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A look into “Proverbs 31 Ministries”


Lysa Terkest

Lysa TerKeurst is the leader of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Made to Crave, and 17 other books.
As the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team have led thousands to make their walk with God an energising and faithful journey by doing daily online devotionals, radio programs, online Bible studies, speaker/writing training, and MUCH more.

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“ENJOY” BY TRILLIA NEWBELL – REVIEW as featured on Taylor Magazine


 

 

The following article I did is featured on Taylor Magazine, an online London magazine that is a minimalistic guide to life, which is “Taylored for you”. From articles that speak about the matters of the heart, celebrity interviews, Life, conversations, culture, and they also include favourite books! Which is the category that I chose! According to their About page, Taylor was born out of the need to have something that combines EVERYTHING that consumes our world. Something that is taylored specifically for you.

Here is the link to “Enjoy” by Trillia Newbell – Review on Taylor Magazine, and I have put the article up so you can read it on my blog. I also did an article on “Feminism” on Taylor Magazines website, which you can find HERE. It is probably one of my best work, ever!

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I am currently reading a book called “Enjoy – Finding the freedom to delight in God’s good gifts” by Trillia Newbell. I received this book from ‘Blogging for books’. I have done two book reviews so far, “How to own it” by Sallie Krawcheck, and “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I thoroughly enjoyed writing these, and have been looking forward to doing a different book. “Enjoy” is a faith-filled illustrative, scriptural based book on experiencing the fullness of life, and truly learning how to enjoy life in general. They cover the basis with scripture such as 1 Thessalonians that says to “rejoice always”.

They also reveal that joy is a fruit of the spirit – something that is developed and nurtured within us. I was a little unsure of doing a review on a Christian book, because some people aren’t religious, and it caters to people who believe in the Holy Bible. I was brought up in a Christian home, so I find this kind of reading therapeutic for me personally. I like how they talk about gifts, gifts He intends for our enjoyment. We have been given gifts in life. For example, I am truly learning the gift of writing. Growing up, I did love my books, and relished in an Enid Blyton story, but I honestly never thought I would create my own website, and write personal stories on my blog. This happened during my late twenties, when living in a small country town called Merredin, so it became a creative outlet for me to break out, and just write.

We can experience the fullness of enjoyment as we use our gifts daily. We can and should ‘enjoy, delight and rejoice’!

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Have you struggled with enjoying things in life, such as gardening, or just sitting down in your lounge and reading a good novel, or listening to classical music?

Sometimes we feel confused about the significance and purpose of leisure, but it is really quite simple. Turn on the radio, and dance your heart out, or sing to your hearts content. It is with learning to enjoy, recognize and appreciating things like leisure that you learn to see more clearly, and more passionately.

I particularly like how they say in the first chapter that there must be purpose in order for us to make sense of the world, and that we can easily fall into the snare of discontentment. It would make life hard to live if you are not feeling content with yourself. Life was created for us to enjoy, so, do things for yourself that would truly make you feel a sense of joy.

Through this book you can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to delight in good things, and to simply, enjoy your life. I also like how they created an “Enjoy Project” as a tool where there is a list of suggestions at the end of each chapter, and you can decide which suggestions you would like to do, such as journalling and you can write down if it was effective or enjoyable. For example, they put ‘start a blog series’, when I started blogging I felt a sense of joy and achievement from typing and it was out of pure joy that I started doing it.

If you do something similar to this, or just writing anything down in a journal, you will feel challenged, encouraged and inspired. We are not called to do life on our own, we are created to also work together and have relationships where we can sit down and talk to one another sharing our goals and dreams and aspirations for the future. That is one of the best things you could ever do, is get with people and talk about what you want to do with your life, and then truly embrace your god given talents. Our goal can also be to learn what it truly means to enjoy. Maybe create a random encouragement card to someone that you admire – investing in other people is worthwhile.

I love how at the end of every chapter there is a section/list on what you can do to create that joy, for example, scheduling a coffee date with a friend, making a meal for someone, or making certain lists. And each chapter starts out with an inspirational quote, which is pleasant to start off with.

I particularly liked Chapter Nine, which is called “The Art of Life” opening up with the sentence, “It’s interesting how something can be so central to your everyday life and then gradually fade away”. I have had this in the area of friendship specifically, and also when playing an instrument. My life was focused on piano playing for about eight years, but over the past few years I have forgotten what its like to sit down, and let my fingers tap away with such joy in my heart, and I miss those days. Sometimes life gets in the way of enjoyment and it is important for us to delight in everything that we do. If certain obstacles prevent us from fulfilling our dreams it is easy to fall into the trap of self-pity, we need to put our hope into pursuing and cultivating a great life for ourselves. This chapter really stood out to me because it’s so easy to get lost along the way that you forget to truly enjoy life.

