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GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

Posted June 10, 2013

From structure comes spontaneity. Organization creates time. Routine and intentions go hand in hand. First, let me ask you a few questions: Do you always feel as if there is never any time in your week to do the things you say you’ll do? Are you always trying to squeeze in last minute plans and then feel that you had to BUMP something else to make it happen? Do you regularly SKIP the things (exercise/yoga/meditation)  that you know you want and need for a healthier lifestyle? Do you constantly feel that you are out of balance and don’t have any real direction? If you answered at least ONE of those with a resounding YES then this where structure, routine and organization can help you. Here in Australia many of you would be enjoying the June long weekend. How good is it – 4 days to switch off. What might be a great idea is to spend a little time getting organised for the week ahead. I promise you, it’ll make you feel more focused and calm. When we have a routine we can achieve the things we want to, stick to our intentions AND from there, that organisation allows us to see the space we have within our day and week. That space is important to ensure we are ready to respond to spontaneous situations and experiences. In the video below I talk through the EASIEST and most SIMPLE tool I know to experiencing more balance in your life, doing the things you intend to do and inviting more time and space into your week. Yep, and it all comes down to getting organised! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH So what did you think? Are you loosely moving through your week wondering WHY you don’t stick to that PT session or WHY you always feel frazzled and never have time for a social life, to read that book that’s collecting dust, to work on a personal project or to simply just tidy your home? If it’s not scheduled it’s not real! Amen to that. Marie Forleo drilled this message in during my recent RHH bSschool studies and I love it! It’s something I have always lived by. If it’s not in my diary or planner, it’s not real – therefore, it’s not going to happen! When I first started practicing yoga and I wanted to upgrade from 1 to 4 classes per week getting organised and scheduling it in was the only way it was going to happen. This may seem too easy to work, but I can’t tell you how many of my beautiful, amazing clients that have achieved so many of their goals purely by getting organised. No-brainer! What do you have to lose? Share below: How do YOU structure and organise your life? How do you create balance through routine? Or are you struggling to find some stability and balance? I can’t wait to hear from you. love + light, Cx Read more

IT’S FINALLY HERE: MY EBOOK ON SURRENDER

IT’S FINALLY HERE: MY EBOOK ON SURRENDER

Posted June 07, 2013

I can’t believe I did it. I wrote my first eBook and here it is, ready for you! When I think back to my childhood I always loved to read. It taught me how to imagine, how to be free, how to explore words and their power. It taught me so much. My passion for reading birthed a secret desire to write a book, one day. It was a secret dream that I filed away into the ‘someday when I’m old and grey’ pile. I guess I never really believed that it would be possible. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, little dreamers like me can take their wishes and make them a reality… all on their own. Let me introduce you to My NEW eBook: Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet This little gem has been bubbling away in my mind since last August! It evolved a few times until I finally settled on what you now see. Surrender is an incredibly personal journey to me, and I know so many of you are going to resonate with it too. This eBook is for each and every soul out there who has ever desired a more balanced, healthy and happy life. If you’ve felt stuck, limited or lost, unable to find yourself or blossom into the person you know you deserve to be. This is for you! Here’s a little excerpt from the book. Does that sound like something you need? If you are nodding your head YES, I hear you! If you want to head straight to the ebook page click HERE. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The wisdom and kindness that radiates from Claire’s blog has been a constant source of support for me on my own personal wellness journey – and now, Claire has taken things a step further with her lovingly crafted, and equally insightful, eBook. Get out of your way is for anyone who is sick of forcing their way through work, relationships and health, and knows there has to be a gentler – and ultimately – a more successful way of navigating life’s turns with grace and ease. Beautifully personal, action-focused and totally grounded in the reality of modern life, Claire’s book is full of practical tips and tools to create – and enjoy – the incredible life that’s waiting to unfold for you. Kacey Crawford | Multi-passionate career + life coach | www.kaceycrawford.com.au ________________________________________________________________________________________ If you are ready to surrender, then this eBook is for you. It’s a set of tools to help you explore the beauty and joy of letting go and opening up to your life. But this is more than just a book. It’s so much more. It’s a lifestyle review, a deeply personal check-in with yourself and a chance to really own your life in the way you’ve always dreamed. What do you get? The introductory price is $17.50 and for that you receive: My 80 page ebook including 17 suggestions on how to live your best life yet. Suggested tasks, questions and activities to move deeper into the journey You also receive 5 DOWNLOADABLE BONUSES: (yours to keep!) The Wellness Project ‘Foodie Shopping List’ A ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ check-list A ‘New Day Diary’  – including gratitude, affirmation and priorities section A 20 minute at-home Surrender Yoga Sequence A 10 minute guided Mindful Meditation track Click HERE to find out more or just click the button below to buy. I’m so excited I can’t stop smiling! Thrilled to hear your thoughts and have you on this journey of surrender with me. love + light, Claire Read more

