This week's blog is about money ... the truth about my money.
I’m reading a book right now by Brene Brown (called ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’) and she talks about the power of being vulnerable and sharing shame.
As I read, honestly, I am triggered.
As I write this blog now, I am triggered.
You probably are too.
I’m thinking about all the things I could be sharing, but I’m not because I’m ashamed.
I’m thinking about what it would be like to be powerfully vulnerable.
So, in line with the theme of my book and my business of teaching people how to honour their authentic self, I am going to share something with you.
Did you know that people get more triggered by conversations about money than they do about sex? True.
In December I decided to finally look at my money with honest eyes, and it was clear I needed to radically change my money mindset.
So I spoke to a debt consolidation company and I was advised, based on my circumstances (personal loan and credit cards from 10 years ago), to declare bankruptcy. I was VERY reluctant to consider this.
I was triggered with shame and pride.
I didn’t want to be ‘that sort of person’.
What sort of person?
A person who didn’t manage their money well. A person who failed with their money.
Yep ... I was very 'judgey'!
But I realised that I needed to accept that I had NOT managed my money well. That was the truth.
I needed to accept and forgive myself for money decisions from 10 years ago that I couldn’t afford or sustain anymore.
And I needed to be willing to consider the option being offered to me.
So I got lots of advice - accountants, financial advisers, my sister (grin) ... and I decided to accept the offer.
The process was surprisingly painless.
It was the most loving thing I could do for myself.
It will not affect the running of my business at all.
The main thing that is affected is that I can't get credit for the next 3 years - and since I'm not planning on owning a home anytime soon, not being able to get a credit card or personal loan is probably the best thing anyone has ever done for me.
I will be forced to live within my means and save for anything I really want.
I also booked in for a 10 week “Heal Thy Money Mindset” course (with Angela Maree).
Check out her website: https://healthymoney.co/
Most importantly, I’m now moving into the new decade feeling lighter, more relaxed and more excited ... without the anchor of my past money mindset. I'm calling it "The Buzz Light-year Project" ... TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!!
Did you know that 28,000 people go through this process every day? ... I know?! WTF!? Right??
It is a lot more common that we know.
Did you know that speaking out about our shame reduces the pain. (P.s. it works with fear too.)
If you would like to share ... to help alleviate your shame ... you are welcome to reply to my email.
I will deeply honour that sharing and hold your heart (and the information) in confidence.
Blessings and love.
This weeks blog is about YOU being ALLOWED to find personal fulfilment and peace.
Do you think you are allowed?
Do you know that’s your divine right?
Do you truly feel worthy of that?
I wasn’t sure what to write for my first blog of the decade.
Then I watched a video this morning on my Facebook feed that made me cry.
Not because I was unhappy, but because it resonated deep in my soul.
It was a sequence of events over the last year where women stood up, stepped out and spoke the truth.
These women won Academy and Emmy awards, were promoted to leadership positions, were the first female astronauts to do a space walk, were the top sports people in their field, and they were speaking loudly and passionately about equality.
They were not ... and I am definitely not ‘man-bashing’.
Men and women are equally important to the balance and success of the planet.
What I really heard during this video is that I am ... and we all are ... ALLOWED to find personal fulfilment and success and peace and joy and love and ... and ... and ... whatever we want.
This reminder was profound.
This reminder moved me.
This was a reminder of why I do what I do ...
It became very clear, while writing my book over the last 2 years, that my ‘why’ is to support women as they rediscover their authentic self and then lovingly express that in the world with confidence.
Do you know who you are?
Do you know why you do what you do?
Do you know how to move into the next decade with confidence?
Let me know if you need some help.
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I look forward to supporting you this year and into this new decade.
This week's blog is about bragging and seeing clearly.
As we are getting to the end of the year (and the end of a decade) it’s a great time to look back at how we’ve grown and celebrate our successes. Denise Duffield-Thomas who wrote the book ‘Lucky Bitch’ suggests that we do a 'Brag List'.
If you think 2019 sucked this is a great way to re-frame it.
The exercise is to make a list of everything you’re proud of over the last year.
First – do this with a partner.
That’s key, so you don’t chicken out and get all bashful, like “I dunno. I guess I did some … stuff..?”
It’s best to do this with someone who gets you and really “sees” you and your accomplishments and who will draw more out of you.
Take turns asking each other what you’re proud of.
