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taking care of business + free stuff for you

taking care of business + free stuff for you

Posted September 12, 2016

taking care of business + free stuff for you I recently read a summary of the theme for this September 2016 over on Mystic Mamma. To be honest I can’t quite remember all of it, except one key theme stood out and is on repeat in my mind… “It’s time to take care of business”… Those words felt like the gentle slap I needed to get out of the little pocket of lethargy I was in. The lethal cocktail of sleep deprivation, no time during the day to myself (that’s what happens when a teething toddler refuses to sleep without you) and winter vibes saw me hanging out in no-motivation land. But those words… BOOM. The words (and the change of season and energy) were just the right ones to knock me back into action. Time to take care of business at home – I’m cleansing and clearing the home. Cleaning windows, washing everything, flushing out the winter and dusting out the old. De-cluttering and creating space. FOR YOU: Work through each room of your home and commit to clearing out 10 things. They might be scraps of paper, or bags of clothes! ::: Taking care of business in business – I’m not dancing around my goals anymore. Full throttle towards them (with respect for the natural ebb and flow of action and rest). I’m ready to build, grow, expand. (P.s If you want to know more about the team I am building shoot me back an email! hello(at)thewellnessproject.net.au) FOR YOU:Get your free copy of my ‘Declare Your Dreams’ worksheet here. ::: Taking care of business in my body – I want to feel vital and light. Strong and toned. Sexy even. So I’m diving into The BODY LOVE Spring Challenge from Barre Body. I highly recommend you check it out and join me – it starts in mid October. We are talking dedicated barre classes, wellness overhaul and hitting refresh on our mindset and belief systems. I’m also focusing on detoxing through lots of twisting postures in yoga. I’m reviewing my diet through a 7-day food diary simply to see what I can change, improve or delete! FOR YOU:Download your own copy of my ‘Foodie Must-haves’ list. A great guide to eating clean. ::: Taking care of business in wellness – The superfood supplement that I’m so blessed to have in my life will still be leading the way. This beautiful triage of potent, nature-based supplements (all-natural, GMO-free) has literally supported me mentally, physically and emotionally over the last 7 months. I count my blessings everyday that I found this! This month I’m ensuring that this is part of my daily routine and I’m also dedicating myself to sharing it far and wide. It’s that good. I mean, seriously, if you could try something that could make you feel the best you have ever felt – gave you more energy, better sleep and over all feeling of better health – with a 100% money back guarantee would you try it? I would. I did. It changed everything. ***Get more info here.*** FOR YOU: Hit me back an email if you want more info on this supplement… I don’t share just any old thing my loves. This is beautifully supportive and I want you to experience it too.  ::: Taking care of business in mind and spirit – By now you know how big a fan I am of meditation. Well with the arrival of spring I’m focusing on chakra cleansing and mantra meditation in particular. Chakra cleansing, to me, is the spiritual equivalent of a detoxifying diet. And mantra meditation, for me at least, creates a light more ‘higher’ energy. I want to ride the waves of lightness, the ‘uplift’ that spring calls in. FOR YOU: This Wednesday 14th September at AEST 8PM I’ll be hosting my next FB Live Meditation session. Please request access to THIS PRIVATE GROUP and join me for a delicious mid-week session. :::::::::::: So September is here. It’s time to take care of business. This is what is so special about this season – the chance to refresh, clear, realign, detox. All before the end of the year – clearing the way so you can see the pathway forward before 2016 comes to a close. How are you going to take care of business? Love and light, Claire x P.s My new meditation offering for MAMAS is coming soon. I just did a photo-shoot on the weekend for it. It’s starting to feel real and imminent! Read more

