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Working with the lunar cycle

July 11, 2018

The moon is responsible for lighting at the night’s sky, as well as the earth’s water. The moon’s gravitational force pulls on water in the oceans and creates tides. Spiritually, the moon looks after our emotions: controlling our desires, worries and dreams.  It’s said that as our bodies are made up of 85% water, the gravitational pull of the moon and the lunar cycle affects us too. The moon goes…

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#vanlife – road tripping with a baby

June 26, 2018

I told people about my plans to go on a road trip whilst I was pregnant. “Oh, you’ll never do it,” they said. “It’s impossible to travel once you have a baby”. However, travel has always been a big part of my life and I was determined it wouldn’t change once I had a child. We had the van already and my husband carried out a basic conversion…

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How to form good habits

June 23, 2018
form good habits

I’m the patron saint of good intentions. I have lots of ideas and plans, which tend to fall by the wayside. The reason: I haven’t got into good habits. It’s easy to stick to bad habits and harder to take on new behaviours. Our brain has learnt patterns and likes to stick with what it knows. The good news is, there is a process to all this. We…

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Six ways to boost your confidence (that actually work)

June 21, 2018
confidence boosting ideas

The biggest thing I wish I’d known in my 20s is that confidence is something you develop; rather than being a permanent effect of your life situation. I spent far too much time feeling restricted and paralysed by my lack of confidence often to the point of just giving up. I constantly compared myself to others – especially those who seemed so much more confident and thought opportunities…

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Wellbeing at work

June 12, 2018
wellbeing at work

Why wellbeing at work matters Have you ever felt issues in your personal life were stopping you from concentrating properly at work? Or you are thinking about work at home and finding it hard to switch off? Yep. Me too on both counts. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Changes in the way we work mean there is a less of a demarcation between work and…

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Getting the most from your menstrual cycle

June 9, 2018
how to harness your menstrual cycle

People of a certain age may remember an advert for a brand of compact tampons where a schoolgirl has her hand up asking to be excused from the classroom. The premise being that her tampon is so small, no one can see what’s in her hand avoiding embarrassment. Twenty-five years later and not that much has really changed. I still feel the need to carry my bag to…

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The energy alignment method: does it work?

May 14, 2018

What’s the energy alignment method? The Energy Alignment Method (EAM) is a tool to help shift thoughts and patterns which no longer serve you and enable you to live a happier life. It uses a Kinesiology energy technique, the Sway, along with Law of Attraction practices and some Eastern spiritual philosophies.  EAM was designed by Yvette Taylor, a personal development coach with 20 years of experience coaching people.   …

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Learning to be brave

May 8, 2018
Learning to be brave

Being brave At the beginning of the year, I thought about changes I wanted to make in my life and to stop letting fear stand in my way. I realised I was going to need to start becoming brave if I was going to live a more authentic life. Part of transitioning from my 20s into my 30s and beyond has been to recognise that actions have consequences and…

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Why does sunshine make us happier?

May 6, 2018
why does sunshine make us happier

The first days of sunshine in London and it’s like the city becomes a different place. Strangers talk to each other and people walk around with smiles on their faces. My energy levels lift completely with a few sunny days and the start of light evenings. Suddenly I feel I have more time to get things done rather than thinking about bedtime from around 8.30pm. My experience is…

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Why laughter really is the best medicine

May 5, 2018
why laughter is the best medicine

.I went away with friends recently and laughed and laughed and laughed. I laughed until my stomach hurt and tears rolled down my cheeks. And even though I’d been burning the candle at both ends – I came home feeling happier and lighter than I had done in a long time. It turns out laughter really is the best medicine and studies show it benefits almost every area…

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Spring clean your life

April 21, 2018
spring clean your life

The term ‘spring clean’ comes from the days when our homes were heated by fires. People would spring clean and air their homes in the warmer months to clean it of all the soot and grime that had accumulated when the weather was colder. These days, we rely on much more modern methods to heat our homes – but there is still something about the first sunny day…

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Helping someone through grief

April 19, 2018
helping someone through grief

Losing a loved one is something nearly all of us will have to go through in life. However, it’s really hard to know how to help someone through grief, particularly when you haven’t experienced it yourself. It’s easy to feel awkward, not knowing what to say and then end up not doing anything at all even when that isn’t your intention. In my experience, there isn’t really a…

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The five pillars of self-care

April 17, 2018
pillars of self-care

What are the five pillars of self-care? The five pillars of self-care (emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual) make up parts of our lives we need to focus on and nourish. In an ideal world, we should try to think about them regularly to see if we’re in alignment. However, let’s be honest, it’s easy to let things fall by the wayside when we get busy or try…

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Why I practice gratitude

April 11, 2018
why I practice gratitude

I first started my gratitude practice about five years ago. I’d got stuck in a bit of rut, tended to focus on the negative and had a blamey attitude. I got frustrated easily and often felt like the world was conspiring against me. I decided to keep a gratitude diary and each morning wrote down ten things that were making me happy and the reasons why. It completely…

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Seven quick and easy wellbeing ideas

April 9, 2018

As soon as I get busy, the first thing to fall by the wayside is taking proper care of myself. My daily diet becomes packet food and any activities I do to focus on my emotional health fall right down the priority list. I end up becoming sluggish, a bit fed up and start feeling bad about myself. I’ve made this mistake so many times, I’m determined to…

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Get into good sleep habits

April 5, 2018

Follow these basic tips to get into good sleep habits. Have a consistent bedtime which is early enough to make sure you are getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Wind down an hour before bedtime by taking a bath, reading, meditating and any other relaxing activities. Turn off your phone Make your sleeping area relaxing with a comfortable bed, clean sheets and soft lighting. Avoid caffeine…

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Six ways to help step out of your comfort zone

April 3, 2018

“What if I Fall, Oh but my darling what if you fly.” – Erin Hanson Comfort zones can be magical places keeping us safe and secure. There are times though when we know we’re capable of more and it’s time to step out and reach our potential. How to move out of your comfort zone. Think about what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail. It’s easy to dismiss…

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Letting go of limiting beliefs

March 31, 2018

After my Dad died, it hit me how life was short and I shouldn’t let anything stop me from living my dreams. My Dad had retired at 55 and spent the next 12 years of his life working as a walking guide across Europe. He took a chance – admittedly one with a final salary pension – and lived the rest of his days doing something he loved.…

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The power of daydreaming

March 28, 2018

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe I’ve always been a daydreamer. Time passes me by before I startle realising that I’ve been lost in my own thoughts. I daydream about all sorts of things. I have ideas about the future and how conversations might go. I think about my dream house and how…