DESCRIBED AS THE COACHELLA OF THE HEALTH WORLD, I HAD NEVER HEARD OF THE WELLNESS FESTIVAL UNTIL A FRIEND ASKED ME TO COME ALONG.
LUCKY FOR ME SHE MADE THE INTRODUCTION! WITH A LINE UP OF SPEAKERS THAT ANYONE WOULD SAY ARE #GIRLBOSSES I WAS TOTALLY INSPIRED TO LIVE LIFE WITH MORE PRESENCE, GREATER AWARENESS AND LOVE FOR ALL.
ON ARRIVAL WE VENTURED DOWN A LANE IN WATERLOO SYDNEY AND WAS SURROUNDED BY LIKE-MINDED PEEPS. HEALTHY FOOD, CHILLOUT SPACES, COCONUTS AND JUST ALL ROUND GOOD VIBES.
ONCE I GRABBED MY FLAT WHITE I HEADED UPSTAIRS TO AN INDUSTRIAL DECKED OUT, LIGHT FILLED SPACE TO TAKE MY SEAT AND LISTEN INTENTLY FOR THE DAY.
HERE ARE MY TAKE OUTS AS MY INTENTION IS TO ALWAYS ENRICH, GIVE PEOPLE KNOWLEDGE AND GREATER EXPERIENCES.
I DO HOPE YOU TAKE AT LEAST 1 AMAZING TIP THAT YOU CAN PUT INTO PRACTICE
1. HOW YOU CHOOSE TO REACT AND RESPOND WILL DEFINE YOU
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHOICES ARE ALWAYS BASED ON LOVE. SAY YES BECAUSE YOU WANT TO NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE CHOOSING FEAR.
WE ALL CAN BE SO GUILTY OF THIS. I SHOULD GO TO THAT DINNER BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS GOING; WE NEED TO WORK HARDER, LONGER BECAUSE THAT’S THE EXPECTATION.
WHEN YOU GO SOMEWHERE OR DO SOMETHING, IF YOU ARE PRESENT AND LOVING, YOU HAVE CHOSEN THIS OUT OF LOVE. IF YOU ARE NOT, YOU HAVE CHOSEN OUT OF FEAR, WHICH CAN CAUSE RESENTMENT, LACK OF INTEREST, BUT MOST OF ALL YOU ARE REALLY WASTING YOUR TIME AND ENERGY. IF YOU ARE THINKING MAYBE, I’M NOT SURE. LET ME PUT THIS TO YOU BLUNTLY IF ITS NOT A 100% YES THEN IT’S A NO!!!
MANAGE YOUR ENERGY AND PUT IT INTO THE THINGS YOU REALLY LOVE DOING. BECAUSE LETS BE REAL, TIME IS VALUABLE AND NONE OF US HAVE MUCH TO WASTE
2. MEDITATE DAILY
THE POWER OF MEDITATION IS PHENOMENAL AND SHOULD BE A NON NEGOTIABLE AT THE START AND END OF YOUR DAY
TAKING THE TIME TO CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF, BE STILL AND PRESENT IS A PERFECT WAY TO COMMENCE YOUR DAY. IT WILL GIVE YOU THE CLARITY TO UNDERSTAND YOU, MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS (NOTE POINT 1) BUT MORE SO KEEP YOU IN YOUR LIFE’S FLOW.
EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT JUST STARTS OUT A MESS?? I THINK WE ALL HAVE. IMAGINE IF YOU GOT UP, HAD YOUR HOT WATER WITH LEMON AND THEN SAT YOUR SELF IN A BEAUTIFUL SPACE IN YOUR HOUSE AND SET YOUR INTENTIONS FOR THE DAY. BLISS.
ON THE FLIP SIDE IT’S ALSO SUPER IMPORTANT TO BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. DON’T CONSTANTLY BE FOCUSING ON WHAT WE DON’T HAVE, OR WHAT WE LONG FOR. BE GRATEFUL IN THIS MOMENT FOR THIS MOMENT AND ALL THAT’S AROUND YOU.
