Highlights

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year, say that August is the time to think about getting your highlights done. Winter is coming to an end and spring is on the horizon. Time to make an appointment for the start of spring at the salon to get some highlights to help hide the greys and lighten up your look. I’ve got mine.

New Tunes

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to reload your music player with new tunes. They recommend deleting all those painful songs that glorify suffering and misery. They say to replace them with some strong, life affirming tunes and sing along at the top of your voice. In their book Who Do You Want To Be Today: Be Inspired To Dress Differently they recommend putting on some Rufus Wainwright and dancing around singing into your hairbrush to help bring out your inner Bombshell. Some Shirley Bassey to help unleash your inner Diva and some  smooth jazz enjoyed with a straight up martini to help bring out your more masculine side.

Nicky Hambleton-Jones in her book How To Be Gorgeous: Wear It Your Way And Feel Like A Goddess Every Day, she recommends letting the following sexy, ballsy female singers inspire you to find your inner rock chick.

  • Madonna
  • Debbie Harry
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Beth Ditto
  • Courtney Love
  • Alison Goldfrapp
  • Pink
  • Chrissie Hynde

Lisa O’Neill in her book Look Gorgeous, Be Happy: What A Woman Wants, she recommends the following happy songs for when you are in a bad mood and need a quick lift. This has become my drive to work playlist, it really does help bring your energy up and get you in the right mind-set.

  • I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Beautiful by Carole King
  • Top of The World by The Carpenters
  • Smile by Lily Allen
  • Never Knew Love Like This Before by Marcia Hines
  • I got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
  • I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Lucky by Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests listening to Cole Porter. I have added the following songs to my music player and they are lovely to listen to in an apron while cooking up a storm in the kitchen doing my cake baking meditation. Although I have swapped some out for their slightly more modern versions.

  • Anything Goes
  • Begin The Beguine
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • It’s De-Lovely
  • Lets Do It
  • Miss Otis Regrets
  • Night And Day
  • Don’t Fence Me In

She also suggests experiencing the profound healing powers that music can bring with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe, she suggests trying the following:

  • Chant by Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
  • Rosa Mystica by Therese Schroeder-Sheker
  • Vox De Nube by Gaelic Singer Noirin Ni Riain & the Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey
  • A Feather on the Breath of God: Gothic Voices with Emma Kirkby
  • Vision: The Music of Hilgard von Bingen
  • Piano Reflections by Kelly Yost

In Camilla Morton’s book How To Walk In High Heels: The Girls Guide To Everything offers the following lists :

Mood Suggestions

  • Uplifting: Baby Love by Diana Ross
  • Relaxing: Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
  • What’s up with them: Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • The bills have just arrived: Tchaikovsky 1812 overture
  • Getting ready: Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child
  • Put those dancing shoes on: Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson
  • Getting undressed: Love To Love You Baby by Donna Summer
  • Evening in with pizza: Lets Do It by Eartha Kitt
  • Hitting the town: Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  • Working to hard: Working Nine To Five by Dolly Parton
  • He’s just called: What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  • Housework: The Swan by Saint Sains
  • Cocktails: I’ve got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Harry met Sally moment: It Had To Be You by Harry Conick Jr
  • Missing you: I just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Exercise: Lets Get Physical by Olivia Newton John
  • Feeling blue: Crazy by Patsy Cline
  • You are fabulous: Kiss by Tom Jones
  • Anti men: Respect by Aretha Franklin
  • Seducers: Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  • Break ups: Careless Whisper by Wham
  • Melancholy evening: La Vie En Rose by Yves Montande
  • Don’t want to go on, but will: I Did It My Way by Frank Sinatra
  • Pre Dinner party drinks: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik by Mozart
  • Impromptu party at home: Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Bubble bathing: Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
  • Pre proposal setting: Stardust by Nat King Cole
  • Hellfire and Damnation: The Planets Mars by Holst
  • Youre going to confront him: Symphony No5 by Beethoven
  • Youre going to kill him: Requeim by Mozart

Karaoke

  • Baby love by Diana Ross
  • You are Everything by Diana Ross
  • Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette
  • Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves by Sister Sledge
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • Voulez Vous Coucher by Lady marmalade
  • Something Stupid by Frank Sinatra
  • I got you Babe by Sonny and Cher
  • Close To You by The Carpenters
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  • Lately by Stevie Wonder
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra
  • Hello Is It Me You’re Looking For by Lionel Ritchie
  • My Song by Elton John
  • I’m in The Mood For Dancing by Leo Sayer

Stella McCartney’s Runway Hits

  • Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
  • If I Was Your Girlfriend by Nicole Wray
  • Hombre by M.I.A
  • Goodies by Ciara
  • If I Was A Rich Girl by Lady Saw
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Push It By Salt’n’Pepa

Jade Jagger’s Compilation Soundtrack to her life

  •  Isis by Bob Dylan
  • Benita Applebaum by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Billy jean by Shinehead
  • Hotstuff by The Rolling Stones
  • Wild Like The Wind by Nina Simone
  • Lucky Star by Madonna
  • Wanna Be Starting Something by Michael Jackson
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams
  • Making Whoopee by Louis Armstrong
  • A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
  • I Just Wanna Love You by Jay Z
  • Don’t Worry by Bob Marley

The Artists Way

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests getting Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way and starting her twelve week course in August to help bring more harmony to your everyday life.

