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What are your Not Negotiable’s…?

So this week we decided to try something a little bit different.  

Our first video blog. 

If you follow us on social media you will have seen that Mel posted ALLLLLLLL of the video’s I did before getting it right.  #funnynotfunny. 

And when I say right – this isn’t scripted so it wasn’t about getting it correct – all of those different video’s are something hilarious.  First I could NOT keep it under 5 minutes which was a goal of mine, then a delivery arrived right when I was almost finished a really good take, then a plane went over, then another plane went over (I live right near Gold Coast airport so it happens a lot) and then right when I finished one I was the most happy with – Lucy woke up so that was that.  I apologise for the abrupt ending – I checked the time about 10seconds earlier and noticed I had 10 seconds to go so it ends kinda quickly but we can perfect things like that as we go along.  

Or not. 

We will see. 

Ok so this video blog is based around our self care education and this is where we focus on how to maintain your ever important energy levels.  

Our energy levels pretty much determine all the other parts of our life don’t they.  

You know yourself if you are exhausted or completely worn out from whatever it is you do all day – its so much harder to be patient, compassionate, happy etc etc. 

Now Im not saying that there is an expectation that you are bright and cheerful ALL the time. 

Not at all. 

BUT if we WANT to be any of those things – compassionate and patient especially – we quite literally can’t if we don’t have the energy to.  

It takes much less energy to be apathetic.  

There are two key ways in which we can ensure our energy remains high. 

1) to commit to completing activities/actions that expand or boost our energy levels as needed (daily/weekly/monthly/yearly and so forth) & 

2) to avoid or limit our time with activities/actions and anything else that drains our energy levels. 

I chat a little bit about both in the video – I tried to keep it to 5 minutes maximum as I tend to talk a lot so I was mindful not to over stay my welcome but I could have talked for much longer on both sides.  I might actually do a longer video with more info in it so those of you who are interested can watch more.  Ill add that to the blog sometime next week. 

Back on topic (see what I mean!) 

So I chat a bit about both and I also promised to add an image of my Not Negotiable’s for you to see.  I asked my daughter Emmy who LOVES writing lists to do it up for me in pretty colours so I can see it and remember it more easily;

Emmy’s gorgeous adaption of my Not Negotiable’s.

 

Those two yellow ones that are hard to see are;

1) Yoga stretching for a min of 15 minutes 

2) Pranayama for a min of 5 minutes.  (Pranayama is yogic breathwork that releases all the happy hormones like Seratonin and Dopamine.  The BEST! All things we will be teaching at our retreats and in our workshops)

This is something we have chosen to include in our workshops and retreats because as you know we believe that Great Skin Begins WITHIN and if you are feeling low on energy for too long it will begin to show in your skin. 

 

Our skin is our bodies largest organ and it filters whatever our kidneys can’t handle which is fine every now and again but if it has to do this continually – things begin to shut down. 

We always recommend working from a space of prevention rather than cure and things like being aware of how much energy you do and don’t have and how to correct that and keep it in check, is imperative to having optimal health and wellbeing. 

We will chat more about energy all the time as understanding it really is the key to being the happiest and healthiest YOU. 

MUCH love 

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NOURISH your body on the inside to get amazing results on the OUTSIDE!

I swear to you that when I was standing in my partners new bakery yesterday I heard the warm sausage rolls calling our my name…. Sausage rolls used to be a weakness for me – I found it very difficult to NOT buy one and always had that sneaky packet in the freezer for times when only a sausage roll would hit that spot… Turns out back then I could not be trusted with them and weening myself completely was the only option – now that I am living a 90/10 lifestyle (the majority of the time) I am able to savour them when I do choose to indulge.. It all comes back to balance…

So other than whatever a sausage roll equates to for you and your sneaky winter treat – what other foods will will fill that void for a need for something super comforting, warming and of course delicious but also nourishing and healing for our bodies… Turns out there are LOADS of options!

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Mmmmm roast vegetables! So good for the soul to eat this stuff in winter too… warms up all of us including our mood!

Something that is really important right now is to eat lots of root vegetables because its these times of the year when it is colder that we need to eat vege’s that ground and warm us up on the inside…  The trick is that good nourishing food not only nourishes us from a nutrition perspective – it nourishes our soul too – a mood warmer if you will…

My all time favourite is a tray of LOADS of different root vege’s including pumpkin, sweet potato white and yellow, parsnip, beetroot, onions, celeriac, zucchini, carrots etc all chopped up into chunky pieces. Roll them in coconut oil and lay them on the tray – sprinkle on your favourite herbs and spices – I LOVE changing this part up to keep it interesting – pop into the oven for about 40 mins and then serve. You can use them as a side or as a meal on their own depending on your protein needs… We often serve this as a side with a piece of grilled salmon… DELISH!

I love Sarah Wilson’s book ‘I quit Sugar for Life’ as it has some amazing comfort food recipes but without all the rubbish – for information purposes I personally haven’t chosen to quit sugar but if I can use recipes that don’t include it then I am totally up for that! I also love all of Jamie Oliver’s books too especially his 15 minute meals as sometimes that is about all the time I have to cook!

If you have a recipe that you would like to share – please copy and paste the link in the comments fields below – variety is the spice of life right so lets help eachother out! We also have HEAPS of recipes on our FUEL your BODY Pinterest page HERE so check that out too!

And because we are all about the skin – remember to always nourish your skin on the outside too.. Our AMAZING Be Nourished Body Butters are the perfect all over therapy for Winter – it is especially good as a hand cream so we will add a little pot with your order so you can decant some and take it everywhere with you… YAY! You can buy a tub here…https://www.bubblesorganic.com.au/product/nourished-body-butter/

I don’t know about you but I am sure I can hear that sausage roll again or am I officially crazy…….??

Until next time

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What is the true meaning of ‘connection’…..???

I wrote the first version this blog back in 2015.  As you guys all know now – A LOT has changed since then.  This blog is a part of the prequel to what we have coming this year – so much manifesting happening and it all feels so magical right now…. SO if you have already read this – please read it again because this version is different…. better different. 

Beginning this blog was difficult for me because I feel like I have SO much information and passion for this topic that I couldn’t decide where to start…First world problems I know! But all the same—I had to sit with it for a few days before I accepted (for the purposes of a traditional blog medium) that using words is only part of how we express or process concepts. …

I, like most people, write using words. Sometimes this is easy for me–I love writing and always have–I was writing story books as an 8-year-old! Here’s the thing: sometimes the more words you use, the less visceral the experience can become. And almost always, it’s the power of one word or phrasing that hits us:  running through your body like an electric current or a tazer depending on what the message is.

Connection.

One word, so many meanings.

Images that for me portray the meaning of connection are…

No words required...
No words required…
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We are all capable of feeling that instant connection that twins are born with – we are in fact all born knowing our purpose is to connect…

 

"Before you were conceived I wanted you, Before you were born I loved you, Before you were here an hour, I would have died for you..."
“Before you were conceived I wanted you, Before you were born I loved you, Before you were here an hour, I would have died for you…”
Who doesnt remember the love between Ally and Noah... wowza's...
Who doesnt remember the love between Ally and Noah… wowza’s…
Good old Milo and Otis. Mel and I LOVED this movie growing up.

