The Inspired Guide - Issue #18

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"If you believe it will work out, you will see opportunities. If you believe it won't, you will see obstacles." - Dr Wayne Dyer

How to Make the Most out of

y o j n E & e m o c l e W Hello and welcome to Issue #18 of The Inspired Guide!

Designed to inform and inspire all who seek to live more conscious lives. The Inspired Guide encourages a holistic approach to soulful living which stems from our innate ability to create our own reality for a more conscious, joyful and balanced life.

Amanda Sears | Creator






For a balanced life it is important to incorporate mindfulness and personal development in all areas of our Mind, Body and Soul.

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Read ANYWHERE! ♥ Read with an open mind ♥ ♥ There is no ‘one size fits all’ ♥ ♥ Hold no judgement ♥ ♥ Read what calls to you ♥

CONTENTS - #18 Get Involved ...... 6

My Journey So Far ...... 94-95

The Good Guide ...... 7

Living Naturally ...... 96-97

WIN! ...... 8-9

Feel Great - Inspiration ...... 99-101

Incidental Comics ...... 10

Feel Great - Recipe ...... 102-105

Inspiration on Instagram ...... 11-13

In the Kitchen ...... 106-109

Positively Podcasts ...... 14-18

Helpful Herbs & Flowers ...... 110-111

Short & Sweet ...... 20-23

Garden Conversion ...... 112-115

Creativity & Exhibition-1 ...... 24-29

Kids in the Garden ...... 116-117

Creativity & Exhibition-2 ...... 30-35

Living Well ...... 118-119

Travel & Adventure ...... 37

Movement & Flow ...... 120-121 A Balanced Life ...... 123

FEATURE ...... 38-69

Naturally Nurtured ...... 124-125 A Nurtured Life ...... 126-127

Vision & Intention ...... 71

Conscious Parenting ...... 129

A Balanced Life ...... 72-73

Let's Get Creative ...... 130-131

Conscious Business ...... 74-75

Conscious Creating ...... 132-133

Business with Integrity ...... 76-77

A Short Story ...... 134-137

Mind-Body Wisdom ...... 80-81

Insights into Animals ...... 139-141

Living Your Best Life ...... 83

Divine Guidance ...... 142-143

Unconditional Self Love ...... 84-85

Divine Inspiration ...... 144-145

Soulful Living ...... 86-87

Spiritual Guidance ...... 147-153

An Inspired Life ...... 88-89

A Twist in the Tale ...... 154-159

A Mindful Life ...... 90-91

Conscious Business Market ...... 160-161

Mindset Matters ...... 93

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The Good Guide Not every day is a walk in the park or a breath of fresh air - but it can be... When you need a pick me up or something inspirational to shift that doom and gloom. Be uplifted & inspired with our carefully curated selection online... WATCH Look for the light in the world and you will see how bright it shines! Get a breath of fresh air with Good News! READ A book can teach you or take you away on a journey - often both... enjoy our selection of inspiring and uplifting books. ART Art is subjective... it can inspire, soothe or insight action among the viewer. Our collection hopes to do all of these things... BE INSPIRED Hear the words from great minds around the world! Watch inspiring videos and learn more about these people. LISTEN Soothe your soul, find that happy place and get your groove on with some of our uplifting musicians and singers.


Cover Art

'A Jellyfish Perspective' (2020) Photographic Art by Amanda Sears (Photo by Chalo Garcia |



We realise there is A LOT of great content in The Inspired Guide that you may want to find again, for example a chocolate cake recipe or steps on personal freedom... AND you probably don't want to search through all of our previous editions to find it! So we have created 'Topic' pages on the website where you can peruse for a certain topic that tickles your fancy OR find a topic from any edition to re-read or share. You can now use our simple search option to find a specific article by typing in what you are looking for! So easy!


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To say thanks & celebrate our BIG Summer Edition we wanted to give away some awesome prizes! UNCLAIMED BOOKS BUNDLE Win this whole pile of unclaimed books from our past monthly book giveaways and competitions! SUPER Inspiring!! • Living an Inspired Life by Dr Wayne W Dyer • Period Repair Manual by Lara Bridon ND • Becoming Supernatural by Dr Joe Dispenza • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson PH.D.

2 x CERAMIC BAUBLES Get inspired to paint your own baubles with our DIY Holiday Bauble instructional article on page 132 and make your own unique and special ones with these 2 x blank 8cm diameter ceramic baubles!! *They will probably arrive in the new year, so will be perfect for Christmas or any other holiday in 2021 - or as a fun project any time of the year - because baubles aren't just for Christmas!


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1 x SIBLING WARS BOOK Hansel and Gretel just won't stop fighting. But when they run into the witch in the wood, the squabbling siblings must team up to escape... Sibling Wars is a fun Hansel and Gretel retelling with ‘Behind the Scenes’ material that encourages children to stop fighting. We have one copy of this awesome book to giveaway to a lucky subscriber! Read a special short story and find out more about Fairytale Fraud and Katie Pye on page 134.

5 x COLOURING BOOK Get your hands on my first ever limited edition A5 colouring in book! It features 12 pages of original artwork by me - Amanda Sears - creator of The Inspired Guide! Colour my illustrations in your way, in your own time...

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Grant began drawing comics in 2009 as an exploration of art, literature, and the creative process. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his family, where he also practices orthodontics. You can often find him carrying a sketchbook, lost in his own thoughts. A collection of his comics have been published by Abrams in 'The Shape of Ideas' and 'I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf'. Find him online: 10

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A huge book nerd and gamer with 5 cats, Dominee uses her life experiences to inspire you to really know and love yourself, to believe in yourself, trust your intuition, and realize that you have the ability to make all of your dreams come true. Follow on Instagram: @blessingmanifesting

A doctor & illustrator based in Christchurch, NZ, Greta started Me-Mo as a resource to encourage people to have more Me-Moments. Taking some time out to improve their mental wellbeing on a daily basis and to enjoy an inspired Me-Moment. Follow on Instagram: @memo.memoment

Becks is a counsellor, mindfulness coach and illustrator based in Nelson, NZ. She began illustrating mental health tools with a goal of making counselling and therapeutic techniques more accessible to everyone. Now they are a global resource! Follow on Instagram: @journey_to_wellness_

A 17 year old from Slovakia - known only as 'Teabag' she has loved drawing since she first held a pencil and never thought her digital doodles would get so much attention! Her doodles help with her own mental health and cheers her up. Follow on Instagram: @teabag.cartoon Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



Just an average guy residing in Ottawa, Canada, Boki writes, illustrates and shares content in the hopes of turning wondering eyes inwards. He loves art and quotes so it was natural to combine these into potent whispers for the mind, heart and soul. Follow on Instagram: @bokifide

AMY CHARLETTE By Amy Charlette

Amy's art is closely tied to her spiritual side and heavily influenced by yoga, nature, chinese medicine, metaphysics and sacred geometry. She creates art to inspire deeper connection to self, creativity, community, nature and the universe. Follow on Instagram: @amycharlette 12

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BECCA REITZ By Becca Reitz

Becca Reitz is an illustrator and graphic designer that resides in Denver, CO. Her work aims to capture the beauty and essence of the human experience – each piece is a visual representation of our truth, our journeys, our past, our future. Follow on Instagram: @becca_reitz


Artist and illustrator based in Croatia, Asja's work reflects a deep desire to glance behind the curtains of daily reality, to go beyond all reason and dive into the mysterious realms of imagination and to explore her inner worlds in a playful way. Follow on Instagram: @asjaboros


Dani is an author, blogger, and designer living in Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched the website sharing experiences and insights on positivity and self-love! Now a global, destination for inspiration and resources. Follow on Instagram: @PositivelyPresent

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With Viola Hug

With Rachel White



Savannah became an entrepreneur because she valued freedom; especially freedom with time.

Brittnae is an online health coach certified in nutrition and disordered eating. She helps women reach their goals without extreme dieting but rather through healthy positive behavior changes.

She left the 'living for the weekends' philosophy when she became a corporate dropout in 2019. Spending time with her young daughter was priority, so she took her online hobbies into full time businesses and wants to empower other women to do the same. On most days you can find her cooking or baking in the kitchen, flowing on her mat, exploring with the family and ending the night with chocolate and a binge-worthy Netflix series.

We discuss • disorded eating • overcoming learned diet behaviour • overcoming ‘food rules’ • facing the fear of food • eating disorder brain • emotional binge eating/hunger • how to overcome feeling controlled by thoughts of food ... and so much more...

*Episode contains some explicit language

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With Katherine Rose

- WITH ERIKA TEBBENS Does the thought of selling make you run outta the room screaming?! Me too, friend. Me too. That’s why I’m SOOOO stoked to bring you today’s chat with the epic Erika Tebbens. Erika knows selling. Better yet, she knows INTUITIVE no-sleaze selling: making offers in a way that feels fun and freeing for YOU, as well as your audience. With no BS or cookie-cutter strategies. Trust me. You’re gonna leave the episode ready to ROCK your sales convos – and build bountiful relationships that benefit both you AND your clients. 16

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With Rachael Kable

I thought I would explore the topic of life purpose and how I'm moving forward after achieving my big goal of writing a book (and then feeling a bit lost afterwards). Here are my 4 top tips for finding more life purpose:

1. Write down all the things that help you feel purposeful (and perhaps, acknowledge why they help you feel purposeful) 2. Visualise your ideal life - notice the parts of your life that are already ideal and think about how you can work towards creating a more ideal life for yourself 3. Let go of things that don't serve you or hold you back from achieving your potential 4. Remind yourself that it's okay when the reality of achieving a goal is different from what you expected.





In this episode, Kinesiologist, Reiki master and author, Kerry Rowett teaches us how to align and attract our beautiful business vision. Kerry explains in plain English what Kinesiology is all about and shares the personal healing experience that inspired her to train as a Kinesiologist.

It’s frighteningly easy for what we do to become who we are, especially for us people pleasers, worthiness seekers, and productivity obsessives.

Kerry shares what it means to live and work in alignment, how to know if you’re out of alignment, and how getting aligned can help you get out of your own way and grow your business in a really joyful and sustainable way. We explore how to get crystal clear about what you actually want and break out of the push-crash-and-burnout cycle, and Kerry shares some of her go to tips and tools for getting aligned.

Our guest this week, Theresa Tirk, breaks it all down for us, from constructing and deconstructing identity to the differences between labels and roles.

*Episode may contain some explicit language

*Episode may contain some explicit language

With Sarah Jensen


With Jenna Teague & Ashley Looker


How is a recovering perfectionist supposed to navigate the minefield of identity?

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With Brooke & Ben McAlary


With Maddy Moon

For many of us it is nothing more exciting than a necessary part of life, used to pay the rent, buy groceries and clothes and petrol, and maybe fund a holiday every few years. But does it have to be a drudgery? What if we’re looking for a way to make work a part of our lives that lights us up? In a world filled with corporations more concerned with the bottom line than the health, well being and individual strengths of employees, is it actually possible to find work that is fulfilling? (And do we need to be self-employed to find it?)

Has your period ever gone missing for months at a time? Did you jump for joy for a second? Not having to deal with cramps, tampons and all the other period nonsense can be nice… for a bit… until it causes panic, frustration and utter confusion wondering where exactly ‘it’ went. And you might be doing all the right things—eating the right food, getting plenty of sleep, upping your calories, moderately exercising, etc. and yet you’re still struggling with not receiving your monthly cycle. So, what gives?

It’s something so many of us grapple with, which is why I’m so excited to have Blaire Palmer on the show today. Blaire is an ex-BBC journalist turned business owner, who works to help people unpick the industrial-age conventions of work and find a fulfilling way forward that works for them. In our chat, Blaire shares her own story and the shifts she’s made to the way she works, how we can redefine work and the way we do it.

In this episode, Madelyn discusses the link between getting your period back and your feminine essence. Madelyn believes that you can do all the right things, but until you’re content with being a feminine creature, your period will be aloof. This connection is so important that it’s been Madelyn’s experience that you may not get your period back until you focus on connecting to your feminine core.


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With Angela Miccio-Harris

I am, and I hear many others are also, hence why I felt to share a few words. Transition comes in many ways - it could be a change of location, a job or a new vision to begin something new. Regardless as to what form it comes in, it is a very important time which will call for diligence and commitment to steward it in well. It will also require you to step out of your comfort zone and be stretched. TIPS: • Be aware of distractions, be ferociously focused on the vision ahead - 'see it' - don’t look to the right or the left, or even back to what you may need to leave behind. Stay focused on the vision and the strategy given to you. • Guard your heart against comparison and competition; from copying, doubt and fear - embrace this new 'assignment' and give yourself whole heartedly to fulfilling the vision and work that is required to make it happen, with as much ease and peace as you can. • Guard also your time and your "yes" to other things. What are you 'filling your time' and your 'schedule' with? Some areas you used to say "yes" to may now require you to say "no". • Lastly, be wise to who you share your new vision with or the change that’s happening as not all will be positive about it. Last month I spoke on the 'Need to know how to encourage and reassure yourself' which is so vital when we are in a time of change. Go back and take a read of it if you need a refresh.

With Amanda Sears

"Row, row, row YOUR boat (no one else's) Gently DOWN the stream (in flow) Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily (joyfully) LIFE IS BUT A DREAM" Offering unsolicited advice is something I have struggled with because I love people so deeply and can easily see the potential for their lives and just how simple it could be for them to live more aligned with their grandest dreams... But, alas, it is not my place to impose my ideas on how others could experience their own life even if it means watching people I love struggle, fall down, hurt themselves or go the long way around - that is their choice and divine journey and it is perfect, just as mine is (and God knows I've taken the LOOOONG way on many things!). I know I don't need to guide those who don't, can't or won't ask, because guidance and answers come in many ways:  In the lyrics of songs  The spoken word of theatre, TV and movies  The written words of books and magazines  A social post or even an advertisement  From the mouths of strangers  A divinely placed random artwork in an alley  A whisper in your ear from Spirit ...If you do need help, please ask for it - the ones who can offer you the greatest help may be the ones who don't offer help without being asked.. Keep an eye and ear out for guidance from all around you - you are dearly loved and protected.. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020






Fluorite is a powerful cleansing crystal which works on clearing clutter and confusion from our minds.

Malachite is a premier stone for protection against negative energy.

With Kimberley Stewart

It brings order and clarity to a chaotic mind and places all of our thoughts into the appropriate boxes - in the process, thoughts which are unnecessary are eliminated. Because fluorite has such a profound effect on our mind, it is the ideal crystal to wear or have in your pocket while sitting exams or when concentration is needed. It also brings clarity and logic to our decision-making process, particularly when we need to make a decision which concerns the people in our lives. Fluorite calms an anxious, scattered mind. Anxiety sufferers will find that fluorite takes away the pain of overthinking and therefore eases the anxiety itself. If you suspect that someone is 'gaslighting' you or if you are dealing with a narcissistic personality, then fluorite will help you see the lies from the truth. Fluorite supports our brain function and helps to ease dizziness. It has a strengthening effect on our bones and teeth and is good for those who suffer from bone density problems. On a spiritual level, fluorite’s clearing qualities dispel negative and lower vibrational energies from the aura. It can also help us to interpret and understand messages that our guides and angels give us. 22

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With Kimberley Stewart

Its energy radiates throughout the auric field and prevents negative external forces from penetrating it. It is a particularly good crystal to have on you when you are just starting out with developing psychic abilities. Malachite’s protective energy also helps to keep us safe by creating synchronicities which lead us away from any detrimental paths or events. Malachite holds distinctly masculine energy and helps one to build self-confidence and willpower. Its masculine energy also helps to balance the feminine energy within ourselves by bringing balance and clarity to our emotions. If you are going through a particularly emotional time and have lost control of your emotions then malachite will bring them into line and discard the emotions which aren’t serving any true purpose. On a physical level, malachite helps to support the body’s detoxification organs including the liver, spleen and kidneys. It helps repair damaged tissue and reduces inflammation at all levels. Some people have found malachite to be a great crystal to use to ease the symptoms of arthritis. Spiritually, malachite not only offers protection but helps us put focus on and energy into what we wish for, therefore enhancing the power of our manifestation abilities. It is a crystal of creativity, confidence and clarity, bringing together the energy and abilities of both the solar plexus and heart chakras.





Moldavite is an extremely high vibration crystal which puts the user on a fast-tracked path towards spiritual enlightenment and understanding. It is a transformational stone which manipulates one’s life to get us on a path that is for our greatest good. For this reason, Moldavite is a must-have for those who wish to develop themselves spiritually. The powerful energy of Moldavite should not be taken lightly.

Is your quest for success distracting you from your divine development? Too busy to take care of yourself? To eat well, drink water and go the toilet when you need to? To delve into the bigger 'soul' questions like 'Is there more to life? Why am I here? Who AM I? What is my purpose?'

With Kimberley Stewart

It can increase synchronicities in one’s life and cause events which will sometimes turn a person’s life upside down. It can force you to discard anything which is holding you back from reaching your highest potential including relationships, jobs and material objects. Expect massive life changes when Moldavite is being used. Moldavite’s vibrational energy can be described as intense. It can cause what is known as the ‘Moldavite Flush’ in some people whereby one feels extreme heat or flushing when first holding a piece of Moldavite, as it realigns our thoughts, perceptions and feelings. It can sometimes cause an over-active mind or anxiety. This tends to pass after Moldavite has balanced and realigned the heart chakra though. Although Moldavite has a particular affinity with the heart and third eye chakras, it realigns all the other chakras as well. It causes very intense spiritual awakenings and pushes one towards their destiny. Moldavite is a limited resource and quite rare to come by. It brings healing to all areas of the body and increases the energy of all other crystals.

With Amanda Sears

A healthy, happy, loved, balanced, nourished and integrated mind, body and soul can achieve miracles in every moment... so why do we spend so much time busy'ing ourselves with external 'attractions' and 'distractions' instead of digging deep and developing our divinity or evolving? Well probably because we aren't used to it... our lives, upbringing and social conditioning are not often the kind that inspire you to seek inner power and your own divinity - but trust me, it's there and life is way more fun when you find it! Sometimes distractions are necessary ways to shift the energy or move into another part of yourself... but often they can become a default to distract you from developing, evolving and progressing - like mindlessly scrolling social media feeds or watching endless television - where does the time go?!... We fall into a comfortable space and become content; soon this becomes the norm and we are lulled into such a 'comfortable' space that we forget who we are, what we were doing and why we are here.. My remedy for this is to increase your consciousness and awareness in every moment; ask yourself if this behaviour is in your highest and best good - or could you be doing something better... Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



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Creativity + Exhibition With Guest Kari Doyle I was born in Adelaide, South Australia. I lived in Albury (in New South Wales) and Melbourne for about 10 years and returned to Adelaide with my husband in 2012. Growing up I enjoyed crafty hobbies and my auntie would gift me craft kits for my birthday. I’d pick art subjects at school, but they were more design focused. I was more of a dabbler here and there. In 2017, I felt so burnt out by life, a friend suggested I paint my feelings... So, I did and I haven’t stopped since. I’m fascinated with the concept of creativity and how it plays out in people’s lives. I want to learn as much as I can about the creative process. I suppose because I want to know why it took me so long to really find my creative self. My artworks are usually a way for me to try and process what I’m learning. The medium will often vary, depending on what I’m creating, but the majority of my art involves painting. Painting feels like home... It’s my favourite place to be. EXPLAIN THE WAY IN WHICH YOU WORK: I wish I could tell people I do this, then this, and it leads to this, but honestly it’s more a process of following the breadcrumbs... Itty bitty choices, and then see if they work. My creative process is sporadic at times; I’ve only started taking my creativity seriously for the past 3 years AND I’m still discovering how I like to create. I keep copious amounts of notes, sketchbooks, photos and journals; when something sparks my interest, I capture and record it as best I can, whether it’s words, photos or sketches. The ideas generally don’t make sense at first, but after gathering and collecting, I’ll eventually get a thought about how it will fit together.

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST CREATIVE MEMORY? Me standing in front of an easel at kindy with my mum beside me - she wore a green fluffy jumper and a black leather skirt - I remember painting her portrait while she watched. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I’m inspired by anything that shares theories of creativity or the creative process. I never really know what’s going to inspire me. I love the new. I’m a bit like a magpie in that regards - anything shiny and new draws my attention. Also, for a long time I believed creativity would just flow and flow. I thought there was something wrong with me if (when) I got stuck. I’m learning now that creativity is like the seasons and if, after a period of creating, I have no ideas, I know this is my creative winter and I need to rest.

Go to favourites, while pondering what next: • Chats with delightful people. • Walks in nature or spending time in the garden. • Tom Delonge’s interview with Ernie Ball about his creative process. • Listening to 'Angels and Airwaves' or 'Tycho'. • Clarissa Pinkola Estes' audiobooks. • Artwork by Del Kathryn Barton, Frida Kahlo and Pip ‘n Pop. • Laura Horn’s podcast and classes. • 'The Creative Pep Talk', 'Art Juice', and 'Talking with Painters' podcasts. ADVICE FOR OTHERS ON THE CREATIVE PATH: Read and do The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. 'Morning Pages' (3 pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning from the book) have been a saving grace and getting rid of the junk in my head has been the only way I’ve been able to hear my creative voice. It’s my one non-negotiable daily practice. Plus, there are so many fun gems in that book. FIND OUT MORE ON HER WEBSITE: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



Words by Katherine Rose


Creativity is like a river. Turn it on and life flows and flourishes, turn it off and we become stuck and stagnant. In her vibrant online exhibition, The Creative River, Adelaide artist Kari Doyle leads the viewer through these flowing waters, exploring themes of cultivating a creative practice; the emotional tides that arise as one sets out to discover new territories, and reconnecting to childlike wonder. “I feel like my life now is in service of protecting that metaphorical creative river. There is a tending, a nurturing, to keep the ideas flowing and to clear away the gunk.” This mighty river can be both tranquil and tumultuous, as the artist is either carried effortlessly to safe shores... or tossed amongst a surging current, struggling to stay afloat and in flow. At other points along the creative river, the water may wane as one’s ideas, inspiration and intentions muddy: “When I left university, I chose a path of security, certainty and predictability. I turned my back on my creativity, very rarely making. Slowly over the years, without paying much attention, my creativity had become blocked and unclear.” “I also struggled to fit in... to feel like I belonged. I spent much of my life believing that if I just did one specific thing, I would finally feel like I had arrived.” And yet, as Kari discovered, it’s the many little actions over time that add up – the individual Drops of Joy and Wonder that blend and merge to surge the creative river on. With one drop at a time, one may find flow and fulfilment. Clarity. New life. “All the eyes in my work reflect a search for validation outside of myself, only to discover I needed to learn to belong to myself... to belong to my own creative river.” As you wade into The Creative River, know that you too belong here. You are seen. You are one. And while the water may seem muddy and the journey beyond the next bend unclear, with one drop of wonder at a time, your creative river will flow freer and further than you ever imagined. As Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote: “When creativity stagnates in one way or another, there is the same outcome: a starving for freshness, a fragility of fertility, no place for smaller life forms to live on the interstices of larger life forms, no breeding of this idea to that one, no hatch, no new life. Then we feel ill and want to move on. We wander aimlessly, pretensions we can get along without the lush creative life or else by faking one; but we cannot, we must not. To bring back creative life, the waters have to be made clean and clear again. We have to wade into the sludge, purify the contaminates, re-open the apertures, protect the flow from future harm.” Your creative river awaits... 26

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Kari Doyle | 'Drops of Joy' (2020) | 44 Felt Drops (approx.) 201x127mm |

Kari Doyle | 'Drops of Wonder (2020) | 3 x MDF Panels (600x900mm) | Made from over 30 paintings on canvas paper, and turned into over 300 drops. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Kari Doyle | 'Is it procrastination or productive play?' (2020) Watercolour Paint & Progresso Pencil - Digital Animation |

Kari Doyle | 'Wally' (2020) | Acrylic & Oil (600x450x20mm) | 28

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Kari Doyle 'Know Thyself' (2020) Digital Montage (1000x1000mm)

Kari Doyle 'Drops of Joy Badges' (2020) Felt Drop (43x49mm)

“I believe in you. I believe in what you are creating. The world needs your unique gifts. Like a drop in a bucket, one doesn’t add to much. But many do. Keep Going!” Love Kari xx Some items may no longer be available for purchase. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



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Creativity + Exhibition With Guest Courts Lippett Hey there! I am Courts, a professional artist and Founder of Courts Lippett Art based in Adelaide, Australia. As a child I loved anything creative; set design, graphic design, drawing, painting. However as life took over, my spark and passion for creativity was swallowed by stress and merely surviving each day. I traveled, I studied (not art), I got married, I worked, and I lost babies and became very ill when I was pregnant several times. I had a deep longing for something else but it took many years for me to realise that if I wanted to paint, nobody was going to come and start that process for me. EXPLAIN THE WAY IN WHICH YOU WORK: Artwork was originally my healing journey after I experienced multiple pregnancy losses, and multiple experiences of hyperemesis gravidarum. When I paint I feel like my soul lights up and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour, rainbows, gold leaf and happy vibes pour out of me onto the canvas. I truly believe that colour and art speak powerfully to your soul; as a professional artist I see my work as a sacred opportunity to lean into my life experiences, and use what I have learned from them to spread happiness, joy and hope to others. I now create original artwork for collectors all over the world who would like a little piece of happiness to take away with them too... WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST CREATIVE MEMORY? My mum has told me a story many times about how I got a bag of flour and tipped it all over the backyard and verandah. When she asked me (semi eye twitching) why I had done that I said “because I wanted to make it snow!” and she thought “I can’t argue with that creativity!”

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? It is incredibly motivating, and makes me feel genuinely happy knowing that the only purpose of my artwork is to be a provider of happiness and joy. I read somewhere once that ‘home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling’, and so surrounding myself with colourful art creates a more happy and joyful environment in which I am managing the busy, often chaotic, sometimes sleep deprived, requirements that family life brings. I love knowing that the collectors who buy my original pieces also experience this feeling of happiness and joy. ADVICE FOR OTHERS ON THE CREATIVE PATH: Artists are often stereotyped as 'hobbyists painting for fun on the side' - successful only after death. I wholeheartedly disagree with this and implore you to become familiar with your own dreams without the noise of conditioning resonating all around you. Listen very carefully to what lights up your soul. It may come as a whisper, or as a feeling in your body, or as a fork in the road where life does not go to plan. Spend time listening to those whispers and you will know what the next best step is for you, even if you don’t quite understand it. Have faith in yourself that everything will be ok. I spent years trying to work out what the purpose of experiencing so much grief was. It took me a long time to listen to my own little whispers. Now I am in my feminine flow and I am caring for my children the way I want to. And to be honest it is terrific! It is important to me that my children have a growth mindset, and that in the face of adversity they know that they have an inner strength that will guide them through. My children are old enough now to see their mum as a happy and financially successful business woman despite her challenges. The cherry on top is watching them paint and sell their own artwork too, because they are inspired by me. FIND OUT MORE ON HER WEBSITE: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


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Courts Lippett 'Flutterfly' (2020) Acrylic & Gold Leaf on Canvas

Courts Lippett 'Phoenix Rising' (2020) Acrylic & Gold Leaf on Canvas

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Courts Lippett 'Hearts a Flutter' (2018) Acrylic on Canvas

Courts Lippett 'The Secret Garden' (2020) Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Canvas

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Travel & Adventure With Isaac from Prowalk Tours




Assisi is a small hill town in the Umbria region of northern Italy, famous for being the birthplace of Saint Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order there in 1208. Saint Claire, who was one of the first followers of Francis, was also born there. Today, Assisi is a major pilgrimage site and tourist hot spot. In this video however, you will see Assisi on the cool early morning before all the tourists arrive. The walk was filmed on July 4th, 2019 starting at 6:52 AM. Enjoy.



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Experience Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, in this 9.7km walking tour. The city, located in the Tuscany region of Italy, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You will begin in the historic center and visit all the sites in the Piazza del Duomo, including a climb to the top of Giotto's Bell Tower. Your tour continues onto the Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio before ending at the Piazzale Michelangelo where you can capture a wonderful view of the entire city. This walk was filmed on July 3rd, 2019 starting at 12:30pm. Direct Link:

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Our body is the sacred temple of our soul while we reside on Earth. It is our only constant companion from birth to death and one of the most advanced technologies in the universe... something to be loved and cherished in its constantly evolving perfection. In this special feature we share the wisdom, journeys and experiences of many different people from all over the world. What we can clearly see from these words is that we all have our personal journey and our body is a commonality in all of the uniqueness of our cultures, lives and experiences wherever we reside in the world.

A BIG thank you to all who shared their story in this feature. It takes vulnerability, strength and courage to share your story in such a public way and through doing so you empower yourself and inspire others to do the same. Your words and actions are appreciated. Thank you.

