My Favourite Blends to Diffuse

Home Essentials Diffuser Blends: 
Calm: 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Frankincense
Focused and Happy: 2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Peppermint
Immunity: 3 drops OnGuard + 2 drops Frankincense + 1 drop Lemon
Freshen up: 2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Lavender + 1 drop Peppermint
Sleep and breathe easy: 3 drops Easy Air + 2 drops Lavender

Mood Management Diffuser Blends:
3 drops Lavender Peace + 3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Lavender Peace + 2 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Lavender Peace + 3 drops Citrus Bliss
4 drops Citrus Bliss, 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Citrus Bliss + 3 drops Spearmint
3 drops Citrus Bliss + 2 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Citrus Bliss + 3 drops Clary Sage
3 drops Elevation + 3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Elevation + 3 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Elevation + 3 drops Spearmint

Other Diffuser Blend Inspo:
Clary Sage + Wild Orange + Ylang Ylang (2-3 drops of each)
Cedarwood + Wild Orange + Ylang Ylang (2-3 drops of each)
Rosemary + Lemongrass + Ylang Ylang (2-3 drops of each)
Grapefruit + Lemon + Geranium (2 drops of Grapefruit + Lemon and 1 drops of Geranium)
OnGuard + Arborvitae (2-3 drops of each)
Passion + Wild Orange (2-3 drops of each)
Siberian Fir + Citrus Bliss (2-3 drops of each)
Bergamot + Cypress (2-3 drops of each)
Bergamot + Siberian Fir + Frankincense (2-3 drops of each)
Frankincense + Cedarwood + Spearmint (2-3 drops of each)

Lots of love Aimee Angelique x

 

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Renewal and reflection

In the days after Christmas has come and gone and I am in that space between Christmas and the new year. Where everything slows down after the big Christmas rush and I get confused on what day and time it is. This is the time where I give myself permission to slow down, to review and reflect on my commitments, the year that has been and what the future holds. Do you do this too?

I sure I am not the only one who starts to question life, the future, my goals, what I am passionate about, how I want the new year to look and feel. I have personally found it brings up many different emotions (doubt, guilt, hope, joy, wonder, awe and the list goes on). I also find myself looking out and sometimes without me having control of it. I let self-judgment and self- criticism come up. I start to compare myself to others and judge myself. My ego has a field day!

Have you ever felt or experienced any of these things? How do you cope? What do you do to overcome these feelings and emotions?

2017 saw renewed connection with family and embracing what is most important to me. There was a big surrender and release of things that were not serving me and my family.

Some of you will know that my eldest daughter, Isabelle started Kindergarten (unexpectedly) in mid-2017 which meant lots of big life changes for my family.

Once she started and we got into the new routine of school (early mornings, lunch box prep, breakfast, school run etc you know #mumlife #dadlife) I knew there was a big shift coming. I could feel it. I wasn’t sure how it was going to unfold but intuitively I could feel it brewing.

A few weeks into our new “school life” I knew the change had come when my daughter said, “Mummy I never get to see you anymore”. I felt her words deep inside and my heart broke listening to her speak her truth.

In that moment I knew I needed to make some more big changes. Being a yoga teacher that was out 4-6 nights a week teaching classes no longer served me or my family. I needed to be home with them. I needed to be there to pick up my daughter from school. To help support her when she was tired and emotional after such a big day. I needed to be there at dinner time and be there to bath her, read her a story, tuck her into bed. The truth was I just needed to be there. Even if it wasn’t always easy. Even if there were emotional outburst that were challenging to manage. It was very clear to me. I just needed to be a mum and be there for my little girl. I could no longer justify being out at night teaching yoga and helping to support others when my family needed me at home. Honestly, I felt like a hypocrite; I was out “teaching” mindfulness and I wasn’t being mindful at home with my own family.

I decided it was time to close the doors of my beloved yoga studio to be a mum for my girls. Although it was a hard and very emotional decision it felt so right (and still does) and I felt so clear.

I still have people contact me and come up to me in my local town asking about my yoga classes and I just politely reply by saying I am no longer teaching public yoga classes right now as it wasn’t working for my family. I sometimes get strange looks and people not understanding why I would do something like that but then I have also had many people thank me for giving them the permission they needed to make similar changes for their family.

