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Your 6 month review

Your 6 month review

Posted May 19, 2017

2017 – Your 6 month review…what is the state of play so far? And where to from here? 2017 has been intense for me so far. Ha, when is it not? In all seriousness though, 2017 has been intense in a different way. I was going to write ‘HUGE LESSONS’ but actually it’s been more about deep spiritual shifts and more than one ‘bitch-slap’ from the universe.Have you felt that too? I want to say I’m on the other side of it – my god I’m ready for lightness and happy-happy-joy-joy – but I don’t think I have much say in it, really. There’s some powerful decoding going on. Old programs and belief systems, clearing out things I don’t need or that don’t align. This kind of work is not quick and painless. And whilst I do feel like I am getting glimpses of the light, playful energy I love about LIFE I’m not out of the woods yet. And that’s OK. It has to be. What else can it be, but OK? Surrender taught me that lesson. It is OK because it just IS. What is helping though is a little process I’m bringing back into play – one that I think you’ll love and resonate with. I’m going to start the process of REVIEWING the last 6 months – January to May. Following that, as June rolls around I’m going to consciously CREATE the next 6 months of 2017. Shuffling and aligning my goals, dreams and focal points around how I actually feel, what I’ve discovered and where my heart wants to go. P.s I have some realisations already coming through – and some of them include a BIG change in my work – but more on me another time. This is about YOU. It’s time to review So here’s how it goes. I ask myself a series of questions and journal out the answers. Usually with a lovely essential oil (current face is doTERRA Elevation – joyful blend!) diffusing, a few oracle cards laid out, some nice music in the background (and my toddler climbing all over me!) 1) What has happened over the last 6 months – and how has it affected me (the way I feel, how I’ve behaved, what I’ve done)? 2) What are the realisations? If any? 3) What have I struggled with, and why? 4) What have I learned, so far? 5) What could I have done differently? Where was I out of alignment? 6) What has really worked and brought me into alignment? Really review your year with a fine-tooth comb and explore what felt heavy, light, aligned, contracted. Be ruthless and objective. Look at it ALL with clear eyes and non-attachment. It’s time to create Looking forward, with the last 6 months as a reference point, it’s time to ask yourself these questions. 1) What are my set-in-stone plans over the next 6 months? And how do I want to feel when I experience them? How do I see these plans playing out? 2) What are my current goals? What do I intend to experience, do, reach for? 3) What would feel REALLY GOOD? What would bring me into alignment with my values and make my feel congruent with life? 4) How should I proceed? What action do I take and when? 5) What’s MISSING in my life now that I absolutely must include over the next 6 months? 6) What would really LIGHT me up to see happen? +++++ Take note of these questions my love if you’d like to review your year, so far. Or better still, please download and print this little journal guide I just whipped up. DOWNLOAD JOURNAL GUIDE HERE This is your chance to reflect and create consciously. We don’t have to be passengers of our own lives. Even when we feel we are getting slapped down, over and over again (like me!) we can choose to LEARN, EVOLVE and WORK with what is unfolding. And better still we can take those slaps and channel them into co-creation. Making every moment sacred, worthy and nurturing them into seedlings of change and transformation. Love + light to you, Claire xx P.S I would be STOKED to hear back from you after you’ve done this exercise. Let me know what you’ve learned in reflection and what you are now ready to co-create? Read more

