Benefits of drinking water

Benefits of drinking water

We did a challenge in our community group on facebook recently about the benefits of drinking water and one of our realisations together was the amount of amazing benefits available from simply drinking the recommended daily amount of 8 glasses of water!  I found the following info from the NHS and good food websites…
Water makes up two thirds of our body. It prevents UTI’s, headaches, constipation, dizziness, confusion, kidney stones and more. Here are a few benefits…
1) Research has shown that staying hydrated improves memory and mood!
2) Helps reduce sugar cravings and weight maintenance! (During our hydrate challenge in June, most participants lost weight over just 5 days!!)
3) May improve exercise performance, lots of research has concluded that dehydration affects both sports performance and physiological function.
4) Lack of water can increase risk of headaches
5) It keep your digestive system running smoothly and helps prevent constipation
6)Helps with hangovers
7) Can help to improve mood, and therefore anxiety!
To receive these benefits, the challenge is to drink 8 glasses of water! Nice and simple!  The NHS recommended amount is 6-8 glasses per day but should you have a health reason that hinders you from drinking a certain amount of water, please use your discretion and common sense.

If you’d like to be included in our facebook group community where we do challenges like this and others to feel and look better, click this link to join us

P.s. check out this water bottle, one of our challengers keeps it in her kitchen and uses it to stay on track with drinking 2 litres throughout every Day!

How to know if you’re eating too much sugar so you can do something about it

How to know if you’re eating too much sugar so you can do something about it
Change can be hard, familiar routines, patterns and behaviours are what makes us who we are, but sometimes we choose small things that aren’t good for us a little more often than we realise, and it’s not until something happens to make us look at our current reality that we realise just how often we’ve let it slide!  I found some info online to help us realise when we are consuming too much sugar and the warning signs are things I hear people say ALL the time!  Here they are in case they are of interest to anyone else!
1. You feel sluggish all the time. Because your pancreas releases insulin to stabilise your blood sugar, you end up feeling sluggish. Also if you’re choosing sugary foods over foods containing protein and fibre, you aren’t getting energy sustaining foods into your body to fuel you.
2. You constantly crave sugary things. The more you have the more you crave it and breaking that addictive cycle is hard! We’re all human!
3. Your skin is always breaking out. If you are using skincare to fix a breakout problem that doesn’t seem to be getting my better, it might not do any harm to review your sugar intake. Collagen and elastin are proteins in the skin that you need to help keep your ‘bounce and flex’ in a smooth and taught appearance. The process of glycation means that sugar attaches to proteins in the body, including collagen and elastin making it harder for them to repair themselves, so you experience more wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
4. You feel moody all the time and can’t be bothered with the things you used to love. Too much sugar can increase inflammation throughout your body including your gut. Some research studies have shown that gut inflammation contributes to mood disorders, including anxiety and depression.
5. You’ve been putting on some weight – I did a post about the compound effect, click here to read it.  Eating one choc bar at 500 calories each day equals you gaining weight at one lb per week!
So what actually happens to your body when you eat sugar?
Eating sugar releases those feel-good chemicals dopamine and serotonin. After the initial high, your body craves more, like a drug.
Your body releases insulin whose job it is to absorb the excess glucose in the blood and stabilise sugar levels. Your blood sugar then drops again and all you want to do is lie on the sofa. (sugar high, then the low).
An easy challenge for today that might help you turn things around could be to swap something sugary you might normally eat for a healthier choice that is still tasty!

Take time today to do something that saves you time everyday

Take time today to do something that saves you time everyday
As part of a recent healthy habits challenge, I ‘challenged’ our readers to do one thing that could save them time everyday.  Sadly it was in honour of a loss we had as a family.  I had been trying not to mention it in the challenge group, but the day before we said goodbye to our four legged best friend and family member, my little dog. She had been with me for 10 years and the truth was, I just felt lost without her!
Because I work from home she was rarely without me, when I went to the horses, she came with me and sat outside the sand paddock or ran around nearby when I rode.  When I went for a walk, you bet she was leading the way. When we went out she usually came with us in the car and for the rest of the time, she lay on her big comfy bed in the kitchen or my office watching our daily goings on. I kept hearing noises that I was sure were her but of course when I looked she wasn’t there.  Just an empty space in the kitchen corner where she used to make faces at me from and always know what I was thinking.
So while I was mid challenge and wanted to keep the momentum going, I thought I’d make a challenge that encouraged everyone else to make the most of what time they all had, which of course was inspired by her.
We spend so much of our lives loyal to our daily routines without sometimes asking if there’s a better/ quicker way of doing something mundane that could give us more time with our loved ones, family or fur babies and time doing the things we love!
So the challenge was simply to do something once that could save you time everyday.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Get your online grocery shopping organised so you can just re-order each week.
  • Reorganise your kitchen cupboards so you can get make meal time prep easier and quicker.
  • Add some slow cooker recipes into your weekly meal plans.
  • Or something smaller – buy an organiser tray for your fridge or cupboard so you can set all your sauces onto the table in one go at mealtimes!
  • Browse amazon for a big storage bag in your colour scheme to chuck their toys into in one go at night, or a reward chart on your wall to encourage them to put their own toys away before bed at night!
  • Fo the horsey girls like myself with stables goals: Look at hay racks instead of hay nets, automatic water drinkers instead of filling buckets everyday or rubber mats to save you time and expense on excess sawdust or heavy loads of straw! If you’re buying something you’re not sure will be worth it, do one area/stable etc and then multiply the time it saves you everyday over a week to know if it’s worth doing more.
Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes it feels like we just never get our heads above water to spend this time making life easier! So this is your call to take time out today and do just that.
We don’t get time back! It’s the most precious thing we have, up there with the air we breathe so we need to make the most of it. (Can you tell the past 24 hours evoked some reflective thinking!?!)
Why is it worth doing this challenge? If your one task saves you 7 minutes a day, you’ve just got yourself roughly an extra 40 hour week every year! Add a weekly online grocery shop at an hour minimum saved and you’ve just given yourself another working week back over the year!
If anyone has any time saving life hacks they’d be happy to share, please comment below so we can try them too.
Good luck everyone!!

Illusive energy – how to get more of it and keep it!

Illusive energy – how to get more of it and keep it!

