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Entertainment: My day with The Rock Local profile: Shaynna Blaze Cover feature: The gypset life Real Life: Anxiety attacks Success: Getting started in shares Success: It’s tax time Travel: New York, New York Travel: Shopping in Dubai Spice: Spice up your love life

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Get out: This month on the Coast Get thinking: How strong is your relationship? Win: A host of fabulous prizes We Love: Winter warmers Pets: Grooming day Women of the Month: Local profile showcase Wine: A trip to wine country Recipes: Easy and delicious dishes Get Scene: Have you been snapped? Horoscopes: What’s in your stars this month? Last Word: Co-working karma

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Money. When we have it, we love it and when we don’t, well, those gorgeous heels stay in the window, don’t they? It’s our Money issue … so I’ll be the first to admit I love money because of what you can get with it. I love the things you can buy, the adventures you can go on, the places you can see, the cultures you can experience, food you can taste, all of it.

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But for me it’s not about how much money I make or spend, but the memories I can create with whatever I have at the time. For the first time in my life I have started to design a life that’s not centred on money. Sounds strange, I know. For me my life is now about being “free”. Being free doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of money. For me, it simply means designing a life that aligns with my values and beliefs – where I am supremely happy in all areas. If it’s not working, I’ll change it. When you’re not focussed on money I’ve found you really appreciate the other things, the more important things, like family, friendships and health. You notice other things you can get“free”(or at little cost) like the beach, running in the park with your kids, going on a Sunday drive, taking your dog to the dog park, bushwalking at Tamborine or picnics.


While I love materialistic things as much as the next girl – I’m a shoe queen – in the past 12 months I’ve spent my hard earned on experiences, holidays, travelling, adventures and creating memories with friends and family. Maybe I’m starting to become a gyspet. What’s a gyset? I’m so glad you asked because we’ve featured it this month. Gypset is the term used to describe the amalgamation of the whimsical gypsy and the ambitious, stylish and sophisticated jetsetter.


These people run their lives (and businesses) from anywhere in the world. They choose to be free. That doesn’t mean they don’t make money or go without, quite the opposite, but they build a lifestyle first and foremost. It’s such a cool concept and something I’d like to explore more… because, well, why not? Clearly I won’t be able to take all of my shoes with me, so I’ll have to commit to “experiencing” shoes from Rome, London, Madrid, Beverly Hills…

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June 27, The Marina Village, Hope Island 9am-1pm The Mummy Tree Markets aren’t like any other market you have been to or might expect. They are a boutique family market, providing quality, unique products and services that are not mass produced or easily found in shops. Come along to find yourself some beautiful products and services for pregnancy, babies and children right through to mums and dads. The kids will also enjoy the entertainment and yummy food.



June 13, Doug Jennings Park, Main Beach 10am-7pm Sip Champagne, listen to the sweet tunes of a DJ and strut your stuff in Fashions of the Field at Polo By The Sea. This acclaimed annual polo event has something for everyone. Meet the star players in the casual setting of the Polo Lounge or get a little bit fancy in the chic and vibrant VIP Marquee. You can even host a group of girlfriends in your own private marquee.

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Per month, how many times do you argue? A A big argument? Never more than once B Up to four times C We argue at least once per week

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Do you feel safe and secure with your partner? A Yes B Usually C Sometimes Seeing your mate in a café with a stranger, how would you react? A Wave and say hello B Leave without being seen and ask them about it later C Call from around the corner and ask what they are doing How many times a week do you have a good laugh with your lover? A All the time B Often C Occasionally

Mostly A: Commando Your relationship is tough and could probably withstand a nuclear attack. You have no doubts about your partner and are confident enough in yourself to relax and enjoy being in a relationship. Honesty and trust is what supports your relationship. Mostly B: Middle-man Generally, you are in a happy and firm place with your partner. You ride through the highs and lows and are comfortable that the good times outweigh the bad. Have a think about your uncertainties and try talking with your partner; increasing your confidence will make you happier and a more relaxed. Mostly C: Featherweight You have enough insecurity with your relationship to question just how strong it really is. There may not be anything actually wrong, but if you are feeling so unsure perhaps you should investigate if it’s your relationship that’s struggling, or your lack of belief in yourself. Talk with your partner and identify your fears.

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Take a peek into a day in the life of an extra on the set of San Andreas, the movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Kylie Minogue old Coast local Sue Carnegie had a day at work recently that many of us could only ever imagine. She was on the set of the $100 million Hollywood blockbuster movie, San Andreas, hanging out with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kylie Minogue. San Andreas is due for release on June 5. Here’s what Sue’s job entailed. The day started at Sue Carnegie 4.30am in Woongoolba, on the northern Gold Coast, in a paddock. We handed in our “pink slips” at the sign-in tent, had our names ticked off and it was off. The first stop was wardrobe. Two weeks before we had a costume fitting at the Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford (next to Movieworld) and the clothes had been put aside with our names on them. They had also been suitably muddied up and ripped. Then it was off to makeup, where we were made up with dirt, dust and blood spread all over our limbs, faces and hair. We were given breakfast at 5.30am and were then checked over by the crew to make sure we were dirty enough. At daybreak, we walked to the set, about five minutes away. It was a post-earthquake evacuation camp for the injured and lost survivors, with tents June 2015

and awnings, ambulance stretchers, stainless steel trolleys, hospital equipment, wheelchairs, stretchers, camp beds, a San Francisco fire truck, boxes of relief aid food and pallets of bottled water. I was one of the quake survivors, but many extras were dressed as fireman, first responders, US army, policemen, national guards and paramedics. There were probably around 200 extras all up. My first job was to lie on a stretcher and act as if I was very uncomfortable and in pain. We each rehearsed our positions about five times before they turned the cameras on. Then we had to do the same scene for the camera at least 12-15 times. It was great when we finally nailed the scene. We were given different roles to play. I staggered through a crowd scene looking dazed and disorientated, in one scene I was sitting on a stretcher bed and a paramedic was attending to the wound on my knee and later I staggered past various injured people on camp beds to find my son in the crowd. At about 1.30pm half of us were sent to lunch and the other half stayed with the crew and did another scene. There was another film set right next to ours and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was filming his scenes along with Kylie Minogue. In between scenes, we often 12

watched Dwayne rehearsing the same scene over and over and over again. When they were filming their scenes our assistant director got a message and yelled “main unit rolling” which meant we all had to remain dead quiet so the sensitive microphones didn’t pick up our noise. It was almost like a game of statues. I met a lot of people throughout the day including a portly gentleman, balding with glasses, who was probably about 65 and had recently retired. He thought this could be a fun thing to do so joined an agency and had already worked on a couple of films and three commercials. Towards the end of the afternoon Sophie Formica from Channel 7’s The Great South East arrived on set. She played the part of a journalist reporting on the recent earthquake. Around 5pm we did the final scene and the assistant directors called “It’s a wrap” and what sweet words they were. We were all very tired and cold by that stage. Back at the sign-on tent we had our continuity photo taken. That’s in case they need us back at a later date they can see how we were dressed and what parts of our bodies had wounds. Then we handed back our costumes and our pink slips to ensure we got paid. It was now 5.30pm – a huge 13-hour day! What an amazing day, surreal at times, but overall a wonderful experience.

