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I'm Laura Agar Wilson.

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Your mindset is the very basis of how you live your life. When you see that your mindset – your thoughts and beliefs both conscious and unconscious – impact everything, that’s when you can start and see how powerful working on your mindset can be.

But how do you even start tackling things? Well in this mindset workshop I’m talking about a few of my favourite practical tools that I use to help me work on my mindset and improve it. As a result I’m feeling less stressed, more relaxed, more in flow and I’ve even saved money and stabilised my weight!

Check out the video or listen to the audio version below: 

Mindset Chat - talking about money, anxiety, wellbeing and being in the present - YouTube

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As I say in the workshop, I’m really excited to say that I’m opening up my Mindset Makeover Course for another live coached round. You can check out all the details here >>>

If you’d like to take this work a step further then the course could be a fantastic option for you. Right now the Early Bird offer is available, so if you’d like to join and make a saving nows the time to take a look.

Check out the Mindset Makeover Course >>>

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Wholeheartedly Laura by Laura Agar Wilson - 5d ago

I'm Laura Agar Wilson.

I'm a Mum, coffee addict and Hygge lover. I help women remember that they are enough.

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I know we still have a week of February to go, and honestly I’m struggling to stay present and not just wish the entire month over! The motivation I had in January has most definitely waned and February has felt more like a slog. However I’m trying to remind myself that it is still winter here and it’s ok not to expect too much from myself. In fact as I write this it’s the most grey and wet day outside and I’m coming down with another cold, so I’m trying to get my Hygge on to counteract it!

But, as is often the case with me, when things don’t flow as much as I’d like I’m usually being given the internal mindset work upgrades to get through, which leads me on to…

#1 I’m going through some huge shifts

I had a bit of a moment earlier in the month which basically led to me facing up to a few things – mainly money and presence. At first I didn’t think these two were related but oh my can I now see how they are! I ended up reading a book I’d read before – Genevieve Davis’s ebook Becoming Rich and then from there flowing on to another book – Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now – and basically my mind has been blown wide open. I know from the past that when I have these huge internal shifts it’s not often an easy ride but it’s always worth it.

From this I’m really starting to see where the spirituality and woo woo meet with the more practical mindset stuff – I’m going to hop on Facebook Live on my page this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm UK time to talk more about this and my personal experiences, hope you can join me!

#2 We’ve made a big decision about Finley’s schooling

Last month Finley’s nursery staff has told us they were a bit concerned about his speech in readiness for him starting school in September. I had a meeting with them and discovered that as a summer born child we could defer his start at school to the following year. Finley’s a late August born child and was born 5 week premature (some of you will also remember he had a very serious heart defect and had open heart surgery as well), and while we don’t actually feel he’s behind in anyway, there’s enough research out there about how some summer born children struggle that we’ve made the decision to have him start reception in 2019 instead of 2018. That decision has a bunch of consequences, financially because it’s another year of nursery fees, for my business because I still choose to work part time to spend a day with him etc. But we know it’s the right choice for him and us, definitely feeling it out with my gut on this one!

#3 I’m writing a new book!

I think I might have mentioned this in one of my email newsletters but I’m really excited to be writing a book! This one isn’t a recipe book thank heavens because I’m feeling very creatively dry when it comes to recipes, but rather this one is all about balance!

I’m even more chuffed because this book will be on sale in places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters and having one of my books for sale in those places has been a secret dream of mine for a while. So chuffed!

#4 I’ve started a mass declutter

I know we aren’t into spring just yet, but in anticipation I’ve started a mass declutter. So far I’ve done the bathroom (and all my beauty products) wardrobe and bedroom, Fins wardrobe (leaving his toys for James to tackle!), my desk area and some of the utility room. Moving on to the kitchen next and finally the conservatory which is currently serving as the dumping ground! It’s quite amazing how much better I feel with less stuff, the trick now is going to not allow things to build up again once I’ve finished it all!

#5 I have a 40 year old husband now

It was James 40th this month and we celebrated with a family day and a trip to London just the two of us. It reminded me of time we spent before we had Finley and was just really lovely to have that time together.

How has February been for you so far? What’s one thing you’ve experienced this month?

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I'm a Mum, coffee addict and Hygge lover. I help women remember that they are enough.