 

 

 

 

Carrie often described her friends are the true loves of her life - connection comes in all forms and in all shapes and sizes...
Carrie often described her friends are the true loves of her life – connection comes in all forms and in all shapes and sizes…
True connection can defy ALL the odds.
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Even when everyone and everything around you says no… a true connection cannot be denied… Who doesn’t love the Baby and Johnny love story… x

Firstly, let me say this… connection is something we feel; we can learn what it means from books, blogs and researchers but the only way to harness its power is to open our hearts to its greatest capacity and to share our love with others.  As humans we crave connection, we crave touch, acceptance and support. We feel it and we seek it in every cell of our body. There is no feeling like it in the world… It’s better than sex. Well, not really, because sex can be the ultimate union of connection, with the right partner at the right time that is.

How did you feel looking at the pictures above? Did you feel your body pull towards one particular image and pull back slightly at others?

The body knows what’s feels good and responds accordingly. Freaking amazing having that internal compass at our disposal isn’t it. I love checking in with my body and its language; it always tells me good from ‘meh’.

To quote some awesome ladies:

Danielle LaPorte says, “Your true feelings are your connection to the life force.” And Brene Brown says, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.

Just delicious and ‘hits it’ for me every time.

I always make sure my environment is as visceral as possible, and our ‘Connected Blend’ goes a long way to create that. It uses plant intelligence to help you focus on what’s really important. To encourage you to speak from a heart space and to send love and light to all of those around you.  When you need a bit of help really ‘connecting’ with your love ones and those most important to you—you can use this blend to support you through this.

 

 

Just delicious and ‘hits it’ for me every time.

I always make sure my environment is as visceral as possible, and our ‘Connected Blend’ goes a long way to create that. It uses plant intelligence to help you focus on what’s really important. To encourage you to speak from a heart space and to send love and light to all of those around you.  When you need a bit of help really ‘connecting’ with your love ones and those most important to you—you can use this blend to support you through this.

We have a VERY cool addition to our website planned for a bit later this year that’s ALLLLL about creating REAL connections.  Get excited peeps – you are going to LOVE IT!

May you find and experience the ultimate of connections… xx

MUCH love

 

 

 

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10 reasons we think Frankincense is FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

There is no way I could ever try and choose my absolute favourite essential oil – that is a near impossible ask of any passionate aromatherapist – in saying that – there are of course some that stand out from the rest and Frankincense is one of them…

I was a Sunday School kid growing up and always remembered it as one of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the 3 Kings… In biblical times it was equivalent to the value of
 gold and Frankincense is still used in churches to slow breathing and gain a meditative state in prayer which leads me into the reasons why it is an oil I use and recommend more than most.

Lets look at what I consider to be the 10 most amazing benefits of Frankincense oil.

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Frankincense in its natural form… a gorgeous scented resin… mmmmm (photo from ferrelljenkins@wordpress… LOVE your work!)

1 – PREVENT and REPLENISH – compressing and bathing at night for all over skin replenishment. Add one drop to your moisturiser or night cream. (or use our Be Replenished Restorative Serum which has Frankincense in it…)
Frankincense is ridiculously rejuvenating for the skin and literally softens facial lines. Massage and compress is best. (for more info on HOW to use oils ie compressing etc read more here) It also works as a spot treatment for pimples too…
2 – SO very healing – It is cytophylactic which means VERY healing so it mixes well with lavender and is especially good for damage from the sun – massage works best so the oil stays on the skin.

3 – RESTORE 101 – Helps to restore tone to slackened skin which is another reason it is good for mature skin – once again, massage and compress…

4 – Dries up fluid and puffiness, a wee bit more gently than cypress but the two work really well together – compress, bathing, shower and massaging.

5 – Foggy head remedy… Be this a headache, overwhelm, scattered thoughts or pretty much anything along these lines – rub a drop of Frankincense into your temples and feel the tension just fall away… Take a 5 minute pause while you do this to allow it to do its best work.

6 – Reduce the severity of scarring – Use with a carrier oil of your choice either jojoba or coconut oil – and massage into any scarring as often as you like. The sooner the better..! (or use our Be Replenished Restorative Serum for the added benefits of Seabuckthorn oil too!)

7 – Gain Focus – Frankincense helps you channel your focus and energy into whatever it is that needs your attention by improving your concentration.

8 – Defend and soothe your body – it increases the activity of Leukocytes, defending the body from infection. Its also PERFECT for healing new cuts and pretty much anything that hurts be that sore muscles or a new scratch! Frankincense is a healing master!

9 – Enhance your meditation practice and spiritual awareness – through connecting the soul with its inner light – this oil reveals the truth by inviting you to let go of lower vibrations and negativity. (One of my most favourite benefits – I use this oil whenever I want to make the most of my meditations and just know I need a bit more depth…)

10 – Reduce Anxiety – pop a drop into your hands and rub them together then hold your hands up to your nose and breathe calmly. Yes the slow calm breathing is also helping to tell your body everything is ok but this double duo will soon become your go to treatment if you are dealing with something difficult.

There are seriously limitless uses for this incredible natural resource and its just more proof that nature will provide. There are 14 oils we have chosen to sell as individual oils because of the benefits they can provide for you and your family and your overall skin, mind and soul wellness. Introducing essential oils into your daily life will change your life as you know it. I promise you this.

We are honestly here to help you and we genuinely want to chat you through stuff like this to work out and customise a program or a routine that is going to work for you, so if you want more information please send us an email, contact your Skinologist if you have one or give us a call at HQ on 1300LOVESKIN…

Lets be the VERY best version’s of us that we can be starting right NOW and lets do it together!

Until next time…

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Improve and enhance your relationships by changing JUST 1% of your day….

This Saturday is Valentines Day, which will have a different meaning for different people.

I have always found it amusing that people wait for this particular day to show someone – new or existing – how they feel about them..

Lets chat firstly about those of you who like someone but haven’t told them… I admit – I kinda like the idea of the ‘secret admirer’ side of Valentines – that can be a cute thing to do… but why not just sign your name….?? Like seriously – lets get our vulnerable on here people and realise that we only get one life and if you haven’t noticed already it goes past REALLY fast and I swear its getting faster every year! There are Easter Eggs in the shops already for freak’s sake – its just how life roles now…

Something as simple as sending a picture text like this will MAKE their day! x
Something as simple as sending a picture text like this will MAKE their day! x

This means there is no time for dilly dallying around with feelings you KNOW you have – this doesn’t mean you have decided you want to marry this person – you just know you wanna explore this connection or this energy a little more to see where it leads… TELL them… what is the worst that can happen – they tell you that they don’t feel the same way – better you find out now so you can redirect that gorgeous energy of yours towards allowing the right man to make himself known to you… He is out there – I promise you that…

For those of you in a relatingship of any kind – new, awhile now and long term… This part is for you…
This is not me saying DON’T do anything on Valentines Day – not at all – this is me saying don’t WAIT until Valentines Day to do something… Do something that will make that person you cherish smile EVERY single day of the year… We could talk Love Languages here but that is a BIG conversation so ill save it for another day (look up www.5lovelanguages.com if you are interested) and instead I want to tell you that spending 1% of your day – this equals 15 minutes for those of you who haven’t already worked that out – looking into the eyes and CONNECTING with your special ones is enough to completely change the energy in your relationship – Its true – research has proven it!