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is where the heart is What are the top 3 trends you are seeing at the moment? Colour - Lots of peach tones, from soft salmon to tangerine and paired with pistachio greens. Luxe - Reflective metals, plush materials and classic shapes in furniture is a total luxe factor going into interiors. Lighting - Over the next six months we will see lighting play even a bigger part in our interiors with oversized chandeliers and pendants being a huge presence in the final look. What is your personal style when it comes to your home? I love a classic period style in the bones of the house and mix it with modern pieces of furniture and art. I don’t change my base palette too often of classic black and white with hints of navy, indigo and turquoise, but certainly bump the look up with patterns and bold colours in accent pieces of furniture and artwork to really lift the mood of the home. What is your best tip for those who want to turn their house into a home? Relax - stop looking at magazines trying to emulate someone else’s style. Find what is your perfect style and then your home will always feel like an extension of you. What’s one piece of furniture or accessory everyone must have in their home? A feature chair is so versatile. It can live in the study, the kids’ rooms, the lounge and even the spare room as it will always find a home. What’s your favourite piece at home? At the moment it is my new bed that I designed for a Sealy promotion. I am not the perfect sleeper and it is just heaven to crawl into every night. Shaynna Blaze is heading to the Gold Coast this month for the Early Risers breakfast networking event on June 4 at the Sofitel Gold Coast. Details are at June 2015


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There is nothing that makes you feel more glamorous when you’re sauntering around at home in your tracky dacks (yes, we all wear them even if we don’t admit it) than perfectly manicured or enhanced fingers and toes. Here’s everything you need to know: Length and shape Go with short to medium (2-3 up to 5mm) and oval in shape or “squoval” for the shorter lengths. Ideally your nail’s edge should mirror the shape of your cuticle. Colours, colours, colours Think warm, full-bodied, rich wintery flavours and then put colour to them. Try red, port, wine and red with slight purple undertones. Golden hues, glittery and shimmery: Go luxe with matt antique gold glitters. Nude in every way: Matt, gloss, creme, peach and soft transparent pinks. Anyway it comes is in. If you are going to opt for a French, keep it all soft; soft white with translucent pink or peach. Night-time monochromes: Go black, charcoal-silver, navy and midnight bluetoned chromes. PS - There is nothing to say fingers and toes should match that is up to you and your very own level of OCD. If you are keeping it all chic you are on the right track. ADVERTISING PROMOTION

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ick Sutherland suffered anxiety for two years, but to him it felt like a lifetime. Beyond Blue reports that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is estimated 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime and in any one year 1 million adults have depression and more than 2 million have anxiety. Globally, anxiety and depression affect about one-third of adults to the point of it becoming a disorder and interfering with their quality of life. “I experienced anxiety for about two years when I was in my early 30s. Some days felt a lot better than others but overall that period of my life felt like much longer at the time,” Nick says. “Every day was my worst moment. I’d wake up thinking and I would go to bed thinking…I just can’t switch my brain off. “Then I stopped going out to the letter box. I wasn’t working at the time so I just stayed inside and hid away because I felt unable to deal with anything.” Anxiety and depression are so engrained in our society that Griffith University hopes to combat the negative impact of them by using cognitive behavioural therapy through a new research program. Called Facing the Fear, the new study offers participants nine weekly groupJune 2015

Mental health disorders are rife within our community with almost half of adults suffering anxiety or depression at some point in their lives therapy sessions and is based on a US approach called “unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorder”. “Despite its long name, the therapy’s basic premise is very simple in that it assumes most forms of anxiety and depression have the same underlying causes and therefore it makes sense to treat them together,” says Bonnie Clough, a PhD candidate from the School of Applied Psychology and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Meanwhile, the condition affected Nick’s life so badly that he eventually studied hypnotherapy and counselling and is now a psychotherapist helping others with mental health disorders. “Being co-dependant on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) combined with a lot of emotional baggage relating back to my time in the army is what triggered it. At that time I relied on them for my survival and as a result I felt completely disempowered. My basic human needs were severely compromised and I was employing no self-management strategies,” he says. 18

“Whenever I checked the mail, fear and dread washed over me. I couldn’t stand to get a letter from DVA because they were constantly changing my payments and I never knew what was happening from one week to the next. “I got so low that I realised I had to do something. No one was going to ‘fix’ me so I had to take responsibility. I enrolled in Certificate IV Clinical Hypnotherapy & Counselling course, which really helped a lot. It sucked at the time because it basically broke down my entire belief system, but after that I went and saw a positive psychologist who used cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) combined with just listening and guiding me. So it was a combination of hypnotherapy, counselling, NLP (to reframe things), CBT and reality therapy.” Many people suffer a combination of overlapping disorders such as phobias, social anxiety or difficulties with panic. Bonnie says the Griffith University study will aim to minimise these disorders and help sufferers better manage them in their lives.

Targeting adults aged over 18 with these issues, Facing the Fear uses a stagedtherapy approach to teach participants how to recognise their anxiety and how it can develop, and to then use different methods to manage it. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a modality employed to assist people to learn how to think differently in order to feel differently. It is most effective when used in conjunction with other psychotherapies. Nick says CBT helped get rid of his unhelpful thinking styles. “It taught me how to think in a healthier way. It really made a difference when used with hypnotherapy because I first needed to change my beliefs. “CBT works because it creates a different train of thought. Instead of someone’s mind going down the same old track over and over it rewires their neutrons to create new pathways.” As a psychotherapist Nick says has seen amazing change within people, which in turn creates change in the world they live in. Within himself he says now he feels in control of his life. “I realise now that I am responsible for my happiness and my health but before I could take on those responsibilities I had to learn how to do things in a way I’d never done before.” From a client perspective, Nick says the biggest result he’s seen was with a man in

Whenever I checked the mail, fear and dread washed over me. I couldn’t stand to get a letter from DVA because they were constantly changing my payments and I never knew what was happening from one week to the next his late 30s who phoned to say he couldn’t live any more. “He was frustrated, angry, completely reactive, toxic and irrational. I managed to make an appointment for him and he came in to see me. We spoke a bit about how he was feeling and how he had come to this point in his life. I soon recognised that he didn’t want to actually kill himself, he literally wanted to stop living the life he was. “He committed to the process and week after week we set about breaking his old system down and replacing it with a much healthier and updated one. Soon he started attending sessions talking about small positive shifts that had occurred and I could hear his language becoming much healthier. The process took about nine months in total but it was like a complete overhaul.” As for the Griffith University study, Bonnie says the theory is that the more people engage, outside of the sessions, the better the results are in overcoming symptoms of anxiety.

