2020 Let’s Do This

2020 Let’s Do This

Welcome to a new year, a new decade, a new energy!
Welcome to 2020!
As we head into this new year I’ve been allowing time for some planning with no pressure.
It’s been an uneasy beginning to 2020 with the devastation of the bushfires impacting so many people. I wish I could do more to help the people and the animals affected. However, it’s a reminder no matter how small our contributions seem we are able to help. Every little bit adds up. It’s also a reminder to look after ourselves so we are able help others to the best of our ability.
In spite of what’s going on around me and knowing full well how lucky I am, I have so much hope, anticipation and optimism for the year ahead. So much energy and motivation to create a bigger impact, to make a difference to more peoples lives.
With this in mind I have chosen a theme and a guiding word for 2020 that allows me to feel calm, bringing peace and joy to my mind, body and soul.
My overall theme is

I N S P I R E D  A C T I O N

I couldn’t really find the right words for this but INSPIRED ACTION sums it up! To me this feels like positivity and joy. It feels like vibrance and energy and doing things in a way that works for me and attracts the right people and opportunities into my world. It feels exciting, enlivening, elevating. In a nutshell it just feels really good.
And it ties in beautifully with my guiding word…

A C C E P T A N C E

This flows on from my 2019 word, embrace. After a year of expansion and embracing life with gratitude I’m feeling like I’m back on track and proud of where I am. I feel like I’ve reached a space of contentment and acceptance that I’d like to step fully into this year.
So in 2020 I’m working towards more…
acceptance of who I am.
acceptanceof where I am in my life.
acceptance of where I am in my business
acceptance of who I am becoming.
acceptance of myself without comparison or judgement.
acceptance of how I feel.
acceptance of my desires and goals.
acceptance of my achievements.
acceptance of who I am.
ACCETPANCE and INSPIRED ACTION will be my guiding light. This will be what I come back to when I’m feeling lost or stuck or off track. This is what feels deeply good to me for 2020.
How do you want this year to look and feel?
Do you have a theme and/or word that reflects this?
Share with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
The Meaning of Summer + An Aromatherapy Blend

The Meaning of Summer + An Aromatherapy Blend

Summer is here! The season of self-love, self-expression and self-compassion.
It’s a time to take action in alignment with your true beliefs. The light within you is ready to shine.
The seeds of Spring have fully bloomed and you can see the fruits of your labour. It’s time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements.
As you integrate the past, present + future, you can rejoice in the present moment and allow yourself the pleasure of the abundance and beauty you have created both within yourself and around you.
Relish in the ease and fullness of life in a calm relaxed way, no push or rush.
Abundance abounds.
Embrace beauty in all forms.
Summer is a time to lean in to that feeling of connection – to yourself, to others and to nature. Lean in to the warmth, celebrate the elements of nature as you celebrate you. You are whole. You have everything you need.
Summer symbolises all of this and more.

I’ve chosen 3 beautiful essential oils to create a Summer Serenity blend to celebrate the season.

This blend of lime, rose and spearmint will help you feel cool, calm and serene.

Lime
(Citrus aurantifolia)
Lime is the star oil of the blend. It is inspiring, creative, vibrant and fun! The perfect oil to revitalise your mind, body and soul, enhance your appetite for life and celebrate your innterconnedness with nature.
ROSE
(Rosa Damascena miller)
Rose is the heart of the blend. It is refreshing to the soul, bringing joy, love, compassion and harmony. A wonderful oil for healing, soothing emotions and celebrating femininity and connection.
SPEARMINT
(Mentha spicata)
Spearmint brings a hint of cool summer breezes to the blend. It is refreshing and revitalising. It brings clarity, calm and helps you be in the moment. It strengthens confidence and enhances compassion and self-empowerment.
I’m using this for my seasonal signature treatment and my clients are loving it!
What’s your favourite essential oil to use in Summer? Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
3 Ways To Feel More Radiant

3 Ways To Feel More Radiant

The meaning of radiance is brightness or light, warm cheerful brightness. I think of radiance as feeling vibrant and confident, as shining your unique light from within and glowing from the inside out.
I’ve called my latest coaching program RADIANCE because, as I guide you to reconnect to you, reclaim your purpose and embrace a life you love, this is how I hope you will feel.
If you’re feeling stuck right now I want you to know that it’s temporary. You won’t always feel this way. I believe you have everything it takes to create calm, clarity and contentment in your life.

