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10 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY + MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER TOO!

10 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY + MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER TOO!

Posted April 11, 2013

I recently spoke about Paying it Forward and Random Acts of Kindness in a recent VLOG. You can watch it HERE. The idea is simple – do something (anything!) that is kind, generous and thoughtful for someone else. Not to get something, not to feel good or generate a particular response… totally 100% selflessly do something for someone else, just because you can. That someone else doesn’t have to be your partner or closest friend (although there is nothing wrong with that), it could be a total stranger, your barista, your bus driver, the taxi driver. Just offer up a little slice of kindness. Why does this matter? How does this affect your own wellness? Oh my – the list is long! From a vibrational perspective kind, positive thoughts and acts run at a higher frequency. When we create and emit a higher vibration and share that with others the positive effects spread like wildfire – passing on from person to person. You can literally change the way you experience life, interact with others and in turn affect the lives of others. Sweet deal I think! Paying it forward also helps to cleanse you of past karmas – you are undoing the negative in your life by giving to others. Instead of doing something with an end goal in mind – how does it help YOU – embracing the idea of giving, being generous and injecting joy in others lives truly makes a profound difference. And without ‘trying’ you will start reaping the rewards – a happier mindset, manifesting your dreams, attracting the right kind of people, experiences, circumstances. So, when you stop focusing on what YOU want all the time you actually get what you really NEED. And… I have to mention that real, true health is about HAPPINESS. No amount of food in the world is going to bring you true contentment, which we all desire (let’s be honest, we do!) But giving of yourself starts to cultivate that happiness and what follows – real HEALTH. Honestly. I know it. I’ve experienced it. Here are some suggestions on how to give more and make someone’s day: Drop a $20 note at your local coffee spot and ask them to shout the first customers in the door a free coffee – just because Write an anonymous love note and stick it on the window of your friend’s (partner/parent/anyone!) car Offer to help your elderly neighbour take out their rubbish each week Let 5 cars cut in front of you each day… slow down and smile! Send an organic food box to a friend when you know she/he’s broke Give your loved one a back massage and say no to one in return Bake some healthy treats and take them to work – share them on a ‘non-birthday’ day! Drop random love-bomb texts to your friends Donate money to the people you normally avoid on the street SMILE at random strangers and say ‘Good Morning!’ ************* Now, in the spirit of Paying it Forward, I want to send some love back to someone who helped me earlier this year. You might recall back in February I ran the super-awesome Bundle of Love Valentine’s Day competition. Included in that competition was a delicious hamper from the gorgeous Rachel Gorney and her lovely business – From My Kitchen. Rachel was so incredible helpful and I know that the winner (Samantha!) really loved her hamper of delicious, healthy treats. Now, From My Kitchen has a new offering that’s inspired by the idea of Paying it Forward. . The Pay It Forward FMK style goes something like this: In every hamper that’s ordered you will receive TWO (yep, not one, but TWO!)  extra little goodie bags. The first one will include a lovely ‘pay it forward’ card so you can pass this goody bag onto a well-deserving loved one, friend, colleague, random stranger… you get the idea. Basically, anyone that’s going to appreciate and enjoy that random act of kindness. And because Rachel is super generous the second goody bag is a little extra gift from her to YOU – her way of saying thanks for being a gorgeous customer. For the moment this one is just for Sydney (Australia) based peeps – apologies if I just got you excited, but I am betting FMK is going to go BIG in the future. Watch this space. Now, I’d like to hear from YOU! Can you share below ONE suggestion of how you are going to drop some kindness into someone’s lap or pay it forward? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions. There are HUNDREDS of ideas! love + light to you, Claire x Read more

