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Episode #10: The 5 ‘S’s of a Soulfully Centred Mama

Episode #10: The 5 ‘S’s of a Soulfully Centred Mama

Posted December 12, 2017

Episode #10: The 5 ‘S’s of a Soulfully Centred Mama In the early week’s and months of life with my little babe back in 2015 I found myself frequently writing notes, musings, diary entries and thoughts into my evernote. One of these notes was my take on motherhood – particularly the 5 key attitudes and ways of being and navigating through motherhood. The 5 S’s of a Soulfully Centred Mama soon became my personal ethos, mantras and guidance system. having recently read through this note I felt it important to share this with all of you beautiful mamas out there – papas too and even those without children. This is really supportive for everyone! In this episode I share: The background story of The 5 S’s How this can be applied to all – mamas/papas but also anyone seeking a conscious, soulful life What the 5 S’s are in summary and in detail The essence of the 5 S’s Surrender and how powerful it can be How sacrifice can be reframed into a positive choice The importance of self-love Embracing the simplicity of motherhood The deliciousness of diving into the sweetness of motherhood Listen to the episode: Show notes: Check out The Happiest Baby for Dr Karp’s 5 S’s for Soothing Babies. Gentle and effective! *Apologies, in the podcast I said Dr Sears by accident! +++ P.s if you loved this episode, don’t forget to give this podcast a 5-star review in iTunes so I can keep on bringing you amazing interviews, insights and chats. love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #9: An integrated journey to health and happiness with Dr Kate Wood

Episode #9: An integrated journey to health and happiness with Dr Kate Wood

Posted December 05, 2017

Episode #9: An integrated journey to health and happiness with Dr Kate Wood Sometimes the universe creates these chance meetings that are so beautifully orchestrated it actually blows my mind. One such chance meeting was the day I met Dr Kate Wood. It was down at Coogee Beach, at the children’s rock pool. Naturally, as us mamas do, I noticed her little boy, Maxi first. He was in a bright orange wet suit (it was still early spring and Sydney waters are cold then!) and he was being ridiculously adorable crawling and splashing through the shallow waters. It didn’t take long for me to notice his mama, Kate. Also in a bright orange swim suit. Her face bright, her eyes sparkling with such joy and infectious love. Healthy, glowing, fit. We started chatting and instantly I knew I had struck gold. This woman, humble yet bubbly, was clearly very smart, switched on, health conscious and connected (by connected, I mean spiritually!) Before long Kate, myself and another beautiful mama had formed our own little Mama Tribe. All so different yet like-minded and with aligned values. I fell madly in love with this woman who would continue to reveal herself to me as one of the most gifted, compassionate, loving, intelligent and dedicated women I’ve ever known. Kate – A doctor, chiropractor, kinesiologist, doula, author, co-owner of the well known Health Space Clinics  (15 of them!) and mama of two – is a remarkable a woman, but she will never make you feel inadequate because this woman is real, authentic, conscious, soulful. Mix all that up with a deep innate desire to serve and support others and you have a woman I feel blessed to know. I want you to know her too, and her journey – there are many stories I know Kate can share but today we are going to dive into her Integrated Journey back to Health and Happiness after suffering from Lyme Disease. Kate doesn’t do anything by halves, seriously, and yet she is not an advocate for ‘super mum/woman’, pushing all the time and living in stress. She knows too well what all that can to our mind-body-soul. Kate inspires the pants off me. She, without even attempting to, drives me to be a more conscious human being, a present and patient mama, a positive and bright light in the world and one that is lives in and spreads wellness. In this episode we cover: What’s one way you can free your mind, fuel your body and feel your soul? Kate shares her personal health journey – because it’s a good one! We shine the light on Lyme disease How Kate healed herself. The natural modalities and integrated approach Kate uses for herself, How Kate stays fit, healthy and aligned. The best changes to make to heal and live in health holistically How to apply this to your children Creating your own natural modality tool-kit The power changing your mindset, beliefs and thoughts for your health Kate’s biggest wish when it comes to the way we live, move, eat, heal? Listen to the episode: Show notes: Get your hands on Dr Kate Wood’s book: An Integrated Journey Back to Health and Happiness here via Book Depository. Connect with Kate Instagram Health Space Clinics Facebook Twitter +++ Ok peeps, hit me up in the comments, DM on insta, shoot me an email – I want to know your thoughts on this inspiring episode and woman. And as always, if you loved this episode, don’t forget to give this podcast a 5-star review in iTunes so I can keep on bringing you amazing interviews, insights and chats and we can keep spreading wellness far and wide. love + light, Claire Read more

