Common Sense Cooking – Matchsticks

You can make matchsticks anytime you have left over puff pastry. Depending on how you fill them, they can range from slightly sweet to very sweet. They are a quick and easy dessert for family dinners or special occasions and … Continue reading

Sole Survivor – John Cochran – Shines

I remember watching the finale of survivor 2013 in May and being amazed at the transformation I had witnessed in winner John Cochran. He had gone from being someone who couldn’t leave his apartment because he suffered such severe anxiety attacks to the million dollar victor.

ImageSo, how does someone go from zero to hero?

Firstly, John was never a zero. But that was the way he perceived himself. In Today Entertainment he was quoted as saying “”I got to focus on the game this time instead of how I’m perceived. … I’m kind of speechless. Accepting my eccentricities as just part of me instead of an embarrassment … I’m proud of who I am!”

John stopped focusing on how others saw him. And when he began to appreciate his own unique combination of attributes as strengths, rather than weaknesses, he excelled.

At the time I was sitting at home, in my lounge room, thinking about the manuscript I had written. My book had exactly that message: “You can overcome whatever is going on around you if you believe in the light that lives within you”. But the truth is, I was scared of stepping off the cliff into the unknown world of self publishing.

When John spoke those words, it gave me the kick in the pants I needed. I felt the universe saying to me “see the difference your message can make”. I knew John had not read my book. But I also knew there was a whole world of kids out there just like he used to be. Steeped in self doubt, feeling different, isolated and alone.

My book “Shine” has now been published by Balboa Press. I hope that it’s empowering, self affirming message will help all children understand that different can be brilliant. It’s all about how you see yourself. And John Cochran is an amazing example of this!

Shine launched this month!

Shine launched this month!

Justine Edward has released her first children’s book this month through Balboa Press. Inspired and illustrated by 7 year old Karl Gabriel who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. His beautiful crayon drawings give life to the book’s message –

“You can overcome whatever is going on around you if you believe in the light that lives within you”