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5 Tips to Bring Your Lady Bits Back to Balance

…and by Lady Bits, I mean Hormones.

Have you ever felt like you were following someone else’s schedule rather than your own natural rhythm?

You may be letting your kids, husband, partner, or even roommates influence the flow of your day; it could also be a broader “prescribed rhythm” that you’re going with instead of actually listening to your body.

Here’s the truth: One rhythm does not work for everyone. Following someone else’s schedule more often than not has a negative effect on female hormones. If you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, low sex drive, intense premenstrual syndrome (PMS), cystic acne, mild depression, or other “random” symptoms, going against your natural rhythm might be the issue. By working to balancing your hormones, you’ll naturally begin to live in harmony with your female body instead of dragging yourself along on someone else’s agenda.

The result? You’ll start feeling more energized and vibrant than ever.

EVALUATE YOUR MINDSET

A lot of women feel like they need to keep up with other people. If you don’t feel like partying four nights a week after a 14-hour workday or exercising for two hours every single day, you might think there’s something wrong with you. You might even beat yourself up or feel ashamed and lazy. Ignoring your body’s signals and writing them off as laziness is not productive or helpful – it actually drains your energy even more.

The mental weight you put on yourself (like shame and judgment) is often more draining than a long to-do list. The female body is naturally incredibly fine-tuned. It is designed for deep relaxation and self-care at certain times of the month and linear, productive work at other times of the month.

Here are some symptoms that commonly appear when you have been pushing your body rather than honoring your limits:

1| You’re exhausted.

2| Your sex drive is nowhere to be found.

3| Your PMS is more intense than usual.

4| You’re gaining weight around the middle of your body.

5| You feel guilty, ashamed, and/or depressed – sometimes for no particular reason.

6| Cystic acne is starting to appear, especially around the jawline and chin.

If this is you, and you feel like you need some help in this department; read on to learn how to heal the body through simple methods that bring your female body back into balance.

1. EMPOWER YOURSELF.

When symptoms pop up, it’s easy to fear there might be a bigger or more complex issue going on or to feel like you’re broken and you can’t heal. The first step to healing is acknowledging that nothing is inherently wrong with you. Even if your health is not perfect right now, there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re not broken. You are whole exactly as you are. From that place of confidence in your body’s ability to heal itself, you can get curious about what’s going on for you and tap into the endless toolbox, the universal library of information that is always within.  To do this, you may want to consider meditation, contemplation, journalling, or other beautiful practises that allow you to explore your feelings, and or be the witness to what is going on for you.  Embodying the mindset that you are healthy now and you can become even healthier takes a huge weight off your shoulders and allows your body to naturally reach health. Stop focussing on what you believe to be WRONG, and focus your energy on the good things in your life. Read more about my recent post on Gratitude to understand how this all works.

2. GET REAL ABOUT REST.

Are you chronically exhausted, trying to push through the day? Maybe you’re actually tired. Starting with weekends, let yourself sleep as long as you want. You might notice that you wake up naturally without an alarm clock during the week. Some people will be healed after one long deep sleep, while others might need to take some serious time off to come back into balance. Sleep is a requirement for good health. Listen to your body and sleep when you’re tired.  Even short power-naps are a juicy way to re-energise the body.  Pop a diffuser on with some calming Essential oils, like, Lavender, Pettitgrain or even LemonGrass and Cedarwood, and let the aromatic compounds calm the nervous system for some down time.

3. BALANCE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM.

Most modern people spend the majority of their lives in the sympathetic nervous system state, aka the fight or flight, stranger-danger zone: that feeling you get when someone creeps up behind you and surprises you – or, perhaps less likely, when you’re getting chased by a bear. Here’s the thing: Your body doesn’t know the difference between those literal stressors and chronic work-related stress, or stress that stems from difficult relationships. When your body is in this sympathetic state, it can’t repair. When you are relaxed and calm, your body is in the parasympathetic state – referred to as the “rest and digest” system. This state is brought on by sleep, laughing, meditation, qigong, reiki, and even intimacy like cuddling and sex. Your body has to be in the parasympathetic state to heal and evolve. The more you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system by relaxing and having more fun, the healthier you’ll be – physically and mentally.

