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DO YOU WANT TO BREAK-UP WITH THE COMPARISON MONSTER… FOR GOOD!?

DO YOU WANT TO BREAK-UP WITH THE COMPARISON MONSTER… FOR GOOD!?

Posted May 07, 2013

Hands up who has ever been hit by the green-eyed monster. You know the one – the one that gobbles up snippets of what everyone else is doing only to use it as ammunition against you. Do any of these thoughts ring a bell? I’m not good enough I can’t do that I wish I had that life (insert hair, eyes, skin, body etc) Why didn’t that happen to me? How can I be like that (act, look, think, say, feel etc) I’m not worth it Limiting thoughts. Negative emotions. What do they do? Nothing good that’s for sure. We just attract more of what we put out. We get overwhelmed by comparison and competition and we simply keep attracting more limiting thoughts, negative emotions (not to mention experiences and people) into our daily life! Not good. Hand on heart – I have definitely been down this road. Comparison and Competition is something I’ve battled with on more than one occasion. But, haven’t we all – if we are honest about it? Last year I wrote this post and Comparison and how to NOT let it steal your joy. Read it here. I offer up 5 tips to help you out. Today, though, I’ve decided to share with you some of the other tools in my kit. Watch this VLOG where I talk you through my 6 TOOLS TO END THE COMPARISON GAME. Click PLAY to watch the VLOG. Ok. Your turn. Tell me in the comments below – what’s ONE thing you learnt from today’s VLOG and how will you apply it to your life? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! love + light, Claire Read more

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #2 + A GIVEAWAY

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #2 + A GIVEAWAY

Posted May 03, 2013

If you missed the first post in this series I’d definitely head over HERE to catch-up. I explain my fears around (one-day) becoming a mother and why I’ve reached out to SIX amazing wellness mammas to provide insight, heart and soul into the topic of motherhood. Today I talk to Lauren Falconer – a yogi mamma and Valeria Gosse – a PT/Health coach mamma-to-be! I hope you enjoy their perspective on motherhood and insights into how they maintain wellness for themselves AND their family. GIVEAWAY FOR YOU// After reading all the amazing insights these gorgeous mother’s have shared with us I’ve decided I want to help out a mamma out there, or THREE. I’m giving away not one, but THREE of my Renew Yourself eCourse. It’s a gorgeous 8 week program that drops you into wellness with a holistic approach. How to enter: Comment below – Tell me, how YOU stay healthy as a busy mum. Like The Wellness Project facebook page. Make sure you jump on my weekly wellness update list to find out the winner! (You get an awesome FREE Video Series – 3 Steps to More Wellness by signing up!) In today’s homage to yummy, healthy wellness mammas I’d like to introduce Lauren Falconer from The Life Pod, Sydney. She is a gorgeous, open, loving yogi who is clearly the same as a mamma! I remember when I first met her at a yoga retreat I was blown away that she was a mum – calm, cool, collected, warm, open, available! The epitome of a wellness mamma! Check her out. What does motherhood mean to me? The first feeling that bubbles up when I ask myself this question is… LOVE. Motherhood has meant many, many things but the biggest, most expansive part of growing into a mother has been this enormous, powerful, all consuming love that I’ve been so generously blessed with. Motherhood has also meant many lessons in patience, an ability to