And I believe that when you prioritise time for you and practise deep self care you will be able to tap into it fully.

Radiance happens when you…

  • nourish your mind, body and soul so you feel a sense of joy and ease.
  • adopt new ways of thinking and being that support you.
  • find connection and belonging in deeper relationships with yourself and others.
  • nurture yourself to create calm and confidence in your everyday life.
  • tune into your purpose and start living in alignment with your true desires.
  • live your daily life in a way that helps you feel vibrant, energised and alive.

Today I’m going to share 3 ways to feel more radiant and start embracing the life you’re craving.

1. Change your Mindset. This is the foundation for everything you desire. Awareness is key to change. When you change the way you think about things and the way you approach them you can change your life.

Do you have a ‘problem’ or ‘solution’ mindset, a ‘have to’ or ‘get to’ mindset? Do you focus on what is missing or what is here now?

Start becoming aware of where your thoughts go, especially in challenging situations, and if those thoughts aren’t helpful find ones that are. For example if you’re focusing on the problem try looking for possible solutions instead. When you’re making a decision think about what you ‘get’ to do rather than what you ‘have’ to do, remember it’s your choice! And above all focus on what you have and visualise your desires coming in to existence rather than dwelling on what’s missing.

2. Meditate daily. Even just 5 minutes a day can help. You’ll begin to feel calmer, your mind will feel less cluttered and you’ll feel less stressed and more content. Meditation has a cumulative effect. The more consistent you are the greater the effect. There is a lovely app called Relax & Rest that has 3 simple guided meditations – a great place to begin.

3. Make a My Top Three Things List every day to reduce overwhelm and get more done. Each morning (or the night before, as I do) list the 3 top things that you want to get done that day. You’ll be less likely to get distracted by other things and if you get through those three things you can move on to something else, or better still have a rest!

These three things are a great place to start if you want to start changing your life, achieving your goals and feeling radiant and vibrant.
Remember, everyone is different, so find what works for you and do that! And keep doing it until it no longer feels right, then find something new that works for you. You don’t have to keep doing the same thing forever. Do what works now.
I hope this helps you. Head to the comments below and let me know one thing that makes you feel radiant.
And please share this with anyone who might need it.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
Wellbeing Wisdom from Dr Libby Weaver

Wellbeing Wisdom from Dr Libby Weaver

In October I attended a wellness event with Dr Libby Weaver. I’ve been following her wisdom for years now and have heard her speak in Canberra previously so when I heard she was coming back I bought my ticket without thinking twice.

There were so many takeaways from the evening but I wanted to share two of them with you today.

The first one is…

WITH THE TRUTH EVERYONE RELAXES

I think this is so true! The words themselves allow me to relax, my whole body breathes a sigh of relief.

When you’re feeling stressed it could be showing you what you’re afraid of.

Stop, take a breath and ask – is what I’m stressed about showing me what I’m frightened of?

It could be anything from fear of judgement to not being good enough or being seen in a way that you don’t want to be seen. With this truth comes relaxation. The harshness of stress softens as you acknowledge the fear and if you can articulate it then you’ll probably find that those around you understand and offer support.

Isn’t that a wonderful thought. Try it next time you’re feeling stressed.

The second one is…

THE OPPOSITE OF STRESS IS TRUST

Working out what stress is about for you is so important. What causes you stress is an opportunity to learn something about yourself and to grow, change and transform from this place. It is an opportunity to love something about yourself. Your beliefs drive your actions. When you transform your beliefs you change your life. You love and accept yourself and can look after yourself fully.

Trust is about letting go and allowing things to flow. It’s about taking action without attachment to the outcome. It’s about not being rigid about the way things will happen, allowing room for change and new opportunities if they arise. Room for MAGIC. When we trust, there is little room for stress.

Your thoughts about yourself or a situation create a response in your body. Even if you’re not in that situation your brain doesn’t know the difference. The body responds to the information you give it. When you’re stressed this has a long term negative effect on your body. When you change your thoughts and switch from a state of stress to trust the body is able to stay in balance far more easily.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom – Viktor Frankl

The big takeaway is that mindset matters. We have choices. We have the power to change our perspective – to transform any negative beliefs we have about ourselves. To think in a way that supports us so we can thrive in our everyday life.

