New Years Day 2018 and the year of Courage


From me to everyone. Happy always and in the spirit of new beginnings

“We will open the journal. The pages are blank. We are going to put the words on them ourselves.”  My journal is called Courage and its first chapter is New Years Day


According to this article in Huffington Post and every leadership coach I know journaling is the latest scientifically proven therapy for Happiness. 

There’s a strong connection between happiness and mindfulness. Journaling brings you into that state of mindfulness; past frustrations and future anxieties lose their edge in the present moment.  It calls a wandering mind to attention, from passivity to actively engaging with your thoughts.

Journaling often includes your dreams and ambitions, yet the idea that scribbled words can help achieve goals is understandably fanciful. But consider building a house without a blueprint. That makes more sense.

and its good Brain Food 

Writing goals signals to your brain “this is important.” Your reticular activating system (RAS) then flags relevant opportunities and tools to achieve that goal. More detailed goals provide a psychological blueprint, and increases the likelihood of achieving them.

There’s a unique relationship between the hand and brain, sparked by the composition of thoughts and ideas. Words are representations of ideas; the formation of letters and causes the mind to compose or re-compose ideas while journaling. This strengthens previously covered information and forces you to engage in cognitive recall.

and its good for your Heart 

Being able to get on the same page with someone is a mark of emotional intelligence, and allows for a much deeper connection. Journaling is an outlet for processing emotions and increases self-awareness. This internal familiarity becomes a bridge of empathy, you’ll better intuit and understand what others are experiencing.

 and inspires you to clean your House

Setting time aside to write, whether morning or evening, is an act of discipline. And discipline begets discipline. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. And habits formed in one area of life have a tendency to spread; as keeping your office clean leads to keeping the bedroom tidy, your daily practice of writing will domino onto other healthy habits.


and its good for your Soul 

Expressive writing is a route to healing — emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Dr. James Pennebaker, author of  Writing to Heal has seen improved immune function in participants of writing exercises. Stress often comes from emotional blockages, and overthinking hypotheticals. He explains, “When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.” And in doing so, you free yourself from mentally being tangled in traumas. Studies have also shown that the emotional release from journaling lowers anxiety, stress, and induces better sleep.

and sparks your Creativity

Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” has become the panacea for unlocking creativity amongst anyone and everyone. Our struggle isn’t whether we’re creative, it’s how to let it flow. Her powerful tool is simply to write without thinking — “stream of consciousness” writing. Beyond overcoming writer’s block, stream of consciousness writing brings out thoughts and ideas you never knew you had in you, and loosens up your expressive muscles. She recommends three pages, done first thing in the morning. Including even one page as part of your journaling will get your creative juices flowing.

and builds your Self-Confidence

Journaling about a positive experience allows your brain to relive it. And reaffirms your abilities when the ugly head of self-doubt appears. The release of endorphins and dopamine will boost your self-esteem and mood. These reflections can become a catalog of personal achievements that you continue to go back to.

As you work to incorporate journaling into your life, remember the elephant is best eaten one bite at a time. Patience and consistency are crucial in forming new habits. Begin writing perhaps three days a week, first thing in the morning or before sleeping.

Look forward to you sharing with me what your 2018 journal is called.


HT to Edith Lovejoy Pierce for giving me the opportunity to paraphrase her words

Champions do extra

My early morning Christmas 2017 read is “Legacy”  – What the All Blacks Can Teach us About Business and Life. ‘Legacy’ is also a tribute to the Maori culture of “unite and inspire” The author is Kerr James and the book is very powerful.

Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to what the next ten years of my life looks like. I have made a commitment to myself to focus on what I love.

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I am making a list of my top ten priorities, getting clarity on what makes me happy and what truly lights my fire. I am tapping into the wisdom and support of my special friends. That list has grown this year and I look forward to it expanding in 2018.  I know they will help me to “stand fearless”

Find a group of people

I love this quote from the book

‘ Champions do extra- There are no crowds lining the extra mile.’ On the extra mile, we are on our own: just us and the road, just us and the blank sheet of paper, just us and the challenge we’ve set ourself. It’s the work we do behind closed doors that makes the difference out on the field of play, in whichever field we compete, whether we’re in a team, leading a business or just leading our life.

