Just Trust

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I had an emotionally exhausting week last week. All because I {temporarily} lost trust in the flow of life. Trust that everything external is a perfect reflection of our internal reality.

I forgot that the only reality we can control is ourselves – our own thoughts and our own actions. When we try to control external circumstances we create inner turmoil trying to undertake the impossible.

When we focus on our inner environment, acting out of love for ourselves and for others, that is when we are most at peace.

That control we yearn is just a disguise for our lack of trust and acceptance of what is.

We’re afraid of situations, so we behave in ways to protect ourselves – and that very behavior is what the creates the reality of the very unease we were trying to protect ourselves from in the first place.

Stop resisting and controlling.

Just trust.

#lifesgood

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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That’s right — avocado for dessert and it certainly hits the spot! I understand you probably won’t believe me until you try this for yourself, so if you’re game, here is the super simple recipe:

  • 2 avocados
  • 3 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • small handful of cacao nibs

Blend the avocados, bananas, nectar and cacao powder until the mixture combines into a creamy mousse-like texture.

Remove the mixture from the blender and stir through the cacao nibs to add some crunch.

Voila!

Avocado, Cacao and Banana Mousse

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Like all mousses, this is quite rich to eat. The crunch of the cacao nibs through the mixture makes it just right to eat small portions on its own, otherwise it’s delicious mixed up with some chia pudding, berries and/or granola for extra crunch.

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Periscope: Making a Banana Smoothie

I’ve just started using Periscope, a live broadcasting app on the iPhone, which is a lot of fun. The broadcast remains in the archive for a day, but then they disappear. However, they do save to my iPhone’s camera roll so I decided to upload this morning’s broadcast to YouTube for keeps!

In this broadcast, I take you into my kitchen to show you how I make a banana smoothie. This doesn’t show the comments from the chat that I’m responding to at the start, so no, I’m not a crazy woman answering my own questions :)

LG x

Tiger’s Poker Night

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I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be involved in some incredible fundraising events thanks to WPT Foundation.

Next Saturday, May 15th, the WPT Foundation will once again hold Tiger’s Poker Night in Las Vegas — a special night of fundraising for the Tiger Woods Foundation while playing the game we love so much.

Last year was a lot of fun. I even got to chat on camera with Tiger Woods himself, as well as Mark Cuban, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.

If you’re interested in joining us this year, click this link.

LG x

The Power of Vulnerability

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It’s midnight here in LA with a lazy night to myself. I was just sitting on the couch with a glass of wine, watching one of my favourite authors, Brene Brown, being interviewed by my all-time fav, Oprah (#lifesgood), and out came one of the most golden quotes I’ve ever heard…

Vulnerability is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.

Stop being “brave” and covering up with blame and excuses. Show up with your arms uncrossed. Be seen. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and playing victim. All we ever need is a vulnerable discussion.

Contrary to how society has raised us, our greatest strength is in our vulnerability.

That is how we find peace in ourselves and in our relationships.

LG x

My Passion Project: Jooce Bar

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I am STOKED to share with you that over the past six months I have been quietly working with my family on a project that I am so passionate about — a juice bar in Australia’s tropical paradise of Palm Cove!

Jooce Bar: local and organic focused, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and raw vegan treats with a tropical FNQ twist.

I just returned to LA after a month in Palm Cove where I was in the most creative and aligned zone I’ve ever felt in my life. I surprised myself every single day. Combining all I have learned over the years in nutrition, marketing, decorating, artwork, relationships, customer service, business management, everything and anything – it’s all rolled into one here at Jooce Bar.

And best of all, it’s a project involving my entire family, Angel included. I couldn’t be more proud. Particularly of my brother who is the most driven person I know. Jooce Bar is located inside Jack & Shanan’s, my brother and his partner’s gelateria and creperie, fittingly named after my two beautiful nephews.

The above images are the before and after shots of Jooce Bar’s transformation within just a few weeks. The picture on there right is still a work in progress — the baskets under the palm tree will be loaded with fresh, locally grown coconuts, and the shelves will be loaded with fresh produce ready for juicing.

