Chattin’ with Vegie Head Adele: Following Your Passion, Divine Order & Abundance

Posted on: March 13, 2013 Category: Guest Experts/ Self Mastery

Hey loves, I am so excited to introduce to you Adele from Vegie Head!

We had heaps of fun doing this one part passion, one part spirituality, and one part being a heart-centered soul video for you. :-)

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In this chatty video, we talk about passion, abundance, & divine order including:

+ How Adele started the H-U-G-E and awesomely successful Vegie Head

+ How to stand out and shine your unique message

+ What to do when you feel ALONE and UNSUPPORTED on your path (PSST .. You’re not alone!)

+ The #1 thing we MUST know to manifesting abundance

+ Forming energetic boundaries to sustain us while helping others

+ Special Bonus: Adele draws a juicy oracle card for us! (This is so synchronistic. Her oracle card was just the much-needed timely message from the Universe!)

 

Little Note: The audio is pretty loud when I played it, so you might want to turn down your volumes first before playing the video and then adjusting accordingly!

 

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Love,
Jia Ni x

Happy Healthy Abundant Interview: Connie Chapman

Posted on: February 28, 2013 Category: Guest Experts

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1. Who are you and what do you do? Tell me more about YOU (your story, your truth)!

My name is Connie, and I am a life coach, a writer and newbie entrepreneur! I am on a mission to empower as many women as I can follow their heart, do what they love and carve out their dream life.

I wasn’t always doing this work though. For most of my life I didn’t really know what I wanted to so, and as a result I worked in a lot of jobs that didn’t really fulfil me. But in November 2012 I changed all of that – I quit my day job and launched in to building a full time coaching business.

The past few months have been a wild (yet amazingly fulfilling) ride. I just recently went through a big process of re-launching my website and brand and as a result I created conniechapman.com which is an inspiring online space for women who want to live happy, fulfilling and magical lives. I also just created my first ebook called The 12 Step Dream Creator Guide. So, there has been a lot going on!

(Jia Ni: LOVE LOVE LOVE x10 the eBook. I have it in my iBooks and flick it open when I need a pick-me-up and dreams-a-go-go attitude whenever wherever!)

The most thrilling part of this whole process has been the shift I have made to living authentically. This is definitely one of my highest values. Being able to spend every day sharing my gifts, doing work that I love and living a lifestyle that nourishes me, is the best thing in the world.

(via Instagram: @connie_chapman)

2. What is your purpose/bliss/passion in life? How did you discover it – and how are you following your bliss?

I always knew I wanted to help and teach people in some way. My younger sister has a disability and she was a huge part of my life growing up. I used to spend a lot of time looking after her and trying to teach her things.

It wasn’t until I was about 20 that I realised there was another way of helping people, that was not so much about caring for them but more so about empowering them.

My mum always had a big bookcase of books about self-development, spirituality and health and one day I started to just become really curious about them and I started reading them. I was fascinated by what I was reading and I began to realise for the first time that we are creators of our own life and we have the ability to manifest the life of our dreams!

I became hooked on the teachings of these books and began practicing meditation and yoga. While I was extremely passionate about these areas, they stayed as just ‘hobbies’ for years. Then one day I decided to start a blog called a life of perfect days. I wrote on this blog for 3 years and it attracted a following of thousands of readers from all over the world. I knew that sharing messages of positivity, inspiration and happiness was my purpose in life and so in 2011 I began my training to become a life coach, and the rest is history!

3.  Do you have a morning or night routine/ritual? What does it look like?

I love the morning so I always make sure I get up early so I can enjoy it. I have recently simplified my morning routine as I found I was trying to squeeze way too much in to it! These days, I wake up at 5.15am and then make myself a cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon. After that I light some candles and spend around half an hour practicing some meditation and journaling and then I will make myself a big, fresh-pressed green juice.

In the evenings I again like to light candles as I find them so soothing and relaxing. I don’t have a particular night routine but I generally try to avoid tv and instead just read a beautiful soul-nourishing book on the couch.

4. What are some of your non-negotiables in life?

Greens – I have to eat fresh greens every day whether it be in my juice or a salad or a smoothie. If I don’t do this I can actually feel the impact of it right away.