As it always happens when one door closes another opens…

As I worked through surrendering and letting go of my studio I felt there was something else coming in. And it was! I started a doTERRA essential oils business. I will talk more about this in future posts (or you can read about it here) but it has been a decision that I am super grateful for. I am working with a wonderful group of women (and a couple of men) who are so supportive and passionate. I get to be there when my family needs me and enjoy the benefits of mother natures amazing oily gifts every day.

Aside from these massive shifts here are some other things I have experienced, achieved and learnt from in 2017.

Personally

I completed a 12-month spiritual mentor program with my beautiful teacher of over 10 years Lynette. You can learn more about that here.

I devoured the Soulpreneurs online course and attended the Soulpreneurs Winter Retreat in Byron Bay for some much-needed soul sister time with one of my besties, Kim. During this retreat I met some other wonderful women and personally connected with my beautiful friend and mentor Yvette Luciano whom I am now lucky enough to be working with 1-on-1 with our collaborative doTerra Business.

I started dancing again and for the first time in over 7 years and I performed on stage! This caused me so much anxiety (which I will do a separate post on “Facing fears + coping with Anxiety” soon) but at the same time I loved being able to enjoy expressing myself through dance again… There’s nothing like it!

I kept one of my health goals that I made for 2017 and had monthly (sometimes fortnightly) chiropractic adjustments to keep my body aligned and healthy.

I devoured many, many podcasts to help keep me educated, inspired and I absorbed as much information I could.

 Yoga

Happy Little Yogis – wow!

What a massive year for Happy Little Yogis. I am still calculating exactly how many kids I have personally taught this year, but I know it is 500+ which makes me so proud!

I also recently facilitated and taught my first Happy Little Yogis – Kids yoga teacher training for school teachers, yoga teachers and parents which was very well received and had some awesome feedback written about it.

I filmed my first online yoga program, Breathe Dream Create Love – Home Yoga Practice.

I successfully facilitated two (sold out!) Holistic Health & Yoga Retreats in Kangaroo Valley with my love, Gavin and a good friend of ours, Amanda Christensen.

Coaching

I have run lots of successful school workshops for tween and teen girls.

Plus coached a few selected women 1-on-1. (Doors are now open for my 1-on-1 women’s coaching program if you would like to know more please click here.

Reflecting on the year that has and been and Setting intentions for the year ahead.

Everything you have read so far is taken from my annual reflection and intention setting ritual, you may like to try this for yourself, so I have outlined the process below along with my intentions for 2018. You are welcome to use my process, but all feel free to adapt it and do what calls to you.

My reflection ritual

My ritual is pretty simple; over the past couple of nights, once my girls are in bed, I will get a notepad or journal and just start reflecting and brain dump everything I can think of from the year that I feel is worth taking note on (this was the first part of today’s post). Side note – I’ve run out of journal space, so I literally just bought a simple, daggy $2 notepad and got started. So, don’t let “I don’t have the perfect journal” be an excuse not to do this.

First, I give thanks.

“Dear Universe, God, Angels, Guides, Ancestors and Fairies, (or whatever feels right and resonates with you)

Thank you for a beautiful 2017. I have really enjoyed my year of growth and lessons. I have enjoyed learning, observing and feeling more about myself. Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for the support. Thank you for your guidance. Thank you for your love. “

Next, I begin writing a gratitude list and it kind of all flows from there. I list everything I have achieved and how it made me feel. It’s nothing overly pretty or fancy but I just simply give myself space to reflect and honour. Trying not to get caught up in any disappointments or regrets. Seeing things more as an experience to grow.

And I don’t beat myself up if I haven’t achieved something I wanted to. I simply honour it wasn’t the perfect time.

After taking time to honour the year that has been I move on to setting my intentions for the year ahead.

2017 taught me that I want to focus on breathing, feeling and waiting for signs from the universe as to what is right for me and my family; rather than racing out and achieving things with a fear of missing out. I am letting go and surrendering, allowing my plans for the year ahead to be loose and adaptable.

This year has been a little different to previous years. Where I would normally create big mammoth goals and to-do lists; I have just simply written a list on how I want to “feel” in 2018 and jotted down a few potential goals without attachment to the outcome.

