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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

INSPIRED IS COMING! A DIY RETREAT GUIDE TO DISTIL YOUR DREAMS

INSPIRED IS COMING! A DIY RETREAT GUIDE TO DISTIL YOUR DREAMS

Posted December 16, 2013

  My new e-guide came to me in the exact way I’ve been asking to live my life. In-the-flow. Blessed with a pure moment of creative wisdom. Effortless. Freedom-inducing. Connected to something outside of me. Channeled. Inspired. Fearless. Stirred. Soul-centred. Spirit-filled. I’ve yearned for the experience of divine inspiration, channeling insight and wisdom and creation born from connection. This has been something I have asked for, out loud and from the heart, more than once this year. Looking back I can see now that this has been the main intention for 2013… and that has been to experience life more from within the ‘flow’ of life. ________________________________________________________________________________________ I am naturally a ‘heady’ person… yes, quite spiritually minded too and able to tap into my own inner wisdom. But the ‘thinker’ within me often overrides. Over the years this has started to shift. And this year, in particular, I specifically asked for my wisdom and intuition to lead the way… and it did, in a big way. It was a little over three week’s ago that I had this incredible a-ha moment. Chatting on email to the beautiful Rachel from In Spaces Between, we were checking in – saying hey, sending love – when she mentioned she was headed off soon on an 8-day mini retreat to write her ecourse. I was intrigued, having recently been on my own mini-retreat in Byron Bay, and her words were tugging at me, in a way I didn’t quite get. So I let it be. That night a dream came to me – in that dream this very e-guide ‘INSPIRED’ was born. Which is why I’m jumping out of my skin to share this baby with you. I can’t wait for you to get your hot little hands on this and devour  Inspiration, Dreams + Visions with a huge side-serving of clarity… ________________________________________________________________________________________ What is INSPIRED about? 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. Perfect for this time of year. It was meant to be born NOW to guide you through the Christmas/New Year phase. ++ 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 is your golden ticket to distil your dreams + get shiny-diamond clear on your visions for the year ahead. ++ Tapping into your truth, your soul-speak, your intuition… this is not so easy when we can’t hear it amongst the to-do lists, the exhaustive 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 (and toes?!) hoping for divine inspiration to ‘choose you’ that day and grace you with crystal clear clarity. To takes love, nurturing, passion, contemplation, meditation, willingness. But most importantly, it takes space. Why did I create INSPIRED? Besides the fact that I truly had no choice – I completely felt and experienced this ebook come to life through me for YOU – when I look at my own life, it’s clear why this idea came to me. Whenever I feel stuck, blocked by my own workload, beliefs or limited by my energy levels I know that is a sure sign I need to back away, slowly and step into a completely different space – mentally, emotionally and sometimes even physically. I’ve learnt over the years that, in those moments #surrender is the only way forward. I have to let go of control and all my expectations whilst handing the reins over to a higher power. For me, that connection is electrified when I create space, change-it-up (scenery, setting, space, practice, routine) and throw my heart open to receive. ++ I often ‘remove’ myself from the space in which I usual habitat – my home/office, my city, even being in the same company. For years I have retreated, or packed up my books and studied/worked outside. It’s what I do. I create a new set of rituals, I practice self-love, I open up to a new energy…. it works for me. I know it’ll work for you. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Here’s how it works: 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-days – one for each day of your soul-fueled retreat. Unwind + Rebalance Connect + Dream Distil + Clarify This ebook will support and guide you through you’re journey, over 3 days. 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. What’s included? 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 daily chakra meditations 3 x EFT tapping scripts 1 x EFT Video Tutorial 1 x Breathing Exercises Video Tutorial Daily journaling exercises to support the exploration into your dreams + visions BONUS gratitude journal + so much more! When will it be yours? Soon – It’s coming VERY soon! It’ll be in your hot little hands before Xmas – the perfect companion for those lazy summer holidays we’ve all got up our sleeve. Or maybe this is meant for a gift for someone? Even better, maybe the INSPIRED experience is meant for you to share with friends – get together, retreat for a few days, dream big, get clarity! ++ Be the first to hear when INSPIRED is ready to buy –  jump on my list to hear from […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH DR ASHLEE GOOD