I’ve shared some tips below that I found online to help you get more of that illusive energy and keep it!  Hopefully they’ll be helpful to someone else out there.
1. If you want more out of your body, it makes sense to take a look at what you’re putting in. Your body can’t extract what’s not there in the first place. Processed and junk foods just don’t contain as many vitamins, minerals and micronutrients as whole foods or real food do.  The good housekeeping website actually makes a great suggestion on this. “ If you’re eating 3 meals and 2 snacks daily, you’re eating 35 times a week. If 7 of those meals are real foods, simply add one more real food or snack per week and you’re up to 15 in 2 months which doubles the amount of nutrients going into your body.” Also take a look at the energy foods topic here to help you choose some snack foods that directly give you the most energy.

2. Say goodbye to as many stressful situations as you can. Stress-induced emotions consume a lot of energy!  We’ve all done it, a looming deadline we weren’t prepared for, anger, frustration, panic, rushing to work etc etc, it drains your energy FAST!  Reducing as many of these situations as you can in a typical week or month always seems to help!

3. Exercise! Even a 15 minute walk can give you an energy boost, if you aren’t exercising, build it up gradually. The NHS recommended amount of weekly exercise is 2.5 hours of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling or fast walking. Some people tend to go overboard with exercise infrequently leaving them feeling tired, it’s important to note that building this up gradually is imperative to helping you feel more energised. Wondering why exercise is good? The higher your muscle mass, the higher your metabolic rate and higher your energy.

4. Taking time to breathe deeply and slowly can help you stay out of adrenaline inducing fight or flight mode to reset and refocus. It is thought that this switches from using adrenaline to power you to using the body’s slower, more steady fuel (fat)!

5. Reducing your alcohol intake.  Regular drinking can affect the quality of your sleep patterns making you feel tired and sluggish.

6. Gratitude – Noticing what you have to be grateful for is thought to give you more energy by giving you a more positive outlook.  It doesn’t cost anything and I would urge absolutely anyone to give this a go!  It makes a great deal of difference to my everyday experiences!

7. Eating less more often gives your body a steady supply of nutrients as opposed to large meals which make you feel sluggish while your body tries to digest them. (After Sunday roasts!)

8. Lose weight: carrying excess weight can be exhausting and put excess strain on your heart.

9. An obvious one but sleep is also conducive to getting more energy. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time each morning even on weekends, this one was also included in our ways to get more sleep topic.

10. B Complex vitamins – your body uses B Vitamins to convert food to energy, so ensuring your body has enough of this vitamin can help. We have a particular B complex vitamin we have some great reviews on in our community facebook group.  If you’d like to get added to this group, feel free to send a ‘join request’. Grains, nuts and seeds, bee and spinach are also a source of B vitamins.  We also run regular challenges in that particular facebook group where you can win products, money and just be a part of our growing community focused on looking and feeling better in our own health!

What are your energy tips? Please share them in the comments below…

Managing Stress

Managing Stress
Managing stress is growing more and more in importance with Covid and it’s health and work concerns on top of everything that felt overwhelming to begin with, so today’s topic is managing stress!!
The NHS website suggests firstly to identify what’s causing you to feel that way. If it cannot be reduced, it recommends building emotional strength, but having a good social network, adopting and positive outlook and being in control of your situation.
1. Taking time out to spend with animals is always high on my list to reduce stress.  It’s well documented that pets can reduce anxiety, stress and even improve cardiovascular health!  The number one stress busting activity for me is most definitely spending time with our animals.
2. Exercise reduces stress by producing endorphins that can act as natural painkillers and it’s also well documented for improving your ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress further.
3. EatIng a healthy diet helps by reducing oxidation and inflammation not to mention helping to reduce weight gain.
4. Practicing mindfulness, focusing on your breathing or meditation are also fantastic activities to help too.
5. I know that if my stress is work-related, then getting things organised is a big help.  I feel more in control or better prepared for whatever impending deadline is adding to your stress levels.  If exams are your cause of stress, could further study reduce your anxiety about it if you felt better prepared going into it.
6. Reading a book can help if the cause of your stress isn’t to do with an impending deadline or lack of time.
7. Writing a reflection journal is also documented as a great stress buster too!
8. Although it’s not an activity, reducing your caffeine intake can help reduce stress
9. Listening to soft music is also known to help reduce levels
10. A good massage helps by lowering the heart rate, relaxing muscles and releasing endorphins.
How do you all reduce your stress levels? Please share in the comments below to help others

Brain Food!

Brain Food!

Time to pour a cup of coffee and let’s look at foods that boost your brain power! Everyone has mental blocks, that word that’s on the tip of your tongue, that panicked thought of where number one is again in the course you’re about to jump etc.  So I thought today’s blog post could be about foods that help boost your brain power so here we go!
1. Fatty fish. We all know it, we should be eating 3-5 portions of fatty fish a week but do we know why! Roughly 60% of your brain is made of fat and half of that is the omega 3 kind which is essential for learning and memory. It protects your brain against decline, sharpens your memory and improves your mood. Let me just pop in here that we have a supplement called Arctic Sea which is fab is you can’t fit fish into your diet as much as is recommended! I will pin that product post to the top for today or you can find it in the units tab at any time for full info as it has a number if other benefits.
2. Coffee contains caffeine and antioxidants. It keeps you alert, improves your mood and sharpens concentration. Nb drink in moderation!
3. Broccoli contains antioxidants and vitamin K (a fat soluble vitamin that’s present in brain cells. Broccoli also has anti inflammatory and antioxidants benefits.
4. Tumeric contains Curcumin which has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier which means it can directly enter brain cells. Studies show it boosts a type of growth hormone that helps brain cells grow!
5. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder contains flavonoids which may enhance memory, with studies suggesting eating chocolate boosts memory and mood!
6. Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, iron, zinc and copper. Zinc is important for nerve signalling, magnesium is linked to learning and memory, copper is linked to controlling nerve signals.
7. Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants which help protect us against oxidative stress and inflammation.
8. Oranges – Vit C plays a key role supporting brain health as you age.
9. Nuts contain vitamin E which helps protect cells from free radical damage. When choosing which one of have, try walnuts as they also contain omega 3 fatty acids.
10. Eggs contain vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline which is used to create a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and memory according to healthline. Your challenge for today is to add one of these foods to your weekly meal plan! See you on the checkin post everyone!

Doing that thing you know you should but haven’t…yet

Doing that thing you know you should but haven’t…yet

In a recent healthy habits challenge we ran in our community Facebook group, we took a day to focus on doing activities that we didn’t really want to do but the thought of doing them weight us down more than the act of just pulling the plaster off quick!  It was so helpful to our group members that I thought I’d mention it in this blog in case it helps others get the same ‘feel good’ factor!