In 2018 I want to feel:

Full
Alive
Awake
Joyful
Mindful
Observant
At Peace
Graceful
At ease
Loved
Grateful
Present
Abundant
Glamorous
Beautiful
Free
Relaxed
Calm
Grounded
Financially free
Safe
Protected
Organised
Tidy
Clean
Healthy
Pain free
Healed
Feminine
Like a Goddess!

I am also really working on simplifying my life.

Mantras

Here are some mantras my teacher and mentor Lynette and I developed for me to work with for the year ahead…

“I am not going to rush and make any decisions. I am going to wait for the signs and the feelings.”

“I need to see how this can work for me and my family”

“I am enough”

“I have the answers within me”

“I am guided”

“I am connected”

“I am graceful”

“I am Feminine”

My relaxed intentions for 2018

Professionally

My professional goals for 2018 will be focused around Happy Little Yogis and my doTerra essential oils business. But I am open to what is right for me and my family.

Personally

Move my body – my body and mind are craving it!

I intend to exercise & walk in nature more. Since closing my yoga studio, I have really felt I have pulled back from yoga (adult yoga) and movement in general and it’s something I feel I need to bring back in. (more on this in a future blog post).

Cleanse and heal my gut.

I needed antibiotics 6 weeks ago as I was really unwell with bronchitis. Every time I have been on antibiotics my body reacts i.e. my eczema flairs up, I experience inflammation in my joints, plus I feel my gut needs to go through a cleanse and to heal. I will need to laser focus in on this in the year ahead.

Be more present and have more quality time with my family.

Have better boundaries

Rest and sleep more.

Be organised and have more structure in family life.

Continue to read more books, listen to Podcasts and watch documentaries.

I want to always be learning and absorbing as much information as I can.

Those of you who have read my posts in previous years (you can read last years post here) will know that this list is a much more relaxed feeling centred list of intentions than I have done in the past. But it feels lighter, open to so much possibility and right for me and my family at this time.

How can we connect in 2018?

doTerra

In 2018 I will be devoting extra time to essential oils education and coaching so if you love essential oils and/or want to know how you can use them to support you and your family physically, spiritually and emotionally then please get in touch or head here to read more about joining me in doTerra. I used essential oils daily to support myself and my family throughout the past 12 months. The oils I used most in 2017 were Frankincense, Easy Air, OnGuard and Lavender. In the coming year I will share more on how I use my oils each day and how you can use them for extra support in your life. My friend Shunanda has created an aromatic anchoring oil blend for 2018 (please see below) that totally inspired me to create my own (please find mine below also).

Shunanda’s 2018 Aromatic Anchoring Oil Blend
Rose – Love
Spikenard – Gratitude
Melissa – Joy
Sandalwood – Presence
Wild orange – Abundance

Aimee’s 2018 Aromatic Anchoring Oil Blend

Frankincense – Truth
Ylang Ylang – Inner Child
Wild orange – Abundance
Balance – Grounding

Plus I am also obsessed with my new Rose Oil – Divine Love

Workshops

More workshops will be announced throughout the year so please join my mailing list to be the first to hear about them.

Back to School Workshop for Tween & Teen Girls (Late Jan 2018 at Organic Feast, East Maitland)

AcroYoga Workshop with Gavin (late Jan 2018 at YogaBodyWorks)

Happy Little Yogis – Kids Yoga Teacher Training for school teachers, yoga teachers and parents (Late Feb 2018 at YogaBodyWorks)

Work directly with me

I have a limited amount of 1:1 coaching for women doors are  now open for 2018. Please click here to learn more about the program.

That’s a wrap for 2017. Bring on an amazing and abundant 2018 for us all.

Thanks for reading beautiful.

Love Aimee xoxo

P.S. What has been a key takeaway from 2017 for you? What are your intentions for the year ahead?

Head on over to Facebook and share them with me.

 

 

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Self-care Sunday with Nat Kringoudis (& my bestie)

Last Sunday, I had the most perfect ‘self-care Sunday’. I spent the day in the company of my bestie, finally getting our lady date (child free = FREEDOM! LOL!) and together we attended Nat Kringoudis’ ‘The Wellness Collective’ Roadshow event held here in Newcastle.

