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INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CLARE HILLIER

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CLARE HILLIER

Posted October 04, 2013

Welcome to another Inspiration Corner. Today we have Clare Hillier, the editor of Checks and Spots Clare recently got in touch with me to contribute to a piece on her blog. Since then I’ve been snopping around her amazing site. In Clare’s words: I am dedicated to checking out and spotting fashion, beauty, design and lifestyle to inspire and amuse. It is a chronicle of all the things that make me look twice. I like checking out and I like spotting. I think this is a good match! Enjoy, I hope you find inspiration in her beautiful words. Connect with Claire: Website | Facebook | Instagram| Pinterest | Twitter     Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Hello! I’m Clare. I’m a mum of two and editor of Checks and Spots, a website devoted to checking out and spotting fashion, beauty, design and lifestyle to inspire and amuse. I also run my own business as a Brand Storyteller and work with a range of well known fashion and beauty clients. What INSPIRES you? Big, bold, badass ideas! Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? All day, every day I’m reading books, magazines and websites in search of newness. New ideas. New perspectives. New ways of doing old things. As a visual person, Instagram is another big source of inspiration, so is actually getting out from behind the computer and chasing new experiences. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I’m big into collecting and filing my inspiration. I’ve got folders of things I’ve torn out from magazines, shelves of notebooks and am always bookmarking websites to return to. Often I don’t know how I’ll use these fragments of inspiration, but I’m always looking for ways I can connect the dots between the things that make me look twice. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Basically, I seek simplicity. I think there’s a lot to be said for the way our grandparents approached food. I stick to wholefoods, eat seasonally and make most of what my family eats from scratch – including our butter! While I like eating cleanly, enjoying every moment is just as important. So, I’m never that hung up about food that I feel guilty about an occasional decadent desert or champagne at the end of a long week. The joy of food and sharing it with others is a big part of what makes me happy. What’s your routine? I’m most creative in the morning, so I get up at 5:30 to work before the kids wake up. My days are then filled with a mixture of kid’s stuff (kinder, childcare, sport etc), meetings with clients and work on Checks and Spots. Often I feel like I’m running through my days with lots of balls in the air, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! In the evening, I’ll go to Pilates, have dinner out or catch up on a little bit more work before hanging out on the couch with my fella. Bedtime is usually around 11. How do you find balance + happiness? I think that balance can be incredibly difficult to find, let alone maintain, when you’re a working mum. And when you have your own business and work from home (like I do), it adds a whole other layer to the mix. Work and family bleed together and it’s hard to see where one stops and the other begins. So, I’ve got three simple words that I measure everything against – Enjoy the journey. Recently, a friend spotted this as we were leaving a funeral and it has  stuck with me. With everything I do, I now ask myself, “Is this going to help me enjoy the journey?” If it doesn’t, then I don’t do it. Saying no (politely of course!), has become just as important as saying yes and the way I can keep some sort of balance. How do you practice self-love? By cutting myself some slack! As Salvador Dali so perfectly said, ‘Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.’ What’s your favourite healthy recipe? At the moment my Pumpkin, Polenta and Poppy Seed Loaf is on high rotation in our kitchen! You can check out my recipe here: What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle ? Being with my family and friends. The rest really doesn’t matter…although if I can squeeze in a couple of runs and a Pilates class in each week I’m a happy gal! How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? If I can’t be bothered doing something, I just say to myself, “Get out there and do it for five minutes and then you can pull the pin.” Funnily enough, once I start I always seem to keep going. I wonder when I’ll wise up to this tactic?!!   What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?   To be mindful. It’s as easy and difficult as that.         Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CASSIE MENDOZA-JONES

