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A beautiful pregnancy

A beautiful pregnancy

Posted October 07, 2014

A beautiful pregnancy. I didn’t think I’d ever write those words… After the 7 weeks of utter crap I felt during the first trimester, I wasn’t sure the words ‘beautiful pregnancy’ would be thought, let alone said. Once the fog of the first trimester cleared and the insane journey of transformation slowed down from full hustle to a nice cruising speed I started to tune in to the beauty of the experience unfolding with me. The realisation that I am not only growing, building and soon-will-be birthing a baby, but that I am also birthing a mother really hit home for me. How could this unreal, powerful, life-changing journey not be beautiful? Even with all the challenges that come with it, there is nothing more profound and stunning than the creation of life. So today I wanted to share with you what I consider to be the beauty of my pregnancy for a few reasons. Firstly, there are so many physical and emotional changes that unfold during pregnancy, many of which are not pleasant or fun (respect to EVERY woman who has ever carried a child). The amount of sacrifice that unfolds is insane – and I’m saying this at only 20 weeks! It’s because of this that I am choosing to make a conscious effort, daily, to see the beauty, the light, the gorgeousness of pregnancy – my god, there is so much to revel in and enjoy. But sometimes, on the off days, shitty stuff gets in the way. The second reason I am sharing my beautiful pregnancy with you (through my eyes, obviously) is because I want to inspire those woman out there, like me, who might be overwhelmed by the thought of pregnancy yet feel that deep mother-earth pull to have a child, to see pregnancy through a different lens. One lined with silver (and gold!) And finally, I hope that this post inspires you to take whatever it is that is challenging you right now and dissect it, put it back together and hopeful reform it into something beautiful. Pleasing. Exciting. Joyful. In the rough is a diamond. Always. A beautiful pregnancy 1) Spontaneous moments of emotion. Erupting from within and pouring forth through tears, a choked voice. I feel overwhelmed with a deep sense of purpose, love and connection at random moments through my day. Sometimes a song will trigger it. Or reading a story of childbirth. Even a kind word from a friend. I am FEELING a lot more than ever before. Thinking – my normal way of being – isn’t coming so easily anymore. 2) Neurotic and irrational (mini) hormonal outbursts. There is something WILD and FREE about feeling angry, or pissed off, or like you just want to stomp your feet and chuck a tantrum. These are very, very, rare for me – now and even before pregnancy – but I love them when they show up. They make me feel real. Human. Delicate. Vulnerable. And I always get something out of them. A release. A learning. 3) The miraculous and magical human body. Think about it. Building a child is hard work! We are talking spine, nervous system, brain, bones, and everything in between right down to eyelashes and fingerprints. I feel very clever. I’ve always admired and respected the human body. But us women, holy smokes, we are special. We create life. That simple fact makes me gush with gratitude and awe. 4) My beautiful body.  Yes my thighs are getting bigger. So are my boobs and my belly. But I’ve never felt more sexy and beautiful. Cliché? Perhaps… but it’s a cliché for a reason. I feel ‘bountiful’… tribal. My husband thinks so too. 5) Surrender + self-love. I think I’m getting this more and more. I’ve always had the ability to push past my boundaries. But, over the last few years surrender and self-love have slowly revealed themselves to me like a curtain drawing back. I’ve had many experiences of both and they are now part of my daily life. I make time for self-love and I consciously surrender. But now, oh wow… this baby demands a softness and an inner strength that has nothing to do with brute force or control.  6) The Collective Baby-love.  I am astounded, daily, but the expressions of joy and gratitude that I receive from complete strangers. There is this innate understanding that ripples through humanity which speaks of the powerful respect for life that we all have. Even if we don’t express it in those words. We are ALL for life. And babies represent that. They also represent a soulful connection to the divine. They are miraculous and yet a normal occurrence. It’s like our own personal god-like encounter that happens over and over. It is actually so humbling to see how people react and to realise that this is not ‘my baby’ but another special gift from the universe to human-kind. 7) The spiritual super-highway  I feel like I’m fast-tracking my spiritual education. I’ve been on my own journey of self-exploration and spiritual seeking for years now, but in the last 20 weeks I can sense a deeper knowing, or shall I say living from TRUST and LOVE. There’s no time to muck around. I’m birthing a life and a mother, it’s truly time to step up to the plate and get super cosy with my soul and to live from it daily. And my soul is telling me to trust. And with that so much irrelevant crap is falling away. I am actually struggling to notice anything ‘wrong’ in my life. Anything I once fretted over is totally irrelevant. 8) Glossy hair. Great skin. Strong nails. On a more superficial front…I know a lot of this will do a complete about face post-birth (I hear of hair loss, ageing skin and brittle nails) but right now I’m digging this and will be grateful for it for however long it lasts. 9) My little babe… Last but not least, the little […] Read more