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Crispbreads and crackers that fall into the ‘healthy’ category don’t have such a good reputation when it comes to tasting good. I can remember forcing down dry tasteless crispbreads that didn’t taste all that satisfying no matter how much hummus I put on them!

However, sometimes you just can’t beat a nice cracker with your lunch, and thankfully Nairn’s have introduced a new range of Flatbreads to satisfy that cracker craving!

I’ve always loved Nairn’s oatcakes but now they’ve brought out a new range of flatbreads that are gluten free and also really tasty – seriously they lasted less than a couple of days in our house!

The new range includes Original and Rosemary & Sea Salt, and as these are flatbreads they’re bigger than the standard cracker – i.e. you have more room to load them up with delicious toppings!

Each box comes with a couple of packs of crackers so it’s easy enough to grab a pack to take to work with you or to keep in the store cupboard. They’re gluten free, and unlike many gluten free products these don’t contain any less healthy fillers. The ingredients are surprisingly simple with wholegrain oats being the main ingredient.

The flatbreads are really versatile and could be eaten as an accompaniment to soup or salad (or even crunched up like croutons) and served with many different toppings. They’re great for lunch or for a snack too and are a brilliant lighter alternative to bread.

Nairn’s challenged me to come up with a couple of delicious flatbread toppings to give you some ideas and here’s what I came up with:

Avocado, Lime and Chilli
  • 3 Nairn’s Original Flatbreads
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 small red chilli
  • Pinch of salt

Mash the avocado and combine with the juice from the lime. Deseed the pepper and slice into fine pieces. Spread on top of the crackers and enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta
  • 3 Nairn’s Rosemary and Sea & Salt Flatbreads
  • 80g of feta cheese
  • 2 large pieces of roasted red pepper from a jar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Crumble the feta cheese into a small bowl. Slice the roasted red pepper into small pieces and combine with the feta and olive oil. Spread on top of the crackers and enjoy!

Both of these toppings are so good – you can make up the topping and keep in a container to take to work with you if you’re looking for a lunch option – just spread the topping on at work.

To give you a few other topping ideas the Original flavour would go well with peanut butter and banana or apple, cottage cheese, hummus, pate etc. The Rosemary & Sea Salt would go well with cream cheese, tahini, slices of chicken etc.

Whether you’re gluten free or not, these are a really tasty option and we’ll definitely be having a box or two in our cupboard. James is gluten free and really enjoyed these (although there was only two crackers left by the time he got to them!) Even Finley loved them and I’m always happy to have something like this on hand that he can have with some hummus and a bunch of chopped veggies or some mashed avocado. 

For me, I’m always looking for different lunch and snack options to keep my energy levels stable throughout the day and these are a really great option for that!

Nairn’s Original and Rosemary & Sea Salt are now available in Sainsbury’s stores Nationwide retailing at £1.75.

What do you think of these toppings? How would you enjoy these flatbreads?

*post in collaboration with Nairn’s

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When you think about how most people try and approach a goal, more often than not one of three things will happen. They’ll either go at it full throttle, they’ll procrastinate and get stuck – or they’ll start by going at it full throttle and then get stuck!

Some people are definitely better suited to the ‘go big or go home’ approach which habits guru and author of Better Than Before, Gretchen Ruben would describe as a ‘blast start’.

However, for many of the women I’ve worked with they’ll try this blast start approach and then find that they ping back to the way things were before, sometimes in an even worse way.

The temptation of a blast start and the full throttle approach is that it’s immediately motivating and you can often see results or progress quite quickly. However, for more than a lucky few self sabotage can creep in, you’ll face resistance and then a feeling of failure.

In the past I would have definitely considered myself a fan of the blast start and in most cases I could just make a decision to do something and then being able to do it. But as I’ve grown older I face a lot more resistance to this kind of approach, and as I looked back over last year and review my goals I can really see the areas I have and haven’t made progress.

Of course it’s no secret that small sustainable changes are a good way to go when approaching goals whether linked to your wellbeing or not – but why is that approach so hard too? For me, and what I’ve seen in the women I work with, the reason why slow and steady doesn’t work is because we don’t even attempt that approach believing that those tiny actions couldn’t possibly lead to the results or the end goal we’re after.

The blast start offers motivation and a bit of all or nothing which can be very tempting and feels ‘easier’ even when in the long term it actually isn’t.

So how can we use all of this and actually start making positive changes in our lives?

