Bursting with Gratitude (A happy little list)

Friday already? I'm sure it takes me by surprise every week. This week has been a full one, I'm bursting with gratitude right now and thought I'd share some of the things I am appreciating this week...

1. Sunshine! It might not have been as warm as last week but even so the sun has made an appearance most days. I was talking to Mr Lovely the other night about how I think the weather  and seasons affect my moods - I definitely notice the difference when the sun is shining! (I can see a move to somewhere with a warmer climate in the future). 

2. I'm totally overwhelmed/inspired/awestruck with the women I have coached this week. So much good stuff happening, and I'm so proud of these women for showing up and creating life by their design. Super excited that I will be starting work with 2 new clients next week!

Ps - I only have a couple of spots in my coaching calendar left so if you have been thinking about boosting your business or blog now is the time to do it! You can book a free 45 minute session with me to find out how I can support you. 

3. Fresh flowers on my desk. I decided to treat myself and buy some roses for my office, I love having flowers around and I swear they are making me more motivated and productive! (I know, weird). 

4. My health - I don't want to say too much but I had a bit of a health scare in the last couple of weeks. Whilst I think I knew deep down that things would be fine, it was still a scary time and I was super relieved to get the all clear this week! It's motivate me to get back to eating and moving intuitively. 

5. Community. I feel like new friends and connections are popping up all over the place at the moment. I've been a lot more active on Facebook and in groups I am a part of and it's so lovely to make connections with likeminded women. It can be isolating working from home sometimes so it's lovely to know I can hop on Skype or Facebook and connect with some of you guys! 


Awesome things I have spotted this week...

I have totally got the Get to Work Book by Elise Blaha Cripe earmarked as my planner for 2016. It's the perfect layout and I can't wait to get my hands on one. 

Super Excited about #higherselfielive - the Uk's first and only Spirituality Un-Conference. Jo and Lucy, the brains behind it, hosted a webinar earlier this week to share all the details. Totally recommend checking it out. 

The beautiful Lucy got married in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago, and has shared a wedding vlog. Such a gorgeous, chilled out wedding - love it. Congratulations Lucy! 


You might have missed...

I shared some tips over on my coaching site, on how to make the most of your day job whilst building your business on the side - check it out and let me know what you think! 

You can now also find me over on Facebook where I'm sharing snippets form behind the scenes, useful resources and more. I'd love you to join me there! 

How has your week been? leave a comment to let me know what you're grateful for! 

Foodcrush : April Clean Eats

After several weeks of not eating as healthily as I could have, it's been time this week to hop back on the nourishing wagon. I've written before about how it's not really about losing weight, but about eating intuitively and I'm finding that one of the best ways for me to stick with that is to allow myself to get creative in the kitchen. Making the while process fun and a way to express myself creatively makes a huge difference. 

Enter Pinterest (oh how I love thee!). 

I've been pinning recipes like a crazy woman, curating a selection of culinary delights I can't wait to rustle up. I thought it might be fun to share a few... (note: I haven't actually tried any of these so far but I'll be sure to update you when I do!). 


FOODCRUSH : APRIL


*All recipes found via Pinterest - original sources: 

Watermelon Grilled Cheese :: Sweet Potato + Quinoa Fritters :: Aubergine 'Meatballs' :: Nut Butter Truffles :: Roasted Broccoli Salad  

 

What have you been eating this month? Share your favourite recipes below! 

Join the Inner Circle... for free!

Hi lovely, 

You may remember a little while ago I launched my new 6 month mastermind program for female entrepreneurs, bloggers and creatives. Well today I am excited to let you know that I am opening up the doors.... for FREE!  Yep, you heard me right....

Totally free. 

When I came up with the idea for the Inner Circle, it was my dream to create a space where women could come together in sisterhood and help one another to grow their blogs and businesses. I also wanted to make coaching accessible to those who weren't totally sure of the benefits or who weren't financially able to commit to a full coaching program right now. 

Why? Because this stuff works. Having my own coach is what allowed me to move from 'just getting by' to creating a life I love. I want that for you too. 

So today I am opening up the doors to the inner Circle and inviting you to stop sitting on the sidelines and start creating the life you want. This is the only time I will run this program for free and we start next week so grab your spot now! 

PS - if you are already signed up for the circle, check your inbox for an important email from me! 

Body Talk

How do you feel about your body?

I know some of you will read that question and cringe and I have to admit I do a bit too. In all honesty, I have never really had a great relationship with my body. 

It started as a pre-teen. I developed earlier than my peers - the only one in my school year with boobs and breakouts. I went to dance classes all the while feeling like I didn't belong, the other girls were tall and lean whilst I had curves. 

Years later, I left university with the inevitable weight gain from a student lifestyle of too many takeaway pizzas and nights of drinking. That's when the diets began. Low calorie, low fat, low carb. For several years I survived mostly on Chicken Caesar Salad from Pizza Express and bottles of Pinot Grigio. Sure, I was the skinniest I have ever been but I was certainly not healthy. 

And despite being a UK size 8, I was still unhappy. I still despised my curves. 

I would say the most disgusting things to myself, things I would never dream to say to another woman. I felt that I was completely unlovable because of the way I looked. 

These days I'm far kinder to myself. I'll admit some days (usually when hormones kick in) I still look at myself and wish away the softness of my belly or the curve of my hips. Sometimes I look at other women and compare - wishing  I had their lean legs, or glossy hair. But it's a work in progress. I realise that my worth is not connected to my dress size. I know that my man loves me for who I am, curves and bumps and all. I eat intuitively, not to lose the pounds but to feel healthier. I don't deprive myself.

So what changed? 

Simply, my mindset. I realised that I want to live this life I have, I mean really live it. To feel it - the good and the challenging. Because that's what life is about, it ebbs and flows and to live life fully means all of it. The ups and the downs. And I can't do that counting every calorie I consume or drenching myself in guilt for having that KitKat or extra glass of wine. 


Last week an email from the awesome Sarah Jenks pinged into my inbox. As part of the promo for her Live More Weigh Less lifestyle program, Sarah has released a video series - 12 women having real conversations about their bodies. 

I sat and watched all of them in one go, my eyes filled with tears as I connected to those women and their own body stories. The first video is below, but I recommend you watch the full series - click here

And if it resonates with you, share it with your girlfriends and the women in your life.