Sugar-free Paleo Brownies

Sugar-free Paleo Brownies

Posted September 30, 2014

It’s fascinating to me that when you are pregnant everyone gives you a free pass to eat whatever you want. I’m constantly hearing; “Eat whatever you want. If you crave it, eat it. Don’t hold back. If you want KFC go for it”… hmm I definitely agree that right now my body wants alot of food and needs alot of extra nourishment and sustenance – I could eat all day. But I don’t agree that growing a baby means dropping the ball and eating junk. Now, before I offend anyone, please know I’m not being so incredibly strict to the point of insanity. My sister and two nieces dropped by our new home with a box of magnums to share. I don’t think I’ve eaten one of those in years, but I did, and I enjoyed it. However it’s not become a regular occurrence because I feel this baby and my body deserve a decent serving (at least 80% of my diet) of clean, fresh, healthy food, now more than ever. I’ve not yet had any insatiable cravings, and luckily my body doesn’t seem to ask for sugar right now. That being said, there is nothing like a delicious, moorish treat. It feels indulgent and special, particularly when you make them yourself! So let me introduce you to these Paleo Brownies I stumbled upon in a magazine (can’t remember where!) And yep, they are sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Here’s the recipe for you. They are SO good my niece is popping over today for an afternoon of baking and these are first off the rank! What you’ll need (to make 16, half the recipe for less) 250g melted coconut oil. 6 eggs (pastured or free range please!) 20 Medjool Dates – pitted and pre-soaked in water (I did a little less than 20) 1 tbls of Vanilla Bean Powder, Cinnamon or Maca for a more caramel flavour 1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder 2 Cups of Almond Meal (I used to the leftover meal from making Almond Milk and dried it out in the sun) 1/2 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder Baking tin – I used a 20 by 30 cm one. What to do: 1. Preheat your oven to around 160 Degrees. Line your baking tin with baking paper. 2. Whiz up the coconut oil, eggs, dates and vanilla/maca/cinnamon. Get it to a nice smooth consistency and caramel-like in colour. 3. In a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients – the cacao powder, almond meal, salt, baking powder. Combine these really well. 4. Add your egg and coconut oil batter into the dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined. 5. Pour the batter into your lined tin and spread evenly. 6. Bake for 40-45mins. You’ll know when they are ready if they are just firm to the touch. You don’t want them to bake too hard. 7. Cool before serving. I added blueberries, Pepe Saya Creme Freche (But coconut ice-cream, yoghurt or anything else would be great too!) and a dash of cinnamon. 8. Eat and enjoy. Btw…If you make the 16, store a few in the fridge or freezer, these make for a great energy hit! Oh and if you make these let me know what you think. Love + light, Claire x Read more

