Friday, November 3, 2017

Self-Care: Are you actually prioritising you?

Self-care. These two words seem to be being brandished about everywhere right now. It's a hot topic, BUT, what exactly does self-care entail? Why is putting yourself so important? Why are we so good at ignoring what our body is telling us and continuing to push-on, to "hustle" if you like, and put everyone else's needs before our own?

I've been thinking a lot lately about self-care and its importance. Not only self-care but the importance of creating rituals. As a mama, it's so easy to get caught up in constantly worrying about our wee ones and running ourselves absolutely ragged but stop and think for a moment. How amazingly high vibe and just fucking awesome is it on those days when you've had enough sleep and you've had a little time out just for you to connect with yourself? It's easier to deal with those tantrums and be so much more present with our wildlings, isn't it? Filling our own cup ensures it overflows toward the rest of our loved ones. 

So what does self-care look like to me? Here are my top 10 self-care rituals, practices, and experiences I've been gifting myself lately and it's making a major difference to my health and wellbeing....



Mood Management with Essential Oils

These little plant magicians have become daily tools and rituals for me. Something I absolutely love to do to pamper my skin each morning after my shower but more than that, enhance my mood and set the tone for my whole day: aromatic dressing. Aromatic dressing consists of hopping out of the shower, drying myself, and then getting some fractionated coconut oil, with a few drops essential oil and working it into my skin from feet to head, really massaging it in and loving every inch of your body as you do it. At the end I like to massage it into my feet. Look, some days I'm in a rush and this may look more like slapping it all over my body but hey, as long as I give my body and my mood some loving as many mornings as possible, I'm happy. I use whatever I feel drawn to that particular day. Some days I love Geranium as it's gorgeous for skin and hair plus smells like an English garden. Lately I'm very drawn to the feminine scents like geranium, ylang ylang, rose or jasmine. Other days if I feel I'm really going to need centring and grounding I'll use Balance (grounding blend) with Frankincense. Tip: be careful if you use citrus oils all over your body not to go out in the direct sun as they're photosensitive. 

During the day at home I have the diffuser going with whatever oils I need in that moment. Feeling sluggish? Peppermint. Need to focus? Peppermint and wild orange together with a little InTune focus blend on my pulse points. Feeling overwhelmed or need to calm the farm? Balance. I often use Balance and Citrus Bliss together for grounding but uplifting too. Citrus Bliss is the oil of creativity too ;-) In the evenings we wind down with some Lavender Peace (aka Serenity in the US) and for bed I add some vetiver and cedar wood to it for some serious sedation haha!

I carry certain oils on me in my handbag every day so if I need something in the moment I gave my go-to oil for that and can even simply take off the car and sniff. I even have a car diffuser so I can make my car my happy place.

See the very bottom of this blog post for how you I can help you get started with some gorgeous plant magic (essential oils).



Chakra Cleansing, Meditation, White Light & Mindfulness

Sounding a little woo woo? Or think you're someone who simply can't meditate? I'm here to tell you anyone can. You don't have to be a "type" of person or some highly evolved zen monk. Shit, my mind wonders all the time when I meditate. Some days more than others, but I never get frustrated about it and stop. I just simply bring my mind back again and again. I can also be quite dynamic, moving around, just doing whatever my body seems to need as I do it. I do other meditations form time to time my my daily thing is a chakra cleanse meditation. We're all energy and to me it makes sense to work on our energy field so that we feel in flow and high vibe. As my mentor, Belinda Davidson, says "the state of your chakras is the state of your life." Chakra cleansing is my daily ritual. If I don't do it, I feel mucky. Kinda like needing a shower. I highly recommend starting with Belinda's chakra cleanse meditation for busy people. (No, I'm not an affiliate).

I will always channel white light after a chakra cleanse and often when I feel I need it throughout the day. I also sign up every single week for Belinda's FREE white light healings. Yup, they're free guys. Get onto it! :-)

I've been on the journey of mindfulness practices ever since reading Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now in 2012. However, it's taken a few reads and also some practical examples from Russ Harris' The Happiness Trap to get me really into practicing this daily. I'm sure mindfulness will be a life long learning journey for me, but every now and then something happens and I realise that I've reacted very differently to how I would have even say 6 months ago. That's how I know I've come a long way. I honestly believe practicing mindfulness is the key to living a high vibe life. 


