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Art therapy. . Today I tried to work but the stitches hurt too much to focus so I decided to pick up a paint brush instead for a few hours. . It does nothing for the pain but my mind feels a lot lighter... so much better than the week-long Netflix binge! . Anyone else love a bit of painting?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To every person that read, commented or messaged me this week. . Being open and vulnerable is never easy but I was hoping others would draw strength from it... knowing it’s ok to accept everything and not feel ashamed. . Today I’m venturing out of the house for the first time... it’s not easy because here’s a few key things they forget to tell you... - you can’t wear pants! They sit on and rub all the stitches you have - 💩 is not as easy as it once was. - sneezing re-opens wounds 🤦♀️ - you’ll fall asleep anywhere and everywhere (even two words into a super awesome book) - but sleeping isn’t comfortable... you end up cuddling 4 pillows to find some relief. - you can’t eat that much and miss all your favourite foods because everything gives you a bloat! - forget about being able to wash your hair 💁🏽 . To anyone whose been through this please keep sending me messages with all your tips and advice. . 1 in 10 women go through this!
Two days ago I uploaded a post about my recent struggles and treatment of Endometriosis. I ended up taking the post down as it bought be so much anxiety having it up there. There's a few reasons for this... 1) I hadn't told everyone that I had been struggling with this so it was an initial shock to everyone and that was my mistake! 2) It then became personal and felt like I should be ashamed and not be sharing it so widely! 3) I thought I was oversharing and I should just keep my social media for business and nothing else. . I've had the thoughts going round and round my head... I'm constantly googling and reading @endometriosis.uk website for tips and for support but here I am too embarrassed to be open myself. . I've sat with this and I know I'm not like the rest of society... My job has me interacting with hundreds of different people, all with the aim of connecting them to their bodies... helping them find themselves. But then here I am struggling with this myself... should I share my journey or should it be kept private? . It's hard to know where the line is? What is oversharing and what is personal? For me I want my sharing to help the girl that sitting at home wondering why her periods are so painful, to the lady whose had to take 5 days off work, to the person that just doesn't understand why their body hurts or aches in the ways it does and they can't seem to get the answers for it. . I want to tell all these people to keep standing up... keep fighting and know that you know your body than anyone else. . I know I'm not perfect... I know I forget to share and then overshare... I know I can't touch my toes or do a headstand... but I also know what it's like when your mind takes over... when you're scared to leave the house... when every inch of your body hurts and I hope I can support you through it. . 📷 by @nuno_vasco_rodrigues
Camping? Love or Hate? . How about Camping but instead imagine you don’t need to carry or put up your tent... instead you arrive to a luxury mattress, duvet and lamp. . All underneath the beautiful summer stars. . Dreamy right? . Now add on yoga, hiking and some of the best vegan food! . 21-23 June 2019. Link in bio for Restore & Refuel Retreat. Reserve your spot now (limited availability left)
Home soil. . Back to the UK and back to reality. India was incredible and I got to see and celebrate with my family. But being there at the start of the year made me feel like I was falling behind... falling behind on my fitness schedule, business work and content creation. . I realise now it was teaching me to slow down- a theme I think I’ll be coming back to again and again this year. Trying not to “keep up” with others but instead ride my own path at my own pace. As my lovely friend @shakeupfit reminded me... “we’re often the hardest on ourselves!” . And for that reason the Instagram content may be a bit more sporadic- I only want to share what is of service to others. Classes will be starting again end of Jan and will let you know the schedules as soon as I can. . Until then... find me near friends, family and books.
Party for 5 days straight and sleep all day on the 6th. . Started 2019 celebrating the love of two amazing people, dancing and eating everything. . Weddings fill me with such joy and love. Seeing everyone together, laughing and celebrating families coming together. . But weddings also trigger huge social anxiety for me. The dressing up... the way we talk to each other reinforcing that we’re only pretty when we dress a certain way. Being eyed up and judged. . So this year... I’m dressing up just for me! Dressing how I want to and complimenting everyone all the time! Because if you don’t know already... you are beautiful just the way you are. . Let’s teach each other that we’re enough as we are. ✨
It’s okay. . It’s okay if you’re not feeling this “new year” hype. It’s okay if you’re feeling stuck. It’s okay if you don’t feel any different. . I feel like there a lot of hype and pressure around New Years and if you’re not keeping up then you feel like you’ve failed already. . I just want to let you know that ITS OKAY. Yes it’s a new year but remember we’re all on our own paths... trust in the process or lean into those who can support you whenever you’re feeling stuck and low. . Sending love your way ✨
A jar full of memories and laughter. . Our new year tradition lives on. Always the best way to end the year feeling warm and fuzzy. . Then filled out my new year reflection sheet (on the link above) for anyone looking for a way to pull it all together. . Love you all so much. Thanks for the love, laughter and yoga ✨
Forever book worms. . Read a lot of amazing this books this year and going to try keep up with a book a month (at least). . Here’s some of our tops reads this year... (most books are on loan to lovely people!). Swipe across to see my husbands favourite reads too. . My top books list can be found on the blog under 2018 reflections (link in bio). . What have been your top books this year? I’d love to know.
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