13 THINGS IN MY WEDDING SURVIVAL KIT

13 THINGS IN MY WEDDING SURVIVAL KIT

Posted April 03, 2013

As you read this I am on my way up to the Hunter Valley where we are getting married. The first day of the rest of our lives is almost here. I can’t wait. But to feel comfortable and prepped in mind, body, spirit here is a list of what I’m taking up with me. What alot of people don’t realise (those that don’t know me well) is that my lifestyle – which includes the things I do, the things I use and how I do them to be well – is not something I can or WANT to switch off from. It’s my life-blood. Once I found what makes me feel whole, passionate, alive, capable, strong and happy why would I want to switch it off? So even on my wedding day or ANY other day away from home I still want to maintain the things that bring me so much happiness and tap into all that I’ve learnt as a yoga teacher, a health coach and a perpetual wellness seeker. There is always room for flexibility and for spontaneity, but even more so if I start each day right. As I wrote this list of things in my wedding survival kit I realised this could be for anyone heading away, not just for a wedding day! 1) My yoga mat 2) Guided yoga nidra meditation, head phones and eye mask to bliss out 3) Lavender Essential Oil – keeps me calm and helps me sleep 4) Coconut Oil – for oil pulling, body moisturising 5) Rosehip oil – for my face 6) My gratitude journal – to write down the 5000000000000 things I know will be busting from my heart during those 4 days. 7) My pillow – a girl needs to sleep well before her wedding and that means I need my own pillow! 8) Fresh Cinnamon bark + lemons – for my morning tea 9) Trainers – to head out and do a big valley walk and burn off some nervous energy 10) The Alchemist – my all time favourite book to reread 11) My 750ml bottle – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 12) Rescue Remedy – nerves need a helping hand sometime! 13) Tissues – who’s kidding who, I WILL be crying. Despite all of that the biggest thing I’ll be using is my breath – long, slow deep breaths to keep me calm and focused. I’m not so great when people are fussing and buzzing around me, it aggravates my VATA and makes me feel a little wired. So that’ll be my biggest challenge. Ok, wish me luck and I’m looking forward to reconnecting next week as Mrs Claire Obeid Rivera! love + light to you, Claire x Read more

5 DAYS UNTIL I’M WED + HOW I’M PREPARING FOR IT

5 DAYS UNTIL I’M WED + HOW I’M PREPARING FOR IT

Posted April 01, 2013

By now most of you know that I’m getting married – yep, this FRIDAY. I’m off to the Hunter Valley on Thursday where we are getting married. My family and I are staying in a beautiful home located in a vineyard. I’ve done everything I can to get organised and enjoy this week with as little stress as possible. I’ve reduced my teaching hours, I’m only seeing a few clients and I’m trying to do ‘stuff‘ that makes me feel normal, or special or calm! I plan to do all the same things when we get to the Hunter. What ‘stuff’ am I talking about? My regular morning routine even though I have butterflies and each I find I keep mentally rehearsing my vows and speech during my meditation session. You can listen to me explaining my morning routine here! Practising yoga – lots of restorative in the evenings and dynamic sessions in the morning. I have all this nervous energy I need to burn and then I need to re-balance and find some quiet Being outside in nature, walking and breathing in fresh Air. Journaling – there are alot of emotions flying around inside. One part of me feels that this is the most natural thing to be marrying the many I love, my soul mate. The other sees the absurdity in wearing a dress and having 92 people stare at me! So, journaling is a way for me to honour each emotion and get them out of my head and heart so I don’t feel conflicted and confused Laughing with friends and being light with the experience – giving it credit but also approaching it with softness and humour to help take the ‘seriousness’ out of it. Pampering – facials, massages, girly stuff! A few other things have become apparent to me…  let go of worrying what people are going to think! The conversation out loud and privately in my ahead goes something like this: Will they like my dress, will my make-up look good, will everyone like the food, will the music be good, will people dance, what if it rains, will people like the styling I did…. and on it goes. I have never been one to really worry what other people think, but there is something about your own wedding that makes you hyper-sensitive to other’s expectations. This week I’ve let it all go. It’s about Chris and I. It’s about our LOVE. Not the food, not the flowers, definitely not the dress (but what’s with people, especially GUYS, being a little obsessed over the dress?!) So today, as I write this I’m starting to feel free of all the details and ready to embrace the experience. I have an amazing team of people ready to help on the day so I don’t need to plan and tweak or stress. I can be free and open to it with no restrictions. I’m finally feeling truly EXCITED. Itching for it to happen, in fact. I feel like alot of my wellness practices are going to be put through my paces. If there is every a day that I want to embody calm and happy, it’s this day. Stressed, anxious and frazzled are not in my vocab. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. I’m actually a little too casual about the whole experience, so everyone now and then I put more emotional focus on it and that’s when I started feeling some intensity and get nervous. The biggest thing I want to get out of this experience is to SOAK IT UP. To step back, just Chris and I, and absorb – look around the room, check out the smiles on people’s faces, the laughter, the dancing, the joy. FEEL THE LOVE. That’s what it’s all about for me. It’s the love. It’s not the wedding day, that’s just a bonus. It’s the fact that my beloved of 6 years and I have chosen each other to move forward in life, together. That we KNOW what kind of life we want to build together, that we FEEL the love between us and that we are ready to SHARE that with the world. There is no fear in this experience. Anticipation, nervousness – yes – but I know that once the ball is rolling and I’m making my way to Chris that the calm I feel when we are together will wash over me. Just writing that gives me butterflies… this is full on people! Hurry up already, it’s like waiting for Christmas when you were a child. Ok, enough from me! I’d love to hear from you? How did YOU feel on your wedding day, what little tips do you have for staying calm and focused. So, SO much love to you! Claire x Read more

