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Self-love: getting to the heart of happiness April 26 2015, 0 Comments

 

On the blog recently in the lead up to Love to Live: Getting to the heart of happiness workshop, I wrote about how integral self-love was in increasing my happiness and how I stumbled across the practice (perhaps out of desperation!) I wouldn't say I was unhappy but I was severely burnt out. Practising self-love suddenly made my life easier. The more I practised it, the more fulfilled I was. I was able to nurture myself without seeking it solely from others. I became calmer, more in flow, more in touch with my intuition and my life purpose. I was at peace with myself, had greater confidence in myself, felt empowered that I could do and be anything I wanted. I stopped looking for love outside of myself. Don't get me wrong giving and receiving love to/from others is also magical and there is nothing that lights me up more than time with my nieces or nephew or my family. But learning how to better nurture myself was a game changer. To read my top tips on practising self-love click here.


What's love got to do with it? April 11 2015, 4 Comments

Love. That four letter word. What does it mean? Is it really all the world needs now?

For years and years (in fact well over 30) I spent my time believing and living as if love was something external to me. I thought that others were responsible for providing me with love and as a byproduct of that it would bring me greater happiness. I assumed that giving love in huge amounts to others would mean it would return to me ten-fold and that would fulfill me. But still I felt a part of me was missing. I read self-help book after self-help book trying to find the answer, to fill a void that I believed could only be found outside of myself. I thought love (and happiness) would come in the shape of more friends, my family, having children, a man, going on another holiday, a new wardrobe or a fun night out. Don't get me wrong all of those things can bring much happiness but I now know that having all of that can still leave you unfulfilled and longing for something more. I know this not just because of my own experience but friends, acquaintances and clients that allegedly "have it all" tell me so. I see it everyday.

I remember entering my 30s and feeling so burnt out from caring and giving to other people but still didn't feel fulfilled. I was lost. Baffled. And very tired. To read the full blog post click here.

 


Are Green Smoothies just a fad? October 31 2014, 1 Comment


I don't know about you but all I seem to see in my Instagram and Facebook feed these days are green smoothies and VERY bendy, gorgeous people in yoga poses! I've dabbled in the green smoothie trend, particularly during a 28-day yoga challenge where I even went out specifically to purchase a blender to make them. I made one almost every day during that month and I have to admit I did feel AMAZING! I really love smoothies particularly in the summer months but find them a little hard to take in winter. I wanted to call on an expert to give her opinion about green smoothies to clarify in my mind once and for all - are they just a fad? Introducing Julie Dargan from Dargan Vitality... Read the full blog post here.


Why I've quit coffee October 25 2014, 2 Comments

Almost three weeks ago now I decided to quit coffee. I love the smell and love the taste but don't really like what happens afterwards to my poor belly! Grumble, grumble then a quick run to the nearest bathroom (sorry for the details).  

I've never been a coffee addict, but what started out as 1-2 coffees over the weekend had become a daily habit. Walking past my favourite coffee shop on the way to work smelling that delicious coffee scent, coupled with the cold winter made it hard not to stop off for my daily coffee. I loved chatting to the baristas and analysing our crazy dreams as my coffee was being created. It also made for a nice excuse to get out of the office to stretch my legs after sitting at my desk all day. Read the full blog post here.


Running from yoga October 11 2014, 4 Comments

In recent weeks, I've been running from yoga. Yep! My beloved yoga has taken a back seat to running. The reason why? I was training for Connor’s Run. A few weekends ago now I ran 9.6km in the annual running event raising much-needed funds for research, care and development into brain tumours. Connor’s Run includes an 18.8km run starting at Sandringham or a 9.6km run starting in St Kilda, both ending with a party at the boat sheds by the Yarra in Melbourne.

I don’t know about you but I was definitely NOT a born runner. I used to run around the block at school as a youngster puffing after 100m and wanting to give up! I used to look at others who seemed to run with ease and wonder how on earth they could hold a conversation while running?! I would run, struggle to chat at the same time and go beetroot red in the face, which would then (and still does) take hours to return to normal. Read the full blog post here.