My Morning Rituals

My Morning Rituals

I wanted to follow up last months blog post, where I talked about my evening wind down rituals, by talking about my morning rituals.
Sooo, mornings …they’re not really my thing. But this year I’ve really changed my attitude to them! And it’s helped set the tone for the day ahead.

Here’s how my mornings used to be….

alarm goes off, hit snooze, alarm goes off, hit snooze, repeat, repeat, repeat! Get out of bed, because if I wait any longer I’ll be late! Get ready, have coffee, start work.
Not ideal.
Side note,  I’m not saying this never happens anymore!
Now, don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you how I’ve grown to love mornings and how you can too!
If you’re a morning person, that’s great – do your thing!

This is what my mornings look like now…

Alarm goes off. Yep, I still hit snooze or I have a second alarm set, depending on what I have on that day. I don’t jump out of bed. I lay there for while, enjoying my comfortable warm bed.
Before I get up I remind myself how grateful I am to be doing work I truly love, to be helping people on a daily basis and growing a business with my husband that supports us to do the things we enjoy. I don’t just  think these thoughts, I really feel them in my entire body.
Then I get up, have a shower and get dressed. Next I drink warm lemon juice and water, followed by my vitamins.
The next bit is sometimes different. Most days it’s set up for work – either client coaching calls in my office or treatments in the wellbeing studio. Then I sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with something light to eat while checking social media, emails and messages. Other days it’s going to networking events, meetings or working on other projects or general admin stuff.
A good cup of coffee always features and time to enjoy it, even if it’s only 5 – 10 minutes. I really believe that having some time for you before you start your day is super important. It can be a tea or coffee, journaling, a meditation – whatever works for you.

Don’t think you have to jump out of bed, go for run. Don’t think your morning has to look like everybody else’s does. I’d love to say I journal and do yoga or go for a walk, but the reality is I’m better off doing those things later in the day – it just works better for me. So find what works for YOU.

If you want to change how your mornings feel just do one thing that feels good. Make that a habit. Then add in another thing if you want to.
I’m constantly tweaking my morning and nighttime rituals and I love that. It changes with the seasons. It changes as I change and grow. It changes depending on how I feel and what’s going on in my life.

Do you have an morning ritual?

If not what’s one thing you can do to ease more gently into your day? Give it a go and see how your day changes and how differently you feel at the end of the day.
I’d love to hear how it goes. Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
My Night Time Ritual

My Night Time Ritual

This month I’m resetting my night time routine. I’ve created a night time ritual that clears my mind and calms my soul so I’m ready for a good nights sleep.

I’m definitely a night person so having good wind down habits in the evening has always been a must for me.

I can easily just keep doing stuff right up until bedtime. I know the ‘experts’ say this is not the way to do things but this is when I feel good and I have time. To me it’s all about doing what works for you, working with what you’ve got and making the most of your energy and time. I have far more energy and motivation in the late afternoon and evening – this is when I feel inspired and motivated and work best.

Having said that I want to start to spend some more time winding down before I go to sleep.

So here’s my new night time ritual…

After dinner I may do a little bit of work – like writing a blog post for instance! Then I write in my business journal the 3 things I’ve achieved that day and if I need to I also write down anything that I’ve struggled with and possible solutions to those struggles along with anything I’ve learned that day. I look through my appointments for the next day and slot in anything extra from my weekly to do list. That way I don’t lay in bed thinking about it!

Then Andrew and I go for a walk. This can end up being quite late but it helps to relax my mind and body – I find it calming and clearing. It resets and balances my energy. It marks the end of my work day.

When I get back from our walk I do my basic skincare routine. For my face – a cleanse, tone and facial oil to deeply hydrate my skin. And for my body either my tranquillity body lotion or a body oil with some calming essential oils. About once a week I’ll add a face mask to my skincare routine. And I may also put an overnight conditioning treatment in my hair if I need it. Then I’ll clean my teeth, put on my pyjamas and get into bed.