Dr Libby went into so much more detail but I’ve tried to keep it simple and short. I can’t wait to read her latest book, The Invisible Load – A Guide To Overcoming Stress And Overwhelm.

I’d love to hear what your stress is telling you. Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

Spring brings with it not only warmer days but also a sense of hope and positivity. It’s a season that celebrates new beginnings. It invites us to see the beauty of new life around us. It inspires us to try new things with new energy and connect to ourselves with joy.
After the inner stillness, reflection and restoration of Winter you can reconnect, open up and integrate your ideas. Out of the calm and clarity that has occurred throughout Winter you can begin to bring your vision and new ideas to life. You are preparing to bloom.
Spring is the the season of new life in nature and this can be reflected within yourself. You can tune into your feelings, your cravings for change and growth and see the beauty in your emerging ideas. As nature blooms, so can you.
As you welcome fresh new energy into your life, give yourself time to tune into your intuition. This is a time to embrace the new and allow yourself to try new things. It’s a time to step outside your comfort zone and celebrate your true spirit. It’s a time to set intentions that align with the change and growth you desire.
If you’re still feeling the inner quiet of Winter, you can step into the season at a slower pace, integrating the awakening elements of Spring in your own time.
As you begin to expand and acknowledge the beauty in and around you, you will be able to connect to your inner light and beauty.
Energy, inspiration and a willingness to embrace new things comes with the season of Spring and your spirit feels the joy and connection to nature.
You are ready to bloom from the inside out.

To support you thoughout Spring I have three essential oils to share with you…

LEMON
(Citrus limonum)
When I think of LEMON essential oil I think sunshine in a bottle! It is refreshing, uplifting, and nurturing. It is great for Spring because it helps bring your energy into the now. An oil for happiness and fun, it is uplifting and energising for mind, body and soul. Lemon is great for clearing a fuzzy mind, increasing motivation, ambition and positive decision making. It is strengthening for the spirit. It helps eliminate negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, apathy and stress, replacing it with optimism, laughter, stability, motivation and joy! A very nurturing oil for promoting self-care and love.
NEROLI
(Citrus aurantium ssp Amara)
Neroli is balancing, soothing and nurturing. It reconnects your mind body and soul to a place of joy – perfect for spring. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It centres your entire being and is very soothing for the nervous system bringing about a sense of calm and at the same time uplifting to the spirit. It is a great anxiety fighter and helps nervous exhaustion and shock. It is very helpful to support anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. Neroli is beautiful as we emerge from Winter and step into Spring.
CEDARWOOD
(Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood is harmonising and calming. It grounds your whole being bringing self-empowerment and love. As it grounds and harmonises, it allows you to set intentions and goals that align with you and bring you joy. It helps to improve confidence. It is strengthening, warming, soothing and helps in enhancing self-love. It allows focus and openness which enhances caring, endurance, balance and positivity. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It is energising without being overly stimulating – the effect is smooth, deep and long lasting, making very supportive to the adrenals and nervous system.
The three oils above combine to create my Spring Bliss blend and will support you in the season of Spring to connect to your inner light and bloom.
There are so many oils you could use in the season of Spring. Let me know in the comments what your favourite is for Spring. And always remember, it’s important to choose what you are attracted to.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Let’s Do Less

Let’s Do Less

The idea for this post came from a very good friend of mine.
In my last blog post I talked about the fact that we’re all busy. It’s true.  It’s a fact of life that we all have a lot going on and when your doctor tells you that you need a break it’s probably time to actually take one. I’m not just talking about a day off here and there, although that’s great! I think it’s about regular time out and not loading too much upon ourselves. We all do it and we need to stop. Now!
You need a long term plan that allows you to thrive. A plan that is tailored to you so it works for you and your lifestyle.
But where do you start? How the hell do you do this when you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, carer, mother, daughter and the list goes on…
  • You get intentional.
  • You prioritise.
  • You practise self love and self care to the max.
  • You say ‘yes’ when it aligns and feels 100% right and you say ‘no’ when it doesn’t.
  • You take your time making a decision – you don’t have to give anyone an answer right away. I have a gotten into the habit, when someone asks me to do something, of saying ‘can I get back to you, I just need to check a few things’.
  • You schedule regular time out in your calendar and you stick to it.
  • You practise tuning into how you feel and what you need and you find ways to give yourself those things.
As I said, it’s a long term plan. One that you continually check in with and tweak as you need to.
It takes planning and practice, but it’s worth it!
Why not start by taking one non essential off your To Do list this week or month and then do the same next week or month.
Remember, small shifts add up to big changes over time.
How will you start doing less? What will you take off your To Do list? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