You know what we mean, ‘that thing’ you’ve been putting off doing! We all have them, that think you’ve meant to do but haven’t and every time you think about it you feel a bit ‘ugh’ or ‘ish’ lol! As ‘that thing’ turns into ‘another thing’ and before you know it, you don’t know why you just feel like every’thing’ is getting on top of you so let’s face it head on together and fingers crossed it only takes a few mins when you dedicate time to get it done and out of the way!

Whether it’s pricing round for car insurance, tacking the ‘junk drawer/room’ getting through that pile of ironing etc.  Please feel free to join in with this challenge and comment below with the thing you did and if it made you feel as good as it did with our challengers!  P.s. If you’d like to join our free group with challenges like this, click here!

Calorie Counting Apps

Calorie Counting Apps
I’m all into things that make life easier and when those things help you take control of your health – let me tell other people too!
This isn’t just for people who want to lose weight, lots of people just want to be aware of what they’re putting into their bodies!  So I just wanted to share three apps you can download free to let you track what calories you’re eating and help you with healthier choices once you’re more aware of the nutrients you’re consuming or lacking in your daily diet.
If you are trying to lose weight, as long as you understand not all calories are equal; (ie a 500 calories of chocolate won’t give your body the same nutritional fuel as 500 calories of wholesome food).  Counting calories can be one of the most effective ways to achieve weight loss when combined with exercise, but it can be time consuming and require attention that sometimes is split between a million other things so, here are just 3 different apps that help you track your calories to make it as easy as possible!
1. ‘My Fitness Pal’ is great and free with ‘in app purchases’. It works out your calories when you input your consumption and tracks the calories you’ve still to consume that day. It breaks down what you’ve had by protein, carbs and fat.
2. ‘Lose it’ also contains a user friendly food diary and exercise log. It lets you connect a pedometer so you get an all round overview. It gives you recommendation for calorie intake based on your weight height age etc too.
3. ‘Fat secret’ is another recommended app, it’s free which is always a benefit and includes a food diary, recipes, exercise log and journal. Reviews show its user friendly and has a chat community.
If you have an app you’d recommend or an easy way you use to track calories, please comment it below to share your tips with others in our community!
Please comment below with your favourite calorie counting apps or your fav ways to track your calories!

Macronutrients and what does that even mean!

Macronutrients and what does that even mean!
I mentioned before that I’m not a nutritionist, just an enthusiast for good health and well-being and on my quest to help my own family get a little bit healthier, I’ve happened upon some realisations that I thought I’d share in this ‘one healthy journey’ blog in my website.  So if you think I’ve left out something important, or incorrect and you are an expert in that area, please comment below to let me know.  If I’ve helped explain anything that has in turn helped you on your own quest to feel a little healthier, please also let me know, that would really make my day!
So, it’s a day for busting some jargon!  We see these UNREAL looking insta famous guys and girls throwing words out like macro counting and ‘Yada yada what’s that now?’ And I just thought for those normal people out there, a little bit more like me who aren’t ‘down with the macros’ and lead busy days filled with work, potty training and regular family life, that other people might also be intrigued as to what they’re actually talking about, ie what are macros and micros – And why count them!
Basically there are 2 categories of nutrients. Macronutrients are those nutrients that the body needs in large amounts. They provide the body with energy and calories. Micronutrients are required in smaller amounts. We’ll look at macros in this post in a very simple way…
Macro nutrients are split into 7 categories: Protein, carbs and fat being the main three, then dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins and water. So when you’re ‘counting your macros’, your counting the grams of proteins, carbs or fat you’re consuming.
Let’s take a closer look:
Carbs are a vital source of energy, your body digests them quickly and turns them into sugar / blood glucose which you store as glycogen.
Protein is used to build and repair but also makes up the enzymes that power chemical reactions in the body. When you eat protein, it makes you feel fuller for longer (calorie for calorie) as it slows the release of glucose into your blood stream helping you avoid blood sugar spikes.
Fat makes up cell membranes, promotes brain health and increases the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A,D, E and K
(Some diets are based around this like the keto diet)

What are the benefits of counting your macros?

You may lose weight by eliminating excess calories from your diet.
You may gain muscle more easily if you’re strength training as you can make sure you’re getting enough protein.
You may pay more attention to what you’re eating which usually improves your food choices.
By getting the ideal combination of carbs, protein and fats, your body will function optimally.
Counting your macros. Firstly, you could use the foreverfituk.co.uk website to work out your base and active calorie total; Then decide your ideal macro nutrient breakdown.  Here’s a suggestion:
Carbs 45-65% of total calories
Fats 20-35% of total calories
Proteins 10-35% of total calories
You then tweak these percentages based on your objective, ie someone wanting to lose excess body fat might choose a meal plan based on 35% carbs, 30% fat and 35% protein.  Someone who enjoys running might need a higher carb intake, while someone on the keto diet might need more fat but fewer carbs.
Next, how to track them! You can get out some digital scales or make life easy here by using an app! Here are three to choose from:
  • My fitness pal
  • Lose It! Or
  • My Macros +
You simply tell it what food you are eating and it tells you how many calories there are in it and keeps track. Bear in mind there are free and premium versions of this app but you can still use them for this purpose for free.
One step in the right direction could be to download one of the free apps above and see how easy or difficult it might be to track what you’re eating normally before making any changes!

Self-Care is not selfish 10 ways to practice it!

Self-Care is not selfish 10 ways to practice it!
Sometimes I think self-care is misunderstood. So I’m going to start this blog post off with an oxford dictionary definition: “self-care is the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for him- or herself.”
Activities that sustain life and health simply need to be included in this healthy journey blog! Now I know that as mums we are all running ourselves ragged looking after everyone else….but just for today – let me challenge you to ask yourself – could you squeeze in something small today for yourself that makes you feel better? I know some of you won’t do this because you are so far removed from doing things for yourselves that you can’t think of any activities that might achieve this… so I’ve listed 10 examples below!  Please pick at least one or come up with your own but take even just 10 minutes out today to do something for yourself!
  1. Buy a magazine or book to read for 15 mins before going to sleep to help you unwind.
  2. Go for that walk to clear your head rather than putting it off because of doing things for other people.
  3. Put on that face mask that’s been in the drawer since Christmas because you haven’t gotten around to using it.
  4. On the same theme, lift that moisturiser out that’s been sitting unopened and put it beside your bed so you remember to put it on every night and be kinder to your skin.
  5. Sit for 10 minutes with your diary and write in a goal you want to achieve in the next month, business, personal or family, then list some baby steps you might need to walk to accomplish it.
  6. Put on that top or jeans that makes you feel good but you haven’t worn because of lockdown.
  7. Sit down for 10 minutes with a cup of tea and a biscuit and actually put your feet up.
  8. Paint your nails a nice colour!
  9. Delegate something today
  10. Offer your kids a bribe to clean up so you don’t have to.
I know most of the suggestions are small and more geared towards sanity but with schools starting back shortly, I’m trying to be as realistic as I can!!  Let us know in the comments what act of self-care did you manage to squeeze in, I can’t wait to read them!

