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The beef with beliefs

The beef with beliefs

I saw a friend of mine the other day. She’s in an exciting new relationship but has noticed that her work life is taking a turn for the worse. ‘Well, that’s how it goes isn’t it?’ she said, ‘You can’t have everything go well at once.’ ‘Do you believe you can have everything at once?’ I…

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Easy ways with essential oils

Five easy ways with essential oils

I started getting into essential oils sometime last year. And they quickly had the effect on me they’ve had on countless others: Instant. Obsession. To me, these little bottles of pure plant essences, with their intoxicating scents, are like treasure. And like a treasure-hunter, I quickly started a collection – at first buying a cheap…

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How to speak up

Trembles to TEDx: How (and why) to speak up

 Somewhere in the middle of October 2014 – I forget which day because they all merge into one – I was standing at the front of about 12 other trainee yoga teachers, cueing them into godknowswhatasana. Forrest Yoga guardian teacher Cat Allen was sitting at the back of the class, watching me. At some point she…

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Practice makes progress

Practice makes progress: what yoga teaches us about life

As a wellness coach, speaker, workshop leader and yoga teacher I really consider myself a dealer in the currency of change. I am, quite literally, in the business of inspiring and supporting people in getting from one place to another; from where they are now to where they want to be. One of my classes even…

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Read and grow

Read and grow: The books that changed my life

The life I have now? I read it into existence. Book after blog after book. After my wellness epiphany six years ago, when, bent over in a car park having dieted myself into oblivion, I realised that health, not restriction, might just be the key to actual sanity, I sank my teeth into wellness content like the starving…

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Service suspended

Service suspended: a manifesto for resilience

On Monday afternoon I got a Whatsapp message from my best friend: ‘Honey are you aware the web link in your email signature is down? ‘. Bugger, I thought. How long has that not been working? For a day? Since FOREVER? Is there even a way to quantify how unprofessional that looks to potential clients? Unlikely.…

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Is 'work life-balance' a big fat lie-

Is ‘work life-balance’ over?

“We are diluted in gigantic intangible collective projects, which leave us wondering what we did last year and, more profoundly, where we have gone and quite what we have amounted to….” – Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work I seized on this book, the modern-day philosopher Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of…

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how to put technology back in its box

How to put technology back in its box

Last week I was scheduled to run a wellness workshop on behalf of another company. I do this from time to time. In fact it’s how I cut my teeth as a speaker and deliverer of useful wellness stuffs to stressed out employees. It was in a town about 20 miles from where I live, so…

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Environment- it's a big deal

Environment: it’s a big deal

No, not ‘The environment’, although that is a HUGE deal (if you haven’t read or seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, I can’t recommend it enough). I mean environment in the personal sense – the spaces we spend our lives in. As we settle into our new house and new life in the kind-of-country (i.e, we’re…

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Transitions, resolutions, revelations

Every year since I left the comfort of my full-time job for the life of an entrepreneur, I have been in transition. And 2016 has been the most intense by far. Did you feel it too? As a part of a greater whole, it seems to me that our personal transitions are reflected in those of…

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Twelve truths of Christmas

I’m a hopeless sucker for Christmas. The smell of the tree. The twinkly things. The fact that it’s absolutely acceptable to have prosecco with breakfast. And also absolutely acceptable to hang out in your pyjamas until midday, watching old movies and playing board games.  Marriage has seen me alternating between Christmases in Norfolk where my Auntie owns…

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How mindfulness helps me work

A couple of weeks ago I gave a workshop on mindfulness to a London company. At the end, as on all my workshops, the participants filled out a feedback form, and I hung out to chat to a few. Feedback helps my content grow and evolve, and serve more people in the right way. So I…

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Why I started eating meat again

In the Spring of 2013 I was working as a freelance copywriter at an advertising agency and piling the cash into our summer wedding fund. I never entirely liked working in offices. With my green smoothies and green tea and green salads I was always the odd kid, justifying my food choices in the staff kitchen to someone…

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Back to school we go

Back to school we go

No matter how long we’ve been adult-ing, how long we’ve held down jobs, paid mortgages and scraped by with 28 days of holiday a year, September will always, always have a back to school vibe. I kind of love it. After August – the month in which no one can be arsed to do anything – September is…

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The warring tribes of wellness land

The warring tribes of wellness land

It’s almost six years since I took my first steps into the weird and wonderful world of ‘wellness’. It was quieter then. Pioneering organic chefs like Alice Waters and food writers like Michael Pollan had yet to be overwhelmed by the blogosphere. ‘Radical’ functional doctors like Mark Hyman and Frank Lipman weren’t mainstream. And GOOP – that purveyor of well-trendy…

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Brand new things

Brand new things

My wedding dress started life as a scarf. I’d been sent fabric shopping by my dressmaker. She’d told me where the cloth trade hung out  – Berwick Street in Soho, the Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush, and a variety of other random, off-the-beaten-track locations around London. So I topped up my Oyster Card and hit…

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Why is food so complicated-

Why is food so complicated?

Someone asked me that a while ago. Fair point, I thought. She used the example of soy milk. How everyone banged on about how great an alternative to dairy it was, so we put it on our cereal and made lattes out of it, and even dabbled in soya yoghurt for a while until we…

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Caffeine, alcohol, how much is too much-

Caffeine, alcohol, how much is too much?

One of my friends asked me this a while ago. And what a great question. So juicy. So incendiary. So guaranteed to put people on the defensive. Now before get into this, I need you to know something: I’m no foodie fundamentalist. I don’t believe in extremes. I don’t believe in labelling foods good or…

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Five wonderful (and not so wonderful) working breakfasts

Five wonderful working breakfasts

Tiny tweaks. They’re the crux of my wellness coaching practice. In my experience, unless your life is on the line or some event has whipped the carpet out from under you and forced you to redesign your life, real, lasting change is the product of many small changes knitted together. And when I begin a…

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What we can learn about wellness from a pushmi-pullyu (1)

Lessons in wellness from a pushmi-pullyu

Yes, a pushmi-pullyu. That totally nutty, totally made up animal from Doctor Doolittle. Honestly, I really hope that whoever cooked up this inspired twist on a llama (already gunning for gold in the animal hilarity stakes) got some kind of award. Genius. I digress. Of all the imaginary animals in the land, the pushmi-pullyu is…

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