You can delight in a variety of things, and I particularly liked that chapter because it talks about the arts. I delight in painting and music, and theatre, so it really stood out to me.

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Last, but not least, the last chapter called “Everlasting Enjoyment” focuses on the spiritual side of things, delighting in not only the here and now, but looking forward to the future, and it talks about faith and hope. To be truly complete, you must have hope. I particularly like how they use scripture such as Romans 5:35 how it says that ‘suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope’, and especially it ends with a C. S. Lewis quote: “For the present is the point at which time touches eternity.

So, I hope that even if you don’t read this book, that you have learnt something to truly learn to enjoy your life by doing things that you love.

“Enjoy!”

LOVE

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4 Brilliant British Books to buy


The following books that I recommend won’t be an entire book review, but merely just enough information for you to peruse, to see if you would like it, or if you want to read it. I have read the books thoroughly, and have decided to write down bits and pieces that I like, and what you might find interesting, or have just written enough information for you to decide whether you would like to buy it or not!

Here are four brilliant british books to buy:

1. Our Queen by Robert Hardman

In Britain, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not just the longest reigning monarch in history, but is a red-double decker bus with two legs, and Prince William says ‘she’s incredible’. She works hard professionally and this book is an in-depth study and portrait of our Queen today.

“It is a study of a thoroughly modern monarch.” – (Introduction, page 3)

Chapter 1 talks about her achievements  – It opens up with this statement – “She’s really determined to finish everything she started”. I honestly thought that is an excellent statement to describe the working life of a monarch.

She is the most popular figure in British public life and is emblematic about the ‘Old Britain’ and the New Britain, and being devoted to the Church of England, and the Commonwealth, historians see it as one of her greatest achievements.

I particularly liked how it said about her taking her ‘nation’ role very seriously, just as her coronation vow to preserve the settlement of the church of England. Consider this statement:

“The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence, and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”

William Shawcross of the Evening Standard says about the book “Hardler is the best chronicler of the monarchy writing in the British press today, superbly well-informed, witty and wise.”

One thing I didn’t know was that when she visited the British Office of Google in 2008, her private secretary came up with an idea of using her head on their website. So, for one day only, the second G on google’s website was replaced with the Sovereign’s head. How cool is that? I wish I had’ve seen that back then!

 


With some Queen Victoria green tea, which I am trying to drink more of instead of Lipton tea, which is apparently not as good for you than chamomile or any other herbal tea, it is completely invigorating for the senses. ☕️ but I have become obsessed with PG Tips, especially after knowing it is Julie Andrews favourite tea. I bought it to try it out, and I can see why she loves it!

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A British Blogoholic at heart, Burberry bling, & places to visit for 2017


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I wish I could say the girl behind the laptop/computer was an energetic, engaging, imperturbable, diligent, hard-at-work type that studies all day, all night to create the perfect piece of a review, account or feature. The striving sophisticated lady that I am determined to establish is wanting to achieve and obtain more and more in life in general.

Words have power, and wanting to study in London is a dream goal (I talk about all the places I want to visit in ‘A list of travel dreams‘) – It is not something that you usually say to most people (the BIG things you want to do in life), but I like the fact that I can share with my readers whatever is on my mind, heart and soul. You may have noticed too I have started to do more Instagram Stories, which I don’t know if I am any good compared to maybe Lydia Elise Millen, or Caroline Stanbury, but I love sharing new things, what I love to do, what I WANT to do, and little girly things here and there. I want to create an optimistic, non-negative, girl-boss website that girls will love. I want my life to be shaped with approbation and unequivocally live an enthusiastic nonchalant  life. I also want to be spiritually and mentally focused and awake. Looking after your physical health is important too, like I mentioned in a previous post 10 ways to practice self-care.

I am currently reading “My not so perfect life” by Sophie Kinsella. I know, I know. Wasn’t I just reading “The Lost Heiress”?? Yes, still reading it, but I like the fact that I can switch to something every now and then to break it up a bit, and go back to reading something light with fresh eyes. I have probably said this already, but Sophie Kinsella is literally my favourite author. I have mentioned “The Undomestic Goddess”, which is written so well, and is a laugh, and glamorous, …..(and not so glamorous) at the same time and like I said Sophie writes with such volubility and I believe she is the NUMBER 1 bestselling author of chick-literature. Okay, most girls in the UK, or even in Australia say she is anyway! But there are other authors out there like Cathy Kelly, or Marian Keyes or Meg Cabot. They have their place, but Sophie just puts things in which are HILARIOUS! Like, as I have ALREADY mentioned in ‘3 books to inspire‘.