Sleep! Why do we need it and 5 tips to get more of it!

Sleep! Why do we need it and 5 tips to get more of it!

Sleep! Why do we need it and 5 tips to get more of it!  Our bodies need sleep to rejuvenate, grow muscle, repair tissue and more!  Good sleep improves concentration, productivity, a more positive frame of mind and also impacts emotions and social interactions!!

Sleep deprivation on the other end of the scale, affects the immune system and alters hormone levels in the body.  Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain and good sleepers tend to eat fewer calories according to healthline website!

5 tips to get more of it!

1) Going to sleep at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning helps with your quality of sleep when you put your head on the pillow.
2) Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day
3) Get regular exercise but not within 3 hours of bedtime
4) Try not to spend time on your phone or computer jut before bed, because the blue light suppresses your natural production of melatonin – the hormone you need to feel sleepy.
5) Make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing, sometimes even a tidy room provides a more relaxing environment to go to sleep in when home improvements aren’t an option.
6) Bonus tip, ask me about a Garcinia Plus supplement I use which is packed with serotonin rich ingredients and contains chromium which is used for the natural balance of blood glucose levels. They’re more typically used in our weight management programs but I found out by accident when a customer gave a fab review on them that they are also fab for helping you get over to sleep!!
P.s. Please speak to your doctor if not sleeping is an ongoing problem so they can check your overall health.

5 Foods to snack on for energy

5 Foods to snack on for energy
Who doesn’t want more energy, maybe toddlers, or puppies but for the rest of us, I just thought this topic might be of interest for more than myself!  So I’ll get right to it!  I found some resources online that listed the following five foods as some of the highest energy snacks you can have and the best bit is that they’re not expensive and easy to get your hand on!
1) Bananas are thought to be the best snack for sustained energy. As a great natural source of nutrients and sugar, they’re also rich in fibers that help slow its digestion down.
2) Avocados are rich in nutrients, protein and fibre helping sustain your energy levels. They also contain good fats to help increase energy levels and make fat-soluble nutrients more readily available in the body too.
3) Apples are another great snack for lasting energy.  Why? Because they’re high in antioxidants, fibre and nutrients.
4) Strawberries are in season at the moment and contain vit C, folate, antioxidants and minerals!  I struggle not to pop them in the trolley when they’re on offer at the end of most aisles at the moment!
5) Oranges are great for their vitamin C, which is well known for helping to reduce oxidative stress in the body and prevent fatigue.
What are your favourite energy foods?  Comment below to share your recommendations with us!

Gratitude and why is it good for you?

Gratitude and why is it good for you?

As part of a healthy habits challenge we did in our Facebook Group, we looked at Gratitude!  But why is gratitude a good habit to have? The harvard website states… “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.”  
Now that definitely sounds like a habit that could improve my own well-being and maybe for those around me too!!
If you’re not yet convinced, here are 5 Reasons why Gratitude is good for you:
  1. It is known to promote an increase in general happiness!!
  2. It can improve your productivity, performance & happiness
  3. It can help improve your sleep!
  4. It can help you cope with stress and boost your self esteem
  5. It can help improve your relationships
If you’d like to do the same challenge as we enjoyed in our group that day; simply write down 5 things you feel grateful for! It can be your health, your family, your dog, your past experiences that made you stronger, maybe that it’s been great weather this week, that you have sight in both eyes or anything at all! I’d absolutely love it if people shared even one of the things they’re grateful for below this post to give others ideas and get them started!

Protein basics, why do we need it and where can we get it!

Protein basics, why do we need it and where can we get it!
Before you start reading, let me just mention that I am not a nutrition expert.  I am merely an enthusiast of good health and the healthy journey part of my blog documents my findings to help improve the health and well-being of my family.  I share them in here as I know there are plenty of others similar to me who have an interest in this area through necessity or curiosity but haven’t the time to do just as much ‘googling’ on this topic.
So, Let’s take a quick look at some things we think we should know but might not?! My reason for going to the basics with this is because when the compound effect multiplies our efforts which are naturally best intended (but not always in the right direction,) we can end up a very different place / weight than we deserve for our efforts! So todays blog is about protein.
Why do we need it, what does it do, and what foods can we find it in!
Protein makes every cell in our bodies, it helps build nails, hair, bones and muscle.  The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids, so you need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones.
One link with weight loss – eating more protein helps suppress hunger and appetite for longer than eating the same amounts of other macros (fats and carbs). Bear in mind though that eating too much will lead to weight gain! Sigh!
How to know if you aren’t consuming enough protein in your diet… you may experience muscle cramps, weakness, soreness. This is because your body will take protein from muscle tissue and use it as energy to support its vital body functions when protein is low.
What foods contain protein…. lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, veg, beans, milk, yoghurt, cheese etc.
If you’d like to take this one step further, you could identify which foods form protein in your regular weekly meals and if you fine that there aren’t many, just make an adjustment by adding more!

19 positive thoughts on Covid-19

19 positive thoughts on Covid-19

Yes, we are in the throes of a global pandemic, but we’ve got to take precautions, do our best to stay safe and try to focus on the positives as panic isn’t helping anyone! So, instead of lying awake again last night worrying about loved ones it might have a negative effect on; I decided to try to think of a silver lining – and strangely I thought of more than one!

I thought others might benefit from thinking in this way too, so to contribute to a more positive outlook on this horrible situation, I’ve listed below 19 good things I’ve noticed that may otherwise not have happened. We are all in this together!

