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Many thanks Annie of Annie's Books Peregian for this opportunity to meet people and share my story. xx

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Robert Rabin, an author, speaker and teacher, was a man who throughout his life gave his gift of wisdom and joy to all he knew. I met him briefly, through written communications, towards the end of his life. I wrote about him in my book A Journey of Creative Healing. I loved his thinking that he was 'holding the space for disease,' rather than a permitting the diagnosis to define him. I am so thankful our souls touched momentarily.

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(Gina) Time has collapsed for Robert, I believe, which I also believe fills him with immeasurable joy. For the rest of us, time too often seems to drag on without him.

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So grateful to receive this and know that my book was of service to someone.

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I love Barbara Weibel's attitude to life. Her Hole In The Donut Travels latest article will inspire you to stop making excuses and book that 'one-day, some-day' trip you have promised yourself - I feature her inspirational story in my book A Journey of Creative Healing

NEW BLOG POST: How Much it Really Costs to Travel Around the World Full Time. Perhaps the question I’m asked most often as a digital nomad is, “How much does it... cost to travel full time?” It’s a question that, after 11 and a half years of traveling around the world, I am eminently qualified to answer, but up to this point have avoided.

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After 11 years and 95 countries, travel blogger Barbara Weibel answers the question, "How much does it cost to travel full time around the world?" She provides specific costs for three different levels: budget, modest, and comfortable travel.
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Thank you Noosa Today for the great 2-page article on my book A Journey of Creative Healing. In the picture I am wearing my gift of a clear quartz bracelet from 'got ballZ' which I received for being the Radical Remission Project Healing Story of the Month of March. Gosh will this publicity go to my head? Well maybe if the book becomes a global best seller. But until then I will bask joyfully in every minute of being a star for the day.xx

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Reflecting on meeting such beautiful people yesterday. Sharing stories from the heart. These discussions prompted so many thoughts that I intend to keep sharing but today is about being'denial' when we are given the bad news that happens in life. And how there is a persistent and definitely uneasy feeling that one SHOULD be grown up and face the reality of a situation.

In my opinion, SHOULD needs to be banished from our vocabulary. When we say it we are speaking of othe...rs expectations. Society is frequently a hard task master especially when they have not walked in other's shoes. In my experience being in 'denial' with any traumatic event or illness is a safe haven where we are processing all that we need to continue. If we are in conflict with it, we stop the hidden workings of our mind, body and spirit that takes us to a point of acceptance.

ACCEPTANCE is our starting point to creating a life around the wound. Like our world, we evolve at our own pace - I encourage you to avoid thoughts that are prefaced by I SHOULD or I SHOULD NOT - they will pollute the natural flow of things.

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What a rewarding morning. Thank you to all those lovely people who stopped by to chat and buy the book. It was so good cutting through the dross to talk about real things with real people. Made my heart sing xx

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I would love to meet you and tell you more about my new book 'A Journey of Creative Healing.' I will be at Annie's Books Peregian Beach this coming Saturday, 21st April, between 10am and 12noon.

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BOLLYWOOD - don’t you think that’s a scrumptious word with a chipper rhythm?

It has a chameleon quality to it. Similar to balderdash but happier, more contemporary. Apart from the lovely jiggling dance the noun could be used with authority for a variety of things.

‘That’s sheer bollywood,’ said the lawyer jamming his wig hard on his head, his eyes flinty with anger. ...
‘Naughty, naughty you keep your bollywood to yourself,’ she said with a saucy smile.
Think Jamie Oliver creating a fifteen minute curry with all the works - he plonks down the offering on a bit of weathered board ‘Now serve that with a bit of bollywood and you have the perfect meal. Yum.'

Maybe I have had too much Easter egg chocolate and have the bollywood up my tail but I see white letters high on a hill in Bangladesh surrounded by expensive homes or is that sheer bollywood in my thinking?

I think I might get into the belly dance outfit and jiggle around the lounge.

That’s all for today, that's your bollywood lot!

