Time travelling back to 2008

To meet me a newly reformed happy, thriving woman.

I had a combination of rituals on point in 2008. Rituals which I have let slide slowly over the last 7 years. But they are ones I want & need to reinstall.

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Rituals I held up in 2008.

1. Eating Mindfully – I would set up at table setting even if I was eating alone. I’d take my time, sit down , say thanks for my food, drink it in visually then really taste & enjoy each mouthful. Chewing it fully. Often glancing out the window but there were no other distractions. I’d make sure I sat for at least five minutes after I’d finished before getting up. These five minutes were like a meditation I guess. Filled with thoughts of gratitude for the beautiful food I’d prepared and eaten. Giving gratitude for all things in my life. Sometimes just letting my mind let go of thoughts and concentrating on a tree or something out the window.

2. Dry brushing – every morning before my shower then if use another scrub in the shower. This really helped my poor circulation. I had no cellulite after a few months – this was also due to ritual number three. While dry brushing I would say positive affirmations in my head about my body, blessing & showing gratitude for it.

3. I was sugar free. No added sugar anywhere. I was cooking all my own meals with real food. I knew exactly what was in my food & was eating wholefoods. Avoiding sugar when I could. This really helped keep my mind & body balanced.

4. Apple cider vinegar in water each morning. I’d add 1-2 tbsps to half a glass of warm water. Skull this back then rinse & spit with plain water. Then drink a glass of warm water. This was to make sure my teeth were well rinsed & the ACV wasn’t stripping my teeth.

5. Dancing dancing dancing. I love to dance, mainly alone just shaking that a**. I had such a good routine of doing stretches, strengtheners and then I’d dance to Beyonces Experience DVD for at least 30 minutes. I felt so good after sweating up a storm. I also took the opportunity to walk where I could.

I loved this year and coincidently eight is my fave number. I maintained many of the rituals for sometime but now as I stop to look today 2015, none truly remain consistently in my routine as they did then. So my goal is to bring them back. To take time & make time for them. A lot has happened in my life since 2008 but it’s time to stop take time & bring back some rituals that honour me, enrich me & make me feel gooood.  image

Is there a ritual that you would love to cultivate? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Or is there a year, time, stage of your life that you felt in fire and was so on point. It could be now.

I’d love to hear what it was about that time that you were just loving. Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy your day

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14 ways to make this your best year

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Happy New Year everyone!
My first post for 2014 and it’s already the end of February. I have been rather busy with a newborn though, born early January.

1. Keep your self talk positive – would you say that to your best friend? Be kind to yourself.

2. Add a green juice or smoothie to your day. It’s a great way to start.

3. Create a vision board for the year ahead. Add in places you wish to visit, things to achieve. Set some goals and begin to break them down so you can work toward them.

4. Practice gratitude – Be thankful for all that you have. You have an abundant life. To really up your gratitude practices write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.

5. Read everyday – expand your knowledge pick something you wish to learn about or get lost in a novel feeding your imagination.

6. Simplify your life. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci

7. Do more of what makes you happy

8. Quit sugar in 5 days find out how here

9. Laugh more its good for you

10. Eat more food mainly plants as Micheal Pollan would say. Try to keep at least half of your plate made up of colourful veggies and fruit.

11. Add more superfoods to your diet. The more good you add in the more it will crowd out the ‘crap food’. Superfoods are nutrient dense so you are getting more nutrition from a smaller quantity of foods.

12. Aim to be kind, forgiving, calm and patient. One study showed that people with high stress levels is similar to smoking 5 cigarettes a day as far as health is concerned.

13. Ditch the soda – so much sugar for no nutritional value. Switch it for water, coconut water, herbal iced teas (homemade with natural sugar alternatives or no sugar at all)

14. Spend more time with those you love – your friends and family. Have fun and enjoy each others company, support each other and create memories together.

Wishing you all a fantastic 2014 x