Dawna Walter in her book New Leaf, New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself says that no matter how many times you read the Artists Way by Julia Cameron it continues to comfort, uplift and inspire when the stresses and strains of daily life get to you and lists it as one of her must have books for the bedside.

Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way: A Course In Discovering And Recovering Your Creative Self is more than an amazing book, its a practical step by step instruction manual in tapping into your creativity. It is very involved and I want to give myself the best chance of success so I am going to rejig her twelve week course into a 12 month course and suggest that maybe you do the same.  It is quite a big ask to get all of her weekly activities done in a week, every week and in the past each time I have attempted to do this course I have failed to fit it in, got demoralised and quit. This time I am going to plan it much better.

August: Recovering A Sense of Safety

  • Morning Pages
  • Artist date: Five & Dime
  • Time Travel: three old enemies
  • Time travel: monster hall of fame horror story
  • Letter to the editor
  • Time travel: three old champions
  • Time travel: Thank you letter
  • Imaginary Lives
  • Affirmations & blurts
  • Artists date: 20 minute walk
  • Check in

September: Recovering A Sense Of Identity

  • Affirmative reading
  • Time management review
  • Safety circle
  • Enjoyment list & plan
  • Affirmations
  • Imaginary lives
  • Life pie
  • Ten tiny changes
  • Check in

October: Recovering A Sense Of Power

  • Detective work
  • Childhood excavation
  • Friend review
  • Artist brain activity
  • Discovering likes & admirations
  • Check in

November: Recovering A sense Of Integrity

  • Buried dreams exercise
  • Environment assessment
  • Time travel exercise
  • Life pie review
  • Artists prayer
  • Extended Artists date
  • Closet cleanout
  • Situation change
  • Media Deprivation
  • Check in

December: Recovering A Sense Of Possibility

  • The virtue trap quiz
  • Forbidden joys exercise
  • Wish list exercise
  • Five grievances
  • Image file
  • Imaginary lives
  • Time travel
  • Meanness
  • Wish List
  • Creative Blocks
  • Check in

January: Recovering A Sense Of Abundance

  • Counting exercise
  • Money madness exercise
  • Natural abundance exercise
  • Clearing exercise
  • Creation exercise
  • Communication exercise
  • Prosperity & acceptance
  • Check in

February: Recovering A Sense Of Connection

  • Jealousy Map exercise
  • Archaeology exercise
  • Create a poster
  • Stress break
  • Artist date: sacred space
  • Home scent
  • Dress up
  • Treat purchase
  • Collage
  • Five Favourites
  • Check in

March: Recovering A Sense Of Strength

  • Early patterning’s exercise
  • Goal search
  • Fantasy childhood
  • Colour exercise
  • Five naughty pleasures
  • Style search
  • Ideal day Plan
  • Check in

April: Recovering A Sense Of Compassion

  • Blasting blocks
  • Read your morning pages
  • Visualizing
  • Prioritizing
  • Creative U-turns
  • Check in

May: Recovering A Sense Of Self Protection

  • The workaholic assessment
  • Deadlines Exercise
  • Touchstones exercise
  • The awful truth exercise
  • Setting a bottom line
  • Check in

June: Recovering A Sense Of Autonomy

  • Basic principle meditation
  • Creativity notebook
  • Honest changes assessment
  • Nurturing exercise
  • Letter of encouragement
  • Examine spiritual beliefs
  • synchronicity assessment
  • Check in

July: Recovering A Sense Of Faith

  • Procrastination assessment
  • Revisit blurts and affirmations
  • Mend any mending
  • Re-pot plants
  • Create and start using a God Jar
  • Plan a creative project
  • Check in

Now to figure out how best to fit this in to my monthly goals plan and make it workable.

 

 

 

 

Sacred Sounds

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests experiencing heaven on earth with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe this August to help bring more harmony to your everyday life. Experience the profound healing powers and serenity that music can bring.

She suggests trying:

  • Chant by Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos
  • Rosa Mystica by Therese Schroeder-Sheker
  • Vox De Nube by Gaelic Singer Noirin Ni Riain & the Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey
  • A Feather on the Breath of God: Gothic Voices with Emma Kirkby
  • Vision: The Music of Hilgard von Bingen
  • Piano Reflections by Kelly Yost

Second-hand Book Shop

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests by starting your search for a choice second-hand book shop in August you can help bring more harmony to your everyday life.

Where I live there are lots of charity second-hand stores but only one second-hand bookstore. Its great for finding surprise treasures that you never knew existed and for just enjoying the sheer pleasure of browsing.

When I’m on a mission and am after something specific I head online, while many peoples first port of call would always be Amazon, I find the shipping far too expensive to my home so greatly prefer Fishpond as my go-to online second-hand book Store.

I am always on the hunt for new sources, so please feel free to share your favourites in the comments.

 

 

Book Club

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests starting or joining a book club this August you can help bring more harmony to your everyday life.

She says that sharing a good book is as rewarding as reading one and suggests that you look at exploring plot twists and character development over food and drink with a like minded group of people once a month. Most of us don’t have enough intellectually stimulating conversations devoted to the exchange of ideas and can be a great antidote to watching to much TV.

Talk to your local library or bookstore for information on joining an existing club or starting your own based on a particular theme like woman’s fiction or classics or whatever else may really interest you.