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New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss

New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss

Posted March 08, 2016

New ventures. Teaming up. Being a #girlboss… Over the last few weeks my beautiful Soleil’s first birthday has consumed alot of my energy! What a milestone. I wasn’t expecting to feel so overwhelmed, emotional, reflective and torn – yes I love watching her grow, explore, expand in mind-body-soul. But I also realise now how fleeting every moment is and that this little being is embarking on her own journey and I am truly her guide and one day will have to set her free. For now I’m holding on tight, but her first birthday has really stirred up alot. More than I can say right now. One thing it has raised is the question of who I want to be – to her, and to my family. What kind of mother do I want her to be raised by? What kind of woman do I want her to witness and learn from? And what has been clanging withing me loudly, clearly is this… I want my daughter to be strong, independent, to take ownership of her life. To be part of something great. To create greatness. To call the shots and not be a follower. To have freedom and make her own rules. To take risks. To collaborate and make beauty, spread love, share light and help others. To be her own #girlboss and follow her heart. Which means I need to embody and be all of these. To lead by example. To influence through inspiration. We learn from what we witness, what we soak up via osmosis. Not just what we are ‘told’ to do or think or be. So THIS is my focus right now. I’m taking risks. I’m embarking on a new journey and I’m choosing to collaborate, team up and spread light and love in an even more conscious and dedicated way. I’m sinking my teeth into a new business venture – one that is creating MORE in my life and will do the same for so many others. More freedom More flexibility More health More wealth More life More opportunity to be the #girlboss, risk taker, collaborator, love + light worker that I want to be and that I want my daughter to witness and experience (and become if it so calls her too!) I’ve teamed up with an exciting wellness company and I am now part of a team – which feels so good after being a solo entrepreneur for years now, and I’m building my own kick-ass team who are also hungry for MORE. To have found something that is in alignment with my values around health and wellness and that allows me flexibility, independence, freedom and so much more.. well I feel like the cat that got the cream! (P.S If you are intrigued by this and want to create your own successful independent biz, be part of a team and make a difference to the health and wellness of others shoot me an email and let’s chat! hello@claireobeid.com) ++ Yes this is all happening around the rest of life – coaching, running a home, managing a super active 1 year old, maintaining my health, moving my body. It’s FULL plate right now. But it feels good… It feels amazing to have that buzz of life, of growth, of connection and new adventures throbbing in my veins. My heart is saying a BIG yes to all of it. And I’m so grateful to the little sun beam that is my daughter for inspiring this insatiable appetite for MORE. Wishing you that same electric feeling that LIFE gives you when you take a big old tasty bite. love + light, Claire x Read more

On doing the hard work

On doing the hard work

Posted January 28, 2016

…on doing the hard work It was my birthday this week. I turned 34… it was, truthfully, a non event. As most birthday’s are for me. But what they have become for me, recently, is a chance to thank my mother. For creating me, birthing me and cradling me into this world.Amongst the many gratefully received birthday messages one very close soul sister of mine said to me: “Your commitment to doing the (hard) work and rising above continually is beyond inspiring…” Floored. That’s how I felt when I read that. Grateful for those kind words. Acknowledgement, although is totally an ego desire still feels good. Then I felt a little surprised. Inspiring? Rising above? Do I do that? Am I that? And it left me pondering it all because ‘doing the hard work’ is something people often notice about me. And yes, it is something I am more than willing to do. But why is that? Do I glorify the “struggle”? Maybe a little, actually. If I’m truthful I’ve watched both my parents struggle in life in so many ways. Perhaps it became normal to me. Do I not know how to just ‘be’? Let myself, my life, my situation just unfold day by day without having to tinker, and perfect and tweak? Well… I’m getting better at it – dropping the need to perfect and simply flowing through life. Do I think the hard work is going to get me “somewhere”? I used to. I once thought that there was a destination. A holy grail for the spiritually minded person. Perhaps a life of ease, and grace. ++ But after all these questions circled in my mind (see, simply asking these questions I’m once again doing the “hard work” HA!) I came to this truth. It’s the only thing I can and should do. Doing it tough. Riding through life. Living the highs. Feeling the lows. Rising Above. Crumbling. Breaking a little. Honestly failing. Trying again. Trying again. Rising again. Rising up. What is my life if I am NOT knocked down onto my knees, only to get back up again? What is this life if we are NOT broken and shattered into pieces only to sew ourselves together again? What is life if there is no darkness, no shadows, only to desperately seek out that sweet, sweet light, again. And again? The hard work is everything. Because it pays off. The hard work means opening your eyes and seeing the shit. It means hearing what you don’t want to hear and feeling what you’d rather suppress. But with that comes a vision so beautiful, sounds that fill your ears with bliss and feelings that leave you high on a wave of love. This life is a constant play of black and white, ying and yang, dark and light and all the grey in between. As much as we might want to close our eyes from the truth, or bury our head in the sand, or coast through life just skimming the surface… well we can’t. Actually… no, you can. But that wouldn’t be honour this precious life your gorgeous soul chose. This life, this body, this time, this family, this experience, this EVERYTHING that YOUR soul chose. We must do right by it but living it fully. And that means sometimes we have to do the hard work. And hopefully, more often than not we are blessed with an easy ride. love + light, Claire xx Read more