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH DR ASHLEE GOOD

Posted December 12, 2013

The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love. Meet Dr. Ashlee Good. She’s a gorgeous 28 year old Osteopath and Health & Wellness Coach. I love Ash’s approach to wellness. She’s always been fascinated by the Human Body and it’s healing capabilties. This led her to study Osteopathy where she developed an an outstanding knowledge of the body, how it is composed, how it functions. Following this Ash wanted to take her ability to heal others to whole new level. Not wanting to focus on just one piece of the puzzle – the structure of the human body, Ash started studying Health Coaching to tackle nutrition and food, and other lifestyle factors. I love learning from other wellness lovers – finding out how they choose to live, what inspires them and what they are passionate about refuels my fire and love for health. I hope you enjoy Ash’s perspective on healthy, wellness, inspiration and more. Oh and be sure to check out the AWESOME recipes she’s included! Oh and I’m also a tad jealous that Ash has such a brilliant name – Ashlee Good. Which has lended itself to an even more kick-ass business name “Good Being”. Connect with Ashlee Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I have always been interested in health and wellness but only ever dabbled in it from time to time. After completing my Osteopathy degree after 5 years of study in 2009, I felt I had a good understanding of the body and health. But as I started working with patients on a daily basis I soon came to realise the huge role nutrition had to play in the way people were feeling. It sparked a passion that has taken me on quite a journey of self discovery, nutrition education, and the beginning of a blog! I am now an Osteopath and Health and wellness Coach passionate about educating and inspiring people to live healthier and happier lives. I am determined to show people how being ‘healthy’ feels – many people out there believe they are healthy, and they are far from it. I am also very interested in teaching people about the importance of healthy digestion, and the role inflammation plays in ill-health. What INSPIRES you? Mother nature and her beauty. Beautiful words. All of the amazing women I have met online who are also on this path to spread the wellness love. My clients, who trust me and inspire me to keep learning and sharing my knowledge with them. My boyfriend Matt is always inspiring me to do bigger and better things. And people like yourself! Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? Outdoors, at the beach, I feel free, open, and creativity is at its best for me. Online – I have a beautiful collection of inspiring blogs which keep me inspired. And through books – I’m in the middle of Dr. Libby’s Beauty from the Inside Out at the moment, and I love it. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? When I am inspired, I feel like I can expand and create things and blogs that inspire my readers to delve deeper into their life and tune into what their body really wants. Mindset is massive, and I try and teach all of my clients the importance of crowding out – adding more of all the things that make you feel good, which will slowly crowd out all the toxic and negative things. I also use the inspiration from what I see and read to motivate me to accept myself, love myself, be grateful for what I have. Being in a good place myself, positions me perfectly to be the best coach I can be. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Eating a well-balanced, nourishing diet. Self-care has become a big priority – this involves positivity, daily exercise and lots of greens. And surrounding myself with people who enrich my life is also important. What’s your routine? Wake in the morning, lemon in warm water with ACV, head to beach where I will either run, swim, surf, or hit the gym. I meditate on the beach for between 5 and 25 minutes before coming home and getting ready for work. Monday to Thursday’s I am in the clinic, and Fridays and weekends I work from home doing my health coaching and working on my blog. Depending on the day, I may walk after work, usually cook dinner and sit down with my partner Matt to relax. I usually read before bed, and write in my gratitude journal. In the new year, I will be spending more time at home with my health clients, and less in the clinic. How do you find balance + happiness? Balance has been a challenging part of building a business. I’m so passionate about what I do, that I want to do it all the time! But I’ve come to see the importance of balance in all aspects of my life. So I allocate time for fun, for time away from my computer, time with my partner Matt and for time being surrounded by friends. It can be so easy to get tied up in your own little online world, but making that time away to be surrounded by real people face to face has made the world of difference in my happiness. How do you practice self-love? Affirmations daily. I write them throughout my diary, I say them throughout the day. I ACCEPT and love my body. I eat nourishing foods. I exercise. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I do love my green smoothies, but I’m a total cacao addict. I also love my Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge Cups! Or my acai bowl is pretty good! (YUM! – […] Read more

