Clearing Clutter

Well its been some time since I’ve given any attention to my blog. And I can honestly say I wont be back as frequently as I would like to –  but that is because I am studying hard to be a counsellor.  It is my priority at the moment. I have every intention of making my blog a priority too. My two years of studying will conclude at the end of the year.  I work as a beauty stylist as well. So juggling work & study is exhausting both physically and mentally.  But I’m getting there. I will post as much as I can leading up to that. I am grateful for the regular visitors that I do have coming back to my blog to see what I have posted. Thank you.

I felt the need to write about clutter. 

I was asked by a friend of mine to help her clear the clutter that she has accumulated over the years with her family and two small children. She asked if I could go around to her house and just help her decide what to do with the “stuff”.

I offered to go and collect her designer goodies and re-sell them on Ebay,  and then we could come up with a plan for the rearrangement of her other items that she wanted to sort trough.   As soon as I stepped into her house –  I was overwhelmed. There is no other way of expressing how much “stuff” she and her husband had accumulated over the years.  It was beyond anything I have ever seen before, and it was way out of my comfort zone to be able to challenge on my own.

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I remember back to when I left Amsterdam to embark on my journey to London. I detoxed what I had assumed to be a large amount of my belongings.  Everything that I thought I desperately needed,  I packed into boxes . It was all happily sent on its journey to my new apartment, which was a cardboard box flat in London.  I had come from such a beautiful place and moved into a shit hole.  Around me were my boxes piled high from floor to ceiling. I had hoped that it was going to be temporary, and that I would soon be living in a place that was more up my alley.  Much like my previous apartment in Amsterdam.

I made the flat in London look as good as I could with the help of my husband, and I ended up living there for two years. Still- with all my boxes piled from floor to ceiling.  Looking back now – I see how desperate I was to hold onto what I had. I did not want to let go of what I had worked hard for, or the lifestyle I had earned myself. The person I worked for in London had other ideas for me. All the promises of a better future were soon quashed, and reality was something very different.  Still I wanted my “stuff” so badly, that when we made the move to Australia –  I again shlepped all my “stuff” down under”. I was in an awful situaiton, and I was now in a battle with someone who no longer valued me, and kicked me to the curb. So all I had left was my “stuff”.  Desperately clinging onto my stuff.

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Let me point out, that I have always been good at detoxing at home. So I had actually scaled down quite considerably.

Upon arriving in Australia our “stuff” went onto storage until we could get ourselves on our feet and find a place of our own. It took another year until we unpacked our boxes. So it had been a total of 3 years since I had actually seen my “stuff”

I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say that I would not miss most of the things that I have shlepped from Amsterdam-London-Australia. In fact, what resulted in this whole journey- was that we  had collected so much shit along the way. Things that we did not really need. Things that weighed us down. My reasons for holding onto all of the things that I desperately did not wanted to let go of ? Fear. I was petrified of losing myself somehow. Losing what I had gained in the material world.

Don’t get me wrong. I love beautiful things, and I always will. And I still have many of my beautiful things.  But I lost so much of myself in that whole experience, that I was desperate to cling on to what little I had left. The broken person with all the “stuff” has let go of so much.  I now only have the precious things that I don’t want to let go of. And I keep it all very simple. When you walk into our home, its clutter free and you can breath. I still intend to let go of much more.

I noticed that when I unpacked those boxes that had made a bigger journey than most human beings do – that I could have easily lived just as though I had never seen most of it ever! That was the biggest lightbulb moment for me. images

I had essentially let go of so much.  I had finally moved on from a traumatic experience and no longer needed anything but my sanity. I am almost 99.9% sure that my last destination on earth wont be Australia. And so I keep it simple. I have kept things dating back to when my daughter Skye was a baby, that I still have. Immaculate soft toys – for when she has a child one day.  Her school reports. Family photos.  Sentimental things.Important documents. That kind of thing.  I have always been incredibly sentimental and I do have things from years ago that are still in mint condition. But I can now probably put them all in 3 large box and be very happy indeed. Apart from a few large pictures, that is is! Oh and one stunning Union Jack cabinet my husband made and gave me as a birthday present.  I wont ever accumulate the things I did before.