surrender to what is, to go with the flow, hard work, questioning how I behave and what I’m passing on, wondering daily if I’m doing a good job, making time for myself and learning to stop and tune in with my son and his childish, delightful, vibrant ways. Motherhood is a complex tapestry of raw and spirited emotions! It is without a doubt the best and hardest thing that I’ve ever done, the dichotomy of yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the ups and the downs….but what prevails is always LOVE. How do I stay healthy with a busy life as a mother? For me staying healthy is all about being educated, dedicated and organized.  As a mother on the go, if you have what you need at your finger tips, then being healthy is pretty easy really. Good, nutritious food in the house, easy quick recipes and healthy options that kids and adults alike enjoy are all part of creating ways to making it easy and fun. The motivation to be healthy is that it feels so great! I want that for myself and I definitely want that for my growing son. To stay healthy with a busy schedule I know that I need to create time for myself, to practice yoga, meditate, spend time with family & friends, receive massage treatments, acupuncture and enjoy being in nature often. Having fun is a big aspect of health and I try to remind myself of this often, not to create too many rigid rules around what we eat and how we live, which can have the opposite effect of stress and tension. Being able to go with the flow and enjoy life is really what we all want. In what ways do you invite health and wellness into your child’s life? I asked my 5 year old son this question, and he responded with, ‘you play with me and feed me’. Pretty simple really. I feed him a variety of whole foods, healthy treats and have always had him eat whatever we’re eating, from green juices to smoothies, raw cacao chocolate balls, tofu, fish, lot’s of greens, fruits and water, water, water.  It’s not always perfect, far from it, but as I learn more about health and nutrition I’m inspired to pass that on. Playing is a vital aspect also, one of the greatest gifts that promotes health and happiness in our children, whether it’s with a 5 year old or a baby in utero, is that we tune in to them and spend time away from our busy schedule, absorbed in their carefree games, rythyms and magical world. In terms of spiritual health, I’ve taught Phoenix the great benefit of doing what we love. Not to worry about getting the highest grades at school, or earning the most amount of money but to focus on what brings you the greatest joy, and if you do that then everything else will fall into place. I’ve taught him the importance of breathing to calm himself down, to question his stressful thoughts and a healthy appreciation for mother earth. I think that all of this has been a wonderful source of comfort and health in his life so far. What are the biggest lessons I’ve learnt as a mother? Learning to trust myself, to let go, deep breaths, slow down and enjoy the ride.  Early on I realized that it was going to take much more than just my husband and I to raise our son, we needed support and have been so lucky to have incredible family and friends that have helped us create a nurturing community. There’s no doubt that it’s challenging being a parent, however I’ve found that staying positive has opened up a bountiful learning ground that has bestowed so many valuable lessons and has certainly helped me to grow, stretch and expand as a person. At the end of the day I kiss my son goodnight and melt into the most exquisite tenderness, and deep love and I […] Read more

