failures + healings: the year that was

Posted on December 31st, 2011

This post has been updated.

Every year since starting this blog I’ve done a NYE post (give or take a few days) that outlines my resolutions for the coming year. Last year I wrote a bunch of “intentions” for 2011.

My brother Nick and me - 17 years and 7 inches between us

Below I outline which ones I stuck to. And the other events that emerged, with intention, too. And then where I want to head in 2012.

But first I want to discuss “failure”.

My “failures” in 2011 have been observable by many due to the nature of this blog – in real time, with commentary and opinion from virtual strangers (very much literally). Which has been an interesting process to be a part of. But good. Definitely good.

Failure. I’ve had some this year. I observe many of us have. Or rather many of us have had plans that went awry. Complications. False starts. Steps backwards. Recalibrations that involved dismantling a few things in the interim.

But then – and tell me if it was this way for you, too? – the year has somehow ended with some resolution or settling or forgiveness or landing.

This has been the theme this year. It was a massive year. A hard year. Read more

I quit sugar new year program giveaway: natvia pillow packs

Posted on December 30th, 2011

Next week my 8-week I Quit Sugar Program kicks off.  Everyone is welcome to join in – whether you bought the book ages ago, or just now.  Sugar is toxic and it makes us fat. New Year. New Starts. A New Sugar-Free Life. The program is a “let’s do it together effort” with extra info and a webinar where I answer your specific questions.

To get you geared up, over the weekend we’re giving away:

 Natvia pillow packs


Natvia is a natural sweetener derived from the purest and sweetest parts of the stevia plant, a South American plant.

Natvia is one of the ONLY fructose-free sweeteners I endorse in my I Quit Sugar ebook and it’s a RIPPA staple to have stashed in your pantry for when you’re quitting the white poison.

I’ve written about it before here and here. And the I Quit Sugar ebook features several recipes that call for stevia.





Stevia, so you know:

* contains 95% fewer calories than sugar
* is tooth friendly
* contains no aspartame, no saccharin


* is great for baking and cooking (my ebook has a bunch of recipes to try)

What to do next:

* Simply buy a copy of The I Quit Sugar ebook here - for $15 - before 5pm Monday 2nd January, and you’ll receive a Natvia pack (until stock runs out…I’ll advise here and on Twitter if this happens).

PLUS I’m going to give away 10 packs to anyone who’s already bought the book and has asked a great question or shared a great factoid in one of the forums.

* We will email you to get your address and Natvia will send your pack out in the New Year.

Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy these last few days of 2011. 2012 is going to be sweeter…I can just tell.


Q: whose advice do you *actually* still follow, two years on?

Posted on December 29th, 2011

Since I quit my Sunday Life column I’ve been asked by many of you what tricks and techniques acquired along the way are still part of my life repertoire. As in, the things that actually worked and stuck. Last week I posted some techniques. Here’s some advice that’s stuck really firmly…I do all three techniques below regularly. They work. They’ve made my life better.

photo via Lady Marshmallow

1. I’m thoroughly me.

Sure, but how do you work out what you like doing so you can then go about doing it? The gazillion-dollar question, right? Gretchen advises thinking back to what you liked doing as a kid. Which is very Jungian and fine if you can recall a time when you weren’t trying to fit in to the collective’s idea of fun. Read the full post here.

2. I accept I’m a scanner.

New York-based author Barbara Sher, who coined the term, reckons I’m a classic case. A scanner, she tells me, is genetically wired to be fanatically interested in multiple things at once. “You love everything, right!” Well, yes. “But you get bored and go off on tangents! And you think it’s bad that you keep quitting things and moving on!” Yes, yes, I do! “Don’t! Have some fun with it instead!” Read the full post here.

3. I get deliberate. 

 “You have to get deliberate.” I love this. Deliberate. As in, not flaccidly expecting it to just happen, but, making it happen with focused techniques. Applied with fired-up focus. This means actively letting go of certainty. Do you stall on decisions by asking everyone else around you their opinion? Hey, me too. And, hey, Brown, too. She deliberately notes when this happens. “It’s a red flag.” It means she’s gripping at certainty. When this happens she stops and deliberately sits in the “not knowing” a bit longer. A gut instinct will then always emerge. Read the full post here.