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LIGHT UP YOUR INTENTIONS (and no one else’s!) FOR 2014

LIGHT UP YOUR INTENTIONS (and no one else’s!) FOR 2014

Posted January 06, 2014

There is so much focus on what we desire, want to create and intend at this time of year that sometimes we can get feel a little suffocated by it all. That ‘I-must-get-it-right’ attitude when it comes to our intentions and resolutions means that often we (unconsciously) appropriate other people’s soulful goals, instead of really tapping into what’s true for us. Last week, on my last day in Jervis Bay (South Coast, NSW where we holidayed for a week), I spent some time journaling and heart-storming on 2014. As I was tapping into my ‘goals with soul’ and my heart’s truest desires, I found myself pondering on whether my intentions and goals were being filtered and refined through ME (and no one else) > my higher self, my divine soul, my truth. We are so eager to make each year bigger, bolder and brighter that, without realising it, we find ourselves absorbing intentions that might be better suited to someone else (or come from someone else – the media, celebrities, things we’ve read, people we admire, culture). Tapping into what we desire is about where we are personally at in our life – it’s got nothing to do with anyone else. What I did next changed everything… I asked myself ONE simple question that flipped this self-exploratory process on its head and reframed the whole experience for me. So I decided to share it with you in a VLOG. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH > It’s a 3 minute video where I share this super simple, yet powerful exercise to really get you think about what intentions, soulful goals, dreams and desires are hitting it on the nail for YOU and only you. p.s I apologise for how dark this video is – there weren’t many places I could set-up to film in our holiday house. ++ YOUR TURN: Ask yourself the question I presented in the video, and comment below. Share with me your insights! love + light, Claire x Read more

