11 July 2014

Juicy Gossip

Me and a few pals are taking on a Juice Cleanse this week. There are quite a few discussions online about Juice cleanses/detoxes/Juice fasts - everyone has their own reasons for doing one, mine are mainly to attempt to soothe a knackered digestive system, hopefully pick up some better eating habits, being sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs, and of course (what a cliche...) drop a pound or two.

(There are also a lot of 'anti-juice cleanse' discussions online as well, but obviously as I'm in the midst of doing one, I wont dwell on those!)

10 Juice cleanse tips from MindBodyGreen
10 tips from ChicagoNow
Cleansing tips from the Juice box

A few tips of my own (I'm Currently of Day 4 of 5):
  • I cut out caffeine a week before the cleanse - I didn't want caffeine withdrawal to make things even harder!
  • The day before the cleanse I ate only veggies and a couple of fruits
  • So far I've taught 3 yoga classes, attended 3 as a student, and did a body conditioning class (aerobics) - take it easy for sure, but some exercise is possible, and enjoyable!
  • I had 5 juices throughout the day, but timed them carefully around things I had to do - So my general schedule was a juice at 9am, 12, 3, 6 + 9pm. But for teaching a yoga class at 5:30pm I had one juice at 4pm and another at 5pm to make sure I wasn't hungry or distracted during the class. 
  • Don't let anyone put you off by telling you how hard its going to be - because really, its the easiest thing in the world. 5 juices, drink them, with plenty of water and tea (Fresh mint is my fave) and nothing else. You don't have to count calories or decide what meals to have when, it is practically speaking, very simple indeed! 
  • Same goes for social engagements - I went to the pub twice during my cleanse week - I just had sparkling water with ice, lime and mint (looks like a G+T, nobody questions it :)). You've got to be strict but having fun with your friends is a great distraction - it is possible! 
  • Other activities that totally work with a cleanse: Cinema/netflix at a friends, walking in the sun, yoga, any free talk you can find - staying busy is key! The more you have to occupy your time the better


XXX

20 June 2014

Getting what you want


10 ways to get what you want Some wise words from Mindbodygreen.com, to think on this sunny Friday.

  1. Be YOU. There's only one YOU on this planet. Take advantage of that. You're inspiring, creative, intelligent and capable. Cultivate who you are by working on yourself, It’s a process. Allow yourself to room to breathe, grow and change. Never stop growing.
  2. Trust your instincts. Don’t worry about gain; just follow your intuition.
  3. Be nice to people.. You’ll feel more connected to yourself and your passion when you start to extend your generosity toward people who can’t offer you anything other than a smile in return.
  4. Work hard.
  5. Do what you love. When you're doing something you love — no matter what you’d be getting paid or what you think the outcome might be — not only will you enjoy yourself more, but you'll have a better chance of actually creating a sustainable life. It’s ok to have a job that pays the bills and do what you love as a hobby. Putting pressure on your passion to put a roof over your head can snuff the flame out of your inner fire. Spend your time doing what interests you and your interests may just turn into a business, but don’t worry if the business is small or big. Have fun doing what you love. 
  6. Stop complaining. If you don’t like how something is, change it. We can’t change everything, but we can do quite a bit about our circumstances when we drop the complaints.
  7. Take care of yourself.
  8. Don't listen to your critics. No need to get wrapped up in what others think of you. Focus on your intention and do the work. 
  9. Be patient. Allow space for things to turn out different than your plan.
  10. Have fun. If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point? 




XXX

18 June 2014

Stable relationship with Music!


Our good friends at the Stable are starting live music tonight and every Wednesday evening - The Stable Sessions. We do love a bit of music and cider here in the West country so I've no doubt these sessions will be a hit.

Their deets are here, do come check it out! 




XXX

16 June 2014

6 ways to get motivated...

Mindbodygreen.com do some great articles on health and wellbeing.

This one is a short simple list for helping get/stay motivated when your feeling low, which I thought had some really useful ideas in. You can check out the article here.

1. Set the bar LOW.
2. Practice self-compassion.
3. Recruit support, or ask for help.
4. Envision how you'll feel after the task.
5. Make the goal to do it, not to enjoy it.
6. Acknowledge your courage for stepping out of your comfort zone.

XXX

Finding your passion

Oh the struggles I have had trying to find my calling in life! or stressing that I don't know what my passion is.

Here is some sound and excellent advice that suggests that instead of worrying about finding our one true 'thing' we should simply pick a path, and develop skills in that area and instead of waiting for divine inspiration to hit, we should uncover interests and commit to developing them over time. 

In developing new skills we become more competent and as a result enjoy utilizing these skills

Have a read! its a great article


XXX

2 June 2014

2014 Halfway point

Its June?! we're almost at the halfway point on 2014 and into month 6 of the year?! getouttahere......

2014 has been pretty good to me so far, I've had trouble keeping up with Crossfit and running and have been beating myself up a bit for not keeping up with my training. But, I have also achieved some amazing things and 2014 has held some awesome unpredicted bonuses.

Here's a little bi-year report on what I've achieved so far 2014
  • Ran a half Marathon
  • Signed up for Race for life
  • Passed my Hatha Yoga Teacher training with a merit
  • Been on holiday to Rome
  • Been on holiday to Cornwall
  • Boston is booked for August - must start planning...
  • laid plans for holidays to Iceland + Cambodia
  • Hosted a spring tea party
  • climbed high things in the Brecon beacons

I'm really looking forward to a long and lovely summer of walking, exploring new places, and hopefully a little beach time and hoping to achieve a new job and some yoga teaching.


XXX

22 May 2014

Inspiration

Hello Darlings,

I'm having a bit of a weird day today - I was stressing out about all the things I needed to do at work. So I now have a list on my desk I'm now working through. I had lots of weird dreams last night that have thrown me right out of sorts, and finally my Boss wants a 'talk' tomorrow morning and I'm freaking out that I'm in trouble (tho I'm not quite sure what for...I stole biscuits from a meeting last week, and missed a meeting the week before that, and I leave early quite a bit....uh oh....)

So, this might be the perfect time to break out this interesting link I found a little while ago from mindbodygreen.com on how to experience a Breakthrough in your life, that's a bit of an sensationalist way of putting it. But these are mostly pretty good tips if you're feeling a bit 'meh' and fancy a quick idea for something new to try (a couple are a bit odd/vague!)

I for example, will be doing 2. By going to Yoga today and 22. Will set myself a new goal for the list by the end of today.

XXX





From Mindbodygreen.com  "25 ways to experience a breakthrough in your life"

1. Buy a one-way ticket to your dream destination.
2. Get healthy — do yoga, walk, skip, jump or dance.
3. Go to a painting, singing or dancing class.
4. Read the book called, The Artists Way (and start doing Morning Pages).
5. Forgive someone.
6. Take an improv acting class.
7. Plant a garden (or herb box).
8. Go to a farmers market.
9. Write the first page of your novel.
10. Start your own business.
11. Quit an unfulfilling job and go to a creative art school.
12. Work part-time (or volunteer) for an inspirational company.
13. Teach or mentor someone.
14. Go for a new look: cut, color or grow your hair.
15. Start speaking your truth.
16. Declutter your bedroom.
17. Sign up for an Outward Bound course.
18. Let go of something that drains you (a situation, person or event).
19. Have some quiet time alone.
20. Book a colonic session.
21. Do a yoga workshop or yoga teacher training course.
22. Set an intention for manifestation.
23. Ask to be shown the next step.
24. Heal and nourish your body.
25. Have a tarot or psychic reading.