Do you want the good news or the bad news?

13 July 2013
Unfortunately I've just cancelled the workshops in Samford, Long Jetty, Mudgee and Lismore. There were not enough bookings to go ahead in any of the locations. I had a few emails from people saying they'd love to come but couldn't afford it, and others complaining they were too expensive, so I'll do a breakdown for you. We have to cover the event with public liability insurance (not cheap), we pay for the venue, catering for lunch, morning tea, continued refreshments during the day, accommodation, travel and the ingredients to make laundry liquid and natural soap, which participants take home with them. We also want to earn a small amount for the time and effort we put in. With the travel involved, most of the workshops take four days of our time, as well as the time it takes to organise them. While I think $195 is a lot of money, I think it gave value for money. Certainly, the Blackheath workshops were a great success and I had no complaints from the ladies who attended them.

I am passionate about spreading the word about simple living to as many people as I can. We have lost so many life skills and some of us need to put the time in to help others learn, or re-learn, them. When I have a chance, I'll sit down and work out a new model. If we cut out the catering we'll lower the price. If you have any ideas about this, please email me.

That was the bad news, now for the good news.

I'm about to start writing more books for Penguin. I haven't signed the contract yet but I know what I'm doing now. There will be a series of six, low-priced ebooks, for sale internationally, about simple living and the main activities we all deal with on a daily basis. I'm working on them now. When the ebooks are finished, I'll start work on another print book. It's a topic close to my heart and something all of us will go through, unless we die first. Ageing. This will be a book for everyone who wants to live to their full potential, who wants to prepare for older life on a low budget and who wants to remain as independent and active as possible, long into older age.

There is such a celebration of youth in our culture, and while there is nothing wrong with that, youth doesn't last long. If we live a full life, we're only young for a short time. As life unfolds, there are so many things to interest us. Instead of trying to look and act younger, it's much better to embrace the person you are, to accept the passage of time and realise that age is only one small part of what defines us. I feel happy to be still here and privileged to have a voice that some listen to. It is up to those of us who are in that position to lead the way, wrinkles and all.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.