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Just spent an awesome day with Howard Martin learning about Heart Math. Thanks to Alternatives and Kerrie for organising another wonderful event.
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Howard and his team's research confirmed what my body's experience has shown me: that our thoughts matter and we can change our biochemistry (and our health) by changing our emotions.
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The Heart Math tools are a quick, effective way to press reset when we're triggered and stressed - and even avoid being triggered in the first place - brilliant, right!
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Howard also shared the science around our energy fields. Through our powerful hearts, we emit an energy field detectable up to a metre outside our skin!
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So our energy literally does impact the energy of others!
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Our heart is a powerful information processor. Controlling the information our heart sends to our brain is key to reducing the long-term damaging effects of constant stress and cortisol production.
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I learned this fact the hard way and by writing, I'm sharing what I know to hopefully help you all thrive.
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Whenever you're stressed, remember to breathe deeply and slowly, tune into your heart and genuinely connect with an emotion that feels better than the one which triggered the negative feeling. My favourite feel-good emotion is appreciation or gratitude. We always have something to be thankful for - and for me, it works every time.
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I'll definitely be giving my new Heart Math tools a go and you can also learn more at www.heartmath.co.uk
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Let's all Add more Heart to the world and benefit together!
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Just spent an awesome day with Howard Martin learning about Heart Math. Thanks to Alternatives and Kerrie for organising another wonderful event. . Howard and his team's research confirmed what my body's experience has shown me: that our thoughts matter and we can change our biochemistry (and our health) by changing our emotions. . The Heart Math tools are a quick, effective way to press reset when we're triggered and stressed - and even avoid being triggered in the first place - brilliant, right! . Howard also shared the science around our energy fields. Through our powerful hearts, we emit an energy field detectable up to a metre outside our skin! . So our energy literally does impact the energy of others! . Our heart is a powerful information processor. Controlling the information our heart sends to our brain is key to reducing the long-term damaging effects of constant stress and cortisol production. . I learned this fact the hard way and by writing, I'm sharing what I know to hopefully help you all thrive. . Whenever you're stressed, remember to breathe deeply and slowly, tune into your heart and genuinely connect with an emotion that feels better than the one which triggered the negative feeling. My favourite feel-good emotion is appreciation or gratitude. We always have something to be thankful for - and for me, it works every time. . I'll definitely be giving my new Heart Math tools a go and you can also learn more at www.heartmath.co.uk . Let's all Add more Heart to the world and benefit together! πŸ’–
Step 1: select a really cute bikini
Step 2: put it on
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Yup! That's it! No more steps required! It's really that simple. Here's why:
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Once my skin broke out and I ended up losing most of my pigment within a couple of years, I started to dread beach trips.
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I'd grown up practically living in a swim suit on weekends and school holidays, was even a swimsuit model for a brief year and suddenly I'd become someone else - someone who was so ashamed of her body that the idea of baring her body to the world was more daunting than any challenge she could face.
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So I stopped putting on bikinis and I stopped enjoying the beach.
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My research and training to become a coach has made me realise that most of the time it's not physical barriers which stop us doing the things we want to do, it's the mental ones we build up in our heads - it's the stories we create around not feeling attractive enough or slim enough or whatever enough.
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Honestly, does that really make sense? Will you look back when you're 80, will you think, "well thank goodness I sat on the sidelines and was miserable every time I had to wear a swimsuit in public and felt shame from head to toe engulf me everytime someone stared at me for that one second too long?"
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I wasted about three precious years feeling that way and I can't get those years back, but I promise you I'm absolutely never going to let shame about my body be the reason I don't wear that cute bikini or that gorgeous summer dress or those shorts which I'm possibly getting a bit "too old" for. .
So remember that my friend - next time you hesitate when there's something you want to wear, but you don't think your body's quite "ready" yet, wear it anyway. Enjoy every second, put the biggest bad-ass smile on your face (which is always the best accessory anyway) and love every second of being comfortable being you.
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Be a body rebel - who cares what anyone else thinks?