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In A Journey of Creative Healing I tell the story of my remarkable healing from profound illness, trauma and grief over half a century ago. I compare my journey to wholeness with today's bounty of scientific evidence that support my six steps to recovery. Available on Amazon or you can ask your local bookstore to source you a copy.

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In A Journey of Creative Healing I tell the story of my remarkable healing from profound illness, trauma and grief over half a century ago. I compare my journe...y to wholeness with today's bounty of scientific evidence that support my six steps to recovery. Available on Amazon or you can ask your local bookstore to source you a copy.

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I love it when we connect serendipitously through the written word. For me it was reading the books of author Oliver Sacks, neurologist, naturalist and historian. Here are two of his quotes that specifically echo my sentiments on life and health expressed in my book 'A Journey of Creative Healing.'

Quote 1:
“In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.”

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Quote 2:
“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers."

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So grateful for this review of my new book 'A Journey of Creative Healing,' from a friend who is finding her own path to good health from MS. So heart warmed that my story resonated with her.

'Thank you so much for your book, it was wonderful! I took my time reading, basically stopping every two pages and sitting with what you’ve written

When I started reading your book I had kind of forgotten my creativity, and by you writing about yours you have inspired me to find my way ...to bringing some joy back into my life through my creativity.

I also loved learning more about your life story, and the challenges you had to face and overcome, the courage it must have taken to go against medical advice in the 60s when a doctor was God. You touched me deeply with what you and your family went through, and also your personal way (people pleasing, yep I know that one intimately, too).

All in all, I love your book and think it will inspire the people who are ready for it. The main point I think is the taking responsibility for yourself.

Dear Mary, thank you again for letting me read your book upfront, it has set me in the right direction where I had strayed from the path I know in my bones to be right.

I wish you and your book all the success you and it deserve, and feel it will be a great support to people with MS ready to step up and live their own life creatively and responsibly'.

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In cooking, one of the vital steps in any dish is the resting. More commonly associated with meat cookery, the message is that once you cook the roast or bbq the steak it needs a resting period after it is taken from the heat. This resting time allows the juices to settle, makes it easier to carve and enhances the flavours. Resting any dish that comes hot from the stove, whether it be meat, fish or vegetable will improve given time to rest for a while. And we all know that a ...cooked casserole eaten the day or so after cooking tastes better than it did straight from the oven.

But the benefits of a resting period is not limited to culinary achievements. Think of the old adage 'sleep on it' (defer the decision, fight another round).

I find that my creative process always needs time to allow ideas to settle before it all comes together. How many times, when a word or name is elusive, do we say leave it - it'll come - and sure enough when we least expect it the errant name comes instantly to the tip of our tongue.

In nature we see there is a time when everything seems dormant (well in UK where I was born or if you live in the mountains in Australia) and the rock hard soil looks as if no life could possibly be sustained and suddenly a brave crocus breaks through.

So perhaps when we have those dark moments when nothing seems right, we should see it as a resting period which allows our spirit to germinate and come out stronger.

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A preview of my second FB ad - let me know what you think please xx

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More Coffee shop wisdom -

Even as a child the number 3 always resonated with me and I had a cluster of 3 derivatives in my birth date so it was no surprise to find numerologically I am a double 3 - a 33.

Apart from all the obvious triple deity themes in religion – Christainity, Hindu, Buddhism and Taoism, the number is a constant in our lives - past, present, future. Mother, father child. Birth, life and death. It is the first odd prime number and genetic information is enco...ded in our DNA using a triplet codon system.

In numerology the #3 relates to the attributes of expansion and the principles of broad-minded thinking, encouragement, assistance, talent and skills, self-expression and communication.

#33 is a Master Number and resonates with the energies of compassion, inspiration, honesty, discipline, bravery and courage.

Interestingly #33 tells us that ‘all things are possible’. #33 is also the number that symbolizes ‘guidance’.

Maybe that is why I wrote 'A Journey of Creative Healing,' my third book - my journey back to health from multiple sclerosis.

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