I’m embracing something which I’ve heard Mel Robbins call ‘micro actions’ – essentially that slow and steady approach, however I’m adding a few wholehearted tricks to it that will hopefully make it stick more for me and you!

Remember this might stop you self sabotaging

First things first, we might all need a reminder why micro actions are so powerful and the biggest reason for me is that when you use micro actions you’re so much less likely to trigger self sabotage. When I teach what self sabotage is in my Mindset Makeover Course I talk about how self sabotage is often triggered by big bold actions because those set off your brain’s self protection mechanisms, often in ways that aren’t logical. For example, if you decide to start a 5 work out a week plan, but your brain sees exercise as something that has caused you embarrassment and shame in the past, that could lead to actions that would be deemed as self sabotaging. But start with maybe just one workout, or even one walk a week, and you sneak under the radar of your brain. I know that probably sounds a bit crazy but honestly this works!

The results with a blast start are an illusion

You need to remind yourself that although the blast start might get you results initially, it’s not going to in the long term. It’s an illusion a lot of us are sold, and to make micro actions work we have to remind ourselves that for us, that go big or go home approach doesn’t work.

Positive aspects journal

I would also pair this up with my positive aspects journal so that you’re consciously placing some emphasis on those micro actions and reminding yourself of their impact. The shifts and changes you see with micro actions might be smaller than with a blast start, but acknowledging them gives you added motivation to continue with them.

Accountability support

Accountability and support are always helpful, think about where can you find that? It maybe from friends and family or from a Facebook Group like mine! (sign up for The Library below and you’ll get an invite!)

Mantras and affirmations

You could even add in some mantras or affirmations – something like ‘every small step I take is getting me closer to my goal’ – or something less cheesy than this!

What might a micro action look like?

  • One workout a week
  • One meditation session a week
  • One yoga class a month
  • Saving £10 a month
  • Eating a vegetable based meal once a week
  • Going for one 10 minute jog a week
  • One phone call or email a week towards a career goal

The idea is that these micro actions shouldn’t be scary. Once you’ve calibrated yourself to your micro action, i.e. it’s become ingrained and very easy, then it might be time to add another micro action or to increase it.

I’d also say that it’s worth not trying to overload yourself with too many actions or else you just end up doing all the things and negating the effect. I’d choose 1-3 micro actions in different life areas to get started, for example one movement action, one money action and one food action.

One of my goals for this year is to get fitter and although I do have a gym habit it’s not consistent. One of my micro goals is to go to the gym once a week. I know that’s totally doable, and by saying my aim is once a week rather than 3 times a week it means that I’ll feel a sense of achievement after going once, and even more if I go twice or three times. If I set my action as 3 times a week and only managed once though I’d probably feel like a failure and then go into f**k it mode!

I hope this post has given you some things to think about when it comes to your own goals and intentions!

What are your thoughts on micro actions? Will you be joining me in trying out micro actions?

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Do you struggle with feeling balanced? I honestly think everyone does to some degree, the picture we have of what we think balance should look like is often completely unrealistic. For me, balance is more about flowing with the ebbs and flows of life, showing up for them and being present with some added self care.

But ‘flowing’ – allowing yourself and your life to shift and change can feel really hard. We’ve been brought up in a very linear society that expects things to be at a constant level – usually one of ‘perfection’. We think in black and white and that makes flowing and finding our own version of balance really hard!

This linear way of living can be thought of as quite a masculine way of being (reminder that I’m not talking about men specifically here, feminine and masculine energies exist in various ways within all of us regardless of our sex) and it’s acceptance as the norm a result of living in a patriarchal society.

Living in a more cyclical way is more of a feminine way of being, that actually allows us to flow with more grace than trying to maintain a linear way of living. Some of us might notice that we do go round in circles but we beat ourselves up for it because we judge it to be ‘bad’.

Consider starting an exercise programme. Most will suggest you workout x number of times a week doing x exercises. But what happens when you feel more tired than usual? Or you’re on your period? Or you’re facing a really busy day? Trying to be more linear is often what results in us feeling guilty as hell if we skip a workout. Being more cyclical allows us to ebb and flow and reminds us that just because we’re too tired to workout now doesn’t mean we won’t be next time. In your job I’m guessing your employer expects you to show up and be productive at a near constant (and these days probably very busy!) level. How much of that showing up and maintaining productivity is at the expense of your wellbeing?