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

Posted May 02, 2013

I’m always, ALWAYS, up for trying new things that are going to bring more wellness into my life. I go through phases where I’m content to stick with whatever I’ve got going on, but right now I’m in a trial phase – you might have noticed this from my post on EFT Tapping and I’ll be blogging soon on my new MoveBetterRoller. Check out the EFT VLOG HERE if you missed it, it’s one I know you’ll love. I’m in a phase where NEW stuff is calling out to me… look at me, look at me! Let me explain. It’s not that I’m looking for anything new and different, it just COMES to me. The other week I was with a client who had just done Anthony Robbin’s 4-day workshop. She particularly liked the day on health and wellness where Anthony flagged REBOUNDING as a must-do health practice. Honestly, rebounding was one of those things I’d loosely heard about over the years but had filed it away in my “not-right-now” brain. This happens to me alot. I actually see it as divine guidance. Something in me chooses to pay attention or to disregard and then one day, BAM! I’m hit with an influx of information around whatever it was I filed and I’m certain, in that moment, I have to respond. This is how I came to study Yoga, Health Coaching and bSchool… They just present themselves. It’s nice. Comforting almost. Well, that very day after meeting with my client – I read about or someone mentioned rebounding THREE separate times. Holy Batman, you can be sure I paid attention then! Years ago Sarah Wilson mentioned in one of her posts that when she hears/sees/learns of something three times she sits up and pays attention. I do the same thing. I used to ignore it, but now, I sit up straight and tall… intrigued, willing, able. Not one to mess about, instantly I bought a rebounder online and it arrived the other day! Let me just say this WOOOOOHOOOO! Ridiculously fun stuff. My inner child has unleashed. A mini-trampoline to bounce on. Umm… why wasn’t I doing this years ago?I started doing some research and found out all the cool-kids are doing it. Seriously, it looks a little like an 80s flashback – bouncing on a trampoline in tights – but it’s fun, fun, fun! Now, beside the fact this is just pure fun (which releases endorphins – our feel good hormones) this actually has a loooooong list of health benefits. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it! Hey, you know me, I’m all about efficiency, so I’m just going to give you the top 5. 5 Reasons to get your BOUNCE on 1) Stimulates the Lymphatic System – increases the amount of waste and toxins the body can flush out which means greater ability for the immune system to fight and prevent major and minor illness and disease (and cellulite!) Interesting fact: 2/3 of your white blood cells (the ones that eat bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other baddies) are found in your lymphatic fluid! 2) Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues and cells – more oxygen means more life and health to your body and less disease Interesting fact: Rebounding alternates between weightlessness and double gravity which basically creates a pump-like action that DETOXES and pulls waste out of cells whilst injecting oxygen and nutrition into the blood. 3) Low-impact cardio exercise to lose weight and increase muscle tone – a stronger effect than running or jogging. Interesting fact: Many cardio forms of exercise such as running/jogging cause alot of stress of the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back. Which is why I don’t do them – too much impact for me. But rebounding decreases this stress by 95% whilst providing a more thorough cardio work-out. 4) Fights fatigue and manages stress – strengthens the glandular system to increase the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glans Interesting fact: Rebounding increases endorphin output, which in turn encourages your rest + restore or parasympathetic nervous system to kick in and stabilise 5) Improves digestion and elimination by increasing metabolism Interesting fact: This type of movement can relieve constipation and promote regular and more efficient bowel movements. BONUS reasons (in case they weren’t enough!) Increases the performance of the heart and circulatory system – which means slowing down the ageing process! Energetically helps to shift stuck energy, energise the mind and encourage relaxation Strengthens and protects the joints whilst strengthening the musculo-skeletal system (If you’ve had an injury and can’t run/jog anymore, this is perfect for you!) Improves resting metabolic rate – this basically means that you keep burning after you’ve finished exercising! Encourages better sleep – almost all exercise will help you rest better Helps relieve menstrual pain You can do it anywhere, anytime – not weather dependent! How to bounce: Mostly, I just jump… I’m enjoying it as a way to shake off my day, or break up a long working day! Music. Bouncing = clear head and a rush of those feel-good endorphins! Here are a few (more serious) suggestions. Light Jogging on the spot Knee lifts – bring your knees up to your chest and alternate to the opposite elbow High Jumps – heels to bum! Side and Front Kicks Arm lifts – synchronized with your jumping/kicking movements (if you want to get fancy, some people use weights here) Now, I want to hear from YOU. Have you ever heard of rebounding? Have you tried it? What do you think! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Get sharing below in the comments. Thanks for reading. Love + light (and lots of bounce) to you. Cx Read more