4. EVALUATE EXERCISE.

It might surprise you, but sometimes the harder you work out, the more stress you actually put on your body. Depending on your constitution and condition, you may actually need gentle exercise, like yoga or tai chi. Certain forms of rigorous exercise trigger the stress response, so make sure you balance your hard-core workouts with practices that are more gentle on the body. Gentle practices might include yoga, meditation, or dance. You might even discover that you want to do only these more gentle practices. Experiment for a few weeks and see how your body responds.

5. EMBRACE THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.

Community has a powerful influence on personal health, and developing a community of people to support you is crucial to balancing your hormones. When you feel alone and isolated, you’re more likely to overeat, feel depressed, and lack love and connection in your life. Humans are meant to live in communities – it’s natural and necessary. Reach out to three people this week who you’d like to deepen your relationship with and notice how it impacts your energy and physical health over the next few months.

If you’re stoke that you read this post, and you want to delve into this subject a bit more, then please join me for a workshop on Sunday the 9th April at 11am in Port Melbourne.  Click here to reserve your spot. Tickets are FREE (I know, it’s ludicrous right?!) but seats are limited so get in quick if you can attend,  

If you’re not able to attend because of geographic limitations, then please pop your name on this list – The Healthy Humans List, and I’ll send you some information on when next I’m running a webinar on the subject, and you can join in on the fun then,

Please share this post with women who you feel would benefit from these 5 tips, After all, it’s all about sisterhood, love and sharing the message that it’s ok to beat the drum to your own rhythm. It’s ok to be your own person.  It’s ok, no, IT’S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for you to show up in the world EXACTLY as you are NOW. You have a divine gift and by not being true to yourself, but not expressing your hearts passion, by not accessing the gifts that you’ve been given, you’re doing (not only the world at large) but yourself a disservice.

Let’s create a movement in the world where we start to honour the body, and it’s limits. Who’s with me?

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2 Simple Inquiries into Self-Sabotage

We all have unlimited potential right? Well, that’s what every self-help and personal-development book tells us, and I believe it all, I do.

But often our results don’t reflect that. Why? Because our unconscious beliefs cripple our results. These ‘unconscious beliefs’ are our programmed beliefs, the ones our parents, school-teachers, and other significant people from our youth gave to us.

This is big for me. We’re taught that we need to work HARD, and that we need to SUFFER to ‘earn’ success and happiness. As if the amount of suffering we endure will amount to the quantity of our bliss. Our nature is to only invest energy into that which we believe will produce the outcome we seek. I mean, that makes logical sense right?

Decide what you want, and then go after it. Work long hours, undercut & undermine people, be nasty and play office-politics, because ‘that’s the only way you’re going to make it to the top’.

Not only have we been taught a skewed lesson on how to achieve greatness, but on the flip-side of it all, when we believe something is not going to work out – even an unconscious belief that we may consciously not even be aware of – we sabotage our potential by taking half-hearted action.

Also called Cognitive Distortions, most of the obstacles we encounter are created through thinking patterns that we have developed throughout our lives. Over time, these patterns become habits that lead to unconscious self sabotage. In order to counteract this, we need to be aware of our thinking patterns and how they affect our lives.

And this my dear friends, is what I have caught myself doing lately…drum roll please….

Little action equals lousy results.

Lousy results equal uncertainty and disheartened beliefs.  

It is a vicious cycle that only ends when you decide to change what you’re putting into it.

EARLIER ON THIS MONTH, I realised for the first time how far I had actually come. In spite of all the self-doubt, worry and self-sabotage …. it’s all come good. In fact, I’m exactly where I always wanted to be.

But wait, what now? Things are going ‘too well’. That little voice in my head says ‘something’s gotta give Ari, this is all going wayyyy too good.  I can still hear the constant dissatisfaction and frustration, the self doubt, self sabotage, resistance, judgement and fear felt when hearing this voice trying to coax me out of my happiness and satisfaction.

What I have come to realize is that Many of us sabotage because we fear change. We fear it may create too much havoc and instability in our lives. We fear that it may mean the end of our marriages, chosen careers or popularity. Sound familiar?

This type of self-sabotage, can seep its way into your goals, your relationships, projects, and almost all other areas of your life. To make this clear, what we’re actually doing is, failing on purpose. Crazy hey?!