LASTLY CLEARING YOUR MIND AND CHECKING BACK INTO YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY IS SO SOUL NOURISHING. LET THE THOUGHTS FLOW THROUGH AND RELEASE THEM. CHANNEL YOUR ENERGY AND PREPARE YOURSELF FOR AN AMAZING SLEEP
3. TRUST YOUR INTUITION
I LOVE THIS ONE AS SO MANY TIMES MY GUT TELLS ME SOMETHING AND I’M LIKE, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??? AND SO MANY TIMES I LOOK BACK AT MYSELF AND SAY I SHOULD OF TRUSTED MY GUT. WHEN YOU ARE CONNECTED WITH YOURSELF THE MOST VALUABLE ASSET YOU HAVE IS YOUR INTUITION. THE BURNING DESIRE INSIDE YOURSELF THAT TELLS YOU YES, I’M ON THE RIGHT PATH OR NO, DON’T TURN LEFT, DANGER.
ITS ALSO NOT JUST TUNING INTO YOUR GUT MENTALLY ITS ALSO PHYSICALLY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO LOOK AFTER YOUR GUT HEALTH? WHAT FOODS, WHAT ENERGY ARE YOU PUTTING INTO YOUR GUT? NOTHING FLOWS ON ITS OWN IN OUR BODIES, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. I CHALLENGE YOU TO REALLY LOOK AT THIS AS FOR A LOT OF US IT CAN BE THE LAST THING THAT WE FOCUS ON BUT WE REALLY NEED TO NURTURE IT TO ENSURE ITS CHANNELING THE RIGHT ENERGY BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. PRACTICE MINDFUL EATING.
JESSICA SPEIL HAS AN AMAZING BLOG FOR MORE INFORMATION
4. WHAT DRIVES YOUR PURPOSE
DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU GET UP EVERYDAY? DO YOU REALLY KNOW? WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE? I HAVE READ QUITE A FEW BOOKS ON DIGGING INTO YOUR TRUE PURPOSE, WHAT YOUR PASSIONS ARE AND WHAT ARE YOUR HERE TO DO WHILST LIVING THIS LIFE. TAKE SOME TIME OUT, IT COULD BE IN YOUR MEDITATION ALSO TO ASK YOURSELF AND THE UNIVERSE, WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?
FROM THE BOOK – THE SOUL OF LEADERSHIP, DEEPAK CHORPRA FOCUSES ON FINDING YOUR TRUE PURPOSE – YOUR SOUL PROFILE. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS IS THAT YOU FORMULATE YOUR PURPOSE IN ONE SENTENCE.
HERE IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE QUESTIONS HE ASKES:
WHATS MY CONTRIBUTION IN LIFE, WHATS THE PURPOSE IN WHAT I DO? HOW DO I FEEL WHEN I HAVE AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE, WHO DO I LOOK UP TO, RESPECT AND ADMIRE?, WHAT ARE MY UNIQUE SKILLS AND TALENTS? WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES THAT I LOOK FOR IN MY CIRCLE, WHAT ARE THE BEST QUALITIES THAT I EXPRESS?
IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS MY PURPOSE IS ‘TO SERVE OTHERS’
5. YOU ARE THE SUM OF THE 5 PEOPLE YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH
SPEND YOUR TIME WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE. ONCE YOU DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE DO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ALIGN WITH THE PURPOSE? DO THEY ADD VALUE TO YOUR JOURNEY, AND VICE VERSA DO YOU ADD VALUE TO THEIR’S?
MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THE RIGHT ASSOCIATES AND IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE NURTURE YOU’RE NETWORK. IT REALLY MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE REACHED OUT TO SOMEONE FOR GUIDANCE, SUPPORT OR REALLY TO KICK MY BUTT BACK INTO LINE WHEN I DOUBTED MYSELF. TO BE HONEST IT HAPPENS DAILY AND I AM SUPER GRATEFUL FOR THOSE IN MY LIFE THAT SUPPORT ME.