 

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We simply don’t have to have everything. Its a mindset, and it can erupt into a dangerous one. I am often astounded at how much people think they need. Just in the same way as I was when I walked into that house last week. It felt heavy. The feeling of not having to have so much  is incredibly freeing and liberating. I cant stand clutter anyway. But we just simply don’t need it! The same applies to my clothing and to my shoes. And I love fashion and shoes. Whatever has not seen the light of day for longer than a year goes to someone else or goes to charity or I sell.  This amazing book by Marie Condo, the life changing magic of tidying up – is ideal way to make a great start for simplifying life and get things organised. But after you have let go of all the “stuff” that you do not need.  Keep it simple. Life is so much more than belongings.  Trust me you feel lighter and happier.

 

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Back On Track

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Stopping Smoking – Max Kirsten

It was  a little over two years ago that I quit smoking.  I never thought  I would be able to quit! I smoked a pack a day! I never was one to smoke a whole cigarette, but I still went through a pack a day.

 

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I was ready to leave the UK after a hellish journey in my life and I was headed to Australia.  I had wanted to stop smoking for a long time, but I also knew how expensive smoking was in Australia and that I couldn’t purchase my favoured brand.  They were an organic brand from the states, and I loved my cigarettes. I really did. They were my best buddies and constant companions.  In Holland they were affordable and in Spain they were even cheaper if I managed to get hold of some on holidays.  I thought I would always be addicted to my cigarettes and deep down often prayed that I could one day be strong enough to quit.  They were there for me when I was having fun, when times were good and when times were bad.

 

I did my research and found a highly capable man who had cured a few celebrity clients that had advocated his success and all that jazz. I chose  Max Kirsten.

 

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I felt exactly the same as Ewan McGregor describes in this video – he went to Max Kirsten to have hypnotherapy.  So that is what I decided I would do. I wanted to go to someone who I knew would be able to deliver the goods.  Obviously he doesn’t only help with quitting smoking. There are a large number of hypnotherapy treatments he offers.

I clearly remember walking around the corner from Harrods about to have my last cigarette outside his front door just after 2pm in the afternoon.  I emerged from this fascinating man’s office after spending over 3 hours being treated my him. He was warm, friendly, funny and above all – very capable.  The hypnotherapy he gave me was tailored for me. Using situations and circumstances to assist me to cope with the drastic measure I was taking to improve my life.  I was ready to let go of everything at the time.  Toxic “friends”, toxic habits, toxic circumstances.  You name it. It was all going! And gone it was.

 

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I also had quit in what was possibly one of the most hideously stressful times I could clearly EVER recall. Shortly after that  I had a cough for  two months solid. I could not ever talk without barking and spluttering.  I was detoxing my lungs in a epic way. Detoxing not just the tar and nicotine on my lungs but the whole situation I was emerging from. It was a very spiritual process for me. I was letting go of so much more than cigarettes.  And two years later –  I’m still smoke free.   I gained some weight, which I am still in the process of shedding.  But I’m on the road to perfect health and happiness.  I always had excellent skin, and I now maintain that. My skin has never looked better.  I am able to power walk up hills in no time at all. And my lung capacity has increased measurably.  I am incredibly blessed to be as fit and healthy as I am. I also feel very blessed to have quit when I did and with Max Kirsten. I certainly chose the best for myself.

And I will end my blog off today with this.

If I can stop smoking – Anyone can stop smoking! And that is a fact.

 

 

 

 

 

Time Out

I will be back. I am just taking a little time out to gather my strength and get my mojo back again.

Its been a busy month and I am exhausted.  Studying and starting a new job caught up with me big time.  My head is still a bit foggy and I feel like doing very little. But that is ok.

 

Sometimes its good to just BE

 

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Deep breaths and long walks.

Mindfulness and healthy ways.

Healing on all levels.

 

Your body tells you when it wants to slow down. The key to remaining healthy is listening to yourself. Not fighting it.

 

See you soon.

