One Step at a Time ….

One Step at a Time ….

It's been a while since I've posted.  I was lucky enough to have Caroline Kirk guest post for me a few weeks ago and then I had an old article that was first published in Spiritual Wisdom Magazine that I felt called to re-publish here.   I've also been incredibly busy getting Expanding Love off the ground, but all the while I've been pondering what else to post about here.  I'm actually incredibly organised and have a whole list of possible topics I could write on, but when I looked at them, none of them resonated with my heart.

I wrote back in January about how I was no longer going to put the life of my dreams on hold, but instead work to manifest it one small step at a time.  I really don't feel authentic about the services I provide to others unless I'm walking my talk and sustainability is becoming increasingly important to me. So I've been putting it into practice!

Before shot of veggie garden

Before shot of veggie garden

I'm at the tail end of the book, Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway, which has me incredibly inspired about permaculture.  I've started a free permaculture course online and I've joined a Permaculture Forum so that I can ask 50 gazillion newbie questions.  I've pruned my roses and have a wheelie bin full of branches and thorns that I want to cut down and mix with grass clippings to compost them and have started reclaiming my veggie garden.

Harvest from my 5 year old thyme bush

Harvest from my 5 year old thyme bush

Prosperity is flowing in the form of THE most perfect part time job and realising the wealth of materials I have here that I can repurpose instead of contributing to landfill.  Just some of that includes old cardboad boxes in the garage I've used to sheet mulch the veggie garden and thyme harvested from my old plant that hasn't been trimmed for literally years.  I'll dry it and save it for cooking.  Any excess I'll give away to friends or leave at the local Women's Resource Centre for others to take as they need.

My mind is flourishing with new ideas for my business.  I'm having incredible fun getting my hands and feet dirty and breathing in the incredible smell of earth again, feeling so grounded while gardening and doing my Taiko drumming and am continuing with my cycling on a daily basis.

cardboard mulch in the veggie patch

The repurposed cardboad used as a layer for sheet mulching in the veggie garden.  The plant in the lower right hand corner is my pruned back Thyme.

My ideal life is taking shape right here, right now and I'm loving every minute of it.  If anyone ever asked me what piece of advice I'd give to others it's this:


Take what action you can now to start leading the life you dream of and doors will start to open for you.  The Universe responds not only to actions even more than it does intentions.  It doesn't matter whether you're starting a business or wanting to change your lifestyle completely in order to pursue your heart and live your dreams through art, travel or in any other form.  Get out there and start what you can and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes to your attitude and your ability to accomplish what you set out to do.

It's early days yet for me, but already I can feel such a massive shift in terms of who I am and my approach to life.  If I can do it, you can do it too!  If you're unsure how to go about it, or even how to define it, then this is my invitation to you to get in touch and discuss how we can work together to set you on the path TODAY, not at some date in the far future.  Life is too short to put the lifestyle of your heart on hold.


  1. Love the recycling that you are doing and sounds like you are moving forward
    Suzie xx

  2. Hi Suzie,

    Thanks for your comment. Definitely moving forward and loving every minute of it. I’ve not long come in from mulching and tracking that portion of garden. It’s such a wonderful analogy for what’s happening with the rest of my life. 🙂

  3. I had a chance opportunity to try Taiko drumming almost nine summers ago when visiting a Japanese garden, and I’ve not forgotten the experience. Powerful in so many ways.

    Thanks for sharing your progress with the garden and not waiting, especially since you’re heading into winter when the ‘oh, I’ll wait until next year’ card could be played. Circumstances are rarely, if ever perfect, on the outside. But a call from the inside is good reason to tap into the energy and see where you go. Love how you surrounded the ancient, but newly trimmed thyme plant anchors your garden. You jumping in is definitely reflected in the energy jumping out.

  4. Hi Lorraine,

    Taiko is incredibly powerful. I’m discovering more and more layers and approaches the more I do it and I’ve only had three classes so far! The grounding, energy flow and focus it gives me is incredible.

    I was SO tempted to wait until next year, but when I look at what I can be growing, here and now, the putting it off becomes just another excuse and I’ve had enough of them. It’s time to start living properly.

    What’s amazing me is how closely the analogy of really caring for the land I’m currently living on is so closely related to my inner and outer journey as well. Thank you for visiting 🙂

  5. This is so wonderful, Shan!

    I love the way our inner and outer journeys can reflect each other so beautifully. And the message to stay grounded is sooo huge. I think too many of us spend all day either in our head or ‘out of our head’ for lack of a better term (in the ethers). Then we forget to feel the Earth, and watch how the seasons reflect for us growth, movement, change… gracefully, beautifully, naturally.

    Beautiful post. Thank you!

    Big Love to you <3

  6. Hi Jenny,

    I think you’re so right with your comment about being in our heads too much. It’s definitely the main reason that Taiko calls to me so much. Getting out into the garden and starting to build the life I want right here and right now is also changing my whole approach to stuff. As you said – inner and outer journeys reflecting each other 🙂

    Thanks for commenting xxx

  7. Wow, I am getting this message everywhere: Don’t wait for circumstances to be right to begin living your ideal life.

    So… with this breath. And the next.

    Thank you so much, Shan, for your as always awesome wisdom.

    Love and gratitude,

  8. Oops! Sue, I apologise. I thought I’d responded to you, but it seems it was only in my mind. Interesting that we’re getting the same message. Since writing this post, I’ve definitely started doing SO much more of what I’ve been putting off since forever. It’s added so much happiness to my world and made me feel even more fulfilled, even in the midst of a few really difficult challenges lately. I hope it’s been the same for you.

    With much love and thankfulness for your comment xxx

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