A daily podcast
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher
Woah... that was completely unexpected!
I've just had over 3000 7000 people do My WowArchetype quiz.
In just a few months.
Plus oodles and oodles of shares and comments!
Seems I'm not the only one who loves personality profiles.
But I reckon we all love figuring out why we do what we do (and especially why others tick us off!).
Check out these comments:
Romana: "... your quiz is just brilliant. Thank you. I love how you explain personality wows and woes in an easy going way and how to apply it on different entrepreneurial topics. And of course, I'm the PassionMaker Type... who would have guessed. "
Brenda: "That is me to the letter."
Denise: "All true! LOL"
Anika: "I really liked the fact that I am the heartmaker type and got a couple of new things that I hadn’t realised were part of it. I was just wondering if there was some other distinction because you’re not just going to be all of one thing. Do you have...
A few weeks ago I shared how I was invited to speak about setting up a home office, but the conversation morphed into an intriguing conversation about the 'inner' office!
Well that podcast episode has become one of the show's top listened to episodes! How cool is that?
... This week I have that second podcast to share with you - setting up a home office and how to maximise it for being more productive (and a place you LOVE to use).
I'm chatting with Peter Colquhoun - Australian Better Homes & Gardens and Grand Designs resident architect.
Why not find your earphones, put your jogging shoes on and go for a walk and listen. Right now. It's a great way to start off your week.
Oh, and below is a picture of my office! I chat about it's evolution on the podcast episode.
We all love a good personality quiz… they are just fun, hey?
Even the ones that tell you what kind of Game of Thrones character you are, or what type of cheese you would be.
There’s something alluring about seeing if a quiz can ‘get us’. It's kind of like having our fortune told... we are fascinated by what secrets might be revealed about who we really are. I guess at the end of the day we just want to be known for who we really are.
... well, this week I’ve got my own personality quiz for you. I've actually been using this quiz offline for about 15 years and whenever I run workshops on this, they are always everyone's favourite.
Click here to take the quiz
I’ve been testing this one on the 277 people who recently helped me pilot test a new course, and it definitely got the thumbs up!
‘OMG. This is SO me’… was the usual response!
The unique thing about this quiz is that it’s for...
Merilyn: sometimes I forget to think abundantly.
Anxiety: but you aren’t abundant, you still have needs.
Merilyn: gosh, you are very needy aren’t you! We are extremely abundant. Just look around.
Merilyn: I see you’re not convinced. What if I tell you nice things. Would that help?
Anxiety: Maybe. But please don’t try any woo woo on me.
Merilyn: [takes anxiety by the shoulders, smiles and looks in her shadowy eyes.]
I know that you, dear anxiety, just want to keep me safe. You aren’t the devil. You aren’t the enemy. You aren’t even the mean girl.
Merilyn: truth is, whenever I have a need, it always is met. But you find it easier to say, ‘I’m broke’ or ‘I’m strapped’. But anxiety, dear anxiety, just listen to your words: Broke. Strapped. That’s not me.
Anxiety: but I’m just trying to protect you.
Merilyn: yes I know. I appreciate that. I forget that too. When I...
A few months ago my mum died.
A month earlier the doctors found a huge cancer lymphoma in her head.
It was unexpected, but she died peacefully and she didn’t have to suffer for months.
I made it to her bedside 10 minutes before she died. The nurses said she was waiting for me, even though she had slipped into unconsciousness earlier that day. I live 4 hours drive away. I said goodbye and thanked her for being my mum, and a tear fell from her eye before she literally took her last breath. It was surreal and I felt like I was in some strange movie. But it was very, very real.
Why do I share this story? Well apart from it explaining why I’ve not published any blog posts for a looooong time, I felt inspired to ask you:
‘Do you know what you are called to do and be?' And a more urgent question, 'Are you living it?'
You see, my mum knew her calling from a very young age.
Whilst packing up her things I found notebooks full of stories and scribbles of her life. Things I...
Rainy weekends and being sick in bed. Kinda go together. That was my weekend. Lots of sleeping, thinking and I started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix (where have I been for the last 10 years)! Such a quirky, feel good show.
But stay with me and keep reading, as there's a point to this...
It got me thinking about different personalities. And about passions. Most of the characters in Gilmore Girls are clearly 'passionate' about their work, even though many of them don't have 'passionate' type personalities.
There's so much advice out there to 'find your passion'. And whilst this advice is well meaning, what if you are the type that doesn't really feel that passionate? Or what if you can't identify your 'passion' due to various life experiences, stresses, constant tiredness from parenting (to name just a few)!
Here's a suggestion - try replacing the word passion with one of these instead:
What are you enthusiastic about? It's not as extroverted as 'passion'. Enthusiasm...
Do you write New Year's Resolutions? I don't.
Honestly, the intent is there because it's a fresh new year and all that, but intentions are usually abandoned by February. And not only abandoned but their 'non-achievement-ness' needles their way into our psyche and makes us beat up on ourselves.
So instead, I simply use my Reminders on my iphone! I've set up recurring daily, weekly, monthly (and because I'm an organisational geek even yearly ones). And these reminders just roll around, recurring as I've set them up to recur (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly). After a few months they pretty much become habits. And if I'm not 'doing them' I know it's not really my motivation to do it, so I sort what's going on in my head about that or I delete the habit! Simples.
Oh yes, I have goals. But only with 3 month deadlines. Anything beyond that is a 'vision'. And I have a yearly word-theme. Something that helps anchor me when I'm feeling wobbly. Last years word was 'enjoy', this years word is...