This relationship can be with anyone but we are not going to be able to give all of our special people 15 minutes because there simply isn’t enough hours in a day so on a daily basis its my partner and my two kids that get this time from me minimum EVERY single day… For my other special people – I make sure when I am with them – I am 100% present and reconnecting… I promise you – you will FEEL the difference…

So once you start implementing this and your relationship hits new heights of amazing – its up to both of you to decide if you wanna celebrate Valentines Day or not but the pressure to express a year’s worth of love is off which feels great!! And seriously it is WAYYYYY cheaper to buy flowers and have a super special overnight hotel date night on EVERY other day of the year anyway so do that instead!

Have a beautiful Valentines Day whatever you do peeps!  BIG love for us to you ALWAYS… You are ALL our Valentines xxxx

Till next time

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The 3 most important steps for an EXTRAORDINARY Mind Map…

When I was 15 and in year 10 of high school, I like most teens, hated to study… I detested it… I was only interested in reading one book and that was the next edition in The adventures of Sweet Valley High… Non fiction books were not on my fun list at all… Its funny how things change isn’t it.. Now I would sell a kidney if it meant I could sit all day or even better for a whole week and read through the pile of amazing books I have sitting unread on my bedside table…

I remember my mum coming into my room and showing me yet another book and all I could think was ‘oh god another one!’ – she handed it to me and told me that she had heard about how great it was to help kids learn a fun way to study (a what – yeah right…) and thought she would buy it for me. The look of complete disinterest on my face must have been obvious because she then went on to say – well it was written by a 17 year old and its only really short so it might be worth flicking through… she finished with ‘up to you…’ VERY smart and strategic my mum even though she doesn’t even realise it…

Get your colour on when doing your Mind Map
Get your colour on when doing your Mind Map

So I read it – a book that was going to teach me to Mind Map whatever that was… Can I tell you right now that I wish with I had kept that book because it turns out it was the BEST thing gave me as far as a schooling aid goes – and I have been using Mind Maps ever since to help me first gain some clarity around a situation and also to work out what my actions steps are going to be for a task – however BIG or small it might seem – for example – working out what positions Bubbles was going to need once we grew out business to include retailers and hotels… a Mind Map allows you to break anything you like into bite size pieces and it can as detailed as you want or need it to be.

What makes using a Mind Map so effective for this is that they switch on BOTH sides of your brain at the same time – your emotional brain and your thinking brain (left and right, red and green – whichever description you have heard) Our emotional brain is switched on when we are creating! When we are using our imagination and daydreaming… Our thinking brain is activated when we are analysing, cross checking and list ticking… When we ‘draw’ a Mind Map – we are doing all of these things and in doing so we utilise so much more of the untapped potential of our the power of our minds…

There are loads of different ways to do a Mind Map and if you watch the video link here you will see me in action showing you the basic’s of how its done.
The important part to remember is that the more creative you are using colour, pictures and symbols – the more you will activate your frontal lobe – the key controller and creative master of our brain…. More on the power of utilising our Frontal Lobe coming soon…

I have attached a picture of a Mind Map that has gone above and beyond when it comes to creativity to show you just how intricate it can be… The more creative you are – the more powerful and clear the map will be and like any map we have to read – we all know we get there faster if it makes more sense.

So what are the 3 most important steps to an EXTRAORDINARY Mind Map??

1 – Set aside enough time to really dive in and let your creativity flow. The last thing you need is to have to pack it up just when you start getting your groove on!

2 – Use LOTS of colour! When you are finished you will be able to see which parts of the map you are most excited about based on the colour’s you have chosen to use.

3 – The bigger and more detailed the better! There is no such thing as a mind map that is too widespread – keep expanding until you get to the VERY next step you need to take when you begin to action this masterpiece…

More on Mind Maps soon – I recently discovered an awesome software program so you can ‘Mind Map’ on your laptop – its amazing!!

If you want to share your Mind Mapping experiences with us – we would love to hear it!

Till next time…

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A Vision board versus a Reality board… why one is a more powerful description…

The first time I was introduced to a Vision Board was when I watched ‘the secret’ MANY years ago now… I remember vividly when John Assaraf told the story of how he was unpacking some boxes with his son after moving into yet another new home and they happened across a box of his old vision boards. He decided it was a great opportunity to teach his son about them and show him all of the things that had manifested for him over the years… It was when he was doing that that he saw a picture of the exact house they had just moved into way back on one of his first ever boards – back then it was just a magazine cut out of a mansion – now it was their home…. The king of manifesting himself shocked by the power of a simple mash up of pictures on a board…

I have had a few similar experiences myself since starting them – the most recent was the house we bought in Palm Beach… It wasn’t until we moved in that I realised the inside of this new house almost exactly matched a kitchen I had on my board – right down to the lime green paint on the walls… its kinda freaky and really cool when it happens…

Create a Reality board from your Intentions...
Create a Reality board from your Intentions…

So what makes an awesome vision board and how do you start?? The best way is to surround yourself with magazines that relate to things you dream about having… gorgeous houses, faraway places and private islands, clothes you swoon over plus of course shoes, handbags, jewellery and I could go on forever… The MOST important thing is that YOU love everything on your board so make sure you have LOTS of stuff to cut up!

You might decide on a board that is very specific ie your dream wardrobe OR you might do a mash up of a few things you are aspiring to have ie a fabulous holiday plus a new car and maybe a few (hundred) pairs of shoes…! I have found though that the more specific it is the better – its all about focusing your energy… If one dream is getting ALL of your energy it just has to be more powerful than 10 dreams getting it one tenth… its all maths really…

The reason I have decided to refer to them as Reality Boards is that the most important part is that you actually believe that what you choose to put on your board is going to become a part of your reality – so much so that it feels like it already is.. Its about your inner world being MORE real than your external world – when you can do that – you are on your way to becoming a master creator manifestor!

More on Reality Boards to come later… For now – if you have one – check it out and make sure its focused and that everything on it still FEELS right and if you don’t then DO IT! Set some time aside, put on some of your favourite music and start cutting!

Till next time…

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5 ways you can regain PRESENCE…

This month we have been talking about Gratitude – we have been encouraging you all to think about things in your life that you are grateful for and to focus on what you HAVE rather than what you lack or perceive you lack… One of the BEST ways to really see and feel gratitude is to be FULLY present…

What do I mean by be present…? Being present is only allowing yourself to feel feelings and to think thoughts that apply to your situation RIGHT NOW… It is only when we wander back into our past or look to far forward into the future that we feel fear and anxiety. Yes of course there are variations to the rule – there always is – but this is generally speaking and generally speaking – if you choose to stay present – you will find a space that is fuelled by calm and collected thoughts…. A much nice place than somewhere fuelled by ‘what if’s’ and past resentments and regrets…

Being present takes practice. Everything worth doing in life takes a wee bit of time and will require a few adjustments to your current routine to make room for these changes… We tend to resist change for a myriad of reasons – more on that later but for now here are my top 5 ways that I regain presence when I slip out of it for whatever reason…

My Christmas card from my crazy BF...  Love the way he thinks even if it means a raised eyebrow or two... x
My Christmas card from my crazy BF… Love the way he thinks even if it means a raised eyebrow or two… x

1. First and foremost – breathing and my rate of breath.
If you slow you rate of breath right down so that you are breathing in for at least 5 seconds and breathing out for the same – the world will slow down with you. That crazy thought or memory that was preoccupying you will fade away and you will gain some more grounded clarity…

2. PLAY… Take yourself out of the situation completely and do something fun! If you have kids this is the perfect time to embrace your inner child and do something crazy with them like climb a tree till you pop out the top or something my kids and I have taken to lately is board games…

3. Bookmark your favourite blogs or TED talks or even motivational video’s that you know encourage you to come back to NOW… These can be related directly to being present or simply reassure you that everything is happening exactly the way it is meant too. Two of my absolute favourites are;

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die

4. COOK something new! This is a fantastic way to reclaim presence because unless you’re Pete Evans you have to stay focused on what you are doing for the dish to work. Choose something delicious so you can enJOY your practicing even more once its done.