So what has all of this got to do with the moon you ask!

Well, the moon cycle is a beautiful example of being cyclical with it’s cycle taking place over a nicely observable 29 days (ish). Within its cycle you can see the reflection of the seasons, the menstrual cycle, the day, and even our lives. It’s also a symbol of abundance. The moon cycle never stops, it never runs out, it goes round over and over again.

Simply observing the moon in the sky, or using an app (I love Full Moon app) and having an awareness of where the moon is in it’s cycle can be helpful.

In case you need a reminder, here’s a quick breakdown of the moon phases within each cycle:

New Moon

This is when the moon goes from being completely dark in the sky to showing that first slither of light.

Waxing Moon

This is when the moon is getting gradually larger. It starts with a waxing crescent and moves through a quarter moon (when exactly half the face of the moon is illuminated) and then becomes a waxing gibbous moon as it moves towards fullness.

Full Moon

Everyone will be familiar with a full moon when the whole face of the moon is illuminated at the mid point of the cycle.

Waning Moon

The waning moon is when the moon is getting gradually smaller. It starts with a waning gibbous moon goes through another quarter moon and then finishes with a waning crescent before the moon goes dark just before the New Moon.

The energy of each moon phase is different, and when we can tune into that energy, even just a tiny bit, we can start and find a little more flow in our lives.

In part 2 I’ll be going into more detail about the different energies of each moon phase and how and awareness of the moon can help you flow and feel balanced.

What are your thoughts on linear vs cyclical approaches? Do you beat yourself up if you find that you’re either totally on it or totally off?

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If you missed the first part of this series, be sure to check out my post using the phases of the moon to feel more balanced pt 1 here!

In that post I shared the different phases of the moon and a bit about how the feminine and masculine energies exist within us all – as well as how more linear masculine ways of living have been seen as the social norm for a long long time.

So how do we use the phases of the moon to balance the feminine and masculine ways of being and tap into the cyclical and abundant nature of the moon to feel more balanced?

If you look at the moon phases, each one has a particular energy which is reflected in so many parts of nature. One easy way to look at this is to think of them like seasons:

  • New Moon – Winter – rest, introspection, silence, restoration
  • Waxing Moon – Spring – growth, emergence, excitement, picking up the pace
  • Full Moon – Summer – full bloom, fertility, being on show, work and play
  • Waning Moon – Autumn – letting go, winding down, tying up loose ends

Each season has its own energy and flowing more with this energy is something that can help you feel more grounded and connected. Just being more in tune with the seasons is something that has helped me immensely when it comes to balance – check out my quarterly seasonal journal if that’s something you’d like to explore more of!

But when it comes to the moon phases, there’s ways you can use the energy of each phase to support your balance in really practical ways. The moon phases remind us we all need periods of rest and periods of being ‘out there’ so when we observe the moon phases and take small steps to embrace those energy shifts we create more balance.

For example, if you’re currently struggling with feeling overwhelmed and overbooked perhaps you install an app on your phone which tells you the moon phases and use that as a reminder to cancel a few social engagements around the time of the New Moon. Maybe during the waning moon you cross a few items off your to do list – and hopefully fostering that connection with the moon will help you be more kind to yourself when doing those things!

If you feel the woo woo vibes you can use the New and Full Moons to set intentions and let things go that no longer serve you – again I write more about this in the quarterly journal. This is a reflection of when farmers would plant new crops at the time of the New Moon and harvest at the Full Moon.

For me, I keep track of the moon phases in my journal and online calendar (if you use Google Calendar you can add the phases of the moon to your ‘other calendars’ section) and I just use them as a gentle reminder to either slow down or speed up as needed.

I find that alongside really listening to my body and tracking my menstrual cycle this stops me feeling like I have to be go go go all the bloody time. It makes me more forgiving of myself if I skip a workout…or 3, because I know the time will come back around when I really feel like I want to exercise.

Quite recently we had a Full Moon that a lot of women in my Facebook group felt was making them feel out of sorts – and how useful is it to be able to make that connection when otherwise you might have been really judgy about how you were feeling and acting?

I’d love to know, do you follow the cycles of the moon? Would you give this a try to bring more balance into your life?

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A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of working with my good friend Jo from Happy Yoga Newcastle to run a weekend yoga retreat at the stunning Slaley Hall. It was a brilliant weekend with 11 women attending who were able to enjoy yoga, peace and quiet, good food and the spa as well as a workshop from me.