The power of silence

The power of silence

Posted January 19, 2016

The power of silence. Have you heard the phrase “Silence is Golden”? It’s a beautiful idea, isn’t. Peaceful. Serene. Blissful. Embracing the quiet. It really conjures up a stunning image of serenity. Alone, on a beach somewhere, with no sound other than the gently crashing waves and the wind whipping through your hair and the sun setting it breathtaking fashion. But that phrase also has so much more power to it when we place that silence between two people. When we place silence at the core of any interaction or exchange between two people the result is often a profound shift, realization or revelation. Recently I attended the Rise Sister Rise event where my spiritual mentor – Belinda Davidson and her new partner in crime, Rebecca Campbell held the space for group of light-seeking, spiritually minded women (and one awesome man). The day included chanting, prayer, white light healings and some group work – the latter which served as powerful reminder to me that SILENCE can often be the best tool we have for transformation. We were pared up and simply told to ask a series of questions to our partner. Questions that dug deep into fears, soul voice, and desires. We were asked to not say anything, or even respond in any way, other than to hold the space for our new friend and to keep asking the same question over and over until the designated time was up. We were asked to buy into the power of silence. As a coach it is part of my work to ‘hold space’ in this way regularly. But it is definitely something I had to ‘learn’ to do. I’ve always been a great listener, but had to learn the art truly hearing someone, without needing to respond, share, guide, impart wisdom, or (worse) interject with your own anecdotes, stories and woes. At the Rise Sister Rise event I held space for my new friend. It was here that I noticed how often I had to fight the urge to ‘coach’ her. My ego chimed up, internally, more than once, with positive reinforcement, or words of wisdom, or my ‘opinion’. The feeling often burned within me to speak up to support her. But, ever the avid student, I heeded the instructions, shushed that inner desire and simply locked my eyes on hers. My heart connected to hers. My ears tuned into to her voice. And I let her speak. I let my breath be steady, slow, even (just as I do when I’m trying to calm down my bub). A And I cleared my mind of my own agenda and my ‘opinions’. What unfolded was beautiful. My new friend peeled off layer after layer. She came to some mind-blowing truths and did so all on her own. Her soul-voice got louder, bolder, clearer. It was given the centre stage and with that it fervently delivered a few golden realisations into the silence we had created. I try and do this, as often as possible, with my clients but this went a little deeper, and further because someone else had created the parameters. It was four full minutes of staying silent, listening, and hold space so our friend could lean into their soul and reveal their truths. I said nothing. I breathed. I looked into her eyes. I kept my energy clean and light. I said nothing. And … she said everything she needed too. And it was spectacular. The silence was golden. The power of silence revealed. ++ How does this insight into silence apply to you? Well there are two ways. 1) Ask a friend to sit with you in stillness, in contemplation. Explore deep, soul-voice questions together. And hold space for each other. 2)Do the same for yourself in silent meditation. love + light, Claire x Read more

How do you NOT want to feel this year?

