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MONDAY MEDITATION | 1 Minute Mindful Breathing Meditation

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Hey guys, This week I have shared probably the most simple mindful technique that I have come across!  All you have to do is tune into your breathe.  Observing all of its behaviour, rhythms and patterns.  The aim is to not change anything.  The more you relax, it will slow on its own.  The whole purpose of a mindful practice is to focus your attention on the activities in front of you, or in this case your natural breathing, in order to calm the mind from all of the crazy thoughts racing through it, to be able to focus all of your attention on what is happening right in front of you (..or inside!).

Calming the mind has profound positive effects on our nervous system, which then send a positive ripple effect to the rest of our body.  Imagine walking into that meeting calmer, clearer and more confident.  Imagine asking that guy out confidently.  Imagine knowing exactly what to say at the right time.  All of that is possible when we soothe our nervous system and mind.

Test it out, it only takes a minute!

https://youtu.be/BtJ5dGfWVcI

MONDAY MEDITATION | 1 Minute "In + Out Breathe" Meditation

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Looking for a meditation that you can do literally anywhere.. even at the traffic lights?  I've got the right one for you!! This little gem is so easy and subtle, you can literally do this one anywhere.  You can use it at your desk, on the tram/train, at the traffic lights, before a meeting.. anywhere!  It's the ultimate little reset, best part; it only takes a minute!

Check it out and be sure to comment below to let me know how you go :)

https://youtu.be/pWqa46LoP4M

xSx

How to Stay Positive in Negative Times

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These days we seem to be living amongst information overload.  We have negative news updates now creeping into our social media feeds, terrorism fears, constant internal comparisons to instagram accounts with stacks of followers, we're seeing the current gun violence in the US, we have financial fears.. the list goes on.  We cannot deny the times that we find ourselves living in, but we can take control of how we, as individuals and as a community, respond to them. The truth is, shit happens and its going to happen.  Once upon a time we all knew this, but our current world plasters perfection everywhere and its as if we've lost sight of the real world (this absolutely does not condone violence or hatred of any kind, and it never will.  Those kind of acts must be dealt with effectively.)  Life will always be an ebb and flow, just like the seasons, circumstances will always come and go.  Once we learn to let go and allow nature to take it's course (allow the negative circumstance to naturally subside), we are reminded that everything is only ever temporary and there is always a lesson to be learned, and a greater outcome awaiting us.

With all of that in mind, here are my tips for 'weathering the negative storms' and keeping a positive mind:

  1. Have compassion.  Compassion or those communities effected, compassion for your co-workers, compassion for your neighbour driving you nuts, compassion for the driver who just cut you off on the road.  We must expand our awareness to the fact that, in one way or another, we're all struggling.  That neighbour who is driving you nuts; may be about to lose a parent, that driver who just cut you off; may have just lost their job and may not know how they will pay their rent this month.  No one is rude, angry or hurtful to another when they are genuinely happy in their own life.  Once we understand this, it makes it a lot easier to deal with negative/unhappy people.
  2. Only concern yourself with what you can control.  This one can be a hard idea to grasp, but once we do, it's very freeing.  It doesn't change the circumstance, but it changes your reaction to it.  It's not about sitting back helplessly, it's simply the act of letting outside circumstances be managed by those who have the power to make the change.  Stress and worry wreak havoc on our nervous system, so when we stress that our train is delayed and we are now late for work, we're asking for a morning of chaos; unnecessary anxiety, stress & worry.  Stressing while sitting on the train wont make it go any faster and you cant get out and push it!  So this is where you accept that you're going to be late, let those who need to know, know and enjoy the extra 20 mins you get out of the office!  Relax, your co-workers wont even be thinking anything of it anyway, they're busy reading their emails or trawling news.com.au.
  3. Appreciation for everything.  Even when times are tough, there is always something to be grateful for.  Be thankful for the person who held the train door for you, be grateful for the lovely meal you ate, appreciate your income every month, thankful for the roof over your head, grateful for your loving partner or family.  As much as there are endless negative things we could think about, there are endless positive things.  The more you turn your attention to the good things in your life, the more they will show up.  It is law!
  4. Acceptance of the circumstances.  Accept that crappy things happen, accept that you will move through it and accept that the sun will break and you will find yourself on the other side, wiser, stronger, smarter and with a fresh outlook.