As much as a love working online, nothing quite matches the experience of working with people face to face. There’s a magic that’s created when women get together all with the aim to improve their wellbeing and retreats are the perfect way to create an environment that not only allows them to retreat from their everyday lives but let’s them focus on themselves. As a coach I’ve realised my role, as cheesy as it sounds, is to just hold space for that.

I’ve run 3 retreats now and one event, so I’m definitely no expert, but I have learned some useful lessons about making them work:

Decide if you’ll be going solo or teaming up

All my retreats have been run in partnership with someone else (the fabulous Kezia for my first two!) and honestly I don’t think I would have ever done one on my own. In my experience partnering up with someone not only divides the organisational workload but gives you two audiences to sell to and just allows you to have someone else to lean on throughout the whole process. Plus it’s always worth partnering up with someone who has different skills and knowledge to your own so you can add more value to the participants. The obvious downside is that any profit will be split between two parties but that’s always been well worth it in my opinion. Saying that, my friend Paula runs the most wonderful hiking retreats and while she does have a team, she’s the main focus and does a tremendous job. The choice is yours!

Pick the right venue

Our first retreat was held in a self catering cottage so all the meals had to be provided by us. Luckily we were able to have an assistant help us with that, however it does add an additional layer of work to the running of the retreat. The second and third retreats I’ve ran we decided to book a spa hotel which would eliminate the requirement to manage the food side of things. This worked really well but the spa, which we wanted to be a main selling point, was totally heaving and not at all relaxing! Location also played into the venue choice, more on that in sec…

Know where your audience is

So, the interesting thing with retreats, especially for any business who is mostly online based is that you might have a problem filling a physical retreat depending on the location. My audience is literally global which is awesome, but when it comes to trying to fill a locally based retreat or event it can prove tricky. The lovely thing is if you’ve built a strong authentic brand (i.e. people know, like and trust you) you’ll find that some people will travel to attend, however it really depends if enough people will do that. We did some market research before booking our venues and although some people said they’d be interested in a certain location and venue when we opened for bookings we struggled to fill it. If you’d like part of your business model to include retreats you might want to make sure you’re marketing to ideal clients in the vicinity of the place you’d like to run your retreats or events so that you have people ready, waiting and willing to join them.

Costings

Ok so crunch time, running a retreat, especially as a partnership with someone else might not be that profitable – although of course this entirely depends on how much you charge and your expenses etc. Personally speaking I don’t expect to run retreats for much profit, rather I see them as a great opportunity to connect with people and create an amazing experience for them – this is always good for your business as a whole. Make sure you run your numbers and include things like goody bags which make a nice experience into a really special and memorable one and any extra drinks, catering etc.

Don’t pack out the schedule

When we ran our first retreat I can remember feeling like we needed to jam the entire weekend with workshops and things to do to make sure participants felt like they were getting good value. What we discovered is that people really don’t want this on a retreat! Finding a balance between some activities and workshops and plenty of free time makes a retreat a retreat for your participants.

Manage your own energy levels

I love running retreats, however, I’m not on a retreat when I’m running them! I actually find running retreats extremely enjoyable but massively draining because I have to be ‘on’ for quite an extended period of time. That group of peoples experience is your responsibility from the moment they arrive to when they leave, and that can be intense for whoever is running it. Of course this depends on your levels of introversion / extraversion – as an ambivert I enjoy the outward energy side of it but I’m wrecked at the end of the weekend and need at least a full day off afterwards so bear that in mind!

Think about numbers

Finally, think about your ideal numbers for a retreat or event. Smaller numbers create a more intimate experience and larger groups less so. Generally speaking you could expect to charge more for fewer numbers and so on, but again this entirely depends on your expenses and audience. The retreats I’ve ran have been between 9 and 11 women and this has always worked well especially as there’s been two of us running it.

Decide on the main outcome

Knowing what the main outcome you’d like to create for your participants is really helpful when it comes to planning the content and marketing it. That outcome might just be to take some time out for themselves and relax!

I hope that’s given you some ideas and things to think about if you’ve ever considered running and event or retreat. I could go into more detail but we’d be here for a while, however a full training is going to be available as part of the Wholehearted Business Mastermind if this kind of thing has been useful!