Episode #4: How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks

Episode #4: How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks

Posted November 22, 2017

Episode #4: The A to Your Q with Claire Obeid. How to create a yoga and meditation practice that sticks (as a mama!) One of my beautiful tribe members, Kate Harrison from Little Yarrow has sent in this questions: “I’d love to hear about how you find time for yoga and meditation with a little one and how to create a practice that sticks”. Thank you Kate for sending in this question. It’s one that I know so many mamas and even those without children often ask. Why is it that many of us struggle to find the time and consistently maintain those practices that we both love and need? Self-sabotage perhaps? All seems too hard? Maybe. In this episode I share how I personally find the time for the two practices that keep me whole – yoga and meditation – and how I make it stick; consistently showing up to these practices. In this episode I share: The importance of scheduling How to ease, incrementally, towards your goal Why compassion is everything The power of committment without rigidity What my personal practice looks like Dropping the competition with yourself and others Inviting presence into your day Creativity is key to showing up to your practice Listen to the episode: Show notes: Head here to visit my YouTube Channel for a few of my favourite yoga practices. +++ I should also add, which I forgot to mention in the episode, is that getting support so you can attend a class is super special and important too. Or maybe it’s attending a mums and bubs class or a somewhere with a creche! What about you? How do you show up to your practice around your children? Do you have any tricks that have worked for you? Aaaand please, if you loved this episode, don’t forget to give this podcast a 5-star review in iTunes so I can keep on bringing you amazing interviews, insights and chats. love + light, Claire Read more

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

The Wellness Project Podcast is here!