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Well Being

With Amanda Sears BACK TO BALANCE I've certainly had my share of experiences of the love-hate relationship with my body. But right now I'm the heaviest I've ever been (by like 20kgs), I'm the healthiest inside that I've ever been and I love myself more than I've ever loved myself before! It's all about balance... I feel so blessed to have experienced what I have with my body, right from birth - so I had the opportunity of getting to know it in a really deep and meaningful way while still young. It may not be 'scientific' but these are some of the things I've learned while coming back into balance with my own body over the years. SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO BRING YOUR BODY BACK INTO BALANCE & HARMONY LOVE Our thoughts, words and actions create our reality - whether you believe it or not - it is pretty clear when it comes to the body that this is true. Loving your body and thinking loving thoughts of your body release those happy feeling chemicals and the hating our body and speaking harshly to it most likely creates the opposite effect. So before anything else - you need to LOVE YOUR BODY. It is the most amazing thing in the whole world; the only constant companion you will have from birth to death - and without that beautiful body of yours you would just be a soul floating around not able to touch, smell, hear and sense this beautiful world... that's right... no chocolate! No matter what your body is up to at this now moment, love it; it has never betrayed you; it only loves you and wants the best for you. If you don't listen to the gentle nudges it will get louder - because it is so important to your existence here, it cannot keep quiet if you are killing yourself faster than your highest good! The body, just like all of life, is in a constant state of change and evolution - what you tell it in thoughts and words today is what it will become tomorrow... When you LOVE your body, living in it becomes much more enjoyable.


BREATHE As a child with severe asthma; a chronic pain sufferer and so insecure about my body that I always sucked my tummy in - it was no surprise that at 25 after a back injury - my amazing physio noticed I actually didn't breathe properly! WOW! I breathed shallow and fast... no wonder I got out of breath so fast! She helped me learn the importance of deep abdominal breathing, along with slow outbreaths to reduce anxiety - and showed me how to become more mindful around this so it became my default way of breathing. She suggested lying on a flat surface on your back with your hands on your tummy with the fingertips touching over your belly - then breathe in and fill your lungs and abdomen enough that the fingertips disconnect then reconnect on the out breath. If you are still struggling with breathing - check out the article from Nicky Mcleod in Issue 11 on breathing and the Buteyko Institute Method. MEDITATE Meditation can be silent and still, or it can be active - eventually it can actually become your default way of being. Meditation is clearing the mind, being in flow and shifting the brainwave frequencies into a relaxed state of bliss and receptivity. I try to be in a constant state of meditation but practice silent meditation in bed or on the couch AND active meditation while I am exercising or gardening. It is no surprise that people who practice daily meditation achieve more balance, peace, joy, happiness and even success in their lives - just try it for 10 minutes a day to start and see if you notice or feel any difference. Let those thoughts flow in and out again and focus on your breathing - eventually the thoughts reduce, your mind quiets (and this becomes the norm - no overthinking or over analysing everything anymore) and it even creates space for inner guidance to surface into your consciousness. Meditation is highly recommended and it is definitely worth it - reduce worry, anxiety, stress, overwhelm and increase peace, bliss, joy, awareness, calm and love. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


GROUND We are from the earth but not of it, so it is important we stay rooted to her and to keep the energy flowing from above to below. Earthing or grounding has become widely known in the last few years, but it is nothing new. It is the simple task of being in nature, skin to skin - like a newborn and their mother. You can walk on the dirt and grass barefoot or you can go as far as burying yourself in a dirt hole naked! Completely up to you. But if you are feeling disconnected, dizzy, ungrounded or just a bit floaty - get those feet on the ground and breathe in the energy of Gaia right up through your body to your crown and back down again. If you can't get outside or onto the ground, then bring plants inside, open windows and let in the fresh air and visualise or set the intention that beautiful roots reach out from your feet and all the way deep into the ground - no matter how far away that is... Nature in general is a wonderful healer, so take a walk through a park or forest, feel the sunshine on your bare skin, go to the beach and get your toes in the sand, even dip them in the sea; stop and smell the flowers, get in the garden, be near animals, rivers, lakes dance naked in the rain if you want - just get connected as much as possible and breathe it all in and through your body deeply. HYDRATE Our bodies are something like 80% water - so it is pretty important that we keep ourselves hydrated! Think of those cracked and dried out riverbeds... we don't want that to happen! Water is so much more than just a liquid - it can be influenced by emotions, it carries memory, is ancient and life sustaining; in fact we need it even more than food! Sadly most people are perpetually dehydrated... yes, there are daily intake recommendations, but honestly you know your own body and some days you need more than others - I drink probably between 3-7 litres of water a day on average via filtered tap water and herbal teas + the water that is in fruit, etc. You can monitor your hydration levels via the colour of your urine (unless you are taking supplements that effect this), plus the colour of your tongue, suppleness of your skin and ofcourse, your feeling of thirst. 42

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Headaches and tiredness can often be caused by dehydration - so I always suggest reaching for a bottle of water before pills and aim to get that urine flowing clear! I've heard that you can add lemon, orange or lime juice to water to help with the cellular uptake of it and of course there are electrolytes that help with rehydration too - so in general a good balanced diet of fresh fruit and vegetables AND plenty of fluids will help to hydrate the body. Test it out on yourself - you may not even know you're dehydrated until you're not! Also, water helps to flush toxins out of your system and drinking and weeing are definitely way easier ways to detox then diarrhea and vomiting! (Trust me!) NOURISH The fuel we feed most machines makes all the difference with their functionality and performance - and our body is no different - it is one of the most advanced technologies in the universe and requires the right sustenance to keep it in balance, running clean and operating at full capacity - you know, the important things like: housing our soul, evolving and upgrading, alchemising fuel into power, repairing and regenerating itself, and healing and detoxifying, etc! (It truly is remarkable!) Over time the requirements of our body changes and we must learn to adapt and listen to its guidance - contrary to popular disempowering beliefs, the body actually does know what it needs - we have just forgotten how to listen. (Makes you wonder about why babies bat away certain foods doesn't it?). So get to know your body, what it likes and doesn't like (the 'why' is not necessarily important). The general consensus in the health realm is to feed the body light, organic, nutrient rich, whole and plant-based foods; and reduce or eliminate processed, artificial, nutrient depleted, chemical laden, heavy foods. My recommendation based on personal experience is to listen to your body - we all know that things like 'junk' food, alcohol and 'fake' foods often feel heavy and can make us feel sluggish (if you really felt into it) - however, sometimes a chocolate bar or something deep fried is the body's best and fastest way to receive the injection of something it needs right now - same scenario goes for red meat...


Some vegans actually have to eat red meat while they are pregnant - like they HAVE to; their body/baby is CRAVING what's in it! So yes, ofcourse eat as best as you can, listen to your body and tune in to what it needs - but don't feel guilty if you crave 'fast foods' and 'sugary' things... While the food and nutrition is important - so are the FEELINGS you have around food, eg. if you think it is poison, then the body will react as though it is... So just get to know your body and feelings around food and do your best, which will change every day. DETOXIFY Over the years our bodies pick up toxins through the air, water, food, thoughts, emotions and energies - if the body is healthy and well-cared for, it will naturally process these with ease, comfort and grace and keep living, evolving and changing... however most human bodies are not well-cared for so toxins from all those sources begin to accumulate and settle in areas of the body where they create inflammation, pain, dis-ease and dis-comfort. It is important to support the body in rebalancing itself by helping it detoxify with as much ease as possible - firstly stop, reduce or eliminate ingesting toxins (including toxic thoughts and energy), ease the workload of the body by reducing stress and nourishing it with easily digestible, nutrient rich foods and plenty of water; seek out a healer if you feel called to (the universe will present the right ones for you at the right time, just use your discernment) and follow the path laid out for you - this may look like energy work, supplementation, emotional therapy, medicine, time off work, physical movement, self-development books, etc. (Healing and support for healing comes in a wide range of modalities and methods - and change as your requirements change). Then... allow the body to heal. It is constantly re-balancing; the less you tip the scales from one end to the other, the more harmonious this balancing is. Detoxification can be unpleasant and can last longer than you would like, so take it easy on yourself and trust that all is well and you are doing so much more than you know. Help yourself by actively allowing and listening to your inner guidance. REST AND REJUVENATE Sometimes we are being lazy (which is ok), but sometimes the body just needs a rest.


It is doing so much more than our human minds can fathom, and on so many levels beyond our current comprehension. A good, deep sleep each night is part of the rejuvenation process of the body but so is rest during the day if that is what calls to you. This may look like a nap (or 14hr sleep), reading soul expanding books or escaping into fantasy; watching uplifting movies or inspiring documentaries (while the body rests, you can still nourish the mind) - or anything else that feels light and right for you in the moment - including a day off work in your pajamas eating tasty treats! MOVE THE BODY Moving the body helps to shift stagnant energy around and out of the body. This helps all aspects of the physical and energetic body to release pent up toxins, emotions, trauma and other energies - which helps the body come back into balance with ease. Gentle body work like Dance, Stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates, Walking, Swimming and Gardening are great places to start. The key with this is to do what brings you the most joy - so if that is Kung Fu, then so be it... It should be fun and if at first it feels like a struggle, shift your mindset and find a way to enjoy it - walk with a friend or a dog, garden with others, do yoga in your lounge in your pajamas... lay on the floor crying for 30 minutes afterwards (even crying releases and shifts energy - just like coughing, farting, burping, sneezing, etc.) - whatever feels light and right for YOU - no force needed. CONNECT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF Once you remember that you are more than just a body, life becomes a whole lot more fun and exciting! You realise you are never alone, you never were; and that everything is happening FOR you, rather than TO you. Yay! An empowered life with all those magical ideas you thought were unrealistic suddenly become possible and the childlike wonder and love you have for yourself and the world comes back. Life becomes an adventure again - where you are the main character and you open your self up to so much more potential! You get direct guidance from your higher self which holds a higher perspective and can see the bigger picture. You know you are safe, supported and cared for at all times. This knowing makes me feel free to love and enjoy my body so much more and treat it with way more respect! Amanda Sears, Lifestyle & Business Guide Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Living Well

With Tania Huddart 4 TIPS FOR A BODY POSITIVE SUMMER It can be tough to feel good about your body in the summer. The media and magazines you read often bombard you with fad diets to 'get your summer body'. We all worry about our bodies in various ways. But the good news is that it’s possible to celebrate being healthy and love your body the way it is. You can be happy and have fun on the beach while loving who you are. I would like to offer some tips to help you celebrate and stay positive about your body all summer long: GET MOVING Moving your body in as many ways as makes you happy is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It also boosts your mood and energy so you feel good about yourself. Exercise doesn’t have to be about weight loss, or going to a gym - you can choose a style of movement that fills you with joy! Getting out in nature is a great way to boost your mood and stay healthy; you could also join a recreational sports team, go for a bike ride, or take your furry friend for a walk. Shift your focus to a particular goal that is different to 'the way you look' - you could work toward running a marathon or lowering your cholesterol. WEAR WHAT YOU FEEL GOOD IN Wear clothes that fit you and make you feel good about yourself. Consider getting rid of old clothes that don’t fit. Having clothes that used to fit can be discouraging. So let them go and get something that makes you feel fabulous. You don’t have to wear a bikini, short shorts, or tank tops to dress summery. 44

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If clothing like that makes you uncomfortable, you don’t have to wear them. You can wear a colourful dress; put on some bright lipstick, big glasses, and a floppy hat. Play with your summer wardrobe and make yourself feel comfortable. FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR BODY There is beauty in bodies of all shapes and sizes - learn to love the way you look and celebrate the diversity of bodies in the world. There are many different body types out there! Your best features are what make you different. Take the time to celebrate your body and everything it can do. Make a list of all the amazing things it allows you to do like dancing, walking, laughing, riding a bike or swimming. You can also make a list of things you have accomplished that don't relate to the way you look. Are you a good listener? Did you start your own business? Are you compassionate and kind? Can you make others laugh? Make a habit of reading your lists every day. Celebrate and be grateful for the gifts you have and what your body allows you to do. PRACTICE BODY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS Our subconscious self-talk program can often focus on what is not right in our lives or our bodies. Practicing body positive affirmations is a great way to let go of these habits. They help you... learn to embrace the beauty inside. Positive affirmations help you replace your negative feelings and thoughts with positive ones.


You can say them out loud. Or, make some notes that you can attach to your mirrors, doors or anywhere else you can see them on a regular basis. Some examples of body positive affirmations you can practice may be:

I am identified by who I am on the inside: a loving, wonderful person.  I thank you, body, for serving me in ______ way today. You always take such good care of me.

 My worth isn’t defined by my weight. I define my worth and I am worthy.

These subtle body affirmations trickle into your subconscious mind. They help you retrain how your brain thinks about your body.

 I love and respect my body as it is today.

Summer is a time of abundance.

 A goal weight is an arbitrary number. How I feel is what is important.

Celebrate summer's longer days.

 Some magazines distort images on a regular basis. They are not always real.  Being skinny or fat is not my identity.


Enjoy the sunshine and your ability to enjoy natures gifts without reservation. Tania Huddart, Hearts & Bones Pilates Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Embrace Your Body With Guest Taryn Brumfitt HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EMBRACE

can we help our children to respect, love, cherish, enjoy and embrace their bodies?

28,000 days on the planet… that’s how many we’ve got – if we’re lucky!

My colleague Dr Zali Yager, Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education, created these tips for encouraging body positivity in your home.

And if it doesn’t sound like a lot of time, that’s because it’s not! I don’t know about you, but it only feels like last night I was dancing at the nightclub, 20 years young and not a care in the world and then I blinked and BAM – 42, 3 kids, mortgage, bills, life... Gah – responsibilities! I sometimes even find myself on sunny days, looking at the blue skies contemplating what a great day it is to get the washing on the line – who even am I? Do you relate? Yes, time moves fast and we mustn’t waste a minute; life is precious and so are our bodies. When I learned that body image was the number one concern for Australian children and children in other parts of the world, I was in equal parts angry and outraged; sad and heartbroken. We weren’t born into the world hating our bodies, this was a learned behaviour; so how 46

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1. Role model body positivity by voicing your appreciation for what your body can do. 2. Limit negative discussion about bodies in terms of weight and appearance – your own and other people’s. 3. Celebrate the diversity of different body shapes, sizes and colours. 4. Give praise that is related to function and effort over appearance and achievement. 5. Engage in fun movement and eating healthy foods because you enjoy them, not because ‘we have to’. How is this done? Let’s break it down: • Hide the scales or at least don’t let your kids see you on them (best practice, get rid of them altogether). • Make a pact with your friends to never talk negatively about your body or the bodies of others again.


EMBRACE KIDS DOCUMENTARY NO CHILD SHOULD HATE THEIR BODY.... The Embrace Kids documentary is the next step in our Embrace journey. Recent studies suggest that body image is the number one issue affecting our children, and we want to be part of the solution. • Walk around naked in your home – letting your kids see you comfortable in your body sends a very clear message! • No more DIETS – Diet is a 4-letter word and the first 3 letters spell DIE, it’s a sign for sure! • Move your body for pleasure and not punishment – go for the run because you love and respect your body, not because you 'ate the cake!'. • Remove magazines or any other content from your home that isn’t ‘body positive’. • Eat a rainbow of food and educate your kids on how to nourish their bodies for energy and vitality. Help them to understand how different types of foods can make you feel. • Remove ‘good food’ or ‘bad food’ from your vocabulary. • Put some positive affirmations up on the fridge about diversity, inclusivity and positive body image! I hope this helps! I know firsthand that parenting can be challenging and it certainly has it’s ups and downs so please remember to be kind to yourself and know that you’re doing your very best. Taryn Brumfitt


The film will address why body image has become a global problem and will offer solutions to help children (8-12 years old) to foster a positive body image. Topics in Embrace Kids will include social media, photoshopping, ‘fitspiration’, role models, and the influence of media and advertising on body image. I will be working with, and leading a team of creative, academic, and education specialists to produce a film that will positively impact students, be welcomed by parents and teachers and supported by governments, health professionals and educational institutions. The Embrace Kids documentary will have the same heart and soul as the Embrace documentary, however tailored to the younger market. FIND OUT MORE HERE: embrace-kids DONATE HERE:

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My Journey So Far

With Guest Shonnei Puketapu-Newport Hi there, I'm Shonnei and I was born and raised in a very small town in New Zealand called Hawera and escaped to the big smoke of Wellington as soon as I could. Tourism and the thought of working with people struck a chord with me and I starting working on the interislander ferries. 8 years later I have meet, seen, worked with and helped people from all walks of life. My fiance and I now live back in Hawera and travel back and forth to work. Living on board the ship for a week also means having a week off too, which I spend with friends, family and our dog, Bear + nourishing my passion, which is normalising all body types by being a fierce advocate for the plus size women in particular - because I know the struggles us big girls face. I show women that you can have a great fashion sense, be confident, live your life, have fun and love yourself without body worries. DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY I think being asked to walk in New Zealand fashion week is a stand out highlight because it forced me and my body in front of so many pairs eyes... I was so scared that I would be judged or examined too closely... that they'd see everything... there's no hiding or special photo angles. But when I, and the other women, took to that runway, the smiles, the clapping and cheering from the crowd as we strutted in all our glory sent my confidence sky high and it's never coming down. That was a pivotal moment in this little life of mine. I'm hot as heck and I'm proud of the skin I'm in.


SHARE WITH US THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER I stopped looking at the pictures of my 17 year old self, where I was smaller and my hips hadn't formed - to help bear children one day. That perfect skin where there were no laugh lines or wrinkles because I'd barely lived... Your body tells your life story; I don't want mine to say "I covered up all my life and refused to join in because I was insecure". I want mine to say "I spoke gently to every roll, every fold, every mole, every dimple because they are me and I them. I embraced the body I have and I really, truly lived". TIPS & ADVICE • Your body is an ever-changing vessel from the day you are born... you are supposed to change, evolve and transform. • Be kind; use loving language when talking to and about your body. • Delete and unfollow any and all social media accounts that trigger you about your insecurities; those that portray an attainable lifestyle. • Find positive accounts that you resonate with and make you happy, excited and inspired to see them in your feed. • Don't be afraid to be up front with people when they make you feel uncomfortable or hurt - This is important. You are loved. You are worthy. You are powerful. Follow Shonnei on Instagram:

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My Journey So Far With Guest Jessica Anwyl Originally from Adelaide, Australia I now live in Melbourne. I am a lover, creator, sister, daughter and friend. A writer of magic, a mirror, empathetic warrior, deep connector, joy infector and fun ‘exacerbator’.  I help people see themselves for who they truly are — beyond what they look like, and any social conditioning or stereotype. I do this with words, poetry, photography and my soon to be podcast. DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY As a kid, I used to look at every individual with such awe and curiosity. "How wonderful this world is, with each individual in it, so beautiful". I remember having these exact thoughts — that everyone is beautiful. That’s why, in the exact moment I realised not everybody felt this way, I could feel my awe, certainty, and security melt away. The judgment and harshness of these words about a woman never before met, and who was simply seen in passing. How could anyone have such strong thoughts? 50

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Such disgust? It made no sense to me and hit my heart so deeply. There were many moments like those that shaped me in ways I can only see now. Not only how women are seen by society, men, and other women, but how that subconsciously shapes how we see ourselves. SHARE WITH US THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER Everything changed for me when I developed major health issues, including a severe skin condition on my face. I realised even though I never saw myself as shallow, I was deeply affected by the shallow values of the society and conditioning I grew up with. When my face drastically changed, for months I couldn’t leave the house. I developed anxiety, depression and was deeply affected by others reactions to me. Strangers would either look away or look too much. I remember a nurse mistook me for a burns


Skin Story Snapshot

survivor, one traveler said I looked like a 'near miss from Hiroshima', and when it got so bad, my 7 year old sister (at the time) started to fear me, which foreshadowed my lowest moment. It was extremely isolating, but bit-by-bit I started focusing on what I could control — who I wanted to be. If I couldn’t be superficially pretty, I needed to change the way I saw myself, regardless of the way the world saw me. What I began to realise as I focused on who I wanted to be; that act (being many acts) of vulnerability, and being seen, changed me and those around me. Ever since, no matter the temporary challenges or successes — I become stronger, happier, more generous and loving. Now, whenever things feel outside of my control, I remind myself that no matter what, I can always be who I want to be. TIPS & ADVICE You are so much more than what you look like! We are taught to disproportionately invest in the 'looks economy' — an asset that only depreciates over time.


So if that becomes the main place we hold our worth, value, time and money, we’re setting ourselves up to lose; to worry our lives away; to dread our futures and the ticking clock. In contrast, who you are (who you’ll become) is based on a diverse portfolio of assets that will only appreciate overtime, if you invest in it. If you invest in who you are, it becomes the emotional equivalent to compound interest — where your self worth exponentially increases the longer you live. Looking at life through this lens becomes exciting, because you are your own creator, and there is only more to look forward to as you age and change, not less. There is so much more to you. Get to know you. Create you. Invite others on this wild ride with you. The world doesn’t need more surface level stuff — it doesn’t need what you look like. What it does need, is uniquely within you, cultivate it. Check out more from Jessica online:

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My Journey So Far With Guest Amber Sears Feeling sexy, comfortable & confident in my own skin has been a long journey on the path of self acceptance.

reflect back to me how I felt inside & unknowingly help me perpetuate my self destructive patterns.

Growing up as a competitive dancer who spent decades perfecting her craft in a mirror and comparing herself to other beautiful & talented women instilled some pretty deep self image issues.

My breakthrough came when I stepped on the self love and acceptance path. When I dared to do the inner work to face my own demons head on because I knew there had to be a better way to live.

Though I may have looked happy, fit, and confident from the outside, inside I was a mess.

I was determined to figure out how to love myself because I realized it was the key to an incredible quality of life for myself & deeper relationships.

My internal self dialogue was hateful, critical & judgmental. I was extremely hard on myself & set ridiculously high expectations. I was a typical type-A workaholic perfectionist who deep down was insecure. I felt an insatiable need to overcompensate, by over achieving, to get validation from others. Despite all of my external accolades, I always struggled to feel enough because I didn’t love myself fully. I was seeking external love instead of cultivating it from within. This of course didn’t serve me & leaked into all of my relationships... My friendships with women were shallow & disconnected at best. Because I lacked self love, was unwilling to be vulnerable & fell into the comparisons trap, I never knew what true sisterhood felt like until my late 20’s. I also attracted & chose men who had similar insecurities & core wounds. Men who would


Within my pregnancy I’ve experience deeper levels of body love & acceptance than I’ve ever known. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed dressing up my bump and feel more radiant + feminine then ever. I’m in complete awe of what my body is capable of doing. I owe all of this self respect to the years of inner work I’ve done. And I know the journey has just begun. So if you haven’t dug deep into yourself yet, get to it! Self love is the secret key to quantum personal & professional growth. Amber Sears, `Epic Self (Photo by Jeana Marino Photography)

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My Journey So Far With Guest Rachel White The first time I remember being body shamed, I was nine years old - I was with my gymnastics coach and my mum; we were trying to find a leotard that fit me for an upcoming competition day. I loved gymnastics but I hated those leotards. My body was different to the other girls in the team and none of the sizes felt comfortable. I do not remember the exact words that were said but I do remember the feeling that there was something wrong with my body. I quit gymnastics soon after. Not long after this experience one of my ‘friends’ at school told me that the reason all my other friends had boyfriends and I didn’t was because I was fat. I. was. nine. years. old. From that point I developed this mindset where every time I felt like someone did not like me, I would think to myself, would they like me more if I were skinny? Every time I felt like I disappointed someone I would wonder, if I were skinny, would they forgive me easier? Pretty much every time something did not go the way I had hoped for, I would conclude that it was because I was not skinny. This belief was re-enforced so many times (because subconsciously I was looking for the evidence to make it true). Some examples that still sting me a little in my memories was when I was a young teen54

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ager on a family holiday and someone complimented my hair to which my older brother chimed in with "your hair does look good but it’s too bad you are fat". Or again as an early teenager, when we were walking out the door to go to my cousins wedding and my dad complimented my sister's looks and proceeded to tell me I looked pregnant in my dress and if I was really going to wear it. Growing up I always thought my family would love me more if my body were different. Many of the women in my family as constantly criticizing their own bodies for their size, some who were smaller than me, and this drilled in that belief even more. The most destructive mindset I held for so much of my life was – when I am skinny then… – that blank space was filled in with all kinds of stuff, some of which does not make any logical sense. Whenever I wanted something, I would tell myself I would magically have it 'only when I was skinny' whether that was another person’s attention, acceptance or love, an opportunity, a material item, etc... All the things I told myself I was not worthy of but desperately wanted. This impacted my school years, university years, professional career, the beginning of my business, my relationships with friends and family, within all facets of my life there are so many moments that my beliefs about my


body, and my worthiness because of my body, were impacted. When I look back at photos, my weight has fluctuated throughout the years and there were many times that my physical body was much thinner than the image I had painted of myself in my mind. In my mind, I was fat. It was an identity belief. I always felt ashamed to admit that, I felt ashamed to ever admit that I wanted to lose weight, like maybe I could hide it with the clothes I wore or how I positioned my body or who I allowed to see me. Or maybe if my hair or other parts of me were good it would distract others. I look back now and can see so much energy wasted trying to control how others saw me; how a lot of this led into an over-achiever persona I created for myself. I look back now with love as I heal more and more of the emotional attachment I had held onto for so many of these memories. Fast forward to now - I have the most love I have ever had for my body, I feel more connected to my body than ever before in terms of allowing feelings of pleasure and pain, like I don’t have to numb things out anymore, I also feel the most respect for my beautiful body. And, right now, I am also probably the heaviest I have ever been. I feel like so much of my journey has been so necessary in me coming to this place of deep love and acceptance. I do desire to feel lighter and more energised in my body and I have arrived at a place where I embrace that as well as loving my body in the moment I am in. I no longer allow my thoughts around my appearance to dilute my potency as a leader in my life and business. There have been so many moments that have all led me here, some of the main catalysts were reading Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life - this was my first exposure to the concept of 'self-love' - this book planted the seed five years ago and took some space to fully integrate the message.


I love information and knowledge and have read so many books to understand the body at a physical level; one of the books I absolutely loved was Dr Libby Weavers' Accidentally Overweight - it made me understand weight in the body at a whole new level that explains so many different facets, from calories, to hormones, to emotions and more. My yoga teacher training and studies on metaphysical and spiritual components to ailments within our physical body was very insightful too. This all laid a beautiful foundation of understanding. Earlier this year, it was like the final missing piece arrived for me that tied it all together... I began to learn about pleasure; about sensuality and about fully BEing in my body, beyond the mental space of learning and imagining and into the space of embodiment; of being in reverence for the magic that is my human body and the life I get to experience because of it. I have no doubts that my relationship with my body will continue to evolve; for anyone resonating with my journey, I want to leave you with this message: Your body is your beautiful divine vessel and it knows what it is doing to give you the experience your soul is craving. Sometimes that experience may feel challenging; honour that, surrender to that; when we put so much of our energy into forcing our experiences away from us or avoiding them all together, we disconnect from our body because we send the message that we don’t trust it. Choose to trust that your body loves you, choose to trust that you know what you are doing. You are perfect as you are, you are worthy at any size, and you deserve your own devotion and reverence in this moment; that doesn’t need to take anything away from your desires for different experiences, the most important moment to honour yourself is now. Check out more from Rachel online: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



My Journey So Far With Guest Jenna Teague I’m Jenna Teague, and I’m originally from the greater Los Angeles area. After having moved around the US a bit, I’m back living the dream in Southern California, half a mile from the beach. I’m a proud psychotherapist, coach, and recovering perfectionist, and body positivity is one of my core values in my work and my life.

Size (HAES). The guidance of these women had a profoundly transformational impact on my life, and I wouldn’t be where I am in my relationship with my body without them. Within the body positivity community, I have great respect for Tess Holiday and her 'Eff Your Beauty Standards' movement.

Perfectionism has been part of my journey for as long as I can remember. The striving started in my childhood with perfect homework, perfect grades, and a perfectly cleaned room and spiraled from there into all areas of my life. I weighed myself down with expectations to be the smartest, the funniest, the most talented and beat myself up every time I fell short of my completely unrealistic standards.

