Many of us are struggling right now as we are shut off from our community during the coronavirus pandemic. But there are ways we can build resilience and find joy in life while improving our physical and mental wellbeing.
Former professional AFL player Andrew Jobling is passionate about ‘wellness’. The mentor, public speaker and author has just released his seventh book The Wellness Puzzle, outlining seven core pieces of life’s puzzle to promote change.
If you knew you could do or have anything you desired, what would you do and how would you live?
Learn life’s most important lessons from an ordinary person who had an extraordinary desire to change her circumstances. Be inspired to create a vision for your life, take some simple steps … and then watch how your life changes forever!
This is a book that will make you laugh and make you cry. Most importantly, it will help you to find the motivation to create a better level of wellbeing and a happier life for yourself.
Inspired by the life of Andrew Jobling’s mother, Sue, Dance Until It Rains reveals lessons that can help us all to live a life of health, happiness and prosperity.
Born in an Eastern European country faced with the increasing threat of a world war and Nazi invasion, Sue Jobling’s childhood was full of challenges and events that significantly impacted her journey to adulthood. Despite this, she became a successful career woman, loving wife and adoring mother to three children. And when diagnosed with cancer, her inner strength shone through. With determination, gratitude, focus and an attitude of ‘doing what it takes’, she set about not just beating the disease but creating a life of abundance.
In this heart-warming tribute, Andrew takes the life lessons he learned from his remarkable mother and shows us how we can all benefit if we apply them to our own lives.
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“Hi Andrew,Ihave finished reading your book at 0841 this morning. I laughed, but mostly cried, had to stop reading to wipe tears from my eyes. I looked at the photo of your mum and you more than 10 times and the unspoken communication of pride and love on her face your little hand touching here hair is so poignant it jerked me to tears. I identified with your mother in so many levels including her battle with cancer (I too am a survivor of it) and I assure you I was with her all the way. You took me into your family so deftly and gave me a picture of a mother you have every right to be proud of. Thank you for your book I will treasure it both as a gift and as a work of love on your part to a loving and proud mother. I share and understand a mother’s love and pride. Thank you again.” Esther, VIC
“Hi Andrew! I’ve just had the pleasure of reading all of, “Dance Until it Rains”. Awkwardly, I just read the touching mention of the pelicans in the final pages whilst commuting on a bus to work. Holding back tears in a crowded morning bus is not a common occurrence for most blokes! Thanks for that! 🙂 Such a touching and well written tribute to your Mum, her supporters and her spirit. Cheers.” Mark, QLD
“Hi Andrew, I just started listening to Dance until it rains and I find it truly inspirational. This is definitely one of those books that I will listen to again … and again. Thanks for your sharing your Mum’s story with us.” Helga, New Zealand
“I finished reading ‘Dance until it rains’, I absolutely loved it, I couldn’t put it down. I am so glad you got it finished! Your Mum was a wonderfully inspirational woman. Your book has made me even more determined to tell my story.” Angela
“A touching story for all who need help with life.” Anne-Marie Emerson, Northern Advocate
“As a motivational self-help book, this is as good as any other. Jobling is honest, compassionate and really cares that readers take his lessons to heart. He gives some good tips on how to use these lessons to change one’s life. This is a superb tribute to a special mother. It’s great for dipping into when you need some inspiration.” Naida Mulligan, Southland Times
“Hi Andrew, I have started to read the book and I am totally blown away….it is such a great book. Well done Andrew, you are very talented, keep up the good work.” Roseanna
“Hi Andrew, Such a moving account of your special mother, with all those positive messages! The way you have put it together, with the well chosen quotes and your writing style ( including your impish sense of humour) is such a credit to you. I think perhaps my pick of the quotes is the one at the beginning of Ch 18: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by what takes your breath away”—-Hilary Cooper. What an emotional discovery it was for me that you STARTED writing the book 2 months before your dear Mum passed away. So many things impressed. Overall what wonderful genes you, Matt and Jen have inherited from such great parents. Andrew, this shines through, that a son would do this for, and about, his Mum.” Lee
