Browse Month: September 2016

Being Thankful For The Crazy Things That Happen To You

I’m on the train going home.  The girl infront of me is reading the book Mindset: The Psychology of Success.  I have to talk to her, I thought.  When the seat beside her became free I asked to sit next to her.   She said, “No problem.” And a conversation ensued.


She’s a high school teacher and is trying to figure out whether her students have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.  We start talking about the stresses of school, that either students want an ATAR of 95 or death or they’re of the mindset that whatever happens will happen.  I chime in and say about the third option; figuring out what you want and setting achievable goals to get there.


“What’s your name?”


“Tanya!  We went to France together 12 years ago!”

“So we did…!”


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Interview with Women’s Empowerment Coach, Mireille Parker

One of my blogging/motivational idols that I follow is Mireille Parker.  I met Mireille in 2015 when I was teaching briefly at a school in Perth.  At the time she just had a blog and hadn’t started her workshops.   Now she has workshops, courses and online courses.  She has shown me that it is possible to make a living through motivating and with some dedication you can achieve your goals.


I had contacted Mireille through Facebook asking if we could set up an interview for a specific time on a specific day.  Instead she called me back and we had an impromptu interview.  In this post you will gain some insight on the business side of things as to what goes into working as a speaker and coach.  Enjoy.


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The Slow Down

It’s been a month in Melbourne and when I arrived I didn’t want to fall into the trap of slowing down.  But I have.  Everything just takes time when you live in the suburbs.  I still haven’t gone to the doctor.  I’ve gotten some emergency work but nothing regularly.  And, I haven’t moved out of my mum’s place yet.  It’s been a whole month!


So instead of resigning to the way of life today I changed it up and went to my first ever Toastmasters meeting.  Toastmasters, for those who don’t know, is a non-for-profit organisation to help you become a better public speaker.  It has a lot of rules and is very structured.  But it is that structure that helps you pinpoint your problems, so that you’re able to incrementally improve your public speaking.


I think its a great way to get to where I am going and I would recommend it if you want to improve your public speaking.


All in all, I think its super important to keep moving, keep hustling and keep pushing yourself because if you stay in your comfort zone you don’t grow and at this point in my life I don’t want to settle.

The Unlikely Guru

Ever think, How am I with this person? They are so much better looking/smarter/richer than me.  How is this happening?  I am fortunate enough to be in one of those situations again.


The girl, above, is clearly stunning and last night she accompanied me to a friends’ birthday party.  As the night wore on we talked to different people and I saw my date at the bar with a man who was buying her a drink.  Now, as she is new to Melbourne and she needs to make friends I didn’t mind but as my jealously crept in, I thought I’d check up on her.


The guy ends up buying me a drink also.  I didn’t really know how to react.  I think I said thank you but I also said “don’t feel intimidated”.  What I meant by that is, don’t feel intimidated by me joining the conversation, you don’t have to buy me a drink to talk to my friend.  But, that can also be misconstrued as me telling him to back off.


What happened next was truly remarkable.  I had met an unlikely guru.


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