For Australia: Help with Your Heart

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Houses burning! Koalas and kangaroos fleeing for their life, begging for water, Australia is suffering and its time we do something

As usual, on my Sunday morning, I was scrolling through my Instagram when I came across this post from Instagrammer @Kelter123

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I don’t know about you or how all of this news in Australia is affecting you but for me, it breaks my heart. I put down my phone and cried and cried. I feel so helpless. I feel like there is nothing I can do. I feel like I am way over here in America and the relief I normally could offer can’t be done like I usually do. Then what can I do!!!??? Once I stopped crying, I reposted the Instagram post on Facebook and in one of my groups. Then I decided to write this article to post here and in a couple other places online in hopes that by raising awareness and spreading the message, links and aids that people realize that it takes a village and we are all in this together.

Some of you may be callused and tell me “Why am I crying? I am not the one suffering.” You are right. I am not the one suffering. That does not mean I don’t care. Some of you may say “Australia is not my problem.” You have a right to that opinion. However, I disagree with you. I am a starfish saver. (Read the Starfish Story to understand) One person can make a difference. I have always thought that and know it to be true. I believe it even more so seeing the impact and difference Greta Thurnburg made in ONE YEAR!

I also have a different view of things because of my two recent battles with cancer (2016-2017) (2019). What if people said, ” I don’t have cancer, why should I care?” Luckily for me, they did care and helped out and brought me food and took me to chemo. I also see life differently. You hear this a lot in cancer patients. I see it all the time. We see life as more precious than we did before. I see this now. To be honest, I don’t know that I ever really thought about Australia before. I do know one thing, I know and truly care about Austalia and all the world a lot more now. I care about a lot of things more than I used to.

We are in this world together. You may think that what happens on the other side of the world does not affect us, but it does. There are two theories I believe that support this.

One is The Ripple Effect. One thing does relate to the other. Life creates a ripple and that ripple continues on. I believe this happens in our world as well. It is called the Ripple Effect.

ripple effect is a situation in which, like ripples expanding across the water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally.


I believe how we act, interact and what we do or don’t do about and for Australia matters and thus will create a positive ripple effect if we react positively.

The second is The Butterfly Effect.

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministicnonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The butterfly effect is most familiar in terms of weather; it can easily be demonstrated in standard weather prediction models, for example. The climate scientists James Annan and William Connolley explain that chaos is important in the development of weather prediction methods; models are sensitive to initial conditions. They add the caveat: “Of course the existence of an unknown butterfly flapping its wings has no direct bearing on weather forecasts since it will take far too long for such a small perturbation to grow to a significant size, and we have many more immediate uncertainties to worry about. So the direct impact of this phenomenon on weather prediction is often somewhat wrong. 


As I was searching around for more answers I had a hunch I was not the only one to feel this way and I happened upon this user who also felt the same way about the fires in Australia affecting us.

Wonder what the Butterfly effect of [this] will be. We all know the chaos theory butterfly effect of if a butterfly flaps its wings, well. Certainly less chaos at play with a large fire on this scale and its global impact.

Climate change affects us all and I can’t recall a year without some disaster of fire/flooding/eruptions or other weather/climate related effect of extreme that indirectly affects us all. The climate does not know about country borders, and any solution equally needs to be a borderless approach by all.

I know we have the UN, but its remit is so broad in many respects and the political bureaucracy that entails, slows and distracts from issues like this that any response is never timely or as you would expect.

Imagine if globally we didn’t have country pride and ego’s in the way when it came to dealing with such disasters. After all, whilst this is a fire in Australia, the effects will in various forms, be felt by all across the globe. Alas not as directly accountable as people like and hard to measure, but it will have an impact.

After all, if a butterfly wing flap can cause a storm across the other side of the globe – then I’d say fire the size of a small country is going to have a much larger impact and with less chaotic uncertainty about it.

The sad thing is, if the climate was a weapon owned by one country, you can bet the rest of the World would have got its act together. After all, we have NATO for dealing with a far lower threat, indeed, if firefighting had a military sized budget – there would be no fires.

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Oddly, this is the only user I could find who thought this way or should I say who spoke openly online that I could find anyway. I agree with him imagine if we didn’t have a country ego in the way? The last paragraph really was profound to me “…if the climate was a weapon owned by one country, you can bet the rest of the World would have got its act together.”

