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What are we reading this week?

April 20, 2010


Spanning forty years of the criminal underworld

I love reading Martina Cole novels because she makes it feel so real. The books are not for the faint hearted with much swearing and violence but they are definitely worth reading. 

This book is about love, crime, hate and how one family can rise and fall like the wind. I have never picked up one of Martina Cole books and cried like I have this time round. The story is about one family that has survived so much that has been thrown at them. 

The story is created around the life of Lily Bradie and her family from the time she was 16 until the time she was 66. You can feel the passion that one woman has for her children and the love of her life.    

Spanning forty years of the criminal underworld, Close is powerful, shocking and utterly addictive. Martina Cole is the only person who dares to tell it like it is. 

You will not be disappointed by this novel and the brash story that is told!


What are we reading this week?

April 17, 2010

Little Voice Mastery

by Blair Singer


About a month ago I realized that I had my head in the sand a bit. I have a lot of change happening in my business at the moment.  I find it easy that with all of the new tasks on top of my old tasks that I can get overwhelmed when something unexpected blows up.  When it gets to be too much, I just want to hide.  Push the big Pause Button and block out all the stuff I didn’t get done and that is still rattling around in my head.  Well, this doesn’t work does it?  When I don’t get things done, my brain wakes me up at 4am to start my to-do list.  This isn’t good because then at 9pm I am exhausted, but need to stay up to make sure that my husband is still my husband and catch up. 

Classic example of a trainer needing some training.  I like to look at myself as well as the people I train physically in yearly as well as monthly and weekly cycles.  There are times of the year that you will naturally want to be fitter; usually the fear of summer and togs inspires that one.  Other times of the year you may feel the need to learn and are drawn to take a course or start reading.  Many of us go through a spiritual cycle where we need to soul search or find a deep connection with God, the Universe, our family, the community or the earth itself. 

My time right now is a time to refocus.  So I started by reading a book on Goal setting. That prompted me to make the best goal of all.  I promised to read 100 pages a day, 4 days a week for 4 weeks.  These books can be fitness or business related.  Wow what a difference!  I feel fired up again! 

At the moment I am reading, “Little Voice Mastery” by Blair Singer.  He is one of Robert Kiyosaki’s (Rich Dad Poor Dad) advisors.

Many of these motivation books are not rocket science and this is not any different.  They are written to remind you of what you already know in a way that teaches you something about yourself.                                       

This book talks about the little voices in your head.  No not the crazy voices, that is another book all together.  These are the little Disney Devil and Angel that used to sit on Donald’s shoulder.  Only not so much about good and evil but rather should I or shouldn’t I.  My 6am alarm went off and I should get up and : go for a run; get up and read; check my emails etc.  Then the other voice says: you were up late you need the sleep more; you can stay in for lunch and get the emails checked; give the belly a pinch and a rub and feel like it is not that bad and can wait till tonight – which you know will never happen.  Sound familiar? 

We all have other people’s voices in our heads as well.  When I was a kid, my mother said I was “mentally retarded in Maths”.  Those were her actual words and I apologize if I offend anyone with the horrible wording but it was the 70’s.  She used these words when talking to the ladies at church about how I was doing in school or to my teachers or to my Dad or to me.  These words in the beginning were meant to somehow motivate me to apply myself and eventually they became a simple fact and a mental and medical condition.  It became an excuse for me to not even try certain things.  I would not take science math or physics, go for pilot’s license in air cadets etc.  Then one day a teacher didn’t buy into it and had me tested.  Turns out I have a very average grasp on maths with no psychological, mental or medical handicap at all.  Well that changed things dramatically!  It turns out that physics really made sense to me, my D average in business maths  went to a B- in one term, organic chemistry in University was even in my grasp. 

An ex boyfriend had once told me that my 58kgs of curves was such a welcome change to the 43kg ballet dancers he usually dated.  What was meant to be a compliment, led to 3 years of anorexia at 42kg (I am also fiercely competitive). 

Without us knowing, little voices are created and our sub conscious listens to them.  This book, “Little Voice Mastery” is a great reminder that we have to tap into our sub conscious and really listen to what is being said in our heads.  We need to bring our awareness to them and deconstruct the ones that are not serving us anymore. 

Blair Singer says “I’m willing to say to anybody that the only thing that stands between me and what I want is between my right ear and my left ear.”

 Check out the Amazon link for a discount on this book.

THE POWER OF A POSITIVE NO (how to say no and still get to yes) – William Ury PH.D

April 10, 2010

Have you ever wondered why most women find it hard to say “no” ? Why is it as a woman we quite often are compelled to give in and do something we do not really wish to do for the sake of hurting somebody’s feelings? Why do we quite often feel insulted by a friend’s “no?”. Is it that the expectation is that your friends will always agree with you and come along because you as a friend will always say “yes”!

Perhaps it is the way we say “no” rather then the no itself, perhaps we do not answer at all in the hope that the other person will forget they asked us or maybe we never say “no” and then build up our frustration with them by avoiding them? The power of a positive no is a brillliant example of how to say ‘no’ positively and get an outcome that suits you both.

This book discusses how important communication is when negotiating – there are some great tips that can obviously help you during working hours but you will be pleasantly surprised how it can also help you with friends and family members. There are many books out there claiming to help you communicate better, but I must say this book was recommended to me and I am glad I picked it up and read it!

I love reading what William Ury has to say as the last book that he co-wrote “getting to yes” gave some great tips also.

