You choose…

When you limit yourself, nothing happens. When you challenge yourself, you unleash your potential and can discover exciting opportunities, fresh ideas and of course that sense of elation having achieved something which may have seemed impossible! So, which one is it going to be… the choice is YOURS!

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Life can be tough…

When faced with challenges, we often feel stuck, emotions running high and maybe even feeling vulnerable.

We however all too often forget everything we have overcome! If you find yourself stuck, remember what challenges you have overcome, and what you have used to do so to help you power up again.

Remember to keep sight of your awesomeness and tap in to those resources! 💫

The past belongs to the past…

A very interesting find, some of my grades at school: weak, disappointing, saddening, insufficient, MEDIOCRE! It is no wonder I grew up with self limiting beliefs and that I was simply not good enough.

I of course left school without knowing what the hell to do with myself. I however focused on my passion and strengths: communication and languages. I therefore decided to work as an au pair in Turkey where I learnt Turkish then landed an amazing job with a Japanese company, spent a lot of time in Japan and learnt Japanese. I am now studying an academic qualification at university in England whilst coaching executives and senior leaders so, up yours teachers!

The lesson: NEVER EVER let your past and others dictate your future.
We ALL have the potential within us!

You always have a choice…

Whist stuck in traffic, my daughter called my brother and said: “I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that we are stuck in traffic and the good news is that we will get there”.

There is such a valuable lesson here. When faced with a challenge, you have a choice to either take a positive or negative lens.

Stress, swear and moan OR be grateful that you are in a nice warm car whilst singing along to your favourite tunes…

How will you chose to ride the next wave?

You decide…

“I will do this when I have that”…. There are infinite possibilities as to why “that” may never happen and it is always worth considering what is truly stopping you from doing “that” now!

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Something you body will love first thing in the morning…

I have started my day the same way for years now. With my body working hard regenerating overnight, I love to give it something to boost it before starting my day.

It is also super easy to make: a cup of hot water and lemon.

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I find lemon is a super powerful fruit. Great to use when you have stinky hands when cooking to deodorise by simply rubbing it into your fingers.

There are also so many health benefits: Vitamin C, great for bowel movement, antibacterial, supports the immune system and helps fight infections.

A lovely way to start every day by being kind to your body and tremendously soothing.

 

 

Wishing…

I think most of us may be a little insane…

When we are young, we wish we were older. Once we are old enough, we wish every day of the week away longing for the week end and when we are old, we wish we were young again. 🤔

How about waking up just one day a week between Monday and Friday feeling so grateful to simply be, alive and everything that you have.

How much of a challenge would that be? Could be a refreshing change? 🤗 A small change can make the biggest difference! 🤩

You are the master…

A big part of feeling and being in charge of your life is positive thinking. You are after all the master of your own reality and it is not the events which dictate your life but how you react to them.

Imagine if you were to keep these powerful words below as a little tool box. It can also be quite useful to keep powerful words in sight and some like to frame their favourite quotes to always remind themselves of what is important to them.

Dale Carnegie is my hero author and I personally love this quote: “Big shots are only little shots who kept on shooting.”

Do you have a favourite quote? 🏋️‍♂️🏋️‍♀️

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A healthier environment

Would you be prepared to commit to one small change to contribute to a healthier environment?

My latest small change has been to replace my cotton pads with recyclable ones. They come in a gorgeous little bag which you can tie on your towel rail. They are softer, bigger and quite obviously so much cheaper. Win, win, win! 🌸🍃

I got mine from my refill market based in Milton Keynes in the UK but they are becoming extremely popular if you do not live in the area.

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Ringana Fresh Date, our first wellness and fitness event!

Since studying biomedicine and nutrition a few years back, I always knew that I would do something in that arena at some stage whilst being so passionate about wellness.

I concocted various formats but could not quite figure out what it was going to be exactly until I came across Ringana. Yesterday was my first Ringana Fresh Date, all about wellness, fitness, sustanaibility and ethics!

What pure joy when you get to share your passion!  My daughter Clara joined me and was phenomenal whilst talking about sustainability, only 7 years old!

The first of many and I can run these pop up events anywhere in the UK so if you fancy a social gathering and would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Zero waste!