I honestly wish I had Sophies talent….. a witty character such as Becky Bloomwood is like my SOUL sister. Living the life of a shopping frenzied journalist that doesn’t know about anything other than SHOES. Okay, well, she is smarter than we take credit for – any journalist would be smart, but to tap into her life would be tapping into a whole new demographic!, and I wish I was Isla Fisher on that screen! She plays Becky perfectly!

If I were a journalist where everyday I would have to practice my writing I would totally buy this British Museum Mug to have my coffee in – I WANT IT!!!!!! It would perfectly sit on my bedside table along with my “My not so perfect life” book. I just love everything matching.

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Okay, so there are TWO mugs I want. When I get to London I am definitely visiting ‘The British Museum‘, as per ‘A list of Travel Dreams‘. The collections are just absolutely divine, and my cup of tea!

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Okay, so you might think the title should be something a bit more like “Confessions of a British wannabe”, but I think that would make a great story too! haha! My spirits would leap at the thought of going to England and possibly living there for awhile. I have it on my mind, and I mentioned it in my “About” page, but I honestly, seriously just want to goooo!!!! and to definitely go to “London Fashion Week” – Now that is something to NOT miss out on. It recently was on, and I kept up to date with a few people that went. I particularly enjoyed Victoria (In The Frow’s) video’s/vlogs on her outfits. She is an award – winning fashion, travel and beauty blogger, and her posts are just AMAZING! You will get addicted to the videos……. trust me.

I have so many ideas the day I touch down at Heathrow Airport. Perth is great, but it is a little low key for me. There are things to do (that I may add to the blog), but it is a very small sort of city. I know, okay, I should be thankful to be in Australia altogether, but I dream of BIG cities……………. There are soooo many things to do, and like I said, the idea of studying in London would be a DREAM for me. Whilst I continue to collect ‘Britain’ magazines, I like to learn more about history, travel, culture, and heritage and style in England. There is way too much to learn – this is why I want to study whilst in Australia, and then travel all over England after I am finished, to reward myself.

To add to my collection I would get a gorgeous Pink I phone 7 case from Red Bubble for a bit of style. I definitely want this, and it is just perfect for me. Anything pink goes!!!

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World-renowned British luxury brand, Burberry, has a gold necklace that screams elegance.

It is a vintage chain, but unfortunately it is sold out, otherwise I would have featured it as a piece for my blog. I am particularly interested, and love this piece because of its make, the signature, and its look. I wish I could have bought it when it was available, but I wanted to share this with you, because I still love it, and isn’t it just gorgeous to look at???

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Perhaps I should get back to reading ‘My not so perfect life’, and delve into Katie Brenner’s “perfect” life. I love the story behind it – a lady who acts like she has a glamorous life in London, but really it isn’t the life she makes it out to be. I totally recommend this book to all you lovely girls out there! If you’re not so much of a reader, it is perfect because it is light-hearted, and so easy to read. It’s not like your reading Middlemarch or Great Expectations – it’s BASIC writing, so I absolutely am telling you to either get it from your local library, or you can buy it online.

Like I said, I had a book collection last year that I wanted to achieve, but since moving to Western Australia, Scarborough I have borrowed HEAPS of books from the Scarborough library. It is an impressive library and the staff are so nice and really impressed me with their superb customer service.

I have added to my collection “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton, “The Ladies Paradise” by Emilie Zola and “The Mill on the floss” by George Eliot. These are all great “British” written stories which are enjoyable and delightful to read, and still challenging. I have almost finished Mill on the floss, but still have to get through the other two. The Ladies Paradise was turned into a BBC series which is a favourite of mine, The Paradise based in a department store in the Victorian times, 1800’s which is similar to Selfridge, and the main character is Denise where her passion lies in the department store, and falling in love with the owner. It is truly a stunning series and I totally recommend for you to check out the DVD. It is a love story.

Today is the first day of Autumn, and I am looking forward to a new season of glorious hope and a bright future. I love the idea of Autumn, because you think of brown leaves falling off the trees, murmurous sounds of the wind, and romantic walks in the parks. Well, that’s what I think, not sure about you?

What do you think of when you hear of the word ‘Autumn’?