When I’m comfy, yes, I’m going to admit it, I’ll check my phone (I’m human!) before I do a guided meditation and journalling. I’ll have essential oils diffusing or a few drops on a tissue under my pillow if I’ve forgotten to put the diffuser on! Sometimes it’s just lavender, or my Sweet Dreams blend. I also love Roman chamomile and sandalwood at the moment.

I’ve been trying different guided meditations from apps as well as YouTube. I did a Guided Gratitude Meditation the other night and the anxiety I was feeling just vanished! Having a gratitude practise is something I’ve found to be so powerful over the last few years – but I guess that’s another topic for another post! This month I’ve been a doing 5 – 15 minute guided meditation and it’s certainly making a difference.

My mind feels clearer, my body feels more relaxed. I feel calmer and it’s making a difference to my sleep and general state of mind.

Then I grab my journal and jot down any thoughts that popped up during the meditation or anything I need to get out of my brain from the day that’s still hanging around after my meditation.

If I can’t think of anything to write I’ll draw an oracle or tarot card and see what comes up. It’s always interesting to see where my mind goes from the simple theme of a card.

Most of these things aren’t new to me. Walking, essential oils and skincare are part of my life. For years I’ve been doing a little meditation when I get into bed, where I focus on my breath and relax each part of my body. And I’ve been doing nightly journalling on and off for a while now…I’m finding the daily consistency effectively clears my mind of any remaining clutter and thoughts from the day. The business journal is a new practice that I’m loving.

I know this seems like a lot but it actually doesn’t take long at all.

Each evening is a little bit different. I don’t walk every evening or write in my business journal if I’ve had a day off. For as long as I can remember my skincare routine and essential oils have been a non-negotiable. The meditation and journalling is something I’m aiming to do every night.

I’m finding these things to be a lovely combination that works for me. Calming. I’m enjoying this time to let go of the busyness of the day and finding my anxiety has reduced dramatically.

Do you take time to wind down with a night time ritual?

If not, what’s one thing you can do to calm your body and mind and prepare for a good nights sleep? Give it a go – I think you’ll find the effects will flow into all areas of your life.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Essential Oils for Spring

Essential Oils for Spring

It’s been feeling like Spring here in Canberra – yay! There’s actually been a few days that I’ve been out without a coat! 

As you may know, with each season I create a special pamper package for the wellbeing studio. I also create a seasonal essential oil blend to supercharge the treatment. So I thought I’d share the blend here with you today.

The SPRING BLOOM blend is a combination of orange, neroli, rose, jasmine and geranium. These oils embody spring as plant and flowers bloom and the weather warms. In Spring we are open to love and harmony. We invite confidence and creativity. We are inspired to begin new things, reset and create new rituals and routines. 

Let’s explore each essential oil in the Spring Bloom Blend…

ORANGE

Orange is balancing and energising, giving vitality and radiance to mind and body. It enhances positive energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity. It allows you to unwind & de-stress, releasing anxiety, frustration and depression and allowing relaxation to wash over you. It also helps the perfectionist to take a more easy going approach! It is very useful if you are feeling sadness, apathy or loss of hope by strengthening the soul and bringing  a light-heartedness to your life. It helps create joy, love, communication and pleasure in your day, bringing with it self-assurance, courage and happiness.

NEROLI

Neroli is one of the most effective anti-depressant oils. It is excellent for anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It’s sedative action acts as a natural soothing agent for the nervous system, calming and uplifting. It is a great anxiety fighter and also good for nervous exhaustion and shock. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. It centres your entire being, reconnecting mind and body to bring about a sense of joy.

ROSE

Rose is for the heart, it is for falling in love with life and all that entails. It is refreshing to the soul, bringing joy and love to the heart. It promotes self-esteem, self-love compassion, love, happiness and enhances the feminine spirit. It is harmonising and healing, bringing warmth, peace, fulfillment and rejuvenation to the mind, body and spirit. It is also comforting & soothing in times of emotional stress. It is perfect to use in times of grief and loss. A great anti-depressant, it helps dispel fear and anxiety.

