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Oprah gives away cars

Exceed Expectations

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Exceed Expectations

Oprah's car give away 2004Now, here’s an awesome example of how we can exceed expectations.

You may have already seen this video or you may have heard about it.

But trust me, it wont hurt to see it again.

After all, you can’t get tired of seeing joy, generosity and love.

So, back in 2004 Oprah surprised her audience with a massive surprise.

It began with 11 members of the audience being asked up on stage.

Unbeknownst to them their family members had contacted the show telling the producers that they each needed a new car.

Oprah, surprised them all by giving each of them a new car.

Now, that’s pretty cool in itself. But, hey this is Oprah and you know she wouldn’t stop there.

She then exceeded everybody’s expectations by handing every member of the audience a gift box.

She said, “one of the boxes holds the key to the 12th car”.

Everybody in the audience we’re buzzing with anticipation at this point!

Building the suspense she told everyone to wait and open their box at the same time…

When they did, they were surprised to find that they all had been given a new car and Oprah shouted, “Everybody gets a car! Everybody get’s a car!”

Check it out!

Now, I know it’s Oprah and we’ve come to expect her to blow us away with her generosity and fanfare.

But the truth is so many people in a similar position to Oprah’s don’t go the extra mile like she does.

In fact we all have within us – irrespective of our social standing or financial status – the ability to live our lives in such a way that we exceed the expectations of the people around us.

In going the extra mile to show someone how much we care, displaying acts of kindness to a stranger, listening more attentively, putting in extra hours at work; on a project or on your business for reasons beyond just monetary or selfish gain, and the list goes on and on.

The funny thing is this. The person in the clip getting the most joy and ecstasy from the whole thing is Oprahsee how giddy she gets when as she recalls the highlights from the episode.

And this would be the same for anyone in her shoes.

When we help others, we are in fact helping ourselves.

It’s nourishment for the soul to bring happiness to others.

Einstein expressed it perfectly when he said, “Only a life lived for others is the life worth while.”

We all have the capability to surprise another person and touch their life – no matter how small we think our impact will be.

And, guess what, it doesn’t have to take massive amounts of efforts to achieve.

Exceeding someone’s expectations can be super-small. Like the other day when I returned home from walking Riley to see Drew hoovering the lounge.

It was one of the many things I had to do before getting dinner on the go but he surprised me (and helped me) by doing it without me asking.

In that moment, he exceeded my expectations. What’s more he got a buzz out of seeing my face light up as I opened the door to hear the hoover humming away.

It’s totally win-win.

Give it a try!

So, tell me, how can you exceed someone’s expectations of you this weekend?

Sexual Chocolate

Soul Glow

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Soul Glow

I’m super excited about this page because it will be dedicated to all the amazing things that we can do to de-stress, aid relaxation, sleep better and so much more.

I’m hoping it will be a place of sanctuary for you.

There will be an abundance of free material all geared towards helping you to operate from a place of calm and serenity – (well, as much as possible).

This page is desired to shine some much needed light on our souls – in other words, on ourselves – so that we can shine all the brighter in the world; be more productive, feel happier, love more openly and ultimately serve the world in a more meaningful way.

If you’re reading this, the chances are you’re a giver.

You probably give up so much of yourself to other people before you take care of yourself.

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t have enough time, or enough energy, or enough money to treat yourself, whatever, then fear not. This page will be just the ticket.

By the way, I think its wonderful that you have a generous and selfless disposition. It’s amazing and I wouldn’t suggest you change.

However its equally important that you don’t neglect yourself and your own needs. It’s essential that you love yourself.

And that’s exactly what Soul Glow will help you do.

I won’t say too much right now. Instead I’ll let it manifest organically before your eyes.

Just know that there will be loads of content for you to watch, read, try out, discover, embrace and share.

I can’t wait. It’s gonna be epic! 

Resources

Resources

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Resources

One of my favourite quotes comes from Jim Rohn who often talked about the importance of self education.

He said the power of a good book should be considered in terms of “Bread for the head.”

Feeding our minds with nourishment rich food (information) is so important.

I believe what we read and watch, who we talk to and what we listen to can determine how we perceive the world.

Debbie DownerIt stands to reason that if you hang out with Debbie Downer and fellow Nay-sayers and chomp down on burger and fries every night you’ll have a very different view of life and the world to say someone who reads and listens to positive resources and starts their day with a green juice.

So, this page (when it’s ready) will be devoted to books, resources, tools and programs that help us to see things from a glass half full, the world is my oyster and a reach for the stars perspective.

More details coming soon …

In the meantime for your viewing pleasure and to whet your appetite for all the amazing goodies that will fill this page, here’s a trip down memory lane.

Jim Rohn teaches the principles of getting what you want.

I love what he says about, “making plans like an adult and believing in them like a child”

That’s a pretty cool philosophy.

Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments below.

