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Sugar-free Paleo Brownies

Sugar-free Paleo Brownies

Posted September 30, 2014

It’s fascinating to me that when you are pregnant everyone gives you a free pass to eat whatever you want. I’m constantly hearing; “Eat whatever you want. If you crave it, eat it. Don’t hold back. If you want KFC go for it”… hmm I definitely agree that right now my body wants alot of food and needs alot of extra nourishment and sustenance – I could eat all day. But I don’t agree that growing a baby means dropping the ball and eating junk. Now, before I offend anyone, please know I’m not being so incredibly strict to the point of insanity. My sister and two nieces dropped by our new home with a box of magnums to share. I don’t think I’ve eaten one of those in years, but I did, and I enjoyed it. However it’s not become a regular occurrence because I feel this baby and my body deserve a decent serving (at least 80% of my diet) of clean, fresh, healthy food, now more than ever. I’ve not yet had any insatiable cravings, and luckily my body doesn’t seem to ask for sugar right now. That being said, there is nothing like a delicious, moorish treat. It feels indulgent and special, particularly when you make them yourself! So let me introduce you to these Paleo Brownies I stumbled upon in a magazine (can’t remember where!) And yep, they are sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Here’s the recipe for you. They are SO good my niece is popping over today for an afternoon of baking and these are first off the rank! What you’ll need (to make 16, half the recipe for less) 250g melted coconut oil. 6 eggs (pastured or free range please!) 20 Medjool Dates – pitted and pre-soaked in water (I did a little less than 20) 1 tbls of Vanilla Bean Powder, Cinnamon or Maca for a more caramel flavour 1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder 2 Cups of Almond Meal (I used to the leftover meal from making Almond Milk and dried it out in the sun) 1/2 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder Baking tin – I used a 20 by 30 cm one. What to do: 1. Preheat your oven to around 160 Degrees. Line your baking tin with baking paper. 2. Whiz up the coconut oil, eggs, dates and vanilla/maca/cinnamon. Get it to a nice smooth consistency and caramel-like in colour. 3. In a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients – the cacao powder, almond meal, salt, baking powder. Combine these really well. 4. Add your egg and coconut oil batter into the dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined. 5. Pour the batter into your lined tin and spread evenly. 6. Bake for 40-45mins. You’ll know when they are ready if they are just firm to the touch. You don’t want them to bake too hard. 7. Cool before serving. I added blueberries, Pepe Saya Creme Freche (But coconut ice-cream, yoghurt or anything else would be great too!) and a dash of cinnamon. 8. Eat and enjoy. Btw…If you make the 16, store a few in the fridge or freezer, these make for a great energy hit! Oh and if you make these let me know what you think. Love + light, Claire x Read more