What are we reading this week?

March 30, 2010

Secrets of the Millionnaire Mind – mastering the inner game of wealth
By T.Harv Eker

This is a great book by a great motivator! If you are interested in how to think like a millionaire then listen to what the author of this book has to say.

“This is the most powerful, persuasive, and practical book on becoming wealthy that you will ever read” – Brian Tracy, author of Getting Rich Your Own Way.

T.Harv Eker states “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your lie!” Eker does this by identifying the personal “money and business blueprint” everyone of us has ingrained in his or her subconscious mind, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives.

This is great book worth reading once in your life.

Our recommendation of the month

March 25, 2010

The Kindle

The Amazon Kindle

Clair Swemmer from Ginger Square has not stopped talking about the new Amazon Kindle; we were so excited about what she had to say we decided that she best tell everyone!

Probably the best gift in today’s world of gizmo’s and gadgets is the Amazon Kindle.

If you are a book addict who rarely ventures far from home without some or other piece of reading material or book, then this is the equivalent to a library in your pocket.

The Amazon Kindle was first brought to our attention in 2007 as the first e-reader of its kind. Weighing in at only 10.2 ounces and with a storage capacity of 256MB to 4G, it is designed to hold up to 1500 books. Being able to deliver books, newspapers and magazines directly to your Kindle in less than 60 seconds via whisper net, (global wireless internet) means that you will never again be without something to read. Its paper-like screen is easy on the eyes, and still gives the feel of reading a paper based book. It has a built in PDF reader, and Read-to Me function, which means that books, newspapers and blogs can be read out loud to you. A large selection of over 420 000 books and publications are available to date, with free samples of all books for readers to get a taste of what’s out there. The battery life, when used correctly will last 1 week off 1 charge session.

Personally, I absolutely love my Kindle, which is always in my handbag by day and on my bedside table at night! Best gift I ever received!

What are we reading this week?

March 23, 2010

Diamond Hill – memories of growing up in a Hong Kong squatter village.

by Feng Chi-shun

This is a short but interesting book about a local boy growing up in a rough neighbourhood. He describes how life was as a child, living in an area with no money and little to do in a neighbourhood that was full of crime.

“Gambling and gangsters; fires and food stalls; the Walled City and its “white powder”. This memoir of a native son of a Kowloon-side squatter village – the first book ever on Diamond Hill, of a life shaped by a now-extinct community. Feng Chi shun’s sharp recollections of his humble upbringing ar filled with warmth, humour and an abundance of insights into a low-income refugee neighbourhood that no longer exists, but remains close to the hearts of many who lived there”.

What are we reading this week?

March 11, 2010


If you have not yet read any of Daniel Goleman books on Emotional Intelligence (EQ)  then perhaps you should not read this one first!

I might be a tad bias but I just love what he has to say about EQ, it can be somewhat technical in places but even so; I just love the philosophy behind his books. He discusses such things as “Three motivational competencies typify outstanding performers:

  • Achievement drive: Striving to improve or meet a standard of excellence
  • Commitment: Embracing the organisations or groups vision and goal
  • Initiative and optimism: Twin competencies that mobilize people to seize opportunities and allow them to take setbacks and obstacles in stride”

This book does not give you underlying knowledge of EQ (you must read his other books for that) but gives you an understanding on what drives (or does not) and motivates people. Why are those entrepeneurs so successful? Hmmm you will have to read the book to find out.

What are we reading this week?

March 5, 2010

L.A Candy – Lauren Conrad

I started to read this book because I wanted to read something that allowed me to escape reality while I am on holidays (ironically the books is about a reality T.V star). Lauren Conrad star of the hit reality TV series The Hills based the novel on her own experience of how girls can become competitive, jealous and down right mean when faced with super stardom over night!

This is definitely not a book with any substance but it is a quick fun read when you are on holidays. Although this is a love story of some sorts it is about four young women from four very different backgrounds who are thrown together to make L.A Candy a success. If you listen to what the tabloids are saying then it sounds like Lauren Conrad has written about her own true life story with only the  names of the characters that have actually been changed- why not you be the judge?

What are we listening to this week?

March 1, 2010

On our last visit to Bali we were lucky enough to go and see Hooberstank in concert. I was somewhat skeptical as I had only heard the song Reason played. I was however surprised that I really enjoyed their music (although their choice of old-time favourite was questionable), so much so that we have started listening to it regularly around the office.

Although their latest album FOR(N)EVER was released to the public early last year, we have only just gotten into the swing of it. Although, there are bits and pieces that are far too heavy for us, there is definitely a softer side to these men with songs like “I Don’t Think I Love You” which is also our favourite.

These guys are not the best entertainers on stage, but thanks to their great lyrics and catchy tunes they are certainly worth listening to.

What are we reading this week?

February 22, 2010

Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson The Autobiography

I have to say I am always quite skeptical when reading an autobiography, most of them do not really seek the truth but re-write a life seen through rose-coloured glasses. So with skepticism I picked up this book and started reading it.

To my surprise the book was true Branson style with more than enough flair to light a fire cracker, he comes out full steam ahead from the word “go”.  He is speaking truthfully which is definitely a nice change! I have to admit in parts was quite drawn out and slow, although if you know a thing or two about ballooning then you will love the long drawn out parts.

When I finally put the book down I was definitely inspired to run off and start my own “virgin” brand or perhaps call him up so that he can work his wonders on my own ideas ;-P (more…)