Lifestyle

What I learned: Intro to essential oils

March 25, 2017 - by
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This morning I woke up early at 6:30am (thanks work stress), had a quick bowl of yoghurt, stewed apples and my homemade granola and headed off to an Introduction to Essential Oils workshop. 

Thanks to eventbrite, one evening when I was busy googling random stuff, I came across Sabrina’s workshop and signed up. 

Sabrina is a health and wellness coach (check her out at @MissionWellbeing) and also a representative for DoTerra essential oils. She holds one-hour introductory workshops in her gorgeous home, to educate people on the uses of oils and how the different blends can help heal. 

I’ve always been interested in essential oils but aside from a “Stress relief” i bought in Myer last Xmas, I didn’t know much.

After we introduced ourselves and settled around Sabrina’s dining table with peppermint tea, she started telling us about the oils. I didn’t realise there are so many! Oregano, lavender, tea tree, frankincense and lemon. The list goes on!

Even though each bottle looks small, because the oil is so concentrated, you only need one or two drops each application. So each bottle infact lasts for 150-200 applications! One drop of peppermint oil equals 28 cups of tea. 

You can use the oils directly on your skin or mixed in with another oil, eg coconut or olive. If you apply a few drops directly to your feet, the oil infuses into your whole body, rather than just a certain area. There’s also diffusers to spread the smell of the oil in a room. And you can use them for cleaning too!

We used oils from a US company called DeTerra. I’m going to buy the starter kit and will report back on how it effects my stress levels and back pain.

Do you use essential oils? What do you use them for? 

Thoughts

Starting 2017 thoughts off right

January 10, 2017 - by
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Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately friends. I don’t really have any excuse, but the good news is that I’m back and promise to work harder to bring you more regular updates about love, life and happiness in 2017.

To kick-start this mantra, I thought I’d share my very 2017 thoughts and what I’d like to achieve from the next 12 months. These are definitely NOT resolutions, as we all know that those fail more than we’d like to admit.

These are more words, musings and mindsets that I’d like to focus on:

  1. Less “Should”: I am officially THE WORST person when it comes to “should’s”. I should do this, I should do that, I should buy that. It achieves nothing, it’s setting me up for failure and leaving me feeling rubbish. So less pressure on imaginary to-do lists and more feeling better about myself.
  2. More “Relax”: I had this goal last year but it’s one that I continue to struggle with. More relaxing with my loved ones, less “doing” and less screen time. I’ve started getting back into reading and visited my local Vinnie’s to stock up on books over the Xmas holidays.
  3. More “Peace”: Appreciating what I have and how lucky I am to have a happy and healthy family, Mr Chile, a good job, money in the bank, a lovely home and to live in a safe country. Stop striving for more and better, and less comparing myself to other people.
  4. More “Simple”: Enjoy the simple things and remember the reasons why I loved travelling. The simple enjoyment of a walk on the beach, no make-up and a good book. Talking to friends. Not spending obscene amounts of money on restaurants, clothes and the latest designer goods to keep up with the Jones’s.
  5. More “Action”: If I want something done, just do it. Stop expecting other people to help. If there’s something that needs cleaning, just do it. If I want to go somewhere, just go. If I want to eat something, just eat it. Quick and easy. No fuss. Simple.

What are your thoughts on 2017? I’d love to hear what you think of my list.

Love Lou xoxo

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Lifestyle

Running City2Surf for the first time

August 22, 2016 - by

Two weeks ago, I took the plunge and ran the (in)famous City2Surf fun run. Fourteen kilometres and 1:39 minutes later, I had officially completed the world’s biggest fun run and my longest even run!

It had been on my Sydney bucket list since I’d moved here three years and I’m over the moon that I did it.

As this was my first time, everyone had advice for me – from training tips to what knickers to wear. However, I felt so different after the race to how I thought I would, I wanted to share what I’d learned from running City2Surf for the first time.

– Dont worry if you haven’t trained. I have always run regularly, but these tend to be a 4-5km jaunt to the cafe on a Saturday morning, with my longest run being 8km! I was aiming to run the first bit to Heartbreak Hill (7km) and then walk the rest. And that’s the beauty of C2S; you can walk, jog or sprint. Just  do your best and have fun.

– Dont get there early. The run started in Sydney CBD, right by St Mary’s Cathedral, and ended at the iconic Bondi Beaxh.  Seeing the thousands of people waiting to run was truly amazing but also very nerve wracking! I could feel my adrenaline pumping. I got there 30 mins before my start time which was plenty to meet my friends, stretch and get ready to run.

– Plan your travel. I found out my usual bus wasn’t running when I checked online at Sydney Transport. Plan ahead and don’t forget, public transport is free (even if bus drivers say otherwise!).

– Heartbreak hill won’t break you. When I decided to do C2S with my work mates, they regaled me with horror stories about the giant hill that runs from Rose Bay to Vauclause. I did two jogs that involved a slight hill beforehand and it meant I had a vague idea of how to handle a hill without collapsing. And on the day, yes it’s a hill but once you’re running with everyone, it really isn’t that bad. It’s just long… Very long!

– It’s all mental. You always hear this but it really is true. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT! I was so proud of myself, running all that way, not getting a stitch and only walking for about five mins the whole time. Yippee!

– Pee before you run. I waited thinking it would go away and I didn’t want to queue up for hours at the starting line loos. Buttttt, it didn’t go away! I added about five mins to my overall time, going to the loo during the race but hey, learnings for next time and when you gotta go…

– Eat something small. I didn’t get one stitch during the run; something I often suffer from. And you know what I think it was? Just eating a small banana and drinking a black coffee. I usually eat more and maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong. Less is more y’all.

– Wear two pairs of socks. I was waiting to buy new running shoes (there’s no way I was going to wear new ones for a giant run), so for extra padding I wore two socks. It worked a treat and I only ended up with one blister!

– Enjoy it and take in the atmosphere. Of course, you’re going to want to run in a good time but don’t forget to have fun, enjoy the gorgeous views, listen to the bands and performers that line the streets and congratulate yourself on actually doing it… Not just talking about it!

I’d love to hear your stories from C2S! Comment me or go on my FB/Instagram @thelouloves

Lou xox

Massage

Spa Review: The one where I got naked @ Sydney Ka Huna Hawaiian Massage

July 19, 2016 - by
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I walked into Sydney Ka Huna Hawaiian massage feeling a bit apprehensive, as I’d never been for a Hawaiian massage before. I’d walked past the studio in Paddington numerous times and had always been curious. I was met by the smiling Steve, who was to be my therapist for my 1-hour Kahuna signature massage. He talked me through the treatment, explaining he would use a mix of movement, breathing and massage techniques to help de-stress and re-centre my energy.

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