THIS CAN CHANGE TOO. BASED ON YOUR JOURNEY AND ALSO YOUR FRIENDS JOURNEYS, THERE MAYBE TIMES WHERE YOUR JOURNEY TOGETHER COMES TO AN END. THAT’S OK, BE GRATEFUL FOR THE VALUE THAT YOU BOTH ADDED TO EACH OTHERS LIFE’S DURING THAT TIME, ALWAYS ALWAYS WANT THE BEST FOR EVERYONE AND CONTINUE ON YOUR PATH WHICH WILL LEAD YOU TO NEW FRIENDS AND PEOPLE TO LEARN AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH. TYING INTO POINT 1, DON’T TRY AND PLEASE EVERYONE, AS YOU NEVER WILL. BE YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF AND THOSE THAT CONNECT WITH YOU ARE THE ONES THAT ARE MEANT TO BE ON YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOU
6. PRACTICE DAILY
I ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WAS SO EXCITED TO PRACTICE THAT SPORT THAT I LOVED 5 DAYS A WEEK. EVERYDAY I GOT UP AND I WANTED TO BE BETTER, DO BETTER AT IT. THE SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES WITH LIFE, WHETHER IT IS WITH FAMILY, WORK, AND YOUR PASSIONS YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE DAILY!
DON’T START AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR YOUR BUSINESS TO HELP IT GROW AND THEN LEAVE IT SITTING THERE FOR MONTHS. DON’T COMMIT TO YOGA AND THEN SHOW UP ONCE PER YEAR. IF YOU KNOW IT’S IN YOUR PURPOSE AND IT’S A PART OF YOUR JOURNEY THEN MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO PRACTICE DAILY. THEN YOU WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE!!
SPEAKERS FROM THE WELLNESS FESTIVAL ARE AS FOLLOWS. I WISH TO THANK THEM ALL FOR SHARING THEIR INSIGHTS, KNOWLEDGE AND JUST BEING SO OPEN IN WHAT THEIR JOURNEY’S LOOKED LIKE FOR US TO LEARN FROM. I AM TRULY GRATEFUL
I first experimented with vision boarding in my younger years at school. Did you ever cut out of magazines or newspapers images that you loved, celebrities that you idolized or places that you only dreamed to journey too? When you connect with these images your inner guide is speaking to you, taking you on your own adventure, which no one else can experience other than you.
Once I began to understand myself and my inner voice I then began to harness the power of vision boarding or as some would call it the law of attraction. You can create whatever your heart desires…. Your vision board can look however YOU envisage it. The amazing thing about it is, it’s yours…. and no one else can create anything like it other than you.
I currently have 2 vision boards which hang in my room, similar to mentors I recommend that you can have different boards for different focuses. You could create a board with your partner, husband wife or family or create one that is more personal to your life goals.
You may ask why vision board? Have you ever decided that you really wanted to buy a certain type of car? All of the sudden you see this car everywhere! It’s like everyone else has also just decided to buy the exact same car that you visioned. The answer is they didn’t. There is scientific proof behind visualising, hence why so many people talk about the power of attraction. I’m not a doctor so I can’t go into all the detail however I can tell you that from research when you visualize and you repeatedly see these visions they are set into your subconscious mind. Once this happens when you go about living your day to day life your mind connects to these visions through your sight. It will connect with something that you see with your subconscious thoughts, people call these coincidences. You may have heard someone say nothing is a coincidence and this is the reason why, your mind is attuned to receiving this image that you have seen, therefore creating opportunities. Which leads back to why vision boarding is such a great way to keep the mind on track to your inner guide and help you to continue on your amazing life journey.