3 STEPS TO REFRAM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FOR THE POSITIVE

3 STEPS TO REFRAM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FOR THE POSITIVE

Posted June 04, 2013

Like you, I too have thoughts that don’t serve me in any positive way. Alot of these thoughts are usually centered around the things I am NOT doing. We have a default setting – mentally and emotionally – that immediately reverts to reacting and responding to what we have not done, didn’t do well enough, could be doing more of. Do you get my drift? Let me give you a few examples. I should exercise more I must eat differently I have to save more $$ I need to see my friends more I must be more attentive to my children I should work harder I have to do better, look better, act better! I should have a better job What this all boils down to is what you think you SHOULD do. Recently I read about the idea of ‘should’ in Nick Ortner’s book, The Tapping Solution. The word SHOULD  is a thought so engrained in our staple vocabulary that we don’t even realise it’s actually heavy with self-deprecating, put-down, negative emotions. Reading his words I felt thrilled to see, in print, a theory I work with on a daily basis for both myself and my clients. We feel guilt, shame and regret around most of the emotions that relate to what we THINK we SHOULD be doing/saying/acting/being. My nieces and nephews learnt from a very young age how to identify ‘put-down’ words. Often we’d be playing and in the spirit of silliness I would say something like “Oh, I can’t do that. I wish I could, but I can’t. It was always such a confronting experience to hear my 3 year old niece say “Auntie Claire, those are put down words, don’t say that to yourself”. But we do it. All the time. We always put ourselves down, wrap ourselves cosily in put-down words and getting up close and personal with the idea we are not enough or we don’t do enough. It’s overwhelming. It’s stress-inducing and It’s limiting. Here’s an idea on how to reframe that perspective.You have the power. You have the choice. Step 1: Look to those feelings that you have and truly identify what you care about and what matters – where did those thoughts/feelings come from? As an example – you might think, wow I SHOULD exercise more. If that is because you KNOW you need more exercise or it has been a personal goal then roll with that. I’m not dissing motivation, whatever form! However, if you sit with that, the feelings that came up within you and realise that what actually came up was a feeling of insecurity – comparing yourself, putting yourself down, getting caught up in what you aren’t instead of what you are – then perhaps this isn’t a true heart’s desire, or something of great importance. What I mean is this – yes, exercise is important but it (and everything else) has to come about because you feel to do it. Not because someone else’s lifestyle has left you feeling disappointed with yourself and therefore not good enough. The problem is we tend to go down the ‘should’ path mentally, inviting all these negative feelings and energy in and yet we still don’t respond by actually DOING what we are SHOULDING about. Get me? Therefore your energy shouldn’t be going into creating stress around something you aren’t going to do, or don’t truly desire. But, here’s the rub – maybe what came up help you to realise that actually you DO want to do more of that stuff. Well, here’s when we have to reframe in order to turn that should into a do… Step 2: For the things that you do really desire reframe your mind set into positive, affirmative language. I CHOOSE to exercise more. I CHOOSE to eat differently. I CHOOSE to be more attentive. You switch your perspective from putting yourself down and judging what you don’t do into allowing yourself to OWN what you want. It’s in your hands. You empower yourself through those words. Now, for the items that you don’t feel you need to change (maybe as you explored your feelings you realised that you are CONTENT with what you do already and that’s perfect, as it is) In those moments when you catch yourself thinking a ‘SHOULD’ thought take a moment and reframe it: E.g… I exercise enough I eat well I am attentive I am enough Then look at how those statements FEEL for you. Where do they sit, physically, in your body. Do you believe them? The funny thing about our own ’emotions’ is that they are often masked by our ego. So even when we’ve convinced ourselves that we are happier with our live how it is, sometimes when you try and bring them to life you realise you don’t actually really believe the. So if you don’t believe them go deeper and ask WHY? Why don’t you believe them? What comes up for you – memory/past negative experiences/comparing yourself? Step 3: Tap on it! If the ‘should’ that you are working on is so engrained and you find that as you do deeper it’s so difficult to find your truth on the subject (what do you really want, believe and FEEL?) then click on the below to learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and tap your way through the block until you clear it. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH. You could start with an opening statement (this will make sense when you watch the video) like this: ‘Even though I’m so hard on myself and I think I should do X… I deeply and completely accept myself Even though I want to do X but I never do… I deeply and completely accept myself Even though I’m so caught up in what other people do…I deeply and completely accept myself” Remember this. Choosing is EMPOWERING. You own your feelings. They are created from a conscious place. A place of deep wisdom and truth. It’s this knowing coupled […] Read more

SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE LEIGH CAMPBELL

SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE LEIGH CAMPBELL

Posted May 30, 2013

Coaching success stories We all want success in our lives. In someway, shape or form. sometimes it’s small but might – living in a healthy body with a clear mind. Other times it’s big, bold and risky. either way, success is personal and it is ever-changing. At different points in your life, success will be measured up against a very different set of criteria. Today’s success story is Leigh Campbell. My very first client. EVER. Leigh and I have known each other for years – she is the Beauty Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and my past life in PR brought us together. We always shared a special bond. It became deeper when she had enough faith in me to embark on my 6 month coaching program As Leigh was my first foray into putting the theory I’d learnt into practice, at each session and each turn I was astounded to see how powerful and profoundly life changing coaching is. I knew it, in my heart, but watching Leigh evolve was so incredible. I also got to truly discover what makes her heart sing – her family, her friends, her workouts! She is one of the most stunning women I’ve met, then you discover the real Leigh and her beauty soars into orbit. Leigh says: I can’t recall what I thought the course would be before I did it, I guess I thought it would be mainly diet focused. But can honesty state that it was so much more than I presumed. Her initial goals were to rely less on caffeine and slow down a bit in general. However, her journey was so much more than just caffeine and pace. I can honestly divide my life into two parts now. Before my course and after. Leigh When I asked Leigh what came up for during the course she highlighted that the realisation that everything in her life was linked therefore everything affected by the other. As we organically explored every aspect of her life, we flowed from topic to topic and it became apparent that underlying habits or issues had laid roots everywhere. We explored diet and exercise, relationships, finance, lifestyle, work, family, spirituality, time management, goals. Leigh experienced some big changes during our program. The fortnightly meeting with Claire made me accountable for every decision in my life. I would think “I am going to tell Claire about this when we next meet, so why am I doing it?” in terms of reaching for junk food, skipping a training session, indulging in negative internal dialog. So even now, I still ask myself the question ‘why?’. Why do I want that burger? And after I sit with the answer for a while I make the choice. I can still have the burger, it’s just that now I know why. Am I upset about something? Is it a reward? Or is it just a delicious burger? If you know why you make the choices you do, you’re going to make the right ones.  For me, as Leigh’s coach I find real joy in the knowledge that her transformation and journey still continues to this day. Leigh has taken the practice of journalling and gratitude into her daily routine – even if she is getting at at 4:45am for training. I remember her scoffing at that suggestion and telling me not to bank on that one happening. We aimed to move her mindset from the negative into starting her day with a clear, brighter more positive tone. It brings me so much happiness to know that this has become an integral part of her day. Now I acknowledge the good instead of taking it for granted, and from that I swear more goodness comes. Together we did some work on Ayurveda (check out my recent guest post by Ayurvedic Expert, Monica Bloom). To this day, Leigh lives her life as a Vata in balance as her personal prakruti/dosha resinated so strongly with her. And yes, she dramatically reduced her coffee habit and eats according to her needs and body type. Leigh is about to head off to Europe for three months. I’m so excited for her – she works incredibly hard and the life of a Beauty Editor (although looks glamorous) is time-sapping. I know, I used to be the one that would sap their time!  After a decade of work, I’m tired. I’m looking forward to throwing a regimented schedule, obligations and my and alarm clock out the proverbial window and switching off for a while. Every time I see Leigh I feel so honoured that she game me a chance to help her live in the way SHE deserves. I also feel incredibly proud of the effort and focus she now puts into herself. She shares her knowledge with her friends and has become the ‘health guru’ in her world. This part makes me the happiest – the message of health and wellness spreading out like a web. You can stay connected to Leigh via instgram and Cosmo Online. I hope you enjoyed this insight into Leigh and her personal success on her wellness journey. love + light, Claire Read more

