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7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

Posted September 23, 2013

I’m so thrilled to share with you this follow-up guest post from Kacey Crawford. Not so long ago Kacey wrote a post here called “Is your job making you sick?” And yep, it was HUGELY popular, to say the least. Kacey is now here to offer up some advice to those that were screaming YES upon reading that very first post.And she knows what she’s talking about – as an inspired Career + Life Coach, Kacey is all over it! In Kacey’s words: If you’re ready to ditch the job that’s dictating your social conversations and robbing you of health and happiness, then this is your much-needed what next. 1. Clarify your reasons for moving on. This step serves several important purposes. First, identifying what’s made you unhappy means you can look out for (and avoid) it in future job choices. For instance, if it’s unreasonable working hours, excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines that are stressing you out, you’ll want to target organisations that offer flexible work and employee wellbeing perks – and steer clear of high-pressure or commission-based jobs. This exercise will also help alleviate any guilt or disloyalty that may surface when it comes time to bid farewell. While the job itself may suck, you could be leaving behind a great group of colleagues, clients or a boss who is powerless to improve things for you. Seeing your reasons written down will reaffirm why you’re making this choice and help you stand your ground. And finally, this step will ensure you have a polished, diplomatic response to the inevitable interview question about why you’re moving on. 2. Get the practical stuff sorted. First cab off the rank is to brush up your resume, then put your referees on notice that you’ll be job-seeking soon. Check they’re still happy to vouch for you and help them understand what you’ve been doing so they can talk about you with confidence. I’ve written a handy guide on resume writing, interview skills and cover letters that you can get right here, and it includes handy tips on how to get the most from your referees. Sign up for email alerts on the major job-seeking search engines. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent experience, not forgetting any qualifications, training or achievements that should be included. And if you’re on a performance-based bonus or incentive scheme at work, check when your payment is due and know what the eligibility rules are. You don’t want to rule yourself out of the running with an ill-timed resignation. Now is also the time to reconnect with your mentors and contacts and start networking. 3. Start to dial it down so you can recharge. While it’s important not to check out of your job entirely before you leave (I’m a big believer in not burning bridges), you also need to preserve your energy for your job search – and the learning curve involved with starting a new role. In a perfect world you’d have at least two weeks between leaving your role and starting the next one, but we all know that often doesn’t happen. Stay professional, maintain your integrity and aim to wrap up any substantial pieces of existing work, but now isn’t the time to be taking on anything new. 4. Put a transition plan in place. If you have clients, manage people or work in a specialist/technical role, it’s important that you start thinking about how you’ll hand over your responsibilities once you leave. Depending on the severity of your situation it can be hard to think this way, but it’s a simple and often overlooked way of upholding your professional image – not to mention just plain old good karma. Use this time to tie up loose ends, bed down any processes or important information that’s living inside your head, and do an email and hard drive clean out (which may provide helpful fodder for your resume too). 5. Decide how you’ll leave. For most people, financial responsibilities will require you to give the proper period of notice and wait it out to maintain salary continuity between roles. If you can afford to take leave without pay – and only you can be the judge of that – or exhaust the rest of your annual leave as part of your notice period (which some organisations allow), then go for it. You may even want to take a career break if your organisation offers them – but consider what impact this will have on your benefits and entitlements, including access to paid parental leave. Now is also a good time to decide if you’ll raise any issues or grievances in your exit interview. It’s a personal choice as to whether you do this, but remember to keep your comments professional and gracious. Think about whether your feedback is likely to have an impact and what the future repercussions could be for you personally (especially if you work in a small industry). Think self-preservation as opposed to short-term gratification. 6. Get some clear direction. When you’re seriously unhappy at work, your desperation to escape can easily lead you to bounce unintentionally from one dissatisfying role to another. Use this opportunity to get clear on exactly what you want to do next (given that you’ve now discovered what you don’t want). If you’ve been thinking about a career change or starting up a business, then now could be the perfect time. Most people contemplating career change will start by thinking “what could I do”, which leads them down a narrow path that includes only their skills and experience. Try a different approach: imagine the lifestyle you want and then identify careers that will allow you to have it. What specific types of roles and organisations match your vision? How can you make sure you target them in your job search? What types of questions might you need to ask in job interviews to ensure your next job really stacks up? Remember your next role […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH EZZIE SPENCER

