Alana DeukettAlana Deukett is one of those sweet, calm types that when you meet, you feel instantly at ease with, but don't let her gentle nature fool you. Alana has guts, determination and a back bone strong enough to withstand the toughest challenges and countless set backs in a foreign country with completely contrasting cultural attitudes and values to her own. This is a woman on a very important, passion fuelled mission. Soul Sister Circle chats to her about the birth of Luludu, taking chances and keeping the faith.

Eleanor Roosevelt For many months now I have had this sense that the Spring Equinox (23rd September) was going to be an important date for Soul Sister Circle. I meditated on it, sat with pen at the ready waiting for the inspiration to come through thinking it would mark another luxurious Soul Sister Gathering but when nothing came to me I made the assumption that, this time, my gut feeling meant nothing.
Lesson 1: Gut feelings never mean nothing!
Over the past few weeks I have been extremely busy with seemingly back-to-back personal and professional commitments. I have worked tirelessly on the Soul Sister Circle website and time has flown by without so much as a thought about the impending Equinox. As I dutifully went about my work the days turned into weeks, the weeks into months and I was completely oblivious to the divine influences at play in my business. When everything seemed to be going against me and progress on the Soul Sister Circle website had all but stopped, I reminded myself of this simple little matra:

Everything in divine time

I had to embrace the idea that life was playing out exactly as it was meant to and trust that all the delays, hurdles and issues were in perfect alignment with a universal plan.
Lesson 2: Trust
Well my sisters, today is the 23rd September, also know as Spring Equinox, and it marks a very special day for Soul Sister Circle.

SIS_Bec Van Leeuwen A Colgate smile and wide open arms. This is how I would describe Bec Van Leeuwen, Founder and lady in charge of Soul Sister Circle. Anyone who has attended one of Soul Sister Circle's soul nourishing events would remember that ecstatic grin and the welcoming embrace they received from Bec on entering the room. This woman is a bundle of love and one hell of an inspiration!

IndieMy daughter is 20 months old today and it has dawned on me that despite her apparent lack of life experience, she is actually much, much wiser than I previously gave her credit. Today, while I busied myself with emails, errands, business development, laundry and shopping, Indie was content to explore her world, in the present moment. As I rushed my way through my to-do list, I realised that most of the items on the list involved thinking about and/or planning for the future. I sent emails to set up appointments that will happen in the future. I worked on my business plan that will help expand Soul Sister Circle in the future, which will ultimately earn me the money I require to pay for things in the future. Indie on the other hand, spent her entire day living in the here and now. She delighted in exploring in the garden, waving palm fronds around and walking with fresh blades of green grass passing between her toes. She was ecstatic when Sundae, our dog came bounding toward her for a taste of her milk arrowroot biscuit. And right now she is completely consumed by feeling of peas being squished between her finger tips.

By Meg O'Sullivan Life can seem pretty damn monotonous sometimes. If you are working the 9 till 5, following the same routine everyday it's not uncommon for your existence to seem, well,... like an endless drudgery. Annual holidays abroad may help you to escape this sense of captivity. But such freedom usually proves to be fleeting, as the return to routine invites a new bout of monotony. [caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Image by Sonja Langford via Image by Sonja Langford via[/caption] We live life making plans, following routines and setting schedules. As a consequence our days can begin to meld into one. Life can get to feeling a little dull.  However, often our society calls for such routines and plans. And although we all like to think we'd love to scrap our schedule and live life in the flow, as human beings we crave certainty. So quitting your money-makin' day job and proclaiming a life of freedom and adventure isn't always what it's cracked up to be. So the question on every 9 till 5er's lips...

By Tahlee Rouillon [caption id="attachment_602" align="aligncenter" width="640"]photo credit: Moeko Munaretto via photopin cc photo credit: Moeko Munaretto via photopin cc[/caption] There’s a rising happening. There’s a surge of inspired leaders who are recognising we need a new world order. We need community, collaboration, connection. We need each one of us to be fulfilled and inspired. Our very survival depends on it. So you have this feeling inside too. A tender, trepidatious sensation. A calling. This yearning to follow those electric prompts of the heart. Perhaps you are right on the precipice of leaping into following your callings. Or perhaps you’re not sure exactly what it is you want to do. Deciphering your callings usually start with the questions: Where do your thoughts wander when you’re daydreaming? What fascinates you? Where are the sparks of inspiration flying? But no matter where you are on the callings spectrum - to really be of service, you also need to ask:

Where is the love coming from?

Beáta is like a beautiful ray of sunshine beaming her love down onto the earth and warming the hearts of everyone she meets. It was divine guidance that led Soul Sister Circle to discover this powerhouse of compassion, wisdom, support and love living in Sydney Australia and boy-oh-boy, are we grateful for the many blessings that she has brought to our community. Beáta is a noted teacher, workshop facilitator, shamanic & energetic healer, ceremonial leader and speaker. She has an intuitive gift for assisting individuals through deep transformation and facilitates private sessions, classes, workshops, national and international retreats and has featured at major events, festivals and conferences as a guest speaker.

It's hard to find the words to describe this über talented, down-to-earth, creative dynamo. Kristy Lee Hague exudes this certain charm that invites you in and makes you feel... wonderful. Her natural beauty, wicked sense of honour, zest for life and obvious raw talent is inspiring, and yet Kristy has this unassuming quality about her... Like she is oblivious to how gorgeous and truly talented she is. Soul Sister Circle chats to Kristy about life, inspiration and following your passion.

Tara Castellan_hs Creative, inspired and curious. These are three words I would use to describe Tara Castellan. Oh wait, and hilarious. This girl never fails to make me laugh-out-loud. Residing in Sydney, Australia, Tara has worked successfully in the fashion industry for more than 16 years and her career has seen her work with a wide range of labels including Missoni, Vanessa Bruno, See by Chloe, Mezi, Herve Leger and Diane Von Furstenberg, to homeware/beauty labels such as MOR, Aesop, Eva Solo, Alessi and Marimekko. In this interview with Soul Sister Circle, Tara talks about her love affair with fashion, dealing with haters and learning to trust.

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