WANT TO KNOW WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE?

WANT TO KNOW WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE?

Posted May 15, 2013

I’m always so proud of the success my clients achieve. I feel like a proud mamma. These incredible people come to me ready, willing and able. Meaning, they are open to change and ready for a better life. Often they come wanting to tackle their diet and physical health – and we definitely do that – but we also end up tackling SO MUCH more. No stone is left unturned. It’s from this ‘SO MUCH MORE’ space that I want to share with you. A little light-bulb went off in my head when I was thinking through some of the amazing achievements my gorgeous clients have experienced. Of course! I am always so inspired by other people’s success, even if they are small baby steps. Which means my readers would love to discover their success too. Moving forward, growth, change – it can be messy and challenging, but I witness the rewards ever single time a client decides to get messy. So, it’s time to show you the many forms of success, how much MORE there is to devour in life… and hopefully this will inspire you to grab your life with both hands and OWN IT! With great pride I’d like to introduce you to Brooke Rudzis. What I LOVE about being a health coach are the surprises. I know, just like I know that my name is Claire, that Health + Wellness is only partially about food. I KNOW that real happiness and health comes from passion, purpose, balance, love… and of course good food and movement. Brooke is the perfect example of that which I know. Brooke signed up for my Three Thrilling Months coaching package. She came to me initially looking for guidance on getting more energy. She was tired and lethargic. Brooke was after a healthy eating regime that would give her “that extra up and go each day”. What did she discover. In her words: Trying new things isn’t always difficult!! Taking the first step is the hardest – then it just becomes part of life.  From simple things such as doubting I would have time in the morning to cook eggs for breakfast right through to discovering I wanted to find an outlet to express my creativity. Once I took the initial step and trialed it, it is now just part of the routine.  It is amazing how much you can do when you love it. I will never isolate health and wellness again.  It is so easy to separate eating and exercise from mental wellbeing, relationships and your spiritual side but they are all one and the same and inextricably linked. Balance in one sector will lead to balance in others. Brooke experienced some ‘expected’ changes. She now understands her food and how she views ‘indulgence’. She sticks to foods she enjoys and that make her feel good and avoids the rest. Perfect! Some unexpected changes for Brooke came in the form of identifying ‘Brooke-time’. The opportunity to invest time in doing things that fulfil her own goals and desires. And you know what I find so awesome about Brooke’s journey, is that it continued (as they usually do) after we finished working together. We spoke ALOT about her creative side that needed nurturing and her love of interior design. As a result Brooke enrolled in a Diploma of Interior Design and she is now learning how to get skilled on her love of decorating and design. Her blog, Chooks Pen, is also an example of her ongoing transformation. Here she shares her passion for interior decorating. Wait, it gets better. Brooke set herself a fitness goal and completed Tough Mudder (Check it out HERE) which included 10 weeks of training to complete a 20km obstacle course in mud. That’s one Tough Mudder. Life is going really well.  I am feeling fit and healthy physically. My course and blog are giving me the necessary creative outlet I needed thus making me feel more rounded as a person.  As a result I am happier and doing well in my current job! How’s that for success! In so many different ways Brooke found her wellness. When I asked Brooke to just write from her heart and share her story this is what she said: I am really grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with Claire.  Her support and guidance was invaluable.  She allowed me to explore things she presented and find a way they would work for me and my life. I recognize there will always be times we slip off the rails and need to realign, however I now have the tools to recognise when this happens and make the positive changes required. I’m really excited to see where my new adventures take me and to continue to set new goals to keep my mind and body active and healthy. So much love for Brooke. She was always open to new ideas even if they seemed bizarre to her. She gave it her all and in such a short time made some BIG, lasting changes. What do you think of Brooke’s journey? More energy, clean diet, strong body, finding passion and purpose, trying new things. I think she’s the BUSINESS, but maybe I’m just biased. Stay tuned for more success stories coming your way. love + light to you, Claire x Read more

