5 inspiring client stories, plus: I’m coming to London!


I rarely talk about my clients and their achievements… I really ought to do that more often!

Today, I want to publicly acknowledge and congratulate a couple of clients who are doing exceptional things in the world…





1. Victoria Jones — Victoria teaches women about every aspect of the female cycle. Growing her YouTube channel from 5,000 to 35,000 in the year we worked together, she walked out of her job at a cafe she had been working in the past 3 years, and took her business on the road last week: starting with Bali. She told me “letting go of that and going 100% full-time with FemmeHead was a huge step, and I owe so much of this to you. It’s slightly terrifying, but in such an exciting way“. I am so incredibly proud of the work she is doing in the world, and grateful to have been a small part of that.


2. Cherise Lily Nana — Cherise is an artist, a poet and a muse and yet her greatest work is teaching others how to discover their inner artist, too. Through her mentoring programs she empowers and inspires us to experience our full potential as a human on a journey through this life, channeled through the lens of art. When I asked Cherise what the biggest learning for her was when we worked together, she said “that the process of doing the work and taking leaps of faith — even when you feel it’s blind — is really the only way to develop your vision and turn ideas into real manifestations”. I believe that art will save our world, and am so grateful for Cherise making the creative process of self-expression available to everyone.


3. Aimee Croxon — When Aimee came to me she felt stuck and uncertain. She had just moved back in with her parents after a long stint of traveling, and started a new job, but it all left her feeling that something was out of alignment and missing. She thought she wanted to move somewhere more exciting and get a different job, but it just didn’t quite feel right. After 3 months working together, everything changed: she moved out into a house she loves, was promoted in her job to a role that gave her more creative freedom and more cash, and finally felt in-tune with her true self. She told me: “the biggest thing has been the intangible benefit of being able to trust that I know the right decision for myself and that the universe always has my back”.


4. Kirsty Targrass — I met Kirsty in Bali last year through a mutual friend when she was doing her Kundalini training. At the time, she simply had an inkling of a dream: to create a platform from which to share her spiritual teachings. Since then, she created a membership program called The Mystic Wanderer supporting women from around the world to bring their mystic gifts out into the world and harness them in a way that is tangible, useful and beautiful. Kirsty emailed me recently and said: “thank you for the direction and confidence to bring my dreams into reality”.


5. Kehlee Walsh — Stuck in a career that required her to be up most nights, that was squashing her self-esteem and making her feel worthless and lacking, Kehlee came to me looking for a way out. We worked through fear of making herself her priority, shone a light why she was blocking her ability to attract better opportunities, a kinder life and more money, and created a delicious exit-plan that she instigated and followed through on. Her words make me smile: “I have found the strength to radically change my life and live each day on my own terms. Friends and family have commented how genuinely happy and whole I seem, and I readily attribute so much of this to you and our time together”.


These are all women who simply decided to start making different choices. And those choices had an impact that changed their lives. It really is that easy.


If there are some changes you want to make, that feel important to you, you can do them.


It might take longer that you originally planned. It might require working with a mentor or asking for help. But, most importantly, it’s all possible.


If you’d like me to be a part of those changes in your life, check out my 1:1 mentoring details and book a free 30 minute introductory call with me to meet, talk about where you find yourself right now (stuck/scared/seeking direction and assurance) and the direction you want to go.





In the last week of April and first week of May I’ll be strolling through my favourite London-town haunts, as well as running a two-day workshop (more on that on my blog in a few weeks).


I have a little bit of free time while I’m there, and I thought this could be a really fun opportunity to work with someone (maybe you?) in a face-to-face setting.

So! If you’re a UK person, and you’d like to hire me, here’s what I’m proposing:


— 1 day face-to-face meeting in London @ your office, your home, a cool cafe or co-working space, whatever location is most convenient for you.


During this meeting, we can: outline your new online business, brainstorm a brand new offering or service that you want to bring into the world, map out a creative marketing plan for something BIG you believe in, create a bunch of fun and beautiful photographs of you and your work, review and spruce up your website, or any other creative/biz project that you want to focus on. We’ll spend about 5-6 hours together, I’ll treat you to lunch, and we’ll have a wonderful, productive time!


£350 GBP for this creative intensive.


If this sounds exciting to you… email me at studio@viendamaria.com and please tell me:


  • Which dates you potentially want.
  • Your preferred meeting location in London if you have one—otherwise, I’ll propose a few ideas.
  • How you’d like to pay: 1 installment or 2 installments.
  • The top 3 things/projects that you’d like to focus on while we’re working together.


The only thing you need to connect to your intuition.

The only thing you need to connect to your intuition.


The last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about truth. Although I’ve not been one to follow media and mainstream news, it has been hard to ignore in recent months, weeks, days…


We live with this huge influx of information from every direction telling us what to do, buy and believe, often conflicting. Our information bandwidth is being flooded to the point that there is no more room for it all, and even less space to make sense of it. A feeling of dread and overwhelm starts to invade the few moments of peace and lightness that we find in our days, and we begin to wonder what it all means.


What is really true?


When I sit with that question, I always return to this: intuition.


No matter how much information is flung at us at the rapid rates that we are receiving them — we can always return to intuition — that sensation or rush that just feels right.


Some people think of intuition as a mystical power. Skeptics write it off as a matter of lucky guesswork. But scientists who study intuition say it’s a very real ability and a direct reference to your own truth.


