Navigating Difficult Decisions Video 3 // Claire Baker from This is Lifeblood

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Hello my friends! Today is the last video in this series, Navigating Difficult Decisions. If you haven't watched the other two with Natalia Chouklina from Achieve the Impossible and Juliet Turalski from Jules Inspired then you can do so here and here.I'm very excited about my guest, Claire Baker from This is Lifeblood. Claire is a wonderful coach and mentor based out of sunny Perth, Australia. She a a writer and creative and the author of two wonderful eBooks, Get Unstuck: A Workbook to Create Clarity, Ignite Your Spark & Keep You Moving Forward as well as her latest, She is Radiant - Your 6 Week Wellness Adventure to Get Glowy and Feel Rad

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In this awesome video you will learn:

// 1:54 Claire talks about the two huge decisions she decided to make that changed the course of her life. // 3:27 Claire points out the one area in her body that really feels the call to make all the decisions she's made thus far in her life. (Hint: It one area I really recommend every tap into on a much deeper level and begin trusting)// 6:08 Ah, the good old money fear comes up. Do you have a similar story surrounding money that prevents you from making that one big decision you know you really want to make in your life?// 7:40 We talk about how it's actually okay if you fail. (how does that feel in your body when I say that?)// 8:08 Claire talks about all the amazing things that have come into her life because she made the choice to follow her gut. // 11:49 Claire gives you a powerful tool to use moving forward. It sounds so simple but it truly does work. 

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On the brink of something new? Gain courage and find inspiration to take the leap of faith from this interview between Amanda from Savoury Soul Wellness and Claire from This is Lifeblood. http://bit.ly/1mMaeMO

To learn more about Claire you can find her at This is Lifeblood and on Facebook

If you are interested in more info about IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) check out my page on how to become a health coach or shoot me an email at thesavourysoul (at) gmail.com. 

As always, so much love and gratitude to you for showing up every day and committing to nurturing and nourishing a life and body you love. 

 

Look How Far You’ve Come: Reflections On My Solo Yoga Retreat in Ubud

While I'm away on my month-long adventure I have some friends here to help me share their experiences with adventure. Today Claire from This is Lifeblood is talking all about her  reflections from a solo trip in Ubud, Bali. 

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The first time I visited Ubud on a yoga retreat it rocked my world. It was there in September of 2012, that I finally gave myself permission to just be me. To forget what everyone else thought, to let go of what was stopping me from being truly authentic in the world, and just be Claire Baker in all her inner-health-freak, self-love-preaching, yogini-wannabe glory. While still being totally cool and awesome.

I reflect upon that week as a real catalyst in the journey I’ve been on, as I figure out how I want to live my one precious life.There’s nothing like spending time in an environment that embraces and embodies yoga, organic food, meditation, art and spirituality in the way that Ubud does; the place is a haven for holistic health and it holds an incredibly special place in my heart.

Late last year I trekked back to Ubud for 5 days on a little solo DIY yoga retreat and to be honest, I kind of hoped it would rock my world in the same way this time around. I wanted it to shake my soul and crack me open.

But, it didn’t reeeaaaally do that.

I didn’t feel the same raw excitement I had felt last year when I’d discovered Ubud; the abundance of Ayurvedic healing centres, raw food and crystal stores plus yoga schools with every style of yoga imaginable had me in fits of elation! I was hungry for change and desperate for guidance and enlightenment. I found a freedom I had never felt before amongst a myriad of like-minded souls.

But, I discovered quickly that this trip wasn’t about aha! moments as it was much more about finding peace, release and space. Expansion. Limitless. Connecting with God. Coming home.

It was in the second of two conversations I had in the entire 5 days I was in Ubud (a mini silent retreat really!), with a chilled out, meditation-junkie dude named Mal, that I heard myself say ‘I guess I realize how far I have come this year’, when it didn’t seem a revelation to me that a relaxing time away could encompass vast amounts of silence, coconut kefir and 8pm bedtimes.

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A year ago, that notion would have both excited and terrified me. A year later, I now recognize it as apart of me. So much of what rocked my world about Ubud a year before, has become my norm now. I have successfully integrated so much of what I had fallen in love with, into my daily life. Which is both totally cool and awesome. Mal thought so too.

Plus, last year I was dreading returning home to my "not exactly soul satisfying job", while this time around, I went back to work on Sunday because I love what I do!

So what else did I realise?

  • Ubod embodies the three biggest loves of my life; nourishment, exploration and creativity. Yoga, food, meditation, art, music, adventure. Love.
  • That this time to myself wasn’t so much about assessing the life-changing events of the past year, but about embracing what is to come and being comfortable with the uncertainty of it all. Acceptance of reality; full and total acceptance of the unknown.
  • I need to take more time away from my phone, social media, my laptop and my emails. I had neither a phone, laptop or TV for 5 days and it was bliss. I slept better. Decisions were infinitely easier to make. I ate mindful. I read books. I was present.
  • Honey and cucumber facials and yoghurt body scrubs are heaven-sent. Where did that forehead wrinkle run off to?
  • I love taking myself out for dinner. I need to do this more often!
  • I really, really want to write a book.
  • I definitely don’t need alcohol to relax anymore. I didn’t have a single drink the whole time I was away and I didn’t even think about it.
  • But I do need to allow myself to feel more. I know I’ve been distracting myself with other things. Need to stop escaping.
  • I freakin’ love yoga. So much. And I can’t wait to teach it myself!
  • I am supported, always. And so are you. We are given only what we can handle and precisely what we need.

Ubud holds an incredibly special place in my heart and returning there, was like coming home to myself. I can’t wait to see what my next trip there brings… Tell me, have you ever had a moment while travelling that made you realize just how far you have come?

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Claire Baker is a health and life coach, writer and creative from sunny Perth, Australia. Claire holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design and received her coaching certification through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  Claire works with women who are ready to transform their health, tap into their creativity and make real lifestyle changes.

Her clients (from all over the world) experience greater confidence, improved relationships, more joy and clear complexions. Through her honest and informative blog and unique coaching packages, you can consider Claire your personal advocate for living a creative, energised and passionate life.

Come say hi at This is Lifeblood, her online space to share her passion for all things nourishing, soulful and creative and subscribe to her free weekly love letters. You can also connect with her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @_clairebaker_.

 

A Savoury Soul: Claire Baker // This is Lifeblood

I've said this several times before and I'll probably keep saying it but I love the world of blogging because of all the awesome people you find along the way. Claire from This is Lifeblood is one of the latest I've discovered and I've been having a blast perusing her world. She is magnetic. There is something about the way she writes that pulls you in and before you know it, thirty minutes have gone by and you are still engrossed. Claire, like myself, is currently enrolled with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is on an incredible journey of self discovery and growth and future health coach.

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It doesn't take long to see that Claire is authentic, real and passionate about life, personal growth and helping others discover their path. She has incredible nuggets of wisdom and a truth that is  bold, kind and humble.

Some of my favorite posts thus far are Turning Chaos into Creativity, Screw Your To-Do List & Head to the Beach, and ALL of her Heroines with Heart. Okay, pretty much ALL of her posts are on the favorite list!

She's another inspiring woman who I wish (if I lived in Australia) that I could call up and head out with for a power creativity session.

In the short time she has been blogging she has already done incredible things. She's one to keep an eye on cause she's going to good things for some many people!

You can find her blog, This is Lifeblood here and you can also check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Have an lovely weekend and do something that makes you laugh and smile!

Love,

Amanda