For those that aren’t familiar with Nat, she is an amazing doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert. She is also the founder of Melbourne women’s health clinic, The Pagoda Tree, and producer of HealthTalks TV.

Nat is someone who’s work I have followed for quite a while now and it was such an amazing experience to meet her in person and see her passionately bring her words of wisdom to a roomful of women, all there keen to learn more about their health, well-being and particular, hormones.

Nat’s words and teachings at this event really resonated with me and were a timely reminder that I’m the mastermind of my own health & well-being! And that just one, new thing at a time can have such a powerful effect. This is so important because so often we get caught up on making ALLLLL the changes and become overwhelmed and throw it all in before we even really began. Taking the time to make just one change at a time is critical to making long and lasting impacts on our own health and well-being.

We covered the big influences that impact on our hormones including:

Environment: clutter; the feeling of our home; air quality in and outside the home; stress in our lives; relationships;

Diet: Food as a benefit or defeciet; finding balance; not putting ourselves in to a particular box i.e. I’m paleo or I’m vegan; changes to our diet has a big impact on our health and wellness as a whole

Lifestyle: So busy being busy; stress and its impact and disruption to our gut health and hormones; the habits that come with stress and being ‘busy’;

Genetics: People’s predisposition to certain syndromes (i.e. PCOS); lifestyle turning ‘on’ the genetic factors; that your size and symptoms might be telling you what is going on internally with your health & hormones.

We then covered how we go about resolving so many of our health and hormone complaints by healing our gut, detoxing our liver,  adding in a range of suggested vitamins and supplements; probiotics and small amounts of fermented foods; limiting diary, gluten and sugar within the diet. Whilst a lot of this information were practices I already have in place for myself, I know my beautiful friend really gained a lot from the event and has plans to start implementing some of the suggested vitamins and supplements to assist with wellness and fertility.

Nat is a wealth of knowledge and if hormone health is something you’re interested in or struggling with – she is the woman to check out! She has some amazing blogs, webinars and programs and many words of wisdom and I hope you enjoy her teachings as much I have.

Much love, Aimee x

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Do you need help finding clarity and purpose for your life and business?

Join me in Soulpreneurs with other amazing soulful business leaders to help you live your purpose.

As most of my beautiful tribe know from a previous blog , earlier in the year I set out some big goals and intentions for myself , both personally and professionally for 2017. You can read it HERE! This year, I wanted to chase my dreams; follow through on my ideas lists (yes, lists!); find like-minded women and foster the best version of myself and my entrepreneurial spirit! The problem with a busy lifestyle is I could never quite dedicate the time and get clarity about where I wanted to take things this year in my businesses.

When I came across Soulpreneurs a few months ago, I knew I was in the right place. I have found a beautiful tribe of diverse women from all around the world; an amazing community of women who are looking to grow and expand their business and take it to the next level. I’ve been able to meet women who, like me, have big dreams and aspirations and together, we have been given the tools to really work through those blocks that are holding us back, breaking down the barriers and getting called to action in turning business dreams in to business realities!

So, what is Soulpreneurs? It is an amazing course that will help you find clarity and purpose for your business (or even just your business idea!); it will help you re-discover and re-connect, to find your courage and potential and then channel that potential in to establishing your business plan to get things really moving along! With training in business branding, digital platforms, Public Relations and business training, it really is the knowledge and skillset you need to get your business idea off the ground and in my case, take my businesses to the next level.   You can check out the video below to get a full re-cap on Yvette Luciano who is the incredible woman (and creator) behind this amazing program and where it can take you.

As a student of this fab program, I feel so honoured to be asked to be an Ambassador for Soulpreneurs. I know that this program can bring your business dreams to the forefront and give you the skills and bravery to make them a reality. By using my affiliate link to enrol in to Soulpreneurs, I also want to celebrate this amazing step and journey you are about to embark on by offering you a bonus one-on-one bonus 60 minute coaching session. In this personal session (worth over $150), we will set out your personal and business goals and ensure you are practicing self-care along the way to ensure your health, well-being and self-love cup is completely full along your journey!

So what are you waiting for? It’s your time to take the plunge and chase your dreams. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Sign up to Soulpreneurs HERE! 

