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Could it be true that there is a group of people keeping you from success? I can assure you that it’s true. Now, you may be thinking that I’m referring to your competition, your spouse, or maybe even your parents. Hang on to your seat because the only person I’m actually referring to is YOU.

Seriously, put some thought into this, you hold yourself back in all areas of your life and business. You do this in multiple ways which is why it’s like there’s a small army against you.

Here’s who is holding you back: (go read it!)




Dealing with Rejection – The Actual Pastor

So, how do you deal with rejection?

Feel the disappointment all the way down to the ground. Get mad. Feel hurt. Voice how disappointed you are to friends that can listen. Don’t try to pretend it didn’t matter that much, or that your hopes weren’t really that high. Let your hopes rise, and let them crash….






7 Habits That Will Make You Miserable – Relevant

For a few years running I could’ve been nominated for Miserable Person of the Year.

Really, I had a stellar campaign going.  I was bitter. Frustrated. Angry at God, man and myself. My life wasn’t turning out to be the success-fest like I’d planned and somebody, everybody was to blame. But it didn’t take long to realize that being miserable all the time, funnily enough, is a miserable way to live.

Now after years of studying, writing and researching, here are what I believe are the seven habits of highly miserable people and how we cure each one:

1. Living as a Lone Ranger
2. Complain-ism
3. Having a Crazy Timeline
4. Obsessive Comparison Disorder

5. Waiting for Someone to Show You How

6. Failing at Failure

7. Becoming Comfortable with Crappy






The Game That Can Add 10 Years To Your Life – Tedtalk

Now, I want to take this problem seriously. I mean, I want games to be a force for good in the world. I don’t want gamers to regret the time they spent playing, time that I encouraged them to spend. So I have been thinking about this question a lot lately. When we’re on our deathbeds, will we regret the time we spent playing games?

Now, this may surprise you, but it turns out there is actually some scientific research on this question. It’s true. Hospice workers, the people who take care of us at the end of our lives, recently issued a report on the most frequently expressed regrets that people say when they are literally on their deathbeds. And that’s what I want to share with you today – the top five regrets of the dying.






Why We Should Welcome Hard Times  – Mike Foster – Storyline 

Storms provide the United States over 50 percent of their rainfall, distributing water to plants, lakes, and reservoirs.

Winds from storms create life by distributing seeds and pollen while removing old and weak vegetation to make room for new growth.

When lightning strikes, it actually liberates nitrates that help fertilize the soil. Storm updrafts remove large amounts of pollution, while storm rainfall washes more pollution out of the air.

Storms don’t just destroy. They heal.

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this week my son and hubby have been on an adventure at Motutapu Island.  on tuesday they went by ferry to the island and then walked 6km to camp.  most of the kids are in dorm rooms (see middle photo) though some are camping in tents.  they have had an amazing range of activities – sailing, snorkelling, high wire, coastal exploration, orientation etc and had a camp concert last night.  today they do the 6km walk out and then ferry ride home.




while the boys have been away adventuring us girls have had “girls week”.  the rules for girls week are eat bacon, watch girl things on tv and snuggle lots.  its being delightful.  i was very very very excited to discover FULL HOUSE episode 1 on tv last week.  its on saturdays tv2 at 5pm.  from the beginning!  yes!  so we have watched it every day.  and loving it.  its creating new memories and bonding.  my daughter even wrote about it for her school time capsule (to be opened in 25 years)!





on sunday we were so blessed to have the incredible Winkie Pratney at The River for both services and then extra blessed to have him at SAS for our Monday sessions.  Winkie is a chemist by heart (and has his own lab) and as well as being passionate on revival and God and having spent his life communicating biblical truth to people and studying the Bible and Revival (he is a contributor and editor of the Revival Bible) he also is passionate about health and wellbeing.  He gave us 9 Reasons You Need To Be Giving and Receiving Hugs Everyday in the context of loving our neighbour and wellbeing. 

#1 Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.



also loving this week:

hillsong young and free

bible in schools


text messaging

happy – pharrell

fresh apricots

once upon a time

allegiant – victoria roth

elevation church

start – jon acuff






and as always.  i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.



so what are you totally loving this week?

… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG

things im loving



Today is Day 16 in the 30 Days of Hustle and reminded us about the DIP that can sometimes happen when we’re dreaming.

you know, that moment when everything feels stagnate, including your heart.

when the going gets tough, and life interrupts.

when the shiny new thing feeling wears off.

when the results deflate your determination.

it happens when the novelty of the choices and the hustle become meh.


The concept is simple. Seth Godin argues that in any endeavor or goal there is a period of easy wins. He uses learning Spanish as an example. When you first start studying, it’s fun to pick up those initial words and you feel like you made some progress. But after this rise in your ability, you hit what he calls the Dip, a time when things get hard.

This is the valley of any adventure where most people quit. This is conjugating verbs or the 7 days in a row when the scale doesn’t move an inch. This is the Dip. And I would suggest that depending on what you are trying to do, it can start happening as early as day 16. So if you are in the Dip or will hit it soon, here are three things I think you should do:

1.    Admit it. Sometimes, just giving yourself permission to acknowledge that’s where you’re at is very freeing.
2.    Reconnect with your WHY. Remember that from day 2? Studies have shown that if we’ll reconnect with our WHY during difficult times it actually helps us get through them.
3.    Tell your WHO. Don’t go it alone. Tell the person who is holding you accountable what is going on.