I think of romance, and I totally wish I was spending this Autumn in the UK. There are exclusive getaways in the Britain magazines, and I love just poring over the picturesque photos of castles, and cottages, and admiring the idyllic times of these magical settings.

oh, the luxury and the splendour!

and like I said in my tagline, I love stories from an English setting, and love to plunge into light historical romance novels. Reading Emma or Persuasion would be challenging, so read down below my little summary of the novel I am currently reading.

“The lost heiress” that I showed a picture of in my last post, Feminine Fashionista, is in Edwardian times, and is about a sweeping mystery of an heiress who goes missing from Yorkshire, and Brook (the heiress) travels to the moors of the North Sea to an estate where her ‘supposedly’ family belongs. There is another character Justin, which, without giving anything too much away, I feel may be where her love lies. The setting is at Whitby Park, and Brook doesn’t feel welcomed there by the household/estate, even though her father does, through circumstances she learns valuable lessons of loyalty.

I have recommended more books on Instagram Stories, but I believe that after awhile they disappear and I don’t think that you can get them back, so I posted “Emma” by Jane Austen, and “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. I really want to get stuck into them to broaden my vocabulary, because sometimes I feel like I use the same words over and over again. Do you ever feel that way?

  For the next six months I will be focusing on my course, and then I might possibly do Museum Studies – I know! I can’t choose but at least I do know the things I want to do in life. Library Studies, Museum Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History), and then I am off to London, England. That is the plan.

Plans also include The Western Australian museum – I can not wait to see the outstanding exhibitions. One I am interested in is the Gemma Constantiniana. It was crafted to celebrate Roman Emperor Constantine’s battle victory – An artefact that is in WA for the first time in 388 years.

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The website is absolutely fascinating, and has sections on collections and research. I also find anthropology to be quite fascinating too!

There is also Harbour Sundays exhibition exclusive. There is FREE live music and it runs for 5 weeks. More details are on the Western Australian museum’s website.

I like the fact that the website has a blog just as well as information on events, and

Travellers and Traders of the Indian Ocean World” would be fantastic to go see. It ends 23rd April 2017 at the Maritime Museum. Please be advised that it is a PAID exhibition.

You can discover the rich history through ancient objects, and especially, stories about the explorers. It would be totally fascinating.

If you go to this event, you get the chance to win a trip to London, see, this is another reason why I want to attend the event. It is Return flights and five nights accommodation.

The grand prize includes:

– two return economy airfares to London thanks to Singapore Airlines;
– five night’s accommodation in a superior room with breakfast, thanks to the Hilton London Metropole;
– money-can’t-buy behind the scenes access to the British Museum, including tickets to the current blockbuster exhibition;
– double pass to the Royal Observatory Greenwich;
– double pass to the Natural History Museum;
– London Eye champagne experience;
– double pass to the next major exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum;
– a limited edition Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World catalogue.

How could you not pass this?

I want to WIN!!!!!!!

I want to visit beautiful British Estates such as Highgrove, I absolutely LOVE the Highgrove Shop website (The Carpet Garden is pictured above), from food and drink to jewellery to collections of books and art it is an awesome website! I want the Queen Cushion! You can get a Highgrove Gardens guide book here! If you decide to visit this place, look no further than a Garden tour and Champagne Tea Tour.

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Scampston Hall and Gardens is also a country retreat that you cannot miss, based in North Yorkshire. Check out this Youtube Video of it! Learn about the fascinating history towards the end of the 17th century, and also I definitely want to do the hall tours.

, and Felbrigg Hall, and Hanbury Hall and Gardens, a country house which has an awesome website of significant fine art and heritage objects.

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Detail of the sofa in the Drawing Room at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.

You can explore so many different collections,  and of course that just makes me think of another course I want to do, but Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History) would be ideal for me, as I like the idea of doing an art history degree. Which speaking of art, I recommend you to check out the Watts Gallery also based in the village of Compton, near Guildford in Surrey. I am most interested in their exhibitions and workshops – It was named after a painter of the Victorian Era. I highly recommend you to check out the story on their website. I also love the idea of poems painted on canvas.If you are into art, I believe you would absolutely love the website – what is on and their collections. You can also do courses, which I would totally do if I LIVED there!!!! They also have their own shop online stocking a range of goods from art books to handmade crafts.I would totally check out the William Morris Collection of inspired household goods including cushions, mugs, and soaps and oooo and you can’t forget the Tea Shop!

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“English History” is what I am sticking to, and would love to do a course in that too. My! So many courses, but I DO have lots of time on my hands, and reading Britain magazines is what I love to do. English History is captivating, and I cannot wait for the day I step on English soil so that I can blog more, come up with MORE ideas, and MORE content for this blog, ‘Exquisite Emmalisa’.

