Sunday, 25 May 2014

Superjuice Me, London & The Beauty of Spring

So it's been another crazy few months here, and the time seems to have flown. There's been lots of exciting things happening, trips to London and Wales, birthday celebrations and lots of family time, as well as lots of studying, working, decluttering and yoga!

A few weeks ago I traveled to London for the premiere of SuperJuice Me, Jason Vales new documentary which I filmed a short interview for. It was an amazing experience, and the documentary was extremely inspiring. Jason gave a short talk first which, as always was hilarious as well as heartfelt and inspiring, and then we watched the film. 

It definitely confirmed to me why I love juicing so much, and I hope it will inspire many more people to start juicing and make positive changes to their health. 

We also found time for a little sight seeing which was really good fun, and very tiring! I love the energy of cities like London, and the enjoyment of visiting famous landmarks, but I was also ready for a good rest and some nature afterwards.

I also celebrated my birthday last month with a trip to Snowdonia in Wales with my boys. We had a lovely day out, lots of walking, nature and the beautiful sight of Snowden. I enjoyed taking photos and enjoying the fresh air, whilst the boys ran around climbing on rocks and skimming stones. A perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

Then this week was Dylan's birthday and we took the boys karting, which they love. They can't wait to go back again now.

I've been enjoying lots of time in nature with my camera as always. Last week I went on an artist date, and spent the afternoon having a long nature walk, just me, my camera and my journal. I sat on the grass to write, I walked through the trees and I took lots of photos, capturing the beauty of spring, my favourite season. 

I also manged to capture many signs of spring in the garden, slight obsession with taking photos of cherry blossom, but I wanted to make the most of it whilst it was there :) 

It's definitely a beautiful time of year, and a perfect time for new beginnings.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Facing My Fears, Exciting News and Time in Nature

So this week was a big week for me. First of all on Wednesday I launched my website Holistic Lifestyle Sanctuary. Although i've been working towards this moment for years, I was still so nervous when it actually came to publishing the website and officially launching my business. I must admit though, once it was done I was very relieved and felt quite proud of myself that i'd actually done it. 

So now i'm entering the world of being an entrepreneur. I have so much to learn and lots of ideas and plans, but I know my business can grow and evolve with me. I watched a few videos by Marie Forleo, and one of the things she said that really resonated with me was the term "multi-passionate entrepreneur". I think that's definitely me! Lots of passions and interests, I just need to figure out how to put them all together to create a successful business. 

Then the day after I received the amazing news that I have passed my Juice Therapy course and i'm now a fully qualified Natural Juice Therapist. After such an amazing time at the academy in 2012 and so much hard work since, i'm so excited to have passed. So i'll be able to offer Juice Therapy Consultations very soon!

To celebrate, here's the recipe for the berry and raw chocolate smoothie I made yesterday.

1 Cup of Almond Milk (sweetened with raw honey and lucuma)
1 heaped tsp of Raw Chocolate Powder
1 tsp of Maca
Large handful of berries

You can add more honey/agave/dates if you like it sweeter. 
Blend it up and drink!

I also had an article on crystal healing published in Soulwoman Magazine this week. It's such a beautiful magazine, written by some very inspiring women and i'm so happy to have the opportunity to write some articles for them. I'm now working on my next article on natural skincare.

So after a very busy week, we went out for a lovely meal last night and today we took a trip to our local nature reserve. It felt lovely being out in nature, laughing and enjoying ourselves. We saw some gorgeous birds, one of the robins even had some of Luke's chicken pie! It definitely preferred it to bird seed.

So after a lovely, but tiring week, i'm going to have a nice rest this evening with a juice and a good book, ready for another busy week ahead! 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Creating Simplicity

We may be in February already, but this is my first post of 2014. Time seems to be flying by! My blog may have been quiet, but life certainly hasn't. I've been very busy with the boys, studying, working, creating and making plans for my new business Holistic Lifestyle Sanctuary. It's been an eventful and exciting time.

My theme for the beginning of this year was to let go, release and simplify, and that was definitely true for January. I spent hours decluttering the house, unsubscribing to newsletters that I no longer needed, letting go of ideas and plans that were no longer in alignment with my life, unsubscribing to magazines and releasing negative thoughts and beliefs. I still have more to do, but it feels extremely freeing to simply let go.