Life can sometimes seem overwhelming. There’s so much happening in our lives.
We can experience breathtaking, amazing, exciting and mind-blowing situations.
Our reality can feel devastating, paralyzing, sad and astounding to us.
We search for happiness and joy in what we do.
Through it all it can seem like there is so much to do, and quite often that is actually the case! In todays world most of us do have a lot to do! And the feeling of overwhelm is bound to happen from time to time.

So here’s 3 ways to help you overcome overwhelm and come back to a place of calm.

These are things we can all do and while they may not seem new or inventive, they can have a  huge impact on how you feel.

1. Talk about it. Don’t push it aside because it will come back and usually feel ten times worse than what it did originally. And don’t let it fester inside you. The thoughts rolling round and round in your head will just end up increasing your feeling of overwhelm. Sometimes just saying out loud how you’re feeling helps dissipate the enormity of it. And once you do start to talk about it you can focus on solutions and what to do next. You can clear the clutter in your mind and come up with a plan.

2. Write about it. Journalling can really help you get clear on how you’re feeling and why. Get it all out on paper. If you don’t know where to start ask yourself a few questions – How am I feeling? Why am I feeling this way? What do I believe about this situation? Is this belief true? You may be surprised what comes up, sometimes we don’t even realise what is beneath the surface. Read over what you’ve written and ask yourself – How can I reframe this? What is the next thing (one small step) I can do to feel better?

3. Meditation. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of meditation. There are many apps out there to help you. To start I always recommend Relax & Rest – it has 3 simple meditations to get you started. But even just a minute of deep breathing can ground and calm you. Give it a try next time you start to feel overwhelmed.

Along with these 3 tips you can inhale any essential oil you are drawn to that calms and soothes you. Place a drop on a tissue to carry with you throughout the day. Or use in your oil diffuser as directed by the manufacturer to create a calm environment.

3 essential oils I love for this are…

ROMAN CHAMOMILE (Chamaemelum anthemis nobile) is deeply calming making it a great support in times of stress, worry and over-thinking. It also helps when you are feeling dissatisfied and greatly improves mood. It’s sedating properties help calm and settle the mind.

CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica) is warming, calming, soothing and harmonising. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It has a gentle energising effect allowing a smooth, deep and long lasting feeling of balance and calm.

CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens) is cleansing, tonifying and strengthening. It nourishes an over-burdened nervous system, helping to reduce stress and nervous tension and feelings of being overwhelmed. It restores calm and is soothing to the spirit on a deep level.

What do you to overcome feelings of overwhelm? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

Winter is here! For some us that that doesn’t instantly make us feel good and for others they begin to thrive in the cold weather.  I’m the former but since moving to Canberra I’ve embraced the seasons and found ways to cultivate a nice relationship with Winter.

It’s important to find what works for you. What makes you feel good?

Find the things that are enjoyable for you and find time for them. Embrace them.

These are the 4 main things I focus on to keep me happy in Winter…

1. Movement. I must keep my body moving during the cold months. The less I move the more I feel the cold. The more I move the better I feel emotionally – I don’t tend to get the Winer blues if I’m doing some regular exercise. I go for an {almost} daily walk. Even when it’s freezing outside I layer up with my parker, beanie, gloves and scarf and get outside. I also go snow-shoeing (hiking in the snow) whenever I can. I’m lucky enough to live only a few hours drive to the mountains so I can get out and enjoy the beauty of Winter while getting a great workout. Connecting to nature really helps me at all times of the year to reset and deeply calm my mind, body and soul.

