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Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations

Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations

Posted November 21, 2017

Episode #2: What might be your undoing – your expectations Expectations are often our undoing. I personally have experienced this and have witnessed it in countless clients. The expectations we hold around a particular experience, idea, journey are often unmet. Why? Because perhaps those expectations come from a place of control. A desire to control and guide and FIX our life to be a certain way. And this control is born from FEAR. Fear of the unknown, the uncertain. Expectations can show up in two major ways – consciously; meaning you are aware of them or unconsciously/subconsciously – meaning you aren’t aware of them but they are very much a programmed belief system. In this episode I shed some light on expectations and provide a simple practice to help you tear down and bust through limiting expectations and controlling thoughts and behaviours. In this episode I cover: A personal experience where my expectations were my undoing The power of looking underneath your expectations – looking at the layers Witnessing and understanding the expectations that you are aware of and those you are not How to reprogram your expectations Setting the intention to rewrite your story How your expectations can often show you what you need to change Honouring and respecting what your expectations teach you The danger of letting your expectations and ensuing emotions colour your life Listen to Episode #2 +++ Feel free to comment below and share with me your personal insights around expectations and how they control your life. And don’t forget, if you loved this episode (and this podcast!) don’t forget to give me a 5-star rating on iTunes and become a subscriber. Love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #1: Healing Your Shadow with Belinda Davidson

Episode #1: Healing Your Shadow with Belinda Davidson

Posted November 21, 2017

Episode #1 with Belinda Davidson: How to heal your shadow. If you’ve followed my work over the last few years, you’ll know that our energy anatomy – working with the chakras, energy field – is a passion of mine. You might also know that one of my spiritual mentors is an incredible woman called Belinda Davidson. Belinda is a woman that has one foot in this world and one foot in another world. A mystic; a deeply psychic woman, whose work centres around the Chakras, White Light, Mindfulness and the Shadow. Belinda has just released her very first book – From Dark to Light; A modern mystics guide to healing the shadow – to rave reviews and HUGE global success. Not only have I spent the last four years patiently and persistently working with my chakras – after all, as you will discover in our discussion, to change your life you must change your energy – the white light and mindfulness, but I have also embarked on rising, releasing and healing the shadows within. Earlier this year I attended Belinda’s three-day workshop specifically on The Shadow. To say it was a mind-blowing, life-changing experience would be an understatement. And I hate using phrases like that because they can come across a little trite (and over used!) But it’s true. Which is why I just had to chat with Belinda for my very first episode with The Wellness Project Podcast. I am certain that if you are mystically inclined – you believe in and respect the power of energy and In this episode we cover: Belinda’s new book and its instant success The healing arc and high vibration of Belinda’s book Your two selves – the dark and the light within us The universe as a spectrum of emotion and vibration Why we are here, as souls; what is our journey What ‘being in flow’ really is My personal and very big shadow release The energy field, medical intuition, the shadow, blockage and ego What does the shadow mean? Why the shadow work is beautiful work The importance of doing the shadow work yourself – the law of free will. The impact you can have by being your luminous self Listen to Episode #1 Connect with Belinda Web (please sign up for her free WEEKLY white light sessions via her mailing list) Instagram Facebook +++ I hope you loved this chat with Belinda. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on it all. And don’t forget to give this podcast a 5-star review in iTunes so I can keep on bringing you amazing interviews, insights and chats. Love + light, Claire Read more