Posted November 21, 2017

Today is a good day. Today marks twenty weeks in this second pregnancy. I’m now halfway through this pregnancy. Not only does that mean that we are getting closer to meeting this little soul baby but it also marks another key milestone, the second trimester feel-good factor! At twenty weeks I am feeling alive, creative, on-fire, vital, energetic. Such a far cry from the way I felt from week 5 – 14. Ugh. The journey of pregnancy is one of deep transformation and creation. It’s a time when I (mostly) feel my creative energy is being poured into the making of this baby, and there are not reserves left for much else. However and gratefully, during this second trimester and right here at week 20 I feel those creative pistons firing again. I feel the spark and excitement that comes forth from this renewed energy and igniting ideas and projects like never before. There is also this sense of purpose and maybe a little pressure (time is of the essence when a little one is on the way) that is driving me right now. This leads me to the birth of my very first podcast. (Ps if you can’t wait CLICK HERE to check it out and subscribe!) Today has been made even better with the release of The Wellness Project Podcast with Claire Obeid. I first felt the inspiration to create this podcast – a space where I could explore, through the spoken word, how to free your mind, fuel your body and feed your soul – just before I fell pregnant. And then, of course, the dreaded pregnancy sickness kicked in and everything became irrelevant and unimportant. Which is my excitement is at an all time high that today you can start your journey with this podcast – there are 7 delicious episodes to sink into, two of which are guided meditations. I almost thought this was going to be another of those ideas written off, long forgotten and buried forever in my evernote folder. WHY DID I START A PODCAST? I know right, everyone is doing it and I’m probably a little late to the game (standard). To be honest I had never really considered it until one day when chatting to my soul-sister, Connie Chapman, I just thought; ‘Why not claire?’ From that day on Ive had that many people tell me that would love me to start a podcast. Add to that the abundance of incredible feedback I frequently receive on ‘my voice’ – usually when people have purchased one of my meditation albums. Finally, as I shared on social media, I have the gift of the gab. Something that was once seen as a ‘pain’ or ‘irritation’ from family, teachers and the like, is now seen as one of my talents – go figure. I love ‘the word’… I love writing, I love sharing, speaking, teaching, learning, expressing. A podcast just seems like an extension of that and a great way to commune and connect with you. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE PODCAST? This podcast is pretty much a reflection of me on my wellness journey – everything that intrigues me, lights me up, uplevels me, supports me. I want you to experience all that and more. It’s a mash-up of reflections and musings as I present topics and ideas that relate to mind-body-soul. Self development, self-growth, self-exploration. I share my own thoughts, my own wisdom and guidance and invite you to come of this journey into your mind, body and soul so you too can begin and be on your own wellness project. I also offer free mini-guided meditations, because if there is only ONE thing you do for your well-being and self-development I wish for that to be meditation. I love meditating and supporting others to do the same. So look out for those episodes. And finally, something I didn’t think I would do but couldn’t resist; I interview and chat with people I find inspirational. Thought leaders. Experts. Game-changers. Conscious folk. Its not so much about how famous they are, or how cutting edge, but more about what I feel they can offer in their own creative, curious and unique way. I hope each to these interviews shines a light for you, opens your heart and inspires a new way of thinking, being or believing.  WHY ‘THE WELLNESS PROJECT’? This has been my business name for a long time – I try and drop it but always circle back to it. To me, wellness is a project. It’s not a start-to-finish journey. It’s always evolving, deepening, shifting, pivoting. My journey has seen me dive deep into yoga, meditation, EFT, reflective work, clean eating, movement, spiritual practices, chakra work, reiki, abundance and manifestation practices, shadow work and on the list goes. It is a project- a project in my own well-being and one I am truly in love with.  HOW OFTEN WILL EPISODES BE RELEASED? I’m going to be honest and say this; I’m aiming for weekly… it’ll probably end up being fortnightly, and perhaps post-baby monthly. I’ve learnt the hard way – I’m not hard wired for too much yang energy. When I force, control, over-do, over-plan I crumble. My nervous system can’t cope and my anxiety flares. So I choose instead to have a framework (e.g weekly episodes) and from there I will intuitively respond to what is or isn’t working. HOW LONG ARE THE EPISODES? If it’s an episode where I am riffing/talking/reflecting I will be keeping it to 20 minutes or so. Bite sized chunks of wisdom, spiritual reflection and learnings. Meditations will see-saw between 10-20minutes. Interviews will be a little longer, usually from 40 – 60 minutes. I’m aware that most people listen whilst driving/commuting to work, or cleaning/cooking around the house, exercising etc. I personally find it challenging to finish any podcast episode that is anything longer than an hour. I know so many of you are busy entrepreneurs and mamas/papas. I respect your time and am stupidly grateful […] Read more