JASMINE

Jasmine brings magic, hope and bliss to your day. It helps create harmony, positiveness and calmness while enhancing confidence, self-worth, openness and optimism. It hits pessimism on the head!, reducing moodiness especially in times of stress and nervous exhaustion…almost instantly replacing a bad mood with a feeling of joy! It is also an effective anti-depressant and diminishes fear and anxiety.

GERANIUM

Geranium is a fantastic balancer for the nervous system. It relieves stress & depression, strengthening and balancing the mind. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt. It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change. It is a great boost if you are feeling run down. It is great as a general overall tonic and immune support.

What essential oils are you drawn to in Spring? And how do they make you feel?
Let me know in the comments below.

And if you would like to know more about the wellbeing studio click here.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

What To Do When Unexpected Change Happens + maa news

What To Do When Unexpected Change Happens + maa news

Before I even start this post, let me say, I actually love change! It’s inevitable whether you drive it or not.

Time passes, people change, circumstances change, the world changes, you change.

But sometimes just when you think things are going to be a certain way they no longer are! And it’s out of your control. There is nothing you can do about it. You have a choice – be negative and feel like a victim or find the positive and embrace it! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. There are certainly situations where the challenges are going to be extreme, lots of downs before the ups outweigh them. But today I’m referring to the everyday things that we all have to deal with in some way, on some level.

Allow me to explain…to do this I’ll reveal the news I refer to in the title.

maa organics is moving! This wasn’t planned by us at all…we had planned to stay where we are for the next year and had actually agreed with our real estate agent that we would sign another 12 month lease on the house we are living in. We sat back thinking this is great, we’re here for at least another year, we can relax and get on with reaching our goals without the disruption that moving causes. Yay! But, for various reasons we hadn’t yet signed the lease, when an email comes through telling us that the owner can now only offer us a 6 month lease as he may need to move in…bugger, sh*t, no, what will we do?, yikes…just some of our initial reactions to this news. As you can imagine we didn’t really want the disruption that moving causes. We had a choice. We could sign a 6 month lease, bringing us up to Christmas week, or we could look for a new place now. You know what we chose.

And just like that life changes.

We started to look at the positive side of things. We took control of what we can change and we made a choice that works best for us. Moving now meant we had time to find a place before the end of our lease here and not be waiting to move, feeling in limbo, for the next 6 months. Once we made this choice the energy changed and ideas started flowing. What opportunities does this open up for us? What do we really desire now? Not in a year or two but now?! As is often the case these ideas and visions are born over our Friday night wine ritual.

Let the manifesting begin!

Imagine a house that allows us to set up the wellbeing studio of course! And that also gives us room to run small workshops and retreats. We have wooden floors, a cosy space for our books and coffee/wine time, more privacy from neighbors, a relaxing outdoor space. A home that feels more ‘us’. In a short time we looked at a property that really fit these desires and needs. And after a little negotiation we got it! I always say we’re so lucky and Andrew agrees, but also reminds me that we make this stuff happen. Put it out to the universe, visualise it, take action, be the person who is ‘lucky’. Now for the move…the next couple of weeks are going to be organising and packing while still working in the Crace wellbeing studio. A busy and exciting time. I’ll share all the details of the new wellbeing studio on Facebook and Instagram.

But in the meantime let’s recap what to do when unexpected change like this happens..
  1. Allow yourself to react in the moment. I think it’s important to feel what you feel and let it out, then let it go.
  2. Make a choice to take control of what you can.
  3. Look at how this change could be an opportunity for you.
  4. What do your really desire now?
  5. Visualise the outcome. How does it look and feel?
  6. Take action. Go out and make it happen.

I’d love to know your tips on what you do when unexpected change happens. Let me know in the comments below. In health and happiness, Dee

How I Get Organised and Set Goals

How I Get Organised and Set Goals

Oh where to start?

I’m generally a very organised person in life as well as in my business. I’m one of those people who can’t think straight if things are a mess or even a little untidy!!! To me organisation equals calm. If things are tidy my mind has clarity and I can get on with things.