Step 1: select a really cute bikini Step 2: put it on 🏝 Yup! That's it! No more steps required! It's really that simple. Here's why: . Once my skin broke out and I ended up losing most of my pigment within a couple of years, I started to dread beach trips. . I'd grown up practically living in a swim suit on weekends and school holidays, was even a swimsuit model for a brief year and suddenly I'd become someone else - someone who was so ashamed of her body that the idea of baring her body to the world was more daunting than any challenge she could face. . So I stopped putting on bikinis and I stopped enjoying the beach. . My research and training to become a coach has made me realise that most of the time it's not physical barriers which stop us doing the things we want to do, it's the mental ones we build up in our heads - it's the stories we create around not feeling attractive enough or slim enough or whatever enough. . Honestly, does that really make sense? Will you look back when you're 80, will you think, "well thank goodness I sat on the sidelines and was miserable every time I had to wear a swimsuit in public and felt shame from head to toe engulf me everytime someone stared at me for that one second too long?" . I wasted about three precious years feeling that way and I can't get those years back, but I promise you I'm absolutely never going to let shame about my body be the reason I don't wear that cute bikini or that gorgeous summer dress or those shorts which I'm possibly getting a bit "too old" for. . So remember that my friend - next time you hesitate when there's something you want to wear, but you don't think your body's quite "ready" yet, wear it anyway. Enjoy every second, put the biggest bad-ass smile on your face (which is always the best accessory anyway) and love every second of being comfortable being you. . Be a body rebel - who cares what anyone else thinks?
It was Vitiligo Awareness Day yesterday and I've been inspired by a lot of amazing people including the stunning @breannerice who I know is just as beautiful on the inside, openly sharing her story about her experience while filming the Bachelor. .
Vitiligo is estimated to affect 1-2% of the world's total population, but we don't realise it's so common as it's a condition people feel shame about and hide - very well.
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One thing I know for sure is this: in the past few years, I've had the pleasure of meeting a few hundred people with this skin condition and in every single case, I've been struck with the same conclusion: what a beautiful person! All I can think is that external skin conditions have the ability to take your ego down more than a few notches! In my case, it completely decimated my confidence. (Don't worry - it's back now! πŸ˜†)
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Vitiligo has taught me to look past the skin and truly see the person in front of me, to see them as a person who has dreams and disappointments, like you and me, who wants to be loved for just being themselves, like you and me.
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You see, we all want just that really - to love and be loved and often all the things we have to do to prove our worth is really just a means of achieving that simple end result - acceptance and true love.
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But we don't have to wait for it in order to feel it. When we realise that size or shape or colour don't actually matter, maybe then we can accept and love ourselves just as we are. And when you truly feel it within, to the point shame is no longer a garment you wear, then your love will grow and others will love you as you do.
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Anyway, what's more important? A perfectly beautiful body or a perfectly beautiful heart? πŸ’–
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✨If you still don't believe that you're good enough, please sign up (link in bio) as my free mini guide will be ready to download soon! Maybe then I can convince you! πŸ˜‰
It was Vitiligo Awareness Day yesterday and I've been inspired by a lot of amazing people including the stunning @breannerice who I know is just as beautiful on the inside, openly sharing her story about her experience while filming the Bachelor. . Vitiligo is estimated to affect 1-2% of the world's total population, but we don't realise it's so common as it's a condition people feel shame about and hide - very well. . One thing I know for sure is this: in the past few years, I've had the pleasure of meeting a few hundred people with this skin condition and in every single case, I've been struck with the same conclusion: what a beautiful person! All I can think is that external skin conditions have the ability to take your ego down more than a few notches! In my case, it completely decimated my confidence. (Don't worry - it's back now! πŸ˜†) . Vitiligo has taught me to look past the skin and truly see the person in front of me, to see them as a person who has dreams and disappointments, like you and me, who wants to be loved for just being themselves, like you and me. . You see, we all want just that really - to love and be loved and often all the things we have to do to prove our worth is really just a means of achieving that simple end result - acceptance and true love. . But we don't have to wait for it in order to feel it. When we realise that size or shape or colour don't actually matter, maybe then we can accept and love ourselves just as we are. And when you truly feel it within, to the point shame is no longer a garment you wear, then your love will grow and others will love you as you do. . Anyway, what's more important? A perfectly beautiful body or a perfectly beautiful heart? πŸ’– . ✨If you still don't believe that you're good enough, please sign up (link in bio) as my free mini guide will be ready to download soon! Maybe then I can convince you! πŸ˜‰
The doggies and I had an unplanned "staycation" this week and it came with a big revelation.
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It's the first time everyone in my family was away on their own trips without me. I was literally home alone and my springer spaniel knew something was different and bless her loyal heart, she never left my side all week!
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At first I felt weird - I'm so used to being in this perpetual cycle of busyness and never-ending to-do lists that I felt a strange awkwardness without anyone asking me for something or expecting me to be on call.
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My initial reaction was - ok I must use this week productively and was about to fill the rest of my diary with meetings and then I realised something - this space that had been unplanned was exactly what I needed.
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We get so used to "doing" and dutifully fulfilling the roles expected of us, we forget to make time for just "being" us.
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Do you ever feel that way too? Are you so busy being everything everyone expects of you that you don't have time to just be your true self - my kids don't see much of this side of me because I'm trying to be the responsible one in the room, but deep down I'm just a complete dag who secretly likes to do really uncool things like bopping around to old school classics my kids would roll their eyes at!
