Top 10 Lessons From Taking a Sabbatical

happiness Apr 14, 2017

In this post, I write about my top 10 lessons from taking the year-long sabbatical. I first published this post three years after returning from the sabbatical in 2005. I had planned on writing it earlier but never quite got around to it.

I actually think that’s a good thing I didn’t, after the three years passed, I had a better perspective on what the year out taught me. Some of these lessons were only revealed to me long after the year finished.

Where the story begins

Once in a while, you have to take a break and visit yourself.
~Audrey Giorgi

In August 2004 aged forty-one I stepped away from the hustle and bustle of corporate life to take a year out with my wife Tor, and my two boys Sonnie (who was aged 6) and Herbie (who was aged 4).

We started planning our escape from the mad whirl of stress to live on a large piece of barren volcanic rock called Fuerteventura in 2003. We decided the La Isla Tranquila, or Peaceful Island, as it’s affectionately known by the...

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Lessons in Happiness From Little Mystics

happiness Mar 14, 2017

Before you read this article I need to give you some background. This was written as part of a book I’m writing for my boys Sonnie and Herbie. They are now 17 and 19 but this article takes us back to when they were very young. 

As a parent I decided to document all the lessons they both taught me about happiness, forgiveness, being in the now, my ego, my contradictions – to name a few! 

I soon realised they were both sent to me to be the finest teachers on the planet. Both perfectly matched to give me the exact lessons I needed to live a more spiritual and loving existence.

I can honestly say I didn’t expect that when they were born.

Please comment if you enjoyed this article and if you would like to read more of my lessons. I didn’t really plan to share it publicly but I could be persuaded if you see it as valuable and helpful. I’m sure the boys (teachers) won’t mind either :))



Down on my knees...

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How To Find Your Core Values in 5 Steps

happiness Mar 05, 2017

Each of us has our own set of core values that’s as unique as our thumbprint. These core values determine what’s really important to you as an individual.

The surprising thing is, that no matter where we are in life, if you ask most people what their core values are, many would not be able to give you an answer!

Would you?

Understanding the Value of Values

Many of the people that come on the ‘Finding Your Smile’ retreat have issues where their values are at the heart of the problem. They come along because they are aware that something’s wrong or missing in their life, but they don’t know what.

Often it’s because they’re unclear on what their core values are and what’s most important to them. Our values help determine our tastes, way of life, entertainment, and social, political and religious interactions. We hold many values, each of which is liable to change as we grow and reach different stages of life.

Many people arrive at a...

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The Power Of Questions: Shift Your Focus

resilience Mar 05, 2017

Questions are powerful tools. When you change the questions you ask yourself, you change the direction of your life.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

Remember, it’s not the events of your life that determine how you feel and act, it’s meaning you create from the experience.

Learning to ask empowering questions – especially when something bad happens – is a critical life skill that will ultimately shape the meanings you create and therefore the quality and direction of your life.

In today’s video I share three very powerful empowering questions that can ignite hope and lead to new insights especially in the dark moments of your life.



Speak your mind! Comments are welcome!

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