the power of friendship

The Power of Friendship

Photo by Sam Manns

Dear Friends,

Australians have always been famous for ‘mateship’ and friendship. It is the thing that has allowed us to survive and thrive over the past couple of hundred years and the thing that has made living in this often challenging landscape, possible.

In the past week, Australians rose to the occasion in every way, dusted off our immense sense of togetherness, and made serious things happen with one joint passion in common — saving our land, people, and wildlife from out of control fires. People did or gave whatever they could to make it happen.

It was the most amazing thing to see, feel and be part of a tsunami of heart-connected energy, a collective of people whose passion was so strong it allowed them to move mountains.

Kids made pop up lemonade stands to raise money, our favourite comedian Celeste Barber started a fund that raised over 50 million dollars, artists and photographers auctioned their work, poets wrote songs to stir our hearts, musicians gave concerts to raise money, ladies knitted pouches and mittens to help the burnt paws of joeys and koalas, cooks held fund raising dinners, illustrators sold their work and 100% of funds were donated.

People organized drop off stations for food, medicines and anything that was needed to help the folks whose homes had burnt down or had been evacuated. Teenagers drove around and gathered homeless koalas in their cars and strangers gave up their spare room for families who had lost their homes or had been evacuated.

One person inspired the other, one person helped another and together we achieved the impossible.

Inspired action was taken at every level and in a way you would never believe was possible, incredible things that normally take months of planning were turned around in hours because of the sheer passion to make it happen and it was the most beautiful thing to see the power of the people when we walk together and in a gentle way hold each other accountable.

It has inspired me so much that I have created a very special surprise for you tomorrow when I re-open the doors to YES, YES, YES – The Year You Say Yes To Yourself for 2020.

Stay tuned… We are stronger together.

Sending love and thanks to all souls around the world who gave to Australia, its wildlife, people, firefighters and shook their booty in whatever way they could.


Carla xx

Announcing the Yes, Yes, Yes Program Scholarship Winners…

Dear Lovely Peeps,

A mega thank you to each and every one who applied for the scholarship to Yes, Yes, Yes. So many great dreams, projects and heart’s desires. They are all valid and possible.

You have already made progress on your journey to bringing to life what you want by being honest with yourself and showing up for yourself by applying.

Thank you for honouring yourself and your story.

I was overwhelmed with the response, over 160 people applied for the scholarship from 15 countries around the world so if you were one of the generous souls that shared it with a woman you care about, thank you. I read every story personally.

There were 4 places available but my task of choosing 4 has been a heart-wrenching decision just like it was in 2019.

My wish has always been to give back where I can, so the following NINE people will be joining us for YES, YES, YES in 2020 and given lifetime access to the program and a private one-hour coaching call with me to ensure your success.


  • Pamela MacEachern
  • Neela Sheerer
  • Linda Donahue
  • Belinda Klein
  • Retha du Preez
  • Bridgid Dineen
  • Krista Marie Thachik
  • Larraine Blackburn
  • Jodie


You will receive an email in the coming days with information on how to access the program and you will gain access to the program on the 15th January 2020.

To all the other scholarship applicants, you will be receiving a special video and email from me so watch out for that with tips and resources on how to move forward today.

Know that if you are reading this, you are a powerful person, when you re-find the direction for that power your life can change quickly, sometimes overnight.

My biggest thanks again to everyone who shared this scholarship, know that you are creating change by helping women bring to life their dreams by creating a deep sense of purpose in the world.

Warmest thanks,

Carla x

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Saying Goodbye to Florentine Mamma Popi

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When I got a call that Popi was dying, I booked a flight straight away and flew to Florence. I wanted to say goodbye to this woman that changed my life, that was my darling friend, that was as naughty as any sixteen year old, even at 88.

Popi was the one that set me on the path that was right for me. She was the one that pointed out I loved photography when I didn’t know what the next step would be. She was the one that gave me a safe place to live whilst I changed lives and careers on the other side of the world and she taught me to follow my heart.

Some of you will know the effect Popi had on my life and others won’t.

