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If Gratitude is Good, this is even Better…

For the past decade the “Attitude of Gratitude” has been hyped in the media.

We’ve had Gratitude Rocks, Gratitude Journals, Gratitude practices at the dinner table with your kids etc. etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a cheerleader for Gratitude.
Gratitude is a highly attractive emotion and a key component to manifesting and creating the life you desire.

Yet there is something that can take your gratitude even deeper and connect you quickly at a mind-body-soul level…



The difference between Gratitude and Appreciation is subtle but very, very powerful.

Gratitude means being Thankful.
Appreciation is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.

Often Gratitude is conditional – eg. because something went well for you, you are grateful. A person was nice to you and you are thankful for them.
Try being grateful when things are not going well… It’s really hard, right?

Gratitude is all about YOU.
Appreciation is all about the OTHER.

Appreciation takes gratitude a level deeper because it is no longer about you.

Appreciation requires you to get PRESENT and mindful about the thing, person or situation you are appreciating.  And to seek out the qualities that are good, positive and worth highlighting.

You can be grateful for having food on your table, however you can go further and appreciate its colour, the smells, taste, nutrition and the love of the person who prepared it.

Appreciation takes you out of “yourself” and connects you to emotions beyond thankfulness.
It includes really ENJOYING something about the other person or thing.

When you appreciate someone or something in your life and their best qualities, you feel brighter, lighter, inspired, joyful, energized, loved and the list goes on and on.

Appreciation is like tapping into Source Energy.   
Appreciation is like seeing the world through the eyes of God.

Can you see the difference?

This week I urge you to take your Gratitude a level Deeper and get present to what you APPRECIATE about the situations, people and things in your life.

Let me know your thoughts on this and how it goes – I’d love to read your feedback and comments below…

I appreciate you.
I appreciate the time and energy you spend reading my emails.
I appreciate the support you bring to helping me make magic in the world.
Thank you!


My 4 Important Lessons from 2017

17-12 4 Important Lessons

Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of Reflection about 2017. Recently I did the Reflection Webinar to take you through this powerful process. Last night on my Master Manifesters call (which is a small, invite-only group of extraordinary people who I coach) each individual in the group shared their successes,…

Another 3 Steps to shift you out of being Stuck {Part 2}

Another 3 Steps to shift you out of being Stuck {Part 2}

Another 3 Steps to Shift You Out of Being Stuck {Part 2}  Stuck? Last week I shared with you the first 3 steps to shift out of being stuck… They were… Step 1 – Become Aware that you Stuck (and in a negative space) Step 2 – Be Kind and Gentle with yourself Step 3…

Stuck? 6 Steps to Shift yourself… {Part 1}

Stuck? 6 Steps to Shift yourself... {Part 1}

Stuck? 6 Steps to Shift yourself… {Part 1} Stuckness. That icky, gooey, “help-I’m-moving-through-treacle” feeling. We ALL get stuck at times; experiencing slumps and troughs. Those times when it feels like NOTHING is happening. You are in the forest and have completely lost your way. The path of your dreams seems like a faint memory. Fear,…

The Chinese Curse + crazy world events… and what you can do about it.

The Chinese Curse for Web

The Chinese Curse: “May you live in interesting times…” 2016 – Interesting times. The past decade – Interesting times. (No matter where in the world you live). On the eve of the US election results, as external events get more and more “interesting” and rollercoaster-ish, I ask myself: “What can I do to stay centered, grounded,…

I made a deal with a city… and I returned to celebrate

I made a deal with a city… and I returned to celebrate

Bariloche, in Argentina, is a picturesque, chocolate box town. It overlooks a massive lake while the snow-covered peaks of the magnificent Andes circle the inhabitants like guardians watching over their lives. It is here I began to explore my inner magic as a Fairy Godmother (11 years ago). It is here inspiration flowed through me…

5 Steps to turn your Envy & Jealousy into a Force for Good

5 Steps to turn your Envy & Jealousy into a Force for Good

My boyfriend, Geoff, has more literary genius inside his left pinkie than I have in my whole being. At the moment we are apart. I’m in Durban focusing on finishing the first draft of my next book and he’s in Angola working in his hard-hat and big boot, marine engineering world. He sent me this…

Brexit: Lessons in Manifesting


As a South African living miles away from the United Kingdom, I only heard about Brexit 4 weeks ago. My boyfriend and I then spent 2 hours Googling and researching Brexit and its implications. We merrily discussed the pros and cons of staying or going, without having any attachment to the result. My final comment…

My next BIG, Scary Dream

My next BIG, Scary Dream

Dreams and Goals are meant to be scary They are meant to make you quiver with excitement and shudder with fear simultaneously. They do that because in the journey towards them you will grow and fail and stretch and learn and be challenged and be thoroughly delighted. Sometimes dreams can be so scary that you postpone, procrastinate…

Magical Questions from a lazy, whispering Ocean

Magical Questions from a lazy, whispering Ocean

I’m a surfer. It is an activity that delights me to the core of my body, mind and soul. Today the waves were big, slow and lazy. Despite looking like they had some juice, they required a huge amount of paddling and very few surfers were catching waves. After 45 minutes I had only caught…

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