A Christmas Gift Idea

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy for family and friends.

This year, in addition to the standard toys and books, I’ve decided to buy my nephews a goat.

Now this may sound a little strange but I think it will be a great present for them!

Let me explain…

The other day I discovered the ‘Alternative Gift Catalogue’ at


This is a website run by World Vision that allows you to buy alternative gifts that are passed on to those in need.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: You Select A Gift

There are lots of different gifts to choose from including:

  • A mosquito net
  • A blanket for a family
  • School books and pens
  • A goat
  • and many others

I decided on a goat for my three nephews

Step 2: You Choose A Card

The site has a great selection of cards. Here’s the card I chose for my nephews, mainly because I’m a Winnie The Pooh fan!

Step 3: Personalize Your Card

You then get to personalize your card. I added my nephew’s names to the front of the card. Then inside I added a quote that read,

"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time,
and always start with the person nearest you." – Mother Teresa

And finally I added a personal message to my nephews. My finished card looked like this:

Step 4: Address Your Card

The next step is to address your card. You can choose to get it sent to you or directly to the recipient. I chose to have the card delivered to me so that I can give it to my nephews personally.

Step 5: Pay For Your Gift

The final step is to go through a standard online ordering process using your credit card.

And that’s all there is to it!

I think this present will be a great opportunity to sit down with my nephews and talk about how lucky we are to be living in Australia and to explain the joy of giving to others.

This Week’s Action Steps:

This Christmas consider buying someone close to you a gift from the Alternative Gift Catalogue . It’s an ideal gift for those who ‘have it all’ and also a great thing to share with children.

Until next time,  

Dare To Dream!


Seeds Of Wealth

What can you buy for a dollar these days?

Here in Australia, the answer to this question is, "Not much!"

It is therefore easy to think of a dollar as a trivial amount of money. After all, it’s only a
dollar right?


A much better way to think of a dollar is to see it as a seed.

Most people pass these seeds around in exchange for various items and services, but smart people realise the true nature of these seeds and instead of passing them around, they plant them.

And when planted, a ‘dollar seed’ takes root and over time grows to become…you guessed it…

A money tree.

It’s an undeniable fact that a dollar saved and invested will grow over time to produce more and more money.

Now the important point about this analogy is that when you spend a dollar, you are not just giving away a seed – you are giving away the tree!

Each time you spend a dollar, you are not only losing that dollar but also all the dollars it could have produced for you in the future if you had invested it.

When you adopt this view of money, you begin to appreciate its true value, which in turn makes you think twice about how and where you part with your hard earned ‘seeds of wealth’

This Week’s Action Steps:

As you go about your activities this week be aware that each dollar you spend is the seed of a money tree. There is no need to become a tight fisted miser though, instead, just use this analogy to think twice about your purchases and make sure they are really necessary.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!