DISCOVER AUTUMN + WHY WE NEED IT

DISCOVER AUTUMN + WHY WE NEED IT

Posted March 28, 2013

Autumn… I never used to like it as child. I was all about Summer – and I still am – but over the years I’ve come to really appreciate Autumn and what it brings (winter, not so much). As I write this I remember the crisp air as I dashed to my car, heading off to teach a 6am class. Up until today I was leaving the house in a singlet. The hoodie made an appearance today. If you are still fearing the ever-nearing autumn change then consider these Autumn is great for slowing down and doing all those things we never have time for or want to do in summer….Read more, journal in bed on a Sunday morning, have an afternoon snooze called up in a patch of sun on the floor, spend hours baking in the kitchen, snuggling up with your partner (there is a no touching rule on hot, humid nights!), Re-focusing your energy for a BIG, exciting year, weekend drives to the hunter valley… I find I am tormented less by these thoughts during Autumn: “Oh, wow, it’s amazing outside. No Claire, you have work to do. Oh but just a quick swim…” You could say I get ALOT done in Autumn. Use the change in weather to bring to life, nut out and power through any projects you’ve put on hold as you frolicked at the beach and lapped up the summer rays. Not to mention the colours, oh my… the spectacular display of the abundant and glorious colours that this universe provides us is on full show in Autumn. Red, Green, Yellow, Gold, Blue, Brown and everything in between. It makes me squeal a little in delight. Yes, I said SQUEAL! The food. Warming, grounding, nourishing – stews, curries, soups, slow-cooked lamb (drool), apple crumble, porridge, hot chocolate. I wrote a post last year almost to the day on Autumn Eating the Ayurvedic way. Check it out HERE. There’s so much more that Autumn brings us and after the buoyancy, the energy and spirit of summer, we need to slow down. We need to counter-balance. That’s why the seasons are the way they are. It’s also the right preparation for the winter months. We get to blossom in a different way. Yes, we might lose the golden tan, maybe we put on a kilo or two (we need it for warmth!) and maybe we find we are a little less social. But there in lies the beauty – we become inward, introverted and lead a more restorative life until the rebirth in Spring. Pretty sweet if you ask me. What do you love to experience over the Autumn months? love + light, Claire x Read more

AN EASTER GIVEAWAY FOR YOU

AN EASTER GIVEAWAY FOR YOU

Posted March 25, 2013

OK, so I’m no Easter Bunny, but my friends at Pana Chocolate are! They’ve provided me with a pack of 5 blocks of their most delicious chocolate flavours to giveaway this Easter. Keep reading to find out how to enter. First, let’s talk about Easter. Besides the chocolate everywhere there are a couple of things that always come to mind over Easter. They are really more ideas that I try and keep in mind when think about the Easter weekend. How do I take this time to feel renewed? What is going to give me that sense of re-birth? How do I indulge in a way that feels joyful and nourishing? What rituals are important to share with my family? Maybe this seems like alot to focus on for Easter – after all most of us just see this as a long weekend. And it is, but being raised in a Christian environment, I can’t help but hold onto the sacredness to the story of Easter. Whether you buy into Jesus and his crew, it doesn’t really matter… it’s not something I’m particularly precious about. Having said that, the ideas that I’m raising here are universal. Renewal Rebirth Joy Life Nourishment Ritual Now, add to that on Easter Sunday a year ago my fiance proposed to me. There was a whole lot of love, celebration, newness and joy happening that day. So, it’s a special day to me. So here’s my approach. To feel renewed/joy: I often do something that I know makes me feel alive. A yoga or meditation workshop over the long weekend, an energy healing session (usually I need it by the time we hit the 4th month of the year!) A massage or a facial or a catch-up with friends to laugh and be silly. To indulge: I might be strange or something but I’m not obsessive over chocolate. I love it and get a little craving for it here and there, but savoury treats are more my bag. Come Easter time, the excess of chocolate EVERYWHERE turns me off even more. The more I am surrounded by it, the less I want it. Bizarre, I know. That’s just how I roll Instead, what I do is get choosy. I indulge by spending a few extra $$ and buy up some gorgeous, creamy, decadent and HEALTHY chocolate. I treat myself. To experience rituals: I make Easter Sunday a sacred day with family. We cook, eat particular things to celebrate Easter and rebirth. We spend the day together, laughing, talking, not rushing through life. We play the ‘egg’ game (trying to crack your opponents hard boiled egg with yours) which we’ve done for generations. Avoiding meat in the lead-up to and including Good Friday. So, that brings us to you and your Easter. What is important for you? What kind of weekend do you want, how do you want to feel/think/be? Now, to the giveaway. Hands up who wants a block of each of these flavours from my friends at Pana Chocolate? All you have to do is: Comment below and tell me how you are going to Indulge this Easter? Like The Wellness Project and Pana Chocolate on facebook NOTE: I will be announcing the winner on EASTER SUNDAY on The Wellness Project facebook page with an EXTRA surprise for the winner….so make sure you check in sometime. HAPPY EASTER + Goodluck Cx Image Read more

