3 mistakes professional women make that keep them feeling tired, discontent and chasing their tail

1. Forgetting to care for themselves

This is a big one to consider.  It seems to be easy for us as women to consider others first.  Life gets busy and we put everything bar ourselves first - the blog is more important, the shopping needs to be done, I need to get back to that person, I don't have time for meditation, etc.  BUT, by nourishing ourselves our tank is full to give to others. 

It is vital for us to make time to nourish ourselves - whether that be through movement and fresh air, taking time out to eat our wholesome lunch MINDFULLY without emails/phones/etc, or perhaps the practice of journaling for 10 minutes each morning.  However short or long, find something that suits your timetable and your needs.  What is your biggest need?  Is it time in nature, connecting with your partner, simply stopping and staring at the sky while enjoying a cup of tea, meditation, exercise, reading?  Make time for it.  It must be scheduled in and treated as a priority.

The element of self care and self love has been a very strong message for me this year.

 The grounds of my 10 day silent retreat...space, fresh air, (snow!), gumtrees, birds & my own thoughts...

The grounds of my 10 day silent retreat...space, fresh air, (snow!), gumtrees, birds & my own thoughts...

2. Not listening to their own intuition

This is a big one for me.  I continue to flex my intuition muscle and strengthen it.  Trusting in the person that I am and the journey that I'm on, with my own internal compass as a guide. 

As you know my retreat was going to go ahead in October this year, however it didn't.  I could have beat myself up and dwell on it - but to be honest I thought oh well I'll try again next year.  Sure, there were feelings of disappointment and failure, but for the most part, I thought, let's choose another date.

It was during my Vipassana retreat that I realised it was perhaps all happening too soon.  However, with the wheels in motion I just went with it and thought - everything is planned, so if it's meant to be it will be.

It was just after my Vipassana retreat that I closed the chapter of working with my original business coach.  I felt we weren't in alignment as I had originally hoped and this message came through so strongly while I sat for 10 days in silence.  So, I closed that door and thought "I've totally got this".  I've learnt so much thus far and now I'd like to really test myself and trust that inner confidence.  It wasn't long before I stepped into the unknown that a gorgeous friend recommended I connect with an inspiring soul (which I did via Skype on my birthday) who may just be able to offer a little insight to keep the momentum going.  Well...what a fabulous choice it has been, to close one door and watch another so perfectly open.  I am so glad that I spoke up and honoured that inner voice and intuition.

The biggest lesson I have learnt (and felt) from this sequence of events in the lead up to my 9 day retreat (which I'm sure you can understand is no small undertaking) is to really explain what I am offering from a very honest and open place.  Why do I feel this retreat is so valuable?  What is it about the Seeds Of Health evolution that makes me believe in this retreat so much?  Have I let my community know that every piece of the puzzle has been carefully considered in order to offer individuals the perfect chance at optimal health and the beginning (or continuation) of a journey which will support your entire being?

Perhaps I should honour that voice in my head and take this extra time to reassess all aspects of my marketing for the retreat?  Is my message clear?  Do people really know what they are going to receive as part of this 9 day retreat? 

 

3. Not fully believing in themselves and showing who they really are

I simply love being me - when I allow myself to be me.  That feeling when I'm really owning who I am and speaking and acting from that place of truth.  When I'm making choices that show my whole self and my true self. 

Where do you not believe in yourself or show who you really are?

This year I have really learnt the beauty of being soft on myself and listening to my inner voice.  It is okay to say no.  It is okay to juggle a little less.  It is okay to create space and simply do nothing.  Vipassana gave me the beauty of sitting with things.

Why have I not given myself permission to constantly choose from a space of softness and a space of honouring my true self?  Why could I not choose to soften when the wheels were in motion?

I now feel I am working from more of a heart space than a head space.  All the planning is done and now it is up to me to share with you all the details and the reason why this 9 day retreat will change your life!  Having spent almost 9 months planning and designing it, it is time to share those juicy details with you.  I have my first FREE event on Saturday 5th December, 2pm, Cominos House, so please note it in your dairies! 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Janelle x

How to spend your morning, to change your day

Morning activation sessions are a powerful and creative way to start your day. They incorporate movement and mindfulness, leaving you feeling refreshed, calmer and supported. Being in Cairns, I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to spend so much time outdoors. The beach is nearby and I wake to join many other people enjoying a sunrise swim, walk, or other morning activity. I love using early morning mindfulness rituals as I believe it is what sets the tone for the rest of my day. Even when I’m not at home in sunny Cairns, travelling around in colder parts of the country and abroad, I make sure my day begins in a similar, mindful way. 

