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my life behind the scenes … the juggle and ALL!

my life behind the scenes … the juggle and ALL!

Posted June 29, 2017

my life behind the scenes… the juggle and all. I saw an Instagram post the other day from a beautiful, fellow coach I love and admire. She was sharing how she works throughout the month – how she needs a lot of alone time, how she works around her moon cycle. And how she doesn’t have a desk, rocks clients and juicy writing sessions and starts work (and finishes ) late.P.s her name is Claire Baker. I highly recommend you connect with her – particularly her work on learning to “Adore Your Cycle” It was a lovely post because it gave us an insight into life behind the scenes. Let’s be honest, we all love a sneaky peek behind the curtains. It made me contemplate how different things are now, running a business arounda toddler. It’s something I always planned back in 2010 when I was dreaming up my coaching/online business. I knew one day I would be in this place. But this place is completely different to the business I was running 2.5 years ago. Today I don’t have the luxury of working around my cycle, or having dance breaks, or going into the creative cave for long (Gosh, I do miss all of that!) Because I have to squeeze in my coaching around my days with Soleil and my husband’s schedule. Juggle is an understatement. But on deeper reflection I can see that I do have my own ‘way’ of doing things… constantly adjusting and tweaking to the ever changing demands of motherhood. Yet there is still a sort of rhythm. It’s messy and it’s never set in concrete… but I want to share this with you. Perhaps it might give you some little nugget that will support you in your own ‘JUGGLE’.++ As much as possible I get up by 5:30am. This only began once Soleil started sleeping through at 21-ish months. I meditate – usually a chakra or mantra meditation. I then hit my yoga mat – which is always rolled out in the living room – for a Kundalini flow or a I do a 20 minute Barre Body Online Class. If there is time I will oil pull and tongue clean or neti-pot. This definitely doesn’t happen as often as I want to I always start my day with a cup of warm water, lemon, ACV and coconut oil– sometimes a drop of doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil too. Lately I’ve been experimenting with BulletProof Coffee and fasting till 12. It’s working so far. I try not to, but spend most of the morning flitting between rooms tidying, prepping for our morning outing, making breakfast, putting on/hanging out laundry, showering. I hate to admit it but sometimes I fall into the trap of ‘doing’ too much and not ‘being’… Motherhood especially has exasperated this. So my morning is often a battle between the two. Presence, definitely feels so much better. I look forward to nap time like a newborn baby wants the boob! Once Soleil is down I get to breathe for a moment. I start with lunch. Usually I cook and eat it whilst watching a little bit of netflix. 15 minutes max. Then I hit my desk. I look at my diary so I know exactly what I’m meant to tackle that day. And I tackle it. But then again, sometimes I don’t. Like when I’m exceptionally tired, run down, or just not feeling it and everything is saying STOP. NO MORE. DO LESS. I listen. Despite the limited time I have, if it’s not URGENT and NOT IMPORTANT, then, well I cut the guilt story and find another time to do it. I love by my google calendar. Everything is scheduled – from morning meditation, time with Soleil, coaching clients, yoga classes, workshops, appointments. I use this calendar when I sit down anytime between Friday and Sunday to write out my weekly list to dos – this includes self-care. What do I know I need in the coming week to support me? I then look at this list an jot down the tasks directly into my diary on the days I need to action them. Both sit on my desk. Always. Every Friday when Soleil goes to daycare it’s a big day of work, but a new non-negotiable for me is that I must do something special just for me. Sometimes it’s a facial, often it’s a long yoga class. This is also the day my cleaner comes. Hooray! She bangs around the house scrubbing and dusting. I LOVE the way the house feels after she’s finished. I am tidy, but hate scrubbing. I also don’t iron. Like, you’d have to pay me. I am often having to juggle/reschedule my calendar. Surrender. My husband is currently travelling… a lot. That is a whole seperate email. But it means really supporting him and being as flexible ( literally and mentally) as I can. Which I sometimes suck at. I’m the kind of person that really needs a lot of alone time… and having a toddler at me ALL DAY really drains me. (It also brings out my playful, inner child too!) So I really have to consciously carve out that alone time. That might be closing the door and hibernating on the weekend during nap time. Or going to an early yoga class and not saying a word to anyone. Or disconnecting from Social Media because it drains me and makes me feel ‘switched on’ all the time. Business wise, I’m really over the game of creating, launching, and pedalling. I just want to write. Connect. Share. Host beautiful workshops and circles. Right now I don’t feel very entrepreneurial. I have a desk, squeezed into our bedroom. With my office long gone when Soleil was born. I don’t love it, it’s not my ideal, but at least there is one contained space to store my business paraphernalia. Right now I’m drafting this whilst my little one is alternating between jumping on the couch beside me and giving me cuddles. And yes, the TV is on (which I feel guilty about, […] Read more

reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

Posted June 29, 2017

reprogram your mind and choose a different pathway… Every physical ailment is a manifestation of stored emotions. My god, I believe this at my very core. I grew up witnessing my mother’s health deteriorate almost INSTANTLY when something happened that would emotionally rattle her. My father’s poor health (despite years of clean living!) is linked to a broken heart from childhood. I see it in myself… Years of Irritable Bowl Syndrome caused by years of anxiety and pent up stress. An ectopic heartbeat because I wasn’t ‘listening’ to the truth within me. A sore throat when my authentic voice isn’t given space. Now, my lovely, don’t go freaking out that everything you do or don’t do/say/think is going to make you sick. That is definitely NOT the take-away I want you to hold on to. However, the more you start to respect the connection between you mind-body-soul, the more capable you are of coming back into health, vitality, alignment, joy, flow when you are thrown off course. For me, this truth lights me up. It empowers me and makes me feel confident that I can work WITH my emotions, with my body, with my truth and every other TOOL that resonates with me to live in health and happiness. But wait up, what exactly are emotions? At the Emotions + Essential Oils training I did last weekend the teacher broke it down like this: Emotions = Chemical Responses in the brain and body that are short lived. Emotions are biological responses to chemical processes in our body. Mood = State of Mind of predominant, ever present emotion. And the origins of these emotions? Guess what – they are actually chemical, biological and spiritual. The food we eat, the environment we are in, the stuff we put on our bodies, the practices we do (or don’t do), the experiences we’ve had or are having, the memories and the thoughts all effect how we FEEL. These emotional responses are physical reactions triggered by chemicals in the brain! Think about it like this. I have a serotonin deficiency (figured this out years ago after years of digestive troubles). If I eat poorly, hide away from the sun for too long, skip meditation, don’t move my body regularly, or breathe in/put toxic chemicals on or in my body then I feel miserable. (Not to mention the cycles of the moon, our own cycle as women and the weather!) Sad. Flat. Emotional. In a funk. (Which is why I do my best to live a clean, high vibe, conscious life). There are a few other things that get thrown into the mix. Generational Patterning (depression may run in the family line), past traumas and childhood conditioning. Gosh when you put it all like that it can seem all too hard to ‘cope’ with life. But it’s not. Actually, it’s quite simple. If we want to live FULL, healthy, vital, beautiful lives then we simply have to commit to one thing….Reprograming your mind. Ha. Simple, right? The brain has neural pathways that are laid down from day dot. And the brain will always choose the most well-worn pathways. The roads are already laid out, why would you choose to go off the grid? Repeated negative emotional experiences from the past (even past lives, generational stories) mean that your brain interprets new experiences and dishes out the appropriate response emotionally (often fear, frustration, anger, sadness) via chemical and then physical responses. WOAH. So my beautiful friend, this means we must actually go off the grid using positive stimulus and triggers to lay down new pathways. We must TRAIN our brain to create and walk NEW pathways. New roads. NEW WAYS of doing things. New ways of seeing the world, situations, people, stories, experiences. Get this…When things are falling apart. When you can’t lose that weight. When you are struggling to stick to your work. When you are always doing exactly what you SAY you don’t want to – it’s actually not you, it’s your neural pathways. It’s your patterning. It’s the roadmap already created. Those neural pathways ARE NOT set in stone. They are plastic. They are changeable. Time to uncreate them and choose a different road. HOW? This is where the simple comes into play – Reach for positive stimulus. Turn to NEW ways of living, being, thinking. Reprogram by forcing your brain to do things differently. + Meditation + Journaling. + Coaching. + EFT. + Kinesiology. + Bodywork + Movement. + Essential Oils. + Nature time. + Conscious living. + Clean Eating. Sometimes you need the big guns like EFT, Coaching or Healing work or other tools to really shock those pathways into action. But over time as you constantly chip away and choose to do things differently you will find you think, behave and BE differently. +++The question to ask yourself is this; are you ready to diligently show up to change it up? Only you will know when you are ready to start reprogramming your mind and therefore your LIFE. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Are you open to trying something new?