I also really want to visit the Cotswolds (I could completely lavish in it!), which is apart of 5 counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, and wherever I go I shall keep you posted! I definitely want to indulge in a spa break for my holiday, and want to also include Hever Castle and gardens, the childhood home to Anne Bronte. It looks absolutely breathtaking and stunning, and I love their section on tudor books. Read about the castles history here. The Rooms and Exhibitions section is tremendous, and of course, I think my favourite room already is the library! You may find interesting that in the Queens Chamber room there is a 16th century portrait of Henry the Eighth, which is apart of the “Royal Collection” by Joos Van Cleve.

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As you can see, naturally, I have so much I want to do when I get there, and will post when I have organised my trip. I can’t wait to roam the charming streets of England, and experience the graciousness and adoration of it and take photos of absolutely EVERYTHING. You HAVE to go on Hever Castles website – the rooms are exquisite to look at, and read about. That will give you something to do while I still peruse the Britain magazines, going from one country house to another, trying to decide what to do when I get there, my eyes sparkling with romanticism. There are endless opportunities, and I want to do basically everything! and I don’t want to forget the Jane Austen shop in Bath. My favourite section is the Dressing table and Bathroom bit where you can get compact mirrors with Jane Austen quotes on them! Like ‘I’d rather be at Pemberley‘. So beautiful!

Funnily, enough, I am also reading ‘Shopaholic takes Manhattan‘ and Becky goes to the museum shop to make it LOOK like she went to a museum!, The Guggenheim, It’s hilarious!

Also, don’t forget to sign up to “Telegraph Travel” to get the latest hotel and restaurant deals and exclusive offers when travelling in London, or elsewhere! I wouldn’t mind staying at the Queen’s Truss cottage in Weobley, Heredfordshire. (while reading ‘The Edwardians’ by Vita Sackville-West, which I delightfully and purely suggest)

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I am currently in the process of creating three pitches for Taylor Magazine, so if you don’t hear from me for a little while, you will know that that is what I am doing. Either I will post the feature on here, or will post it in a blog where you can click on the link. I am quite nervous at the thought because it is my first time with an experience in a magazine. It’s not Vogue, but it is a magazine that makes conversation, and I particularly like one piece called A Roadtrip to a place where you don’t know a single soul, particularly discovering  your inner self.

I am also most excited about a new coffee shop opening up on Doric Street, just down the road. I will definitely be taking my laptop, any books that will be informative enough for what posts I do, and magazines for MORE writing inspiration.  I may organise, and do my pitches there next week, right smack bang on Monday, as this piece is my focus for the start of March. I hope that you have enjoyed the places that I absolutely recommend in the United Kingdom. Another thing that I am excited about this March is that the real live version of “Beauty and the Beast” comes out with Emma Watson, and Dan Stevens. It is my favourite childhood Disney movie of all time, as I have always related to Belle! I knew (and still do) the word to Belles song, and all the songs from the movie.

Now, that is my spiel on being a “british blogoholic, a few of some Burberry bling, and places to go in the United Kingdom” when visiting. I honestly can not wait to go, it will open up a whole new demographic for my writing, life in general, and so much more stuff!!!! It will give me more to write about, and more to see and do in life, and I can’t wait to share with you my Europe/UK travels.I don’t have dates yet, but I am hoping either for my 31st in September, maybe June/July, or if it doesn’t work out how I hope, then the start of 2018.

If you have already been, share with us your favourite places to go to, shops/establishments, or if you haven’t do you have a list ready for when you do go?

I honestly can not express how much I feel I would achieve when I get there, I heartedly want to study, and live there for awhile, depending on where life really takes me – My job for now is I want to purposefully live life and embrace it with meaning, and then take with me all my excitement along with me to England! My problem is I want to travel EVERYWHERE.

We will see how I go!

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How to “Own” it


  1. You are a woman wanting to achieve professional SUCCESS
  2. You want to establish qualities to help you work better and establish a successful career
  3. You are a lady who wants to take control of your destiny
  4. You want to gain high quality skills in the workplace
  5. You want to achieve true flexibility and freedom in your career

If you are any of the top FIVE points, then I highly recommend this book that I am currently reading.

It is called “Own it – The power of women at work” written by Sallie Krawcheck. You can find it on Booktopia for $37.90. Sallie Krawcheck is the Co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform designed to help women reach their financial goals. Her mission is to advance women in business, and she also is one of the highest ranked women to have ever worked on Wall street.

