Something That Changed Me This Week

I got the loveliest opening line to an email this week that really made me think. It read…

Hope you are very well after the holidays and don’t need to make too many NY resolutions – you are the perfect version of yourself already!

I thought what a refreshing way to view the new year; by celebrating that we are already pretty cool just as we are.

There’s a sense of panic in January for us to successfully become the perfect versions of ourselves whether that be with what we eat, how we workout, our careers, our lifestyle, our night time routine…the list goes on. What if we just stayed the same, would that be so bad? 

10 Quotes For The Best 2016 + Gabrielle Bernstein Workshop GIVEAWAY

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I do love a good quote and I wanted to share my favourites to take us forwards into 2016. Sometimes when you wake up feeling a little crap with no motivation to do yoga, have a healthy breakfast or be positive, all it takes is a little quote to make you feel better. Do things you’ve always wanted to do in 2016 and remember that this is your life! Go live it! I also love the look of 2016, it’s nice and round and 16 is my favourite number! Decide to make 2016 the best yet!

Healthy Christmas Cleanse Soup

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So it’s a week before Christmas day and there’s already various tempting chocolate selection boxes and M&S biscuits everywhere I look! Believe me, I don’t turn down the odd M&S biscuit but to balance out an indulgent couple of weeks ahead I thought I would create a tasty cleansing soup that I’m going to enjoy for lunches and dinners over the next week. I would say this could be a healthy spin on a minestrone as I’ve used cannellini beans, courgettes and tomatoes but I also added butternut squash and various spices to give it a seasonal christmas punch! 

Being A Girl

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Being a girl. Being a girl is hard. Here’s some of the daily questions and worries that go on in our heads or maybe it’s just me. Am I over reacting to a situation or genuinely annoyed? Am I too sensitive or being true to myself? Should I meditate and do yoga or get ahead with my emails? Was it that little bit of dairy or the fact I’m stressed that’s made me bloated? Shall I stay up and watch another episode of Kardashian’s or get 8 hours sleep?

A Perfect Hour Of Me Time Thanks To Doddle

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Christmas can be a little overwhelming and stressful, our social diaries get full up and any spare time gets consumed with worrying about what presents to buy or queuing at Post Offices for online deliveries. Me time is hard enough any time of year but near impossible at Christmas right? Well this is when it is most important! It is very difficult to be patient and kind to yourself and others when you are constantly stressed and on the go.

Top 5 Natural Beauty Products for Autumn Workouts

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Pilates, yoga and meditation are my workouts of choice this time of year, okay maybe all year round but there’s definitely something about this time of year that makes me want to slow my body down and be mindful. I love beauty products and want to introduce you to Content. “Content is a boutique organic skincare store, naturopathic clinic, beauty salon and website at the forefront of the move towards organic and natural skincare and complementary therapies.” I asked Imelda Burke from Content to share her top 5 natural beauty products for Autumn workouts. I love number 5! 

Your Feel Good Pilates Workout

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Whenever I’m feeling a little bit down or low in energy, I know one of the best things to do is to move my body and mix several adaptogen blends in my smoothy to help get my energy up. It doesn’t have to be a full on work out but just some spinal mobility, something to feel my core and some natural flowing movement. This always makes me feel so much better so I thought I’d create a little 10 minute feel good Pilates workout that you can do to boost your energy and mood.

Neals Yard Remedies Portugal Retreat

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Neals Yard Remedies so when they asked me to teach Pilates on their luxury retreat in beautiful Portugal it was a dream come true! A real “pinch me” moment! Lagos, is a town in the Algarve that I have actually been to numerous times when I was younger with my family and also with my friends as I got older. I never thought that I’d be coming back to work one day. When I say “work”, I mean teach Pilates overlooking the ocean to inspiring incredible women every day then enjoy delicious healthy meals and breathtaking cliff top walks. Yes, still feel like someone should pinch me!