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Ht to Doug Vivian for recommending this book and a special shoutout to my A Team


Crying out for leadership – Time for merit based decisions.

I don’t personally know any of Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet but highly confident there are more more women in Canberra than this cabinet acknowledges that are qualified and committed to being the leaders we all wish our politicians were
‘Turnbull has elevated just two women this time and one of them, Bridget McKenzie, purely because she is the new Nationals deputy leader. Her portfolio of sport, rural health and regional communications is barely cabinet level.
Once again, competent women such as Julia Banks, Nicolle Flint, and Sarah Henderson must wait, having been overlooked in a Coalition that says quotas on gender are anathema, but defends trashing the merit principle on just about any other grounds.
Turnbull called his line-up diverse. Perverse would be more accurate.’
It will be very interesting to see what cabinet looks like when Bridget McKenize heads up the National Party – some real diversity we all hope 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light


Ever been in that position where your heart was in the right place, but things just didn’t turn out the way you envisioned and you just cant stop wondering where it all went wrong

Growing up my mother was very sick and as the eldest I was given a lot of responsibility and I had a lot of responsibility.

After the HSC and I got my results I was off to Sydney to Uni so fast I didn’t give a thought to what would happen when I was gone and some wheels did fall off.

It was a wakeup call. I had lived with these people for eighteen years, we were connected by DNA, our incredible resilience and we always looked out for each. Yet it had become very clear we were a team with no real emotional connection. Nobody said let’s sit down and talk about what happens when Lynne isn’t here anymore more.

From that day forward, I prided myself on identifying the vulnerable, the fragile people with potential to thrive in the right environment.

I found these people jobs. I surrounded them with all these phenomenal people who could mentor them. Often, they did thrive but there were people who thought I did all of this because I was disappointed in them.

Its taken me a lot time to realise that I had taken them on a journey to help them fix their problems without them identifying they had a problem in the first place (and just maybe they didn’t)

Maybe it was me I was disappointed in. I was the vulnerable, fragile one. It was time to surround myself with all those wonderful people I had found for others

It was time to start my journey to help me thrive.

To help me do this I have walls in my house that make me smile



and walls that make me sad but i know resilience requires a fierce determination to focus on the positives

Imagine if we all reached out in our times of darkness, to those special people we have surrounded ourselves with, how much we could light up each others worlds

Acknowledgment – ‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light’ is a quote from Helen Keller




Want to be an agriculture sector game-changer. Apply Now


Passionate about Climate Action and want to work with some of the big achievers and strategists in the agriculture sector

Then here is the a HUGE opportunity for you


Are you a producer in Victoria? Committed to sustainability? Passionate about the long-term prosperity of the agricultural sector?

Farmers for Climate Action invites leading Victorian farmers and other producers to apply to join a new Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship in Victoria.

We’re looking for people with the potential to change the game, shape opinion and policy, and help agriculture and rural communities manage climate risks and prosper in a low-carbon world.

We’ll give 20 Fellows the training, as well as ongoing support and encouragement, to promote climate-smart agriculture. The CSA Fellowship kicks off with a three-day masterclass in Seymour, 19–22 February 2018.

The masterclass gives CSA Fellows the chance to:

  • Strengthen their grasp on climate science and policy, and discuss what these mean for agriculture and rural communities in Victoria.
  • Explore examples of cutting-edge mitigation and agricultural adaptation strategies, supporting farmers and rural communities to deal with climate change risk and uncertainty, and take up opportunities.
  • Learn from and talk directly to leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners—as well as each other.
  • Develop skills in media and communications, advocacy, community organising, and project planning.
  • Become part of a new, mutually supportive Fellowship that will grow in years to come.

Applications to the Masterclass close 5:00 p.m., Friday, 15 December 2017.

We know that three days is a lot to ask, so Farmers for Climate Action will cover the costs of attendance, but places are limited to 20.