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore

Posted November 21, 2017

Why I’m not a slave to social media anymore Do you feel that you MUST show up on social media regularly? Maybe you run a business and feel it’s imperative to your success? Or maybe you simply feel pulled to ‘share’ the fun times to keep up with everyone else on instagram – you know, that idea that if it’s not online it didn’t happen.I’m not sure if you follow me online but maybe you noticed that for almost 3 months I was not online at all. I didn’t post anything. Or story a single moment. This is the second time when I have disconnected for such a lengthy period of time. Both periods were instigated by pregnancy – for me, there is nothing like the wild times of the first trimester to force me into disconnecting. I felt literally repelled by social medial. By social anything. Retreat. Cave-time. Switching off and tuning out. It’s about survival. And you know what? It was so liberating to not ONCE consider documenting a funny/cute/interesting moment. Or share my thoughts. Or put energy (precious, limited energy) externally.I had to consolidate my energy, my thoughts, my feelings. I had to retreat inward. Now I’m riding the waves and highs (hello energy! hello creativity!) of the second trimester and I’m doing alot of reflecting on that time I switched off from social media. What is really interesting is that something in me (for now) has changed. I feel completely different about sharing online. I feel less inclined to do so unless I actually FEEL called to. I no longer ponder; “What should I share today?” Or think “I need to post something today!” Nup. That feeling is GONE! I’m no longer a slave to sharing. I’m no longer gripped by the desire to be ‘out there’ and seen. I don’t need to be noticed, acknowledged or connected When I do, it feels good to – and right too. When I don’t, I just don’t – without consideration or concern. Which means it might be days without checking in and sharing.So what is the benefit of shaking off the shackles of social media (say that 10 times, fast!) Presence. Fully soaking up ALL moments of your day (the good, the bad, the ugly). Consolidating your energy (no energy leaking outward and externally). Feeling clear about what you need/want instead of inadvertently taking on the ideas/thoughts of others. Feeling MORE than good enough (no longer stuck in comparison mode) Now this is not a social media bash – I still love it, use it and embrace the connection it cultivates. No, this is simply about sharing a different perspective on how we live with it. This is an invitation to rewire your relationship with it – to no longer be a slave to it but instead take back some control. Ask yourself these questions: Are you a slave to it? Is it leaching your time away? Or does it support and add value to your life and day. Do you feel it call out to you, dragging you away from yourself/intuition/presence? Or does it serve you and bring you beauty in some way? Social media is here to say, it’s part of our daily lives and how we live and work. But it doesn’t have to rule your world either.I’ll be exploring this on the podcast soon so your comments and thoughts will be so helpful. And always gratefully receive. Wishing you a weekend ahead of presence, beauty and pockets of peace. love + light, Claire xx Read more

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

Posted November 21, 2017

Today is a good day. Today marks twenty weeks in this second pregnancy. I’m now halfway through this pregnancy. Not only does that mean that we are getting closer to meeting this little soul baby but it also marks another key milestone, the second trimester feel-good factor! At twenty weeks I am feeling alive, creative, on-fire, vital, energetic. Such a far cry from the way I felt from week 5 – 14. Ugh. The journey of pregnancy is one of deep transformation and creation. It’s a time when I (mostly) feel my creative energy is being poured into the making of this baby, and there are not reserves left for much else. However and gratefully, during this second trimester and right here at week 20 I feel those creative pistons firing again. I feel the spark and excitement that comes forth from this renewed energy and igniting ideas and projects like never before. There is also this sense of purpose and maybe a little pressure (time is of the essence when a little one is on the way) that is driving me right now. This leads me to the birth of my very first podcast. (Ps if you can’t wait CLICK HERE to check it out and subscribe!) Today has been made even better with the release of The Wellness Project Podcast with Claire Obeid. I first felt the inspiration to create this podcast – a space where I could explore, through the spoken word, how to free your mind, fuel your body and feed your soul – just before I fell pregnant. And then, of course, the dreaded pregnancy sickness kicked in and everything became irrelevant and unimportant. Which is my excitement is at an all time high that today you can start your journey with this podcast – there are 7 delicious episodes to sink into, two of which are guided meditations. I almost thought this was going to be another of those ideas written off, long forgotten and buried forever in my evernote folder. WHY DID I START A PODCAST? I know right, everyone is doing it and I’m probably a little late to the game (standard). To be honest I had never really considered it until one day when chatting to my soul-sister, Connie Chapman, I just thought; ‘Why not claire?’ From that day on Ive had that many people tell me that would love me to start a podcast. Add to that the abundance of incredible feedback I frequently receive on ‘my voice’ – usually when people have purchased one of my meditation albums. Finally, as I shared on social media, I have the gift of the gab. Something that was once seen as a ‘pain’ or ‘irritation’ from family, teachers and the like, is now seen as one of my talents – go figure. I love ‘the word’… I love writing, I love sharing, speaking, teaching, learning, expressing. A podcast just seems like an extension of that and a great way to commune and connect with you. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE PODCAST? This podcast is pretty much a reflection of me on my wellness journey – everything that intrigues me, lights me up, uplevels me, supports me. I want you to experience all that and more. It’s a mash-up of reflections and musings as I present topics and ideas that relate to mind-body-soul. Self development, self-growth, self-exploration. I share my own thoughts, my own wisdom and guidance and invite you to come of this journey into your mind, body and soul so you too can begin and be on your own wellness project. I also offer free mini-guided meditations, because if there is only ONE thing you do for your well-being and self-development I wish for that to be meditation. I love meditating and supporting others to do the same. So look out for those episodes. And finally, something I didn’t think I would do but couldn’t resist; I interview and chat with people I find inspirational. Thought leaders. Experts. Game-changers. Conscious folk. Its not so much about how famous they are, or how cutting edge, but more about what I feel they can offer in their own creative, curious and unique way. I hope each to these interviews shines a light for you, opens your heart and inspires a new way of thinking, being or believing.  WHY ‘THE WELLNESS PROJECT’? This has been my business name for a long time – I try and drop it but always circle back to it. To me, wellness is a project. It’s not a start-to-finish journey. It’s always evolving, deepening, shifting, pivoting. My journey has seen me dive deep into yoga, meditation, EFT, reflective work, clean eating, movement, spiritual practices, chakra work, reiki, abundance and manifestation practices, shadow work and on the list goes. It is a project- a project in my own well-being and one I am truly in love with.  HOW OFTEN WILL EPISODES BE RELEASED? I’m going to be honest and say this; I’m aiming for weekly… it’ll probably end up being fortnightly, and perhaps post-baby monthly. I’ve learnt the hard way – I’m not hard wired for too much yang energy. When I force, control, over-do, over-plan I crumble. My nervous system can’t cope and my anxiety flares. So I choose instead to have a framework (e.g weekly episodes) and from there I will intuitively respond to what is or isn’t working. HOW LONG ARE THE EPISODES? If it’s an episode where I am riffing/talking/reflecting I will be keeping it to 20 minutes or so. Bite sized chunks of wisdom, spiritual reflection and learnings. Meditations will see-saw between 10-20minutes. Interviews will be a little longer, usually from 40 – 60 minutes. I’m aware that most people listen whilst driving/commuting to work, or cleaning/cooking around the house, exercising etc. I personally find it challenging to finish any podcast episode that is anything longer than an hour. I know so many of you are busy entrepreneurs and mamas/papas. I respect your time and am stupidly grateful […] Read more

