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reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

reprogram your mind + choose a different pathway

Posted June 29, 2017

reprogram your mind and choose a different pathway… Every physical ailment is a manifestation of stored emotions. My god, I believe this at my very core. I grew up witnessing my mother’s health deteriorate almost INSTANTLY when something happened that would emotionally rattle her. My father’s poor health (despite years of clean living!) is linked to a broken heart from childhood. I see it in myself… Years of Irritable Bowl Syndrome caused by years of anxiety and pent up stress. An ectopic heartbeat because I wasn’t ‘listening’ to the truth within me. A sore throat when my authentic voice isn’t given space. Now, my lovely, don’t go freaking out that everything you do or don’t do/say/think is going to make you sick. That is definitely NOT the take-away I want you to hold on to. However, the more you start to respect the connection between you mind-body-soul, the more capable you are of coming back into health, vitality, alignment, joy, flow when you are thrown off course. For me, this truth lights me up. It empowers me and makes me feel confident that I can work WITH my emotions, with my body, with my truth and every other TOOL that resonates with me to live in health and happiness. But wait up, what exactly are emotions? At the Emotions + Essential Oils training I did last weekend the teacher broke it down like this: Emotions = Chemical Responses in the brain and body that are short lived. Emotions are biological responses to chemical processes in our body. Mood = State of Mind of predominant, ever present emotion. And the origins of these emotions? Guess what – they are actually chemical, biological and spiritual. The food we eat, the environment we are in, the stuff we put on our bodies, the practices we do (or don’t do), the experiences we’ve had or are having, the memories and the thoughts all effect how we FEEL. These emotional responses are physical reactions triggered by chemicals in the brain! Think about it like this. I have a serotonin deficiency (figured this out years ago after years of digestive troubles). If I eat poorly, hide away from the sun for too long, skip meditation, don’t move my body regularly, or breathe in/put toxic chemicals on or in my body then I feel miserable. (Not to mention the cycles of the moon, our own cycle as women and the weather!) Sad. Flat. Emotional. In a funk. (Which is why I do my best to live a clean, high vibe, conscious life). There are a few other things that get thrown into the mix. Generational Patterning (depression may run in the family line), past traumas and childhood conditioning. Gosh when you put it all like that it can seem all too hard to ‘cope’ with life. But it’s not. Actually, it’s quite simple. If we want to live FULL, healthy, vital, beautiful lives then we simply have to commit to one thing….Reprograming your mind. Ha. Simple, right? The brain has neural pathways that are laid down from day dot. And the brain will always choose the most well-worn pathways. The roads are already laid out, why would you choose to go off the grid? Repeated negative emotional experiences from the past (even past lives, generational stories) mean that your brain interprets new experiences and dishes out the appropriate response emotionally (often fear, frustration, anger, sadness) via chemical and then physical responses. WOAH. So my beautiful friend, this means we must actually go off the grid using positive stimulus and triggers to lay down new pathways. We must TRAIN our brain to create and walk NEW pathways. New roads. NEW WAYS of doing things. New ways of seeing the world, situations, people, stories, experiences. Get this…When things are falling apart. When you can’t lose that weight. When you are struggling to stick to your work. When you are always doing exactly what you SAY you don’t want to – it’s actually not you, it’s your neural pathways. It’s your patterning. It’s the roadmap already created. Those neural pathways ARE NOT set in stone. They are plastic. They are changeable. Time to uncreate them and choose a different road. HOW? This is where the simple comes into play – Reach for positive stimulus. Turn to NEW ways of living, being, thinking. Reprogram by forcing your brain to do things differently. + Meditation + Journaling. + Coaching. + EFT. + Kinesiology. + Bodywork + Movement. + Essential Oils. + Nature time. + Conscious living. + Clean Eating. Sometimes you need the big guns like EFT, Coaching or Healing work or other tools to really shock those pathways into action. But over time as you constantly chip away and choose to do things differently you will find you think, behave and BE differently. +++The question to ask yourself is this; are you ready to diligently show up to change it up? Only you will know when you are ready to start reprogramming your mind and therefore your LIFE. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Your 6 month review