Strategy of Surrender

Strategy of Surrender

Posted August 30, 2016

Strategy for surrender Since the day little Soleil was born, in fact, since she was just a bunch of little cells multiplying I’ve been hurtling down the rabbit-hole of surrender. Over and over, day-by-day I’ve been asked to let go – to surrender. Surrender who I think I am. Surrender to who she is. Surrender to the struggle. Surrender to the sleep deprivation. Surrender to the loss of control and structure. Surrender to the chaos. Surrender to the beauty, and joy and insane love. Surrender to the god-like connection motherhood creates for me. Surrender to the sides of me I don’t like or thought I had ‘healed’           Surrender to the mess Surrender to the present moment           Surrender to it all… And you know what? I’m not there yet. How do I know I’m not there yet? Well, because I find myself trying to ‘figure out’ if there is something wrong – am I doing it right? Is Soleil OK? Have I missed something? I find myself looking for solutions where there aren’t any. Or getting lost in those feelings of futility and exhaustion that weeks and weeks of sleep deprivation do to you. I find myself pining for ‘time’ and trying to think about how to get more of it. I find myself getting trapped in the idea that ‘if only things were XYZ then it’d all be better”. When I notice I’m in this heady, catastrophizing, weary mindset I know that surrender and I have forgotten to nurture our bond. But here’s the flipside to it all. I know I’m never supposed to be and never will be ‘there’ with surrender. Not fully, completely. Not 100%. Why? Because we, surrender and I,  have a deal. I’m supposed to experiment with it, lose faith in it, find it again, go deeper with it, start all over again. Becoming a mama is so much more for me than creating a life (which is a miracle) and experiencing that journey. It’s about my own soul-journey with surrender. And this realisation always brings about the question, WHY? again.. The deeper why is because I’m meant to dance with surrender so I can share it all with you. I’m here to help you become besties with surrender. It’s my thing. it’s my job. And everytime I mess it up, that’s another up-leveling, re-education and re-learning so I can scrub up on my surrender skills. That’s what we do as teachers and guides, we have to keep growing and learning in order to help you grow and learn. So here I am, once again, letting go of the idea that I have to ‘fix’ things with my little Sunbeam. She is healthy, bright, BOLD, happy, oh-so-spirited. There is nothing wrong. Nor do I need to fix anything with myself as a mother, woman, wife, friend, daughter – I do enough, I am enough, I love enough, I care enough. I simply must accept, embrace and let go of the expectations and need to control. It means offering up my plans and my ideas and trusting that as and when it’s supposed to unfold, it will. ++ Take a deep breath with me now, because in true Claire style I’m going to flip all of that on its head. There are always two sides to every coin and this journey of surrender is much the same. Within the realisation that I must surrender and embrace the journey of letting go, I’ve also come to realise that part of this version of surrender (in mamahood) I must also take ACTION and come up with a strategy. I don’t have to give up every dream or desire to surrender, I just have to work with it in a different way. One of the massive stumbling blocks I’ve been facing is time. When your toddler is waking countless times each night and then only wants to nap on you during the day, well there isn’t much time left over. Domestic duties, cooking, eating, showering – these are the basics I’ve been fitting in amongst it all. Trying to fit in joyful work, creative time, spiritual practice and connecting to loved ones has been a battle. Surrender often wins. However, I’ve come to see a massive truth that surrender has delivered to me lately. It has said this; Claire, you DO have time, if you allow others to support you in caring for Soleil. You choose for Soleil to be the centre of your universe and for you to be hers. It’s your choice to prioritise her over anything else. It’s always up to you how and where you create and find time. Truthfully, I’ve hid behind being Soleil’s mama and ‘surrendering’ to her needs and the ebb-and-flow of her evolving being. I desperately don’t want to miss anything as she grows, but many of my dreams and desires with work and in life are ALL about creating opportunity, security and happiness for HER. So how to find peace between the desire and spiritual NEED to surrender over to her and to motherhood with the need to build, create, grow, call in abundance and success? And surrender once again answered with; Hire more help. Lean on your in-laws. Hand over the reigns to your husband more. Let go. You cannot be the only one to care for her. So there it is. And so it is. Surrender has sent me a strategy. I now see that I can fully embrace surrender day-to-day with my little one when I create more space and time for me to take action where action needs to be taken! It’s time that I let surrender become my strategy for life in both the moments of PAUSE + ACCEPTANCE as well as those of ACTION + CREATION. I choose to trust that surrender will only ever deliver me into what is right and good for my soul. Love + light, Claire xx OM MAMA LOVE… Mamas, I’m letting you in early on a little something special. […] Read more