I’m back and I have (baby) news

I’m back and I have (baby) news

Posted October 19, 2017

I know, I know… I can’t believe it’s been more than TWO months since I last posted. My ‘business brain’ is saying ALL the stupid things like; Gosh, that is POOR form Claire. That is not very business savvy of you. You can’t just VANISH and disconnect like that. But, umm, everything else in me says this; Claire, breathe, actually it’s really, REALLY OK that you went MIA. It’s more than OK to switch off from the online world. To take breathing space and conserve your energy. After all you had good reason to Claire... Which brings me to my BIG NEWS. Maybe you already know? Maybe you’ve seen my recent instagram post or you suspecting this all along but here goes. I have another little soul-baby growing within. I’m now 15 weeks pregnant and finally on the other side of what was a wild ride through all-day sickness, extreme fatigue and a deep exploration into the self. +++ Big news right? Round two on the merry-go-round. Stay with me, I want to share WHY this is such big news… (other than, holy crap I have a miracle inside of me!) Big because once again this was a beautiful surprise – my babies like to make the decision for us as to when it’s time! And yet there have been SO many incredible moments of synchronicity, messages from the ‘other side’ and mind-blowing connections with this baby before and after conception. Big news because once again I was thrown into the deepest immersion of the PRESENT. Being that sick forces me to let everything fall away. And when I say everything I mean… EVERYTHING. My work, email, social media, cooking, reading, exercising, meditating. It’s pretty full on to be stripped bare and exposed RAW and left to watch the inner workings of my mind and long held shadows come forward. Big news because, quite ironically, I asked for MORE SPACE a few months back and I got it. You might remember this post where I pondered on what it would be like to have more space to allow peace to come through. And maybe clarity around purpose.  The last 2.5 months there has been nothing but space and my mind boggles at how much INSIGHT I have gained from it. In fact, I  have SO MUCH I want to share with you yet I don’t even know where to begin. *First world problems Big news because I have always truly felt – despite my resistance – that motherhood IS a integral part of my soul’s purpose. And there is something about motherhood that I just GET. We are like puzzle pieces that fit together snugly. Despite the trials and challenges (or maybe it’s because of them) I know there is so much growth, learning and ultimately sharing/teaching that will come from bubba number #2. Big news because this pregnancy has mined up some shadows from the early months with Soleil. I’m not back seeing the same Pre-natal Psychologist to do the necessary clean-up work. A constant (and conscious!) work in progress I am. +++ So here I am, I wanted to check in and share this big news. There is a lot I don’t know right now – other than come April I have another baby joining our family – but I am allowing the truth to roll on in as and when it’s meant to. Oh yeah baby, surrender is a knocking once again. I do know this though my loves – a few insights I have already gleaned and want to share. My work is changing – again. But there are still a few things I want to create before D-day (That’s DUE date btw) I have a deep desire to promote myself to full-time mama for a while.  My passion for whole food cooking has been reignited (I’ll share more on this soon but essentially I have eaten this way for years but really lost the BUZZ to cook and create, until, well, now) I want to simplify, everything. A sea-change (relocation) is being seriously discussed in our home right now. Space, a slower pace, a veggie patch, the ocean.  We can go to really dark places and fall to our knees in struggle but we will ALWAYS come out the other side into the light, standing strong once again. +++Ok, more from me soon. I’m off to Port Douglas for a much needed family holiday next week and hopefully I’ll gain the clarity on WHERE and HOW to share more with you. Finally, remember this. I love you and am forever grateful for our connection over the inter webs. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Audio Blog: A simple practice to help you fall in love with your body

