Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Let the beauty you love be the work that you do

This quote and the photo I took reflect what gives my life meaning and purpose. I’m drawn to all things beautiful and the people who create and nurture beauty. This gorgeous lily is the one that inspired Monet to paint his famous waterlily series. The lily is this photo has been loving cultivated by David Styles of Te Horo in one of many bathtubs!Here is the rest of Rumi’s poem:

Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty
and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and
kiss the ground.
~ Rumi, 13th-century Persian, poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic
Creating beauty is one of the best things we can do to cultivate our souls and enrich the lives of others. Sadly in some cultures it is an extremely undervalued skill. My story will not be dis-similar to others – it’s a story of being steered away from my creativity, of being channelled into studying economics and accounting and other supposedly ‘virtuous’ skills. My first job was as a bank teller – to say it nearly killed me is an understatement. Later after finishing my commerce degree I found work as a recruiter – and not long after developed shingles. Slowly I found my way back to creativity, to painting and photography, poetry and writing, colour consulting and many other creative endeavours. I also developed a love of coaching – inspired by helping find and follow their passions, creative calling and soul purpose.
Increasingly I’m guided by the mission and life purpose statement I created last year – it helps me stay focused on the areas of life and work that give life and which I feel compelled to do. I’m sharing it with you here in the hope that something may resonate with you, or that it may inspire you also to let the beauty you love be the work that you do.

Cassandra’s life purpose statement



I am a creative and inspiring author and intuitive artist who creates enduring beauty that inspires and uplifts.

My values-driven work benefits my partner, my daughter, family and those who enjoy the things I create.

Using my favourite skills, I work with passion, purpose and profit to help people feel happy, inspired and uplifted. I am financially free and enjoy huge wealth (financially, emotionally, spiritually). My books, creations and works of heart benefit others. I am pursuing my passion for helping others.

I benefit personally because I am doing something I feel passionate about and developing new knowledge to share with others. I am spiritually aligned with my life purpose and passion.




June 12, 2013, Wellington, NZ

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Are you happy at work or is it time to quit?

“Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough.” ~ Donald trump, Businessman

Some Alarming Facts:

• Lack of passion and career dissatisfaction are common causes of stress, low productivity, poor performance and plummeting levels of confidence and self-esteem.

• Less than 10% of the population are visibly living their passion. Surveys completed by TMP/ Hudson and Worklife Solutions consistently report that over 43% of the working population are dissatisfied in their work.

• Lack of feedback, autocratic bosses, poor work-life balance, lack of control, values conflicts, lack of challenge, boredom, high workloads and interpersonal conflicts push happiness levels down on a daily basis for a large number of employees.

• We all know that smoking kills but few people know that job strain is as bad as smoking according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. They concluded that too often people rely on medication to tackle the job blues but one of the most effective cures would be to tackle the job environment.

• Unhappiness at work is a major drain on individuals, organisations and the economy – one Canadian study argued that a 1% improvement through helping people become fully engaged in programmes that lead them to find work they would love would release an additional $600 million each year into the economy.

• Many people have been conditioned to expect less from the world of work, and may have narrow expectations about the wealth of opportunity that now exists.

• Unhappy people complain more, produce less, get sick more often, worry more, have fewer creative ideas, have lower energy levels, are more pessimistic, less motivated, learn slower, make poorer decisions, have lower confidence and self-esteem, are more prone to mental illnesses, including depression, and are slower to bounce back from setbacks – and these are only some of the symptoms of unhappiness. No wonder unhappy people are exhausted.

Is It Time For A Change?

Change isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of planning, effort and preparation. But the results are worth it. With a well-planned change comes new beginnings, fresh experiences and a job that fulfils and energises you.