What we do in the first hour of being awake can influence how we feel for the rest of the day. Complex morning routines, such as rushing around our homes half-awake, rarely afford us the time to nurture and nourish as we should.  I teach my clients that mornings are to be valued and enjoyed - whether you are young, retired, a mother or a business owner. True to my knowledge, I lead weekly morning activation sessions with a community of women in Cairns. On the days I don’t lead activation sessions, I take the time to move and nurture - hiking up one of the many hills, yoga, beach walking, preparing a nourishing breakfast or simply stretching.

What are morning activation sessions?

Activation sessions are a nourishing morning ritual that grounds the body and grows the mind. We practice conscious breathing, being present and creating intent. My sessions are a combination of rituals that will start your day in the best way possible. These include walking, hydration, warm-up, practicing the Five Tibetan Rites, sun-gazing, meditation and breathing exercises. All done while watching the colours on the horizon change. It’s a really special way to start the day.

So, what are the benefits?

These really are endless. Walking on the beach is a great way to connect to the earth, get the heart rate up, breathe fresh air and activate the digestive system. Hydration during these sessions is paramount. Bringing a drink bottle along with water and freshly squeezed lemon will ensure your body flushes toxins and is working in its most optimum and hydrated state. Stretching and moving will warm up the joints. Carefully selected joint exercises get your body flowing and ready for the day. The Five Tibetan Rites have the power to wake the chakras and energy centres of the body. These five exercises are known as ‘the fountain of youth’ due to the incredible benefit of balancing hormones, opening the heart and activating the thyroid. It’s a great strengthening workout for the core and glutes too! Sun-gazing is a practice to switch on your pineal gland. This helps regulate melatonin (sleep/wake chemical) and serotonin (happiness chemical), keeping your body’s natural cycles and patterns in check. Our pineal gland has a tendency to become calcified as we age and sun-gazing can help in de-calcifying the pineal gland. Lastly, the sessions are a perfect time to set intentions for the day. Each short meditation and breathing practice has a focus and offers insight for the day.  Silent mantras keep our busy minds focused. These, along with the breathing exercises, can be used at different times throughout the day to oxygenate our cells and heal and repair the balance in our nervous system. Mornings are a fabulous time to start over and try something new and different.

Connection and like-mindedness.

The added bonus of activation sessions is the community of women. Here is a little something from one of the ladies who regularly attends the activation sessions: 

“Thanks for another beautiful start to the day yesterday.The morning activation sessions are such a lovely blend of movement and reflection through the meditations and connection with nature, self and community. The past few weeks sessions have really opened my day up well for being present, grounded and focused in my work as a massage therapist. I look forward to continuing this as my regular Tuesday morning ritual.”

Join us!

I run morning activation sessions every Tuesday morning from 6am-7am in Cairns. Simply come along and meet at the southern end of Trinity Beach. Look out for my Seeds Of Health sign as this is the meeting point. Feel free to phone beforehand to check details and don’t forget to bring a friend 0438733103. I look forward to seeing you there!

Pregnancy

Hello readers 

Thanks for joining me on this journey of health!

This week I want to share some information with you about pregnancy after it being brought to my attention by Tyler Tolman.


There are many things to consider both prior to getting pregnant & also during your beautiful 9 months of pregnancy.  Here are some wholesome suggestions to consider…

– Breathing: Do you breathe deeply?  Have you tried 7 rounds of 7?  Emphasis on breathing allows the body to excrete toxins, oxygenate every cell, feel energised, enhance the lymphatic system (collects garbage from our blood) and more.  While your body changes and prepares for creating a new being it needs to be oxygenated.  It will also assist with supporting the nervous system during this time.