Much love and gratitude, Aimee x

Oh and P.S I just wanted to let you know that in this course it’s impossible to ‘fall behind’. Everyone is working it at their own pace.  You download the modules and complete them in your own time.

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“Winter is Coming”: Boosting Your Immunity, Naturally

Winter is Coming (please read this in a Game of Thrones voice! Haha!) That’s right friends, cold and flu season is bearing down on us and for some families, this means coughs, colds and snotty noses! With these tips, here’s to breezing through the winter months without so much as a sniffle!

  1. Find yourself a good Naturopath and/or Health Food Store to get assistance in finding the perfect supplements and support for your body. Personally, my Naturopath has recommended that I take a high quality probiotic; Vitamins C & D and a specific immune boosting liquid herbal mixture. Now, each of us is completely different to the next, so it’s important to ensure you receive information based on your specific needs from a trusted practitioner.
  1. Having a regular Chiropractic adjustment is so important for my continued health and well-being. Currently, I’m attending fortnightly and it’s made a huge amount of difference to my overall health. Chiropractic adjustments have a range of benefits including reduced stress, increase of white blood cells (key to fighting off infection & disease); improvement to overall immune system function and communication.
  1. Rest, rest and rest! Winter is traditionally a slower time in our lives and generally involves a lot more time being spent in the home. Don’t be afraid to embrace this slower pace; go inward, rest, meditate, read your favourite books; enjoy a movie with the family.
  1. Our eating habits also change in the cooler months but staying hydrated with at least 2 litres of filtered water each day will help flush out any nasty toxins or funky bugs that are lurking about. It can be harder to keep up the water intake though when it’s cooler, so I try and add in some herbal teas including fresh ginger and lemon. I also love a good chai or chamomile!
  1. Crack out the Slow Cooker! Winter is the perfect time to embrace soups, stews and curries and also means we’re keeping up the balanced diet with the inclusion of lots of nice, hearty veg! Steer clear of foods like dairy, sugars and refined foods as they create mucous.
  1. Treat your temple! That’s right my friends, make sure you keep loving and nurturing your body. I continue my self-love by maintaining my dry body brushing, tongue scrapping and apply my essential oils topically (as well as using them in my diffuser throughout the house). Haven’t heard of tongue scrapping? Stay tuned, we’ll have something up for you soon.
  1. Get your Yogi on my friend! Yoga has some great immune boosting postures and practices to help keep you feeling healthy and keep the coughs and snotty noses away here are some of my personal favourites:
  • Alternate Nostril Breaths – helps to balance the right and left side of the brain; boosts immunity and clears the sinuses.
  • Child’s Pose – helps relieve bronchial congestion and opens and aligns the body through the chest and back.
  • Cobra – opens up the chest; stimulates the immune system and thymus gland and helps to prevent pneumonia.
  • Legs up the Wall – another immune booster but also helps us to calm the body and re-set your nervous system.

Hopefully some of the above tips will help keep you and your family well over this Winter season. Let me know what works for you in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.

Love, Aimee x

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Fear and Ego…

Aimee Angelique Fear and Ego Blog Post

Fear and Ego… (My Thoughts and Musings).

Are you letting Fear hold you back?
Is your ego running the show?

I have been thinking and journaling quite a bit about fear and the ego lately. It’s something that I have allowed to control my life for many years.. If I break my life up into chunks I can certainly see a pattern and where I have allowed my ego to run the show…

Something in recent years I have been wanting to create but have continued to allow fear to scare me is I have wanted to  film yoga videos. I have kept having the desire to create and bring to life this project but have continued to let my ego hold me back..

  • Fear of what others might think (other yoga teachers in particular).
  • Fear of what I will think of myself.
  • Fear that it won’t be good enough.
  • Fear that I will do it wrong.
  • Fear that I will do a bad job.
  • Fear of judgment and criticism.