How do you NOT want to feel this year?

Posted January 04, 2016

How do you NOT want to feel this year? Happiest new year to you. I’ve been off the grid a little over the xmas/ny break… which wasn’t my intention. You know I had all these awesome things I want to share with you. Such as my mini yoga video on ‘How to beat the Christmas Bloat’ But as life would have it, the last two weeks have been my toughest yet. In fact, Christmas didn’t even happen for our little family. We were all struck down with gastro, fevers and lots of other exhausting things that little babies throw in the mix. Such is life! So here I am today, and we are five days into the new year. Usually I spend a few days to a couple of weeks working through my feelings – desires, intentions, reflections, ponderings – to align myself to the year ahead. I don’t have nearly as much time to delve into this annual exercise as I’d like to, but I do have one fail safe way to do this – to drill down into my soul and get the guidance I need. And I share this fail safe way in an archived video I did this time, two years ago. In this video I guide you through the super simple task of discovering your own core desired feelings – thanks to Danielle LaPorte + her Desire Map – from a slightly different perspective. The perspective from the SHADOW. From what might seem to be ‘the negative’ perspective. And that is to ask your soul: “What do I NOT want to feel this year”… Sometimes I struggle to really pinpoint my core desired feelings, but when I look at what I don’t want to feel (relive, experience, push through) then I often directly hit on how I DO want to feel. Want to learn how to do this? CLICK HERE to watch this ‘olden-but-golden” video blog from 2014. How do I not want to feel? Bitter. Frustrated. Like the victim. Over it. Dark. Instead I want to feel: Surrendered. Present. Appreciative. Grateful. In it. Light. Expansive. (I’m such a wordy person I could GO on forever…) Have a watch of it yourself and then get going on figuring out your feelings to guide and light the way for #Sweet2016! Feel free to hit send and tell me how you don’t (and DO) want to feel this year. ++ Oh and when I mention The Freedom Project in this video, although there isn’t a new round starting soon, it is always OPEN for business. Meaning – you can start at anytime. So check it out! ++ love + light, Claire xx Read more

Manifesting in the new year

Manifesting in the new year

Posted January 03, 2016

Manifesting is the buzz word at the moment, isn’t it? It’s the latest craze and personally, I’m all for it. Why the hell not – I mean, the word is empowering, it’s about creation, isn’t it? And why shouldn’t we be creating the life that we want? To me, manifesting is about bringing something (experience, person, attitude, situation) to the forefront – shining a light on your dreams, amplifying your desires and getting shiny-diamond clear. I say ‘forefront’ because what you truly desire, that is for your own growth, already exists… it’s just hanging out in the shadows, waiting to be called forth. It can only be called forth through you – your WILL. Nothing will ever happen without your permission. Manifesting is about realising that within you is the ultimate resource (your own vibrational energy) for attracting what you wan, as soon as you are ready, willing and able. This time of year with intentions and soulful goals flying around, the energy is almost electrified. Most of the yoga classes I am teaching at the moment are packed – a roomful of yogis with hopeful dreams of bendy asana, quiet minds and devoted practice. The point is, this time of year is the right time to really tap into the power of manifestation. It’s not rocket science, but it does take focused awareness and loving attention. In today’s VLOG I guide you through manifestation. A few things I’d like to highlight for you: I share with you what I used to think about manifesting I talk about the energy within us and how this is integral to getting what we want I talk through why (real) manifesting has to be in alignment with your truth, not your surface level desires. I talk about how you already have what you want + how lack perpetuates lack I share a personal example of how I am harnessing the power of manifestation right now I offer up some simple examples of how to manifest When you’ve finished watching the vlog I’d love to hear how YOU manifest or how you are planning on creating + attracting what your soul desires this year?  Share below in the comments! ++ So, you want to manifest a beautiful life? Let me ask you this…do you have your roadmap to happy? How will you navigate towards joy and balance in Mind-Body-Soul? Do you feel equipped to map out your pathway to a year of joy, balance, happiness, success? Do you have the tools you need? Are you ready to take the inspired action to create happiness? This year I am doing something new and oh-so juicy and special. Starting early February, I’ll be holding circle in an intimate group coaching program: Your Roadmap to Happy: 10 Week Online Group Immersion into your Mind-Body-Soul I want to work with YOU, specifically on arming you up with the right tools and knowledge to create your ROADMAP TO HAPPINESS – in Mind, Body and Soul. Manifesting your life of HAPPY begins with immersion – diving in to you, learning the right tools and practices and leaning into the right kind of support. This potent, immersive, empowering group program includes: Click HERE to find out more and join us! p.s places are strictly limited so get in quick! Hope you can join us! Happy Manifesting and happy new year! Claire x Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Read more