Kinesiology

I see the most magical goddess, kinesiologist, Sarah Cox of Ignite Kinesiology. As much as I work on my own energy, getting a little helping hand from a talented kinesiologist is a fantastic boost. Oh the amazing things that come up in our sessions! I always feel so aligned and in flow after I see her. I usually go about every 8 weeks or so. Having a proactive approach to my health plays a major component in my overall wellbeing. I also highly recommend Susan from Kinesiology Affect for Sydney-siders. You can see my interview I did with her here.


Pilates & Yoga

My reformer pilates sessions each week are my time. Just me, present, focused, and giving my body the movement that it craves. Yoga too. So if yoga and pilates aren't your thing, go out there and find your thing. something that gets your body moving in a way you love and can give your body what it needs. That's always going to look completely different to all of us. Sometimes I find I need different forms of exercise during different phases of my life. Listen to your body.


Sacred Women's Circle

Last weekend I attended a Sacred Women's Circle. I almost didn't because I had a few things on that weekend and would've been leaving hubby with our 3 year old a lot over the 2 days. Hubby encouraged me to go so I did and I'm so glad I did. We gathered under the new moon energy to set intentions, celebrate sisterhood, bring ritual back into our lives, and acknowledge our truly amazing, alchemical selves. I can't even tell you how much I had felt the need to do something like this. Once upon a time women would connect and have ritual and love and support for each other and themselves. I mean, think about how truly fucking amazing our bodies are?! When I think about how I carried a baby and the way my body adapted to that and then fed and nourished that baby. Why don't we celebrate this?! It seems crazy to me. Not that the circle was just about that. In fact I'm pretty certain I was the only mum there. I encourage you to find something like this in your area and attend. Empowering beyond belief.


EFT / Tapping

EFT is the Emotional Freedom Technique. Also referred to as Tapping, it uses a two-finger tapping process on acupressure points with a cognitive acceptance statement. By stimulating your body's energy meridian points, you can set yourself free from many self-limiting beliefs, negative feelings, and even physical pain and dis-ease. I recently did a one month course in Tapping which included a video each day on different self-limiting beliefs for entrepreneurs and network marketers. By just giving myself that 10 minutes each day it had a massive impact in my business and my emotional wellbeing.


Booking in Those Much Needed Check-Ups

So I realised that since having my little guy I'd put off lots of general checkups. Last week I headed to the skin cancer clinic and actually had to have 2 little biopsies to be on the safe side. I'm glad I booked the appointment when I did. I've also had an eye test, dental checkup, etc. Feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing all these appointments are out of the way. I try to be as in tune with my body as possible these days so knowing when it's time to book in to the chiropractor for instance to get m physical body back in alignment, that's important.




Salon Pamper

I love a little me-time at the salon. A mani & pedi, a fresh tan, a facial, or massage. I love to just lie there and be as present as possible. Not wasting a moment by thinking about all the things I have to get done or what so and so said to me yesterday. Pampering and mindfulness practice at the same time ;-)


Catch Up with the Girls

As with the 'Sacred Women's Circle' point above, sisterhood is something we need more of! I love to have a night with my girls. Dinner, wine, and long chats, laughing til our cheeks hurt. Or even brunch and coffee hangs. It's so hard to really have a fully present conversation with the kids, so some scheduled sister time is so important. I particularly loved this article on that...



Reading Soulful Books

For me it's important to nourish my mind and soul by reading books that help me grow. Books that expand my way of thinking and feeling. Right now I'm just about to finish reading my mentor, Belinda Davidson's first book, From Dark to Light. The first part is her autobiography and as an extremely gifted psychic, her life story is just fascinating. The second part actually talks you through the chakras and how you can change you energy and change your by working through the dark towards the light. I love her list of the 10 most spiritual books of all time here. I also love to return to Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now, time and time again. There's always something else that sinks in each time.

So tell me Soulful Ones, are you prioritising self-care? What does self-care look like to you? I'd love to know and I'd love you to tag me on Instagram or Facebook @soulfulmamablog #soulfulmamablog with your self-care rituals.

Want to know how to bring some beautiful essential oil plant magic into your life? See below.


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR doTERRA OILS


Purchasing an Enrolment Kit includes membership for free, and gives you the most popular oils at a huge discount. This is cheapest way to get your hands on the oils.