Your 6 month review

Posted May 19, 2017

2017 – Your 6 month review…what is the state of play so far? And where to from here? 2017 has been intense for me so far. Ha, when is it not? In all seriousness though, 2017 has been intense in a different way. I was going to write ‘HUGE LESSONS’ but actually it’s been more about deep spiritual shifts and more than one ‘bitch-slap’ from the universe.Have you felt that too? I want to say I’m on the other side of it – my god I’m ready for lightness and happy-happy-joy-joy – but I don’t think I have much say in it, really. There’s some powerful decoding going on. Old programs and belief systems, clearing out things I don’t need or that don’t align. This kind of work is not quick and painless. And whilst I do feel like I am getting glimpses of the light, playful energy I love about LIFE I’m not out of the woods yet. And that’s OK. It has to be. What else can it be, but OK? Surrender taught me that lesson. It is OK because it just IS. What is helping though is a little process I’m bringing back into play – one that I think you’ll love and resonate with. I’m going to start the process of REVIEWING the last 6 months – January to May. Following that, as June rolls around I’m going to consciously CREATE the next 6 months of 2017. Shuffling and aligning my goals, dreams and focal points around how I actually feel, what I’ve discovered and where my heart wants to go. P.s I have some realisations already coming through – and some of them include a BIG change in my work – but more on me another time. This is about YOU. It’s time to review So here’s how it goes. I ask myself a series of questions and journal out the answers. Usually with a lovely essential oil (current face is doTERRA Elevation – joyful blend!) diffusing, a few oracle cards laid out, some nice music in the background (and my toddler climbing all over me!) 1) What has happened over the last 6 months – and how has it affected me (the way I feel, how I’ve behaved, what I’ve done)? 2) What are the realisations? If any? 3) What have I struggled with, and why? 4) What have I learned, so far? 5) What could I have done differently? Where was I out of alignment? 6) What has really worked and brought me into alignment? Really review your year with a fine-tooth comb and explore what felt heavy, light, aligned, contracted. Be ruthless and objective. Look at it ALL with clear eyes and non-attachment. It’s time to create Looking forward, with the last 6 months as a reference point, it’s time to ask yourself these questions. 1) What are my set-in-stone plans over the next 6 months? And how do I want to feel when I experience them? How do I see these plans playing out? 2) What are my current goals? What do I intend to experience, do, reach for? 3) What would feel REALLY GOOD? What would bring me into alignment with my values and make my feel congruent with life? 4) How should I proceed? What action do I take and when? 5) What’s MISSING in my life now that I absolutely must include over the next 6 months? 6) What would really LIGHT me up to see happen? +++++ Take note of these questions my love if you’d like to review your year, so far. Or better still, please download and print this little journal guide I just whipped up. DOWNLOAD JOURNAL GUIDE HERE This is your chance to reflect and create consciously. We don’t have to be passengers of our own lives. Even when we feel we are getting slapped down, over and over again (like me!) we can choose to LEARN, EVOLVE and WORK with what is unfolding. And better still we can take those slaps and channel them into co-creation. Making every moment sacred, worthy and nurturing them into seedlings of change and transformation. Love + light to you, Claire xx P.S I would be STOKED to hear back from you after you’ve done this exercise. Let me know what you’ve learned in reflection and what you are now ready to co-create? Read more

How I found my way back from broken and anxious

How I found my way back from broken and anxious

Posted April 28, 2017

I want to tell you something about me… most people say they find me to be calm. Centered. Present. Grounded and confident. But I want to show you a different side of the coin. I can be – and especially since becoming a mama – nervous, unsure, insecure and so very anxious. I remember when I was 19 and traveling with my sister. At a certain point on our travels we were parting ways – I was to go it alone. Oh god, I was terrified. All the ‘what-ifs’… all the uncertainty. I didn’t trust myself that I would FIND a way through any challenges. I didn’t trust that I could cope. And that’s just ONE example. It strikes me as bizarre that I can be this way – because I AM quite confident as a person. I do mostly believe in myself and have a high level of independence. Yet, as with all of us, I am multi-layered and my own personal shadows and ‘flaws’ (I use that word LOOSELY)) show up in odd ways and at odd times. Over the years, particularly from the age of 24 to 34 when I was deep in my own personal journey of inner transformation (through yoga, meditation, clean eating, study) I found and tapped into a new level of self-confidence. I found a way to stand in my own strength and personal power. To ride through the anxiety and trust in myself and in life. Then motherhood came along. I always share with my coaching clients that when we are in our own personal spiritual journeys there comes a time when we are ready to uplevel. We might not know it yet but on a soul level it’s time to turn the heat up. I was coasting before motherhood. Happy, grounded, balanced, content. And as I knew intuitively Little S was coming earth side to take me to the next level. But before I could ‘up-level’ I had to have a few dark night’s of the soul. You know, those moments where you question everything? Who am I? How did I get to this point? Why am I thinking/being in this way? What the F is going on here? What am I meant to do with this? Where to from here? I’m one of those souls (as my beautiful friend Tara Bliss says) that signed up for ALL the lessons and without much ease. I battled with my ego and with my fears many, many times (and still do!) Simply going out for a walk with my baby would leave me rattled (did I mention she was insanely unsettled and unhappy for the first 6 months at least?) I was scared to shake things up or try anything NEW in case it all fell apart. Losing control – something I had thought I’d overcome – became a real and tangible fear of mine. I didn’t take risks. I didn’t roll with the punches. I didn’t take the attitude of ‘let’s just see what happens’…I found myself in a deep, dark hole. This crazy-ass ride brought back all those qualities in me that I had thought I’d long ago ‘mastered’. How laughable. Mastered? Yeah right… It was just time to UP LEVEL and chip off another layer and stretch with all the growing pains that come with it. I let motherhood control me in those early months and in the end I controlled my life so there was no space for joy. That makes me a little sad to remember that, but also grateful for such a massive lesson. Because now I feel even MORE aligned to trust. I feel cosy with the idea that it’ll all work out. Anxiety, now, is a message of misalignment, not something I am OWNED by. I know I am more confident, grounded and present because of this (and the many other) experience. How did I find my way back? Getting honest with myself. Self-reflection + meditation. Slowly starting to say YES to myself and my own self-care. Reconnecting with my inner voice and intuition. And time… Yes, time, in the literal sense, but also in giving myself TIME AND SPACE. To connect with soul sisters. To go to yoga. To breathe. To take a walk. To do something yummy just for me. And to sit with and process the massive lessons I was getting smashed with. To let myself feel ‘smashed’ knowing it would pass, soon enough +++ Now that I have perspective what would I do differently? I would do all of the above but earlier. Sooner. I wouldn’t was as much time as I did feeling trapped and controlled. I would own my life again with positive change. Why am I sharing this with you? Because I know RIGHT NOW there is something that you KNOW you need to do – that will realign you, rebuild you, nurture you, reconnect you. But you aren’t doing it, are you? Or maybe you are, but not enough. And I want you to know this; where you are right now and who you are right now is not permanent. So you don’t need to be swallowed up by it and get buried under the fear, confusion, anxiety, insecurity. Just start, today, right now, doing SOMETHING that reconnects you. No matter how broken you feel, know this – you aren’t, you just simply need some SPACE and TIME to find your way back. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Endings and Beginnings: Reflecting on 2016 before entering 2017