SHARE WITH US THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER I have come to believe that despite what diet culture leads us to believe, the truth is that our body size and shape have ZERO relationship to our worth, and fat phobia harms us all. As such: • I choose not to engage with or in diet culture, personally or professionally. • I choose to have hard and uncomfortable conversations with people in my life about fat phobia, diet culture, and the ways in which we do harm by perpetuating a narrow range of body ideals. • I commit to continually educating myself about body positivity and always listening to and learning from body positivity leaders. • I also commit to doing the work on my own internalized fat phobia and diet culture through therapy, coaching, and education. • I amplify marginalized voices and serve as a signal boost for the body positivity community. • I buy from and financially contribute to individuals and businesses that work to support body positivity and actively dismantle diet culture. • I also support size-inclusive brands, like Universal Standard, and offer size inclusivity on my own apparel line.

By the time I finished high school, I was totally burnt out on achievement. In college, I chose to opt out of everything I had once chased good grades, music, theater. The pressure had become too much. But perfectionism wouldn’t let me go. So, I contorted all of that goal-chasing into a new mission: to be nice. The nicest, sweetest, most giving, generous person I could ever hope to be. And instead of becoming my best self, I turned into the ultimate people-pleaser, strung out on others’ positive perceptions of me in order to feel good enough. When I was 21, the death of my dad snapped life into sharp focus and set me on a long, winding, not always forward-moving practice of reclaiming myself from the grips of people-pleasing and perfectionism. To this day, each of my relationships and experiences serves as a teacher and an opportunity to choose presence over perfection. Sometimes I fail, but I keep practicing. Who’s with me? DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY When my perfectionism began to set its sights on my body, things got more challenging for me, and I needed support. I was fortunate enough to work with three incredible therapists who introduced me to body positivity, intuitive eating, and Health At Every


TIPS & ADVICE Every day, I remind myself that body positivity doesn’t mean magically loving my body. Body positivity to me means… 1. Remembering that I have a body 2. Taking my body into consideration 3. Approaching my body with curiosity and a heaping helping of compassion Check out more from Jenna online: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



My Journey So Far With Guest Lucy-Anne Lewis I'm Lucy-Anne Lewis, I'm from Perth, Western Australia, and I'm a radical self love coach. I'm married to my best friend, and we have a daughter, a sausage dog and a rescue cat. I'm a Taurus and a 3/5 Generator. I hold a Diploma of Counseling, and I'm a qualified Life Coach. I have been doing this work for lifetimes; I wholeheartedly believe that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY All of a sudden when I was at school, I became painfully aware that I was different. That I needed to radically change myself to fit in. I yo-yo dieted all the way through my teens and early 20's. Then, I found myself in an abusive relationship, with an eating disorder. I was trying so hard to change myself to fit in, that I had lost the very thing that made me who I was. I was broken. In a job I hated, a relationship I hated, and punishing myself with starvation, purging and over exercising... My light had turned off. I finally took the help that was offered to me. First, I left the job. Then I left the relationship, then I left diet culture. I decided I didn't want to hate myself anymore. It was too exhausting. Taking up too much mental space, too much time. I had life to live. So I began to heal my relationship with my body and with food. SHARE WITH US THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER It all started when I came across a Tumblr account of a woman who looked like me. And didn't try to hide it. She was proudly showing over her outfit, not hating herself. I quickly closed the site down. I couldn't possibly like myself the way I am. But I kept revisiting it over and over.


Then I found more and more women who were doing this. Then I came across intuitive eating. It all changed my life. I decided to begin to like myself, instead of hate myself. I've worked with therapists, coaches, mentors, and it changed the trajectory of my life. I began to look at myself. Take full body photos and REALLY look at myself. Look at myself naked. I started buying clothes that actually felt like me. Adding more colour. The more I let go of the need to fit in, and the more 'me' I became, the more people and love and joy I attracted. And now I am so unapologetically myself. I've found belonging, love, joy, happiness, peace. I get to decide who and what I am in the world. And now I coach others to do the same, and it honestly sets my soul on fire. TIPS & ADVICE My tips are: cut yourself some slack. We live in a world that bombards us with messages saying we're not good enough. So always try to be kind and compassionate to yourself. Know that not everyone can get to body love, and that's really ok. Neutrality is better than hate. Look at yourself. Really look at yourself and get to know your body. Give yourself positive self touch. For me, that means rubbing a really luscious moisturiser on my body after bathing. Send love to your inner child. Tell them that they are loved and worthy and good enough. And know that your body is absolute magic. Check out more from Lucy-Anne online:

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My Journey So Far With Guest Ashley Looker Like so many girls growing up in suburban America, I started struggling with body image at a young age. I remember buying a diet book when I was 14 and trying to hide it from my parents. I pinched my fat in the mirror obsessively, sucked in and wore all black in an attempt to look smaller than I actually was.

In so many ways, even at the age of 36, I am still unraveling and unlearning the negative beliefs I’ve been taught by a society that thrives on women not feeling like they are enough. And, although it’s a unique process for each of us, it is possible to create a healthy (and even positive!) body image.

At 16 I started to get acne, which sent me into a tailspin of shame and embarrassment. I’d spend hours in front of the mirror trying to 'fix' my flaws and spent hundreds of dollars on beauty products in a desperate attempt to abide by the perfectionistic standard I’d been taught.

Here are some key practices that supported me in creating a loving, positive relationship with my body - I know they can help you too!

I was so angry with my body for not cooperating with the perfection I needed to feel worthy. This pattern of obsessively trying to fix and control my body continued well into my late 20’s, and it wasn’t until right after I turned 27 that I remember feeling completely exhausted by my negative behavior and beliefs about my body and food. I clearly needed a divine intervention - which is what I got... Not long after my 27th birthday I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Once again, I was enraged that my body had betrayed me and I spent a couple months in deep depression. My doctor advised me to explore holistic therapies before going on medication, which, after arising from my fog of depression, is exactly what I did. After about a year of making shifts in my diet for once out of love instead of hate - minimising stress in my life, centering my life around joy, eliminating toxic relationships and identifying a supplemental and exercise regimen that energized and nourished me, I started to feel better than ever. The moment I started making decisions out of love for my body instead of hate, things started to truly shift for me.


1. Make a pact with your loved ones of 'no body shaming or fat talk' about yourself or others. And if a loved one - or you - starts to break the pact, intervene! 2. Body positivity isn’t just about weight and size. Body positivity is about making peace with all layers of our body - mind, body and spirit. Your mind and your spirit are also parts of your body that need love and kindness. Ask yourself daily: how can I treat my body, mind and spirit with love today? 3. Wear clothes that make you feel amazing and embodied, not what you believe will impress others or what you believe is expected of you. 4. Know how smart you and your body truly are. We depend too much on external sources to tell us how to treat our bodies. You know best! Slow down and listen to the information your body is giving you, then follow through. 5. Practice self compassion daily. Learning to love yourself and your body can take time. If you’re struggling with loving your body, stop and put a hand on your heart. Say “I’m having a hard time, and I love and accept myself anyway.” 6. Focus on how you want to feel instead of how you look. When you feel good, you look good!! Do something daily that makes you feel how you want to feel. Check out more from Ashley online: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



My Journey So Far With Guest Kate King I’m Kate; I’m a 34 year old cis* women who is now comfortable in my own skin. It’s been an incredibly long journey and I still struggle at times, but then I remember everything that made me who I am now and I try to put things into perspective. I work as a manager at the Ministry for Primary Industries in Wellington and strive to lead my team in a positive and meaningful way. DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY My road to self acceptance has been long. At 13, my sister who at the time was 24, committed suicide following years of Anorexia Nervosa. It was probably the most pivotal time in my life and formed many thoughts of self criticism and eating disorders that lasted until I was in my 20s. When I met my now husband, I was in a pretty bad way with my body image and coped with alcohol. After getting married, we decided to try for children, which was fine, until I was 36 weeks pregnant. They found something in my throat that was obstructing my breathing that couldn’t be fixed until after the baby was born via c-section. This later turned out to be cancer. On the day I was admitted back into hospital for my next surgery I was still fresh from a c-section and not moving fast. I was weighed and made to feel ashamed about the amount of weight I’d gained. My emotions were all over the place and holding my baby brought me terror because I couldn’t cope with my own emotions. Once I went through, it became apparent that the mass had grown and intubating was not going to happen, so I was given an awake tracheostomy. I ended up with a breathing tube for 6 weeks before they felt comfortable that it could be removed. During that time it was hard being stared at, with the baby weight still there and a tube sticking out of my throat . My self worth was at an all time low and I struggled with post partum depression and found it really hard to bond with my baby. The road to recovery was rocky but eventually I got over it enough to think about another baby.


By the time I was 35 weeks pregnant with my second child, I was pretty laid back and excited about the new baby, when disaster struck. I went in for an appointment with my obgyn at the hospital and mentioned that I was having the same symptoms as the last time time. I was booked in for a c-section at 36 weeks and during the operation I was told that my uterus was about to rupture and wouldn’t be able to go through another pregnancy. Unfortunately my uterus would not contract and for 5 hours I was losing blood totaling 3.5 litres before they took me back in to try to fix it. Ultimately I did have a Hysterectomy and struggled to come to terms with not having another child. TIPS & ADVICE I was shamed for putting on weight, I was shamed for not breastfeeding my second child exclusively and learned that the public health system is not a friendly or safe place for all people. But ultimately – after this experience (I’m now up to 17 surgeries to remove various body parts including cancer), I feel so proud of the person I have become and the body that I first thought had betrayed me - I now love my scars and I'm confident that the person that people see is the reflection of how I want to be viewed - not the imperfections that I used to focus obsessively on. I think it is important to look at the reasons you are feeling insecurities and understand what might be driving this self-harming behavior. Treat yourself as a project to understand. Become the expert of yourself. You will hopefully be able to make small gains in understanding and accepting who you are. *Cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.

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Conscious Business With Guest Ruby & Rain Questions answered by: Meagan Te Wiata Ruby & Rain is a New Zealand made and designed women’s plus size clothing company that believes plus size women deserve gorgeous fabrics and beautifully designed clothing they’re proud of. My journey actually started out of frustration. Being a plus size woman who was not able to fit ’normal’ sized clothes, I spent hours on the internet trying to find nice clothing in my size from all over the world - and as a result, hundreds of dollars on ill-fitted garments. My best friend Hayley Rhind was two years into her own clothing business 'White Chalk’, when I approached her with the idea of increasing the sizes of those beautiful garments beyond a standard size 16. We drew up some patterns, made up some samples and started a Facebook page - the response was insane and with a bit of market research we found New Zealand was craving a new clothing company that produced carefully designed clothing with plus size women in-mind. We set up a website and went to market with a very small collection of 6 different designs which sold out within minutes of launch. It was clear there was a need. How do you do business more consciously? Ruby & Rain, along with the other brands of the company, is constantly focused on being more conscious in our operations and our ethos. 100% of our production is now New Zealand based and the local Marlborough women who sew the clothes are in a bright, open space with lots of natural light. For us, family and health are the most important things. Alongside that, I’ve always been acutely conscious of the struggles many plus size women face. Some of our customers have told us that it's almost like society is telling them how to dress. 'Don’t wear horizontal stripes’, 'wear dark colours' and 'try not to be so conspicuous…', etc.


Well that’s not our style - in fact, we want our ladies to shine, to feel confident in colour and bold patterns. We want them to feel amazing, so it’s about more than the clothes they wear, it’s about encouraging each other to be bold and be confident. Describe your unique business attributes: Every single one of the garments we produce is made in New Zealand. That’s something we’re extremely proud of… and something we challenge others to follow. I think it means a lot to our customers to know that what they are buying is made in Marlborough, in the same building as where it is dispatched to them from. Ruby & Rain has become this amazing, supportive community - almost a network of friends - and this environment (or social media pages) seems to be a place plus size women feel comfortable sharing with each other - selfies, questions, compliments... and suggestions to me in terms of what designs they’d like to see. How have you found doing business this way? With the help of social media we have managed to create the most amazing community of like minded women. We have made a safe haven for women to feel amazing in their clothing, share pictures of themselves and show support and frustration with their peers. Having a safe place (a closed Facebook group) for women to share highs and lows and also support with each other is so gratifying. One of the main challenges has been getting the patterns 100% correct, as plus size bodies are very different to each other. . Find out more on their Website:

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Well Being

With Amanda Sears THE BLESSINGS OF THE BODY Sometimes we can believe our body has 'betrayed' us when really it is giving us a blessing, gift and an opportunity... The pain, dis-ease, illness, exhaustion, etc. are all indicators of imbalance - our bodies can actually heal themselves in the right situations and repair damage relatively quickly when allowed to - these indicators are all messages from the body that there is something to direct our attention to and adjust or repair - just like the 'check engine' light on a vehicle. There are often multiple layers to a physical experience which is why it can seem like you are reliving it - but life is a spiral and you are never reliving the exact experience, but another level of it until it is balanced and released... all of which adds to your personal growth and the evolution of your soul. I have certainly had my share of uncomfortable physical experiences and would like to offer some examples of these and how they were actually 'blessings in disguise' (since everything is always happening FOR us - not TO us). AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY "NO" I didn't know it - but I subconsciously created a lot of health situations in my life just to use as an excuse instead of saying "no" - it never even crossed my mind that this was what I was doing, but I see it clearly now - I created fear, anxiety, exhaustion and pain as a way of saying "no" that didn't hurt anyone's feelings or make me feel bad. (One of the many layers). SLOWING DOWN & CHANGING DIRECTION As a workaholic for many years I was caught up in a loop of imbalance in my life that just kept getting busier as I gained more skills and created more connections - my body became very unwell during this time which forced me to slow down and re-evaluate my priorities. I reduced my work hours and also worked from home and eventually became my own boss and set my own hours in balance and alignment with my joy and mind, soul AND body. 66

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BEING READY & TRUSTING DIVINE TIMING Multiple pregnancy losses of varying degrees of severity over several years taught me to trust in the process; to heal my body; to understand the importance of growing a human being inside me and to provide the most welcoming and nourishing environment possible and to take those necessary steps to become the healthiest version of myself - this was a great motivator to wellness. I watched many other women struggle with fertility and not change anything in their life... but I knew it was an opportunity to make different choices. REST & RELAXATION AS A PRIORITY For years I struggled with severe exhaustion and chronic fatigue, but because of my ingrained work beliefs, values and the ideas imposed on me of 'being lazy' by others, I just pushed through and didn't allow my body to rest... until I had no choice - in the stillness I finally heard my body begging me to rest; to slow down and take better care of myself. For others this message can come from something like a broken arm or back injury - mine came from basically a whole body shutdown. SOMETHING IS OUT OF BALANCE I've had aches and pains almost all my life, from migraines, to ankle sprains; but nothing compared to hurting my back in 2011 when I fell off a horse - this seemed to just compound everything and then get progressively worse and added to over the following years. This taught me the importance of strengthening my body, reducing inflammation by clearing out toxins and resting when needed + the importance of stretching and moving the body. DIGESTING & UNDERSTANDING For practically my whole life I've had digestive things; tummy cramps, 'IBS'; debilitating pain that led me to hospital; scans and tests and various diagnoses. I learned about new ways of eating; how to heal my body and seek alternative methods when the medical route had no answers but medication. I learned all about nutrition, supplements, herbs and other remedies and ideas that help repair and rebalance the digestive system. It may appear that it runs in my family, but it stops with me.


I learned how the brain and gut are inextricably linked and how strong emotions like anxiety, fear and stress have a direct effect on the digestive system. In fact, the digestive things: the pain, diarrhea, nausea, inability to eat, etc. were actually the biggest teacher for my body... HYDRATION & ALKALINITY When I was about 19 I developed what doctors called 'Gastric Oesophageal Reflux Disease' - I had terrible reflux and would be in agony on the toilet 20 minutes after eating for about 20 minutes - alongside this I had the most painful sensation when urinating that the doctors couldn't figure out... they just gave me drugs for the GORD and I just had to drink HEAPS of water when I wee'd to neutralise it. This taught me about hydration and pH of the body; to always have clean water with me at all times (I often had to gulp down litres while on the loo!). About 5 years later I realised that all of this was caused by a pH imbalance in my body created from my poor (mainly acidic) food choices, smoking cigarettes, lack of sleep, stress from studying and way too much alcohol - I changed my lifestyle, took some supplements, drank lemon juice and it went away... LOVING MY BODY I finally learned to unconditionally love and respect my body through my recent weight gain. Over the years I experienced so much pain; in my youth I didn't understand it and hated my body for what it was doing to me. Although my body wasn't the alcoholic, smoker who fed itself crap and hated itself... When I learned it was all ME and I was responsible, the relationship with my body changed. I started to feed it properly, to appreciate the sensory aspects of it, to love it in its strength and wisdom; I looked back at times when I thought I was 'fat' and realised I looked beautiful! So I learned to embrace being beautiful all the time now. THERE WAS ANOTHER WAY I went down the traditional medical path for years until it no longer worked and their only treatment was medication of varying sorts for the rest of my life. I knew there was a better way and my passion to be well and feel amazing led me down the path of Holistic Medicine and Alternative Health. I had a lot to heal and tried many modalities of all kinds; with each one I gained more of an awareness and understanding of my body and its various needs. I learned how I can support myself and was given tools that I still use almost every day.


HEALING MYSELF & TAKING MY POWER BACK All of these experiences and MANY more (too many to mention here) taught me to take my power back when it came to MY body and MY health. To get empowered with all things related to my body and to take action to resolve these issues for good - not to put a 'pill bandaid' over the symptoms. This has led to me being extremely knowledgeable in many areas of health and wellbeing AND in much better communication and relationship with my own body - which is the healthiest its ever been! The body usually gently nudges you with an allergy, a headache, a body ache or something small - if you don't listen, the nudges become bigger until you can no longer ignore it. My suggestion (from personal experience) is to listen to the gentle nudges and take action. MORE LESSONS THE BODY TAUGHT ME 1. Love your self - ALL of your self in ALL ways, unconditionally at ALL times 2. You are more than enough now - you always have been, and always will be 3. Your body is amazing and will continue evolving and changing until it is dust (so get used to it and appreciate it) 4. Enjoy your beautiful body, it is the only constant, loving companion from birth to death 5. Fall in love with yourself and who you are in your own energy, unaffected by others 6. Trust your body - listen to its loving guidance, wisdom and gentle nudging 7. Nourish and respect your body - take care of it and the environments it moves through 8. Know that it has never failed you and never will - it is your greatest friend and supporter 9. Use discernment when it comes to your own path - listen to your heart 10. Take personal responsibility for your own health and happiness; get empowered with all aspects of your mind, body and soul. One last thought: How does your health help or prevent you from doing things and do you really want to do them anyway? Please seek help and support with people who are like a light in your darkness, who lift you up and empower you - but most of all, you need to do the work, only you can create the change in your life - people can show you the way but they cannot do the work for you. Amanda Sears, Lifestyle & Business Guide Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


This body blessing is a reminder to love your whole self. You could say this into the mirror every day and touch the parts of yourself as you pray them. A powerful opportunity to love your body in all its beauty, perfection and magnificence.

A PRAYER FOR WHOLE BODY BLESSINGS Mother Goddess who I love, Creator, Universal One (insert your beloved life force name here) I call upon you in gratitude for this life and all its beauties. I call on my ancestors, my guardians and guides in the spirit of blessing, of joy and remembrance for all that has come before. I offer my heart in blessings and ask for your blessing in return. Bless my eyes that I may see the wonder of the present. Bless my lips that I may form words of love and reverence. Bless my tongue that I may taste variety and be fully fed. Bless my nose that I may recall the depth of the senses. Bless my neck and shoulders, that they may carry my chosen weight. Bless my arms that I may fully embrace the YES with love. Bless my breasts that I may give and receive nourishment. Bless my systems within, breath and pulse, miracles all. Bless my belly that I may realize fulfillment. Bless my side-waists that make stretching into joy. Bless my hips and pelvis, generous gravity, container of the holy womb. Bless my womb and ovaries, gestation home, creative seeds. Bless my bottom that I may remember when to sit, when to jump. Bless my vagina, her wisdom and her pleasure. Bless my legs and feet, the journey is their strength. Bless my hands, the channel for my art. Bless my head, my brain, my mind and spirit. Bless all that made way for this body and this life, right now. May I go forward in beauty, whole and wholly loved. - From 'The Moon Divas Guidebook' by Lara Vesta 68

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Vision & Intention With Guest Kris Franken SETTING AN INTENTION & HOLDING A VISION FOR THE YEAR AHEAD Intentions are the seeds from which all abundant flowers grow. If you are looking to experience the year ahead as a luscious and blooming wildflower would - radiant with light, strong to your roots, refreshingly authentic and vividly gorgeous – make intention setting a sacred priority. Setting intentions can be as simple as hand picking a word for the year ahead that feels decadent and expansive - as though you want to stretch into that word with your whole, sweet heart; or they can be a lot more tangible and ceremonial. The more focus and joy you bring to them, the more likely they are to become a real and influential part of your life. Keep your intentions positive and personal. Staying positive means you’re aiming straight for what you desire, not running from what you don’t want. Keeping it personal means you’re not trying to influence or impact the free will or destiny of others.

YOU CAN BRING YOUR INTENTIONS TO LIFE IN THESE TWO WAYS: EMBODY YOUR VIBE When you embody your intention, you bring it into your physical reality where it is able to manifest easier and faster in the world around you. Embodiment is simply feeling the word, idea, experience or purpose that you hold for your future in your body. All emotions are energy that is stored in the body; the more you consciously call in higher emotions that feel like love, peace and bliss, the more your life will naturally feel that way all over. When you consider your intention and call on it daily, place your hands on your heartspace (overlapping or in prayer position), close your eyes, and say your intention as a word “radiant” or affirmation “I allow my inner radiance to shine and shimmer in every moment”.

Take a deep belly breath and let the feeling of this intention wash over and through you. Stay with this feeling for as long as you need to. This is how you anchor your future into the present moment. COLOUR YOUR VISION We are all visionaries; some people are conscious and aware of what they’re purposefully creating with their inner dreams, others are unconscious and completely unaware that the scenes they replay in their mind will keep bringing that vision to life again and again (for better or worse). When you create your dreams with a consciously hopeful mindset, you stay open to the abundance that the universe wants to deliver to your doorstep. There has never been a more important time to lovingly focus on manifesting heaven on earth, rather than replaying fearful thoughts and outcomes in your mind. The emotions and intentions behind your visions will colour them deeply, so choose mindfully.

NOW UNIFY YOUR INTENTION & VISION TOGETHER IN THIS POWERFUL MORNING RITUAL: INTENTION RITUAL Spend twenty minutes each morning before you get out of bed sensing in your body how it feels to be truly living your intention every day. Let the blocks and fears melt away as you bring into your precious being the intentions that you desire. While your body is holding that intention, use your imagination to envision it in various ways. See your future as though it’s happening now. Create playful scenarios that show you living out your intentions that feel realistic and inviting. It’s time to dream a higher dream for yourself, humanity and Mother Earth. We need you to dream, for your own purpose and prosperity and for that of the collective. Hold nothing back. Dream big & beautiful. Kris Franken Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


A Balanced Life With Sarah Jensen NEW YEAR - BECOMING YOU Buckle up, buttercup. Here it comes again. Another New Year! And with it, that familiar blend of disappointment at all the things we didn’t achieve, coupled with the hope, nay certainty, that this year will be different. You tell yourself this will be the year you:

 You don’t need to look outside yourself for the answers.  You don’t need to ask every woman and her elephant what you should do.  You don’t need Google or Great Aunt Gertie's advice.

 Set goals and stick with them.

 You just need to tap into the best GPS a heartled human could ever have – yourself.

 Get fit & feel healthy.

How? By turning INWARDS.

 Grow your business.

And the coolest thing is, it doesn’t matter how you do it. It’s all about finding your own flow and the practices that best support you, all the while knowing that as you change, evolve and grow, what you need from your rituals or practices might change too. And that’s not only okay, it’s awesome.

 Sort out your money and relationships.  Quit the job you hate and finally go all in on your dreams.  De-clutter, go vegan and reduce waste.

 Track your mood, the moon, your cycle and...

You might like to lean deeper into the practices that are already rocking your world (but perhaps have landed themselves at the bottom of your priorities list). Or you might like to try something brand-spanking new.

... get so overwhelmed just thinking about all the things that you give up, grab a choccy bar and hit the couch for a movie marathon instead.

Not sure where to start? Check in with what your heart has to share in response to these journal prompts:

I hear you.

 What do I need right now?

Now move over so I can see the TV, and pass me the chocolate!

 Where does my energy want to go right now?

 Figure out your values, Core Desired Feelings, and which Human Design type you are.

Let’s get real – life’s busy enough without adding MORE to the mix. But I wanna let you in on a little secret: You don’t need to do more to be more. 72

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 What am I curious about right now? And, if you’d like some examples, here are a few delicious self-connection practices to whet your appetite:  Journaling  Meditation

 Mindfulness  Gentle movement like walking or yoga  Time in nature  Daydreaming Or you might like to sit in stillness, notice the thoughts or emotions that are coming up for you and hold space for them, as you would for someone you love. Without judgment. Without needing to change or fix them. Simply sit with what’s coming up and allow it to communicate with you. When I do this, I often find what’s on the surface isn’t the real story. And, in simply being with what is, I’m able to get to the nuggets of wisdom waiting for me underneath. It can take a little practise so be gentle with yourself and know that the more often you sit with your heart, your body, and your Self, the more familiar the process will become. I find too that the more I let my inner wisdom know I’m listening, the more clearly it communicates with me and the more quickly I’m able to connect inwards in the moment. So please know that if it feels a little clunky or strange when you first start, it’s okay. Take it slow and approach it with lots of self-compassion and kindness. As to the beautiful shifts and changes a self-connection practice can support, here’s just a small sample from the tasting plate of deliciousness. Connecting inwards can help you:  Create a life that has true and real meaning for you.

 Be tapped in so deeply to your inner well of self-worth that things like comparison, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, over-thinking, self-sabotage (and alllllll those things) start to soften and be replaced by unshakeable self-love and acceptance instead.  Have your inner wisdom (aka your intuition or highest self) on speed dial 24/7 x 365 (which means instant access to the info you really need, and no more looking outside yourself for the answers or drowning in self-doubt).  Reclaim your time, say "no" to what’s not important (without the guilt and over-apologising) and start saying "yes" to what matters most to you.  Rewrite the stories and reprogram the mind chatter that tells you that you can’t, won’t, shouldn’t, or don’t deserve 'it' (aka your dreams, desires, joy, love, abundance – whatever it is you’re craving) so you can stop wondering ‘what if’, waiting ‘til 'when' or worrying you’re ‘wasting’ your life). So, lovely one, I invite you to carve out a little space and time to connect with your inner guidance, intuition, and sense of self. To turn down the volume on all the outside ‘noise’ and start to tune into the messages that your body, mind and soul have to share with you. Let it be easy, let it be light, and, more than anything, let it be what you most need. And allow this exploration and gentle adventure inwards to be something that supports you as you start to consciously create your life from the heart in a way that feels wonderful for you. Sarah Jensen Life & Business Coach Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Oh Deer crew by KS Doodle

Conscious Business With Guest doodlewear Questions answered by: Libby Liu – Creative + Director Established in 2017, I was inspired to start doodlewear after being repeatedly disappointed in the tee and print quality of overseas online sites, and struggled to find creative artsy tees locally. Doodlewear is a New Zealand artist collab bringing creatives together - at doodlewear you will find art for everyday wear. Our artsy garments are drawn by New Zealand artists and printed individually with care right here, in New Zealand! - supporting local artists, business and print production. How do you do business more consciously? All artwork is from local artists from New Zealand; we wanted to keep it within NZ to support the amazing creative talent in this country. 74

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Our printing is done locally in Auckland, using Oeko-Tex certified and eco-friendly ink – so our prints not only have good wash/UV durability, but are also safe for adults to infants. In printing-to-order, we only produce what is required, and avoid having leftover/unwanted stock that often goes to waste. Our garments are from AS Colour – According to their website they have an experienced ethical sourcing specialist and do source responsibly, with an A- grade in the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report. AS Colour believes in transparency, and that “good workplace standards, decent health and safety requirements, fair pay and conditions, and care for the environment are important elements in business success.” They also have a high level of traceability of their suppliers and more information about their production and supply chain on their website.

Milk & Cookies tee by Libby

Tui’s Lace Heart crew by Anna Mollekin Image by @simone_anderson

Crew and Tees by Arohanoa Artistry

Describe your unique business attributes: We are (from what I’m aware) the only artsy garment website of this kind in NZ. We are unique to other similar overseas online tee websites in that: 1. We host New Zealand artists only 2. We print on high quality 100% cotton garments – none of that scratchy stuff here! 3. Our garments are digitally printed, so your shirt still feels like a shirt; nice and soft even over the printed area. You also won’t have to deal with any of that nasty cracking or rubbery sticky mess that tends to happen over time with other types of garment printing. 4. We carefully curate our art so you don’t have to shuffle through thousands of prints.