The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and gives you the top 10 oils, in the full-size bottles, plus a diffuser and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders or selling required. 

KITS

Australian/NZ Kits 
United States Kits


HOW TO GET STARTED

Click this link https://www.mydoterra.com/clarechiofalo
Click Join and Save
Choose the country and language that's appropriate to you
Click 'Local'
Choose Wholesale Account (NOT Preferred Member)
Enter your personal info
At "Enroller ID" simply enter my ID number: 3624650 and my name should come up
Click verify
Set up your password
Click to the next page
Select the kit you'd like to order
Enter your Credit Card details and you're done!

(LRP is the best way to get your hands on the cheapest oils and grow your collection. This is doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program and is free to join. If this interests you, I can send you more info on LRP)

Please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at: clare_m13 (at) hotmail.com or PM me on Facebook or DM me on Instagram. doTERRA have a beautiful special for November where you get 50 bonus points to use next time if your order comes to 125pv!! A. perfect time to get some gorgeous Christmas gifts.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Father's Day Edit

Roundin' up my favourite finds for our favourite guys in our lives that we'll be celebrating next weekend. I'd love to hear what you've got planned for your special guys next Sunday, do tell.


leoandspargo Leather Canvas Backpack
Converts from a backpack to a messenger bag. Ethically made. Designed in Perth, WA. These guys also do some rad wallets, belts, caps, and tees. 


Forest bags Waxed Canvas Utility Pouches
Made from beautiful waterproof, waxed cotton canvas. Lined in waterproof black nylon so can be used as a wet bag for toiletries. Completely handmade by owner, Samantha, who personally designs, cuts, sews, packs and photographs every single item with her own two hands. I know this is a Father's Day Edit, but heads up Mamas, these also make great nappy clutches, and she makes gorgeous nappy bags to match!



LIMLazer Wood & Bamboo Folding Beard Comb
This handy little beard comb has been laser cut from an original design to look like a pocket knife when closed. No extra charge to have up to 2 initial on it. Handmade. They have a bunch of other really cool beard combs too. 


Wrangler Apocalypse Shirt
Gorgeous heavy washed khaki shirt that would pair nicely for weekend wear with black or blue jeans.


BOODY Bamboo Men's Boxers
Seam-free, breathable, anti-fungal, anti-odour, has natural thermo-regulating & moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Eco-friendly, ethical, made from organic bamboo. They come in boxers, briefs, black and grey, and they also do socks and tees. (Lady & baby wear too!)



For the sweet tooth. I'm drooling just typing about these! I know turkish delight is my Dad's favourite but check out the other delicious flavours. 

The Wild Unknown - Animal Spirit Tarot Deck
I loooove The Wild Unknown and pretty much everything Kim Krans makes. Her illustrations excite my very bones! I personally have the original Wild Unknown Tarot Deck but I have only just come across this Animal Spirit deck. So for the more spiritual guys among us, this would make for a delightfully wild gift. 



I jumped on these limited edition kits. You get a toiletry bag, Ice Blue Sports Rub, Eucalyptus Oil, and Peppermint Beadlets (for fresh breath naturally). See below for details on how I can help you bring essential oils into you home.


Love this DIY recipe for shaving cream. The 3 oils you'll need are Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Sandalwood. See below for details on how I can help you bring these oils into your home.


HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR doTERRA OILS


Purchasing an Enrolment Kit includes membership for free, and gives you the most popular oils at a huge discount. This is cheapest way to get your hands on the oils.

The 'Home Essentials Kit' is the most popular kit and gives you the top 10 oils, in the full-size bottles, plus a diffuser and saves you over $200 on the retail cost of these oils.  There are no minimum monthly orders or selling required. 

KITS

Australian/NZ Kits 
United States Kits


HOW TO GET STARTED

Click this link https://www.mydoterra.com/clarechiofalo
Click Join and Save
Choose the country and language that's appropriate to you
Click 'Local'
Choose Wholesale Account (NOT Preferred Member)
Enter your personal info
At "Enroller ID" simply enter my ID number: 3624650 and my name should come up
Click verify
Set up your password
Click to the next page
Select the kit you'd like to order
Enter your Credit Card details and you're done!