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One thing I really love is spending time relaxing with Mother Nature and I don't do that as often as I'd like. So blessed with a cracking week of British summer weather, the dogs and I lay out on the soft green grass in the warm sun and watched the sun set every night this week. It was paradise.
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And because I felt re-charged, I actually had a really productive work week and was a bright and happy mama for when the family came charging through the door last night.
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That's because when we carve out time to do the things we love, we have so much more to give everyone else.
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It's so easy to get caught up in our busyness, but please don't wait until you're depleted! What little things charge you up and make you feel good? I'd love to hear your strategies for how you make time for them to happen!!
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Now that things are back to normal, my challenge is to try to retain this feeling of being grounded. I think the
The doggies and I had an unplanned "staycation" this week and it came with a big revelation. . It's the first time everyone in my family was away on their own trips without me. I was literally home alone and my springer spaniel knew something was different and bless her loyal heart, she never left my side all week! . At first I felt weird - I'm so used to being in this perpetual cycle of busyness and never-ending to-do lists that I felt a strange awkwardness without anyone asking me for something or expecting me to be on call. . My initial reaction was - ok I must use this week productively and was about to fill the rest of my diary with meetings and then I realised something - this space that had been unplanned was exactly what I needed. . We get so used to "doing" and dutifully fulfilling the roles expected of us, we forget to make time for just "being" us. . Do you ever feel that way too? Are you so busy being everything everyone expects of you that you don't have time to just be your true self - my kids don't see much of this side of me because I'm trying to be the responsible one in the room, but deep down I'm just a complete dag who secretly likes to do really uncool things like bopping around to old school classics my kids would roll their eyes at! . One thing I really love is spending time relaxing with Mother Nature and I don't do that as often as I'd like. So blessed with a cracking week of British summer weather, the dogs and I lay out on the soft green grass in the warm sun and watched the sun set every night this week. It was paradise. . And because I felt re-charged, I actually had a really productive work week and was a bright and happy mama for when the family came charging through the door last night. . That's because when we carve out time to do the things we love, we have so much more to give everyone else. . It's so easy to get caught up in our busyness, but please don't wait until you're depleted! What little things charge you up and make you feel good? I'd love to hear your strategies for how you make time for them to happen!! . Now that things are back to normal, my challenge is to try to retain this feeling of being grounded. I think the
Recently being back in my homeland of Australia was grounding for me. Being among the people who have known us since childhood reminds us of our true spirit and who we really are. .
Take away the fancy stuff and the job titles and roles we play as adults and what's left? Us. You and me in our purest form.
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Being re-acquainted with my true spirit reminded me of what drives me, what brings me joy and how I want to spend my time on this precious Earth.
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I am committed to helping others be free of the unhelpful stories they tell themselves so they can truly enjoy what their bodies DO, instead of focusing only on how they look. I am committed to sharing the tools to build lasting confidence, inner wisdom and strength and empower you to live the life you dreamed for yourself.
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And I'll always keep it real!
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For this reason, I'm returning to my original brand of Every Body Beautiful which my followers prefer as they feel it's more aligned with my story and what I share. I will always listen to the people I am serving so from now on, you'll see me show up as Every Body Beautiful. .
Please keep following and be actively involved! I have so many great tips to share and lots of exciting resources for you in production!
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Thanks again for all your loyal support which I appreciate with all my heart!
Recently being back in my homeland of Australia was grounding for me. Being among the people who have known us since childhood reminds us of our true spirit and who we really are. . Take away the fancy stuff and the job titles and roles we play as adults and what's left? Us. You and me in our purest form. . Being re-acquainted with my true spirit reminded me of what drives me, what brings me joy and how I want to spend my time on this precious Earth. . I am committed to helping others be free of the unhelpful stories they tell themselves so they can truly enjoy what their bodies DO, instead of focusing only on how they look. I am committed to sharing the tools to build lasting confidence, inner wisdom and strength and empower you to live the life you dreamed for yourself. . And I'll always keep it real! . For this reason, I'm returning to my original brand of Every Body Beautiful which my followers prefer as they feel it's more aligned with my story and what I share. I will always listen to the people I am serving so from now on, you'll see me show up as Every Body Beautiful. . Please keep following and be actively involved! I have so many great tips to share and lots of exciting resources for you in production! . Thanks again for all your loyal support which I appreciate with all my heart!
Yesterday I was reminded how so many of us put on a brave face and pretend we're ok when we're really not. Concerned about my girlfriend's recent health scare and suspecting there was some kind of stress triggering it, I asked her this question. It turns out she's not actually ok - although like me, she's a master at the brave face.
