About The Gold Light Project

When I got the crazy idea to write a book about the night time ritual that had changed my sons’ lives, I knew it wasn’t going to end with merely printing a stack of pretty hardbacks.

gold-lightI had an inkling that this book was about so much more.

The families and friends who’d tried the Sleepy Magic ritual were reporting incredible changes in their children – increased confidence, less angst and worry, and a profound sense of self-esteem.

The results were astounding. But I knew it needed to go further.

See, at its heart, this book – and all my books – are about empowering kids (and grown ups) to connect with their self-worth. Because if you’ve got self-worth, you’ve got everything you need to change the world.

So that’s exactly what I decided to do, in two distinct but parallel ways…

Room to Read

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela

Consider this: if every child received an education, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty.

But the stats are astounding: 793 million people remain uneducated and illiterate — two thirds of whom are women and girls.

It’s heartbreaking stuff.

rtr_logo_colorWhich is why I was so excited to discover Room to Read.

This incredible charity is dedicated to helping children across the world to pursue a quality education, reach their full potential, and contribute to their community and the world.

They do this through numerous programs and initiatives that all focus on two guiding principles: literacy and gender equality in education.  So far more than 9 million kids have benefited from their work.

And that’s where the books – Sleepy Magic and Alfie the Angelfish – tie in…

Our dream is to build a school.

Yep, an entire, real-life, bricks-and-mortar school (we like to think big round here!). The target we’re aiming for? $37,000.

And we are almost there…

How does it work?

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As an official partner of Room to Read, 10% of all proceeds from the sales of both books go straight towards achieving this goal – building a school in Nepal.

But book sales are just the start.

There’s also going to be events, workshops, fundraising drives… All sorts of different opportunities to give money to this incredible cause.

(And let it be said: when it comes to helping these kids, I’m hell-bent on making it happen.)

But it doesn’t end there…

To me, it’s not enough to just raise money; I want to empower people at the same time. That’s where this next part comes in…

The Gold Light Project


Sleepy Magic may seem to be a book about soothing your children to sleep.

And Alfie may appear to be ‘just’ the story of a cheeky little angelfish.

And on one level they are. But they’re also so much more than that.

gold-curlAs you lead your children through these stories – particularly Sleepy Magic, where you’re sorting through their fears, affirming their strengths, honing in on how they want to feel – you are planting seeds far greater and deeper than simply a restorative night’s sleep.

In fact, you’re helping them create a firm, resilient base from which to engage with the world.

The Gold Light Project is devoted to growing and cultivating this self-worth in ourselves, our children and beyond. I started it as a platform for the Sleepy Magic Kids and Parents who wanted to express their newfound personal power and create positive change… and it took off from there.

It’s basically about empowering you and your children to make a difference – within your own life, within your family, within your community, and in the world at large.

We do this through…

  • Raising money for Room to Read.
    I want you to get involved too, through thoughtful, community-driven initiatives. We already have heart-swelling examples of Sleepy Magic Kids who’ve heard the story of Room to Read and have decided to raise money for it… Now it’s your turn. I’ll be sharing ideas and strategies that you can put into action in your home, your child’s school, your neighbourhood – pretty much anywhere. Every single dime donated goes directly to building our school.
  • Spreading the self-worth message.
    Over on the blog, I share stories of kids (and grown ups!) who are putting this message into action. I also share tools, tips and strategies to help you enhance and foster self-worth – both in yourself and your kids.
  • Insightful products and tools.
    Sleepy Magic and Alfie the Angelfish are just the start of a whole series of love-fuelled books and products designed to empower you and your children to cultivate resilience, self-worth and personal power. This is just the beginning…

In essence, this is a movement.

It’s not about starting a sleepy-time ritual; it’s about starting a self-worth revolution.

Here’s how to get involved.