The Just Be Revolution — Words Matter

Words Matter - Why I've Chosen To Be An Aunt, Not A Mother

Words Matter

Words Matter - Why I've Chosen To Be An Aunt, Not A Mother

There have been a few times this past month that I’ve been asked when I am having kids. Each time, I have given my now standard response – that I am an aunt and I have lots of kids in my life. In the past couple of months, I have finally felt completely and utterly comfortable saying it. Partly this comes after a recent conversation I had with a wonderful business mentor. We were simply going through the general life stuff when I noted I didn’t have kids and wasn’t planning on any. Rather, I’m an aunt and I love...

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Words Matter - The Power Of A Three-Letter Word

Words Matter

Words Matter - The Power Of A Three-Letter Word

Yes! I can’t think of a time that a single word had such profound impact on an entire nation.  With a single word, people wept happy tears, screamed with pure joy and embraced each other with a renewed enthusiasm for life and trust in the kindness of humans.  I have friends who have been wounded deeply by words about their life as an LGBTIQ human being. Wonder by those who didn’t want to understand them, who judged them purely for who they love and how they feel. This judgement is unfair and hurtful, but yesterday one word restored so much...

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Words Matter - Be Kind To You

Words Matter

Words Matter - Be Kind To You

We're in the last quarter of the year and many of us are feeling like a pressure cooker. The feelings and thoughts that have been shoved into the depths of our mind in the rush of the year are bubbling to the surface and for many this means negative self-talk, self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy. I spend a lot of time talking with people about how much words matter and while so many of us seem to be becoming more and more conscious of the words we use when speaking with or near others and their effect on those around...

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Words Matter - Collaboration Over Competition

Words Matter

Words Matter - Collaboration Over Competition

This weekend was a hive of small business activity in Canberra, with the Ultimate Women’s Expo hitting Canberra, in addition to the Etsy Market, Pialligo Estate Farm Gate Market and our lovely neighbour Queanbeyan’s Christmas in July Market.  These events always remind me how wonderful our business community here in Canberra (and across the surrounding regions) is. They have real and friendly conversations designed to lift each other up, and they often recommend would-be competitors if their wears don’t quite suit the customer they have in front of them. There's always enough wine to go around, that's why the Pop...

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Words Matter - Start A Conversation, Not A Word Fight

Words Matter

Words Matter - Start A Conversation, Not A Word Fight

Words. They're thrown around in love, in joy, in spite, in anger and in a multitude of emotionally-charged situations. And with the first throw, a raft of replies can be thrown back. This situation is all too common when words are thrown from behind a computer screen. Words with so much meaning, are typed all too quickly, without thought, without consideration. What if instead of replying angrily to a Facebook post we don't agree with, we stopped and asked why someone threw the first comment at all. Are they hurt. Could their text be misinterpreted. What's behind their angry tirade...

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