Life is infinitely better when you don’t go it alone

Life is infinitely better when you don’t go it alone

Posted August 02, 2016

You are part of the spiderweb of life. You don’t have to go it alone. “We’re connected, as women. It’s like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there’s trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we’re just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don’t help each other, who will?” ― Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper I’m still buzzing from what has just unfolded in my life. I’m still in awe of the spirit, the power and the sheer love I’ve witnessed from the women in my life. Just this weekend gone we hit the end of month in my side-hustle business (I’ve mentioned it a few times Here and Here!) End of month always brings a fervor of energy and adrenaline as many of us close in on our personal goals. It’s high-vibing sort of stuff as we hustle with heart and say YES to what we truly desire – for ourselves, our business, our team and for those we are serving. For two days I dove heart first into this energy. And the success achieved, the goals kicked, the results created within our team has blown my mind. I witnessed women totally OWN their dreams and go after them with tenacity and drive yet with so much authentic feminine flow woven through it all! We are talking reaching for the stars in a BIG way. So why am I telling you this? Every time one of these women reached for her own goals, focused on her destination and dug her heels in until she got there she was doing the same for someone else. She couldn’t NOT propel someone else forward without doing the same for her fellow girl-bosses. I was receiving texts from fellow team members to the tune of; “Claire, babe, we are getting you over the line this month. You are going to hit your goal this month. We are making this happen for you”… Why? Why would these incredible women who are already so busy with their own lives, children, businesses (and so on) go to such great lengths to help someone else? Because this is what we do, this is what is woven in women – into sisterhood. We link arms. We hold space for each other. We motivate and inspire. We propel each other forward. We fill in the gaps. We pick up the pieces. And when we are given the right framework and encouragement to do so, my god does it happen. I’ve come to now know that when you finally accept that your success in life will be better and further propelled when you are working with your leading ladies (or gents)(instead of against or blind to them, teaming up with them in some way, then you will see how beautifully, effortlessly your life unfolds. It’s like magic. Nothing short of a miracle. All done with grace and feminine power. AND love. And it goes one step further. This week (and every week for months it seems) has been exceptionally trying on the motherhood front. But my ladies, my fellow mama-bosses and sisters have stepped in. They’ve told me they are going to take the reigns and help me drive the ship of my ever-growing business and team so that I can breathe a little. How’s that for teamwork? Pretty freaking exceptional if you ask me. There is no trace of fear or selfishness or insecurity getting in the way of offering much needed help. Graciously and gratefully received. Thank you. ++ So, today I come to you not to talk shop. No… I simply come to you with this golden nugget; We are all connected. A web of energy. We can’t deny it – this interconnected-ness is WHO we are. Even if you don’t want to be, we are part of each other. It’s only right that we work together – be it in business, raising our children, helping our neighbours, supporting our friends in need, picking up the pieces. It’s the only way – we should collaborate, link arms and hustle through this life, together! We will get further, create more, achieve success, reach our dreams, cope better, enjoy life a bucket load more. Find your sisters. Find your tribe, your people. Connect. Offer YOU in some way. Lift each other up. Propel each other forward. Inspire and motivate others through your own unique skills (just be you, yeah). And remember this, LIFE in every element, will be infinitely better when you realise you don’t have to go if alone! Love and light, Claire x P.S Check out the below. Last chance to get The Freedom Project ecourse on sale before it closes down!! You can dive into The Freedom Project at a heavily reduced sale price of $99 – saving you $126. The Freedom Project is my 9 week eCourse designed to help you journey through the art of Surrender, Letting Go of Control and Ego Games to find the mental and emotional freedom you desire. This incredible course has served hundreds of women, but the time has come for this course to close down to make way for new and exciting offerings – all of which I am working away on right now! The Freedom Project won’t be lost forever, I know the golden nuggets of insight and information will find a way out into the world in a new way, but for now it’s time to put it to bed. Until early August The Freedom Project will remain OPEN + ready to take you on the most incredible journey. Check it out HERE before the chance to experience this incredible course is gone! Save Save Read more

Bringing Aphrodite Back. Feminine Power, Silence + Stillness.

Bringing Aphrodite Back. Feminine Power, Silence + Stillness.

