August 2008 ‘Using Our Strengths’
This month’s Happyzine is all about pitting our unique strengths against life’s challenges. Poet – Tusiata Avia shares how she continues to perform plus being a dedicated new Mum. Lisa and Sarah from Acumen Money tell us why it’s easiest to use our talents to achieve financial wealth. We catch a glimpse into the life of Lynda Hallinan, Editor of New Zealand Gardener and her amazing pledge to live out of her garden plus only ten dollars per week on groceries. This week we also feature the first of many stories about how positive thinking has transpired into delightful reality. What ever your strengths are, here’s to celebrating them and most importantly: using them!
|Inspiring Kiwi –Tusiata Avia
There’s something about Tusiata Avia. A quiet power that hums from deep inside her. This woman was born to perform. Tusiata Avia is a poet, a performer and a writer. Her first book ‘Wild Dogs Under My Skirt’ was short listed for the 2006 prize in modern letters. Her next book is due out this year. She travels the world performing her one-woman show and she’s hot in demand for her services.
One year ago, Tusiata gave birth to her daughter, Sepela Avia. I asked Tusiata how she manages to continue using her gifts whilst also upholding the very important task of being a Mum.
“It’s been surprising. I think before I had a baby, I’d gotten past the beginning phase and things were pretty happening. I think I thought that I would have a baby and just carry on exactly the same because I had no notion of what having a baby would be about. It certainly has changed things. My job used to mean a lot of travelling. A lot of international travelling to places like Israel and Russia and I would travel every year, quite often multiple times. Luckily I’ve still had invitations since she was born. We’ve been to a number of different festivals in NZ and one in Bali so far and we’ve got another couple of things in Australia next month. So far it’s worked out really well because the Bali festival provided a baby sitter and I’ve managed to sort things with the other festivals so that I’ve had child-care. Next month I’m taking a friend with me to baby sit. So, yeah, it’s surprising. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but it’s just a case-by-case thing, sorting it out as we go along.
“It’s really important to me to continue working because it makes me feel as if I’m still a poet and it’s hard to find the time to write, so to be able to still perform still enables me to actually function as a poet.
How important has it been for Tusiata to continue her work as a poet? “It’s actually really crucial because as much as I love being a mother, I have to be more than that. I can’t just be only a mother because that’s just ignoring a whole part of me. Keeping that part of me alive is really important. In actual fact it’s been really good. I think I did my first performance when she was five weeks old and probably every month since then I’ve had a performance or a festival or something.
Finally, I invited Tusiata to describe her strengths. “I think I’m probably well suited to performance in that I have that whole side of my personality, you know that whole dramatic performer side of my personality that finds a really good outlet on stage. So performance is actually an incredibly positive thing for me because it gives me that outlet in a creative positive way. Whereas I’ve only been performing for eight years and previous to that, I still had a fair amount of drama and it all took place on ‘the stage of my life’ really. It’s a much better use of that creative energy.” Believe me, once you’ve seen her perform, you’ll understand her urge to keep going. To continue using that strength of hers, is the ultimate in service.
Livin’ Lightly in The ‘Burbs
The following is a blurb from the NZ Gardener website, plus a fun oppertunity …
“Eighteen months ago, New Zealand Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan set an ambitious New Year’s resolution: she vowed to be self-sufficient in the city by living out of her Auckland garden for a year. And that’s not all – she set a $10 a week maximum grocery budget. She did it – and now it’s your turn! In January 2008 New Zealand Gardener magazine launched a campaign to get New Zealand growing. We want to encourage every new and novice vege gardener out there to give it a go, and we’re offering all the free advice you need.
|Wild Youth Profile: Te Kaea Beri
This is a Happyzine reprint – due to Te Kaea’s inspiring story:
Written by Financial Expert Lisa Dudson and Money Expert Sarah van der Spuy from www.acumen.co.nz and www.moneyTV.co.nz
How we can use our personal strengths to accumulate financial wealth
Each and every single person can become wealthy and achieve financial freedom. The first significant step is simply making the decision that you want to be wealthy, and then it’s about taking action to begin your journey to creating wealth.
Wealth begins with knowing what you want and creating a plan to achieve success. Part of being clear on what you want, is knowing yourself and understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Take some time to really understand what they are. There are a number of different personality profiles that you can do. One is called Wealth Profiles which cost $100USD. Check out this link http://www.wealthdynamics.org/?r=agu4fv75 We have found these to be a very effective tool to help you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are in relation to wealth creation. Utilising and leveraging your unique skills, strengths and passions will really help you to achieve what you want. Not only that but it will make your journey much easier because you are doing things you are good at and trying to avoid doing things that require skills that you are weak in.
Success is defined as the “progressive realisation of a worthy goal”. Therefore, if you have not invested the time to create goals and plans to become wealthy, the chances are that you will go through life complaining about your financial position, never have enough and end up being a slave to money.
Once you have created a plan on how you are going to achieve financial freedom, it is important to stay focused and not lose your way. Each day there are hundreds of opportunities for you to make or lose money. We have seen many people fall trap to the temptation of making a “quick buck” and lose everything! By being clear on what you want, you effectively develop a filtering system and can decipher between good or bad opportunities.
Express gratitude for your personal strengths and use them to your best ability. Be wise with your money and celebrate the journey to wealth each day. By doing this, you will ensure that your wealth is built on steady foundations and lasts a lifetime.
“Wealth is what you have left when you have lost all your money” – Roger Hamilton