(LRP is the best way to get your hands on the cheapest oils and grow your collection. This is doTERRA's Loyalty Rewards Program and is free to join. If this interests you, I can send you more info on LRP)

Please feel free to ask me any questions by emailing me at: clare_m13 (at) hotmail.com or PM me on Facebook or DM me on Instagram. doTERRA have BOGO deals happening this week in Australia so anyone joining now can take advantage of the daily buy one get free deals!!



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Calling all Gyspy Brides - Gowns by Spell Designs


I'm a little obsessed with Spell Designs and only wish they had these gypsy inspired bridal gowns back when I got married. Take a look at all the magical gyspy whimsy that is Spell Brides... I'm even thinking of my next maternity shoot in that glorious Canyon Moon Mesh Duster!!













Saturday, June 24, 2017

Interview: Susan Martinez from Kinesiology Affect



Our next soulpreneur interview is with the lovely Susan Martinez of Kinesiology Affect. Susan is a professional Kinesiologist and qualified herbalist. She uses the combination of kinesiology and herbal medicine to help people on so many different levels; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It's that beautiful meeting of western medicine and natural therapies working together. 

I've been fascinated by kinesiology for some time now and have even considered studying it myself. So today's interview with Susan is an exciting one for me! 

If you missed the last soulpreneur interview with Grace from Feng Shui Serenity, you can catch it here.  



When was Kinesiology Affect born and how did it come about?


I think Kinesiology Affect was a long time in the making but it was my daughter who led me to see my first kinesiologist that 'sparked the flame'.   I had a very traumatic labour with her and she sustained significant bruising to her cranial bones.  I took her to a chiropractor who used Applied Kinesiology techniques.  To be honest, I was skeptical at first, but my daughter really responded well to the sessions and then when the practitioner worked on me, I had one of those ‘wow’ moments.  
Fast forward two and a bit years and I was ready to enrol into a Cert IV in Professional Kinesiology Practice (PKP).  A couple of months into the course I discovered I was pregnant with my second child. I was really inspired and committed to learning kinesiology so I kept at it, doing my final exam 6 weeks after he was born! (I was either super driven or just plain sleep deprived and hormonal and not thinking properly!). It was during my maternity leave with him, in 2010, that Kinesiology Affect was officially started. Interestingly, the name for the business came to me as I was walking through the park one day. I feel it was one of those moments where I either had spirit speaking to me or my higher self came through clearly and gave me a message re: the biz name. In the same year that Kinesiology Affect became official, I also decided to move onto the Diploma of Professional Kinesiology Practice.



What did your career path look like before Kinesiology Affect?


Before Kinesiology Affect came into being, I had worked in many different sectors in various roles. I actually started my career as an accountant doing an internship with one of the big chartered accountancy firms. I think my soul died a little bit inside everyday I went into that office. After graduating from uni I thought I’d try an accounting role in a more exciting company and worked in the music industry for a few years. But, it turns out accounting is accounting and it wasn’t for me so I headed overseas to do some backpacking.  
On my return from Europe I got a position with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in communications and community relations. I have to say this was a career highlight – it was an exciting place to work, and I made some long lasting friendships. It also holds a special place in my heart because (a) this is where I met my husband and (b) this organisation taught me how wonderful life is when you work on something you really believe in and are passionate about.  
Post Games I felt lost and depressed, but I had a ‘light bulb’ moment where I realised I have to work in a job where I feel I’m making a difference in the world. So, I began my Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine. I did this part-time and just as I finished I fell pregnant with my daughter. Rather than see this as a lost opportunity to begin clinic, I now see this as the pivotal moment because she led me to the power of kinesiology.  


Can you tell us a bit more about how kinesiology works and what we could expect from and after a session? 


Kinesiology is a holistic therapy which looks for energetic blocks in the body. A session starts with me helping you set a goal for your session, something which outlines what you want to achieve or gain. So, for example, a goal might be "I sleep peacefully and deeply throughout the whole night and wake refreshed" or "I am calm and centred everyday”. As part of the balancing process your body will show up whether there are emotional, physical, mental, or nutritional issues which are stopping you reach your goal. Kinesiology uncovers these blocks through muscle testing. Muscle testing is a process that helps me bypass your conscious mind and tap into your subconscious.
A kinesiology balance involves the client throughout the process. There is a lot of chatting during a session because not only am I muscle testing to find your blocks, I also find what the underlying emotion is around that block. And honestly, this is where the real ‘healing’ occurs, the unpacking of the emotions is really powerful.  People are quite surprised by what comes up.
There are no quick fixes or magic pills when it comes to health and wellbeing so most people need around 3 sessions, per issue they want to work on.

