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Life Experiences House Sitting

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House sitting has been quite a journey of delving deeper into self. The take away was discovering exactly where I want to put my roots down. If I had not branched out to different locations I may not have realised this truth.

My first house sit, in March, was in the leafy seaside suburb of Beaumaris. A quiet location, yet it felt pretentious. The vibe was more work-oriented than a balanced lifestyle, though, my summary may have been in haste as it was gathered from only four days. I haven’t included a photo of these two adorable pooches because we didn’t have time to create a close bond, though, they are no less memorable.

My next stop was Korumburra to care for my friend Gloria’s dog, Toto. When we weren’t walking or eating, Toto was keeping me company while I completed my third memoir.

I spent the following two months with two of my sons in Mornington and Mount Martha, before caring for three gorgeous cats in Rosebud. I love the name Rosebud, and while there is the old mixed with the new—seaside cottages and extravagant mansions—it was the land I felt connected to. Rosebud is cocooned between Arthur’s Seat—rolling green hills of abundant nature, and the sea. For me, it feels like the best of both worlds—a kaleidoscope of natural goodness that magically nourishes my soul.

My Beautiful Furry Friends… Love them all!

I then returned to my past… another eighteen-days in Korumburra and twenty-four days in Leongatha, both in the Strzelecki Ranges of Gippsland. I remember the first time I entered our first property in Mirboo North. I knew I’d been there before. It was home. Yet over the course of five years since leaving Gippsland, I’d experienced much change. What I hadn’t realised was the loss and grief I’d experienced when living there had left a scar, and I wasn’t keen to return. I wondered if I had taken a backward step.

Of course, I hadn’t. I came to understand, as new opportunities presented, that I would experience the opposite—joy. It was a balancing of the scales, so to speak. I continued to work on my projects, and found they all came to completion around the same time. Then friend and client, Jenniffer Button asked if I’d be interested in collaborating. I happily accepted the invitation, as we both work from a heart-centred space, and thought it could be fun.

Jenniffer played her crystal singing bowls, while my job was to channel a guided visualisation that led people into their own inner journey of self-discovery. We shared six sessions over a period of three weeks. At the final session I decided, with a prompt from Jenniffer, to tone with the bowls. That’s when the real magic of our collaboration took me to a whole new level.

Guided Visualisation sessions accompanied by Jenniffer Button playing her Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls… amazing sound!

The sound of the bowls and my voice became one. I saw and felt the resonance (frequency) vibrate in my vocal cords, as they mixed and integrated in the ether. It was such a joyous feeling that my eyes filled with tears, and I felt my heart expand with love and warmth.

This showed me that we are all instruments in the grand scheme of the Universe, and have the power to tweak, manipulate, sing a different tune, believe a new story, change an old pattern, than we’ve previously sung. In other words, we can be, do, and have anything we want. All we have to do is tune into that frequency. And we do this by playing, experimenting, exploring and creating.

Immersed in colour and fragrance in a private garden – Leongatha

Living in other people’s energy, I’ve no doubt, has broadened my creativity and view of the world. There is no place for judgement and how others live, only a deep pool of gratitude. I’ve loved photographing the herbs and flowers in every garden. Each time I ventured into the garden, I saw something new. And the closer I came in contact with nature, the more beauty I found within self! I’ve made new friendships, both from the animal kingdom and in human form, and my gratitude for their gift of giving and sharing fills my heart with abundance and joy.

One of the greatest joys is hearing about the people’s adventures. Everywhere I house sat, the homeowners went on a holiday: the Barossa Valley, the Greek Islands, England, the USA. And each involved a celebration: a special birthday, visiting family and friends, a marriage proposal.

