New Year’s Eve 2015. A warm, playful night on the deck at home in Western Australia. I turn to my friend Janine and say “I’m done with alcohol, I’m not going to drink for awhile” and I mean it and I do it and I have only a glass of wine between that night and […]
I’ve lived in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, for just over three years. This city has been entirely generous to me and I can’t quite believe that in just one week I’ll be saying my farewells, jumping in the car with Andrew, driving the 4000-ish kms across Australia and leaving Perth. I have moments of thinking I’m crazy […]
By Claire in CREATIVITY, EVENTS, FUN STUFF, GUEST POST, LIFE LESSONS, WELLNESS 8 Comments Tags: claire baker, connection, dance, dream then do, Emily Ehlers, fear, femininity, friendship, inner critic, perth, resistance, workshop, yoga
I’ve been learning about and exploring the lunar calendar and yin/yang phases recently (more about this soon!) and today, we’re currently in a yin phase. This energy is receptive, inward, reflective, relaxing and feminine. On the flip-side, yang energy is energetic, expanding, active and action-oriented.
And let me tell you, I’ve never felt this distinction between yin/yang energy more than in the last few days.
Which brings me to explain why I haven’t written today’s post for you.
Emily Ehlers and I are so excited to present ‘Dream, Then Do’, a creative, playful and powerful workshop in Perth, for an inspired new year.
This glittery, half-day event will be devoted to creating a space for you to map out those big dreams, expand your creative practice, set some soulful and solid intentions – and have a whole heap of fun.
Being Thanksgiving (even though I’m in Australia), it feels mega appropriate to have Amy O’Brien sharing her wisdom with us today; aaahhh I am SO super grateful that this lady is in my life.
Amy is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and my personal Acupuncturist/Herbalist. I’ve written before about the positive impact that her magic has brought into my life, and I credit her treatment immensely for helping restore my menstrual cycle, balance my hormones and bring a sense of gentle ease and lightness to my wellness regime.
Just a month ago, the idea of hosting a workshop and speaking to a room full of women scared the bejesus out of me. But as I’m learning more and more about fear, it’s often a sign to steer your ship in that exact direction. And I’m so glad I did.
The two Get Radiant workshops I have had the pleasure of hosting alongside Amanda Noga from Yoga Alchemy here in Perth, have been just extraordinary.
Combining yoga with self enquiry, meditation, journalling, intention setting, group coaching exercises and more, these amazing women have walked away saying things like…
I almost didn’t celebrate my birthday this year. Which, for me (and my family will attest to this), is quite out of character. I kind of felt like: oh you know, it’s just 28, it’s nothing special… It’s all a bit much isn’t it? I’ll just do something for my 30th (yikes!) in two years time…
And then – thankfully – I snapped out of my momentary weirdness and decided to celebrate my 28 years on this planet by surrounding myself with all the things I love!
Well, talk about BLOWN AWAY. I didn’t even get a chance to write a blog post about my ‘Get Radiant’ workshop that I announced on Monday and it SOLD OUT by 4pm that day! Holy moly Perth, I freaking love you.
So excited for today’s Heroine with Heart. May I introduce you all to Ali Sims from the sublime fashion blog Creatures of Commonplace. Ali’s a Perth girl too and I stumbled upon her gorgeous Instagram a few months ago and fell in love. Seems like a few others have too – say like, 12,000 loyal followers!
Ali’s style is flawless, her pictures are beautiful, her skin is radiant, her body is B A N G I N’ and her commitment to – and interaction with – her online tribe is divine. Her personal stories and reflections tie in so beautifully with her images and after a scroll through her online world, you kind of, just like, want to be her friend. Not only because she’d help you look a million bucks every time you went out, but because she oozes genuine, sublime passion. And I love me some of that! Plus, behind the glam, I know how much work it takes to get a creative venture like this off the ground. Ali, you’re killing it. Everyone, enjoy! x
I haven’t made my journey with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) much of a secret. I’ve written here, here and here all about my experience coming off the contraceptive pill after over a decade of usage, only to find that my period didn’t come back – for a year!
Diagnosed with PCOS and given butt-loads of conflicting and confusing advice from friends, family, my GP, Google, books and blogs, it was a challenging and confronting year at times as I set out ‘debunking PCOS’. I’ve also made no secret about just how much Nat Kringoudis (as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist and Natural Fertility Educator as well as women’s wellness blogging SUPERSTAR), helped bring clarity to my situation and empowered me to make the best decisions for my body.