LEARN WHY YOU NEED TAPPING TO CLEAR STRESS, ANXIETY + LIMITING BELIEFS

LEARN WHY YOU NEED TAPPING TO CLEAR STRESS, ANXIETY + LIMITING BELIEFS

Posted April 30, 2013

Have you heard of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique? If you haven’t, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. You’re about to learn how to dramatically shift stress, anxiety, limiting beliefs and even physical pain! The first time I ever experienced this technique, also known as ‘tapping’ was during a kinesiology session. It’s a technique, based on tapping at meridian points around the body to help manage and clear emotional and physically issues within the mind and body. We are talking physical pain, stress, phobias, anxiety and more. Just a note, this tapping technique/EFT has helped me clear, on an emotional level AND a physical level the pain I’ve had on and off in my lower back. It’s quite bizarre to realise how deep this ‘injury’ has gone, and that the physical is the FINAL manifestation of my own limiting beliefs. It’s also important to understand the physical or outward symptoms (illness, pain, weight issues, addictions etc) are the side-effects or ‘last straw’ of the more internal crap we are holding onto. The Tapping Solution has a fantastic diagram of a tree that shows demonstrates the layers of our crap. The symptoms are seen as the leaves on the tree – the final, outward ‘show’ of the bottom three layers. The next layer is our internal EMOTIONS such as guilt, depression, sadness, fear, anxiety and so are the branches on the tree – these are the emotions that come up. The layer that follows relates to the EVENTS (often past) in our lives that cause the emotions and therefore the symptoms can be seen as the trunk of the tree. The final layer, or the tree root system which buries itself deep down represents our LIMITING BELIEFS “I can’t do that, I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy” It’s a pretty incredible technique and one that I’m so thrilled to have discovered and I’m even more excited to share this technique with you in the video below. I explain WHY I am including this technique into my morning routine and I also talk you through how to actually do it – yep, it’s that easy! Now, to go a little deeper into EFT EFT is actually quite scientific. In a nutshell this is what it does: Tapping halts the stress response in the nervous system (sympathetic mode aka fight or flight mode) Tapping retrains the LIMBIC response within the brain. So, what’s the LIMBIC response? Basically, Nick Ortner in his book, The Tapping Solution explains that when we think of something that is upsetting, causes us pain etc it sets off the amygdala. However, when we TAP whilst thinking these thoughts it sends a message to the amygdala to deactivate. The amygdala is the body’s ‘smoke detector’ – it senses trouble and signals the brain to mobilise the sympathetic response. Often, the amygdala will respond in the same way to other events or situation that are similar to that FIRST instance that created that reaction. Moving on…with tapping repetition the hippocampus eventually gets the message that we previously filed in our minds as dangerous, threatening or a problem becomes the opposite – it no longer is an issue. AWESOME. You are literally retraining your brain. What we are essentially doing with tapping is to change the LIMITING pathways within our brain so that we no longer have to battle with the LONG TERM side effects of stress (physical and emotional) on our health. East meets West Tapping is grounded in Acupuncture – which we all know has been around for thousands of years and is based in meridians and acu-points – energy lines and areas within our energetic/subtle bodies. This is stuff we can’t see, but we can feel it, we can sense it – we KNOW there is more than just flesh and bone. The beauty is our energetic, physical, emotional, spiritual and mental bodies are interlinked and totally integrated. They work together. In yogic philosophy these different bodies are called Koshas or Sheaths which are connected by energy channels and chakras. Acupuncture, acupressure, kinesiology and now tapping is shown to increase the body’s endorphin levels. Can you benefit from this? Feeling stressed, unhappy and flat? Have pain somewhere in your body, need to release a phobia or fear, feeling limited, held back, overwhelmed, unable to cope with pressure, always feeling flat? The list goes on! If anything here resonates with you, then tapping is something you can benefit from! I would highly recommend reading Nick Ortner’s book The Tapping Solution. It’s taught me alot about this technique and given me the drive to embrace it within my life. I am keen to hear from those of you already practicing it – what have you experienced or shifted with EFT? And if you haven’t yet tried tapping please share your thoughts on this below. I’m sure some of you might think it’s a little woo-woo – and I don’t blame you, it is a little random. So, share below in the comments section. I can’t wait to hear what you think. love + light, Claire P.s you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin! Read more

WHY I’M LOVING THESE WELLNESS MUMS…A HOMAGE TO HEALTHY, HAPPY MOTHERS!

WHY I’M LOVING THESE WELLNESS MUMS…A HOMAGE TO HEALTHY, HAPPY MOTHERS!

