Monday, 30 April 2012

Responsible, Authentic Adventures with Couchsurfing!

The Couchsurfing world map!

Part of what reminds me that there is magic in this world is meeting new, interesting and compassionate people. It can be easy to read about all the negativity in the news, to find examples of nasty people trolling online forums, or to find yourself surrounded by cynical, negative people who drain your energy and leave you with little faith in humanity. But I’ve found a lovely way to meet exciting, wonderful people, sometimes without leaving my own home – it’s called Couchsurfing.

Like many, I was cynical when I first heard the premise behind couchsurfing – a traveller in need of a place to stay crashes on your couch for the night, and in return you can stay at the houses of similarly altruistic people. There is no exchange of money involved – although some couchsurfers might bring gifts – it is an exchange based on kindness and curiosity.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Healthy, Tasty, Easy and Fun Vegan Cooking!

Yum - pumpkin soup! Make sure your pumpkin is soft (boil it)
then blend with water, veg stock, garlic and onions
Well, I'm not vegan, although I try to be for most of the week. Why? Well, it's healthier (a good way to have more energy, lose weight and clear up the skin, for starters), better for the environment, cheaper, and causes a lot less cruelty and suffering on its way to your plate. Plus it can taste amazing! For those of you who love a good steak (and believe me, I love my steaks, bacon sandwiches and chicken dishes too much to totally give them up... hey, some progress is better than none!), the word "vegan" might conjure up images of malnourished hippies sharing a cupful of lentils and leaves, but there is so much more to it than that. The meat and dairy industries are very powerful, their influence extending into our schools and media, convincing us that we can't live without their products. Well, take the time to meet a few vegans and you'll soon notice that they're still alive! Not only that, but a lot of the vegans I know have a healthy glow and look very healthy.For me, cooking vegan makes me feel as if I'm doing something good for the environment and for myself, and forces me to be creative - and hey!- it produces some delicious results.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

How to Make Sure You're Giving to the Right Charity

While self-improvement is all very well and good - no, great - it can often be seen from the outside as selfish. Well - I won't stand for that. Oh, no, with my life coaching! I encourage people to be conscientious, compassionate and well-informed about the world they're living in, while being smart about their own feelings and lifestyle at the same time. This is internal and external healing, people. I just don't believe that this world will improve if we are all wrapped in bubbles of egotism - so, while you're working on being true to yourself and creating your kick-ass life, take a look out at the world and think about what you can do to make it a little bit better. 

The first thing that came to my mind when I thought "helping others" was giving to charity, so that's what this entry is about! Whatever the reasons, whatever the circumstances - a phone plea, a charity raffle, a monthly subscription or attending a fundraiser - I'm sure that most of us have given some money to charity at some point or other. But how often do you do it? And what stops you from doing more of it?

One of the reasons I hear for not giving to charity is "I don't know where the money is going". I was especially surprised to hear this in Japan, after the March '11 earthquake, coming from some of my Japanese friends and co-workers - while millions of expats and overseas observers sent their donations in. It seems that donating to charity isn't as big a part of Japanese culture as it is over here, and knowing where they money goes is part of this.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

What Do I Really Want? (FREE E-BOOK)

Life presents us with many decisions, from what to have for dinner to which career path we want to spend our lives pursuing. Every day, we are bombarded with more and more choices, and  sometimes it can be too much.
Do you feel overwhelmed by possibilities? Or perhaps you can't think of a single thing that you actually want? In this book, I walk you through seven simple steps that will help you:
  • Clear away the "I should want" from the "I want"
  • Look more closely at why you want what you think you want
  • Work out your priorities and what truly makes you happy
  • Set clear steps towards achieving what you really want!
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