a pretty in the city gal on her way to debt freedom & healthy living a day at a time, who fills her time with yoga, music, books, baking and much much more. won't you join her?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Today I taught a yoga class at 7am this morning. The sun is coming out earlier (the last few months have been pitch black - winter is finally nearing an end!), the air was fresh and I was looking forward to getting on the mat.

The last week has been a pretty INTENSE week for me. Lots of personal things going on in the last couple of months and I'm finally at that stage where I'm making big changes. So when I walked past a lady on the street corner near the yoga place, setting up her fruit stall and saw some gorgeous flowers on her table, I just had to stop and purchase some.

At the end of class I gave each student a gorgeous bright gerbera flower - and told them to take some sunshine and loving kindness off the mat and into their days. And there were a couple left that are now sitting on my work desk, so I'm taking that message with me too!

In the end it was me who got the gift - the look on their faces was just priceless. They were SO happy. So for that happiness, and for sharing it with me, your fellow yogi - thank YOU.

Enjoy your day, everyone xx

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Too too too too....

cute. Totally.

I love being an aunty : )


Monday, August 18, 2008

Journal Questions for Chakra #2

An awesome post from Bliss Chick got me thinking.. and there are some questions I'd like to explore this week.

Perhaps you would too? Enjoy! X

1. How do you feel about sex? Do you think you have a healthy sex life? If not, how does it need to change? Have you experienced any sexual traumas in your life? If so, have you sought appropriate help to work through these experiences?

2. Do you feel creative every day?

3. Do you think you are as creative as you are capable? Are you holding back your creativity? Why?

4. Do you spend more time fantasizing about things you will do than actually doing those things?

5. Are you stuck in the planning stages of creative projects -- always making lists or buying supplies or waiting for the perfect time or space in which to work?

6. Do you eat to avoid emotions? Ever?

7. Do you push your emotions down, willing them away, determined to put on a good face no matter how you actually feel?

8. Do you envy the successes of other people or are you confident that there is enough to go around?

9. Is acquisition of material goods your primary motivational force?

10. Is each day an obstacle or do you awaken feeling energized by the possibility of healthy challenge and stimulation?

11. Do you have an overriding sense of purpose and vitality? Or you are spending most of your time in apathy and ennui?

Remember, wear what makes you feel wonderful, do what makes you feel wonderful, and spend some time shining like the sun!


Shiny's Big Bad Debt Tally Version 2.0

A while back I took a long hard look at where my finances were - but since then I've paid down some of it, added some more, moved house, done this & that. So here's a new version of the Big Bad Debt Tally, V.2 (as at 18 August, 2008)

This time I'm also putting the Dave Ramsey plan into action!

Amex CC: 1000
Mastercard CC: 2900 (started @ 2958.34)
Personal Loan: 999 (started @ 2576.32)
Mum: 4000 (started @ 4800)

Current: $527.55
Goal 1: $500 achieved 18 Dec 09
Goal 2: $1000
Goal 3: $5000

Financial Goals
1) put all my yoga income towards DEBT
2) to have $1000 in savings
3) pay off the personal loan by March 2009
4) travel overseas in 2009

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Inappropriate Yoga Guy

Now that I finally know how to upload videos on this ol' little blog, watch out! First up, a blast from the past. Hilarious Inappropriate Yoga Guy.

Enjoy xx


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Debt Advice Welcome!

As many of you will know (or have realised by now), I have a BIG addiction.. BOOKS! I cannot walk into a bookstore without buying one. It is my dream to own a house and have one room just dedicated to all my books!!

And there are many worse addictions.. I know. But to get to the "own the house" part, I need to curb the spending on books part.

And right now, I have many books that I could (should?) well sell/give away/exchange in order to create some flow.

SO - 2nd hand book stores are the obvious choice. But last time I went to one I gave them nearly a whole bag full of books and got $20 bucks. Blah. (And I'm lazy - just being honest!)

Ebay would be ok - but my prior experience is that books don't really sell well on there (that was a couple of years ago tho).

And the last option I know of is to just give them all to St Vinnies (we're talking about 6 big bags of books, here!) and let others in need purchase nearly new books for nix. Karma.

So friends - what would you do? I seriously have LOTS of books to get moving, and many of them are 99% new (read once after being bought brand new!).

Thoughts and suggestions very very welcome : ) xx

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Today was...

A CUPCAKE DAY!!!!!!!!!!

yippee : )

Yes indeed, it was a handful of sunshine on an otherwise poo day.