“Overall, we have seen some excellent results from participants who are seeing some strong improvements in their everyday functioning to the extent that their emotional difficulties are not interfering so much on a day-to-day basis.” More than 90 people have gone through the Face the Fear program but Ms Clough says they are seeking more participants. For information call 3735 3348. Nick Sutherland is the owner of State of Mind Health. He is a psychotherapist specialising in personal development and works specifically with mums who are emotionally and physically out of shape, assisting them to get back in control and to create sustainable changes in their lives. For details visit

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acqueline Mengler has been “investing” since she was four. Her first venture into finance was in the agricultural industry with her pet lamb, which was shorn every year and a wool cheque banked into her savings account. Finance has been her passion ever since. Jacqui, a private client adviser, takes some time out of her busy schedule to talk finance, investing and shares with Get it magazine. How do you get started with shares? I find that most people don’t know what they don’t know, and therefore get scared into doing nothing. So, the first step is speaking to an expert – they’ll ask why you are interested in investing and what you want to achieve out of it. They can then go about helping you invest in shares that are right for you. The most common mistake I see (after not acting) is trying to do it all yourself – there’s a reason it is a full-time job for so many people because it can’t be done when the rest of your life slows down. That doesn’t happen. Instead, work out with an expert the different service levels they have, be truthful about the amount of value you’ll get from that and pay for the right level of value for you. This will pay for itself many times over for the duration of the relationship (hopefully for many generations!). How do you get started in shares? So, get started by speaking to an expert – someone who does share investing every day. Most of these experts can also talk to you about other investments as well (for example, term deposits, property and currency) – and find the most appropriate for you. Why should women know about investing on the stock market? Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of women who were reluctant to get involved in finances. Reasons for this include: • Scared they might make a mistake. • Leaving it to their partners. • Not sure where to start. • Too much conflicting advice from friends and family on what to do. • Thinking they don’t have enough to get started. • They’ll do it once they’ve taken care of whoever is priority for the day. This made me realise I am in a great position to help women to take control of their money and their future by knowing more about investing.With the right professional and credible assistance, they can actually enjoy the little work it takes ongoing and the freedom (financial and emotional) that it can provide.

What are the top three reasons for longterm investment? 1. Peace of mind that you’ve done the right thing for you and your family. 2. Making your finances work for you; and 3. Enjoyment of lifestyle. Why is it important to plan for your financial future? Over the years I’ve had the misfortune of seeing many people (male and female) not achieve the things they really wanted because of insufficient or too-late planning. They thought “I can do that tomorrow” because it’s one of those really important but non-urgent things that gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. The reality is that no one else is going to do it for you. The government definitely can’t and no one else is as personally interested in it as you are. Professional help can make it a lot less daunting and break it up so you steadily get in charge of all your finances and achieve your lifestyle ambitions. How young can you start? My first foray into finance was having a pet lamb as a four year old.Every year its merino fleece was shorn and the wool cheque was banked into my savings account. As women, the longer we procrastinate and look after others rather than ourselves, the less we will ultimately get. So you can’t be too young to start. My experience taught me the importance of holding an asset, which can be used to generate an income over time, and this provided some great spending money for me in early childhood. So start today, not tomorrow! Why can it be very rewarding? I’m passionate about the benefits of investing. My favourite colour is PINK and for me it means: Passion for life as lifestyle goals are realised Independence financially (and often emotionally too) together with an increased capacity to Nurture ourselves and bring Kindness to others. What are some of the pitfalls we can avoid? Leaving it to others to take care of and listening to everyone. It is crucial to filter information relevant to you and partner with experienced professionals to actively manage your wealth. The most common mistake I see is not acting, and with so much information out there many people become like a “deer in headlights” and do nothing. Their best intentions stay merely intentions. It’s not only too much information (from too many friends and colleagues willing to share their, typically biased, view) but can also be the fear of 29

doing something wrong, the fear of not wanting to be different, thinking they don’t have enough or putting it off until tomorrow. One of my most important roles is helping women to take action. I filter information, understand what you want out of investing and get you to actively manage your wealth so it works for you (and not the other way around). Is the new financial year the ideal time to invest? Yes, much like starting January 1 with lifestyle resolutions, start July 1 with financial resolutions. One of the biggest myths of investing is that you need a minimum amount to start. The key isn’t the amount, but rather just starting. What is your top tip for investing wisely? Like a personal trainer for your health, partner with a financial adviser to keep on top of your finances. I know how to run. But I have a running coach to help me run better and faster and keep me committed for the 5am starts! That way you remain actively involved but you have a professional right by your side.

About Jacqui Mengler As a private client adviser and the Queensland State Manager (Private Clients) at Patersons Securities Limited (AFSL 239 052), Jacqui helps investors in all areas of ‘Blue-Chip’ portfolio construction, listed equities, margin lending and superannuation funds. She joined Patersons (AFSL 239 052) in March 2009, following the merger with Tolhurst Limited, and began her career as a lawyer at Allens Arthur after graduating with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Bond University. As a regular keynote speaker, she is passionate about educating women on stockbroking and investing, Jacqui presents her own Ladies ‘Investing With Confidence’ Seminars successfully teaching women how they can take control of their financial future. For information go to June 2015


Argh! It’s tax time again! t’s tax time and you’re in way over your head. You don’t know where to start and you’re not organised. Maybe you have a business and you haven’t been putting money aside for tax. Or maybe you’re an individual and you haven’t done your tax for a while. Sound familiar? Never fear, Gold Coast accountant Jolene McConnell shares her 8 steps to save time,money and your sanity when it comes to tax time. 1. Find a good accountant and make them your best friend Jolene says the essential traits include having adequate qualifications and experience, and being a member of a recognised accounting body such as CPA or ICA. Also make sure they are not just good with figures, but someone who they can openly communicate with; contactable and approachable and have good people skills; explain things in “layman’s terms” and think outside the box. 2. Ask your accountant to advise on an appropriate structure for your business “To be a successful accountant in the modern world, you need to be more than the stereotypical ‘bean counter’,” she says, “A good accountant should not just be ‘reactive’ and focus on compliance work and reporting on past results. A good accountant looks forward, is proactive and keeps up with the fast pace of change. They should offer suggestions and help plan your financial future. 3. Keep on top of your bookkeeping and compliance requirements Jolene says a great bookkeeper has the adequate qualifications and experience, they are often “perfectionists” and have a good eye for detail. “A good bookkeeper shows initiative and follows up, has systems and checklists in place for each bookkeeping procedure, has June 2015

a working relationship or communication with your accountant. They will also have an understanding of your business and your industry and flexible in regards to the software and solutions they offer,” she says. 4. Set money aside for your taxes Setting aside your tax during the year ensures that you’re not put in a position to have to find the lump sum payment at year end,which can place pressure on your business’s cash flow. It is good practice to monitor the performance of your business throughout the year and talk with your accountant about expected profits and estimating future tax obligation so that you can include these in your cash-flow model. 5. Maintain separate bank accounts for business and personal affairs Having separate accounts just makes data entry a lot easier, says the founder of Jolene McConnell Accounting Group. “You know everything in the business accounts is business related so you don’t have to waste time sorting through transaction,” she says. “Not only that, but it also provides protection in an audit situation as the ATO can trace business income and expenses more easily.” 6. Have a plan and select KPIs for your business KPIs are more to do with managing your business and assessing how it’s performing. A strategically chosen set of KPIs will not only help you assess your business performance, it will actually drive you and get you to where you want to go faster. 7. Set a budget and measure operating results regularly Not only that, you must analyse any variations between your budget and the actual results you have achieved regularly. Make any necessary adjustments. 30