MY YEAR IN PICTURES – A REVIEW OF 2O13

MY YEAR IN PICTURES – A REVIEW OF 2O13

Posted January 05, 2014

Wow. 2014, welcome. 2013 was a BIG year. Beautifully full, challenging, exciting, sometimes downright exhausting. But rich and multi-layered and deep. When I look back at the year that was I can’t believe how much has unfolded. What keeps pouring forth from my heart is the realisation that the main theme of 2013 was LOVE. I didn’t realise it at the time, and I can now see how… 1) LOVE – UNION. I got married to the love of my life. And we keep going from strength to strength. His love is beyond. He is my forever guy in a way that just feels so nurturing and supportive. We are the witness to each others life and our biggest cheerleaders! 2) LOVE – SELF. This year I have taken my level of self-awareness to new heights. I listen to my body in a way I never have before. I sloooow riiiiight dooowwn when I feel overwhelmed, suffocated or just straight-up exhausted. I don’t push, I don’t control, I don’t force. I’ve also given myself space to be still, daily. Meditation, journaling and pondering are a normal part of my self-love practice. Almost unbroken. I rarely take a day off from this, because I finally get it. THIS is the recipe for a loved-up life. For me at least. 3) LOVE – YOGA. Yoga has always been a love, but it has mutated into a completely unconditional, perpetually nourishing sort of love. I have spent 80% of this year in self-practice. I rarely go to a class or see my teachers. It’s not that I don’t need their guidance, but I need ME and my intuition to guide me more. Not only that but I’ve had the joy of diving into eye-opening teacher training courses and events and I’ve learnt so much about this beautiful practice… spiritually, it is the most supportive thing in my life. 4) LOVE – WORK. Oh wow. What a year. I’ve written two ebooks, started the most powerful + magical ecourse and worked with more woman than I can count across the globe! I’m STILL blown away by the feedback I get on my books and the experiences that unfolded during The Freedom Project (I can’t wait for February when the next round commences!) I love to write and tell stories. My work – through my blog and ebooks gives me the opportunity to open up, authentically and express. I am so in love with the written word and I am even more excited to see where it can take me from here. I’m always astounded by how easy it is for me to be disciplined and do my work – and that’s because I freaking LOVE it. I love each amazing soul that has chosen me to support them, I love each reader on my blog, follower and newsletter subscriber. Eternally grateful, overwhelmed with appreciation, straight up love-drunk with my work. I am SO excited for 2014. Big things brewing people. BIG THINGS! 5) LOVE – SELF EXPLORATION. I can’t even begin to imagine how layers I’ve pulled off this year. I’ve worked through some serious limiting self-beliefs and all through countless forms of study with mentors, different programs, coaches and self-study. I’ve also armoured up with the most amazing healing modality – EFT (life changing, people!) and I can’t even begin to fathom what self-exploration will unfold next year. 6) LOVE – CONNECTION. I have a strong ‘hermit’ streak – I love being on my own. Completely comfortable in my own world. But I also have, just as equally a strong community minded streak – I love to connect with like-minded souls. I feel blessed this year to have met and bonded with some incredible people who I admire, respect and ROCK my little world. At this point, after doing the #desiremap again the words that will carry me through the first half of 2014 are: INSPIRE | CONNECT | FREEDOM | DEVOTE |  BLISS | LIGHT | What do each of them boil down to? Yep, you got it. L.O.V.E… But, there is another ‘word’ that keeps coming to me – a word that represents my 2014 – and it is EXPAND. Expand + grow + evolve in every way; through my business, in my spiritual/self exploration, in love, in community-building, in presence, in joy, in devotion to my prayer/meditation/yoga. P.s If you haven’t yet done the Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte, you need to. It’s the freaking bomb. Click HERE to check it out. So, there you have it. Here are some highlights from my year, in pictures and some hero moments include: Getting married! Love that man + the most magical day of our lives. My daily ritual of rising with the sunrise, meditating, journalling and yoga. Studying EFT + Reiki My first ever ebook on Surrender – literally changed the way I live and for many others too. This sent me into a deep focus on the art of surrender in life and business. Including starting the #sundaysurrender and #surrenderseptember movement I started Vlogging! A first for me – and I overcome a fear doing it too. I completed Marie Forleo’s BSchool... which I’ll be doing again this year because it transformed my business! (You should be doing it too if you are budding entrepreneur – stay tuned, I’ve got something cool for you!) The Freedom Project – by far one of the best (and mot challenging) things I’ve created. The hub of love and sharing is just magic amongst the members.  (Enrollments opening soon for February course) My office – have spent so much time here, but I love it. This year was about home life, grounding, staying centred. Vlogging – I started earlier in the year, despite being shit-scared and I love it now! Speaking gigs. I LOVE speaking at events – that’s a big intention for next year. Lots of chill time in the sunshine. Bupa Awards – being nominated with beautiful souls like Lee Holmes, Jess […] Read more