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH EZZIE SPENCER

Posted September 20, 2013

Through Rich, Happy, Hot BSchool (check it out here) which I did earlier this year, I’ve become part of the most awesome community of women. Amazing entrepreneurs who are changing the world. I feel so blessed that I have the chance to connect directly with such an awesome group of women. One such lady is Ezzie Spencer. (I love her name!) Ezzie describes herself as a recovering over-achiever and a lawyer now more interested in well-being than material success. Through her business The Spencer Method, Ezzie inspires women to open their hearts, access their creative power, and reconnect with their own inner wisdom. She hold’s workshops in Sydney, teaching women how to work with natural lunar rhythms and establish an enjoyable meditation practice. How freaking awesome is that! Not to mention that when you sign-up to her newsletter you get a guide on your moon-sign and how to work with it. I love Ezzie’s work, it’s different, it’s intuitive, it’s necessary! Enjoy! Cx Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I trained as a lawyer, and whilst I really enjoyed working in the law, I realised that I was just as interested in how clients were when they were sitting on the other side of the desk. What was going on at a deeper, emotional level? Did they need to be really seen, and have something acknowledged? Life nudged me to move further in the direction of personal development and spiritual exploration, and I ended up doing a PhD in well-being and the law, and setting up my own business on personal well-being. Now I teach women how to work effectively with lunar cycles, and keep up an enjoyable meditation practice, through my Spencer Method live events and online course. What INSPIRES you? People who are living their truth, and living each day with an open heart. Authenticity is magnetic. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? We all have a well of wisdom inside of us, and we can access it through a daily meditation practice. Meditation is one of the keys to living a happy, relaxed and successful life. I also like to check the moon map, as over time, I’ve found this to be an uncanny reflection of what is going on for me internally. In summary, everything we need to know right now is within reach of us: we just need to notice it. A compelling TED talk, the sage words of a spiritual master, or the enchanted smile of a child may be the vehicle for this discovery. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I’m constantly asking myself: what can I learn from this moment? I take the time to feel grateful for the pleasant and stimulating moments, and ask what the challenging ones are there to teach me. I live by the principle that life is therapy. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you?  Balance! What’s your routine?  Morning meditation, uber-productive work session, big healthy lunch, and unstructured time in the afternoon (this is essential to allow the creative juices to flow!). Evenings are for socialising, dancing, and enjoying music and other events in my beautiful beach-side community. How do you find balance + happiness? Tracking the rhythm of the moon, in a structured way, is essential for me to keep my life in balance. Doing this regularly is the best way to stay connected with the natural environment, and allow yourself to receive your dreams. Happiness is a matter of perspective: following the principle of life is therapy, you can be happy in every moment, because every single one is perfect. How do you practice self-love? Nurture my body through eating highly nutritious, alkaline foods; nurture my emotions through surrounding myself with only supportive and fun people; and nurture my soul through daily heart-opening meditation, and continual self-exploration. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I love to start these Sydney winter mornings with oats, walnuts, fresh fruit and inca berries (the sweet tartness reminds me of the cumquat tree that we had in our garden, as a kid) What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle? Green juice, dance, and sleep! How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Walk away: take a bath, call a friend, make a green juice. If I’m not motivated, then it means one of two things: I need to rest, or I’m doing the wrong thing and need some time to work out how to course correct. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. Prioritise this, and be the best you can be for yourself, and your world. Connect with Ezzie Spencer here: http://ezziespencer.com http://facebook.com/ezziespencer Read more