The eco conscious Frenchies! 🤗

A friend of mine has set up this wonderful local business where you can refill your jars with fresh produce.

Zero packaging, zero waste, super tasty, just buy what you need and save money! 🌍

Of course this all comes with ouh la la service 🤩

A must visit if you live in the UK in the Milton Keynes area, you can visit the Facebook page with market days here: Facebook My Refill Market

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“Ringanising” with a fresh date!

Ringana is now touring the UK: Wellness, fitness, sustainability, ethics, vegan cosmetics, green technology and like minded people all under one roof!!

I attended in London and it was immensely exciting! If you want to start taking charge of your health, your impact on the environment and improve your overall wellness from head to toe, these events will leave you completely inspired to take action!

If you would like details of upcoming events, please free to email me: info.freshinandout@gmail.com

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The deceit with labels in your cosmetics

Since having worked in the beauty industry, I have been horrified by the amount of deceit as a consumer when it comes to claims with beauty products!

The reason why it is a billion pound industry is because for the very large majority, they don’t work so we buy more and more and MORE… We keep on buying, trying and multi billion pound corporations are benefiting from our naivety and our well earned money.  Large corporations unfortunately spend all their money on marketing and celebrity endorsements rather than the quality of the products. It is no wonder that cosmetic surgery is booming.

So here are some ridiculous claims to look out for:

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

There is no regulation around the minimum amount required in a product therefore it could be as much as 0.01%. That would be the equivalent of you telling me you exercise every day to keep fit and in reality exercise 1 second a day!

CLINICALLY PROVEN

Again, there is no regulation. It could therefore claim to be “clinically proven to reduce wrinkles” but that could be by 0.000000000001%. Erm, yes, quite clearly you would need a powerful magnifying glass to see any difference.

HYPOALLERGENIC

This does not mean that you will have no allergies; it means you could be less likely to have an allergy. If you are buying an expensive product and with the amount of chemicals and allergies present in cosmetics, you are quite clearly taking your chances.

NATURAL AND ORGANIC

Guess what… no regulation! It could be as little as 1% and the rest all synthetic. What a disgrace.

DERMATOLIGICALLY TESTED

Yep, you know the drill by now, no legal regulation. Tested by a dermatologist yes but it could be on one person and what tests are we talking about?!

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Sensitive to what? It may have soothing ingredients but I could be sensitive to one or more of the ingredients?

So basically all these claims have no validity, seriously, stop wasting your money. Don’t be fooled and be in charge!

 This is why I love Ringana so much.

100% active substances, 100% produced fresh on order, 100% philosophy and 100% transparent. No ridiculous ambiguous claims, simply pure fresh effectiveness and the products are all based on personal recommendations.

More details can be found here: www.freshinandout.com

 

Are you tired of feeling tired? Your morning routine: Part 2

Following on from part 1 which covered the importance of the night before, part 2 will cover the first few important minutes from the moment you open your eyes in the morning.

For some, getting up in the morning is a chore, a likely big sigh first thing in the morning, hitting the snooze button, lack of energy, not wanting to get up and wishing it was the week end. We then reach out for our electronic devices, check the news which can lead to more doom and gloom and notifications deep diving into virtual reality.

How about making the most of your real reality and for just a few minutes, bathe in the fact that you are alive and well?

Isn’t it fascinating that we are constantly wishing time away, that we cannot wait for the week end and we cannot wait for those holidays until one day something happens or we grow old… age-2785015_1920

… is it that all the other days in your life will be made of endless dissatisfaction? 😦

How you set your day can have a significant impact on how you will chose to lead your time till dusk. It is not what happens that day which will determine your mood, it will be how you chose to react. If you set your day in a positive mood first thing in the morning, this is far more likely to help you deal with what the day will entail with a much more positive attitude.

You can start slowly with trying it out once a week and here are a few suggestions, you can try out one or all of them!

  • Take a couple of deep breaths
  • Stretch gently. If you are lucky enough to have a big bed, do the star fish pose!
  • Think of something you are grateful for (big or tiny, it is about what matters to you)
  • Leave your electronic device for the first few minutes of your morning. What is the worst that can happen?!
  • Put some music on
  • Sing
  • Think of something you could do in your day to look forward to (again big or tiny)
  • You could even go wacky! Shut yourself in the bathroom for 30 seconds and do a crazy dance!

