Hello sweet friend, it's been a little while hasn't it? I've been taking a break from the blog/facebook/instagram recently because I'd been feeling overwhelmed by it. I think that's so common for new bloggers and entrepreneurs. I know I especially struggle with it sometimes because on the one hand, I love to share my learnings and interests with others, but on the other hand I always want to remain true to myself and actually live the message I'm sharing.Read More
Hey my lovelies! Today I am bringing you the first in a series of inspiring blog posts featuring women that I've been lucky enough to connect with through Instagram...aka my Insta Sistas! Kicking off the list is this inspiring, kind and total boss babe, Emily Holliday.Read More
Firstly, let me acknowledge that this picture is slightly out of focus; I'm really (really) new to photography and taking pics for my blog, so I'm learning as I go. What I DO love is that today I get to share a post with you that features my own products! Yippee!
I’m quite aware that I’m possibly the last person on earth to be espousing Coconut Oil for its usefulness in a daily beauty routine but to be honest, I’m not really bothered by that. Ha! I believe we each come to things when it’s the right time for us and this is the space where I get to share what I love, so today I’m bringing you a number of ways to add Coconut Oil into your daily routine.
The most simple and obvious one is to replace your moisturiser(s) with Coconut Oil. I used to moisturise my legs and arms daily but since replacing my old moisturisers with Coconut Oil, I’ve progressed to a full body lathering every day...sometimes twice a day! I’ve noticed such a difference in my skin, both in how it looks and how it feels, that it didn’t feel right anymore to be solely focusing on one or two areas. Not only does my skin now feel smooth and cared for, it actually glows too. I’m not kidding! You need only try it for yourself to see the difference.
I’ve also started using Coconut Oil as an eye make-up remover. I am slowly and consciously simplifying my daily beauty routine, both morning and night, and Coconut Oil has played a huge part in this. I’ve replaced the need for Micellar Water, makeup removal pads and eye cream just with this one simple ingredient and a warm face towel. It feels really good to know that because I’m consuming less packaging and buying fewer products, I’m leaving less of an impact on the planet as a whole by making these simple but conscious changes. What can I say? It’s important to me look after the planet.
Did you know that Coconut Oil can be an effective foot treatment if you suffer from dry and cracked heels? This is especially pertinent giving that we’re heading into summer in WA and you’re likely to be whipping out your sandals any day now. My suggestion is to moisturise your feet after a shower in the evening or a warm foot bath, then pop some socks on. If you want to amp it up a little, add a drop or two of your favourite essential oils. You can leave your socks on as long as you like, overnight is best, but give it at least half an hour to really soak in to your feet before removing if you need to. This is a really great treatment to add to your pampering routine even if your feet aren’t all that dry; they’ll get seriously soft and sandal-worthy for summer in no time!
The final hurrah for Coconut Oil in my beauty routine is its effectiveness as a hair treatment. Some people claim that it can make your hair grow twice as fast if used regularly. Personally, I’ve not seen those effects yet, and my hair grows realllly fast anyway but it would be worth giving it a go if you struggle with growing your hair long. I use Coconut Oil twice a week at the moment as a scalp and hair treatment and I love the feeling of my hair after I’ve left it in overnight and then washed it out the next morning. I’ve not noticed any oiliness left on my pillowcase afterwards but I do apply it lightly, so be mindful of this when applying. When you incorporate this regularly into your routine, you can look forward to shiny, healthy and luscious locks achieved by completely chemical-free means! Who wouldn’t want that?
The best Coconut Oil to buy is the cold-pressed, organic stuff. These days that is usually the kind I see for sale even on the big supermarket chain shelves, so it shouldn’t be hard to find. The big jar I bought above about 3 weeks ago and so far, I’ve gone through about a third of it. That might seem like a lot but I do use this baby daily and I’m not shy about rubbing a decent amount into my skin when I apply it.
Are you a Coconut Oil officianado? Are you yet to try it out but you're curious? Let me know in the comments!
Welcome back my lovely readers. Today I'm bringing you the second installment in this two-part blog post about how to tune your health compass to determine what direction you'd like your health to go in. Hold onto your hats ladies and gentleman because today's post might ruffle a few feathers. As with everything I post here on the blog, please take what resonates with you and leave anything that doesn't. OK, let's do this...
Let Go of Preconceived Ideas
One of the things that often leaves me in awe about the health and fitness industry is just how much information is out there. While I was studying at IIN the founder, Joshua Rosenthal, used to joke about how nutrition is the only science where two theories can equally disprove one another. "Milk is good for you" says study number one, "Milk is bad for you" says study number two and chances are, these days, they were published on the same day. It's mind-boggling at best and downright confusing at worst. I feel that all this turmoil is merely a distraction from the heart of the issue though, and that is:
You don't need any study, any meal plan, any hardcore fitness regime or ANY MORE EXTERNAL INFORMATION in order to be well.