So after having this little nugget of realization earlier this month, I started to recount all the things that have been ‘going wrong’ lately, and I’ve been able to pin-point the areas of sabotage, and finally take control and responsibility of my actions, or more appropriately, my in-actions.

Of course, things that have happened, have already happened right, but it’s my responsibility as an adult, to get my arse into gear, and step-up!

So this is what I’ve been working on which I thought to share in case you’re experiencing the same frustrations as I am:

  • Re-sort my goals – Are my goals my own or are they imposed by someone else? We often sabotage the outcome of our goals when our heart is not in it. In my case, what I realized is that I have been setting my goals too high. Being way too ambitious, so that I actually set myself up for failure. So, I set a really high goal, and then when I miss the mark, I get down on myself, which only confirms all the fear and self-doubt that I have, which then forms a perpetual cycle. And On and On we go.  I pop the lids off my essential oils, take a whif, and dig deep. The oils I used for this step are one’s for courage; Clove, Ginger, doTERRA’s Cheer Blend and doTERRA’s Motivate Blend (which I used so much that I had to purchase new bottles);  These oils are encouraging and uplifting, and they foster confidence to follow through with one’s own inspirations and intentions. They act as a support in rediscovering and maintaining one’s desire to serve your highest purpose and helps you to spring into action. To find out more on how you can purchase your Essential Oils, click here.
  • Investigate what emotions have I been avoiding? What situations have I been avoiding for fear of success or failure? By avoiding situations, we can prevent ourselves from hurtful emotions but we also prevent ourselves from happiness, moving forward, love, success, achievement and the joy of living.  This can show up in our lives in so many ways. Ask yourself honestly, can you relate to any of these three statements? And If so, how?
    1. Not getting involved in a relationship to avoid possible heartbreak.
    2. Not taking risks to avoid failure.
    3. Not asking because you’re fearful of rejection.

Whether we try to suppress our emotions via avoidance, covering up or ignoring them, it becomes clear as time progresses that our emotions are never truly suppressed. Our body is designed for expressions and thus finds alternative pathways for the emotion to surface i.e.: illness, depression, moodiness, self sabotage, stagnancy, failure, bad luck etc.

The thing is, you can do “all the right things”, and yet… if you’re constantly having thoughts and words that disempower you and others, it will sabotage your results.  What is your ‘love and bliss’ ceiling? What amount of love, bliss and ‘everything is going so well’ can you handle before ‘it’s too good to be true’? Perhaps you get to the 2 year mark and then self-sabotage because 2 years is your limit. Or perhaps it’s something else.

Passive-aggressive people sabotage the work assignment that they don’t want to do. For example, a woman I know was given a task at work that she absolutely deplored. But she was afraid of saying no to her boss, so instead she made many mistakes while completing the task to ensure that she’d never be asked to do it again.

Here is some food for thought to start the inquiry into your actions. If there is even a tinge of something herein that triggers you, delve deeper, until you know what it is that you could be doing to sabotage yourself:

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Unworthiness means that you don’t feel worthy of receiving the same goodness to which you believe everyone else is entitled. As a person who believes you’re unworthy, you’ll sabotage all good things as they come to you. You won’t have your sights set high enough. You’ll expect the worst, so that’s what you’ll attract and create.

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If you people-please, everyone will know it. People-pleasers never get away with their act. Others know that you’re faking your feelings, laughter, and smiles, and they’ll doubt your sincerity and your integrity. They won’t trust you, and they’ll wonder what else you might be dishonest about. So people-pleasing can sabotage your credibility in business, and your trustworthiness in relationships.

There are so many other ways which you can sabotage yourself. Please share your experiences in the comments below so that others can learn from you too.

 

Intimacy and Connection

My 5 Transformational Truths about Connection and Intimacy

Having dappled with being a sole trader (or as I like to call it a soul trader) for over three years, and from time to time, having my finger in the employment pie, whether it be as a full-timer or part-timer, it was time that I finally took the plunge and rocked the world of entrepreneurship.

Ups, Downs and Whirlwinds later, I am starting to find my feet in this luscious land of being my own BOSS, which by the way, took a while for me to get a handle on. No more ‘asking permission’ to do anything.  No more ‘justifications’. No more having to ask for time off ! (yeeha) I am finally the CEO of my own life, and I’m LOVING IT! Of course there are times, when the uncertainty gets the better of my psyche, but to be honest – all it takes are a few hours away from the screen, reading, walking or hanging out at the dog park with Marvin, and I’m reset & recharged.

