Live The Retreat Way Every Day

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Retreat life is all about stepping away from everyday stresses and immersing yourself in the ultimate self care routine from waking up to going to sleep. I might only grab time for a 45 minute Pilates session, a quick smoothie catch up with a friend or a 5 minute cleanse tone and moisturise in the evening during my day to day life but on retreat, well my retreats anyway, we completely soak up every opportunity to take care of ourselves and the schedule is basically like my perfect day from start to finish. From how we move, what we eat and everything in between so I thought I’d give you a little insight into a day in the life of my most recent retreat with Our Retreat and who’s to stop you incorporating some things into your every day life or at least once a week, you can make any day a retreat day…

Don’t Waste Another Moment

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When a chapter of your life ends, don’t be sad because it’s over, be happy because without that chapter, you wouldn’t have a story to tell.

Someone once told me that something wasn’t meant for me but that I should hold on because I was someone that had to be sure and ready and wait for the right time. This felt like the most unloving thing I could possibly do so I ignored them. I didn’t wait a moment longer.

Why waste another moment of this life…

Two New TOTAL BODY Pilates Routines To Do Anytime Anywhere

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I have two new Pilates workouts for you. Both short and sweet so combine them or add on to any other workout you’re doing this week like running or yoga. I’ve just got back from teaching on a retreat where we combined yoga and Pilates and I love how the two work so well together. Try these Pilates routines before your next yoga class and see if you notice the difference. You can do these workouts morning, lunch or evening to build body awareness, strengthen, tone and to feel that Pilates mind body connection…

Five Of The Best Meals I’ve Had In My Life So Far

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I love eating out and trying new restaurants. I get excited over a menu, the interior design, and it’s also one of my favourite things about living in London and travelling. For me, there’s nothing better than enjoying an incredible dish whether it’s alone, with friends, at home, at a restaurant with wine for 4 hours or a bite of something delicious at a street food festival. I thought I’d share five of the best meals out I’ve ever had with you, these are the ones that made me excited, speechless and remember for life…

With Pilates Comes Connection and Truth…AND your Summer Body

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I fell in love with Pilates as a 16 year old ballet dancer at Central School of Ballet, we’d have an hour ballet class every week but I loved how it made me feel so much that I did my own hour practice before a 6-8 hour day of training and rehearsing. I wasn’t a natural ballerina, I didn’t have a high arched foot or natural turnout but what I did have was discipline and passion and I worked my butt off. I honestly believe with these things and a little bit of self belief you can achieve anything you want and I did that, I got some great roles and even won the Ballet Central cup at the end of my third year but it came at a cost for me and I wasn’t truly happy…

The Wonderful Little Things That Help Run Our World

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Okay did you know that if the bee’s disappear then a third of our food does too including most of our delicious fruit and vegetables. And the bee’s ARE disappearing. This wasn’t really something I’d given thought to until recently when Burt’s Bee’s invited me to Nicky from the British Bee Keepers Association hive in Oxfordshire to find out more and experience a little bit of beekeeping myself. After a beautiful sunny morning, drinking tea and learning all about the bee’s, the wildflowers and the story behind Burt’s Bee’s products, I returned home armed with my own delicious jar of honey, a new desire to plant wildflowers in my garden and was buzzing (excuse the pun) to share what I learnt with you so we can all do our little bit to save the bee’s, their pretty badass FYI…

Step Outside Your Fitness Box

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I feel like in the fitness world, you have to be a either a weights person or a runner or a yogi or a Pilates girl etc but why can’t we be all of them. Fitness isn’t my everything, I danced and moved my body from the age of 4 and then at 16 when my friends started going to the gym and using the cross trainer, I found it a bit odd that you’d have to go and dedicate time out of your day to “workout” and do hip thrusters because I just did something I love which was dance but I never saw that as fitness.

Baked Eggs and Beans With Mushrooms, Spinach and Quinoa

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I’ve always been random in the kitchen and perhaps in life but mainly in the kitchen. I love making something out of nothing and will always try to make the most out of what ingredients I have left at the end of a week. This is where the famous one-pot comes in handy, if I’m in a rush/impatient then the one pot stays on the hob and usually has a base of whatever veggies I’ve got left then quinoa, lentils or rice, lots of flavour from spices and herbs then either a big scoop of houmous, a sprinkle of nuts and seeds, a side of guacamole or eggs. When I’ve got a little longer I prefer to use the oven and baked eggs are my fave…

Toni: “The Beautiful Thing About Life Is Everyone Is So Different”

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Kirsty: “Accept It, Own It And Move On.”

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This week in honour of Mental Health Awareness week and as my ambassador role at The Princes Trust, I and 4 of my best friends are posting about the topic on my blog. Come back every day for a new post. I met Kirsty a few years a go through social media which seems slightly ironic when you read her beautiful post. However our friendship does highlight a positive aspect of the online world. Kirsty has become like a big sister to me and we met at a time when we both probably needed a new sister. Thank you for opening up on my blog this week big sis…