How I found my way back from broken and anxious

How I found my way back from broken and anxious

Posted April 28, 2017

I want to tell you something about me… most people say they find me to be calm. Centered. Present. Grounded and confident. But I want to show you a different side of the coin. I can be – and especially since becoming a mama – nervous, unsure, insecure and so very anxious. I remember when I was 19 and traveling with my sister. At a certain point on our travels we were parting ways – I was to go it alone. Oh god, I was terrified. All the ‘what-ifs’… all the uncertainty. I didn’t trust myself that I would FIND a way through any challenges. I didn’t trust that I could cope. And that’s just ONE example. It strikes me as bizarre that I can be this way – because I AM quite confident as a person. I do mostly believe in myself and have a high level of independence. Yet, as with all of us, I am multi-layered and my own personal shadows and ‘flaws’ (I use that word LOOSELY)) show up in odd ways and at odd times. Over the years, particularly from the age of 24 to 34 when I was deep in my own personal journey of inner transformation (through yoga, meditation, clean eating, study) I found and tapped into a new level of self-confidence. I found a way to stand in my own strength and personal power. To ride through the anxiety and trust in myself and in life. Then motherhood came along. I always share with my coaching clients that when we are in our own personal spiritual journeys there comes a time when we are ready to uplevel. We might not know it yet but on a soul level it’s time to turn the heat up. I was coasting before motherhood. Happy, grounded, balanced, content. And as I knew intuitively Little S was coming earth side to take me to the next level. But before I could ‘up-level’ I had to have a few dark night’s of the soul. You know, those moments where you question everything? Who am I? How did I get to this point? Why am I thinking/being in this way? What the F is going on here? What am I meant to do with this? Where to from here? I’m one of those souls (as my beautiful friend Tara Bliss says) that signed up for ALL the lessons and without much ease. I battled with my ego and with my fears many, many times (and still do!) Simply going out for a walk with my baby would leave me rattled (did I mention she was insanely unsettled and unhappy for the first 6 months at least?) I was scared to shake things up or try anything NEW in case it all fell apart. Losing control – something I had thought I’d overcome – became a real and tangible fear of mine. I didn’t take risks. I didn’t roll with the punches. I didn’t take the attitude of ‘let’s just see what happens’…I found myself in a deep, dark hole. This crazy-ass ride brought back all those qualities in me that I had thought I’d long ago ‘mastered’. How laughable. Mastered? Yeah right… It was just time to UP LEVEL and chip off another layer and stretch with all the growing pains that come with it. I let motherhood control me in those early months and in the end I controlled my life so there was no space for joy. That makes me a little sad to remember that, but also grateful for such a massive lesson. Because now I feel even MORE aligned to trust. I feel cosy with the idea that it’ll all work out. Anxiety, now, is a message of misalignment, not something I am OWNED by. I know I am more confident, grounded and present because of this (and the many other) experience. How did I find my way back? Getting honest with myself. Self-reflection + meditation. Slowly starting to say YES to myself and my own self-care. Reconnecting with my inner voice and intuition. And time… Yes, time, in the literal sense, but also in giving myself TIME AND SPACE. To connect with soul sisters. To go to yoga. To breathe. To take a walk. To do something yummy just for me. And to sit with and process the massive lessons I was getting smashed with. To let myself feel ‘smashed’ knowing it would pass, soon enough +++ Now that I have perspective what would I do differently? I would do all of the above but earlier. Sooner. I wouldn’t was as much time as I did feeling trapped and controlled. I would own my life again with positive change. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I know RIGHT NOW there is something that you KNOW you need to do – that will realign you, rebuild you, nurture you, reconnect you. But you aren’t doing it, are you? Or maybe you are, but not enough. And I want you to know this; where you are right now and who you are right now is not permanent. So you don’t need to be swallowed up by it and get buried under the fear, confusion, anxiety, insecurity. Just start, today, right now, doing SOMETHING that reconnects you. No matter how broken you feel, know this – you aren’t, you just simply need some SPACE and TIME to find your way back. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Why you don’t need to understand the shadows within you

