ConfidentialitySo you've spent thousands, if not tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of pounds/dollars/euros on Success workshops with gurus and coaches from all over the world. You've even travelled overseas to have epiphanies and then return home to face the same old same old, and wonder where you are going wrong. Your self-development pot is waning and your credit card bill soaring. Yet you are still making the same errors, and before long you jack it all in after staying stuck for years. It would seem that all you are doing in your search for success is helping the workshop leaders be successful... and wealthy... 
Hostile CommissionWhen I first started creating this article in 2009, I entitled it "How many MEPs does it take to change a....policy?" ;) Perhaps I ought to have published it sooner, however, with all the hoo-ha about whether Britain should leave the EU, I felt compelled to share my research...
The Wilderness Spa ImageHow good are you at feeling truly alive, deeply connected and purposeful? Like anyone, I have good days and not so aligned days... I have days when I feel purposeful and balanced and days when I feel out of sorts and have to undertake specific practices such as yoga or meditation to get back into that expanded state of relaxed focus and appreciation for life.  Why do we change so much day to day, hour to hour sometimes? 
Sleeping Child high resGood quality sleep is so vital for our health and happiness, but is increasingly elusive for adults and children alike. Typically, researchers will turn to the 'mechanics' of sleep such as biological processes, nutrition, heartbeat, the amount of REM and deep sleep cycles, the type of mattress etc.  All of these are important to help us understand the physicality of sleep...but rarely do I see the subtle influences on sleep to be analysed...
1Following on from my successful promotion at the Winter Solstice, please see your basic 2016 Chinese Animal Fortune Forecast below for the Year of the Fire Monkey!

Prepare for fast progress in 2016 as the strong Yang Heaven Water forges ahead with great impetus and will keep up momentum for the majority of the year. The Rat and Monkey are key players this year and the Monkey is a Fire Monkey which means a lot of action in the money markets this year. 

Method of Forecasting A new year, a new start... what will 2016 bring? or more accurately, what will you make of 2016? I am not sure where it all began, when astrology sank into popular opinion as something disempowering, superstitious and foreboding... As anyone who has ever studied the subject in depth will tell you, its nothing like the popular myths and prejudices that abound. 
1 Wow! It's gonna be fast. This year will have a breathless pace to it and if you aren't prepared you will surely get washed away. The Chinese calendar employs the metaphors of creatures to convey a quality of chi for each year. It is not to be taken too literally! The energy archetype of the fire monkey is one of agility and being fast moving and creative. The animal sign of the year is just one small part of a complex lattice of 'cosmic observations' as I call them. This year we have it all going on...all the elements... Let me guide you to plan effectively and really up your game. 
Happy Winter Solstice At 04.49am GMT on 22/12/2015 the Winter Solstice happens when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun, so it is the longest and darkest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

The term 'solstice' comes from the Latin word 'solstitium', which means 'Sun standing still'.

This means we are approaching SPRING and SUMMER!!! We only have January and February to go... well, and March.... until we have some semblance of half-decent weather again... 
Natural Health Magazine It was a first for me to be described as a 'fixer fairy' but I think it is rather endearing... For those of you who regularly read Natural Health magazine you can find me in the December issue on page 123 along with a few other lifestyle experts.
Feng Shui for Sleep Couple Deep sleep has to be the most important ingredient for good health and emotional balance, and so many people just can't get enough of the old kip. Research has shown that blue light emitted from our smartphones and computer devices confuse the body clock, especially when used at night.