THE FREEDOM PROJECT: YOUR 9 WEEK GUIDE TO LIMITLESS LIVING

THE FREEDOM PROJECT: YOUR 9 WEEK GUIDE TO LIMITLESS LIVING

Posted September 19, 2013

The Freedom Project is almost here. This online project was first born after a meditation session on a flight to Brisbane. It was one week out from the launch of my ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet – and my head definitely wasn’t in the ‘space’ for diving into a new project. But, apparently my heart was. I remember pulling out my iPad and jotting down the skeleton framework of what as now become: The Freedom Project – Your 9 week guide to limitless living. The first round of this project kicks-off on October 20th and will guide you through 2 months of transformative work in preparation for the new year as we near the end of 2013! There is still alot going on behind the scenes in getting this project ready for launch but I am way to excited to hold off and really to share it with you! I am so keen to share it that I’m offering a free webinar on Surrender + Freedom. Please join me on Wednesday 25th September at 8:00pm AEST for this FREE webinar to explore surrender + freedom and how it can truly change your life. I’ll also be announcing an incredible offer on the cost of The Freedom Project. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE! What is the The Freedom Project about? My ebook took the first, cautious steps into the HUGE concept of Surrender. If you’ve been following my facebook and instagram you may have see that I’ve dedicated the month of September to Surrender with daily quotes, affirmations and insights by yours truly. To say that I am passionate about sharing the power in learning how to let go and surrender would be an understatement. However, as I was working through the framework of this project something wasn’t quite sitting right for me. It took me a while to hone in on what was blocking me. There was one word that I needed to grasp on to, one word that could bring to life the feeling I experience through surrender. Then it came to me. Freedom. The truth is we are all ultimately looking to experience FREEDOM in our lives. Freedom from what? limiting self-beliefs emotional road blocks past traumas feeling restrained and restricted held back by our own brick-walls negative self-talk powerlessness We all ultimately want to live a limitless, wholehearted life – unrestrained, open, alive, in-the-flow, completely connected. To me, that is freedom. Freedom to be the best version of ourselves. How do we cultivate freedom? We explore surrender – the art of letting go! This online project is a journey through surrender. We will navigate through the areas of life we continuously find ourselves controlled by or stuck in. We will peel off layers in order to discover the real you – free from your limiting self beliefs, emotional blocks. We will break down your attachments to agendas and expectations – allowing you be completely present within your life We will help shift the judgments you have for yourself and others which only serve to keep you limited within the story of your life. Why did I create The Freedom Project? I felt ready to explore this concept of surrender and to share the journey with like-minded women. When I look back on my journey over the last 10 years I can see moments of real transformation and I have so much appreciation for my guides and mentors along the way. I want to share with you my learnings and support you in cultivating the life you deserve I felt the call to open this incredible topic up to women who feel the call to transform their lives into a limitless one I’ve had many people say that they didn’t think ‘surrender’ was relevant to them until they read my book or heard me speak on this – I wanted to create a platform to open this integral concept up to a wider audience, because I truly feel that it can transform your life! Do you feel the call to Freedom? Connect with how you feel as you read the words above. Do you feel moved? Do you feel inspired by the possibilities? Let’s dive in to a limitless life! It’s time. Are you ready? _______________________________________________________________ Free Live Webinar: How surrender + freedom will change your life Please join me on this FREE webinar to explore surrender + freedom and how it can truly change your life. I’ll also be announcing an incredible offer on the cost of The Freedom Project. Topics we’ll cover: Discover surrender – what is it and why do we want to harness it in our life! How the opposite of surrender leaves us powerless and unable to create the life we deserve How to reclaim our power + experience freedom through letting go Join me on Wednesday 25th September at 8:00pm AEST Come home, wind down from work, eat your dinner and instead of watching TV jump online and join us in what will be an incredible conversation. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER _____________________________________________________________ I can’t wait to take this journey with you! I would love to read your comments and thoughts below. Any questions are welcome too. Love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BALANCE + BREATHE

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BALANCE + BREATHE

Posted September 17, 2013

It’s been a few weeks but I’m so excited to bring you a new segment of Yoga with Claire. This is such a lovely, balancing, grounding sequence. Connect in with your own prana (life force) through movement and breath. This practice is all about creating a sequence of centredness – completely present in the moment. As with all my sequences remember these mini taste-testing sessions of yoga can be mixed and matched with other sequences I’ve created. Just head over here to my Youtube channel to check out other sequences. Or, practice this one of your own when you are feeling a little flighty, anxious, or caught up in the chaos of life. It’ll bring you back down to earth! Let me know how this sequence feels in your body and breath – as always I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts. Finally, please remember to modify the practice. I’m not a super-yogi but I have been practicing for 6 years, so if something doesn’t quite ‘work’ for you straight away modify or keep at it – over time it’ll start to ‘fit’ and feel more fluid and natural. Click PLAY to watch: Enjoy! love + light, Claire x Read more