GRATITUDE DIARIES + A QUESTION FOR YOU!

GRATITUDE DIARIES + A QUESTION FOR YOU!

Posted March 19, 2013

I spoke about my morning routine in my 5 on Friday VLOG last week where I mentioned my daily gratitude practice in my morning routine. (If you haven’t subscribed, CLICK HERE to get on the list where there is a FREE Video Guide: 3 Steps to More Wellness waiting for you!) I wanted to open up and share with you what I’m feeling abundant gratitude for at the moment. And, I have an important challenge for YOU – Check out the VLOG at the end of this post to find out what it is. 1) At-home yoga practice: Delicious, restorative, juicy yoga where I get to do whatever I want! I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time, quietly with my body and breath. 2) Reading breaks at the beach: The ocean and sunshine keeps me grounded and connected. So I’m enjoying the sunshine whilst it’s still warm enough. I’m grateful I’ve created a life where I can make this happen. 3) Summer smoothies: Right now this sticky, humid weather leaves me craving something cool and easy to digest in the morning before my usual breakfast of eggs or porridge. I’m grateful for the easy and nutritious way to fuel my body. 4) Morning walks + barefoot yoga: I head down to the harbour for a walk, I get the heart rate going and breath lungfuls of air and then I kick my shoes off and stretch it by the water. Bliss. 5) Sunrise. A new day. I never, EVER, get sick of seeing the sunrise. It is different every time, it  leaves me inspired. It puts fire in my belly. I’m grateful that I get to wake each day to such beauty. 6) You! The most important one. Each and every single soul – including YOU – that I get to learn from, coach, befriend, laugh with, teach, share love, feel with, talk to, grow with. Thank you. So much GRATITUDE. ******************* Now for your little challenge: watch this super short video (Surely you have 1min 31secs?) Are you ready to accept this challenge? I hope so! Tell me, what are YOU grateful for? Share with me right here, right now in the comments below. I really want to hear what’s making your heart sing!! love + light to you, Claire x Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CAROLINE PENA