The one thing that I wasn’t prepared for though, was the craving I now have for connection. Don’t get me wrong, I still teach Yoga, and host Essential Oil Classes around Australia. I’m on the phone All. Day. Long. But it’s not that I’m lonely. I mean, I’m an only child, and my bliss is being left alone to enjoy good quality ‘me time’. Drop me in the idle of no-where, and I’ll be as happy as a pig in poofie.
I’m talking about REAL connection. The type you find with people you work with every day. The checking-in every morning with a cuppa joe to find out how the few hours spent apart the night before went. The constant questioning and true concern about your home life. Your feelings, your worries, your experiences. You know what I mean?

Human beings are hardwired for connection and intimacy.  It’s the vulnerability aspect of true friendships that allow us to crack open and bare all. The ‘knowing’ that there is no judgment over our perception of situations, and the ability to be completely honest and truthful about our deepest darkest secrets.  So it’s no surprise (hindsight has 20/20 vision right?) that this is the one aspects of my new life, that I truly miss.

Over the years, I have loved deepening my connection with myself and researching the Divine within. I thought that I was confident in understanding and experiencing authentic relationships in all areas of my life.  Turns out that nothing prepares you for the effort required to reach out and create deep authentic connections, especially when you’re working by your lonesome.

Truly divine connections come when we do our best to honour and understand ourselves, and we’re able to wear our hearts on our sleeves. That’s the key to rocking relationships.

When you look back at how humans have lived throughout history, it’s always been about connection.

We used to live in tribes, and have our friends and families look after one another’s children.

Indigenous people live, breath, and participate in this kind of world still.  

They collaborate and celebrate life’s happenings. They live in harmony with a reverence for life, in a ‘you and me’ world. Not a ‘you or me’ me world.

Is this what has driven us apart as a culture? Have we lost our soul connections because of competition? Distinctions of living life in scarcity instead of sufficiency?

We have seriously lost touch with the importance of connection, community and celebration?

In the aggressive ‘money-culture’ that we live in, where we’re always craving more. More Money, Bigger Houses, Faster Cars. Are we missing out on experiencing the sensuous flows that invite intimacy with the present moment?

Should we instead be striving for More intimacy?  More connection?  More real, raw and authentic relationships?  And more fulfilment?

And if so, how do we boost intimacy & connection? Not only the sexual intimacy that we have with our partners and spouses, but that with ourselves and those close to us in our lives?

Here is what I have found to be true:

  1. Nothing beats connecting in real life, because common goals = true connection and a room of babes = laughs. ALL the best bits. My goal for the first half of 2017?  Connection 
  2. Meditation is the no.1 key to cementing the connection with ourselves. Sometimes a silent meditation is perfect, and sometimes guided meditations are da bomb. I have so much respect for Esther Hicks, and her Abraham Hicks Relationships Meditation (not just for love-relationships but for all connections with other people) is my go-to reminder of how important it is to stay connected.
  3. When fear motivates me to pull the curtains shut… that’s when I do myself — and you, and women —  a disservice. So in setting the intention to truly connect with ya’all, I’m bearing all and fuelling my courage with authentic and fearless conversations.
  4. Essential oils increase spiritual awareness and connection. The physical therapeutic benefits & also the moment of tender loving connection when applying them to the body, brings an instant sense of connection. There are so many ways to connect without the saying a word. I connect with my yoga students in savasana by giving them a little head massage with the oils. I connect with my husband by rubbing his feet with Lavender, Vetiver and Hawaiian Sandalwood before bed. Not a word said, but whole lot of connection right there. THAT creates connection.
  5. The intention to simply bring more celebration, creativity and connection to our everyday, with all forms of expression, invites us to hold the principles of what’s going on in our hearts and minds as a complex tool. Tools of inquiry & connection. By setting this intention EveryDamnDay, we can start to conjure up the consistency of self-inquiry, which will only lead to more true, authentic and honest relationships. Full of connection and love.

The butterflies in my belly are fluttering in anticipation of the months to come. I hope you decide to join me and this fast-growing and engaged community for this experience of learning, connection, and positive change in how we practice intimacy and change the way we live, love and connect.