All it takes is one small positive action towards another to have a positive ripple effect.  You may be the reason that person smiled this morning, they may then hold the door for another, that person may then buy their co-worker a coffee.  All of these small action pay it forward for more optimism and positivity throughout us all.

How can you pay it forward today?

xSx

'No Guilt' Raw Choc Bars (Recipe)

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Ok, since learning how to make raw chocolate, I have become a totally obsessed with making clean treats.  Almost weekly now I am whipping something new up in the kitchen because it's just so easy!  The best part is being able to be creative.  It really has become this new creative outlet for me.  I would never haveconsidered myself a creative in the kitchen, but now I am in love with it!  There is no right or wrong, so the pressure is off.  It's so simple to taste-test as you go along (and delicious!) add a little of this or a little of that.  So with that in mind, I came up with this super easy chocolate block.  I think I even did it in 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsps of rice malt syrup
  • 2 Tbsps of coconut oil
  • Half a cup of puffed quinoa (or use buckwheat from crunch)
  • Half a cup of desiccated coconut
  • Handful of dried cranberries (soaked for an hour)

Method:

  • Blot excess water from your cranberries.
  • Microwave the coconut oil until completely melted.
  • Stirring constantly, slowly add your raw cacao powder.
  • Once smooth and consistent, add you rice malt syrup.
  • Continue stirring constantly and gradually add your quinoa (or buckwheat), cranberries and coconut.
  • Once even, pour into a lined tray and evenly spread.  Decorate as desired.  I sprinkle coconut on mine, but feel free to get creative!
  • Simply refrigerate until set.

Delish!

xSx

Recipe: Delicious Infused Water

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We all know the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day drill, but how boring can water be though, seriously.   While there are some days where 8 glasses of water is enough, there are other times where we should be aiming for 3 litres.  It is important to be consistently drinking water, especially when we know that our bodies (us!) are around 70% water! I have created a delicious infused water blend to keep me reaching for water over sweeter drinks throughout the day:

  • Mint leaves
  • Half a Lime
  • Half a Lemon
  • 2 Litres of water

Not only is it delicious, but it helps flush nasty toxins from the body and assists to alkaline the system.

Mix up a jug of it and keep it in the fridge or get a glass bottle (or BPA free plastic bottle) and keep on your desk to drink throughout the work day.

Soda water also goes great with this mix.  Think Vodka, Lime and Soda...sans Vodka and more flavour, super refreshing.

Infused water is a great alternative over cordial for the kids!  Just chop up their favourite fruits and add them to the jug.

I would love to hear your favourite infused water blends in the comment section below.

xSx

 

My jug at home

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Recipe: My Favourite Breakfast Smoothie

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This breakfast smoothie is the bomb!  Not only is it delicious, but I look forward to it each morning.  Plus it's super easy to clean up, bonus for when you're in the morning rush. Packed with protein and nutrients, this smoothie keeps me full all morning long.

Using your blender (I use a Magic Bullet), load up the cup with the following:

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsps of coconut
  • A few mint leaves
  • 3 (or 4) heaped Tbsps of natural Greek yoghurt
  • 1 large handful of washed blueberries (alternative: frozen berries / other berries)
  • 1/2 cup of water (alternative: coconut water / almond milk)

Blend, stop, shake the cup and then blend again.

Enjoy!

 

Here's the ingredients that I use:

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Better than Coffee!

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We all can struggle to wake up in the morning, but for those that are caffeine dependant, you could be doing more harm than you realise. Caffeine in small doses is generally fine for consumption, but your daily coffee, whether you're a 3 cups a day or just one cup a day coffee drinker, could be causing chaos to your nervous system, especially if you find that you are particularly stressed. Taking a caffeine detox every so often will do wonders for your system! Here are my tips for healthier wake-up substitutes.

Lemon Water I drink lemon water every day, I love it! In summer I have a jug of water in the fridge with half a lemon, half a lime and around 5 mint leaves. It's delicious, refreshing and aids the liver with detoxification. I even have mint and lemon in my water bottle on my desk a few times a week. The only caution with this one is to try and use a straw to limit the acidity on your teeth.