Posted April 26, 2013

I have a confession to make… (Deep breath…) I’m a little terrified about becoming a mother one day. Now, I am incredibly maternal by nature. I LOVE children and I know I want to (fingers crossed) have children. BUT, I’m still processing the ‘idea’ of such a life-change. To the point that sometimes it totally and utterly freaks me out. Such selfish thoughts sometimes enter my mind – they are mostly centered around losing my independence. How will I live the life that I am so madly in love with? How will I maintain my balance, that I’ve come to learn is my life-line? Those that know me well know that this is how I’ve always been and I’ve spent the last 6-8 years of my personal wellness journey going through quite a bit to figure out what that independence looks like and how to strike a balance with it. I know that the joy children bring outweighs so many of those concerns. I witness it within so many mother’s. Including my own mother and sisters. Which is why, a few weeks out from Mother’s Day, I needed some inspiration. I’ve reached out to some amazing Wellness Mammas that make me feel like anything is possible… that the real happiness and growth is yet to come. But also that my passion for health and wellness is something I can share with and teach to my family. These women loved the chance to express their feelings around motherhood. But it was also such a cathartic experience for me – reading their words has got me excited for the day I transform into a mother – when I am part of guiding, supporting and nurturing life in the way that my mother did for me, and how these women do for their children… every SINGLE day! Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see a few posts from some gorgeous women. Mother’s who prove that living a balanced, healthy and happy life is possible with children. I invite you to pour over their words. Soak them up and really feel what this journey of motherhood means to them. And, if like me, you aren’t a mother yet – take note ladies – these golden words are like the ‘how-to’ for healthy mums. And I want to hear from you! What I would REALLY love is to hear from you lovely readers – can you give us an insight into what motherhood means to you in the comments below? Celebrate the experience and this incredibly journey you are on. I hope you enjoy Cx __________________________________________________________________________________________ To kick it off here is Kerrie Otto De Grancy. I mentioned Kerrie and her work recently in a 5 on Friday segment. This women is the kind of inspiring that leaves you mouth agape and a little shell-shocked. I thought I fit alot into my day, this woman squeezes the life out of every moment and she still manages to rock it as a mother. Here she is with her two little ones. What does mother hood mean to you? Motherhood means surrendering to the moment, being humble enough to know I am going to be constantly learning. That I will be forever more attuned to my behaviour and belief system. That living in the moment is all we have. It means being selfless and selfish, it is practicing my truth, to know that one day my children will be consciously aware of life and all its dimensions and have questions that I will need to answer. If I am true to myself, trust myself and stand by my belief system I can guide them with love and pride. Motherhood means sacrifice, resilience, patience and acceptance. It means experiencing the extremes of every emotion conceivable and having the strength to pull through adversity stronger, happier and with more gratitude. Motherhood takes life to a whole new level of being. How do you manage to stay healthy with a busy life/family as a mother? I stay healthy by applying what is important to me holistically. I make time to do all the things that result in my happiness and feeling balanced as a person; daily exercise, reading, meditation, quality time with my children, time with friends and loved ones. Keeping a well organised home, doing work I love, continually learning. We eat a heavily raw organic diet, avoid sugar and processed foods when possible. The key is time management, forward planning and keeping on top of things so I am able to create time for the things that drive and fulfill me. In what ways do you try to invite health and wellness into your children’s life…and why is that important to you? The answer in short is ‘leading by example’. My children see me happy, healthy, and energetic, following my dreams and passions, they see me challenged and how I deal with it. They see me training, meditating, feeling happy and sad. They see what I eat absorb what I say, watch what I do.  Ultimately they choose but I know I have given them the foundation and exposure to the choice of a healthy balanced life. What are the biggest lessons you have learnt as a mother? As a mother I have learnt so much and will forever continue to, but here are a few things I’ve learnt. You control your own thoughts and feelings. That you will always love your child no matter what. To expand my love for humanity,. My tolerance and humility for all has deepened. Sacrifice. The balance of knowing when to be selfless and selfish. Patience and slowing down…life is a marathon not a race and ‘the days are long but the years are short’. The depths of my strength and endurance in times of trauma. This began the second I became a mother as my daughter entered the world at 24 weeks gestation weighing just 500 grams. To become a better communicator, listener and mentor. To be a nurse, counselor, […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SARAH TOLMIE