From my medicine wheel, which I did back in December, the word for January was "opening". I focused on this word every day and felt more open to any opportunities that happened. I tried to keep an open mind and trust that whatever was happening, was happening for a reason. I certainly had a reminder of this a few weeks ago when I was feeling really ill. I spent a day in bed, and realized that it was a reminder to make self care a priority. Although I eat very healthily, I don't always give myself enough time to relax and this results in feeling very drained. So I decided make sure that yoga, journaling and a few early nights were just as important as studying.

This months word is "love", and I think self-love and self-care may be a big theme for this month.

I also re-read some of my favourite books for inspiration, including The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and This I Know by Susannah Conway. I've found that the main advantage of commuting to work by train, is that I have an hour to read my books without any distractions. I actually look forwards to getting on the train and immersing myself in a beautiful book - although I have enjoyed this so much that i've almost 
missed my station on more than one occasion!

I've also found a little time to create some more jewellery, although not as much time as i'd like. This is definitely something I need to schedule more time for. I've signed up to some online classes with London Jewellery School so i'll be learning some new skills and making more time for this passion.

My juice therapy course is going really well, and i'm almost onto the last module which means very soon i'll be a fully qualified Natural Juice Therapist. This is really exciting and I can't wait. I've worked really hard and it will be an amazing feeling to finish the course. I also found out on Boxing Day evening, that I have passed my Crystal Master course. As you can imagine, I was far too excited to sleep that night!

The boys have been very busy too. Dylan has been competing in tawkwondo, improving every day and getting a well deserved bronze medal last Sunday after two brilliant fights.

Luke has been enjoying free running and dancing, and won a trophy in dancing a few weeks ago for his hard work. He is now rehearsing for a dance show in April, and is getting a chance to try choreographing his own routine with a small group of boys. He's loving it, and his confidence is really growing.

So I will continue to declutter and find new ways to simplify my life, whilst making sure that self care is an important part of daily life. After all, i'm much more useful to everyone else, when i'm feeling energetic and healthy myself. 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Oracle Cards, Jewellery Making & A Raw Christmas

Since my trip to London last month, i've been focusing on getting lots of oracle card readings done for my certification. I'm almost half way through, and it's been lovely connecting with so many people and using the cards to offer guidance and support. I'm loving learning about different spreads, and building my confidence in intuitive reading. I've been combining readings with meditation and crystals which makes them even more special and increases energetic healing. I've also been doing angel card readings, just for myself for now, and i'm really enjoying learning more about this too. 

I've also been making lots of jewellery over the last few weeks, some for Christmas presents and some for myself. I attended a metal stamping class, and made some Christmas decorations. I'm planning on buying some metal stamping supplies and making more of this kind of jewellery. I love that you can stamp any words or messages onto them and make them very personal.

Then it was time to celebrate Christmas. Christmas eve was spent delivering presents and visiting friends and family, then Christmas day was nice and quiet and we spent a relaxing day at home. The boys loved their presents and we had a lovely Christmas dinner together. Mine was a raw sun-dried tomato nut roast, warmed in the dehydrator, raw marinated vegetables and mashed sweet potato. It was delicious. We spent the evening snuggled up by the fire watching dvd's and I read my new book.

Today has been nice and relaxing too. We've built Lego, played basketball and watched dvd's. I made a batch of raw coconut cookies, which tasted lovely and enjoyed a little quiet time in the garden.

Here's an update on the boys as they've given me so many reasons to be proud of them this month.

After 18 months of training hard, and at times struggling not to let his dyspraxia get the better of him, Dylan got his black belt in taekwondo last month. It was definitely one of the proudest moments of my life and he was so pleased with himself, he even slept with his black belt hanging from the side of his bed for the first few nights. He works so hard and really deserved it. He's now focusing on doing more competitions and training for his 2nd dan black belt which will be next November.

A few days after this Luke took part in a dance show. He did a routine with the other boys, a free style and some flips. I always love seeing him up on stage, and the whole group did so well. I was so proud of Luke's flips which have really improved this year, and he got a big cheer from the audience which made him really happy.

He's also been enjoying some creative time in the kitchen, coming up with new recipes. I love seeing him enjoying himself in the kitchen and he always makes a very good mess too!

So it's been very eventful as always, and as 2013 draws to a close, i'm focusing on my plans for 2014, hoping to make it a healthy, creative and amazing year for me and my boys.