Our paths were meant to cross, often I feel like twenty years ago I was carried all the way to Florence by a bunch of helping hands to meet Popi. If I had to name the top 3 influential people in my life, she would be one of them. Twenty years ago, I didn’t know what the word ‘synchronicity’ meant but now I know that is exactly how I arrived on Popi’s doorstep. When a tiny ‘monk-like’ pensione in Piazza Santo Stefano decided to renovate in the middle of August, the sweat, noise and chaos pushed me to find an alternative.

I took up my fellow Italian language school friend’s offer to check out where he was living. He referred to it as paradise, it sounded like hell to me!  A home with a 68-year-old Florentine mamma called Popi who rented out rooms to students of which there were currently 6.

It was love at first sight!

I took the only room available that had a single room that I couldn’t open my cupboards at the same time as standing on the floor. It didn’t matter.

“Casa mia é casa tua!” My house is your house and for the lucky ones that got to sit around Popi’s table and live in her home this is exactly how we felt. She dished up stories and home cooked Florentine recipes of ribollita and pasta ai fajoli and a guzillion other delicious things whilst we felt loved.

I knew I wouldn’t be the only one booking a ticket to Florence, there were literally hundreds of us that found our way to her doorstep in need of something that we probably didn’t know exactly what at the time but sitting at Popi’s table, she helped us figure it out.

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There were so many tears shed as the plane landed in the small airport of Florence, the beauty of the Tuscan hills blurred through the tears but it still managed to take my breath away. Patches of bright green fields, then lines of grey, green olive trees that looked fluffy at this time of year, rows of dark green cypress and those sweet hills that surround Florence that almost look like  a green glove that holds Florence in the palm of its hand. Just as you land, if you crouch down low you see the Duomo rising above Florence,  with her white whalebones holding the terracotta roof together. I have seen it hundreds of time before but it’s beauty always stuns and for a couple of seconds I forgot to breathe.

It feel like twenty years were winding up, the decade was almost over. Popi had called me to Florence and now she was saying goodbye. The women that led me to photography was now leaving and I too was moving on to a new phase of my life.

I ran my hand along the white and green stone of Il battistero and chose my favourite streets as I went one last time to see this special soul. Florence had never looked so good, she was decked out for Christmas in her best regalia and walking her back streets was a sensual pleasure. A pleasure I had almost forgotten about but my body hadn’t.

Popi taught me 3 great lessons: don’t sweat the small stuff – it just doesn’t matter, to live for the day because that is what we have in our hand right now, and to follow your heart.

The longer I sat around her table, for the first time in my adult life, I started to feel like roots where growing down into the ground, at this point I couldn’t see where the road was taking me but it felt good and I felt safe, secure, loved and part of something. In a funny way, all the people at Popi’s table were searching for something and it felt great to be part of a group that the only thing we had in common was that we wanted to do something that would make our hearts sing.

Following your heart takes courage but it’s the moment we stop letting ourselves down.  

When I walked into Piazza della Signoria in Florence on a hot august night, it felt good and I decided to trust that ‘feel good’ feeling, as long as things felt good I would keep going. Popi taught me to keep saying YES to myself.

There were so many tears shed for Popi, for the love, the joy, the shared memories, the laughter that would explode in our bellies and that would bounce of the walls into a summer Florentine night when the rest of the neighbourhood had gone to bed hours ago. For the days driving in Tuscany with Mina blaring from the speakers and Popi, Eric, Philippa and myself singing as loud as we could. Popi showed me that our spirit has no age, it doesn’t matter what your calling is and it doesn’t matter at what age you find it, but when you find it everything changes.

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Popi’s calling was found by accident one day when she offered a foreign student in a gym, complaining about her accommodation in Florence, a room in her empty post-divorce home. After a messy divorce, Popi found herself not wanting to go home at night so for her it was the perfect solution. She could cook, nurture, and pass onto these two lovely souls all the very best things to do in Florence, the intricacies and stories of the culture and do the thing that she loved the most, feed you. “Mangia Mangia” was her mantra.

By day, she had her job at Pucci and by night she couldn’t wait to rush home to attend to these two lovely souls. It was the beginning of a love affair that would stretch from Roma to Rio and back. There are no words to describe the love, openness, generosity, warmth and curiousity that being loved by Popi was.

