The love of your life.

tic-tac-toe-1777859_960_720Why do we tend to stroll through our lives appearing to be half asleep?

We say we want love in our lives, but mostly we shut ourselves off from it.

Walls are formed around our hearts in the hope of keeping out hurt, disappointments and pain, but in the end, we are merely hurting ourselves by not embracing that one elusive thing.., true and passionate love.

I am not talking about ripping your clothes off passion, (although that may come in to it) I am talking about allowing another in to your soul and sharing every aspect of what can be the most exhilarating experience of your life.

The stuff you see in the movies does exist in real life, but first you need to be open to receive. Yes, there is every chance that you may get hurt, but this is also what makes it worth the risk. We have emotions for a reason; to embrace them and experience them, to grow and learn from them. Our negative emotions and fears are just as real as our positive emotions and desires. Hiding from them, blocking or denying them can be unhealthy indeed. The trick is to acknowledge them, accept them and embrace them. Once you do this, you are able to control them.

As children we feel so much, we embrace everything and then we grow up. We become responsible adults and forget about ‘living’. Living is first and foremost, in my mind, about love and not just the surface kind of love. I am talking deep, unbridled passionate love, the kind we all want but are too damn scared to allow in.

When we are children we barrel ahead with a sense of awe in everything around us, we throw everything we have at our chosen subject and if rejected, lost or broken, we throw everything we have at that also. As we grow up, we are told to stop being so emotional; eventually we shut down. We shut down a vital part of ourselves and proceed throughout the rest of our lives cautious and timid and barely existing.

We are not here to be unfeeling sheltered robots; we are here to feel everything, to embrace everything and to soar beyond the depths of our human limitations. We are not simply flesh and blood, we are life, death, soul and essence, we are energy and vivacity and we should be devouring life and those around us. We should be allowing our hearts to fully open and fold around the things and the people we love.

We have the strength to endure anything, yet we may spend our lifetime only giving and receiving what we deem as acceptable love in small portions, possibly missing the point of life completely.., LOVE.

With love always,

Michelle xxx


Life and love and all that stuff…

Life is a sequence of choices to make and decisions made.

Life is a very simple lady but we sometimes make her difficult.

Having a crystal ball or a time machine is a wish that has crossed many minds, but the truth of the matter is.., everything happens for a reason.

Sometimes it is your reason, sometimes it is not, but there is always a reason. More than likely, you may never know what that reason is.

Often the heart wants what the heart wants, regardless of whether it is good for us, and regardless of whether it is for a long time or a brief moment.

We must, for our own peace of mind, learn to accept life as it is; appreciate everything for what it is, and savour every moment with an honest and open heart. Remember to love as much as you can, but love yourself first and foremost.

Everything always works out the way it should.

It may not be as you wished for or expected, but it is the way it should be.

With love always,

Michelle xx




A happy place!

Wow, time flies, we are now in to March and I have to say things are ticking along nicely. Our Author part of the ‘family’ is slowly growing and I must say.., Authors truly are a delightful bunch of people. I have met so many over the past two years and feel very honoured to call some of these gorgeous people my dearest friends!

I would go as far to say that they are a species all of their own, they have huge hearts, cheery dispositions, they are more often than not ever so helpful and genuinely make you smile on the inside. When you spend time with Authors they envelope you in their warmth and time just slips away. Spending time with these individuals is most often a highlight of my day.

That’s not to say our Artists are anything but wonderful because let’s face it, creatives of any kind are sunny people. People who follow their passions, make for interesting conversation and at times can teleport you in to a world of imagination much like when you were a child.

I am so very privileged to be able to spend my days surrounded by the wondrous talents of these people every day. Their amazing creations are all around me, they visit me often and that makes me feel very special indeed.

So to all of the creative people out there.., keep on being you and making this world the beautiful place it truly is.

With love,

Michelle xx

Valentine’s Day


Wow time flies, whether you are busy or not. It seems to me that time is zipping by, one blink and all of a sudden we are approaching Valentine’s Day. And.., February is a short month so let’s make the most of. Let’s laugh and hug a lot, eat the chocolate (not too much) and take time out for ourselves. I know a wonderful Gallery in the Perth Hills where you will find many treasures to spoil yourself or a loved one. Wink, wink!

Do you celebrate Valentines Day? I have to admit, when I was younger I was never one for the mushy stuff. When I was younger going out on a dinner date actually made me cringe or laugh nervously, whichever came first. I have been known to laugh when a guy has whispered those three little words, “I love you”. I know it’s cruel but I did apologise and smooth things over. I never had a problem with expressing myself, I simply felt ‘weird’ when someone chose to profess their love to me. Looking back it really was in my teens and my twenties where I would find the romantic stuff a little too much and run a mile. The first time my partner said I love you, eighteen years ago, I laughed and replied, “I’m what? I’m colourful?” But, to this day, we still hold hands, cuddle and snuggle together, kiss and laugh and always say I love you. I guess it was about meeting ‘the one’. Saying I love you is as easy as breathing now.