Doing what I love – Now that I have left my day job I simply cannot imagine being back there. My life is now driven purely by doing what I love. It is so important to have each day filled with things I am passionate about or that I enjoy

Being around positive peeps – It is so important for me to surround myself with inspiring, like-minded people who are positive and happy. Lucky for me these seem to be the only type of people I am attracting in to my life at the moment and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing community around me.

Exercise – I love being fit and healthy and I love the feeling I get from having a regular exercise routine. I tend to change things up regularly but it will always include a mix of running, gym classes and yoga.

5. What does a day in your beautiful life usually look like?

Well my morning routine is always the same, but that is really the only consistent factor. Every day is totally different!

Once my morning routine is done, I will usually sit at my desk and check my emails while sipping on my green juice. I will then check my calendar and see what I have on for the day. Some days I am in back to back coaching sessions with my gorgeous clients. Other days I spend it writing content for my blog, completing interviews for other blogs, or writing posts and articles for other online publications.

(via Instagram: @connie_chapman)

Some days I like to leave my schedule completely open for me to just work on whatever I feel inspired to do. I love coming up with new coaching programs and products and creating and designing them.

Since I have started working for myself I have been making a conscious effort to get out of the house and around people! So some days I will schedule in lunch or a tea break with a girlfriend to give me some head space away from my desk.

By about 4pm I am ready to switch off so I will head outdoors or to the gym for some exercise. Once I am back I might catch up on a few more emails before signing off for the day.

(via Instagram: @connie_chapman)

I tend to only eat quite light dinners, so I will just prepare something simple and then light some candles, watch some TV with my man or chill out with a book.

6. Do you have a beauty routine? What are some of the skin care and personal care products that you can’t live without?

I like to keep it really simple, and I wouldn’t say I have an exact routine. But the products I love are Dr.Bronners Magic Soaps, rose hip oil, rose water face spray and coconut oil for my body.

7. What is a piece of advice you wish someone told you earlier in life, or you wish you knew?

Always follow your heart and your intuition.

When I was younger I did not have the courage to follow my heart and I often questioned what my inner guidance was calling me to do. Now that I am older I have developed a much stronger trust in it, and I find that it always guides and leads me to exactly where I need to be.

8. What are your top 5 health/wellness/happiness tips?

  1. Practice appreciation and gratitude – This practice can instantly (and I mean instantly) turn around your energy.
  2. Eat nutritious, wholesome food – I really think that in order to be able to step up and be our best selves we need to fuel our body with clean, fresh, healthy food. When I don’t eat well my motivation levels drop and I feel less clear headed and positive. Drink lots of water and eat stacks of greens.
  3. Do less, be more – I am still mastering this practice, but it is so important to focus on who we are being in every moment, rather than just what we are doing. Many of us are busy doing so many things that we never stop and just be still. I love to take some time out each day to just sit on the couch in quietness and drink a cup of tea.
  4. Exercise outdoors – I used to be a bit of a gym junkie but I find when I exercise outdoors with the sun on my face, the wind in my hair and my feet on the earth it is so much nicer.
  5. See the world with love – We can either see the world through the lense of fear or the lense of love. As soon as you shift your perception you change the way you see the world. So, focus on love. Think loving thoughts. Bring love to all that you do. Be love and give love.

9. What is your all time favourite…

  • Quote: I think this is the ultimate and most beautiful quote of all time

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

-Marianne Williamson

  • Food/Recipe: I love raw chocolate and avocado pudding! It is quite simply just banana, avocado, banana and raw cacao blended all together.

(via Instagram: @connie_chapman)

  • Colour: Hot pink
  • Song: I don’t know about all time favourite, but right now I am loving anything by Lana Del Ray
  • Book: Oh, I am a massive book nerd. I can’t pick just one! If I had to say which book has changed my life the most profoundly I would say Conversations With God.
  • Affirmation: “I love and accept myself just as I am right now. I am exactly where I need to be in this moment and everything is unfolding for my higher good”
  • Film/Documentary: “What the bleep do we know” – mind boggling but fascinating!

10. Lastly, what are you most excited about in the future? Do you have any upcoming projects that we can look out for?

I am so excited that my new website conniechapman.com has launched and I am so thrilled to now be sharing my work through this platform and under my own name. Over the course of this year I intend to keep using this space to share inspiring, life-changing and empowering information with the world.

I have just released my first ebook, The 12 Step Dream Creator Guide and considering it is free I would love as many people as possible to get their hot little hands on it as it is a wonderful resources for people wanting to manifest their dreams.

