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Australian author of 'The Gypsy Trail', Nicole Leigh West, caught the travel bug early on in life, via outback camping trips. A career as a professional dancer, spanning 15 years, brought more opportunities to explore the world and unleashed a passion for writing novels.

Nicole's travel and lifestyle articles are published in print and online, she practices Reiki and is the founder of, a site promoting personal awareness, holistic living, magic and all things bliss. Find out more at

Entries by Nicole Leigh West

Real Life Secrets of Manifesting Desires

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 2:20 PM

We're all masters of manifestation. In fact, it's all we're ever doing. For example, if we think about chocolate, the thought may promote a happy feeling, which leads to the action of eating chocolate. The only difference between manifesting a choc-fest and a life-long dream is you absolutely know you...

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The Mighty Power of the Little Things in Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:22 PM


Spring is in the air of Australia. It knocks on the door of winter with a hint of jasmine, a soft warmth and sunny rays that extend into the night. We can see it, feel it, smell it and even hear it in...

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Morocco's Land of Lawlessness

(11) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:02 PM

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"Look, here it is, Colombia, Colombia!"

The Colombia of Morocco, apparently.

Our driver turned to look at us in the back seat and the car swerved towards the edge of the road towards lush, green...

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The Most Interesting Roads in the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Fancy a road trip? With so many fascinating drives across the globe, you're spoilt for choice. Here's a list of 10 of the most beautiful, diverse and scenic roads to get you started.


1. Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa

This scenic...

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To Hell With It: Do Give Up Your Day Job!

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:05 PM

Years ago, when I was seeking positive tips and tricks on how to become a writer, I stumbled across a ridiculous number of articles stating why you should not become a writer. What? How does putting "how to become a writer" in search engines equate to so many stories about...

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Following Your Untamed Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Have you ever noticed that inspiration quickly fades into oblivion the moment it's leashed and bound by rules, the need for approval from others and the fear of taking risks?

Inspiration is the voice of your heart and must be acted on swiftly in order to avoid the avalanche of...

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3 Reasons to Trash Your Belief Systems

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Picture yourself as a small child. You accidentally drop a glass of milk on the kitchen floor. Glass scatters from one end of the room to the other. Your mother's voice, blending with the destructive sound of shattering glass, hits your ears with the force of of an unrelenting hurricane....

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Break Through Writer's Block by Living Your Own Fantasy

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Snow swirled by the window and an empty fireplace taunted my blue fingers as I sat in the parlor of Lednice Castle, in the Czech Republic, listening to the tap, tap, tap of inspiration seeping from my soul into my brain.

My first novel was coming. Although a...

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The Great Moroccan Debate: Marrakech or Fes?

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Would you choose snake charmers, sparkling Souks and mouth-watering market food or a labyrinth of alleyways -- home to donkeys, ancient customs and hidden palaces?

To many Marrakech locals, Fes is unfriendly, boring and dirty. Most Fes inhabitants believe Marrakech is a hive of commercial superficiality with no sense...

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3 Reasons Why Finding "The One" Is a Myth

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Are you still searching for "The One"? That perfect partner placed on earth specifically for you? Or have you already found "The One"... more than once or twice? Falling in love and being in love are wonderful experiences, but we're missing the point if we think this state of love...

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How Much of What You Believe Is Actually True?

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Morning sunlight washes the Ganges in rose-infused haze. We row away from the bank, our wooden boat under the expert guidance of an elderly man as small as a 10-year old. Half naked pilgrims bathe at the famous gnats, bloated cow carcasses float by and the ever-present smell of curry...

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5 Steps to Fabulous Female Friendships

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:50 PM

My friends and I are in love with each other. Our eyes twinkle when we meet, our hugs squeeze joy into our bodies, our laughter raises the vibration of everyone nearby and our excitement at merely looking at each other acts as a drug to bliss. There is no sex...

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How to Avoid Unnecessary Drama in Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:22 PM

How can we avoid unnecessary drama in our lives? In three words, stop creating it. Sound too simplistic? Read on.

More often than not, we create our own drama during peaceful, calm stages in life.


Boredom. Addiction to excitement. Restlessness. Letting the EGO control our lives.

It's almost as...

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5 Ways to Help Your Dreams Come True

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:46 PM

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- H. Jackson Brown,...

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5 Steps to a Spiritually Aware Love Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Before looking at what we can do to nurture relationships, it's important to identify any blockages getting in the way of manifesting them in the first place.

Scan the list of words below. Do you think any apply to you as a result of, or reason for, ending a relationship?...

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7 Ways to Impress People

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:22 PM

What pops into your head when you think about how we impress others?

Money? A prestigious career? A beautiful face? Being famous?

If so, think about what could hide behind these top four impressive qualities. Behind the money: loneliness, lack of genuine relationships. Behind the career: a CEO can hate...

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