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CASSIE MENDOZA-JONES

Posted September 26, 2013

Inspiration Corner with Cassie Mendoza-Jones I’m so impressed by this lady. I love the dent she is making in the health and wellness of countless individuals. Not to mention the amazing ebook she recently published – Cleansed – which guides you towards health, ease and abundance. She is a true healer, and very passionate about it too. She is also the co-creator of Self Love & Nourishment ecourse. When I first met Cassie, I was struck by her ease and openness – just what you want from someone who helps to heal and encourage true health. Stay tuned – Cassie and I will be teaming up in the future to bring you something SO special. In the meantime, I hope you LOVE her insights into inspiration. Enjoy! Claire x Connect with Cassie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I’m a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, and founder of Elevate Vitality, a boutique naturopathic clinic in the heart of Bondi beach. I am the author of Cleansed,  a simple program for a life of health, ease and abundance, and I’m also studying kinesiology and my Master of Human Nutrition, so I’m a busy girl! I moved from my career as hair and makeup artist in the fashion and advertising world, to natural medicine several years ago, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I absolutely love being in my clinic. I see patients for a variety of health complaints, from digestive issues and mood support, to reducing anxiety, improving energy and balancing female hormones. I love watching my clients’ progress as they find their way back to optimal health through herbal and nutritional medicine, and sometimes even the simplest lifestyle or mindset shift can do so much to improve health and vitality. On my days out of clinic, I write articles for my blog, guest posts and media work, plus I get some time to study, and of course, self-care, lots of exercise and “me” time. What INSPIRES you? Just knowing I’m helping people improve their health in the most natural, supportive and effective ways possible keeps me inspired. I also love the fact that there’s literally no end to what we can learn about the body, and how to support it, and knowing I can always, always, always improve my practice, expand my knowledge and embrace new ways of helping my patients continues to inspire me. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I’m such a textbook girl. My little home office is filled with books on two walls, and then sometimes they end up piled next to me on both sides of my desk while I’m doing research for my clients, or writing blog posts or articles. I could sit with tea, a textbook on herbal medicine for the female reproductive system and a highlighter for hours! I love learning, and I love books, so textbooks are just on another level for me. Nerdy, but so cool when you think about it. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Again it all comes down to this: what can I learn and implement that will help improve my patients’ lives? All the inspiration and knowledge I soak up is then used in my practice and in my writing. I love integrating it in ways that make life better, easier and healthier, for my patients and also for myself. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? It’s important to have realistic goals and expectations of our bodies, and ourselves and to ‘hasten slowly’. If you decide one day that you want to become healthier, that’s amazing, but start slowly and find what works for you. It’s so important to not be ‘all or nothing’, because that’s not a nourishing way to live or treat your body, long-term. What’s your routine? I don’t have the same daily routine as firstly, I enjoy the freedom of waking up and deciding what I need in that moment to feel happy and healthy, and secondly, some days I start clinic really early, and others are more leisurely so my pace can be slower. In each day though, I make time for exercise (either a cardio and/or weights sesh at the gym, a spin class, a walk, pilates, barre classes, functional training or yoga), a little chill out time with tea and some meditation, or couch time with the latest book I’m reading. How do you find balance + happiness? I find that the things that bring balance to my life are constantly changing and evolving, so finding “balance” is listening to my body and supporting it by giving it what it’s craving that day, week or month. Finding “balance” also sometimes means throwing balance out, and accepting that some weeks will be crazier than others, and knowing “this too shall pass”. I love going out for breakfast, so if I have a morning off, I love to head down to Bondi and order a big pot of tea, poached eggs, avocado and sourdough toast and just sit in a café with the paper, and the hum of others’ voices. I also love yoga and it always makes me feel so blissed out afterwards, even if some days it’s harder than other days to drag myself to a class! I have spoilt myself and purchased gorgeous yoga props like a bolster, blocks, straps and a lavender eye pillow, and I keep my yoga mat laid out on the floor of my study so that if I’m having a stressful moment, I can just shut my lap top and get on my mat. It’s the best feeling to be able to just switch off for a few minutes, and afterwards, I always get back to my desk feeling so much more able to cope and get on with it! How do you practice self-love? I think I’m still learning how to make […] 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

