In the past few months, I have made the decision to switch to cruelty free skincare and beauty (to the best of my abilities).
Recently I have been able to test out a Fitbit Charge HR wristband for the first time (a kind loan from my partners parents), after swearing I would never buy one as I didn’t think it would help me towards being fitter or healthier. I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong!
“Mindfulness – A state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” – Psychology Today
Mindfulness is a buzzword at the moment, or maybe it has been around for thousands of years, and it is only now that we focus on it. Only now, when our lives are a hectic blur of learning, improving, working, living, breathing, that we suddenly have come to the realisation that if we do not stop and live in the moment, we might miss the little things that give us pleasure.
Or maybe it’s just me.
Either way, some days I feel like I can look back at my week or month and see a blur of events, with nothing in clear focus. Just a mash. It’s those times when I look to these websites to give me a bit of clarity, a bit of guidance, and to seek out some resources to help me practice being more mindful. Recently, I’ve been loving posts that focus on personal growth and mindfulness. I love bloggers who discuss and explain how we can improve our mind, body, and soul.
Whether you’re trying to learn to be more productive, get in shape, or achieve your goals, these sites focus on personal development topics that can get you inspired and motivated!
Here are my current favs:
Meet Catherine, the bliss guru creator of the Blissful Mind, there to help make your life simpler so you can be the calmest, healthiest, most productive version of yourself!
The Mindfulness Project is an innovative platform for sharing mindfulness with as many people as possible. In Central London, the Project has brought together a team of London’s best mindfulness teachers to create a true hub for learning to meditate and practice mindfulness.
The Mindfulness Project is a not-for-profit company founded by Alexandra Frey and Autumn Totton in 2013. As a social enterprise, any profits generated through the Project will be re-invested towards the intended purpose of spreading mindfulness in London and beyond.
Embracing Simple Blog was created by Christina, a freelance writer and marketer. Christina is passionate about living well and finding new ways to make life easier and more enjoyable. Embracing Simple is all about creating a full, joyful, and fun life, without necessarily spending a fortune to achieve it. This blog has tons of inspirational and encouraging tips for how to easily manage your finances, household, health, and work life.
Embracing Simple also has a free four week course about living a simple life, if you sign up for her email list.
Mindbodygreen is a lifestyle media brand dedicated to inspiring it’s audience to live their best life.
They provide information on everything that’s great for you: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally — because they believe these pillars of wellness are vital and interconnected. Hence mindbodygreen (one word, not three).
5 / The Everygirl
The Everygirl is one of the ultimate online resource available to help shape creative, career-driven women to experience a life better lived. The site is awash with inspiration to help you achieve your dreams, incorporate creativity into your day, motivate you to seek out your dream job, basically, the The Everygirl has everything you need!
The Everygirl Manifesto:
Whether she is searching for her dream job or a new city to call home;
is saving up for a down payment or a trip to Europe;
is learning to cook or speak another language,
she wants a little guidance. She wants to be inspired.
She is The Everygirl.
This is for her.
One of my fav online magazines, Life Goals Mag is all about striving to work towards being the best versions of ourselves that we can be, and flourishing in any environment we may find ourselves in. Life Goals Mag is a great online space that provides encouraging, fun, helpful, and insightful tips in resources.
“LGM is for women who aspire to do more, be more, see more, and learn more. We’re not satisfied with staying the same. We’re always working to improve ourselves. We’re open-minded. We’re curious. We’re passionate.” – Life Goals Mag website
7 / Tiny Buddha
Tiny Buddha is a self-help, health, wellness, mindfulness and inspirational wisdom website founded by author Lori Deschene in 2009. It may sound super spiritual, but definitely do not need to be Buddhist to appreciate this website. It’s got more than just a blog, it has forums too.
8 / Best Kept Self
I love this site because it has such a diverse range of topics for business owners that all come under the umbrella of mindfulness and personal growth, so you will never have to search too far for articles that suit your needs! Best Kept Self is a great online platform if you are interested in self-care and can label yourself as ‘busy, burnt-out, and overwhelmed’
They have a great motto too: ‘We believe that your business thrives when you thrive.’
The Best Kept Self mission statement:
To help entrepreneurs regain energy through their health, become more authentic in the way they look, and live a more abundant life by cultivating mindfulness.
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
You will love this site because it simply is so zen in not just it’s blog topics, but the design of the blog itself. No stressful ads popping up, it’s not trying to sell anything to you, there are no bright horrendous colours drilling into your eyeballs. It is just so peaceful to scroll through the content!
