All posts tagged: Happiness

Upping the fitness ante

Had you seen me a few months ago you would have noticed that I’d become a lazy lass.  It was cold outside so I went on an exercise hiatus. The temptation to stay in bed was just too strong. Ahh yeah, we’ve all been there… Fortunately a few weeks ago I managed to spur on my inner exercise spirit and get back into moving my body. And yes, as soon as I did there was a positive and noticeable change in both my mood and energy. It was a needed reminder that working out is not only good for the body but also good for the soul. Avid readers and Instagram followers will know that I currently do a boot camp down on Sydney’s Northern Beaches three mornings a week. When I moved to Mosman, I tried a new location but there’s just something about the beach and sun rising over the ocean that has me – it’s so blissful and calming. I find my days started with exercise and the beach are my best. …

Blog Crush: Kate Caddle (aka The Whole Housewife)

I’m incredibly excited to share with you today’s blog crush. When I first started my health and wellness journey almost a year ago, I stumbled across Kate’s blog ‘The Whole Housewife’ (which recently re-branded to Kate Caddle) through Instagram. Once I found her blog, I went on to read almost every post she had shared since starting her journey online. I found her approach to wellness and holistic living intoxicating, and today I owe much of my own health and positive attitude to her. Whenever I feel like my journey needs a jolt to get back on track, I find myself back on Kate’s blog and Instagram taking inspiration from her approach to life. So it’s a total thrill to share with you the awesomeness that this chick puts out into the world. I hope you enjoy! Tell me about The Whole Housewife – Why did you start your journey and where is it going? I started my journey as The Whole Housewife in January 2014 after a quest to find wellness naturally. I’d been …

For the love of pasta; sweet potato gnocchi

Pasta has got to be a staple in every Aussie home, right? As a child I used to love twirling spaghetti around my fork and stuffing it in my mouth. When I first moved out my diet consisted almost entirely of the cheapest packet pasta I could find, and in recent years the fresh stuff has seen my love affair grow even stronger. I will happily put my hand up and say that pasta is one of the most delicious foods on this planet. So imagine breaking up with the stuff. For those of us who avoid gluten, pasta is almost permanently off the menu (and because of its soy content, so to are most of the gluten-free versions). For me, this Easter marks one year since my last rendezvous with the Italian delicacy. In terms of substitutes, I’ve always known that fresh gnocchi was an option, but speaking honestly it’s always been one of those recipes that’s just been a little too complicated to attempt. So when my boyfriend requested sweet potato gnocchi for …

Blog Crush: Meet Eb from Every Healthy Day

If you’re in to all things health and wellbeing there’s a high chance you already follow a kick-ass collection of lifestyle bloggers.  To help you start the week on a high, here’s another awesome chick to add to your list. Meet Eb. Her blog ‘Every Healthy Day‘ was one of the first lifestyle hubs that I fell in love with. Not only does she have lots of flair, but her photos and words are full of healthy living inspiration and good vibes. She was kind enough to spend a few minutes getting into the nitty-gritty of her approach to life for readers of The Whole Life. Enjoy and make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post… Eb shares an awesome recipe that will make you drool! Five minutes with Eb from Every Healthy Day Tell us about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion? Every Healthy Day began as an easy way for me and my sister to share our healthy meals online and keep each other motivated. We …

Start the New Year with acceptance, not resolutions

With New Year’s Eve only days away, the holiday-break in motion and the gluttony of Christmas now well and truly set-in, now is the time of year when we typically stop and take stock of our lives. For most of us, Jan 1st is the time we reset our goals and assess how we live in comparison to how we’d like to live. It is this thinking and hope for something better that sees us develop New Year’s resolutions. Our resolutions are usually big personal changes that require the spark of a New Year to get firing. Whether it’s losing that extra weight, investing in your fitness, or learning to say no, the change isn’t something that typically comes easily to us. It requires an investment of time, attitude and persistence. The problem with most resolutions is that the process of implementing these changes is often heavily flawed. While goal setting is important, putting realistic, achievable steps in play that will help you achieve your desired changes over the long-term are just as critical. If …

Settle petal – it’s time to calm your farm

Hands up if you’re easily stressed-out? With one in four Aussies reporting moderate to severe levels of distress in 2014, if you went that’s me – you’re not alone. Stress is an exhausting, controlling and sometimes incredibly overwhelming process. It can strike when you least expect it, or build up for days, weeks and even months – particularly if you let it get the better of you. As a society we currently recognise several different degrees of stress. These include: Acute stress – sprung from the demands and pressures of the recent past and of the immediate future Episodic acute stress – those who suffer acute stress frequently – they often take on too much, are always in a rush and full of nervous energy Chronic stress – the grinding stress that wears people down and can destroy bodies, minds and lives Acute stress is this most common type of stress that most of us experience in the day-to-day. It is usually short term and the result of emotional pressures, muscular, stomach and gut problems, as well …

How to be your weekend you, every day

Who else, like me, wakes-up on a Saturday with a strange sense of weekend freedom? That is, the feeling that the day is yours to do what ever you want, and for a brief moment you can live the life you’d love to live everyday, if only you could! Introducing you to your weekend you. I first acknowledged my weekend me at a work event the other day. Sounds like a strange place for such an encounter, doesn’t it? You see I’m fortunate enough to not only have a career that I love, but to also work for a stellar employer. As all good businesses should, the company has some pretty strong ideas about women in leadership and true to their word, they’re investing in bringing these ambitions to life. One arm of this vision is a Women in Leadership Mentor Program. This program sees emerging female leaders partnered with inspiring role models from across the business to help foster growth, education and development. I was chuffed to be given the opportunity to participate. Lucky for me, the program also includes a series …