Mindfulness is the buzzword of the moment and I’m going to give my full support to its popularity. Before you click away and roll your eyes, assuming I’m just another meditating hippy, hear me out.
You’ve logged on to Instagram for a quick browse. The first image that pops up is a group shot of women, arms around one another stood in a beautiful woodland, smiling at the camera. Retreats are popping up everywhere – yoga retreats, meditation retreats, digital detox retreats, fitness retreats. Why? And more importantly, why now?
I moved from London to Dublin a little over a year ago now. And I haven’t once looked back or regretted it. More than anything I’ve managed to build a community around me of new friends, work and support. If you’re thinking about doing the same as me, here are a few things I’ve done to create a life full of friends and opportunity in my new home that you could try too.
A friend called me the other week asking for advice. He'd reached a point where he was considering leaving his job and wasn't sure what the next step was. He thought of me because I did the very same thing last year - I left my perfectly stable job to leap into the unknown. What advice could I give him?
I talked last week about how I've been struggling for over a year to define who I am and what I do. One of the possible titles that has come up for me in trying to get to that perfect 'elevator pitch' and succinctly summarise what I do is.... space holder. Have a read of what that title means to me.
At the beginning of the year the Health Bloggers Community (HBC) launched their Reclaim Your Day Off campaign and I was lucky enough to be at their opening event. I wanted to share the take-away points I took from the session which I thought you could all really benefit from too. I know a lot of what she said really stuck with me.
At the start of the year I interview Samantha Blamires from new blog Nutrition Unwrapped. Sam is a qualified dietitian and her blog aims to give her readers trustworthy information about nutrition written in bitesize, accessible chunks which are easy to digest (no pun intended!). In this follow-up mini blog post I give registered dietitian Sam some quick fire questions for more nutrition nuggets of wisdom:
Back in the dark old days when I started out on my healthy eating journey I seemed to read everywhere that a hot lemon water in the morning was super healthy. But is it really? I wanted to put this blog post together to try and bust some myths. I've sourced quotes from nutritionists to make sure I've got my facts right and hope that if you're like me and might have been sucked into believing that drinking hot lemon water has miracle powers this puts you straight.
This year I'm taking Valentine's Day to be a serious reminder for some self-care. You may well be have struggled through January - miserable weather, fighting coughs and colds and feeling like you still haven't quite hit that stride everyone talked about for 2018. I feel you. Whether someone else buys these gifts for you or you get them for yourself - Valentine's Day should be about love in whatever form!