That was almost 40 years ago, and Popi’s calling was us. The people that she inspired, the lives she saved, the hearts she mended, the wisdom and the joy she passed onto people from Mexico and Switzerland, Australia and Spain, America and Germany, Greece and Holland, Colombia and Portugal and numerous other countries around the world.

Our lives, our days are precious and with the passing of someone so dear, it’s a reminder to live life. The solace in Popi’s passing was that she ‘maxed it out’, she packed so much love and generosity into her 88 years that I could see she was ready to go. When the call came a couple of days later, I felt that she could rest in peace, she came, laughed, she loved, she inspired and did so much good in the world.

I had those two precious days with a woman I love and who will always be in my heart and thoughts.

She was my earth angel and now I know she has simple switched sides, she is watching over me from above.

For those who followed ‘our story’, I know you too will feel a little sad so I’m sending you love and the words Popi told me all those years ago when I had the choice to go back to my life or change it: ‘You only have one life – live it.’

Remember to love, be kind, generous and do your best.

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Carla x

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Free Scholarship to Yes, Yes, Yes Program 2020 — Turn your Dreams Into Reality

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Dearest Ladies,

As we come to the end of a decade, I want to extend my thanks to each and every one of you for all you have given to my world.

I believe in the power of women, community, and DREAMS, and it has always been my wish and desire to give back where I can.

I am honoured to launch my 2020 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM to the YES, YES, YES – The Year You Say Yes To Yourself – there are 4 places available.

Yes, Yes, Yes is about connecting women back to their dream, passion and creativity which makes you come alive, have a sense of purpose and belonging!

Some of you will have been told you are too late or you don’t have the resources to make your dream happen, so I want to help women who are powerful and have big dreams but are currently NOT in the position to pay for this program. 

Creativity, painting, life purpose, connection, art, photography, writing a book, nature, gardenI have seen the power of what a group of women can achieve moving forward together to bring what is important into their lives and in 2019 these are just some of the things that the women of Yes, Yes,Yes, brought into their lives:

  • Healed their chronic illness
  • Wrote a book
  • Started painting
  • Had a solo exhibition and sold 17 paintings
  • Improved their relationships
  • Launch a creative business
  • Moved to Italy
  • Kicked their ‘worn out stories’ to the kerb and start a fresh
  • Raised their rates, transformed their money story and their creative business
  • Embraced their worth and beauty
  • Entered a photographic competition for the first time and end up a finalist
  • Get their love for life back after a divorce
  • Invented a whole new career
  • Got their dream job

And so much more…

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What the scholarship includes:

  1. 4 places with Lifetime access to the Yes Yes Yes – The The Year You Say Yes To Yourself program where you turn your dream into a reality and go after it in a supportive like-minded community.
  2. 10 transformational modules including videos, audios, and worksheets to help you move through each phase of the program.
  3. Access to all live group calls and the Private Members only Facebook Group.
  4. A one-hour one-on-one private call with me.


What we cover:

  1. FINDING YOUR YES – Get clarity on what you want
  2. HOW THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS – transforming your mindset
  3. BELIEFS AND BLOCKS – What’s holding you back
  4. CREATIVITY – Connecting you to creativity and its benefits
  5. START A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH TIME AND A FOOLPROOF PLAN – systems, structures and creating boundaries around your time
  6. WEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS – overhaul your money story to create freedom
  7. INTUITION AND THE SACRED FEMININE – Accessing more of you internal energies to do life with more ease and grace
  8. WELLBEING – Creating energy for transformation
  9. JOY, BEAUTY AND PLEASURE – How these 3 things can help you attract the things you want into your life
  10. ADVENTURE – the benefits of living an adventurous life


If you know of a mother, sister, friend, daughter, niece or colleague that this program could benefit and transform her current situation, please share the LINK to this blog or post it on your social media.


Here’s how to apply:

  • READ what Yes, Yes, Yes – The Year You Say Yes To Yourself is about and if it is something you need in your life at the moment.
  • Optional – Create a video (maximum of 5 minutes) introducing yourself and where you are at in life and why you would like to win the scholarship, what is holding you back or had held you back from achieving this in the past. Feel free to share with us any part of your story, creativity or otherwise. You can send your video to
  • A requirement is to be open-minded, coachable and committed to doing the work.
  • Scholarship applications close on 3rd January 2020 and will be announced on 7th January 2020.