Kelly Howell – Brain Sync

I have been a huge fan of Kelly Howell meditations for many many years. I happened to see that she was launching a new app on iTunes and that she was requesting for like minded people who know a thing or two about meditations and manifesting to review the app and report back to her and her team.

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I sent my message in and was incredibly blessed to be one of the “chosen” to be gifted her new app and her new meditations.  I cannot stress enough just how brilliant this woman is!  I intend to use them in my practise when I qualify as a counsellor at the end of next year. I am certain that the Kelly Howell guided meditations have helped me endlessly over the years. There have even been times when I have listened to her incredibly soothing and even sexy voice when I have gone to sleep at night. Gently and effectively detoxing and reprogramming my sub-conscious mind.

There are a wide variety of meditations and guided meditations to suit everyone. I have always been transported by the guided meditations. I feel blessed enough to be instantly connected to them and to really feel the effects of what they are designed to do. But so can you! It just takes a few moments to tune in and to apply yourself to listen to them on a regular basis to be able to get the full benefits and results! I remain totally loyal to Kelly Howell and her divine meditations. There have been moments when I was listening to these and thinking to myself – how incredibly blessed are we to be able to live in a world now when we can just plug in and someone else does the “hard” work for us!

The cherry on the cake is that the meditations come in short bursts of 10 minutes if you are short of time, and 20 for a bit more and even deeper if you need at 30 minutes.

The more you listen, the more you will achieve. Over time the results will be incredible. There are these amazing people out there doing  these amazing things to be able to help us achieve our very best in life. Take advantage of this and tune in! You wont be at all disappointed. For this I am sure.

 

Thank you Kelly Howell for helping me over the years. I will forever tune in.

Green Smoothie

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This is the most heavenly tasting smoothie to start the day with!

1/3 Banana

1/3 Avocado

Big handful of organic spinach

Big handful of organic kale

Frozen grapes (about 6 large ones)

1 TBS of organic coconut oil

Fill your blender just a 1/3 with cold spring or filtered water
add the spinach and then the rest of the ingredients and blend on high.

It is the dreamiest taste and its super healthy to start your day.

Welcoming The New Year

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Starting the new year with a fresh outlook on life. Last year was filled with so much change again – many highs and lows, it was a roller coaster ride that emerged from the most hellish of all roller coaster rides! But I really feel that things are far more settled this year & a new insight gives way to be able to blog from the heart.
Im just going to shoot from the heart from now on. I have wanted to write my blog honestly for such a long time, and I have enjoyed the parts of the blog where I wrote about beauty. But now I am going to mash it up a bit and just blog. I am going to share some of these things with you. And keep blogging about things that I love and enjoy, things that make us happy and sad, good and bad. Things that will also help some of you reading this.

And again I begin my journey of self healing and getting back on track.

Welcome to you all and to the wonder that is life. (and make-up & glitter)

Beauty Core Is Under construction

And will be blogging new stories shortly.

Thank you for your patience.

Jess.

Healthy breakfast – Coco Bliss Superfood Bar

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You are literally breaking your fast from the night before.  If you skip this meal, your body clings on to fat cells.  By eating a healthy breakfast you are getting your metabolism to work for you.  I had the pleasure of going to Coco Bliss in Bulimba and enjoyed one of their yummy breakfasts!

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I chose one of the delicious Acai bowls.  The cold and crunchy sensation was just delicious.

Blogs and Things.

I feel utterly annoyed at myself that I haven’t posted anything since last month!

But I am back &  I will be setting the time aside to do what is important for me too.  So much is happening in my life right now,  and I also want to achieve many more things with my blog.  I have so much to share. And I look very forward to the journey ahead.   This is a picture I took earlier to inspire me to get back to blogging, but better blogging!  Sharing more interesting things.   Thats my new Mark Jacobs handbag I got on sale, my Kindle (in the Juicy Couture case I bough for a bargain)  – I am reading “Dr Wayne Dyer – I can see clearly now”  Loving each moment of it! My little notebook I bought for a new adventure, and my book for jotting blogs.

 

 

 

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