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

Posted September 25, 2014

Why I decided to do a cleansing ritual… Moving can be such a traumatic experience. Especially if you choose to play in the mud-pit of stress that goes hand in hand with boxes, bubble wrap and tape. (We still have a pile of boxes on the balcony to flat-pack!) My husband and I spent the last two weeks packing up our life, after 4 years in the same place, and moving into a new home, suburb and era. An experience that could have been so stressful, but instead it was smooth, easy and almost fun (bar the exhaustion!) They say change is a good as a holiday. But just like a holiday where you have to battle through travel, long distances, and countless hiccups, moving too comes with a whole lot of effort, planning and patience. However now we are here. And the change is good. Great even. A palpable shift – physically, emotionally, mentally. We are settled. Slowly making this new space our new home. And quite poignantly our baby kicked for the first time on the day we moved in, right on 11:11am. A good omen me thinks! This new home is both foreign and comfortable all at the same time (kinda like pregnancy!) We don’t completely have our bearings, our ‘due north’ is still a little foggy. But we are getting there – navigating and integrating with ease and without expectation. Despite the fact that I am utterly thrilled to be here (I’m now back on home soil living seaside where I spent the first 23 years of my life and a stone’s throw away from my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) I can’t pretend that this shift, energetically, has been seamless. How do you let go of a place you’ve called home for close to 4 years? The place where your bond with the man you loved deepened? The place where you started your thriving and love-filled business? The place where you studied, explored the ‘self’, got engaged, married and even knocked up? Our home over the last few years is a treasure trove of memories and life-changing, pivotal moments. Not to mention that my husband, a Cancerian and a true home-body, naturally feels displaced in any new environment. It’s because of this huge and weighty question that I decided to wipe the slate clean and consciously start our new life fresh. I wanted to detox ourselves, our new home and even our ‘things’ of any negative energy, judgments, expectations and limiting beliefs that might stand in the way of us moving forward positively. A Cleansing Ritual was in order… I arrived at our new apartment first. It was empty and felt odd. Before our stuff arrived with Chris and the removalists and again after the bulk of the move was done I (to my husband’s amusement) held a little ceremony of sorts. I used a beautiful Sage + Lavendar Smudge stick to help this cleansing ritual. With reverence I walked through our home starting at the front door, in a clockwise direction. With the Smudge Stick lit I entered every room, corner and crevice. Circling the smoke high and low as I loudly stated my intentions for each room. I also called on the white light, angels and spirit guides to support our life, our baby and our future with love. I felt a little choked up with emotion. Something shifted and bubbled up within me. It felt healing, instantly. Not long after my Mum arrived help. She, armed with with Holy Water from the local church, walked through our room and sprinkled the water throughout our home to cleanse and bless our new space. Mum told me to ask for our home, baby and marriage to be blessed and called on Mother Mary + Jesus to guide and protect us. A beautiful serenade to the ‘religion’ and spirituality of my childhood. ++ Now, to shed some further light on this experience and to give you gorgeous readers some extra insight I also called up Feng Shui, Sacred Cleansing + Energy Expert Renee Longworth. Renee kindly answered a few questions I had about this powerful process. I followed many of her ‘how-to’ steps to cleanse which can you check out below. (I recommend printing and keeping!) Renee’s insights and tips: For someone who has never heard of it before, what is a ‘house’ clearing? A house clearing is a ritual or ceremony which is performed with the intention of clearing your space of any old negative energetic patterns. These patterns can be created from the building of your home or biz, (e.g. frustrated dealings with contractors) the history of the land, past occupants or current circumstances or events. A home or building is a living breathing entity and hears and sees everything within its space. It will absorb the energy of it’s events within the very fibres of its structure and can hold onto negative patterns or energy. By clearing negative energy and invoking positive energy, it helps to create a sacred space for you to flourish and thrive in. Why is it important to cleanse and clear our homes/offices etc? For example, when you move into a new home or if there has been an argument within a space, it’s important to clear this energy as it can have an effect on how you function. Also the energetic pattern can start to change how you respond to circumstances, how your family interacts with one another and your overall positive outlook. We all know the feeling you get when you walk into a room after a two people have just had an argument. Even the language we use for the awkwardness of the atmosphere directly refers to the energy that has been created – ‘You could’ve cut the air with a knife’. Is there a history to this practice? Most cultures have Space Clearing rituals. And each culture will have a particular tool they associate with. Wiccans or Pagans are known to use their brooms […] Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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