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH CAROLINE PENA

Posted March 18, 2013

This amazing lady is family to me. Her partner is my fiance’s cousin. However she is also one of the most dedicated women I know – dedicated to her studies, her work as a nutritionist, her own health, exercise, her family, friends and more. It’s about time the world met Caroline, because my life is richer with her in it. I know yours will be too. Enjoy. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. With a corporate career accompanied by the 9-5 desk job, I hit the age of 27, my Saturn return and started to question my purpose in life. I was destined for more than just pushing paper, sitting in front of a computer and approving finance for others. I started to question what I was truly passionate about and my hunger to learn and educate myself in my one true love, health and fitness. I had always been a gym junkie, running half marathons and a cycling passion but there was more to just moving the body, I loved food, good healthy food and relationship between diet and disease. I began to trawl through the education institution websites, universities, TAFE, private colleges and unsure as to what direction of this industry I wanted to take, I decided to dip my toes in the water and embarked on a certificate 3 in nutrition & dietetics. After 12 months and straight A’s, I was hooked. I dove in and embarked on a 4 year journey in Nutritional Medicine at the Australiasian College of Natural Therapies. Working full time and studying part time had its challenges, I thrived on the new found knowledge and knew that I wanted to share and inspire others to improve their health. I became a fully qualified Nutritionist a year ago, constantly sharing the passion. What INSPIRES you? Passion, strength, positive energy and surrounding myself with like- minded people whom motivate me and challenge me to become a better person. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source my inspiration from various sources, Friends, family, my partner and people I meet in my industry. However my biggest inspiration is from the clients I meet everyday. There life experiences, challenges, adversities and hunger for change is the driving force behind my inspiration to remind me that I am exactly where I want to be. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use this inspiration to keep me grounded, focused and motivated. Being a Nutritionist is not all about advising people on health and nutrition, I am also a councillor and a motivator where I often take on the emotional rollercoaster of others, empathising with there plight to regain control of their health and encourage, coach and educate them to make better health choices for them and there families. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Balance between a healthy mind and body and to practice and stand by what I believe in when it comes to health and nutrition. A healthy outlook on life incorporating a clean diet to fuel the body and feed the brain is just as important as maintaining integrity, authenticity and self love. What’s your routine? I’m definitely a morning person so getting up for 3 early morning cycling rides, 2 good runs a week or a gym session is how I start my day. However with my first baby on the way I have had to make some minor adjustments. An hour walk everyday combined with pre natal yoga and light weight training twice a week keeps me stay strong and active in mind and body. How do you find balance + happiness? By ensuring I make time for all the things I love doing this includes eating & cooking healthy food, exercising regularly, spending time with family and friends and not overloading or over committing myself to a point of feeling overwhelmed. I work approx. 6 days a week managing a Naturopathy clinic part time whilst running my own business as a Nutritionist however I make sure no matter how busy my week is, that Sunday is a day I switch off and spending quality time with my partner and the people I love. How do you practice self-love? By taking the time to remind myself of my achievements and that I am worthy of good things. Rewarding myself with life’s pleasures is important, such as indulging in a relaxing bath, a massage, a quiet walk or sitting quietly with a good book and switching off for the day. What’s your favourite healthy recipe? Fresh, colourful, warm salad of lentils, roasted pumpkin, walnuts, dried cranberries, rocket, coriander, topped with grilled haloumi and fresh lime. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc). I eat a predominantly whole foods plant based diet so I refrain from eating any form of meat or cows milk. I eat organic produce wherever possible and I don’t go more than 2 days without doing some form of physical activity How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? I believe these moments of demotivation are completely natural and are due to a hunger for inspiration. Motivation and drive are the key elements in constantly improving and challenging oneself to become a better person. Prioritising my goals and daily/weekly tasks down on paper, helps me reaffirm what needs to be done and knowing that I can tick them off as complete gives me a sense of achievement no matter how small or big the challenge. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That’s food is medicine. To love and respect your mind and body from within by nurturing it and feeding it the food it deserves and thrives on. To listen to your body, pay attention to the signs and symptoms and respond accordingly. We are not meant […] Read more

5 THINGS I’M LOVING ON FRIDAY

5 THINGS I’M LOVING ON FRIDAY

Posted March 15, 2013

Hey there gorgeous. So… I’ve decided to keep my 5 on Friday VLOGGING to fortnightly. I’ve just started BSchool (OMG, stupidly excited) and Friday has now become my Study/Big Biz Brainstorm/Forward Planning day. So, moving right along. Here are the 5 things I am loving this Friday. 1) Morning Routine – Ayurvedic Rituals: My morning ritual includes one one but THREE of my favourite Ayurvedic Rituals – Oil Pulling, Tongue Cleaning + Neti. It also includes a spiritual practice that makes each day feel truly special. Watch this video from HealthTalksTV on Oil Pulling by the amazing Jess Ainscough. And read more about Neti and Tongue cleaning here in a past post. 2) Eco-friendly Candle from Still Your Mind: My meditation teacher (the loveliest woman on the planet!) from Still Your Mind has a range of accessories. I have her cushion, cotton meditation blanket and now a candle that she gifted to me after I held a little talk at one of her meditation sessions. This candle is the shiz – Lime, Grapefuit, Vetiver and Lemon and it’s 100% Australian beeswax and essential oils. Hand poured, 100% cotton wicks and toxic-free.  My favourite part? When you open the box there is a little affirmation waiting for you inside. 3) Rich Happy & Hot BSchool I’ve just started Rich, Happy + Hot B School from Marie Forleo. This course, I know, is going to propel my business and my life. I’m not doing it for more money. I’m doing it because I love my work and I want to move deeper into offering health as far and wide as I can. Watch this space! 4) Prinstagram I might be super slow on the uptake (that tends to happen with anything cool) but I recently discovered Prinstagram! I’m setting up a polariod photo station for my wedding amongst other little craft things and I need a bunch of mini pictures. Via Prinstagram I was able to print mini stickers, pictures and more (I only spent $30!) from my instagram account. There is also Poster Candy here in Oz that is doing Instagram collages. Way too cool. 3) My FREE Video Guide: 3 Steps to More Wellness I created this FREE 3-part series that you get if you jump on my eNewsletter list. I had SO much fun filming this as I explore three of my favourite (and the most common issues that come up with my clients) areas: Breathwork to manage stress, Gratitude for more positivity and Food awareness.  Want in? SIGN-UP HERE. There you have it! My 5 on Friday… Now, it’s YOUR turn. What are you loving lately? Love + light to you! Claire x Read more