The reality is this…there will be an impact. You can deny it, you can say it won’t affect us in America or wherever you are, but it will. One thing DOES affect the other. We are in a new year, this is a new decade, let us make a better world before we have no world left to fight for!

I gathered some information below for you from some other resources. Citations and links below…

Please find it in your heart to do something for Australia. They need you. The world needs you.

(If any group or organization wants me to write further articles or anything…please reach out to me if there is more I can do)

I was tagged by a friend for any crafters that want to help…

Do you knit, crochet or sew?
Would you be interested in making pouches, nests, wraps, onesies, sweaters, mittens & bird boxes for the animals affected by the fires in Australia?

Let me hook you up with patterns!
More patterns can be found in the files of this FB page –

Please share & Thank you

The mailing address to send your items to us:
Dani Lloyd-Prichard
31 Albert Street
Warners Bay
NSW Australia

How you can help

A number of organizations and volunteer services are aiding in the firefighting and recovery efforts for affected communities. Whether you want to help the firefighting organizations, wildlife or just provide somewhere to sleep, you can find a ton of handy links and information below:

Above information from:

This information is broke down a bit different but some of the information is the same:

How to help evacuees

  • Donate to the Australian Red Cross, which is supporting thousands of people in evacuation and recovery centers across the country. Local residents can volunteer their services.
  • Donate to the Salvation Army Australia, which is providing meals and support to evacuees and first responders in multiple locations.
  • Extra room in your home? Offer to host people in need of emergency housing on AirBnB.
  • Donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is helping evacuated families recover. The organization is providing food and clothing, helping cover bills, and donating household items to those whose homes have been destroyed.
  • Donate food, funds or services to Foodbank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia.
  • Donate to a GoFundMe dedicated to displaced First Nations Communities that need to rebuild.
  • Donate food, toiletries and household items using Givit.

How to help firefighters

How to help wildlife

  • Donate to WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals.
  • Donate to the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which is directing its efforts towards koala conservation.
  • Donate to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital‘s GoFundMe, which has rescued and treated dozens of koalas suffering from severe burns. The hospital is using donations to install automatic drinking stations in burnt areas to help wildlife searching for water and to establish a wild koala breeding program to ensure the survival of the species.
  • Donate to the RSPCA New South Wales, which is helping evacuate, rescue and treat pets and wildlife in threatened areas.

Above information from


Trisha  Trixie Hunter-Merrill
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certified Practitioner
Her mission and purpose in life is to leave a Legacy of Love, to Heal the World, to Be a Starfish Saver. Make a Difference. Create a Ripple of Positivity, Be a Good Human and Leave a Legacy of Love.


The idea is not to live forever but to leave a legacy of love that will.


Every year I work through a series of challenges, questions and deep dive at the end of the year to determine what I want my focus and word to be for the coming year.

As I was working through things I found a book that said “Stay Magical” with a Unicorn on the front.

When I came home I saw I had a card on my corkboard that said “You are freakin Majestic” with a Unicorn on it.

Everywhere I turned, from October to December 31, someone would say or elude to my magic…so there is was. Right in front of me. My word.

I claimed it, hung onto it and pondered it more.

It not only resonated, but it was resounding!

Everything in my focus for 2019 I desire to be about Magic. Staying Magical. Being Majestic. Being a Unicorn. Being different and that being okay, more than okay that being fabulous!

Be Fabulous! Be Magical! Be you!



Forward Facing Leader or Sugar Coated Life?

Has anyone ever told you they are looking for a “Forward Facing Leader”?

Were you left wondering,

What the heck is that?

Recently I was told I did not have the image of a forward facing leader.

In true Trixie nature, I went out on a hunt to gather more info.

Here is some of what I found:

The Hunt

What single quality differentiates high-potential leaders from ordinary contributors in an organization?

It’s their ability to be forward-looking and focus on the future. To become a better leader or distinguish yourself as someone primed for promotion, you’ll want to develop your capacity to envision the future.

WorkCoach Cafe

“…if they meet with clients or anyone outside the company on a regular basis or are responsible for being the face of the company, as in reception work, then they are in a forward facing or client facing job.”

After reading both of this, I figured out what she meant. She was trying to tell me, I was not representing myself in the best light as the face of the company…in her opinion.

In Her Opinion

are the Key Words here.

While this group organization or perhaps herself, does not feel that I was presenting my best face forward, I tend to disagree not because she is directing it towards me, but because the face of my brand is


I am who I am online, in real life, and in everything I do.

