Tag Archives: Thank you

Excited to announce….

Live What You Love. When Passion and Purpose Change your Life. I have been alluding to the fact that I have been researching and writing my next book for some time now. In fact, it is more than 12 months since I decided to set aside about eight hours a week to work on the manuscript. It started as a collection of life lessons – almost like blog posts and something that could be dipped in and out of, but…

My dad always thought I could… how grateful I am.

People have asked me: where to you get your determination and drive? Is it nature or nurture? One thing I know is that my father had a great influence on who I am. And as Fathers Day fast approaches in Australia, I thought it time to publicly acknowledge him. My Dad, taught me the definition of motivation… that simple. He worked hard, laughed loud, and pursues his passions single-mindedly. My Dad, taught me to dream big, to play full out…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them. They…

5 ways to be Cheap, Cheerful and Impactful – this Christmas

Well I don’t exactly like the word ‘cheap’ – but it rhymed with cheerful… what I mean is ‘financially enlightened’. We have worked hard at RedBalloon to ensure that we have something for everyone’s budget – to make sure we have in the experience range the sort of gift that you give to your child’s school teacher and even for Secret Santa. Regardless of religion, Christmas and the end of the year is a time to be thankful. For family…

10,000 moments of happiness

A few weeks ago I decided to run a LinkedIn poll, after I had read Daniel Nettle’s book ‘Happiness – the science behind the smile’. I enjoyed it and found it easy to ‘consume’. One thing I discovered was that we all ‘sense’ happiness differently, and our environment could be a contributor to what we consider happiness. Even the notion of thinking about happiness can change our experience of life. So I asked the question “All things being considered do…

Our educators create our future

Schools are major employers – and how their employees speak about them effects their brand reputation too. I’ve listened to two very different stories from teaching professionals in the last week (not from my kids schools). I am regularly inspired by my teenagers educators; the dedication teaching takes. It is a gfit, a great calling – a privilege. I marvel at the energy and persistence it must take to inspire our young people to achieve their best. Our educators create…

1,564,895 is just the beginning

As I sit at my desk under the RedBalloon scoreboard I can see that more than 1.5m people have now had a RedBalloon experience. I have written about our purpose and Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) on many occasions. I have declared on so many times ‘RedBalloon is changing gifting in Australia forever’. In reality that speaks about what we are doing – rather than ‘why’ we do what we do. It is now more than ten years since I…

We don’t do it for the thanks

[First on LinkedIn] The greatest gift we give is the gift of time… and over and over again I hear from many volunteers about the privilege it is to serve. But does that mean that a ‘thanks’ is still important. A colleague recently shared a pamphlet with me regarding carers working with people with disabilities. For many years she’s been witness to a disabled relative who rarely expresses a thank-you for the support and help provided by both paid and…

The Gift of Time

The greatest gift we give is the gift of time… and over and over again I hear from many volunteers about the privilege it is to serve. But does that mean that a ‘thanks’ is still important. A colleague recently shared a pamphlet with me regarding carers working with people with disabilities. For many years she’s been witness to a disabled relative who rarely expresses a thank-you for the support and help provided by both paid and family carers. “It’s…

‘Acting’ happy when you’re sad, a personal tale.

[First appeared in LinkedIn Thought Leaders] Isn’t it funny how life holds a mirror up to you? I have a colleague who has been on the journey of thanks with me from the start. I returned recently from an overseas trip to share what I’d learnt from Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, and the principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work, including the importance about being mindful about happiness. One of my colleagues…