Mood tee by Libby

Wildflowers tee by Clouds of Colour

How have you found doing business this way? I love connecting with artists from all parts of New Zealand! It’s so amazing to see the talent and diversity of our creatives. It has been great to hear the positives from our artists – Many artists have told me they’ve always wanted to get their art on tees but didn’t have the resources or know-how to go about it. Doodlewear is a solution to this: We sort all the suppliers, production, logistics and customer service for artists so they can concentrate on what they love - ART – rather than the nitty gritty stuff. One of the biggest benefits in printing-to-order is that the artists don’t have to invest a bulk sum or have a bunch of stock sitting at home waiting to be sold. Find out more on their Website: Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Business With Integrity With Guest Katherine Rose MARKETING WITH INTUITION & INTEGRITY As the sun sets on one wildly unpredictable year, you may be wondering how to start the new one with optimism, clarity and courage. And if you have a business, you’d likely love to find fresh focus and flow for the months ahead. But that might not exactly be easy. Many of us are still feeling uncertain, overwhelmed and confused about almost everything right now – especially when it comes to standing out online. So first, let me reassure you that you’re not alone. A lot of my content coaching clients come to me with a common question: how do I share my vision and voice in a way that feels true and connects with the people I’m here to help? Like you, these are all people who do wonderful work in the world. Some are artists, others are coaches, helpers and healers. They’re out there making magic and transforming lives. But when it comes to sharing their gifts and insights, they struggle. Why? For starters, we’ve all been socialised to doubt ourselves and our power. 'Bro marketing' and #bossbabe culture wants you to think business (and specifically content creation) is hard. Their MO is convincing us that the only way to 'win' is to outsource all our decisions to someone who seems to have all the secrets to success... usually at an eye-watering price. On top of that, we carry within us the voices of ghosts past: that teacher who constantly criticised your creative work, or perhaps a parent who pushed you to pursue a conventional career path and ignore your heart’s calling. And for folks who belong to marginalised groups, there are even greater forces fighting to dim your light. And so, over time we’ve been trained to ignore our intuitive nudges – and to trust the opinions of others over ourselves. But that inner knowing is still in there... which is why it feels so icky when we use slimy sales and marketing tactics. 76

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TRUST YOURSELF Intuitive marketing is the antidote to all of that. It’s about tuning in to your internal compass, and building a business and brand around your truth. It’s rewriting the rulebook and doing client attraction activities that light you up. And it’s about acknowledging that while one strategy or system worked for someone else, it may not be the best path for your success. In a nutshell, intuitive marketing is connecting deeply with your vision, voice and values to create empowering, inclusive, kind content that converts by calling clients in with your story – rather than calling them out with sleazy sales strategies so that you can start conversations, inspire action, foster community, and spark change.

HOW TO PRACTICE INTUITIVE MARKETING There are 3 ingredients to intuitive marketing: 1. COURAGE What blocks, beliefs and socialisations stop you from sharing your vision and voice with the world? What’s keeping you stuck, or waiting for things to be perfect before publishing that post or sending that email? We don’t have to 'overcome' these barriers, but simply acknowledge what’s going on and why. This allows you to gift yourself grace and take courageous, imperfect action. Because it’s only by leaning into discomfort, and doing things before we feel ready, that we gain the insights needed to take the next step. 2. CLARITY Being crystal clear on what you do, who you do it for and why, acts like your inner compass; it gives you direction. So even if your path to reaching your vision gets a bit foggy or tricky, you can still find your way and stay on course (and avoid get-

ting lost following someone else’s roadmap). It also makes it super simple for your people to find you. Rather than throwing a thousand murky messages out there, if you consistently show up with one mission and one message, the people who are here for it will begin to effortlessly enter your orbit.

• Create a list of words or phrases you tend to use a lot, and sprinkle them into your content. This helps hone your unique voice, so you stand out by being yourself. • Record yourself speaking about your vision and mission (or use your existing podcast episodes or videos) and get it transcribed, so you can easily repurpose it across different pages and posts.

TO GET CLARITY, FILL IN THE GAPS: [your vision] I believe in a world where and I’m co-creating that world by helping [who] [what you teach/offer] to so that they can [the transformation they experience]

For example: “I believe in a world where everyone has the courage to share their vision and voice for change. And I’m co-creating that world by helping visionary entrepreneurs and creatives write with intuition and integrity, so that they can make a difference doing what they love.” 3. CONNECTION You’re feeling courageous and clear with your mission and message. Now let’s share it! A lot of business owners tell me they don’t know how to pull the 'right' psychological levers and 'convert' people to buy from them. This is 'bro marketing' at its best. It teaches us to poke people’s pain, and present our program or product as the only thing that will work for them. I want you to cast your mind back to the last time you caught up with a friend. Did you think, “Is what I’m saying good enough? How can I convince them to want to see me again?” Nope. You were simply in the moment, enjoying their company and connecting. And that’s really what being a human is: using stories to share and support one another.


• Have conversations every day with your dream (or existing) clients. - Find out where they’re stuck or struggling. - Get a clear picture of how those challenges are affecting their everyday life. - Ask about their vision for their future and our planet. By infusing your content with their real world experiences, you’ll make a deeper connection with your audience – and inspire them to make an empowered choice to work with you. By marketing with intuition and integrity, it becomes fun and easy to share your mission and message. And by focusing on relationships over rapid results, you’ll begin building a strong, inclusive community who believe in you and what you offer. All from a little courage, clarity and connection. Katherine Rose Content Coach

So whether you’re writing a DM, a sales page or a social post, all you need to do is communicate in a way that is real and authentic for you and your people. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP: • Pinpoint a few pivotal moments that gave you the greatest lessons in life (and business). Then share these stories to highlight how you got from there to here. For example: 'getting lost while climbing an 11,000 foot volcano in Bali taught me a tonne about what happens when we set off without a clear path to follow'. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


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spontaneous and flexible, when these opportunities and occasions arise.

Though elements like flexibility and spontaneity are great virtues to have given the modern world we live in... the fundamentals of balanced health and wellbeing are rooted in regular routine, so that we can better manage left-field changes which may and do come up in life.

“Health is simple... it’s disease that’s complicated” - Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf

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Try these simple tips out for starters and see how things change. You may be surprised by what happens for you.

The value of routine for your health and wellbeing cannot be emphasised enough. Traditional Ayurveda’s approach to health recommends a balanced daily routine which follows the natural rhythms of the 24-hour day.

These basic and fundamental Ayurvedic principles are well-documented in scientific literature because doing so will bring your life into balance with nature and you’ll therefore gain the support of nature for mind and body. For example, our sleep-wake schedule can be a game changer if we keep to a regular routine of rising by 6am, which helps to bring vitality and freshness to mind and body, removing dullness due to sleep and facilitates normal functions like bowel movements. Conversely, sleeping further into the 6am-10am phase, creates heaviness, dullness and sluggishness, the longer you sleep in. It also reduces the effectiveness of normal digestive and metabolic functions. It’s also recommended your main meal of the day be at lunchtime, at approximately midday, because your digestion is most effective between 10am - 2pm. Ideally, dinner in the evening is an easily digestible meal, and not taken too late because the 6pm - 10pm period does not support rapid or strong digestion. So an ideal time would be around 6pm - 6.30pm, with eating finished by 7pm, so there is enough time for digestive processes to happen, before we retire to bed. It is recommended not to eat between the 10pm - 2am phase because this is the time the body needs for complete metabolism of the food previously taken during the day. Eating during this time, disrupts this vital activity and creates a build up within the body, which accumulates

over time and contributes to imbalance in the body i.e. illness, sickness and disease. The 6pm - 10pm phase is the ideal period to prepare for and begin the night’s sleep. After the day’s activity, this period naturally favours restfulness, relaxation, drowsiness and sleep. If we are in balance with this natural influence of nature, enjoying pleasant, relaxing non-excitatory activities in the evening and going to bed at the end of the this period (lights out at 10pm), sleep will come more naturally and easily, and will be most profound and restorative to the system. On the other hand, if bedtime is delayed until the 10pm - 2am or 2am - 6am periods, the mind and body will not benefit from the restful influence of nature from 6pm - 10pm at the start of the night. As a result, sleep will not come as naturally and will not be as profound or effective (even if the duration of sleep is not reduced). The body and mind will, as described above, feel heavy, dull and sluggish upon waking… and this is when we tend to then get into the habit of reaching for stimulants like coffee and sugary foods to get us going in the morning. The take home message is simple - balanced daily routine contributes significantly to balanced health and wellbeing. What can you begin to change now, to help yourself regain more sustained health and wellbeing? Mary Jane Newman Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



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Living Your Best Life With Guest Sabrina Weber VISION vs DREAM Vision vs Dream - what’s the difference you may ask? While they seem to be the same thing, these two words carry very different energies! See, as humans we are creators by design. We are meant to create, invent, grow and keep reaching higher and higher. The Universe is so that thoughts can become things; everything starts with an idea aka a dream or what I like to call a 'Dream Seed'. A seed planted in our mind - sometimes it’s just a feeling, an urge or a knowing, sometimes it’s a clear picture. But it always begins in our thoughts… And so, until we actually DECIDE to give this Dream Seed life... It stays a DREAM. ”One day…” ”It would be nice…” ”This could work…”

- the belief that you are not only worthy of having this but also able to create it, THEN the dream will transform into a vision. A vision that becomes clearer and clearer as you breathe life into it. You begin to give your dream - power. You begin to give it attention and energy. You are now creating a vision; that vision will become a plan and the plan becomes THE THING as you are taking inspired action accordingly. Start asking yourself questions like: + What would it actually take? + What is the one thing I already know - at this moment - that I can do to bring this dream closer? + How will I feel when having/doing this thing? + How will I celebrate? + What if this actually works?!

... Still a dream.

Allow yourself to play in the field of potentiality!

When you however make the conscious choice to bring this dream to life, to back yourself, believe in yourself and your dream

Sabrina Weber Empowerment & Lifestyle Coach

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Unconditional Self Love With Guest Sanya Minocha ARE YOU HUSTLING FOR SELF WORTH?

If I took a break, I would feel guilty; I only gave myself permission to rest once I had worked myself to the bone. So... what was I seeking?

Who are you without your achievements? Without your possessions? Without the perceived value you believe you bring to your relationships?

I realized I was looking to experience my true value from an internal measure, not from outside of myself.

The answer to this will point you directly towards your current level of self worth.

I was looking for a level of self-acceptance, and self-compassion that was rooted in something deeper than my achievements.

It's common for us to spend our days being productive as a way of justifying our self worth.

I was searching for unconditional love.

If our value depends on our productivity, we'll never truly feel valued... We'll forever be chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

A kind of love where my value as a human being wasn't based on what I could do for this planet, or for other people, but was based on something simpler, something more profound: the fact that I exist.

Like many others, my worth was tied into what I DO. It was reinforced through my accomplishments, hard work and level of productivity. I soon realized that regardless of how hard I worked, or how productive I was, I wasn't truly satisfied, and continued hustling in the hopes that I would feel worthy. It was the most familiar path and I was taught from a very young age to immerse myself in working in an effort to feel good and be deemed as worthy.


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Self-worth is a light that we all possess. We are extensions of source energy, and of the universe, so our worth has been present within us since the day we were born. It didn't go anywhere. We can't add to it, or subtract from it. All we can do from here is to learn to access it. We didn't need to do anything to prove or justify ourselves as babies, and we don't need to prove or justify ourselves as adults.

Being here.. EXISTING is enough. Our worthiness doesn't reside in doing; it lies within our very being. It's unchanging, unwavering, and eternal. So far, we've done a stellar job of convincing ourselves of the former and as women we continue to hustle for our worthiness. Worthiness doesn't lie on the other side of your accomplishments - it lies beneath your accomplishments and beneath what you can do for yourself or another. So how do we connect with our inherent worth and start to see it as separate from our accomplishments? For me, this realisation happened in gradual shifts, once I started to lay down the foundations. There are 6 key principles that I utilize every day to connect with my inherent worth. These principles are all rooted in self worth, and allow us to experience our value based on our own internal measure. Once I rooted myself in these principals, put small practices in place to stimulate and reconnect with my worth, I felt a significant shift.

1. Pleasure, play and rest became an acceptable part of my day, and integral to my idea of 'success'. 2. I felt more freedom and lightness in my being, knowing that I had nothing to prove to anyone. 3. I felt more comfortable with my emotions and increased my capacity to be with discomfort. 4. I started to ask for what I want with more ease and express myself more freely. 5. I stopped seeking external validation. 6. And most important of all, I tapped into the steady and unflinching light within that showed me how worthy I am and always have been, and with this came a further commitment to myself to continue these practices. Connecting with this light within, a light we all possess, was the single most satisfying and fulfilling feeling I had ever experienced. Sanya Minocha

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Soulful Living With Kerry Kingston HOME NUMEROLOGY The cosmic nature of numbers is both fascinating and recognises something greater if we are open minded and ready to receive guidance. Once you are on a path of spiritual awareness and open consciousness it becomes easier to tune in and you notice things around you such as number sequences.

and unique letters, birth dates and formations where there is so much information to learn. Number guidance is another area to discover if you are drawn to this. My interest and inquisition flowed into house numbers and what they represent so I will share my version of these. Home numerology works on numbers 1 to 9.

Senses are heightened to nature's beauty; number signs and energy which in turn provides greater appreciation for all things big and small, and practicing gratitude becomes a way of life.

To work out your house number, add the numbers together to form a single digit, for example: - 115 (1+1+5) would be a 7 home and - 33 (3+3) would be a 6.

Numbers are very present in my life - since I discovered I was a double master number in numerology terms many moons ago for both my birth and life force numbers!

If you have letters as part of your address, they can be given a number if you wish A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on.

I see my birth day and month numbers together most days in multiple formats from number plates, receipts, in movies, digital readings, clocks and more. Many of us see repeating number formations such as the famous 1111, and combinations of three or four numbers that have different yet relevant messages. These may be seen as guidance, reassurance or a note to check in and come back to the present moment. Numerology looks at the interpretation and significance of numbers and the divine relation to events, discovered through specific 86

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Experienced numerologists will often look at your birth numbers, combined with street address and house number so this is just a very brief and interesting introduction. 1 - INDEPENDENCE - Colour: Red A home of individuality both decoratively speaking and for the people living there who desire independence and may often spend time alone. A busy and often fast paced dwelling. 2 - PEACE - Colour: Orange A peaceful home promoting intimacy and creativity. A harmonious space that is best decorated in subtle colours. Keep things fresh and upbeat as this number does relate to hoarding.

3 - COMMUNICATION - Colour: Yellow A lucky and happy home, great for flowing communication and plenty of visitors. Maintain positivity and keep on top of the cleaning in this space. 4 - STABILITY - Colour: Green A secure family home, often conservative, while living a safe existence. Commitment is big under this roof and balance can be found in being flexible, try connecting with nature. 5 - CHANGE - Colour: Blue A traveler’s home, a place to come and go and for those who stay up late into the night. A sociable home suited to those who are extroverted and free spirited. 6 - LOVE & FAMILY - Colour: Indigo A love nest that is perfect for children, pets and a home business offering a peaceful retreat and security. A beautiful haven can be created here. The outside appearance may let it down if not looked after. 7 - TRANQUILITY & WISDOM - Colour: Violet A tranquil home perfect for quiet reflection and nature lovers. You may experience time alone here so best suited to those who write or seek quiet time for personal growth. A refined environment with décor to invoke a tranquil sanctuary works well. 8 - STATUS - Colour: Pink / White A home of authority, good investment offering comfort and security. Power resides here but must be respected in the rule of what goes around comes around. A house of discipline that should also be well cared for and maintained.

9 - WORDLINESS - Colour: Gold/Bronze A welcoming home with international links, a place to come and go with shifts between those who reside here. Décor can change often here so inviting stability may be beneficial. 11 (Master Number) – INTUITION A special home promoting healing and intuition that may stand out from others. While there may always be a list of jobs to complete, it is a place of personal growth and justice. 22 (Master Number) – GROUNDING This could be a forever home that you long to stay in for a lifetime; conservative yet open to spiritual growth and achievements. 33 (Master Number) – MIRACLES A home for those drawn to spiritual interests and personal growth, open to miracles. While you cannot always control your house number unless buying a new home specifically taking this into consideration, you can take a holistic approach to influence the energy and surroundings of your home for the feeling you would like to invoke. Whether this is to uplift the energy, calm the environment, ground and settle or welcome love. Kerry Kingston Kerry Kingston Design

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I Am An Inspired Life With Masha G Ellman 6 WAYS TO TRULY EMBRACE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EASE Raise your hand if you love the holiday season! I love it all. Every year my one must do, is go to the mall and walk around. I love looking at all the displays in the store windows, the Christmas trees, the ornaments, the holiday music, sparkles, colors, there’s a festive energy in the air. It’s a magical time of the year, the celebrations, preparations, gift giving, family gatherings, parties with co-workers and friends… ‘tis the season that creates memories... and a time where you can easily become overwhelmed, stressed and left energetically depleted wishing for it all to be over. Nourishing yourself daily with self-care and keeping yourself in a high energetic vibration is key to maintaining joy, well-being, and navigating the season empowered and with ease. 88

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HERE ARE MY 6 INSPIRED TIPS 1. First thing in the morning before you dive into your to do list, emails, the news or social media, take 15 minutes to honour and nourish your mind, body and soul. Start by saying kind, loving words to yourself that empower you, elevate your energy and create inner calm - I am happy, I am love, I am healthy… it immediately creates a feeling of well-being. Read a passage from your favourite book or, journal; ask yourself how do you want to feel at the end of the day, or, what do you need today. Do yoga… Just 15 minutes of self-care creates harmony for the rest of the day. 2. Simplify, go over your to do list and simplify where you can. Say no to invitations you don’t want to go to and things you don’t want to do. Think of what is of greater value to your well-being and let the rest go. 3. Connect with mother earth for a boost of energy and inspiration. When you feel yourself stressed go outside, touch a tree,

Calm feel the grass under your feet. Breathe in deeply and think, "I am calm", and as you breathe out think, "I let out all stress", repeat three times and give thanks. 4. Ask angels to assist you. These loving beings of light are always ready to help, but they cannot unless you ask. The best way to ask is in the affirmative as if you already received. For example, if you’re not clear about an issue say, "thank you angels for helping me see clearly now", and believe in that you have already received, the answer will appear. 5. Throughout the day your inner power can get scattered; negative energies can attach to you, which can leave you feeling drained and depleted. So, at the end of the day, clear your energy and call your power back to yourself. Stop for a moment, center yourself and say "I release all energies that do not serve me, I now call all of my power back to me from all corners of the universe, I am now whole and complete, and so it is, thank you".

6. And practice gratitude. List 3 things that you’re grateful for each day. Focusing on moments that brought you joy will enrich your days and put a smile on your face. It also removes stress, puts you in a positive mood and will elevate you into a higher vibrational state. Love yourself enough to show up for yourself. Your journey through the holiday season is your own, invite joy in, be kind to yourself, treat yourself with special care and love. Buddha said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Honour yourself; you are worthy, deserving, amazing; make yourself a priority and embrace the season with ease. Have a joy-filled holiday season. Blessings. Masha G Ellman, A Sweeter Life Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020




The holidays are so exciting and something we all look forward to all year and I bet this year more than any other previously!

1. Understand where you feel most drained, frustrated, irritated and angry. These emotions and states of being are the biggest signs that something we are doing is not helping or serving us.

Something I’ve been talking a lot about recently is boundaries and how putting in place strong boundaries with yourself can help you have holidays that you fully enjoy from start to end! Boundaries have many negative connotations, so I wanted to clear it up.

Maybe you’re working late too often, spending time with family members who complain and argue a lot; consumed in social media and comparisons with others, over committing to social engagements when you’re already feeling exhausted (from working late).

Boundaries are not about keeping people out, they are to keep your energy IN.

You won’t know where change is needed if you aren’t aware of where things feel off.

Having boundaries helps you be your best, through spending your time and energy in ways that serve you AND they set the expectation for others and how they treat you.

Take a moment and reflect.

Often the holidays get steam rolled by doing things you feel you 'should' be doing and over extending, rather than doing what you love and helps you feel relaxed, rested and happy. If you’re feeling a sense of anxiety or stress bubble up thinking about how much you feel you 'should' do over the holidays, maybe boundaries can be your friend and offer different ways to go about this busy and hectic time.


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2. Get clear on what YOU need and why. What do YOU NEED in order to feel and be your best? Do you need more time alone, space away from work, scheduled time with family, saying Yes to only one social event a week? Get clear on what you need and why it’s important to you. These will usually directly relate to what causes you frustration, irritation and energy depletion. When you are clear about what you need, you can easily and kindly communicate it with others.

3. Communicate with those involved. This is what we avoid most often, because we are worried about what might happen; particularly we don’t want to upset or hurt anyone. The thing is, communicating and being clear about what you need allows you to show up as your best for them and for them to receive the best of you. Communicate with love, kindness and clarity. If it goes sour, that’s not within your control. If someone is upset about you putting a boundary in place, they were benefiting from you not having one. 4. Practice and lean into resistance. If you’re feeling the resistance creep in and you want to give in because it might be easier than upholding your boundary, pause and remind yourself why this is important to you. Boundaries become easier with practice and leaning into the resistance is necessary to ensure other people respect your boundaries too. People don’t respect what you don’t respect first. 5. Check-in, reflect and reset. Things change in your life so it’s important to check-in and see if your boundaries need to change too.

Boundaries are not fixed in stone, so they can shift and change. Always come back to what you need and what’s important to you and adjust it as needed. Plus, always communicate! Always! Some boundaries might include: • Finish and leave work on time (unless actual urgency needs overtime) • Reduce time with family to have more time alone • Stop engaging in gossip, judgement and criticism with friends, family or colleagues • Have one free weekend day with no plans to do what you want • Ask friends or family not to discuss topics that make you feel uncomfortable I hope you enjoy the rest of 2020 and have a beautiful holiday period, whatever that looks like for you. Stay true to what’s right for YOU and others will do the same. Tash Pieterse Life & Mindset Coach

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Mindset Matters With Crysal Olds WORDS “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice” - T. S. Elliot, (Four Quartets) I like to think that our words, much like our food, feed ourselves and others. Whatever we feed ourselves determines how effective our body and our whole system functions – either with ease or without ease. So, what words have you fed yourself and others this year, and what voice do you choose to use next year? Our self-talk and the attention we pay to it certainly shapes the way we interact, the way we feel, and the reality we create for ourselves. Our words can hurt or heal, tear down or lift up, can disempower or empower, and so much more – both toward ourselves and others. I have recently learned, for example (thanks to Naomi Aldort) that even saying the words “I’m sorry”, which is a socially accepted way of communicating our remorse or empathising with another, is a way of taking responsibility for anothers’ feelings and experience. This might be a hard pill to swallow, but just sit with it for a few minutes and notice how your body feels when saying those words. Do you feel a draw of energy coming from you perhaps? Or a taking-on of someone else's stuff? This could be experienced as a heaviness, or a sense of responsibility.

some situations, but the tone, the situation and the intent with which it is used. When we place our attention on our body, the way our body responds to the words being said or thought and the energetic resonance behind that (including the situation, the tone and the intent) we can then gain some insight into the energetic effect this has in our body. If you are interested in experiencing this then perhaps take some time to complete this exercise: • Get yourself a piece of paper and a pen • You may like to create two different columns – words you say or think to yourself, and words you say to or think about others. • Write down words that you find yourself saying or thinking in relation to the two categories. • Go through them one by one – sitting with each one and noticing the resonance within your body. - How do you feel? - What emotions do you notice (if any)? - How does your breath respond? Is it shallow or deep? Restricted or Unrestricted? - What sensations do you notice in your body? Then explore alternatives. Perhaps descriptive words that enable you to take ownership for your stuff and allow others to do the same for theirs e.g., “I feel bad that I said…”, “Can I ask a question about you?”, “I am aware that I…, I wonder how that was for you?”

Now instead, perhaps try the words: “I feel bad that I…” and sit with this. How does this feel? Can you notice a difference?

Could one of these alternatives be your new voice for the new year? It’s up to you to decide.

I find each word we use has an energetic pull, and perhaps not necessarily the actual word in

Crysal Olds, Mind Over Matter

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My Journey So Far With Guest Carly Allen I'm Carly. I'm a 31 year old mum to a 3 year old little girl and a passionate personal trainer from Whitianga, New Zealand. I have such a deep love for what I do and feel extremely grateful that I've found something I love so much. I have also recently launched a fitness related gift box company called Fit Gift NZ. I'm always on the go; enjoy achieving things and admit I'm addicted to ticking things off my list! I love the outdoors, my dogs and recently have discovered the enormous power of meditation also another addiction! DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY My daughter is my #1 motivator - she is just as crazy and busy as me and I feel extremely driven to provide her with an amazing life. . There hasn't been a massive life event as such, but looking back now at certain times/events where I thought I was missing out on opportunities or being betrayed it was really the universe pushing me into a different direction, which is something I will forever be thankful for. SHARE WITH US THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER 2019 was all about getting as physically fit as possible and 2020 was all about getting as mentally, spiritually and emotionally fit as possible‌ In 2020 (during the NZ Covid19 lockdown) I was FORCED to actually stop, chill out and deal with a lot of unresolved trauma... I couldn't busy myself with work anymore and I was faced with an opportunity to sit with my shadows - I actually even injured my back which also forced me to not exercise for a lot of the lockdown! I signed up for an intensive 8 week NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) course and together, with my coach Grace Cater, I walked myself through A LOT of limiting beliefs, old trauma, etc. - it was literally life changing and I feel like a different person compared to the start of this year.

I wake up at 5am and watch the sunrise. I have become so strict with my morning routine! Some days I visualise; some days I cry and let go of hurt; some days I just appreciate all I have and all that I've achieved. I just have this intense feeling within myself that I am on the right path and I am divinely guided - of which the events of 2020 finally forced me to sit down and listen to! I will even go as far to say that 2020 was the best year of my life - so far! Being a personal trainer, being physically fit was obviously a priority, however now after my spiritual and emotional journey this year I've come to realise that your inner health is definitely the foundation of a happy life. TIPS & ADVICE Don't be afraid to be vulnerable; sit with the uncomfortable feelings and really ask yourself the reasons why you engage in self destructive/ sabotaging behaviour and why you have those limiting beliefs. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! Recently I posted online about how amazing I was feeling and how much APPRECIATION I felt! - In business terms, 'appreciation' means that an asset gains value over time. And guess what? Our biggest 'asset' is our selves, our thoughts our words, our actions and our outcomes. None of what I've achieved this year would've been possible without the power of my mind and what I decided and chose to focus on. Looking ahead to 2021 I see even more growth! More people on my vibe and more personal growth courses. I also want to integrate my spiritual growth into my business and continue to help others achieve their goals!