I’m back and I have (baby) news

I’m back and I have (baby) news

Posted October 19, 2017

I know, I know… I can’t believe it’s been more than TWO months since I last posted. My ‘business brain’ is saying ALL the stupid things like; Gosh, that is POOR form Claire. That is not very business savvy of you. You can’t just VANISH and disconnect like that. But, umm, everything else in me says this; Claire, breathe, actually it’s really, REALLY OK that you went MIA. It’s more than OK to switch off from the online world. To take breathing space and conserve your energy. After all you had good reason to Claire... Which brings me to my BIG NEWS. Maybe you already know? Maybe you’ve seen my recent instagram post or you suspecting this all along but here goes. I have another little soul-baby growing within. I’m now 15 weeks pregnant and finally on the other side of what was a wild ride through all-day sickness, extreme fatigue and a deep exploration into the self. +++ Big news right? Round two on the merry-go-round. Stay with me, I want to share WHY this is such big news… (other than, holy crap I have a miracle inside of me!) Big because once again this was a beautiful surprise – my babies like to make the decision for us as to when it’s time! And yet there have been SO many incredible moments of synchronicity, messages from the ‘other side’ and mind-blowing connections with this baby before and after conception. Big news because once again I was thrown into the deepest immersion of the PRESENT. Being that sick forces me to let everything fall away. And when I say everything I mean… EVERYTHING. My work, email, social media, cooking, reading, exercising, meditating. It’s pretty full on to be stripped bare and exposed RAW and left to watch the inner workings of my mind and long held shadows come forward. Big news because, quite ironically, I asked for MORE SPACE a few months back and I got it. You might remember this post where I pondered on what it would be like to have more space to allow peace to come through. And maybe clarity around purpose.  The last 2.5 months there has been nothing but space and my mind boggles at how much INSIGHT I have gained from it. In fact, I  have SO MUCH I want to share with you yet I don’t even know where to begin. *First world problems Big news because I have always truly felt – despite my resistance – that motherhood IS a integral part of my soul’s purpose. And there is something about motherhood that I just GET. We are like puzzle pieces that fit together snugly. Despite the trials and challenges (or maybe it’s because of them) I know there is so much growth, learning and ultimately sharing/teaching that will come from bubba number #2. Big news because this pregnancy has mined up some shadows from the early months with Soleil. I’m not back seeing the same Pre-natal Psychologist to do the necessary clean-up work. A constant (and conscious!) work in progress I am. +++ So here I am, I wanted to check in and share this big news. There is a lot I don’t know right now – other than come April I have another baby joining our family – but I am allowing the truth to roll on in as and when it’s meant to. Oh yeah baby, surrender is a knocking once again. I do know this though my loves – a few insights I have already gleaned and want to share. My work is changing – again. But there are still a few things I want to create before D-day (That’s DUE date btw) I have a deep desire to promote myself to full-time mama for a while.  My passion for whole food cooking has been reignited (I’ll share more on this soon but essentially I have eaten this way for years but really lost the BUZZ to cook and create, until, well, now) I want to simplify, everything. A sea-change (relocation) is being seriously discussed in our home right now. Space, a slower pace, a veggie patch, the ocean.  We can go to really dark places and fall to our knees in struggle but we will ALWAYS come out the other side into the light, standing strong once again. +++Ok, more from me soon. I’m off to Port Douglas for a much needed family holiday next week and hopefully I’ll gain the clarity on WHERE and HOW to share more with you. Finally, remember this. I love you and am forever grateful for our connection over the inter webs. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Audio Blog: A simple practice to help you fall in love with your body

Audio Blog: A simple practice to help you fall in love with your body

Posted July 27, 2017

Falling in love with your body I’m not going to sugar coat this. Falling in love with my ‘new’ body since becoming a mama is something I have to work at. There are softer, stretched bits. Jiggly bit. Wider bits. All ‘bits’ I didn’t have before. Throw in LIFE and not as much time as I used to and the result is a woman working out less, eating differently and looking very differently too. Yes, I’ve gone from a size 6, toned, yogi body, to a size 8. Softer. More womanly. And definitely still healthy and strong. Nothing to complain about, but nevertheless it’s been a shock. It was a surprise when I realised, two years later that I STILL couldn’t fit into 95% of my old clothes. It was a surprise when I saw pictures of myself and almost said “who’s that?” It is still a surprise when I do a headstand in yoga and I can feel the weight of my stretched belly dropping down. But more than that, it’s a surprise to hear myself talk about my body negatively, out loud. How cruel (and not OK!) to speak so harshly about this divine vessel that gives me the chance to have such a brilliant human experience. Including the miracle of creating, birthing and nurturing life. So, beautiful women (and I hope a few good men too!) this audio blog is for you. It was for me too. And it’s not just for mamas. It’s for ALL women who have every spoken, felt, thought RUDE and degrading thoughts about their own divine bodies. love + light, Claire xx Read more