Posted July 05, 2016

We are always guided and supported… and sometimes we are nudged to pay attention to one particular thing, even if it seems to have  absolutely no relevance to you, whatsover. Well, this recently happened to me. I was guided towards the Goddess, Aphrodite. I kept pulling her in oracle card readings. I would randomly open to a magazine article that mentioned her. Facebook posts would appear with reference to this Goddess. It all culminated one Friday night. I saw an offer from Marianne Williamson on her facebook page (that was about to expire in less than hour) that said with the purchase of her new book I could get free access to her Aphrodite training…The book didn’t resonate with me (yet) but the training did. BIG time. I didn’t hesitate. I paid and signed-up. I’ve been down this road before enough times to know how to get out of my own way and pay attention to the clear sign-posts from the divine. And it was less than 10 minutes into the first training video that the penny dropped… I understood that quickly why I needed this training. And I’m going to hazard a guess that so many of us women, collectively need a little more Aphrodite too. Aphrodite. Goddess of love, romance, sensuality, sexuality, birth, joy, energy, creativity. Divine Feminine energy… As I dove into this training this is the question(s) that presented itself; Where have we disowned her? Where have we replaced this divine, feeling based feminine energy with the action, the doing, the headiness of the masculine? And why? I’m going to be honest, I’m still in the midst of this training… and, well, still in ‘training’ with Aphrodite. So I’m definitely not sharing this with any expertise. However, what I am learning so far has struck such a deep, primal, almost ancient chord within me that I had to share it. ++ I’ve come to realise lately that the disowning of my inner Aphrodite began many years ago. Striving for success. Building my business. Conforming, to fit in. Aligning with feminist viewpoints (and taking it to the extreme) Focusing on the external world. Living an ‘action’ based life. Ignoring my intuition. Wanting to be seen as a capable woman. Hiding my emotions (so I don’t seem weak). Rejecting my moon cycle. Appropriating masculine ways (of talking, dressing, behaving, working…) Pregnancy, birth and so much of this motherhood journey reconnected me deeply with an inner softness, the energy of feminine magic and goddess nature. I even wrote this blog – Crossing Over From The Head to The Heart – on how I’m learning to live a more heart-based life since becoming a mama. However, there is so much catastrophizing, headi-ness, organising, structure, over-planning, action, doing (instead of being) that comes with motherhood too. And it has done a phenomenal job of muscling its way back in to sideline that beautiful Aphrodite energy. Today I’m in a push-pull game between surrendering into the softness, the love-bubble of motherhood and the divine feminine, with the masculine world of action. Trying to find my power in being ALL things to all people (a great mama, wife, business owner, coach, domestic goddess) sometimes leaves me depleted instead of empowered. Making sure I keep my shit together sometimes feels like I’m striving for a badge of honour. Yet I’ve never felt more delicate, vulnerable and called towards the internal world of stillness. Often I just want to be still. Go inward, retreat. Simultaneously I can feel so fired up, ready to make my dreams a reality, driven to action… The masculine and the feminine – two powerful energies playing all out together. And that’s ok, right? We all have the feminine and masculine energies within us. But truthfully, whether you are a male or a female in our world it’s so much easier to revert into the masculine way of action, strategy, solution, doing, planning, thinking. It is for me at least. ++ Reconnect with the power of your feminine silence; Harness your inner stillness. Since starting this training with Marianne Williamson, there has been one major take-away that keeps playing in my heart on repeat. And this is what I really want to share with you, because it’s really helping me to call Aphrodite in – to invite her to play a bigger role and to find her place within my life with more solidity. Let me explain this idea as simply as I can. Feminine energy is threaded with vulnerability.  That Vulnerability = power. In fact, it it is our power. However, it is a different kind of power from a different source. Underworld vibes. Goddess energy. Mystical almost. This power is magnetic. Internal. Intuitive. Deep. It has an immovable, unshakeable quality. A stillness. A presence. A rawness. This is the true essence of woman. Emotive. Wise. Loving. Nurturing.  As women we reflect, listen, invite in. Now this has really hit home for me – we also offer a place to rest to those that need softness, love, nourishment, tenderness, beauty, joy. A safe place to be vulnerable and raw too. We bring others into our magnetic stillness. We offer healing. The most incredible bit is that the feminine energy can do all that in total silence. Without words. Without a song and dance. There’s no need to ‘do’ anything. The Divine Feminine HOLDS space for your pain, your joy, your vulnerability, your hurt, your happiness, your struggle… The Aphrodite energy of love is powerful. It can move mountains, and create great change. And it can do it simply by harnessing stillness, through silence. By simply being and not doing. We have a voice, and yes we are woman, hear us roar. But maybe we should try whispering a little more, or even saying nothing at all… As I was absorbing this lesson from Marianne, my head was spinning. And my heart was screaming YES! Silence. Sweet surrender into stillness. Presence. The real art of listening. Cracking open in the darkness. I scribbled these words into my journal… “Just because I have a voice that doesn’t mean I always have to use it. It’s time to reconnect […] Read more