7 HEALTHY HANGOVER CURES

7 HEALTHY HANGOVER CURES

Posted December 30, 2013

It’s a little bit rich that I’m writing a post on hangover cures – considering I barely drink. But, truth be told I used to drink (and do a whole lot more than that – party girl, much?) and I also understand what the body wants after a big night of drinking. So, if the silly season is in full swing for you or you know that on new year’s you are going to let loose then here are a few super quick and easy ways to recover and avoid chemicals and drugs to get through it. Hydrate! Yes, water, and more water. But we really need to up the ante when it comes to hydration. So try this. Either add a dash of Himalayan or Celtic salt to your bottle of water to encourage absorption. OR, get your hands on a fresh coconut – drink the water and enjoy the flesh. Not only does coconut water have lots of lovely electrolytes, but the flesh is high in fat. Noticed how we crave fat when we are hungover?  Fat triggers a release of the feel-good hormones AND it’s the most energy dense foods – we need to refuel to heal. Scrub! A third of toxins in the body are expelled through your skin. Get a hot towel, soak it in hot water and wring it out. Begin scrubbing your dry skin vigorously from the feet, upwards towards your heart. Do your entire body until your skin goes pink. Then jump in the shower and blast your skin with cool and then warm water. Detoxifying and cleansing. Bonus – it gets the blood pumping and can re-energise you when you are feeling flat Cleanse! Get some greens into your body. Try a green supplement. My favourite is Synergy Naturals Super Greens (Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass). Mix it into water or your favourite juice and have a big hit of green energy. We are talking about life-sustaining food here. Clearing out your insides, enhancing healing and repair, rebalancing your pH levels, detoxifying the digestive system and dumping lots of powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support your body, inside and out! Support! Your liver is one of our powerhouse organs. It already has enough on it’s place let alone having to work through all that booze. Give it some support by taking a Milk Thistle supplement. This can actually be taken before you head out to drink or the days following. It helps the liver in it’s detox function and also encourages liver cells to repair. Nifty, huh. Nourish! Yep, eat fat. Good fat though. Have some avocado, nuts, coconut oil. Enjoy a healthy fry-up (pastured eggs, organic/grass-fed bacon, easy on the bread).  Even have some Haloumi. Your body wants energy and it wants to heal. There is a reason you crave something greasy the next day, but you can still keep it clean – cook it yourself, use good quality oils/butter and make sure your produce is organic and fresh. Refresh! Get yourself to the ocean and dive right in – no matter how cold. Salty swims always seem to rebalance and renew. There is nothing quite like it. If you can’t get to the ocean or a pool then bath-time it is. Rest! No brainer. Slow down. Do a little less. There’s no need to accomplish any big tasks. Your turn: We all have our own fool-proof remedies. Share below – what’s your personal cure for a hangover? love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BLOAT!

Posted December 24, 2013