This is why I love to travel, to experience the world and add depth and meaning to my life. Being free from financial constraints while house sitting has seen my life to be simpler and less stressful. Though, I would like to put my roots down because then there’s always a place to come home to… a point of grounding. I welcome the next stage of my life, however it may unfold. May new opportunities open for us all, to see, explore, dance in a creative world full of love, belonging and working together in balance and harmony, for the greater good of all.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle


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2016 in Review

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My mantra for 2016 was freedom. One might think that I would experience a freeing year, considering I was planning to spend six months in Canada. However, it had its restrictions too. Fortunately, I lived with very generous and accommodating people.

I set out to write a new novel. I invested as much time and energy into this project as I could, yet another project desired to take centre stage. This is the third and last in my series of memoirs. I have given it the working title of ‘Seduced by Spring’. I say it is the last in this series as it brings to completion what began in Write to Heal.

As a sensitive and empathic person, I have felt the energies throughout this year intensely. There were many challenges on the path, yet my focus here is to look at the positives and respond with gratitude. Each situation pushed me to surrender, to accept and to forgive… to shed more layers of the old self, and make way for the new.

So, let’s look at 2016 in review… through my eyes, and my love of capturing moments that I felt were beautiful.

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I made the most of every divine sunset that Mother nature displayed throughout my final months living by the sea

Friends, Angie and Helen graced me with their presence before I left for my journey to Canada

The clever and creative Guisy D’Anna (Italy) designed my new business logo

I was fortunate to share Usui Reiki with beautiful friends

I was honoured to share the teachings of Usui Reiki with beautiful souls… assisting them to remember

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My sons and I explored the Mornington Peninsula, soaking up the autumn sunshine (the eldest is missing from this photo)

April saw the new cover design of my book created by Guisy D’Anna… In Light of the Truth published 2 years and 1 day after my first book Write to Heal

Mothers Day fun with my sons

Mother’s Day fun with my beloved sons

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I felt humbled and deeply grateful to sign copies of my first paperback book

My sixth month Canadian adventure begins

My sixth-month Canadian adventure began with blessed flights

There were many noteworthy writing moments

There were many noteworthy writing moments

Connecting with writers and soul sisters was another highlight

Connecting with writers and soul sisters at Fieldstones Wellness was one of many highlights

Fall arrived and was spectacular

Fall arrived and was spectacular

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The snow followed… I love everything about this magical wonderland… yes, even the cold weather!

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Christmas tree delight with the moon shining bright – at the Toronto Christmas Market

That’s a rap! Thank you for sharing the journey with me. How was your year? Did you have a mantra? And how did your year reflect your mantra?

2017 in numerology is a one year… inviting new beginnings. With this in mind what might be your new mantra? I’ll reveal mine in my next post. I wish you a safe and joyous festive season. May your continued journey be peaceful and prosperous.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Bookstores and Change

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‘Hi, do you read memoirs?’

Blank look. I need to give her an example.

‘Have you heard of Eat Pray Love?’

‘The movie?’ she said, knowingly. No! It was a book before it was a movie! I laughed. ‘Do you read self-help books?’

‘Err… time is an issue for me. I’m so busy… what with work, and all my commitments.’

I saw and felt her anxiety, the stress.

‘Do you actively address how you manage your time?’

‘Oh, sure.’

I waited, yet she revealed nothing further. We chatted until I offered to show her my book. I felt grateful she was willing to receive it. I saw in her eyes her attraction to the cover. Then she turned it over to read the blurb on the back.

‘Have you sought love and it still eludes you?’ she said with a lilt in her voice. ‘This is me for sure… and just about everyone I know.’

She read the rest and hesitated as she gave it back to me.

‘You know, the last thing I bought was a magazine… I work in the fashion industry,’ she said, her hands expressing the designer clothes that graced the stands around her. ‘It sat on my bedside table for two weeks before I picked it up… and then it was only for ten minutes. There’s no time for me anymore.’

I felt her despair, the resignation that any attempt to change her daily living was pointless… and reading… well, that took time and time was something she didn’t have.

This was just one conversation I had with a randomly chosen person in a mall in Mississauga. I’d set out to chat with bookstore managers with the intent to introduce ‘In Light of the Truth‘ and learn about their business protocols for consignment, author meet ‘n’ greets, and signings.