When inspiration doesn’t show up

When inspiration doesn’t show up

Posted June 22, 2016

I’m sitting here with the best of intentions – to write you a blog post this week that will serve you in some way. I want to always authentically share with you my own personal journey through life, as it unfolds, and the lessons I garner from it all. But today, I’m sorry to say, inspiration has not shown up. I don’t have anything to offer today. It’s ok, I understand if you want to stop reading here… Maybe inspiration has ditched me because I’m a little brain dead – I was awake for hours last night soothing my little one. Or maybe it’s the full moon (apologies beautiful luna, I do blame you for a lot!)… Or maybe, inspiration just isn’t playing ball for no particular reason, just because. So this is how it plays out in my mind. My ever faithful, slightly bossy, definitely controlling left brain kicks in and says;  “Think Claire, think! Surely you’ve got something to share. Surely there is a juicy blog post idea saved in your evernote! You can’t deliver NOTHING!” And for a few moments I am completely sucked into this energy of force and control. Why? Because I don’t want to let you down. And because producing something might make me feel like I’ve accomplished something (other than managing countless number of tantrums and successfully getting out of the house without egg on my face, literally… #mumlife). Or maybe I buy into that left-brain, masculine energy of ACTION because I want to feel worthy, good enough. Here’s the shift though. The more I connect to that energy the more I start to feel… closed. Contracted. Wound up. Tension builds when I’m trying to force something that is not in flow… When I push against what I’m intuitively feeling then it starts to feel abrasive. Sandpaper grazes against a brick wall. Thankfully, gratefully, I’ve made it one of my life lessons to pay attention to the way something FEELS and move forward from there. So this is where I’m at… I’ve felt that abrasion. I’ve also felt the disappointment too that I’m not feeling ‘inspired’ to share something of value. I’m in a state of awareness. Here I move into experimentation mode. I ask myself; What would it feel like if I tuned into the energy, the feelings, the undercurrent beneath this ‘lack of inspiration’… let’s just try that on for size. So I do. I feel into that ‘lack’. I feel into what is hiding beneath the uninspired me and I can see it’s nothing to be frustrated with, or annoyed at. It’s just different. And it needs to be honoured. It’s but a moment in time that will flow on by if I allow it to be here now. With that, I embrace what I’m feeling. I accept that there is ‘no inspiration’ and I’m feeling almost empty inside, void of creativity. But I open to it… and I even start to like it. This space of ‘nothingness…’ And guess what happens? I write something, THIS particular something that you’re reading right now, actually. And as I read over it I realise that it’s these words, precisely, that I needed to write and share with you. This is how I’m supposed to serve you today. By allowing myself to be ok when inspiration doesn’t show up, and to let go of the need to force and make it happen the result is an open sharing to you. In turn that becomes an open invitation to you to be not only be OK with but to fully embrace those days when inspiration (or joy, creativity, love, action, focus, motivation) doesn’t show up for you. When we accept what is, we create spaciousness around the very thing that feels contracted, closed-off and shut off from ourselves. It’s in the space that we invite flow back in and end up washing away whatever is standing in the way. Love + light, Claire Read more