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The pressures upon us to perform, to look perfect, to be productive in every waking hour along with a dose of guilt for taking care of ourselves or not being available 24/7 are too great these days.
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We live in a society where our daughters are bombarded with unrealistic and unattainable images of airbrushed perfection and they are made to feel like they're "stirring waters" or don't fit in for being authentic or speaking up. Meanwhile our sons are discouraged from displaying true emotions as a sign of weakness and are told to "man up".
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This is a highly volatile combination and with the recent celebrity news and increasing levels of depression at school age, we can't stand by and let it just happen.
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I don't profess to have the power to change all this and don't even have a master plan. But I know one thing for sure and that's every individual counts. You, me, every one of us knows someone today who may be going through a hard time. 
While it's absolutely not our job to fix anyone and I believe everyone has the responsibility to take care of themselves, sometimes it helps for someone to give us permission to do so - a little permission slip to feel some self compassion, to take some time out, to be kinder to oneself and to be reminded we are loved.
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Sometimes that's all we need. To know that we are worthy and have the ability to turn our situation around - in baby steps and when we're ready.
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So my dear friend, if you know someone who's feeling a little pain right now, reach out, lend an ear and remind them they are loved. and don't forget that you are too!
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Yesterday I was reminded how so many of us put on a brave face and pretend we're ok when we're really not. Concerned about my girlfriend's recent health scare and suspecting there was some kind of stress triggering it, I asked her this question. It turns out she's not actually ok - although like me, she's a master at the brave face. . The pressures upon us to perform, to look perfect, to be productive in every waking hour along with a dose of guilt for taking care of ourselves or not being available 24/7 are too great these days. . We live in a society where our daughters are bombarded with unrealistic and unattainable images of airbrushed perfection and they are made to feel like they're "stirring waters" or don't fit in for being authentic or speaking up. Meanwhile our sons are discouraged from displaying true emotions as a sign of weakness and are told to "man up". . This is a highly volatile combination and with the recent celebrity news and increasing levels of depression at school age, we can't stand by and let it just happen. . I don't profess to have the power to change all this and don't even have a master plan. But I know one thing for sure and that's every individual counts. You, me, every one of us knows someone today who may be going through a hard time. While it's absolutely not our job to fix anyone and I believe everyone has the responsibility to take care of themselves, sometimes it helps for someone to give us permission to do so - a little permission slip to feel some self compassion, to take some time out, to be kinder to oneself and to be reminded we are loved. . Sometimes that's all we need. To know that we are worthy and have the ability to turn our situation around - in baby steps and when we're ready. . So my dear friend, if you know someone who's feeling a little pain right now, reach out, lend an ear and remind them they are loved. and don't forget that you are too! πŸ’–
"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
George A. Moore
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Okay in my case I'm a woman! but this quote really resonates with me today.
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Have just returned from a whirlwind trip to my homeland Australia. This photo was taken by my gorgeous mum on my favourite rock in the beautiful place I was so fortunate to grow up in. .
Since my early 20's, I've travelled the world in search of adventure, to further my career, to meet new and interesting people and to pursue dreams - only to learn that all I ever wanted and needed was waiting for me back home.
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Alas! I now have two homes on either sides of the world and as I wait in transit in Hong Kong, my heart is mixed with longing for the people I leave behind and excitement for my loves I am about to be re-united with.
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So maybe that makes me the lucky one. Because love knows no geographic boundaries and home is not a fixed abode - it's where we make it. πŸ’–
"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." George A. Moore 🌿 Okay in my case I'm a woman! but this quote really resonates with me today. . Have just returned from a whirlwind trip to my homeland Australia. This photo was taken by my gorgeous mum on my favourite rock in the beautiful place I was so fortunate to grow up in. . Since my early 20's, I've travelled the world in search of adventure, to further my career, to meet new and interesting people and to pursue dreams - only to learn that all I ever wanted and needed was waiting for me back home. . Alas! I now have two homes on either sides of the world and as I wait in transit in Hong Kong, my heart is mixed with longing for the people I leave behind and excitement for my loves I am about to be re-united with. . So maybe that makes me the lucky one. Because love knows no geographic boundaries and home is not a fixed abode - it's where we make it. πŸ’–
Okay so this is me.
Not my chosen path, but one I have learned to accept and embrace.
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The crazy thing is that all those years I had flawless skin I still thought I wasn't beautiful enough. Yet now, so far removed from physical perfection, I actually feel more freedom than ever before.
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It took this journey of losing my pigment, researching how to restore my health and seeing my clever body start to heal itself again for me to learn that we are all we ever need to be - not when we're successful or perfect, but absolutely right here and now. .
It's as simple as that.
