Imagineering 2 a Better World Update from Catherine Elliss

The Imagineering to a Better World Project was featured in Golden Pen Magazine, Sustainability Issue, 2013.  This is an update on the project.

The last couple of months have flown by.  Little by little, the Imagineering 2 a Better World project is taking off

I have had sessions with a few small groups and many individuals since that time, most notably in Bali, Indonesia.

On the 12 July I was the guest speaker at a wonderful foundation in Bali – Baliwise:  “Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Women’s and Girls’ Skills Education, Employment and Business Development”

Students with disadvantaged backgrounds are given the opportunity to do a short course in hospitality, as well as receive assistance with accommodation and basic living costs.  At the end of the three or six month courses, graduating students are employed by the participating sponsor hotels in Nusa Dua, Bali.  I felt honoured to be involved with such a wonderful group of people, ably overseen by Baliwise’s Chief of Education, Mr Benny Kusbandrianto.

The session was on basic money management to complement their life skills program.  The small group consisted of young ladies from around Bali such as from Karang Asam, Jimbaran, Sukawati, Gianyar and as far away as Jakarta and Sumba.  Some of these beautiful youth had not long before left orphanages, being too old to remain there.  The focus of this particular session was looking at the living costs relevant to their own culture and location, and how to reduce those costs.  Fortunately I have had almost 20 years of living on and off in Indonesia so was able to assist with suggestions.  A good friend took time out from her very busy schedule to come down for the day to offer assistance with the workshop style session. Haphy Lina, is well known around Bali and East Java for her high quality training for the spa aspect of the hospitality industry.

We completed the day off with an Imagineering 2 a Better World session.  We discussed the importance of having a clear vision and writing it down (or recording it in some way) thus demonstrating commitment to that vision, then having a partner to hold you accountable.  The partner must be someone new, who in turn can join with their own vision.  This adds growth and further inspiration to creating a better world for us all.

Students were encouraged to consider their own vision for a better world for themselves.  A sample of visions and solutions collected are below


Vision Solution
Become a waitress Work hard at improving my skills and English language ability
Become a successful business woman Increase my skills with language, cooking and finances
Obtain employment at a resort Study English and hospitality
Gain employment as a housekeeper Gain English language fluency
Obtain good employment as a Japanese teacher I have to work diligently until I reach my goal


These were written on Sticky notes to put up on their wall so they could look at it daily.  Plus they created a banner which now hangs on their classroom wall.

The response was wonderful on the day.  The girls reported back that they found both sessions of high value for now and their future.  The banner and written commitments will remind them into the future of where they are headed.  Now it’s up to them to stay on track!

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UK Comedienne, Joy Carter, to be interviewed in Humanity Issue due out October, 2013

For our Humanity issue of Golden Pen Magazine  due out in October, 2013, we will be interviewing Joy Carter, British Comedienne, campaigning and fundraising for three adoption related charities and I just thought it would be good to support her crowdfunding fundraiser by sharing her sponsorship page.  Joy was found as a baby, only a few days old, lying next to her dead twin sister, abandoned in Nigeria – I am unsure about what happened to her parents – and was adopted by two missionaries, then brought back with them to the UK.

Now a TV Presenter and loved Comedienne, we will be talking to Joy about her experience of adoption and what she has learned from her life and why she feels so passionate about raising the profile of adoption charities and helping other adoptees.

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87 Year Old Rose Epitomises Adventure

RoseAn 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.” She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it! These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.


(Author unknown:  Posted on Facebook 17 Feb 2013)

Golden Pen Magazine interviewed on Foxtel’s The Couch TV…


Hayley Solich interviewed by Fred Mafricka on Foxtel’s The Couch TV regarding Golden Pen Magazine’s Beauty issue.

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Golden Pen Magazine to appear on Foxtel’s The Couch TV Again!

We are excited to have been invited back on The Couch TV with Fred Mafrica and will be filming in the studio on 8 December 2012.

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Congratulations to Kath Mazzella OAM who is a finalist in the WA Senior of the Year Awards

Congratulations to our cover feature, Kath Mazzella OAM, for her nomination and finalist status in the WA Senior of the Year Awards program.  Kath finds out this Sunday who is the winner and Golden Pen Magazine have been invited to the event, so we will be able to bring you an update on Monday to let you know if she was successful.

We celebrate Kath’s amazing work, spanning two decades and her passionate pursuit of a better life for women the world over.

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Golden Pen Magazine on Foxtel’s The Couch TV

Foxtel LogoAndrew Crawford and I (Hayley Solich) are so excited to announce that we are appearing on Foxtel’s The Couch TV program, this, Thursday, 13 June 2012 at 7:30pm  WA or 9:30pm EST or 9:00pm SA on the Aurora Channel or you can watch it Friday, 14 June 2012 at 4pm WA, 6pm EST and 5:30pm SA.  Failing that, it will be uploaded to the following week on TheCouchTV Channel.

It was a wonderful experience to ‘chew the fat’ with Fred Maffricka and fill him in about the amazing people we have been meeting through Golden Pen Magazine and introduce our magazine to the broader community.

If you haven’t purchased a copy of the magazine yet, then you won’t know what you are missing out on.  So many great articles and we have not scrimped on word count, so you get ALL the wonderful wisdom that we are gathering.  Plus this issue we are donating $2 from every sale to Anuradha Koirala’s work in Nepal, so plenty of great reasons to pick up your copy now.




Day 10 of the Book-A-Day Giveaway – Linda Bosnic’s One Bowl Allergy Free Baking

One Bowl Book CoverCongratulations to Vandra Stenton on picking up a copy of Linda Bosnic’s One Bowl Allergy Free Baking book.

We’ll be sending you the book very soon, Vandra and would love a photo when you get it if you can spare the time and would like to share with our readers.

We know you are going to love this book by Linda. It’s extremely practical and loads of yummy recipes.  Enjoy!