Start with “I’m proud of…” and list out things like:
Tricky situations that you dealt with
Boundaries you enforced
Goals you hit
Anything that you want to acknowledge yourself for. Don’t be shy or modest. Time to really shine a light on everything you’ve done.
And seriously – it’s kind of hard to remember everything. So, here’s how to take it to the next level. Your partner simply asks you;
And then silence. No prompting. No jumping in for their turn.
Just ask the question “What else?” and wait.
Keep asking until you have at LEAST 50 brags.
There will be lots of pauses when you think you’re done and then, “Oh yeah! I forgot about this one!” Then keep asking, “What else?”
Trust me, you’ll be buzzing at the end of it, so don’t give up.
The list of brags is important but the question “What else?” is extremely important. You’ll probably get stuck at about five things you’re proud of, because you don’t want to brag, you discount your accomplishments or you’ve just forgotten.
Bragging is GOOD for you. It’s awesome to remember everything, it’s great for manifesting to acknowledge all your wins, big and small so you can attract even more luck and abundance into the new year.
December is also a good time to begin, what I am now calling my “Intentional List of Fun” (I.L.O.F) for next year (or next decade, if you feel inspired to over-achieve).
My I.L.O.F in the past has been filled with items I wanted to buy or win or earn. In the last few years it’s changed to include emotional states (like be happy, be hopeful, be peaceful, be forgiving, be passionate) and people I’d like to spend time with (friends or family or clients) and experiences I’d like to have (like going to LA for a concert or high tea at the Ritz Hotel London or a massage & dip in the Peninsula Hot Springs).
As always I will remind you that your mind is a VERY powerful tool ... so be careful how you use it.
I believe most people do unconscious lists and wonder why their life is messy and surprising (and not in a good way).
Why not use Denise‘s ‘what else?’ process for your 20/20 vision too.
Ask yourself ‘What fun do I want to have for 2020 in my love life, career, health and family?’
And when you get stuck ... ask yourself (or your friend can say) ‘what else?’
You will keep connecting the dots, feel more inspired and get more answers if you keep asking, ...
But if you say ‘I don’t know’ ... it stops the flow.
My top 5 things on my I.L.O.F are:
1. Live launch events for my book Jan, Feb and July (so far).
2. Expand my business online
3. Deepen my yoga practice
4. Heal Thy Money Mindset course
5. Open my heart to romance
I invite you to share your top 3 brags for 2019 and your top 3 fun things for 2020 on my Facebook page: @Conscious Courses and Therapies - CLICK HERE: www.facebook.com.au/consciouscoursesandtherapies
Then we can share
Happy holidays xxx
p.s. Gift vouchers are available for Christmas.
p.p.s One-on-one treatments / coaching / meditation sessions are available throughout the school holidays.
This weeks blog is about travel ...
Of course, I’m thinking about travel because my sister and I are jetting off to LA on Wednesday... are you jealous?
If it wasn't me ... I would be ... so ... no judgement here! :0)
And I'd like to share with you a practice that my friend Michele Scott (Numerologist from Our Wellness Community) does when people share their joy or achievements - she smiles and says “cool - I’ll have some of that!”
It helps her to stay in an attitude of gratitude, expectation and receiving good stuff. And IT WORKS!
She’s always drawing to her more and more divine and wonderful things and experiences into her life.
As we come to the end of the year lots of people are planning their Christmas travel.
And we all have some feelings about what happens during the holidays.
What is your intention?
Are you expecting the same as last year?
Are you expecting drama?
Are you worried about a particular person’s behaviour?
The law of attraction states that what you focus on you create more of.
So it follows that if you expect drama you’ll experience drama.
And if you people to behave in a certain way, they probably will.
Your imagination is a very powerful tool. Use it for pleasure rather than pain.
You might be used to the drama, you might even be comfortable with the discomfort. It serves you in a way.
It gives you permission to be right. But it doesn’t truly make you happy does it?
I’d like to invite you this holiday season to set yourself up for a calm and peaceful time.
Spend your time this December dreaming (day and night) about happy faces, full bellies, warm hugs, relaxed atmosphere, genuine conversations and fun interactions.
And to help you dream and relax ... I’m offering a special December package:
See you when I get back to Australia.
Blessings Pip x
As I did one of my bike rides this week, I came across a hopscotch game that was drawn on the footpath and it stretched a whole block. Aside from admiring the artwork, I was impressed by how it was winding, curving, looping, it even had dead-ends and challenges along the course.