Have you ever been on a retreat or ran one? What would be your tips?

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Do you ever get to the end of Monday feeling like the week has already run away from you? Feel like the week is a constant battle to get stuff done where you rarely get any time for yourself? Then this post is for you!

For years I’d just let the week ‘happen to me’. I was constantly in a reactive place and felt like I was just fire fighting and then feeling exhausted from that. Then when I did start and plan I just felt overwhelmed and like I was failing.

When I figured out the right way to plan and organise for me, I finally felt like I could be proactive, like I had time for myself and as if areas of my life and business where actually starting to move forward. Plus my life started to look like my vision board, it was magical!

Before I get into sharing my tips, we need to talk about mindset because this is so important in making this work. Firstly, you do you, some of these might work and some of them might not and that’s fine. Experiment! Secondly, having a attitude of kindness towards yourself is really helpful, as we’ll come on to shortly, you need to plan based on what feels good and sometimes we can be super judgy towards ourselves on this.

I usually do this on a Monday morning but recently started spending some time on a Sunday and that’s been just as helpful. Find a 15 – 30 minute slot and I promise it will be worth the time spent!

Check in with yourself and how you want to feel

This is a simple step but one that so many people would miss. How do you feel going into your week? How would you like to feel? What do you know you have coming up next week that’s going to impact you?

To give you an example, I knew going into this week I’d be in the very last part of my menstrual cycle, and I was already feeling drained. I like my weeks to feel quite expansive and I really wanted to feel like I was getting shit done, prioritising things that make me feel good and having some time outside in nature. I usually write this down in my bullet journal before making a to-do list.

Write a master to-do list

I always write a to-do list for the whole week so that everything is out of my head. Think about what has to be done, what you need to do to move things forward in your life this week and your self care. I even list how many times I’d like to exercise, if I need to do a grocery shop and anything highlighted by the checking in with myself exercise.

I also think about any bigger goals I have (usually ones I’ve set for myself using the Wholehearted Journal) that I’m working towards and what tasks I can do this week to help achieve them.

From this master to-do list I create a daily list. The master list is usually written in a Google Doc then each day I write a task list on a pad of paper.

Time Block

This is a simple time management technique but one I couldn’t do without! Whether you use a digital or written diary or planner the premise is the same, you ‘block’ out time to work on certain tasks.

In my business I have just started to time block a pattern to my week to help me get more done, and feel like my weeks are more expansive.

Monday’s are for admin tasks and regular tasks such as writing blog posts, scheduling and planning social media, writing emails and checking in with my finances. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are for client work, client meetings and any other kind of meeting. Thursdays are for specific tasks that drive my business forward and currently I don’t work on Fridays because I’m off and doing fun things with Fin.

Having this time block pattern means I generally have two days a week without any meetings which for me, feels so good as I can just get so much done when I’m in flow!

Now around those days I’ll block in time for workouts and anything else that’s important to me. This week I have a ‘podcast walk’ on Monday lunchtime, Gym on Wednesday and Yoga on Thursday.

For you, this might be blocking out time to work on a specific work task, or blocking so time out for a gym class or even just blocking some time out to take for yourself as me time!

Go back to your to do list and edit

Usually once I’ve looked at my calendar for the week and blocked in some time slots I have a much better idea of how realistic my to-do’s are.

Look at your week and ask yourself if it looks how you’d really like it to look, does it feel like how you’d like it to feel? Often we have unavoidable less than great things we have to do, but how are you balancing those things with activities that are relaxing or enjoyable?

From here, decide which to-do’s are most important, see if anything needs to be cancelled or rearranged and look at any errands that can be done more easily, for example doing an online grocery shop rather than taking the time to go to the shops.

Perhaps you have a goal of working out 4 times a week, but once you’ve checked in with how you’d like to feel you know that aiming for 2 times this week is better – that’s brilliant – just unblock that time or change the time you’d block for exercise into something that will make you feel good.

Save your decision energy by planning ahead

This is where you might like to meal plan, plan outfits for the week or anything else that avoids you having to make so many decisions! Each time we are faced with a decision we use up energy which can result in decision fatigue – that usually means you’re more likely to make a less wise choice and feel overwhelmed. Meal planning isn’t for everyone, but it can be really helpful as can planning outfits etc. Time blocking also assists in saving decision energy too!