After a session, most people feel relaxed. In the days that follow your body goes through a process of reorganising its energy system and integrating the healing.  Some common symptons could be: feeling dizzy, light-headed or spacey, alternating energy highs and lows, sleepiness, vivid dreams, emotional highs and lows, increased energy and vitality, or a sense of peace. A lot of people say they have a deeper more restful sleep and feel relaxed and happier about their life. If someone is working on a physical issue, they might have better mobility, or posture.



Why are you so passionate about helping people improve their health on a holistic level?


I know this might sound cheesy, but I love helping people transform their lives into a version that they are happier with or one where they feel healthier. I guess I just love knowing that what I do does matter, that it does make a difference in the world, even if it's one person at a time. Watching people overcome their issues is so inspiring. As someone who has suffered from anxiety, depression, gut and thyroid issues over the years, I know first hand how wonderful it feels to find a practitioner who is committed to helping you improve your physical and emotional health, and I want to be that person for others.


What is the biggest challenge you've faced along the way in building your business?


My biggest challenge was juggling my family life with the business. Without a doubt this was tough, often times it seemed impossible, even a crazy thing. I didn't have a lot of support with the home or family so it meant that often I would have to put the business aside to focus on my family.  

The other big challenge was dealing with lack of confidence. When you first start out, you have all this informatiion and skills but fear can really block you from practising with grace and ease.




What is your proudest career achievement?


Gosh, this is a hard question. In some ways I think my best is yet to come. But, I'm super proud of the fact I completed my Diploma while taking care of a toddler and baby. I'm super proud of the fact I got my business up and going, despite lack of sleep, time and support. I’ve also had a couple of articles published in an alternative magazine and as someone who was told by their English teacher they were rubbish, I got a lot of satisfaction out of seeing my articles in print!


Favourite thing about living in Sydney, Australia?


The beaches! Proximity to some great national parks and state forests. As a self-confessed coffee snob - I love all the great cafes around. Being close to friends and family.  And (sometimes) the weather.



Who inspires you?


Lots of people, for different reasons.  But to name a few:

Belinda Davidson (for spiritual and life purpose inspiration)
Rebecca Campbell (for spiritual and creativity inspiration)
Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady (for business inspiration - she's one savvy biz woman and a good writer too)

And there are many people who I follow on Instagram who I think are really amazing in what they are achieving or in the work they do - too many to mention!



What are you reading right now?


The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Light is the new black, Rebecca Campbell

And random fantasy books from the library - if it's fantasy, I'll grab it and read it so I can escape my reality into another world for a few hours.


Visit Susan's website, Kinesiology Affect to learn more about her and her amazing kinesiology business. Thank you for sharing your time, energy, and so much juicy kinesiology info with us Susan xx



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In My Bag - natural alternatives

Thought I'd grab a quick snap of what's in my bag to show how simple it is to out the crap in the everyday items we sling around with us in our handbags...



Squeakie - 100% natural hand sanitiser

doTERRA Whisper - essential oil blend for women
I use this as a perfume. Smells divine. Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Vanilla Bean, Jasmine, Cinnamon,  Labdanum, Vetiver, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cocoa Bean, Rose and Coconut oil.

doTERRA keychain - 8 vials for your most used essential oils on hand every day
I fill mine with Digest Zen blend for tummy upsets, Ice Blue blend for muscle aches or a sore neck, Lavender and Tea Tree for minor bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and burns, On Guard blend for immune support, Balance blend for when I need a little grounding, Frankincense for just about eeeeverything (my favourite oil), Lavender Peace blend for serious calming.

doTERRA Tropical lip balm
A moisturising mix of coconut, moringa seed, and avocado oils, with bees wax and some essential oils such as Wild Orange, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Clementine, and Lime.

Jane Iredale - PlayOn Lip Crayon in Saucy
Most of my makeup is Jane Iredale's mineral makeup

Jane Iredale - Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach
An all natural stain that adjusts to your own chemistry to flatter your skin's undertone

doTERRA Clary Calm - monthly essential oil blend for women
Soothing for that time of the month. If I get any cramping I roll this straight on my lower abdomen. Sometimes my lower back too. 

doTERRA Peppermint Beadlets
For fresh breath and also to alleviate the occasional tummy discomfort. These teeny tiny beadlets contain peppermint oil inside a vegetarian beadlet. Bye bye nasty chewing gum!