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

Posted September 25, 2014

Why I decided to do a cleansing ritual… Moving can be such a traumatic experience. Especially if you choose to play in the mud-pit of stress that goes hand in hand with boxes, bubble wrap and tape. (We still have a pile of boxes on the balcony to flat-pack!) My husband and I spent the last two weeks packing up our life, after 4 years in the same place, and moving into a new home, suburb and era. An experience that could have been so stressful, but instead it was smooth, easy and almost fun (bar the exhaustion!) They say change is a good as a holiday. But just like a holiday where you have to battle through travel, long distances, and countless hiccups, moving too comes with a whole lot of effort, planning and patience. However now we are here. And the change is good. Great even. A palpable shift – physically, emotionally, mentally. We are settled. Slowly making this new space our new home. And quite poignantly our baby kicked for the first time on the day we moved in, right on 11:11am. A good omen me thinks! This new home is both foreign and comfortable all at the same time (kinda like pregnancy!) We don’t completely have our bearings, our ‘due north’ is still a little foggy. But we are getting there – navigating and integrating with ease and without expectation. Despite the fact that I am utterly thrilled to be here (I’m now back on home soil living seaside where I spent the first 23 years of my life and a stone’s throw away from my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) I can’t pretend that this shift, energetically, has been seamless. How do you let go of a place you’ve called home for close to 4 years? The place where your bond with the man you loved deepened? The place where you started your thriving and love-filled business? The place where you studied, explored the ‘self’, got engaged, married and even knocked up? Our home over the last few years is a treasure trove of memories and life-changing, pivotal moments. Not to mention that my husband, a Cancerian and a true home-body, naturally feels displaced in any new environment. It’s because of this huge and weighty question that I decided to wipe the slate clean and consciously start our new life fresh. I wanted to detox ourselves, our new home and even our ‘things’ of any negative energy, judgments, expectations and limiting beliefs that might stand in the way of us moving forward positively. A Cleansing Ritual was in order… I arrived at our new apartment first. It was empty and felt odd. Before our stuff arrived with Chris and the removalists and again after the bulk of the move was done I (to my husband’s amusement) held a little ceremony of sorts. I used a beautiful Sage + Lavendar Smudge stick to help this cleansing ritual. With reverence I walked through our home starting at the front door, in a clockwise direction. With the Smudge Stick lit I entered every room, corner and crevice. Circling the smoke high and low as I loudly stated my intentions for each room. I also called on the white light, angels and spirit guides to support our life, our baby and our future with love. I felt a little choked up with emotion. Something shifted and bubbled up within me. It felt healing, instantly. Not long after my Mum arrived help. She, armed with with Holy Water from the local church, walked through our room and sprinkled the water throughout our home to cleanse and bless our new space. Mum told me to ask for our home, baby and marriage to be blessed and called on Mother Mary + Jesus to guide and protect us. A beautiful serenade to the ‘religion’ and spirituality of my childhood. ++ Now, to shed some further light on this experience and to give you gorgeous readers some extra insight I also called up Feng Shui, Sacred Cleansing + Energy Expert Renee Longworth. Renee kindly answered a few questions I had about this powerful process. I followed many of her ‘how-to’ steps to cleanse which can you check out below. (I recommend printing and keeping!) Renee’s insights and tips: For someone who has never heard of it before, what is a ‘house’ clearing? A house clearing is a ritual or ceremony which is performed with the intention of clearing your space of any old negative energetic patterns. These patterns can be created from the building of your home or biz, (e.g. frustrated dealings with contractors) the history of the land, past occupants or current circumstances or events. A home or building is a living breathing entity and hears and sees everything within its space. It will absorb the energy of it’s events within the very fibres of its structure and can hold onto negative patterns or energy. By clearing negative energy and invoking positive energy, it helps to create a sacred space for you to flourish and thrive in. Why is it important to cleanse and clear our homes/offices etc? For example, when you move into a new home or if there has been an argument within a space, it’s important to clear this energy as it can have an effect on how you function. Also the energetic pattern can start to change how you respond to circumstances, how your family interacts with one another and your overall positive outlook. We all know the feeling you get when you walk into a room after a two people have just had an argument. Even the language we use for the awkwardness of the atmosphere directly refers to the energy that has been created – ‘You could’ve cut the air with a knife’. Is there a history to this practice? Most cultures have Space Clearing rituals. And each culture will have a particular tool they associate with. Wiccans or Pagans are known to use their brooms […] Read more

Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards:  3 Things I’m Loving.

Chakras. Healthy Food. Oracle Cards: 3 Things I’m Loving.