Being kind to yourself first thing in the morning will mean that you are much more likely to be kind to yourself and others for the rest of the day…

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Are you tired of feeling tired? Your morning routine: Part 1

Your day could be considerably better by making small changes which could for some make a significant difference!

Lack of sleep will affect your mood, energy levels and ultimately your skin as it is the time when everything regenerates.

Your morning routine should start the night before. How you fall asleep impacts the quality of your sleep and therefore will inevitably affect how you feel in the morning.

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Do you watch and/or type on your Ipad, phone, computer just before bed time? Do you have to always be on top of notifications, texts, emails, watch one more episode or read one last chapter on your kindle?

Then you may want to consider making a couple of small changes.

Your brain very simply needs to be in off mode when you fall asleep but stimulating it means that it will be in on mode. It really truly deserves some peace time. It has worked for you ALL day being able to not only function as part of its daily tasks (walking, talking, reading, breathing, digesting .…) but also being able to respond to all the artificial means we have introduced (emailing, texting, social media, driving .…)

Below are the two culprits and what you could consider to reduce the impact on a lovely quality sleep.

Firstly, the information which gets to your electronic device does not come through magical means…

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… but through electromagnetic radiation

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More and more studies are showcasing the harmful effects of such radiations. Of course there HAS to be something pretty strong emanating from electronic devices for so much information to be delivered.

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Secondly, the blue light emanating from your device causes your brain to get confused, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the “time to sleep” cues. The fact that manufacturers have introduced a function in your electronic device’s settings to turn the blue light off clearly demonstrates the recognition that it causes problems.

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Simple solutions

1. Switch the blue light off at bed time: This feature will be in your settings and when done, will dim and tint your screen.   If you have difficulty finding it, you can easily google for your model with “turn blue light off”. You can even set an automatic daily timer so you don’t have to remember to do it.

2. Switch to airplane mode in your settings: The little airplane icon which I believe most people know of.

Now undeniably, habits are hard to break. The mind loves habits because it means it can be lazy and go on auto pilot, it is the known and the pattern.

Breaking a pattern can cause havoc with the mind, baby steps are therefore always a healthier option to give your mind some space to slowly introduce a new pattern.

If you are too used to “needing” to check notifications, you could therefore start by switching to airplane mode 15 minutes before you want to fall asleep and slowly increasing that time.

You could even eventually switch off altogether 15 minutes before.

During that time, you could introduce some slow breathing in bed, think of something you are grateful for, do some gentle stretching, massage your feet with a foot balm, listen to some soothing music… something gentle just FOR YOU, a means to be thankful and kind to yourself. A means to say thank you for ALL the things that your mind and body has done for you all day. And not just on that day but EVERY day since you came to life!

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Bowls and fabulous nature activities at Hollington Wood

There were mainly older generations at this lovely bowls club in Stony Stratford but such truly lovely people and stunning grounds. It is actually a really complex but therapeutic activity. For an unusual time out, you can find more details here: Stony Stratford Bowls Club

The owner of this beautiful land opens his grounds for open days and it is full of natural activities for the children. On this occasion, the doors were open for us all to also admire the sensational display of bluebells. I noticed however how tall these were this year and the owner believes that it is all due to climate change… another sign highlighting how important it is for us to start making changes now before it may be truly too late.

If you live in the South East of England, I cannot recommend a day out in this beautiful ancient woodland. More details can be found here: Hollington Wood

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Immersing your mind

I had forgotten how therapeutic it is to immerse yourself into creation. Whether it is baking, painting, drawing, collages, music and so much more, it really does allow your mind to drift away.

Clara and I worked together on a little art project and I loved it! It was not only being let lose with my imagination which gave me so much pleasure but it was also the fact that we needed to find ingenious ways of putting it together! 🤓

Best of all is of course being able to admire  the finished product, the “bouquet final” and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks because you have made it with so much dedication and passion! 😍

I would live on this glorious patch!

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Nail file surf board and paper clip bunting!