8. Cash flow is king! Have a detailed cashflow model One of the easiest ways to prepare a cashflow model is to record what money is coming in and what payments and obligations are coming out. This can be done on a weekly or monthly basis. A good cash-flow model will forecast cash incomings and outgoings for the year ahead. Remember to include payments of tax obligations and GST. 5 things individuals must do when it comes to tax time 1 Be organised: Have an expanding folder and keep all receipts and tax related documentation filed. Do this throughout the year. (The ATO requires you to keep these records for five years). 2 Leave your tax to the professionals: Don’t be a scrooge and try and do your tax return yourself to save money. It is likely to be costing you more in additional tax due to missed deductions. 3 Find a good accountant: If you want an accountant who thinks outside the box and asks the right questions to get you the best result rather than just punching in data you give them, then you will pay more for this. 4 Speak to family, friends and colleagues: Ask about experiences with their accountant. Shop around until you find one you“click with”and one that gives you the level of service you deserve. 5 Don’t be late! The ATO has strict lodgement due dates and impose fines and penalties if you’re late. Jolene McConnell is a Certified Practicing Accountant. She has been helping people and businesses with their tax for more than 15 years.



e all love to wear heels, flats or wedges but sometimes the shoe just doesn’t fit causing us a lot of discomfort, aches and pains. Enter Comfort Plus Footwear. This family-owned business has been in the footwear industry since the 1960s and has been on the Gold Coast for more than 15 years. They know all about mixing comfort and style. The shop stocks the largest range of comfort and orthotic footwear offering not only comfort and cushioning, but also elegant, fashionforward and on-trend styles. Only recently it was voted no.1 in Australia for its range and service. The team are passionate about how their shoes feel and fit, and pride themselves on being able to show customers what “true” comfort feels like, and how it can be achieved by having correctly fitted footwear with contoured foot beds, proper arch support, supple leather and a range of widths. They are highly trained in the fitting of orthotic footwear and can advise on the needs for problem feet, through working with a number of podiatrists on the Gold Coast. Open seven days a week, there is ample parking at the front door, so you can get the look you love and the fit and support you need, because comfort never goes out of style. P 5561 1264 or



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had music on my mind and a vision of bright lights across the Manhattan skyline, as we traipsed around town searching for the ultimate New York City rooftop bar experience. Only problem was, I was coming down with a cold, the weather was chilly for April and nothing was reflecting my Sex and the City dream. Certainly, I’d done my research, but as we trudged from one metro stop to another, in and out of venues that in reality didn’t match up to internet imagery, and we feared the sun would set on our first NYC bucketlist item. Ever the trooper, I insisted to my very obliging-despite-being-jetlagged man, Cooper, that perhaps this last address might be “it”. We counted numbers along the very fancy Fifth Avenue, and as we turned a corner at number 230, gazed up − and up − a glimmer of hope surfaced; when the elevator doors opened at the top of 230Fifth, somehow Cooper and I both knew − we’d found it! By “it”, I mean a lavish, open-air designer space featuring a number of chic bars and comfy seating, surrounded by the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and next door to the Empire State. Remarkable is an understatement. Danced-up 80s and 90s tracks and the

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sound of cocktail shakers set the tone, as we kicked back on a comfy couch at the top of the world, and sipped appletinis (best I’ve ever tasted − and did you know it only takes two to cure the common cold?). Snug red robes were handed around to keep revellers warm, and I’ll remember forever, the dazzling matinee that Mother Nature presented. It’s one of my very favourite moments of travel, as the sun set over the extraordinary city that is New York; sunny skies faded to a golden glow, gradually blending to a cerulean blue, only for the skyline to then entirely transform into a magical, sparkling cityscape. That pretty much sums up New York – big, bold, bright, glittering and enchanting – and yours for the taking. Aside from taste-testing cocktails in a sexy rooftop venue as the sun sets over America, what else is a Manhattan firsttimer to do? I’d suggest: STARRING ROLE In my mind, New York is synonymous with film and television, so what better way to get your bearings than by jumping on one of the popular TV & Movie Sites tours, beginning and ending in iconic Times Square. During the adventure, you’ll see Washington Park (Sesame Street, among hundreds of other productions), The Trump International Hotel (Crocodile Dundee and more were filmed here), New York Library (Spiderman, Suddenly 30 and 32

Sex and the City), Tiffany’s, the Soup Nazi’s kitchen (Seinfeld), the Friends apartment, and many other fun and recognisable locations. Taking a tour of any description however, will give you an idea of what’s where and those areas you might like to revisit. LADY LIBERTY This historic landmark signifies freedom. I personally found it exciting to see first-hand – it’s a real reminder that you’re in the USA! If you’re disorganised and forget to book a tour (my fault), or keen to avoid lengthy tourist queues, do as we did following advice from a friendly NYPD officer, and catch a ride on the free, local Staten Island Ferry, which passes by the famous lady and presents spectacular views of New York’s boroughs. CENTRAL PARK On a sunny day, there’s nothing better to do than explore this serene urban wonder. Be prepared to be accosted by street salesmen pushing tickets for horse and buggy and pedicab rides – lovely options, but it’s just as easy to wander on foot or hire a bike. Central Park is vast – there is rock climbing, baseball, playgrounds, performance stages, lakes, food stalls, even ice skating (in winter). It’s an extraordinary space that offers welcome respite from big-city chaos. There’s a new discovery to be had daily and on our stroll we passed a wedding, a Vogue photo shoot and a poignant memorial to peace and John Lennon in Strawberry Fields.

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EAT AT THE HIGHLINE; SHOP IN SOHO Of course, there’s shopping everywhere in New York City, but Soho’s a cool area full of coffee shops where you can fuel up before discovering some of the city’s flagship retail stores like UniQlo, H&M and Mango, along with a number of stylish and unique boutiques. From Soho, you can cab (inexpensive in NYC) or take the metro to the Meatpacking District, an area that enjoys rejuvenation year on year, and where a fabulous foodie precinct, Chelsea Market, is situated. Above the market overlooking this bustling metropolis and the

Hudson River - complete with craft stalls, wooden sun lounges and gardens - is a delightful meeting place, the High Line, built on a 2.5km-long elevated rail structure, which was originally a freight line from 1934 to 1980. DOWN TO BUSINESS Our accommodation was actually near Wall Street, one of the world’s most important financial districts. Along with historical buildings sprinkled across some of the oldest streets in Manhattan, intriguing east-coast architecture and sensational river views towards Brooklyn, we found a nice row of pubs and restaurants around Broad Street and Exchange Place. The World Trade Centre memorial site is around here too; a landmark 33

that symbolises an event that was to forever change yours and my world. Reflect for a moment when you’re here and be thankful for our freedom – a state of being which this city has represented to millions of immigrants for hundreds of years. New York, New York; city of lights, big dreams and grand escapades – too many to even begin describing here. It’s a place where you can enjoy the world’s best stage shows, be a live-television studio guest, dance with a “Naked Cowboy” surrounded by a sea of yellow taxis, and indulge in cosmopolitans with a real chance of Sarah Jessica Parker taking a seat next to you. There’s only one problem. One visit – just like one appletini – is never enough. June 2015



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7 reasons to shop

Any holiday isn’t complete without a shopping expedition and there are some truly spectacular places to spend your hard-earned cash in this wonder of the world aris, Milan, New York and London are world-famous shopping destinations, but there is no other experience quite like shopping Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It’s up there with the best of them. Dubai’s shopping is contemporary and traditional all rolled up into one great big ball of malls, designer stores, trendy boutiques and souks. Dubai is a city dedicated to shopping. Apart from what seems like a mall on every corner, it also has its own Shopping Festival – yes, it’s true, we did not just make that up. There’s a real buzz around shopping in Dubai with something for everyone and almost every shopping experience imaginable. Seriously, there are ski slopes, carnivals and other themed experiences in shopping centres and malls. Clothes, shoes, leather, food, spices, material and so much more – all tastes, and tastebuds, are covered. Here are the top seven shopping destinations you must check out while holidaying in Dubai. 1. Gold Souk Dubai is known for its gold because it’s cheap. The Gold Souk is an impressive sight, but if you want cheap gold, you’ll have to haggle for it. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in the market for gold, you must take a look around this spectacular place anyway just to say you’ve “been there, done that”. It’s June 2015