But how do you find that truth? How do you connect to your intuition?



The answer is not cerebral.


Instead, you use your body.


When our lives are filled with too much noise from every angle, the solution is to be guided from within.


In my early 20’s, I used to think that I could think my way out of every situation. I battled with all the voices in my head, much like I have been battling with the media in recent times. There were so many different thoughts to contend with, and I was never certain which one I could trust. 


I wrote, and wrote, and wrote about all the crazy conflicting thoughts that were taking up valuable space in my head, to make some kind of sense of it. Out of the many contenders for my attention, there was one that was a little quieter, more gentle and almost imperceptible. It came about as a feeling, rather than words.


Yet, often, it was the one that I questioned the most. 


I discovered, after many failed attempts to follow logic over feeling that those physical nudges were in fact my intuition. It was then that I devoted myself to living an intuitive life.



What I do when I’m afraid, and all I want is to feel secure and supported


It’s been a weird week…


I keep waking up in the middle of the night, my mind racing with all sorts of weird thoughts and stories. Most of them are things I’d really rather not think about, because they’re not useful for me. I’ve been practicing not to give those thoughts much attention. But sometimes they come up with some brilliant lessons.


(My astrologist-friend Danielle says that it’s because over the weekend 4 planets have been pushing on each other in the sky, which creates tension, and the tension prompts us to take action and change things, which funnily enough is exactly how diamonds are made: they form under pressure. What we are feeling and experiencing is a push for us to break up old patterns and also start something new.)


One of those brilliant diamond lessons has been a pattern that is transforming for me.


Since moving to Canada, I have been feeling quite  vulnerable, because I am putting my life, trust and future into something that feels totally out of my control. When I was a small child I learned that others, especially those closest to me, were unreliable. My papa was around only in spurts, and then died when I was 10 years old. My mama made some bad decisions in her own life (old patterns that she wasn’t able to transform) resulting in not being able to be there for me. I felt very alone in the world in some ways, and created coping mechanisms that protected me from feeling the hurt and pain of being disappointed and let down, when others couldn’t provide the kind of support that I needed and wanted.


I chose to travel the world and meet new people and live an exciting life, because not only did it fill my heart and give my expansive life experiences, but I could avoid the deep relationships that I feared would ultimately hurt me. I always had an exit route, and I was entirely dependent only on myself. It was easy, and free, and wonderful.


Moving to Canada has been bringing up all sort of insecurities.


Late last week I emailed a shipping company to organise shipping all of my things from around the world to one place, for the first time in my life. As I was doing that a part of me piped up and said:


What if things don’t work out here, with him. What are you going to do with all the things that you own?


I don’t own that many things, really. There are 6 boxes in storage in Australia, a bag with a friend in London, and another in LA. But they are my collection of little treasures from all over the world, from my entire life, and hold a significance in my heart. I also know that they are only things. But somehow, the act of moving them all to Canada feels so very meaningful, definitive and scary.


The fear that comes creeping in and wakes me at odd hours of the night comes from a pattern of feeling disappointed, sad and hurt when things don’t work out the way you think, and wish, and hope they will, with the people you love. Life is simply like that. Out of no fault of anyone, things can change, sometimes rapidly.


Fear asks me in the middle of the night:


What will you do, if it doesn’t work out… and you end up all alone, and stranded in a very cold country, with 6 boxes and 2 bags?


Fortunately, I’ve had lots of practice working through fears, unravelling patterns, overcoming the odds. It’s my forte, in fact.


In reply I say:


I know you fear, and we are friends. Thank you for trying to keep me safe, like a helicopter parent whose child is about to jump off a bridge. Don’t worry. I’ve got this.


The very first thing I do is I lean into my fear. The only way out, is through. I lean into my fear by fully feeling it; letting it wrap itself around my heart and squeeze me a little; threading its many little fears through the layers of my being. When I embrace fear, instead of resist it, there is nowhere else for fear to go, and fear dissipates. Fear requires reaction and resistance to feed on, to go on. When there is none, it dies.


The next thing I do is refocus. I ask myself the one and only question that ever really matters:


How do I want to feel?


My intuition is quick to reply my hearts desire:


I want to feel secure and supported.


So my next question is:


What do I need to do and how can I change in order to feel secure and supported.


Again, she is fast. This process has been well-practiced. She knows I listen to what she has to say:


Trust, without consternation. The opposite of fear is trust. Have faith that you are supported and everything that happens, no matter the outcome, is for your highest good. Seek out proof in the areas of life that you do feel secure and supported. Expand that feeling across the areas where old patterns grip your heart with fear. And finally: ask for what you need, with words, from those who can give it to you. Your ability to ask, and your capacity to receive are the only things that you truly need to feel secure and supported.


Those mid-night conversations that start with anxiety and tension running through my body, end with a happy, sweet relief, as my shoulders relax back into the cushions, just a few hours before it’s time to wake up.


It’s been a weird week…


But the process — the star-influenced tension that is breaking old patterns under pressure and creating diamonds — a new level of life experience, is worth the days of tiredness from interrupted sleep.


I know that many of you have been working through your own patterns and stubborn limitations these past few days. I hope that you’ve been a willing student, and have been able to see the brilliance that arises when you go through, instead of avoid whatever life is teaching you today.