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH SARAH TOLMIE

Posted April 24, 2013

As many of you know I recently married the love of my life. One thing that was incredibly important for Christopher and I, when planning our wedding day, was that the ceremony be sacred. We didn’t want it to be boring, or create a disconnect for our guests. Nor did we want it to be too quick and over in a flash. In our opinion, marriage is incredibly special and this needed to be honoured. Being very spiritual, I also knew I needed a real sense of ‘heart and soul’ as we celebrate the one thing that really matters. Love. In saying all of that, the next step was to find a celebrant who understood us, our dreams and what we wanted to achieve. Cue Sarah Tolmie. Put it this way, people are still commenting to me how amazing Sarah was as our celebrant. They felt she truly embodied our relationship, highlighted our love and involved every single person there. I knew Sarah was our celebrant from the first phone call. I can’t quite describe it but there was something in her voice that told me so. I invite you to explore Sarah and all that inspires here in today’s Inspiration Corner. I’m not trying to ‘sell’ Sarah as a celebrant to you – but my god, if you did you wouldn’t regret it – we paid for her services fair and square. But she literally MADE our ceremony. She took it from lovely to magical, from nice to superb, from a ceremony into a transformative experience. Please, take the time to read and absorb her words and insights. You won’t regret it. This won’t be the last time you hear from Sarah through this blog – she’s got a few other special tricks up her sleeve that I want to share with you! Enjoy. Claire x   Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Ten years ago…after many years in corporatelandia, (which served me well on my path to my path), my journey was fortunately detoured by two beautiful boy babies and various ‘health and business crises’ (that were really blessings in disguise) and I began my adventures seeking truth and love and joy and beauty. I wanted to do something love & life affirming with my skills and gifts (creating with words, teaching, being with people in the really profound moments of their lives, finding joy and connection, giving and healing through love).  And so firstly, I became a celebrant.  With celebrancy I found myself, my path, my bliss. As a celebrant, I creatively guide and help people express their love, relationships, family milestones (births, marriages & even deaths) through authentic, real, joyful, playful, creative, beautiful ceremonies.  Through that work I also discovered my desire, gifts and purpose to help people navigate through their many life & love transitions as a coach and therapist. The journey through Life & Love is a constant series of changes and transitions.  Just as we celebrate many of these events with ceremony, these can also be challenging and confusing times, and so my life and love coaching work is about coaching people to gracefully and successfully navigate through the full spectrum of their life & love events – birth, puberty, education, career, dating, parenthood, love, marriage, divorce, body and health changes, midlife and even death. What INSPIRES you? WOW…pretty much everything. The diversity of life & love and how people live and express themselves. People are fascinating and beautiful and amazing, aren’t they?!. My mum is amazing and a role model for me. How loved and adored and respected I feel by my husband Andrew inspires me. The love (& utter amazement) I feel for my children makes me feel so alive (and sometimes, I’ll admit it, possessed by real panic and fear at all the uncertainty of this parenting gig). My gal pals…the amazing diversity of super-women in my life…all of them are GODDESSES!!! and they make me laugh and feel worthy. The fields of study that is wellness, spirituality, mind/body health, human potential and evolution, relationships, death & dying, healing, love & beauty & happiness & joy, inspires and consumes me. And as best I can, I avoid the mainstream media now.  I find it unnecessary, unevolved, deductive fear driven nonsense that offers no real perspective on how much amazing science, art, creativity, beauty, innovation and general amazing goodness there is out there in the real world which is what I think we should focus on. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I try to read spiritual literature daily…and I pray and give thanks. I daydream and imagine …a lot!  I go out into nature daily (I live near the bush and beach and it is my SOLACE and SANITY and BLISS). I meditate many times throughout the day.  I talk to the Divine.  I have spiritual and business mentors that I observe and try to model how they integrate their practice and business authentically. I participate in a monthly women’s circle; regularly undertake online study and trainings: actively tune in with consciousness raising groups; and (I hope) I always allow myself to be open to receiving guidance. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Over the last 8 years as a celebrant and 3 years as a coach, the lines are now fully blurred and there is no separation for me. I am me, forever evolving into more of me.  I will draw on the healer me if I am in session with a client, or the creative/expressive me when designing a ceremony for a couple, or the mum me when trying to figure out the mystery that is my teenage son, but really, there is no clear boundary between my work and life.  I am just trying to practice ‘presence’ and ‘be me’ in all of those roles, and when I try to be something that I think people want, that is when I […] Read more

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

5 ON FRIDAY – WHAT I’M LOVING THIS WEEK

Posted April 19, 2013

It’s back! The 5 on Friday Video Blog is here… I had so much fun filming this week. Mostly because it felt natural, intuitive and like I was talking to an old friend. It felt like I dropped into my heart…. Recently I was chatting to a very gorgeous friend of mine (you probably know her – fellow Health Coach, Melissa Ambrosini) about the difference between planning/preparing for a talk or interview or VLOG versus knowing what you want to say and then just dropping into your heart to come from the most authentic and natural place you can. We both agreed that the latter, although can seem scarier, is the most rewarding and satisfying experience. Well that’s what happened with this VLOG. I knew the 5 things I wanted to share with you, and well… that’s it. Nothing drafted, nothing formulated. I hope you enjoy hearing about the 5 things I’m digging this week. Here’s a little summary: For the first time I mention a new offering I’m creating based around yoga + wellness. I also share my latest read which is helping me find my strengths. There is a little reminder in there about my Renew Yourself eCourse which has been hugely popular over the last couple of months. For those of you that emailed me – I share my favourite mineral make-up brand. And last, but certainly not least I share some news around my upcoming eBook that’s in the works Exciting times! I would love to hear your thoughts and of course don’t forget to share with us what YOU are loving this week! Love + light to you, Cx Read more