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JULIA MATTHEWS

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JULIA MATTHEWS

Posted September 05, 2013

Julia Matthews is one half of the duo Julia&Libby. If you’ve never heard of these two beauties then you’ve been missing out of some of the most inspiring, delicious recipes, EVER. I am so thrilled to connect with Julia via The Inspiration Corner. Libby will be up on the blog soon. As I am the youngest of a large family with three other sisters I love that these two sisters have teamed up to share their mutual passion for wellness, food and beauty from within. Enjoy! Claire x 1. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am living in Sydney studying Nutritional Medicine at Nature Care College.  I moved over to Sydney late last year with my partner for his career and love it! When I was living in New Zealand my sister Libby and I started up a health and wellness blog.  Libby is a Nutritionist and I am studying to be one, we have a big passion for helping others try to live a healthier lifestyle.  We are realistic and know that cutting out bad foods from your diet wont happen overnight so we try and give little tips and tricks to help others who want to start living a more nourishing life.  2. What INSPIRES you? Family, friends, receiving feedback from people we have helped and knowing that if I work a little harder I will be able to help lots more people.  Other health and wellness experts (such as yourself), I love love Dr Libby and my nutrition teacher Tabitha McIntosh is phenomenal, 3. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? Most of the recipes and information I give out is based around what I eat or practises I have put in place for myself that work.  If it works for me I know it can work for others.  At Uni there is so much information being absorbed from my lecturers, I use that as a source of inspiration for blog posts.  My sister and I skype often and brainstorm, she is very knowledgeable so I like to wrack her brain for ideas and inspiration.  4. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? A lot of what I learn/am inspired by at Uni I take on board and put into practise, such as learning about a new food and ways that it can help heal/nourish me.  5. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Being happy & comfortable with yourself.  Accepting your flaws and working with them.  Learning how to manage stress is extremely important and something I am still working on! Nourishing your body with nutritious food daily.  Making ethical food choices.    6. What’s your routine? Monday to Thursday I have Uni so get up around 6:30am, read over class notes and eat a big breakfast.  Class starts at 9:30am and finishes anywhere from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  When I get home and if it’s not raining or I’m not working on a big assignment I’ll go for an hour and a half walk around the bay (if you live in Five Dock/Leichardt/Balmain area you’ll know what I am talking about) then prep dinner.  Bed time is always before 10:00pm.  Weekends are spent doing more Uni work, and supporting my BF’s footy games.  I eat out a lot in the weekends; it’s fun finding new eating spots and discovering parts of the city I have never been to before.  7. How do you find balance + happiness? I find happiness by reminding myself how lucky I am, lucky to be living in such a beautiful country, being able to study what I love and having such supportive family and friends.  Balance, still working on this.  I have weeks where I am totally in control of what happens and then other weeks where I get overwhelmed and stressed with my workload.      8. How do you practice self-love? Respecting my body and giving it the nourishment it needs and deserves.  Having ‘’me’ time, taking time out every day or every second day to do something for myself.  9. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Avocado Cacao Mousse – 1x avocado, 2 tsp water, 1/3 cup cacao powder, 1 T raw organic maple syrup, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.  Don’t have before bed or you wont be able to get to sleep! 10. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle  I try not to place too many restrictions on myself as that can leave me a bit stressed.  I know what I can and can’t eat and generally stick to it.  There are certain foods I will only eat if organic and try to limit intake of animal products.  11. How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Talking to my Mum, Dad, sister or friends, they help put things into perspective.  My boyfriend is extremely supportive of what I do and gives me little pep talks to help lift spirits if I’m feeling down.  It is amazing what a hug will do!  Writing lists of goals and things I would like to achieve is definitely motivating.  12. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That when you eat well, you feel well.  It is amazing how small simple changes to your diet can have some a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.     Connect with Julia: www.juliaandlibby.com www.facebook.com/juliaandlibby www.twitter.com/juliaandlibby Instagram.com/juliaandlibby love + light, Claire Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH RACHEL MACDONALD