ZUCCHINI + COCONUT PROTEIN PANCAKES

ZUCCHINI + COCONUT PROTEIN PANCAKES

Posted September 16, 2013

I’m a self-confessed coconut freak. For years before I knew that coconut could be included in my diet I was obsessed with the scent. I would buy and use anything that gave me that tropical-island-fresh-coconut scent. Now, I don’t use any of that stuff but coconut oil, water, cream, milk, flakes and flesh all feature in my diet regularly. So when my beautiful, dear friend Connie Chapman shared this recipe on her instagram account I immediately whipped it up. It’s now on my love-to-eat rotation. Of course, my creative experimental side didn’t allow me to be satisfied with the recipe, as it was. I added a few things to give it an extra boost. I love my breakfast to be packed with protein. As an ambassador for Sunwarrior Protein Powder in Australia I am lucky enough to have and use this gorgeous product daily. I also try and add this beautiful raw sprouted brown rice protein to alot of different recipes, this one included! You are going to love, love, love these. ZUCCHINI + COCONUT PROTEIN PANCAKES What you’ll need: 1-2 zucchinis – grated 4 eggs 1 tbls of chia seed gel – soak in a 1/4 cup of water for 5 minutes 1 cup of dessicated coconut (I use coconut flakes and whiz them up in a blender until they are really fine) 2 heaped tbls of Sunwarrior protein powder (natural or vanilla) 1 heaped tsp of maca 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder Coconut oil Optional extras to serve: Raw honey/rice malt syrup Yoghurt of any kind Fruit (banana) Steamed greens What to do: After grating the zucchini squeeze out the excess water and put into a mixing bowl with all the other ingredients. Blend well so the egg is evenly distributed. Heat up coconut oil in your pan and blog on tablespoon sizes of the mixture and flatten a little into mini pancakes Cook for 3-4 minutes each side and flip. Option – you can spread this out into a baking tray and bake at 180 until golden. Serve as a ‘sweet’ breakfast with fruit, yoghurt and your sweetener of choice. Or enjoy with a side of steamed greens for something savoury! Eat and enjoy! Claire x Read more

CHOC PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE

CHOC PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE

Posted September 12, 2013

I have another incredible raw, vegan dessert from one of my gorgeous readers. Are you ready for mouth-watering goodness? This amazing recipe came from Emily Holmes from Conscious Foodie. I love that Emily is on a mission to spread the word about natural wellness and health, nutritional wholefoods, clean organic living, a sustainable future, self love, gratitude and kindness. When she’s not writing you can find her juicing her greens, meditating, walking barefoot, sitting in the sun, drinking peppermint tea and making raw desserts. Sounds like my kind of gal! I think Emily has got the right idea when it comes to food – Keep it conscious AND delicious. If you make this please share a picture of it of it via instagram. Tag @consciousfoodie and @claireOwellness. What you’ll need: Base 1 cup nuts (I used pecans) 1 cup pitted fresh dates 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil Filling 3 cups raw cashews soaked for 4 hours in filtered water and drained 1 cup melted coconut oil 1 cup filtered water 1 cup pure maple syrup 3/4 cup organic peanut butter 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder What to do: Process the 3 base ingredients in a food processor until the mixture starts to stick together. Press mixture into a round cheesecake tin. Place base into the freezer to set. Process cashews, coconut oil and water in a food processor until smooth. Add maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla powder and raw cacao powder and blend until smooth and well combined. Pour choc peanut butter mixture onto the base and set in the fridge overnight. Enjoy! love + light, Claire x Read more

HOW YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TO OTHERS ARE AFFECTING YOU!

HOW YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS TO OTHERS ARE AFFECTING YOU!