Here are my top tips to creating a vision board:
1: Meditate first
Take time out to clear your mind and connect with your inner voice. I first experienced this with a life coach. Before we set out to creating the board we went through a 20 minute meditation session. The first 5 minutes were all about clearing the mind, once we were present ( as present as you can get) we then went on a visual journey of my most inner life’s visions. We commenced by visualising climbing up a tree and peering out through the branches. What view do you see, is it mountains, the beach, a city landscape? Walk down the road what are you surrounded by, who are you walking with, where are you going? You are walking to work, where is it? What does the space that you work in reflect or look like? Do you recognize the people? Your now going home, what does your home look like, who do you live with what are you doing? Keep going with this process until you cover all aspects or areas which you feel you need. Once you have completed, close the branches of the tree, climb back down and then come back to your present self. Become aware of your current surroundings but remember everything your inner guide just presented to you. Once you open your eyes you may wish to take some notes before you commence preparing your board
Think about how you would like to display your board. Is it on a piece of cardboard, peg and twine, an old window frame? If you are passionate about one key thing like snowboarding maybe you stick your visions to an old snowboard!
The point is it has to reflect you. And this can be done in whatever way you wish
Gather magazines, newspapers, photos. Shop catalogues, travel brochures if you can stick it you can use it. You may stick objects that reflect certain visions depending on your style. The other great resource for me was google. Once I mediated I printed a lot of images, quotes, graphs anything that I felt drawn towards that was attracted to my vision. As long as you make a connection to that image when you look at it as that is the purpose of the board
One of the greatest experiences I have had with vision boarding was with my partner. We were wanting to cement our vision together and where we felt our journey was heading so we both sat down one afternoon and starting cutting, printing rummaging through old photos and laid a big pile of printed mess on the table. When we started laying out our board it was actually amazing to see the similarities in our vision. Sure you may come back with completely different goals, but that also is such a rewarding experience as then you can both understand and support each other in this thing called life
Going it alone is also a beautiful experience. I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and really understand what you are set here to do in this universe. Hopefully you would have experienced this inner peace from meditation and don’t be afraid to take on your passions alone
Be sure that you are clear on your goals time frame. Are they short or long term visions? You could do a board that represents the next year of your life or you could do a 5 year plan. As long as you are clear on the time frame so it is set in your mind. Once this time frame is reached make sure you re visit your vision board, it may be time to reassess and lots may have changed. It will be a great time to reflect, revision, this could mean doing another board and continue on your fabulous journey
Once your beautiful, fun creative piece of art is complete HANG IT! It needs to be somewhere where you see it morning and night. I always hang mine in my bedroom so it’s the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see at night. This might not work for you, it could be in your study, kitchen, work (if you are happy to share with all) whatever works for you. The rule is as long as you can see it daily. Handy tip – wallpaper on your phone!
Don’t get caught up in how the days should play out. You may have a certain path in your head on how your goals are going to be achieved and I can assure you that this will change a million times over. The confusion means that doors are opening. Let you inner guide walk you to the right door. Don’t try and force a path or solution in fear of the unknown. Live in the present and let the road light itself for you to walk
Too many of us achieve so many great things and we never stop and recognise these and give ourselves praise. Whatever time frame you have set for yourself make sure you stop throughout it to celebrate you. They may be little wins, but these little wins lead to bigger wins and before you know it the year has gone and you haven’t taken a breath to appreciate all you set out to achieve. It’s also such a nice way to spend time with people you love, or just some quality time with you (we all know that we would love a bit more of that)
In 2016 I decided that I would not only dedicate my time to my fitness but make sure I had new experiences along the way.
If you have ever visited Sydney or live here you would know it has the most picturesque of views….
Here are a couple of some of the most amazing places, all in my own backyard
1. Spit to Manly
Approx 9kms this walk is a tranquil slice of heaven – mini waterfalls, amazing ocean views, whilst giving you a bit of a challenge you can walk or run these tracks. Be sure to take your swimmers for a dip in the harbour at the end!!
Finish in manly for a beautiful breakfast at some of my favs:
2. Bondi to Bronte
An easier relaxing stroll, only around 5kms, take in the views of Bondi, Tamarama Beach and stop along the way for a swim in one of the many reserves. Make sure you start your day quite early as this walk can be crowded with tourists and locals before lunch.
Finish off with a stop at
Amazing juices, and fresh local organic options ❤️