It reminded me of life.
Life never goes in a straight line.
Even when we make a plan.
Especially when we make a plan. Right?
What’s that quote? “When we make a plan the Universe laughs.”
My journey started with me growing up in Tasmania, going to University to study Psychology and then Tourism Marketing; travelling to Africa, UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Egypt and then working on cruise ships around the US and Caribbean, as an entertainer and teaching my meditation classes. And now I run my own business coaching people to take care of themselves.
None of that was planned at the beginning.
How could I have known that this was how it would all unfold?
Although my ‘life-hopscotch’ does have a theme ... it all centres around me being happy and helping others to do the same. You might like to call that my purpose.
One of my mentors said to me “Pip, your job is not your purpose, your career is not your purpose ... it’s the essence underneath them ... the driving force behind them, that’s your purpose.”
What is your theme?
The other cool thing that happened while I did my ride, was I saw a very big and noisy flock of Black Cockatoos.
Scott Alexander King says that Black cockatoo teaches the lesson of SURRENDER.
“Black Cockatoo demonstrates the patience that can only come when we accept that we cannot possibly know everything at the beginning of the journey and that wisdom will present itself at the appropriate time. She helps us take control of life by insisting that we grow at our own pace and learn what we need to know in our own time. She encourages us to just sit in contemplation and wait for life’s mysteries to unfold without consciously seeking answers. She teaches us to trust, encourages us to confront our fears, to go with the flow and to embrace all new opportunities as they present themselves. This period of uncertainty and chaos that you’re going through will soon be over, so be patient, as it will soon pass.”
What a perfect message from Black Cockatoo for this holiday season. Huh?
So, this holidays season if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed - take a breath – and ask yourself ‘what will truly make ME happy?’ ... Not just ‘who else do I need to take care of?’
How your ‘life-hopscotch’ unfolds is not about anyone else but YOU.
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This week's blog is about emotions ...
As I was crying this morning watching Facebook videos of empowered women, I realised that I've had quite an emotional month, and I've not let myself fully embrace or honour all of those emotions.
That might seem a bit counter-intuitive for me ...
I mean, I teach people how to get in touch with their feelings and tap into their truth.
But sometimes we all get caught up in the DOING and forget to BE.
I have been DOING my book launch and DOING my business and DOING my part-time jobs.
But at times, I've forgotten to BE relaxed, BE excited, BE reflective, BE grateful ... to BE proud.
There is a lot to be said for sitting on the verandah in the sun, listening to the birds, and taking a breath.
And as I sat there ... I thought ... "I've just published my first book! HOLY MOLY! That's awesome!"
Before I start planning my next steps ... I am just taking a minute to revel in the joy of this goal being achieved.
I believe our lives are more fulfilled when we take these moments.
I have often spoken to my sister (Marnie) about that question we ask other people ...
"So what have you been doing?"
And that person lists all the things that they have DONE since you last saw them.
Marnie and I made a commitment to share the things we are BEING too.
Now we say ...
"I've been addressing my negative self-talk, I've been honouring my inner child, I've let go of the pain in my left shoulder and I've been journalling about the reasons why I get angry at my boss when he criticizes my work."
So, what have you been DOING that is consuming you?
And what do you prefer to be BEING to feel more fulfilled?
Please feel free to reply to this email or comment below on this blog with your thoughts.
This week's blog is all about MASSIVE GRATITUDE!!!
I have always been one to look (mostly) on the positive side.
I really make a point of focusing on raising the vibration of every situation.
And as we move into the last week of the pre-launch of my book ... there are A LOT of things to be grateful for.
My BIG THREE are below:
* My family have always been huge supporters of everything I do. I am so glad that I chose them. Deeply grateful. Thanks Mum, for sending out my launch email to EVERYONE you know. I love that enthusiasm. I think that's where I get my determination from.
* My clients and friends all over the world ... you all TOTALLY ROCK!!! I seriously love you all right now. Facebook has kept me in touch with people from my overseas adventures (including cruise ships) and I am so unbelievably glad that we can share in each other's lives from far away.
* My publisher Ocean Reeve, Jason Smith and the editing / formatting team at O.R.P have put in many hours to bring this book to life. I know they were excited when I said 'I don't care about the font' ... but I have sent the proof back 17 times with slight changes ... and although they probably have said some expletives under their breath, they never said anything but 'no worries' to me. What a blessing.