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She says “There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future”, – the business world is rapidly changing, especially with technology in this day and age, and this book highlights how we can OWN it and embrace potential positive impact with businesses.

If you are a woman wanting to start a small business – this is for you.

If you are a woman wanting to learn how to grow your business – this is for you

If you are a woman wanting to learn more on how to gain success in business – this is for you

This book helps with:

  • life-long learning
  • acute awareness of meaning, and purpose
  • reaching long-term goals
  • and teaches the ability to OWN power in the workplace and in life

If your goal is to invest in your future, and take financial control of your life – you NEED this book.

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I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!


I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.

What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.

So, let’s get started! Continue reading “I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!”

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Regency Inspirational Romance


I hoped to have read the list of 20 books in My Book Collection, but because of the whole move from Merredin to Scarborough it’s been too busy to just sit down and take the time to read, except for today….. I hardly had anything to do, so I pulled out a book that I had my eye on for months and I am completely taken by this one, because it is set in the Regency Period. I particularly like the period in the early 19th century because it was followed by the Victorian Period and was during the reign of King George IV.

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3 Books to Inspire


I probably have already said this, but I love reading. I like to keep cultured, and have a love for history, art and language. I have only done one post on My Book Collection mentioning 20 books to read for this year, but this year is closing sooner than I think! I thought it would be a good idea to do a book review on one of them, or on a favourite book of mine.

1. One of my FAVOURITE books is “The Undomestic Goddess” written by Sophie Kinsella. She is one of the best writers out there! She is extremely exceptional at English language and comes up with witty characters. So she writes with great articulation and vocalisation.

This is a story about a office lady working for Carter Spink. 29 year old Samantha Sweeting is a high-powered lawyer in London working onwards and upwards for that career climb to be a partner for the firm. She works long hours, and has no home life putting all her energy into her work life, until…..

One day she makes a terrible mistake. Costing her career!!!!! She gets terrified thinking she will be fired from her hardworking job.

Instead of speaking to the boss she walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and then finds herself at a stately house in the countryside where they have mistaken her for their maid! She ends up working as a maid for a big, beautiful house in the middle of nowhere and works there instead.

Not knowing how to turn on the oven, Samantha learns how to do home duties, things she could never do before in her life!!!!!

She learns how to bake, cook, do laundry, iron, etc and during this time learns to love this new life in a wholly unexpected way.

Her employers don’t know she’s really a lawyer, educated at Cambridge with an IQ of 158 from London. So, she learns to live the life of a housekeeper.

A lawyer turned housekeeper is an interesting turn of events and the ending is even more surprising!

This book does NOT disappoint! Does she go back to her job? Or does she keep on working as a housemaid?

You can go to this website to buy. In England it is only $8 pounds.

It is actually a number one bestseller! And I can see why!!!!!!

To me, it’s the greatest heart-warming piece of chick-lit! Full of laughs and fun! Kinsella is full of genuine charm in writing this book. I read this book within like TWO days! It is that funny and contemporary!

2. Shopaholic Abroad

I am currently reading the second book in the shopaholic series. My favourite series ever!!!!! Everyone knows the first book, “Confessions of a shopaholic” and this second book is more about shopping!!!!!

Becky Bloomwood has been offered a job in New York! So there’s The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky Bloomwood does mean to go to them all, honestly. It’s just that it seems silly to not check out a few other famous places first, like……

Saks, Bloomingdales and Barneys! Yep! The famous SHOPS!!!!!

And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10, or was it $100!!???

Get ready for the BIGGEST culture shop of your life.

3. The third book I want to talk about is actually based on ancestors of mine!!!! It is called “Separate Lives” by Gwen Chessell.

She became interested in the story of Sir George and Lady Eliza Grey when writing on Sir Richard Spencer (my greatx4 grandfather) who is Eliza Grey’s father.

Here is a snapshot of the blurb:

I am only just starting on the book, so I can’t give a detailed review just yet, but this book intrigues me because of the history.


Eliza Lucy Spencer was born early in November 1823 and was welcome in a close-knit family, and she joined her two brothers, Hugh Seymour and Edward, and her sisters, Mary Ann and little Augusta. Eliza’s father was Captain Richard Spencer (as mentioned previously), a sailor hero of the Napoleonic Wars and perhaps the illegitimate son of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her mother a member of the local gentry.

The Spencer family lived in a large house above the harbour, but picturesque little haven encircled since early medieval times by the arms of the ancient Cobb. Living in Lyme Regis.

In 1830 when Eliza was seven years old, her father had decided that they emigrate to Australia. They thought of New South Wales or Tasmania. They ended up settling at Strawberry Hill Farm in Albany, Western Australia.