5. Gratitude lists… When you sit and write down the things you’re truly grateful for RIGHT NOW it not only attracts more of these amazing things into your life but grounds you back into the present too – win win!

So WHY have I chosen to chat about being present for my final blog of the year…? I have just been given a lesson in presence by my daughter who has been unwell with a wicked chest cough since before Christmas and because of that all of my plans changed and instead of listening to Salt and Pepa at Falls Festival tonight in Byron – I sat with her on the couch and watched her favourite movie… How does this relate to being present??

The metaphysical reason for someone having a cough is that they feel ‘unheard’ or they are ‘screaming for attention’ so as I sit down tonight to read over and set my intentions for 2015 the VERY first thing will be to BE more present when I am with my kids – its too easy to get caught up in the word busy and ‘not right now’ and I am making the conscious choice to change that – I am grateful for her teaching me to realise that this was the VERY best way to spend my New Years Eve and feel even more blessed than ever that she chose me as her mumma…

Being FULLY present with our loved ones is our greatest gift to them x
Being FULLY present with our loved ones is our greatest gift to them x

PS – so you know there were some VERY trying times over the past couple of weeks… as we worked out which homeopathy remedy we needed to use – lots of two steps forward and one step back… Many sleepless nights that had me remembering back to having a newborn baby and that sand in my eyes on waking feeling, a few tears and tantrums (from both of us), manners going out the window (her not me!) and me wondering if I was a actually doing the right thing so many times I lost count… Unconditional love is an amazing thing…

SO January is the month of CREATE! Get ready for some incredible tips on how to change your mindset and create ALL the things you really want from life.. Happiness really is the first step so lets start there!

I have a really good feeling about 2015… There is an energy shift coming and change is in the air…. An era of holism is upon us…. Woot Woot – bring it on!

HAPPY NEW YEAR xxx

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What is all the fuss about Gratitude…?

Two hands on sunsut.
Being grateful for something as simple as a sunset… a daily dose of magic…

Gratitude is a word that seems to be becoming a bit of an ‘it’ word of today… and just quietly – rightly so! Before I go on – let me first explain a wee little bit about how our brain works when it’s in search mode…
When our brain is searching for how we are going to react to something it is a bit like a raffle – the more tickets you have the more chances you have of winning.
Same goes here – the more positive experiences, feelings and thoughts you have the more chances of your brain choosing one of those as the way you react to whatever is happening in your life. When we intently feel and show gratitude for what we currently have – It’s like buying the whole book of tickets…

To achieve any dream or a goal – you absolutely need to be able to see, imagine and most importantly FEEL what that dream or goal will be like in reality – this is true BUT there is more to it than that – you also have to be GRATEFUL for what you have right now! Not just fake it till you make it grateful – GENUINE and heartfelt gratitude. I’m not saying you need to feel this way about everything in your life but you MUST find something – even if what that is simply being grateful for your ability to still want the dream even when it feels like a million miles away right now…

The best time is right before you go to bed so you drift off to sleep in the with gratitude literally on your mind. – Write down at least 3 things you are grateful for… You might call this your journal or you might just have a piece of paper in your bedside drawer – whatever the case may be – the important part is what you write – if this is difficult for you – start with something really simple like the ocean, or the stars or the fact that we have electricity to have a hot shower…

Can you name at least 3... Don't stop there if you can!
Can you name at least 3… Don’t stop there if you can!

The more you are grateful for now – the more of those types of things the universe will send your way… It’s the law of physics – Albert Einstein once said “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it, Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality, It can be no other way – this is not philosophy – this is physics”

Truly acknowledging and feeling grateful for what you have today NOURISHES your soul….

Till next time…

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Make time for YOU – and do it guilt FREE…

The art of visualising and using my imagination are two things I have always been naturally good at but it seems when I am feeling overwhelmed or out of balance – its one of the first things I can no longer find time for…

Dream BIG Show Gratitude Give LOVE...
Dream BIG
Show Gratitude
Give LOVE…

When we cant find enough time for something – it is usually because we haven’t put enough value on it in the first place – our WHY isn’t strong enough… since learning (through a variety of processes) that visualising and dreaming is the one thing that can put me back on my path and in my ‘flow’ really quickly – my WHY for doing it daily is now BIG enough…

At the end of the video this week I asked you to tell us if you could choose anyone past and present to spend time with who would it be, what would you do with them and why have you chosen them… Our reason for this is that we all tend to use our ‘go to’ response when asked a question like this – we say family OR kids OR something similar because we FEEL that is the RIGHT thing to do, because we sometimes feel GUILTY if we choose to do something for ourselves and ourselves only….

Remember to enJOY the time you take for yourself...
Remember to enJOY the time you take for yourself…

When you allow negative emotions like guilt to flood your cells, your body chemistry changes in an instant from an Alkaline state to an Acidic state (in brief when our body is in an acidic state is is more susceptible to disease) which is a ridiculous pressure to put on our body when it can be avoided completely…Guilt is a completely unnecessary emotion just like all of the nasty negative emotions…

In the video I have a wee bit of fun and I choose either Zac Efron or Channing Tatum because of the way they move on a dance floor (I know you are all nodding in agreement with me right now!) and I said I wished I could dance all night with either one of them till the sunrises… Oops I got sidetracked for a bit as I went back into that daydream for a few moments….

So I planned in this blog to tell you who my serious choice would be but I have since changed me mind and in respect to my vivid imagination that is always there for me – I am going to stick with dancing the night away… just because I can…

Soooooo if you begin to feel yourself being swept up in a whirlwind of emotion – because you choose to do something for YOU instead of for someone else… STOP! It’s like the saying goes – LIVE what you LOVE and LOVE what you LIVE – if you are exuding happiness because you have decided to put yourself first as your deserve – you are giving everyone else around you permission to do the same….  For my SUPERMUM friends who always put their kids before themselves – remember to always LOVE your children’s Mumma…  They want and need her to be healthy, happy and FUN!

Feeling good about making time for you NOURISHES the SOUL….

Till next time…

 

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Put some PLAY in everyday…

My most favourite thing about Essential Oils is the way they subtly change your perception of your current situation and surroundings… Essential oils are described as ‘volatile liquids’. The Oxford Dictionary defines volatile as changeable, fickle, light-hearted and transient… I LOVE this description – the changes I am talking about that will alter your perception are the emotional effects of the oils – these emotional changes are much harder to measure and therefore ‘prove’ than the physical effects which are based on the chemical constituents but they are REAL all the same…

Prevention is always BETTER than cure.... make a change today...
Prevention is always BETTER than cure…. make a change today…

With each of our 14 Skin Specific Essential Oils we have allocated a ‘skin word’ and a ‘wellbeing word’ – one refers to the physical benefits of using the oil and the other the emotional benefits…. Sometimes easing the underling emotional issue heals the physical ailment especially when we get in early…

This leads me into the importance of PREVENTION! Using Essential Oils as part of your daily routine is coming from a place of prevention by helping your body manage daily stresses and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing by ensuring your remain calm and balanced regardless of what is happening around you. This is super important for keeping your homeostasis in check which we will chat more about very soon…

Last week we chatted about the importance of PLAY in everyday so here is a way we can help….!