The creation of this book has happened because I wrote a bunch of stories ... and then YOU all helped me to give birth to it.
And so, this blog is just simply to say THANK YOU.
Blessings Pip x
p.s. Below is another short excerpt from the book called 'People who saved me from drowning in triviality'
p.p.s. You can get your copy of the book for only $25 (with lots of bonuses) until the 16th November ... just CLICK HERE
p.p.p.s. Watch out for another story-time video on Facebook tomorrow ... :-)
Excerpt from PART TWO / CHAPTER FOUR - Meeting Inspiring People
When I began working on cruise ships I met a few guests who were on the same wavelength as me. My main interactions with the guests, though, were very superficial and didn’t allow for much intelligent conversation.
But after I started doing the wellness classes on board I met a wonderful tribe of soulful people. It was a surprise to me, even though I had set the intention to do just that.
People Who Saved Me From Drowning In Triviality
One of my favourite things about teaching these classes on board was that I significantly changed my beliefs about the cruise ship guests, and American cruise ship guests in particular. Growing up in Australia, the only source of information was the news and sitcoms – and let’s
face it, neither are showing the cream of the society. Even my fellow American crew members would say they were embarrassed by the collective behaviour of the American cruise ship guests.
‘You won’t believe what this guest asked me today. He asked me how we make the water salty in the pool. These guests crack me up!’
I would go to the Internet café between activities to chat to Scott, one of my US friends.
‘Argh my God! They make us look so bad!’ he would protest.
‘Come on … they’re on holiday.’ I would try to defend them, but I actually agreed with him.
‘No, they are stupid, insular and rude! I’m embarrassed to be one of them.’
‘You are not one of them, Scott.’
‘You’re too kind and I’m still … SO sorry.’
‘Well, I appreciate the sentiment, but you don’t have to apologise for them. You are the shining light of intelligence, humour and sarcasm.
You make up for all of them. You and Sebastian.’
‘Thanks Pip, but you have to say that because I could have you deported. You are in my country.’
‘You have no such power!’ I’d roll my eyes and laugh.
‘Coffee?’ It was his cure all.
‘Yes … of course. You’re buying … because I’ve been traumatised by your fellow Americans.’
‘Shut up!’ He’d say with a chuckle.
I had no idea how much I was drowning in the triviality of my job as a social host until I taught my first classes and someone said to me,
‘Thank you so much. The three hours I spent with you have been a great gift and perfect for this moment in my journey.’
I was hooked. I had given myself the gift of fulfilment.
This week’s blog is a reminder that our soul is eternal and our human body is its temporary holiday home.
I have to say that this topic is my most favourite... when I teach my past lives class, when I do a past life regression, and when I read a past lives book with my spiritual book club group ... it lights me up (like a Christmas tree 🎄- is it too early for that reference?)
You know when something is true for you when it makes you feel pumped but also peaceful.
And ... there is a deep knowingness in your heart.
I’d like to share a story with you from my book Finding my Soul at Sea - when I was doing past life regression meditations with guests, as part of my Wellness program.
I hope it gets your past life memories flowing like it did for me.
And you can watch a video of me reading another one of my past life stories on Facebook tomorrow. 😉
Blessings Pip x
Excerpt from Finding my Soul at Sea - Part Two / Chapter Three
MESSAGES FROM THE PAST
My favourite past life meditation is by Quiet Earth Publishing (Australia).
It’s really simple and easy to follow so it’s great for beginners. The whole thing takes about thirty minutes.
First, you are led through an easy process to relax your body. Then you are asked to create or imagine a “sacred space” in your mind where you can start your journey. Then a door appears in the “sacred space” and you are asked to open the door and step through into your past life. Then they talk you through the experience of that memory. At the end you are guided back to the door and into your “sacred space” where you review your experience and consider how it relates to your current life circumstances.
This is the meditation that I would play for the guests on the last day of the cruise.
At the beginning of the class I would explain:
Welcome to my favourite meditation class. No matter if this is your first time or your hundredth time of doing a past life meditation or regression journey, it will be unique. Sometimes when you do a past life meditation you won’t get a clear visual memory. It may be that when you step through the door into the past life, you only get a small “snippet” of information. So, please don’t be disheartened if it is not an amazing technicolour stage show in your mind.