Posted August 29, 2014

I’m not going to lie; there hasn’t been much on my radar for the last few weeks. The first trimester of this pregnancy really had me disconnect from the world in the big way – I was barely online, the mere thought of scrolling through instagram or facebook made me feel nauseous. And my social life pretty much came to a halt. But since I’m now well into my second trimester I’ve slowly been emerging from what I can only describe as a hangover meets flu meets stomach bug meets depression (pretty picture right?!). Recently, I’ve delightfully been able to reconnect and soak up some life again.  So let me share with you the few but very special things I love right now. 1. My Chakras + SoMM + Belinda Davidson I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the chance to listen to this interview I did with my Spiritual Mentor, Belinda Davidson (if not, you MUST. CLICK HERE) where we talk about Chakras, finding your purpose and authenticity. Well, in it, I openly declare that “I love my Chakras”… and gosh, I really do. I first learned about these spinning energy centres during my Yoga Teacher Training some 5 years ago. For most of us, it’s easy to connect with them on an intellectual level. I could wrap my head around it. Fascinated somewhat, but did I truly get it? Was I living in reference to and from healthy, happy Chakras? Did I know how to work with them? Was it possible for me to harness their power? The answer was a resounding NO. That is until the divine Belinda Davidson entered my life. Over the last year I’ve been working consistently with Belinda and my Chakras to create a life of purpose, passion, inner and outer health, flow and love. Not to mention that working with my Chakras has directly led to a deep acceptance that I am meant to be a mamma, and that it’s a huge part of my journey and how to ensure my body was up to the task. Today I feel more connected to my energy body – I feel and live from this energetic space, not just my physical body or thinking mind. Over the first trimester of this pregnancy, after about week 5 or 6 I really struggled to work with the high vibrational energy of my Chakras as it would often leave me feeling woozy, ungrounded and unstable – not a good feeling when you are already spinning out from all-day-nausea! But since about Week 11 onwards I’ve been able to reconnect to my Chakras and tune back in. It’s powerful stuff to get a direct ‘reading’ as to what your mind-body-soul requires or where there is a block. Oh my. I am LOVING it – (re)connecting to my energy anatomy is a spiritual practice I adore.  I’m back into doing a daily Chakra Cleanse Meditation – sometimes a guided one or other times self-guided which leaves me feeling clean, light, ready. Not only that, but I really adore connecting to Chakra 2 where my bubba resides and breathing in warm golden light and love into that space. I imagine this beautiful soul is connecting to and soaking up all the good chakra juju and high-vibing off this goodness! I’m also crushing on my Chakras again because I feel that when I nurture them, they nurture me. Which means my health, wellness, spiritual life, career, love, relationships and now pregnancy and motherhood are supported in a way that I KNOW will make a true and profound difference. BIG STUFF. I have to mention here that a huge part of my understanding of and my ability to live from my Chakras boils right down to Belinda Davidson’s School of The Modern Mystic. Her Level 1 course takes you through, chakra-by-chakra, your energy anatomy and teaches you how to connect with it. How to nourish your Chakras, work with them, heal and cleanse them and make these energy centres work harder for you, in the right way. If you belief in the power of what you cannot see – our energetic body and the energy of the world around us – and you are passionate about growing, evolving and continuously striving to live an aligned, whole, authentic, rich, intuitive and guided life then you need to work with your Chakras. I’ve never met anyone that has taught me so much, in such a short space of time, and helped me truly transform and create real change on a deep level than Belinda Davidson. Here’s some good news for you. Belinda is running her SoMM Level 1 course again on September 29th. Head over here to check out her FREE Audio Masterclass. There are a few things I’d recommend wholeheartedly and without doubt – Yoga, Meditation, Clean Eating and Chakra Work! P.s I’m a proud affiliate of SoMM and Belinda Davidson. I only promote products/services/programs that I have used myself and/or believe and trust in.   2. Health, fresh food delivered to my door. Hello, Eat Fit Food! I’ve mentioned this brand before but I have to dish up some lovin’ for them again today. After almost two months of banishment from the kitchen during the first trimester – which meant two months of cooking every meal for my husband (you can thank extreme fatigue, an insane sense of smell and a repulsion for being around food) we were given the best break ever. Enter Eat Fit Food. This beautiful biz creates healthy, fresh meals and delivers them straight to your door. No lite ‘n’ easy here. We are talking real, delicious, super-conscious food. Packaged up nicely, portion controlled and insanely delicious. Every morning we’d receive a delivery that included a separate dinner for Chris and I. They took into account our personal preference and made sure everything was clean, cooked properly and fresh. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it was to not have to think […] Read more