What have you found to be true about connection? Do you have any truths you’d like to share with us?  Anything that you’d like to declare for the upcoming months?

 

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My Top 10 Secrets to Success

Have you ever wondered about people who are so successful ?

What they do to create success?

I mean, what sort of tactics and and or rituals do they use? and how the hell did they figure it all out? After having done some super-serious research, (and by that I mean, super-serious scrolling) I realised that a lot of the people who are ‘successful’ have had some sort of sport’s training, and blatantly attribute sport in their lives for one of the main reasons that they are successful.  Before we go any further, I think we should define the meaning of success, which will be very different for everyone reading this.  Success for you could be that you hit a particular income figure for the year? or perhaps gaining more freedom so that you can hang out with your family more. Heck man, maybe success for you on a given day is brushing your teeth before midday because your bub is sick and you’re exhausted.

Whatever your definition of success is, I want you to think about it whilst reading this post, and see whether or not you can credit sport to the success you have in life today, or perhaps start to create a pathway to success by including sports-practises into your life.

How? Here are 4 Similarities between sports and life, which, once understood and practised, will help you start to pave the way towards success in your life.

Once you’ve experienced these things on the field, on stage, in life, you ‘get it’ enough to move on and create more abundance for yourself.

  1. The power of loss is something you have felt before, and you know that in every sports game, you can’t avoid it. Even if you don’t try to win, and you’ve given up, you’re losing, and it’s this ability to deal with failure and learning to get back up which is the platform to help you deal with life’s ups and downs.  Believe me, it’s not easy, and when you don’t get what you want, it’s even more challenging to change your mindset to get back on the horse – BUT it’s this innate reason that allow sportsmen and women to succeed in ways others struggle to assimilate. It is a vital part in success. Falling down and getting back up teaches you a lot about yourself and how you handle tough situations.  In today’s experiences of loss, I have found Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to be a powerful remedy for the heart. The scent reconnects me with accessing my intuition and my ‘heart’s knowing’, and helps me to release emotional trauma.
  2. When you’re playing sports, you’re quite determined and clear on what you want to get out of a game or a performance. You visualise your wants for the way you want to play, the things that you need to improve on, and if you’ve been taught to visualise, then you visualise the crap out of any given situation so that you know how to respond. I have attended a few dance-training camps in my days, and everyday, we would be asked to lie flat on the floor, and the music would play. Our eyes would close, and we would spend a considerable amount of time visualising our routines, without moving a muscle. We were taught to visualise the way our body would move, the way we would feel, and the way our breath would facilitate and initiate each and every movement. It was MAGIC, for when we rose and physically performed our routines thereafter, we would FEEL different! and we sure as hell looked different. It’s as though the mind created the shift for us, and the body followed-suit.   By using visualisation techniques to build success in your own life, you will increase the chances of creating and manifesting the life of your dreams.  All it takes is a few moments of silence and a clear vision to create whatever your version of success is. I visualise and journal every single morning.  I pop a few drops of Essential Oil (which one/blend will depend of what I’m trying to create in my life at the time) in the diffuser, and perhaps wipe a ‘moustache’ of the oil on my top lip, and the frequency of the oil will lift, and teach my soul in ways i don’t even need to understand.
  3. Affirmations.  Each dancer has  their own way of dealing with the stress and anxiety (if felt at all) of performing on stage. I’m sure that athletes have this too. In the locker room, some guys and gals prefer to listen to music. Some sit still alone with their thoughts. Some run around in an attempt to get rid of unwanted energy, and some chit-chat with those around them so that they can take their mind off their next gruelling task. Whatever it is that they have decided to do, there comes a time when every athlete mumbles a sentence, a phrase, a mantra to themselves. Perhaps even having a full-blown conversation with themselves about the way they’re going to perform. It’s then that you are using clear and positive language  as opposed to ‘don’ts’, or negative words.  Using positive language to overcome the fear, the doubt and build your confidence in and off the field, is a sure-fire way to get results, and to train your mind to co-create your own reality.  I have written a bit about accessing an energy centre within to help you rid fear, anxiety, and other debilitating emotions. Click here to read the post.
  4. Nutrition wasn’t always high on my radar.  In my late teens and early twenties, the goal was to eat as ‘cheap’ as possible so that we could afford lessons with top trainers in the world.  Quite incredible how my mind and life has changed fast forward 10 years huh?  I was gulping down all sorts of energy drinks, slim-pills, water retention tricks, pick-me-ups, you name it, I’ve tried it. The aim of the game was to sleep less, and train more. Possible at 18! not so much as you get older.  The exhaustion set in, and what a friggen nightmare when it turned into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome .  It was a nightmare alright!  but I kept on going.   As an athlete, you always push through. I have since learnt SO MANY lessons on listening to my body. I have had so many stumbles along the way. Oh goodness, I remember how I ate the wrong foods, and took various stimulants to  keep going. Thankfully – Times have changed. So the fourth thing i want to mention, is how being a sportsman teaches you how to nourish your body through Nutrition.  Learning about the best ways to fuel your body helps you think with a clear mind, and to perform at your best for extended periods of time. That’s one thing that I probably learnt too late in my dancing career, The imperative need to eat right!  What you put into your body is what you get back out in the playing field so best you put organic and ethically sourced products in your mouth, or you’ll be vibrating at such low frequencies you won’t even know yourself.