A NEW COURAGE – GUEST POST BY AMELIA HILL

A NEW COURAGE – GUEST POST BY AMELIA HILL

Posted December 10, 2013

I don’t know real courage. I know I am strong. I know I am resilient. I know how to dig deep when called too… you know, grit my teeth and muster up that inner ‘gumption’ to plough forward. But I don’t believe I’ve ever been called to face up to a test so strong that I have had to really tap into true courage – that awe-inspiring, mind-blowing type that has you admiring the human spirit and all it can handle. I’d like to introduce you to someone I know is living from a space of courage day in-day out. The Amazing Amelia Hill. I first came across Amelia when I noticed her ‘liking’ lots of my Instgram posts. Now, I’m not one to normally stalk and get lost in the world of Instgram (I’m not very ‘good’ at using it properly) but something led me to click on her name… I’m so glad I did, because now I know what real courage looks like. Amelia Hill is living an extraordinary life. As a once sought-after fashion and interiors stylist, writer and fashion designer with her own clothing label, Amelia has, for the last five years, been confined to just one room due to a severe form of Environmental Illness/ Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now, Amelia is on a Mission, not only to heal her life … but save it too. Misdiagnosed for 20 years, Amelia shares her amazing story to raise awareness for a condition which is often misunderstood, while her gutsy determination, unstoppable optimism and insightful spin has captured the attention of people all over the Globe. Let me tell you more about Amelia. She is currently living with a severe form of Environmental Illness ( EI) Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Electro hypersensitivity (EHS). This means horrible, disabling ‘allergic’ reactions to a large number of everyday, seemingly harmless substances / chemicals… foods, ink(books/newspaper/magazines), furnishings & building materials (furniture/flooring/paints/varnishes/bedding/fabrics), fragrance, products(cleaners/personal care),  car exhaust, natural gas, pesticides..the tiniest trace of chemical residue and even electronics, including computers. Amelia has spent the last 5 years house-bound/room-bound, separated from the outside world.  “I am separated from my beloved family & friends, my greatest passions, my favourite possessions, every dream I ever dreamed for my future, the blue skies above my head.. The entire world. The last 2 years Ive been in a sealed room stripped bare of all possible triggers. This means just a tiled floor and a fold-out bed. I survive on just 6 foods on a mono-rotation diet, and in June I had dental surgery in our kitchen. Fun times. My mum is my full-time carer.” I’m sure you can see now why this woman IS courage. It is in her very name. She is surviving, every single day. I can only imagine the emotional and mental battle, let alone the physical. I am in complete awe of Amelia and hold her in my prayers often. It’s now time for Amelia. Read her words, dive into her courage… it’ll change the way you see your world and powerfully reframe your perspective on life. This very article was hand written by Amelia (pen + paper – which she is also having trouble tolerating) and then typed up by her also amazing mother. This was no small feat. I hope you appreciate it as much as I do! Connect with Amelia Facebook | Twitter | Instagram A NEW COURAGE by Amelia hill Sure, abseiling from a towering cliff face of mammoth proportions, or dancing across screaming hot coals, requires more courage than you can summon in a nanosecond. A declaration of courage in response to heart-pounding adrenalin, is a fancy trick handy in many prickly situations. When you’re certain of what lies ahead, when you can see it clearly, when you know what you’re up against, you can strap on your bravery like bullet proof armour infused with super-human powers or psych yourself up in preparation for the task ahead. But, not all moments are measured in weekend adventures or as impressive acts of gusto. Some moments, you never see coming. So unexpected, so cataclysmic, these moments throw you for six. Overwhelm. Floor You. Leave you in a tail spin. You have no time to prepare yourself for battle and there is no rule book or extreme sport instructor to guide you through. A shock health diagnosis, a personal crisis, a relationship breakdown, a sudden death, a natural disaster, the most impossible of decisions, your worst nightmare, your greatest fear materialised. In my case, confined to just one room for 5 years, navigating the heart-wrenching circumstance of serious illness. Unable to travel to get medical care, separated from all the joys that made my life what it was… family & friends, books, music, delicious foods, career opportunities, hugs.  It’s in moments like these, moments that require us to require more of ourselves than we have ever known before. It’s in these times, an entirely new definition of courage dawns. When you least expect it, but need it the most, this courage will appear. Tether it you cannot, but support your weight and the hefty burdens you carry it can & will. In your silence, it will approach you. In your humility, it will wrap you in its love. Dig deep, hold strong … it will awaken within you. Unlike the quick-fix adrenalin pumping breathlessly through the thrill-seeker’s veins, this courage is never fleeting or short lived. This courage will sustain you. This courage will hold your hand. Like the voice of a reassuring friend coaxing you down from the ledge, this courage knows everything your heart needs to hear. ‘You can do this’ …  ‘I believe in you’ … ‘ Everything’s going to be OK’ It will turn hopelessness into possibility and paralysing fear into resourceful pro-action. It will lift your spirits, your attitude, your resolve. It will stand with you as you question everything you know to be true and walk with […] Read more

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