Are you open to trying something new?

Posted June 29, 2017

are you open to trying something new  Do you remember when I shared a little while back about the life-changing, almost super-natural spiritual experience I had? I wrote a post about the experiences I had at Belinda Davidson’s Shadow Working Workshop. That experience changed me. Deeply. On a cellular level, energetic plane and in spiritual understanding of what I’m doing, where I’m out of alignment and what needed to change. This insanely BIG experience at the shadow workshop actually left me in a state of shock (not unlike PTSD) and a little numb from the ‘bigness’ of what unfolded. It took me three months to fully integrate what had happened (physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically) and it’s taken me that much time to SEE and LEARN what I needed to. It’s been a wild few months to say the least. You might have noticed, beautiful people, that my focus and direction has shifted slightly in life and business. Through the revelation of where I am out of alignment and the shadow blocks within me I was gifted deep clarity and understanding. It has just brought me back into alignment. In order to understand this shift there is something we have to be clear on – what exactly IS my alignment? (A good question we should always be asking ourselves). Empowered Wellness. Tools to support the mind, body and soul. Inside-out well-being. Holistic Health. Working with mama nature. Spiritual Awareness Working with your wisdom When I am aligned, in both play and work, I harness tools that I have come to passionately believe in – these tools bring me and my clients back to health, vitality, lightness, joy, clarity, vibrancy. It literally LIGHTS ME UP to LEARN and discover more ways to support the mind, body and soul. What are (some of) those tools? Meditation EFT (tapping) Journaling Chakra Work Clean Eating Chemical free living Yoga + Breathwork Holding circle for women That is my alignment. This is what makes me feel aligned. This is what helping others ‘align’ is all about. During this wild journey of self-discovery – as I came face to face with some serious truths, shadows and limiting beliefs – and I had a few clear visions and realisation. During meditations or white light sessions I would often SEE myself in past lives, working with bottles, healing with my hands, using concotions and ointments to support those in pain or those sick. I also discovered that in many (in fact, most) of my past lives I have been a healer/midwife/witch/doula/herbologist of some sort. It’s threaded into the DNA of my soul. So, when something NEW came along in my life a few months back it quickly shone a light on all that wasn’t in alignment and that I had to let go of. I absolutely HAD to be open to trying something new. To change with the energy shifting within me. And in doing so I’ve created the space to learn more, explore more and now I can share MORE. +++ This ‘something NEW’ that has forced me into soul-alignment and has added a new dimension to my LIFE and business is the powerful, potent and precious doTERRA Essential Oils. You know what? I’m going to lay it all on the table – full, raw honesty. I battled SO much with INVITING doTERRA into my business.Why? Why did I battle so much? My fear-based, ego chatter might give you an insight. It went something like this: Everyone else is doing it. It’s a saturated market. You’d be doing something that is kinda old news by now. It’s going to be SO much extra work for you. You don’t have the time for another ‘project’ or tool. What will everyone think of you? +++ Sometimes when we are called to something it often doesn’t make sense. It often can fill a long list of ‘CONS’ when weighing it all up. Yet, the feeling… that intuitive pull asking you to SAY YES and follow through. Well, that is so strong you can’t say no, even if you want to. Not to mention that I love learning. When I find something that really tugs at my soul I can’t help but to dive in more – to learn more, to school up on it. Are you like that too? I’ve played with the oils in my home, for my own self-care, for my little family. For friends and beyond. And I’ve fallen in love. They are part of my ‘tool-kit’ now. I’ve seen these oils calm a crazy toddler down and boost her immune system. They’ve brightened my skin and healed hormonal breakouts. These oils have taken me deeper into meditation. And healed cuts and bruises. They help us transition from play to bedtime And have carried me through some intense spiritual experiences. They’ve added depth, flavour and so much more to my food! My home is chemical free replaced with all-natural homemade cleaning products The list goes on – non toxic, pure and direct from Mama Earth.  +++ So this is me, now, announcing with such PRIDE and JOY that I am now a passionate Essential Oil user and sharer. I have been for a while now, I’m just officially ‘coming out’. They are beautifully weaving into my coaching work, EFT sessions in our live Mama Workshops and beyond. I am so excited to bring them to YOU too. The real question is, are you OPEN to trying and experiencing something new? 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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