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How I got to find balance?  Learning and implementing the following 10 steps into my life….

  1. Failing is ok – Well, one big moment in my life, when things started (and I say started because it took me another few years to get with the program) was when we lost our National title. One thing I have learnt is that losing will help you to get better. It will help you to be better. It’ll help you to ascertain what you want, and guide you to take the right steps to succeed.  I have recently had to order yet another bottle of Bergamot Essential Oil to help relieve feelings of despair, self judgement and low self-esteem.  It’s a great little helper with hope, love, optimism and confidence, and you can never have enough of this Oil – The Oil of Self-Acceptance
  2. People who can teach you – I found Mentors and those who inspire me, and I surround myself with these people. High Vibin’ peeps.  You WILL Succeed with mentors around you.
  3. I have found that giving is far better than receiving – Something I am focussing more on now, is how to lead, and become a mentor. I learnt that the more I teach, the more I learn, so its with this in mind that I am really focussing on leading my team, and stepping into a role where I can really help those who want some guidance. I must admit that I’m in my friggen element and truly loving it.  Giving is the most powerful thing that you can do, and I highly recommend you try it.
  4. Do what you love and leave fear and doubt in the gutter. Use tools to leave those things behind such as books, meditation, journalling, reflection practises and or contemplation and other creative doings like colouring-in and drawing mandalas to be the most effective tools in my life. But this list isn’t conclusive and you may find your own self-love and care practises to be something completely different. Experiment and see where you land. Don’t try to be perfect, and please, for love of all things, have fun whilst you’re figuring it all out.
  5. I try to move in spite of fear – Always try something new and innovate constantly.  I have made a silent pledge to myself to continue to advance, no matter what. Whether that be advancing into a period of stillness, or moving really fast and achieving.  Juniper Berry Essential Oil is my best buddy here – I spray her on my body every morning to protect me, and give me courage.
  6. My Spirituality has definitely helped me find balance. Understanding that I only have control over the way I react to situations, and over the situations themselves has given me the relief of knowing that I don’t have to change the world, I just have to be the light in my own life, and I’ll start attracting LIKE.
  7. Learn the basics and then re-learn them – Know what is important and trust that there is always a reason for things that happen. I understand that I am going to fall off-balance at times, but when that happens, I have sustained long-term daily practises that help me come back to basics. .
  8. Stay balanced – By having a long term plan, about what you want to achieve & what your goals are. I spent some time earlier this week writing out my 10 year Goals, 5 years Goals, 1 year Goals and 3 month Goals.  It helps me to look at the big picture. This life is crazy, but if you’re able to look long term, big picture, you can calm down and face reality.  Having a Vision Board Also helps. One that’s in clear view for all to see.  the doTERRA Balance Blend was by my side during my goal setting program this week. Together, we write from the heart, and co-created a fantastic set of goals.
  9. Get rid of Perfection Paralysis – This is one that I really got stuck on . Things don’t need to be perfect, you just need to do them.  I have blended a Calming Blend for times when I feel stuck or stagnant. After moving about to release or disperse energy, I pop some of this on my pulse points and witness the feelings of hostility, fear, anger, and any other emotion I am feeling at the time, dissipate and release.
  10. Education! constantly strive to better yourself and your situation. The onus is on you to educate yourself.  Work on yourself and be honest about the things you need to work on. One by one, write them down and then figure out what you’re going to do to get better. Progress, do not stagnate, move forward.