The scholarship winners will be announced on Tuesday, 7th January 2020 here on my blog.

Light and Love,

Carla x


P.S. If you would like to bring to life a project, start over or learn how to say YES to yourself, you can DOWNLOAD my FREE Video Series and Workbooks on How to Get What You Want HERE.

Here are some words about Yes, Yes, Yes from our previous Scholarship winners:

“When I won the scholarship to Carla’s Yes Yes Yes program, it was the best thing to happen to me in a long time. At the time I was at a very very low point. In the previous years, I’d battled cancer, closed a business, my husband had an affair and left and I had just lost my job. I felt like I would never be happy again.

Now, joy is seeping back into my life, I’m at peace and I feel like ME again and I haven’t even completed all the modules yet! Using the success stories of the fellow participants to motivate me and the modules and readings to empower me, I started to trust in myself and my future. I have just opened my first art exhibition and been offered my dream job. I’m so excited for the future; I’ll be unstoppable. I found my ‘gift in the garbage’ and have been able to heal and believe in such a short time because of Carla and her program.”

— Loretta H.


“When I applied for the scholarship I was feeling stuck and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life…  I have been a homemaker for the last ten years and had been struggling for several years with some physical issues that had left me emotionally and physically spent but I was finally feeling better and wanted to bring back creativity and joy to my daily life. I was looking to build focus and confidence in myself as a woman outside of the homemaker role I’d comfortably settled into.

The entire course has been wonderfully eye-opening and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discovering that I was not just stuck, I was quite lost and it was a relief to have an amazing support network full of encouragement and wonderful ideas… I make sure to celebrate and enjoy my own life on a daily basis and this is a huge change from simply trudging through and worrying about dusty baseboards or the school run! Carla is a ray of light and brings laughter and love and joy, even when we are discussing uncomfortable topics like money and our sometimes very dysfunctional relationship with it.

I have gained so much confidence back that some days I can’t believe how little of it I had before starting the course. I have started working on a blog project and several book ideas and am excited to see where the next year takes me. Taking care of myself by nurturing my creativity and letting myself be inspired has had a very positive effect on my relationships. I’m proud to be teaching my two young daughters that to take care of yourself means to look after your whole self and if you get lost along the way it’s okay. Thank you Carla for sharing your own story and being our guide as we learn to embrace our unique creativity and celebrate each day!”

— Sarah S.


“I thought the Yes course would help me to find work that inspired me, maybe to get a little healthier, to feel more confident.
And Yes, it’s done all those things. I’ve left a career that was making me miserable, I’ve started a new business with a dream client and the prospect of more. I’m eating well, exercising and finding moments to focus on myself.
But this course has helped me to do so much more.
It’s gently pushed me to face some past tragedy which I now realise has been such a burden and source of frustration and pain in my life. Carla’s inspiring energy, huge compassion, as well as her supportive way of challenging have encouraged me to start counselling. It’s scary but it’s a huge relief. Through this incredible, nurturing community, I have found the clarity and trust to finally see what I need to do and the strength to face it. Already I feel some peace and I now truly believe I can move past and reach the life I want, to say Yes to it all, with joy and ease.

— Georgina L.

Thank You and A Favour

Hello Lovelies,

As 2019 comes to a close I wanted to say thank you to all the people in my community for your valuable contribution to my life.

Last weekend, I was in Florence and it was a chance for reflection on the past two decades and one of the big messages I received was how grateful I am for all that has happened and for having you in my life.

So I give thanks to all the people in the past two decades who have bought my books, participated in my workshops, collaborated on your portraits, joined Yes, Yes, Yes, hung my prints on your walls, published my books, art directed the magazines, and for you for being a valuable part of this community. Without you, I wouldn’t be here.

I am currently re-looking at how I can do things better in the coming decade, provide more information and inspiration that is useful to you on the blog, and I would love your valuable feedback. If you have time to fill out these 5 short questions, I would be forever grateful. 

You can access the survey here.

Wishing you a fabulous 2020 and so excited to share with you a whole new updated version of Yes, Yes, Yes in the New Year and more inspiration here.

Sending love and thanks in advance,

Carla x