DO YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PASSION + PURPOSE?

DO YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PASSION + PURPOSE?

Posted May 14, 2013

How passionate are you? Now, I’m not talking the Ricky Martin style ‘passion’… although that is very infectious. I’m thinking more about HOW you live your life. Check out today’s VLOG where I talk about PASSION and I ask YOU to look, objectively at passion and purpose in your life. This VLOG came about very, very quickly after I had three different coaching sessions in one day where passion and purpose came up! I just had to switch the camera on and free-style my way around this topic. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH Ok, so to elaborate further, pull out a pen and answer these questions: WHAT are you passionate about and how does that filter through your world? Where do you source passion from? How do you navigate your life through and from passion? What would being passionate mean to you? What came up for you? A few years back I was perpetually ENVIOUS of other people I met that OOZED passion.You know the type, right? They smile for no reason at all, they just seem happy and content. Their life os filled with purpose because they are driven by something they are passionate about. It wasn’t that they necessarily DID or HAD something special, it was just that they’d tapped into their true essence and consciously lived each day from there. Sharing it, without even trying, to those around them. I wanted that. I wanted to feel shiny from the inside out. I wanted to radiate love and happiness because I truly felt it. It took me a while to find it. And the irony of it all was that what it looked like (yoga and health coaching) was just the dress that my true essence chose to wear. It was the GARB or the presentation of the real, true me. Deep inside there was this intuitive, spiritual little being that was just BUSTING to share, connect, feel, experience, grow, explore, move, breathe… I came full circle to the person I had always been, but had ignored. The reason I wanted to flag passion with you is because it’s not necessarily about how to turn your passion into a career (I believe that happens naturally!) but about moving deeper into wellness, into YOU, into your true essence from your passion. That desire; the beauty that is passion – it feeds our ‘humanness’ and incites more motivation, drive and clarity around creating and growing and building a more amazing life. If you can feed passion into everything you do, from the mundane to the amazing you’ll find you live and breath with purpose. Speaking of passions one of my true, from-the-heart passions is yoga. It’s not so much that YOGA itself was my calling, but it’s the connection to my breath, to the beauty of using my body and feeling proud of it and to the healing powers that it holds that incites passion within me. I can’t pay homage to where I am today (career and relationship wise) without truly thanking yoga. The exciting news? I’m now ready to offer more of my passion to you! As always, many of my major decisions on this blog I run by you. In the VLOG above I ask for you help in deciding whether to start including some yoga videos on my blog. After you watch the video please share your own insights and thoughts by popping your answers below in the comments. I can’t wait to read your comments. As always, love and light to you! Cx Read more