  1. In this time of war against an invisible enemy, to play our part as the general public, we aren’t being asked to go to war, sending every able bodied man to a different country to fight for us, separating immediate families for months or indefinitely, we are just being asked to stay at home and I am thankful for that!
  2. On a lighter note (pardon the pun) we are all being encouraged to take one daily form of exercise everyday. With all these people out and about exercising and walking off the stress of being inside all day, I have to wonder if we (as a generation) will be lighter as result of all the extra miles walked each evening?!
  3. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’m hearing more about people taking better care of their health in relation to eating better food. The clear advice from medical experts includes eating more nutritious food (in order to better equip your body to ward off the virus, should you come into contact with it.) As a result, people seem to be making different dinner and snack time choices! They’ve also more time to make dinner with everyone confined to their homes and sporting and community groups being cancelled for the time being!
  4. This virus didn’t stop at a country border, or the edge of a continent. It laughed at manmade barriers and passed through unseen to attack our most vulnerable. It has however, united people from across the world in their response and coping mechanisms to it. Sharing tips to get by in quarantine times, recipes, games, education, exercises. Locally in the UK, we’ve thankfully seen a positive response from people wanting to look after the vulnerable among us to provide food and necessities for them. This is heart warming and a relief to see! How many new friendships and bonds will be created because of this, how many people will see that they are no longer on their own and there is a support network there to help them in their time of need.
  5. Wildlife benefits must include the awareness created about the wet markets in China and new laws to forbid its trade. Albeit there seem to be loopholes but at least it is moving forward. Globally, there are lots of videos of wildlife enjoying the less congested urban areas including dolphins moving back into Venice now the waters aren’t muddied with hundreds of boats and water taxi’s etc.
  6. Thousands of family dogs are getting to enjoy walks through their neighbourhoods each night instead of their owners going to the gym! They’re also not being left in crates through the day while their owners are at work because of the thousands of people working from home.
  7. People are being forced to spend more time at home with their immediate families. I’ve never witnessed so many families walking with prams or dogs on leads. Women on their own with a pram is a regular sight, but a full family walk becoming a new reality is a pretty nice thought. It’s well documented that for some time, the art of conversation has been in decline and suicide rates increasing. I hope those families are talking to each other and reopening those lines of communications that drew them together in the first place. It’s important to acknowledge that not everyone has a positive home environment so for those in need I hope they know there is support and help available. If in Northern Ireland you can call, Nexus 0808 802 1414  or Womens Aid website have online chat, email or phone help available here:
    https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ . or the Samaritans
    https://www.samaritans.org/ For those learning more about their loved ones and getting to spend valuable time that would otherwise have been spent in their workplace or travelling home from it – please make best use of this time!! Create good memories, spend time with them, talk to them enjoy this silver lining.
  8. Home learning – while it’s not easy to incorporate home schooling with working from home, I am loving the Facebook shares of parents connecting with their kids and improving their own understanding so they can explain lessons on a one to one level with their little and not so little ones. I am heartbroken for the kids who were due to sit important exams later this year having already invested many years in preparation. However, to stay positive about it; they’re now getting to learn in new ways and I hope resources continue to be made available to help them all learn.
  9. People are being actively encouraged to work from home – for years, many have wanted to spend more time at home and less time travelling to a place of work many miles away when they could have done the same work from the comfort of their own home. I know it’s working out better for some businesses than others, but either way it has forced our generation to change the way we look at where we work. Hopefully it will pave the way for a more accommodating working life for those who in employment.
  10. Some people are getting a glimpse of the life they’ve been missing out on while they took their daily spot in the rat race. Leaving for work in the dark and returning in the dark again. For anyone wanting to build a new way of life that they can do flexibly from home with only their own goals as a boss, click here to email me for info on how I could help you make that a reality.
  11. Environmental benefits of working from home mean that thousands of people worldwide aren’t adding to pollutive congestion twice a day as they travel to and from work, not to mention the travel bans on many flights!
  12. Mother nature is sick, and this forced pause is offering a chance to let her heal and let us see the damage we’ve been doing. I hope this time to review and reflect lets those who can make a difference, make the decisions they need to, to improve the world we live in for the better.
  13. The forced equality this virus has pushed onto us is a reminder that we are all equal. It doesn’t care who you are, how many followers you have on social media, how famous you are, where you live, the car you drive, what country you are from or who you know! What an example to our children! The important members of our society are those who provide essential items, and healthcare.
  14. We’ve received a wakeup call that we’ve become too dependent on material things and taken essentials for granted. This humbling experience has given us the opportunity to personally review and make a change for the better
  15. We have to hope that governments provide packages to supporting high street retailers classed as non-essential, but online sales and shops are booming. Sales on amazon have rocketed in the past couple of weeks. The people who have been working from home to create a backup plan or an extra income for their families are experiencing growth. Those who listened to the market trends, took that knowledge and acted on it moving their high street shops online are being rewarded for it.
  16. We’ve been given an opportunity to take time out and learn new skills to improve our way of life. Please make the most of this opportunity, learn the things you’ve been craving, do the things (if you safely can within the confines of government guidelines) that you’ve been wanting to try, do it – up level and make lemonade with these lemons!
  17. We’ve never been given a better opportunity to re-prioritize! We are realising that we are not our jobs, they are just something we do! It can be so easy to be sucked into our jobs because of the percentage of our lifetime we spend doing it but this time has taken it away for this brief period and forced us home to the important things in life, our health, family and loved ones.
  18. We are appreciating the true heroes in our generation – those in the health and essential services. Our NHS workers had to strike for weeks last year for the government to recognise they needed help. Where would we be today if our health workers couldn’t have afforded to stay in that line of work or have the resources to do their jobs. Those same nurses and doctors who faced criticism for standing on the picket lines are now being publicly recognised for forming our front line. We appreciate you!
  19. We are currently in 3 weeks of lockdown to stay at home and slow the spread of the virus, but it also takes 21 days to form a new habit. In 3 weeks’ time, regardless of what steps we must take next, will the new bonds within immediate family, the increase in daily exercise, the improved diet, concentration on mindfulness, the increased caring within our community lead us to a better place? I hope so! I hope you all stay safe and well.

How Vitamin C can help keep us healthy

How Vitamin C can help keep us healthy

I’m not an expert but keeping ourselves as healthy as possible is well documented as the best starting point should this virus reach us. So, getting over viral infections and colds that we already have as quickly as possible can only be a good thing.
Dr Patrick Holford, a world leading nutritionist, explains that vitamin C plays a vital role in helping us to get over colds and viruses quicker! In a blog post on his website, he uses a number of references to clinical studies showing that vitamin C inhibits viruses multiplying and boosts production of immune cells. You can read his full article here where he goes into much more detail that I could explain, but for the purpose of my blog, I’ll keep things summarised and lighter to read.

How much do we need to take?

In a study of students, those given 1 gram of vitamin C every hour for six hours during the first day of a cold, reported 85 per cent less cold symptoms than those taking decongestants and pain killers. You can read the full results of this study here.