Want to know more? Know someone who might be interested? Keen to apply? More information, including selection criteria, can be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Corey Watts, FCA Victorian Coordinator


February 19, 2018 at 5pm – February 22, 2018


Seymour, Victoria


Corey Watts, FCA Victorian Coordinator


M: 0428 000 037


Superwoman saves stunned mullet


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Yesterday I attended an excellent events management course run by Sydney Uni Centre for Continuing Education. I was reminded very quickly when I left that I am very good at designing and delivering events but definitely need a crisis management person on my team

I certainly was impressed by those skills in the other driver in my car accident on my way home. Wow I am sitting there like a stunned mullet, found I couldn’t get out of the car without risking damage to my hamstring and this lady went into overdrive ensuring all of us were safe. Thank you, Superwoman Leanne.

To be super woman takes strength

Back to the Events Management course. Since being involved in the Kreative Koalas pilot I have made a number of changes to my waste management habits and am more proactive about encouraging others to join me

Yesterday the course was held in what is probably a four-star hotel close to the uni. The venue was handling our waste with the usual big bin and a plastic liner that we would be lucky (or unlucky for landfill) to fill 10% of.

I very quietly went up to hotel staff person and asked him if we could have another small bin for recyclables. Talked about stunned mullets – he looked at me like I was from Mars

The thing that seemed to concern him the most was what the “recyclables bin” would look like and whether it would need a sign. I said we are only a small group I think you could just make a small announcement and as responsible waste management was part of the course it would be a very good look for the hotel

In the end no bin appeared, and the guy looked very sheepish every time he caught my eye

Having spent quite a bit of my year doing change management courses I ruminated quite a bit on how I could have helped empower him to make that small change and still thinking about it when I am not thinking about my beautiful little car that is no longer driveable and hoping that everyone has a Leanne in their lives

Calling all farmers wives

This post appeared on The Land’s Facebook page.

Calling all farmers wives!
Are you new to life on the land? Or perhaps these days you’re an old hand? Either way, we want to hear from you. We want to know what you have to deal with on a day to day basis. Your funny stories, the crazy things that have happened, the first time you had to do something.
We’d love to hear your story in 250 words (and with a picture). If you’re happy to share, please email

I would love to hear from so called “Farmers Wives’ Does the language in this request make you seethe, are you nonchalant about it, should we take to the streets and burn our bras, should we send in our funny stories and our pix, or should we laugh it off as 18th century archaic thinking

I asked Dr Google for Farmers Wife images and there were some very saucy ones which I wont show here

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Paris and Nicole represented us like this

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Cooking images are popular


There is even a prayer where we thank God for our husbands and pray that God will make us good partnersFarmers wife

and then there are the romantic images

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There were also plenty of images of women clearly playing a hands on role in the fields

Even Barbie is a farmer these days

Love this feedback from dairy farmer Leah Parrish

Not sure I ever looked quite like Nicole or Paris, I love the prayer & I don’t have a problem with being called a farmers wife. I’d say I love it more today than I ever have but the road has not been easy. I could post many pics, some romantic, some beautiful, some very unglamorous & some tragic & I could tell many stories to match but for me I’d rather just post a beautiful picture of what I love🌞


and no shortage of comments on The Land’s Facebook page 

The Heroes of #AgDay

I am a proud 6th generation agriculturalist and yesterday was Australia’s inaugural AgDay 

As it happened I had a #agvocacy previous engagement that filled my head space on the day.  Twenty four hours later I used Twitter as my catch-up vehicle

Nice to see this tweet from Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth captured the hearts and minds of the Twitterverse

Anika #AgDay.JPG I was keen to see who was leveraging #AgDay differently beyond the #thankafarmer mindset.

Must admit I wasn’t too surprised to see the Farmers for Climate Action team featuring front and centre in the press that changes the conversation

Well done Charlie Prell – The Heroic Farmer Sticking It To The Government, One Wind Turbine At A Time  

On AgDay 2017 you and Costa were my heroes

Costa Georgiadis spoke at The Archibull Prize 2017 Grand Champion Awards. He reached out and spoke to every child in the room. He touched each and everyone of us with his love for the planet, his respect for all the people who come together to ensure we are clothed and fed and his support for youth – the voices of the future

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Do you know the 12 key people who can fast track your success?