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Living Naturally With Hannah Shaw LONGEVITY AND AGING WELL Aging can be both a blessing and a curse. So many don’t make it to old age, and those who do may not be in good health, therefore endure poor quality of life. It is worth putting in the effort now as an investment into your future-elderly self. There are many things you can do to aid healthy aging, enabling you to enjoy your older years and live them more healthfully and joyfully. When we hear the words 'anti-aging' most of us think about the outside of our body, particularly our skin as it is what everyone sees. However, we need to consider aging as a process that occurs from the inside out. INFLAMMATION One of the main drivers behind aging, inflammation is your immune system’s response to a stimulus. These are usually harmful substances that have entered, or been created within, your body. We typically eat, drink, inhale, or absorb these substances. The more harmful substances that we are exposed to, the more inflammation our body experiences, and the more rapidly we age. Symptoms of inflammation can often be recognised as heat, swelling and redness. The location of these symptoms can vary and are dependent on where the immune system is focusing its response. Inflammation could be present in your skin (e.g. eczema/psoriasis), joints (aches/pains/arthritis), arteries (atherosclerosis), and/or in your vital organs. However, chronic low-grade inflammation is often silent and is involved in many health conditions such as auto-immune disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Taking excellent care of your body to prevent premature aging is far more impactful than any skin lotion, potion, mask, peel or serum. We can either increase or reduce the inflammatory responses in our bodies through our lifestyle 96

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choices - our food and beverage choices; the skin, beauty and household products we use; how hard we push our bodies and how much rest we get; as well as our perception of pressure and urgency (STRESS!!) all have an impact on our inflammation levels. OXIDATIVE STRESS & FREE RADICALS Oxidative stress causes damage to DNA, proteins and lipids. Free radicals are part of this process and result from inflammation, infection, and our exposure to toxins. Free radicals are produced by normal processes like breathing and exercising, but are also produced by increased stress, cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants such as pesticides and heavy metals. Visible signs of aging (skin) are a result of the cumulative impact of free radical damage. THE BLUE ZONES The Blue Zones are 5 locations across the world with higher numbers of people who live for much longer (and more healthfully), than average. These 'Blue Zones' include: Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece); Loma Linda (California, USA). The four main pillars identified for longevity are: • nutrition • movement • community • mindset People in these cultures tend to eat foods that are seasonal, local, organic, whole, and homegrown where possible. They avoid overindulgence. In Okinawa there are strategies to prevent over-eating; they eat until they are 80 percent full. There is very little to no processed food in their diets. Most of their 'exercise' comes from consistent, daily, incidental movement - not formal like the majority of the western world. There is a grace in aging; and a practice of gratitude. Living is done slowly and mindfully. These people don’t take themselves too seriously, are not prone to panic, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Aging brings with it pride and wisdom that is respected among their communities. The Japanese word “ikigai” means 'your reason for waking up in the morning'. People in the Blue Zones have a strong sense of purpose which holds a prominent place in their daily life and tends to revolve around family and community. They often belong to a faith-based community, have strong belief systems, strong social ties, and rituals related to their faith/beliefs. HOW TO AGE WELL... 1. Eat a plant-predominant diet - antioxidants are your friend! Plants are a rich source of antioxidants (molecules that neutralise free radicals that cause oxidative damage). Aim for 40 or more different plant foods in your diet each week. 2. Reduce intake of animal foods - especially red meat and processed meats. 3. Decrease processed food intake 4. Look after your gut health and microbiome include probiotics or fermented foods in your diet. 5. Drink herbals teas - green tea is especially good for lowering inflammation. 6. Quit smoking cigarettes. 7. Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption. 8. Look at adding medicinal mushrooms such as Chaga to your diet. Medicinal mushrooms have long been touted for their longevity-enhancing properties. Chaga contains an enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD) which assists the liver, repairs cells, reduces cellular damage, reduces internal inflammation and pain, and regenerates skin. Foods such as seaweed and barley grass contain the same enzyme but in smaller amounts. 9. Reduce exposure to synthetic substances and fragrances that are often found in conventional cosmetics, skincare and household cleaning products. 10. Be active in your activities of daily living - take the stairs, bike or walk, grow a garden, practice yoga or pilates. 11. Find ways to live life more slowly, mindfully and joyfully. 12. Implement simple stress reduction strategies such as regular deep breathing and saying “NO” to things that aren’t serving you well. 13. Spend more time doing social activities; and being with friends and family. Hannah Shaw A Nourishing Notion Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



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Feel Great - Inspiration With Lee Holmes FOODS TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD Have you ever finished a loooong day with a kind of sad and lethargic feeling? Then, all of a sudden, you find yourself standing in front of the fridge or pantry and gobbling down the entirety of its contents. Often, this includes the foods we shouldn’t be eating in copious amounts, like chocolate, chips, chocolate, cookies, oh, and did I mention chocolate?

A lot of the instant and fast foods that we crave are delicious and make us feel okay, but it's only temporary. These foods are often high in unhealthy fats, calories and artificial ingredients. The only thing they're low in is nutrients! They can impact brain function and memory, leading to a feeling of depression after the initial joy of eating it. They can also cause an increase in our blood sugar levels, which make us hungry after a meal, leading to over eating and weight gain.

We often tuck into these foods because they give us temporary emotional highs. They make us feel good and keep us wanting more (kind of like the really awful TV shows you watch, love to hate and can’t stop watching). We all have our vices – maybe for you it’s chocolate, chips, fast food, ice-cream or something else entirely.

These comfort foods can often be full of artificial ingredients that our bodies have trouble understanding and that can lead to tummy pain, bloating, absorption problems and fatigue.

So what makes us experience these cravings?

I’m sorry to break it to you, but there’s no specific 'superfood' that will make you happy or improve your brain function. Instead, what a good rule of thumb to follow is to:

Picture this: you're sitting on the couch, it's a little late, your favourite TV show is on and you have a bar of chocolate in front of you (dark chocolate obviously, because it's high in the antioxidants and whatever...). You convince yourself you'll only have one piece. You look down during the ad break and it's only the wrapping that remains. How on earth did that just happen? Science plays a bigger role in our cravings than we might realise. Those ‘melt in your mouth’ foods, like chocolate and marshmallows, give you a happy sensation when you eat them and then you tend to crave them more. This feeling signals to your brain that you’re not eating as much as you actually are and keeps you wanting more and more and.... So, when you eat these foods, they literally tell your brain that you’re not full, even though you’re eating lots of calories. And this, my friends, is why many of us over eat. Food companies know this and often take full advantage of it – there’s a reason small blocks of chocolate are so hard to find! These companies will also spend millions of dollars to discover the most satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip.. imagine having that job!

So now for the real question, what can we do about it?

Eat a healthy diet with a variety of nutritious foods - following a diet that emphasises vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and lean protein, and reduces ultra-processed, fried and sugary foods. Basically, eat the real stuff, and cut back on 'junk' food and you’ll be good to go! If you’re really looking for a mood-boost, and we’re talking a real, sustained mood-boost, the best way to do it is to consistently supply your body with nutritious foods to keep it motoring along. That doesn't mean you have to forgo all your favourite comfort foods, the key here is moderation. Researchers have studied the association between foods and the brain. They’ve identified nine nutrients that combat depression and boost our mood. Don’t worry, I’ve compiled this all for you so you don’t need to get into the nitty gritty of it! Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


These nutrients are calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D and zinc.

iron, magnesium, calcium and more! The best way to enjoy cacao? Chocolate! Go for ones that are 70% cacao or the raw stuff!

These mood-nutrients make us less stressed, boost libido and make us happier.

MACA – Maca is actually a Peruvian root vegetable that's found in powdered form from health stores and online. It helps regulate and balance hormones, boost our libido and fertility!

Nutrients in foods can actually support neurotransmitters that produce feel-good hormones and happy hormones, like serotonin and dopamine. SO, WHAT FOODS SHOULD WE BE INCLUDING IN OUR DIETS? CAPSICUMS – Capsicums are full of vitamin C (even more than oranges) which helps hormone synthesis, producing happy hormones. The higher the concentration of vitamins in our food, the bigger the impact on our mood. Due to their vitamin C content, capsicums are also great for increasing our immune system so we don’t get sick. FLAXSEEDS - Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are high in Omega-3 fatty acids to help avoid foggy brains. Flaxseeds can also help balance hormones and produce energy. I like to sprinkle flaxseeds over my eggs, make a flaxseed crust with baked fish or put a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds in my porridge. OATS – Oats are full of the vitamin B1 which helps produce energy. They also help seal the lining of the gut and reduce inflammation. CACAO – Cacao - ahh the good stuff! Cacao increases serotonin and dopamine in the brain, giving us feelings of pleasure, happiness and lowering our stress levels. Cacao is also high in 100

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OILY FISH - Like salmon and sardines, are high in omega-3 and raise dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin are linked with depression, aggression and suicidal tendencies, while dopamine is a 'reward' chemical that the brain releases in response to pleasurable experiences, such as eating. The body does not naturally produce Omega-3s, so the fatty acid needs to be consumed from outside sources. Deficiency symptoms include fatigue, mood swings, memory decline, and depression. AVOCADO – Avocados are a natural hormone booster and they also help us absorb nutrients we’re eating, particularly fat-soluble vitamins. This is your permission to eat avocado with everything... you're welcome. LENTILS – Lentils are a slow-digesting carbohydrate that help boost our serotonin levels. Lentils are a low-calorie, nutrient-packed legume with a nutty and earthy flavour. They contain a great source of prebiotics to help out your gut and keep things running smoothly on our insides. ROSEMARY - The delicious herb, is an example of an adaptogen that has been used for centuries for its stress-relieving and immune-boosting qualities. It’s the perfect herb to add to your meals.

CHAI TEA - No spirit-lifting list of mine could omit chai tea. Chai uses a blend of spices that promote happiness and I’m almost certain that a cup of chai tea can fix anything. If you’re ordering one out, be sure to go for the real stuff, not the powdered or syrup version!

fibre and makes a great food source for vegans who may be lacking in B12. Research shows that B vitamin supplementation can benefit stress. It's cheesy nutty flavour means you can add it to pizza's, soups, mashes, omelettes and casseroles or wherever you would ordinarily add cheese.

CARBOHYDRATES - Let's slash carbophobia! Carbohydrates can help boost your mood. In a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who for a year followed a very-low-carbohydrate diet - which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1/2 cup of rice plus one piece of bread - experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on lowfat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans. It's been suspected that carbs promote the production of serotonin.

PROBIOTICS - Whether from supplements or foods, these good bacteria are beneficial for more than digestive health. People who take probiotics see improvements in their perceived levels of stress and have a more positive mental outlook compared to people not taking probiotics. Not only does eating these happy foods help our moods, they also help out our gut because of the direct link existent from the gut to the brain. So, if we’re eating mood-boosting food, our bodies are going to function much more efficiently and our moods are going to be that much brighter.

Living a life of restriction, like a low-carb diet, for a full year may have negatively impacted their moods. When choosing carbohydrates, go for unrefined carbohydrates like oats and quinoa and choose starchy carbs like pumpkin and sweet potato. SAFFRON - Saffron has proven to help relieve PMS symptoms, like mood swings and depression. It's antidepressant effects have even been compared to common antidepressants like Prozac! Researchers believe that the spice helps produce the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin and makes it more available to the brain. NUTRITIONAL YEAST FLAKES- Nutritional yeast is the kind of yeast that doesn't feed pathogenic bacteria as it's a deactivated yeast and usually a strain of scaaharomyces cerevisiae. It's packed with B vitamins such as B1, 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12, and

IRON RICH FOODS- In a review published in Nutrients, the researchers with Deakin's School of Psychology and Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) examined studies into the positive mood and cognitive effects of increasing iron and zinc intakes in women between 12 and 55 years old. They discovered that increasing iron intakes via supplements improved memory and intellectual ability, and increasing zinc intakes also via supplements improved depressive symptoms in women who either already had depression or had low zinc levels. Iron rich supplements such as Fulvic Humic Concentrate are a great way to assure an adequate intake of iron. Lee Holmes Supercharged Food Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Feel Great - Recipe With Lee Holmes A FULL THREE-COURSE PLANTBASED MEAL WITH YOUR CHOICE OF DESSERT You’ve decided to ask some friends over for dinner. Amazing! How about you surprise them with a three-course plant-based meal? Lee, you’re crazy, who’s going to want to come to my house to eat something plant-based, let alone a three-course plant-based meal? Everyone will leave hungry! I know, I know, but I’d like to remind you that a plant-based diet, just like a plant-based meal, isn’t solely plants and vegetables; it’s based on plants. Do you see the difference? I believe consuming a diet based on plants has an abundance of benefits, including (but not limited to): • Increased fibre which your gut loves. • A whole heap of antioxidants which are great for our skin and immune system. • A moderate and stabilised body weight. Sound appealing? I thought it might! I challenge you to create a plant-based meal for your loved ones (or just yourself – treat yourself!). If that idea terrifies you, remember, just because this meal is plant-based, it doesn’t mean you can’t include some non-plant-based ingredients in here too. If you’re ready to prepare the easiest threecourse meal possible, join me! 102

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Let’s start with the entree. If you’ve ever tried traditional coleslaw and relate to any of the below: 1. You hated it so much and vowed never to touch it again. 2. You can’t eat anything else when it’s on the table because it’s that damn addictive. 3. You are anywhere between A and B on the coleslaw spectrum. Then this is the salad for you. My Kaleslaw with a Creamy Sesame Dressing is fibre and sulphur-rich, making it great for our liver health and detoxification pathways. If you want the phytochemicals, antioxidants and naturally occurring vitamins of kale, without the bitterness of the leafy green, this is the answer! Oh, and don’t be fooled by the dressing name – it tastes like a traditional creamy dressing, but is packed full of whole ingredients like sesame, creamy cashews and sugar-free mustard. If you want to wow your friends, give my Kaleslaw a go. KALESLAW WITH CREAMY SESAME DRESSING Serves 6 as a Side Slaw • 4 cups thinly sliced cavolo nero (Tuscan kale) • 2 apples, cut into very thin wedges • ½ cabbage, thinly sliced • 1 red capsicum (pepper), seeded and thinly sliced (optional) • 1 small carrot (optional), grated • parsley or micro herbs, to serve

Creamy sesame dressing • 120g (4 ¼ oz/¾ cup) raw cashews, soaked in filtered water for 2 hours • 40g (1 ½ oz/ ¼ cup) sesame seeds • 50ml (13/4 fl oz) apple cider vinegar • 2 Tbsp sugar-free mustard • 1 Tbsp lemon juice • 1/4 tsp sea salt To make the dressing, pulse all the ingredients in a food processor with a generous splash of filtered water until smooth. Toss all the slaw ingredients except the herbs in a large bowl and stir through the dressing. Scatter over the herbs, and serve. Okay, okay, it’s time for the main meal. I recommend trying my Vegan Lentil Moussaka on for size. This deliciously layered baked eggplant dish with lentils and a vegan cheese sauce will bring all the comfort and nourishment to the table. It puts a deserved spotlight on lentils, is plant-based and completely stodge-free. VEGAN LENTIL MOUSSAKA Serves 3—4 When prepared with love and flavour, the humble lentil comes into its own. This moussaka is completely free of all forms of stodge. Ingredients • 1 eggplant (aubergine), sliced • 2–3 zucchini (courgettes), sliced • Celtic sea salt • 60ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 onion, sliced • 1 shallot, chopped (optional) • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar • 2 x 400 g (14 oz) tins diced tomatoes

• 2 x 400 g (14 oz) tins lentils, drained (soak if preferred for easy digestion) • 125ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) vegetable stock • 2 tsp oregano leaves • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon Sunflower seed cheese (If you don’t have ingredients or time to make this just use 1 ½ cups grated vegan cheese) • 145g (5 oz/1 cup) sunflower seeds, soaked in water • 2 garlic cloves • juice of 1/2 lemon • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes • pinch of Celtic sea salt • 120ml (33/4 fl oz) filtered water • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes, for topping Method • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). • Place the eggplant and zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for 30 minutes then rinse off the salt. • Put the eggplant and zucchini on a baking tray and brush with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. • Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7). Meanwhile, make the sauce. Add the remaining olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onion and shallot for 5 minutes, or until browned. Add the apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, lentils, stock, oregano and cinnamon and season to taste. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer over medium–low for about 15 minutes. To make the sunflower seed cheese if using, place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
If you’d like a creamier cheese, add some filtered water to the mix. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.

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To assemble the moussaka, place a layer of the cooked eggplant and zucchini in a 28 x 18 x 5 cm (111/4 x 7 x 2 inch) baking dish. Pour a layer of sauce over the vegetables, and then repeat. Top with the sunflower seed cheese (or grated vegan cheese, if using) and scatter over the nutritional yeast flakes. Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes or until the top is crispy. I know what you’re thinking, Lee, this sounds delicious, but this is only two courses – where’s the dessert? Introducing: My Homemade Berry Crumble! Made from nothing but whole natural foods, you can serve this crumble straight from the oven with a generous dollop of chilled yoghurt, and you’ll seriously impress the pants (not the literal pants – the emotional pants) off your family and friends. MY HOMEMADE BERRY CRUMBLE! Serves 5—6 Topping • 160g (53/4 oz/1 cup) almonds, roughly chopped • 75g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) pepitas (pumpkin seeds) • 75g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) sunflower seeds • 55g (2 oz/1 cup) unsweetened coconut flakes • 75g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) hazelnuts • 2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil • 2 Tbsp rice malt syrup or 2 TBS coconut sugar • 1 Tbsp Golden Gut Blend (Optional) • Pinch of sea salt Filling • 60ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) rice malt syrup • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder, or one scraped out vanilla pod • 1 Tbsp tapioca flour 104

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• Zest of 1 lime • 600g (1 lb 5 oz) mixed berries (see note) • Optional for serving: A dollop of chilled coconut cream or natural yoghurt Method • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) and line a baking tray with baking paper. • Place all the topping ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to combine well, ensuring all the ingredients are well coated. • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking tray and bake for 15–20 minutes. • Remove and set aside to cool – it will get its crunch once it cools down. • To make the filling, mix the rice malt syrup, vanilla and tapioca flour with the lime zest. • Place the berries in a saucepan and pour over the syrup. Mix gently to combine, taking care not to break up the berries. Cook them over medium heat for 15 minutes. • Transfer to a 20cm (8inch) pie dish and sprinkle over the topping ingredients. Serve warm or cold. This will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Note: If berries aren’t in season, try substituting the same quantity of other fruits. If you and your guests have the cake cravings (it’s a real thing), my Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing should be on the table. This night is a celebration, and this cake is worth celebrating – but, just a warning, if you bake this for your friends, I guarantee every time you see your friends they’ll ask you for the recipe or expect you to bake it for them on the spot. Don’t come to me later and tell me how annoying it is that they do; I warned you.

CARROT CAKE WITH COCONUT ICING Makes 1 cake Ingredients • 150g (51/2 oz/11/2 cups) almond meal, or gluten-free flour of your choice • 60g (21/4 oz/1/2 cup) raw chopped walnuts • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) • 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg • 3/4 tsp stevia powder or sweetener of your choice • 2 organic eggs, beaten* • 3 Tbsp organic butter, coconut oil or light olive oil • 80ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) additive-free coconut milk • 235g (81/2 oz/11/2 cups) grated carrot • walnuts, to decorate (optional) *If you are vegan, just substitute the eggs with

2 tablespoons ground or whole chia or flaxseeds soaked in 120 ml (33/4 fl oz) of water for 15 minutes. Coconut Icing • 120g (41/4 oz/3/4 cup) raw, unsalted cashews (soak in water for 20 mins to soften) • 300ml (101/2 fl oz) tinned coconut cream • finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon • 1 tbs raw honey or sweetener of your choice • To make the coconut icing. • Place the cashews, half the coconut cream and the lemon zest and juice in a food processor and blitz for a few minutes. Slowly add more coconut cream until the consistency resembles crème fraîche – smooth, not runny, but not so thick as thickened cream.

Transfer to a bowl and add to the coldest section of your fridge for 30 minutes. Alternatively, put it in the freezer for 5–10 minutes to thicken. To make the cake • Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/Gas 3) and grease an 18 cm (7 inch) round cake tin. • Put the almond meal, walnuts, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweetener in a large bowl and stir to combine. • In a separate bowl, place the eggs, butter, coconut oil or light olive oil and coconut milk and whisk to combine. • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold through with a wooden spoon. Squeeze the excess water out of the carrots (using your hands is best) then add them to the bowl. Fold in lightly. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed in the centre. • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. When the cake has cooled, spread the icing over the top using a knife or the back of a spoon and top with the walnuts. This will keep, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days I hope you enjoy this full three-course plant-based meal. Lee Holmes Supercharged Food

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In the Kitchen

With Guest Lizzie Mclellan Hi everyone, I'm Lizzie and I am a first time mum to my beautiful little girl Macie who was born in July - along with her; two crazy dogs and my lovely partner, life has become very busy.

• Place into the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to set. • Once set, split into two jars and top with your choice of toppings.

I certainly don't have the free time that I used to and I've found that being a little more proactive in the meal prepping department has made life less stressful and chaotic.

These would be fine in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Below I share some of my absolute kitchen staples that I make regularly while juggling mum life. My body has been allover the place since giving birth to Macie and I find that spending a little time here and there preparing my own snacks, lunches, etc. means that not only do I make better food choices, but I don't get that sugar crash or that late afternoon 'reaching for anything' kind of snacking.

I've added chopped strawberries, a little greek yoghurt and mango puree which you can make by blitzing 1 cup of frozen mango in the blender with a little lemon juice until smooth. TIP: You can add any sort of fruit you like, granola, yoghurt, coconut chips, nuts, etc.

I'm a bit of a throw together kind of gal in the kitchen and I struggle to follow recipes at times so even if you are not super confident in the kitchen these are really easy, throw together recipes. I genuinely love meal prepping and have gotten into the habit of doing it now when I have a little spare time which in the long run saves me so much time and energy which I can put towards being the best mum to my beautiful wee girl.


This is hands down one of my favourites and I make this at least once or sometimes twice a week. Chia seeds are full of protein, are easily digestible and are full of omega 3's which makes them a powerful little superfood. This makes 2 generous serves. Ingredients: • 1/4 cup chia seeds • 2 cups of your choice of liquid i.e. almond milk, coconut milk etc. Method: • Pop both ingredients into a jar and shake until well combined. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



I've added Maca powder in with this slice as not only does it have a sweet nutty flavour but it is also high in iron, copper and vitamin c which can help with hormone balancing (perfect for postpartum!). I love the chewy sweet cranberries mixed with the slightly sour raspberries makes for a really tasty mix. This makes approx. 12 pieces. Ingredients: • 1 cup coconut • 1 cup almonds • 2 Tbsp chia seeds • 1 Tbsp maca powder • 1/4 cup cacao powder • 1/4 cup cranberries • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries • 1 crunch (1/2 teaspoon) of pink Himalayan salt) • 1/4 cup coconut cream (the thickest part) • Dark chocolate for the topping (enough to cover, approx. 1/3rd of a block of your choice of dark chocolate) Method: • Place the almonds and coconut in the high speed blender and blitz to a fine crumb (like an almond meal consistency). • Add the remainder of the ingredients (apart from the dark chocolate) and blitz to combine. • Press the mixture into a small lined slice/cake tin and pop into the freezer to set. • Melt dark chocolate and pour over the top of the slice and pop back into the freezer to set. • Once set, cut the slice into desired pieces and store in an airtight container in the freezer. TIP: This slice isn't meant to be super sweet but if you try the mixture and it isn't sweet enough you can add a little sweetener of your choice. You can also add two serves of your choice of chocolate protein and add just a little more coconut cream. 108

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I ate so many of these when I was pregnant - I just loved them. These are my healthier version of a bounty bar made into bliss balls. This makes approx. 12 balls. Ingredients: • 2 cups of coconut • 2 Tbsp maple syrup/your choice of sweetener • 1/4 cup of coconut cream (the thickest part) • 1 crunch (1/2 teaspoon) of pink Himalayan salt Instructions: • Place the coconut into a high speed blender and whizz for a couple of seconds to get a finer coconut consistency. • Add the rest of the ingredients including the coconut into a bowl and mix together. • Roll into balls and place onto a plate lined with baking paper and place into the freezer to set. • Melt dark chocolate and either half dip the bliss balls in chocolate and then put them back into the freezer to set. • Once set, store in an airtight container in the freezer. TIP: If you are short on time you can press the mixture into a small slice/cake tin and make this into a slice rather than bliss balls. You can fully coat the bliss balls in the chocolate. I've added two teaspoons of beetroot powder to make some berry bliss balls for a different flavour.


Lastly, one really good meal prepping tip I have is that every few days I do a bit of a fridge/fruit bowl clear out and I chop up the excess bananas, kiwifruit, etc. and place on a plate lined with baking paper and along with the left over spinach I pop these into the freezer and once frozen store in an airtight container. I then have heaps of fruit and veggies to make into smoothies and I'm not throwing away unused fruit and veggies. Here is the recipe for my beloved green smoothie and out of all the smoothies I make, this is one of my favourites. I usually whip up a smoothie at the crack of dawn when Macie wakes and wants her milk and usually within 10 minutes I've made a smoothie, coffee and Macie's bottle. Even if I'm not ready for breakfast it's good to make when you have the time and leave in the fridge for a little bit. Just give it a bit of a shake first before drinking. It might discolour a little and not be such a bright green colour but hey the goodness is still there. Ingredients: • 1 frozen banana • 1/4 frozen courgette • 1/2 frozen kiwifruit • 1 Tbsp nut butter • 1 Tbsp chia seeds • Big handful of spinach • 2 scoops of protein (or alternatively you can use 1/4 cup of oats) • 1.5 cups of your choice of liquid (I use either almond milk or coconut water) • Handful of ice Instructions: • Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender until fully blended. TIP: I use frozen bananas, etc. as it makes the smoothie really creamy and I promise that you cannot taste the courgette! Sometimes I pop in a squeeze of lemon juice when I am lucky enough to be given fresh lemons from either my mother in law or our good friends up the road. Lizzie Mclellan

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Helpful Herbs & Flowers With Minette Tonoli BASIL

OCIMUM SPECIES The quintessential summer herb! There’s so many wonderful things to do with basil from the garden this season! Did you know there are around 150 species of basil? Sweet, or Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the most common culinary basil, and quite a number of the named basil varieties are simply cultivars thereof, e.g: • Anise, Liquorice or Persian basil - Ocimum basilicum ‘Licorice’ • Cinnamon basil - O. basilicum ‘Cinnamon’ • Dark opal basil - O. basilicum ‘Dark Opal’ • Lettuce leaf basil - O. basilicum ‘Crispum’ • Purple basil - O. basilicum ‘Purpurescens’ • Dwarf, Globe or French basil - O. basilicum ‘Minimum’ Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum syn. Ocimum tenuiflorum), a herb used more for its medicinal and sacred associations, is a different species to common culinary sweet basil. Lemon basil (Ocimum × africanum) has a strong lemon scent and flavour and is the preferred basil to use in Laos and is also popular in Indonesia and Thailand. While there are true perennial basil plants such as African basil (Ocimum gratissumum) 110

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and camphor basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum), most basil plants are grown as tender annuals in temperate regions like New Zealand. This means they complete their life cycle in one growing season. It is possible to extend the growing and productivity of basil for a while by pinching off the flowering tops to encourage more side branching, but it will only on the rarest of occasions live for more than one year outside of the tropics. Basil has suffered a 'symbolism identity crisis' as one writer puts it - over the years it was associated first with hatred, and then later became a symbol of true love. Known as the king of the summer herbs, basil likes warmer weather, and it’s best to sow seed when the soil has warmed up in mid to late spring, or start them in seed trays on a heat mat to transplant into the garden after the last frost date. Sweet basil can grow up to half a meter in height, and easily spreads to 30cm, so be sure to leave ample room in the herb or vegetable garden for your basil plants. CULINARY USES The leaves of basil can be used raw or cooked as a flavouring. They are often combined with tomato in pasta sauces, and also taste great with dishes featuring peppers or aubergines. Fresh basil is preferred, as dried basil has a different flavour profile.

Basil flowers are edible and have a mild basil taste - use as an edible garnish or in salads.

repellent for mosquitoes and the growing plant is said to repel flies, although I do not find this to be particularly true.

The seeds of basil can be baked into bread or soaked; becomes mucilaginous and is made into a refreshing Mediterranean drink named ‘sherbet tokhum’.


Nutritionally, basil is a good source of vitamin A in the diet, and it provides flavonoids and antioxidants. MEDICINAL USES Basil is an excellent herb for the digestive system - it is antispasmodic and tonic, and eases flatulence, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion. The flowering tops and leaves are also helpful as a traditional home remedy in the treatment of colds and flu, migraine, insomnia, depression and exhaustion. HOUSEHOLD & GARDEN Basil is an excellent companion plant, especially for tomatoes - and not only do these make good garden fellows, but basil and tomato is a classic pairing in the kitchen too! They also grow well with cucumber and apricots, but it is said they may inhibit fruiting of raspberries and don’t do well in proximity to rue or sage. Applied to the skin, basil makes a good

Ingredients • 2 cups fresh basil leaves • 1/3 cup pine nuts (or hazelnuts) • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese • 3 cloves garlic • 1/3 cup olive oil • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice to taste • 1/2 tsp salt • freshly ground black pepper, to taste INSTRUCTIONS 1. Pulse the basil, pine nuts, parmesan and garlic in a food processor or blender until well combined. 2. Scrape down the sides, add the lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings and pulse until everything is well blended and smooth. 3. Use in pasta, as a pizza topping, on crackers, as a dip, or in a grilled cheese sandwich. Leftover pesto can be refrigerated for up to a week in a tightly sealed jar. Minette Tonoli MeadowSweet Herbs & Flowers Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Garden Conversion With Minette Tonoli OUR YARD CONVERSION It’s the second summer we are on our one acre farmlet, and I’m pretty happy with how the potager garden is turning out. When we moved in at the end of April 2019, the backyard was a lawn with a stone pathway leading to a clothesline. I remember thinking “All that grass simply won’t do!” and started on a plan to turn it into our family’s food garden. I wish I can tell you it’s for higher purposes like 'climate change' and the 'environmental impact of monoculture farms', or because I want my family to eat only really good 'spray-free organic food' (which I do of course!), or to 'save money' (it takes a while before growing your own food relates to saving money), or even that I did not want to 'mow all that lawn' - but truthfully... 112

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I created my large edible gardens simply because I am entirely given over to the joy of growing things! My passion in life - my ikigai is growing and using food and medicine plants. Herb plants have been a hobby of mine all my life - seriously - I have a book on herbs that I got given on my 10th birthday! I left the corporate world in 2005 and set out to turn my interest in these plants into more than just a pastime. Over the years I had a thriving little herb shop and nursery in South Africa, and soon after moving to New Zealand - our new home country in 2013 - I set out to connect with 'herby' folk and further my herbalist and horticulture knowledge.