  
If you're interested in finding out more about Essential Oils, especially Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, send me a message and I'd be more than happy to answer your questions, let you know the latest promos and deals, or get you set up with these gorgeous oils in your home right away xx

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

After laughing my arse off at this hilarious post about Mother's Day gifts on "Fuck You Friday" it had me thinking about gifts my Mum and I would actually like. Gifts that aren't purchased just because. Gifts that aren't full of toxic crap that would realistically end up in the bin. So here is my Mother's Day Gift Guide...



Herbivore Botanicals have the most divine range of products that are safe, non-toxic and every ingredient included in their products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. I'm thinking the Orchid Youth Preserving Jasmine & Camellia facial oil, some Coco Rose lip polish, the Calm Ylang Ylang & Vanilla Dead Sea soaking salts, and a Rose Hibiscus hydrating face mist perhaps?




A complete mineral makeup kit with all the basics you need and to top it off it's all Australian made, certified organic, certified vegan, certified cruelty free.




I love Frank Body! Their cheeky product descriptions and the fact they contain no nasties are a winning combo for me. Simple skincare, made in Australia, from simple, natural ingredients.  This little kit contains coconut coffee scrub and coconut body balm.




I'm in love with this Kombi Folk Dress in particular.




How delicious do these new flavours look? Especially Turkishly Delightful and Salted Caramel Swayzee - yum! Loving Earth chocolates are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sweetened with coconut nectar, and fair trade. 




Beautiful, handmade, organic teas with only fair traded herbs used. Such gorgeous packaging too!


I'd love to hear your picks for Mother's Day gifts.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Creating a Low Tox Home



There's a lot of info out there about the types of chemicals used in our cleaning products, skincare products, makeup etc these days. It can all get a bit overwhelming. However, it's actually fairly simple to use natural methods / products and start slowly switching out those chemicals bit by bit. Today I'm focusing on the home, but I will create a separate post for skincare and makeup. 


Bathroom & Kitchen

For most of our cleaning in both the kitchen and bathroom we actually don't use sprays or anything at all. We use these microfibre gloves which only require water. By scrubbing away dirt and grime better than any chemical could, using these gloves has actually been tested to be cleaner than using chemicals. Hara have their lab tests on their website if you want to check them out. You seriously get a professional clean in half the time. I swear by these gloves! They last for ages too so you're saving money on constantly buying cleaning products.



For other areas that we don't use the gloves I like to use essential oils to make up my own remedies or I buy natural products from stores like Nourished Life or Shop Naturally. Here are some recipes for you to try out if you're after DIY:


TOILET CLEANER
Sprinkle baking soda into bowl
Dash of vinegar around rim
2 drops lemon or tea tree essential oil
Use toilet brush to scrub rim & bowl. Flush.

FLOOR CLEANER
2-3 litres of hot water
Squirt of Dr Bronners Sal Suds
1⁄4 cup white vinegar
10 drops essential oil of choice


FOAMING HAND SOAP
1 tbsp Fractionated Coconut oil or other liquid oil (almond oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil)
10 drops essential oil
Cooled boiled water to top up
Use an empty foaming hand soap bottle. Add all ingredients except water. Add water slowly to top up to avoid over foaming.


Living

Again, for most of our cleaning we use microfibre gloves and cloths so we have no need for any other products. Instead of air fresheners we use a diffuser with certified pure therapeutic grade Essential Oils. That way we're not breathing in chemicals plus we get added benefits from different essential oils.



Here's some DIY recipes:


CARPET DEODORISER
2 cups baking soda
15 drops Lavender essential oil (sometimes I like to swap this for Geranium)
15 drops Rosemary or Tea Tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cap, and shake well. Replace cap with baking paper, secure, and poke holes in paper. Apply liberally to carpets. Leave for 1-2 hours. Vacuum up thoroughly.


FURNITURE FABRIC SPRITZ
1/4 cup baking soda
5 - 10 drops your favourite essential oil
Water
Spray Bottle
Add baking soda to spray bottle followed by your essential oils, top with water and shake well to dissolve baking soda. Spray on upholstery to freshen up fabrics.