Posted August 22, 2013

You know those spaces in between stuff? The gap between your thoughts. That moment after diving into the ocean when you’re just about to break through the surface again. That space of stillness yet awareness as you are waking up in the morning. The dead quiet of the night. The feeling of bliss for no reason at all. When I think about the ‘in-between’ I think about this stuff. Today’s Inspiration Corner is with the open-hearted, deeply creative and always positive Rachel MacDonald from In Spaces Between. I love her blog because it reminds me to relish the in-between ‘stuff’. To live life fully, yet pause long enough to enjoy it. To savour colours, creativity and consciousness. To dive in completely yet sit on the edge and just witness before you do. It’s the stuff in-between that I think really matters. If you want (or need) a big dose of inspiration please stay a little while and really savour Rachel’s words. And boy does she have a way with words. Rachel is another one of those gorgeous souls that I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet her in the flesh but I just KNOW when we do we’ll connect. You know, those people when you read their words you can tell that they’ll just get you (and you them). There is a kindred connection happening. Maybe it’s not just me, maybe everyone connects to Rachel in this way because she is a wholehearted, soul-centered lady. I can’t wait for you to dive in. Enjoy.   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I’m a life + blog (slash online biz) coach, writer, speaker, big-thinking Sagittarian soul. My mission is to move women to their magnificence by helping them to dream bigger, slice through fears and limiting beliefs, connect back up to their true selves and OWN their greatness. I adore what I do, and as for how I got here… I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t ‘coaching’ friends, flipping the pages of a personal growth book or expressing myself through the written word, so after 10 years in the corporate world, I decided late last year that it was time to hang up my shingle and step boldly into the world that had been beckoning me for so long. So here I am – a full-time, totally stoked online entrepreneur who has the honour of working with incredible, heart-centred women every day. What INSPIRES you? Heartfelt conversations with my husband, family and soul sisters. My clients. Language. Meditation. Nature. Self-enquiry. Life itself.    Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I truly believe that we ALL have a wellspring of unlimited inspiration and energy inside us, so personally, the majority of my inspiration is drawn from that inner well and lovingly brought to form. Epiphanies and seemingly random insights are pretty commonplace in my life and over the years, I’ve learnt to consciously tune in to patterns and signs and cosmic nudges. Grand ideas generally percolate their way to the top when I take time out for stillness, head to the beach to watch the sun rise, head off on a travel adventure, go for a run or walk, or jump in the shower to melt into some sacred creative-thinking time. Feels so good just thinking about it! How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? After presence, awareness and reflection comes a choice to honour those inner whispers if they’re in alignment with who I am and how I want to live my life. I’m often saying “follow the pull” – that is, going with the energy. If it’s there, it’s game on, and that can be a simple as writing a blog post or bringing to life a fun collaborative project that feels so damn right.   When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Sleep, an abundance of nutrient-dense foods, keeping an eye on my sweet tooth and moving my body (and preferably sweating) in some way daily. What’s your routine? It’s pretty different every day depending on whether it’s a coaching or a writing day for me, but generally it looks something like this… 5 – 5:15am: Wake up and set the intention for my day (I choose a word to guide me). Whatever pops into my head first is always what I need to embrace. 5:30/ 6am: An hour of exercise, followed by a green juice or smoothie (or both). 7/ 8am: Meditation time. If I don’t do one in the morning, I’ll ensure I make space for it that night. THEN… work, which can involve anything from one on one coaching, to writing, to planning/ working on creative projects, answering interview q’s and emails, Skype calls and well, pretty much everything in between! After spending quality time with my husband, we both head to bed by 9 – 9:30pm every night. Life is definitely better that way (for us, at least). How do you find balance + happiness? I embrace happiness by chipping away the (fearful, self-doubty, egoic) layers, then with enthusiasm, simply leaning into it. On the balance front, my concept of balance is ever-changing, so with that one it always comes back to following my energy, on any given day. How do you practice self-love? Self-love is a decision – am I going to berate myself, sink into guilt, let the inner critic have or way OR am I going to bring it back to love? What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I love throwing together big ‘power bowls’ with a bit of everything – brown rice or quinoa, every veggie under the sun and avocado salsa and herbs on top. YUM. For a treat: my raw choc caramel bites get a good run at our place.  Recipe here! What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Big salads. Spirulina. A mix of running, Pilates Barre and yoga… and […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MONICA KADE