I don’t know what your family is like but at my family (and my husband’s) Christmas gatherings there is a stupid amount of food and alot of friendly encouraging (read: bullying) to eat more than you can fit. So, with that in mind here is a 15 minute yoga sequence to beat the blot! It’s a simple sequence designed to help you relieve that tight, crampy, gassy and bloated feeling you might get after too much turkey, wine, cake, prawns, ham, salad, chocolate… the list goes on! It’s also about helping everything move and release with more ease. Basically, you are giving you digestive system a hand in working through all that food. Check out the video and give it a go. Oh and try not to do this straight after eating, give it at least an hour. I know I’ll be doing this sequence tomorrow after lunch (and a lie down). The poses are all very simple and easy – anyone/all levels can do this. Enjoy! Love + light (and all things bright!) Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Claire x P.s I literally just whipped this video up for you yesterday! It’s definitely a rough cut – not enough time to redo it and polish it up, so I’m sorry for the poor lighting, edits and the cut-off frames. But either way you get the idea! Read more

MY SUMMER READING LIST

MY SUMMER READING LIST

Posted December 23, 2013

I couldn’t be anymore excited if I tried. This Friday my husband and I (plus a few friends) will be loading up the car and heading south to stunning Jervis Bay for 7 whole days. 6 months ago my husband and I booked the most incredible house. It was the height of winter and we were craving freedom and serenity. Our requirements? A big house with an awesome kitchen (and a big fridge so we can fill it with lots of healthy, delicious produce). Water views. A short stroll to the beach and tucked away from shops + chaos. This is my very, very loose plan for our time away. Morning meditation and yoga (or a soft sand run with my husband) on the beach Cook up a nourishing breakfast, lunch and dinner – we don’t want to eat out but instead get busy in the kitchen Disconnect from the online world…. I cannot wait! And, read! I absolutely love to read, fiction/non-fiction, I don’t really care, I just love sinking into a good book that consumes me. For most of my life I’ve usually ploughed through 3 books a week. Since starting my own business, this number has dropped down! With 7 days in Jervis Bay and then another week off back in Sydney,  I can’t wait to get lost in the written word. In case you are after a good read these are the books I’m taking with me. Karl Dawson + Sasha Allenby – Matrix Reimprinting Debbie Ford – The Dark Side of the Light Chasers   Caroline Myss – Sacred Contracts   Paulo Coehlo – The Alchemist (I’ve read this over 20 times!)   Yoga Mala – Pattabhi Jois Last but not least,  I have to mention my new ebook….but I’ll be ‘experiencing’ this one, instead of reading it, so much. As a guide to creating your own retreat, to opening up to space and self-love, AND savouring the opportunity to distil + clarify your dreams, this is THE perfect guide for the transition from one year to another. This e-guide is starting a revolution of sorts through a collective of self-love advocates who believe in the power of surrender, stillness and space – delivering a web of soul-centered dreamers and visionaries… The question is, are you one of them? Click here to find out more + buy. (P.s Only 2 mores days of the Christmas Launch price of $14!) INSPIRED: A DIY Retreat Guide to Distil Your Dreams + Clarify Your Visions   Your turn: Share with me what you are reading over the summer? I’d love some ideas for new books to get too! Happy holidays everyone love + light, Claire x Read more