You have at your disposal the two most precious gifts that will allow you to experience true health and wellbeing in your life: your body and your intuition. I feel that the divine communication we can have with our bodies, when we listen to the subtle cues it gives us every single day, is a lost art. It is not marketable and it is not flashy. You won't see it becoming an overnight instagram success nor will it make anyone a millionaire. It is not a meal and workout plan you can buy for only $129.99. It takes some serious trust and a willingness to listen in order to develop this relationship but trust me, truly hear me when I say this: it is the best damn thing you will ever do for yourself. In order to hear our inner voice and listen to the cues of the body, we need to first get out of our own way: let go of all of your preconceived ideas and everything you've ever been told about what's good for you and not good for you. Just drop it, every last bit - Let. It. GO.
There is No Such Thing as Good or Bad
If I could pick one thing to banish from the planet, make it as if it never existed, I'd pick this idea of being good vs being bad in relation to our health. This is the area where I see nearly everybody stumble, trip and ultimately fall over when embarking on their path of wellness. It has been around long enough in our culture now that it has infiltrated all of our language, not to mention thinking, around what it means to be well and live a meaningful life. I find it problematic for a number of reasons but my main bug bear with this is that it's absolute bollocks. In no uncertain terms, I call bullshit. It is human nature to be in a state of flux, particularly for women, yet we seem to be hell bent on making ourselves 'good' and 'acceptable' to others. Why is that?
When we are listening to our bodies, we'll have the idea of good and bad challenged on a daily basis because what we desire does not abide imposition from anything external; it comes from within. What does this look like in reality? Well, it means that in some moments a hunk of chocolate is going to be just what you need, other times not. Some days an EPIC HIIT workout is going to have your soul singing the dawn chorus, others it'll be a slow walk or some quiet stretching while the sun rises. Yoga. Quiet time in nature. A run in the thundering rain with a storm brewing. Blasting some Drake while you run errands. Do you see what I'm getting at here?
The reason this is so important to me, as a Coach, is that it allows this relationship to flourish and support you for your lifetime. Not just today, not just this 12-week block where you're bending over backwards to do everything by the letter (someone else's letter, might I add), and not just while you're being coached. This quiet, subtle, beautiful relationship with yourself will meet you halfway my dear: the more you open to it, the more it will open to you. And it is always there for you to turn towards. If you're having a rough time, it will be there, helping you and guiding you to make decisions that allow you to heal, move on and grow as your soul was intended to. If you're feeling flippin' amazing, it will be there, cheering you on and still guiding you with every step. And the best part of all? It knows you better than anyone, knows what you need and what will help you more than anyone else on the whole planet.
So I ask you, what are you willing to put your trust in today?
I'd love to know in the comments if you have any questions about this practice of tuning your health compass and if you do give it a try, please share with us all how you go! Remember, your comment might just be what someone else needs to hear today so share the love.
In all love and kindness,
Do you sometimes feel like you're overwhelmed with information about what it looks like to live a healthy life? Maybe you follow all of the latest fitness and diet trends but you find yourself feeling like something's missing or you're not quite getting it somehow. What I'm going to share with you today is one of the most simple yet effective ways to kickstart your wellbeing and get in touch with what you really want for your health and consequently, your life!
I had this idea in the car the other day while I was driving and thinking about how over-complicated living a healthy life can seem to be these days: you just need to know how you want to feel, then go do the things that take you closer to feeling like that. It is literally that simple! But so often we don't know what this means or how to do this, so we end up looking to anything external that promises to help us, or in the worst cases, 'fix' us. However, nobody is ever going to know what you need like you do. Nobody is ever going to be give you the gift you can give yourself: listening to yourself and giving yourself exactly what you need in each moment of each day.
So how do I tune my health compass?
Take a moment, wherever you are right now, to take some long, slow breaths and find your centre. Got it? OK, now I want you to tap in to what it feels like, for you, to be in the BEST health of your life. Get your imagination juices flowing. This doesn't even have to be a way you've necessarily felt before; the sky is the limit! Think about what sorts of things you're doing, who you are with, where you are and most importantly how you feel. Let that feeling really flourish in your body; feel it in every cell and get familiar with it. If you want to, write it down and make note of the images and feelings that come to mind. If you have written down lots of imagery words like 'at the beach', 'wearing my workout gear' and things along those lines, make sure to include more feeling words like 'energised', 'inspired' and words that generate an emotional response for you.
