Tips For Organising Your Wardrobe

No one likes a messy wardrobe but if you are not careful then it can be really easy to let things get out of hand. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wardrobe looking good and your clothes fresh, neat and ordered at all times:

Hang Up/Fold Up Clean Garments Right Away

When we are in a rush it can be easy to just pop our clean laundry on a chair or on the bed with the intention of putting it all away later, only to leave it there for several days. Leaving clean washing out allows it to get all crumpled and creased. Instead of doing it later, do it right away, then you will be able to keep your clothes neat and tidy and your wardrobe in good order. It will also make it easier to find what you want to wear.

Group Clothes That Go Together, Keep Things Modular

Is your wardrobe in a muddle? Is is difficult to find anything in there? Are you often to be found holding a skirt and tearing through your wardrobe trying to find your favourite top to wear with it? Clothes that are to be worn together should ideally be kept next to or at least very close to one another. It is a good idea to keep things modular so that you have fewer clothes, but more outfit options whenever you open your wardrobe.

Store Winter Clothes Less Accessibly Over Summer

Especially if you are short on space, it makes sense to keep clothes you will only wear in the winter months safely stored in moth proof storage over the summer months when you will not wear them at all. By keeping bulky jumpers in boxes on top of the wardrobe or under the bed, for example, you will be able to find your summer clothes more easily.

Use Clever Solutions To Maximise Space

Clever solutions come in all shapes and sizes but if you only have a small bedroom and are scratching your head when it comes to where to put all your clothes and shoes then there will surely be answers out there that allow you to make the most of every inch of space, including wasted space up the top of the room, and awkward corners.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

At the end of the day though, if you are endlessly losing items of clothing and fighting a losing battle to close your cupboards and drawers then you will just have to face it – you have too many clothes! Reduce impulse purchases, buy only things you really want and need. Send old clothes you no longer like or which no longer fit to charity shops and recycle material on worn out items to make a whole raft of useful things.

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You Guide To Fashion And Style When On Maternity Leave

For many women who just gave birth, going on maternity leave is one of the most anticipated times. This doesn’t mean you’ll be completely free from worries, but it’s nice to be able to put aside your career for a bit and only focus on a new life role. As you take your leave, however, it’s rather easy to forget about yourself as you’re preparing for the arrival of your baby.

You may find yourself hardly caring about what you look like because of your limited ventures to the outside world and your focus on getting all the hospital essentials for your baby and yourself ready. But there’s no need to take this route and part with style because the confidence you get from looking good and well put-together will be very helpful to your new role as a mum. Always remember, when you look good, you feel good as well.

This period will certainly leave you with very little time to mind yourself even if you’re on maternity leave and don’t have work to worry about. Before that happens, take time to prepare some comfortable yet fashionable maternity outfits as your go-tos.

The first post-partum weeks can be really crazy, and a truly effective way of taking the craziness level down a few notches is by having some outfits ready, which will make you presentable from the moment you leave the hospital, to when well-wishing guests visit you at home, and to that time when you finally need to go out with your child to establish your mum routine. When you prepare maternity outfits with effortless style in mind, mixing and matching is key. It’s always best to start off with a few great quality basic pieces because they make editing your style ensemble so much easier.

Find accessories that you can use for layering outfits to match specific occasions; scarves, shawls, cardigans, jackets, coats, and even belts. These are all reliable accessories for beautifully styling maternity outfits. Another thing to consider when you’re putting together stylish maternity picks is the changing weather. You may still be breastfeeding at times in a public area so make sure that you have maternity clothing that’s appropriate for the season or that can easily transition into a different season. The right mix of seasonal and transitional clothing in your closet will make fashionable dressing a no-fuss activity no matter the changing seasons. Maintain your being stylish and fashionable even when on maternity leave.

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Peace, Commitment, and Empowerment

These three words have come up over and over for me this week, and while they may seem like individual and distinct concepts, they are intertwined with each other as well as to me and my business.

Let’s start with peace.
When I think about my top values, peace or peaceful has never reared its head. It’s not that I didn’t want to feel peaceful; it’s just never felt crucial.

Lately, though, especially in the early morning when I have some me time, I’ve noticed this wonderful feeling in my body, in my core. I breathe better, bigger, fuller, deeper. I put a name to this feeling, and I found it was “peace.”

I realized I had been missing that feeling. Sure, life has been hectic, and there’s a lot going on, but I was surprised to realize how important peace was needed.

Onto commitment.
I’m searching for my next coach, as I believe strongly in the power and even necessity of coaches and mentors. Earlier this week, I had a Discovery Call with a coach. We talked about the various avenues of my business and the possible fitness between me and the potential coach. What he told me is that his company works in 90-day blocks, and that in those 90 days, the coachee commits to a certain outcome or goal.

Now, as a smart business owner and a coach myself, I get the power of commitment. But for some reason, in talking with this coach, the way he said it rang differently for me. That idea of committing to one path or one goal for 90 days… and the idea that perhaps I have not been committing the way I think I have been… it’s certainly making me go, “Hmmmm… ”

Finally, the big one: empowerment.
There’s a situation my husband Mark and I have been dealing with for the last five months, and it looks as if it’s finally winding down. Funny enough, in this winding down and really seeing that the end could be near, I’ve been spiraling and certainly not at peace. (I told you these concepts were related.)

What I realized, and this was freaking huge, was that because this situation was primarily Mark’s situation, I couldn’t actively do anything about it. I’m affected greatly by it, but I couldn’t make phone calls, take action, etc. because other parties can’t deal with me. They can only deal with Mark.