“Hi Andrew, I just finished reading Dance Until it Rains last night…and have commenced dancing already! Amazing piece of art!” Sanja
“Hi Andrew In May 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have just read your book “Dance until it Rains”. You could have written that book about me – everything you said about your mum describes me even down to my love of pelicans. I too am seeking peace and tranquility in my life after a lifetime of turmoil within myself. This book has had a massive impact on me and reinforces the decisions I am making and I thank you for writing it.” Deb
“WOW! I read your book last might and just loved it. Reading the book I felt that I was part of the dancing process and felt part of the family process as an onlooker – it was very powerful” Faye
“I have read 3/4 of your book and haven’t yet told you how I found it. I was going to wait until I’ve finished it, but it’s given me so much now that I’ll wait until I feel right about picking it up again.. (you know how you read a book half way, apply it, then pick it up when your intuition tells you to and then it clicks and pushes you forward once again). Anyway, I’m a self-help book junkie which is kind of like my therapy. I used to feel funny about it but now I’m proud because I have learnt so much from other people’s experiences. I’ve read Susan Jeffers, Dr Phil, various spiritual/karma books, don’t sweat the small stuff, depression stuff etc etc. After reading all these books, thinking thinking thinking and then not really applying in a physical sense.. well your book has made me want to achieve things in a physical sense.. ie I was living in my dreams and not creating on the physical plane and (subconsciously) felt I had to fix myself emotionally before I could achieve anything. How wrong you showed me I was! The part that impacted me most was when you spoke about the people that had kept trying and not given up. Particularly what you said about Lance Armstrong. That made something click in me that I have been praying for a while. And your book has given me the practical, no nonsense, action-focused tools to attain this. The lesson I live by now is on the bottom of page 9. I feel now life’s short! And I am achieving now far more than before, I feel like a new person and now I’ve become an inspiration to others because I’m so happy all the time. So I just wanted to let you know and thank you for your book and tell you you’ve impacted someone for the better. I now don’t let fear creep in when it comes on and just keep pushing on! My unhappiness came in my believing in the fear and letting it stop me and thinking I had to fix it before I moved forward.. that I needed to ‘get to know myself and fix the fear’ before I moved on.. but the fear is always going to try and creep in (when we push out into new territory) just as Susan Jeffers says.. feel the fear and do it anyway! Except your insights seem to have clicked with me more and made an impact on a deeper level. Thanks once again” Riki
“Hi Andrew, I have finished your book and it’s great!!!! I must admit at the start I had to slow myself down when reading it as I didn’t want to finish it so soon. It’s an awesome book and I believe it will inspire many!” Vera
“Hi Andrew. Many thanks for Dance Until It Rains, Your mothers’ journey has made a profound effect on my life. On my way to optimal health. Once again Thank you not just for myself but all of those around me” Liz
“I read it cover to cover on Saturday and felt wonderful after doing so. Then, I passed it on to my Mum to read so she could feel great too! An inspirational story that immediately made me want to live better” Anita
“Thanks Andrew for the book. I have nearly finished it already. Well done with the creation…..there is a heap of easily digestible take away messages for people enclosed in a warm and honest account of your relationship with your mum.” Carson “Hi Andrew. It took a couple of weeks after my friend’s son died to pick up Dance Until It Rains. Thank you so much for sharing Sue Jobling with the world. Her courage and determination is truly admirable. Her wonderful traits have obviously been passed onto you Andrew and I know that I have learned so much from reading her story. To question, to learn, to fight, to love and to live.” Anna
“Andrew is a truly wonderful person who has shared an extremely painful but positive journey with us in his latest book “Dance until it Rains.” His love and deep respect for his Mum throughout her 15 year battle with cancer jumps out at the reader on every page. Read “Dance until it Rains”…………………………….you won’t want to put it down.” Darryl
