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The only way was up….and my announcement!

October 1, 2015
the only way was up

Note I increased the amount after it started working. Scrawl at bottom is actually my signature on my contract, not an ink spill.

Last year I spent a rather large portion of my time stressed. I’m a natural born stresser.

I stress about all sorts of stuff that never happens, but I also know that a healthy amount of stress puts a fire under my arse.

I recently told my dear friend Kirsten that I’d been approaching my desires from a place of panic and stress, and she suggested I change my mindset into something more positive. I wrote these positive affirmations regarding my finances after I saw her affirmations on her fridge.

I had nothing to lose.

I wrote these, and I believed them and I let go of fear and stress. They’re front and centre in my kitchen and I look at them, next to my chidren’s 5 million paintings regularly.

One week later my tide turned.

Mumbo jumbo?


We’ll never know, but it’s a pretty powerful idea to approach life with positivity instead of panic. You should give it a try, regardless of what you desire.

I’ve kicked some fairly huge personal goals in this past month, and although I loved freelancing, I really, really love working at the Weekly.

I used to spend a rather large portion of my time wearing work-out gear….. I did actually workout whenever I out it on, but then I’d go about my day in sweats  till I showered and threw some clothes on for school pick up.

At ballet recently, hair matted from training and butt crack of my tights slightly darkened with sweat, the beautifully made-up ballet mums were chatting about having to put on bit of makeup on before leaving the house so they feel human.

I am not that mum and haven’t been for a number of years. It’s not about letting myself go, it’s just that my clothes line and dining table desk couldn’t give a shit if I’m wearing a ballgown or a dead president mask.

I can’t tell you the pep I have now going to a place of work and putting on nice clothes and doing my make-up. My days, and requisite kid juggle, are exhausting but I’m starting each work day with a swarm of butterflies in my tummy.

Good healthy, rainbow butterflies for a change, instead of mangy stressed out moths.

I still wear workout gear the rest of the week, but a couple of days a week as a working girl on a real magazine is kinda blowing my mind. It’ll be old news soon, I’m sure…… because now I have more good stuff happening too.

Remember all those funny videos I made for Steggles?

Well, months and months ago I went to Steggles HQ armed with a copy of  my book, Cook Once Feed All, and some Anzac Pepita slice and I proposed a crazy idea that we do a book together.

I like poultry, they like poultry, let’s get our poultry on in a really beautiful fashion and make a book together.

It’s taken a little while and it’s morphed from my original idea into something else very cool and we’ve got the green light.

Steggles have just signed off on an ebook deal with Keeping Up With The Holsbys, and for the next three months I’m going to be eating a whole lotta turkey –

But I’m creating, styling and shooting a whole new book!!

How flippin’ cool is that news?????!!!!

Two weeks later as my tide continued turning, I had to call Kirsten and have a word with her about my new-found positivity. I said if any more awesomely abundant shit happened in my life I would positively freakin’ explode.

Timing is a funny old thing…. I’m about to be busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest, but it feels like after three years of working my chops off, and then hitting rock bottom, things are looking up for this little black duck.



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  • Reply Gary Lum October 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Wow, congratulations. I look forward to seeing and reading the book.

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Gary!Hope you like fowl.

  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel October 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

    You deserve every success you achieve, my love, and I know how hard you have been working for all of this success. I’m so happy to see you being able to relax and tick off some big wins. And Harriet just watched your salad video and thinks you’re awesome. xxx

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Surprised she liked it…. I didn’t say bum in it.
      Thanks, babe. You have been a major support too xxx

  • Reply Jane Scott October 1, 2015 at 7:06 am

    You’re a “make things happen ” kinda gal Danielle! Go get em…….

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Totally going to write tropical holiday on the fridge next!

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips October 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

    It also helps that you rock! So glad things are so exciting for you. Definitely deserved.
    I’m going to give this positive affirmation shizzle a go. Any tips? I always feel like a bit of tosser.

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Just make sure the language you use is as though it’s already happening…. don’t feel like a tosser. No one needs to read them (you don’t HAVE to blog about it ;-))

  • Reply Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker October 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Sensational news mate. Congrats!

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I thought of you when it happened. xxx

  • Reply Robyna October 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Go you! Congratulations and well done. *Off to write things on the fridge*

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Make them good, baby!

  • Reply LouisaClaire October 1, 2015 at 7:50 am


    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Used your templates all the way!!!

  • Reply jenni from styling curvy October 1, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations!! I’m a huge believer in attracting what you want, I did a vision board late last year and had everything ticked off in a few months…this years board is bigger and better which means life will be brighter

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I have a board too. I just updated it….

    • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips October 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Ok you two, gimme tips on this board business. I need to turn some shit around. Are we talking collage? How does this work.
      I struggle with craft.

  • Reply Glen October 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Go Girlfriend!! You are awesome!!
    I can’t remember who wrote this, but I believe it goes “when you choose to commit, the universe aspires to assist you”. You just passed the test and are now on another level! Wahoo!! You are amazing. Attitude is everything!

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

      I like that saying.I’m totally stealing it. Yeah, attitude is everything.

  • Reply raphaela99 October 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

    So proud of you! You truly are an inspiration to chicks like me. xxx

    • Reply Danielle October 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Raphaela. I’m surprising myself at the moment!

  • Reply Momma G October 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Frigging awesome. Just frigging awesome! You are an amazing woman and you deserve to reap what you sow. I’m not worthy!

    I can’t wait to see your book. We LOVE turkey around here – I sub in turkey mince for chicken mince at most available opportunity – I have a few amazing recipes using turkey mince that the whole family just loves. Yum! Good luck! x

  • Reply Aleney October 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

    You’re a freaking rock star lady! Can’t think of anyone who deserves success more! 🙂

    • Reply Danielle October 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, babe. Hope you’re killing it too.

  • Reply Nina October 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    So so happy for you Danielle! Oh my goodness, well deserved. You’ve just inspired me to write affirmative notes to myself 🙂

  • Reply John Hulls October 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    My dad used to say “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Seems he was right! Congratulations lil’ D you rock!

  • Reply Mama Stylista (@MamaStylista) October 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Such an inspiration!! So happy for you! Xx

    • Reply Danielle October 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

      You never sit still yourself!

  • Reply Malinda October 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats, so glad it’s all pulling together for you

  • Reply Robyn October 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS my love. That is wonderful news. I think i need to do some positive affirmations myself. I don’t think it’s coincidence at all. Go you! xx

    • Reply Danielle October 16, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Do it!! You’re totally right about it not being a coinkydink.

  • Reply San October 12, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Holy woppin’ batshit Girlfriend!!! Have just got around to catching up on mail and I read this!!! I am totally over the moon for you, and it IS you and your attitude that’s turned things around. Bugger the notes on the fridge, I’m orf to hire billboard!!! Heartfelt love and congrats. hunny. Sorry ’bout the slow response……

  • Reply The arse kicking competition October 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

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  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling October 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I’m SO happy to read this! You flipping deserve it. Go you good thing! It’s also timely I read this. I really need to create a vision board or write a positive affirmation for myself. It’s time to get clear on my dreams so they can become a reality. x

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