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On top of all of this, in April I am running my 90 Day Transformation Project which is an online program and community. I ran this program in 2012 and I had 450 participants from all over the world participate in this collective transformation. It was awesome! So, I cannot wait to have that run again.

Other projects for the year include launching some group coaching programs in Sydney, running my first workshop later in 2013 and also creating my 2nd ebook!


connie chapmanConnie is a life coach and writer, who is on a heart-fuelled mission to empower women to do what they love and manifest their dreams. She is the founder of conniechapman.com, an empowering online space for women who want to create happy, fulfilling and magical lives.

Connie is the author of the 12 Step Dream Creator Guide e book, and founder of the 90 Day Transformation Project, an online program and community which in 2012 transformed the lives of 450 participants from all over the world.

When she is not writing, or working with phenomenal women, you will find her sipping on green juice and chilling out on her yoga mat. Read more from Connie at conniechapman.com or grab your free copy of her new ebook here. You can also connect with Connie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Inspiring Interview: Rachel MacDonald

Posted on: November 2, 2012 Category: Guest Experts

Hello awesome you! 

2 more months till the end 2012 — can you believe it? I’m finishing off the year with two inspiring interviews (one each month as a countdown to next year)! Finish the year with a bang! Let us be inspired to shine by these gorgeous ladies who are wondrous lightworkers that share their gifts with us. :)

I couldn’t possibly find someone more beautiful than this goddess here — Rachel MacDonald (or formerly known as Rachel Magahy) from In Spaces Between to be the Inspiring Interview of November.  (Little known fact: When I first discovered In Spaces Between, I spent my whole weekend just pouring through a year’s worth of Rachel’s blog posts + soaking up her passion and enthusiasm on her blog!) 

Without further ado, here’s the interview. Thank you, Rachel – for gracing us with your sparkly presence and energy. She is possibly the most elegant person I know, who seems to find poise and balance in everything she does effortlessly. Such a goddess! ♥

Rachel MacDonald

1. Who are you and what do you do? Tell me more about YOU (your story, your truth)!

Hello lovers! I’m Rachel MacDonald (new married name – you may know me as Rachel Magahy) and alongside my “day job” as a digital communications exec, I spend mornings/ nights/ lunch breaks/ weekends dishing up a mega dose of love and inspiration on my blog In Spaces Between.

I’m Sagittarian to the core and get high on learning new things and connecting with sweet souls. When I’m not tapping away on the keys, you can find me laughing (deep belly-style) with my girlfriends, cuddling up to my husband, dreaming up new adventures, moving my body, taking photos and burying my nose in a good book.

2. What is your purpose/bliss/passion in life? How did you discover it – and how are you following your bliss?

I’m passionate about bringing women together and empowering them to go out and grab their magnificent lives with both hands.

I’ve loved to write and communicate since I was a teeny girl – my parents love to tell the story that I started talking quite early and never shut up from then on in – and I always knew that I would marry up that desire to connect and communicate with my unshakeable belief that we can all live radiant, deeply fulfilling lives doing what we love.

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I think everything I’ve done and learnt to date has brought me closer to my “purpose” or bliss – most importantly, starting In Spaces Between a year ago – and I can’t wait to see what the Universe has in store for me moving forward!

3. Do you have a morning or night routine/ritual? What does it look like?

I try and flow with life as much as I can because lately the weeks have been full of delightful and unexpected surprises but that said, I do love a bit of structure and my mornings always involve visualising my word or feeling for the day, exercising, and writing the things I’m manifesting in my “Magic Moleskine” (the diary I use to unleash my big dreams).

At night, I’ll often light a scented candle as soon as I walk in the door from work and will either jot down the things I’m grateful for or chat about them with my husband before we go to sleep. Nothing like loading up on love before drifting off to sleep!

Rachel and Ramai

4. What are some of your non-negotiables in life?

  • Exercise (my happiness depends on it)
  • Love ‘n’ cuddles with my incredible husband.
  • Greens, water and nourishing food that supports and pumps my energy right up.
  • Writing and connecting with my beautiful readers.
  • Reading and learning.

5. What does a day in your beautiful life usually look like?

I wake up at 5:15am every day (5:45am on weekends when my body decides to give me an extra half an hour) and after a short visualisation in bed to set the tone for my day, I get up and get ready to head outside to exercise by the beach. I’ve been working on breaking my habit of checking Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram/ email on my phone in bed, and some days I’m good at sticking to that… others, not so much (yet!)