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incredible and really does live up to its name. 2. The Mall of the Emirates Dubai’s malls are a great idea because it’s so hot for most of the year in the UAE that it’s impossible to stroll the streets. Think of them like an old town square in London or a piazza in Rome. The Mall of the Emirates is one of Dubai’s most amazing sights and one of the largest malls in the city. It’s retail therapy on steroids with more than 450 department stores, shops and boutiques — we are talking high 34

end, ladies. Not only that, it’s dotted with restaurants and bars (you can buy and drink alcohol), and it also has the famous indoor ski slope and Magic Planet theme park. 3. Dubai Mall Honestly, you’ll think you’ve stepped into another world, an extremely luxurious one, at the Dubai Mall. If Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City was a mall, she’d be this one. There’s a line-up of more than 1200 shops, so you can do some serious damage to your credit card here. But what

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shopping experience is complete without an aquarium, ice rink and indoor sports. You can literally spend days here. 4. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Souk Madinat Jumeirah isn’t like your everyday bazaars - it’s air-conditioned! You’ll be really grateful for this pleasure on a super-hot day. It’s a nice experience for your modern-day souk where you won’t have to haggle as much, if at all. You’ll enjoy it because while it has all the mod cons, it also has very traditional wares and a traditional look, like a souk back in the day. There are lots of homeware-type products here. You’ll love it for its authenticity. 5. Ibn Battuta Mall OK, you haven’t seen anything yet. Ibn Battuta Mall is the largest themed shopping experience in the world. Full stop. The story

is that it is dedicated to an Arabian explorer (Ibn Battuta) and his travels. It’s truly stunning and honours art and the style of the regions he explored – think a mash-up of China India, Egypt and Persia. You’ll get pure enjoyment just by taking a look around. 6. The Global Village We are talking carnival meets shopping destination, can you even picture that? Doesn’t it sound awesome? The Global Village combines a carnival atmosphere with outdoor shopping, like a festival. You’ll find everything you need here to complete your shopping experience, plus the added bonus of the carnival with stunts, dances and rides. 7. Dubai Shopping Festival And what about that shopping festival we mentioned earlier? It’s on every January 35

and February and is really something else. Porches are given away, there are city-wide sales and huge discounts across all areas of shopping. You’ll love the street fairs, festivals, fireworks, performances, food stalls and so much more. So go on, do yourself a favour and put Dubai on your shopping bucket list. This is a place you don’t want to miss.

Stay tuned Get it is going shopping in Dubai … want to come? We’ll be releasing all the details soon, but if by chance we have piqued your interest (and you’re a shopaholic like the Get it girls, call us today on 1300 858 932 to register.

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Add years of health, vitality and strength to your life

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asked a favourite client of mine about his long-term goals and he replied: “To die as young as possible as late as possible”. That really resonated with me. We all want to live longer but none of us want to be crippled or dependent in the last years or decades. So if you want to look at adding “good” years to your life there are a few things to consider: A. What things are most likely to kill me or make my life worse? When you look through the statistics, 62 per cent of the causes of mortality are directly related to your lifestyle. The top five are: 1. Heart diseases: Including heart attack, stroke, heart failure and hypertensive disease. 2. Dementia and Alzheimer’s: That’s right, it’s now No.2 and has increased 239 per cent between 2011 and 2013. 3. Diabetes: Type one and two have both increased every year. 4. Cancers: Including pancreatic, breast, prostate and lung. 5. Other health-related illnesses: Such as depression, lower respiratory diseases and liver disease. B. How do I reduce my chances of getting old prematurely? One of the things that is directly correlated in an increase in these top five causes is something called Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is characterised by having three of these five things: 1. High waist circumference: That is 102cm+ for men and 88cm+ for women. 2. High triglycerides: These particles derived from glycerol and fatty acids cause problems (fasted over 8.3mmol/L). 3. Low HDL cholesterol: Under 2.2mmol/L for men and 2.7 for women (high LDL is not implicated in Metabolic Syndrome). 4. High blood pressure: 130/85 is enough to tick this box. 5. High fasting blood glucose: More than 6.1mmol/L. One of the easiest ways to avoid all of these symptoms is to get your body in good shape. Most of the time when your waist measurement falls to below 90cm for men and 80cm for women, what you did to get there will drop your triglycerides, increase your HDL, drop your blood pressure and stabilise your blood-glucose levels. C. How can I stay as young as possible as long as possible? My four tips for staying young are: 1. Lead a fit and healthy life Make exercise a fun and regular activity. You don’t need to work super hard or for very long to see results. In fact, as little as 10 minutes can make a difference.


2. Fuel your body right Counting calories can be useful but is a flawed system when it comes to looking after yourself. For one, it assumes the calories from lollies and sweet potato are the same. They clearly are not. There is a list of foods that will likely increase things such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, autoimmune disease, type one diabetes and multiple sclerosis. 3. Take the magic pill weekly No, it isn’t blue! The magic pill is strength training. By improving your strength weekly you will see benefits like toning, shaping and weight loss, stronger bones, improved HDL cholesterol, a stop in muscle wastage which helps prevent falls, increased metabolism, better functional independence and improved insulin sensitivity. As little as 20-30 minutes a week can get you all these benefits. 4. Surround yourself with inspiring like-minded people Having a good social network is important when it comes to longevity. Hang around smokers and you likely will become one too, hang around drinkers ... the same thing. Hang around people who exercise and go on adventures and you will become one of them. Creating a culture where people like this spend time is what we work hardest on at Vision Bundall. You’re invited Vision Bundall invite you to: “The exact formula to adding years of health, vitality and strength into your life” Seminar on July 15 from 6.30pm.

It’s a slightly different formula for each person but will help you enjoy and prolong your life. For more information visit the Vision Bundall Facebook page and stay tuned for details