I have seen very clear and vivid scenes unfolding in front of my eyes, like a movie. I have seen quick snapshots of scenes, like photographs in my mind. I have also done some meditations where I couldn’t see anything. It was just black – like when your eyes are closed. But I could smell a scent … flowers, straw, baking bread, smoke or something else that could not logically be explained in the ship environment.
There were some occasions where I didn’t see anything or smell anything, but I did get a strong feeling to indicate my state of mind. For example, there might be an overwhelming feeling of happiness, sadness, confusion, loneliness or anger.
But most importantly, I’ve noticed that usually the memory from the past life would be reflective of my current life circumstances and issues that I was dealing with. So, it would then give me some guidance on how to handle my current situation. Are you ready to get started? …
I always found the people who joined this class were what I call “true seekers” … people who were looking for answers. People who had been asking for guidance and hadn’t been able to get it any other way. It was always a transformative class for me and for the guests who joined me. One of my first past life memories went like this:
I stepped through the door into the past life and could see that I was in a large garden. As I looked around, I could see the bright green of the grass, the perfectly arranged flower beds and a very ornate water fountain. All this was laid out in front of a huge estate home at the top of the hill. I felt that I was in Spain.
I could smell the strong fragrance of roses nearby. It was a very strong scent. When I looked down at my clothing I was dressed in a white blouse with long sleeves, a full pale blue skirt and a red sash at my corseted waist. I smoothed my skirt and tucked my dark brown hair behind my ear.
I had an overwhelming feeling of joy as I walked through the garden admiring the flowers. It was so beautiful. I felt proud of my garden. Everyone would be so impressed (jealous – I hoped) when they came to the party.
When I came back into the room after this meditation, I could still smell the roses. I was delighted. It was so clear. It was not something that my imagination made up in my mind. Yes, I have been to Spain in this lifetime, but never to a location like that one.
It was like having déjà vu. I felt like it was my home. I felt very peaceful and calm.
In the beginning, I enjoyed the meditations but honestly, I wasn’t completely convinced myself that it wasn’t just my imagination. I had a great imagination. I vividly dream with the best of them. But each time I did the past life journey meditation I got more and more evidence that these were my memories – and the way I knew that was the depth of emotion and “knowingness” that came during and after the process. My imagination and vivid dreaming never gave me a feeling of complete calm and knowledge that I am a Divine Soul that is infinite and that we never die. That only comes from a past life memory.
PAST LIFE MEMORY #2
As the past life meditation CD directed me to go to my “sacred space” in my mind, I felt a tingle of excitement.
This lifetime was significant. I could already feel it.
As I walked towards the door that appeared in my mind, I could see the outer edge was carved with symbols which looked familiar but I couldn’t quite place them. Egyptian? No. Mexican? No. I traced the outline of the symbols with my hand. They were ornate and beautiful. They also felt like they were vibrating. Then as I stepped through the door, to the past life beyond, I realised that the symbols were Peruvian, like the ones I’d seen when I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The vision was not initially clear. But the feeling I got was a heavy weight of responsibility.
I heard myself praying, “Angels, please protect my flock!”
I know that I’m a Spiritual Leader. Then I realise that my eyes are closed in the memory. And when I open them I can see the vista of Machu Picchu (Peru) in front of me. I’m standing at the Sun Gate watching the sunrise over the temples. My people have been coming to me concerned and scared.
“What will happen when they come?” (they are referring to the Spanish soldiers).
“It is our destiny – we have done what we came here to do.” I say, “Be not afraid.”
When they come everyone is calm and peaceful. It is the end of the Inca.
When I was in Machu Picchu, Peru in this lifetime I remember feeling a very strong spiritual connection. I sat on the grass near the temple and I knew that I’d lived in that place before. It was a “deep in my soul” knowing. I had never felt like that in any other place that I’d travelled. This past life memory helped me to make sense of the intense connection that I felt on that South American tour.
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This week's blog is a special excerpt from my newly released book - Finding my Soul at Sea.
If you have been watching my posts on Facebook and Instagram, you will know that this week we said goodbye to a beautiful lady called Sharon Pittorino, who passed suddenly from a brain aneurysm.
A lot of people love her.
She's someone that I love.
(Note - I intentionally say that in the present tense, because I know that we don't really die - we are eternal, immortal Souls. We just let go of our human body. Our true Self continues on and on and on).