Our exclusive BRAND NEW blend I AM PLAYFUL was created to help you put some PLAY in your day and to minimize that toxic emotion guilt we grown ups tend to feel when we choose to take a break… (We will chat more about changing your habitual mind chatter in another blog)

The essential oils citrus fruits offer us are always UPLIFTING and full of the stuff HAPPINESS is made of... x
The essential oils citrus fruits offer us are always UPLIFTING and full of the stuff HAPPINESS is made of… x

The oils used in the blend are;

Lime – this oil sends your emotions on a holiday and allows you to feel free from the heavy goings of life..

Ylang Ylang – invokes peace and tranquility balancing the right and left sides of the brain..

Tangerine – encourages us to be creative and spontaneous and to re-experience the joy and cheerfulness we knew in childhood.

Wild Orange – helps you lighten up and enJOY life! Smile and find your sense of humour again…

Basically we created this this divine oil blend to help you embrace a bit of fun and frivolity because we could all do with a wee bit more of that from time to time..

Use as often as you wish… always remembering just how potent these essential oils really are so please follow our instructions… enJOY xx

Till next time…

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5 REAL reasons to embrace your inner child…

At what age do we begin to forget to play…? Im really interested in this for two reasons;

You can't help but smile when you read this and IMAGINE or remember actually doing it!
You can’t help but smile when you read this and IMAGINE or remember actually doing it!

1 – because as Mum I am determined to keep my kidlets playing for as long as I can regardless of the school system trying to teach them in Prep that they are not children and are in fact mini adults and

2 – because I LOVE to play! I love to get my my inner child on and pretend that my to do list has magically disappeared…. Like most things its not about quantity time but its about QUALITY time…

PLAY is a word that everyone will resonate with us all differently – ways to PLAY are unlimited and could be as simple as making a sand angel at the beach TO hiking up a gorgeous mountain for a sunrise OR a quick scoot to the park where you jump on the swings and remember what it was like to really feel FREE…..

Lets look at 5 proven reasons why PLAY is important in our daily routine….

It LOWERS stress
Need I say more… What we tell or in this case show our mind – it believes! Its really that simple – play which ever way you choose too and feel the stress just fall away…

It will help you sleep better
This kinda links in with the above benefit but is more of an addon – when we do things that set off the right chemical reactions in our brain – the happy ones rather than the angry scratchy ones – our body does what it is naturally supposed to do – BETTER – including sleep!

It will improve your concentration
This relates more directly to outside play but will work with indoor play too just to a lessor extent – by simply connecting with nature you can restore waning concentration levels. If you have a job that has you inside ALLLLL day then pop outside and jump on a swing for a few minutes OR better still ride or walk to work and start the day in the best possible head space…

Go on - do it!
Go on – do it!

LAUGHTER is good for your health… really!

Most of the time when we are playing – we are smiling or better yet LAUGHING! Laughing triggers the release of endorphins – the bodies natural feel good chemicals promoting an overall feeling of wellbeing and sometimes even pain relief!

It will shift your perspective

When you play and then relax – you allow yourself the time and space to see things that might be overwhelming you in a less threatening way which will improve you day and that of everyone around you (and potentially help avoid a nasty confrontation that doesn’t need to happen…)

Remember what it was like to laugh and live in wonder and to believe the world was a wonderful place full of limitless opportunities and excitement because guess what???? It still is…..

Adding some PLAY into your day will NOURISH your soul….

Till next time…

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The subtle yet incredible power of Essential oils…

PS – for Safety info please scroll down to the bottom of this article. 

 

I have chatted recently about a few different reasons why I LOVE essential oils… I thought it might be good to write about the basics behind what makes them so AHMAYZING so that

1 – I can refer back to it in new posts and

2 – you have a better understanding about why and how Essential oils work…

This may need a second and possibly third ‘chapter’ so stay tuned for that.

Power of changing your perception
Essential oils will subtly change your perceptions and improve your health and wellbeing..

As a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist I am not only passionate about the power of essential oils – I believe that essential oils alone can provide us with everything we need to replenish and heal our skin, energise and calm our minds as well as nourish and fuel the fire in our soul…

You have probably all heard something about them at some point – things like Lavender can help you sleep or Orange oil is great for cleaning but the truth of the matter is that the power of these naturally found wonders are limitless.

I thought it was ‘pardon the pun’ essential that we chat a little bit more about them so you can get a bit more of an insight into what makes them so AH-MAY-ZING!

 So what are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic plant essences that can be derived from just about any part of a plant including the flowers, flowering tops, leaves, stalks, fruit rinds, seeds, saps, nuts, bark, roots, resin and berries. The oils give a plant its scent and are essential to its biological processes. In some cases several different oils can be derived from just one plant. The orange tree for example, gives us Neroli from the flowers, Petitgrain from the leaves and Orange from the fruit. Each of these oils has its own distinct personality and therapeutic properties.

Holistic Aromatherapy recognises that all of the natural, biological components of essential oils work in synergy to produce their therapeutic qualities. Essential oils used in aromatherapy must be 100% pure and natural meaning that there must be no synthetic materials added to the oil. Most essential oils produced throughout the world today are used by the food flavouring, perfume and pharmaceutical industries. These essential oils are pure and natural, but have been purified by further distillation and during this process some of the minor chemical constituents are discarded.

Why are some more expensive than others?

Rose flowers
Rose is the MOST expensive essential oil you can buy…

Some essential oils are expensive to produce because of the quality of plant material required to extract the oil for example;

100 kgs of eucalyptus leaves produces approximately 10 litres of essential oil.

100 kgs of lavender flowers produces approximately 3 litres of essential oil

100 kgs of rose petals produces approximately 100 millilitres of essential oil.

Rose is one of the most expensive essential oils it takes between 30 and 40 roses to produce just one single drop of rose essential oil (OMG!) which obviously makes it prohibitively expensive for most people. This is why people manufacture synthetic versions of oils which have none of the therapeutic properties OR you can buy it from us as 3% of pure rose essential oil in a jojoba base and reap all the rewards of the properties of the heart warming oil..

How do essential oils get into the body?

 Essential oils are absorbed into the limbic system of the body through the olfactory bulb and cilia at the top of the nose.

When we have the recollection of a memory based on a smell or scent this happens because of the Olfactory bulb as it is responsible for transmitting messages from our nose to our brain. For example whenever I smell jasmine I am taken back to my Oma’s house because her front stairs up to the house had a wall of jasmine flowers lining them… It is such a lovely feeling to go back there…

It can of course have the opposite effect too – Like when I smell bourbon… I think you can probably guess why I am no longer a fan of this smell but the science behind the recollection of a memory based on smell all starts here!

When you are surrounded by a scent, your nose can become saturated to the point where you can no longer consciously smell it. Its like when you apply your own perfume and after half and hour you cant smell it anymore so you put on a little more and then a little more and you end up walking around in a cloud of perfume!