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Do if you ever feel "not good enough"? Ask yourself if you're maybe being a little harsh on yourself? Would you be so quick to judge a best friend?
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What are 3 things that are awesome about you? I bet there's more, but let's start with that! .
Enjoy your weekend my beautiful friend 😊
Okay so this is me. Not my chosen path, but one I have learned to accept and embrace. . The crazy thing is that all those years I had flawless skin I still thought I wasn't beautiful enough. Yet now, so far removed from physical perfection, I actually feel more freedom than ever before. . It took this journey of losing my pigment, researching how to restore my health and seeing my clever body start to heal itself again for me to learn that we are all we ever need to be - not when we're successful or perfect, but absolutely right here and now. . It's as simple as that. . Do if you ever feel "not good enough"? Ask yourself if you're maybe being a little harsh on yourself? Would you be so quick to judge a best friend? . What are 3 things that are awesome about you? I bet there's more, but let's start with that! . Enjoy your weekend my beautiful friend 😊
Are you ready to take the challenge?!
This one is easier said than done because we are generally so hard on ourselves.
Why? I really think it's social conditioning. From a very young age, we're compared to other children who are smarter, better behaved or more talented in order to encourage us to keep improving, but sometimes this back-fires and instead builds up our "not good enough" muscles.
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By the time we are teenagers, social media and traditional media encourage us to compare ourselves to super models and filtered perfect celebs - this can make us feel even less perfect and our "not good enough" muscles get even stronger.
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And without realising it, by adults we can easily fall into a daily pattern of self-critique. Boy, is that exhausting!!
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The antidote is self awareness and compassion. It won't change overnight and we'll all still have the day when we say, "what on earth was I thinking?!" πŸ˜‚
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But the negative chatter will get quieter and less frequent and with perspective, we can see that there's another way to speak to ourselves which is kinder and way more inspiring.
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So who's with me? Let's start with just 3 days - nothing negative to ourselves. Let's do this! πŸ˜†
Are you ready to take the challenge?! This one is easier said than done because we are generally so hard on ourselves. Why? I really think it's social conditioning. From a very young age, we're compared to other children who are smarter, better behaved or more talented in order to encourage us to keep improving, but sometimes this back-fires and instead builds up our "not good enough" muscles. . By the time we are teenagers, social media and traditional media encourage us to compare ourselves to super models and filtered perfect celebs - this can make us feel even less perfect and our "not good enough" muscles get even stronger. . And without realising it, by adults we can easily fall into a daily pattern of self-critique. Boy, is that exhausting!! . The antidote is self awareness and compassion. It won't change overnight and we'll all still have the day when we say, "what on earth was I thinking?!" πŸ˜‚ . But the negative chatter will get quieter and less frequent and with perspective, we can see that there's another way to speak to ourselves which is kinder and way more inspiring. . So who's with me? Let's start with just 3 days - nothing negative to ourselves. Let's do this! πŸ˜†
🌿3 amazing things Deepak taught me this week 🌿
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On Tuesday I shared an amazing evening with my beautiful friends Sam and Alex listening to Deepak Chopra.
What a privilege and joy it was to listen to this wonderful man who has dedicated his life to teaching others how to heal and live a life of optimal health.
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His new book "The Healing Self" contains invaluable guidance on how we can all boost our immune system and stay well for life. .
If you've been following my work, you will already know this is at the heart of what I believe - in fact my own body is proof that we can restore balance to our health and reverse illness, including autoimmune conditions. There's no quick fix or magic pill though. It's a new way of living. It doesn't have to be complicated or hard. In fact with time it becomes effortless and natural. When you feel this good, there's no going back!
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Deepak shared a tonne of cutting-edge scientific data on health, but here are a few things which left me smiling afterwards:
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1. While I've known for some time that our lifestyle and environment have a bigger impact on our health outcomes than our genetics, I didn't know that based on the latest science, we have the ability to re-code up to 95% of genetic "flaws". That's truly exciting stuff and empowers us to really take ownership of our health, working alongside medical professionals to restore our body's natural healthy functions.
2. There are an estimated 80 billion habitable planets in our very own galaxy! While that might make us feel insignificant, I see it differently. If in our planet of 8+ billion people, each one of us is unique, I would bet each planet in our galaxy to be unique too. So that makes both our planet and every life on Earth even more unique and valuable!