Endings and Beginnings: Reflecting on 2016 before entering 2017

Posted December 18, 2016

Here I am…tapping away on my laptop. It’s almost dark and I’m sitting here on my bed with only a Himalayan Salt Lamp on; casting a warm, womb-like glow across the room. Big fat wet tears rolling down my face, pooling at my lips, soaking back into my skin. I can barely see through these tears…Yet I knew I had to open up my laptop and write. All week I’ve been feeling this bubbling up of emotion. The inner cauldron of all my truths, thoughts, feelings and experiences amping up from a slow, gentle simmer to the raise-the-lid kinda boil. The kind of boil that will inevitably spill over into a watery mess if I don’t turn my gaze to and respond quickly enough. And sure enough, despite the sign-posts all week the latter has happened. I didn’t have the space and time to ‘go there’ – you know, to cast my attention to that simmering feeling. So here I am… here I am a watery, blubbery mess. [Side note: oh wow, does it feels good to FEEL like this. To feel vulnerable and overwhelmed with emotion. It makes me feel alive and connected and tapped in – always has] The things that have set me off all week – tender moments between baby and dada. A random act of kindness from a stranger in the street. A generous exchange. Watching a mama hug her injured child in Aleppo. Hugging my dear friend and saying Merry Christmas – have all pointed to connection, the power of the tribe, gratitude and the simplicity of love. Powerful, universal sorta stuff. But what set off this moment, right now, the avalanche of tears and the impossible-to-contain soul speak in the form of FEELING? My nanny just wrote to me to say she was no longer able to work with us (due her own personal career goals). #firstworldproblems Then IT all just hit me. This year has been so challenging and yet so unbelievably beautiful. (Side note: I had originally written “so fucking hard” but perspective whacked me in the face and I had to dial it back!) I’ve created so much. I’ve barely slept. I’ve nagged and argued about nonsensical shit with my sleep deprived husband. I’ve started a new business. I’ve coached divine women through their blocks and fears. I consciously worked on healing myself energetically, emotionally, physically, mentally. I’ve done things I never thought I would, or could. I said YES without reason, just a feeling. I’ve grown a team and watched them grow too. I’ve learned that I don’t know what it means to be a leader. I’ve decided to lead with love and serve wholeheartedly. I’ve felt so much mama-guilt. I’ve felt so much mama joy, love, elation. I’ve faced so many fears, slowly. I’ve watched parts of me fall away and dissolve. I’ve surrendered. Over and over and over again. I’ve found my feminine power – fierce warrior mama within. I’ve fallen in love with parts of me I didn’t notice before. I’ve juggled coaching, creativity, business around tantrums and toddler tactics. I’ve stared at my forever changed body and swung from love, to admiration to disgust and back to love. I’ve stared at my forever guy and cried tears of gratitude for him minutes after crying tears at frustration over him. I’ve meditated. Daily. Committed to stillness, daily. I’ve moved and stretched and breathed. I’ve set goals and failed at them, and reset them over and over until I nailed it. I’ve held my baby sick and feverish feeling equal parts scared and supremely blessed. I’ve failed at being the perfect mama/wife so many times – forgetting to cook dinner, turning the TV on too many times, letting my frustration take the driver seat. I rocked motherhood too… often. I’ve battled to stay in my centre, to be calm, to stay strong when sometimes it all just felt too much. I’ve watched my dad getting older, weaker, sicker. I’ve felt the love and support my mother always delivers. I’ve cried tears of happiness watching my little girl play with her cousins, something I never had. I discovered some shit about myself I’m grateful I can now see, but that hurt to look at. I raged. I cried. I fell apart. I cracked. I put myself back together and said ‘Let’s DO this’. I prayed many times for relief and peace. And then accepted when I didn’t get it. I found a circle, a sisterhood, a tribe where we honour shame, vulnerability, joy, success and dreams. Like I said, a really big, hard, beautiful, FULL, messy year. ++ I am a deeply changed woman. Motherhood… life, it’s eroded the old me and reshaped me much faster than any other experience has in my life. I feel more than I’ve ever felt. I think more than I have ever. I worry more. Pray more. Strive and thrive more. I fail more. I’m more considered and conscious. I dig deeper than I ever have and insist on MORE from the universe. I love more than I thought was possible. I care about people, this earth. And yet with all of that I also feel more overwhelmed, futile, and held back than I ever have. My eyes are more open and so is my heart. EVERYTHING is dialled right up. My desire to create change, my desire to find balance and to help others heal. My desire for abundance and for financial success and stability. My need to hide away and hush the world. My desire to make a difference. My desire for a humble life with my sweet little family. My desire to GO BIG and chase my dreams. I feel all of it….My need to make this life matter, to honour the gift of this life and do it justice. To live up to my soul purpose and to do so with authenticity and love. As I write this there is a small voice in the back of my […] Read more

