Life Lessons

Fertilizer For Growth…

Words & Pics by Mandy Antzoylatos

 I was chatting to a client recently about the parts of her job that she’s not loving, and I shared an insight with her that I’d heard from another client which I think is brilliant. 

She said, “Sometimes the sh*&#ty parts of our jobs are the fertilizer for growth and the good to come…”.   So True!

If you think about that statement, it really is about our own mindsets.  How we view the situation. How we choose to be present with it and what we choose to do.

So, it had me thinking about some of the ‘fertilizer’ from this year.
What might we want to release, and what may grow from it if we see it as fertilizer rather than sh%t… 😉

Perhaps some questions to ponder on are:

Where have you felt frustrated or stuck recently? Or what parts of your life are you needing to do but not loving?
How has this stretched you to do something different and to make a change with regards to that situation?

How could you use the ‘fertilizer’ from that frustration to nurture new growth?

If you continued to fertilize and nurture, what might start blooming?

For example, I have a client who loved her work but was really triggered by her manager.  Our first session was about the work messages she used to receive on a Sunday afternoon which just paralyzed her!

The ‘paralysis’ made it so clear to her that she didn’t want to work for someone, and actually wanted to have her own business.

That clarity helped her stay in the job (we did a LOT of work on clearing her resentment and irritations with the ‘boss’ so she could function on a daily basis) while she saved furiously.  At the same time, she learnt as much as she could about running a business.

Fast forward a couple of years, and she and her husband now run a successful food business, and even opened a new shop during lockdown!!!

She sat with the sh*#t for a while, knowing it would fertilize her dreams 🙂

I’d love to hear what you’re planning on fertilizing and nurturing as we head into the New Year.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and please stay safe…

Warm wishes,

P.S.  Thank you to those of you who have had, or booked the Mini-Retreat Reflection Sessions…
Such interesting and meaningful reflections so far!


If you’re wanting to invest in a friend or colleague’s well-being, perhaps some personal time with a life coach may help. 

If you think they may connect with me and my coaching style, feel free to purchase them a gift voucher for a session or two. xxx


We’re celebrating another successful online vision boarding session, with messages coming in the day after saying, “I met my artist friend last night and she’s facilitating a 6 week online art course starting January…so I signed up! ”  and then she said, ” Oh…..and I’ve booked in a new client!”.

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Less than 6 people: R695 each Whoop whoop… let’s create more magic together 😉


The honour of witnessing a mountain rescue in January 2020. P.S.  Just in case you didn’t know, Mr. J is CRAZY about helicopters!!1
Our last day on the beach before lockdown in March 2020…
The creativity of ‘early’ homeschooling…when it was still fun 🙂
My view never got boring…every day the sunrise and sunset had a different story to tell.
Suddenly we were allowed three hours of ‘outdoor’ time in the mornings.  I have never appreciated my ‘freedom’ as much as I did that first day!

Mr. J has mastered the creating of the most magnificent cappuccinos.  What a treat for this to be delivered to me while I’m in an online meeting (many envious colleagues looking forward to one when they next visit 😉
After so many months of being inside my apartment, I had a new found appreciation of the natural beauty we have in Cape Town as well as South Africa.  
This is an early morning panoramic of the Camps Bay beach…one of my happy places!
Community became a super-strength during the lockdown.  My neighbours have been an extraordinary support to us.  Thank you, thank you, thank you…you’re all magnificent!
Blue sky, beach and bubbles!  A beautiful moment and special friendships to treasure.

I want to say a BIG thank you for your support and connection this year. 
For those who have holidays, I wish you “Happy Holidays” and all the best for the New Year!

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