Mr. Happy

Small acts have big impacts. The message from Johnny Barnes from the Bermudas is one such example. We just don’t hear enough ‘I love you’s in our lives.

I love you,


New Weekend at Hoi by the Sea

Finally, another Special Weekend at the Entrance

Theme: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

When: Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22 (Friday 4 pm to Sunday 4 pm)

Where: 11/9-13 Hutton Road, the Entrance North

What to expect: Fun and new beginnings

How much: $ 200 per person – accommodation and breakfasts and dinners included

Please RSVP asap – 0402 686 327 Barbara

or Email:

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Scallops on Mash

ImageScallops on a bed of mashed potatoes


5 scallops per person

1/2 kg of potatoes (made into mashed potatoes)

4 tbsp. butter

2 limes (wedges cut into small pieces, skinless)

2 tomatoes, briefly placed under hot water, peeled, de-seeded and cut into small pieces

1/2 bunch chopped chives

1 tbsp. toasted pine nuts


Remove scallops from their shell, clean the shell and add warm potato mash (1 tbsp.) to each shell. Keep warm in the oven (160 degrees).

Make the sauce: Heat butter until light brown, add lime and tomato pieces, chives and pine nuts and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the scallops: Heat pan with very little virgin coconut oil and when very hot, fry the scallops for 1 min until golden brown, then turn over and cook for about 20 seconds. Remove the shells with the mash from the oven, put the scallops on top of the mash and the sauce gets spooned over the scallops.

Very delicious!

Carol Look and EFT

That was the easiest and shortest way I could find to explain EFT /Emotional Freedom Technique. Just a taste and it’s best to try it yourself.
What Carol didn’t have time to explain is that we should rate the anxiety, the stress, the craving or whatever we are tapping for on a scale from 1 – 10 (ten being the most extreme), and again see how it changes with every round of EFT. Often three rounds are enough to go down to 1 or even 0, sometimes it takes longer. The words naturally change too, as we always voice the current truth. As the symptoms ease, the words reflect the easing state, the lessening pain or discomfort.

EFT for kids

ImageEFT helped this child

This morning I received a phone call from a good friend of mine. I had introduced him to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) several years ago and this wonderful technique keeps adding value to his life and surprising those who may not embrace EFT straight away. It just seems too simple, doesn’t it? How can something that is easy to do and easy to learn, free and non-invasive be so effective, right? 

His latest success story was just too good to not share: His 6-year-old son had started to wet his bed; a situation that was highly embarrassing to the young boy, raised concerns about the cause of it for the parents and had been going on for about three weeks on a nightly basis before my friend remembered that the EFT Team has a slogan: ‘Try it on Everything’. 

So about a week ago, he had the first go, while the child was in bed, ready to go to sleep and he started with a set-up phrase like: ‘Although I am wetting my bed at night, I’m still a nice boy. I really like myself’. He added other phrases like: ‘Even when I wet my bed, my parents love me’. The boy repeated the sentences and dad did the tapping (will post a YouTube on the tapping, just in case…)

The first night: dry bed, the second night: dry bed, the third night: dry bed – that’s when he stopped the tapping and so far there wasn’t a single incident of bed-wetting. Maybe he could have found out the cause, but it seems like the young boy wasn’t worried or conscious of any anxiety – so this seems good enough for me. It inspired me to not only share it but to use EFT again more often – to try it on everything.

Self responsibility according to Goethe

ImageDon’t you love that explanation of self-responsibility? It has become the reason and the essence of the content of my new book: ’90 Shades of Gratitude’, a gratitude journal with a difference. Believing that we are responsible for our reality may not be an easy pill to swallow, but at least most people believe that the way they react to that reality is a choice – and that choice has a great effect on their future. But what if we could stop re-acting or seeing life simply in terms of cause and effect – but instead start to cause an effect? The 90 Shades of Gratitude is exactly that: a re-conditioning of our automatic responses by pre-paving our day with gratitude, that is guided by a short contemplation every morning and rounded off with gratitude of the experiences and surprises of the day. 

Goethe on self-responsibility

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather. 

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. 

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. 

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,

And a person is humanised or de-humanised. 

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


— Goethe 1749-1832