3. While we're all aware that less screen time and more time in nature is good for us, what I didn't know is that hugging trees is literally good for us too! So whenever you get the chance, walk barefoot on this precious Earth, spend time with the people you love, feel empowered to own your health and hug a tree when you get a chance! Who cares what anyone else thinks! πŸ˜‰
🌿3 amazing things Deepak taught me this week 🌿 . On Tuesday I shared an amazing evening with my beautiful friends Sam and Alex listening to Deepak Chopra. What a privilege and joy it was to listen to this wonderful man who has dedicated his life to teaching others how to heal and live a life of optimal health. . His new book "The Healing Self" contains invaluable guidance on how we can all boost our immune system and stay well for life. . If you've been following my work, you will already know this is at the heart of what I believe - in fact my own body is proof that we can restore balance to our health and reverse illness, including autoimmune conditions. There's no quick fix or magic pill though. It's a new way of living. It doesn't have to be complicated or hard. In fact with time it becomes effortless and natural. When you feel this good, there's no going back! . Deepak shared a tonne of cutting-edge scientific data on health, but here are a few things which left me smiling afterwards: . 1. While I've known for some time that our lifestyle and environment have a bigger impact on our health outcomes than our genetics, I didn't know that based on the latest science, we have the ability to re-code up to 95% of genetic "flaws". That's truly exciting stuff and empowers us to really take ownership of our health, working alongside medical professionals to restore our body's natural healthy functions. 2. There are an estimated 80 billion habitable planets in our very own galaxy! While that might make us feel insignificant, I see it differently. If in our planet of 8+ billion people, each one of us is unique, I would bet each planet in our galaxy to be unique too. So that makes both our planet and every life on Earth even more unique and valuable! 3. While we're all aware that less screen time and more time in nature is good for us, what I didn't know is that hugging trees is literally good for us too! So whenever you get the chance, walk barefoot on this precious Earth, spend time with the people you love, feel empowered to own your health and hug a tree when you get a chance! Who cares what anyone else thinks! πŸ˜‰
No matter how many times my heart feels broken, I shall always be the one to wear my heart on my sleeve and never, ever give up on love.
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It's as simple as that!
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Only love can feel impossible, frustrating and wonderful all at the same time! 
But I shall always keep an open heart and always be grateful for the opportunity to love and be loved - to me I'd prefer that to sitting on the sidelines playing it safe.
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Who's with me on that? πŸ˜†
No matter how many times my heart feels broken, I shall always be the one to wear my heart on my sleeve and never, ever give up on love. . It's as simple as that! . Only love can feel impossible, frustrating and wonderful all at the same time! But I shall always keep an open heart and always be grateful for the opportunity to love and be loved - to me I'd prefer that to sitting on the sidelines playing it safe. . Who's with me on that? πŸ˜†
"Why do you stay in the prison when the door is so open wide?"
-- Rumi
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Day 4 of the wise and wonderful Rumi:
Although I'd always felt relatively comfortable in myself, as my pigment started to disappear, so too did my confidence.
And I did what most of us do when our confidence drops, I retreated.
I hid myself away, I covered up and I kept myself safe from being judged if anyone noticed my imperfections.
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Then one day it dawned on me: I was living in a prison and the only person keeping me in that prison was me.
It was I who had defined my new set of highly restrictive rules to live by - "I can't  leave the house without full coverage makeup; I can't wear bikinis at the beach anymore and need to cover up my flawed skin; If someone stares at my skin that is evidence that my body is to be ashamed of; Who will love me looking like this? and I can't live the life I had dreamed for myself until the pigment in my skin is restored."
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Phew!! Even just writing about these thoughts makes me feel constricted! Imagine I made that my reality and in doing so, I kept myself in my own prison all those years!
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It's easy to fall into this trap - sometimes the expectations of others, society or ourselves leads us to create a highly complex set of "rules" for ourselves.
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But it doesn't have to be that way. We do have a choice in how we spend our days and how we spend our life - and the colour of our skin, shape of our bodies or any external measure of success isn't as important as the liberating freedom of total self acceptance and the joy of feeling good in the package we came in, no matter how flawed it is!
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So my friend, step out into the sunshine and move, love, play and enjoy! 😊
"Why do you stay in the prison when the door is so open wide?" -- Rumi . Day 4 of the wise and wonderful Rumi: Although I'd always felt relatively comfortable in myself, as my pigment started to disappear, so too did my confidence. And I did what most of us do when our confidence drops, I retreated. I hid myself away, I covered up and I kept myself safe from being judged if anyone noticed my imperfections. . Then one day it dawned on me: I was living in a prison and the only person keeping me in that prison was me. It was I who had defined my new set of highly restrictive rules to live by - "I can't leave the house without full coverage makeup; I can't wear bikinis at the beach anymore and need to cover up my flawed skin; If someone stares at my skin that is evidence that my body is to be ashamed of; Who will love me looking like this? and I can't live the life I had dreamed for myself until the pigment in my skin is restored." . Phew!! Even just writing about these thoughts makes me feel constricted! Imagine I made that my reality and in doing so, I kept myself in my own prison all those years! . It's easy to fall into this trap - sometimes the expectations of others, society or ourselves leads us to create a highly complex set of "rules" for ourselves. . But it doesn't have to be that way. We do have a choice in how we spend our days and how we spend our life - and the colour of our skin, shape of our bodies or any external measure of success isn't as important as the liberating freedom of total self acceptance and the joy of feeling good in the package we came in, no matter how flawed it is! . So my friend, step out into the sunshine and move, love, play and enjoy! 😊
Day 3 of Rumi and I love how eloquently he puts the old saying "do what you love".