Do you give gifts on Valentine’s Day? Are you the romantic type who plans well in advance or do you remember at the last minute and think, ‘Shit, I better grab some flowers or chocolates on the way home’? Valentine’s is a day I have never really embraced, I much prefer to be spontaneous and buy a gift because I feel like it, not because it’s a special day. I have always preferred to be the bearer of gifts rather than the receiver as I do love to spoil people.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s or not, I hope the day is a special one for you in whatever way you choose. If you are married or in a relationship then may you be spoilt and may you enjoy being spoilt. May you spoil yourself if you are single because who else knows you better? May the month of February bring you all the joy you can handle, may it be kind and generous to you and your loved ones and may you be happy!

Be kind to yourself first and foremost because when you are kind to yourself you are naturally kind to others and may they be kind to you!

With love always,

Michelle xx

The Festive Season


Whether you celebrate Christmas for religious reasons or for the kids and family, whether you do nothing or have an extravaganza, I am hoping that this ‘silly season’ is good to you all?

I see this time of the year as a time to relax, take stock of the past twelve months and relax some more, whilst enjoying time with my family. This past year has been a whirlwind and I am looking forward to switching off, using my sauna, getting stuck in to my TBR (to be read) pile of books, painting our ‘coffee van’ and most importantly, writing. I wonder if ten days is enough time as I have two ‘books’ I want finished? The characters are stuck in their previous positions and getting a little agitated. It’s like having imaginary friends that won’t leave you in peace.

The past two weeks have kept me preoccupied with finishing off loose ends at the Gallery and now I am simply going to ‘wing’ it for Christmas this year! I plan for no stress, lots of salads and fruit, very few presents and what ever will be will be.

From myself and my family, to you and yours.., we wish you a very Merry Christmas with lots of love and laughter.

Be safe, be kind and most importantly be good to you!

With love,





We are all complex yet so simple. We have many layers and some wear many masks. Nobody knows why we are the way we are except us ourselves. Don’t judge, don’t assume, don’t ask; if a person wants you to know they will tell you. Look beyond the surface to see the true beauty and the real essence of another. Look beyond stereotypes, look beyond first impressions, look beyond yourself and your perceived ideals; it can be uplifting and very rewarding. Learn to accept others for who they are and allow them to do the same for you. Don’t be afraid to show love and compassion. And be honest! Be honest with yourself and others. It’s not about what you say.., it’s about how you say it. We all try to be so much more but the trick is in knowing that we are enough, right here, right now, always!

Michelle xx

Make time for you!


When was the last time you stopped and took five minutes for yourself? When was the last time you spoilt yourself? I hear you say.., ‘I don’t have the time’. You actually do, it’s a matter of reshuffling your day to fit it in. Try getting up half an hour earlier each day, it can be one of the best things you have done in a while. Make your lunch for work the night before and instead of waiting in line to buy lunch use those extra minutes to relax and enjoy the lunch that you took the time to make, savour the taste and appreciate this act of kindness towards yourself. Maybe enjoy a few minutes of fresh air (if possible), take those few extra minutes and clear your mind. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, allow your thoughts to slow down, take one thing from your day so far, something that made you smile, and focus on that.., feeling better already?

In this fast-paced world we now live in, it is so easy to forget to make time for the most important person in your life.., YOU! There are a zillion different techniques that you can use to slow down and relax but the trick is to try lots of different ways until you find the perfect relaxation technique for you. Focusing on our breathing is always the first step and may just be the only thing you need. It helps you find your ‘centre’ and slow down enough for your mind to rest, even if only briefly. Your mind, your body and maybe your family will thank you for it.

Friday’s at Just Add Passion Gallery are super special as we have Carina in-house ready to treat you to some of that well deserved pampering. Yes, that’s right, an Art Gallery where not only the Art makes you feel good. Carina is a gentle and nurturing soul, qualified for reflexology – massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. Also meditation – a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content. Plus the ever popular full body or back massage.

Carina is always delightful to be around and will treat you to something special. And for an extra bonus Carina also does Tarot. She is not here to tell you that you will win the lottery, go on a holiday and meet the love of your life (or maybe she will). Carina uses the Tarot to tell you what’s happening to you now, to help you deal with any issues you may have, to help highlight those aspects of your life you may not be fully aware of at the moment. She can determine what influences are acting on you, what conscious and/or subconscious control you are exerting on your life, and how these various factors may manifest in the future. Carina will put particular emphasis on any blocks you are currently experiencing, help you to act more effectively in your current situation, and find simple solutions for dealing with those parts of your life you are possibly neglecting.

So what will you be doing on Friday’s? Can’t do a Friday?.. make a booking and we will endeavour to work around you.

Smile and always take care of you!

With love,

Michelle xx.