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Somewhere over the rainbow.

January 1, 2015


You know sometimes you get the feeling that you are exactly where you are meant to be at a certain moment in time?

That’s precisely how I’ve felt for the past few days.

I had planned three days away at this time for a while. Not for any reason other than the kids could be with their Dad because he was on holidays and it was a great opportunity for some time away.

somewhere over the rainbow

I realize now, that this time at the close of 2014 was actually time for me to reflect on the year that was, and get a game plan together for the coming year.

I try not to be too sentimental about the New Year. Last year I resolved to be more Cuban. I knew I was never going to stick to a resolution like giving up drinking or wanking so I vowed to adopt a Cuban way of life.

Joie de vivre and dolce vita kinda stuff.

Did I succeed? I don’t know.

2014 has been the year of survival, not cigars and hedonism, although I did imbibe a fair whack of rum.

When I arrived to that there little enclave in Bundeena my hostess at the Bundeena Bed and Breakfast, Uta, let me know she does Kahuna massage and energy healing.

I knew immediately that I was exactly where I needed to be at that precise moment.


I had landed on her doorstep and I’ve been thinking for ages I needed to clear my energy of everything it was holding on to from the last 12 months in order to move forward and not be tied down to any negative thoughts of feelings left over from the year that was.

When I put up a picture of the beach on Facebook one of my peeps said that my life is pretty wonderful. I have to agree.

I’ve had some fairly stinky pants stuff happen this year but I’ve also experienced a lot of truly magical happenings.

Some amazing people have come into my life, and I have received much love and support, both personally and professionally.

My children are both happy and healthy, and career wise, everything is going where I want it to go.

It was November last year that I realised I needed to become financially independent and I have been fortunate enough – lucky enough –  to have made it happen by being resolute about what I wanted and taking the steps required to make it happen.

I do have a charmed life, but charm is the same as luck. You create it for yourself. It doesn’t come and knock on your front door while you eat Extreme Cheese Doritos on the couch.

I said yes to the Kahuna massage (think Hawaiian, spiritual, body sliding or something) and the energy healing.

I went into a room and shed all of my clothes.

Being naked with a stranger can be confronting but there is also something powerful about stripping off layers until you are left bare.

Don’t be scared, it’s just me.

I shed tears with a stranger, who is now my friend, and we said goodbye to fear and anger and anxiety and we filled the cavity those feelings inhabited with golden light.


“Somewhere over the Rainbow” sung by the big gorgeous Hawaiian guy, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, came on, and it reminded me of my wedding video. That song was on it as footage of us getting ready played and our guests got on the bus… I thought of that day and how beautiful it was, and I let go of my sorrow right there in the room.


Whether or not you believe in energy healing is not relevant, whether you believe in chakras, or Divine spirit, or any of that ethno-bongo mumbo jumbo hairy armpit stuff (neither of us had hairy armpits FYI) doesn’t matter a squat.

Imagine instead the power of allowing your conscious mind to look at the baggage you’re holding and give yourself permission to set it down gently and with love so you be free of the shit that weighs you down.

You can’t fly high in the sky if you are shackled to the ground.

2014 was the year of survival, so I’ve chosen for 2015 to be the year of happiness.

I will not make resolutions like getting fitter, drinking more wheat grass, or eating less bacon, but instead I will be resolute.

2015 has my name on it.

I think it should have your name on it too.

You just need to put it there.





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  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel January 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, lady, you just made me cry tears of loss and mourning and hope and gratitude for having met you and become your friend last year (was it only last year? Feels like so much longer.) I see my name on 2015 too – in big fuck-off capital letters. Let’s do this thing. xx

    • Reply Danielle January 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      You know it, sister. I was definitely referring to you as one of the stinkingly good parts of 2014. Ket’s do this thing xxx

  • Reply Renee Wilson January 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe you just mentioned Uta and her massages. She is one of my Aunt Dellwyn’s closest friends. They’ve just gotten back from a trip together. What a small world it is. I’m choosing happiness for 2015 too. You go get it girl x

    • Reply Danielle January 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      No way!! What are the chances? Let’s get it together, Renee xx

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips January 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Gorgeous. I think maybe I need a few days with Uta because I just can’t imagine a year without struggle. I am oddly ok with that though. I kind of feel like struggle is just the way my life is. Not unhappy struggle, just lack of mind peace.
    I do believe in hairy armpit mumbo jumbo. What I like about you is that you seem to really embrace who you are. Is that a new thing? Or have you always been like that? It feels like you are ready to be happy. I think that is the barrier with most people, they are too distracted by the everything else to make happiness a priority. X

    • Reply Danielle January 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      I’ve been brought up with a strong sense of spirituality, and my mum has always encouraged me to be exactly who I am. I’m good with me.

  • Reply beth January 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm


  • Reply Polly January 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    You’re fab!
    Here’s to a great year!
    Love your blog, wish I’d discovered it earlier.

    • Reply Danielle January 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Polly…. welcome aboard. There’s plenty of archives if you’re bored!

  • Reply Nina January 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Happy new year, my friend! I love your attitude. I have a similar one about forgiveness. It isn’t about letting the other person get away with it or implying that what had happened was insignificant. Instead, it’s letting go so that you’re not shackled to resentment or anger. It’s finally letting it go to be free. Hope your 2015 is filled with happiness, Danielle.

    • Reply Danielle January 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      And happy new year to you also, my friend. May both of us and our families have a cracking year full of joy and love xxx

  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling January 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Whoa. OK, so today is my first day back at work and I have been feeling heavy and sad all day long. Reading this was just the tonic I needed. Despite fighting back tears right now, I feel happier. Happiness is where it’s at this year and I’m glad to have you along for the ride! x

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