Although we tend to take it more when we feel ourselves getting sick, it’s an essential vitamin for every day life and it’s recommended we intake vit C daily in some form. The nutrition.org government website says vitamin C “helps to protect cells from damage and helps with the formation of collagen, which is important for normal bones, gums, teeth and skin. It also helps the immune system work as it should and the nervous system to function normally.”

You can get vitamin C from many fruits and veg listed below, however if you wish to increase your intake with a supplement, there are many different brands of vitamin C on the market. I’m aware I’ll sound biased here as I use the Forever Living products to provide a work from home income for my family, but I choose to take this brand of Vitamin C because it’s combined with a bran. (To reference it properly, an oat bran, that’s a highly soluble dietry fibre.) This combination means your body is able to absorb more vitamin C from the supplement, which is important as some vitamins are chosen for their strength which is irrelevant if it’s excreted before your body gets a chance to absorb it. Feel free to email me for more info on it.

What do you need to know about Vitamin C?

  • It’s an essential Vitamin meaning your body can’t produce it
  • It’s a powerful anti-oxidant
  • It helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals
  • Vit C in your skin helps with the formation of collagen, to even skintone and diminish wrinkles and helps your body repair damaged skin cells.
  • It’s water soluble, so it’s not stored in your body
  • It can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, and spinach
  • One cigarette depleats your vitamin C levels by 25mg
  • Stress, medication and environmental factors also depleat the vitamin C levels in your body
  • The Forever Vitamin C contains 60mg of Vit C, 500mg oat bran, papaya and honey for better absorbtion.

When to quit

When to quit
I have watched my little boy stand and fall down, take a step and fall down, use a walker and fall down.  Yet still, he keeps on standing and trying to walk.  He gets frustrated sometimes and resorts to crawling to get where he wants to go faster, yet he keeps on trying.  He has no idea what experiences are waiting on him, like how much fun it will be to run around and play football with his mates, or run and play with our dog, but he still keeps on trying.  He sees us walking so he knows it can be done and if we can do it then he will too.  Naturally, sometimes he has a big tumble, has a cry and needs a cuddle, but it doesn’t take long until he’s pushing me off, sliding back down to the ground and giving it another go. In life, how many of us have lost this drive.  We really want to do something, whether it’s setting up a new business, taking up a new hobby, or trying to get better at something.  However after one or two failed attempts, we decide we aren’t any good at it and we quit.  We’ve all done it, yet how many grown ups do you see that are able bodied yet haven’t learned to walk yet? When we were babies, how far removed would it have been to think (if we could have at that time) that in a few short years, we’d be learning a new language and how to communicate, draw, play, manipulate our parents, walking, running etc.  That’s a pretty tall order, yet once again – how many adults do you know who didn’t accomplish this? So why do we think that learning a new skill, a new language, starting up a new business etc is something we can’t do?  I watched my son take his first unaided steps today, he overbalanced soon after, but I know it won’t be long until he puts one foot in front of the other and makes it look easy.  I see it too often in my work, someone is outgoing, fun and has a great work ethic; I know they’d be amazing at what we do but life has just beat them down one too many times and they’re scared to take the plunge to even start.  So they don’t and nothing changes for them. I would love for someone reading this to think about something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, then dig deep, take that leap of faith and do even just one thing today that moves them closer to achieving it.  If you don’t manage it perfectly first time around, just remember how many failed attempts a child usually takes at learning to walk.  If they gave up after the first few, you know how much of life they’d miss out on, who knows what amazing experiences are waiting for you to open the door to them! Go for it!

How is your outlook affecting your life?

How is your outlook affecting your life?

I understand this may be too airy fairy for some but I only heard of the ‘water experiment with Dr Masaru Emoto a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it!

To give you a brief explanation, he spoke and wrote words on different classes of water.  He froze the water before and after the experiment and took photos of the crystalised water partices.  There’s a video below with screenshots of the crystalised frozen water particles after the experiment and the differences in them are astonishing.

Have a watch at the video to see the differences those words made and then think about the words you say to yourself and how that could be affecting you.

Keeping in mind that we are made up of approximately 60% water, if you’re a worrier or are negative to yourself all the time, then you really need to watch this video!

So, I challenge you to take note of the thing you tell yourself throughout the course of just one day, what kind of words do you use.  If you forget to do something are you condescending to yourself?  If you miss the traffic lights on the way home because you were deep in thought about something, do you criticise yourself for the sake of delaying your journey by just 2 minutes.  Then if you do find you are very negative, my second challenge is to replace those criticisms for the opposite, ie if you are saying ‘that was really stupid of me, then turn it on its head and say, there must have been another reason for that happening, I’m usually pretty smart.’  Yes it’s corny, yes it’s a little awkward at first but I promise you’ll start noticing a difference in how you think about yourself and even inner confidence in just a few days.

Drop me an email and let me know how you got on!

What good are you attracting?

What good are you attracting?

Coffee with a special friend this morning reminded me of something very important that I had let slide.  I tend to worry about things, big things, small things, and generally anything!  In the past year of being a mum, I’ve found all sorts of new things to worry about too, which isn’t so great for my peace of mind.  It’s easy to slip into that worried state and forget to come back out though!  So this morning in a conversation about life, I was reminded about the power of gratitude.

Let me explain, say you’re wondering where the last year went and feeling a bit overwhelmed that life is passing by a little too quickly, or you’re counting the days until payday as you’ve a little less in the bank than you’d like.  Instead of focusing on the time gone, or money spent, turn it on it’s head and think of the memories you’ve made in that time, or the things you’ve bought with that money.  So in the first instance, you’ve maybe had special days with someone special, lazy mornings, new experiences, a stronger bond with a loved one.  Or in the case of feeling broke until payday, think what you’ve spent that money on, ie you put food in your fridge to feed your family, oil to heat your home, mortgage/rent payments to give your family a safe place to sleep at night and call home, special days out and again – memories made with experiences you’ve paid for.

The exercise turns your focus away from feeling the pain of lack and moves you towards feeling of gratitude.  We all know like attracts like and gratitude attracts more things to be grateful for, so lack of it attracts the opposite.  By letting your mind get caught up in a continuous flow of negativity, you are blocking good experiences and inviting more negative things into your life.

I’ll leave you with a 12 min video from the amazing Tony Robbins….