What she felt was not correct was how I presented myself online. However, I was being myself.

The funnier thing is in her email she states that she loves me as a human and thinks I’m fabulous, however, I need to be “different” online. Um….hi did you hear what you just said?

So, you want me to be fake online to “look better” than who I really am?

No thank you.

One thing I pride myself in being REAL to a fault.

I understand that means not everyone will like me in real life or online.

True, real, authenticity to me is being vulnerable enough to really be who you really are. ALWAYS. Not just when it suits you.

I spoke my mind and I ask questions.

I have Aspergers and many times do not understand things. This type of questioning makes other nervous. This type of real speaking up about how I feel about something isn’t always the norm and thus, I get criticized for saying and doing things others would not say. They generally would not say them, because society has told us not to. I laugh in the face of society. They deem people like me, with Aspergers, aka HFA (High Functioning Autism) as


What is normal? Whose to say the way you view forward facing is correct and the way I view it is wrong? Neither is right. Neither is wrong. It is merely an interpretation.

I am Forward Facing.

I know I am my brand.

I know I am the face of my brand and I do all I can to be the best brand image of myself inside and out ALWAYS, by the way.

I do that by being real.

By being who I really am and not sugar coating life.

How do you become future-oriented and still handle day-to-day challenges? (The Hunt)

I will admit, the last couple of year battling Colon Cancer, Fighting it, OVercoming it and trying to get healthy again had their toll on me. It is hard to look forward when you don’t know what forward is and how many years that means. But even still I did my best.

I made 1 year, 3 year and 10-year goals and plans using the Dragontree Planner, not knowing if I would live to accomplish them. I put the pen to paper and wrote it all out. I made vision boards looking and hoping towards the future.

While the ability to focus on the future separates leaders from the rank-and-file, many of us fail to understand and appreciate its importance. We devote almost no time to developing this vital quality, which then becomes a huge barrier to future success. In today’s difficult times, people need to be reminded of why they are doing what they do — and why it matters. 

Both Articles from The Hunt and Work Coach Cafe has some really good material for those in a workforce who are looking to develop this mentality better. I want to focus on people like me who are the face of the company or trying to be.

Mainly #2 from

2. Publish content — as yourself.

Next, start publishing content regularly, under your own name — not your brand’s.  Reveal bits of your personality throughout your writing process, so people get to know you through your material.

It does not say be fake online and a different person in real life. It says Be Yourself.

Again, not everyone is going to agree and not everyone will like the style or method or way you speak, talk, or post. It also does not say sugar coat who you are or who your brand is. Being you is the best you that you can be. I am the best me I can be and sadly, if that means a group won’t like my posts or like me, then so be it. As one of the articles stated…

Why would you want to be around people that uptight anyway?

I fully concur.


I want to leave with you one little tidbit from Chron

Develop a Thick Skin

When you put yourself out there, you should expect to receive negative comments and reactions to everything from your hairstyle to your message. As the face of the company, you must maintain a professional image at all times and learn how to respond appropriately to criticism. A sense of humor helps in many situations, especially when the rebukes take place in a public forum. Maintain your composure and develop a routine for handling negative remarks. Take a deep breath, count to 10 or think about the money you’re earning from the publicity before responding in print, online or in person to the digs and jabs you can expect as the face of your company.

I said “Thank you” to the leader who said this to me. I also removed myself from her group and took a step back to evaluate what she said. This happened about a week or so ago and I didn’t want to react in haste or hurt.

My way of moving on was to write this blog. I did not name names, nor will I. She knows who she is and maybe one day will read this, maybe not. Not my problem or concern.

I wrote this blog to alert others of this mentality and mostly to be aware of it.

You may take to it differently than I did and that is totally fine. You are allowed. I encourage you to because I know then that you are thinking for yourself.

We have enough sheep in this world, we don’t’ need more.

We also have way too much sugar in America and maybe one huge lesson I learned from France was a little less sugar and a little more reality could do us some good here in America.