(I got a picture taken of myself here when I was 29. On my “Travels in Australia” post. I was so glad because my grandmother had a photo of herself here as well. )

So, in February 1833, the life of the family changed abruptly. On 22 February Richard Spencer was knighted the accolade of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order being in King William IV’s personal gift to him.

The town of Albany was the first settlement on the western side of Australia. It had been established in 1826. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver had taken possession of the region and had given the name King George’s sound to the Seward approach to what would become Albanys harbour, in honour of King George III.


The promontory overlooking the harbour opening off the Sound and Vancouver named this after George III’s grand-daughter, Princess Charlotte, calling it Princess Royal Harbour.

There is more information on Wikipedia also.


If you love history, especially in Australia, this book you will LOVE! Gwen writes historical biographies with a special emphasis on 19th century colonial personalities.

It is a very interesting book, and I would love to write just like her! She writes with a gripping and engaging flair! And I was so excited to receive a reply from her when I decided to email her! How wondrous! She lives in England and visits Australia to do author talks every now and then. So, like I said if you have a fondness for Australian history/literature, THIS you will utterly be ardent about.

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Writing Workshops


Today I had such an awesome day! I have never had such a productive Sunday in all my life!!!!
I attended TWO workshops in Merredin at the Community Resource Centre. It cost $40 per workshop and it was with The Society of Women Writers WA. 

My granny was a member so it has been a desire to join as well, like I have said, she has played a BIG role in my life and I believe there is a story that she left behind. I need to read her book! She’s left a Legacy for me. 

I met Maria Bonar who is the Vice President and Wendy Stackhouse who wrote a book called “Two Old Boots and a Backpack“! We had a conversation about Rio and a bit about her travels. 

Wendy hosted the workshop, Self Publish to Amazon and Creating Book Covers which went from 1pm to 4pm. She wrote the course in a book called “Visual Guide to Publishing on Amazon – Self Publishing” which I only bought for $10. On Amazon it is $8.96 and you can download it onto Kindle, your laptop or iPhone! 


It has many helpful tips within the publishing arena and the idea of creating a book cover and designing it sounds like my kind of fun!!!!! 

The first workshop I attended was “Storytelling” which Helen Iles presented. There was only me in the classroom!!!! Hehe 

She helped me a lot with the idea of creating a novel which I have mentioned previously, but I haven’t felt as confident about writing a book because I go through stages where I don’t think I’m quite educated and don’t know big words! I only went to Footscray City Secondary College from Year 8 to 12! But I know I shouldn’t talk down on myself because who knows! I’ve always believed everyone is talented. It’s like singing, you may think you don’t have the voice but if you go to lessons and keep on practicing you can fine tune yourself.

If you’re thinking of writing, why not give it a crack! I never in my life thought I would be a blogger!!!!! And look where I am now. 1014 followers currently & that makes me driven!!!!! And want to fine tune my writing even more. I’m no typical Aussie where I can talk about outback stories even though I am in the outback! Haha! But I try and do my best. I am a city girl at heart and my stories would be different. I could write a story about an office girl, or an intern who wants that promotion in a magazine company!!!! Now, That’s my kind of story! Something like The Devil Wears Prada. 😜

Back to basics, the storytelling workshop honed in on character analysis and we talked about my idea for a novel. Things you have to ask yourself are, is the main character religious? What’s the personality like? What does she love to do? Level of schooling? Ambitions? Who’s her best friend? Does she have pets? All these things and more have opened up my mind and more brainstorming for my characters. 

Things I haven’t even thought about have come to the table and I have to think about my characters occupation, birthday, brothers and sisters – it has opened up to a whole arena! And I am going to try my best at writing. I talked about this openly in Wondrous Writing as well. 

I also had to write a short synopsis of my favourite book (The Governess of Highland Hall) using SIX emotionally powerful words. 

This is what I wrote.

“As Julia travels back to Berkshire, England from doing missionary work in India, she applies for a job at Highland Hall as a governess. It is truly an extraordinary journey as she faces times of reflection and deep-thought teaching the Ramsey children about qualities of virtue. William Ramsey, the widowed father is astonished by her level of education that he falls in love with her heart that is full of compassion and pure innocence.”

Does that GRAB you!!?? If you’re a sucker for historical romance like me, then I am sure that synopsis works for you! 

One thing I learnt! 

Don’t restrict your pen!!!!! 

That was the FIRST thing I learnt and I am hoping this one little sentence gives me hope to just write on! 

Also, Put time aside.