2. Nourishing Food. Warming, nourishing foods help keep me energised during Winter. I love soups and smaller hearty meals that aren’t too heavy. I also love spices like ginger and cinnamon to warm me up and boost my immune system. When I eat well I’m more motivated to move and less likely to hibernate on the couch.

3. Connection. It’s easy to stay at home in the warmth during winter but it’s so important to get out and stay connected with our family and friends. It can seem like a huge effort, but believe me when you get dressed, get out and spend time with those you love you’ll feel a whole lot better.

4. Aromatherapy is a lovely way to support your mind, body and soul through any season. Essential oils can help to harmonise and warm your mind, body and soul during Winter.  I’ve created a beautiful Winter Harmony blend of orange, geranium, patchouli and ginger to use in my Winter Signature Treatment. Here’s a little bit about each of these delightful oils…

Winter Harmony essential oil blend

A delightful blend designed to to infuse joy and creativity, bring blance and strength, warmth and confidence and to integrate the energies of mind body and soul.

ORANGE is for joy and 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

GERANIUM is for balance and strength. It assists the nervous system, helping to relieve stress & depression. 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 balances hormones and soothes emotional stress while strengthening and balancing the mind.

PATCHOULI grounds and integrates the energy between mind, body and soul. It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace. It is great for soothing anxiety and depression. It enhances your ability to tune into your purpose and feel fulfilment. A very gentle oil great for tuning into your intuition, inner wisdom, allowing laughter and love into your life.

GINGER is for warmth and confidence. It is grounding, soothing and calming. A physical & spiritual cleanse, it is emotionally lifting.  It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity. It is warming to the body, mind and spirit making it great for vitality and endurance on all levels. 

Use this blend in your aromatherapy diffuser or as an inhalation. For your aromatherapy diffuser use as directed, usually a few drops is plenty! As an inhalation, inhale from the bottle by waving slowly  back and forth under your nose or place a drop on a tissue to inhale throughout the day.

Some other things I love about Winter are…

  • The time to slow down and reflect.
  • The feeling of lying in bed snuggled under warm heavy blankets.
  • Fresh vegetable juices with lots of ginger, turmeric and lemon.
  • A glass of red wine and raw chocolate.
  • The fashions – boots, coats, gloves, beanies and scarves! I love them all.

What do you love about Winter? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s embrace all that Winter has to offer.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Why You Need Gratitude

Why You Need Gratitude

Gratitude is no doubt something you’ve heard about if you’ve been exploring the personal development world. You may have tried it for a while or maybe not. You may even think it seems too simple to work or you just don’t have time or possibly you just don’t know how practising gratitude could actually improve your life.

So what is gratitude?

The dictionary defines it as ‘the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful’.
I think of gratitude as the practice of feeling deep appreciation for the good things in your life, big and small.

Your thoughts and your words create your reality. So when you have a regular practice of acknowledging what you’re grateful for you will feel and attract more of that into your life.

Gratitude focuses on, and therefore cultivates, positivity, joy, purpose, success, love and optimism.

Personally I find that tuning in to gratitude and really feeling it helps me let go of feelings of anxiety. The gratitude crowds out the anxiety I feel in my chest and stomach and replaces it with a sense of calm and peace. This allows more space and opportunity to focus on kindness, ease and self care.

It is simple and it does work. But here’s the thing, it’s like most things that are good for us, it requires consistency.

Consistency creates a cumulative effect that can be so powerful.

Start now. Keep doing it every day. When you’re thinking it isn’t really working, keep doing it. Because one day you’ll realise the difference it has made to your life over time. And it will continue to do so.

This in turn allows you to feel more grateful and so the effect and benefits grow.

My gratitude practise is super simple. Every night, as part of my journaling practise, I write down what I’m grateful for that day. Sometimes it’s just one thing – like my comfy warm bed or the glass of red I had with dinner. Other times it’s something bigger – like the unwavering support I have from my Andrew (my hubby) and friends. 

I find it helps me to focus on abundance over lack and to see the positive in people and situations. 

When I’m grateful I feel less anxious. When I’m grateful I feel more peace and contentment. When I’m grateful I attract more of that goodness into my life.

Do you have a gratitude practice? Let me know in the comments below how it has helped you.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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