– Sunshine: Vitamin D from the sun helps our mood, energy and bone health, to name a few.  It is essential to get some everyday – start with small amounts on as much of your body as possible. Try lying naked in your backyard, find a nude beach, or just get outside in your togs. Either way don’t assume that driving from A to B and exposing your arms to the sun is enough vitamin D for the day.

– Whole foods: Juices, dairy free smoothies, green smoothies (all providing concentrated nutrients), fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, listen to your cravings if you feel they are genuine but fill up on good nutrition at the same time.  Here’s a link to some great ideas on my blog…hereherehereherehere, here, & here – that should keep you going for a while!

– If you feel that you are not able to get these nutrients on a daily bases another suggestion or an additional add on would be to start taking Juice Plus – a new product that I am stocking in my clinic.  I am very excited about this product as I know that the fresh fruits and vegetables stored in the tapioca capsule go through a very strict, clean process to ensure the nutrients are well maintained – from paddock to capsule.  It is unbelievable what is inside  I feel this is a fabulous addition to include in your routine to ensure, along with lots of fruits and vegetables, you are those extra nutrients to support your body while it has extra demands.

– Good quality oils rubbed on your belly, breasts, hips, etc everyday.  Consider using coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil (this oil is very grounding), jojoba oil, rose hip oil.  There are many to choose from.

– Exercise: ensure daily walking (30mins or more), weights or strengthening exercises where you can to keep the body well adjusted and strong as it goes through changes, yoga is a fabulous strengthening exercise that also allows for a mind/body connection and concentration on breath.

– Support around you and healthy relationships so that you feel supported during this time of change, growth and creation. Choose to surround yourself with positive people.  This will uplift your soul, nourish your nervous system, allow you to enjoy the highs and feel supported during the trying times.

Here is the link if you want to watch a video by Tyler Tolman on the topic of pregnancy:  http://tylertolman.com/health-articles/how-to-have-a-healthy-pregnancy

You may already know that I will be supporting Tyler Tolman in Bali this coming January!  People with chronic disease will be attending this 30 day fasting and cleansing program in order to heal their conditions.  This is something I am very passionate about and excited that I am able to work along side Tyler and support these individuals through their journey with my Naturopathic knowledge and skills in order to create healthy change and transformation in their lives.  If you are suffering from a chronic condition and feel this resonates with you then check out the program for this coming January right here.


Food Matters Live Screening

Happy Wednesday readers 

I just wanted to make you aware of a fabulous FREE screening of numerous health and related documentaries available for the next 4 days.  You may have seen my post about it on Facebook 6 days ago.  It is apart of the Food Matters website.  Have you seen the Food Matters documentary?

 

This documentary alone is such a helpful place to start – a tool to help plant the right seeds.  It is a documentary that the owners of Food Matters first pulled together.  It was such a success that a whole movement has followed.  The documentary gives you a really fabulous understanding of how food DOES matter “You are what you eat”.  How it impacts our health and how we can be CONSCIOUS of our choices, with lots of interviews by leading experts in the field.  I also find it provides a great way to ‘teach’ others and give them a sound understanding without having to give them a lecture they may not want to hear – give them a copy of the film or notify them of this FREE offer.  I often lend out my copy to clients to watch if you are not able to buy a copy.  I currently have a Hungry Food Change DVD to give away also…let me have a think about that give away!  I’ll notify you on Facebook – so come on over and join the Seeds Of Health community!

However, there is more to it than the next 4 days…you are able to subscribe to FMTV here (Food Matters TV) for $8/month or $80 for the year and have access to a whole scope of DVD’s (some you can’t find elsewhere), plus recipes and yoga and exercise videos to get you moving at home if you can’t make it to a class because of kids, or other reasons.  Online versions suit some people but not all I realise.  It’s often nice to buy the hard copy and get a bunch of family or like minded friends together, make some healthy snacks and make an evening of it with ‘juicy’ discussions to follow.  Check out the shop here or I can do a bulk order if you know of a group that would benefit.

The reason I’m letting you know about this fabulous resource is because I stumbled upon it when I was enjoying one of the free documentaries (that are only available till Nov 4th!).  I felt that I had to share!  The topics and documentaries shared and discussed come from all angles – so I feel you can, in time, make your own educated decision, along with guidance from qualified professionals like myself if you have questions arise and feel you need support.  You are also able to enjoy other short videos online, available for free all year round, including TED talks, humorous health snippets, videos on waste, the flu shot, additives, benefits of meditation, etc – all available here.