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Do you have ways that you’ve benefited from incorporating sports into your life?

Share them with us please in the comments below, or feel free to share this post with someone who you think will benefit.

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11 Steps to Better Health

Statistics are thrown around a lot when it comes to risk of contracting diseases – for example, you have probably heard that 1 in 8 women will get invasive breast cancer, or 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease or stroke. But, how do you know that the drugs prescribed to prevent and treat these diseases will work for you? More importantly, how do you know that these drugs won’t cause you serious harm?

The reality is, no drug is 100 percent effective for everyone. In fact, many of the most commonly prescribed drugs work only for a minority of patients. And, many more drugs can cause harm to a significant number of people.

So, How do we take care of ourselves in the hope that we live long and happy lives?

Try these Simple Steps, and please let me know if you have any Additions for us to try

  1.  Drink More Water – Everyone’s ideal water consumption varies right? So how do we know how much water is enough and perfect for us and our bodies?  According to LifeHack.com, there are 14 signs to notice when you’re not drinking enough water. Check out the link here to jump straight onto their website if you’re curious to know what dehydration looks and feels like.

    …and here’s some food for thought – Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens.

  2. Practise Cooking – Yep, you heard right.  Besides the fact that cooking can be experienced as a sure-fire way to reduce your stress for some; You’re g’teed to know what’s going in your food when cooking for yourself.  Too many store bought, and fast-foods contain preservatives and ingredients that you’ve probably never even heard of before.  If you’re not convinced that cooking will ever be your thing, check out these fun-filled recipes (from the WholeDaily) and video’s to get you inspired enough to pop the chef’s hate on.
  3. Increase Sweet Veggies  Sweet Veggies are naturally sweet, healthy, and delicious. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar.  Here’s a little article written by the veghealthguide.com about Fruits & Veggies and how you can eat the best variation of different sorts.
  4. Increase Leafy Greens –  Green vegetables are the most commonly missing food in modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system. When you nourish yourself with greens, you may naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Leafy green vegetables are also high – alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Green vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants.  If you want to grab my FREE Glorious Greens info sheet, then click here.
  5. Experiment with Protein –  In the nutrition world, how much and what types of protein one should consume is highly debated. Some say that high-quality animal meat is needed for optimal health, while others advocate for a plant-based diet. Experiment with what works for your body at this time in your life. This way you’ll be able to successfully guide yourself to your appropriate protein source.
  6. Eat Fewer Processed Foods – Oh My Goodness, an article written on the Guardian by Joanna Blythman in 2015 sums it up pretty well.  She talks about what’s really in our food, and how careful we need to be when purchasing pre-packaged goods. This also poses the age-long question about where we get our food from? How is it sourced?

My growing preoccupation was how little we know about the food that sits on our supermarket shelvs, in boxes, cartons”

7.  Nurture Your Body – SelfCare Baby 101!  One of the things I have said since I can remember is ‘My Body is a Temple!”.  With that in mind, let’s be kind to ourselves, and remember that what we put in is what we get out. I have recently learnt what it’s like to live life in BALANCE.

Not that long ago, I was an ‘all or nothing kinda chic’, and whilst that’s still true to a certain degree, I am a little more gentle with myself when it comes to what I eat, how I think, and what I do with my spare time. Meditation is a BIG PART of my daily routine!  I use Essential Oils to nourish and care for my emotional wellbeing AND my physical body and I always make time to enjoy my own company, whether it be for 3, or 30 minutes per day! It’s crucial to my sanity, and to my marriage ! On that note…..

8.  Have healthy Relationships – Communication is the cornerstone of every strong relationship. You will not always agree with your partner, your brother, mother, sister or friend, but if you have a foundation of respect and clear communication it will be much easier to resolve any conflicts that arise.

9.  Enjoy Regular Physical Activity – A balanced diet is essential for a happy and healthy life, but without regular exercise no amount of kale or kidney beans will make up for a lack of locomotion. Just like certain foods protect us from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, regular physical activity has its own list of health enhancement. Without exercise, it’s hard to reach your full physical and mental potential and achieve overall well-being.