Strategy of Surrender

Strategy of Surrender

Posted August 30, 2016

Strategy for surrender Since the day little Soleil was born, in fact, since she was just a bunch of little cells multiplying I’ve been hurtling down the rabbit-hole of surrender. Over and over, day-by-day I’ve been asked to let go – to surrender. Surrender who I think I am. Surrender to who she is. Surrender to the struggle. Surrender to the sleep deprivation. Surrender to the loss of control and structure. Surrender to the chaos. Surrender to the beauty, and joy and insane love. Surrender to the god-like connection motherhood creates for me. Surrender to the sides of me I don’t like or thought I had ‘healed’           Surrender to the mess Surrender to the present moment           Surrender to it all… And you know what? I’m not there yet. How do I know I’m not there yet? Well, because I find myself trying to ‘figure out’ if there is something wrong – am I doing it right? Is Soleil OK? Have I missed something? I find myself looking for solutions where there aren’t any. Or getting lost in those feelings of futility and exhaustion that weeks and weeks of sleep deprivation do to you. I find myself pining for ‘time’ and trying to think about how to get more of it. I find myself getting trapped in the idea that ‘if only things were XYZ then it’d all be better”. When I notice I’m in this heady, catastrophizing, weary mindset I know that surrender and I have forgotten to nurture our bond. But here’s the flipside to it all. I know I’m never supposed to be and never will be ‘there’ with surrender. Not fully, completely. Not 100%. Why? Because we, surrender and I,  have a deal. I’m supposed to experiment with it, lose faith in it, find it again, go deeper with it, start all over again. Becoming a mama is so much more for me than creating a life (which is a miracle) and experiencing that journey. It’s about my own soul-journey with surrender. And this realisation always brings about the question, WHY? again.. The deeper why is because I’m meant to dance with surrender so I can share it all with you. I’m here to help you become besties with surrender. It’s my thing. it’s my job. And everytime I mess it up, that’s another up-leveling, re-education and re-learning so I can scrub up on my surrender skills. That’s what we do as teachers and guides, we have to keep growing and learning in order to help you grow and learn. So here I am, once again, letting go of the idea that I have to ‘fix’ things with my little Sunbeam. She is healthy, bright, BOLD, happy, oh-so-spirited. There is nothing wrong. Nor do I need to fix anything with myself as a mother, woman, wife, friend, daughter – I do enough, I am enough, I love enough, I care enough. I simply must accept, embrace and let go of the expectations and need to control. It means offering up my plans and my ideas and trusting that as and when it’s supposed to unfold, it will. ++ Take a deep breath with me now, because in true Claire style I’m going to flip all of that on its head. There are always two sides to every coin and this journey of surrender is much the same. Within the realisation that I must surrender and embrace the journey of letting go, I’ve also come to realise that part of this version of surrender (in mamahood) I must also take ACTION and come up with a strategy. I don’t have to give up every dream or desire to surrender, I just have to work with it in a different way. One of the massive stumbling blocks I’ve been facing is time. When your toddler is waking countless times each night and then only wants to nap on you during the day, well there isn’t much time left over. Domestic duties, cooking, eating, showering – these are the basics I’ve been fitting in amongst it all. Trying to fit in joyful work, creative time, spiritual practice and connecting to loved ones has been a battle. Surrender often wins. However, I’ve come to see a massive truth that surrender has delivered to me lately. It has said this; Claire, you DO have time, if you allow others to support you in caring for Soleil. You choose for Soleil to be the centre of your universe and for you to be hers. It’s your choice to prioritise her over anything else. It’s always up to you how and where you create and find time. Truthfully, I’ve hid behind being Soleil’s mama and ‘surrendering’ to her needs and the ebb-and-flow of her evolving being. I desperately don’t want to miss anything as she grows, but many of my dreams and desires with work and in life are ALL about creating opportunity, security and happiness for HER. So how to find peace between the desire and spiritual NEED to surrender over to her and to motherhood with the need to build, create, grow, call in abundance and success? And surrender once again answered with; Hire more help. Lean on your in-laws. Hand over the reigns to your husband more. Let go. You cannot be the only one to care for her. So there it is. And so it is. Surrender has sent me a strategy. I now see that I can fully embrace surrender day-to-day with my little one when I create more space and time for me to take action where action needs to be taken! It’s time that I let surrender become my strategy for life in both the moments of PAUSE + ACCEPTANCE as well as those of ACTION + CREATION. I choose to trust that surrender will only ever deliver me into what is right and good for my soul. Love + light, Claire xx OM MAMA LOVE… Mamas, I’m letting you in early on a little something special. […] Read more


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