This all culminated in my business, MeadowSweet Herbs & Flowers which is a little specialist home nursery and a source of education and inspiration on growing and using plants for nourishment and healing. Unfortunately all the while we lived in Auckland (2013-2019), we had only a small urban backyard at our rental, and I had to beg permission to grow even the smallest bit of garden. I felt thoroughly stifled, and for years it seemed like our dreams of again being homeowners (and garden owners) would never come true. Then one day... only last year, things simply started falling into place, and we ended up on our acre farmlet in North Canterbury where I could finally grow all the things my heart desired. To try and explain just how thrilled I was to finally have my own piece of paradise, is impossible - the feeling is just too big! I rejoice in it every single day still, and little by little we have been making the acre our own - one of the first things we decided to do was to turn the bare back lawn into a French potager garden.

WHAT IS A FRENCH POTAGER The idea of a French potager garden is that it is a productive vegetable and herb garden, but with quite a bit of aesthetic value too, so lots of flowers are grown as well, and it has a romantic design, making you linger rather than rush through. In complete synergy with my own style of gardening where I hold a fine balance between allowing nature’s seeming chaos to reign, and the ease of gardening in rigid order, modern day potager gardens are great promoters of biodiversity and tend to work with nature and employ organic gardening principles. WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO I GROW IN MY POTAGER? About 97% of all the plants in the potager are edible or medicinal. The few things that are not edible, generally serve the purpose of being great companion plants to attract pollinators like bees and bumblebees, deter pests, or attract beneficial fauna. I grow fruit, berries, edible flowers, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, annual seasonal Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


BEFORE (APR 2019) vegetables, perennial vegetables, vines, and I’ve even got a patch which I’m cultivating to be a fungi bed for wine cap mushrooms! I am a heirloom tomato collector and am growing over 100 varieties in my garden this year. I also use the potager for my business - the seedling house is the start of all the plants for my garden, but also for the plant stall, and the seeds I harvest from plants in my garden are saved for sale and replanting. HOW BIG IS THE AREA? Around 400sqm. Most of the garden beds are 7m x 2.4m, with the exception of the last two close to the house that follow the building contour and are smaller. The seedling house is 3m x 2.5m and the tunnel houses will be 5m x 2.4m. Quite a lot of space!

AFTER (NOV 2020) Right now we are getting all our lettuce from the garden - we love salads! HOW DID WE DO IT? I decided on a formal style of 8 garden beds with 12 feature crabapple trees - allowing me to name my garden 'The Crabapple Potager' - and eventually a big water feature or pond in the center. It was like the idea had always been there in my head and only needed the space to live itself out. I used to plan and still use it for garden reminders, a garden diary, crop rotation plans, etc.

HOW MUCH DO WE EAT OUT OF THE GARDEN? Not much yet, as it’s only the second growing season, and all the gardens were not complete until a few weeks ago. But we aim to be 90% self sufficient from our garden from next summer. This is for fresh seasonal produce, but it also includes things like dried beans for soups, frozen vegetables, canned tomatoes, jams, dried herbs etc. 114

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The first season (summer 2019) we built four garden beds with untreated oregon pine; laid thick cardboard over the lawn inside each bed, and filled them with a vegetable

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mix* from a landscape supply yard, creating a lasagna style bed following a no-dig philosophy.

• Cabbages can get huge and take up a lot of space for one “product”, consider your space availability

This year (summer 2020) we did the other four beds in the same fashion.

Some easy to start with vegetables include:  Silverbeet  Tomato  Pea  Radish  Beans  Lettuce  Spring Onion  Spinach

Arborist mulch fills the pathways, but it will eventually be planted with lawn chamomile ‘Trenegue’. Besides the garden beds, other structures include a three bay composting system, a potting up table, the seedling house, and two tunnel houses - we’ve started on one already - to extend our cold Canterbury season a little bit on either side of first and last frost dates. *I highly recommend doing a 'bioassay test' on soil before using bulk landscape supply soil as the first seven cubic meters of soil had herbicide contamination residue that set my growing far behind last season. WHAT ARE GOOD THINGS TO GROW? • Grow what you eat. Seriously. Don’t grow brussel sprouts if you or your family do not eat brussel sprouts. • Grow what you like to eat, but can’t find in shops easily (e.g. Okra, or a specific type of sweetcorn). • Grow heavy producers, like courgettes and tomatoes, peas and beans. Be sure to have a plan for preserving those in place! • Most vegetables freeze well, or can be made into some kind of preserve (pasta sauce, zucchini pickle etc) • Carrots and onions are fun and easy to grow, but if you don’t have the space they’re super cheap and mostly good quality from retailers - rather plant something else.

TOP TIPS 1. Start. Just start with something, anything. A basil plant on the windowsill. 2. Don’t go too big too soon- if you’re new to gardening, take it slow and grow only a few things the first season. 3. Soil is key. Absolutely. For good healthy plants with high nutrient density and less diseases, make sure you create good living soil. 4. Keep nature in mind, this includes where you live (last frost date, daylight hours, shade spots, prevailing wind), the plants you want to grow (chillies like warm weather, peas prefer cooler temperatures, pumpkins don’t grow in winter), and the ecosystem (birds like to eat ripening tomatoes, cats like to use vegetable gardens as sandboxes). 5. Stay organic as far as you possibly can, and then go just a little bit farther before contemplating quick solutions that involve pesticides and herbicides. The reward is plentiful, I promise. Above all - enjoy your gardening - there are great moments of peace and pure happiness that spring from working a garden and connecting with nature. Minette Tonoli MeadowSweet Herbs & Flowers Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Kids in the Garden With Minette Tonoli HOMEMADE SEED BOMBS A lovely holiday gift idea from (or for) the garden that is easy to make with children, and features as our 'Kids in the Garden' article for this month, is making seed bombs. Coming from the idea of 'guerilla gardening', these 'bombs' are filled with flower seeds and were traditionally thrown into abandoned lots, wastelands, disused railways or uncared for parks in order to re-establish a plant haven full of wildflowers for pollinating insects. The little balls are made up of a combination of compost, clay and seeds. The clay and compost serves as carriers for the seeds, and can be flung or planted where the desired flowers are to grow. Most often they contain seeds of annual native meadow plants that germinate and 116

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establish easily, but if you are making seed bombs for planting in the garden, you can choose the flower seeds that you want to grow there. It can be fun to theme the seed bombs - e.g. by the child's favourite colour of flowers, or a bee and butterfly mix, or even an edible flower mix. HOW TO MAKE SEED BOMBS Materials: • 5 parts Artists air dry clay (or clay from your garden if you have a clay soil) • 2 parts Compost (remember to use caution when opening and using compost from bags) • 1-2 parts Water • 1-2 parts Seeds of choice • Edible flowers: calendula, borage, cornflower, dianthus, viola, chamomile • Bee and butterfly flowers: poppy,

phacelia, echium, swan plant, scabiosa, honeywort, borage • Tea herbs: calendula, lemon balm, peppermint, chamomile Method: 1. Mix the soil, clay and 1 part water thoroughly until there are no lumps. 2. Slowly add more water until the mixture feels like playdough and then add your seeds. 3. Keep kneading and mixing until the seeds are well distributed. If the mixture becomes too dry, add a few drops of water at a time. 4. Pinch off bits of the clay mixture and roll into balls - the balls should hold together easily and not crumble apart at light pressure.

5. Lay the balls in a lined tray and allow them to dry for up to 48 hours in a cool dry and shady spot before packing, storing or planting. TIP: They present and store well in a cardboard box lined with tissue paper. How to use your seed bombs: Toss them around the garden beds, or you can place them a few centimeters apart in the garden in specific areas. Let nature work them - they don’t need to be buried, or watered specifically, just water your garden as normal. Minette Tonoli MeadowSweet Herbs & Flowers Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Living Well

With Tania Huddart MOVING WITH KIDS Children and teenagers who exercise grow into healthier, more resilient adults. Physical exercise during this life stage can help them be successful adults. They can build better brains and be less likely to develop obesity and cancer. During childhood and the teen years, the brain develops in a way that will affect your entire life - physical activity is a key aspect of this development. EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDHOOD FOR ADULTS Childhood exercise and activity creates healthy lifetime habits. Being active in childhood means as adults we are more likely to seek out ways to be active too. Exercise before puberty has long lasting effects that deliver health benefits in adulthood. This effect is protective in later life even for adults who no longer exercise. According to Professor Elwyn Firth “There are big differences in their (children) bone mass, density and mineral content compared to those who haven’t done that exercise. Even if the exercise ceases in adulthood, these differences persist for 10 years or more, especially if the exercise began before puberty.” IMPORTANCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE IN ADOLESCENCE Doing cardio fitness in adolescence also helps to improve brain development. It appears to result in better cognition in middle age.

number of synapses between neurons, which allows for better communication between parts of the brain. The prefrontal cortex of the brain benefits the most from childhood activity - this brain region helps us to plan complex cognitive behavior; it supports our personality expression, decision-making, and moderates our social behaviour. Adults should create environments that help kids be active - if we fail to do this, we undermine their health. ORGANISED SPORTS PARTICIPATION FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN Many organised sports and physical activity programmes are not appropriate for younger children. Sport activities work best for older kids as some younger kids find it hard to engage with these organised activities - they may also only develop a certain set of skills and movements - outdoor play and story telling are other great ways to develop a range of skills and movements. USE STORIES TO CREATE STIMULATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN Every parent understands the importance of developing young children’s literacy and numeracy. But the early development of their fundamental movement skills is important too.

Physical activity in children stimulates brain growth and boosts cognitive performance. It also helps kids focus better, making it easier for them to learn and achieve.

Skills like agility, balance and coordination helps kids to excel at academic work. Children aged up to eight or nine years old, should focus on developing skills which would help them perform better at sport-specific activities in the future - this means children develop a ‘broad-base’ of skills helping to set them up for an active lifestyle in their later years.

Cardio exercise increases the metabolic rate. It helps the brain build more capillaries for blood and oxygen transport. It also increases the

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ative way - we all know how much children love characters like 'Peppa Pig' and 'Thomas the Tank Engine'.

3. Throwing and catching a ball, towel or bean bag with joy; which is the lost blanket they’ve finally found.

The basis of character/story themes engage young children in their learning - drawing on creativity can lead to some exciting and inspiring activities.

3. Work on teaching points for each skill Teaching correct movement techniques is important when working with children. These parameters should help them gain new skills, while also allowing them the freedom to play and explore their own abilities. Safety is always important but they need to be able to take risks and be mentally involved with the activity.

It helps develop children’s physical skills – below are a few pointers to help get you started. 1. Choose an enjoyable theme Adults caring for children know what they enjoy drawing, painting or dressing-up as. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, monkeys or magicians, you’ll know. Use this as inspiration to create a simple story. You can use basic equipment as props to get the children active and involved. Young children have fantastic imaginations. This is a great tool to build on when it comes to introducing new skills. Example: Ellie, the elephant has lost her favourite blanket. She is traveling around the Savannah trying to find it. 2. Introduce movement and sport skills How can you can incorporate multi-skill development and physical activity into the story? Use the equipment available to you in your setting. It might be cones that children can run in and out of. Let them develop hand-eye coordination with bean bags they can throw and catch; they can travel across planks of wood to challenge their balance. Link the activities to the story as this helps children think and feel like the characters and link the activities. Example: Children pretend to be Ellie the elephant by 1. Running as fast as they can to try and find her blanket. 2. Walking on the wooden planks as if they are walking over a deep canyon and don't want to fall down.

Example: When running, children must keep their head up so they can see what’s around them. They could alternate between traveling on their tiptoes - this helps them develop their speed and agility. They can also take giant slow steps to challenge their balance. When throwing and catching, children must keep their eyes on the object - they should bring their hands together and gather it into their chest. 4. Praise and reinforce Positive reinforcement is a key factor to delivering successful physical activity programmes. Children enjoy the feeling of achievement and success - encourage children's efforts of sport and physical activity as much as possible; praise their efforts as much as possible; give positive feedback for their good efforts and correct behaviours. Children should feel good about what they are doing which will help them look forward to taking part in the activities the next time. Introduce aspects of sportsmanship such as, following rules and instructions. Teach them to respect each other, others and be part of a team. Example: All the children give each other a round of applause at the end of the activity. Each child gives the adult a high-five as they finish the activities. Children could also choose another child to say “well done” too. Tania Huddart, Hearts & Bones Pilates Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Movement & Flow

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With Tania Huddart

Movement Through Storytelling for Kids

MOVEMENT THROUGH STORYTELLING FOR KIDS With Tania Huddart In this video Tania works with Michael. He does many functional movement patterns while pretending to be a hamster exploring the world. Using storytelling and imagination can help children to move and refine their balance and coordination without them realising it. Tania Huddart | Hearts and Bones Pilates |

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With Michael Toru

15 Minute Flow & Go

15 MINUTE FLOW & GO (QUICK STRENGTH + STRETCH PRACTICE) With Michael Toru Don’t have a lot of time but craving a delicious yoga class? If you thought, “Yes!” then this 15 min Flow & Go practice is perfect! Expect to touch into all parts of the body for a little stretch, strength, and grounding to make you feel REALLY good and ready to slay your day! Michael Toru | Yoga with Michael | >> Direct link to video:


With Michael Toru

20 Minute Blissology Yoga Energy Tune Up 20 MINUTE BLISSOLOGY YOGA ENERGY TUNE UP With Michael Toru You wouldn’t let your car go too long without a tune up so don’t let your body. Join me for this 20 Minute Energy Tune Up to fill you up with feel good energy for the day ahead! Enjoy some delicious stretch and strength movement to get you ready to live your best life. Michael Toru | Yoga with Michael |

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A Balanced Life With Sarah Jensen MOTHERING ME The concept of parenting, and specifically mothering ourselves has come up a lot lately, both in my own life and for women around me. We’re unpacking wounds from childhood, healing and soothing our broken hearts, and making quantum leaps in our mindset around how we see ourselves and experience the world. Something that can create deep scars are the times in our lives we didn’t feel seen, heard, nurtured or accepted for our whole selves – the times when our parents weren’t able to parent us in the ways we needed because they were having their own human experience. Left untouched, these scars can have a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) impact on us and how we think, communicate, connect, love, give, receive and perceive all of the intricacies of our lives. As adults, it’s not always easy, possible, or even preferable to repair relationships with our parents, but we CAN repair our relationship with ourselves by tuning into our hearts, our emotions, perhaps even our inner child (or children – we don’t always have just one inner child) and asking that part of us what it needs. What would it like us to know, see, honour, love, cherish, nourish or nurture? How can we give that part of us what it needs to thrive and flourish? It could be maternal or paternal energy, or it could be familial (family) energy in general. Whatever comes up for you in this moment is just right. Let your heart, or the part of you that’s craving parental guidance, nurture or care, know you’re listening. Ask it what it needs and then take tender, loving action to meet those needs. This can be an incredibly healing and empowering practice as we start to become all that we need from within ourselves (and for ourselves).

We start to cultivate a balance between inner strength and flow, inner wisdom and innocence. We start to embrace all parts of ourselves and begin to realise we have a deep and infinite capacity to love ourselves, to thrive in that selflove, and to meet the gamut of our own needs from within us. From there, we become even more grounded in our sense of self; the flow on effect of which is that the love, care, nurture, kindness and compassion we receive from others becomes the tasty cherry on top of a rather spectacular icecream sundae (i.e. a beautiful bonus rather than a necessity). What ultimately happens is we become the strength we’ve been seeking, the guide we’ve been craving, and the love we’ve been missing. We start to not only know, but deeply understand and trust, that everything we need is truly and completely within us. All is well. We are whole and we are home. And so I leave you today with a journaling prompt to guide you as you connect inwards with the part, or parts, of you that need a little love: "Something in me that needs mothering right now is..." Take a little time to explore this prompt and see where it takes you. It can be a powerful agent for self-connection and self-nurture if you lean into it. Let it hold you and support you as you surrender to the sweetness of self-love and of loving the parts of you that are craving being cherished and accepted. Sarah Jensen Life & Business Coach Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Naturally Nurtured With Gaylene Hansen MEDITATIVE CONNECTION DURING PREGNANCY Pregnancy is a time of many changes on physical, psychological, social and spiritual levels. Taking time to rest comfortably and tune into these changes, your body and your little one can be very special. A gift to you and your growing in utero baby of peace and tranquility in your day. An opportunity to go further on your journey of your learning and discovery ‌ growing, and preparing yourself in becoming a mother of this precious little one. What are you feeling? What thoughts and emotions arise for you today? Feel the connection as you sit quietly in your meditative state. Learn to be aware of the feelings and changes in your body. Notice any stress - those moments when your breath becomes quick and shallow, when your heart beats faster, and your muscles tighten. Use your in and out breath to settle your responses to your thoughts and anything you are experiencing. 124

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Notice if extending your out breath sends more calming signals to your nervous system. Let all your current cares, worries, and stress begin to melt away as you tune into yourself and your little one. Maybe say what comes into your thoughts and hear what it sounds like. Allow your mind to quieten and notice if the answer comes to you. If it resonates, ask for guidance - maybe from another, a higher power, source, God, infinite intelligence or the universe. Breathe out anything that does not serve you. Maybe see it as a mist leaving your body and disappearing into the air. You are in control of your thoughts and feelings. Feel your power as you create a beautiful foundation and learning for you and your baby. This time of peace and tranquility creates a safe place to grow. Take a moment to tell your baby what you are thinking and feeling. Thoughts and emotions create chemical changes in your body and your baby in utero experiences these too. Let him or her know that any worries you have are just

mummy’s thoughts, not something he/she needs to be concerned about. See him/her snug and warm, safe and protected. Allow yourself to trust, that every cell in your body and your little one has ancient wisdom and knows exactly what to do. Accept you will make some mistakes - it is how we learn. Know you are doing the best you can with the knowledge you have at each and every moment. Pregnancy can evoke many interesting new experiences for you: strange mood swings, changes in smell and taste, feeling sick in the morning or at other times over the day especially in your first 12 - 16 weeks. Thoughts you never worried about before may wake you in the night, or fill your mind so you are unable to sleep. So many new thoughts and changes going on in your body that are normal at this time of your pregnancy journey but previously unknown to you. Breathe and tune into these new experiences. Acknowledge they are there, sit with them, then just let them be. Recognise your body is changing as your little one grows, tucked deeply within your uterus. Although women throughout the ages have grown and nurtured babies, it is new and unique to you. Take time to rest. It is not an indulgence but a necessary time for you and your unborn child. Now tune into your growing in utero baby... By 20 weeks, your little one already has many senses primed to hear your voice and feel soothing touch on your abdomen. Senses that respond to your love and connection. Talk to your baby, affirm your beautiful thoughts, read stories, sing and communicate with him/her and notice how he/she responds. As your little one grows you can play more creative interactive games. A repeated or rhythmical tap or caress on your abdomen may create further response from your baby. Play for a little while, then allow him/her to rest and sleep. As his/her innate intelligence grows, 2 million neural connections are forming every second. Connections that create his/her brain architecture and nerve transmission, memory and much more. Your little one in utero is very conscious, aware of and interacting with everything around them. His/her little hands continually explore and touch his/her body, placenta, umbilical cord, and surrounding membranes.

Maybe you can envisage what he/she is doing - swallowing, peeing, frowning, pressing lips together and lots of other facial expressions, sucking fingers, kicking, curling his/her toes, clenching and unclenching fists. Tune into your changing physical body... Your thickening waist and growing belly, the fullness of your breasts, your smoother skin and softening gums. Areas of your skin may have become darker from a increase in pigment that will fade soon after your little one is born. If you are hungrier now and have cravings for specific foods, be assured this is common for many women. Choose wisely wherever possible on your food choices and how you meet your new desires. You may notice your dreams are more vivid, maybe strange, and you remember them more. Partly this is due to waking up more often at night and sleep cycles are interrupted as you need to move to a more comfortable position or wake to pee. Pregnancy is an emotional time with feelings of joy to apprehension and everything in between, and your dreams will likely follow how you are feeling as your mind processes them during sleep. Get up slowly from lying down to give your blood pressure time to adjust if you ever feel dizzy on rising. Your blood pressure will normally be a little lower than previously. Choose exercise and movement you enjoy to enhance your muscle tone, your strength, and endurance – exercise that will help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, and prepare you for the physical demands of labour, and after your baby is born. In many cultures pregnancy is a time of spirituality, for women to self reflect and go inward. To connect with yourself and the soul and presence of your little one. A time to recognise your baby; learn who he/she is, and welcome him/her into your life. Take a few moments each day to breathe in the wonder, the magic and wisdom of yours and your little one’s amazing selves and be at one with one another. Know you are the perfect mother for your growing tiny child. Gaylene Hansen Health Coach Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



tionship at the core of how they parent, and the teaching stuff waaaay to the outside (if it even needs to enter at all).

For many of us as parents, we feel we have a job to do raising our children.

Does it really feel fulfilling, and like we are nurturing a loving relationship by standing above our children? Instead of beside them, as their best friend rather than their boss.

We feel we have to teach them right from wrong, teach them what they should and shouldn’t do, and teach them how to be one-day-adults. My hand is flying up for having been here before (in fact I do still visit here from time to time - it’s a continuous work in progress when we are rewriting parenting blueprints). But the truth is - first of all, kids certainly don’t need to be taught much at all. They are learning pro’s in fact. They learn all they need to know, when they need to know, by simply living and being. They pick up all the do’s and the don’ts, the rights and the wrongs, the should and should not’s, when it is right for them; and in the way that is right for them. If given the time, trust and space to (aka freedom). But the crux is, parenting is first and foremost about RELATIONSHIPS. Which might sound pretty obvious to you. But obvious or not, I can’t help but witness a whole lot of relationships between parent and child that do not have the focus of their rela-


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Yes, boundaries are extremely important. They are crucial to any relationship, and they are the way of not only protecting and loving ourselves and others, but clear boundaries can certainly be done in a loving, clear and compassionate way (without the boss hat). Have you ever had a beautiful sit down with your children, even when they are toddlers, and explained at their level why something is important to you? It’s pretty amazing what they comprehend and honour! And let’s be honest, other times they do not. Which means they are taking on the role of being our biggest teacher - helping us to set clear boundaries for ourself; helping us love ourselves in fact. So I wonder what you could do to nurture this relationship; so it is strong, healthy and playful?

Think of your relationships with your closest friends.

incredible, incredible changes are going be made on this planet!

Do you accept them as they grow and change? Do you love how different they are from you and also how similar; their different values, traits, quirks, strengths, weaknesses, needs, desires, loves and hates?

I certainly want to be fostering best buddy relationships with the three children in my life!

I know for me, these differences and also the similarities are what I adore most about my friends. They amaze me, and challenge me, empower me and inspire me. Do you try to tell your friends what they should and shouldn’t do? Do you try to train them or teach them to be who you want them to be in the future? Probably not. I am pretty sure you would trust in their unique journey and give them the freedom to make those mistakes, those wrong’s and those don’ts, so they can learn and grow in their own time and skin - otherwise I guess you would drift apart. You might also trust that their failures and mistakes can be the best things for them, where they grow the most - awakening further their power and truth.

I want to pull myself up when I get into ‘boss’ or ‘teacher’ mode, telling them what’s up rather than perhaps having a discussion about mine or their needs, and sorting stuff out like good friends do. This really is what parenting is about - loving relationships! Nurturing, nourishing and strengthening our relationships with our best buddy’s! And of course all the rest; like laughing and playing and fun and joy and hurt and grief and connection, and togetherness and love and hurt and pain and heartache and CELEBRATING ALL OF THIS TOGETHER WITH LOOOOVE! Lorella Doherty

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Conscious Parenting With Crysal Olds RAISING OUR CHILDREN When we think of being a parent it can be easy to have an idealistic view of what it will be like, especially if we don’t have children yet. But for those that do have children, the word 'parenting' can easily be equated with connotations of responsibility; fear of 'messing them up', or complaints about behaviour, as we may succumb to the pressure from family and society to raise a 'good boy/girl'. However when we set aside all of the should haves, would haves, could haves, and focus on the present moment, we can really enjoy our little ones – regardless of how big or little they are – just for who they are, without comparing them to our idea of the type of person we want them to be. Here is a poem written by Diane Loomans, on how she would raise her child should she have the chance to do it over again. The good news for you if you are reading it right now, is you can start raising your child this way from now, from today, from this very moment. Perhaps, this not only speaks of raising your child, but perhaps also your inner child as we parent ourselves into adulthood. It is your choice, and it will be a choice you can make at every decision, at every moment you get triggered, at every moment you feel the housework needs to come before your childs’ requests of you, at each moment you feel pressured by time, at each moment you feel someone is to blame, at each moment you feel firmness is required. IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging. I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often. I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I’d model less about the love of power, And more about the power of love. - Diane Loomans With Christmas coming up, what better gift to give your child(ren), than you – peaceful, playful, affirming, all-loving – you. You don’t need to wait to be the parent you want to be or for your parent to be the way you want them to be – you can be that right now, both for your children and for yourself. Crysal Olds, Mind Over Matter Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Let's Get Creative! With Amanda Sears



DIY HOLIDAY BAUBLES The holidays are for fun and play (in fact LIFE is for fun and play) so along with all the fun and games you can have outside - how about some you can have inside or on a rainy day with the whole family and/or friends! Now I am not the most confident painter, but this was actually super fun and allowing myself to play and have freedom with my creations was extra joyful! And I am SUPER proud of how they all turned out! Definitely keen to do more! I mean, these are now my unique heirloom baubles for any time of the year! I researched this before doing it and found that decorating baubles is practically endless in the possibilities - it really is only limited by the imagination... so here is what I did: #1 - INSPIRATION, IDEAS & PLANNING So you get all the right supplies it is a great idea to get inspired about what you want to paint and what you will need for this. So delve into your inner world and imagination and jot down ideas, draw some pictures, think of what you need (how sparkly it will be) or jump online and see what other people around the world have done. I have found some inspiring baubles hand-painted in Europe in a movie 130

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I watched and another amazing artist on Instagram - so there is plenty of inspo out there! #2 - TOOLS & SUPPLIES Now that you have a rough idea of what you want to achieve you are going to need a few things to make these beautiful baubles so make a list. Here is mine: • Baubles (you can get paper mache, ceramic glass, plastic or wooden ones from a craft shop - or make your own paper mache ones) I used bought paper mache and wooden ones (I liked how lightweight they were). • Paint and paint pens (I had heaps of paint already at home from years of hording + got some test pots from a local decorating store). I also used a white for the base coat - I used acrylic paint and paint pens (you can also use spray paint) + I used a gloss paint for finishing • Embellishments like glitter, ribbons, feathers, jewels, flowers, etc... the options are endless! • Equipment like pens, pencils, eraser, paint brushes, paint tray, paper towels, water, etc. • Supports and stands: balls are an interesting shape to paint so try out some options for what suits - I hung some on an easel, held some in my hands and sat some on a jar; you can also use little plastic cups or drink bottle lids - just anything to minimise the paint rubbing off and increase surface area access. • Time to PLAY and have FUN!