As I mentioned there is only 4 days left to enjoy Q&A sessions with the makers of the films and the films themselves for free here.  I have managed to watch a few over the weekend and of an evening – enjoying the reminders, stories, reflections, lessons and sharing with those around me.  I love the diversity of the films!   One that I missed and am eager to watch is called Love Bomb.  The link to the synopsis is here.  This quote will give you a taste –

“If we were all committed to loving, like radically committed to loving, the world would be completely different, the world would shift.” Kate Blackson

Watching these DVD’s will broaden your mind!  Share them with friends and family and friends of friends.  Pass the message on if you feel it’s worth sharing! …I do!  The choices are endless, the empowerment is rich and you certainly become more conscious of the choices you make (one of my major aims at Seeds Of Health)!

Keep in mind to make changes step by step, bit by bit – not all at once.  Develop a foundation to build on, which i can help you with.  I am here to guide you when you have questions surrounding the myths, tricks, contradictions, alternatives, etc.  Keep in mind I offer the following services:

  • Setting up a clean food plan for the fortnight;
  • Clean out your panty and fridge to start over with a clean slate – remember I offer Pantry Clean Outs – where I come to your home and discuss the contents of your kitchen and home (eg. laundry, bathroom, etc) and discuss what to keep and throw out and WHY.  Most importantly I discuss alternatives and what to replace with and how to store things, what to buy and cook as alternatives.  Read more here on my services page.
                                                Does your pantry look like this? Ingredients that you may not be aware of that are harming your health?

                                               Does your pantry look like this? Ingredients that you may not be aware of that are harming your health?

 

  • Have a follow up consultation (or refer a friend or family member for an initial consultation) with a clear intention about what you want to heal or improve (or both! :).  I can also help you to decipher what your intention needs to be;
  • Have a BARS session  to clear subconscious thoughts patterns that no longer serve you around food or everyday choices you are making in your home, work or lifestyle that are holding you back from achieving a healthy, well balanced lifestyle full of happiness and vitality!;
  • If you feel you know what the alternatives are but don’t know what to cook then call me and let’s organise a food workshop – either privately or with a group of friends.  A lot of the topics that I cover are listed on my website here 
  • Do you have a celebration coming up and want something delicious and fun to contribute to the party?!  Then research raw cakes and make one yourself for the first time or contact me and I can make you one for your celebration!;
  • Lastly, if you are familiar with the Food Matters crew and have watched some of their DVD’s over the years or have been to doing your own research and making changes to your home and diet, but still questioning why you are feeling low in energy, or can’t put a finger on something, perhaps we need to conduct a hair analysis test to clarify?  A hair analysis tests for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, moulds, parasites, electro magnetic radiation (EMR) and heavy metal toxicity – a combination or only one may be affecting your health and slowing down your progress to wellness.  Let’s work together on this one.

I hope you enjoy the films and resources on the Food Matters website!  Remember that I am here to guide and help you on your journey to wellness.  I look forward to your comments regarding the films you’ve seen, enjoyed, felt challenged by, resources you loved, etc.  There is so much to learn and share on this journey to wellness.  We just need to plant the seeds, which we wish to grow 

Janelle

Please note: I receive no income from recommending Food Matters – I simply want to share this wonderful resource that we all have access to online!

What happened after 14 days?

Good afternoon!  Happy Wednesday 

Well, 14 days have gone by and I’m wondering how you feel?  Has anything shifted for you?

What do you feel after being still  for 14 days?  Spending 20 minutes everyday being still in nature, on your bed, in your office, where ever you may have chosen to.  I would love to know some of the locations that worked for you?

I personally found it so fulfilling and nourishing….to get grounded everyday.  To give myself 20minutes of quiet time where I could absorb the beauty of nature, process my day, practice gratitude or simply be still.  Sometimes I chose to concentrate on my breath, other times I would simply stare into nature – at the mountains in the distance or a beautiful tree.  I found it beneficial to set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes, this way I could be present and not have to check the time.  Some days the 20 minutes would scoot by and others it seemed to last a while, but either way I was committed to being still for 20minutes.