My little motivator

My little motivator

Over the past number of months, my main motivator and driving force has also been my reason to prioritise and therefore take things a little bit easier aswell.  As you may know from my previous blogs, we are happily expecting our first baby next month so being at home full-time and able to schedule work around childcare is one of the many advantages I’m looking forward to being able to capitalise on; however after talking to lots of other women in my pregnancy classes, there are very few others able to enjoy this benefit.  I had to write something about this because more people should know that you don’t have to save for years to have children or cut maternity leave short for monetary reasons and there is another way around these common concerns.  I find myself seething with anger that this is something we STILL accept as a way of life and that you just have to ‘get on with it’.
I’m aware that this simply where I am in life right now and it’s probably not your reason for wanting to work from home but if you know someone in this situation, please feel free to forward this email to them incase I can help.

We all know it’s not uncommon or unknown to expect your job to have changed while you’re away or to not “technically” be there when you get back which makes that time before going on maternity leave all the more stressful.  I can now personally vouch for there being quite enough things to be concerned with in the delicate process of nurturing a baby from inception through to healthy birth alone without adding external employers agendas into the mix.

While some ladies in my classes were working extra hours (when they were already exhausted growing a human) training their replacements, writing detailed debriefs and hoping their role would continue to be there on their return, others were comparing the cost of childcare for their return back to work with their monthly take home pay to see that there was little difference between their new bills and existing level of income.

Worries of being seen as a weaker member of the team if having to take additional days off for child related sick days and occasions and passing up on promotions they had worked towards for years because of this change in circumstances further impacted their concerns.

While some had saved for some time to be in a position to take their full maternity leave and subsidise the drop in pay after so many weeks, others simply couldn’t afford it and had to return to work after just a few weeks.  The ladies in this situation were usually the main breadwinners in their households, however this scenario is even harder to bear as it means because they have worked hard for the majority of their working lives, they simply had to continue working just as hard and miss out on such an important time in their child’s life.

Being your own boss may have it’s own challenges of having to motivate yourself to actually work when you need to, however this is a minimal concern when I compare it with the worries and stresses of my new pregnant acquaintances.

5 reasons pregnant women should be aware of this business:
1) This entirely flexible way of working can take as little as 2 hours a week and fit around crazy sleeping patterns to give you money in your bank account and invaluable peace of mind.
2) You can spend as much or as little time on it as you wish to make as much or little extra income as you wish, so when you are sleep deprived – sleep, and when  you feel ok – earn!
3) You could use it as a way to top up your income and give you valuable extra time at home before returning to work
4) You could spend a little more time on it and give yourself the choice of whether you would actually like to return to work at all
5) Being able to choose your own hours means you can schedule work for times when someone else can be there so you can avoid childcare costs saving yourself a considerable amount of money in these precious early years!

If anyone would like further information on what I do, please get in touch with me.  Email me on gracecarlisle@outlook.com and mention where you’re from so I can suggest a way of reaching out with information you can view and look at.

Thanks for reading!

Exciting Life Changes and My Baby Realisations

Exciting Life Changes and My Baby Realisations

I’ve just hung out a wash of baby clothes bought to pack in my hospital bag in a few weeks and our little back yard area has taken on a new look I’ve never seen before!  Being a first timer at all of this, I’ve not been sure what to buy, when to stop work, how to prepare, or how much of anything is normal when you’re pregnant but I’m getting used to the idea of just doing my best and enjoying the ride.  I’ve written a list of my most recent realisations sparked by the imminent arrival of this little person into our lives:

#1: You need to be there to make memories.  Shopping days and coffee time with my mum has been one of the things I’ve enjoyed most this past few months.  With past marketing work and multiple jobs I’ve spent most of my life running from pillar to post never having time to slow down and focus on just being where I am; so having these months to really enjoy the experience with family has been amazing!

#2: Nesting is an actual thing!  I’ve heard people talk about and hoped that one day I’d turn into a cleaning demon too!  It seems to have started this morning as I found myself cleaning out the cutlery drawers with disinfectant before breakfast?!  I’m hoping it stretches to every other room shortly, but I’m trying to pace myself inbetween bursts of fatigue!

#3: I don’t need as many clothes!  Who would have thought, but apparently I can get by on one box of clothes as all my normal clothes are now vacu-packed out of the way for the day when I can figure out how to fit into them again.  I have to admit I’ve already bought my Clean9 ready for the day I can start working towards fitting into all my favourites again!

#4: I love my business!! I have never been more appreciative of my work from home than now, as I have been able to arrange meetings and coffees around appointment times etc and enjoy the benefits of an income and more time off.  One of the earliest reasons I started my work from home business as a self-employed person was so that I could be at home enjoying time with our family and I pinch myself to think that that day is almost here!

#5: I’m really grateful that we’ve been spurred on to make time to spend with our dog establishing a better routine and a little more discipline.  She now eats breakfast and dinner at the same time as us without leaving nuts in the bowl for a toddler to munch on (and a few other better traits and handy treat motivated commands to make life less complicated in a few months time).  Not knowing how any animal will take to the addition of a new ‘pack member’ however well I know our little dog inside out, she now knows where the boundaries are,i.e. no climbing on the sofa anymore and it’s not ok to jump up on anyone unless outside playing.

#6: I can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ you need for a baby!! I know we haven’t scratched the surface and we even ‘think’ we have the bare essentials covered but I can’t believe how many things they need and trying to figure out how much is marketing and how much we really need has been quite a time consuming task over the last few months!

#7: We’re never going to be prepared.  No matter how much thinking, planning and preparing – I don’t think we’ll ever be prepared for what lies in store for us.  So, I’m just hoping and praying that everyone will be healthy and everything will be OK.

#8:  Life is never going to be the same again!  I know this is obvious but it does take a while to really settle in that everything from just nipping to the shop for 2 mins to get something for dinner, to planning each days activities around a little person won’t be as simple as just ‘doing’.

9#: I am in the right business to create the life I want for my family, from the trips and experiences to having the time in everyday moments.  While any new business takes time to build momentum and pace, if I had it all to do over again, I’d know it would be worth it and I’d choose the same business, the same company to work with and the same people to support me and my team.

Please check out my other blogs on life and working from home within this website, and if you want to get in touch please email me.



Chiropractic health for overall wellbeing – my humble opinion…

Chiropractic health for overall wellbeing – my humble opinion…

I heard a quote this morning that taking painkillers can sometimes be like turning off the smoke alarm without looking for the fire and it inspired me to write this blog.  I regularly go to a chiropractor called Keith Martin, based in Avalon Chiropractic in Belfast who I highly recommend.   I think this post is relevant for my website because these visits have improved my quality of life and that’s really what my business is about doing.  It is normally through showing and coaching people to earn a greater income, however your health is your wealth as they say and this falls under the same remit.  I know it’s not everyone’s thing, however I don’t think many people realise the connection between your overall health and your spine.  I believe chiropractic treatments are about improving the level of function between your spine and your nervous system, proactively taking responsibility for your health to improve your own well-being.