Sparkle Cupcakery on Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.
(What a fabulous name!)


Monday, August 11, 2008

Yoga Retreat :: Celebrating Goddesses

There is nothing like getting away on a yoga retreat to get oh so excited and rejuvenated about yoga again!

clockwise from top left: decorations from nature!, prayer flags at the entrance of the gathering room with the fire, toe socks and thongs - practical and warm, the yoga room

I made it to my first yoga retreat in over a year (oops) this past weekend and honestly feel like a different person! Friday night we headed to Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights (under an hour out of Sydney) for a whole weekend of yoga, yoga and more yoga, and what a glorious time it was.clockwise from top left: shoes outside the rooms, the beautiful alter in the practice room, greenery outside the dining room, i found a spot of sunshine to write all my thoughts in my journal!

Friday night was a welcome, dinner (yummy vegan ayurvedic food supported our practice throughout the weekend) and meditation + chanting practice. We got to meet everyone (there were about 16 of us) and then quickly settled into bed for the night. It was freezing but oh so cosy with wood fires and many cups of tea.

Saturday morning we continued with the chant we learnt on Friday night as we commenced out 7.30am practice. The weekend was all about Celebrating the Goddesses, so many of the chants were about calling them to mind. Singing together as a group is really lovely – especially when it just doesn’t matter how in tune (or out!) you are. Closing your eyes and singing along is a forgotten art, I think! Seriously – when did you last sing with others??

The morning class led by Katie (director of Samadhi Yoga) was so glorious and just what I needed after a sick day off work on Friday with the never ending cold. We followed that class up with yummy porridge, fruit and more cups of tea, before having some free time to explore, go on bushwalks or read… me, it was all about settling in front of the fire to read! Shortly after we all came together again to have a lecture and workshop on Ayurvedic principles and to discover our very own Dosha (I’m a strong pitta/vata girl). (Want to find your own dosha? Check out this site - but note that this is a guide only!)

buddhas, buddhas everywhere! all around the gardens, as well in pot plants : )

Next up it was lunch – and let me tell you, after three days of brown rice, yummy vegie and bean dishes, salads and fruit, I have never felt so bright and clean. My skin is glowing – my eyes are getting comments! – and then more free time (what else to do but have a great nap?!). A Jivamukti class with chanting in the afternoon was up on the cards next, and then more free time. It was so great to be surrounded by like-minded friends, who were all excited to try new poses and meditations, to talk about our own yoga practice and just find things in common with.

After dinner that evening there was a chanting workshop but whether it was the fresh air or emotions brought up during the days of practice, I instead had a hot shower and snuggled up in bed with my journal and a book.

Sunday morning rolled around WAY too fast and again it was beautiful brekky, then another class with Katie. This time, it was a restorative practice – so lots of Yin Yoga, holding poses, meditation and a phenomenal savasana. I definitely had ‘yoga brain’ after this – I was all blessed out and on another planet! But sure enough it was time to come back to the land of the living, and enjoy our last meal together as a group. Lunch again was yummy and wholesome, and then it was time to go home.

Driving just 40 mins back home was an experience in itself! We weren’t too far from the ‘city’ at all but the I think it all took us time to adjust. We were very noise-sensitive, as you would be after a weekend of no phones, no radio, no tv and no traffic! Sunday night it was more journal writing for me and planning all the classes I want to go to this week! I am also completely hooked again on the study of yoga.. and am looking forward to getting online for a few moments to explore these options.

Have you ever done a yoga retreat? Whether it’s a simple day (Body Mind Life have a few day retreats that look interesting) or a week, taking some time to dedicate solely to this life-altering practice is so worthwhile. It gives you time to STOP and to BE PRESENT, which is something in our technologically advanced age that we rarely find time to do. So how about you make a commitment to yourself to do a retreat over the next couple of months? You won’t regret it – and I look forward to hearing your stories : )

**Want to go on one? There are many available, ranging in price and length. Head to and look at just some of the upcoming events & retreats.

I’m also holding a yoga workshop in about a month’s time, encorporating many elements I experienced this weekend. So stay tuned!


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Thursday, August 07, 2008

I am grateful for...

Right now I'm all over JASMINE FLOWERS. I adore jasmine, I love the smell, I love the look, I love the sense of Spring and newness that they bring.

I have a bunch of jasmine sitting on my desk at work so each time I walk into my office I get a beautiful smell... I have a bunch sitting in my bedroom at home.

I get a big smile on my face every time I smell the flowers!!!!


Friday, August 01, 2008

holidays are great...

R O C K!!!