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🙏🏼 WHAT I DO FOR MY SELF CARE 🙏🏼

Around 10 days ago, at the Goddess Within Retreat held by Gina Genie, we spoke about self care a lot. So I wanted to share what I do for my self care.

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Working for myself, especially in the beginning, I didn’t really stop. I struggled to slow down and rest. Over the last 6 years, I put these structures in place I’m going to share with you for my wellbeing and for to better serve everyone else.

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🔻 Writing 3 Pages in the Morning (30 min every day)

- This is a brain dump of everything you have in your mind. It actually helped with expressing myself better and have more ideas. It’s an exercise from the book the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

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🔻 Meditate (10-15 min every day)

- I do transcendental meditation where I repeat a mantra over and over again. I time it on Insight Timer.

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🔻 Workout (3-4 workouts a week, 30 min each)

- This saved my life. It helped me be in my body more, feel stronger and have a clearer mind. I eat regularly now as well as the food is all in there. I do Shona Vertue’s 12 week workout and meal programme.

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🔻 Spend time in nature (at least once a week 3 hours)

- I moved to live near Hampstead Heath specifically for this. There is a bench I go to sit with a book. I turn off my phone. I just sit on that bench for a good while watching the trees and the meadow and reading.

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🔻 Dance (1-2 times a week 5rhythms)

- This helps me to come back to my body, feel my emotions, surrender, connect with my playfulness. There is a beautiful community whichever class I go to, so it’s great for connecting with people too.

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🔻 Bath (2-3 times a week for 30 mins minimum)

- I do this especially after workshops with epsom salt, essential oils and peaceful music. I remember not giving myself this time and keep pushing and pushing until I breakdown. When I take a bath, that doesn’t happen.

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🔻 Connect with friends (at least once a week)

- I’m grateful I have people in my life I can contact when I feel down and go, “Hey just want to let it out. I feel .... “ They just listen and say, “I hear you and I feel you etc.” without saving or fixing. They also celebrate my successes with me. There is a quote from the movie Into the Wild, “Happiness only real when shared.” No matter how much of a lone wolf you might be, you have a hardwired need for connection as a human.

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🔻 Have a Life Coach (twice a month)

- I have a coach for 3 years now which is therapy/healing too. I can say this is a must now for me like brushing teeth. One of the best things I did for my life. I really believe if you want to create a life living your full potential, you need to have a coach/mentor. You can’t do it all alone. 

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🔻 Have Fun & Be Playful (whenever)

- This is things like making silly jokes, jumping on trampoline, going into ball pits, adventure parks, going to comedy improv (if you like this please let me know, let’s go together)

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This was built over a period of 6 years. It didn’t happen overnight. I wasn’t born with a morning routine, working out regularly, meditating and dancing. I used to rebel against any structure which is a structure in itself that doesn’t serve, so I made one that served me. 

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These structures allow me to rest then get back into creating. If I don’t follow these, I go into overwhelm, I have a breakdown and it’s just not nice.

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Of course I have fall backs. I have days where I need more sleep and I just do 10 min meditation in the morning. I have weeks where I forgot to take bath or go to walk in the forest. I notice the difference. When I don’t journal, I’m not grounded and centred. I start to feel agitated not enjoying my life. Then I look at this list and go, “Oh I totally haven’t gone to dancing in 3 weeks, let me get back to it next week.” Then I’m good 😍

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This also changed in the past few years. It’s ok to be flexible about it. Especially as women, adapt it to where you are in your menstruation cycle. I don’t workout when I bleed for example and I notice journaling becomes easier around this time.

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Give yourself permission to take good care of yourself. Self care is something you give to yourself regardless, it’s not something you earn after working hard. It’s always there 💛

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Take one thing from this post that is suitable for your life currently or another idea that came to you while reading this post, do it for one week. Start small. Adjust it as you go and see how you feel 🤗

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Would love to hear your thoughts on this or any questions you might have 🙏🏼

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I love you 💛

Happy Sunday! 🌈

Watch the video here

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I was worried of filming this in public about who might see and “judge” me. Then I remembered when you’re worried about how other people see you, they’re just busy worrying about how you see them 😂

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Thoughts are always going to be there. It’s about whether you give your power away to them or choose following through on what you’d love to do ❤️
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Put a song on and move your body today in any way it wants to move for 5 minutes. It doesn’t have to look good and there’s no right or wrong way 😉
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The most valuable physical thing we have is our bodies. Your body will appreciate every single minute you spend moving it. When you treat it well, it will give you 10 fold more 😉
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Have a gorgeous day! ✨
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Love you ❤️
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🍃 SACRED WILDERNESS 🍃

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Last weekend, I went on a 2 day walk to Avebury my amazing friend Daisie guided to celebrate the sun and the summer solstice.