Morning exercise Put your work-out gear on and walk part of the way to work. I know the days that I walk half an hour to the next train station in my gym gear, are the days where I feel the most energised when I arrive to the office. Even if the walk wasn't strenuous, I still feel like I have moved my body and done something physical, especially before I spend many hours at a desk with little movement. If you drive to work, make an effort to get a 20 minute walk in before you leave (walk the dog, snoop on neighbours..) or even arrive at work early and take a walk around the block. You will certainly feel more awake after it.

Fresh air and sunlight Our bodies have a natural cycle called the circadian rhythm. We are naturally designed to wake up to light and wind down from dusk. When you wake, open the curtains and your windows. This will activate your body into wake mode.

Get out of bed when your alarm first goes off If you wake before your alarm, get up then. When we fall back asleep or take our time getting up, we are creating a sluggish state which can set the tone for the day ahead. You will also benefit from being able to take your time getting ready, rather than rushing.

Get enough sleep If you find that you are still tired when your alarm goes off (we have all been there..) make an effort to get to bed earlier. Just add 30 mins every week or so until you find the right amount of sleep for you. You will know that you are getting enough sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed. That mythical morning fresh feeling does exist and you will definitely be less likely to reach for coffee when you feel this great in the morning!

Sleep with your phone in your living room We all know the "roll over, grab phone, alarm off, click email, scroll Facebook, roll out of bed" routine. Set an old-school alarm and have your phone in another room. This will force you to get out of bed earlier to check your phone and will also create a more peaceful sleeping environment.

Cooler than normal shower Whether this shower is at your workplace after your morning exercise or right after you get out of bed, a cooler than normal shower has calming effects on our nervous system, strengthens vagal tone and wakes your senses up and leaves you feeling extra fresh!

Let me know which healthier routine options work for you and if you have any other tips that work for you, leave a comment below - I would love to hear them!

xSx

Paleo Bliss Balls

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Paleo Energy Balls These deliscious little snack balls are great for on the go or fun lunchbox additions. Full of fibre and protein, these little snack balls are great snacking items.

Get your hands ready..

1 Handful of Cashews 1 Handful of Almonds 2 Handfuls of Dates 1 Handful of Figs 2 Tbsps of Goji Berries 2 Tbsps of Chia Seeds 3 Tbsps of Coconut 1 Tbsps of Coconut Oil

Using a high powered blender/mixer, blend each dry item into a fine mix and blend together. Chop figs and dates into small pieces and blend into a soft mix.

The key here is to blend (and blend some more) all of the items together.

Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute (as required).

In your soft mix (figs and dates) gradually add the dry mix, blending as you go. If you find that the mix is not blending as well, add a teaspoon of coconut at a time as this will help combine the ingredients.

If you don't have a mixer, you can do this by hand, by working the dry items through as you go (quite the arm workout!).

Roll into small balls and refrigerate.

Enjoy!

xSx

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LifeCoachSam Has An Exciting New Vibe.

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It has been a while since I last posted, but now I am back- more refreshed and feeling better than ever! A lot has changed over the past year and I am feeling so inspired to bring you lots of helpful articles, guides and personal stories to continue to motivate you to live a balanced life.  The direction and focus of this website will be changing slightly.  I am feeling more drawn to wellness writing rather than writing only personal development content.  I feel like wellness covers all areas of our lives in the same way that personal development does, however, wellness allows for more freedom and balance.

This past year, a wellness-lifestyle has been my focus and a priority.  Wellness across the board; healthful food, getting back into basketball, taking time out, lots of socialising, massages, meditation classes, learning to say no, learning to stick to my new budget, fitness and adventure.   Wellness is a grounded lifestyle but it also encourages us to continually learn and grow.

To clarify, my definition of 'wellness' is obtaining health and balance across all areas of my life, essentially a lifestyle of maintaining general wellbeing through making healthful choices.

By no means have I been perfect nor totally strict on myself, but each and every week I take the time out for myself and come back to centre.  Whether that be cutting sugar for a week, or committing to increased exercise, or even getting my butt to Sunday morning meditation class, but no matter what, I always come back to honouring my true self.

As I write this blog, I am sitting on my couch still buzzing, yet feeling totally balanced from my first Reiki session.  This is just one of the new things I have fallen in love with over this past year and I will be sure to give you the full low-down on Reiki and, well, pretty much everything else that I have tried, loved, those not-so-loved and everything in between.