If this is something you’d love some help and support with, I offer 1-on-1 mentoring for when you are on the cusp of big, bright, terrifying and wonderful change, but you don’t quite have enough tools or want to feel supported, as you navigate through it. It’s easy: book a free 30 minute intro call with me, and we can chat about where you find yourself, and if working together is right for both of us.



The Transition


Two and a half weeks have passed since we appeared in Canada on Christmas Eve Eve, unannounced. It was such a big surprise. The days that followed were a hazy dream of jet lag, sleepless nights and finding my way, and my space in this new place.


We are staying with Julien’s mama, while we decide where to settle in this big old land. Much of that depends on where Julien finds the work that he wants to do. His love for community, conservation, animals and nature are driving him to work for the government in BC somewhere. A part of me hopes we end up on Vancouver Island. Something about that place calls to me.


A part of me is wise enough to know that I must trust what comes, and learn and grow from it. For so long I have whimsically chosen places based on what I feel. Yet, I know I am being called to become stronger than that, and actually invest my energy into a place that might not measure up to my desires for open, like-minded folk and rolling oceans nearby, at first. To create the space instead of so easily step into it.


Everything is new and different and familiar and warm. Canada is having the coldest winter in memory, some days it’s down to -20°C, and there’s endless white and snow, as far as my eyes can see. I am told I am lucky to see it this way. It’s most beautiful when the world is covered in magical soft white powder. The alternative is brown, ugly slush as everything melts. I am not as adverse to the cold as I thought I would be. Everyone offers central heating and fire-places and kindness.


Julien’s papa took me snowshoeing on the 1st day of the year. I wasn’t so sure at first. It was really cold and the snowshoes were big and uncomfortable. I felt like an ungraceful yeti with a limp, trudging through the snow-covered pine trees. But after 15 minutes I started to feel warmer and opened my eyes to the pristine beauty that surrounded me and breathed in the crystal clear air. It really was magic. At the top of the mountain we met a group of fellow winter-enthusiasts in a little cabin. They spread out a picnic of crackers and cheese, hot chocolate and spiced rum, mandarins and corn chips, and encouraged us to join in, our little pink noses glistening with snot and snow. Those moments up there on the mountain left a warm glow around my heart.



Julien’s mama wrapped me up in a big hug the next day. I cried. I cry every time I think about it, including right now. I cried because I cannot remember ever receiving such nurturing, expansive, unconditional love from a mother figure. My own mother loves me deeply but has been unstable and emotionally unavailable for most of my life. I love and forgive her, and accepted a long time ago that she has her own journey and lessons to go through.


This loving contrast both warms and startles me. I want to receive it and be engulfed in it. I am also a little afraid of it. I know with time this will change. Maybe this is a mother-like relationship will help heal this part of my heart.


A few days later Julien to me to the riverside park to see the white swans and Canadian wild geese. They are so fun to watch, especially when the geese fly in to land and awkwardly stumble across the frozen water, slipping and sliding. I got too excited and too close, and they started chasing me thinking I had food for them. Julien laughed as I ran and slipped across the ice to safety, terrified by the idea that I might turn into bird food.


For Christmas he gave me an unlimited pass to hot yoga. I go every day, to move, stretch, sweat and defrost. It’s a big, warm studio, full of happy, smiling Canadians. It feels good to show up on my mat again everyday. When we were traveling through Asia, I rarely returned to my practice, mostly because I didn’t have a yoga mat, but maybe that was just an excuse. Every day the class I go to is different. Every day it seems that the classes are getting better. The 2 hours that I carve out for yoga every day are all mine. I love them.


Since the New Year, I’ve been finding my way back into my business. The first week was all about getting clear on the direction I want to take this year, reconnecting with some of my previous clients, and putting systems and processes in place, so things run efficiently and smoothly. It always surprises me how long that takes. Some of those planning structures I am sharing in my free video workshop on how to make 2017 the best imaginable. Over 100 enthusiastic folks have already signed up, leaving me so excited and grateful.


Vienda at workVienda at work


It is the best feeling, when you love your work. The beautiful tribe of women (and small handful of men) who have been enchanted by my words, offerings and vibes truly make my day, everyday, with their dedication to create a better world through their choices, beliefs, actions and work. My days are filled with supporting inspired folk to take their lives to a new vibrant level, whether it is an alignment that has to happen in their business, or a softening in the personal lives. Next to that I get to create beautiful things straight from my soul: marketing material, courses, classes, workshops. I am so blessed to have this job, and I also know how hard I worked on my beliefs and actions to create it. It’s always a balance of inner and outer work, when we want to create change and attract something new, better, more fulfilling, into our lives.


This year, I am increasing my exposure and stepping up to be seen in a whole new way. I bought myself a new Nikon D5300 with plans to take my photography skills up a notch. Photography has always soothed and filled my soul, and has been a large part of my business since the beginning. I am thrilled to taking it to a semi-pro level.


I have started doing a free Q&A style monthly Facebook Live mentoring session on the 1st Saturday PST of every month, where you can ask anything you like about anything. Here are some time zones, to make it easy:

SATURDAY 1pm PST (Los Angeles)
SATURDAY 4pm EST (New York)
SATURDAY 9pm GMT (London)
SUNDAY 8am AEDT (Sydney)

Join me on Facebook here.