The Dip isn’t fun, but it’s often where a lot of growth is hidden.

Jon Acuff


Dip happens.

it happened for me when i woke up at 2am on friday morning, knowing that the alarm was going off at ten past six regardless of how well i slept.

when the numbers stayed the same despite no soda and no sweets for 16 days.  16 DAYS peoples!

surely there must be a movement, a reflection of the effort and intention.


My WHY is so that i can feel more energetic, master nasty habits, be a better wife / mother / leader, be happier in my own skin.  its about going the distance and increasing capacity for every area of my life.  its about stepping out of the boat and living the dream.  its about living for health and strength.

My WHY reminds me of the core of my motivation, it is the prize i aim for.  Its the reason i can say no, because i’m saying YES to something greater.



When your dream takes a dip you’ve got to reconnect with your WHY and renew your motivation and purpose.    Its about finding new ways to reenergise your passion.  sometimes its about just doing it, even when  you don’t feel like it.


i like what Andy Stanley said in a recent YOUR MOVE podcast – I am doing a great work and i cannot come down.  its a quote from Nehemiah 6 when circumstances and people and negativity try to put a dip in Nehemiah’s dream.  Nehemiah keeps his eyes firmly on his WHY and HOW and resists the dip.  He is doing a great work and will not be discouraged or distracted.


I am doing a great work.  I will not come down.  I will not let the dip deter me or determine my destination.



What do you do to keep motivated when you hit the dip in pursuing your dream?


i love jon acuff.  i read both Quitter and Start last year and loved them both.  i think EVERYONE needs to read START.  yes, seriously.

so when i got an invitation to join a 30 day programme called 30 DAYS OF HUSTLE

30 Days of Hustle is based on one simple idea, Get Stuff Done. Turns out 98% of New Year’s Resolutions fail. Not this year. Using scientifically proven methods to knock out our goals, we will be collectively storming through 2014.

Tasks will be emailed out daily to members of the group.


So this is today’s auspicious task:

1.    Find one thing you are going to do in the next 30 days.
2.    Make it specific. (Don’t say, “I’ll get in shape,” say, “I’ll lose 5 pounds.”)
3.    Make sure its your goal and not someone else’s goal. According to Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. “People are even better at keeping their New Year’s resolutions when they feel that the resolutions reflect their own personal desires and values.”
4.    Write it down and post it somewhere you will see it.
5.    Share it in the 30 Days of Hustle Facebook group.

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When we’re living our lives with intentional gratitude we’re fixing our eyes upon Jesus and agreeing YES He is good and YES He is faithful and YES He is Lord and YES He is the one who loves us!  Gratitude is an expression of faith.



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Be joyful: Intentionally look around for measures of joy each day. There is joy in simply being alive and in being redeemed by God. Remember, joy is a choice we make, not a feeling we hope to get from our circumstances. It’s good to look for the good, to celebrate it even in small ways. Doing so is a moment of victory.  Lysa TerKeurst



2048.  God’s protection in my health


2049.  sale price anapens


2050.  God’s perfect timing


2051.  retreat is not an option


2052.  my nano


2053.  people noticing change


2054.  the grace of God


2055.  lysa terkeurst


2056.  love evangeline’s ballet teacher and class… and the time to sit and enjoy a book


2057.  label reading experience


2058.  fresh eyes


2059.  getting women together over dessert


2060.  taking friends out for dinner


2061.  celebrating the last night of eating wheat with a brilliant spaghetti and meatballs at Casa Tua


2062.  unexpected blessings


2063.  “i liked the prayer time” – my daughters friend who came to the childrens church outreach last week


2064.  preaching last week


2065.  being brave at the blood test


2066.  God is my Healer and my strength


2067.  God is MY Healer and MY strength


2068.  the support and encouragement of my husband


2069.  writing the story of my life


2070.  i got an amazing prophetic word last week.  unsettling and encouraging all at once.


2071.  medic alert belt buckles.  okay maybe not…


2072.  the community of friends i have around me at the moment


2073.  the new community i’ve joined because of my allergies and stuff


2074.  some chocolate is wheat free.


2075.  wheat free jaffas and pineapple lumps


2076.   our awesome new childrens church pastor.  oh how we love her!


2077.  love notes from my daughter


2078.  the continued encouragement Leading and Loving It and the JustONE conference are


2079.  the right book at the right time


2080.  Colossians


2081.   sleepovers!


2082.  sale price


2083.  friends who pray


2084.  holding a new baby today, only a week and a bit old… tiny





“Too often I miss Him, oblivious, blind. I don’t see all the good things that He is giving me, gracing me with, brushing my life with. True, He is everywhere, always. Before I thought of Him as further off, not so close. When I started to see all the things that I love bestowed upon me, I started to see Him as near, present, everywhere, showering me with good things. Seeing the things I love all around me gives me eyes to see that I am loved, that He loves me.” Ann Voskamp

so there we go.  venturing on in life to 3000 things that i am grateful for…

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