How Essential oils work...
How Essential oils work…

With aromatherapy the same thing happens but even though you are no longer consciously aware of the aroma, it is still having an influence on you. When you use a vaporiser for example, after a while you will not consciously be aware of the smell in the room until you leave and re-enter but the oil is still working.

We notice this ALL the time at our workshop – every time someone new walks in they go crazy about how amazing it smells and the girls and I can no longer smell anything – which is a tad annoying in that case!

This is just the tip of the essential oil iceberg… we will continue with this over the next few months so that you understand what makes Bubbles tick because without essential oils – we just wouldn’t be the same!

Before we go – Ill throw in a few safety guidelines for any of you who are new to oils or would like to feel like you understand that part of it a bit more because even though there is ZERO need for being in fear of them – they truly are powerful and do deserve our utmost respect.

Safefy basics;

DO NOT INGEST ESSENTIAL OILS EVER.  This trend is what we as aromatherapy diploma students were advised so strongly against that I am not sure how this has even become something we consider safe on any level.  There are Aromatherapy doctors who can recommend this plus who also use oils intravenously but they are DOCTORS and they are trained to know all of the contraindications to look out for and what the exact dilutions for every oil are.  This is not for us to try out at home.  Full stop.

ALWAYS use a carrier oil when putting oils onto your skin.  Your little bottle of oil contains PURE essentail oil.  This MUST be diluted using some kind of oil base or what we call a ‘carrier oil’.  Good options are Jojoba, fractionated coconut, olive, almond and any other plant based natural oil you might have.  The only essential oils I would recommend using directly onto the skin for home use are Tea tree and Lavender.  Tea Tree is great when used on a cotton tip for pimples and this is probably the only time I would suggest using it without a carrier and then with Lavender – you can use Lavender directly (and by directly I mean without a base or carrier) on burns and some abrasions.  It might sting on an open cut so go slowly and start with a very small amount.  With a burn adding pure Lavender (ONLY) essential oil is the first thing I do – even before water… Then I add water and I take Mulla Mulla Bushflower essence. Its a proven winning combo.

When diluting your essential oil into a carrier oil it is said that the safe ratio is 1 drop of essential oil to 5 drops of carrier but I find that really difficult to work out because carrier oils generally pump or pour.  The exact ratio’s I learned in my diploma were this;

Face blends 1-1.5% essential oil into carrier oil

Body blends 3% essential oil into carrier oil

Babies and elderly 1% essential oil in all blends.

As clinical therapists we can use much more potent blends than this BUT for home and especially skin care use these are the guidelines.

I prefer to work with a 3 drop rule as far as single use dilution goes ie pop your carrier oil into your palm for whatever you are using it for – if its cleansing you would use about a 20c piece ish amount – add 3 drops of essential oil and rub hands together to blend.  Less is more.  These babies know what they need to do and as soon as they enter your bloodstream they will go to work.. You do not need to use extra to get extra.  It just doesn’t work that way.  I feel completely at ease to suggest 3 drops into the amount of carrier you use for most face routine skin practices.

Be super careful when decanting oils from your bottle as some flow out VERY easily while others take their sweet time.  Don’t assume all are slow.  Assume its going to be fast and then be patient if its not.

If you accidentally put way too many drops into your carrier – add more carrier and pop it into a glass jar to use at another time.

Oh and always store your oils out of direct sunlight – it decreases their shelf life and potency.

Ill add to this in the next post if I think of anything else super important I need to add.

If you follow our instructions and act with intention and care – you will be fine.  I have made a thousand mistakes with them over the years and usually I just smell really full on for a next however long – nothing terrible has happened except for skin peeling a few times but I know what I am doing and I was purposefully stretching the boundaries with my very sensitive skin.

The only place I go to when I want information on essential oils is  the Tisserand Institute which is the teachings my professor learned from, who she taught us from and still teaches from today.  You can read over their page on safety information here. 

If you want any more information or have any questions you need answered you can book a FREE 15 minute chat with us by clicking here. 

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A bit about Fate and Doterra Essential Oils…

Let me start by saying this is absolutely NOT a sales pitch for Doterra oils! This is me – sharing with you – information about a product I am using that could very well be an instigator for your life becoming more simplistic by subtly changing your perceptions around how you live, love and FEEL…

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Nothing ever is…

Do any of you remember the story about the man who was waiting for God to help save him from the ocean by praying and he pretty much declines the help of everyone that turns up ‘waiting’ for God… When he does eventually die at sea he hits God up about why he didn’t come and God is like “well I sent help 3 times and you didn’t take it??”

The meaning behind this story is to trust signs and to listen and watch for them all the time as that is how the spirit world OR the universe communicates with us. Knowing that and really embracing it is the reason I decided to do some more research into the Doterra range because it just KEPT popping up in the strangest places – ALL the time! I finally decided to find out more when I started chatting to a lovely lady at my local coffee shop really randomly (I do that a lot too!) and I had a bit of a stuffy nose – she gets out this little tube with On Guard written on it and offers me one… Then I saw the Doterra on the other side… It then went a bit like this – “ok – I’m hearing you and I am grateful for the prompts – Ill check it out…” so I did and I am now experiencing a whole new level of wonderful with something I have been passionately obsessed with for years – using pure essential oils as part of my daily routine.

What makes Doterra oils different from the oils we use and sell is that they are a therapeutic grade oils which means most of them can be safely ingested – this amazes me!! – when I was doing my diploma 8 years ago it was pretty much prohibited here in Australia to ingest essential oils. It was considered unsafe. As Aromatherpists we knew and believed otherwise but we absolutely could not have recommended ingestion to our clients – NEVER! Now with Doterra – we can!! YAY – this is super exciting for me as you can probably tell!

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Combining my 2 new faves – Doterra and Coconut Oil Pulling!

SO for a few months now I have been experimenting with them – using them in my water, in my food, (in my vodka!), on my body (the one for PMS is to die for!!) and on my family (On Guard blend is my new best friend!) and I am LOVING it! I have a recipe for organic dark chocolate with Peppermint essential oil that I am trying this weekend…YUMMO!

We are going to have a page dedicated to Doterra on our website VERY soon – on there you will find loads of hints and tips and links to our Instragram and Pinterest where there will be even more. If I find something that changes my life for the better I become a crazy evangelist and just HAVE to share with people!

We also have a wondering Doterra consultant who we trust implicitly (who we will provide a link too) who can give you even more information and help you out with purchasing the oils yourself to try should you wish to.