I am currently looking for a graphic design intern to support my projects this year, and have recently added an amazing videographer and film editor to my team, to help with video content and classes that I am creating. I learned in the past year that I cannot do it all, and need to ask for help in some areas of my work (and life) if I want to fulfil the vision and lofty dreams I hold for myself.


Alongside my everlasting optimism and delight for all the creative potential that this year holds, I sometimes find myself with moments of doubt and anxiety. What if I don’t fill my mentoring spaces like I did last year? What if my courses and classes don’t match my launch hopes and goals? What if I don’t do all the things that I say I want to do? I know, from a few years of experience, that this is a normal thread for self-employed folk. When you literally create your own sense of security, it’s easy to sometimes feel overwhelmed and frightened by that kind of personal responsibility. In those moments I remind myself of 3 things:


  1. Patience and trust are my biggest allies, always and forever.
  2. I wouldn’t want to live any other way. (The alternative of working for someone else is impossible for me.)
  3. My real job is to guard my thoughts, take care of my health, and commit to vibing at a high level. This is what attracts the people, life and work that supports and fulfils me.


Every morning when I wake up, I look out the window to see a giant, snow-covered mountain shining back at me. Some days the sun is out and everything looks incredibly bright. On others I watch as the snow swirls around the trees and corners of the house, looking for a place to lay. I am starting to find my routine amongst those around me, often moving from kitchen with steaming cups of tea, to the fireplace to write and stay warm, to the little makeshift office space I created in a spare room for when I want privacy to speak with my clients.


Every day I receive a new note, or meet a new soul, welcoming me to my new home, people who I’ve never met before. People who know me better than I know them, because of the way I share myself and little pieces of my soul with you here. This ability to connect with you, with strangers, with potential friends, sparks my appreciation for the world we live in today. I can imagine I would feel much more lonely if there wasn’t a digital thread that connects us all. We live in a wonderful world. And I am so glad to be able to share it with you.



An entertaining carousel of articles, videos and inspired moments from the past year.

An entertaining carousel of articles, videos and inspired moments from the past year.


Often, when I find myself on Facebook, I’m there to complete a task. Sometimes, while I’m in the midst of doing the thing I’ve set out to do, from the corner of my eye I will spy something intriguing. To stay focused, and give myself the satisfaction of finding out what that thing is, I will save it, to watch or read at a later date.


This is a collection of the best things I have read, watched, seen and learned (in no particular order) over the past year, curated from my Facebook saves.


I hope they inspire, uplift and transform your view of the world, as much as they have mine.






“We grow every year and I cannot wait to see what kind of people we become at the end of this year.” This is the very beginning of a journey: a couple sell all of their belongings, quit their jobs in Toronto, buy a used van, take their dog, a suitcase each, some filming gear and off they go. A new adventure. A new chapter. Watch it here.


“I think we need to feel the pain of not being loved sometimes, and also how badly we wish this were not so.  Eventually, I really believe, not being loved becomes a side-effect of being really, terrifyingly, ourselves. At least it will feel that way, at first.  And that’s okay; love is not so much adoration as it is appreciation and allowing.  I would rather be free than liked.” Read it here.


You may not realise it at first, but this is what freedom is: “Put simply, it’s far too easy to waste our time, money and energy by not committing wholeheartedly to something important to us. But it’s our well-meaning 99 per cent effort that is exhausting. It consumes energy without producing results. It’s stressful. It makes us feel like a failure when we’re not – we just haven’t fully committed to something. Putting 99 per cent effort into things that matter in life means we are constantly falling short of our potential – and feeling bad about it. Read it here.




“You didn’t have good sex this year, and that’s because you and “Vanessa”, as you call her, haven’t been looking after each other. Your best orgasms “cum from” intimacy, and a tight pelvic floor. The gym is already helping with that second bit. As for the former? You’ll get there.” Sometimes the best New Year’s resolution is do not change. Read it here.


Alan Watts teaches us how to make life a magical process. “It’s the whole point of life.” Watch it here.


How witches could save the planet. But replace the word witch with woman. Essentially we are one and the same: mystical, powerful beyond measure, alluring, transforming, life-giving creatures. Read it here.


NASA Has Compiled a List of the Best Air-Cleaning Plants for Your Home. Read it here.


“Aspects of spiritual bypassing include exaggerated
 detachment, emotional numbing and repression, overemphasis on the positive, 
anger-phobia, blind or overly tolerant compassion, weak or too porous 
boundaries, lopsided development (cognitive intelligence often being far ahead
 of emotional and moral intelligence), debilitating judgment about one’s
 negativity or shadow side, devaluation of the personal relative to the
 spiritual, and delusions of having arrived at a higher level of being.” Read it here.


Because sometimes you just need to take your life back. Presenting the Newsfeed Eradicator for Facebook. Get it here.


50 things every woman should have by age 50. I love this list, and am happy to say and can place a big, fat, juicy tick besides most of these things. Read it here.




“You have to give up a sale in the beginning but you get all the sales in the end.” My main man Gary Vaynerchuck giving all the good advice on running a successful business, and doing the right thing. Watch it here.


As things get busier, I have to get more organised. Cue: Planoly, the beautiful Instagram scheduling tool that lets you upload images directly from the computer. Phew! This is going to be such a time-saving tool this year! Get it here.

A great book: Don’t get a Job, Make a Job – how to succeed as a creative graduate. Read it here.


“Stop asking the world for permission and being today to give the world notice. Become non-negotiable.” — Lisa Nichols. Watch it here.


