31 Easy-Peasy Ways To Upgrade Your Life Right Now … Plus The 1 Reason You Absolutely MUST

by on May 16, 2014

“It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
~ W. Somerset Maugham

 **Note: Angelface, feel free to zoot past the how-I-found-this-brilliance explanation, straight to get the UPGRADE list. I understand you’re busy, but do yourself a favour, ok? Don’t just read-and-nod. DO IT! Nothing changes without action.

In my 50+ years of life-experience (the past 10 of those spent in deep self-inquiry), the fizz-bang-mind-blowing moments of awareness of how-awesome-life-could-be are no match for the subversive sameness of everydaylife.

I’ve been to events that have got me filled to busting with take-on-the-world energy + the theme from Rocky on a 24 hour loop in my head, only to realize a week later that my life looks much the same as it did before.

Or I’d read a book or blog post and all of a sudden … gad! Possibilities! Visions of bulging bank accounts and private jets.

But the gap between ‘here’ and ‘there’ seemed overwhelmingly huge and, uh, where’s my bridge?

You’ve been there, right?

Well, me too and quite frankly,  I was heartily sick of that scenario.

I know there’s no such thing as get-rich-quick (and of course you’re waaaaay too smart to believe that!) but nonetheless I longed for that sense of abundance + luxury and I was tired of waiting for it.

I was determined to find a way to feel rich while I got rich.

Cue Abraham Hicks ~

“You can’t have it both ways. You cannot focus upon the absence of money and let money in. It cannot be! You have to start finding moments that feel like you think you want to feel…and savoring them!”


I had to find a way to instill morsels of

the life-I-want


the life-I-have.

If I couldn’t have my rich-life 24 hours a day immediately … then I’d start with 2 -4 minutes a day and work up from there.

And it worked.

As in … “I left retail + work from home + created a 300% pay raise + we’re debt free” worked.

Of course, you want to know how I did it, right?

I warn you, it’s not sexy or mystical or even difficult.

But then, most of the really powerful stuff never is.

Here’s the secret to implementing every abundance-building idea you’ve ever read/heard/had …

Here’s how to FEEL RICH right now, so you can BE RICH later …


Systematic And Deliberate Upgrades of Everything

Even though, financially, nothing had changed yet, I began improving bits of my life here and there, wherever I could.

I stopped saving the ‘best stuff’ for a ‘special occasion’.

I figured out what my ‘rich life’ looked like, and began recreating it.
(Note: I call this LOA Nesting now, but back then I just wanted to feel rich-er)

I focused making the best of what I had and expecting better to come …
appreciation + anticipation = uberpowerful manifesting mojo, pumpkin.

So (finally) ere’s the list you’ve been waiting for, supernova.

Choose one to do right away.

31 ways to UPGRADE your life right now


  1.  Eat your meals off your best china daily, at the table, with music playing softly in the background.
  2. Drink your eight-glasses-of-water out of a crystal goblet (or the verybest glass you own)
  3. Banish paper plates and plastic cutlery to picnics only.
  4. Speaking of picnics, make up an old-fashioned basket with blanket, real plates and yummy food and go have your lunch outside at least once this summer.
  5. Set your table every night as though company were coming
  6. Actually USE all those scented lotions you’ve got stashed for a ‘special’ occasion
  7. Have a bubble bath by candlelight, instead of a shower
  8. Throw out the raggedy knickers and tired bra. Splurge on something pretty-yet-practical. Bonus points for Wildly Sexy.
  9. Read one of the classics ~ anything by Jane Austin. Dickens is brilliant but rather depressing.
  10. Watch one of the Top 100 Films of All time
  11. Buy some really good shoes for walking … and then walk.
  12. Cut down on watching the news or reality TV
  13. Dress up a little more … no more waiting to be special.
  14. Choose fresh over processed food, organic where you can (at least avoid the Dirty Dozen)
  15. Declutter – even if it’s just that scary drawer in the kitchen
  16. Spend next Saturday wandering round your local art gallery or museum
  17. Write someone a real letter, Jane Austin style
  18. Ask for experiences rather than gifts for your birthday. How about a bouquet of flowers every week for six months, or perhaps season tickets to the opera?
  19. Light scented candles in the evening. Make it a little ritual as the sun goes down.
  20. Browse consignment stores for gently-used luxury on a budget
  21. Play your favorite music while you do chores
  22. Pretty-up your housekeeping tools
  23. Go to one of those fancy department stores and have a makeup lesson. Buy yourself something from the esthetician, even if it’s just a new lipstick  – because you’re rich, remember?
  24. Give some money away. I know you’re waiting to get rich before you become a philanthropist, but that’s not how it works. When you give, you get.
  25. Get a manicure. Or swop manicures with a girlfriend.
  26. Buy yourself some fresh flowers, or cut some greenery from the garden. Even a single bloom can glamourize a workspace or a dressing table
  27. Schedule a monthly massage ~ remember it’s part of your health care as well as your self care. If not monthly, then at least every  other month.
  28. Wear perfume every day
  29. Go to the theater and watch a live performance, rather than going to the movies. You’ll be supporting the arts and besides, the vibe is like no other.
  30. Hire a cleaner ~ even if it’s just once a month, or once a season.
  31. Clean out your car – wash it, polish it, pretend it’s a Jag/Rolls/Ferrari.

And finally, most importantly,

32.  Upgrade your thoughts.

This is a MUST. Non-negotiable. Your abundance depends on it.

