Words

Serving others is good for you

February 20, 2018

I don’t know about you, but the reality tv programme Love island was a shameless part of a my weekly tv watching last year.

After it ended my phone battery took a hit as I crept online at the couples. Olivia and her baby faced farmer, Amber and Kem, Marcel and Gabby (my faves) and of course hot Calvin Klein model Jamie Jewitt and Camilla Thurlow.
All of whom are fascinating to watch as they plummet into the wave of stardom since their departure from Majorca.

What stands out for me about Cam and Jamie is their desire to serve others. Yes, you might think some of it a little contrived or look at Camilla and her privileged upbringing thinking “it’s alright for her standing in a soup kitchen while I’m here in my 9-5 trying to make my own ends meet”.All of which is perfectly valid but… Continue Reading…

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Why massage works – Smart physio

February 9, 2018

In response to my first blogpost of 2018 which you can find here -10 body shifts you need in 2018- tell me, what have you done for your self care routine since you read it?

Share in the comments below as I am also in the position where I want ALL the change and want it ALL now – yoga in my life, less meat (I have actually managed that for two meals this past week) , stretching etc etc.

However, no matter how good our best intentions are, often we feel overwhelmed and rather than start small (which is was what I suggest we do in the blogpost) we rush in.

So, share your achievements even if they are one less meeting in the work diary or a stretch of the legs after dinner. I want to know and to support you as you allow self care to be a part of your world.

In relation to self care I mentioned that I am attending physiotherapy for six weeks with Maura of Smart physio. Continue Reading…

Food

One pan sausage + potato dinner. Good little Company.

February 2, 2018

We first tried this recipe after the birth of one of our boys. My dear friend Hazel made it for us one of the nights we, no doubt, needed it after attending to a newborn amidst the mayhem that comes with adding sprogs to your brood. I have a feeling it originated from Jamie Oliver but can’t find it online. See his other sausage recipes here.

The tastes and flavours stuck with us and we have been making it ever since. There are a number of reasons for it appearing on our weekly menu- the first being how easy it is. The second that the kids eat it (they pick out the leeks sometimes but everything else they eat) , the fact that the leeks re punchy in flavour, the sweetness of peppers and the rich saltiness of the whole dish is delicious. Then of course the affordability of the ingredients. I grew up in the countryside where potatoes featured heavily in our dinner choices and they are so versatile and economic, they along with the sausages make up the bulk of the recipe. Continue Reading…

Words

Your words have power

January 25, 2018

Good, bad, ugly, inward, outward, to self or to others – words have impact.

A few  weekends ago my one year old poured a 500ml bottle of water over my laptop.
I can’t even say I was unaware of the water, the pouring, the puppy, the toddler and the busyness of the two of them in the hallway. I was in the kitchen and somehow thought “I’ll just mop it up later” as I continued to clean the lunch dishes. Continue Reading…

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April Alexandra. Naturopathic Nutritional therapist.

January 19, 2018

This space on the blog is where I have the pleasure of introducing you to experts in the wellbeing industry. My last blogpost states how I feel about 2018 – this is the year I want you to invest in YOU. Be yourself, show yourself self care and invest in your body. The experts I feature can help and inspire you!

Remember my self acceptance e bundle can viewed here. This notion of self acceptance rests at the core of my work – helping people to know themselves and to love and accept their traits and all the goodness they have to offer the world.

Enjoy April’s interview and all that she has to say and to educate us on. As she mentions, because of the internet April is able to do consultations and connect with people all over the world. No matter where you are you can follow her by scrolling to the bottom of the post and finding her social media tags. I love the colour and fresh approach to April’s instagram posts – glorious food pics! Continue Reading…

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Ten body shifts you need in 2018

January 13, 2018

The new year can create a shocker for people, for any of us in fact who want to strive for better but feel bombarded by so.much.information. As you will see on my social media channels and if you were to meet me in person  you will quickly learn that I am an advocate for self-care. This means that I am not going to tell you that you need to change.

Of course you are perfectly entitled to change physical parts of your body if you so desire this year (I have recently entered the world of lash extensions – WoW. Obsessed.).   If altering something or working towards losing weight or gaining muscle makes you stand a little taller or breathe a little deeper then I am all in. I want you to be YOU! Prioritise getting to know yourself over everything else and the rest will follow. Continue Reading…

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Grief triggers.

December 11, 2017

My late Father was a mechanic. He (from what I remember / have been told) was a warm, compassionate and vibrant business man who could turn his hand to any car. Continue Reading…

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Lisa Kernoghan. Expert of the month.

October 21, 2017
I met Lisa through a mutual friend and have been following her amazing venture, Vibe Academy. I will let her tell you all and I cannot wait to show you the dance workout she has choreographed for us. Hip hop vibes are always going to be a winner in my world!
Name: Lisa Kernoghan
Age: 38
Occupation: Choreographer and Business Owner
Location: Belfast based with campuses and mobile workshops across the country

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What is Fintan’s fund? Cancer awareness month.

October 10, 2017

In case you missed it, for the month of October I am raising funds and awareness through sales of my art work (you can purchase the linked prints here) and here on the blog for two main charities – Fintan’s fund and Cancer focus NI.

The blogposts will showcase stories and you can learn about why these local charities do what they do. Rachael’s story is incredible!

Rachael thanks for joining us on the blog. In a few lines can you tell us your story and the motivation behind Fintan’s fund. Continue Reading…

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Help me fight against cancer. Art+Awareness.

September 29, 2017

For the month of October I will be giving 20% of sales from four of my art prints (priced between £10 and £30) to four charities related to tackling cancer. Will you join me?

I kind of hate using the word ‘ cancer’ because of what it means and how it sounds to so many of us who have been affected either directly or through a family member or friend. My good friend Laura changed cancer to ” the melt” for the months following her diagnosis and I think that sums up the sinking feeling as those words resonate.

So, with tears rolling down my cheeks and my hand firmly on my heart, I am going to use my little corner of the internet to promote the fight against all things cancer here on my blog and across my social media during October. Continue Reading…