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It really is like an involuntary silent pull - I feel compelled to write and share and talk about the things we don't always discuss in normal conversations, yet they are the things which matter so deeply to us; the things which hold us back or inspire us to fulfil our unlimited potential.
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When your actions are aligned with what you feel passionate about, that's when the magic happens.
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What is it that you're truly passionate about? I know you're busy, but carve out a little time for it in your day or even week. If you start with only 10 minutes, it opens a crack from which your heart remembers how good it feels and who knows what magic you'll create?
Day 3 of Rumi and I love how eloquently he puts the old saying "do what you love". . It really is like an involuntary silent pull - I feel compelled to write and share and talk about the things we don't always discuss in normal conversations, yet they are the things which matter so deeply to us; the things which hold us back or inspire us to fulfil our unlimited potential. . When your actions are aligned with what you feel passionate about, that's when the magic happens. . What is it that you're truly passionate about? I know you're busy, but carve out a little time for it in your day or even week. If you start with only 10 minutes, it opens a crack from which your heart remembers how good it feels and who knows what magic you'll create?
"The wound is the place where the light enters you." Rumi .
This quote gave me hope when all seemed lost and it turned out to be more true than I could have imagined. I am grateful for the wound as it forced me to understand my body, make changes and restore my inner health and vitality. As an added bonus my pigment is restoring effortlessly.
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I knew my body was trying to tell me something when I dramatically lost up to 60% of my body's pigment. However, I couldn't work it out? Was it my diet, my relationships, my career? What was I doing wrong and needed fixing? .
Desperately I searched for the magic pill or any fast cure to "fix" me, but eventually I realised that's just not how health works.
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When I finally stopped covering the symptoms with make-up and began addressing the root cause deep at the gut level as well as lifestyle, my skin started healing itself.
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I couldn't have done this alone and am grateful for the guidance and knowledge of my Prof (more in my blog, link in bio) and the experts I have learned so much from.
Today we are so fortunate that we can all have access to amazing functional medicine practitioners like @drruscio @drchatterjee @drkarafitzgerald who generously share their research with us through their books and posts.
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If you have any health issues, I encourage you to become the expert on you, to get to know what your body needs to thrive and once you get out its way, watch the magic unfold as your body heals itself.
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You don't need to do this on your own. In fact, you're more likely to keep it up working in tandem with a qualified expert to guide you on the steps back to wellness, people like my beautiful cousin @shivaunconn 
Looking at my photo, you may think I still have a big pigmentation issue, but I had lost 70% of my face pigment and it's now fully restored, my chest was completely white and is slowly restoring - the pigment is coming back freckle by freckle! I have to be patient, but I have all the time in the world now as I just give my body the nourishment it needs and let it take care of the rest!
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Don't ever despair about your health goals! Do your research, become your own body's expert and let the light in!
"The wound is the place where the light enters you." Rumi . This quote gave me hope when all seemed lost and it turned out to be more true than I could have imagined. I am grateful for the wound as it forced me to understand my body, make changes and restore my inner health and vitality. As an added bonus my pigment is restoring effortlessly. . I knew my body was trying to tell me something when I dramatically lost up to 60% of my body's pigment. However, I couldn't work it out? Was it my diet, my relationships, my career? What was I doing wrong and needed fixing? . Desperately I searched for the magic pill or any fast cure to "fix" me, but eventually I realised that's just not how health works. . When I finally stopped covering the symptoms with make-up and began addressing the root cause deep at the gut level as well as lifestyle, my skin started healing itself. . I couldn't have done this alone and am grateful for the guidance and knowledge of my Prof (more in my blog, link in bio) and the experts I have learned so much from. Today we are so fortunate that we can all have access to amazing functional medicine practitioners like @drruscio @drchatterjee @drkarafitzgerald who generously share their research with us through their books and posts. . If you have any health issues, I encourage you to become the expert on you, to get to know what your body needs to thrive and once you get out its way, watch the magic unfold as your body heals itself. . You don't need to do this on your own. In fact, you're more likely to keep it up working in tandem with a qualified expert to guide you on the steps back to wellness, people like my beautiful cousin @shivaunconn Looking at my photo, you may think I still have a big pigmentation issue, but I had lost 70% of my face pigment and it's now fully restored, my chest was completely white and is slowly restoring - the pigment is coming back freckle by freckle! I have to be patient, but I have all the time in the world now as I just give my body the nourishment it needs and let it take care of the rest! . Don't ever despair about your health goals! Do your research, become your own body's expert and let the light in!
