100 things to do around the house

When I set goals for this year, I had a few big things on my house list. Dion had a few other things and when we put those two lists together, it triggered yet some more things, so I pulled up my amazing life workbook and started typing up the list.

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I think we got to 32 for the first draft! I’ve since added a few more things because.. why not? Might as well see the whole, big, scary picture!

Something that was on our list last year was to get the front of the house (the area around the pool) completely sorted. So that was a priority this year.

We had tree fellers, builders and painters come and sort out it all out. They finished a few weekends ago and I can’t believe the difference. It looks amazing and made me realise just how horrible it looked for so long.

Why do we do this to ourselves?! Maybe it’s just me?

I don’t know about you, but for me, just the thought of all the disruption to our lives is enough to put me off.

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Same grey walls; this photo was taken in a shady spot

Of course, the minute that section was done the rest of the house suddenly started looking… shabby so yet more things got added to the list.

And so it goes.

But we’ve been ploughing through the list slowly and it’s been good. I know I’m not the only one who likes things

crossed off a list :)

The pool is still green though … so here’s a photo of Kendra against the new wall :)

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taken in sunlight

Do you have a house list?

Care to share how many items you have to attend to?

PS You can see the walls (and all the other bits and bobs) in person when you join me for either of the June workshops:

5 Love Languages (for anybody, not just parents) workshop – Sat 20th June

Let’s Do This workshop – Saturday 27th June

5 ways to create a beautiful life

I was recently asked to give a talk about creating a beautiful life.

Before we delve into the detail, let me start by saying that each of us decides what a beautiful life looks like, we design and create it, and then we have to make sure we live that life in integrity, where our talk and our walk line up.

So how do you create this beautiful life?

1. Live with intention

Decide what you want your life to look like and create that vision, day by day, hour by hour. Living with intention is simple but not easy, and is definitely always worthwhile.

Coaching tip

When you discover your values, you’ll understand why certain things matter so much to you and seemingly not at all to others.

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2. Choose what matters

Do you know your priorities? What do you hold dear?

Sometimes we profess certain things as our priorities and yet our lives show other areas as more important. This misalignment leads to stress and a feeling of discontent. That’s why it’s important to know your values and priorities, and do your best to live in integrity.

Coaching tip

Do a priorities exercise against your weekly or monthly schedule to see if what you say you prioritise is actually reflected in your day-to-day life.

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Are you addicted to your phone?

Just a courtesy reminder that the Discover Yourself virtual workshop is now available. Discover your values and much more…


Have you heard about an app called Moment?

It’s a scary but very insightful app.

I read about it on a blog (which is how I find out all my information :)) and installed it.

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Moment shows you the number of minutes you’re on your phone daily, and how many pickups you have (times you pick up your phone). If you click through, it also shows you where you were using your phone (at the traffic lights while driving to work!). You can set it to give you a reminder every 5 – 10 minutes which I’ve now done because all of those 2 minutes and 5 minutes add up.

I hadn’t really looked at much besides the minutes before because I thought it was malfunctioning when it showed me scary stats.

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I downloaded all my stats for the two months it’s been installed and truly, I’m horrified.

My lowest number of minutes on my phone was 41 (when Dion and I were away for the weekend) and lowest pickups was 9. My highest number of minutes was 308 minutes and highest pickups was 64. That’s crazy!

Saturdays are always the lowest pickups of the entire week (that makes complete sense to me because I’m busy with gym, kids, house, normal life).

I know I’m not half as bad with my phone as many other people (even our team assistant at work tells me “you’re never on whatsapp”. Well, not never, I just reply, I don’t get on there and really chat much) so if my phone is showing statistics that scary, I dread to think of others’ stats.

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Already since noticing the high number of minutes, I’ve started to leave my phone in my bag when I get to work instead of on the desk next to me. That helps… some.

I was out with friends a few weeks ago and after they arrived, I put my phone away in my bag. That definitely helped. We didn’t even have a phone stacking agreement :)

I noticed that when I have my afternoon slump at work, I spend the longest time on my phone of the entire day. I should go have a cup of tea instead :)

Anyway, I really, really want to get my daily minutes and pickups down so that when I pull new stats in a few weeks time, it will look much better.