It has been a very emotional week on Phillip Island.
Once upon a time I would not have said so openly that I loved her.
I was not someone who said 'I love you' willy-nilly to anyone.
But working on cruise ships changed my perspective on love in a significant way.
Now I don't hold back. I don't wait to say those very precious words.
We don't know for sure when we will transition back home.
So, I encourage you this week (and for the rest of your life) ... feel it and say it.
I hope you enjoy this little excerpt from the book.
I love you.
Blessings Pip x
Excerpt from the story: FALLING IN AND OUT OF LOVE QUICKLY
Love was such a fluid concept in the ship environment. I loved people I don’t think I would have ever considered on land. And people loved me in many ways that I never expected to be loved.
I wrote this in an email to a friend, after leaving one of the ships:
I still miss my closest darling friends – I am making new friends (of course!) but you ALL mean a lot to me. YOU are my SOULMATES! Truly. Hugs and kisses to everyone. Love Miss Pippina, Pipularrrr, Ophelia xxx
And his response to me was:
Pip, you kick so much ass! … I love you to death and I have learned a lot from you and I really admire the way you feel about life and how you cope with this crazy world because I think we are very similar in that respect. Thank you for being one of my beautiful soul mates! … You are special! I wish I could give you a hug!!!! – N
On land, I was the girl who tried to stay friends with her exes. I was never very good at letting go. They tended to linger in my mind and my life. I said “I love you” only if I was REALLY sure.
On ships, I started to understand how you can love someone within a day. It finally made sense to me that you CAN feel love for someone that fast and you CAN say, “I love you” to them. You don’t have to date them forever and plan to marry them.
You can just feel the feelings and say it.
When I was a teenager, I remember having an argument with my cousin. She’s six months younger than me. We were best friends from birth. We were like sisters. She would say “I love you” to people that she just met ten minutes ago and then she’d say it to me. I remember being upset because it seemed to me to be devaluing the love she felt for me. She really felt that she loved everyone, so why not say it?
Now I know what it feels like to feel love for someone within a very short space of time. Perhaps her “love frequency” was just set to a higher sensitivity level than mine, or maybe her heart was more open.
I can vividly remember the way that I sobbed saying goodbye to friends at the end of their ship contracts. It might have only been a few months, but my heart felt like it would break in to a million pieces. I loved them so much. How could I go on without my daily dose of laughter, naughtiness, hugs and their special brand of silly? It was not much easier to be the one leaving either. Going back into the “real world” was a bit daunting after living in the safe bubble of ship-land.
On board I learned how to tie up loose ends quickly and move on. Some intimate relationships were two days, some three weeks, some four months, but every time they ended there were minimal awkward moments. Everyone was on the same page. Our friendships stayed intact, even if our sexual relationship ended. It was not unusual for someone to have moved on to a new person within a few days.
Time was compacted. A week felt like a month. When you spend twenty-four hours a day with someone, you get to know them quickly, and well. Good and bad things. On land, you might not find out that someone was a bad kisser, for example, until the second or third date, which could be weeks. On ships, that information was discovered in the first few days of attraction. It’s hard to not run into someone when you spend so much time in close quarters with them.
I remember having this conversation about sex via email with a close friend on my fourth contract.
Pip, you need to get movin’ … I just shagged someone else last night … that’s 2 for me in 3 weeks and none for you in a month … ha ha! I’m winning! … I think it would be cool if we had a competition. … ha ha! … bye sweety! – N
To which I responded with:
HEY BUDDY!!! NO COMPETITIONS! I am sure to beat your arse (ARSE!) anyway … so don’t even start. *grin* I have been (overly) focusing my attention on a guy who has a girlfriend … and that was insanity as far as getting sex. The more time I spent with him the more I liked him … and the more I knew that I would not be able to go any further than friends. SO … I am trying to stay away from him.
There is a cute guy in the Calypso Band, who has been making some interesting moves – hmm? Mebbe?? I am just not sure that is what I want to do anymore? Eeek!! I cannot believe I just wrote that.
Perhaps I have some sort of illness? … I am obviously not thinking straight if I don’t really want to shag every cute guy I see. Some might say I am in LOVE … but they would be INSANE!! It is more likely just the stars not aligning in the right way eh??