Ok me and my water with Lime oil have to go (it tastes exactly like a piece of fresh lime would taste but you don’t have to remember to have limes AND it is filling me up with all the benefits of pure Lime Essentail oil) – stay tuned for more on these products very soon…

Till next time…

 

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Find wellness in nature…

This blog kind of happened to me… to explain I was researching for another article I was writing and I came across an article that I felt drawn to reading (eapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/3/173.full)…

The study is based on the fact that humankind has been spending less and less time with nature as we become more urban orientated and that the effects of this is showing up in our health. Some of the factual points covered really surprised me so I decided to pick out some of my favourites and share them with you… all of these are facts taken form many different researchers from all over the world…  

Here goes…

  • The evidence tells us that the movement of humans from rural to urban environments across the globe within the last 200 years has facilitated their disengagement from the natural environment
  • The protective factors of nature for health improvement and sustainability have been reduced by our diminishing regular contact with nature.
  • For example, Ulrich (Ulrich, 1984), in a landmark study, demonstrated that hospital patients who viewed natural scenes, e.g. trees and animals from their wards, recovered faster, spent less time in hospital, required fewer painkillers and had fewer post-operative complications

  • Placing trees next to freeways and roads, and having roads pass through and by green areas, reduces driver stress as measured by blood pressure, heart rate and sympathetic nervous system changes (Parsons et al., 1998)
  • Rohde and Kendle (Rohde and Kendle, 1994) conducted a comprehensive literature review into psychological reactions to nature. They concluded that viewing nature reduces anger and anxiety, sustains attention and interest, and enhances feelings of pleasure.
  • Exposure to nature was shown to reduce mental fatigue, irritability and accidents, and improve problem solving ability and concentration in people from urban areas who are located in a natural environment for a few days (Herzog et al., 1997)
  • Lewis (Lewis, 1996) and Furnass (Furnass, 1996) provide evidence to suggest that gardening reduces stress, encourages nurturing characteristics, builds social networks and enhances social capital.
  • Even indoor plants have a positive effect. They have been shown to improve office air quality, increase productivity and facilitate relationships between workers (Randall et al., 1992; Larsen et al., 1998).
  • A major study by Anderson et al. (Anderson et al., 1992) demonstrated that pet owners had significantly lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than non-owners.  

We are all aware of this already on a very subconscious level however we need to be more familiar with the evidence and, in many cases, more proactive in making sure our natural environments are protected.

The health benefits are considerable. Physical, mental and spiritual health is all enriched when we engage with nature.

It is a so important for us as a collective global community to make sure this happens.

Happiness is – Spending more time OUTSIDE!

Till next time….

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A daily dose of grounding…

Ever wondered why we go a bit loopy around the full moon or why a storm seems to bring out anxiety and/or excitement…?? Its seems it has everything to do with these invisible molecules called ions that float around us in the air continually…  

I was introduced recently to the very real issue of Electromagnetic Field’s or EMF’s. These are the fields of energy that surround us daily. The fields can be charged either positively or negatively.  

A scientist name Nikola Tesla experimented with electromagnetic flux and studied the earth’s gravitational field in the early 1900’s and during his research he discovered that with positive ionization, people and animals became tired and lethargic and with negative ionization the effect was one of feeling active and energetic

“Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

Positive ions or the lack of negative ions may cause serotonin hyperfunction syndrome or “irritation syndrome” and it involves sleeplessness, irritability, tension, migraine, nausea, heart palpitations, hot flashes with sweating or chills, tremor and dizziness. The elderly especially become depressed, apathetic and extremely fatigued”*

So to keep it simple – and this is going to sound backwards but stick with me – all the techy devices in our lives – which lets admit we LOVE create POSITIVE electro magnetic fields and for our body to be able to fight disease and produce energy, we need NEGATIVE electro magnetic fields (like I said – backwards!).

Now I’m not sure about you but I don’t know where I would be without my iphone and Macbook these days and unfortunately it doesn’t only apply to computers and phones – everything electrical produces these fields so lights, TV’s (digital especially and well analogue is pretty much extinct!), microwaves, cordless phones etc – everything we have grown so accustomed to using and living with.  

So in recent years we have REALLY upped the amount we use these techy devices and in doing so we have made our bodies produce more cortisol (stress hormone) and basically have to work SO much harder to stay healthy!

What has this got to do with the moon and storm’s you might be wondering?? A lack of negative ions and an excess of positive ions are the culprits. There are too many positive ions present in the air before a storm and the positive charge is transferred in the air you breathe from your lungs to the blood, causing the blood platelets to release a hormone that quite strongly affects your moods!  

Similarly the full moon increases positive ion ratios, which accounts for the strange and aggressive behavior noted by police and medical services. Studies show that 75% of the population is noticeably and adversely affected by positive ion ratios, while increased negative ions tend to have a calming influence on these same people.

So how can we counter these EMF’s because I know that giving up the iphone isn’t an option!

The best way is to of course reduce how much you use them first and foremost – and if you have kids REALLY try and limit the time they spend on them because these EMF’s effect them SO much more than us – the statistics shocked me to be frank with you…

Another great way is to over dose yourself with negative ions and one of the best ways to do that is to GROUND yourself daily – what I mean by ground yourself is to stand barefoot on the dirt/sand/grass because the earth’s natural EMF is NEGATIVE so by doing this daily you are helping your body balance all of these techy things out. If everyone did this at the very least once a day you will really notice the difference – especially in your energy levels. The ocean is another great source of negative EMF’s so swim in it as often as you can!

Nature will always provide…

Happiness is – getting lots and lots of negative ions on a daily basis…

Until next time…

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So what’s all this fuss about Meditation??

What do you believe meditation is?? I used to imagine that I would have to sit still for an hour and not think of ANYTHING at all in that time and every time I attempted to do that within seconds with my go fast busy mind I would always have some sort of thought which was closely followed by DAMN IT which was closely followed by eek sorry……..This went on for months! You can imagine how happy I was when I discovered that it can be SOOO much more simple than that!

Meditation by definition is “a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself”  

I like to explain it a little differently… Meditation is the practice of quieting and focusing your mind on just one thing for even a short time every day to find a place of balance and happiness.

So why do it in the first place???  I have taken this from a great blog on The 7 health benefits of Meditation. 

It’s a piece of advice yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us.

Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation”  

Read more at http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-health-benefits…

This blog is step one… We are going to teach you some AHMAYZING techniques over the next few months and even hold retreats (YAY!!) to help you master this practice in your own unique way – more on that VERY soon!

OK – so lets get real – If I told you that you need to sit beside the ocean with your legs crossed and chant ommmm for an hour while your mind was completely quiet you would LOL at me right?!? I know because I feel exactly the same way!

It doesn’t have to be that way at all – Yes I do like to do my meditation’s on the beach because I am lucky enough to live right near it however a quiet place in your house or yard is fine too…

The aim then is to simply focus on your breath going in and out – if a thought pops into your mind its totally ok! Just recognize it and let it pass – sometimes my most inspiring ideas come to me while my mind is quiet. That’s it! You can even set an alarm if you think will help. Its really that simple!

If this even seems a bit our of reach you can start by simply focusing on a task you love for a period of time each day… Ill use my mum as an example with her love of quilting… When my mum is quilting (and doesn’t have up to 8 grandkids nipping at her ankles!) she can completely zone out – the only thing on her mind is quilting – guess what! That is the same thing!! Yes it would be better to be focusing solely on breathing alone but you have to start somewhere and something is better than nothing!  

Time wise it will be different for all of you – for busy minded go fast people like me with 1000 things on the go at any given time – 3-5 minutes daily can be enough – truly! I like to spend 15 minutes but only because I have grown to LOVE it and look forward to my ‘start the day right!’ routine and if you commit to it you will soon feel the exact same way!

It takes 21 days to form a habit and 15 minutes equates to 1% of a 24 hours. This habit, if you take the time to give it a go will bring you a feeling of balance, peace and happiness – it is well and truly worth spending 1% of your day meditating to achieve that!  

Happiness is – gifting yourself time to meditate daily…

Until next time…

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Happiness is – Living with intent

As we near the close of 2013 and a fresh new year sits eagerly awaiting us we have the option to choose how we look back at the previous year and just as importantly how we go forwards!