“Thank you for the fantastic book Dance Until It Rains. As you know I purchased the book yesterday morning and had finished it by tea time last night. I am not a person big on “self help books” and have many on the shelf that I have bought but not read so it was a surprise to me that it caught my interest so easily. I imagined this would be an inspiring story of your mother’s battle with cancer and that is what appealed to me. It was so much more than that. It was uplifting, inspiring, very easy to read and understand and the lessons as I think you said were all things you already knew but were written in a way that made it real. I will be reading this again and again and hope that I can apply even a few of your mother’s lessons to my own life. Cheers” Sara
“‘Dance Until it Rains’ touched my soul. I have never read a book that was not only inspirational, but also touching to hear a story of a mother’s journey from her son. ‘Dance Until it Rains’, is a great story and we could all learn to dance more in life.” Roslyn “The book was lovely Andrew and a great tribute to your mother. I cried and I am determined to improve my ‘dancing’.” Jan “Andrew has written a beautiful and heart warming book that leaves you feeling inspired to take action and put in place some of the lessons that are so generously shared with the reader throughout the book. It is so easy to read and it is a privilege to share in the reflections of his Mum’s life journey that we can all learn from.” Lindsay
“As I was reading, it felt like you were talking directly to me. Such a beautiful story, with some incredible lessons that will change my life. I couldn’t put it down – it was fantastic.” Teresa
“Dear Andrew, I have just finished your book ‘Dance Until It Rains’ (which I read in a little over 3 days!). I loved the way you linked the account of your mother’s life and experiences with lessons or suggestions as to how we might change our own lives. To me, the book serves two distinct but related purposes – a moving account of your mother’s life and a road map for those of us seeking to live healthier more sustainable lives. For my part I am already introducing some of the suggested changes and as a first step intend to implement a supplement regime. Congratulations on a fantastic effort.” Michael, Barrister
“Wow, Andrew, what an amazing book! Thank you for writing it. I loved it!” Karyn
“Hi Andrew, Thanks so much for coming to Bendigo to talk to us last week. It’s always fantastic and inspirational to hear you speak. Thank-you also for writing ‘Dance Until It Rains’. Your Mum truly was an amazing person. It’s wonderful that you have been able to share her story. It has already had a major impact on the life of my family especially my son Anthony who is 6. Here’s what happened this morning. Anthony has been developing quite a negative attitude lately that has been noticed not only by me but others as well. We have all tried to talk to him about being positive and not getting upset and cranky when things don’t go his own way but we don’t’ seem to be getting far. This morning he came into my bed (a daily ritual with both my children) and was grumpy and upset. I asked him what was wrong and he told me he had no money to spend at the Sunday market today. I talked him through the fact that he only last week spent most of his money on a toy that he had saved up for. I also pointed out that he still had some money on the table, that I was giving them their weekly job money in this morning rather than tonight and that he still had a chance to do a few extra jobs before we left in order to get a bit more money. He was still grumpy and unhappy so on impulse I reached for your book (I was in the middle of reading the last chapter) and read a few sections out to Anthony. I focused on the ”Power of the Mind” By this time my daughter Tania (who is 8) had joined us in the bed and we all had a great discussion about how what we think and say influences our actions. I told them about you, the book and why it was written. Both the children were extremely interested. The children do not have regular contact with their father and I really believe that Anthony misses a positive male influence. The fact that the book had been written by a male who had played football seemed to be enough for Anthony to take some notice of the things that I was reading. I told him to go and have his piece of watermelon (we have made that one small change in our household) and he came back to me 5mins later with a much different attitude. I read some more parts of the book out and his whole attitude towards the “money dilemma” had become more positive. I think I will be using your book much more with Anthony in order to change his thinking and help him to develop a much more positive outlook on things. We already, as a family, talk a lot about gratitude, forgiveness and positive thinking but your book will be a tool I can use with Anthony as the information comes from someone else, not from me. Thanks again for all that you share and the positive impact you have on not only my life but the lives of many others.” Anna