A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R from Jo – Doing Is The Way

I love learning new things, new facts, new ideas, new concepts – anything new! I like to be introduced to the new stuff, mulling it over, holding it, considering it, discussing it, critiquing it, sharing it – there’s a curiosity and love of exploring and expanding that quenches my thirst. Intellectually that is. Anything physically…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Bring A Picnic

How many situations have you been in where you just keep cycling around and around, peddling the same words expecting this time round you’ll be heard, recognised, awarded the winner, the leader, the right-one, the best or whatever accolade or outcome you are seeking. In my vast (insert cheeky grin) experiences with these sorts of…
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L E T T E R from Jo – An Ode to Nature

I am in awe of Nature. All things about it I love. I come at it from a lay-persons view which means I don’t understand it in any deep scientific way, only through what I observe and experience. It hasn’t always been that way, my recognition and admiration have ebbed and flowed. My early years…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Just Do It

Have you ever been geared up to do something and just as you’re about to do it a teeny voice asks if you really should? I mean talk about an eleventh-hour intervention. As a sneaky over-thinker I get lured in… “Ooooh maybe that’s my intuition telling me not to do something – I really should…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Impress Thy Self

When was the last time you set out to impress yourself? I mean as the main event, the sole objective, not as a residual side effect or as the unintended consequence of impressing others… Just the thought, the very idea of setting the goal to impress myself by myself seems foreign, strange and yet there…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Tell It To Me Straight

I have a preference for direct and honest communication. I don’t have time to beat around the bush or make assumptions and take guesses – usually wrong, about what is being said. There’s nothing worse than the vibe of things left unsaid or half said or hidden within other things that are said. What I’m…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Only You

“Nothing is original.” This statement always triggers me to try and think up something that is truly original and believe me I really try hard to think of something, anything that is original from the very start. However, so far I have always failed and it reminds me again and again that we are building…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Rewire Me Please

There is an interesting dynamic that takes place between the mind and the heart and many factors determine which leads and which follows, this will be different for each of us. The weighting and leadership between these two (mind and heart) will pretty much determine our experience of the world. It is clear that our…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Leave Some Room

As an ex-Right Fighter, I know a thing or two about taking a position and holding on tight. Leaving no room for anything else at all – not your opinion, not your view, and don’t even say it, not even the chance I could be wrong *gasp*. Of course, being RIGHT is easily justified, for…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Shifting to an Internal Orientation

The lure of people pleasing is that it gives you a clear goal and a way forward. You literally do not have to think that much – just do what they want – actually you do what you think they want. It also has a nice little rosy tint to it… à la “I’m giving…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Embrace Your Creativity

I was listening to a podcast on my way to work the other day and it referenced that based on the current trajectory in a few years the majority of the workforce will be self-employed – #bestboss! Regardless of whether this will be our reality or not, the changing environment around us is increasingly becoming…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Enjoy the Unfurling

I love A-HA! moments – like that final piece of a giant puzzle clicking together and revealing all or a theatre curtain that only until fully raised do you appreciate the scene that is laid out in front of you. I love the accomplishment of these moments of realisation, things that had been fuzzy become…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Skin in the Right Game

I was kindly asked the other day, are you committed to this or are you just involved? Yikes, I had to pause and consider what they were actually asking me – what was the difference between commitment and involvement? And importantly what did I want to be? Like the rabbit, commitment is you are all…
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L E T T E R from Jo – It’s All About The Joy!

I’ll be honest I have not leapt in to the Marie Kondo approach to tidying but I have observed from the sidelines (likely because of the tidying) as there is something that feels so good about it that I couldn’t quite discern (likely because of the tidying). After witnessing my husband happily (dare I even…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Be More Like Coffee

It’s no secret that I love coffee. A most honoured daily ritual of joy – a hot, fresh cup of coffee enlivens all my senses and brings gentle contentment to my day (and also, I’m always much smarter after my coffee). There is a magic to coffee that goes beyond the functional and I am…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Doing It From The Heart

I’m a recipe follower – I need that recipe to tell me exactly what I’m meant to be doing, at least for the first time. After I’ve followed it once, I then relax a little and start to add my own flair (and when I say flair I mean different ingredients). My mother and sister…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Watering My Grass

How many times have I looked “over there” at the green grass wishing it was under my feet? Too many to count. The idea that I’d be great over there, all my dreams would come true if I was over there, I would be really successful over there, people would love me more over there,…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Moving Towards A Better Me

I love the forward motion that focusing on who you want to become creates. It puts yesterday firmly in its place, it anchors you to today but with a glittering eye on tomorrow – this is my kind of set up. It keeps me buoyed in knowing that any action has a course correction built…
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L E T T E R from Jo – The Struggle is Real

When I first heard this it gripped my heart with a big fat YES! Tomorrow is too much day for me – so wise that honey-obsessed bear! It was short-lived, because my brain got involved…“What exactly does this mean? What precisely was Winnie talking about here? How do you know what he is saying is…
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L E T T E R from Jo – Get Out of the Cul-de-sac

If you ever find yourself knee-deep in self-righteousness (Coo-ee!) or complaining/whining/elegantly demonstrating the shortcomings of others, situations or experiences (who me? looks over shoulder) this is the antidote. The good news is that you are the boss, the bad news is that you are the boss. Hang on – I have the power (Yass!) and…
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L E T T E R from Jo – My Expectation-Laden Day

Introducing Jo Simpson, The Broad Place’s new resident Integrated Meditation Teacher! Jo will be teaching in Sydney and in New Zealand all of this year. She’s a phenomenal teacher, and all round awesome human, with a fascinating background as an innovation director. Creative thinking has been her path for decades. She will be contributing a…
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