Learn how to receive: invite in the divine feminine

Learn how to receive: invite in the divine feminine

Posted August 27, 2014

Open up your arms and your heart and be willing to receive. How willing are you to receive? Do you want to learn how to receive and to accept what is unfolding for you or to gratefully take what is being offered your way? Or are you a lady of action – doing, getting, hunting down, controlling… you know, making it happen! Did you know that the former energy exemplifies and brings to life the Divine Feminine? The energy of YIN. A softer, moon-based energy that doesn’t seek, but sits open and ready to receive. An energy that understands it’s role (and power) in allowing life to happen. Versus the latter which is the Sacred Masculine energy – the YANG. A driven, sun-based energy that is all about action, doing, controlling, structuring, planning. An energy vital in making it happen. And an energy that I’d bet my life savings on that most of us ladies are very, very good at tapping into. Both are powerful, both are needed to flow and ebb through life with ease, success, happiness, momentum, joy, peace. And truly there are different times and different seasons for these energies to take centre stage. For me The Divine Feminine is showing up in my mind-body-soul in a BIG and powerful way. It’s coaxing me into receptivity. It’s nudging me towards letting go of resistance and opening my heart. It’s encouraging me into a softer, more fluid and easy state. It’s showing me what surrender and acceptance really feels like. Today I’ve recorded for you an 11 minute Audio Blog where I talk you through how The Divine Feminine is showing up in my life and what that feels like. I also ask you to consider the balance of these two sacred and potent energies in your life and to consider inviting in The Divine Feminine and the beauty that unfolds from it. I know I’m not the only one that has been feeling this energy of late. I know that the Divine Feminine is stepping up and stating her case to a generation of women ready to learn how to receive and ready to explore a way that feels more intuitive and in-tune with their natural state. Maybe you are one of those women?  + CLICK HERE TO LISTEN https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/Divine%20Feminine%20Receive.mp3 OR DOWNLOAD HERE (Right click, save target as and then sync it to your smartphone and take me with you on the bus, train, morning walk!) Are you ready to connect to what you feel instead of what you think? YOUR TURN: I want to know what you think: How has the Divine Feminine energy of receptivity shown up for you? Have you heeded the call or are you still resisting? Do you need to balance our the feminine and masculine energies in your life? love + light, Claire x Read more

Somebody to lean on: find your support team

Somebody to lean on: find your support team

Posted August 19, 2014

Somebody to lean on. We all need to be supported at different times of our life. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that I am a wellness woman of action. Well, specifically inspired action meets contemplation. Which basically means that I am active, engaged and motivated in my life, but not without consideration and reflection – I don’t do things without truly understanding why I am doing them and if I need to in the first place. I’m going to hazard a guess that you are much the same. You, my incredible tribe, have a beautiful way of living consciously that I know you are doing your best each day to be present yet aware in every moment. That doesn’t mean we are always perfect, does it? Or that we are without off-days void of that inner strength and drive. But it means we are consciously trying to do so as and when we can. So, when I first found out I was pregnant whilst honeymooning in Thailand (yep, two weeks in and a late period meant that a pee-on-a-stick was in order!) I knew I wanted to be as conscious as I could during this pregnancy. But I could sense that this wasn’t going to be an easy ride – I could feel already that ‘taking action’ as I normally do would require a little refinement – a different approach. There are two truths I connected to: 1) I’m going to have some stuff to work through. and 2) I can’t, won’t and shouldn’t do this alone. You do not have it go it alone. You don’t have to force ‘strength’ at the expense of your health and happiness. It didn’t take long for the weight of this enormous shift to sink in. My entire life (ours – hubby and I) had literally chained with one little pee. The life I had spent years building and in fact was still crafting and growing into every day had done a major cosmic shift on us. Yes we are insanely grateful that this little soul had chosen us. Yes, we are both in awe. But we are both, authentically, voicing our fears and shock. You must be true to what you feel. Fear, just like love, is felt in the heart and fear can only be healed in the heart when acknowledged! It’s because of this shift (and the emotions that arose immediately with it) I knew there were going to be some inner layers of resistance, limiting beliefs and confusion to work through. So I did two things. I considered who I needed to lean on to help guide me through this. I wasn’t pretending that I could ‘coast’ through this journey unassisted. I was already experiencing emotions on a grander scale than I ever had. The first people to come to mind that I wanted to lean on were my Kinesiologist – Jacqui Prydie, my EFT trainer (+ Advanced practitioner), Alison Monaghan and my Naturopath, Tanya Goldie. A quick email was sent to all three and three separate sessions were booked in. Why I chose this team to lean on during my first trimester: I was sick – nausea, fatigue, indigestion – and needed support to get through it. I wanted to do the best thing for my body and our baby – nutritionally. I could already sense an unnamed emotional blockage around Motherhood and Pregnancy that I wanted to clear. I needed an energetic tune-up. Over the 6 weeks that followed after we returned from Thailand I checked in with my team. My Kinesiologist cleared and reset high levels of anxiety and stress. Alison guided me through a powerful EFT session where we worked through fears around depression, lack of support and ‘being alone’  – I sobbed so hard during this session I could barely speak. And my Naturopath armed me up with supplements to support our baby, my body and the help my liver process the 400+ hormones raging through my system. She also reaffirmed my believe of the power of clean eating and gave me direction and focus. It’s important for me to clarify here that these sessions were very different to my previous sessions with this team. I had to be very raw, honest and vulnerable. Which meant expressing and voicing feelings I had which were thick and heavy with fear, guilt and even selfishness. I had to let it all out in order to really get the support I needed. Now there is a final (but most important) person I have to mention here. Someone I leaned on heavily and who held me up, never dropping me… and that is my hubby Chris. It wasn’t lost on me how much of a shock it must be for him – all of a sudden his focus had to shift to the foreign (yet beautiful) concept of fatherhood, parenting and support in a very real way. Not to mention that his wife no longer resembled or behaved like the woman he had known for 7.5 years! But when it came to stepping up to the plate – literally – Chris was there. He cooked for me every night. Worked around my bodies insane repulsion for certain foods (Baked salmon? oh god… I die) and remained patient, gentle and understanding. He gave me lots of space, dropped all expectations of me and listened to my confusion, sadness, whinging and even indifference. Words express my gratitude to this man. But I also see that he is simply fulfilling his divine role, just as I am. ++ Truthfully I’m not going to pretend to you that enlisting this support team completely wiped the slate clean of the all-day-sickness, emotional blocks and energetic confusion. That first trimester of pregnancy was the most intense ride I’ve ever been on in mind-body-soul. What I did receive though was a sense of comfort, release, guidance and hand-holding. It made me feel connected to the Claire I knew well, but […] Read more

