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On the weekend, I ran my very first multi-day retreat here in the heart of Central Victoria. The experience was a deeply enriching learning experience for me – not only as a culmination of 18 months of manifesting this innermost desire, but as an individual woman on my own search […]

Bring back that loving feeling….


I’ve been noticing a few things awry these last months. First, a subtle gnawing in my belly that can satisfied only by sweet things. I’ve found myself buying extra cakes, baking more and heading to the fridge after meals to fill my belly with nectar. Second – an insipid compulsion […]

What our cravings can teach us


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I love helping women learn the tools to prevent or move beyond burnout. And inevitably, as part of conversations around burnout, it is necessary to have an open and meaningful conversation about work. Because it seems that women – particularly those who I work with in the caring or service […]

Working 9 to 5… not a way to make a ...



For a long time, I have beaten myself up for not being consistent. Business coaches the world over tell me that it is not until I am meticulously consistent that I will be successful. The key to parenting my daughter, I understand, is just to be more consistent. To be consistently emotionally available. To be consistently calm. My health, I believe, will […]

Why I’m not striving for consistency…


I talk often about how life happens in cycles and not in linear straight lines. And so it is that I find myself circling back to themes and passions that I thought I had moved beyond. The very first e-book that I wrote when I started my blog a few […]

Beyond burnout … a guide to building back better


As another week draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on what it truly means to retreat. I’ve just wrapped up a group program launch, and have also finished two other consulting jobs. The space that remains is welcome, but uncomfortable as well. As if I’m adjusting to a […]

How to run your own self care retreat



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Imagine an approach to wellbeing that is centered on creating healthy habits. Habits, we are told, take 28 days to cement. During these days, we must painstakingly commit to rigorously integrating these new habits into our lives – day in, day out regardless of how we feel or where we […]

Why healthy habits won’t improve your wellbeing


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I recently posted on my Facebook page a long, lamenting post about how distant I felt from living according to my values and purpose. This year has been tough as my partner and I have grappled with finding the right mix of work, play, family and leisure – long stints […]

The reason you’re not failing


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The thing I love helping clients with the most is expanding their view of what constitutes wellness. We are sold a very narrow perspective of what wellness should look like and as a result we lose sight of the simple pleasures already have access to in order to achieve energy […]

My wellbeing roadmap



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I used to think that I was highly ambitious. That my thirst for ‘more’ – more material things, more work, more approval, more love, more food, more social connections, more hobbies – was merely a reflection of my inherent need for variety, my deep, internal drive to save the world and […]

How mindfulness taught me to stop chasing more


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Many people much wiser than I have hypothesised that the quality of our life is defined by the quality of the questions we ask therein. I would go even further and propose that words in themselves – how we employ them in their singular form and how we put them […]

The three words that help me manage my anxiety


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“The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty. Try to be more like the ground”   – Rumi   Guest post by Hannah Churton – The Worm Monger Photo by Maya Hed   Over the last three years, I have spent a lot of time getting to know the […]

The therapy that helped me through an identity crisis



For a few years now, I’ve been noticing stuff. Some of the spiritual among us may call it becoming conscious. Some Buddhists may call it mindfulness. Some may refer to it as awareness. For me, it’s simply been a process of noticing. Noticing first, the physical breakdown of my body. […]

The one habit that changed my life


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Our bodies are sending us signals – by way of symptoms, feelings, cravings and reactions – all the time. As part of the mindfulness coaching work I do with my clients, I teach them how to first listen to and then interpret these signs so that they can bypass the suffering […]

5 Things Your Fatigue Is Telling You


I, like many other women, spent decades trying to coerce, stress, restrict, judge and hate myself into changing my unhealthy behaviours. From extreme elimination diets to weight loss pills, excessive hot yoga, triathlons, green smoothies, austere meditation practices – I have tried them all. And while none of those activities […]

9 Ways to guilt-free wellness