The 3 steps taken towards my Liberation Shift

The 3 steps taken towards my Liberation Shift

A Liberation lot of people dream of change. Making something different of themselves. Setting themselves free from whatever is holding them back from achieving a life’s dream. Most people want the lifestyle, the travel, the income, the great love and flexibility but a lesser few will invest in themselves to make it happen. Making it happen falls into doing what it takes, educating yourself, identifying true mentors, personal development and making sacrifices and focus. So when the opportunity to step into the Liberation Shift 3 Day “Closer To Free” Bali Retreat with Jody Jelas and Victoria Gibson came up in early January  this year, I dared to believe that I too could start to let go of things holding me back from achieving my business goals. The Liberation shift was all about celebrating each individual and what ever their vision is for inspiring businesses.  It is also about experiencing first hand what up leveling is by creating an epic lifestyle while in the company of inspirational leaders and high level thinkers.

You see my life is busy. No I mean it. CRAZY BUSY. I accept lots of jobs, help lots of people, work very late every night and with the twins starting school this year and a wedding to plan I don’t get much for myself. So when I was selected to come with Jody and Victoria to Bali for the first “Closer To Free” Bali Retreat, I ever so dared to believe that I needed such a break. It didn’t matter that I could only escape for 3 nights and bought the cheapest flights possible – but six hours on the plane was nothing in return for some peace, me time and time to reflect where I was and where I was going and what I would learn by hanging out with some inspirational women who are achieving dreams of lifestyle, travel and getting it right.

So with last minutes excitement and an itinerary that read a combination of activities from surfing, yoga, massages, palm reading, combined with getting specifics done with one-on-one coaching and mentoring, I said goodbye to my partner and the kids for a quick flight to Bali. A place I had only visited once before as a gangly 13 year old and certainly a place where major changes had taken place over the past 20 years from the hair braiding on the beach and cheap Billabong clothes from my memories.

It is a luxury to take time out. I mean real time, not half an hour escape here and there while in the car or bathroom. How often do you take real time out away from your partner, kids, colleagues, work and all those other commitments to focus on you and your business?


 To relax without any other distractions to ponder, write and talk business.

In reflection over the Bali retreat I welcomed 3 new shifts in my mindset towards Liberation.

My first Liberation shift was the metaphor of a fence-less pool.

Note: This story is for metaphor only. I do not endorse pools with no fences due to child water safety 🙂

As I walked into the gates of my own private villa, a clear blue pool welcomed me and a bizarre feeling of complete freedom.  Just the feeling to be living in an apartment with not a pool fence was a bizarre feeling of bliss which just set the feeling for the rest of the of the weekend. A pool to let go and float in at midnight, a pool to dive in after a long afternoon sun and a pool to wake up too to freshen up the day was the start of letting go of all the busyiness I had created that was holding me back in my life and business. Since coming home, every time I do have those spare 5 minutes I shut my eyes and remember that feeling of a fence-less pool and I can hold that feeling of peace once again.

My second Liberation shift was made made clear during the group coaching session.

The old saying you need to work ON your business not in your business rang true. Time again it was made clear that in order for me to grow my business, I needed to stop working. As soon as I stopped “working” and trying so hard, the creativity opened up like a tap. Ideas and solutions came easily and stress to give results and perform disappear. To hold on to creativity, I need to let things go. Now I am taking action to let that happen and already there has been some positive things happening since I got home.

My third Liberation shift was confirmation that I am on the right track and continue to dig deep and believe in myself.

A Balinese palm reader was part of the itinerary and a highlight I was looking forward too as its a must for any Eat, Pray, Love inspired retreat. Completely open to what ever was to be said, I was initially disappointed to the lack of any significant amazing future telling stories. This differed from the anecdotal stories of wonderful messages received from friends. Over the past few weeks I have pondered over the reading and have now come to a slow positive realization that what he was telling me was fortunately there will be no massive disruption, all past hurts are long gone and I am definitely on track to achieve my goals.  Everything I have asked for is in progress. Everything I want, I can achieve. No need for fear of the future as every hear will build on success from the last. So with that shift in thought it was a relief and gratitude.