Now your only job is to go out into the world, each and every day, and do more of the things that make you feel like you did when doing this exercise. It's not about getting your life to align with the imagery of how your best life looked; too often we focus on what our lives are meant to look like. What is most important is to do a mini litmus test on each of your activities for the day and ask yourself, "Is this bringing me closer to that feeling, or not?". I want you to completely go with the flow here and let go of ALL preconceptions you have about healthy vs unhealthy, good vs bad and the whole black and white way of viewing your health, not to mention your life. It is not helpful. Welcome the things that light you up and bring you closer to this feeling into your life, and gently let go of the things that don't. It really can be this simple, if you'll trust yourself and allow it to be. And I guarantee you, you will be completely surprised about what you find out about yourself on this journey: some of the things you've always done will simply melt away, and the most uncanny things will pop into your life and be the practice that is giving you such a buzz each day.
I try to do this with all things in my life and as with most people, it's a work in progress. We're not fixed, static beings; we are constantly evolving and in a state of flux, which is why I don't believe in trying to fit ourselves into a one-size-fits-all box. It's like trying to tie down the wind. Better to work with your internal flow than to eternally struggle against it, or try to make it match someone else's.
Are you willing to have a go at this and see what happens? Let me know in the comments what this means for you or how you find this practice because I LOVE connecting with you about these things.
Have you ever heard of tongue cleaning? Are you a regular fanatic of this daily health regime? Today I’m sharing all the info about the health benefits of including tongue cleaning into your daily routine. Let’s dive right in shall we?
Whilst it might seem like a relatively new health fad, tongue cleaning, also known as tongue scraping, has been around for centuries in various cultures and is particularly prevalent in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. I’ve personally known of its existence as a daily health practice for at least five years but I never actually followed through on my research and purchased one...until now, and I’m already singing its praises!
Health Benefits of Tongue Cleaning
As with all health practices, it’s important to state that the benefits listed below are potential benefits. We’re all different beings with very different lifestyles, so the extent of the benefit you get from tongue cleaning is going to be entirely unique to you. OK now that we’ve got that out the way, here are some of the things you can generally expect to happen:
- A clean, fresh feeling in your mouth. Duh, right?! But this one is really important because it’s kind of hard to put into words exactly what having a clean tongue feels like in comparison to years of thinking that mucous-y gunky feeling in your mouth is normal. The first time I cleaned my tongue, my mouth felt a little dry immediately afterwards, until I realised that for the first time probably ever I was actually feeling the subtly rough and bumpy surface of my tongue. Who knew?
- Better tasting and smelling breath. Ever woken up with morning breath that could kill a donkey? Ever felt like that morning breath taste lingers in your mouth, even after you’ve drunk a gallon of water and tried to flush it away? All of that is taken care of with a few simple scrapes of the tongue and if you incorporate this into your daily routine, you’ll notice the cumulative effect of minimal (to no) morning breath. When you scrape your tongue, you are literally scraping off any bacteria that has accumulated there in the past 24hrs and any excess mucous lingering around the back of your mouth. No bacteria = no smell, hence the better breath.
- A heightened sense of taste. This one is going to be particularly unique to your lifestyle as everyone’s taste buds are different, depending on diet and factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption. For me, I immediately noticed a difference! The fresh vegetables in my salad tasted amaaaazing and I noticed more of a depth to my food as if the flavour lasted and developed on my taste buds, as opposed to just that initial hit of flavour quickly fading to nothing.
- Better oral health. A clean and fresh mouth, with a minimised amount of unhelpful bacteria, will definitely improve your oral health. Your next dentist’s visit should hopefully prove it!
When & How to Tongue Clean
It is generally suggested that tongue cleaning be done first thing in the morning when you wake up, while your stomach is still empty and before you have consumed food. Most tongue cleaners come in a user-friendly U-shaped design, so it’s as simple as keeping your tongue flat, positioning the scraper towards the back of the tongue, and dragging forwards with moderate pressure. Start out light and then increase it if you need. You will quickly get the hang of how much pressure you need. I do about 3-4 scrapes but you can do anywhere from 3 – 10, it’s all up to you! I thankfully don’t have an excessive amount of bacteria on my tongue so 3-4 does suits me fine. I follow this up with a quick water rinse at the end of scraping and a big glass of water with my daily Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in. It only takes about 2 mins so it’s got to be up there with my all time favourite quick, cheap health practices.
