longer and consequently so did my need to buy now list! Wish me luck, Au revoir!

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