Posted September 10, 2013

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. This sanskrit prayer is often sang before or after a yoga practice. When I hear it I feel whole, a little more connected and at peace. First, let me explain what inspired this post with a little story for you: One particular Friday during my morning routine I scribbled this affirmation into my journal: (which I posted on my facebook page) Today I remember that we are all truly one. From this truth I offer up the love that I AM ( that we all are) to someone that needs to be reminded of who they are! I step away from my needs for a moment and in doing so I connect with another soul, and ultimately connect with and heal myself. I then headed off to yoga. On my way there I heard from a friend in real need. This left me feeling really concerned.  Once I got into the yoga class we were partnered up with a total stranger. We were asked to sit, facing each other and silently say “I wish you well, I wish you happiness, I wish you freedom, I wish you love”. I could tell this was very confronting  for my partner. I loved it. I poured my heart into that experience. Finally, on the mat, before we began we all sang the above prayer. This whole experience brought up so much stuff for me. I had a beautiful practice but I was also deep in exploration. I  spent the next hour diving into that prayer in light of the affirmation that had come to me that morning and the news that a friend needed help. I started to dig deeper into the ideas of negativity. It took me on a journey through the ego, on to the challenge of retraining habits that don’t serve us and finally to the idea that we are truly one. Stay with me as I take you through that journey. Negativity is habitual Negative thoughts and actions are habits we’ve learned over the years. They are patterns of behaviours that are incredibly powerful and profound. Maybe we don’t even realise how powerful they are because we feel that our negative thought process is limited to our own headspace. They aren’t. The thoughts you have about someone else, yourself or life in general permeates throughout the universe like toxic waste. All thoughts, all actions, are energy. Everything is energy and there are no boundaries to where this energy can go. It’s not restricted by time and space. Which means that the power of our thoughts, even the negative ones, can be felt far and wide. Our patterns of negative behaviour and mindset has a domino effect – filtering into the lives of others, even if somewhat undetected at first. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to absorb a bad mood from someone else? It takes a strong energy field to block that sort of negativity. Or how your own negative state affects your entire day (traffic, can’t find a parking spot, lose money, everything goes wrong!) The ego feeds off negativity When we first notice that we have a habitual pattern of thinking and being from a negative space we then start to realise something else; the EGO – that ‘voice’ that is often cruel, unkind, irrational, angry, limited – is propped up and built on negativity. It lives off it. It LOVES the drama and the confusion. It feels good when we cut someone else down, to build ourselves up. It loves to take you down a notch too. It revels in limiting beliefs and behaviours. It’s out for it’s own survival – if you are completely present, positive and centred, the ego doesn’t exist. So being in a negative state is ideal for the ego. Many of us are stuck in and identify with that voice as if it’s who we are. Worse still, we keep feeding it through those negative thoughts and actions, including the thoughts and actions directed towards others… which ultimately, comes back to bite us! The most bizarre thing is how we feel comfortable with that negativity. We find the ego and its games to be familiar, normal… ‘the way we are’. Despite the turmoil it causes we tend to stay in that pattern and ego identification because it’s easier. Retrain your habits There is hope. You are not your ego. No, you can’t ‘get rid of it’. But you are not ‘IT’. Which bodes well. If you can start to truly believe that you aren’t that limited, negative set of habits and egoic nature then you can begin to bring about change. Our brains are flexible. Through neuroplasticity there is evidence that we can literally retrain our brain. It can evolve  (neural pathways and synapses) from changes in behaviour, mindset, environment and more. Which, thankfully, means we can retrain ourselves to habitually think and behave with a positive, peaceful, open and limitless energy. Change through awareness Change doesn’t happen without conscious effort. I don’t mean ‘trying’ or forcing something to happen. That would be counter-intuitive. But we have to place our attention of what is happening for us in order to bring about change. First, we notice those habitual negative patterns. Maybe you literally take note of the running commentary in your head. Maybe you begin to ‘look’ at it objectively – watching it with benign interest. Next, there might be some ‘weeding’ you need to do. Perhaps it becomes clear that there is some residual ‘stuff’ that you need to clear and detox. I don’t believe in getting stuck in the story of your past, but I do also believe that unless you LOOK at what’s going on for you, clear out the weeds and get real that you can’t just ‘push’ it […] Read more

MY INTERVIEW WITH AN EFT EXPERT

MY INTERVIEW WITH AN EFT EXPERT

Posted September 09, 2013

I’m am thrilled to bring you this skype chat I had with the incredible Alison Monaghan. Alison is an Advanced EFT Practitioner, Trainer and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. If you have no idea what I’m talking about head over to this previous VLOG I did on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). In the vlog I talk about how this incredibly easy tapping technique can have such a profoundly positive effect on your health and well-being (emotional and physical). Alison connected with me to share her work. I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one session with her which was simply MIND-BLOWING. In particular Alison demonstrated the power of the Matrix Re-Imprinting technique. I won’t say too much more other than this is a must-see. EFT and Matric Re-Imprinting are phenomenal practices combining western psychology with eastern philosophy. It works on clearing emotional blocks, limiting self beliefs, past traumas AND empowers you to manage your emotional, mental and physical health on a daily basis. Click PLAY to watch. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Are you already utilising EFT in your life? Have you had success with it? Or do you feel a little uncomfortable by the whole ‘tapping’ thing? Love + light, Claire x P.S connect with Alison here at EFT Therapies m: 0411 474 754 e: alison@efttherapies.com Read more

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