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Run your own race HEALTH

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It’s an activity everyone can enjoy - you just need to know how to do it properly

ou can do it anywhere any time, it’s fun and the health benefits are immense. Did you know 200 million people worldwide have taken to running in the last 5 - 10 years? Running has universal appeal and Gold Coast physiotherapist Brad Beer says he is endlessly amazed by the diversity of people who run - and run for a host of reasons. “There are so many things I personally love about running,” Brad says.“The fitness, satisfaction of achieving a personal best time or run, satisfaction derived from a training run, camaraderie with other runners, and just the splendour of the freedom of movement unrestrained and at its essence so pure. It’s just you and your shoes (and some clothes, of course!).” Brad was born with the running gene. He ran cross-country at school and competed in junior triathlons for 10 years. A bad accident halted his passion for many years, but he was determined to get back into it. “A severe bike crash resulted in me not being able to run and avoiding it due to post-crash complications for seven years. But eight years ago I returned to running with a new found love of it and pain free, and have been running almost daily ever since,” he says. Brad says anyone can run – and run pain free. “Running is a learned skill that can be learned like tennis or swimming, but sadly many people are unaware that this is the case. I wrote my book - You CAN Run Pain and Injury Free - with the chief aim of inspiring people to take action who have deferred running due to the mistaken belief that it inevitably results in succumbing to the pain of injury. For those who believe they can’t run, won’t be any good at it or that it hurts, Brad says of those 200 million people who have taken up the activity in the last 5-10 years, many of them would have thought it impossible or unlikely that they could run too. He’s the perfect role model for those who believe running isn’t for them considering the bike crash that left him unable to run, only to get back into it and win many accolades, including a silver medal at the 2012 World Triathlon Championships in Auckland New Zealand (30-34yrs), followed by being crowned the 2013 Australian Olympic Distance 30-34yr Triathlon Champion. “On a non-competition front though, my greatest running win is being able to run daily free from knee pain that for seven years meant I was unable to squat on my leg or run more than 1km without pain. This experience has meant that I have great appreciation to be able to run irrespective of my competition results,” he says. There are many known health benefits of running, including lowered risk of cardio-vascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, type two diabetes and clinical depression. Not to mention the positive effects on body weight and the subsequent reduced likelihood of developing osteoarthritis of the knees (and hips). Brad says this often confounds many people as many incorrectly believe that running wears joints out. Recent research also validated an increased life expectancy for runners compared with non-runners of several years. The top 5 tips to running pain free 1. Discover your running body: In other words, gain an awareness of your body’s strength and weaknesses before you commence running. Your physio can help with this. June 2015

2. Learn to run with great technique: There are five key principles of running with great technique including running with the correct turn-over rate (cadence), positioning of the body and foot strike landing. Everyone from the beginner to the most seasoned runner can learn and benefit from these technique tips. 3. Select an appropriate pair of running shoes: It’s been said that how the runner moves is more important than what’s on a runner’s feet, but what’s on a runner’s feet affects how a runner moves! It’s important to get shoe selection right. 4. Develop hip strength: A stable pelvis (core stability) assists with running faster but also lessening adverse loads on the body, which can subsequently result in injury. A few regularly completed exercises can work wonders in developing hip strength and stability. 5. Avoid training errors by recognising the power of rest: When a runner is starting out sometimes their over zealousness can bring them unstuck. Sudden spikes in training volume or load can prove injurious very quickly. Seasoned runners are also susceptible to making training errors. Missing a rest session can result in over load on the body’s tissues resulting in injury development.


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Refashion your jewellery

Redesigning jewellery can be one of the most rewarding and daunting experiences one can go through. Greg Ward at CTJ takes all of that and creates beautiful pieces from those unworn pieces. Greg takes your style and ideas and creates something unique. hat one person loves the next one hates, so its individual designs for you the individual or the individual in you. Greg started at Kozminskys in Melbourne over 40 years ago and brings years of experience through working overseas and keeping up with new trends that we never see in Australia. You may have an “unusual” ring, a pair of earrings you don’t like or a collection of gold chains you haven’t worn for a long time. Don’t let these items sit in your jewellery box, have them refashioned and redesigned into new pieces of jewellery and hours of enjoyment. Gold can be melted down and existing gemstones used to modernise old settings. The designers at CTJ in Bundall can help make this a reality. Greg offers these tips if you are thinking about giving your jewellery a new lease on life. 1. Be inspired: Keep pictures, clippings and photos of designs you like. If you can’t decide, that’s OK, we can blend them all together to create a truly unique piece.

2. Be open to different ideas: You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to the redesigning of your jewellery. If you have an idea in mind for a ring, bangle, earrings or pendant, call in and see us and we can sketch it for you. 3. Show your friends and family: Once you have a sketch, show it to a trusted friend or family member, it helps to get a second opinion. They might see

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Welcome to Get it magazine’s new section – Women of the Month – where we shine a light on and celebrate our Gold Coast women Suzy McDonald Director, Sanctuary Resort Shoppe, Calypso Resort & Swimwear and Sanctuary Cove Chocolates What does your role entail? The biggest part of my role is the ordering of stock. What has been your biggest achievement? After 27 years, it is to still be successfully apart of the fashion industry. Why do you love what you do? I love watching fashion trends and deciding what will be successful for us. How do you define success? Success is finding happiness in doing what I am doing. What do you do in your down time? I enjoy going to the beach and boating. Favourite inspirational quote? With effort comes success.

Liz Clift Liz Clift International owner What does your role entail? I manage my boutique at Benowa Gardens, but I am constantly overseas purchasing exciting and unique labels. I design and produce my travel range, Sans Souci without-a-care travel wear, because I travel so much I am constantly perfecting my travel wardrobe. What has been your biggest achievement? Apart from raising three happy, healthy and successful children, I would say breaking into the American market. My gowns have sold in Beverly Hills, Palm Springs in Florida and the Hawaiian Islands. Plus, multiple fashion awards. Why do you love what you do? I have sensational girls who work with me, which enables me to travel to fashion shows overseas, and I also enjoy catching up with my friends in various countries. How do you define success? I would have to say having so many satisfied loyal clients. I still have clients who shopped with me when I had my first boutique 40 years ago (yes, I was only a child) at The Isle of Capri, Liz Brough Designs. What do you do in your down time? I love my family time with my husband, Bill. My daughter, Michelle, has an adorable little boy, Hudson, and my eldest son, Andrew, is getting married in May, which is exciting. My youngest, Brandon, is still at home so needless to say the house is full of young people and there is much laughter. I also love their partners and enjoy our family dinners. Favourite inspirational quote? Live your life so your aura is always bright.

Ann Wilson Owner and wedding gown designer Strictly Bridal What does your role entail? My position entails working with the brides and often mothers of the bride from the very beginning. What has been your biggest achievement? My biggest achievement … there have been many in my life. I have moved countries, I have won many design awards, I’m a mother and now grandmother. Why do you love what you do? I get to help brides choose a gown that represents them as an individual, from establishing who they are to coming up with a design concept and textures for their perfect wedding gown. Then I get to work with them until that very day; their wedding. How do you define success? I think it’s important for all young women today to really like who they are. I think this is true success. What do you do in your down time? Music, ballroom dancing and walking along the beach. Favourite inspirational quote? “Perfection is not achievable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi June 2015