10.  Find Work you Love Many people spend days, weeks, months, years, and even decades in careers that are diametrically opposed to who they are as spiritual beings. It’s incredibly important to find alignment in your career, spirituality, health, and relationships, so you can live your purpose and be happy.  It’s all about finding work you love, or learning to love the work you do. You don’t have to leave your 9-5 job in order to explore other career paths – there are always ways to find gratification.

11.  Develop a Spiritual Practise – Now I’m not talking religion here guys. I am talking Spiritual!  Now if you’re not too sure what the difference is, I am going to hand over to my dear Friends, Oprah and Brene’, as they explain what Spirituality is.  The belief that we’re all connected! That we’re all routed in LOVE and Belonging!

I would absolutely love your thoughts and comments below. I work with clients daily to help them iron out any kinks in their lives. If this sounds like somethign you’re interested in knowing mire about. Click here and fill in the contact-form and i’ll be in touch soon.

join-my-list The The information provided above is not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment. I am not a health professional. Essential oils are essentially classed as a food/cosmetic and not a drug. Essential oils can help support a healthy immune system and calm us and lift us up.

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Oh my goodness, when I first started using essential oils, I knew there were dozens of ways to use each one, but I didn’t know exactly where to start.



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Do you feel the same way?

Well, I thought I’d remove the guessing out of the equation.

I was at my Barre Teacher Training this past weekend, and wasn’t feeling well. My head was hurting, I was feeling queasy and I needed to go home stat.  I needed to lie down! and rest!  Thank my lucky stars that I had taken what I like to call my ‘Emergency Pack’ of Essential Oils with me, and so I pulled them out of my back pack for some self love. 

I dropped some peppermint oil on my neck, chucked a few drops of lemon in my water, rubbed some onGuard on my throat, and Digest Zen on my Belly when I got home.  Not only did I smell Delish, but it worked like a charm, and before i knew it, all the lovely ladies in my class had the luscious, zesty and fresh smell of peppermint oil spread across the back of their neck. Not only did they too smell AHHmazing, but they felt refreshed and revitalised to carry on with the intense training that lay head for the afternoon, instead of having to grab that cuppa joe to get them through the afternoon.

What I realised was that although I have been using essential oils as my medicine cabinet for EVER, not all folks know how therapeutic these golden oilies are. They’re 100% natural with virtually zero side effects. Problem solved!

… so my post this week is dedicated to YOU!

If you’re just getting started with essential oils, there are five oils that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. You can use each of these oils for dozens of different things to help you and your family! 

My Top Five:

Lavender – calms emotions, takes the itch out of bites and stings, soothes sunburn & helps reduce inflammation.  This beautiful smelling oil reduces stress, helps you sleep & does wonders for aging skin and soothes dry lips.  A few drops on my pillow before bed is s a great way to relax at the end of the day!

Photo of Lavender and Frankincense from Alice Nicholls

Peppermint – great for digestive support, occasional headaches, respiratory support. It also supports the thyroid when it’s working a bit too fast & soothes the occasional sore throat.  ssshhhh – this is my secret weapon when feeling tired or drowsy.  A drop or two on the back of my neck and I’m right as rain!

Frankincense – helps reduce inflammation & to prevent scarring.  This is my number one recommendation great for aging skin as it provides healthy cell support.  I have this oil in ALL of my body and bath products.  My hubby and I constantly smell like Holy Frank.  I LOVE IT!! It can help soothe occasional headaches, provide immune support, and so much more.

Digest Zen – I don’t go anywhere without this oil blend! It’s fantastic for soothing an occasional upset stomach and any occasional digestive or intestinal issues. Just rub a drop or two on the area of concern.

Lemon – This oil is great for detox. I place a drop or two of this in my water each day.  For all the oils, you can try rubbing 1-2 drops on the bottom of your feet, your neck or on the location of concern. You could also add a few drops into a carrier oil of you’d prefer your oils to be diluted.

And if you’d like to makeover your medicine kit today, I highly recommend doTERRA therapeutic essential oils. These are the oils I personally and in my practise.  They are 100% therapeutic grade oils and each is 3rd party tested to ensure purity. 

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