There’s a paid version too but I’m not getting that yet because the free version scared me enough already that I’m looking to change that habit :)

Over to you.

Have you downloaded Moment?
Will you share some of your details with me?

PS Tap settings, scroll right down the page and tap Export. It will send you your very own scary little report.

{Personal} Instagram photos for Jan

Good thing I made my photo projects list because that was just the kick-in-the-butt I needed to get going:

Without further ado, here is a selection of photos from January this year. It’s so funny to see all of us in swimming costumes and sleeveless clothes :)

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That’s Connor’s notes on the top left, and top right, the 2015 goals-planning session :)

Bottom right - half birthday gifts :)

Bottom right – half birthday gifts :)

Top right = applying for a renewal driver's licence...

Top right = applying for a renewal driver’s licence…

Lunch with a friend, half birthday party and a full Zumba class because it's January

Lunch with a friend, half birthday party and a full Zumba class because it’s January

First day of school and Spanish, and making wraps!

First day of school and Spanish, and making wraps!

Preparing for the Let's do This workshop, and gifts!

Preparing for the Let’s do This workshop, and gifts!

Desire-mapping, business planning and 52 letters in 2015

Desire-mapping, business planning and 52 letters in 2015

Did you enjoy seeing these snippets?

PS I’m @marcia0608 and as of this afternoon, @organisingqueen on Instagram

This weekend – my photo to-do list

Hi friends, have you checked out the Discover Yourself course yet?

I’m really enjoying working through the material too because it really is the most fun.

It’s a pay-what-you-want (minimum $10 til the end of the month) so go grab your copy now.

Thanks for your support.


My computer’s been running slowly and you know what that means to me – yellow flags!

So this weekend I have 3 main to-dos on my list, all about photos:

1. Go through photos from one camera I’ve sold (and this one I want to sell), delete, etc. and transfer to external hard drive
2. Transfer all iphone photos and videos from 2014 (have to edit Dec 2014 first)
3. Transfer Jan iphone photos to computer, work through and then transfer

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This gorgeous pink Nikon is for sale. It retails for R3 000; you can have it for R2 500.

For the last two years, I printed my Instagrams as 10 X 15 pics. I super-ADORE that album. I want to do something similar this year even if it’s just to keep on a blog somewhere.

I’ll have to add it to the to-do list to think about.

4. Make a Jan collage and put on the blog 😉 My aim is to get the blog post up this weekend too – let’s see!

Do you have anything on your photo to-do list this weekend?

By the way, this gorgeous camera bag is also for sale.

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It’s a Jo Totes camera bag and retails for R850. I’m looking for R650 or an offer close. It is almost brand new (I take really good care of my stuff and I haven’t used this bag much… the long strap still has the paper holding it together).

5 things I don’t mind splurging on

A couple of bloggers wrote posts like this and I thought, why not? I’ll join in.

I’m not really a splurger as such but there are a few places where I like to spend money.

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1. My tithe

My first EFT out of my account on payday is my tithe. I actually LOVE paying my tithe because I recognise that I truly have nothing that God hasn’t given me first.

So this is not a true splurge but it is something I have paid faithfully for the last 20 years, every single month.

2. Savings account

I’m a really passionate about saving mostly because I’ve seen how it’s worked in my own life. From way back in the day when I saved R50 per month to the large numbers I save these days, it’s a great area to splurge. Your bank account and peace of mind will thank you.

Incidentally, Paula from Afford Anything set a savings goal this year, and so my goal is to increase my savings by 1%. I should probably look at that – I’m sure I could do it.

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3. Books

Long-time readers might remember me having a problem with books, as in, buying too many. I took Beth’s Spending Fast years and years ago (maybe 10 years ago?) and broke that Exclusive Books habit. I simply put a post-it note to my bank card that said, “do you REALLY need this?” and I really never did.

Then I got the Kindle and I spend less on books, but it’s still my weakness. I do believe that if you get one life-changing idea from a book, it was worth it, so I read (non-fiction) looking for that one spark.

