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In the Flow

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Lately, I have felt more in the flow.

Dedicating more of my time to self-love, self-trust and self-worth has seen me focus on my writing projects, and attend to the daily “must-do’s” in a state of relative ease, grace and joy. This is not to say I haven’t had to face challenges.

Self-trust felt forced upon me as we struggled to find a house to rent. I had to learn to let go of what I had no control over. It’s not as if I didn’t know there is a divine time for all things, it was at another level of understanding and acceptance. No matter what I did, it wasn’t going to happen any faster! And surrendering was truly liberating.

Eventually, after a whirl of seeming lies and deceit from multiple real estate agents, we found a private rental and breathed a sigh of relief. Though we did have to extend our lease by one week, while our new landlord prepared our new abode. This caused another hiccup where we couldn’t move in over the course of a weekend and could only do this on a Monday. Add to this that it was Thomas’ first day back at Uni after his semester break, and I felt frazzled. Brad and I, though, dug deep and got it done. And the best part was our new house was beautifully presented… it’s the first rental home I haven’t had to clean!

Self-love then arose when rest became a priority to recuperate. It was also time to purchase those new sunglasses that I wrote about in one of my previous blog posts. This resulted in being asked when I’d last had my eyes checked. ‘Hmm… too long, like nine or ten years ago.’

I knew one eye was worse than the other, yet I wasn’t aware that I had a common condition called Blepharitis that made my eyes itchy, blurry, and at times pooled and ran as if I had a blocked tear duct. Thankfully, it is easy enough to treat this and will take less than six weeks to break the parasite’s life cycle. As for being able to read… I was so excited when I looked through the right lens at the optometrist and could see the bottom row of letters. Yippee, I can see!

Here I am with my first pair of reading glasses. I’m told it’s an age thing, and nothing to do with my vocation 😉

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Self-worth got my attention when delivering my latest Write to Know Self sessions. These gatherings truly make my heart sing with joy. Yet, over the past four years of presenting these, the number of people attending hadn’t increased, despite my marketing efforts. Add to this an inner desire to expand, and a voice within me that said I could reach more people if I took it online, and I heeded the call to change.

There’s a quote that accurately represents this…

Work smarter, not harder!

Being in the flow ensures I listen to my guidance and take action when required, be true to self and honour my knowing. If I may assist you with your flow, please let me know.

Have you been aware of any, or all, of the trio of self-attributes lately? I look forward to reading about your experiences in the comments below.

Thank you for reading and sharing in this wondrous adventure called life. May you sparkle bright and shine your light.

Write to Heal and make your mark!


Leanda Michelle ♥

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World Top 10 Literary Cities

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Have you visited one or more of the world top 10 literary cities?

If you happen to live in Melbourne like I do, we live in one!

The 2011 National Geographic Traveller magazine shares these top 10 literary cities. Unless new information comes to light, history doesn’t change often so although it’s 2011 it is good enough for me.

Here’s 1-10…

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. Dublin, Ireland
  3. London, England
  4. Paris, France
  5. St. Petersburg, Russia
  6. Stockholm, Sweden
  7. Portland, Oregon
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Melbourne, Australia… we made it!
  10. Santiago, Chile

One of my recently discovered and now favourite well-known poets is from Santiago, Chile…

“And one by one

the nights between

our separated cities

are joined to the night

that united us” ~ Pablo Neruda

Literacy is all about reading and writing. When we incorporate the food, culture, libraries, cafés, bookstores, writer nooks, and writer birthplaces—because all writers whether famous or not resided somewhere—it makes a feast for all our senses. 

In Melbourne Lonely Planet voted the Melbourne Literary Tour as one of the world’s top ten for 2015! Walk the streets of Melbourne and visit the heritage buildings, discover the history and read some excerpts… [You can read about it here] 

If you were to explore a literary city where might you go? What would you like to see, to experience and why?

Are you a lover of reading and books? What are you reading now and where is the author from?

Write to Heal and make your mark!


Leanda ♥

[To read more about each of the literary cities above and why they were ranked 1-10 see here]

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When called to let go of attachments leaves you feeling distraught… remember to immerse yourself in the sunlight.

These are some of my fave photos… things that nourish my soul.

May they ignite the joy and wonder in your world.


Read on a warm spring day surrounded by fresh daffodils and embraced by Mother Earth

(Even when it’s raining we are still blessed with our imagination)

(photo credit: theguardian.com)

Wild Rose candle and light

Light a candle to smother the darkness

sunset over Yarra Glen

Acknowledge the end of today before a new tomorrow


Express Gratitude for all in our life

(photo credit: helpfindhappiness.com/)

Archie & Jazzy Feb 14

Our pets and our children are not ours to own or keep… they are mirrors of what we can learn about self

Collaborative painting

Express your authentic self… be creative… play with colour and patterns


Move your body… quiet the mind

(photo credit: yoganonymous.com)

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Happiness does not rest upon what we expect

(photo credit: Judith Robuliak)

Release attachment to all that no longer serves you or holds you back

Write to Heal and make your mark for life is worth living ♥

With Love

Leanda Michelle ♥