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #3

WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS #3

Posted May 10, 2013

Welcome to the final installment of the WE LOVE WELLNESS MAMMAS series. Over the last 3 weeks you’ve had the opportunity to learn from the motherhood journey of six incredible women in the wellness world. This exploration into motherhood was born from my own confusion – how to live and be in wellness AND be a mother? In all honesty, each of these women have offered up so much clarity for me. I hope they did the same. GIVEAWAY FOR YOU// Now, before you get immersed in the below, don’t forget that today and tomorrow is your last chance to enter my Wellness Mammas giveaway for Mother’s Day. 3 lucky readers will receive FREE instant access to my eCourse – Renew Yourself. This is an 8 week immersion in wellness. It’s a fantastic introduction to healthy living, a toe-dip into the wide ocean of wellness. It’s for newbies, fresh to the wellness scene, but also for those that have lost their way and need a gentle reminder and a little nudge! Not to mention that Renew Yourself is perfect for mammas who need to reconnect with themselves and find that equilibrium again. 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!) Don’t forget, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. Can you, in some way, express your love and gratitude to your mother in a way that will bring HER joy. Remember, it’s about her and honouring her gift of life to you. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Please meet Katrina Dowling. Katrina is the Marketing Director of Global By Nature who carry my beloved Sunwarrior Protein Powder – you’ve probably heard me mention that brand, oh say, 10000 times! As an Ambassador for Sunwarrior and Synergy Natural I’m honoured that I get to put my name to such amazing products, but also to work with such incredible people. Katrina first gave me an insight into the passion she feels towards motherhood (she has two boys) at a recent photoshoot. I was totally blown away by her love, joy and happiness at being a mother. But also to the way she juggles and balances wellness in that role. Her words are gorgeous, her insights truly special. I know you’ll get a few golden nuggets out of these!  A HUGE thank you to Katrina for opening up and sharing something obviously so precious and special to her. Stay connected to Katrina through Sunwarrior and Facebook What does MOTHERHOOD mean to you Motherhood to me has been the greatest blessing and gift. It is the hardest and most rewarding job on earth, and certainly it’s something that nobody can ever prepare you for. Motherhood can be tiring, it can be relentless and it can be frustrating when you feel pulled in a million different directions, particularly as a working mother. At the same time, motherhood brings me such incredible happiness and perspective. It’s taught me what it truly means to love unconditionally, to sacrifice, to open my heart and to feel real, raw, untamed emotion. Motherhood is an amazingly instinctive thing, and I feel so privileged to be experiencing. From the day that I learned I was pregnant my life changed. As a perfectionist and self confessed control freak, I questioned whether I’d be able to do it. Would I be good enough? Where was my instruction book to follow? But I went with the feeling and told myself that I could…that I’d learn. Being pregnant made me realise how much of a miracle it is to nurture a growing baby inside your body. Becoming a mum has made me realise how miraculous my body, mind and spirit is. As a mum, I see that it’s my role to provide my 2 beautiful boys with the values and framework for creating a happy, well-balanced life. This means providing them with all the love, positive values, encouragement and confidence to grow into the people that they want to become. I see it as my role to provide my boys with a safe home and many opportunities. I want them to have the courage, confidence and conviction to build a life based on good decisions. If in years to come I can see before me 2 grown men who are gentle, intelligent, considerate, confident and happy, I will feel happy and satisfied that I have done my job! I will forever have 2 pieces of my heart that roam freely outside of my body. How do you manage to stay healthy with a busy life/family as a mother I have always prioritised my health and wellness and this has become even more important to me since becoming a mum. Very often people will look at me in shock when I tell them I’m a mum of 2 boys and say “but you don’t look like a mum, you’re too fit!” I find this funny…I think there’s a perception in society that once you become a mum, your body becomes second rate! Sure, I think some women don’t recover well, but I can say that I made it my mission to stay fit leading up to, during and post pregnancy and I’m fitter than I was before becoming pregnant! I see it as a responsibility to me and my kids to be as healthy, fit, well and happy as I can be. Staying fit is about prioritising and making time. My kids have come running with me from the time that they could fit into their pram, I carried them in their Baby Bjorn until their legs reached my knees and I have always made time to go to the gym and fit exercise into my schedule. I often get up super early and I head out the door to exercise before my kids wake. Many people say that they don’t have time to fit exercise in as a mum…I think […] Read more

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


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