WHERE DO YOU FIND HAPPINESS?

WHERE DO YOU FIND HAPPINESS?

Posted March 14, 2013

It’s a funny question, isn’t? Where do you FIND happiness? It’s almost as if you could pop over to Westfield and drop into the Happiness Store to top-up your happiness. But I think that’s how, sometimes, we see it. We must DO something to get happiness. LOOK somewhere else to FIND it. Buy something, or think, look and behave in a certain way to get happiness. Let’s be honest – work is a huge part of our lives. We are dedicated to it, we commit to rising each day and being there for 40 hours a week. We interact with our work colleagues (or if you work alone, with yourself!) for the best part of your day. We enjoy our family and friends less than we’d like because we work. So how can we not look to our work and careers for happiness? I’m not about to tell you to quit your day job to seek our greener pastures and happier times. (Although if your heart wants you to I will definitely say GO ON! Go get it, find your passion and LIVE IT. SING IT. BREATH IT!) I’m bringing this up because I have many clients who have changed their lives with the realisation that work was detracting from their happiness. BUT I also have many clients who has said that changing their career is not an option but they want to find happiness, regardless. Power to them. So, this brings me back to the original question. Where do you FIND happiness? The answer (in my humble opinion) is within. I was inspired to write this post after realising that my morning routine of late, which is relatively simple, has actually cultivated a deep yet contented happiness within me. Tomorrow in my 5 on Friday VLOG I talk you through my routine. But in a nutshell it involves ayurvedic and spiritual practices, yoga and meditation. Super simple. Very humble…  happy. Why? Because I’ve carved out some ME time. I’ve started the day with gratitude in my heart and I’ve moved my body and settled my mind. I’ve gone within. Even just for a moment or two. Other ways I cultivate happiness: A clean home. A walk in the sunshine. A swim in the ocean. A chat on the phone to a friend. Reading a book. Cuddles with my fiance. Lunch at my parents. Trying a new healthy cafe. Waking to the sunrise. Playing with my nieces and nephews… You get it, right? Simple. Real. Honest. It hardly costs anything but space and time. So if you are on a quest to feel happy, try this. First, let go of the IDEA of what it looks like. Let go of the expectations around what happiness should be. Then begin to embrace the smaller examples of happiness. Little day-to-day changes. Over time you’ll find that space allows you the opportunity to tap into BIGGER ways of feeling happiness. Maybe you discover a new interest, or something buried comes back up for you that’s important. Perhaps the seed of an idea like exploring a new career, or following a passion is planted. And maybe, just maybe, when you are enjoying these little moments of happiness that somewhere in there you notice the fear that often holds us back, you FEEL it (acknowledge it) but you decide to do what your heart desires – to respond to those interests, passions, ideas that crop up. You feel the fear and do it anyway! So much can come out of nurturing and loving yourself through gentle acts of happiness. It’s not just mundane and silly to enjoy a good book and to be sacred about your time. It’s bigger than that. It’s creating an electrified connection to you! It’s not about perfection, oh lordy,it’s not! But it’s about looking past the imperfections, blurring them out just a little so you can focus on the good and invite more of it to you. You have a choice. Leading a happy life is based on your decisions to embrace the positive, to see the good, to focus on the silver lining. Go, on then. Find your happiness within. It’s already there, I promise. Tell me, what do you do already to cultivate happiness and tap into your heart? Saha to you, Cx Read more


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