I started going a few years ago after too many falls from horses and far too many hours hunched over a laptop!  However last year, while in an appointment with Keith; I happened to mention that I always had trouble with my breathing and had just accepted that my lungs were the weak link in my body.  He worked at my diaphragm and back with the result being something I can only describe as a breath of fresh air (pardon the pun)!  I had forgotten what it was like to breathe deeply, I’d simply given up on it and accepted shallow breathing and having to breathe through my mouth at times to be my norm.  I had no idea a simple visit to a chiropractor could make that much of a difference in quality of life, hence my desire to share this in my blog!

More lately, through my pregnancy, heart burn and indigestion have been common symptoms, however in my humble opinion, keeping my visits to him regular has greatly reduced these factors and increased my personal quality of life over the last few months.

One final advantage I have to mention came from reading a book called ‘Well Adjusted Babies’ second edition by Dr Jennifer Berham-Floreani.  It is written by a female chiropractor and provides insight into lots of different areas including nutrition, vaccines, self-care, birthing, breast feeding and too many others to mention but my personal favourite was in a statistic provided showing reduced labour time as a result of regular chiropractic treatments.  It stands to reason that improving the alignment of your back and hips could result in smoother birthing experience however as a keen learner with limited knowledge, I’d simply like to recommend reading the book for yourselves if you’d like further information from a source extremely educated in the area.

Thanks for reading…

My pregnancy journey

My pregnancy journey

This is my fifth month of pregnancy, we had our big scan a couple of weeks ago to say everything was well and I just wanted to share a few of the supplements that I’ve been taking to make my life easier!  Every morning without fail I take my aloe drinking gel, I always go for the berry flavour simply because it’s a nicer taste but the difference it makes in my everyday life is unquestionable.  I feel brighter, my digestive system keeps working so I have more energy and I don’t feel that sluggish morning tiredness that would otherwise have invaded my daily routine.  I’m just home from a swim which I’ve been doing a few times a week and must confess this would not exist as a thought never mind an action if I wasn’t drinking the gel!

I have also noticed a big difference by taking ‘arctic sea’ an omega supplement.  They say omega 3 & 9’s are your brain food and I have to agree that I feel clearer and more focused to get my work done in an organised and timely manner on the days when I take these compared to the days when I don’t.  Taking them while pregnant has helped me break through that ‘foggy mind’ feeling, not to mention the positive effects DHA’s and EPA’s have on visual and cognitive development of the baby.   Google the term ‘omega oils in pregnancy’ for further information to read up on it for your own knowledge.  The concern with typical fish oil supplements is in the mercury content because it is harmful to your baby, (and yourself) which is another reason why I chose to use the Arctic Sea product as they use pharmaceutical grade fish oil, giving me peace of mind which is worth the extra cost.

The other special mention I have to make is for a mineral supplement which I began taking because I was getting terrible leg cramps every morning and my midwife pointed out it was likely to be a calcium deficiency.  As caffeine is a no no during pregnancy I had cut out anything containing it, only having a decaf coffee once every few days when I felt I was craving it. (i.e. in my cafe meetings when I could smell glorious coffee brewing and couldn’t resist)  The milk my coffees and teas contained was the only part of my diet containing calcium, so I started adding a supplement called ‘nature-min’ which is a blend of a number of minerals including calcium.  I had tried lots of other ways, more exercise, less exercise, stretches before bed, massage before bed, however am I’m very glad to report I don’t seem to get them anymore in these precious weeks of trying to build up as much sleep in reserve as possible!

If you would like more information on any of the products I’ve mentioned, please click here to email me, or click here to browse all the items in my online shop.  There are a lot of vitamins and products on the link, however I personally feel the greatest benefits from these three gems!



I’m expecting!

I’m expecting!

I have been keeping this piece of news off social media for the last few months for a couple of reasons. Firstly because I felt it was a precious part of our lives and I just wanted to make sure everything would be ok before I made it ‘public.’ I actually only realised this week why else I had been holding back, which will seem silly to some but obvious to others – I think I was keeping my wonderful news private because of traditional corporate thinking, in that I would lose work and income once people knew so it would be harder to prepare for family life! Isn’t that horrendous! Why does that kind of thought even enter our minds, however I’m realising that lots of emotions come up when you deal with something new and this is definitely something new as it will be our first child.

If you read my last blog, you’ll know I finished my marketing consultancy work last week to work from home full time and help others do the same.  Now that I’ve identified why I was keeping it to myself, I have another reason to be grateful for having my home business to help me prepare for this next chapter in my life and I am determined to make it a great read!

This blog is about more than just my business, it’s about my life, so here I am! I’m 34 years old, I’m married, 5 months pregnant with my first child, a little bit terrified and massively excited about our future family life together!!  If my story doesn’t interest you – don’t read it!   But thanks to my business I will be able to be at home and schedule my working hours around family commitments, which is something I don’t think money can buy!  Perhaps this is my own ‘old baggage’ but I feel I should point out (as not everyone reading this knows me yet) that I intend to continue to take my business more seriously than ever as it forms the means by which I will create the best possible life for our little family.

In contrast to employment, I am looking forward to a growing income during maternity months, as I feel in the corporate world especially, that we have to choose between a larger salary and family time, or put off having children until later in life so as to afford the pay cut and salary drop through those important maternity months, then hope our jobs are still there when we go back which in a lot of cases I’ve personally witnessed – they weren’t!!  It’s no wonder I had that deep rooted belief, however thanks to how things have changed over the last couple of years, I was able to uncover it and say goodbye!

I wish more people knew about what we do, because there IS another way, and you don’t have to choose between work and family or work and life for that matter; you CAN HAVE BOTH!!!  Many of the people I work with are young mums, who either don’t want to return to work full time after maternity leave, or are looking for a way to spend time with their kids instead of paying large childcare fees and missing all the important moments while they’re stuck in work.

I have an amazing support network within my business, which makes this the ideal scenario of being in business for yourself but not by yourself. We have an incredible group of leaders who help us train, learn, develop and support growing businesses every step of the way so you always feel supported.  I would just like to invite anyone else who is in a similar situation or just wants to spend more time at home with their families to contact me, get some info on my business and find out how you can benefit from it too. Email me on grace@gracecarlisle.co.uk, if you are on my Facebook page, send me a direct message and I would be delighted to show you some information.