#3 - SET UP YOUR SPACE & BEGIN CREATING! I like to have my space all set up with everything laid out and ready to use so I can just dig in and get lost in the flow of creation. • I get paint EVERYWHERE so I wear some 'older' clothes or a craft apron and put a big piece of cardboard down on my work surface. • I started with 2-3 base coats of white acrylic paint and let these dry between each coat. • This part is pretty straight forward... once the base coat is dry it is time to get your designs and imagination to come alive on the bauble, so start drawing your outlines lightly with pencil or just go straight into it with the paint. There is no wrong way, and just like me, I'm sure you will learn while you are at it. Once they are dry (I hung them up to dry so no part of the surface touched anything else) they are ready to use, or gift, or store for later. So much fun! FUN being the key word here!! MY DESIGN INSPIRATION #1 - Cover Design Inspired (This edition) #2 - Inspired Guide Brand Colours Abstract Art #3 - Inspired By Courts Lippet Art 'Polkadots' #4 - 'Baubles on Baubles' with Bold Outlines The options are endless! ENJOY! Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020










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A Short Story By Guest Katie Pye SECRET SANTA “Grandpa’s here!” Harry and I burst from the house and raced down the stairs as the small red car turned into the driveway. “It looks like you’ve outdone yourself again, Dad!” Mum said, as Grandpa climbed out of the car, laden with gifts. Grandpa laughed. “What has the world come to if you can’t spoil your own grandchildren?” Harry and I hurried Grandpa inside and sat him down, ready for our first Christmas tradition. Grandpa’s three-hour journey to us often involved dinosaurs, fairies, giants, and even bubblegum land as he weaved fact and fiction into an epic annual story. Two battles with a giant marshmallow monster later, Uncle Tim popped his head around the doorway. “Good to see you, Dad! Harry and Marama, please wash your hands for dinner!” We bounded up the stairs, while Aunty Jo set the table. Christmas always felt impossibly far away…but now Grandpa was here, it was finally beginning. “Tradition states,” said Uncle Tim in a theatrical voice, as we settled around the table, “that on the third day before Christmas our family Secret Santa begins.” He bowed dramatically as we cheered.“Your names have been placed in the official Santa hat. Take a name, keep it a secret, and secretly spoil the person you pick.” I let my hand hover in the hat before diving for a name, then secreted the paper under the table to read it. ‘Uncle Tim IS THE BEST’ was scrawled over the paper. I tried not to smile. Harry grabbed his paper, read it, and then ate it, making everyone laugh. As soon as everyone had chosen, the fun began. “Oh, I do like your top, Jo.” Mum winked. “Tim is so clever, he bought it for me!” Aunty Jo winked back. “Marama, you have such lovely table manners.” Grandpa winked at me. We all laughed. I’d been eating with my fingers! After dinner, I snuck away, placing a card on Uncle Tim’s pillow. To put everyone off the scent, I did the same for Aunty Jo. This was going to be fun! I climbed into bed thinking about Secret Santa and fell asleep before Mum appeared to say ‘goodnight’. 134

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The next morning, the sun was pouring in when I woke up. I slid my feet into my slippers, then quickly pulled them out. Reaching inside, I found a chocolate fish. Cool! I raced downstairs to report my find. “Morning, sleepyhead,” Uncle Tim smirked. “Anything fishy happen this morning?” He gave a wink and everyone turned, brandishing a smile and a chocolate fish. I laughed. “Did anybody get anything interesting?” I asked, trying to sound casual. “I saw Grandpa sneaking out of Harry’s room!” Uncle Tim accused. “And YOU were seen slipping something into my bathroom, Tim.” Mum said. “I got a card…but Uncle Tim did too! Look at these intricate bird drawings!” Aunty Jo said. “Well, look what I got!” Grandpa beamed, and he held out a steaming cup of tea. “Better than any cuppa I’ve ever made.” We all looked at each other, suspiciously. “No time for this,” Aunty Jo interrupted. “It’s…Decoration Day! Marama and Harry, I’m taking you to choose your Christmas tree decoration this year. Let’s leave soon.” Harry and I wolfed down breakfast. On my way to the bathroom, I snuck into Uncle Tim’s room. My bird card was now displayed on his bedside table, alongside a small pile of minties and his chocolate fish. I slipped a one dollar coin onto his bed and then stopped past Harry’s room to pop a flower on his pillow. Try and work THAT out! The town was bustling with colour and music, as jovial and harassed people alike swarmed the shops and streets preparing for Christmas. I held tightly to Aunty Jo’s hand as we crossed the street into our favourite Christmas shop. We headed straight for the tree. Within seconds, Harry had found the only Star Wars decoration. Yoda was dressed as Santa with an inscription that said: “Christmas, it is.” He and Aunty Jo started talking ‘Yoda-styles,’ as I weaved my eyes from branch to branch. “That one please!” I said to Aunty Jo, as I chose my 2020 Christmas decoration. She reached down the little porcelain ornament. “That’s a mischievous looking baby Jesus.” Aunty Jo commented, “Almost looks like he’s got a funny secret!” “That’s why I like it,” I said. “We’re home!” Harry hollered as we pulled into the driveway. We raced up the steps and stopped abruptly. “Woah, who are they for?” Harry exclaimed as he admired the bouquet of flowers perched against the door. I read the writing. “Albert Thomas. Grandpa!” I picked up the flowers and found Grandpa in the lounge. “These are for you, Grandpa, from your Secret Santa!” Grandpa flushed. “Such a thoughtful Secret Santa! They know just what I like!” He admired each flower in turn and then went in search of a vase. “Hey, Harry, maybe our Secret Santa has done something for us?” I said, and we raced upstairs to look. I heard a squeal from Harry’s room. He came running in with a R2D2 figurine and stopped short. “What’s that, Marama?” I shrugged. There was a huge mound of coloured popsicle sticks on my bed. I rearranged my bird ornaments so I could shift the pile onto my bedside table. What was it? Harry and I whiled away the afternoon playing UNO and spying on the adults. By dinner time we all had reports and suspicions. Then, per tradition, we played Christmas charades and hung our new decorations. Everyone commented on my mischievous-looking baby Jesus and unanimously agreed that Yoda should oust the angel at the top of the tree. Aunty Jo was struggling to get Yoda into place when we heard a cry from Grandpa’s room. We found Grandpa climbing up from the floor. “Sorry to alarm! Next time could my Secret Santa put their gifts somewhere easier to get too?” He triumphantly held up a packet of Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


blackballs. “Definitely the best Secret Santa ever,” he said, as he popped a black and white peppermint into his mouth and passed them around. He looked so pleased with himself. If only I had his Secret Santa! Before heading back to my bedroom, I slipped a candy cane into Uncle Tim’s sneaker. I opened my door and my heart sank. Another stack of popsicle sticks on my bed. What is my Secret Santa thinking? I put my pyjamas on and climbed into bed. This was stupid. Mum came to kiss me goodnight. “.Wow, that’s a lot of ice-block sticks.” I pretended it didn’t matter. The next morning, I woke to find my popsicle sticks had completely disappeared. This just sucked. What was going on? “It’s Christmas Eve!” Harry said, as I joined everyone in the kitchen. “Today we work out who the Secret Santas are before the REAL Santa arrives! “Anyone get anything more?” I asked. “I’ve had popsicle sticks arrive and disappear.” I eyed them all, hoping they would give a reaction. “I got this!” Harry said, and he held up an Obi-wan figurine. “And I got a subscription to my favourite nature magazine!” Grandpa said. One by one, everyone shared the gifts they’d received. “Look at the time!” Mum interrupted us. “We’d better start cooking!” Before long, we were singing karaoke Christmas carols while slicing, dicing, measuring and whisking. Uncle Tim was putting the pavlova in the oven when the doorbell rang. “Delivery for Albert Thomas,” the delivery man said. Grandpa raced excitedly to the door. “Oh my! Oh my!” Grandpa said, as he unwrapped a box to reveal a remote control helicopter. “I’ve always wanted one of these. Thanks so much, Secret Santa!” I blinked back the tears as I thought about my popsicle sticks. But Grandpa was buzzing! He talked excitedly as he unpackaged the helicopter and pieced everything together. “Let’s go, kids!” I raced to get my jacket, dropping a pressed flower on Uncle Tim’s pillow on the way. We raced to the park. As the helicopter took flight, Grandpa cheered. We took turns flying it until Aunty Jo appeared with a picnic lunch. I fed most of mine to the birds. “Looks like you’re a pro now, Gramps,” Uncle Tim called, as he approached later. I suddenly realised how dark it was getting. “Kids, it’s dinner time!’s time to make our Secret Santa guesses!” As soon as I got home, I raced to my bedroom. “One last chance, Secret Santa,” I breathed, as I opened my bedroom door. I saw it immediately. The colourful popsicle sticks had been transformed into a delicate and beautiful cage, three stories high. Inside the magnificent cage was the sweetest little finch I had ever seen. “Hello, beauty.” I gasped. The finch cocked its head and looked at me. “Hello, Angel!” I whispered. I carefully picked up the cage and walked Angel down the stairs and into the kitchen. I looked from face to face. “Thank you, Secret Santa!” With Angel propped beside me, I sat down for dinner. “Now,” said Uncle Tim, back in his theatrical voice. “Let the games begin! Time to write down who you think was Secret Santa for whom.” Everyone looked around the table nervously. I felt baffled. I could guess the Secret Santa for me and Harry, and I knew Uncle Tim, but I had no idea for Grandpa. Who could have been so generous? My pen hovered above the paper and my eyes roamed the room, looking for inspiration. My gaze finally settled on my baby Jesus ornament. What am I missing? I looked at his mischievous smile. A secret? Of course! My eyes sparkled. 136

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“Right! Reveal your guesses!” Uncle Tim commanded. One by one each person read out their piece of paper until only Grandpa and I were left. I cleared my throat. “I think that Harry was Secret Santa to Aunty Jo, I was Secret Santa to Uncle Tim, Uncle Tim was Secret Santa to Mum, Mum was Secret Santa to Harry, and Aunty Jo was Secret Santa to me. By the way, thank you Aunty Jo. I noticed the glue on your bedside table...and, I love her!” Aunty Jo gave me a little squeeze. “But that can’t be right!” Mum cut in. “That leaves Grandpa with no-one!” “Not at all.” I looked at Grandpa triumphantly. “That leaves Grandpa with Grandpa!” Grandpa gave a little cough and then burst into laughter. His laughter swept the room like a Mexican wave as, one-by-one, people understood. “Best ever Secret Santa?” Uncle Tim jeered, and we all laughed until we cried. “That was so clever, Grandpa,” Harry finally said. “I had absolutely no idea!” “Well one smarty pants was onto me,” Grandpa said proudly. “How did you know?” “Sometimes there is mischief where you don’t expect it to be,” I replied.


The Fairytale Fraud series provides a fresh spin on traditional fairy tales, and is a heap of fun. Written for busy parents, each story kicks off a conversation topic with kids in a 'non-preachy' way - struggling with your kids dragging their feet? Finding them ungrateful? Keen to support them through a change? Want to grow their empathy? Each of Katie Pye's Fairytale Fraud stories starts a conversation for you, then provides engaging resources to keep it going.



Katie initially started writing to share well-being topics with her own three children, and soon discovered that she had inherited a 'knack' for writing from her author-mother. With encouragement and some idle time as an expat, the Fairytale Fraud series began... Katie has returned from her expat adventures to Nelson, New Zealand. She writes because she discovered the power of connecting via stories with her own three children and loves creating moments for other families. You’ll often find her chuckling away as she sleuths out yet another Fairytale Fraud or laughing at the stick figure storyboards she creates for her long-suffering illustrators to interpret. Visit Katie's Website for More Info:

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Insights into Animals With Guest Val Heart THE EXTRAORDINARY SOUL CONNECTION I CALL - THE HUMAN ANIMAL BODYMIND CONNECTION “That’s just spooky!” That’s what a client told me when I pointed out that both she and her dog had a problem in the exact same vertebrae in their backs - I assured her that this happens all the time, and that it has to do with 'The Human Animal BodyMind Connection'. WHAT IS THE HUMAN ANIMAL BODYMIND CONNECTION? Did you know that animals mirror you in mind, body and spirit? They do, they reflect us. They sometimes carry our illnesses, and act out our pain, stress and suffering. Animals are spiritual teachers, and are at times play the role as what I call “barometers of our souls”. When there is a problem, even if it is subconscious or non-verbal, they are talking to us. They are trying to help us heal, evolve and grow into our best self. The question is: Are you listening? Are you paying attention to the extraordinary soul connection between you? Animals are in your life for a reason. To explore this phenomenon further, consider that the Human Animal BodyMind Connection is a deeper assessment of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual connections between humans and animals. Animals and others often serve us by reflecting back to us the lessons we are here to learn. It’s been said that more than 90% of our problems are based in emotional, psychological or psychosomatic issues! When we are in denial, are disconnected or disassociated, our emotional wounds are deep beneath the surface of our subconscious mind.

The world around us - our animals and our children - will mirror these issues back to us by acting out or reacting to our distress. Our animals know us better than almost any other being on the planet. They see what’s in our minds eye, they feel what were feeling, and they are often closer to our hearts than anyone else. WHAT IS YOUR PET TRYING TO TELL YOU? Are you and your animal friend having 'issues'? It’s time for you to start listening to your animals! For instance, when we’re in pain or ill, they may also suffer from the same pain or illness. One of my favorite authors, Susan Chernak McElroy, talks about this in her extraordinary book called Animals as Teachers and Healers. In it she tells her story about how her dog had the same rare cancer she came down with. In the book, she credits her dog with teaching her how to survive cancer! That’s what gave her the idea to write the book so she went on to collect other people's stories about how their animals mirrored them in some way. Understanding the Human Animal BodyMind Connection is about looking under the surface to discover what the real issues are and where they are coming from. When you do, then you begin to understand why they are showing up the way they are, whose problem is whose (and it could be both of you!), and what to do to re-balance your relationship. I got a great email from one of my students in The Heart School of Animal Communication. She said: “I was gazing at my sweet old dog who is recovering from just having a tumor removed from her forehead, slightly off center and above her right eye. My glance shifted to her brother whose brown spots above his eyes are now misaligned because of surgery to repair a wound received above his right eye in a fight with another dog. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


And I myself had a patch of precancerous skin removed from above my right eye; I was allergic to the antibiotic, and now have a bump of scar tissue there. Last night, as we all three looked at each other, it hit me; we, and our healing wounds, were in fact all mirroring each other!

They are trying to help us heal, evolve and grow.

How wild is that?! There’s really something to this, Val!”

My 12 year old tuxedo cat, Peach, was in great pain and couldn’t get off the ground anymore. It was breaking my heart to see her suffering.

Our animal partners are in many ways our best friends, the beings who know and love us better than anyone else. They are in our soul group and chose to spend their lives with us, helping us heal, loving us when we’re sad or sick. They remind us what the power of unconditional love means. And many times they demonstrate (act out) what it takes to live life fully in every way by reminding us of what’s important, and what’s not! They also mirror-react-reflect our issues, trauma and wounding, reflecting our pain and anger, sponging our grief, sadness and dis-ease . When they get sick or act out with behavior that is inappropriate and even life threatening, they are asking for help, telling us that the load they are carrying for us is more than they can bear! Why are they doing that? 140

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They think that if we can finally see it for ourselves, then we can choose something different. Want another great story?

She could hardly eat, barely walk, was weak and very crabby. I finally thought to ask her what was really going on and she said she was helping my husband and me by attempting to drain off all the negative emotions we were struggling with. She was taking it like a sponge into her own body to try to help clear the space. She had taken so much of our grief, anger, frustrations into herself that she was actually dying. WOW! No amount of vet visits, surgical interventions, tests, drugs or change of diet would have ever helped her in this situation. I told her how upset I was, and how appreciative that she was trying to help us. But, she did NOT have our permission to do such a thing!

She replied that it was the only way she knew to help us! That she thought it was her job, her purpose. I told her, “No-no-no! We don’t need you to carry our pain or grief or anger. You are not helping us. We want you to help us by helping to bring us back to our center, our peace, our power. To remind us of love, and from that place we will learn our lessons and heal our relationship.”

What could my pet be acting out for me?” For instance, with fearful or aggressive problems often the human is afraid subconsciously, so the animal either acts out their fear, or, becomes more protective which, of course, looks like aggression. Or the animal is in reaction to the fear, which is a huge instinct trigger for them, by the way.

It wasn’t her job to 'steal' our pain and carry it in her own body. In fact it added to our stress and upset!

When we look a little deeper, examining the subconscious issues, we usually discover something that we haven’t been able to make peace with.

Once she understood and accepted her new role, she returned to good health within just a few days, and went on to live almost 10 more years!

Then, through counseling and other healing modalities, our health and behavior improves and theirs does too!

She was an amazing Teacher, Healer, Guide and Angel. She taught me so much about the intricate nature of the Human Animal BodyMind Connection, I’ve never forgotten.

I promise you, what your animals do makes perfect sense to them from their viewpoint!

And in retrospect, after we got the message and took responsibility for our relationship and problems? She was right. We did in fact heal, grow and evolve. So she did her job as she saw it, and I’m glad to say it worked. So one of the first questions we should always ask when there is any kind of pet problem is: “How am I connected to this?

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Divine Guidance With Michelle Cotton BEINGNESS As this earth year draws to a close it is only prevalent that we address the coming year ahead - from the more expanded consciousness, new opportunities are coming to light for those to use their gifts in a more productive way to generate more avenues of help and service for the ones looking for this - so all the healers, coaches and guides are in for a full year ahead. More self-development will continue as the vibration continues to rise; while so much is 142

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occurring there will always be some conflict going on in the outer regions of the world, of which you can choose to give this access to your world or not. It is a time to celebrate and focus the positive new vibrations into fruition with joy and ease for all. More healing will continue to occur in nature for those drawn to these places and the adjustment from the travel limitations will offer a new perspective within your own environment.

There is continued work still taking place around the planet; many people are assisting to raise the vibration through healing, educating and through the crystalline grid. This work all helps to align humanity into the new frequencies. Your experiences will start to change; your dreams have been more vivid for many; your awareness of energy and synchronicity; new people drawn into your life - chance meetings with like minded souls. So many little shifts aligning, you can easily overlook them and they go unnoticed - if you use your awareness to observe these you will be inspired by the incredible timing and aligning - how powerful the universal interconnectedness is. We are one, take a breath and enjoy being aware of the miracles happening around you. The hardest lessons should be ending; more light is spreading at a rapid pace throughout the earth plane. Start to connect more with nature - if the weather is the wrong season in your part of the world then use crystals and indoor plants or herbs; bring yourself into the main vortex of new creation from within yourself; align with nature and feed your soul from its purity; bring yourself into the center of your being and feel the love from within, nurture the love and expand it out.

From your center you can hold the love energy to help others; make certain to keep yourself filled with love by nurturing and self-care. Your wellbeing is vital for you to hold the higher frequencies to help with the planet’s expansion. The shifts are magical and you are one of the special lightworkers here working together to assist mankind to evolve consciously - so much gratitude is being sent to you at this time - you are loved dear heart. Take ownership for your choices; choose jobs, relationships, courses, all opportunities that align for you; trust in your intuition and know the universe is backing you; when you have doubt, take some time to go within or ask the universe for a sign. Keep your eye out for other lightworkers; it's great to have like minded souls to talk to and support each other when needed. Enjoy the new frequency and use your thoughts to create positivity; manifestation is becoming more rapid so keep the mind thoughts and verbal words in a loving positive vibe. Blessings Arc Angel Gabriel Channeled Through Michelle Cotton Clairvoyant Medium/Trance Channel FB @ michellecottonclairvoyantmedium Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


Divine Inspiration With Aimee Shields SINGING BELLS -SIXWe wish to speak to you of love dearest hearts. You are overflowing with it; it surrounds you daily and the miracles abound and yet you walk with eyes that are closed. Open your eyes dearest hearts. Do you hear the birds singing, do you see the sun shining, and do you feel the earth beneath your feet? Do you hear the heartbeat of your loved ones as you embrace them? Do you see the child smile and laugh and dance with the leaf the wind has carried across their path? Do you see yet, great old souls, the miracle of your existence? Watch your breath flow in and out, bringing life to your form. Watch the sea come and go with the tide; the moon that waxes and wanes in natural rhythms you have yet to fully see. Carry the load of wood, whisper to the stream your secrets and open your being to the majesty of the stars above you. Eternity is lit within you when you open your heart to this energy - to the energy of the great expansive universes and existence you are a part of. The miracle is you. 144

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Here you stand birthed in this incarnation; you breathe and live and feel. You connect, you resonate, and you exist. The miracle is that all of life knows you are here; you are a link in a never ending chain of life. There is no beginning to you and there is no end. The Great Supreme Creator has designed you that way. You have been here many times over. You have hated, battled, worshiped loved and lost and still here you remain- a human being… a divine vessel walking through life unaware of the brilliance of your essence. Breathe… breathe deeply, inhale the perfume of this life; let its fragrance fill you until you cease to remember its absence. Embrace, connect, love, live and give thanks for the miracle that it is so - that all of existence resonates with a divine love that overflows from around you, within you and through you. Love … dearest friends cannot be lost or broken or taken - it lives in you always, awaiting the right moment to once again be born into this world through your desire to fulfil your natural rhythms, your natural cycle, the purpose for which you were made manifest… You are the living expression of The Creator's love for all of existence, and you are the love that existence reflects back to the giver.

SINGING BELLS -SEVENSometimes we are called beyond what we know, to follow pathways we cannot fully see - going on faith, hope and the belief that the Whispers of Spirit would not lead us astray; that we are cared for by a caring, loving Universe. There are a million variations in personalities, more than you could count, and each experience the Divine Source in their own way. Some, stuck in the machine-isms of the head, do not even feel the wind brush their cheek and know it is a piece of the divine reaching out to them. Sometimes we can wonder at the journey our soul has chosen for us and we might even grieve at its pathways, wild and untamed, uncertain and tumultuous… but when one embraces this uncertainty; this adventure of not knowing our end, our completion, our way fully; We are riding on the waves of the scared journey… the one that tells us no end but fills the present with wonder, excitement and nourishment. Fall on your sword if you must if you cannot take the not knowing… if the uncertainty of

it all frightens you and you long for the days when soul contracts were set in stone and journeys mapped out to the last step before they had begun, but control certainly is not all it pretended to be. There is a wild beauty in the unknown; a strength, a courage and fierceness of spirit in taking the journey that has not yet mapped its end. You may fall, you may rise, you may come and go, but you will always know who you are - not by the end, but by the sweetness of the knowledge gained as you journey. Be an adventurer… embrace this kaleidoscope of change that pours down upon the world. It is a magnificence to behold. So many colours run true when the soul is bare; so much of your essence is revealed when you live your life in the moment. Wild beautiful soul embrace the unknown journey, not with trepidation, but with the fervour of one who knows not where one is going, but knows the fullness of who you are. Aimee Shields Divinely Inspired


Scribed for Spirit by Aimee Shields and now, with Love, gifted to you. The 7 Singing Bells channels are filled with love and words of encouragement for the world during this time of Spiritual evolution and transition upon the Earth. Spirit encourages us all, particularly the old Souls who have had a difficult journey to reach this point of evolution, to embrace the changes these shifts in consciousness bring and to lovingly let go of the things in our make-up that no longer serve us as we move forward on our journeys. Spirit praises our souls’ tenacity and with words of wisdom and hope gently guides us through the challenges we face in the process of evolving the earth to higher levels of consciousness. View the video introduction to Singing Bells and all 7 Singing Bells videos here: (Youtube) Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



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Spiritual Guidance With Guest Sara Landon RIDE THE WAVE OF NEW ENERGY “Nothing is ever going to be the same, and you wouldn’t want it to be, so get excited about that. Get excited about that. There’s no going back. There is a whole new world opening up to you, new energy, new realities, New Earth realities.” We are so pleased and delighted to have the opportunity to speak with you all on this fine, glorious, magical, exciting, amazing time that each and every one of you has been preparing for. This is the time, this is the life, this is the moment that you have chosen to fully come into living in the magical, magical world that is available to you. Divine orchestration, divine synchronicities, opportunities, potentials, possibilities, infinite opportunities opening up for you if you are willing to step into the new and let go of the old and be all that you are — living fully, loving fully, and being all that you are in the world. We have been telling you that it is time for you to truly step out of the old and into the new. You are feeling it. You are sensing it. You are getting really good at noticing when this is new energy and when you’re clinging onto the old. And you can hear us say things, but when you actually have an experience of what we’re talking about, you go, Oh, I get it, and then your awareness and your perception of it begin to expand the experience, drawing more and more and more of it to you, opening up all that you are even more deeply to all that is here and available to you. Let go of the old, let go of the old, let go of the old. The old stories, the old ways of interacting and relationships, the old ways of talking and thinking about yourself, the old environments, the old energy that is not supporting you in coming into the realization of all that you are and living in Heaven on Earth. Heaven on Earth is a new energy. MERGING HEAVEN AND EARTH within you is to allow all of this energy that’s here for you and to embody it fully. Embodying is going to be so important, to really embody the consciousness that you are. You are a force field of consciousness, and you are starting to understand how important that is.

You’re starting to understand what that really means. It means you’re so much more than you’ve ever known yourself to be and your energy and your light and your love and your consciousness and your awareness can be everywhere, always. There is no end to you. There is nowhere that you are not when you allow yourself fully into the Is-ness of All That Is. All, all, all. That. Not past or present. That is, All That Is, is. And it is, and it is all here for you. It has all been here for you all along. You just were holding yourself in density and lack and limitation and old energy and separation and struggle. And you are now understanding that you can elevate yourself beyond all of these things in just one moment with your choosing. Consciously being aware of when you unconsciously hold yourself in limitation, in lack, in an old story, in fear and uncertainty. Do you realize how often you hold yourself unconsciously in uncertainty because of your lack of clarity and often because of your lack of confidence - confidence in you, the god that you are, the Source that you are, the power within you? And when you remember — every moment it is asking the question Am I in my power? then opening up and feeling your power, opening up and understanding. You don’t have to generate it because it’s been there all along. It just took so much effort and force and work to hold yourself in the old, in old stories, in lack, in limitation, in the struggle, and the uncertainty and the confusion of trying to figure it out and not being able to predict the future. You don’t need to in order to know that everything is always happening for you and to feel the expansiveness and the energy that is coming. Your lives are not going to ever be the same again. Get excited about that. Everything around you is coming into a whole new energy, a new reality, a New Earth reality, and that’s what you’ve been asking for. That’s what you’ve been focused on. That’s what you have been creating, and it’s been here all along. It was the desire to know within you that it was possible for you. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


You wouldn’t even have the dream or the desire in your heart if you didn’t know that it was possible for you and already here and available to you. You just didn’t know how to get there. You thought it was in doing. You thought it was in forcing. You thought it was in efforting that you would come into new energy, a New Earth and New Earth realities, but that is not it at all. It is about elevating yourself out of the struggle, elevating yourself out of the limitation, elevating yourself out of the lack and the struggle and the uncertainty and the confusion and the feeling like life is happening to you, instead of knowing that life is happening for you always and always responding to you. Again, it doesn’t matter what happens. It matters what you do with it. Whatever happens, do you rise up in love? Do you rise up in light? Do you rise up in compassion? Do you rise up in consciousness? That is what matters. When you’re in a situation and someone has a heart attack and makes their transition and everyone around you is in fear and sadness and separation and uncertainty, that is your time to shine and be the love that you are, be the light that you are, to show up and be the expanded level of consciousness in your knowing and your truth. You are the light of the world. Love and peace do not come to your world if not through you, by you, and of you. That is peace in your world. That is love in your world. That is how light comes to your world— through you, from you, of you. Every single day there is an opportunity for you; endless opportunities for you, to be in service of the absolute Divine, to be an instrument of the Divine in the world. We know your deep love for your human family. We know your deep love for the animals and for the land and for your planet. We know your love. That is why you’re here. That is why you chose to focus yourself into physical form, because of your love for humanity and all that is here in this human experience for you. 148

