Saturday, September 21, 2013

Influential Women Creating Conversations That Connect - Wellington

Phoebe Maroulis is hosting a two day forum at the Macquarie Theatre in 
Wellington on the 1st and 2nd of October presented by the oh so inspiring 
Catherine Marriott, during which she will share with you an extensive set 
of skills and tools in communication, advocacy and stakeholder engagement.

And the great part is it is being offered in Wellington, NSW so 
participants from the Central West do not need to get on a plane or drive 
for hours to attend and you will get the opportunity to meet lots of other 
fabulous women from our region.

Childcare is available onsite if required.

This two-day forum empowers people who work rural Australia to advocate effectively on behalf of yourselves, your industry, your community and your business.

Why should I attend?

Have you wanted to make more of a contribution to agriculture but haven’t known how? 

Are you passionate about the longevity of rural Australia?

GREAT! We have a lot in common!!

We are going to share with you how you can personally change and lead your industry or community one conversation at a time.

When and Where
When: 1st and 2nd of October
Where: Old Macquarie Theatre, 36-42 Swift Street, Wellington
Dinner: The Cactus CafĂ©, 33-35 Warne St. in Wellington on the 1st of October, this is included in your forum package.

For further details or to book, please contact
Cath Marriott
Mobile – 0438 633 224

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rhubarb Boutique Brings You Quality Linen Clothing

Rhubarb Boutique invites you to discover the new Australian Designed Linen Clothing Collection.

Signature Collection

Join their FIRST ever ONLINE LIVE event and discover the collection for its beauty that it is. Please share with your friends, and pop onto their facebook page for more products and information.
Discover Katie B Linen and have the chance to score a $25 Voucher. They will be posting photos and a video clip explaining each garment and the great details. 
YES they do online order. Easy!

katie b clothing

Katie B Linen Clothing has been created for elegant, sophisticated and stylish women who have been struggling to find classic quality garments in sizes 12 to 26. Choose from their white linen Signature Collection and their new Summer Colour.

katie b clothing

Make a Promise to Yourself

Mental health begins with me


It doesn’t matter if you have a mental illness, care for someone with a mental illness, know someone with a mental illness or just care about good mental health, you can be part of this year’s campaign.
Start by writing a mental health promise to yourself. It doesn’t have to be long it just needs to be meaningful to you. Keep it short and achievable. Or you can choose one of the prepared promises.
Then upload a photo of yourself, or of something connected to your promise. There are a range of avatars if you prefer not to upload your own image.
You can make as many promises as you like, you don’t have to stop at just one!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person

What do you want to be known for?

I love these values which to me are the most important.

Lift others up.  Treat people with respect.  Be positive.  Be true to your values.  Do your best.  Do things that bring you in contact with your passions.  Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends.   Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and honesty.
This is how you gain admiration and fame for being a good person… via

1.  Care about people.

People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, compassion, humour, generosity, and kindness, and using these tools to improve the lives of those around you.
Smile, and help others smile too.  If you don’t have the power or strength to write someone’s happiness, then try to help them remove their sadness instead.  And don’t let the numbers overwhelm you.  You can’t help everyone at once.  Focus on assisting one person at a time, and always start with the person closest to you.
If you can lie down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little better, you’re doing it right.

Great sweater for sweater weather

2.  Help people help themselves.

Whenever possible help people by teaching them to help themselves.  Put the tools in their hands, show them how to use them, step back, and be there when they trip.  Love them when they fall.  Repeat.
It’s one thing to take the initiative with people you already know, but what about all the people around you whom you barely know?
Be friendly and introduce yourself to someone nearby.  When you’re connecting with someone new always start with generosity.  Focus on how you can help the other person.  Do you have information that could benefit them?  Do you have a skill that could assist them through their current situation?  Do you know someone who they should meet?
One of the best investments you can make in yourself is to take a genuine interest in other people.  The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.  Love and kindness begets love and kindness.

3.  Live by the truth.

The most important thing you can do for others is to live by your truth and be who you truly are.  If you trade in your reality for a role, you are doing everyone a disservice.  When you put on a mask, and trade in your sense for an act, you give up your ability to truly connect with others.  The bottom line is that there can’t be any deep connection between you and anyone else until there’s a deep connection within, to your truth.  All of life’s goodness transpires on the inside first.
Once you are true on the inside, reflect it on the outside.  Be honest and do what you know is right.