I can liken 2013 to riding a roller coaster…  this year for me has had some heart wrenching lows to the point where it felt like I may NEVER stop crying – EVER! But as life would have it – either side of these lows there were high’s that had me feeling like I could and would make all of my dreams come true easily and effortlessly…!  

So what have been the biggest lessons of 2013 that I can pass onto you to help you on your journey of growth and self discovery more commonly know as a lifetime???  I will share with you this;

It was Steve Jobbs who said
“because believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path”   

This could not be more true for what I have experienced this year.  I made a decision to end my marriage to a wonderful man earlier this year to whom I have 2 beautiful kids with – the reason (which took months maybe even years of soul searching to realise) was that my heart was telling me that was what I needed to do.  To this point in my life nothing has hurt me more than hurting Troy the way this did… but to have stayed would have eventually hurt him more this I know to be true.  

We are going forwards differently to most separations as we decided to always always put our kids first which seems to get forgotten in so many cases.  We are maintaining our great friendship and at this point in time our kids live in our family home all of the time and we come and go during the week so that they don’t have to.  

We have also chosen to spend time on the weekends together as a family because that is exactly what we are regardless of the marital status – we are a family – forever.  Yes this will of course evolve as time goes on and new people enter our lives but it will only be hard we choose for it to be – we are instead
chosing to believe we will attract more amazing people who love the way we live and can’t wait to become extended members of our unconventional but loved fuelled family unit.  

The high’s have been just as amazing! 

I started business coaching with The Entourage in May this year and the results are mind blowing.  Not just on a business level but on a soul and spiritual level as well because if you are in what my good friend Ben happily refers to as ‘your flow’ all of the right stuff will just keep happening. 

This year I truly embraced authenticity and I have realised that the REAL version of me is the very best version there is – to be able to live without a mask is refreshing and liberating.  I have met people with whom I have an immediate connection and I just know that there are bigger forces at play that made sure that we met… I have learned to listen to that inner voice regardless of how quiet it might be…

Sometimes it takes sitting really quietly and listening really intently to hear it – now for me its literally like having a conversation with another person in the room it is that clear.  Could this make me look or sound a little woo woo??  Maybe – but my belief is that we can all harness the power of our own minds and use this unlimited resource to our advantage every single minute of every single day. 

In 2014 I am looking forward to spreading this message even more widely!

There is one word that I will use that pretty covers what you need to do when you are staring into the face of all of the above – the unlucky, the heart wrenching, the happy and the FABULOUS!  

TRUST.

I will be the first person to tell you that this can be HARD!  It can feel like the most annoying word ever especially when times are tough – I remember asking my sister and my life coach on so many occasions through the really hard days – ‘what can I do to make this not hurt so much?”  The answer is always TRUST.  But there is something positive you can do to – you can be GRATEFUL for what you do have. 

It is so easy to focus on what we don’t have that we so often forget to remember all of the things we do… this can be as simple as the ocean… this is on my gratitude list ALL the time!  The fact that I can walk to the ocean from where I live makes me super lucky but just having them is worth a mention. 

When we remember what we are grateful for it opens us up for more of those things!  We attract what we feel so if we are feeling grateful for something – we will attract more things to be grateful for…  

That brings me to what I would LOVE for you all to join me in doing this New Years Eve…  

Find a HUGE empty jar – from January 1
st everytime something good, sweet, fun, exciting and happy happens to you – write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.  Next year at this time – we will be able to read back through all of the amazing things that have happened to us in 2014.  So many of the things that make our hearts smile on a daily basis get forgotten… I can only imagine how many of mine will be kid related!  Those guys can light me up in ways I never thought possible!!   We could even put something in the jar every day that we are grateful for… imagine reading back through 365 gratitude notes to finish the year… PERFECT! 

So when you are deciding how you feel about the past 12 months or about the year to come… remember to trust, to show gratitude and be grateful for all that you DO have, to notice the small things that make you smile, to spend more time with yourself listening to what it is that makes YOU happy… surround yourself only with those you give you wings and remember always that ‘those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” Roald Dahl…

Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to growing and sharing with you in 2014…

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Happiness Is – Introduction Blog.

Happiness is….. Introduction Blog.

jess-w-746.jpgThis week I wanted to share with you some life changing tips I have been learning from a book I am reading called “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor.  

I have always been interested in the science behind what I ‘know’ to be the truth which is that thinking positive creates a happier person and in turn a happier life.  
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What happens in the brain to make this seemingly simple action of thinking positively change the way we look at the world?  

It has been proven in the past 20 years that the way scientists viewed the brain and its ability to change was completely wrong.  It was once believed that the brain could not grow or change – that is remained the same regardless of how much smarter you got over a lifetime of wisdom.  With today’s technology using MRI’s and scanning new research has shown that the brain can in fact change and does ALL the time.  One of the examples from the book I especially like was this one;

“A group of kids were given a task of putting blocks together in a set format.  Half the groups were primed to think of something they really loved and made them happy (which in my kid’s case would be nuggets for dinner!)  The other half was told nothing except the instructions.  “The group who were primed to be happy significantly outperformed the others completing the task both more quickly and with fewer errors”  

Society tells us that if we work really hard we will be successful and that this success will bring us happiness – More recent studies have fortunately gone on to prove that this is in fact backwards. 

Its is HAPPINESS that equals SUCCESS not the other way around.  We are always going to be more creative, productive and motivated when are coming from a place that is positive.

How does it relate back to your skin?? 

Very simply and powerfully – if we are happy on the inside we will glow and feel amazing on the outside… So much of who we are comes from our thought patterns and what we believe to be true – So BELIEVE you have GREAT SKIN and you are more than half to achieving that…

We will add a little more each month to start spreading happiness as far and as wide as we can.

Happiness is… what will bring you success.

Until next time…

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90-10

Balance – this is such an important little word.  For one, without it we can’t walk without falling over – that alone should prove it’s importance.

balanceWe live in a society where people are becoming more aware that maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes fresh foods, exercise and some well earned time out is our ticket to living happily and dis-ease free for longer.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all the fuss around clean eating and cross fit and marathons and avoiding sugar FULL STOP!  I don’t know about you but even when I know its ok to have a day off exercising or to indulge in a sugary treat – I rarely used to enjoy it because I was feeling guilty about my lack of commitment regardless of the fact that I had run 5kms the day before.

This is no way to live and I learned that FAST!

Let me tell you a bit about the evil emotion we call guilt.  Did you know that when you allow yourself to feel it – you are actually changing your body chemistry from an alkaline to acidic state automatically?  When your body is in an acidic state it has several adverse effects like reduced energy, increase in free radical production (more on these nasties later!) and leaves us prone to all kinds of diseases and virus’s.  So basically feeling guilty it turns out is even worse for us than the apple turnover was ever going to be!

Our golden rule is that 90% of the time we are doing all the things we know are GOOD for our body, mind and spirit.  10% of the time we are FREE to choose some less appropriate things like a Mocha Cold Fusion with extra whipped cream mmmmmmm…..  and so we have introduced you to 90/10!  We use the word FREE because we have earned this treat.

We need to eliminate everything negative so saying its our ‘naughty day’ OR ‘junk day’ is just as bad as feeling guilty so when you are doing your 10 – don’t just enJOY it  REVEL in it!

Until next time…