Here is a look around all of Jack & Shanan’s on one of our final days getting everything together for opening:

Lots more details to come!

LG x

An Interview with Lee Davy

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The poker world (and beyond) is blessed to have the work of Lee Davy grace our industry. He has a unique ability to latch people open and go deep. When you read an interview by Davy you can be sure it’s not just top-coating fluff. He sees people far beyond their facade and finds ways to reveal his subject’s truth. So, when he asked if I would spend some time chatting for the following interview, I was honored. And of course, it’s no surprise that it is my favourite interview yet and I am filled with gratitude for his incredibly kind words…

The Power of Lynn: WPT Anchor Gilmartin Happy, Confident and Shining

“Lynn Gilmartin is your archetypal strong, powerful and beautiful woman. 

Today, strength comes from within. It’s all about the heart, the mind and the soul.

A triumvirate of connections that can produce magic.

She can put a spell on you, that’s for sure. She imbues a confidence and happiness that’s infectious.

Talking to her for 45 minutes makes me want to climb a mountain, write a book, and offer my bed to the homeless guy drinking a can of Special Brew underneath the railway bridge.

Her success in the poker industry is not an accident. It’s the result of a series of opportunities that the universe has laid before her.

She has seen them. She has grasped them. She has felt the fear and thought “f**k it, I’m going to do it anyway.”

Talking to her I get the impression that she hasn’t even pushed the stick into second gear yet. When she does, watch her fly.”

Read full interview at Poker Listings.

LG x

My Fear of Acting I Didn’t Know Existed

Last week, I faced a huge fear that I have been carrying around for half of my life without having had a clue it was there.

I adored acting as a kid. However, I stopped in my early teens after convincing myself that it was time to focus on studying and getting a “real career”. So that I did — off to university I went, got my marketing degree, and kicked off my promising corporate career straight after graduation.

As life would have it (because we’re so driven by our unconscious desires) I managed to reroute and find my way back to performing (as a TV presenter) via my corporate career. I could sit in front of a camera all day and talk to it with ease, but for some bizarre reason I freak out when I can see my audience. Yes I know that is a common fear, but this is my job! You also couldn’t keep me off of the stage as a kid, so it has always baffled me why I would lock up with insecurity as an adult.

Recently, while chatting with friends during a trip back to Melbourne, I recalled “my most embarrassing moment” from when I was a young girl. I was in a small theatre show and I had slipped over on stage. It wasn’t just a small trip up… My costume was a sheet tied around me, which had come untied as I was running off the stage in my socks. My feet got caught under the sheet and I went flying in the air, landing on my butt in the middle of the stage. My insecure 13-year-old self was devastated with embarrassment. I can still hear the roaring of laughter from the older boys in the front row. 

It wasn’t until I had begun reminiscing that I realized this was actually the last time I had ever acted. I never admitted (nor realized) this was the reason why, but I never returned to my acting classes after that show. I even hid the tape recording when it arrived in the mail, adamant it never be seen.

I had completely turned my back on my passion out of shame, embarrassment, fear.

Once I connected that event with my fear of an audience, it all made sense.

With a helpful nudge of encouragement from Lilly Dawson, whom I will be forever grateful for, I ran toward that fear, “immersing” myself in acting for an intense week with Hollywood Immersive, and WOW I am feeling on top of the world right now.

Not only did I reignite my old passion, I had to perform in front of a small audience that I could see — every single day. And it felt AMAZING. I was petrified going in to the program, yet came out beaming with joy, pride and confidence.

Now, I’m officially a student at Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles!

Embracing a passion and/or fear has nothing to do with how good/bad we are at it, it’s all about how the experience of it makes us feel. If something is nagging at you, JUST GO AND DO IT.

It is liberating to continue to shed off my layers and learn about myself — an education from which we will never graduate. Question everything about yourself. It’s so much fun. ‪#‎lifesgood‬

 

LG x