Laundry

There are plenty of natural washing powders out there. We love Hara Australia's Saponella washing powder. It's manufactured from naturally occurring soapstone which is ground to a powder and combined with an extract from the saponella plant. So gentle for the skin. A similar product are organic soapberries.

I like to add some tea tree and or lavender essential oil drops to the load if anyone's been sick in the house. Especially sheets and towels. Some lemon essential oil can freshen up a load if you've forgotten about it and need to re-wash. 



I'd love to hear any home cleaning DIY's you've been loving. Please share! The best way to start on your path to a low tox home is to do it one step at a time. Just start replacing things slowly. You don't have to do it all at once. Here's a great guide that Beauty Counter have made called "The Never List" of questionable and/or harmful chemicals that you should avoid when buying products.

Must watch!! The Human Experiment. I watched it on Netflix, not sure what other TV networks it's available on. It will give you an insight into just how many chemicals we're exposed to on a daily basis that we really shouldn't be, via our food, products we use around the home, and on our bodies. Some of which are already found in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Interview: Grace Niu from Feng Shui Serenity


As a mum, and entrepreneur, who has an interest in all things soulful, soul-aligned, and living a high-vibe life, I've decided to start an interview series where I chat with other inspiring soul-preneurs about their businesses, lives, and what lights them up. 

First up is the beautiful Grace Niu from Feng Shui Serenity. Grace is a destiny coach and qualified Feng Shui consultant. She uses destiny profiling, and personalised Feng Shui, together with a mentoring program to help navigate us through life's obstacles and challenges, from relationships and health concerns to career and wealth creation. So let's dive in and learn more about Grace and Feng Shui Serenity...


When was Feng Shui Serenity born and how did it come about?


Feng Shui Serenity greeted the world whole-hearted in March 2016.

I felt it was buried deeply in my psyche for as long as I had lived but I just didn’t know. Looking back, I would have to say that “My Destiny has led me to it! And it is definitely written in my chart!” I wish I knew how to read my own Destiny chart back then. It would not have been so agonising and I would have done it in a heartbeat.

Coming from a Chinese background, Feng Shui has always been part of our culture and within the family. I didn’t take it up seriously until we bought our first home in 2006 when both me and my husband started to experience some health issues. I have also intuitively felt that the energy within the house was somehow draining and exhausting. In the quest of searching for answers, I enrolled at the Australian College of Environmental Studies and since completed on the subjects on Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Space Clearing as well as Geobiology and how to create a healthy home.

I now understand that the Feng Shui of your home needs to match with your Destiny chart so the energy are harmonious to ensure your most intimate environment - your home can support and nurture you in all endeavours in life. Otherwise, it can create all sorts of challenges in life. Needless to say, we have since sold and moved out of that house and found a beautiful home that perfectly matches our energy blueprint. It is incredible how big the difference it makes us feel on a daily basis.

Before I knew, I started helping relatives and friends finding their perfect houses too. It had never crossed my mind at the time that I would be doing this FULL TIME in 12 months time!

Meanwhile, my glamorous corporate job of 15-years as a brand strategist in a global media agency started to show cracks. I was driven but uninspired, I was busy but unfulfilled. Simmering beneath the surface, I had the unshakeable feeling that I was meant to do something else. But I didn’t know what and how.

How funny sometimes those dots aren’t connecting until the exact time arrives. And thank god, it did, eventually!

I quit my job in June 2015 and never looked back. Instead of scrambling ideas to start up, I decided to do nothing but “be” for a while. The more I spend time in nature, the more I understand the meaning of ‘the path of least resistance’... As I was held by mother earth and its ancient wisdom, I started to hear the whispers that had always been there...

In March 2016, Feng Shui Serenity was born. It was created to provide a unique perspective using Eastern wisdom to heal the Western mind. By discovering my clients cosmic blueprint at birth and applying the technique of Feng Shui, I help them to realise how powerful they already are and how they can answer their deepest calls as courageously as they can.

12 months later, as my office now ranges from my dining table ...to the nearest park or beach...and visits to homes and offices across Sydney and in the country...I’m grateful that Feng Shui Serenity is slowly but surely magnetising many like-minded souls from different corners of the world...


What did your career path look like before Feng Shui Serenity?


It would have been pretty safe and predictable, which for a Metal person (me!) is not the worst part because we do like orders, disciplines and tend to be perfectionists. I have, of course, planned out my whole career path - I was the Media Planning Director back then and the next step would be Head of Media, with a regular monthly pay check.