Time Management

Allowing yourself time is the best thing you can do. If you have mountains of chores to do, prioritise them, spend some time writing for 10-30 minutes or whatever you can do and then get back to those chores! And then when you have a time where you are bored and have nothing else to do. WRITE! 

I just finished packing the dishwasher, then I asked Mum what else I could do and she said no and I was happy to go back to my blogging!!!!! It gives me such excitement and a passion to do this and have never felt a fulfilled heart like this before. Honestly, you will feel so much achievement when you have finished publishing that article!!!!! 


Introduce characters, conflict and plot

Do some research for character names and maybe randomly Google names of places for your set location! Research the time period. For example, I am going to start reading THREE books I have listed in my Book Collection blog, Venetia, Cotillion and Sylvester written by Georgette Heyer because these book covers and stories and time period of the regency period appeal to me. And I hope I write something similar to that genre. 

Read, read, read.

I think I have said this before, but it’s what inspires you to write!!!! Having an open mind to new things and openness to learning opens up a whole new world!!!!! You will then get ideas for conflict and a storyline, and what to put in. 

I still have MUCH to learn! But I just wanted to share with you what I learnt today and I am excited to read, write and learn! 

So, I hope what you have read on this blog has inspired you to either write, read or type! 

I love my trusty laptop! And my fingers typing away like mad! I hope hope HOPE there’s a story in me…….. 

                              ❤️

                Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S Wendy was such a lovely lady so I bought her book for $10, all about when she went backpacking around South America. We talked a lot about blurb, and this grabbed me.

Read this entertaining adventure as the two fifty year olds traverse one of the world’s most diverse continents, discovering not only its beauty and hidden treasures, but also a greater insight into themselves.”

Can you spot the “emotional” keywords? 


Also you can go to The Society of Women Writers WA website

http://www.swwofwa.com

P.P.S

A member of the society, Anne Marie Price wrote a book called “The search for the King James Bible“. The title grabbed me as I am interested in biblical history and it sounds like a good story too! 

I downloaded it on Amazon for Kindle and it was only $3 to purchase! I am completely intrigued!!!!!!  

Beauty, BOOKS, Uncategorized

Great Goodies


I had so much fun shopping in Perth today and spent the day in Garden City, Booragoon and Midland Gate. 

As you know I am a shopaholic….. Becky Bloomwood could be my ficticious name. But Surprisingly I didn’t buy ANY clothes!!! 

Two days ago I bought a fluffy black warm jacket from Valleygirl for only $15!!!! Bargain!!!! I absolutely love it and is perfect for the coming Winter. 

Coffee and Dymocks was my first stop……!!!! I eyed out a book called “The House in Quill Court” by Charlotte Betts. It looks like an amazing story based in Kent and London in the year of 1813 and I cannot wait to read it!!!!!!! 

I then walked through the shopping centre and walked through Target and picked up the “Winters Tale” DVD and another book, “The Chosen Queen” by Joanna Courtney for only $10!. So, TWO books!!!! 

I was so happy that I could pick up a few things from Priceline Pharmacy that I can not get in Merredin as there is no Priceline. There is a pharmacy here, but it is very limited. 

For some pampering I bought LUX Body Wash with Peach and Orange Blossom – so luxurious and is silky on the skin. It was only $3 for HALF price!!!! 

Plus some L’Oreal rejuvenating makeup wipes for $8.99 and Neutrogena Naturals Cleanser which had Peruvian Tara Seed and is $15. I just used this and it is very smooth and silky and moisturising. It feels excellent on the skin!!!! 


To top off the day I went to Sanity and bought a Royal Homes and Gardens Collection Set of three DVDS which includes “A Tour of Highgrove with HRH the Prince of Wales and Alan Titchmarsh”, “Royal Restoration of Dumfries House” and “Britains Botanic Gardens”…..

I got home, had a tea and put on the first one and it is very informative on Prince Charles personal retreat and family home. The gardens are just enchanting and magical, it makes you want to book a flight and visit as soon as possible!!!! ❤️



To top off the day EVEN MORE, I found a gem of a piece. The reason why I bought this $35 Swarovski Crystal ring from Lovisa is because it looks like a “replica” of Princess Diana’s ring that Kate Middleton now wears!!!! 

I am STOKED!!!!! I couldn’t be more happier…… 



I have had an exciting day, and am completely estatic with all my purchases!!!!!! I think the ring has to be my favourite. I feel like “Kate” hehehe and am excited to devour one of the novels tonight! 

Which goodie do you like best? 

Do you have a favourite purchase of late?

❤️

Exquisite Emmalisa