Two from three bookstores said author signings, or meet ‘n’ greets were no longer viable or popular unless alcohol and nibbles were involved, and it was set up as an event. The third bookstore’s manager was on leave and no one was able to speak on the managers behalf. So, rather than entertain the thought of disillusion, I set out to talk to retailers and random people while browsing the stores. The one thing that stood out to me was so many people are unhappy with the lives they lead, yet they’re not willing—or don’t know how—to step out of their comfort zone and make the changes they desire.

Why is it so difficult for people to take one step, no matter how big or small? If they did, they’d know one way or the other if it was the right or wrong move, and they’d be better prepared for the next step.

Each time we take a step, we are setting an intent to move forward on our path. It might feel scary to take, yet when we have taken that step there’s a knowing that we’ve made an effort to seek our truth, and we’ve shown our faith.

Courage comes from faith, bravery originates from fear.

Is there a situation in your life that you’d like to change? What action step can you take to bring about this change? Are you willing to seek your truth? Please share in the comments below.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Feelin’ the Love

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Leanda journal writing at Ravens Ridge

Photo Credit: JLR Photography

I’m feelin’ the love. You can too!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted on my blog. You know how it is, we may have the best intentions to keep the momentum flowing, yet life is not just about us. We’re all one thread in the interwoven fabric of existence. Some threads are pulled in many directions. They become frayed and in need of cutting the ends off, to begin anew. Then there are those threads that mysteriously entwine together to work as one—the once single strand becomes a variety of strands, like our DNA, and each works together for the greater good of the whole.

One of the most important conclusions I’ve come to in this lifetime, is working together for the common good is much more powerful and productive than working alone. This collective energy encompasses a wellspring from which to create more love and beauty in the world.

So, where am I going with this?

Love and moral support for our friends, family, clients, acquaintances—all people, is paramount to living a balanced life.

I have felt so much love and moral support for my latest book, In Light of the Truth, that many a kind word or gesture have brought me to tears—of the joy and gratitude kind 🙂

Why?

Because writing is not the easiest of vocational paths to take. Hours, days, months and sometimes years can become consumed by just one project. During that time, there isn’t a fairy Godmother providing us with a weekly income. We must take action and make ends meet the best way we know how, and place trust and faith in something greater than ourselves. In the end, the book becomes a gift to share with others. Yet it is first and foremost a gift to self, and for me, was an exploration into making sense of my life.

Thank you for honouring me and my creative process to grasp a better understanding of who I am.

I am deeply grateful for your friendship, encouragement and moral support. Please know, I am here for you in equal measure.

Do you have special people in your life who encourage and support you?

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle♥


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BITEradio Interview

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Today I experienced my first radio interview with Robert Sharpe at BITEradioBringing Inspiration To Earth.

How did this come about?

As a member of Media Connections I received an email to one of their media opportunity alerts—seeking inspirational guests for an online radio interview. The details were:

Bringing Inspiration to Earth is an online radio show/podcast that has highlighted inspirational authors and subject matter experts for more than 5 years. I focus on the areas of Self-help, Spirituality, Children’s Literature and Environmental Awareness. Our listeners are worldwide with concentrations in USA, Canada, UK and Australia (due to having many guests from those locations).

I applied as soon as I saw it, hit the send button, and gave it no further thought. Two hours later and I received a message from Robert Sharpe at BITEradio inviting me to be a VIP guest to chat on his show about my first book Write to Heal.

Wow! What an opportunity!

We had a lovely chat, and if you’d like to listen to the interview click here.

Please leave a comment for Robert on his site, and/or share your thoughts and ask me any questions you may have below. Thank you for sharing in this adventure. Gosh! Who knew life could be so much fun!

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥

PS: Here’s a pic of me, deliriously happy to hold the first copy of In Light of the Truth 😀 (Thanks Thomas for taking the pic!) I then spent the next three days reading it and checking for errors. The pre-order copies will be placed today!!!!

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