So as the “Closer To Free” Bali Retreat came to a close I felt to fortunate to be with a wonderful group of smart inspiring women who have come together for all different kind of reasons and journeys. Slight shifts in my business have already been happening and I am looking forward to what 2015 brings. I can’t wait to keep tracking my goals and seeing the results it brings with these few liberation shifts for personal freedom. What will be your Liberation shift this year?

Bali Retreat Liberation Retreat

Lisa x

My Beach Destination Wedding Invitation Recommendations

My Beach Destination Wedding Invitation Recommendations

In less than 3 months I am getting married. Eeeeeeek! Cant believe how fast the last 12 months have crept up and I am wondering if maybe we should have pushed it back a bit further. But no, the date is confirmed, the flights are booked and the invitations out. No cold feet now and to top it off we decided on a destination wedding.

Why a destination wedding?

Lots of people have asked us this question and to be fair I try to come up with legitimate reasons besides well because we wanted too… LOL  First reason no one was of course I have been dreaming of visiting the Cook Islands for years due to its unspoilt beaches and Polynesian culture. Secondly we wanted to also incorporate some culture into the wedding as Nathan has New Zealand Maori heritage. There were other factors like feeling a bit old to get married (already got the kids and mortgage right?) and just wanting to do something different. So after we got engaged in Tasmania last year we started the planning with  the roll out of Destination Wedding Invitations. Now it brings me a lot of joy to support small businesses as I understand how hard it is pursue and create a business around your passion so I wanted to share what we did in part of the Destination Save the Date plans.

Here are my Beach Destination Wedding Invitation Recommendations

  • Photography: Its always a bit of fun to get those engagement photos done. The first thing we did was booked a local photographer to meet us at the beach to take some photos which we could use in our Save the Date Cards. My local Brisbane recommendation is Kerrin Smith Photography. Check out her portfolio on her website.
  • Website: If you are having a destination wedding it is also recommended to do a little website with all the information about it too. is a great platform to get your Wedding website up and running really fast, free and easy. Its easy when you have some great photos to add to it.
  • Save the Date Cards: I Loved the cards that Weddingpaperdivas put together for us from the States. This was an all online self service where you picked the template, uploaded the pics, changed the text and had it approved by the graphic designer. The print and packaging was very good quality except the international postage was quite expensive. At a minimum you need to send out the Save the Date card twelve months in advance!
  • Wedding Invitations: So for the invites I looked locally to get them done and found Urban Weddings at a Bridal expo. We looked at all the traditional beachy themed invites and settled on a custom Passport! the Passport has proven to be a hit and fun to receive which is what it is all about when being invited to a destination wedding.

Enjoy the pictures! And I will keep you updated on the plans.



Save the Date Destination wedding

Beach Destination Wedding Invitation


How to make friends and build rapport with strangers

How to make friends and build rapport with strangers

How to Make Friends

Lisa (bright Yellow) in Chile 1998 World Scout Jamboree. All new Friends in different languages and countries sharing the same common Club.

New relationships can be built everywhere. From inner circles of family and friends, extended out to work colleagues, friends of friends, past contacts and friends you have not yet met. How to make friends and build rapport with strangers is actually quite easy if you break it down into little Clubs.

How do you make friends? Find a common Club. No I don’t just mean joining a new club to find a friend but mentally listing all the clubs you already belong including the intangible ones. You only need 1 to start a conversation and this has always helped regardless of who they are, what position they hold in life or how old they are.

So I quickly jotted in my notebook the following Clubs which I below too.

  • The Parent of Twins Club
  • The Girl Guide and Scouting Club
  • The private school girl Club
  • The University affiliated Club
  • The Kokoda trek Club
  • The Italy, South America, Ireland, UK, USA travel stories Club
  • The mortgage Club
  • The 30’s Club
  • The Doctor Who Club
  • The unmarried with kids Club
  • The multilevel networking Club
  • The never moved away from Brisbane Club
  • The Apple iMac Club
  • The house renovations Club
  • The Meditation Club
  • The Blogging Club
  • The Toddler stage Club
  • The Scientist Club
  • The Ebay Business Club
  • The working from home Club
  • The can’t ride a bicycle Club
  • The not very into dogs, cats, or animals Club
  • The Mental Health Club

What Clubs do you belong too?

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