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MONICA KADE

Posted August 15, 2013

I’m excited to introduce to you Monica Kade. Monica is a 27 year old Transformational Teacher, Intuitive coach, Fun Loving Writer and Speaker. The lovely Monica hales from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. A pretty awesome spot if you ask me – quiet beaches, tight-knit community, space and peace! I first met Monica through my friend Connie Chapman. But I’m about to get to know her a whole lot more as we are attending the same retreat together in late August. After reading her inspiring words below I can’t wait to connect with her more. A girl after my own heart, Monica, also born and bred by the sea, shares the same passion I have for the ocean.  When we first met I had this weird feeling that we had met before. Turns out, we hadn’t… but Monica beautifully reached out to connect with me and share that she thinks we had that moments because perhaps there was a deeper connection there. I LOVE people that are open, generous with their heart, non-judgemental, intuitive. She seems all that and more. Enjoy! Claire x   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I live by the ocean on the Northern Beaches. Roxy has a slogan “Born from the sea” – I swear I was. This is my Zen. It’s where I feel most at home, content and in harmony with who I am. I love oriental lilies, peppermint tea and crisp-white bedsheets, red apples and candles that smell awesome! I know how to surf, skateboard and snowboard.  I also practice Bikram yoga. In my late teens/early 20’s, I studied at uni and started up an online magazine, which I ran in Sydney and Melbourne with a team, whilst simultaneously pursuing an acting career and battling an eating disorder- which consumed my life for 8 years. In 2009, I booked a one-way flight to NYC to escape a broken heart, the haunting question of “What am I supposed to do with my life” and pursue my dream. I got accepted into an acting school in NY and started a new venture: Career Confessions, where I’ve interviewed over 200 influential thought leaders and professionals on how they got to where they are in their careers. I met Gabby Bernstein and interviewed and interned with her and I feel that was the moment that would change the direction of my life (I didn’t know this then). Back on Aussie sand I started surfing. Shortly followed the moment I found my answer. I let the acting career go to follow what my heart whispered: guide, speak, write, teach and travel. From that moment it’s been an unfolding to where I am today – doing exactly that. My work is about guiding others to be who their Truth and not define, validate and limit their life by what’s happened to them. What INSPIRES you? The beach, the ocean, summer…LIFE. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? My life is inspiration for most of the things I do. Whatever is moving through me, whether it’s challenging or simply beautiful, it tends to be the thing that inspires me to create, move, write, speak, travel and so on. This also includes the people I come into contact with. It’s the conversations we have, the moments we share and whatever little nugget of wisdom I may take away from my encounters. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? For the most part I love to write my blog, which is where a lot of my inspiration is integrated. It’s the lessons I learn, which I like to share with others, but also writing about them allows me to integrate this further within myself.] Sometimes it may take the form of programs or workshops, where I may speak about certain things I’ve learnt or simply love. Sometimes the inspiration is put to good use by going to check out somewhere I haven’t yet been or spend time with people I love. Recently, I’ve been turning my love for taking photos and mixing this with my writing and creating my Love Posters, which are inspirational posters or daily thoughts. I love sharing these with my community When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Getting out in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air, walking barefoot in the sand. What’s your routine? I don’t really have a set routine. It varies from day-to-day. Mostly, I’ll get up and have breaky, head out for a morning beach walk, come back do some writing, then depending on the day some coaching sessions, teach a class, or create new projects. 3-4 times a week I do Bikram and every day I spend time listening to lectures, some form of meditation and spending time with the people I love. Oh, there are quite a few cups of tea in there too! How do you find balance + happiness? By living in the present moment. The moment I get too much in my head, I keep bringing myself back to the now. How do you practice self-love? By being true to myself and doing what I love – despite how challenging this can sometimes be. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? A t the moment I love grilled salmon and some steamed spinach and mixed vegies with some chilli and cracked pepper. YUM! What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc)? I’ll do some form of exercise every day. Some days this might be Bikram, other days beach walks, sometimes both. I like to surf (when it’s not too cold) and go running. In regards to diet – I don’t diet – ever. After being very unwell for 8 years, I learned a beautiful lesson about being healthy and living life. Now, I eat what I feel…literally. Thanks to my amazing mum who was very health conscious and mindful about all aspects of it, I naturally […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CONNIE CHAPMAN