The best part of my day is when I’m outside energising and moving my body – I’m a huge fan of where I live! – and by the time I get home around 7am, I’m juiced up and ready to dive into the day ahead. I’ll normally finish a blog post, answer emails and respond to comments before 8am and then I trot off to work where I do my thing until around 5:30pm.

My creativity definitely peaks in the morning but I spend most nights on the computer doing bloggy things, and then I’ll often finish up the day with a short meditation (love Gabby Bernstein’s) or a few chapters of my book. All things going to plan, I’m out like a light by 9:30pm!


6. Do you have a beauty routine? What are some of the skin care and personal care products that you can’t live without?

I adore Trilogy rosehip oil, coconut oil and Sodashi products (seriously delicious – their Brightening Marine Mineral Mask and Rejuvenating Moisturiser are THE BEST). I also wear sunscreen daily, exfoliate once every couple of days with a Lush Ocean Salt scrub and feed my skin from within with spirulina capsules and chia seeds.

If I really need to ramp up the glow a few gazillion notches – like I did for my wedding a few months ago – I book in for an Omnilux LED light treatment. The “revive” light seriously rocks!

7. What is a piece of advice you wish someone told you earlier in life, or you wish you knew?

When you start following your passion, the odds are that you’ll work harder than you ever have before – but it’s the kind of work that triggers something deep within you. It’s the kind of work that you lose hours doing, that you can’t wait to rush home and dive into, the kind that brings you alive. The old cliché is so true: “When you’re doing something you love, it won’t feel like work.” I absolutely know that to be true now.

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8. What are your top 5 health/wellness/happiness tips?

  1. Practice extreme self-care. If your health slides, everything else slides too. Make exercise, healthy eating, ‘you time’ and relaxation a non-negotiable so all other aspects of your life can flourish as a result.
  2. Simple pleasures can often bring the most joy. Fresh flowers from the farmers markets. A juicy mango. Random positive reminders in your phone. Dancing around the lounge room. Chanting power words in the mirror when you’re feeling flat or frustrated (bonus points for pulling silly faces – I guarantee you’ll be laughing your butt off in no time!) I’ve done this on several occasions at work and always giggle to myself as I walk back to my desk… while everyone else silently questions my sanity. :)
  3. Vision boards work. Without-a-freaking-doubt.
  4. You’re always in control. Of your thoughts, the way you react, the way you choose to live your life, the ‘story’ you tell yourself. Owning that is beyond empowering.
  5. Sugary food in the morning = sugar cravings all day. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS find this to be true. Start the day right and fill up on green smoothies and protein instead.

9. What is your all time favourite…

Quote:

Two of my faves are:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

And:

“Everyone has this giant, luminous being that is their true self… Everyone is a sleeping giant, so to speak, waiting to hear the call, waiting to surrender to it, waiting to act on it. We’ve gotten caught up in thinking we are what we look like, the physical, the exterior. We think we’re the lamp shade. We’ve forgotten that we are the light—the electricity and the luminosity that lights up every man, woman, and child. The light is who we truly are.”

– MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH

  • Food/Recipe: Can I say chocolate here?! Ok… yes… chocolate. Currently adoring Pana’s mint choc. Yum.
  • Colour: Ooh that’s a toughie! I think if I had to choose it would be a ménage a trois of turquoise/ aqua, coral pink and HOT PINK, BABY!
  • Song: I’m still deeply moved by James Vincent McMorrow’s version of ‘Higher Love’ (the song I walked down the aisle to a few months ago)
  • Book: The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte – total game-changer.
  • Affirmation: “I am blessed and supported in everything I do.”
  • Film/Documentary: I don’t think I could choose one but for inspiration, I can’t go past TED Talks and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday vids.

10. Lastly, what are you most excited about in the future? Do you have any upcoming projects that we can look out for?
I’ve just launched my first eBook (a freebie) and I’m planning to create another one in the not too distant future. I’m also going to be steering my ship in the direction of a coaching career and have a few things up my sleeve for my blog, so watch this space!

About Rachel

Rachel MacDonald (nee Magahy) is a soul-centred writer, social media maven and wildly enthusiastic community builder. Her life’s mission is to help bright sparks like you create and live bigger, bolder, richer, more radiant lives.