To run a business, you have to value what you do. I love this video by one of my business mentors Marie Forleo, where she reiterates why that’s so important. Watch it here.


The DIRTY 30 COMMANDMENTS of Working for Yourself: How to Slay Like an Unf*ckwithable Boss. The title says it all. I keep coming back to this article over and over again. Read it here.


A great article on how to grow your Instagram following quickly and organically. I’ve been doing all these things, and it’s working! Read it here.


Influence is the new currency and it’s time to focus on your organic social media reach for the next year. Here’s how and why.




This short 11-minute video outlines what men want, but don’t ask for. It’s wonderful. Watch it here.


Leonard Cohen died, and left behind a legacy of love. Watch and read it here.


I love when people do love differently. When it’s real and unique and soulful. This beautiful wedding will make you want to run away and elope too. Watch it here.


Mark Manson nails it yet again with an article titled Maybe you don’t know what love is. Read it here.


Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, presenting a realistic case study for marriage and examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love. Watch it here.


The best relationship/friendship/people advice ever. (Plus it’s funny.) Watch it here.


When self-love gets real and lucid. Gala Darling talks about self-love is about taking action and taking responsibility for ourselves. I share her sentiments wholeheartedly. Watch it here.




My favourite article on money, that I read this year. 7 shocking truths that went into me making $18,000 this month via the internet. Read it here.


Sacred economics: “And we can see as society has become more monetized, that community has disappeared.
People long for it, but you can’t just have community as an add-on to a monetized life. You have to actually need each other.” Watch it here.


This is the year of money for me. I want to know allll the secrets… and this could be the biggest. Watch it here.


Ever wondered what it would look like, to make $5 million dollars in one week? No? Me neither… My imagination can’t even begin to fathom it. But this very pragmatic article sums up exactly how it might look. and it’s fascinating. Read it here.


And on that note, a very helpful article on how to create a million-dollar business. I keep going back to it, as I wait for my million-dollar idea. Read it here.




I keep saying it: we live in exciting times! But you have to prepare yourself for the changes ahead. Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening. And it makes me very, very happy. Read it here.


Timing is the one thing that we often forget to surrender to. This article is a gentle reminder that we are all exactly where we should be and that there’s no such thing as falling behind. Read it here.


The period poem. It’s really good. Watch it here.


“The new scarcity in the internet age is attention. Since there is a surplus of information, more information flowing through our society than any of us could ever hope to process or understand, the new bottleneck on our economy is attention. We now live in an attention-based economy.” Read it here.


A man records himself talking in his sleep, to hilarious and alarming results. Watch it here. (Very, very, very funny!)


From 12 Things About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Tell You: “Imagine accidentally getting pregnant at 16, then having to run past a barrage of anti-abortion protestors outside your local clinic, all holding up pictures of dead fetuses. We’re not dealing with this in a special, noble lady-way. We’re like, “THIS IS ALREADY A REALLY, REALLY SHIT DAY. I PRESUME YOUR CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN EXTENDS INTO A LIFE SPENT VOLUNTEERING IN CARE HOMES, FOSTERING AND DONATING YOUR WAGES TO THE NSPCC — AND DOESN’T SOLELY REST ON HARASSING AND ABUSING TEARFUL, POSSIBLY RAPED WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO GET A SAFE, LEGAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE SO THEY DON’T FUCK UP THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.” Here’s another thing we’re too embarrassed to say: we’d love it if a big bunch of pro-choice men turned up at these clinics, and helped escort the scared women in. That would be some top bro solidarity.” Read it here.


My boyfriend and I fast 1 day per week. I do it because I like to give my body a rest from the constant digesting it has to do all the time. He does it because it he finds it improves his gut health. And as it turns out, the benefits go beyond even that: it bolsters the brain, and improves body functions. Watch it here.


Who knew making delicious vegan cheese (perfect for my dairy intolerant boyfriend) could be so easy! Learn how and get the recipe here.


I’m really, really, really into medicinal mushrooms at the moment. “As a student of naturopathic medicine, I have been exposed to many different herbs, plants, foods, supplements, homeopathics, acupuncture points and other natural treatments that can help the body strengthen its natural ability to ward off external pathogens and maintain harmony in the body. Out of all these natural remedies, there is one branch of botanical medicine that I am drawn to above all others. I am obsessed with our fungi friends, the medicinal mushrooms.” Read it here.


This woman was a child sex slave from the age of 6, and is now telling her story. It’s fascinating, and horrifying. Watch it here.


Wow! I’ve just been educated. An article on lingam massage aka how to massage your man’s penis. Read it here.


A young woman poetically explains depression to her mother. It’s powerful and insightful. Watch it here.


Learn all about your lady-parts with this. Get it here.

Free video workshop [think: manifesting + intuition + planning] for creating the best year imaginable.


According to ancient and wise folklore, 2017 is the year that sets the tone for the 8 years that follow it. 


2017 bids us all to start something brand new, something that expresses our uniqueness, that uses our leadership abilities, that opens us to new perspectives. Now is the time to put our leadership abilities and unique talents to use in the greater world, to create a better, sweeter, kinder place, for all of us.


After what many felt was a heavy year full of growth, contrast, challenges, painful truths in 2016 we now have a chance to start fresh and have a new beginning.


The thing is: if you want the world to change, you have to change.