I have a habit of fitting a lot in to my day, however despite this for 14 days I committed myself to 20 minutes of me time.  It paid off.  I found I was clearer in the head and moved through most days with more ease.  That 20 minutes was my little piece of paradise.  I found myself lavishing the idea of stopping and being present in the moment, not rushing ahead to plan my day.  Just simply being.  When I practiced in the evening (either at dusk or in bed before drifting off to sleep) I found it a fabulous time to let go of my day.  I personally always preferred sitting on the grass – out of the house and away from my work environment, however I also enjoyed being still on my yoga mat.


I have explored meditation a lot over the last 10 years however never found it something that came easily to me.  I have to say I am finding that short snippets of 20 minutes work for me at the moment.  During the last 14 days, no matter what happened during a particular day I always found it grounding to check in to myself and minimise the rush of my mind and remind myself that the best place to be is in the present moment.

I am going to continue my be still project and I hope you do too.  Drop me a line and let me know how you’re feeling, whether you’re loving it as much as I am or perhaps really struggling with it?

Last weekend I was down in Brisbane speaking at the Future Of Food convention.  I was sharing knowledge about additives, preservatives, their link to ADHD, whether to choose organic food or not, our connection to food and where it comes from and how all of this impacts on our digestive system, nervous system and mind.  I look forward to filtering this knowledge through to my blog readers.  In the next couple of weeks I am also planning to begin discussing the 8 principles of wellness, in greater detail, that I am such a strong believer in.  The foundation of our health!  They are hydration, sunshine, fresh air, whole foods, quality sleep, exercise, healthy relationships and a passion for something.

I’m going to leave you with this thought about procrastination as I found it quite appropriate for me as I write this blog.  If you find yourself procrastinating remember this:

Procrastination is based in fear: of failure, of success, of sharing our stories, of what other people will think. Let go of these fears and take action. Just do it. All we have is now. Quit procrastinating.

Remember to share my blog if you find it relevant to a family member or friend, or perhaps to a wider community on Facebook.

BE STILL 

Janelle.

Be still for 14 days

I’m back!

I’ve had a long break from my blog. During the last four months I’ve had loads of ideas and experiences however have found myself judging everything I begin writing.

To be honest I have felt a little ‘stuck’ in my work and home life. I know I’m on the right path – sharing my knowledge and passion of health however I need to remember to tune in and confidently speak my truth.

There are endless recipes and health links I could share with you to inspire you to eat a better breakfast or change what you are snacking on but what about our thoughts? Our mind is such a powerful driver that if we ignore it, it can override any food choice we are making!

I often discuss this with clients and today feel it is important enough to remind a wider audience about it.

I encourage you to take on a challenge with me…

For the next 14 days sit down for 20mins and be still. You can call it meditation if you choose or perhaps you simply prefer to just sit and stare at the sky or the gorgeous big tree in your front yard, for 20mins. You may also choose to focus on your breath for 20mins with your eyes closed. Whatever it looks like, join me and together let’s ground ourselves and bring ourselves back to our own inner knowing.  Before bed each night seems to work for me.

Honesty is key! Speak from your heart and you will feel a massive release of truth. Or perhaps just a subtle inner knowing that is equally powerful.

It has been a challenging four months internally for myself despite being involved in some amazing things.  Do you ever find yourself just going about daily life and not tuning in to what makes your heart sing?

During the last 4 months I have spent 2 weeks in NZ hiking and eating fresh organic produce with my partner, attended a 21 day enlightenment experience retreat involving juicing, meditation, rebirthing and afternoon yoga. I have also been doing further study and updating my website while at the same time trying to implement a new routine that I love since opening up my practice from home and therefore working from home. It has been beautiful yet challenging because of my inner talk. I look forward to getting back in to the swing of things and writing more often.  I think my 14 day challenge which I hope you join me on, will realign us both to our inner knowing.

What would you like to know more about? Please reply in the comments below so I can support you on your journey. Also, I’d love to know if you are going to join me on my 14 day BE STILL challenge?


This picture was taken in NZ after climbing the saddle on our 5 day Rees Dart hike.  It takes me back to a very quiet still content place.  Where’s your content or happy place?

Janelle x