why EVERYTHING has taken a backseat to surrender + self-love…

why EVERYTHING has taken a backseat to surrender + self-love…

Posted August 11, 2014

why EVERYTHING has taken a backseat to surrender + self-love… Maybe you’ve noticed things have been a little different over here at The Wellness Project HQ. I’ve been sharing snippets of this journey of transformation that I am deep within and how it has come at full force, over the last 6 weeks… and let me tell you, it’s not over yet. Work, writing, social life, daily movement, meditation, cooking, yoga … all of what used to be normal for me has completely and utterly done a Houdini. I’ve only had space and energy for two things (and even they have completely changed two) – Surrender + Self-love. But today I can finally reveal WHAT exactly this transformation is about… Well, I’ve got a beautiful little soul growing inside. Yep, I am pregnant. With child. Up-the-duff. There’s a bun in the oven. Unexpected yet meant to be. This soul has been present in my energy field for quite some time. And it seems it got a little tired of waiting for me to be ‘ready’… so bubba has taken hold of the reigns. This little soul has collided with my own on a pre-destined trajectory to my heart. Not to mention that of my husband (Christopher) – who is already truly, madly, deeply in love with our 5.5 cm bundle of joy. But, to any mammas out there, you’ll know that this collision is not always a clean hit. The phrase ‘morning sickness’ does not summarize the experience at all… but I won’t bore you with the gory details (yet). Let’s just say this. Mentally, emotionally, physically I have been given the chance to really experience surrender on a whole new level. It’s as if all the angels, saints, prophets, the universe, God and every Guru got together and said: “Ok, Claire, you really dig this ‘Surrender’ stuff right? You really want to learn how to Surrender? Well then, HERE YOU GO! Get ready for the biggest ride of your life!” Letting go of EVERYTHING that once made me feel whole, normal, sane and opening my arms to receive and allow this miracle to happen  – well, what a HUGE lesson that has been and will continue to be. Surrender + Self-love, over the last 6 weeks, has looked like a little this: It’s ok to stay in my pajamas for hours. It’s ok to sleep in the middle of the day. It’s more than ok to cry, with fat wet tears. It’s ok to feel terrified. It’s ok to hide away and disconnect. The key for me has been Conscious Compassion. Dropping the resistance to every change that has unfolded. Letting go of past ways of thinking and being. Being present with how I am feeling and being OK with the tidal wave of emotions. And loving myself in every single moment of it all. This, by far, has been the most pivotal moment of my life. I’ve learnt more about Surrender + Self-love in these last 6 weeks than I have in the past 32 years. And at 12.5 weeks pregnant I know there is so much more to come. I have so many things I want to share with you – from the lessons I’ve learnt through the fog and sickness over the last 6 weeks to how I’ve been processing what is by far the most powerful change of my life. In the meantime let me share this little picture of our teeny, tiny beanie baby. Saying a BIG HELLO to all you beautiful souls in my tribe. Seeing this little nugget of love squirming about and waving was the most spectacular experience ever and I’m so thrilled I can finally share this with you! ++ YOUR TURN: I would love to hear from you – if you are mumma what were your experiences and feelings like when you first fell pregnant? Or if you aren’t there yet how does pregnancy/babies make you feel? Is it so far our of your scope, tugging at you or maybe terrifying you? I know that I am not alone with all my crazy emotions and can’t wait to hear from you! love + light, Claire x Read more