Every thought you think, every intention you set, and every plan you put in motion is a powerful conduit for the change you create in this world, placing you on the leading edge of your life.


I’d like to invite you to join me and 350+ enthusiastic folk who’ve done and loved the workshop so far, to take part in my free video workshop on how to use manifesting, intuition and planning to make the year ahead the best imaginable.


I will be sharing 11 key elements that I use on a daily basis to create a life and world that I love.


PLUS: I’m giving away free printable planner fills that I’ve had specially designed for you, and for me, to every single one of you. (You may remember my enchantment with Filofax planners from this article here. These fills are taking that to a whole new level!)


Don’t worry — it’s a do-it-in-your-own-time workshop — so even if you’re busy right now, you can sign up and do it when you have time.


You don’t need anything except an open heart and mind, big dreams and imagination, and a pen and printer to print the planner pages out.


Are you in?


Sign up and I will instantly email you a heart-centred, intuitively guided and inspired workshop for manifesting a great future, using practical planning tools in the form of ready-made planner fills, to make sense of what you are creating for this year (and the years ahead).


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Kind words from workshop students:


Loved your workshop soooo much Vienda!!! It has helped me immensely in gaining clarity over what I want to focus on and achieve this year, as well as allowing me space to dream that everything I desire CAN happen! Thanks so much for putting so much of your time and love into it. You looked absolutely gorgeous too!Kate, Australia



Just watched your workshop video (finally!) – LOVED it! Just what I needed to get my butt in gear. I keep saying I’m going to do all these things but haven’t gotten around to writing them down because I was trying to create my own template. The planner fills just saved me hours and now I can spend those hours filling them out!Teresa, Canada



I absolutely LOVED your planning workshop. I’ve been sharing your concepts with friends and my own clients (of course quoting you!) and it has made such a difference to me. You make me feel as though freedom of time and an abundant business can coexist and is possible. I wanted to let you know how impactful that one workshop was and not just what you said or taught but all of the inspiration that sparked through me because of it.Mish, Australia



I loved your 1 hour workshop, beauty! Thank you! I really loved your money manifesting/abundance tip! I create capsule wardrobes too… and our non-negotiable are the same! It was just such a joy to listen to. xoxoxKatie, UK



So ahh, I just went and ordered a planner! Totally looking forward to the focus and clarity I want it to bring. Thanks for your always beautiful and (what I love most) simple and easy way of doing things. xAinslie, Australia



Wow Vienda! This is so amazing and I am so grateful! I know I will work with this a lot. You are truly an angel!!!Anna, Germany 



I just got a chance to watch your video workshop (it had been queuing for a few weeks), OMG so good, and so relevant to me right now as I am totally obsessed with my planner/journal. I took a whole heap of ideas from what you said and showed throughout the video and have now incorporated them into my daily/weekly/monthly processes. Thank You!!Ame, Australia



Thank you so much for your free workshop! (And also for your new moon & full moon journaling guides). So many great things have happened since I started journaling properly and everything just seems to fall into place, for example I worked in a really shit job (my boss was the worst) and when I felt like something needed to change and I set the intention to be more confident in my work and believe in myself and just quit I got called into HR literally like 2 days afterwards and they offered me a cancellation agreement (I can now stay at home for 4 months but still get paid!). Thank you for making me more aware of my own power and of my own self. Even now that I know I don’t have a new job yet I don’t panic because I know the Universe will guide me to a better job, maybe also in a different place, who knows?! Anyways, thanks again for all of your hard work, it is really appreciated.Jessica, Germany



I watched it this morning, taking notes throughout and I feel so energized and inspired!! So helpful. Thank you.Melissa, USA



They are the best planner inserts, thank you!!! I just adored all the advice you gave in the workshop too! I was so excited to pick up the inserts from my printer guy in Bali, although he hole punched some of the pages wrong (oops!) so going back today. My planner is black and white and it was so cool that I could choose any colour paper to get them printed onBelinda, Bali



VIENDA! I began my day with my supercharged rituals and felt called to sit and watch your new workshop – make 2017 the best imaginable – and I am SO GRATEFUL for you beautiful guidance, your positive, strong, trusting energy that you share and the truth and clarity you offer us that read/watch/listen to your content. SO much appreciation. I feel really clear about what I will create this year and also reminded how I naturally contribute and show up for myself and others. Thank you thank you thank you!  — Emily, Australia



Another miracle to add to my day!Stacey, UK



Darling, you are a pure delight to watch! Magical – yes! You’ve inspired me no end with this ever-so-generous workshop. We share so many values and ideas. I’m current working on my 33 capsule too. Big shift for me, but I’m excited! Thank you again.Catherine, Australia



I watched the workshop today, I really liked it, especially the part about the days of the week according to astrology! I always felt that monday was my quiet day!Alessia, Italy



Thank you for your gorgeous workshop.  I’ve gone through it and I intend to go through it again!  And I’ll be off to find me a planner this weekend. :)Amy, Australia


The BIG Surprise


He had been planning it for nine months: we would arrive in Kamloops, Canada on Christmas Eve, and surprise his family. The trap had been set. Julien posted fake flight itineraries on Facebook, made plans for the next year with friends, and persistently urged me not to mention our plans to a soul.