Why you don’t need to understand the shadows within you

Posted April 01, 2017

Feel the shadows within I want to share a story with you. Something that unfolded for me last weekend.This is a precious story, a deeply personal one. But in the name of authenticity and truth-telling I offer this up to you… it’s also a way for me to continue dis-engaging and ‘identifying’ with this story and instead to dig deeper into the wisdom that is there for me (and hopefully you) at its core. +++ As many of you know I spent three days on the Gold Coast in Australia diving into the Shadows under the beautiful, powerful and potent guidance of Belinda Davidson* Over those three days we worked with our chakras, the magic of the white light and our own deeply embedded shadows. Stories, limiting beliefs, broken dreams, emotions we just can’t explain.The darkness we’ve carried for many, many lifetimes. Does that sound heavy and depressing? Well, it wasn’t. It was enlightening, It was and still is the most important work I’ve done (for myself as a women, a mama, a healer, a coach… a spiritual being having a human experience). Throughout this workshop we explored past life stories, inner fears and allowed our shadows to RISE. In a safe, white light filled container. Secure in knowing that our work was to see, feel and ultimately release the darkness – transmuting it into light. Shadow-working light work… Personally, I didn’t have the experience that many did – seeing vivid images unfold, during meditation, of past lives and the trauma. Nor did I get a clear message from my intuition as to what, exactly, my shadows were. The summary, or the words to describe my shadows never arose. But what I did get was this; Profound sensations of release. Deep emotion bubbling up as I was triggered by someone else’s stories and visions. HUGE waves of sadness flowing within me and out of me. Spontaneous shudders and shivers On the final day we, as a collective, entered a powerful meditation calling in the white light via the heaven to earth connection. Again I had no words, no thoughts, no visions – nothing concrete to sink my ‘need-to-intellectualise-it’ mind. Soon we reached the base chakra, channelling white light into this centre – the seat of humanly needs and desires. The chakra that governs our ability to ground here on earth, to embrace our journey as a human being in a physical body. To feel safe, secure and connected. This chakra that relates to our finances, home, worldly life and to our need for tribe, for inclusion. And here live my deepest, darkest shadows. Here, my shadows, have made their home – like cancerous growth. Burrowing down. Growing roots. It was here that I came face to face with these shadows. Or should I say feeling-to-feeling. I can’t quite explain what happened properly but I will endeavour to. The shadows within and all the sadness, hurt, betrayal and rejection burst forth; I was on the floor. Hands and knees desperately trying to earth. I sobbed – loud, visceral, uncontrollable. I shook, violently. I could barely breathe. I released. It felt birth-like. It felt ancient, tribal. It felt overwhelming. It was out-of-body yet SO embodied. I was not quite aware of myself. I knew where I was and what was unfolding but just like child birth I was in a different place, no longer governed by my left-brain. There was no space for analysing and understanding. Yet I had flashes of truth roll through; “This is your base chakra releasing. There is so much hurt. This feels like I am birthing, again”. Mostly, what I came to experience first hand is something I’ve always know and a truth Belinda drilled home all weekend. It matters not what these shadows are about, or where they came from or why you’ve held onto them or what you are to do with it all. All that matters is that you allow them to rise and release. Rise and release. Breathe and release. Rise and release. I have an understanding – which I won’t go into – as to where this shadow was born from. I know of past lives, I know of past pains and traumas. But truthfully, I do not care. I don’t need to know. I just need to let it go. And feel it rise up. Feel the sadness. Be overwhelmed for 5 minutes by the shadow. And then breathe it out. Let it go. Let it GO. LET it go. I fully and wholly and completely FELT what it is like to FEEL and RELEASE instead of THINK and CONTROL. +++ I can’t count how many times I’ve heard (through my coaching clients) “I Just WISH I knew WHY or WHERE this came from. Yes, sometimes the clarity and knowledge of itself can create a HUGE shift in perception – a change of view, a rewiring. But often our deeper, dirtier, darker shadows do not respect to only clarity. They need to rise. Be felt. Be honoured and ultimately released. love + light, Claire xx *I have mentioned this incredible woman, Belinda Davidson many, many times. I see her as my spiritual mentor and I HIGHLY recommend you check her out if you want to dive in deeper on a soul level, cleanse and clear your energy anatomy and therefore change your life. 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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