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Do you remember? You said, Pick me, I will go. I will be the light of the world. I will bring love to the world. I will spread peace and joy and harmony. I will be a beacon of wellbeing and beauty and abundance in a world that has forgotten who they really are. I will not forget. I will not forget. I will remember. I will come home to the truth within me, and then I will live my life fully, and I will love fully, and I will be all that I am. And in that I know—I know—the great service that I contribute to this experience as so many others are inspired to remember the love within them, inspired to remember the abundance that is all around you all the time, to remember that wellbeing is who you really are. There is only love. There is only love. You can end any old story with that one simple thing. There is only love. The truth of who each and every one of you are is Source, God, the Divine. And when you remember it in yourself, when you remember it in the other, when you remember that any and all situations are of Source, are of God—Only Love. But you are the energy that transforms everything. You’re the energy that transforms your relationships. You are the energy that transforms your bodies. You are the energy that transforms your finances. You are the energy that transforms your life, and you are the energy that has the potential to transform lives all around you. But not because you’re 'fixing' them, not because you’re 'saving' them, because you’re loving them; because that is the truth of who they are and because that is the truth of who you are. Love them, just love them, and be who you are. You are really starting to understand as you’re coming more fully into the realization of all that you are and living as a truly realized master, fully; fully allowing the master that you are to come into what we will call 'embodiment'. What does that mean? You have a lot of spiritual terms, but what do they mean? Embodying it is to be the place where you merge Heaven and Earth within you, that you move lower consciousness into higher consciousness by you embodying all that you really are. You are a force field of consciousness made up of particles of infinite creation that are always

responding to you. The particles of infinite creation within this force field of consciousness that is you are neutral. They do not have an agenda. They are neutral. They are not bad. They are not good. They are responding to you through your perception, your focus, your intention, your vibration. You get more of what you are, and you will find yourself not only in a harmonious dance with all of creation. You will start to notice that the particles of infinite creation begin to dance and delight and respond to you. Most all of you would agree that it’s way more fun to be around a person that is happy and joyful and uplifted and shining brightly and full of love. It’s an energy within itself. And many of you would say to be around someone that is depressed or negative is a slow, heavier, denser, more difficult energy to be around. So, imagine when you yourself come into this love and inspiration and vibration and abundance and wellbeing and beauty and you’re dancing with all of creation, the particles of infinite creation that are always responding to you beginning to sparkle and dance and light up and illuminate as they begin to respond to you and orchestrate the most beautiful realities. You’re starting to understand how reality is moving through you. You are creating a whole new role for yourself in the world. There’s no better analogy than to understand what the master knows, which is you are starring in your own movie. You are the Academy Award-winning actors and actresses of the movie that you have scripted and chosen. You said, That’s it, I want to be in that movie. You wrote the script, you read the script, and you said, Yeah, and I want to play with that actor, and I want to play with that actress, and I want to play that out. I want to play that story out. I can see it in my mind. I can see it in my imagination. I can envision it. I can imagine it. I can see it. And I want to move it from my imagination into a reality. And I want to be totally satiated within it. And I want to see it and hear it and taste it and touch it and smell it. And I want to think about it and I want to focus on it. And I want to move that reality through me, to have the experience of that which I hold in my imagination, the holographic reality that I’m projecting

with my vision, with my imagination, with my intention. And I know that as I see it in my mind, as I focus upon it, as I hold it in my vision, in my imagination, these particles of infinite creation begin responding to me in the most easy, effortless, harmonious way because the universe is so efficient and expeditious. The universe is not limited to an experience of time and space. Only you have held yourself in experiences of limitation and time and space. You have given your power to time. You have given your power to all things outside of you for too long, for so long. Now you are remembering. When we say that everything is happening for you, know that every single thing is serving in your enlightenment, in your realization. All things are bringing you into realization of your power so that you can consciously, intentionally choose for you what you want to create more of. Everything is happening FOR you to really understand that you are Creator within your own creation. You have been expanding your consciousness. You’ve been expanding your force field of consciousness. You’ve been expanding your power. You’ve been expanding your light. You’ve been expanding your awareness and your consciousness and your perspective and your realities, and your experiences are now rising up to reflect that back to you in every way. And all that is asked of you is to stay in your abundance, stay in your wellbeing, stay in your power, stay in the beauty, stay in Heaven on Earth, stay here. Stay here in Heaven on Earth. It is within you. The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. It always has been. This is the realm of the extraordinary. Welcome home. Welcome back. Welcome in. It is here. It is now. It is time. It’s all here for you. And then allow reality to move through you. It’s just moving through you. Some of those experiences are going to be so incredibly magical and exciting for you, and there are some that you will judge, that you don’t like that experience. Understand this: if you will not entangle, not judge, not react, not get all into the lack and limitation Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


and separation and the old energy, it’ll just move right through. It’ll just pass right through. All that is asked of you is to stay in your power, focused, aware, conscious, present, in your power, being the love that you are, being the light that you are, and just let it pass on through. Create and recreate and let it pass on through. Just let it pass by, let it pass through because reality is moving through you. So, if you don’t entangle with it, if you don’t judge it and hold it, and through resistance and constriction and reaction, anything that you might deem as unwanted will just pass right through. But it is not about what happens. It is about what you do with it. It is about the level of consciousness by which you experience it. Because every single thing that happens is part of the infinite potentials and possibilities that are here for you, presenting themselves to you, for you to rise up and shine and be all that you are and love fully and live fully and truly realize the master that you are. So good. You’re going to start seeing, feeling, really deeply knowing the difference between old energy and new energy. And yes, it is true you don’t know exactly how it’s going to come together or when or with whom. But don’t let that be uncertainty because uncertainty creates confusion, a lack of confidence, constriction, fear, limitation, lack. Be certain, be clear, be confident about everything. Not because you have it figured out, because you know who you are. You know who you are, and you know there’s such a grander perspective here, and you know there’s only love, and you know everything is always happening for you, and you let it play out. And then you fully allow, you fully allow All That Is, and the Isness of All That Is, and the opportunities and the potential and the infinite possibilities to present themselves to you. Stay in your power, stay conscious, stay present, stay in love, stay in the light, and let it pass through. You are these magnificent creators, magnificent creators within your own kingdoms of creation, Creator within your own kingdom of creation,


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and the more you can allow yourself to hold the space, hold the consciousness, hold your focus and awareness, you will begin to see things that you could have never imagined possible begin to present themselves to you. You’re going to have incredible opportunities present themselves. And it is the level of power by which you can hold the consciousness that will fully allow you to be in the perfect balance of giving and receiving. When you really come into realization and enlightenment, giving and receiving become one, become part of the oneness, become just part of the Is-ness. And you are so open, and you’re so in the flow of holding your power, your consciousness, your oneness, holding yourself in the Is-ness and the oneness of All That Is, that you fully allow yourself to receive without trying to figure it out, and you fully allow yourself to give and receive. But there’s something beyond giving, there’s something beyond receiving, which is the Is-ness of All That Is, which is perfect integrity, which is with the highest good. Perfect integrity with the highest good, impeccable, from an impeccable level of allowing what is in the highest good, without trying to choose for another, without giving your power away to any other or anything outside of you or any beliefs, such as time. Oh, the new energy is like nothing you have ever felt before, and you’re going to literally witness it with your physical senses in this month and in the times to come. Everything is different now. Aren’t you feeling that? Aren’t you knowing that? Aren’t you really, really able now to say, I’m in the new energy. I can feel it. I know it. It’s different. Not through separation, not by separating yourself, but by beginning to surf the wave, ride the wave, stay in the absolute flow of the new energy and by catching yourself really quickly when you’re trying to impose old energy in the new. There is a highest perspective of anything in every moment that is always available to you. The highest perspective about anything is available to you in every moment as long as you don’t go into lack, limitation, and the old story.

You will have power, abilities to communicate consciously, intentionally, clearly, anything and everything in your life experiences. And that will also be incredibly empowering for you to understand that not only can you hold your consciousness and your awareness in the moment, be in your power, be in the present moment where all of your power is, but you will always be able to allow a level of communication and intention and clarity with confidence through you such that you really do see the ability to have harmonious relationships in every area of your life; to be able to communicate in a way that is in the highest accordance for all, and being able to hold a level of consciousness where you don’t try to figure out what is supposed to happen, but you hold the consciousness and awareness and let reality move through. You don’t know why you’re part of the divine orchestrations that you’re going to find yourself in. Just don’t limit them. That’s all that’s asked of you. Don’t drag it into lack. Don’t drag it into limitation. Don’t try to figure it out. You be the power. You be the light. You hold the consciousness and awareness for something extraordinary and magical and amazing to present itself to you and many, many others that are going to find themselves in divinely orchestrated experiences with you. They’re going to find themselves in your movie. You’re going to find yourself in theirs. This is not about trying to create in other people’s creations. This is about you being the force field of consciousness that you are, made up of particles of infinite creation that are always responding to you, and reality is moving through you within your own creation, within your own kingdom, but in the coming together with others, it is from fullness, wholeness, openness, love. There’s a new energy to it all. Nothing is ever going to be the same, and you wouldn’t want it to be, so get excited about that. Get excited about that. There’s no going back. There is a whole new world opening up to you, new energy, new realities, New Earth realities.

You have created them. You have been asking for them because they are the dreams that have been in your heart. And yet, as we’ve said, there is a grand plan here. There is a grand plan here, unfolding here. You are part of that grand plan. You created that grand plan, and you were so confident in your power, in your ability to remember who you really are and to live at the highest levels as the realized masters that you are. You knew there was no need to try to figure it all out or control or manipulate or choose for any other because you knew how perfect it would all be, a magical journey, an incredible adventure. And it doesn’t matter—it doesn’t matter—what the destination when you’re really enjoying the magic and the miracles and the beauty that you experience along the way, and the realities that are moving through you are more beautiful than ever before, more abundant than ever before, more filled with love than ever before, more filled with connection and collaboration and co-creation than ever before. Just more. More freedom, more beauty, more love, more light, more harmony, more peace, more joy, more abundance, more prosperity, more wellbeing, more inspiration, that is what the new energy holds for you. More and more you’re going to be feeling your power and grounding your power fully into your experience, really being here. When you really allow all of this energy we speak of, when you really allow all of your power and your light to be here in your body, your bodies are going to transform, your relationships are going to transform, your environments are going to transform, your works in the world are going to transform, the way you choose to serve and contribute is going to transform. It is all going to transform. But you are the energy that is transforming it, and you are what has been transformed, and you are the source of the energy. You are all of it. You are the energy, you are the source of the energy, you are the transformation. You’re the energy of transformation, and you are what has been transformed.

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A Twist in the Tale Short Stories By John Du Four DIPLODOCUS CARNEGII Chronic pain has a way of etching itself into the sufferer’s face. It burrows the brow, streaks the cheeks, draws the mouth. At just one glimpse of Henry Cotterill’s worn and weathered visage people passing on the street would startle and quickly step aside. His forehead was grooved and furrowed, his cheeks and nose doodled in a crisscross riot of hatched red veins. The full bottom lip, once so soft and revealing, was now an overcooked sausage, the unhealed red slit at its corner, sauce. Grey stubble, like a field of grazed maize, sagged off his chin down into the folds of his neck. But for all the callow carving, blooming liver spots, patchy skin and thin flaking hair, one feature would surprise and delight anyone willing to search the face past their initial recoil: the eyes. Striking duck egg blue, and after 82 years, only just beginning to fade. Intelligent eyes, retaining a spark that was still quick to burn. ‘Know your way around?’ A voice from who knows where, loud and overbearing, assaulted Henry’s right ear. He turned to discover a young man with short, up-brushed hair, his face as ridiculously youthful as Henry’s was worn. He was clad in a red polo shirt, as were the entire young workforce populating the Museum, all looking important and official with their identity cards dangling around their necks. Henry looked at his inquisitor and thought: ‘Look at you. You’re too young to be working here. You know nothing of life yet. How can you even think to have a sense of history – of passing time?’ The young man spoke again, even louder, practically rattling the nearby burnt umber bones of Diplodocus Carnegii, the skeletal 1905 replica gifted by Andrew Carnegie himself, from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, USA, to King Edward VII, after His Highness had seen the original during a visit and royally enthused over it. ‘You lost? Can I help you?’ His earnestness, however commendable, was lost in the peaking decibels. Henry winced, and snapped back: ‘I am not deaf, young man! But I will be if you open your mouth one more time!’ Not willing to chance it, Henry turned and moved off across the confusion of tiles: small squares of black and white and yellow and grey and orange, co-habiting in an effort that ranged from sprawling to spastic. ‘As varied as the course of nature itself,’ thought Henry. For all its overblown Victorian splendour, this was a place Henry held dear to his heart. He could still remember his first visit as a nine-year-old, bounding ahead of his parents up the sweeping tier of outside steps beyond the wrought ironwork of Cromwell Road. His excited feet skipped and danced beneath him as he passed under the many arched entranceway and into the wildly ornate cream and grey edifice, overlooked by its stately towers, carved animal gargoyles and oh so many windows. It was 1932 and England was only just starting to take note of an urgent, wild eyed upstart in the fascist movement in Germany. Henry can still remember his father saying, ‘If ever there was a face that stood clogging, it’s that one!’ As personal events transpired, Henry’s father’s words were more than a little prophetic. The printing works of Cotterill & Co., by appointment to His Majesty the King, occupying a full city block in Hackney, were flattened during the Blitz in the very first week of nighttime raids over London. A fortnight later, while sheltering in an underground during another raid, his father suffered a massive heart attack and died in the arms of an Irish brickie, his last gaze taking in kindly eyes and a dirt-streaked face. By this time Henry was sixteen and went to work selling newspapers – for printing ran in his blood – to support his mother, who having so rapidly lost her husband and livelihood, slipped Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


into a world of silent weeping and melancholy, and slipped out of life within two years. Henry walked the length of Diplodocus. His progress was slow and faulty. The wear and tear of years, an ever troubling trio of bad back, arthritic hips and stiffened knees, and the long since redundant need for any sort of speed, kept his movement lumbering and ponderous: ‘Not unlike you, my bony friend,’ Henry said, as he stood under the skeleton’s impossibly long neck, remembering the absolute awe he felt as a boy when he first saw the beast. ‘I used to believe I could build a tree house in there,’ he smiled, as he gazed at the enormous armature of the rib cage. He recalled his childhood fascination, from that first visit onwards, with everything connected to the study of Dinosaurs – the ‘terrible lizards.’ He loved the musty and exotic air of adventure and discovery: the idea of digs, the slow, secret emergence of bones turned to stone, the full-bearded serious scientists, with their coterie of man-servants, faithfully toiling in the far flung reaches of Africa, Asia and the Americas. He was to return here again and again throughout his youth, so that as the Museum’s collection and quality of information grew, so did Henry. It wasn’t until the looming clouds of war took precedence over everything else in the lives of every Briton that his boyhood love affair waned. ‘You haven’t changed a bit,’ Henry observed aloud, adding with a chuckle, ‘Just like me.’ Then he noticed the tail, how gracefully it swept through the air, upwards and outwards, snakelike, in a neat counterbalance to the lifting neck at the other end. ‘Well, that is different,’ he thought. A change from earlier theories that held that the tail must have swept along the ground behind the mighty reptile. Modern biomechanics said otherwise. ‘Who said you can’t teach an old Dinosaur new tricks!’ A bustling jostle of back-packed school children, their teachers frantically calling for order, swam around Henry like reef fish. He noticed some of the children look at him and point, and one of them say something which caused the others to burst out laughing as they melded back into the flow. He looked to where the throng disappeared through a glass and timber doorway into the Darwin Wing. Then he saw the large hanging banner proclaiming: T. REX RETURNS! This was an apparent highlight in the permanent Dinosaurs display in the Ronson Gallery. ‘This is all new!’ Henry thought, and felt a tingle of anticipation. He’d only come in, after all these years, to track down Diplodocus and say farewell. He made his way through the door and along the passage until he came to another of the hanging banners, the tiny mean red eye of T.rex seeming to challenge him to turn left and enter. ‘I accept your challenge,’ Henry thought, as he paused to catch his breath. The first thing that struck him as he moved into the room was the extraordinary juxtaposition of old and new. Here in the darkened space, amongst all the elaborate stone-and-tile Victorian architecture, embossed ceiling and endlessly carved pillars of animals and foliage, ran a gleaming overhead metal gangway. It stretched the length of the room: struts, guys, stainless steel and halogens, a twenty-first century Meccano construction wending its way through Henry’s antediluvian Church of Natural History. As his eyes adjusted to the dimness, he found his way to the stairs leading up to the gangway. He swallowed his body’s reluctance to face the climb and preceded upwards step by painful step. Reaching the top, Henry found the rows of guiding floor lights running along either side of his feet disorienting – more disco than Dinosaur. Gazing out to either side, his eyes slowly adjusted to reveal a multitude of skeletons. There were more here than he’d ever imagined, it was overwhelming. ‘So many,’ he thought, ‘where once there was just you, Diplodocus.’ He encountered Massospondylus, not much bigger than Jonty, his old Irish Setter, Henry’s faithful companion throughout the ‘60s. There was the T.rex-like but smaller, Allosaurus, positioned as if running down its next meal. There was Albertosaurus and Dromaeosaurus; and Stegosaurus, with its striking swathe of upright plates running the length of its spine. There was Gallimimus – ostrich-like but twice as big. There was the ever-popular multi-horned Triceratops; and small pack hunters called Veloceraptors. ‘I never knew!’ whispered Henry. ‘Look at all of you!’ From nowhere a force struck him so violently it rammed the breath from his lungs and spun him fully round so that he nearly fell. 156

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‘Watch out, old man,’ yelled the running youth as he bounced off Henry and departed, his laughing girlfriend in tow, a blur of baggy denim and exposed flesh. Henry gasped and held on to the shiny railing with both hands. Pain pulsed and rose bile-like from his increasingly angry liver. Minutes passed before the daggers subsided enough for him to continue. He took tiny, measured steps as he shuffled down a darkened slope at the room’s end, and around the corner. T.rex! This was Henry’s first face-to-face experience of animatronics. He inched forward, hand over hand, alongside what appeared to be the real thing: a living, breathing dinosaur! Small children backed into the legs of their parents, and phones and cameras flashed, capturing smiling faces posed in front of the rumbling beast. Its subterranean purr was an ominous cross between a Siberian tiger and a Sherman tank. The massive head turned to and fro, watchful beady eyes scanning the crowd . . . hors d’oeuvres! T.rex seemed to suck in the very air around him before lunging forward in an earth-shaking primeval scream. The tail, airborne like that of Diplodocus, swung in a slow motion version of a cat’s angry twitch. The all-but-useless tiny arms hung over massive upright haunches the size of tree trunks, planted permanently in a fabricated fiberglass facsimile of a Jurassic forest floor, complete with bursts of dry ice mist. Henry stood mesmerized. ‘Oh, you pretty thing,’ he muttered. ‘You wicked, wonderful, pretty, pretty thing!’ People moved on – so much more to see and do – replaced by the next wave of onlookers, but Henry remained riveted for a good quarter of an hour as the programmed sequence played over and over. Finally, with one last look at the mighty clamping jaw, all teeth and terror, he left. He emerged to find that his journey down the ramp past the lifelike beast had brought him back to floor level beneath the overhead steel walkway. All about him stood specialized Dinosaur displays accompanied by large, informative panels. They transcribed a winding course back through the room to its entrance. Henry closed his eyes at the thought of the walk ahead. The day was taking its toll. He felt sore, tender and tired. ‘Sore, tender and tired,’ he said with a grimace. ‘Sounds like the title of a bad country and western song.’ Sad tunes with themes of loss, unrequited love and loneliness. He realised they seldom had happy endings. Henry felt his mood shifting, leaving behind the boyish exhilaration he had tapped into since arrival. He made his way to the nearest panel. It read: During 160 million years of the Dinosaur era the world around them was constantly changing. Henry reflected on his own era – the countless changes that had occurred in the world since 1923. The world of the Dinosaur was quite different from the one we live in. Henry’s world, the one he knew so well, was quite simply no more. It, like Henry himself, had been swept aside by a culture that valued youth over experience, wealth over wisdom, quantity over quality, computers over people. Yes, there were marvelous newfangled inventions occurring daily, but in the frantic surge of progress something vital had slipped away. He couldn’t put his finger on it exactly, but he felt the loss deeply. He moved on to an exhibit featuring three different fist-sized black castings of Dinosaur teeth. All meat eating Dinosaurs grew new teeth throughout their lives, replacing old ones as they became worn. Henry ran his hands over the replicas, while at the same time running his tongue over his own false teeth. ‘Now there’s something evolution’s let us down on,’ he thought wryly. A video screen caught his attention and he urged his aching frame towards it. It featured a computerized animation demonstrating how Dinosaurs walked. Moving and eating are vital to the survival of an animal and the success of its species. Henry’s head slumped. Heaviness draped itself over his heart, sadness seeped into his marrow. Life had cheated him – he’d never married, never had children. ‘Look at me now. I can’t move worth a damn, can hardly keep my food down. I’m the fatherless only-child of a father who himself was an only-child. The success of the Cotterill species ends right here.’ He dragged himself further along. Alligator or crocodile skin is probably the nearest modIssue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020


ern equivalent to what a living Dinosaur felt like. Henry felt the hard bony sample. He slowly raised his hand to his face and ran his fingers over the tough scaly patches on each of his cheeks. A single tear welled and burst its bank, splashing his cracked fingernails. Fossil evidence shows how Dinosaurs suffered broken bones, cancerous bone growth and arthritis. Many other diseases must also have afflicted them. The pain in his liver reared again – the knives jabbed, stabbed and sliced. As the specialist had predicted, it had worsened considerably these past weeks. Henry could feel the gangly growth, its poison spreading, eating him alive from the inside. Just like T.rex: never resting, always devouring, destroying. Henry’s tears ran freely, salt stung his chapped lips. He coughed and sputtered, held a handkerchief over his mouth. Quite suddenly, 65 million years ago, all traces of Dinosaurs disappear from the fossil record. A groan, a constricted gurgle, emerged from deep within. He couldn’t breathe. He stumbled to the exit and somehow hobbled his way out of the Darwin Wing. Back in the central gallery, a red shirt approached him but he waved it off. Waves pounded in his head, muffled sonic booms filled his ears. He took one look at Diplodocus, one final look . . . and in that instant the entire world shuddered and froze. Henry gazed around himself. All the people were stopped exactly where they stood: midstep, mid-conversation, mid-photograph. No movement anywhere. Not a sound could be heard, even from outside the building – it was like a single frame from a busy crowd scene in a movie. Then, a slow, mighty creaking sound. It popped and cracked and echoed around the cavernous space. Henry turned to see the Dinosaur’s huge neck bending, swinging his way in a slow sideways arc. He stared in disbelief. The straining continued until at last the giant empty eye sockets in the skull looked directly at Henry. Then the jaw stretched – the sound of rusty nails – and the mouth opened. ‘Ah, Henry. I see you’ve come to say goodbye.’ Henry said nothing. The beast continued, ‘But you look sad. Don’t be sad, Henry.’ Henry sighed, ‘I’m dying, old friend.’ ‘Of course you are. Nothing lasts forever.’ ‘But I’m scared.’ ‘Scared of what, Henry?’ ‘The end, I guess. The end of things.’ ‘Things?’ ‘Well, me.’ ‘Ah, extinction.’ Henry smiled grimly. ‘Yes, I suppose it is – extinction.’ ‘Henry, all things must pass.’ ‘But who’ll remember me when I’m gone.’ ‘Living isn’t about being remembered. Living is about valuing every precious moment you’ve been granted, good and bad. You are not a species, Henry. You are an individual. Unique to this world. Think of your life – your wonderfully unique life.’ Henry thought. He thought back again to his boyhood delight in first coming to this place. He remembered his mother’s soft laughter. His first bicycle, a Raleigh. The first time his father gave him a sip of ale. He recalled playing football endlessly with his mates in Finsbury Park. His first kiss with Patricia Petrie. The incredible celebrations at the end of the war. How smart he looked in his first three-piece suit. His first car, an Austin in racing car green. His promotion to Regional Distribution Manager. He remembered dancing with Girlie Myers to Sinatra. Long weekend walks with his loving, faithful English Setter, Jonty. The trip to New York, gazing in awe over Manhattan from atop the Empire State Building. Pork Vindaloo at Veeraswamy’s. The cruise to the Bahamas. His one-end victory in the Singles Final of the Southeast Championship in Senior Bowls. Cornish pasties and Bakewell tarts. The Sunday papers. His trip under the Channel to Paris. The Times cryptic crosswords. Night views over London from Hampstead Heath. Teasing the young nurses in the day hospital. That lovely first cup of tea every day. And 158

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more, so very much more. He looked up at Diplodocus. ‘It’s been a life alright!’ ‘But of course it has.’ ‘Maybe I am ready to go.’ ‘Welcome to the club, Henry.’ Sound poured in as people burst back into hurly-burly movement. Henry shuffled to the Museum entrance. He thought to look back one more time, but didn’t. Stepping through the double glass doors and out into the pale sunlight of a breezy autumn day, he wrapped his scarf tighter around his neck. The flare-up in his liver was easing again. ‘Bit of luck I’ll make it back in time for Match of the Day,’ he said, as he slowly headed off towards the bus stop.

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Prowalk Tours Isaac is the guy behind the camera in the walking tour videos on the Prowalk Tours YouTube channel. For the last 6 years he has been living in Naples, Italy with his wife and kids, working as a high school math teach. Isaac started his YouTube channel in early 2017 after his uncle requested a video of Naples to watch while he walked on his treadmill. He now has close to 200,000 subscribers with an average of 76,000 views per day! What began as a channel for treadmill walks has turned into a travel channel where viewers can get the most authentic travel experience possible right from the comfort of their own home.

JOHN DU FOUR John Du Four really enjoys being creative. He has made art in everything from acrylics to encaustic to batik. He’s fired ceramics and sculpted in papier mache. He’s composed music and written jingles. He’s performed in the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes. He’s written and directed short films, one of which was an international finalist in New York. He has choreographed dance and written many short stories. A former chef, sound therapist, and creative director in advertising, John is on the board of Arts Council Nelson and is Arts writer for Wild Tomato magazine. He lives in Richmond with Sue.


Kerry Kingston Design Kerry combines stylish interior design with a holistic and intuitive approach to create harmonious and healthy spaces from a soulful living perspective. As a holistic interior designer she looks at a space in its entirety; from the overall design, environment and visual appearance to the feel, flow and energy. Her holistic approach includes timeless décor and practical design while taking into consideration eco living and the energy in the space; utilising a range of holistic methods to enhance these attributes, such as: decluttering, plants, Feng Shui, complementary crystals and essential oils. Issue #18 | The Inspired Guide | December 1st 2020



A Nourishing Notion Hannah is a mother, wife, registered nurse and a whole food plant based-lifestyle (WFPB) proponent. Originating from Timaru, she moved to Nelson in 2007 to do her nursing degree. She works part-time at the Wakefield Health Centre and recently completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition. She proudly belongs to a group of Nelson health professionals who promote WFPB; aiming to achieve positive health outcomes, and sustainability in the community. Passionate about cooking and creating recipes, she enjoys inspiring and supporting others through her new business 'A Nourishing Notion' and via her social media.


Supercharged Food Lee is a holistic nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef and author of the bestselling Supercharged Food series. After changing her diet to improve symptoms of a non-specific autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia she started the Supercharged Food website from a need to share easy, wholesome and simple recipes. Experience has taught her to listen to the cues and signals from your body and that making positive nutritious food choices while having the desire within you to change your life for the better is the first step to optimum health.



Writer As a Storyteller; Lorella shares her inner wisdom and heart stories through written word. As an Intuitive Theta Healer; she holds space for others to release all that is holding them back, enabling them to manifest an abundant life filled with connection, gratitude and meaning. As a Mother to three children, a Wife and Home Educator; Lorella practices unconditional love and compassionate communication. She encourages curiosity, and fosters the discovery of their innate gifts. As a Kaitiaki of Aotearoa, and passionate earth and ocean lover; she inspires others through action, art and unity, to connect to and appreciate Papatuanuku.


A Sweeter Life Masha is an intuit, a guide, and a channel for Spirit. It is her mission to open to angels and her guides and to transmit the information she receives. As someone who has totally transformed her own life, going from living in the dark to living in the light, it’s now her passion to guide others to live in the light. With a fiery passion in her heart Masha hopes to empower, encourage and enlighten others to live a sweeter life. Now retired, Masha loves to write, coach and spend time with family.


Yoga Instructor Michael views yoga as his medicine. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder when he was 18 years old. Years of trying out different Western approaches, including surgery, proved to not be a long term solution. When he started practicing yoga his whole well-being became balanced and he learned to thrive! Michael now shares yoga with others to enhance their lives from the mat, to work, to family life and beyond. He has completed his 500hr training with Eoin Finn and the Blissology Yoga School. The reverence of nature and community that embody this style of yoga influences every facet of Michael’s teachings.


Clairvoyant Medium/Trance Channel At age 22, Michelle experienced the most life- changing year of her life and discovered who she truly was and her spiritual and healing abilities. Embracing this aspect of herself and realising she was a blank canvas, Michelle trusted herself and the Universal Source of Creation and started learning about all things spiritual and energetic. She loves the life she has chosen, which is filled with love, learning and pure vibrational energy... and best of all, she gets to use it to help others as a Clairvoyant Medium, Trance Channel, Healer, Teacher and Empowerment Coach. 164

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MeadowSweet Herbs & Flowers Minette Tonoli is an Earth Mother and herb enthusiast striving to become more self-sufficient in her acre homestead in North Canterbury. She enjoys sharing her experiences, and the knowledge she gained over more than 15 years’ of growing and using plants for food and medicine. Through everything she does, she aims to excite and inspire others to fully enjoy nature’s gifts, and to learn more about soulful gardening for good food and good health.


Life & Business Coach Sarah Jensen is an award winning, internationally certified Life and Business Coach and host of the award nominated Rock Your Goals podcast. Sarah helps heart led coaches and creative entrepreneurs grow a sustainable, successful and super fun business (without going broke or burning out in the process). She believes in owning your awesome, writing your own rules, and chocolate!


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Hearts and Bones Pilates Celebrating her 25th teaching anniversary in 2020, Tania believes in thinking differently about the way in which to teach Pilates and has been training teachers for the past 18 years as well as teaching professional development workshops internationally. She loves to inspire people and finds it exciting to see them open up, to ask questions and explore movement without fear. Starting her career as a dancer before training to be a Pilates teacher, Tania trained in the UK and USA before establishing Hearts and Bones Pilates in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002; in 2018 she moved to Nelson, NZ with her family.

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