Throughout this journey, my intuition has become my greatest tool.  It is a daily compass.  And from this place, I am feeling so inspired and energised to bring you great content on lots of health and wellbeing areas that I have explored, re-discovered and lived this past year.

My desire for this page is to create a community of self-lovers and wellness-junkies.  Our personal wellbeing must be our first priority!  If we are neglecting ourselves, how can we show up fully to this world.  It starts with you and your relationship with yourself, and is maintained by you showing up for your greatest good.  It is not always easy, but it is definitely always worth it.

I am so excited for you all to see what is in store for LifeCoachSam.  So much goodness is coming your way!

xSx

Remember, every smile is contagious- so go spread the good stuff!

BUDGETING - The "3 Step Success" Series

This week's topic is "Budgeting". We're coming into the spending season of the year and what better time to get on top of our spending then now. 1: Know exactly what your weekly expenses are. 2: Don't carry a credit card. 3: Carry cash.

🔷Once you know exactly what your weekly expenses are, establish how much of it is actually essential spending. Now you can allocate set amounts for saving and weekly spending. Set up scheduled transfers for your allocated savings so you're not tempted to spend it.

🔷Rather than carrying a credit card that is so tempting to use, have a key card linked to an account with emergency money (just in case). Credit card spending is a massive trap! Keep your card in a safe place at home for those essential online purchase, like flights!

🔷Since you now know how much allocated spending you have for the week, carry it in cash. It the best way to keep track of spending and you're less likely to part with cold hard cash.

Let me know in the comments below👇 which tips you'll be implementing this week and let me know how you're going implementing them. For more tips and articles head over to www.facebook.com/lifecoachsam3

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We All Have The Abilty to Help Change The World

Last week Marie Forleo posted an interview with Adam Braun, the founder of Pencils of Promise, a "for-purpose" (not-for-profit) organisation that builds schools for children in developing countries.  I was so moved by this video that I had to share it with everyone I know.  Pencils of Promise has built over 170 schools in 6 years and has no plans of stopping yet.  It is quite a remarkable story, yet anyone of us can do it.  Adam started by placing $25 into a bank account in the name of Pencils of Promise and 6 years later he is helping improve the future of all of the students who are lucky enough to attend his schools, and subsequently their respective countries.

While the purpose of the interview was to promote Adam's new book "The Promise of a Pencil", the underlying message throughout is that every single one of us has the power and the ability to make a change.  If you feel strongly enough about something and are passionate about it, you will have the drive to do it.  When you are in-sync with the universe and are making a positive impact, you will find that you won't be acting alone for long.  Positivity breeds positivity.  This is how to start a movement.

A link to Marie's interview with Adam is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG53tqz3jNY

The whole idea of one person making an incredible impact on society initially seems limited, restricted and foreign to us, but when you really look at it, we are surrounded daily by global trailblazers, who too, started with little to no backing and changed our world for the better.  The likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther-King and Oprah.

This has me believing in my own ability and the ability of every person reading this blog, to have an impact on the world.  As the famous quite of Pauline Kael goes:

"Where there is a will, there is a way"

We must trust that we will be guided and supported and that we will attract the right people to help spread our message.  We also have a little thing called the internet, and with this tool, amazing things can be accomplished.  We are able to connect to people on the other side of the world within seconds, allowing people from all walks of life to come together.  While there is only so much we can physically do as an individual in the world, when we come together and share a vision, the possibilities are endless.

This instantly got me thinking about my strengths and the goodness that I can help bring to the world. I am very passionate about animal welfare, and my organisation of choice is The Orangutan Project. TOP are an Australian based foundation working locally in Borneo to acquire land to safely re-habilitate and re-home orang-utans. While I have been donating to the foundation for a number of years, I realised there is a lot more I could be doing. So, since hearing about Adam's story, I have pledged to visit the TOP sanctuary as part of their volunteer program in 2015. Within my home we have also labelled our money tins with TOP's logo and will be donating all of our loose change to Borneo. I hope to expand on these small charitable efforts in the next couple of years.

If you would like to see what The Orangutan Project is currently up to, visit their website here: http://www.orangutan.org.au/

And remember, every smile is contagious, so go spread the good stuff.