So I guess that’s where my organisation starts

I tidy up, declutter, get rid of stuff, put stuff away, clean. I give everything a place and make everything look and feel nice.

And that’s what I’ve been doing in every area of my life over the last couple of months.

You see in mid February I realised how damn tired I was after a very emotional year last year.

I’d had a big 2018 planning day at the end of last year but I actually hadn’t taken action on anything! Which isn’t like me at all. So I decided to take some time to rest and take the pressure off ‘doing’. I didn’t stop working in and on by business I just put aside my big 2018 to do list and deadlines I had set myself.

I let go. I took a little holiday. I reclalibrated.

Now I’m back – organised, energised and inspired!

Sometimes it’s important to take a step back. Sometimes that’s what you need. We don’t have to be achieving all the time.

As a result I’m changing up the way I do my planning. Here’s how it looks…

Instead of doing my major planning at the beginning of the year I’m now going to do it mid year, the beginning of the financial year. I’ll still do some new year planning as this always feels like a great time to review and reassess my goals and intentions in my business as well as my personal life. But this new timing for my planning makes sense for me right now in terms of my business.

The truth is you can do your planning at any time. I’m always doing mini reviews and updates to my goals and intentions.

If you’re feeling like this year is slipping away and you haven’t achieved any of your goals, it’s honestly not too late!

So let’s break it down.

Here’s how I do my annual planning and set goals…

I take a look at what I’ve done in the last 12 months and how I feel about those things.
Am I pleased? How can I improve? What did I learn?

I celebrate the wins and acknowledge the challenges and things I could have done better.

I think about what I’m loving and want to continue doing and also what I no longer desire in my life and business.

I choose a guiding word for the year ahead (I’ll keep this one for my new year intention setting). This year it’s COURAGE.

I set my goals and intentions for each area of my life – business and personal.

I write all this out as I believe it makes it more real to see it on paper. I have it to refer to and to inspire and remind me where I’m headed.

Then I plan out the steps it will take to achieve each goal. This may seem like a lot to do, but breaking each goal into steps makes it easy to work out how long each goal will take to reach and what help you may need to achieve it. I recommend you start with your top 3 goals first.

From here I work out a schedule of when I’m going to do things. I plan this out monthly and then I block out the time in my calendar.

Believe me when I say, if it’s not in your calendar it probably won’t happen. It’s also super important to treat these calendar appointments as you would any other appointment. You’re not going to cancel a doctors appointment so don’t cancel that appointment with yourself – keeping it means you’re one step closer to your goal.

And please remember to schedule time for YOU – we all need fun and relaxation to thrive. I also try to leave extra ‘catch up’ time in my calendar for when unexpected things pop up that impact my time – it gives me some breathing space and reduces my stress.

To make it all easier I have some useful resources that I love using…
  • I have a diary/planner with monthly and weekly layouts – I use this for keeping track of what I get done each day, my weekly to do list and a monthly overview of what’s going on in my business and personal life.
  • I have a journal for my intentions and goals, jotting down inspiration and ideas as they come to me plus lists galore – like books to read, podcasts, cafes, hiking trails etc etc etc.
  • And I have a notepad for meetings and general note taking.
  • I’ve just discovered a workbook that looks great – it’s the sort of thing I’d love to create and is very close to the process I use for my planning. It’s called the Artist Of Life Workbook. I’ve only just received it and have started using it this quarter so I’ll keep you updated on how that goes.
  • I also have a gorgeous pen along with this beautiful stationery – together they inspire me to create beautiful meaningful things. Yes kikki.K is one of my favorite shops!!!
  • Digitally I use iCal for my client and personal appointments and Evernote for taking notes on the go. I use Canva for designing social media posts. My iPhone and a Fuji X-A5 camera for taking videos and photos.

 

So that’s really it. It’s kinda simple but it does require ACTION.

ACTION – that’s the key to success. You can have the best, most exciting plans ever but without action they’re never going happen! Taking small steps consistently and knowing that big goals take time really helps to keep me on track.

And I also believe it’s really helpful to have an accountability buddy to check in with regularly, along with a coach or mentor to guide and support you.