However, should I have stayed, I would have lost the opportunity to be truly awakened, to discover my cosmic blueprint, purpose and my authentic voice. In this journey, each day is exhilarating and liberating. So I’d say it’s a pretty damn good trade-off. :-)



Can you tell us a bit more about how Feng Shui works and what Destiny Profiling is all about?  


“The Four Pillars of Destiny is a fascinating and unique system that is based on the philosophy called The Five Elements Theory, which we consider it the order of the universe. It is the most sophisticated and reliable system to date and has withstood the test of time throughout thousands of years of Chinese history.

Each person’s chart is unique and reveals a story about his or her destiny based on their DOB as well as the birth time. The Destiny chart is literally your essence at birth, it is your cosmic blueprint. By analysing the energy flow as well as the interaction between the Five Elements within the chart, we are able to decode valuable information such as who we fundamentally are, what we are here to do, what element(s) support us and how we can get heavenly support and achieve a joyful life effortlessly. 


Why are you so passionate about helping people discover their destiny chart and step into a light- filled life?


As I was standing at the cross road in 2015, contemplating quitting my job and started on my own, the most valuable piece of advice was derived from my Destiny chart. It has changed my life. My Destiny chart revealed that as of 2014, the energy in my luck pillars was shifting (god, didn’t I feel it!!) The theme of my upcoming decade would be very different from the last 2-decade I’ve experienced. It is changing from ‘Direct Wealth’ (pay cheque, salary) to ‘Indirect wealth’. This indicates that the way I’m creating my wealth will be very different. Instead of have a salary, it will be coming from an unconventional source. (Can Feng Shui & Destiny Profiling be any more unconventional?!) The energy will be supportive for me to gain power and status during this phase because my favourable elements are present during this time. Based on my Self element Metal, I will have the advantage of doing any diagnostic work because Metal people have the ability to see and exact the essence and get to the core of the issue. The archetype of a Metal person is the Alchemist. I knew then, I was born to do this!

I want to reveal these information to help people do the same so they can take destiny into their own hands and change it for the better. Especially when they are at a crossroad, fearing the unknown. This information will shed so much light onto their path, it is like your birth right, you just need to claim it. Why wouldn’t you want the universe to have your back? 


If anyone would like to know more about the Five Elements or the Four Pillars of Destiny, they can download the FREE eBook called “Eelmantary Vibrations - An Introduction of the Five Elements” here.

I always diagnose a person’s Destiny chart before I dive into any assessment on the Feng Shui of their home to ensure the recommendations are tailor-made rather than one size fits all. In summary, Feng Shui is about harmonising the environment you live in with your personal blue print. It is so much more than re-arranging furniture, it is about a deeper understanding of the energy flow and how we can harness it to work to our advantage. I’m giving a 1-day workshop at the North Sydney Community Centre talking about some basic concepts and guidelines of Feng Shui. I will also be sharing 2017 annual energy tips that you can apply straight away within your home. More information on the event here.



What is the biggest challenge you've faced along the way in building your business?


Technical side of things are definitely the hardest part of running your own business. Such as learning how to be hands-on maintaining the website as well as building a landing page from scratch. Keeping up with all the social media constant algorithm changes is another challenge.


What is your proudest career achievement?


When I started to receive Destiny Profiling requests from Norway, Singapore, London and America.

I also love to visit my clients in country NSW. The time alone on the road is the most meditative time for me. I usually intuitively sense the key Feng Shui issue or found the solution before I step into my client’s house.


Favourite thing about living in Sydney, Australia?


The ever-changing harbour view and easy access to all cuisines around the world, including the authentic Northern Chinese food.

(I was born in the Year of the Pig, so yes, we love luxuries as well as good food. :-)


Who inspires you?


People who are more grounded, real, less commercialised and less in your face, who I can relate to everyday. I draw inspirations from each one of them on daily basis.

Belinda Davidson 
Susanna Conway 
Deepak Chopra 
Lee Harris
Eckart Tolle 
Rebecca Campbell


What are you reading right now?


Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra system as a Path to the Self - by Anodea Judith


Visit Grace's website, Feng Shui Serenity to learn more about her, her business, and the wonderful services she offers. Thank you for sharing your time, energy, and thoughts with us Grace xx