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Washing line with crayons
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Sandpit recycled container

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Khao Lak, Thailand

Listening to the beautiful sounds of the jungle! 🍃

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Sublime and sometimes unusual food 🍤

 

Nature gives us sensational means of transport 🏝


Living la vida loca! 🤸‍♀️

 

Consumed copious amounts of coconuts! 😎

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Ringana travelled to Thailand of course, beautiful all natural body milk to soothe any redness for all the family ☀️ www.freshinandout.com

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Beach companion 🦎

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Who needs a swanky taxi 🏎

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No messing with drizzle, we braved it though and the children loved it! 🤗💦

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Sea turtle conservation area, poorly turtles being looked after 🚑

 

Made the mistake of going for a local Thai massage and felt like every bone, joint and muscle was getting broken in my body! 😵Opted for a soothing aromatherapy massage, by far the most stunning ritual I have experienced!!

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Nearly time to return home…

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Looking for inspiration: lovely vegan event in Shoreditch. Still a flexitarian though…

I am slowly trying to convert to veganism and have made a lot of changes already.

There is however no doubt that I am still a flexitarian (love this word! 😎). We all know however that the smallest changes can make the biggest difference!

I am therefore always on a quest for inspiration and visited a lovely vegan fair in London.

There was so much diversity in terms of the products on offer: clothes, drinks, sports and overall supplements, art, campaigns, cosmetics and of course food.

I have to say that so far I have not found a meat substitute which is pleasant to my pallet! I will not give up though… ☺️

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So many stalls!

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Having spent a lot of time in Japan, I am a huge fan of matcha and I am so happy that it has become a trend 🍃

 

Being recognised for your hard work and achievements

In my career, I have come across almighty terrible leaders and thankfully some of the best.

Whislt my current full time job is working as a Business Improvement Lead in the rail industry, I was recently invited to present my work at an event to senior leaders and executives. I cannot begin to describe how proud and elated I was on the day!

Recognition like this makes my engine rev up and truly inspires me to achieve more.

If you manage a team, it is vital to spend a little time celebrating successes! This will lead to better wellbeing, productivity and performance.

I was joined on the day by my lovely partner in crime to help me on this wonderful little journey. 😊

 

All natural really effective snuffles remedy

All too often, we immediately reach out to medicated products when we have a cold accompanied by an irritating cough.

I personally always try to tackle the bug with natural remedies initially. I have found this product to be so incredibly effective. Snufflebabe vapour rub is completely natural and very VERY cheap: £2.50! It is also fairly readily available in a large range of stores, Boots stock the range of products.

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It contains eucalyptus oil, menthol and thyme oil. You can use it on babies as young as 3 months. Simply rub a little on the chest but very importantly on the sole of the feet and put some socks on at bed time. We often need some black and white scientific proof but just like reflexology, there is no scientific basis yet; like so much we still don’t know… All we do know is that it works.

I do this with both my children and it stops them from coughing in the night = better sleep = more speedy recovery = better immune system = throat less irritated during the day = natural healing.

Tiny on the wallet and BIG on health!

 

Celebrating diversity…

… in Camden, London! Whilst the children do not get a good flavour of how much diversity there is in and around us as we live in a small village, I took a more unconventional route to sightseeing!
There were mesmerised by the eccentricity on offer 😀

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…Cyberdog in Camden, London

 

 

 

Random act of kindness…

… to brighten someone’s day!

Having lived in our village for 4 years, there is a beautiful little house which offers the most gorgeous display at Christmas time.

It provides so much enjoyment to the children every year as we have so many in our community. I therefore talked to the children about thanking the people who make this mammoth Christmas effort for us! Both Clara and Axel wrote these lovely cards and off we toodled to drop them off through the letterbox.

Funny how life works, as having never met them before, they so happened to arrive in their car as we approached their house. The children therefore got to hand them in person. Also having never met Christmas babies like Axel before, they so happened to have 47 year old Christmas twin daughters!

All so beautifully coincidental and they were most definitely very touched!

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Birthday eco Great outdoors for Axel

A sensational little find! For a real farm experience with fantastic staff, close encounters with animals and a huge variety of activities, the Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre is a perfect gateway for the whole day. Details can be found here.

Our son Axel had his birthday party there with all his besties and it was so refreshing to celebrate in nature!

Axel with no fear, holding the biggest of beetles.🙊

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