4.  Let your passions ignite your ability to thrive and inspire others.

When you stop doing things you are passionate about, you stop living and you start merely existing.
If you truly want to attract the right attention, you must devote your time and energy to what calls to your soul.  When you do, you will find your life unimaginably enriched and attractive to those with like minds.

5.  Be a force for positivity and encouragement.

Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.  It makes a big difference in your life and the lives around you when you stay positive.  So be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic.  If something is not to your liking, change your liking and carry on with smile.  Always turn a negative situation into a positive lesson and move forward.
Encourage the best possible results with your thoughts and words.  And teach this philosophy to those around you too.


6.  Over-deliver on your promises to yourself and others.

Make a real difference in the world by pushing boundaries.  Test, prod, and poke until something positive gives.  You can do this by saying “yes” to more than just what you’re comfortable with.  Learn to stretch yourself.  You might be surprised by what you’re actually capable of.  Your confidence and understanding will grow, too, and you will end up giving yourself and the world more than anyone bargained for.
And when others are involved, under-promise and over-deliver on everything you do.  Supply far more than what’s required.

7.  Have the guts to communicate clearly, from the heart.

Communication is what connects us.  Start communicating clearly.  Don’t try to read other people’s minds, and don’t make other people try to read yours.  Speak up so people can understand you.  Most people have a very low tolerance for dealing with people they can’t understand.  Mystery does not fuel strong relationships and likeability.  You have to communicate honestly, straight from your heart… and that takes guts.

8.  Express your sincere appreciation to those who have earned it.

No matter how sure you are of someone’s appreciation and admiration, it’s always nice to be reminded of it.  So if you appreciate someone today, tell them.
Just because they are reliable and there when you need them, doesn't mean you should fail to give thanks and appreciation on a regular basis.  To value someone too lightly is to risk missing the depth of their goodness before they’re gone.

Chores are always better in the sunshine...

9.  Apologize when you know you should.

Take personal responsibility for your wrong doings.  If you know, for instance, that your actions or words have hurt someone, you must immediately admit your faults and face the reality of your actions.
An apology is the super glue of lasting relationships.  It can repair just about anything.  Never ruin a relationship or your reputation with an excuse, instead of simply apologizing.

10.  Take care of the one in the mirror.

If you want to be known for awakening happiness in the world around you, start by living a life that makes you happy, and then radiate your happiness outward.  If you want to be known for eliminating suffering in the world, start by eliminating the dark and negative parts of yourself, and then radiate your positivity outward.
Truly, the greatest power you have in this world is the power of your own self-transformation.  It starts with the one in the mirror.  Be the very best version of YOU, and the right people will be drawn to you.

The Country Web Women of Influence

If you're in need of a little inspiration this spring then look no further. The latest issue of The Country Web has the theme 'Women of Influence'. 

Cover image: The Country Web Number 59 Spring 2013

This issue celebrates the many roles women play both on a personal level and within our rural and regional communities. It celebrates daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers - women who inspire us through their own lives and who encourage us to live our lives to the full and to take an active role within our own 'circles'.

You'll find stories on high profile women such as Alison Page, Jessica Brown and Rebecca Sullivan as well as other inspirational women like Mary Slater from Walhallow and CWA State President Tanya Cameron.

There is a special 4-page pull-out on the 2013 NSW Rural Women's Gathering to be held at Scone from 25-27 October. It includes the program, workshop and tour descriptions and a registration form. This year you can also complete your registration online.

Here's a preview of some of the 'Women of Influence' profiles. To read the full version click on 'The Country Web' link above to download this issue:
  • Alison Page is a well-known artist, teacher and award winning designer. She is also the Executive Officer of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance - a group which supports elders to pass on cultural knowledge to young people. Alison has worked hard to get to where she is and is passionate about sharing her learning and knowledge with others.
  • Jessica Brown is the Founder and Chief Executive of Life Changing Experiences Foundation and its SISTER2Sister mentoring program, which has changed the lives of hundreds of young women across NSW. Through her work she is positively changing the lives of future generations by turning walls into bridges. Jessica was named the 2013 People's Choice Community Hero Woman of the Year.
  • Rebecca Sullivan - a self-taught cook who has worked with some of the world’s best producers, environmental academics, activists, chefs and restaurants. As an eco-agronomist, activist, sustainable food writer, urban farmer and entrepreneur Rebecca has worked on many a project any food lover would envy. One of Rebecca's latest projects Dirty Girl Kitchen is all about safeguarding 'granny skills'.
  • Tanya Cameron is the new State President of The Country Women's Association of New South Wales. She says she plans to approach future challenges with creative thinking, an open mind and frank discussion, maintaining the association's heritage, value and reputation.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

If you have a commitment and desire to make a real difference to your industry and community and want to develop your skills apply now for the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their primary industries and provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson is encouraging anyone with a commitment and desire to making a real difference to their industry and the community to nominate for Australia’s leading rural leadership award.