Let’s recap the main points…

  • Declutter, tidy up and make your space a place you love to be in.
  • Write down your intentions and goals.
  • Plan and schedule the steps to get to each goal.
  • Include time for you (super important!).
  • Take consistent action.
  • Review, reassess and update regularly.
  • Use resources that inspire and support you.

 

I hope this has been helpful.

How do you get organised and plan your goals?

Share with me in the comments below or over in my private Facebook Group – maa living. I’m always looking out for new tips and tricks.

Love Dee xxx

The One Thing You Need For Effective Self Care

The One Thing You Need For Effective Self Care

Before I even start this post, let me say, I actually love change! It’s inevitable whether you drive it or not.

Time passes, people change, circumstances change, the world changes, you change.

But sometimes just when you think things are going to be a certain way they no longer are! And it’s out of your control. There is nothing you can do about it. You have a choice – be negative and feel like a victim or find the positive and embrace it! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. There are certainly situations where the challenges are going to be extreme, lots of downs before the ups outweigh them. But today I’m referring to the everyday things that we all have to deal with in some way, on some level.

Allow me to explain…to do this I’ll reveal the news I refer to in the title.

maa organics is moving! This wasn’t planned by us at all…we had planned to stay where we are for the next year and had actually agreed with our real estate agent that we would sign another 12 month lease on the house we are living in. We sat back thinking this is great, we’re here for at least another year, we can relax and get on with reaching our goals without the disruption that moving causes. Yay! But, for various reasons we hadn’t yet signed the lease, when an email comes through telling us that the owner can now only offer us a 6 month lease as he may need to move in…bugger, sh*t, no, what will we do?, yikes…just some of our initial reactions to this news. As you can imagine we didn’t really want the disruption that moving causes. We had a choice. We could sign a 6 month lease, bringing us up to Christmas week, or we could look for a new place now. You know what we chose.

And just like that life changes.

We started to look at the positive side of things. We took control of what we can change and we made a choice that works best for us. Moving now meant we had time to find a place before the end of our lease here and not be waiting to move, feeling in limbo, for the next 6 months. Once we made this choice the energy changed and ideas started flowing. What opportunities does this open up for us? What do we really desire now? Not in a year or two but now?! As is often the case these ideas and visions are born over our Friday night wine ritual.

Let the manifesting begin!

Imagine a house that allows us to set up the wellbeing studio of course! And that also gives us room to run small workshops and retreats. We have wooden floors, a cosy space for our books and coffee/wine time, more privacy from neighbors, a relaxing outdoor space. A home that feels more ‘us’. In a short time we looked at a property that really fit these desires and needs. And after a little negotiation we got it! I always say we’re so lucky and Andrew agrees, but also reminds me that we make this stuff happen. Put it out to the universe, visualise it, take action, be the person who is ‘lucky’. Now for the move…the next couple of weeks are going to be organising and packing while still working in the Crace wellbeing studio. A busy and exciting time. I’ll share all the details of the new wellbeing studio on Facebook and Instagram.

But in the meantime let’s recap what to do when unexpected change like this happens..
  1. Allow yourself to react in the moment. I think it’s important to feel what you feel and let it out, then let it go.
  2. Make a choice to take control of what you can.
  3. Look at how this change could be an opportunity for you.
  4. What do your really desire now?
  5. Visualise the outcome. How does it look and feel?
  6. Take action. Go out and make it happen.

I’d love to know your tips on what you do when unexpected change happens. Let me know in the comments below. In health and happiness, Dee

The COAL Concept

The COAL Concept

I wanted to share with you a concept that my Doctor told me about last year. It’s called COAL and I think it’s a really helpful way to look at things.

So, what is C O A L?

Well, it’s an acronym that stands for Curiousity Openness Acceptance Love. And it’s a concept you can apply to your life each and every day.

I did an little bit of research (thank you Google) and found that the acronym was invented by Dr. Daniel Siegel to describe the qualities of mindfulness.

I think it describes the relationship you can build with yourself and the world around you. It can help you grow and lead a happier more fulfilled life by being more present and mindful.