Julie Mauger Director, Zero Drivers What does your role entail? Across any week I can find myself doing everything from recruiting drivers, taking bookings and chatting with customers, to dispatching jobs and accounts, to business planning and the occasional networking outing. What has been your biggest achievement? Definitely doubling the business turnover within 18 months (and getting my three children to adulthood without injury)! Why do you love what you do? The fact that our customers are so appreciative of the service makes it all the more rewarding, but I love getting to chat with lovely people from all walks of life and finding out where all the hot spots are on the Coast. How do you define success? Being in a position to help others and being able to sleep easy at night. What do you do in your down time? Walk with my dog Barney, a bit of gardening and, of course, I’m obliged to keep in the know with local bars and eateries so I do a bit of ‘market research’ whenever I can! Favourite inspirational quote? If it is to be, it is up to me. 40

wine with Justin Leith

A trip to the country



his vintage I was lucky enough to spend a little time in the Victorian wine region of the Macedon Ranges. The countryside in this region is magnificent with amazing oldworld charm. Towns such as Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Trentham are some of the prettiest country towns in Australia with English country-style gardens and quaint shops with gold-mining historic architecture. The winery at Passing Clouds, just outside Daylesford atop a pretty hill, is in a very small place called Musk. Bucketing pressed grapes and pushing them into the soft press was hard work and I dare not complain or give up. The sounds of Johnny Cash singing Walk the Line that poured out of the speaker kept us pushing through the pain threshold. At the end of the day, there was more back-breaking work in cleaning everything down. It was like an enormous kitchen that had to be washed down and cleaned with pressure hoses to get all the extracted grape marc up to the compost heap. Cleanliness is an essential element in the wine-making process. Wine making is not glamorous work; it’s similar to that other culinary art, cooking. It’s tough, rough and takes its toll on the body requiring sincere dedication and passion. It certainly makes you appreciate what’s in your glass next time you take a sip. This visit was not just hard work, there were plenty of fun things to do such as taking in a delightful bath and massage at the stunning Hepburn Springs Spa, which did help ease the aches and pains. The local restaurants, as is the case in most of Victoria, are a step up from what you would expect in such humble towns further north of the east coast. Favourite restaurants: The Perfect Drop, Daylesford, The Lake House, Daylesford, The Argus Dining Room, Hepburn Springs, Best Pub food: The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham, Best boutique bottle shop: Colliban Foodstore, Trentham Take a wine tour through the country and enjoy the landscape of the sprawling Victorian bush, which is worlds away from our tropical Gold Coast. The temperature drop in the evenings makes lighting a fire lovely and adds ambiance to enjoy your glass of red. The wineries we visited were some of the best in the region but appointments are recommended as cellar doors are not always maintained. Passing Clouds Winery: Curly Flat Winery: Knights Granite Hills Winery: Cobaw Ridge Winery: 41

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Georgia Harding is a local Gold Coast author, mother, passionate health advocator and naturopath with over 19 years’ experience. She inspires people to live happy, healthy lives on her website, Well Nourished, where she shares fad-free health advice and allergy-friendly recipes. Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children well


INGREDIENTS • 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped • 4 rashers of bacon, diced • 2 carrots, peeled and diced • 2 sticks of celery, sliced • Small bunch of basil, finely chopped • 2 x 400g tins of diced tomatoes
 • 100ml of red wine • 1 large or 2 small zucchinis, diced • 1 x 425g can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed • 200g of silver beet or spinach, washed and chopped • 600ml of stock, chicken or vegetable • 50g of spaghetti, broken into pieces METHOD: Start by cutting up all of your vegetables. In a large pot or saucepan, heat a little butter or ghee and cook the onion, garlic, bacon, celery and basil stalks over low heat. You are not frying rather sweating the vegetables and bacon with the lid ajar for 15-20 minutes until they start to soften. Add the tomatoes and red wine and simmer for a further five minutes. Add the cannellini beans, silver beet or spinach, zucchini, spaghetti and stock. Turn up the heat to a moderate temperature and simmer until the spaghetti is cooked. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Service with basil leaves, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese. June 2015



INGREDIENTS • 250ml of full-fat organic milk • 2 cloves • Half a cinnamon stick • 3 cardamom pods, bruised by pressing with a knife or fork handle • 2 slices of fresh ginger root • 1 tea bag (fair-trade black, white or green tea or rooibos tea for caffeine-free) • Pinch of turmeric powder (optional) • 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil (optional) • Pinch of vanilla powder (optional) • Honey or rice malt syrup to taste METHOD Place your milk, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and ginger in a small pot. Bring to a very slow simmer for five minutes. Add the tea bag and continue to simmer very gently for a few more minutes. Use a spoon to hold the solids aside as you pour the liquid into a cup. Sweeten to taste and mix in the optional turmeric powder, coconut oil and vanilla powder.

BERRY NICE BROWNIES INGREDIENTS • 200g of raw sweet potato, peeled and grated • 125g of melted butter, macadamia oil or coconut oil • 170g of honey, pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup • 2 large eggs • 2 teaspoons of vanilla powder or paste • 30-60g of raw cacao powder • 2 teaspoons of baking powder • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour • Half a cup of raspberries, fresh or frozen METHOD: Preheat oven to 180C. In a large bowl, blender or processor, mix together the sweet potato, butter or oil, sweetener, eggs and vanilla until combined. Add the cacao, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and combine. Finally stir through the coconut flour. Batter should be the consistency of a thick, cake-like batter. If a little wet, add more coconut flour by the teaspoon. Line a small slice tin with baking paper and pour the batter into the tin. Top with raspberries. Bake for 25 minutes or until the centre is firm to touch. Cool completely before slicing. Enjoy at room temperature or warm with double cream or coconut cream and fresh berries. 43

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Gemini New Moon on June 16 encouraging a new star professionally or some kind of promotion. Pleasingly, your social life looks lively too Virgo.

H Gemini May 21 – June 21 You can be in your element this month with opportunities to do more of the things you love. Whether it’s studying, fact-finding, buying or selling, you can truly excel Gemini. And as Mercury pushes ahead from the 11th, things should begin to move even faster. The New Moon on June 16 can be excellent for new beginnings, especially romance-wise.

H Libra September 22 – October 23 Venus’s dance into Leo early in June enhances your romantic and social potential, encouraging lively encounters and the chance of some fun dates. It seems the accent is on learning and experiences that can broaden your outlook. Finances though may need extra care as Saturn reverses back into Scorpio from the 15th. Don’t be daunted Libra, for there will be opportunities to increase your income too.

H Cancer June 21 – July 22 Deciding where your loyalties lie can be a priority over the weeks ahead. Your feelings can give you valuable feedback on key situations in your life and about any changes that might prove to be beneficial. Once the Sun and Mars enter your sign on the 22nd and 25th respectively, you’ll feel energised and ready to make any important decisions and act upon them.

H Scorpio October 23 – November 22 You may find that you need to show maximum concentration and dedication this month. Wait until after June 11 before you sign a contract though, to allow it to progress smoothly. You can also be excited by some of the options open to you regarding travel, study and a chance to broaden your horizons, especially in the last week of June.

H LEO July 22 – August 23 Your social life seems especially active, with encounters bringing fresh opportunities to expand your horizons. Indeed, once talk-and-thought planet Mercury moves forwards from June 11, this will help you to gain traction with key situations too. However, from June 21 you enter a period when making time to reflect on life can be important, and an old face may re-emerge.

H Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 Life can generally keep you busy with deals being struck, compromises agreed and information shared, particularly once Mercury turns direct on the 11th. Opportunities may show up out of the blue, so be ready to grab them. The wise use of resources could mean you save enough to snap up a longed-for purchase or perhaps even book a holiday. H Capricorn December 22 – January 20 June could see you busy keeping all the plates spinning, but you may enjoy this too, as lively encounters, interesting projects and a chance to demonstrate your natural flair can show up for you. Your canny ability to read between the lines when liaising with others might also help you forge stronger bonds, particularly later in the month.