INSPIRED: A DIY RETREAT GUIDE TO DISTIL YOUR DREAMS + CLARIFY YOUR VISIONS

INSPIRED: A DIY RETREAT GUIDE TO DISTIL YOUR DREAMS + CLARIFY YOUR VISIONS

Posted December 19, 2013

You’ve had a beautifully FULL 2013 – a year of transition and transformation – but you are still craving more. There is something tugging at your heartstrings; asking to be heard, to be voiced, to be expressed. That eagerness and desire to see your visions and dreams birthed into your reality is palpable. The higher part of you is pumped to get crystal-clear on your intentions for the year, but your mind and body are saying no more! Those parts of you are just craving space, a warm hug, and a big sleep-in. Tapping in to your truth, your soul-speak, and your intuition is not so easy when you’re knee-deep in to-do lists, exhausting schedules and the endless tasks that buzz at us like white noise. Distilling your dreams + clarifying your visions takes a hell of a lot more than just crossing your fingers, wishing for a flash of divine inspiration and plunging into the year haphazardly. Figuring out what you really, truly want takes love, nurturing, passion, contemplation, meditation + willingness. But most importantly, it takes space. __________________________________________________________________________________ This is the ultimate guide for your own DIY soul-centred retreat. A chance to step-away from the busy-ness of life and get shiny-diamond clear on your intentions dreams and visions. INSPIRED is a juicy ‘how-to’ – a mash-up of self-care + self-love, precious tips to create your own mini-retreat and illuminating exercises to ignite your passion and inspiration. It’s time to get inspired! Inspired is a chance for you to pause. To take stock. To dive deep down into the truth of what gives you that heart-thumping, cheek-flushing feeling that lights you up so much (you know the one). And then, to get more of it. In fact, to live it, every single day. Inspired is here to hold your hand on the journey inwards. To guide you towards your deepest desires and illuminate your visions for the year ahead. It’s your heart-fuelled guide as you create the big, beautiful life of your dreams… || INSPIRED is for you if… You have NO idea what your passion + purpose is, but you know it’s in there, somewhere You desire clarity + connection in your work, your life, your everything, but never have time to experience it You work hard and play hard and you throw your heart into everything, but you are feeling the call for stillness You’re motivated like nobody’s business, but the wellspring of inspiration is all dried up You love those in-the-flow moments, but get frustrated that they are few and far between You feel too wiped out, bored and just plain over it to take another step forward You know that creating space doesn’t come easily, but it’s the soothing balm you crave You are ready to live a beautifully full, alive and passionate life, that’s in wholehearted alignment with your truth You know you need to hit the refresh and reboot button. Like, right now! You’ve let your self-love practice drop down the list __________________________________________________________________________________ INSPIRED is an interactive guide that requires your heartfelt participation. This is not just a guide to read, contemplate and shelve – it craves your presence, commitment and willingness. It’s also asks for a gentle, compassionate touch, too. Handle with care. The workbook is split up into 3 sections – one for each day of the retreat. Unwind + Rebalance Connect + Dream Distil + Clarify This workbook will support and guide you through you’re journey. Whether you choose to take yourself away, create a DIY retreat at-home or share this experience with a group of like-minded friends, it doesn’t matter. Simply creating and holding space for yourself will be powerful and profoundly transformative. Loads! This is an interactive and beautifully FULL experience. Not only do you get the 3-day Retreat Guide + instructions on how to create your sacred space you also receive: 3 x chakra meditations – yours to keep 3 x EFT tapping script 1 x EFT Video Tutorial 1 x Breathing Exercises Video Tutorial Daily Retreat Guide Daily Exercises to support the exploration into your dreams + visions Retreat ‘how-to’ instructions BONUS gratitude journal + So much more! __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Is INSPIRED a guide just for the New Year? Hell, no! There are countless moments throughout the year that we could benefit from taking a step back to regroup and get clear about the direction we are taking. Inspired is your year-long companion when it comes to intention setting, dreaming big and clarifying your soul. What if I don’t have 3 days? Do what you can. If it’s not feasible to take a few days out of your normal life and work through the retreat in one hit, then book this in over a long-weekend. Or split it over 3 Sundays for an amazing #sundaysurrender experience. Whatever works for you. Do I have to go away to get the most out of this retreat? If going away feels true for you, that’s great. Otherwise, wherever you are is perfect. Creating space is more of a mental, emotional and energetic practice – the physical space you are in can affect you powerfully, but only if you allow it to. How often should I use INSPIRED? All year round, baby! Personally, I ‘regroup’ and ‘retreat’ more than once throughout the year. This is where INSPIRED was born from! My DIY Retreat happened in October! This guide is the perfect tool to aid you over the summer/holiday/New Year period, but it’ll also be a beautiful guide whenever you need to check in with yourself. Your soul will tap you on the shoulder and say ‘hey, I am ready for space, I am ready to dream!’ Whenever I feel stuck – blocked by my own workload, beliefs or even energy levels – I know that it’s a sure sign I need to retreat. That I need to gently back away and step into a completely different space – mentally, emotionally and sometimes even physically. I’ve learnt over the years that, […] Read more

CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

CONNECT TO THE TREASURES WITHIN YOU + A NEW MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR YOU

Posted December 18, 2013

Recently I attended a small, intimate talk with spiritual leader BK Jayanti. It was such an incredible experience. Besides the fact that, as she was talking I felt myself so completely present (there were no other thoughts or distractions in my mind), it was always such a divinely timed experience for me. This year my meditation practice has really grown new roots. I have been meditating consistently for almost 4 years but in the past I’ve had bouts of wavering dedication. But over the last 12+ months my practice has become constant and resolute. BK Jayanti spoke to us about meditation as a powerful self-practice tool to connect within in and cultivate such a level of awareness that it’s near impossible to live unconsciously. There was one particular phrase, out of the entire hour, that has stuck with me since… BK Jayanti said these words and my perspective has since changed forever… ‘Connect to the treasures within you’ What exactly does that mean? For many of us, when we are first exposed to meditation we have this idea that we should be blissed out, feeling joyful or even so completely relaxed we feel almost stoned. The truth of the matter is that I don’t always feel that way. I rarely feel such ecstasy when I meditate. Often I spend my 20 minutes slowly drawing my attention back to my breath, my mantra, the present moment. Sometimes I am half-asleep, dipping in and out of bizarre dreams. Other times, when I’m lucky I’m graced with a feeling of complete lightness + distortion of the world around me that it feels surreal and out-of-body like. What I do always feel though is a deep connection with myself – my essence. Connection + Clarity There are two things I’ve noticed over the last year of devoted meditation practice and that is this unbreakable bond to my own heart – my truth and the other is moments of crystal clear clarity. Whether I’m looking for an answer, a moment of insight, some solace or clarification on a problem, meditation opens me up enough to find what I need, already within. As BK Jayanti said those words – ‘Connect with the treasures within you’ – I immediately had a sense of knowing. I got it. I understood loud and clear. Within us is an infinite well of knowledge, truth, joy, love, peace, beauty… there is pure, unadulterated gold within! Meditation creates the vehicle to connect within and to find the treasure chest of your own essence. And when you do find it you are invited to crack it open and reveals the gems of your soul. The only person that can access and bring out your treasures is you! You have a gift, a talent, a way of thinking, an approach, a light, an energy that no one else has. Yes, we are all one – we come from the same, infinite energy. That all-powerful, undefined and uncontained energy has manifested itself into billions of individual billions with their own unique stamp – their own treasures. Living a soul-centred life The two practices I ritually devour that allow me to rejoice in and celebrate my own unique treasures are yoga and meditation. It would be wrong of me to down-play their role in where I am today – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially. I live a passionate, purposeful and soul-centered life because these practices coaxed me to connect with myself… my own treasures. If you haven’t yet embraced meditation then I invite you to answer these three questions for yourself: 1) Why does Meditation resonate with/call out to me? 2) Why do I think I’ve yet to experience it/commit to it fully? 3) How would I feel to not ever enjoy a devoted meditation practice for myself? The point of light meditation practice To help you on your way I’m going to pass on here the meditation practice that BK Jayanti taught us. It is a beautiful and simple  practice from the Raja Yoga branch. First, sit comfortably. Feet flat on the floor, spine supported, hands resting in your lap Instead of closing our eyes, soften your gaze downwards or focus towards the third eye centre – try not to fixate on a specific object though, we are going for ‘bedroom-eyes’ so avoid staring at anything. Draw your attention, awareness and energy towards a point within the centre of your brain. To find this point, first take your attention to the third eye point, between the eyebrows and imagine drawing a line straight back into the centre of your brain. Do the same with the crown of your head – find the centre point and imagine a line drawing downwards. Where the two lines meet (near the pineal gland) this is the focus point. Imagine a point of light and draw your attention there. This is the point of the soul. Make the decision to manage your thoughts and be open to letting go of distractions. Focus your thoughts on the source of light. Remind yourself that you are not the body, but the being within it. Stay present to the soul within you. Surprisingly this practice, even with the eyes open, was pretty profound. It was deeply relaxing and allowed me to stay present. Definitely give it a go. YOUR TURN: Tell me, if you meditate – what do you get out of it? What treasures have you found within? Try the above meditation practice and let me know how you go! ++ With Christmas around the corner, the season of gift-giving is powered up and in full swing with many of us ‘gifting’ a treasure to someone else. I invite you, as a gift to yourself, to commit to creating space to meditate so you can access the abundance of treasures you have within you. Know this, each and every time you meditate and open yourself up more to your own truth and the gifts within you, you are gifting the rest of […] Read more

