This week there has been a lot of conversation around capacity, and how when we feel a little low/tired/stretched or maybe life is throwing you some unexpected curve balls, our capacity to manage everything can also feel low.
And this is 100% ok.
It’s natural when we’re giving more energy to something in life, that we feel we have less to give to other areas, and rather than pushing ourselves or beating ourselves up around ‘how we’re not managing it all’, it’s about partnering with ourselves. Asking:
- what do I need right now that’s going to support me whilst I’m working with limited capacity?
- What do I need to honour here?
This is my invitation for you as we approach the weekend. I invite you to take a moment to just be for a while. Take a nourishing breath out and when you’re ready allow yourself to breath slowly in and out as the curtain billows. Watch it for as long as you need.
Simply take this moment to sit with yourself. Let the breath land. And when you’re ready ask yourself ‘What am I needing to better support me right now?’
If your body was your child, how differently would you treat it?
This is a question I pose to my clients, because it’s so easy to take your body for granted. It’s easy to simply expect it to ‘work’ for you, to keep showing up and pulling you through, to keep loving you, regardless of what you think about it or do to it.
Would you push your child to the point of exhaustion every day when they’re already tired?
Poke and squeeze them?
Say horrible, self-degrading things to them?
Allow them to sit all day without any form of movement?
Fill them up on foods that aren’t nutritious and ‘healthy’?
Tell them off for outgrowing their clothes as they grow older?
Find them unlovable because they look different to their peers?
Thinking of my body as someone I’m in a loving relationship with, and that I care for, helped me so much in shifting my perspective around accepting my body and creating the habits that truly serve me.
💛 So that’s my invitation for you – if you were to think of your body like your own child, how would you show up for it? What would you do differently?
I love this poem, as it reminds me of what’s possible when women are open to accepting one another, to hearing each other’s stories, to getting behind each other’s journeys, and holding more space for each of us to be fully seen in our own version of power.
Because I’ve been on both ends of the equation where the need to feel seen as worthy, capable, or enough meant one woman was pitched against the other. It didn’t feel good. I find women tend to be hardest on each other because as Joy Sullivan highlights – it’s just love knocked off balance. We tend to look for our (and others) sense of safety, love, and connection by using criticism, comparison, and competition…but what could be possible if we transformed this fierce criticism and competition against each other, into fierce camaraderie? What would that look like in our day-day lives?
👉 So, that’s my invitation for you this week:
- How can you praise the women in your life more? What would it look like to lift them up and support them?
- What difference do you feel this would make in your life, and the life of the women around you?
The health of the community of microbes living in and on our bodies has been widely discussed for years, and increasingly has become a top priority.
For good reason - your gut bacteria regulate many of your bodily functions, from regulating your immune system, optimising brain function, development of key vitamins, and in helping stabilise your metabolism and weight. All of which are critical to your long-term health and vitality.
It’s our job to care for and support the good microbes in our gut, by feeding them the things they need and thrive off. One of the main foods your microbes love, is whole, real food rich in fibre. Here are some that I share with my clients to help them feel inspired.
- What’s a fibre rich food you’re interested in bringing into your week?
- What would you add to this list?
Every time you do or don’t do something, it’s a choice.
I wanted to leave this little reminder here as we head into the latter part of the week and as you approach your weekend, because I see so many people beating themselves up when they choose to invest in down time or the act of ‘doing nothing’. They never allow themselves to enjoy it, and often wind up talking about it negatively because they feel as though doing nothing is pointless.
If this is something you struggle with, I invite you to play with reframing the act of doing nothing as a conscious choice - that the very act of doing nothing is its own version of doing something!
For example instead of seeing the act of resting on the couch as ‘doing nothing’ see it as a choice you are making to recharge and reserve your energy for the next day?
Instead of seeing the act of staying in to watch a movie as ‘doing nothing’, see it as a choice you are making to honour your boundaries if needing time away from others.
👉 I'd love to know how this lands for you - How would this reframe shift how you feel in these moments?
2,000 years ago this concept was being discussed, and today it still stands true.
To experience optimal health and vitality it’s essential to have a healthy, balanced gut. Now there are a few ways you can do this, but the most effective way is through the food you eat. 🥦
Addressing your gut, learning about what foods help it to thrive, and learning how to bring the ecosystem inside your gut into balance, is a critical and often overlooked approach to reducing inflammation, brain fog, headaches, body pain, and improving autoimmune conditions such as coeliac disease.
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As we head into the festive season we can be pretty hard on our bodies. Lots of social events with copious amounts of food and alcohol, lates nights, and deadlines. As a result we fall into the Christmas break feeling exhausted.
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As I look down, I see my black tights speckled with my cat’s fur, my hair tie around my wrist. Around me I have towels folded on the couch, pot plants here and there, and a single pink tulip rests in a jar beside my favourite candle. Her precious petals are enclosed around each other, her eyes peeping out from the middle.
I love my home, in all it’s daily simplicities, it makes me feel at ease.
No more rushing, no more pushing. I can simple be.
When I sit with this, the word home is so powerful, as it can be anything and many things…a house, your ‘body’, another being, an object, a specific place, your community… anything that feels safe to you.
Home is where your whole self can be held without expectation.
Home is a place you can come back to time and time again.
Home is a space that allows you to grow and change.
Home is where it’s ok to be messy.
Home is a place you can unfold just like the tulip.
One of the most effective ways of understanding how you feel, and learning how to move through difficult emotions, is through your body. In fact, the word emotion comes from the Latin word ‘emovere’ which means to move out.💃
Yet being in touch with your body is something lots of us struggle with, because we buy into misguided beliefs around what ‘embodiment’ actually means.
We think that to be embodied means you have to move well, boldly embrace your sensuality, look a certain way, hold yourself a certain way, have the ability to manipulate and control your body in a certain way…. Pretty much we start to see our relationship with our own body as something outside of ourselves based on its outward appearance and functionality, rather than seeing it as an intuitive guide 🙌
Embodiment is about coming back INTO and communicating WITH your body - noticing changes/shifts both internally and externally, tuning into the message behind these shifts, and trusting yourself to respond in a way that honours this. This can be as simple as,
✨ Going to bathroom straight away rather than holding on.
✨ Acknowledging you’re hungry and eating something.
✨ Noticing when you’re tired and going to bed.
✨ Noticing when your posture and breathing changes.
So, my invitation for you this week is to bring more awareness to how your body speaks to you throughout the day:
- What changes do you notice?
- Where do you notice you tend to ignore your body’s messages?
- What’s one thing you could bring into your week to deepen your connection with your body?
Take a moment to pause and check in: What brought you joy this week?
Somethings for me have been….
- Going for a walk on the beach and feeling the hot sand under my feet.
- Seeing the bright orange yolk of my egg cooked to perfection!
- Learning a new move in pole.
- Going round to our friend’s place for dinner.
- Catching up with friends online.
- Cooking a new recipe.
- Watching the ocean.
- Ordering a new book.