Let’s talk about each one separately and how they can support you in your everyday life.

CURIOUSITY

A great way to approach life is with a sense of curiousity. Ask questions, look at things from different angles, get interested in what’s happening. Look at things without judgment but rather curiosity. When we do this we bring a very different feeling to our days.

OPENNESS

Be open to opportunities, new concepts, opinions and different ways of looking at things. When we are more open it leads to more choice and variety in our lives.

ACCEPTANCE

To accept the things that you don’t have control over and can’t change. To accept where you are right now. This doesn’t mean you have to stay where you are, however acceptance of your current situation allows you to decide not only where to go next but how.

LOVE

To cultivate self love. To give love. To do things with love. To allow yourself to receive love. Being kind and compassionate to yourself and others. When we come to life with love we allow more joy into our lives.

Each of these things all feed into each other too.

Curiousity brings with it more openness, acceptance and the ability for love.

Openness feeds our curiousity and helps us accept and grow as well as allow more love in our lives.

Acceptance allows us to cultivate love and therefore be more open and curious.

Love for yourself and others certainly allows us more acceptance and leads to more openness and curiousity.

I think of the COAL Concept as a form of self care. If we have a solid self-care foundation we can cope much better when life throws us unexpected stresses.

Are there any situations or areas of your life where you can apply the COAL concept right now?
Will it help you be more mindful and present?

Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Love and Peace, Dee xxx

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My Guiding Word for 2018

My Guiding Word for 2018

Last year was certainly a challenging year. Full of highs and lows, challenges, successes and lots and lots of healing.

HEALING was my word for 2017 and when I chose it I certainly didn’t think the year ahead would bring so much.

As I reflect on all that was 2017 I can see there is still a lot to integrate and I look forward to allowing this to happen.

Life happens for us, rather than to us, and it shapes who we are. But it’s good to remember that who we are today doesn’t have to be who we become. We have the power to make any change we desire.

And as I welcome 2018 with open arms I set the intention of COURAGE in my life.

This is my guiding word, my beacon of light as I move forward in my life and my business.

 

courage is not the absence of fear

but the ability to act in spite of fear

– Mark Twain

 

 

Courage

In 2018 I strive for…

The courage to invite strength, resilience and confidence to reside within me.
The courage to be me and not worry about what people think.
The courage to share what I’ve been through and am going through in order to help others.
The courage to speak out about what I believe in. To speak up. To be heard. To not always take the back seat.
The courage to listen more, reflect more, learn more, change and grow.
The courage to heal more deeply.
The courage to listen to my intuition each and every day.
The courage to really tune in to my body, nourish it with the food it needs and nurture it in the best possible ways.
The courage to allow the energy and enthusiasm that is just under the surface to come out and shine.
The courage to laugh more. To cry more. To feel more.
The courage to be me, fully and unapologetically.

 

I invite all this and more into my life for 2018 in order to support you on a deeper level. Because when we commit to ourselves first it allows us to give more. And to give in a free, open and generous way.

Do you have a guiding word for the year ahead? I’d love to hear what it is. Share with me in the comments below.

Love and Peace, Dee xxx

What If You Can?

What If You Can?

What If You Can

What if you can make that change?
What if you can do that thing?
What if you can become that person?

What would that mean for you?

The truth is you can.

It may take time.
It may take persistence.

You get to choose.

You can make the decision.
To do or not to do.
To take action.
One step at a time.

How would it feel to live the life you desire?
How would it feel to be doing the things you desire?
How would it feel to be fully you?

When you live as the person you desire to be you become that person and not only is that great for you but everyone around you benefits.

When you allow yourself to be fully YOU that is a gift to the world.

That inspires real connection.
That inspires others to do the same.
That inspires true joy and happiness.

I urge you to grab a piece of paper and pen and answer the questions above.

Do your answers awaken a desire to let the world see who you really are?

It’s scary I know! But you can make a plan and start taking steps today.

Make that change.
Do that thing.
Become that person.

It is possible.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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