Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to you, dear friends!

We had a lovely Christmas lunch with my cousins. Paul and I had our photo taken in their beautiful leafy garden.

I'm wearing my new Ralph Lauren dress from our Hawaiian trip for the first time :)

 It was a warm, humid day and the children jumped in and out of the pool. I kept cool with champagne...

There were 14 of us for lunch and it was a fabulous day. (The gratin we made went well! It was de-lish.)

It's boxing day here now: a day to relax and rest. This afternoon I can be found on the outdoor sofa reading a book sipping an icy cold glass of water.
Last weekend Micky dog had his Christmas groom, and his lovely groomer Roberta put a festive bow in his hair. Sooooo cute!


He is always the happiest dog after a bath and haircut.

(But on Christmas Day he wore his festive tie :)

This year I had the most magical week-before-Christmas ever.

Even though I had things to do, I have still felt peaceful and relaxed. Here in Hawke's Bay it's not as busy as bigger places, but the shops are still as crazy as anywhere else. I went into town once and allowed extra time to park before an appointment.

I can thoroughly recommend giving yourself the gift of a peaceful holiday season if possible!

We did not travel for Christmas day and I know travel can be stressful with the sheer quantity of people involved.

But my experience of this past week has made it even more of a priority to me to continue shaping a peaceful life.

I wish you an unhurried season of festivities - and beyond - too.

My very best wishes to you for an enjoyable Christmas break!

xx Fiona

PS. You can find all my books here on Amazon if you need a little sneaking-away downtime during the holiday period 😉

And, just for fun, I have enrolled '100 Ways to be That Girl' in the Kindle Unlimited program for the next three months. This means you can read it for free if you have a membership.

That girl is who everyone wants to be. She has it all going on! Others wonder how she does it so well. In this book I share all her secrets.

Her message is about how you can stand out from the crowd by harnessing the power of how ‘she’ would be, to instantly:

- Become unforgettable
- Feel happier and more confident
- Stop worrying about what others think of you
- Power ahead in your own life
- Feel unshakeable

That girl is our alter ego, the one who has more fun, makes more money, and is better looking!

Let’s cultivate our that girl persona and see how fabulous life can get. Age or body size are no barrier to creating our dream life, with the help of our inner that girl. We are going to be that girl in our own life, the leading lady in our own movie!

It was so fun to write this book. I got to be a little over the top, but as usual with my writing, it is also grounded in reality. It always pays to have the best of both worlds I believe!

You can find it here on Amazon.

If you have a friend who you think might enjoy this book too, please share this with them:)


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  1. Merry Christmas to you Fiona, your husband and all your fur babies!

  2. Merry Christmas Fiona to you Paul and your fur babies. Happy New Year when it comes to you, Paul and all of your family.

  3. That is a beautiful yard. And I love your dress. It looks really good on you.

    I love that statement, that you kept cool with champagne. Classic. That is a cute doggy tie.

    I spent a quiet, peaceful evening and for the first time since Leland died I broke out a Christmas DVD. I haven’t watched any DVDs since April 8, 2021. I picked one that he watched but not necessarily wanted to see it again Cameron Diaz, The Holiday

    I just realized that I bought “That Girl…” book in May and never got around to reading it. I would say shame on me but this is a perfect week to start it!! 💕


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