Audio Blog: A simple practice to help you fall in love with your body

Posted July 27, 2017

Falling in love with your body I’m not going to sugar coat this. Falling in love with my ‘new’ body since becoming a mama is something I have to work at. There are softer, stretched bits. Jiggly bit. Wider bits. All ‘bits’ I didn’t have before. Throw in LIFE and not as much time as I used to and the result is a woman working out less, eating differently and looking very differently too. Yes, I’ve gone from a size 6, toned, yogi body, to a size 8. Softer. More womanly. And definitely still healthy and strong. Nothing to complain about, but nevertheless it’s been a shock. It was a surprise when I realised, two years later that I STILL couldn’t fit into 95% of my old clothes. It was a surprise when I saw pictures of myself and almost said “who’s that?” It is still a surprise when I do a headstand in yoga and I can feel the weight of my stretched belly dropping down. But more than that, it’s a surprise to hear myself talk about my body negatively, out loud. How cruel (and not OK!) to speak so harshly about this divine vessel that gives me the chance to have such a brilliant human experience. Including the miracle of creating, birthing and nurturing life. So, beautiful women (and I hope a few good men too!) this audio blog is for you. It was for me too. And it’s not just for mamas. It’s for ALL women who have every spoken, felt, thought RUDE and degrading thoughts about their own divine bodies. love + light, Claire xx Read more

what would happen if you created more white space in your life?

what would happen if you created more white space in your life?

Posted July 06, 2017

Recently I shared a bit about me – how I do things, juggle life, biz and motherhood and other random insights from behind the scenes of my world. I also riffed on Instagram Stories about how important it is to consciously carve out time to turn off from the busyness of our lives when it’s obvious that it’s time to! You know those moments, don’t you? When you are exhausted and no amount of ‘pushing through’ is going to help. Or how about when you are trying to power through an all-nighter in the creative cave – despite the fact that your creative juice has long since dried up. Since that last newsletter and that Instagram Story (p.s come connect with me – @claireowellness – if you’d like more BTS, tips, insights and random shares from me!) I’ve been percolating on another layer to all of that… CREATING SPACE. With my husband travelling a lot right now – solo parenting, PHWOAR! – it’s called a lot into question. Where are the stressors? Are they urgent and important? What if they were handled differently. What if I created more space – despite a busy, always moving life, what is SPACIOUSNESS for me? Spaciousness in motion. Space. Doing less. Less on the to-do-list. What am I talking about? Well there has been a really strong feeling within me that the ‘amount’ that I am doing these days – motherhood, coaching, writing, workshops, building a new essential oil business, running a household, trying to be a present wife –  is actually working against a huge desire in me that has been building. That desire is all about sitting in and experiencing a deeper sense of PEACE. Uncomplicated. Clear. Present. Instead of being busy for the sake of it, what would it feel like to not be busy? Instead of filling the white space in my life (which is already limited) how would it feel to gaze upon a clear(er) diary? Instead of asking myself ‘what else could I do?’ what if I asked ‘what if I did less?’ The thing is – these questions are hitting me at the perfect time of year. We are mid-way 2017. A year that has unfolded with so many experiences I couldn’t have scripted – all perfect, beautiful and necessary but generally challenging. So asking these questions right now is forcing me to look at this year and my current season of life with compassion, softness and a little more realism that I perhaps was willing to admit before. Yet, these questions bring up some ugly, ego fears too. What will I throw away if I create more space? How will this affect me, finances, my business, my relationships (etc)? What will I actually do with more white space? Can I actually handle surrendering into spaciousness? +++ I’ve yet to CULL anything from my life just yet. But I have already stopped filling it up. As I write out my list of work/tasks for the week ahead (I do this between Friday – Sunday) I am not searching for or deliberately adding in anything without it being scrutinised.How important is this ‘task’? What if I didn’t DO this right now? What if I let this one file away in my mind for a little while. This is happening for small things like buying/reading a new book or listening to a new podcast. To the larger components like a new digital product. Already I feel a little clearer about what I am meant to focus on – what feels best for my soul to work on and do and what doesn’t. +++ Let me reflect this back to you; Can you take the above questions (and below) and ask yourself the same. What if you created more white space in your life? Where would that sit, how would it feel, what would happen? Does that feel good for you? What if you only gave energy to the things, tasks, people, experiences that lit you up? love + light, Claire xx Read more

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

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