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The power of a full moon ritual May 21 2016, 0 Comments

 

 

Whether you believe in the powerful energy of the full moon or not, using this time as an opportunity to stop and reflect can be extremely potent. I'm a moon gazer, I've always been captivated by her beauty, it's hard not to be drawn to her hanging up there illuminating the night sky. 

Whether it's the period of retrograde or this impending Sagittarius full moon, boy have I been out of sorts this week! My laptop packed it in, my wifi was on the blink and I've been super emotional and easily triggered. All of my doubts and limiting beliefs have come creeping back in to say hello, calling me to take notice. I've been questioning am I enough, how will I get everything done, why is this happening, should I just give up? I noticed myself mid week slipping into victim mode and having a full-on pity party. Read the full blog post here.


How to move through challenging times with grace March 16 2016, 0 Comments

My year started on such a high, I felt rejuvenated and refreshed after a lovely Christmas break and ready to take on 2016. I felt totally in flow! Towards the end of January and into February however, I saw my energy slowly shift and plummet. I began to feel flat, exhausted and more negative than my usual optimistic self. Despite my best intentions and ginormous tool kit of self-help strategies and stress management hacks, I felt like life was happening to me. Sure, there were a series of events that have contributed and I could always blame the full moons, eclipses and intense energy of recent times, but I won't. My inner critic, my mean girl was turned up to the maximum volume! How did I get there? To read the full blog post click here.


5 ways to get through Valentine's Day if you're single (or not) February 14 2016, 0 Comments

We've all been there right?

Dreading that day of love coming up, knowing it will be spent once again without a romantic partner. Wishing the day would pass by quickly without a big fuss. Hoping it doesn't fall on a Friday or Saturday night because you'll be left stranded at home with a video and a bottle of wine, drinking alone and feeling like a misery guts while all of your mates are out on hot dates with their lovers? Here are five ways to get through Valentine's Day this year. Read the full blog post here.


3 tips to ease back into work after the holidays January 14 2016, 0 Comments

I went back to my day job earlier this week after having over two weeks off. The longest break I've had in a while! I had such a wonderful break and felt refreshed and inspired heading back into the city on Monday. Returning to my day job got me thinking about a quote I loved from my coaching course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

"Find work that you love or a way to love the work that you do."

What is your relationship with your work?

Last year I spent too much time wishing I was working full time in my business. I was pushing too hard and at times I wasn't truly present and grateful for my day job, which I really do love. I'm blessed to work with amazing colleagues and inspirational clients.

Here are three of my top tips to help ease you back into work after the holidays so you're not left starting the year feeling resentful or disheartened about your work. Read the full blog post here.


Can procrastination be a form of intuition? June 26 2015, 0 Comments

As most of you will know if you follow me on social media or read my blog, I'm a huge fan of Danielle LaPorte and the Desire Map. At the start of the year I ordered her Truth Bomb card deck, which is AMAZING! When it arrived I decided to pull a card out to place on my desk.

The card I pulled got me thinking.

The first reason this card got me so intrigued was that starting my own business has really shone a light on my procrastination habits. I've analysed the why I procrastinate, where it might come from, what is behind it and ways to overcome it until the cows have come home! I'm at peace with the fact that I still procrastinate much more than I would like. I realise it's a deeply ingrained habit that will take time and patience to re-wire and change. I'm ok with that. Acceptance and compassion have become my friends when it comes to my procrastination habits. Read the full blog post here.


7 ways to be more mindful this May May 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

If mindfulness wasn’t already enough of a buzzword, it has hit celebrity status this month with the campaign Mindful in May. Are you participating? I have been, although I have to admit my inbox is currently getting a thrashing and as we're about to enter Day 20 of the challenge, I'm having trouble keeping up. So what is the solution?

I’m trying not to beat myself up for not keeping up every single day and have been introducing mindfulness into my daily life in other ways as much as possible. I hope you can do the same and see mindfulness become part of your routine well after the month of May is over. To read the full blog post click here.


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.

 


Ever considered going on a yoga retreat? (you might after reading this) April 06 2015, 1 Comment

I'm a MASSIVE fan of yoga retreats. For me they are the perfect holiday. I love the time out, the sacred space they create to reflect and just be. They rejuvenate, refresh and re-energise me. They also challenge me to switch off from the busy world we live in and peel off another layer of myself. They bring me home to who I really am. My true self. I don't need to put on any different masks or compete with anyone, I can just be me. 

Today on the blog I'm thrilled to interview holistic health coach, yoga teacher and absolute Goddess Sarah-Jane Perman. I met Sarah-Jane (also known as SJ for short) at an Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference in Sydney just over a year ago. SJ guided a large group of coaches through our asana as we saluted the sun in the Botanical Gardens with the Opera House in the background. She also took us through our paces and got us moving during the conference.

Given my love of yoga retreats and knowing SJ had some amazing retreats lined up this year, I decided to quiz her to find out what yoga means to her and why she believes retreats are the bees knees as well! Join us as we go on a guided tour of the beautiful retreats SJ has on offer in 2015. To read the full blog post click here.