Mindfulness and yoga go hand in hand, and even if you don’t practice yoga (you really should, here’s a link to a great place to start!) DoYouYoga is a really fun and inviting environment full of online resources.
I’d love to hear what you think about mindfulness and your go-to websites. Let me know in the comments!
This weekend, I knew I wanted to do some baking. The problem was, I was totally inundated with recipes – Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Yummly, bookmarked recipes, cook books, scraps of paper recipes taken from god knows where – I just had no idea where to start. So I thought muffins, yes that will be easy, I’ll find a quick and easy healthy-ish muffin recipe that I can use again and again with different ingredients.
I thought I’d do a review of the Ab’Asanas ebook by the Southern Yogi while it’s still fresh in my mind, I just started using it last week! And I only have good things to say about this wonderfully refreshing and challenging eBook.
This recipe makes the simplest, yummiest breakfast packed full of all the good stuff. Make this mix your own, add anything from your pantry; if you aren’t a fan of pecans or walnuts leave them out; if goji berries are too expensive, replace with cranberries, or anything your heart desires.
It’s full-on summer here in little New Zealand, and we have had one of the hottest starts to the year ever. I thought I’d share my essential beauty items, as they have become important staples in my daily routine.
Me, myself, and I
Even thinking about uttering those words makes me cringe. It feels selfish, it feels wrong.
Most of us know that self-care is essential for happiness, so when did taking a break and taking time out for yourself become such a taboo subject?
MindBodyGreen (a favourite source of mine!) explains how we know that looking after our well-being includes exercise, eating well, staying hydrated, getting your forty winks, meditating and doing whatever other relaxation rituals work for you.
But there’s more.
While spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones, is an essential part of living a healthy, happy life, it’s also essential to make time to simply be “with yourself,” to give yourself love, without it being something like heading to the gym or sleeping in bed.
A Rosie Outlook hits the nail on the head
“I believe that my life would be better if I took more time for gratitude, being mindful and present, dedicating time to self-care, and managing my time a little better. I am always saying that I ‘don’t have time’ to do things, but I get bored of hearing myself say it because I know that you only have time for the things you really value and prioritise.”
This helpful infographic from Happify.com details the importance of “me time.”
So we have established that we all need to have ‘me’ time. It helps you think, take stock of where you are. It helps reassess where you want to be going, what you want to be doing, and recharges your energy to keep on loving your special ones.
Unfortunately, the biggest hurdle to taking ‘me time’ seems to be actually just doing it.
To take steps to creating me time, set some boundaries and try what works for you.
Dr Libby Weaver makes sure to never compromise her solitary morning ritual, which usually includes a gentle walk in nature, tai chi, reading a book, meditation or simply being still and practising diaphragmatic breathing. Dr Libby also stresses the importance of scheduling downtime and prioritising it.
“I know that I cannot best serve others and my mission if I don’t ensure my battery is charged.”
- Take a bath with Epsom salt.
- Get a massage.
- Go on a long walk.
- Try something new where you’re not in control or the expert.
- Take time for mindful movement, attend a yoga class.
- Turn off your computer, tablet, and cell phone for two hours.
- Get a manicure/pedicure.
- Be a tourist in your own town.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts, inspirations, ideas
- Meditate in silence
- Listen to uplifting talks with the speakers turned up
- Get lost in a fiction book in a quiet space
- Read non-fiction books and take the time to learn something new
- Nourishing your body with green juice, green smoothies and greens (and everything you personally like that you might be able to eat/drink around others!)
- Prioritise sleep and make sure to get enough of it
- Practice forgiveness in your own time, and release resentment, anger and frustration
- Start that DIY project that will make you so happy when you finish it
- Create/design something for the fun of it, not for work
Top resources for self-care:
When we don’t take care of ourselves, our ability to take care of the other stuff (and people) in our lives breaks down. Remember that self-care is not selfish, it’s spiritual and loving.
Let me know what you do in your ‘me time’ or any problems you’ve had trying to take time out!
So the first month of 2016 is nearly over….well that went incredibly fast! Did anyone else make resolutions, or set goals for this year? I know I did.
The past few years I have tried to set goals more than make resolutions. For me personally, goals feel more real, something to work on or work towards, and form new habits. So last December I looked at my life, and thought about all I wanted to achieve in the coming year.