Choose compassion in the face of anger

Choose compassion in the face of anger

Posted June 15, 2016

You know those moments when you are being supremely tested  – something or someone is pushing and prodding at you. Bringing up all the feelings, reactions and negativity that you don’t want to experience. Your frustration is at an all time high. Perhaps someone is being out-right rude to you. You might be having an irrational argument with someone who just won’t let up. Your buttons are being pushed (over and over) Or maybe (like I am of late) you are being tested by your spirited, seriously demanding and determined toddler with full-blown tantrums and resistance at every turn. ++ In those moments a version of me I prefer not to give too much attention to comes out (although I totally respect and appreciate that I have a shadow side and that I have to face up to all sides of my coin). I’m quick to lose my cool. I want to stamp my feet. Roar loudly. My ego wants to take control of the situation or the person. It wants to dominate and command attention with it’s angry words. It wants to put-out the circumstance with its fire. I feel compelled to REACT instead of respond. I switch into a mode of being that is not constructive nor is it conscious. At times this response can start to boil up within me – it threatens to erupt. Gratefully it doesn’t happen often, but it happens just enough for me to see it. This especially happens when Soleil has a meltdown. Her frustration at being removed from something dangerous, her inability to communicate what she wants to do, or her annoyance that I’ve stopped the flow of a particularly interesting adventure she is on can all lead to an all out struggle. However, it’s not just these moments with Soleil that really test me with an uncontrollable urge to (over) react, lash out and snap back. The desire to SHUT down those testing moments with anger, fear-based tactics, raised voices and force has showed up in arguments with my husband and family members. This might come as a surprise to you as I know many of you have emailed and commented that I am ‘so calm and gentle’ or that ‘I have my shit together’… But let me just say this; I am a beautifully flawed human. I am so in love with self-reflection and inner work BECAUSE I’m flawed. There is nothing perfect about this humble little human. Thank god for that – otherwise what growth and expansion is left to do? It’s not that I am a walking, raging ball of anger… quite the opposite, but I am being truthful that there are ugly moments when I am seriously tested. What I can say is this… I make a conscious effort to get up close and personal with my shadow. I want to know my flaws  – which I see as signposts guiding me towards a more wise, light-filled, conscious being. Without peering under and pulling apart too many layers I like to ‘understand’ where that little wound was first inflicted. And with this case – reacting in the heat of the moment – I know I’ve simply appropriated the unnecessary, narrow-minded, flash anger that runs through my family. Coming from a Middle-Eastern family, it shouldn’t be a surprise that ‘passion’ is threaded in my DNA. So, why am I sharing all of this with you? Since becoming a mama I now cannot look away from this any longer. I have spent years fine-tuning my ability to stay present, to respond instead of react and to manage my frustration and anger so I can move through challenges. So much so that my family calls me the ‘peace maker’. But life is about continual growth and up-leveling. We never find perfection, just a chance to refine the way we be, do, think. Motherhood has shown where the cracks live – haphazardly sealed with spiritual glue. Motherhood has tested my peaceful, calm and present attitude and asked me to up-level again. To refine… The frustration strikes when I’m trying to push a heavy pram, with an 11kg baby up a steep hill who is screaming, whinging, trying to climb out and throwing everything out of the pram at the same time. Or the sheer exhaustion muddled with a sense of futility when she flat out refuses to get into her car seat, after 20 minutes of negotiation. My only option left is to yell to get her attention. Or the exasperation and irritation in those moments when she’s desperately trying to communicate something and I’m just not getting it. She hits me. I feel anger. Meltdown of epic proportions. This is where compassion comes into play I know that the first step in healing my shadows is AWARENESS. To notice where my ego flares up. To pause and breathe. To take a moment to come back into presence. To breathe again. And to remember that the energy I put out will be reflected back to me. I choose to soften. And then I choose compassion. Instead of reacting from frustration and raising my voice. Or snapping, lashing out and breathing fire through my nostrils. I choose compassion. I choose to go gently, softly. Why? Why in those moments when I’m being pushed, and tested do I choose compassion. Why do I go the complete opposite route to what my human (ego) instincts push me to do? I choose compassion because it is in this moment that the very person that is pushing my buttons needs MORE love than they may seem to deserve. I choose compassion because I do not own or control this person. I choose compassion because anger and fear breeds more anger and fear. I choose compassion because I don’t have the right to bully anyone into submission, into ‘my way’. I choose compassion because I need love to hold me and guide me the right way. It’s in these moments that we must look beneath the […] Read more