It’s time to master your inner mean girl

It’s time to master your inner mean girl

Posted December 08, 2015

Your mean girl, as my beautiful friend Melissa Ambrosini calls it, is your inner critic. Your ego. That ‘voice’ that so often tears your down, judges you, nit-picks and sends you into a spin of ‘not good enoughs’. Well, this same gorgeous friend has written her first book – Mastering Your Mean Girl – for all us women who, unfortunately, live under the thumb of that inner voice. And Melissa is here to share with you just how to find a way back into the driver seat of your life – instead of your mean girl taking control. Mel and I had a chat last week on all things ‘Mean Girl’ which we recorded for you! In this chat we share: How Mel came to understand and learn to master her own mean girl. Mel’s three main tips to start mastering your mean girl today! Our own personal and vulnerable examples of how our inner ego-voice showed up to (try) and tear us down. How to work with your mean girl, instead of fight against it. And soo much more! I’m so thrilled to share with you our enlightening conversation and of course to introduce you to Mel’s new book. Mel is a bright light! And the message she is sharing will shine down into the darkness bringing clarity and insight. It might be a new message to you, or a familiar one, but either way I know her story and reflections will bring you what you need. CLICK HERE TO PLAY (right click to download and save – listen to us on your walk or on the way to work!) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/Melissa%20Ambrosini%20on%202015-12-04%20at%2017.39.mp3 Love + Light, Claire Read more

Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Why it’s time to try a little kindness