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4. Nice tea

I mostly drink Joko (a South African blend) but I adore vanilla tea. Twinings makes a lovely one (the only one better that I’ve tasted was one from Mauritius that a friend brought me) which is expensive. To put it in context, a box of 100 Joko tea bags is about R27, and 20 Twinings vanilla tea bags is R50.

(I realise the coffee drinkers probably spend more on coffee in one week than I do on this box of tea, but it’s a splurge for me!)

5. Handyman

Oh my gosh, house repairs and maintenance is never-ending, isn’t it? Also, I always have “ideas” so once in a while, we’ll get in a handyman to knock off (haha!) about 10 items on the house to-do list.

I always think, “this is crazy expensive” but we are not very skilled in those areas (and that’s an understatement) so it’s sometimes better to just get someone in and pay them.

My father visited us recently and took care of 4 things for us. I literally BEAM when I see the one thing sorted (loose curtain rail) because it had been bugging me for a long time.


One thing I do, very much mind paying a lot of money on is the pool…… fellow pool owners, do you agree?

What are 5 things you don’t mind splurging on?

It all started with a few lines on a page…

The lady had us draw 4 quadrants on a page.

In one quadrant she asked us to write a bit about where we saw ourselves in 20 – 30 years.

I wrote something like “a motivational speaker travelling around the country talking to groups of women” and while I waited for the others to finish, I thought, “so what can I do now to start me on that path?”

And that’s how I started the newsletter. Thirteen years ago!

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One day after work, I stayed behind, wrote out a newsletter, made up a coaching worksheet (only I didn’t call it that), and sent it out to 20 of my work friends, and off I went home.

The next day most of those 20 wrote nice emails back to me, thanking me, and telling me they’d passed it onto a friend.

For a while I managed the newsletter like that from a free yahoo address.

When the list grew to more than 200, I couldn’t manage the manual adding and removing of subscribers, and I paid for a “proper” mailing list.

Today I write my newsletters to thousands of people twice a month. For about 18 months at the beginning, I wrote monthly, and for most of the years, I sent out a weekly newsletter.

That’s how it starts when you tap into the essence of who you are and start to explore your passions.

I want to help you do the same.

On the Discover Yourself virtual workshop, you will…

  • discover your passion
  • identify your values
  • create your life mission
  • gain control of your negative beliefs
  • learn how to step out of the box

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When you finish, you will know yourself better and understand exactly what makes you tick, and why you were designed to be the way you are.

More than 50 women and a few good men have walked through this content with me one-on-one, and now it’s your turn to do so virtually.

No matter where in the world you are, you can take this course.

What do you get?

– 4 weeks of lessons and worksheets conveniently delivered to your inbox, one every week
– a complete PDF workbook of everything at the end
– 3 beautiful images of the beach and mountains to use on your desktop to inspire you
– bonus – those first 6 months of my original newsletter with the original worksheets

The best? I’m making it a pay-as-you-want sale for this month only, again with a $10 minimum.

Get started now.

Or read more here.

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I conquered a new habit!

But first…

Discover yourself, a super-fun and insightful e-course/ workshop in your inbox, is now ready and waiting for you.

discover yourself

At the end of this course, you’ll have figured out your definition for success, your values, your passions, and your strengths. We’re also going to challenge your beliefs, and help you step out and live a more courageous and fearless life.

You’re going to LOVE it! Come on over to read some more.


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I’m very excited to share more about a habit I never thought I’d actually get right.

The habit of cleaning my face every night.
I’d told myself things like I hardly wear make-up (true) and it’s such a schlep (also true) but really, I was/ am lazy.

And it’s not like that was a pressing goal every day but I knew it was the right thing to do – to take care of my skin better.

When I read about the Strategy of Convenience (or is it Inconvenience?) on Gretchen Rubin’s blog, I thought about how having my gym clothes ready helps with getting to the gym on a Saturday morning, and I started wondering what I could do to make things easier for me.

I read on a blog about a lady who cleans her face with facial cleansing wipes and it sparked a slight hmmm but then a few days later, I walked by the cleansing wipes at the shops and a lightbulb went on!

So I bought a pack just to try.

I chose a pack of 40 wipes just so I’d have more than enough (enough – my word!) to create and maintain this habit.

Those wipes didn’t even get packed away so I could start that very night.