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CONNIE CHAPMAN

Posted August 01, 2013

I am SO excited to share with you this amazing woman. Connie Chapman is a Transformation Coach, Blogger, Writer, Creator and more! I’m honoured to call her a friend and feel blessed that we have connected. When Connie and I get together we talk deeply, intuitively, passionately for hours. We are both ‘beneath the surface’ type gals. We don’t switch off the ‘coaching’ way that we both have instinctively – we both love to dive deep.  I cherish the connection I have with this gorgeous lady. She is a Transformation Coach and blogger – and many of the beautiful words she posts on her blog make my heart sing! Below I asked Connie to dive into ‘Inspiration’ and she does so from  from truth and reading her words I feel almost as if she was writing about myself. Maybe you’ll feel the same? I know you will love her as much as I do. P.s. I just have to share this with you! Connie has just launched her amazing 90 Day Transformation Project. This is an incredible 3-month journey that will seriously bring about true TRANSFORMATION. The program will guide you deep within yourself so you can create the life you want from the inside out! You get a bucket load of content, videos, support + more. You can start anytime or join in on the next kick-off day – August 11th! Click here to visit Connie Chapman. Happy reading! Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am a life coach, writer, speaker, green juice lover, seeker and inspirer!  I create coaching programs and online courses designed to support women to reconnect with their heart, hear their inner guidance and find their truth so that they can step up, shine their light and create a life they love. My journey began with an inner yearning that I have had for as long as I can remember. A yearning and curiosity to know more about life, to understand why I am here and to learn how to live out my full potential. I became obsessed with personal development programs and motivational seminars from a young age, and I spent years looking outside of myself, trying to find who I was through my career, my relationship or my body. After I several years I realised that wasn’t working, so I began looking inwards to connect with who I truly am, to hear my intuition and tap in to what my heart truly desires. This led me to the work I do today and I now have the privilege of supporting others to do the same. What INSPIRES you? I feel inspired by practices that enable me to drop in to a deeper space within myself or connect with myself more. Practices like yoga, meditation, reading beautiful books, being out in nature (especially by the beach) all really connect me with that inspired feeling inside of me. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I used to look outside of myself a lot for that inspiration, but more recently I have been finding it inside of me. I feel so inspired when I allow myself to quieten my mind and really tune in to the magical guidance that is within me. It is in that inner space that I feel so loved, so supported and so complete. Being in that space enables me to be more creative, more at peace and more authentic in everything I do. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use it by embodying it. For me it is about bringing that beautiful energy of presence and being-ness in to each moment. I have a tendency (as we all do) to get very caught up in the doing-ness of life. But when I focus more on who I am being in each moment and the energy I am bringing to that moment everything shifts. Life takes on a whole new dimension and it brings so much more joy to what I do. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? It is really important for me to listen to my body as I have always been quite sensitive to certain foods. So, I pay attention to how my body responds to things that I eat. A good night’s sleep is important, along with eating an abundance of greens every day and staying away from foods that don’t really support my body like dairy, sugar and gluten. I also need a lot of ‘me’ time in order to feel balanced, so this will come though taking time out for meditation, going for long walks on my own or just curling up with a book. What’s your routine? My routine varies a little day to day but it typically involves Waking up before the sun (around 5.30am) Starting the day with a big jar of warm water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and ginger A morning meditation A big green smoothie for breakfast Sitting down at my computer to start my day which can include anything from working with 1:1 coaching clients, working on new creative projects, collaborating with amazing women, writing or maybe just simply catching up on emails and admin I love to finish up work by about 4pm and I will then head to an afternoon gym class The evenings are quiet time for me. I tend to eat quite a light dinner and I will then either read a book or spend the evening with my boyfriend How do you find balance + happiness? Simply taking time to be in quietness and stillness each day with myself really balances me out and creates a gentle and beautiful sense of happiness and contentment within me as well. I support myself by being really aware of how I am thinking and seeing the world too. I am always working to become more and more self aware of any niggling negative or […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JIA NI TEO