In little over a year, In Spaces Between has become the go-to for juicy inspiration, confidence building, fear fighting and mindset shifting. A visit to the site – there’s 25,000 of those a month – has been likened to a big ol’ hit of happiness. Straight to the soul.

Rachel has just released her first eBook More Magic, All the Time: 20 Ways to Create Your Best Life Ever, which you can get your hands on for FREE by clicking here.

Website: www.inspacesbetween.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rachelmagahy
Facebook: www.inspacesbetween.com
Instagram: @rachelmagahy
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/inspacesbetween

P/S: Are you BUZZING with inspiration already? I know I am! Leave a comment & let me know which BIGGIE you’ve walked away with!!

Balance by Mastering the Art of the Tightrope

Posted on: October 30, 2012 Category: Guest Experts

Happy Tuesday, beautiful souls! This week I have the honour of presenting you an amazing post on balance by Kelly Valentine from Glamorous Spirit. Kelly and I have been in contact for a few months now, and I absolutely love her posts and writing.

I posted a post on 5 ways to find balance in life few weeks ago – but I thought it’d be interesting to have Kelly’s spin on this topic! I really enjoyed this post, and I hope you do too! I also talked about fear on her blog last week, so if you haven’t yet seen the post – check it out here!

Art of the Tightrope

{GUEST POST BY KELLY VALENTINE}

When I think about balance and how many of us struggle with it, the attainment of it, and how to keep it – I’m met with one image.

Art of the Tightrope

The tightrope walker.

Their very life depends on balance. They are in a constant dance with it, always adjusting and coming back to alignment in order to take that next step forward. With this in mind, I took to the wonderful world of the Internet to look for inspiration…

What I discovered

Another word for a tightrope walker is “Funambulist”. That’s right. FUNambulist.

I find this interesting mainly because I see it as a reminder to have fun in our journey. It’s not that serious!! Just notice where you’re feeling off and explore what you could do to bring back your sense of balance.

5 ways to master the art of the tightrope

1. Take the drama out of it and bring in a sense of play—especially if you’re feeling burnt out. What are you craving?? A silly movie? A trip to an arcade? A night out with the girls? The biggest challenge once you realize what it is that you’re craving is to take action on it. You might not be able to do it today or this week but plan it out so you know it’s coming. Sweet anticipation.

2. Use a balancing tool. Many tightrope walkers use a balancing tool, such as a long pole or an umbrella to help them keep their balance. We need balancing tools too!! Since we would all look a little crazy carrying around a pole all day long, what can we use to help us? The answer is simple.

Breathe. Your breath is your innate balancing tool. Have you ever taken a deep breath and NOT felt instantly more balanced? Think about yoga. Yoga begins and ends with focusing on your breath. It is your breath that will allow you to flow through those poses and your life with any sense of grace. So start paying attention to your breath and take the time to slow down and experience some deep breaths, especially when that feeling of “I have SO much to DO!!” comes screaming at you.

4. Take your time. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I have never once seen a tightrope walker speed walking across a high wire. Not once. A sense of urgency is good in certain situations but not in your everyday life if you want to have balance while meeting your goals. Whether you’re tightrope walking across Niagara Falls or trying to launch a business, slow and steady really does win the race. Give yourself permission to slow down; it doesn’t make you weak…it strengthens your resolve.

5. Focus on staying balanced. Lastly, when I imagine being inside the mind of a tightrope walker, I realize how important focus is to staying balanced. Funambulists damn sure don’t look back and they don’t look down – they look forward. That’s their only option. The looking forward is what will make those days when you feel out of balance seem worthwhile. Remember your WHY and keep it fresh in your mind. Focus on that feeling of arriving and imbalance slowly melts away.

Extra inspiration + support for your journey to balance

Read: “True Balance” by Sonia Choquette

Watch: The documentary, “Man on Wire

Quote: “A well developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” – William Arthur Ward

About The Author
Kelly ValentineKelly Valentine is a writer and curator of beauty (inside + out).  She created Glamorous Spirit to be a corner of the blogosphere where you can come be inspired, uplifted, and reminded.  She enjoys combing the web for stories to share with you, quotes to remind you, and visuals to inspire you.  Her blood type is B + so it’s literally in her blood to bring some positivity to you and your world.  She also wants you to know that you are not alone.  You can visit her at {www.GlamorousSpirit.com}