There are many more claims of added health benefits if you do some research about tongue cleaning. In Ayurvedic medicine it is believed to improve your digestion by providing a clean entry point for the process to begin and activating your saliva production, as well as your life energy. If you are interested in this I suggest you do some more research to find out for yourself why it’s worth a try.
Do you regularly tongue clean? Have you ever tried it? Let me know in the comments as I am converted to this simple and easy daily practice, and would love to hear what you think!
Hi beautiful people! I know, I know...I haven't written a post in ages and you've probably been wondering where I've been. To tell you the truth, I fell head over heels recently...for Soccer! I joined a team in my local area and between practice and games, my time got pinched a little. That said, I also don't feel the need to force myself to write about things if I really have nothing inspiring me at the moment; I like to let it flow naturally.
So, onto today's post. This is inspired by the person in my life who I've found really trying and difficult, for a number of reasons, for quite some time now but who also happens to be someone I am SO grateful for and SO glad came into my life. You're thinking I'm crazy, right? Not at all, sista (or mista!). I see all of life as learning and opportunities for growth and while sometimes it admittedly might take me a long-ass time to figure out what the lesson is, such as in this scenario, I'm always so glad and grateful when I do.
Today I want to offer you a different perspective to the usual methods offered for dealing with negative people, haters, bullies, whatever you want to call them. These often come in the form of the following instructions: 1) Don't take it personally, 2) ignore them, 3) confront them, 4) Remove yourself from the situation, 5) Have compassion for them etc. I don't know about you but none of those really do it for me anymore. I do tend to take it personally when someone's going out of their way to make my life hard and it's difficult to ignore it if the person is persistent. Confronting them or removing myself from the situation are two options I'm not willing to consider right now, and have compassion...well I'm working on that one :D I was forced to come up with a better solution, one that feels right for me, and it occurred to me that it might help a lot of other people, too. Quite simply, that is:
BUILD YOURSELF UP!
Build yourself up, yo! Man that feels good just saying it. What I mean is, love yourself silly. Do everything and anything you need to, or can, to build up your sense of worth, sense of value and love for yourself. I feel like far too often in our society we spend so much of our energy on the other person in a conflict: avoiding them; ignoring them; having compassion for them. I'd rather not give any more energy to this person than is necessary so I'm actually going to focus on me from here on out. I'll give you some examples of what this looks like, for me, so that you know what I mean:
- Dial up my self care, big time. I'm talking baths, pamper nights, time to myself, meditation, exercise, laughing with friends, heartfelt catch-ups with family, time with my love, time in nature. I do more of all of the things that I know help me feel good, whole, happy and like a beautiful person in this world.
- In the moments after this person has said something upsetting to me, I focus on all of the good things I do and all of my good qualities. My inner best friend (way better than an inner critic!) comes to the fore and I remember everything that's positive about me. Bonus points if it relates specifically to the conversation or whatever was said that was upsetting. Balance it out with good!
- Seek out people in the same environment who do affirm who you know yourself to be: a bright and lovely sparkle of a human being. You've got to get some support and have people in your corner. It will help immensely in allowing you to see that one person's view is actually not reality.
- Last but most definitely not least, I continue being my BEST self. So many times, or make that every time, I've had one of these people in my life, I've ended up so upset and frustrated with their behaviour that I am exactly that - an upset, frustrated, prickly person to be around. This isn't who I'd be or how I'd feel if this person wasn't present, so why let them dictate whether my best self comes out today or not? Ah, no. Haha! Even though it can be tricky at times, remember to smile, take a deep breath, and keep being your lovely, happy, bright self. Don't dial that down just to avoid being speared. Dial it UP to inspire others with your grace.
This is why I can't help but be grateful for this person. Someone who came along to teach me how to amp up my worthy-o-meter, as Melissa Ambrosini calls it, so that even under rapid fire I am steadfast? Wow, what an amazing and important lesson that is. How could I not be grateful for that? I've never managed that 100% before but now I see an opportunity.
Did you find today's post helpful? Did it offer an alternative way of behaving and thinking about this common issue? I'd love to know in the comments what you think.
Thanks for being here,
Hey there! Today I'm sharing the 7 fabulous reasons I love to move because I've been asked about it before and it always gets me thinking about how I can motivate, inspire and help others do the same. It's also got me thinking about how I made the change from couch potato to a lover of all things movement and how you might also make a change for the better if you're in the same boat.