Love Count Pipularrrr
And he replied:
Pip! … don’t question how you feel about someone or analyse why you aren’t shagging everything in sight. You’re fine! Every so often someone comes into our life that makes us evaluate what we really want.
It is happening to me right now – I really like this girl but we are on different paths, so that’s cool. I wish the stars were aligned perfectly with everyone I shag but it just ain’t gonna happen!
I think that it’s a beautiful thing about travelling and meeting new people and discovering new soul mates, friends and lovers. Just keep having fun! Love you too!! – N
I felt like I went through a transformation from naïve small-town girl to woman of the world in six years. My relationship experiences prior to the ships were not astounding. They were normal, everyday, regular and loving relationships. But I realised that I was being a version of myself that everyone around me wanted me to be. I was being a good daughter. I was a great student. I was a reliable employee. I was a caring and predictable girlfriend.
On the ships I was allowed to explore new possibilities for myself. Every six-month contract I could re-invent myself. Be a whole new version of me. I could be crazy, conservative, mysterious, spiritual, adventurous … whatever I felt like trying. It was completely freeing. But I do remember wondering after all the relationships with men who were similar to me and men who were nothing like me – none of them worked out long term. It made me consider the question of who was the right guy for me?
This week’s blog is about how moving your self out the way will allow your Soul to bloom.
I was listening to Colette Baron Reid’s podcast and she said something that really resonated ...
“YOU are the preventer of your success. If you are not getting what you want YOU are not ready ... get ready!”
And I thought ‘Wow! Yes! That’s exactly what’s been happening to me.’
Last year I spent 9 months writing my mini-memoir with the guidance and support of Ocean (at Ocean Reeve Publishing).
The book is a collection of stories about my spiritual journey in a very non-spiritual space - working on cruise ships.
This book is the first time I have shared my truth about my experiences. It is me sharing all of my authentic self.
The writing part was challenging and I had to be focused ... but I had fun writing all my memories and insights.
The publishing part is all new to me and it has been pushing me out of my comfort zone - BIG TIME!
I’ve been living on Phillip island for 7 years building a self care and wellness business.
Being self-employed and teaching has been a wonderful experience for me.
It’s been challenging and I had to be focused ... but I’ve had fun.
Now, my book is 6 days away from release and I have been asked to step up and back out into the world.
The Finding my Soul at Sea cover reveal is happening on 27th October.
It’s awesome... exciting... and ... my small self has been terrified!
Over the last 12 months my ego has been definitely been preventing my Soul from expanding.
But I don’t tell you this to justify or give myself (Or you) permission to stay small.
I tell you this to remind you that your Soul knows best.
Your Soul knows what will support you.
Your Soul knows what will block you.
Your Soul knows what will excite you.
Your Soul knows when to move or stop.
Your Soul knows who to go to for help.
Your Soul knows that your ego is scared.
Your Soul knows you can only move forward when you are happy, relaxed, calm and loving.
How do you know what are your Soul messages?
Well you can feel them deep in your gut - in those quiet times just before sleep or on meditation or at the end of yoga class or on the beach when you zone out, or in the garden when you sit and breathe.
So, even though my ego has been going crazy with fearful warnings this past year, I knew in my waters (wink - a little pun there about the book topic) that I had to keep moving forward.
This is my true purpose.
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a little girl (remember my stories from the blue book Erica, Anita and Janine?).
I’ve had a vision sitting quietly in my Soul to inspire and teach people to embrace more of their true self.
I’ve got an inner knowing that I can’t go back now.
And all the self care techniques that I’ve learned over the last 20 years (and that I now teach) I have been using to deeply soothe my small self this year.
That’s why I was drawn to learn the reiki energy healing, the EFT Tapping, the Bowen Therapy, the meditation, the crystals, the essential oils, the chanting, the yoga, and all the angel intuitive clearing and preservation techniques.
And that’s why I’ve been drawn to certain healers and coaches to help me when I need to shift even more.
Everything is happening for a reason.
Know that .... YOU are not lost at sea.
YOU are being guided ... YOU just might not be aware of it all the time.
YOU are reading this article - that is a sign.
I look forward to meeting to soon.
My book ‘Finding my Soul at Sea’ is being released on 27th October. Yay!!
Go to www.pipcoleman.com/new-book-coming.soon for details and special gifts & bonuses.
Colette Baron Reid's book is called Uncharted - the journey though uncertainty to infinite possibility.
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