It’s all about connection, collaboration and changing lives

It’s all about connection, collaboration and changing lives

Posted June 07, 2016

It was a few weeks back that I shared with you the BIG changes I made in my life and business. As I kicked off a new wellness venture I called out to YOU to invite you to join me. I asked you if you were ready to experience a life of MORE. And gratefully, so many incredible women said yes. They put their hand up to say… Yes, I’m ready for me to come first. I’m prepared to do the work to reach my dreams. I’m willing to collaborate and connect with like-minded women. Now is the time to change my life in health, wealth and to do the same for others. It’s time to live a big, bold, beautiful life. You know what? I’m so blessed to be teaming up with a sisterhood that is no longer willing to play small. Even better, I feel pinch-myself-lucky knowing that I am not going it alone, anymore. I must’ve done something right to be gifted this opportunity. ++ As a Life + Wellness Coach, Yoga Teacher and Blogger I’ve been a solo-entrepreneur for close to six years now. To say that I have expanded, transformed, pushed through limitations and learned so much would be an understatement. However, there has always been one thing missing for me. That one thing is connection and collaboration and changing lives… Let me explain… I am equal parts Introvert and Extrovert. The introverted Claire loves to hide away, working quietly, independently. She also needs to refuel and reboot through quiet time, space, meditation and reflection. Often the introverted Claire can takeover quite a bit – and takeover she did for most of the last 6 years. As I slowly, deliberately, passionately built my online and coaching business I noticed the introverted Claire took centre stage. Honestly, that needed to happen. Head down, heart focused. However, the extroverted Claire is still and always will be a huge part of me. She is social, she is team orientated, she likes to lead a tribe. Extroverted Claire is also passionate about teaching, collaborating, brainstorming and heart storming. In my old life (PR, Journalism, Event Management…) The extroverted Claire sat in the limelight, which clearly explains why, once I started my own business, the introverted version of me decided it was time to own some space. Today, as a mama, coach, blogger, creator, teacher, speaker, entrepreneur, girl boss it’s become so obvious that there is no chance for one or the other (introverted or extroverted) to get more air time. Those equal parts of me are being called into balance now. Those equal parts of me NEED to work synergistically and to collaborate together.  I’ve come to realise there is deep craving, a palpable need to connect, collaborate, team up, support and be supported. The desire to bounce ideas off someone else, to dream together, to build together – this literally gives me heart flutters and lights me up from the inside out! Which is why when I teamed up with some incredible friends and #girlboss babes (Shout outs to Debbie Spellman, Connie Chapman, Valeria Ramirez, Alissa Buttiglieri, Amelia Williams and more…***.) I’ve felt this overwhelming gratitude, joy and excitement to be in collaboration, deeply connected, supported and held in life and biz by this Sisterhood! [*** Seriously, there are TOO many incredible women to mention here. AND YES, I seriously get to collaborate with these sisters!) I no longer feel like I am the only one fighting my corner, or that I have to go it alone. I have this beautiful space – claireobeid.com – where I get to satisfy and nurture that introvert in me. Here I am able to teach, share authentically, blog, coach, create beautiful gifts and connect with you. Now, I have this beautiful wellness business – a side hustle that nourishes ME and so many others – where I team up with a powerhouse collective of kick-ass girl boss babes. We are making waves, we are shaking things up. We are spreading health and wealth as far as we can. We are OWNING it. ++ So, this is where you come into it… We are growing our team. We are looking for that next incredible soul who is ready to step up. We are keeping our eyes peeled for that special someone who is ready to join our tribe. I am currently taking applications because we, as a team, want legit, real deal women who are seriously keen to bust through their upper limit beliefs and to take their life by the horns (thrash it about some) and get a seriously juicy life in the process. Let me ask you this:  Do you currently have a business but truthfully you’re living month to month? Do you want abundance, finally. Do you want to keep following your passions but without the hustle to make ends meet? Are you unhappy in your job/work? Do you want to own your life, your hours, your time? Do you want to do something that feels BIG and special and makes an impact? Are you tired of the travel, the long hours, the soul-less work? Do you want freedom, success and abundance and TIME. Do you want to be your own #girlboss? Do you want to team up with empowered women who are LIT up with passion and drive? Do you want to be part of a sisterhood with a shared vision? Do you want to be coached and mentored by industry leaders ALL whilst growing your business? Do you want to make a difference? Do you care about changing the lives of others for the better? Do you naturally influence, lead, walk your talk? Finally, are you ready to help others live BIG and for you to do the same. So if you answered a big fat YES to those questions. And if you are ready to team up, collaborate and connect... If more health and wealth is calling you… And the chance to seriously change the lives of others then I want to speak with you. Seriously. I’ll share more information with those who are ready to […] Read more

Lead with the positive. The struggle doesn’t make you worthy.

Lead with the positive. The struggle doesn’t make you worthy.