Structure = living on purpose

Structure = living on purpose

Posted October 04, 2016

Structure = living on purpose Last night my husband came home from a workshop his company sent him too. It was all about becoming an ‘Emotional Leader’… I knew he was going to love it and I also knew he’d come home with ‘fresh’ ideas. He came home fired up and ready to do so many of the things I’ve been sharing to my clients, my tribe and to him for years! Meditation, mindfulness, self exploration and development, movement, learning, reflection. Despite my daily preaching, sharing and soapbox standing, the penny hasn’t dropped until now. And that is totally OK… Sometimes we just have to hear from another voice to ‘get it’. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in the power of meditation, or a healthy lifestyle or even in self-development. He does. He’s witnessed the changes in me over the last decade. But he needed to hear it from someone else, in a different voice with a different perspective and perhaps presented in a way that applied to him… His goals, his desires, his motivations.  So here we are. We are now sitting down together to map out, as a team, our ‘ideal weekly planner’. Check out this video blog I created to explain what the ideal weekly planner is and why we all need to do one. We are first going to nut out what we want to work on, or re-dedicate too. He wants to introduce meditation, I want read more books again. We both want conscious movement in our schedule, exercising together. I want more reflection/journaling time. He wants to watch more educational documentaries. Juggling this around my two businesses, a toddler, his full time job and LIFE stuff is a challenge. Hence the need for a structure, a planner of sorts to keep us on the forward trajectory and to make it happen. This doesn’t mean constriction or restriction.  This is not about losing spontaneity  This will not stop us from follow our feelings This is not to be heavy or tight or limiting. Through structure and discipline we will find the lightness, the learning, the passion, the inspiration and the joy we are craving in our life. We will cultivate a way of BEING in our lives, consciously, deliberately and on purpose. And oh my I am excited by this – to partner up with someone (not to mention that someone is the love of my life) and to set clear, soulful goals to nurture a beautiful, vibrant and engaged life. I know we will dive into this inspired structure with inspired action AND compassion. Compassion for the days when we are wiped out, and sleep is calling. Or when our ‘plans’ don’t quite come together. Structure HAS to be flexible, otherwise that’s when the rigidity – the rigor mortis – sets in. ++ So here are some mini take-aways for you: 1) Whenever the message and however the message sinks in for you (or someone else) that is ok. It’s DIVINE timing. Trust it. 2) Utilise structure to create the life you want. Be deliberate, on point, focused. Choose consciously what you want to do/feel/be. 3) Let your structure be malleable and a little stretchy, not rigid and restrictive. 4) Partner up with someone – your bestie, your lover, your mama. Collaboration makes everything sweeter, more exciting and do-able! Here’s to a structured life, on purpose. Love and light, Claire x Read more

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

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

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


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