When you go on a big adventure, it may be a very long and windy journey that may not always be fun, and you know the destination is worth the pain and the joy, the key to success is the support team you surround yourself with

Justine Garner’s ‘Its who you know – How a Network of 12 key people can Fast-Track your Success’ is a great resource in helping you identify your team

You will find a diverse group of people will join you on the journey. There will be the hands-on people, the people with big hearts who share you vision and put their hands up to sail the boat with you. There will be equally important people who get on and off the boat depending on how much support you need at that time and their life journey commitments. There will be the people who cheer you from the shore.

Then there are the people who see you a free ride to their destination. When you wake up to this fact, there will be the “good riddance” brigade.

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Then there will be the one’s that shock you. You feel hurt, betrayed even and you spend far too much time ruminating on how and why it all went wrong. Its easy to lump these people into  the Machiavellian basket but more often than not they don’t see how much they have hurt you.Its important to wish them well and raise a glass of champagne to the loyal and highly valued crew that gently remind you.

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination

and if there is any one who thinks this post is “pot kettle black” I am truly sorry if I hurt you


May we all have the strength 

Connecting Vegans and Farmers for Meaningful Conversations.

Imagine a space where people opposed to modern livestock farming, vegans and farmers could have transparent and respectful conversations.

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Such a space has been proposed to me by a vegan who has been reading and commenting on my blog for a number of years as well as contacting me by email with questions about modern dairy farming

Graeme has proposed that he set up and help moderate a Facebook page that is tentatively called Connecting Vegans and Farmers for Meaningful Conversations.

In Graeme’s words here is some background and insights

In recent discussion with some folk who live on farms, I’ve noticed a couple of interesting things.

Firstly, some people have some rather weird ideas about what veganism means in food terms. Secondly, many of them feel very upset and frustrated by what they see as unfair and uninformed attacks on their livelihoods.

And lastly, there is a widening gap between many people who are adopting “veganism” and farmers.

Now, I am still implacably opposed to much of modern livestock farming, but equally I think we absolutely need and depend on farmers. I have no answer to the basic conundrum of how to have an Australia that doesn’t farm animals while also having an Australia where our rural sector thrives. Maybe it isn’t possible.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, I am interested in doing a sort of experiment. I am thinking of creating a Facebook group for both farmers/rural folk and vegans to participate. I am also not necessarily proposing that it be purely a “vegan” thing, as I am very partial to ‘reducetarianism’ philosophy  as well

The aim is not to change people’s views, I want people to be able to share ideas, thoughts, philosophies and develop a mutual respect for each other’s values and opinions

 Farmers might post photos of their farms, vegans might post favourite recipes.

Questions can be asked, and answers offered from all sides. People may share their ideas about their perceptions of the “rights or wrongs of things”.

I acknowledge the fundamental problem in doing this. To overcome this, I would like a couple of moderators from both sides of the fence to help manage discussions that could get out of hand.

The  Vegan Healthy Living group I mentioned to you once before has been great. We talk about stuff, share ideas, and do not shame or abuse anyone. And there are plenty of non-vegans in it.

I floated this idea on the Vegan Healthy Living page and received generally encouraging responses. One lady said “I’d love to learn more about farming in Australia from Australian farmers, both animal farmers and crop farmers. I think that would really inform my ethical choices and conversations with others.”  I also got supportive words from a director of Vegan Australia, so I think the group would attract enough vegans to provide input and info. It would also be open to all members of the community to join too

What do you think? Would you, or anyone you know, be likely to join? Or even be a moderate?

PS, I had this rather thought-provoking comment on my page today from a young bloke who I think lives on a dairy farm. Good words from a very young fellow.

“I don’t think any of us are angry, I’d say we’re more passionate and frustrated because out of the blue there’s all these people coming out saying that Dairy is bad that we rape cows, that we kidnap their calves, that we conduct bestiality with our cows. It’s a strange feeling when your whole way of life is being ridiculed by people who have no to little experience on how a farm works today, things may have been different 30+ years ago (I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t around). But the thing is if you go to a farm and see how it works you may have a better understanding of what we are all about”

Personally I think the idea has significant merit and I have seen many Facebook pages where people do respect each others differing opinions with some interesting outcomes. What do you think?