Incidentally, that was 21 March, Michael Buble’s concert night :)

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The wipes stayed out on my bedside table and lo and behold, it was EASY to climb into bed, grab the wipes, clean my face, put on some Labello and open my book to read while I creamed my hands.


By the end of the month, I could see it was working but I wanted to do a full 21 days, then 30 days, then I figured why not wait til the end of April.

And here we are.

I now clean my face at night.

I’ve since upped my game and put the wipes in a nice glass jar so they look prettier and take up less space.

I realise this is much more exciting for me than it is for you, but I wanted to throw it out there in case anyone has the same problem.

Go get yourself a pack of facial wipes.

If you’re frugal like me, and you don’t wear much make-up, half way through you’ll realise you can use half a wipe every day. So I cut them in half. It took about 30 seconds and I’ve extended the usage.

And if you want to start or stop a habit, make it more convenient or very inconvenient.

Do you clean your face every night?

How could you make it more convenient to create a good habit in your life?

What’s no longer serving you?

Today I have a question for you – what’s no longer serving you?

Sometimes we keep on doing things simply because we’re in the habit of doing them and not because they actually serve us anymore.

Let me explain.

What's no longer serving you?

You go through a really busy period at work and work until 6pm every night. After that, it’s become a habit so you continue to do so EVEN THOUGH there’s really no need. But it’s no longer serving you. You could be enjoying the extra time at home with your family, exercising, taking up a new hobby, etc.

Or you might have a bookshelf full of books you don’t like or need to have. It’s no longer serving you.

One more…you have 5 sets of bed linen for your guest bedroom. You have guests twice a year and never even get past set 3 on the shelf. That’s no longer serving you.

When we first got internet at home years ago, we were happy enough with dial-up. But as my business got increasingly busy, it has definitely NOT been serving me 😉 I’ve been spending hours on the computer writing blog posts, newsletters, e-courses, and so on.

I finally got my act together this week and got us fast, wireless internet. Wow – the difference is amazing. I’ve already shaved hours off my computer time.

So this month, my challenge to you is to jot down 3 – 5 things in your life that are no longer serving you. And let them go. Make the changes you need.

They can be anything from kitchen utensils, crockery and table linen to old appliances, bad habits and schedule changes. Anything.

What’s no longer serving you?

PS I had no internet on the weekend so I couldn’t get the new workshop up. But get ready – there will be a super-duper discount on Friday :)

PPS this blog post was first written in 2010; content is still good today :)


How April went… and May goals

Joburg locals – I’ll be speaking at the Jozi meetup on Saturday morning at 11 am on the topic Create a beautiful life. Please let me know if you’re joining me!


Good news – April went much better for me overall (85% compared to 72% in March)


My highlights:

  • finally started working on our pool area which was verrrrry ugly but is now 80% there
  • went on a family holiday to Sabie
  • D and I had a two-day breakaway for our 20th anniversary
  • my father came for a visit and also did some repairs around the house (small things that make me soooo happy!)
  • the first pay-what-you-want sale happened (success! interesting note – I had prices all over the spectrum – low end, mid-way and a couple paid full price :)) and I think I’ll do another soon
  • big work stuff done
  • created a habit! Will tell you all about it on Friday.
  • I hit my goal of sleeping an average of 7 hrs 10 (actual 7 hours 9 minutes and 40 seconds :))
pink shoes in leaves-1

This photo was taken two years ago. Can’t wait to take even more photos of leaves :)

And now, for some May goals:

  • Decide on kids’ party (in July!) and guest list
  • Finish April photos (worse than normal because of all the holidays :) note to self – this is a good thing)
  • Sleep an average of 7 hours 20 minutes
  • Launch new virtual workshop (this should happen this week!) – Discover yourself. Heads-up – it will launch at a super-low price for one week only.
  • Deliver an awesome talk on Saturday
  • Take 4 photowalks, and totally follow my crazy passions for leaves and doors.
  • Read my Bible every day. I’ve been binging but that is not the point so I want to get back to reading just a bit on a daily basis.

Over to you!

How did April go? Share 3 goals for May.

PS Connor lost his first tooth on Saturday :) Seriously, were they not just teething two minutes ago?


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