Saying no to obligations

Saying no to obligations

Posted July 23, 2014

On Monday this week I sent out my weekly newsletter where I share stories, personal insights and my own little musings – all of which I usually keep for my beautiful tribe. But this week I have some news to share with you about my new Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, but mostly a perspective on obligations that I think we all need to hear. We all need to be encouraged to see obligations is a completely different light and learn the power in saying no. So I hope you find my perspective below supportive for you, in your life! ++ Sometimes we stick to our obligations like glue. And sometimes, that’s a good thing, right? No one likes a flaky individual who backs out of commitments – many of which are important and come with large consequences (if broken). But, sometimes we stick to obligations when all signs indicate otherwise. You know those moments when it’s time to politely yet confidently say ‘No, I can’t do that’… well, I think they are some of the toughest moments out there, but some of the most necessary, too. Why is it so hard to drop obligations? Because we care what other people think. We don’t want to let people down. It’s such a worry to even think about not doing what we said we would that saying ‘No’ or ‘I can’t right now’ isn’t an option. Many of us believe that everyone else’s needs are more important than our own. Have you been there? Have you ignored your own body and soul’s messages to say no, press pause, redirect or even walk away – all because you made a commitment and you felt obligated? I have. In fact, I was there recently, until I chose to change up my obligations. Right now, I’m in the throes of change. Emotionally, mentally and physically I’m undergoing a transformation like I haven’t experienced in years. And it’s definitely thrown me off course. The only thing I am certain of at the moment is change… What’s this got to do with obligation? Well, despite all this change I made a BIG commitment. I recently launched my Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, due to be held of August 2nd – to a group of gorgeous soulful women, ready to dive in and kick-start their own journey of wellness transformation. Despite that commitment, there is a truth that has been tugging at me lately. It’s saying; press pause, create space, put yourself first. As I toss and turn through the most powerful shifts in mind-body-soul that I’ve ever experienced my intuition is telling me that right now I need to take a step back, regroup, go into stillness before I can give wholeheartedly and fully at the Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class, in the way I want to, but also in the way you deserve. Which is why I have decided to reschedule The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class to Sunday 7th September. The usual fear-filled story of obligation has come knocking. My commitment and obligation to each attendee of The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Class is palpable and wants to be the deciding factor here. Instead, I’ve realised something really powerful: We stick to our obligations out of a desire to do the best we can for others. When truly, sometimes the way we can be our BEST for others is to say ‘I can’t right now’.  TWEET THIS! I’m taking this extra time to nurture my own Mind-Body-Soul. To teach what I teach I must live it first. This transformation is providing me with a chance to reconnect on a deeper level to all the incredible tools I’ll be teaching at the Immersion Class.In order for me to be present in the fullest way I need to say ‘No, I can’t right now’. I hope this inspires you to look at the obligations you’ve created in your life and to create space when space is needed. You are the creator of your life. You call the shots. And no one else is going to look out for you – it’s up to you! love + light, Claire xx ++ p.s The Mind-Body-Soul Immersion Sunday September 7th Places still available! It’s time to take the most important class of your life. This semi-private LIVE Group Retreat, in Sydney, NSW, for you and a circle of soul sisters has been designed to help you escape from your busy life to nurture, reconnect and renew. It’s time to luxuriate in the rare experience of putting yourself first! (How often do you do that?) But this is not just a retreat to unwind and revive; you’ll also be learning powerful and sustainable ways to transform into a balanced, perfectly healthy and happy being. An immersion in your Mind-Body-Soul! Click here to learn more. pp.s Want to receive my weekly newsletter and get in on my personal insights and wisdom? Just plug your details in the box below! Read more