Glenmore House.

 What’s in it for you?
  • $10,000 to implement your idea or project;
  • skills and resources to develop your leadership skills;
  • enrolment in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course;
  • implementation of a 12 month leadership plan;
  • networking, media and PR opportunities; and
  • membership to the RWA Alumni.
The Award is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. It is a life changing experience that will link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.

Applications opened 1 August and close 31 October 2013.

Follow on Twitter: @RIRDCRuralWomen


Are you an up-and-coming designer?
Do you have a passion for agriculture and rural Australia?
Enter the Australian Young Farmer Challenge National Logo Competition and you could be inthe running to win $2,500.

The Royal Agricultural Society of the NSW (RAS), in conjunction with the Australian Council of Agricultural Societies (ACAS), is launching a competition to design the logo for the
Young Australians aged 18 - 35 are encouraged to put their design skills to the test to come
up with an engaging and creative logo that captures the heart and soul of rural life and
farming. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts with the winning design to appear on all
marketing collateral, signage and digital channels relating to the competition, nationally.
Entries close at 5pm, Friday 11 October, 2013 with the winner design to be 
announced on Friday 8 November, 2013.
More information, including the design brief and competition entry forms 
are available from: 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Connected Communities Project FREE information session/forum Dubbo

The Connected Communities Project
Presents a 2 hour information session and forum
Presented by Ann-Maree Hartley, Psychologist and Suicidologist.

Connected Communities Project Information Session and Brains...

When:        World Suicide Prevention Day, Tuesday 10 September 2013

Where: TAFE Fitzroy Street Campus, Dubbo

Time: Information session 6-7.15 pm followed by Community Forum and Brainstorm Session from 7.15-8 pm.

Cost: Free

Places limited so book early.

Search Begins For Next Generation Of Rural Leaders

Applications open for RAS Rural Achiever Award


The search for the next generation of Australia’s rural leaders has begun with applications now open for the 2013 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Award.
Celebrating 25 years of the RAS Rural Achiever Award in 2014, the program recognises and celebrates the positive contribution young people make to rural communities and the agricultural industry.
Eight finalists will be selected to participate in the 2014 Rural Achievers program. The 12-month program will provide a range of networking and professional development opportunities including: 

-          Participation in the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship Program.
-          Attendance at the 2014 RAS of the Commonwealth Biennial Conference and Next Gen                         Missions.
-          Behind-the-scenes experience at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show; official functions with              RAS Councilors and ASC representatives, cocktail reception at Government House, tours of                  NSW Parliament House and Rural Press Offices - home of program sponsor The Land                          newspaper.
-          Representing the RAS at Royal Shows around the country. 
All finalists will receive $2,000 in prize money, a 12-month RAS Membership and be outfitted in the latest country clothing from Akubra and Thomas Cook Clothing Co.
The RAS Rural Achiever Award is open to all residents of NSW aged between 20 and 29. Entries close Friday 11 October, 2013. To apply, please visit
For more information, please contact Jen Rogan (02) 9704 1294 or

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rural Proofing Australia – We all count!

In the lead up to the Federal Election, the NRWC is advocating for RURAL PROOFING.
What is Rural Proofing?

It is a process of checking the effect that all policies and programs could have on rural communities.  
It ensures that implementation strategies are practicable in rural areas and that the particular needs of people in rural areas are not overlooked and that policies/programs will not have an unintended negative impact on rural people. It is essentially a ‘rural impact’ statement.

The National Rural Women’s Coalition, in the lead up to the Federal Election is calling for greater consultation with rural, remote and regional communities and consideration of the needs and interests of rural people.
The 2013 National Rural Women’s Summit in February called for the ‘rural proofing’ of all future government policies and programs, a practice already successfully employed in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
The National Rural Women’s Coalition is calling on policy makers across government to ensure that rural people are consulted and that the needs and interests of rural people, communities, primary industries and businesses are properly considered in the development and implementation of all policies.

Read what NRWC want here

For Christ's Sake

Pope Francis, The Vatican: For Christ's Sake  Stop Sexual Abuse.... for good!

Pope Francis, The Vatican: For Christ's Sake Stop Sexual Abuse.... for good!