You can use those tips alone or together as a planning routine, to sum up:

  • Check in with yourself, how you want to feel and what you have coming up next week that might impact you.
  • Create a master to-do list / brain dump everything you feel needs to be done this week
  • Time block your calendar or diary
  • Re-adjust your to-do list to bring it in line
  • Save your decision energy by planning ahead

When you do any of these things you’re putting yourself into a proactive place instead of a reactive place – living more wholeheartedly and less by default woo hoo! But remember that sometimes life throws us a curveball and all you can do is react. This is where having some kindness for yourself is key.

Do you plan for your week ahead? Which of these tips would you find helpful?

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I thought I’d start up a bit of a random new blog series called 5 things where I share, you guessed it, five totally random things going on in my life right now. I’m sure this isn’t an original idea in blogland but I can’t remember where I’ve seen it previously to give them a shout out unfortunately. Anyway, here we go…

#1 I made some websites

I really love designing and creating things and starting to do websites as part of my business mentoring makes me very happy.

Here’s Paula’s awesome site at Be Happy Be Bright Be You

Helena’s at This Mama Rocks

And Luisa’s at Luisa Skinner

Check all these amazing ladies out, they’re doing some wonderful things! A website is a person’s home on the internet and having that feel like them and communicate what they want to communicate is really key and I blimmen well love it!

#2 Reece’s Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m not sure if these have been out for a while or not but I discovered them in my local Co op and was very excited! They are amazing and even better I was rather chuffed that I was able to eat them slowly over a few days instead of eating them all at once.

#3 I ran a retreat

Last weekend I ran a brilliant retreat with my friend Jo from Happy Yoga Newcastle (check out her Youtube channel if you’re not local to us in the North East). We held it at Slaley Hall in Northumberland and it was just fabulous. There’s always something special when you get a bunch of women together.

#4 I’m really loving my wardrobe right now

I’ve blogged about my wardrobe and creating a capsule wardrobe a couple of times now and over the winter I feel like I’ve refined it to a new level. My sister bought me the brilliant book The Curated Closet as a Christmas gift and that has really helped me to identify my style (which is Parisian Rock Goddess Chic in case you ask) I’ve been loving the clothes from Hush and And Other Stories a lot and found the most awesome pair of biker boots from M&S!

#5 I’m going to London

It’s James 40th birthday in February and we’re having a little jaunt to London together to celebrate! If anyone has any recommendations for gluten free cafes in Central London (for him not me) that would be super helpful.

So there you have it, 5 random things from my life right now! How about you, what random goings on do you have to share with me?

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I'm a Mum, coffee addict and Hygge lover. I help women remember that they are enough.

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Want improved energy levels and mood? Who doesn’t right? Especially at this time of year you can find your energy levels totally tank.

Well Pure Chimp are challenging people to try including matcha green tea everyday for 14 days to see if they feel the benefits of this powdered super powerful green tea and are even offering a refund if you don’t feel the positive effects!

I’ve been a fan of matcha for a few years I love the taste of green tea and the list of benefits is pretty impressive and can include:

  • Increase your energy levels
  • Enhance your mood
  • Lower your Cholesterol
  • Boost your metabolism
  • Reduce occurrences of anxiety
  • Boost your memory & concentration
  • Improve your skin from within

As a coffee lover, matcha is a nice alternative when I want a bit of an energy lift but don’t want to feel super jittery. 

As well as drinking matcha as a tea, it can be added to lots of different recipes to enjoy that fresh green tea taste. Check out my previous matcha recipes:

Today though I thought I’d make a delicious and really simple matcha overnight oats. Porridge is great of course, but if you’re in a rush in the morning overnight oats which you prepare the evening before, can be very useful to grab and go. You can still warm them up in the microwave if you need something warm!

Matcha Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  2. 1/2 cup of porridge oats
  3. 1 cup / 250ml of milk of choice
  4. 1/2 tsp of matcha green tea powder
  5. 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together (shaking them up in a jar with a lid on works well!) and leave to thicken overnight.
  2. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Try adding fruit like blueberries or banana!
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If you’d like to give the 14 day matcha challenge a try for yourself check out Pure Chimp Matcha and use the code WHL for a an extra 10% OFF on top of the SALE!

Have you tried matcha green tea before? Are you a fan? What’s your favourite way of enjoying it?

*post in collaboration with Pure Chimp Matcha

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