Posted July 05, 2013

I met this gorgeous lady at an event in Sydney a few months back. I was struck by her warmth and gentleness. I also have to say that until she answered these Qs for me I had no idea that she is only 21. I am so inspired that young women (and men!) are digging deeper into their true potential and allowing themselves to live as the best version of themselves (the bulk of my clients are women in their early 20s!). I love that Jia Ni has built such a fantastic business at such a young age, but mostly that she has been on her own journey of self-discovery. I know that she will go further and higher from here. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do… Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here? I’m Jia Ni, heart-centered entrepreneur and women’s coach at jianiteo.com. I help sensitive soul-centered women align with their purpose and connect with their beauty, truth & prosperity so that they can live the life they’ve always imagined. I got here after much struggle with questions along the lines of ‘who am I’, ‘why am I here’, ‘what is my purpose’ and eventually transforming my biggest breakdown and identity crisis into a beautiful breakthrough of self-discovery, self-love, and timeless evolution. What INSPIRES you? Beauty and elegance. Both external and internal. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I receive inspiration from my connection to my divine, from nature, and through what I experience – whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or on a spiritual level. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I always reflect and ask, ‘What is it I can learn and receive through this? How can I step into becoming more of the woman I am here to become?’ I then implement whatever I receive from that into my life. If it works (and it usually does!), I will happy dance and share it. I believe that we are all here to expand and grow into more of who we truly are. Every experience is an opportunity for healing, growth, and massive transformation. I just happen to like to make the most of it. 😉 When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I have found that you can really tell how much a person is able to RECEIVE from God/Source/Universe through how they are choosing (or not choosing) health and wellness. It’s important to love yourself so much that your health & wellness is a requirement. It’s important for me to move, nourish and nurture your body with ultimate self-love and self-care. This looks like: high-quality, nutritious & delicious foods, regular movement, infusing joy and pleasure in my life, and living in alignment. What’s your routine? Upon rising every morning, I will do my flow list, followed by body brushing, hot shower and getting ready for my day. I go out to our garden to for fresh air & pick lemons for a cup of hot lemon water, stretch, and set my intentions for my day and for the business. In the evening, I’ll write a list of ‘I’m so happy & grateful’, then read (I’m a huge reader!), and then turn off the lights and have a good night’s sleep! How do you find balance + happiness? I stay in my balance & happiness every day by living in alignment with my beauty, my truth, my divine feminine, and in my heart. I always gift myself the permission to take the leap, celebrate every little fist-pump moment, and say ‘No’ to others if it means saying ‘Yes’ to myself. How do you practice self-love? By allowing myself to be me. I practice self-love by allowing myself to embody even more of who I am every single day in every single moment. I truly had to learn how to give myself the permission to own my gifts and live my truth. As a result, I feel so much more at peace, joyful, and I’m definitely a much happier person. To me, self-love is fully accepting every part of your being. I practice self-love by gifting myself the permission to get to know me deeply – and loving myself no matter what comes up from deep within me – without judgement or guilt. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Oh dear, honestly – anything that has less than 5 ingredients and doesn’t require too much prep or equipment! At home, I usually throw together quick healthy meals like quinoa + steamed veggies or curry chickpeas + a veggie omelette. Drinks-wise, I love tea, whipping up smoothies or if I am feeling particularly fancy in summer I will open up fresh young coconuts. When I’m out, I love indulging in green juice, raw desserts and I especially LOVE salads that look like I’m eating a rainbow – they make me oh-so-very happy! What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) Feeling happy every single day. I say day – not moment – because of course we’ll have moments where we feel out of sync and forget our greatness! But it is absolutely essential that I feel happiness within every single day…. and I do! 🙂 How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Pray and go within. Allow myself to listen to what’s truly going on. What is my intuition saying and telling me? Will I allow myself to trust her voice? What emotions/past conditioning is coming up? How can I heal and expand? What do I require to process and let go of? How can I grow from this to become who I’m here to become? What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? When you choose to receive health & wellness, you open up the floodgates to receiving at a high frequency, and you open yourself up […] Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH KERRIE OTTO DE GRANCY