I realized that this was the third time in my life that I have felt powerless: my childhood (one long big time), the explosion of my first marriage, and then this one. I was explaining to Mark how bad this was for me, this feeling of powerlessness. I went over to the Emotional Guidance scale from Abraham-Hicks printed out in the office to show him that it was in the lower half (i.e. “bad”) of the chart. Well, it’s not only in the “out of the vortex” section of the chart, it’s at the very bottom of the chart, along with despair, fear, and grief.


I’ve been embracing that one of the things I do for my clients and people in my programs was to empower them. I just never knew how necessary empowerment was showing up for me. Actually, it’s probably more the lack of empowerment that has thrown me for a loop. No one should feel powerless.

So, how are all these related and what do they mean to you?
Well, first, they’re related for me because they all welled up at the same time. If I’m not feeling empowered, then that’s affecting my sense of peace and ability to commit. If I’m feeling powerless, how the heck can I commit to something? On the other hand, if I can take back my power (or at least recognize how this temporary situation made me feel powerless), I will be at more peace. If I continue to choose peace, I’m going to be better able to commit, take action, make choices, and serve the world.

Next, onto you… how do peace, commitment, and empowerment show up in your life? Are you at peace? Do you want to be? Are you committing full out, or just playing it safe? Are there places you feel powerless? Where can you take back your power?

Third, what concepts are showing up for you in your life? What do they mean to you? What messages are they trying to give you? What action do you need to take?

May you be at peace with all you do.

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What Will You March for?

I felt strongly about writing about unity this week. Rising above and standing together is essential right now. If we degrade another fellow human being, we are essential lowering our own vibration. What we put out we will get back. It will without a doubt show-up in your life or business somewhere. From an energy perspective look at the energy being shared underneath your words. This is what you are giving out and therefore what you will receive back. It involves having a clear and ground perspective first, and seeing the world through that lens, instead of seeing the world first and letting it dictate how we feel. Let’s be an active participant in what we are creating.

When you start to feel yourself engaging in gossip, remember this is someone’s dad, brother, sister, mom, daughter, etc. Let’s have love and compassion for our fellow human beings and focus on the changes WE want to see instead. What would you advise your son or daughter to do if they didn’t like what someone said on the playground? Would you invite them to talk about them, yell at them, say mean things, etc. No. You would teach them to rise above, to accept them for who they are and be the person they want to be. To treat others how they want to be treated, right?

The course in miracles talks a lot about attachment. When we’re in our ego we’re coming from a place of separateness, righteousness, and the need to be right and special. We’re attached to outcomes and being in control. We all slip into this on some level. Even the most evolved and enlightened people still slip. Because we’re human and have an ego.

But let’s step into the best versions of ourselves for a second. Who are we at a core level? How do we treat others from this place and how do we like to be treated? We are all worthy of love and respect. This doesn’t mean we condone terrible acts, but we can forgive and rise above.

It’s okay to feel.

We are still having a human experience, and it’s okay to be angry when others say or do hurtful things. It’s okay to feel. It’s what you do with those feelings that matters. By just allowing yourself to feel how you do without judgement, you are really allowing and accepting yourself as you are, which in-turn creates more peaceful feelings. What is a healthy way to feel and express heavier feelings? What works for you? Journaling and body scanning are great tools that I have learned along the way, and please reach out if you would like more info. on these.

The more we can focus on what we do want the more we will create it.

What’s amazing to me is the women’s march has been created in response to some heavier events occurring. When was the last time all of these women came together to support one another? This is massive healing on so many levels and a true blessing in disguise.

Much love to you as you sort through what is heavy in your heart today, and I am wishing you peace and love always.

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Unmasking the African Abstentions

Irked by the violence especially silent deaths against the LGBT community around the world, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to appoint an independent watchdog to focus on the investigations of violence against people strictly on grounds of sexual orientation. The tenure of this investigator is for three years. No African country voted in favour of this appointment with them either voting against it or abstaining totally.

Not surprising, Nigeria one of the world’s most homophobic nations voted against it with smaller countries like Burundi, Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire following suit. No official statements was given by their representatives for their vote pattern but it is clear that the state organised homophobia which is a good red herring to cover up for their failed economic policies is a reason for their action.

Countries like Ghana, Namibia, Botswana decided to abstain from the vote. The most surprising was South Africa’s decision to abstain.

The Rainbow country is the most advanced in the continent on LGBT issues and it was rather curious that they showed a high level of indifference to the plight of the LGBT by this decision. What could be responsible for this given that barely two years ago they were in the forefront of studying sexual orientation and gender identity?

The permanent representative to the UN at the time, ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, said SA was required by the “supreme law of our country to support a resolution that seeks to reduce discrimination and violence on any basis, including in this case, on the basis of sexual orientation or gendered identities”.

On March 5 2016, the SA Human Rights Commission hosted the first regional African seminar to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

The South African Delegate Ambassador, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko said that South Africa was committed to ending violence against people on the grounds of sexual orientation but that the reason for her abstention was because the resolution was arrogant and divisive.

The Diplomat failed to establish how the sponsors of the resolution were arrogant. His explanations failed to point out why post apartheid South Africa should back down on fighting for the protection of these vulnerable sexual minorities. Pundits are now wondering whether the pressure from blatantly homophobic nations like Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya have gotten into the skin of Nelson Mandela’s country. It is sad that they have not sufficiently learnt from the wounds of apartheid about the ills of discrimination.

The reality is that South Africa is supposed to be the vanguard against a system of organised discrimination and this is a big let down for individuals desirous of a discrimination free society. How Tragic!

Public spirited individuals and activists alike should not allow this setback deter them from pressing on for a better deal for all irrespective of sexual orientation. It may sound utopian now but the cost of not dreaming usually outweighs that of dreaming.

Liberty must come to Africa!

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