There was a time when I was obsessed by the Persian poet Rumi.
I used to get lost in the beauty of his words and marvel at how his wisdom is still so relevant today despite being written over 700 years ago.
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During my spring de-cluttering, I stumbled across my treasured Rumi collection so I thought it would be lovely to share some of my favourite quotes with you! I'm calling it 5 days of Rumi.
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I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!
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Today's quote is my all time favourite and a motto I intend to live my life by. The reason I love it so much is that it's not only keeping us accountable for how we speak to others, but how we speak to ourselves and that is sometimes the harder part to change!
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Does it resonate with you my friend?
There was a time when I was obsessed by the Persian poet Rumi. I used to get lost in the beauty of his words and marvel at how his wisdom is still so relevant today despite being written over 700 years ago. . During my spring de-cluttering, I stumbled across my treasured Rumi collection so I thought it would be lovely to share some of my favourite quotes with you! I'm calling it 5 days of Rumi. . I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!! . Today's quote is my all time favourite and a motto I intend to live my life by. The reason I love it so much is that it's not only keeping us accountable for how we speak to others, but how we speak to ourselves and that is sometimes the harder part to change! . Does it resonate with you my friend?
Given the glorious weather, this was my office today!!
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When researching how to heal my skin, I spent 2-3 hours a day studying all areas which contribute to vital health. I spent a lot of time understanding the biochemistry of our amazing bodies and the significant role mindset, nutrition, rest and exercise play.
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However, the most important lesson my skin journey has taught me is the importance of connection. We are not only connected to the people closest to us, we are connected to the Earth we walk on, the air we breathe, the sunlight which bathes our skin (which one never takes for granted in England!) and we are connected to every human on this beautiful planet.
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My skin didn't just heal because I found a good doctor. It healed because I re-connected with my body. It was no longer an object I despised, but every cell a part of me and worthy of as much love as I very easily gave to others.
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Every kind or unkind word. Every inspiring or soul-destroying thought. Every energising or depleting action. These are the choices we make thousands of times a day and they are each connected to how we will inevitably feel. .
So choose wisely my friend because I would only choose the very kindest of words for you 😊
Given the glorious weather, this was my office today!! . When researching how to heal my skin, I spent 2-3 hours a day studying all areas which contribute to vital health. I spent a lot of time understanding the biochemistry of our amazing bodies and the significant role mindset, nutrition, rest and exercise play. . However, the most important lesson my skin journey has taught me is the importance of connection. We are not only connected to the people closest to us, we are connected to the Earth we walk on, the air we breathe, the sunlight which bathes our skin (which one never takes for granted in England!) and we are connected to every human on this beautiful planet. . My skin didn't just heal because I found a good doctor. It healed because I re-connected with my body. It was no longer an object I despised, but every cell a part of me and worthy of as much love as I very easily gave to others. . Every kind or unkind word. Every inspiring or soul-destroying thought. Every energising or depleting action. These are the choices we make thousands of times a day and they are each connected to how we will inevitably feel. . So choose wisely my friend because I would only choose the very kindest of words for you 😊
"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'"
--Robin Williams
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Oh Robin, we miss you! Thanks for leaving us your wisdom, humour and creative genius.
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Sun's out! Pins out everybody!!
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British summer we're ready for ya!! Woo hoo!!! πŸ˜†πŸπŸŒΈ
"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'" --Robin Williams . Oh Robin, we miss you! Thanks for leaving us your wisdom, humour and creative genius. . Sun's out! Pins out everybody!! . British summer we're ready for ya!! Woo hoo!!! πŸ˜†πŸπŸŒΈ
Yes indeed it is!! It's sometimes easy to get derailed by the disappointments, the things that don't go to plan, but don't worry my friend, there's always more bright days ahead.
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In the meantime, actively look for the little things that bring you joy and be present with the people you love. Trust your soul knows what it's doing and that there are valuable lessons in every challenge.
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There's always something to be thankful for and that is what makes life sweet 😊
Yes indeed it is!! It's sometimes easy to get derailed by the disappointments, the things that don't go to plan, but don't worry my friend, there's always more bright days ahead. . In the meantime, actively look for the little things that bring you joy and be present with the people you love. Trust your soul knows what it's doing and that there are valuable lessons in every challenge. . There's always something to be thankful for and that is what makes life sweet 😊