From this day forth, you’re done with tolerating a less-than-stellar opinion of yourself and what you deserve, ok?

That bitchy, critical voice in your head … shut her up swiftly and decisively.
And then reward yourself with something sumptuous like a mouthful of perfect chocolate or half-an-hour reading trashy romance.

If you need help with this, you might like to consider getting some wildly specific + insanelyuseful coaching
on this one thing.

Expect the best OF yourself and FOR yourself, and believe me, magicpants, the Universe will deliver.

Bliss-ings as always





PS I’d lurve to add to my list of suggested-upgrades. Please share your favorite in the comments below. You get extra linky-love-juice as a bonus!

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Kellie Hosaka May 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Aloha Jacqui!

I totally agree with you on the Abraham quote: “You can’t have it both ways. You cannot focus upon the absence of money and let money in. It cannot be! You have to start finding moments that feel like you think you want to feel…and savoring them!”

And yes, living in the “now” and enjoying each day abundantly is definitely they way to be “in flow”! Your list is full of ways to feel good now! I love it!!! Thank you for the suggestions! I love the one about watching some good movies!! I have been taking time to do just that! It’s fun & relaxing!!

You are truly the “expert” at “feeling good” everyday! Thank you for always sharing your ideas with the world & for shinning your “Goddess Light” with all of us!

Much love & aloha 🙂
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LovelyMe May 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Jacqui, I love your list! I have done some of it already, and now I have a new list from you with new things to do. Thank you for sharing!
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Andrew Tihnla May 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Fantastic List, Jacqui, many thanks.

We all worry too much about things that simply don’t matter. Stress about the large things only, and live a life of adventure by letting the rest of the stuff come to you at their own speed.


Davina May 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Well now, this has been my favorite post so far and I’ve loved them all! It seems so simple when you put it like this…and it turns out that it IS really that simple. Sometimes the simplest things seem the hardest, but since I’ve read this post I’ve been retraining my brain every day to push out the bad and focus on the good. I am finding that my sense of peace deep within is lasting longer and longer as I’m learning to turn off the panic button and go forth with the ‘I am’ instead of the ‘one day I will be’. Brilliant 🙂 Thank you for that!


Jacqueline Gates May 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

So glad to hear this, Davina. You are so wildly talented, I’ve no doubt that you’ll find all sorts of innovative upgrades.


Mohammed Wasim June 9, 2014 at 3:52 am

Hello Jacqueline,

From All 31 easy ways to upgrade your life right now, the best one i got impressed by 31 and 32 upgrade your thoughts. Really a very impressive and Encouragement words. Thanks for your time on this article. Bless you
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Jeanie September 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Oh, I just LOVE this article!!

The part that made me smile and chuckle to myself was this one:
“Drink your eight-glasses-of-water out of a crystal goblet ”

When I was in college, me and my crazy dorm friends used to each have a goblet we got at some funky cool store downtown. We used to walk around the residence hall drinking wine in our elaborate goblets and we felt like Queens. There are so many small things you can do to feel like a Goddess. You are a kind and generous spirit. Thank you for sharing! I’ll be sharing this article with my friends who need to hear these words of advice and love.


J Marie September 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Inspiring!! I love number 28. It’s amazing how much better I feel after putting on my favourite perfume, and hey, it doesn’t hurt that I get a bit more attention from the boys at work. Haha! Thanks for sharing, Jacqueline!
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Eva October 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

A good list…I have a real problem doing nice things for myself and I know I have to change. I was caregiver for my parents for 6 years 24/7 plus had a young daughter at the time as well…now my parents are both gone and my daughter is grown and has moved away and still I have a problem. I have been de-cluttering and I went on an elimination diet to de-clutter myself. Now to do the nice things daily for myself that I have neglected to do for so long. I need to stop depending on someone else to tell me I’m worth attention and being spoiled…I have to start spoiling myself. Thank you…
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Jacqueline Gates October 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Oh sweetie, you are totally worth attention + being spoiled! And the best part is that once you start lavishing love on yourself, the rest of the world does the same. It’s kinda like they’re waiting for you to show them how you want to be treated.


Marion Patrick December 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Upgrading your thoughts is a fabulous Mantra to keep in mind, Jacqueline. It’s too easy to be hammered down with negativity, but the better face you put on yourself, the better you will appear to others, and the better life will be. Thanks for the rest of the great ideas, too.


kevin January 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

very inspirational, sometimes people think they choose the easy way of life by sticking with there 8 hr shift jobs, following orders and not doing what they love, what they dont realize is that its not the easy way of life. your not enjoying your life, you work till your 60 yr old , finance everything, you just spent your whole life doing something you didnt enjoy doing, We live in a country where theres opportunities for everyone, where there’s a will there’s a way. thanks for sharing 🙂
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anks January 19, 2015 at 9:16 am

Practical ideas and a punch in the gut reminding me to do things I intended to but never did! I am off to tackle that scary laundry basket now… all thanks to you lady!
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Stacy January 24, 2015 at 3:55 am

Seriously you have mention all the points which everyone knew but never tried. After reading “Drink your eight-glasses-of-water out of a crystal goblet” within a second I implement this. I will surely go for theater very soon. Thanks for this great post. Now will print this post. 🙂
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Angelica January 28, 2015 at 3:16 am

Some good tips here!
Thanks , happy to know 🙂
– Angelica


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