Posted May 31, 2016

Struggle doesn’t make you worthy. Before you jump on me, no, I’m not saying that if you are going through a tough time that you are unworthy. I’m saying something completely different. I’m highlighting that we, as a collective, glorify the negative, the struggle, the hard times instead of choosing to lead with the positive. Let me be SUPER CLEAR HERE – if you are going through a really challenging time (the spectrum for ‘challenging’ is so wide) please know that I am 100% for taking a good hard look at the shadows… feeling all the feels from the pain to the anger and beyond. We cannot honour this human existence without being authentic and real with where we are at. But this post is not about embracing the shadows. It’s about learning to not get entangled in them and making the detrimental choice to, day after day, lead with our struggles. Many of us ‘front up’ to life peering through the lens of the negative, me included. And I think it’s time to choose differently. ++ At the end of the day when you are chatting to your partner (or your bestie or your mum) about your day what is your ‘default’ summary of the day that was? How do you package up your day? What attitude threads through your review of how the day unfolded? Does it go a little something like this: “Oh god, I’m so tired. Today was hectic.” or maybe… “Yeah, I’m ok. So glad today is over. I can’t believe how many things went wrong” or if you’re a full time mama/papa maybe this sounds more familiar… “I’m done. Today was a complete mess. Bub threw more than my fair share of tantrums, wouldn’t eat lunch and flat out refused to sleep…” ++ So this is my recent pondering – Why do we always run a highlight reel of everything that went wrong? Why do we always lead first with the struggle? This is something I noticed myself doing a few months back and it’s been a slow, steady road towards changing that, since then. So, hear me out here while I flesh this out… I absolutely do not think it’s worthwhile to avoid and disregard those moments of sheer frustration and irritating challenges that we face, daily. Sometimes it feels good to share it, get it off our chest and be done with it. It feels good to get it all out. But that’s exactly the point – being ‘DONE with it’ should happen not far after the moment. Yet we file them away and take a ‘count’ of all the struggle moments we’ve had as if it’s a honourable badge of self worth and effort. Almost as if it’s a measure of how hard we worked that day and therefore how valuable we are. On a sub conscious level, many of us are running this program, this belief that struggle equates to value. The more challenging and crazy busy the day the more kudos and brownie points we receive. We did good, we fought the good fight. The tougher I did it, the more worthy I am.  I’ve often found myself feeling guilty for the good times. I’ve noticed that sometimes, when I go to tell my husband that the day I just had was amazing, exciting, inspiring. Or just simply, nice. Why do I feel guilty? Aren’t we all out for a slice of happiness? Don’t we deserve that and also want that happiness for our loved ones? Or, even worse still, something else I’ve noticed is that the tougher the day the more sorry we can feel for ourselves… and the more we then believe someone else should fill us up with love. We want to be recognised for how hard we’ve worked and how we’ve struggled. This recognition, temporarily makes us feel good enough… ++ What I’ve come to learn is this; It doesn’t make you a better person (or better at being a mum, at your job etc) to be fighting and struggling all day, it doesn’t make you a bad person either. Your worth is not measured in how hard you are doing it. It won’t make you feel any better to be perpetually focused on the negatives. It might feel good to get it off your chest, but it certainly will not lift you up and into the light It is no one else’s responsibility to fill in the empty gaps with thick layers of happiness and love to cover up and make up for the frustration, exhaustion or anger you are feeling. It never satisfies your soul to seek recognition, love and approval from others. This is our ego hunting for love in the external world. Yes, an admirable goal, but one that is simply just a shell of what you are truly looking for. It’s not fair to dump the worst of you on the people that deserve the best of you. Time to reframe and find a new way to be in your day: Let’s start with this truth… Your worth is based on WHO you are. Which is a beautiful soul. You are worthy simply for existing. Ok, got that? Good.. you might not believe it yet, but start to tune into this universal truth. You are worthy. Just because. Now, when it comes to going about your day and being your precious human self know this… How you choose to respond, be and behave in the light of happiness or the shadows of struggle is what really matters. It’s not about what is actually happening. The context, ultimately is irrelevant, because some things never change and some things are constantly changing… What do I mean by this? Soleil, for the moment, is always going to be teething, throwing public displays of protest (read: tantrums) and just being her toddler self. So, if that is my reality for now, my focus should be on how I respond, behave, be, act, think within this context as opposed to focusing […] Read more

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