The day before Christmas eve, we boarded our final flight to complete our 6 month rendezvous around Southeast Asia. Saigon to Vancouver, via Taipei. It was the ending to one world, and the beginning of a new one, for both of us. Full of anticipation, excitement and nerves, plus the tiredness that only 22 hours of travel can bring, we separated on the way through immigration, and met up on the other side to collect our bags.


As we walked through customs, I was pulled aside. Please go this way. I was gestured towards the interrogation room. Oh no, I thought and looked at Julien saying, I have to go this way, and followed the line towards one of the officers. I want to make sure she gets through, I hear Julien come in behind me.


I am waved forward towards a stereotypical tough-butch-lesbian-type lady, who asks me to place my bags on the counter. She starts asking me questions. Where did you fly from? Why are you here? How long are you staying? Whom are you staying with? How do you know these people? For a moment I feel like a criminal who has been caught, and imagine that’s how refugees must feel. My hands are clammy and my heart is beating just that little bit faster. She opens every bag I own to look through my things.


From the corner of my eye I see Julien speaking to another customs officer, who comes over. When did you move to Australia? I reply: 1986 or 87 I think. I’m tired and my brain can’t seem to focus. I pray I answered all the questions correctly. Everything I say is truth, but for some reason I feel guilty.


The male customs officer looks over my things and then pulls my tough lady to the side and whispers something. She comes back to me. Why didn’t you tell me you were traveling with someone? she barks. I’m scared. You didn’t ask, I reply. Was I supposed to mention that? She calls Julien over and tells me to pack up my things. And then guides us to the exit. Enjoy your time in Canada; and welcome home! She nods to each of us. I am so relieved I could cry.


This is only the start so I pull my emotions together, and breathe in deeply.



We walk out towards the doors. Julien drops everything and just keeps walking until he is outside. What are you doing? I call after him confused. I see him outside taking big gulps of air. He comes back. I couldn’t stop myself! I just had to go outside and breathe the fresh air of home. I smile. I think it’s so special that he loves and appreciates his home country so much. There’s a part of me that wishes I felt that way too. About any place. Maybe one day, I will that way about Canada too. Maybe this country will adopt me, and I will take it into my heart, and hold it close forever.


We go outside together to hunt out his Papa’s car, and watch it drive up, the condensation from our breath and the engines around us filling the cold air. My job is to film the moment of embrace when Julien and his dad see each other again for the first time in 2 years. At the crucial moment an Indian couple run into my bag and knock my arm, making me miss the first moments of embrace. I manage to get the last few seconds of it. His papa’s girlfriend slides out of the passenger seat, we all introduce one another, loading the bags into the car, and head off toward the mountains.


It’s a four-hour drive, and already late, so we take a break at a pub. I look around and notice that Canadians are exactly as I imagined: big, friendly plaid-wearing giants. I ask for a cup of tea (very non-Canadian) and they have nachos and beer.


At two in the morning we roll into Kamloops, and I am given a middle-of-the-night tour. We get to Julien’s papa’s home, and quietly sneak inside with our bags, tiptoeing as to not make a sound. One of his brothers is asleep downstairs, and he doesn’t know we are here. We melt into bed with relief and tiredness, hands and feet wrapping themselves around one another, exhaustion diving us into a soundless sleep.



It’s 10.30am when we wake up. The brother is awake downstairs, and we decide to lure him into our bedroom under the guise of a Christmas present waiting for him. Julien messages him on Facebook, filled with anticipation, as we wait in silence and I hold the camera ready, listening for his footsteps.


The expression on his face as he opens the door is priceless. Brother-love. It’s magic.



We potter the day away. I wrap all the presents we collected over the past few months and place them under the tree. Jetlag is starting to set in as the final parcel almost has me on my knees. Julien goes out to pick up groceries in a disguise, just in case he runs into someone he knows, wearing my scarf, sunglasses and a tea cozy on his head. He looks ridiculous. It all makes me smile.

That evening, it’s Christmas eve and we drink and eat and wait for the other brother to arrive, to surprise him. We hear his ride, and scamper to the bedroom to hide. After a few minutes, we sneak out and I start filming as Julien rounds the corner to greet his baby brother. The reaction is hilarious: he is one part surprise and happy, and two parts pissed that this secret had been kept from him. Everyone laughed.

We stay up late chatting with one last surprise to do in the morning: Mama.




It’s Christmas morning. Julien wakes up early, too excited to sleep. The rest of us stumble out of bed around 10. Papa makes us eggs benedict for breakfast and we exchange presents and talk about our plans for the day. We prepare to head to Julien’s Mama’s house, the two brothers sit in the front of the car, Julien and I in the back, ready to get out a few doors down so she doesn’t see us.


We are dropped off, and wait, listening to the stillness echoing off the snow all around us, as the boys go inside and wait. Slowly we sneak up to the front door, ducking our heads so no one can see us through the windows. I hold the camera ready to record, as Julien rings the door bell. I hold my breath as we hear footsteps, and the door opens. A few seconds later, I hear a squeal and swing around so I can see the door. Julien’s Mama has tears and a look of disbelief in her eyes. The reunited embrace and I am doing everything I can to hold myself and the camera steady from the avalanche of emotions coursing around this tiny bubble of Earth in that moment.


You can watch the video of our big Christmas surprise here:

Our big Christmas surprise was something out of movies and story books. There is nothing more heartening than the overflowing tenderness, deep affection and connection that I witnessed over these few days, and has been generously shared with me. Love really is all there is. And that’s why I know everything is going to be ok.