6 steps to creating the perfect week

6 steps to creating the perfect week

Posted June 17, 2014

Something I hear all the time from my clients is the complaint that, although they have the best intentions to live a balanced life in mind-body-soul, they just don’t have the time to do everything they need to. They are searching for the perfect week, but they don’t know how to create it. They are eager to put into practice all the new tools they are learning during our coaching – journaling, yoga, meditation and more. BUT of course, (and I’m sure you’ll agree) they can’t see where to squeeze this in. The perfect week eludes them as life continues to overwhelm and chew through time. Busy always seems to trump a perfect week. I get it, life is already busy enough – sometimes the mere idea of trying to create ‘the perfect week’ is overwhelming. But let’s look at it this way, isn’t all the ‘busy-ness’ irrelevant if you aren’t healthy and happy to enjoy your life as you’d like too? (P.s check out my recent post on ditching the ‘busy’ attitude to life) Today I want to share with you one of the most life-changing yet super simple tips I have. This is something I’ve shared with many clients with great success. This is the way to find the time you desire to focus on your mind-body-soul. This is how you create the perfect* week you want, week on week. *Regarding ‘perfect’ – there is no such thing, let’s just make that clear. I simply choose this word to highlight that you can live and experience your days the way you want to, rather than being pushed and pulled by the chaos of life. 6 Steps to creating the perfect week (you’ll need a pen and paper for this task!) Note down your ‘non-negotiables’ and ‘nice to haves’! a) On your piece of paper write down, what I call, your ‘Level One Non negotiables’. What are Level One Non-Negotiables? These are things in your life that you cannot negotiate on. For example – your job (if you don’t show up you won’t get paid!) Or getting your kids off to school. Or caring for your elderly parents and so on. b) Next write down your Level Two Non-negotiables: What do you NEED to include in your life for feel healthy, alive, strong, balanced happy? Is it daily meditation? A walk/run. Hitting the gym. Journaling. Reading with a cup of tea alone after work. Yoga? Time to cook/shop? This is the stuff makes you feel SANE. And is just as important (if not more) as your job and any other obligatory items in your life. c) Finally write down your nice-to-haves. For me that is ‘social’ time with girlfriends. Sometimes I need it and it becomes a non-negoatiable, other times It’s just something I’d love to do, but isn’t as VITAL (more on that in a minute) Plan it out! Open up a excel document and create a table with 7 columns – Monday through to Sunday. Split up each column by the hour or periods of time. (You can download an example one I’ve created here!) Schedule in your week. Work in BLOCKS of time. Begin by greying out time for your Level One Non-negotiables. E.g your working hours, picking up the children etc. Include travelling to and fro – mark out the WHOLE time required. Next, do the same with your Level 2 non-negotiables and again for your ‘nice-to haves’. E.g. When do you normally practice yoga? Ideally – is it every morning, every second afternoon? And when it comes to the ‘nice-to-haves’ do you ideally like to be social/get that massage/visit your girlfriend/have along time every Saturday afternoon? This is your ideal weekly planner so mark it down. Review it all. Have you over-packed your week? Have you been a little too over-zealous with social time, or when you are rising in the morning for meditation. Be realistic. Make sure you have time to sleep and rest. Make sure you’ve scheduled in me-time. Make sure you aren’t over-committing. This is about getting healthy, remember! Be FLEXIBLE. Personally, I create what I call the ‘Holy Grail’ or my Ideal Weekly Planner as a saved excel document. However, week-on-week I often sit down – usually on a Sunday over a pot of tea sitting in a sunny spot on my living room floor – and flick open my iCal to gauge my week ahead. I then ‘re-do’ and plan my week out. Being mindful of my non-negotiables, meetings/appointments for the week and ultimately how I feel. This is a quick and rough draft from Mon – Sunday where I create the ideal week for THAT week. So I am responding to what’s coming up for that week. I’m making amends for any meetings, trips away or what-not. I’m being flexible. Be intuitive. Finally, it’s so important to be receptive and intuitive. CHECK IN with yourself; ask what you NEED that week. E.g. Some weeks I need a lot of alone time so I’ll factor that in and pull back on social engagements or over-committing. Other times I want to get out there, see lots of people and be a little butterfly. I make time for that and start dialing and booking in plans. ++ Fitting in what you truly need is possible. Experiencing a perfect week is easier than you think. It just takes organization and focused attention. This schedule is not about restriction and removing spontaneity. It’s from this structure and life-affirming discipline comes flexibility, joy and happiness… we feel better when we have the time to do what we need for our mind-body-soul. The purpose of this schedule is so that you don’t ‘vague’ out on all the things you know are vital for your health and wellness but you often tend to ‘bump’ because life gets too overwhelming and busy. Personally, yoga + meditation + me-time are my non-negotiables. By having this clearly outlined in my diary it is a gentle reminder that these are […] Read more

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