3 STEPS TO FINDING + OPENING TO GRACE

3 STEPS TO FINDING + OPENING TO GRACE

Posted April 16, 2013

Many of you might have noticed that each week on Thursday I publish a ‘thought’ onto facebook. These thoughts just happen to be random musings that are in my heart and mind that week. Sometimes they are triggered by conversations, they jump into my head or something happens that almost ‘forces’ me to think in that way. Today I’m building on last week’s Thursday Thought because it seems to be a recurring theme for me. Recently the beautiful Kendall Goddard (a yoga teacher at Yoga Village) discussed the concept of Opening to Grace. Which directly resonates with where I am at and where many of my clients have found themselves. Opening to Grace. Letting go. Surrender. Accepting. Embracing. Allowing. Whatever will be, will be. Why do we want to Open to Grace? Because that’s where the juiciness of life is! Sometimes when I throw the towel in that’s when I discover a bubbling cauldron of golden ideas, heart-felt connections and a RICH, overflowing life. You are open to your divine nature and you get to abide in it! For me, Opening to Grace is first about understanding how we are always TRYING. In our culture the act of perseverance is almost revered. If you are hard worker, a ‘trooper’ who never gives up then you are heralded almost as a better human being than the rest. Now, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with discipline. By all means, it’s the building blocks of my DNA. I don’t know how to not be disciplined. Truly, people ask me how I am so focused but I don’t know the answer. I just am.  However, What I am not  is fluid, relaxed, spontaneous. I am better at it these days, after almost a decade of self-love, self-exploration and self-transformation. It will always remain my main personal challenge though. So, we have perseverance, dedication and discipline as hero traits in our modern day personalities. What I was exploring last week in my Thursday Thought (head over to my facebook page HERE for my weekly thought and more!) is the need for and beauty in stepping back to create space for the good stuff to happen. Let me flesh it out a little more for you… Think about a time when your mind (and fingers) are in too many pots. You are doing too many things and trying within all of them to achieve something. What happens? They fall apart. You make mistakes. You miss something. You have to start again. Or… When you are looking for something – searching and hunting only to get more and more blinded by your desire for what you are seeking out. What happens? You seems to get further and further away from finding it! Or… You are trying to come up with an idea. You aren’t being soft with the process because you feel you NEED an amazing idea. You WANT it so bad that you are trying too hard. What happens? There isn’t a creative spark in you – you are bone dry for ideas and you are left empty handed and heavy-hearted. We literally block ourselves in our attempts. We force, we push, we try to hard but we are doing all of this in such a jarring, jagged-edge way. Does this ring a bell. Sound familiar? It doesn’t sound as if we are open to anything, let alone Grace, in these moments. Oh lordy, it does not! But how can we reach that grace? How can we be OPEN to whatever it is, however it is. How can we allow that FLOW to happen. Have you ever spoken to a singer, an artist, an athlete, a yogi and heard them describe their ‘flow’. It’s like divine intervention. Something is running through them – something is FEEDING them without much effort. And by effort I mean brow-furrowing, jaw-clenching intensity. Hard work – yes. Focus – yes. But not hardness. Or jagged edges. Water in a river is working hard, but it flows. The solution to finding and opening to grace is much simpler than it sounds. However, it’s not something we’ve been trained to do. So you’ll need to do some inner coaxing to get there and to create a new habit. ________________________________________________________________________________ 3 STEPS TO FINDING AND OPENING TO GRACE 1. In the moments where you feel stuck. Where you feel as if you are hitting your head onto a brick wall and moving no where fast, this is the moment of EMBRACE. A big BEAR hug around the idea of Letting Go of the need to do, to solve, to process, to tackle, to focus, to fix. Just let yourself be OK with the idea first before you do anything else. You can sit with that and just feel what comes up for you. Don’t change a thing, just watch and adjust 2. Take a DEEP breath. Now, step back and give it some space. Instead of seeing your ‘step back’ as procrastination or lack of motivation and dedication see it (as my celebrant recently said) as an incubation period. Whatever it is that your focus is on knows what to do. It’s probably been in motion alot longer than you have been conscious of it. So let it grow and incubate and evolve without you pestering at it. 3. You can’t step back properly unless you step into something else. Go do something different. Walk. Hit the yoga mat. Pump up the music loudly and dance like it’s nobody’s business, side-line the project for a day/week. Whatever you need to do, DO it. Or do something else, even if it aren’t sure it’s the right thing to do. Anything else is better than being stuck where you are. The Result? Randomly right when your head is somewhere else you get a bright-spark of an idea, the task flows naturally or you find what you’ve been looking for. We all want a little flow, more grace, ease. I’m in the process of writing my very […] Read more

THE 6 BIGGEST MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN GETTING HEALTHY!

THE 6 BIGGEST MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN GETTING HEALTHY!