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH KERRIE OTTO DE GRANCY

Posted June 05, 2013

Inspiration Corner with Kerrie Otto de Grancy. This corner is a place where I get to share the inspiring words, thoughts, feelings and LIFE of the incredible people I am so blessed to meet on my journey. Kerrie has featured on this blog before and she truly is an inspiration. This woman knows how to squeeze every last drop out of life AND she’s still managing to give back through her platform Micro Miracles Matter. She’s only 36, what else is this woman going to achieve over the next 50 – I can’t wait to see! Enjoy Cx ************************************************************************************** Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. I am a mother (foremost) to Bella-angel (6) and Phoenix (2), founder of successful fashion label Otto Mode and have 10 years’ experience in sales, manufacturing, import and export of both local and international fashion, I am completing a Masters of Project Management at UTS, an aspiring athlete, an ambassador for the Red Cross Blood Centre and the Heart Foundation, Founder of Micro Miracles Matter – a platform created with the intention to aid causes I believe in by spreading awareness, educating people on the power of positive thinking, acts of kindness and the rewards of a healthy balanced life. Micro Miracles Matter is an organic extension of myself and has been created as a platform where I can add a greater purpose to some of the wonderful things that I do in my life and to encourage everyone to become more conscious of the small ways in which they can contribute thus making a huge difference in someone else’s life. Forever inspired by the miraculous fight and survival of Bella-angel, then the incredibly divine experience of going on to have a near term, healthy second baby in 2010 and finally last year going through one of the most confronting chapters of my adult life. I have become aware of the destructive effect of fear, the damaging effect of inaction, the  transformative power of action, the necessity for purpose and that when united we can make a difference; micro miracles matter. Through my running and the micro miracles matter platform it is my intention to aid causes I believe in, spread awareness, educate those around me on the power of positive thinking and acts of kindness, the rewards of a balanced healthy life, believing in oneself, the joys of giving and the difference we can make together. This year MMM is all about spreading the word on the need for blood donors and heart disease awareness. What INSPIRES you? Results, people and knowing I’ve positively influenced and  inspired somebody or something. To be a part of influencing someone to reach their greater potential, overcome a fear or simply motivate them in some way drives me to stay focused, follow my heart and live the life I love. I inspire me! Yes it’s true I set goals and when I meet them or exceed them it inspires me to set more and aim higher, push the limitations. Children have enhanced my life, taught me so much. They inspire me to continually stretch myself and lead by example that life is amazing and that we create our reality. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source my inspiration from all around me inclusive of my ‘mistakes’ and ‘failures’, people of all ages and walks of life, especially those who overcome great adversity, my children, art, books, travel and nature. Inspiration triggers are everywhere. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life I integrate it into all I do, using it to continue to rise and work toward being the best version of me. It’s in times of adversity or when we are seeking the support of something that we raise the bar of expectation and are more attuned to be inspired by another. At least I know this to be the case for me. More often than not those we would have thought to be by our side are not and it’s there in those times that the unexpected happens. People step into your life whom you would least expect, I find this, the human spirit so inspiring. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Having a balanced life, including letting my hair down, eating chocolate, making mistakes and pushing boundaries. I believe we can have it all! If I am not happy I do something about it. I really like the way Steve Jobs expressed his way of keeping this in check: “I have looked at myself in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ and whenever the answer is ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”~ Steve Jobs What’s your routine? During the week I rise at 5am, have a soy latte (yes shock horror) so to balance this I eat breaky- consisting of super foods, review my days to do list, throw on a load of washing, unstack the dishwasher. I then train for 2 hrs – running and yoga. I then organise my children for the day. The days I am child-free I do ambassador duties, study, get some extra miles under my feet and do errands. Otherwise we get out to the beach, meet with friends, go to meetings. I collect the children from school and day care, sometimes head to the beach or park, we do homework, playtime, cook dinner, prep meals for the next day. 8pm onwards I study, read, blog, meditate before bed, which is usually around 11/11.30pm. I have never been a big sleeper but I’m learning to incorporate 3 early nights into my week. Weekends vary. I like to disregard routine. That said I keep to my daily balance checklist and Sundays are routinely the day I do my long […] Read more


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