~Trisha Trixie

Links in this article and excerpts from:

Personal Trauma

Have you ever experienced personal trauma in your life?
Would you share it with others?
How did you overcome it?
I asked these brave volunteers to share their story of trauma and overcoming to maybe give you a spark of hope that you too can overcome the adversities and trials of your life!

via Personal Trauma

How to build a successful movement in 4 steps —

There’s a kind of Hunger Games occurring among organizations and brands to seize people’s attention and loyalty. Here’s what it takes to win power in today’s hyperconnected age, according to activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. Today, we have the capacity to make movies, friends or money; to spread hope or spread our ideas; to…

via How to build a successful movement in 4 steps —

Time to Be Fabulous

When the world is far from fabulous.
When you think you can’t give anymore
When you look at life and see nothingness
When your heart is broken beyond repair
When the rug of life is pulled out from underneath you
When you don’t know who you can trust
When you just want to hide
When you are frustrated beyond belief
When you feel less than
When you think you can’t go anymore, do anymore, be anymore…

Be Fabulous… ♥

Show them they didn’t break you
Show them you can do it without them
Show them by giving it all you got
Show them by getting back up
Show them by dusting yourself off and walking again
Show them by loving everyone
Show them by showing up
Show them you can shine

It’s Time to Fall Into Fabulous…

Want to know how?Stay tuned…

Automation: My Virtual Assistant

I hear a lot of negativity about automation, bots, etc. I too am among those that in certain cases hate the fact that I go to respond to a comment or twitter post only to find out, the person has set up bots in their stead. However, I would not be as successful as I am without automation. to my it is my savior. To me, it is my life line. To me, it is my Virtual Assistant.

Anyone who asks me how I do it all will get my first response to BUFFER as my #1 automation tool. I have heard many other tools o the market but so far Buffer has them all beat by my standards. I have been told I should own stock in this because I talk about it so much!

I am a founder of a few businesses and I have a few social media campaigns out there. I can’t be all places at once and Buffer allows me the capability to post on all of these without having to go out to each one and post pictures and images to each.

I call it “Set it and Forget it”

I generally do this at the beginning of each month. I have ten accounts and on each of those accounts I am allowed 100 posts per account. Once those accounts have posted those 100 posts from the queue then I can start over.

Sometimes I just post 100 on each and then “set it and forget it”

Other times, throughout the month, I will get various emails here and there that have articles I like and as I open them I see things I want to buffer. I click them open, hit my little buffer icon I have added in my browser bar and then chose which social media accounts I want to buffer them too. Again, set it and forget it.

Every now and then my buffer is full or there is something I want to Share Now, so I just hit the SHARE NOW button and share it right away. this doesn’t affect my queue and it post immediately to those accounts I choose.

I do use for my Twitter for Automation as well. It helps me maintain my Twitter followers and helps keeps me engaged with them. I like it so I can follow them , tweet them and let them know I am engaged in what they have to say. Twitter is one of those sites I DO actually go to on a regular basis, but allows me the chance to keep up with the comments, tweets, retweets and followers more frequently.

Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with automation tools as long as you are engaging with your followers once in awhile. don’t allow the automation tools to do ALL the work.

There IS still a human behind the brand.

At least for now, right?

Until next time,

Trisha Trixie

Just Say NO

Saying No

No hedging. Be clear. You know you don’t WANT to do, so just say no. Up front.

Pay attention to when you hedge. Learn the triggers and instead say no instead of yes when you see yourself hedging

If you hedged and now want to come clean. Be open. Tell the person why you said yes but you know why the no and just be open and explain. You will save hurt feelings if you come clean then if you bail or are not 100% later on.

Powerful No: A powerful no can be powerful and help you set boundaries and priorities and stick to them

Mindful No. Be clear. Be real. A mindful No can be a helpful too for your team or partner to know your true intentions without being rude or harmful. Just honest.

A Respectful No. All of the way you say know needs to be from a soft place in your heart and be mindful, truthful and real. Speak softly. Kindly. Be honest in your speech as well.

No, Not Right Now. If you know you can help and Want to but right now isn’t the time, perhaps tell the person this and maybe you both can come to an agreement.

I understand saying no is not an easy thing, but taking care of yourself has to be your top priority and far too often we are saying yes and not tending to our own needs.

Nancy Gaines said it best when she said in a talk

“No is a complete sentence.”

That was the best thing I have heard yet.

You don’t have to give any explanation. You don’t need to say more. You can, but you don’t need to. no is a complete sentence. Just no.

Can you watch my kids? No.

Can you give me a lift to the movies. No.

Can you volunteer for the PTA fundraiser? No.

It IS ok to just say no.

there is nothing wrong with it.

It doesn’t need an explanation.

You can just say no.

With Love,

Trisha Trixie