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I’ve never done long distance walking, pilgrim, summer solstice celebration or anything like that before. Something about this one drew me in just knowing Daisie’s guiding them.
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We set our intentions and started to walk in silence. I saw that you slow down a lot more when you walk. Especially if you’re not talking, you feel one with nature. You can breathe, you feel expanded and free. You feel fully connected and in your body. I loved it. It’s physically challenging but also liberating once you pass a point.
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And it’s so good to be out of London. I feel like going out in nature somewhere is great to get inspiration, creativity, refill yourself. London is where you come back and make cool stuff happen 🔥
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After walking for 3 hours we arrived at Avebury. The place is known to be an energy spot and there are huge stones there. We arrive at the stones and I’m in tears. I feel so grateful for being there. I hug the stones and thank them not knowing why I’m even thanking them for.
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We went to our Bed & Breakfast, a magic land. It’s filled with massive crystals and statues that emit powerful energy. I walked into the bedroom where there are more crystals, a bowl similar to the one my grandma had, angel cards etc. I looked at Daisie and I’m like, ‘Oh my god! This place is amazing!’ And she does the same even though she stayed there before. You can never get too excited about magical places 😍 I hug her and have a good cry, realising once again that I can trust, that so much more is coming and that the universe got me ✨
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We had a gorgeous breakfast in the morning, made with love, you can just feel it. I’m bursting with gratefulness by this point. We hang out a bit with the owner of the house who’s a super wise and connected woman. I just know I’ll be back there soon.
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You know it when you see someone doing what they’re meant to do. It’s so natural to them and they love doing it 💚 Daisie’s walks are like that. She’s a modern day pilgrim walking people to freedom and eternal bliss. I’m going to join them as much as I can, they’re pretty special 🙏🏼 It’s an honour to witness her making these walks happen from the point of when she first imagined them. Thank you my lovely Daisie for this sacred experience, for introducing me to nature in a way we haven’t met before 🍃
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If you’re interested send her a message with your email address so she can keep you updated about the future walks. Next one is on 28-29th July in Chiltern ✨
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Wishing you a gorgeous rest of the week ❤️
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Highlights from How the Light Gets In Festival

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This is me laying down in Hampstead Heath on the weekend after a whole day of being in Walthamstow Wetlands, seeking the most naturelike places in London, yas 😍

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Some of my highlights from attending How the Light Gets In festival last week 💚

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✨Watching the circus twice from front row - human circus. I forgot how much I love watching aerial performers. They make it look so easy and effortless when it really isn’t. I admire them.
✨ Getting all my clothes and pillows wet and surrendering to the fact that our tent flooded two nights in a row.
✨Sitting around the bonfire staring at the fire for ages flirting with a guy realising I am now actually single.
✨ Watching debates, observing their body language when they disagree with each other. So fun, my daily dose of drama 💁🏽‍♀️
✨ Feeling grateful for having such a wonderful sister in my life Amanda, how we’re a great team and also we’re great at asking stuff from each other.
✨ Giving a breathwork journey while keeping a small kid away from the space of women shouting and stomping the floor - he didn’t succeed in getting into the space.
✨ Realising I like comfort. I love going into forest staying there for few days but eventually would love to come back to my warm house, bed and hot bath. I’m a true Libra, I like balance in life ☯️
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Thank you Emma Bonnici Kanga Yoga for having me there to give sessions and workshops 🙏🏼
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Thank you How the Light Gets In festival for offering a diverse experience of what a festival can look and feel like ❤️
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What was the best memory you had at a festival you attended? Share one below 😍👇🏼
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Loads of love to you