Posted December 01, 2015

Try a little kindness to make a real difference in your world. When I was pregnant the small gestures of kindness directed my way never went unnoticed. In fact, I was so incredibly grateful for those moments. Cars slowing down, finding the patience, to let a waddling mama-to-be cross the road. People giving up their seats for me on the bus, at a cafe, wherever. Strangers coming up to congratulate me and wish me, hubby and bub well. And today, with my baby always in tow I experience much the same… it shouldn’t surprise me, but for some reason it does. I’ve been pondering why it is that these little kindnesses really catch my attention and leave me with surprise (and so much gratitude) in my heart and mind. And I’ve come to realise a few truths, that are quite ugly. We live in a world that is so ‘heady‘. Everyone is so busy thinking of themselves, their own problems and concerns (and no judgment) that we can often move through our day blind to other around us. We frequently forget to give, lovingly. To serve, without expecting anything in return. People are fighting wars all over the world because of ‘their beliefs’… and causing chaos and so much pain in the name of their desires. Everyday I witness at least one road rage incident – someone exploding and spewing forth expletives to a total stranger for some nonsensical reason. Everyday I witness a little bit of racism, judgment, prejudice, abuse. If you look closely, there are countless moments of injustice, rudeness, hurt and anger. It all looks so bleak, doesn’t it? We can’t lie and pretend that this world we live in has a very shadowy, dark side. And that within every human being lives the same. But stay with me here, because there is another truth I need to highlight and share. I’m not trying to ‘preach’ anything you don’t know, I’m not trying to tell you what to do or think, but simply remind you, in a way that might inspire small change. This other truth is that this world, and every human within it also has a BRIGHT, LIGHT and LOVE-FILLED side. In fact, when allowed, this part can be bigger, bolder and stronger. Each and every time someone opens a door for me, smiles at my baby, gives up their seat or stops their busy day to let us pass by I am reminded that we all have that light within us. And when inspired to, we all can and do tap into to. Share it. Spreading that love. It takes but a moment to choose that light over the dark. A split second decision to do a little good. Try a little kindnesses. It may seem so incredibly irrelevant and minuscule to you on a global scale. This big badass world has some serious stuff going on. But what if you chose the LIGHT more often than not? What if you chose to be kind, one day at a time. And that kindness then inspired 5 other people to do the same. And so on, and so forth? What if you chose to try a little kindness each day, and beautifully it makes a small impact daily, but ultimately a HUGE one when done day after day, after day! The accumulative effect is bigger than you could every imagine. Can you see that the light you share, the love and kindness you deliver has this incredibly ripple effect? Influencing and inspiring others, to the point that it becomes an infection… finding its way into the hearts and minds of millions of others. If you KNEW that these little acts of kindness had this immeasurable ripple effect, would you make a conscious effort to do so, every day? Well, that’s what I want to remind you of today… When you try a little kindness, that’s exactly what happens. Every time you give, without expectation. YOU make a huge difference. Serve with love Smile at a stranger Take a deep breath and let someone cut ahead in the queue Slow down for that waddling pregnant lady Help that elderly woman at the bus top Buy someone a coffee ++ You won’t ever really see the difference you are making, well not immediately. You might not witness the effects your kindness had, but it is happening. Trust and faith is required that the ripple effect you are creating is happening – that is the real KEY. Maybe that’s called blind faith. But isn’t that better that spreading that dark, shady, fear-driven energy.?And let me also remind you here that you might not SEE the effect you are making, but you will feel it. Karmically, the good you put out will boomerang its way back to you. Maybe that day, or in a month… or even years later. But it flows and shifts, and moves and eventually magnetises its way back into your heart. Thats a universal law, an unseen one, but a true one. ++ So let me leave you today with this inspiration to try a little kindness. Actively, consciously and faithfully live your days from the light. Be driven by love and spread the kindness that is innately woven into your being. Love + light, Claire Read more

Lesson from my little: How to start fresh

Lesson from my little: How to start fresh

Posted November 24, 2015

This is a blog series where I share lessons from my little baby girl, Soleil. How to start fresh: How often do you get stuck? Have you ever hit a stumbling block and smack right into a brick wall? Or quit before you’ve finished something because it has not turned out the way you envisioned? Maybe you can’t even get going because nothing seems ‘perfect’ enough to move forward? In today’s audio blog I talk through a #LessonFromMyLittle (Life lesson’s dished up from my baby girl!) on how to keep moving forward with whatever it is you are doing (in work, your career, your relationship, as a mama, working out). I share with you what I’ve recently discovered by watching my bub in her own little journey. She has shown me how to start fresh and keep at the task at hand. It’s so simple to do yet something we need to be mindful of and practice on a moment-to-moment basis. It’s about saying yes, it’s about giving yourself permission, it’s all about living in the moment, one moment at a time. But mostly it’s about not taking yourself too seriously! CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN + LEARN MORE https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/start%20fresh.mp3 love + light, Claire x Read more