It’s so retro – I love it!

So, are you asking the right questions?

Let’s make 2015 the year we arrive at the Beach of Success with a bucket, baby!

Love Nat x

juices

Recipes

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Recipes

That’s right you guessed it, here’s where we’ll be cooking up a storm.

Meals, snacks, treats and smoothies galore that have been cooked and whizzed up by yours truly (and sometimes Drew) will be flooding this page soon enough.

I’m a busy mum – like so many of you out there – so I get it, your time is very valuable.

And as much as I love cooking, and my new kitchen (just had it fitted!) there are also 101 other things that need to get done by bedtime.

So, my recipes will honour that.

I believe life is a delicate game of balance.

It’s no fun to just eat healthily if you don’t enjoy it. Just like it’s a bad idea to eat crap that rots your insides just because you like the taste. (Sounds a little dramatic, I know, but it’s kinda true)

Finding a happy medium is what it’s all about and that will be reflected in the meals I’ll be dishing up and sharing.

I personally like my meals brimming with flavour using the best ingredients I can find.

Wherever possible everything listed will be organic, fair trade and free of any nasty stuff. That’s how I roll.

For me simplicity is key – some of my favourite meals are, One Pot dishes – like my lamb tagine with butternut squash and apricots. Quick salads, like my tangy sardine, tomato, avocado and basil salad with lemon juice. And fresh juices like Drew ‘Green Monster’ packed full of green veg, berries, wheatgrass, macs. Short of putting hairs on your chest, that smoothie definitely fires you up and prepares you for the day.

Basically, you’ll find awesome ideas for you to rustle up at anytime of your day, for you, your family and for entertaining.

Easy, Tasty, and fun to make.

Stay tuned for up coming vids… 

Martin Luther King

Do you have a dream?

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Do you have a dream?

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to my American cousins! 

I’ve always found it very fitting that the US, and the world for the matter, celebrate this incredible man’s life and legacy at the start of the year.

Many of us set our goals in January for the year ahead.

And by this point (two weeks in) we’re either still buzzing with fire and determination or we’re starting to feel a little deflated, unmotivated and close to throwing in the towel.

One of the biggest reasons why people don’t achieve their goals is because they lack a big enough reason for attaining it.

I think as a society we’re programmed to believe that it is because we lack drive, intelligence, resources, motivation, will-power etc.

And, yes, those things are important but they’re not the biggest reason why people don’t reach their goals by December 31st.

The real reason is because their why isn’t big enough.

I think the reason why you want to lose weight, get fit, become wealthy, have a loving and passionate relationship with your partner, or have a successful business, needs to be bigger than, “because you really want it.

In fact it’s gotta span far and beyond you.

The reason has to be so big, so deep, so necessary, so certain that anything but its attainment is unimaginable, unconceivable or worse unbearable.

Whatever your dream is for 2015 – be it big or small, after all size doesn’t mattermake sure that you have a red hot, chilli burning, mouth-watering reason for achieving it.

There are a ton of resources on this that I’ll share with you on the Resources page soon.

Now, Dr. King’s dream was Big, Audacious, Scary (some feared) and Impossible (many thought) but he was relentless in his pursuit of it.

His dream was not just limited to the borders of America but transcended across the pond to the four corners of the world.

In fact his dream was so big and so necessary that he was prepared to risk his life for it’s attainment.

How’s that for conviction!

So, what’s your dream for 2015 and what’s your why? Tell us in the comments below.

Title image courtesy of aphelis.net

homeless man

Woman befriends a homeless man

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Woman befriends a homeless man in Brazil… See what happens next

Fancy watching something special?

Check out this video.

The kindness shown by a one young woman transformed the life of a homeless man in an extraordinary way.

No-one would’ve guessed how the story would unfold. It’s truly beautiful.

This is a perfect way to start your week, especially for the weary heart that is lacking hope and faith – know that the world is full of possibility.

Watch it now!

Some background…

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years.

He became locally known for sitting in the same spot and writing every day.

In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro.

She was so impressed by his poetry that she decided to help him with his dream of publishing a book.

She created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s writing.

Neither could have expected what happened next.

Diggin’ this shizzle?  

Then share this video, people! You know the drill, tell your friends and those you love.

Pass on the hope and inspire others to do the same.

Till next time x

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry: Points of Light

Tyler Perry gave a moving and inspiring talk at the Points of Light conference last year.

I wanted to share it with you because what he says is a sweet reminder of how influential we can be.

We all have within us the ability to be ‘an example’.

We can be a point of light in someone’s life.

It’s pretty a beautiful concept and a wonderful perspective to ponder as we start a new year.

When he talks about his childhood and says, “His parents were two wounded children trying to raise a wounded child”.

Wow – deep.

Check out the video. Share it with those you love and tell me your thoughts.

How can you be a point of light this year? Or who has been a point of life in your life? Let us know below

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