Happy and merry everything folks.

4 ways to change your money story. (And have lots more of it!)

4 ways to change your money story. (And have lots more of it!)


Two things have collided in my mind since I last wrote you a proper update. One is the way we engage with the world is directly related to how we feel. The other is how money is such a perfect example of exactly that.


Since I felt sad about the inequality in Cambodia, we’ve wandered through Laos, and then onwards to Vietnam. Three days enthusiastically exploring Hanoi through the thick pollution and smog, left me with a cold I haven’t been able to kick since, that’s given me plenty of time to think. My friend Tara Bliss recently wrote a beautiful article on re-writing your money story, that further inspired my thoughts.


It all started with a conversation. My friend asked me:


How have you been able to travel around South East Asia for the past 6 months?


She wanted to know how it was financially feasible.


I told her that I had saved over $18,000, so I knew that I could. Also, I was working on the road.


I know what it feels like, when you really badly want to do something, but it feels like money is the only thing that’s holding you back. I think I felt that way, most of my life. I was so tired of money dictating what I could and couldn’t do with my life.


Until 2 years ago, when I started to change my money story. And I recognised that it wasn’t money that dictated my life. But the power I was giving it, and the powerlessness I offered myself, in a cowardly attempt to not take responsibility for my role as powerful money attractor and distributor.


I exceedingly want to find myself in a space of knowing — at a cellular level — that I am supposed to have everything I want.


Living in a culture and amongst people who steadfastly proclaim that life is filled with financial lack and shortcoming is no easy feat.


I want to — without fear or resistance — be strong enough to openly receive the spectacularly large sums of money that I am calling in to my life, and have the courageous groundedness to use them to do good in this world. Because generosity is one of my strongest yearnings, and you can’t give, what you don’t have.


These desires mean that I have had to re-create my relationship with money from one based on fear, overwhelm and avoidance, to one based on love, respect and embrace. This is an ever-evolving journey for me.


Here are 4 ways I’ve changed my relationship with money, that have allowed me to abundantly support myself, and travel the world.


1. Most of us are scared of money, avoid it and let it control our lives. When we take our power back, take responsibility and wield money with love and attention, everything changes.

I grew up in a very traditional European household, believing that money is something that men control and manage. I was never given any tools to handle money. I spent what I earned, and that was it. It wasn’t until I started my own business, that I had to face up to the fact that money was something I was going to have to deal with. And it was scary.


The very first step I took was to create several savings accounts with special names: Self-love, Business-love, Home-Sweet-Home, and Travel and I put 10-20% of my earnings in those accounts every month. It started off at 10% and as I earned more I made it 20%. I lived off what was left. Once I decided to own my role as a money-maker and actually managed my finances and looked it every day, we started to become friends, and it flowed into my life more easily.


2. Saving money is a spiritual and self-love practice.

We are sold by lots of new-age material that we should “treat” ourselves and buy things even if we don’t have the money in our accounts, and to trust that the money is there. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a backup cushion to support you. Living week to week is not a healthy solution. I’ve been there, I know what kind of stress that puts on the nervous system, and it is not good. Make saving a priority: for self-love, for your future, for expansion. It will serve you well.


And make room for magic: make plans to do those things that are potentially out of budget and ask and trust the universe to come meet you by bringing the money for the experiences your way. It works and it’s amazing (without dipping into your savings). I didn’t have any savings at all when I first met my handsome love. He taught me to treat my income more wisely.  I used to “gift” myself all the time: expensive meals, clothes, things that made me feel good. And now, while I still do that, I do it more aware of what is balance for me. I put a lot more emphasis on savings than I used to.


I used to just be like “Oh, the money will come” and it always does but it feels so good when you hold some of it close to support you in a longer-term vision. It took me a while to understand that and put it into practice.


3. Clean up your “desirability” bs.

You deserve everything. Whatever you want, you deserve it. It’s yours. There’s not room for questioning your self-worth if you want to be an empowered money-maker. It’s something I’m learning and it’s taking some time. Most of my life I was fed all sorts of stories and limited beliefs like: People with money are powerful and evil; Money brings out the worst in people; You only get money if you work really, really back-breakingly hard (or if you’ve tricked someone out of it). Concepts like those make money seem like the bad guy: definitely something you wouldn’t want to trust or have a relationship with! And that’s just some of them. My mum had some serious issues around money, if you can’t already tell! And it’s taking some time to identify and release those imbedded beliefs. I’m getting pretty close to being clear of them, which is really exciting.


4. Become really good at saying “yes” and receiving.

Most of us are great at asking, but awful at receiving. This needs to change because if the money comes but your doors aren’t open: your loss. The place to start is with small things: gratefully receive all compliments, gifts, offers for help, support, kindness. Receiving is a muscle that needs to be worked. Use it so you can make space for what you want. I teach a lot on receiving in my manifesting course. In it I share a story about how I was offered $1,000 when I really needed it, and I said “no” because it didn’t arrive in the way that I thought it should. Isn’t that crazy?!! I have definitely learned my lesson since, yet I still have to practice saying yes and receiving.


I’m always working on my money story and it’s exciting when I see the changes being reflected in my ability to earn, attract and give away more money. Money seems to be a hot topic right now, which means we are all changing, expanding and growing in this area which is so important for women right now.


And that sounds like very good news to me.


Photo: Eyes of Love Photography