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

THE SELF LOVE SMORGASBORD

Posted December 17, 2013

Self-love. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. We all KNOW what it’s about, we all ‘get-it’… we freely tell other people that ‘they need to love themselves before they can love another’ but how many of us practice that and live from self-love on a regular basis? How many of us take the time to figure out our own ‘self-love formula’? One that is completely unique to you and mixed with all the right ingredients for true, personal appreciation! Self-love is not just about ‘feeling good’. Although, the act of practicing self-love does do that job well enough. Self-love, really, is a dynamic experience that changes, grows and moves with us as we change, grow and move. It builds out of the actions and thoughts we choose that, in turn, support us physically, psychologically, spiritually, and energetically. As we move into a very sacred time of year I feel it’s so important and vital that we open up more and more to self-love. It’ll be Christmas before you know it. Our lives our filled with gatherings, family time and celebrations. The New Year is about to roll on in and unless we take the time to wind down, reviewing and rest we’ll be back on – revving our engine and ploughing forward. Press pause + practice self-love. I wanted to share with you a few of the lessons from Week #7 in The Freedom Project. This lesson is all about building your own self-love practice. The dare is on – can you embrace this time of year with a willingness to self-love? Just a note: please don’t get caught up in ‘doing’ everything…not everything will be relevant to you at every stage. Some us our more time-poor than others. Some practices don’t resonate for each of us in the same way, or maybe starting slow + steady is the best way to build a strong self-love muscle for you. So, pick and choose what is right for you and make a conscious effort to a create your own personal brand or formula of self-love… and, of course, include it into your life going forward! The Self Love Smorgasboard Rather than go into ‘overwhelm’ and control the experience of self love + nourishment, simply choose 1, 2 or more from the list below. Perhaps something that jumps out and chooses you? Make the time and space to practice what you’ve chosen! 1. Forgiveness + compassion Stop beating yourself up when you aren’t perfect! No one is, perfection doesn’t exist, remember? Consciously reframe thoughts and actions that are harsh an unfair towards yourself into a more gentle, compassionate, constructive an loving attitude. Forgive yourself and LIVE from a space of compassion. Not sometimes, always. ++ 2. Saying no + setting boundaries No one finds this easy, but let me tell you something so simple yet profound – learning how to say NO + set realistic emotional/physical boundaries is a game-changer. By not being available to perform and please everyone, all of the time, you are literally filling your self-love cup. ++ 3. Protect yourself We are all one. We are all energy. Which means that the energy and vibration of other people and experiences can easily be absorbed into your own energetic body. Protecting yourself is as much about being safe and sound as it is about keeping your energy field clear and clean. Detox yourself of toxic people, experiences and even habits! Consider getting some energy work done (reiki, kinesiology etc) to literally clean you up. Finally, make conscious effort not to ‘surrogate’ other people’s problems and dramas. ++ 4. Prioritise yourself Me, me, me! That’s your new mantra. You may have countless responsibilities – kids, work etc – that demand your full attention, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t count. It’s an old adage but you can’t fulfil your roles properly without fulfilling yourself. Check in with yourself daily + weekly and ask: have I put myself first at least ONCE today? ++ 5. Self care; massage, facial, DIY beauty at home. One of my favouite, and easiest ways to feel a little loved up. Book in a massage, pedi, facial. Or do something lavish at home. Every Sunday night I have a little beauty ritual – cleanse, exfoliate, face mask. Dry body scrub, add in a hair mask. Potter around the house (sometimes I get chores done) then shower. Coconut oil all over my body, moisturise my face and then read a book. All done in 1hr. ++ 6. Going Slow + doing less For me, putting my tools does is the most impactful way to experience love. Despite my list of things to do if I’m not ‘feeling good’ in the process (maybe I’m feeling run down, tired) I’ll drop my agendas, expectations and attachments and give myself permission to slow down. sometimes I have to compromise as some things have deadlines, but I’ll step away long enough to regroup. Often, in that moment I get perspective and can see that everything I am striving to do doesn’t really have to be done as and when I thought it did. The pressure is off. ++ 7. Creativity + play Creativity is freeing. Playing is the game of the soul. Do more of it, in any form that resonates. Maybe a monthly painting session? Maybe dance in your living room every evening with your kids. Swing away in a children’s playground. ++ 8. Accept compliments + compliment yourself Wake up each day an compliment yourself. ‘Claire, your skin looks great today’. Instead of ‘Wow, you look dog-tired!’. Better still, accept a compliment that comes your way ‘Oh, thank you, I needed to hear that!’ ++ 9. Be spontaneous Break your routine, break the mould. Every week I try and get away from my desk for as much time a possible. I usually choose a Thurs or Friday, I might write blogs from a cafe, or spontaneously ditch my work and go to the […] Read more

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