You don’t need to live courageously to live the way you want

You don’t need to live courageously to live the way you want

Posted November 10, 2015

You don’t always need to live courageously when you want to make your life happen. There’s this attitude – this common belief – that it takes balls, guts and helluva a lot of courage to grab your life by the horns and own it. But let me ask you this: Have you ever done something – embarked on a new experience/venture/relationship. Or gone somewhere – travelled. Maybe even moved home, started a new job? And did it happen effortlessly? Did it happen with minimal struggle. Minimal pep-talking even? Without courageously powering through it? You just did it,right? It happened. It unfolded and you experienced it. Now, let’s take a guess here and say that it happened this way because you weren’t over-thinking the experience and you weren’t all caught up in the mental drama of it. Yes? Well, ask yourself WHY. Why did it happen so effortlessly? Why did it unfold without your ego chiming in with a long list of why ‘you’re not good enough/you can’t do this/aren’t you afraid/this is not a good idea…’ and so on. Again – I’m going to take an educated guess here. Could it be because it FELT right? Could it be that you just knew, without question to go there/do that/be with that person/take that job/move to that home? You know that feeling I’m talking about. Intuitively right. Heart-felt YES. You just know because you know. ++ Was there courage there? Did it have anything to do with living courageously? Well, maybe a schmidge when you needed some inspired action. Maybe courage was called in at a certain point. But mostly, courage had nothing to do with making your ‘LIFE’ happen in a way that you wanted it to. And hey, let’s just clarify here, I am a fan of ‘COURAGE’. Sometimes we need that slightly reckless vibe of bravery or strength. Sometimes it’s ‘balls to the wall’ and jump in the deep end. Suck up your fears and let’s do this! But, and obviously, Courage is often reactionary, and sometimes irrational and has this energy of ‘grit your teeth and call on everything you’ve got’. Courage STILL has fear threaded through it – but courage takes inspired action despite that fear. That’s a beautiful thing. A much needed thing. But, when it comes to your life – following the path most true for you and living in a way that truly resonates – it doesn’t always have to be so intense and effort-full. You don’t always have to put on your battle gear and go to war. It’s not YOU vs LIFE. It’s YOU + LIFE. You work in tandem, in synchronicity, with the universe. It’s not always but it can be a fluid experience, especially when you drop the ‘warfare’ mentality and come at life with a softer, open to receive and intuitively led attitude. It’s not courage that gives you the balls to grab your life and take it. It is your heart. Your TRUTH. ++ How to be led by your truth instead of blind courage A client of mine, after our first foundation session, explained that she now has a lot more ‘clarity’ (YES!) on what she wants from her life. But instead of being filled with joy over this newfound clarity, she instead felt a little overwhelmed by how she will make it all happen. She hoped she could muster the courage to make it all happen. My response: Get out of your head – that’s where this ‘courage’ you speak of is living. It’s your ego freaking you out with the idea that you might not have the guts to follow through to your dreams. And then, drop into your heart and speak to your heart directly… What feels true? What feels right for me? What do I do next? We then went through a list of experiences and situations in her life that had felt effortless, true, beautiful, ALIGNED. And by looking at them we could see that they had nothing to do with that heady ego space, or courage or effort really. They just unfolded naturally because they felt RIGHT. Alignment, perfectly embodied. The point I’m making is this; you already KNOW what it feels like to be led by your truth. You have tasted that sweetness before. The challenge is to keep doing so, and to consciously CHOOSE to live by your truth. And the how is both simple yet not so easy to execute. But with practice (and practice IS the actually ‘how’) you can start to make your truth – your heart – the clearest and most obvious guidance you receive. And therefore, your truth becomes the way you live the way you want to. Remember this: right now, the loudest voice you hear is usually your negative self-talk/mind chatter/ego. It’s loud, pushy, and in your face. Your softer voice of truth is always (ALWAYS!) there, but you have to really lean in and listen up. When you feel the gentlest tickle from that soft voice and it brushes up against you, inside your soul then grab a hold of it… tightly! Keep doing this. Over and over and over. Keep insisting on your truth to speak-up. You can’t really get rid of that ego-voice, but you can kindly ask it to shush. And then do it all again. Lean in. Listen. Turn up the volume. And the most important step in all of this is to converse with your heart. Tune into your truth and then let it guide you. Hand the reigns over and tell your truth you ‘trust it’ and you know it’s got your back. It already knows what kind of life you are trying to create. In fact, it knows even better what’s right for you, than your ‘small’ self does. Give your heart ‘Power of Attorney’ and let it run the show. It will always guide you on the right path. ++ The more your heart and your truth takes the driver seat the less you need to act courageously, […] Read more


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