Here in Australia it is the changing of the seasons and school holidays. I am heading off traveling around Tasmania with my family.

I thought I would say farewell for now and leave you with some wonderful words to inspire you to love and care for yourself, believe in yourself and your dreams.


1. We can’t serve with a whole heart unless we serve ourselves first. Self care begins with giving ourselves grace – it begins with being love from the inside out. We are in a stronger position to love others when we give our hearts the strength it needs to be of inexhaustible service to others. – Alex Blackell

2. Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out. -Alan Cohen

3. We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. -Mary Dunbar

4. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. -Buddha

5. Be yourself. If you water yourself down to please people or to fit in or to not offend anyone, you lose the power, the passion, the freedom and the joy of being uniquely you. It’s much easier to love yourself when you are being yourself. -Dan Coppersmith

6. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. -Jean Shinoda

7. Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. -Clark Moustakas

8. By your thoughts you are daily, even hourly, building your life; you are carving your destiny. – Ruth Barrick Golden

9. The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln

10. Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you. – SARK

11. Yours is the energy that makes your world. There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in. -Jane Roberts

12. Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. -Robert Collier

13. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. – C.G. Jung

14. I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. ― Brene Brown

15.  Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it. -Thaddeus Golas

Which is your favourite here? Do you have a favourite quote of your own?


I will be back with fresh posts from April 29. In the meantime I have one more special newsletter going out on Monday and will be sharing our adventures on Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow along.


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I read a lot – I am talking hours every day. Books, blogs, magazines. I admit I consume a lot of information and inspiration.

At least I regularly declutter my bloglovin’ feed of sites that no longer light me up.

The reality is though they are rapidly replaced by other blogs and the cycle continues.

This year I have found new blogs regularly that have great content and make me think and/or feed my soul.

I share great finds via my weekly newsletter, but want to share these 7 blogs here to highlight my new favourites.


1. Jen from Creating a colourful life  is someone I know many of you will love. She has been on a journey from depression and anxiety to trusting her inner voice, following her dreams and creating as colourful and joyful a life as possible. “Self empowerment, self love and soulful wisdom” – yes please!


colourful life

2. Trust Tending with Kristin Noelle

Kristin is an artist sharing something special with the world – “art that heals and helps us grow”. I highly recommend her trust notes – this is where the art and words combine to lift your soul and fill in the spaces that need something to comfort and soothe you. One of her recent trust notes felt so much like it was created for me I had to hit reply and send her a thank you note!

She also has a shop and you can buy beautiful cards and art to enjoy in your own life. (image below)

kristin noelle

3. Do What you Love – this site is about figuring out what you want to do / your passion, offers ecourses in various areas, and free resources and inspiring interviews. I have signed up for the latest free offering which starts next week – Zen for Ten - “ It will help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”

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4. The Little Green House is written by two sisters Koren (currently living in Spain) and Alana (in my city of Brisbane) – they became vegetarians and started down a path of sustainable and eco friendly living. They share some DIY, some recipes, kindness and generosity efforts and more. I loved their series 8 ways to be kind to yourself.





5. I started writing for Scoutie Girl this year and one of the other contributors immediately caught my eye. Reading Tara Leaver‘s story was like reading some of my own. She is a bit further along from me and that is the best way to be inspired. From depression to healing, to rediscovering her creative side… there is much here to inspire not only artists / creatives, but those who are looking to be free in life, let go and move forward through fear and other obstacles that might be holding you back.


6. True Shining Self is “a blog based on Amy’s journey to be the best version of herself. This involves: Healing her past, Living in and cherishing the present moment, Looking to the future by searching for her true purpose in life, by following her bliss and joy” Amy recently left her full time job and shares this journey as well – the uncertainty, the transition, all as it is unfolding.


true shining self


7. Oh Happy Life is my latest find. Don’t you love those times when one person leads to another and you find a GREAT rabbit hole (not those time suck ones, but the ones that keep you up late devouring people’s writing and falling head over heels for them?).

Recently I received an email from Andrea at Dream Heart (I had a dreambook reading with her last year), she shared a group giveaway she was part of and that led me to another Andrea from Oh Happy Life and spent the next two hours in the rabbit hole.

Today I had a session with Andrea based on chakras and business – a year ago I know that would not have been on my radar, but today my mind was on fire with her. She takes soul work + yoga + business + creativity and puts it all together on her site. As Andrea says “ I am devoted to living life on my own terms and experiencing happiness and success in a way that deeply resonates with my heart and soul.”



The year is only one quarter gone so I am positive I will be discovering other amazing gems through the year.


Please share in the comments any blogs you are feeling inspired by this year – who do you just devour their posts or eagerly await their latest?


Find your simple

Deb xx


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