1. I feel capable
There's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that you'll follow through on what you set your mind to, whether it's running for 10 mins without stopping or running your first 10km race. Whenever I finish a workout, regardless of what it is, I feel more capable because I've followed through on something that's important to me and I've prioritised myself. Also I find, particularly when I run, that I rely on my inner voice to encourage myself so that I can make it up a big hill or keep going without stopping. Strengthening this inner voice of encouragement and belief in yourself is SO powerful and ends up being such a positive influence in your whole life. You will definitely feel the benefit of it in other areas!
2. I make progress
Much like feeling more capable, I absolutely love that feeling of being able to do more push ups today than I could do mere days ago. I love going to Soccer training and knowing that no matter how much sprinting we do, my butt won't feel as kicked as the first time I had to do it because I've practiced and got fitter in the meantime. I love the feeling of elation at finally being able to run up that big hill in my neighbourhood that it's taken me weeks to conquer. The progress you make with your fitness is constant, if you pay attention to it! And I find it's a really positive thing to have personal goals for yourself outside of work; they are for you and nobody else, so you own that prize at the end baby.
3. I feel more in tune with my body
When you're not moving your body in ways that really satisfy and fuel you, you're not likely to be feeling very in touch with yourself or your body. On the flipside, when you're moving and enjoying yourself more often than not, you'll notice that subtle mind-body connection gets strengthened over time. You'll be more aware of your energy levels throughout the day; you'll notice your breath and will come to love the feeling of a big breath of fresh air in your lungs (thank you, cardio); you'll come to love that familiar warmth throughout your whole body that lasts for hours after a good workout. When you've got the balance right, you can tangibly feel your body humming with wellbeing and you'll glow from the inside out.
4. I sleep better
I've never had an issue with sleeping well, thankfully, but for those of you who find it difficult to fall asleep or waking up during the night, exercise can really help. I have found over the years that even though I'm a great sleeper (ha) the quality of my sleep really improves when I'm moving regularly. It's like it dials it up a notch and goes from 'good' to 'better'. A lot of the time mental energy and too much mental stimulation is what can affect people's sleep and I know that I personally benefit hugely from getting some of that energy out with a good workout. One thing I will say is to be aware not to do a strenuous workout too close to bedtime as this can lead to post-workout insomnia, which is not fun and kind of defeats the purpose of this point.
5. I get some nature time
Most of us these days work in an office, it's just the reality of working life in our society at the moment. I know I've found it really difficult at times in my working life, especially in Winter, because I don't get half as much outdoor time as I'd like. But, if I'm going for a run at lunch time up to Kings Park or I head to our local park down the road after work, I feel I benefit on two levels: exercise + I get some time outdoors and can commune with nature. It's the same if I'm going to soccer practice or going for a run around the neighbourhood - I'm outside, breathing in the fresh air, surrounded by real, living things and it hits a sweet spot in me. I'd even love to start going on some hikes in the Perth hills and in some of our beautiful national forest down south for this very purpose. Time in nature is far more important than you might realise. Next time you're out and about, in a park on forest or at the beach, notice how you feel before you arrive and after you leave. Feel more calm, centred and grounded when you leave? That's nature's influence on you.
6. It's fun!
This is no less important just because it's further down the list! Exercise can be so rewarding purely because it's good fun. Whether you're going to a class with a friend, playing a team sport once a week, having a kick with a mate at the park - it doesn't matter. When you're having fun you're generally relaxed, which means your body can more readily recover from you workout AND did you know that the more relaxed you are, the easier it is for your body to assimilate the nutrients from your food? It's a positive cycle that's only going to keep getting better. Always make sure you're enjoying yourself when you move and if you're not, change it up and find something that works better for you. Remember, this is your journey with it and it doesn't have a destination, so go for what feels good for you.
7. Bonus +
Nobody can deny that when we're moving our bodies and looking after ourselves more, we're going to naturally start to glow and look healthier, but I like to think of this last one as a bonus reason I love to move rather than a core motivating reason. Why? Because when my sole focus was on looking good, I couldn't motivate myself in the slightest to exercise. It was not a positive motivator for me, in fact it was more negative, and of course as such I found I dreaded workouts rather than relished them. When all I focused on was the external benefit of exercise, I found I wasn't consistent with my movement and would inevitably stop because it wasn't fun and I didn't feel good. Now that my perspective has totally changed and I focus on all the things listed above as my reasons for moving my body, I find that the 'looking good' part is something I feel pretty indifferent about. I'm not denying that it feels great to have your clothes fit better, your skin glow, people comment on how well you're looking and all that good stuff, but it carries less meaning to me than all my other reasons. I choose to see it as a lovely bonus :)
What are your favourite ways to move? What motivates you to work out and have you been through a change of perspective like I have? Let me know in the comments what your journey has been and if you've found this post useful or inspiring!