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Toorak Times - Socially Aware

News Blogs in the Toorak Times Newspaper and its various digital expressions.

  1. Self Care Sunday



    Iím suggesting to clients that self care is as important as brushing your teeth and we include a strategy as part of any business, career, relationship or parenting program. Donít let yourself get to burn out before you make the choice to look after yourself. The quality of your work and ability to be present mindfully in life will greatly increase if you are gentle, kind and loving with yourself.

    Here are some tips to help you begin a self care Sunday ritual or ceremony:

    1. Lie on your back and watch the clouds go by.
    2. Goof around for a bit, make time for play several times throughout
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  2. The art of change

    Anderson Park, Hawthorn East

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    utumn has arrived, and weíre at the beginning of a transition. It is still warm in Melbourne, but soon weíll see the changes in colour, falling of leaves, night-time coming earlier and the temperature getting notably cooler.

    With all this natural change that sets in every year itís a wise time to reflect if there are some things you might like to shed so you can grow in other ways.

    The art of holding on and letting go is very personal but we all experience some form of this birth and death cycle regularly, some of us mindfully.

    If youíre in doubt what to
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  3. What is Life Coaching?



    Life Coaching with Marion is a partnership and conversation usually with professionals and people who want to make changes either individually or in group coaching. During coaching the focus is on uncovering and improving mindset and behaviours intentionally.

    Coaching sessions go for 1 hour and usually are in packages of 6 at my Hawthorn practice or groups facilitated at your place of work. What is Life Coaching all about?

    During sessions we sometimes focus on the following:

    1. Identify your strengths and successes.
    2. Identify your core values.
    3. Identify goals/vision.
    4. Clarify your personal ...
  4. Whatís love got to do with it?


    Love is what we all seek in some form or another, the desire of love makes us strive to go forth and the giving of it to ourselves and others is what makes us feel fulfilled. In love we feel whole and content. It is the hope and promise of love in your life that you are seeking and also have available within. In mindfulness practice we can access this wellspring of love we all have, now.

    In love youíre nourished, you are home.

    In mindfulness we call this loving state compassion and it begins with cultivating it for ones self, if you can foster compassion for yourself you begin to feel a gentle and genuine sense of belonging
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  5. 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours

    Mindfulness like all new skills needs to be practiced to achieve the benefits, with 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours you have no excuses not to try.

    I began meditating in my early 20s and at different stages of my life I have dedicated more time, but the more commitment I give to my practice the greater my experiences and overall life. The practice is the teacher.



    To start your practice you might want to try to integrate these 5 coaching Mindfulness hacks over the next 24 hours to help you sustain your choice to practice mindfulness more. Trust me when I say mindfulness can be life changing,
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  6. 2016 New Year Goal Coaching Planner



    New Years Resolutions usually get said when youíre drunk and forgotten when sober but New Year goals and strategies can make a significant difference to your year and thatís why I developed a coach approach activity planner that can help you make and achieve your goals just like I do in my private sessions.

    The 2016 New Year Goal Coaching Planner is a PDF document with coaching activities to set goals for the New Year. With 9 pages of information, tips and tools the 2016 New Year Goal Coaching Planner invites you to buddy up with a friend and set major goals in seven categories of life, then break it down into five smaller actionable strategies
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  7. Seeing the best in yourself.



    Seeing the best in yourself requires you to be authentic. Being a good leader begins with the relationship you have with yourself. Holding yourself accountable to an honourable character and making the conscious choice to do better.

    A leader looks for the good in people and shines light on them, building them up and good leadership begins with leading yourself. The only way to do that is to take a good within yourself and accept who you are, flaws and all.

    No one is perfect, we all have a dark side and done things we might not be proud of, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes purposefully out of anger but
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  8. The value of money

    I am currently working on some high level plans for budgeting, managing my finance and cash flow forecasting. Simply, I am clarifying my spending, investment and contribution habits both personally and in business so I become more aware of my attitudes, behaviours and able to tweak accordingly based on my core values. I am also setting some intentions for growth in 2016 to increase my net worth.

    By projecting the types of results I want financially in my future and trying to adjust my attitudes about money now I am connecting to my desired outcome, having a good imagination helps and the best part is Im doing work I love so the
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  9. Drink to your success



    By the time it takes you to sit and drink a relaxing cup of tea today you can create an action plan for the next seven days of success, drinking tea allows you to get into a reflective and mindful space for this activity. Letís drink to your success.

    Using dot points in you iPhone Notes app or Calendar app (with alerts for specific times and days), try a little coaching tool I use every week to keep me on track with building my business and family life.

    SMART GOALS include specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timeframes elements making each goal an actionable plan for your week ahead.
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  10. Mindful brains



    Mindfulness is a type of psychology that changes your brain when practiced long term. Despite also being associated with ancient contemplative practice is now based on scientifically researched techniques that have been proven to boost your performance and literally alter your brain structure and function.

    Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain. More about that published in HBR here.

    Through mindfulness practice the research found increases in brain activity
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  11. Pitch Perfect



    Can you please tell me about your business?

    A pitch is what you tell the world about your business and nowadays you have several platforms to do that on instead of just Ďin personí. You might be either at an event, down the street, doing an interview, designing your next round of marketing material, establishing a story for content marketing, designing your home page, sending out an email in response to a new customer enquiry or about to publish something online today. All these platforms are ways you can communicate to your customers and potential customers and share what you do.
    Many of us in business
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  12. Pondering life


    Have you taken the time to ponder on your virtues and faults, to look at your thoughts and feelings and those of others around you also. Doing so will help you asses the decisions you have made in life and how they impact you and those you share life with. Reflecting gives you an opportunity to make profound and constructive change in your life and align your goals with values. Change usually means letting go of some things you previously identified with and keeping others, sometimes even people. The outcome and quality of your reflective period will determine the accuracy of your intuition moving forward.

    Tips for
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  13. Mindful of Mental Health

    Itís Mental health awareness week and the theme is Act, Belong, Commit. There is now evidence that conditions like depression and anxiety are prevalent in our society and often people experiencing it can feel isolated and alone, even when they are not. The purpose of this campaign is to get people talking and sharing and provide information about wellbeing and support. New evidence in psychology research shows connection is the key.


    I personally have been affected by mental illness, I lost my mother to mental ill health in 1999 after a long battle and ironically doing her masters research on the topic that broke
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  14. Personal Brand Connection

    Personal brand connection is the ability to intentionally communicate, what makes you YOU. Consciously crafting your personal brand to represent exactly who you are is a good idea but either way itís going to exist. You already have a digital footprint that spans years, this is part of your personal brand building blocks and one of the most significant ways you can connect with others.



    There are some ways to start building your amazing personal brand, perhaps reinvent yourself and if you are in business it is important to make sure your personal brand is recognisable and congruent with your personal values
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  15. Mindful over Matter Melbourne

    Mindful over Matter Melbourne workshop happened last Saturday and a lovely group of people gathered with me to participate in a coaching workshop on Mindfulness. We explored the meaning of mindfulness, looked at the ways we think and process information and how we approach life in very different modes. The participants all connected with the content and found valuable learning points and insights during the workshop.

    One of the exercises involved mindfulness awareness of sensory perception and during the 20 minute meditation experience we travelled through each bodily sense to switch one off and focus on the next, this exercise is both empowering and enlightening when you begin to have awareness around how focus can expand your
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