Live an Inspired Life.

inspiration-warriroTo me, living an inspired life is not about waiting for the creative muses to strike but rather filling your life with so many things that thrill, challenge, and nourish you, that you can’t help but feel inspired. It’s all about the choices you make – from how you choose to structure your day-to-day routines to the grand adventures you decide to undertake. When we become the conscious creators of our own lives, we can bring our visions of the world to life and we end up inspiring others to do the same.

I was honoured when Jessica asked to feature me in her Inspiration Warriors series. If you hop over to her blog today I’m chatting about starting your self-love journey, staying sane when you have a million things on the go, and what I learned from moving to a new country. Jessica is fantastic at asking interesting, probing questions so I highly recommend digging into her archives and reading about the other fabulous ladies she’s featured.

And I’m also excited to announce the Treat Yo’Self Giveaway winner. Jemma is such a gorgeous women with a really fun, creative blog. I’m so excited to be sending this little box of goodies to her in hopes that they bring a smile to her face.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! I’ll be sure to put together another prize pack again soon.

Love, rainbow sprinkles, & heart-shaped crystals,
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Turn Today Around.

turn-your-day-aroundSome days just seem to start out rotten. You wake up with an aching heart and aren’t sure why. Or your morning feels like a series of unfortunate events. You stub your toe, spill your coffee, and misplace your keys. Suddenly there’s a storm cloud over your head and you’re certain it’s going to be one of THOSE days.

I’d never tell you to ignore your feelings or not to give yourself space to grieve and heal when you really need to. But when external forces try to knock us down, we do have a choice over how we react. A bad mood never makes anything better, so if you’re ready to turn a crummy day around, these steps will help you do it.

Feel it.
Set a timer and give yourself 5 minutes to fully and completely immerse yourself in your feelings. Scream, cry, or roll around on the floor – whatever you need to do to express what’s going on inside. But when the timer goes off, pick yourself up and brush yourself off.

Hit reset.
If you can, get back into your pyjamas and crawl into bed. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then leap out of bed with as much energy and enthusiasm as you can muster.If you can’t get back into bed, just close your eyes and focus on centering yourself. Symbolically decide to start over.

Play the glad game.
Force yourself to think of five things about that this day that are worth being grateful. Write them down or say that out loud to really let them sink in, and don’t let yourself stop until you’ve finished your list. Whenever something nice happens throughout the day, take note of it. Think of ways to actively expand your list. Wear a sparkly hair clip. Order a decadent coffee. Read a chapter of your favourite book. Plan yourself a nice dinner. Instead of getting bogged down in the shortfalls, see what loveliness you can add into your day.

Reflect.
Sit in silence for a few minutes or free write in your journal. Ponder what might be making you feel this way. Is there a worry you’re not acknowledging? Does something feel out of integrity? If you find some answers ask yourself if there’s something you can do to better the situation. If so, do it. If not, move on to the next step.

Drop it like it’s hot.
When you notice a negative thought entering your mind, simply notice it and then let it go. The simplest way I know to do this is to focus on your breath or to shift your mind to a positive thought. Recognize that we have power over what we think and that by not holding on so tightly, we don’t need to get bogged down in them.

Shake it off.
We hold our emotions in our body and movement can be a powerful way to work through them. Go into the bathroom or another private space and close the door. Rock your head quickly from side to side. Shake your arms and then your legs. Swing your torso in wide circles. Jump up and down. Increase the intensity of the movement until your whole body is moving and shaking. Keep this up for at least a minute as you shift the negative feelings you’ve been carrying inside you.

The decision to feel differently can create a powerful mindset shift. It’s an acknowledgment that you’re not a victim of your feelings and circumstances. You have the choice to turn this day around.

Wild love,
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Photograph by Fred Goudon.

The Self-Love Book Club Reads Outrageous Openness.

readingOutrageous Openness was our February read for The Self-Love Book Club and I have to admit, it took me by surprise. We chose it at the recommendation of Nikola, my co-host for the London group and I went into it feeling skeptical.

I have conflicted feelings about the universe or divine source, or whatever you want to call it. On the one hand, I . But on the other, I’m a staunch believer that life is ultimately the product of your choices and your actions. No more, no less. So anything that preaches just trusting the universe to take care of you, feels a bit too woo-woo for me.

But Tosha Silver blends a belief in divine guidance with a knowledge of the need to step up and do your part to make things happened. The book is peppered with anecdotes and humour, alongside prayers and rituals for becoming more in-tune with the flow of life. It was came as a welcome reminder not hold on so tightly to outcomes and instead to view unexpected twists or “setbacks” as opportunities in disguise. It’s a quick read and since finishing it, I’ve found myself applying this wisdom to release my stranglehold on how I want things to be and instead to enjoy things how they are.

It seems like most of us were pleasantly surprised by what this book had to offer. Here’s what a couple of the other girls had to say:

“My first impression of Outrageous Openness was one of cynicism. A book that’s talking to me about the Divine Source surely won’t have anything concrete and actionable to teach me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The simple act of reading the book was like taking a deep breath and then letting it all out again. A relief. Permission to relax and loosen my shoulders. The words were a comfort to me at a time when I particularly needed them, and I will continue to look back at the book when I want to remind myself that the Universe, Divine Source, or whatever you’d like to call it, has got my back.”
Rebecca Hunter

“Outrageous Openness was inspiring, a delightful arrangement of wisdom in the form of rehashing tiny stories of relevance. Not being religious myself, but always feeling spiritual, I have often cringed at the thought of people who blindly put all of their hope in God. However, now I’ve come to see that this can be a spiritual practice of attuning yourself with the highest vibrations in the universe and releasing yourself to that higher calling, which is quite different from trusting God out of fear or a crushing thought of a predetermined future. I think tapping into the Divine Source in the way described could prove to be very enlightening!”
Colette Hanson

Have you read Outrageous Openness? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

And if you’d like to join us our next few books are The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks in March, Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts: How to Use the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World by Regena Thomashauer in April, and Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck in May. You can join our discussion on Facebook or meet up with us in person in London!

Love, almond milk lattes, & dog-eared pages,
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P.S.  Good news! Jayne and I have extended the early bird price for Liberation and Love until the end of March. Half of the tickets have already sold out, but we’ve heard from many of you that you’re struggling to purchase your ticket before pay day, so we wanted to give you the gift of a little extra time. If you have any questions about the retreat and what’s included, just get in touch. xx

Photograph by Meegan.
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