Posted April 15, 2013

As a health coach I prefer to focus on what you CAN do to make real, lasting and positive change. My goal is support each and everyone of you (as a client or even just a blog follower!) to feel inspired to find your own brand of wellness. BUT, sometimes we’ve got to look at the no-nos too.. what NOT to do is often important in understanding how to move forward. Are you considering changing your lifestyle and diet… wanting to eat better to feel better (good on you!)? Keep these top tips in mind as you chip away at what seems to be a BIG task (it’s not though, it just takes dedication) and you’ll fly forward, quick smart. THE BIGGEST MISTAKES TO AVOID & some ‘how-to’s to help you out! 1) Being too spontaneous I can’t tell you how many times a client sits in from of me and says they WANT to feel better, they want to EAT better but they don’t want structure. They want to be free and spontaneous and do what they FEEL like. Let me just get super real here for a moment. Isn’t doing what you FEEL like what got you to this point (unhealthy, flat, overweight, lackluster, unhappy) in the first place? Sometimes we just have to suck it up and follow a plan. Get organised, set-up a plan and create NEW habits. Overtime your life won’t be so ‘structured’ (why is this a scary word?!) and you’ll be more comfortable with living and being healthy. For now, structure, organising and planning should be your new favourite words How to: Have an idea of what you want to eat and when Stock up once a week – pre working week (Sunday is a great day for this) Pre-cook up items to make it easier for you (e.g. boil up some eggs, make up some quinoa or brown rice and individually bag, have your healthy raw treats pre-made for that 3pm snack you know you’ll need) 2) Making alot of dramatic changes in one go If you are anything like me you’ll want it ALL and you’ll want it now. The hot body, great skin, boundless energy, shining eyes. Fair enough. The reality is, you are going to be UNDOING years of set-in-stone habits. How to: Go easy. Choose one thing at a time, drop the change into your lifestyle – e.g switching from coffee to herbal tea or increasing dark leafy greens into your diet or increasing your exercise Let it find it’s way into your everyday and settle into your life. Tweak it. Then move onto the next major change. This is what I do with my clients. This is what I did with myself! 3) Chopping + Changing We chop and change so much. Hands up if you throw in the towel if you don’t see results ASAP? Yep, most of us switch to a new idea or task faster than we can think it up. Let me tell you this, change is messy, growth isn’t easy. Sometimes it takes longer than we’d like so don’t be in such a rush! How to: Slooooww it down Give yourself at easy 3 – 4 weeks with a dietary or lifestyle change before you throw in the towel or switch it up. It needs the space and time to show it’s true colours of change. The more you switch it up the less likely you’ll move forward. 4) Ignoring your body’s messages That being said, the worst thing you can do is to NOT listen to your body. It knows what it needs, it knows how to do it’s thing. I won’t lie – I didn’t always know how to listen in. I was very disconnected from my body. Over time (through yoga, breathing, meditation and eating better) I learnt how to hear properly. It’s a game-changer. So listen up. How to: Let your communicate to – don’t just move through each day deaf and dumb. Take the time to check in, scan through your body, notice how it responds to the dietary and lifestyle changes you are making. Respond, if something doesn’t feel right then do something about it. ACT. 5) Being too rigid The stress involved in trying to making changes can often be just as detrimental as NOT making the changes. What I mean is – if you are too rigid, too intense and you swing too far to the other side from where you were this can cause an increase in the stress hormone – cortisol – which prevents weight loss. Yes, you are avoiding too much spontaneity and you are listening to your body, but sometimes you’ll need to soften and  re-balance. How to: Give yourself days off from thinking and doing – have time away from exercise, from thinking about food and from sticking to your rules. Don’t go off the rails and undo all your work, just be soft with it … be light with it. Remember, it’s all about balance. Avoiding beating yourself up if you think you’ve slipped up or made a mistake – focus on all your hard work and efforts and laugh it off! 6) Isolating yourself + avoiding fun Sometimes people think that to change their diet and lifestyle that you need to bury yourself at home and avoid all social situations. Wrong. In fact, you still need (even more so) social interaction and human connection. You just need to tweak it! How to: Tell your friends/family what you are doing – announce it to the world Invite your friends/family to interact with you in a different way. Maybe you can’t go out for pizza and boozy night but instead try something different –  Sunday walk + talk with your bestie. Attend different health and wellness events. Catch-up in ways that is mutually beneficial and enjoyable. So there you have 6 of the top mistakes to avoid. Honestly though, we learn from our mistakes and I’m simply sharing with […] Read more


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