H Virgo August 23 - September 22 The chances are you’ll really strive to surpass yourself and make your dreams come true in June. The focus on the solar mid-heaven of your chart hints at opportunities to expand your reach and generally showcase your talents. Even greater energy will flow in once your ruler Mercury edges forward, with the

H Aquarius January 21 – February 19 Romance and other pleasure options appeal and should be taken seriously. Give yourself permission to do more entertaining and delightful things - don’t stint on fun! The New Moon on June 16 can be helpful for kick starting a strand with a creative bias or asking that special person for a date. The last week of the month could see you upping your exercise routine. H Pisces February 19 – March 20 Unexpected visitors, planned guests and opportunities to entertain are possible this month, Pisces. All these can see you enjoying a positive time for your overall popularity. With Mercury dancing ahead from June 11 you can move ahead with some ambitious projects, including renting or buying property. The last week, however, could see you dazzle someone rather sultry. H Aries March 20 – April 19 There is plenty of lively interaction in store, with opportunities for making friends, creating business possibilities and generally keeping in touch and staying busy. Mercury forges on from June 11 so you can go ahead with plans that have possibly been pushed aside for some time now. Later in the month, a more homely ambiance sees you initiating family gatherings or DIY projects. H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Getting your finances in order can give you a head start this month. As Venus glides into your home zone on the 6th you may feel moved to redecorate, making things brighter, or to spend time enhancing your outdoor space. However, by week three the mood changes and it becomes important to pay attention to intuitive nudges. One could save you time and some money.

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REAL LIFE READ: If you’re after some excitement, add in the element of danger – the danger of getting caught that is! “Once my boyfriend and I were working out together at the gym and midworkout he decided he couldn’t wait until we got home, so we got it on right there. It was a 24hour gym and no one else was in there, however, someone could have walked in at any minute.” assionate, mind-blowing sex in books and movies looks easy but how do you make it happen in real life? Great sex can happen easily when we let go of our expectations of how we think it ‘should’ be. Part of the challenge is that we’re competing with the idea we have of sex in our heads and trying to live up to it. Somewhere in the back of your mind you have visions of how you would like your sex life to be - a hint of romance, a feeling of desire or a longing to connect. The reality is that both of you are feeling tired and uninspired after a long hard day at work, leaving neither of you feeling very amorous. It’s easy to assume that couples consistently engage in sexual activity. Yet according to researchers, married couples have sex on average less than 70 times a year. That’s not rushing home from work each day and making magic happen. When reality doesn’t meet our expectation, we find things to make wrong. How would it be if you crawled under the bedcovers and all you had to do to have a great time was get into your body and let go of your expectations? All you have to do is get naked and hold each other close. Breathe deeply and fully, in through your nose and out through your mouth. This kind of breathing helps focus your mind and relaxes your body. Let your hands melt into each other without stimulating movement. Take as long as you need to feel the heat and energy arise between you. Get present in the moment, let go of expectations and the need to control the situation and find the ease, spontaneity and juicy pleasure you desire. About the authors: Having been together for 15 years Annette and Graeme specialise in helping couples and singles deepen their relationships with themselves, their partners, their sexuality and spirituality. For more information visit 49

GET OUT OF THE BEDROOM: When you live in the same house and sleep in the same room, the bed can become a little bit boring. “As soon as my head hits the pillow at night, all I can think about is sleep. So why not take it outside of the bed? Some of my favourite places include the shower, desk, walk-in closet and the living room floor. Just make sure you close the curtains!” PRETTY WOMAN MOMENT: Your love life – whether married, in a relationship or single – doesn’t have to mean sex every single time, does it? “Some of the best times I had with men haven’t included sex. Like my Pretty Woman/Julia Roberts moment. We’re talking a few drinks, lunch, an upmarket swanky OTT hotel room, spa bath, lots of bubbles, room service, talking, kissing…and OK, OK, morning sex the next day.” Do you have your own advice or questions? Email and you might make it into the next issue (anonymously if you like) June 2015


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ately I’ve encountered an array of “temperamental personalities” within workplaces where I’ve been contracting; nice, intelligent, motivated people, but prone to breeding ill-feelings due to ongoing “bad days” and in some cases, “bad weeks”. One such example: A creative website designer, Anna, all of a sudden got moody and sullen at work a few weeks back to the point where she was obviously being very short with other staff. The primary-schoolesque behaviour was not something I’d expect in a professional adult setting, but it seemed to me things were happening at home that were being brought into the office (not necessarily professional, but it happens). What followed was also fairly immature − other team members began gossiping about what Anna’s “problem” was, only to end up feeling miserable themselves. After a few weeks, Anna seemed to move on from her moodiness, but one other on the team, Kelly, has taken it all to heart. She’s harbouring resentment and now this workplace’s communications team aren’t as communicative as they deserve to be. None of us are immune to getting involved in this kind of thing. We’ve all got clients, friends, bosses and co-workers who are occasionally (or consistently!) moody and pessimistic, and it only takes one snarky word on a bad day (or a rude snub when we’re doing our best to smile in the first place) for a “snap” to take place - and then the downward spiral begins. I’m sure you can appreciate that awful feeling; when things go from bright and bubbly in a relationship(s) to strained and cold. It’s awful and incredibly difficult when it happens in a space where you’re forced to spend a lot of time. All this negativity can be draining! After a couple of weeks witnessing what was happening among this otherwise-nice group of people, it occurred to me that it wasn’t (and mostly never is) the actions of the person being in a bad mood/having a rubbish day/acting like a negative-Nancy, that makes a room dull with downer energy. It is actually, us, or more accurately, those who play into someone else’s problem and make it a bigger issue than it needs to be. I’m no angel and this year (just six months in) I’ve already taken things personally, ranted profusely, sent dirty June 2015

I’m sure you can appreciate that awful feeling; when things go from bright and bubbly in a relationship(s) to strained and cold. It’s awful and incredibly difficult when it happens in a space where you’re forced to spend a lot of time. emails and overreacted unnecessarily. But, I also insist I’ll win ‘em over. A friend of mine disagrees with my determination; she says people should not bring their issues to work and that she refuses to “kiss up” to anyone who she perceives is giving her attitude. I agree, definitely, and I’d never advocate bullying of any kind. However, what about in the vast majority of moments where the behaviour isn’t personal at all, but rather, reflects another’s own downtrodden attitude because they’re personally unhappy? We may like some co-workers, clients, sales reps, consultants and supervisors more than others, and that’s OK. But inevitably, a lot of time is spent together as we each toil to generate income, so what if we were to choose to focus on defusing dark situations rather than only focussing on them? Here’s what I learned by watching one particular member of this team work her magic to bring everyone back into a nicer place: • Let it go; everyone has “their thing” going on. • Be forgiving (it’s more pleasant than being resentful). • Practice kindness – often that’s the 50

ingredient missing in others’ lives. • Don’t be afraid to instigate peace – grudges are so last decade. • Choose better thoughts; the more you worry about the issue, the bigger it becomes. As always, two choices exist. We can spend time being bummed about a situation or someone’s bad attitude; or we can bring light and a little love to the experience. It’s as easy as starting with ourselves and considering whether or not we’re taking ownership of the energy, actions, attitude and beliefs we are individually putting forward. If you’re currently having difficulties in your work life, try this before reacting defensively or destructively: Think kindly towards those causing you grief. In your mind, wish them a day as nice as you hope yours will be and try to get into this kinder mindset before setting foot into the office, or into the meeting you’ve been dreading. It’s easy to forget that everyone has their own thing going on and that it’s up to us to each show up with grace, gratitude and a tidied-up attitude. With this in mind, it could be you who singlehandedly brings warmth (and awesome co-worker karma) to a cold environment.

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