My ego has been totally running the show… she has been holding me back and deliberately trying to keep me “small”..  Last week I completely stepped outside my comfort zone and started to film this new project that has been calling me for some time now..  Ever since I started teaching yoga I have had my students asking me for yoga videos so they can also practice yoga at home… I kept making excuses like “I wasn’t a good enough teacher to film videos” I have also been so fearful putting myself out the for others to judge and criticise me as a teacher, a student, as a person and as a woman…

This voice inside kept saying “you need to loose weight first so you can look like a really fit and toned yoga teacher like all the other yoga teachers on Instagram… You need to wait for your skin to clear up so you look flawless.. You need to wait till you’ve done more teacher training… You need to wait till you find the perfect person to work with”… and the list goes on and on and on…

I want to share this with you because I want you to try and give you an understanding of the “ego”… she is very tricky and she tries to hold you back… and even after doing continuous work on myself for over 12 years (yoga, energy healing, holistic health etc etc) my ego still shows up constantly!

**Spoiler alert** You will always have an ego..those nasty voices in your head… and your ego will always be there to test you! (Unless you are completely “enlightened” which I can assure you I am not there yet! It’s all part of the journey my beautiful friend…) It’s just about learning how to stop buying into her nasty stories and words… it’s about leaning to turn down the volume on her… I use things like positive affirmations and mantras to combat her nasty words… I have learnt how to not buy into the stories and come back to love… and believe me it takes work… and I am not perfect… I need to practice self love and self care daily so I don’t allow my ego to take over and run the show…

In the lead up to filming the videos… things didn’t go according to plan and my ego kept trying to test me and make me fall back into the fearful trap and cancel the day of filming/the whole creative project… I wasn’t feeling great about myself.. I was feeling tried, exhausted and a little overweight… my home yoga practice has been terrible… I sprained my shoulder a couple of weeks ago (and still healing)… I ran out of my make up and the new make up I ordered didn’t arrive in time… I couldn’t find new pants/an new outfit that I wanted to wear that made me feel amazing… my skin broke out (probably because of stress & hormones)… I was feeling bloated… it was raining on the day and my extremely curly hair went frizzy (girls with curls will understand!) and the triggers and fearful thoughts kept coming and coming…  All of these things may sound like “first world problems” and they are but these are the kind of triggers your ego will use to try an get you to live from fear and hold you back… so we need to use our self love and self care tools to try and combat her nasty ways…

Fear and Ego try desperately to keep us in our comfort zone but when we make the decision to bravely step outside our comfort zone this is where the real magic happens… we are more open to learn about ourself, we welcome new experiences and doors start to open.

I would love to now invite you to do a little exercise… I’d love you to start to think, ponder and journal about what fearful thoughts you are currently having and what are you allowing the ego to hold you back from?

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • What is your fear/ego holding you back from?
  • Starting a new job/career?
  • A new partner? (Starting or ending a relationship).
  • Healing yourself?
  • Your health?
  • Self love/self acceptance?

Please remember everyone is different and we all have different triggers but let me tell you beautiful woman it is so powerful to know your personal triggers so you can then find and create ways (and tools) to break pattens or bring awareness to when the patterns are playing out and to then take control and no longer feel trapped by your fear and ego…

As always thank you for being here and sharing this journey with me. It is an honour to share these thoughts with you…

Much love Aimee X

P.S Here is a little sneak peek at my new video series coming soon! “The Breathe Dream Create Love: Home Yoga Practice.”

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Eating Better for Less: My top tips to eating Organic on a budget!

Aimee Angelique Eat Organic on a budget

Eating Better for Less: My top tips to eating Organic on a budget!

Eating organic produce is extremely important to me and my family. We find that the quality of our fruit and vegetables is so different to that of what you find in the local supermarket. Our produce tastes fresher and I love knowing that what we are consuming isn’t full of chemicals, pesticides and a whole range of nasties!

That said, eating organic can be expensive. Really expensive. And when you’re on a budget with a family to feed, it can be really difficult to find the extra dollars to justify buying organic produce.

So, with that said, here’s my top tips to help your family to be able to afford the tastes of organic produce, on a budget!

  1. Create a veggie patch & grow your own!

 This has been so much fun for my little girls! Over the last 6 months, Gav and I really committed to creating our own little patch of paradise and growing some vegetables at home. Now when I say Gav and I, what I really mean is Gav (gardening just isn’t really my ‘thing’). Gav and the girls really enjoy this time together each day and I’m happy to help out on the Clean up Crew!

Our veggie patch is a modest little garden – there’s no fancy, expensive raised garden beds here. Just a little patch of dirt dug out by hand, some good quality soils, a barrier to keep the pooch out and a little bit of effort and a lot of love. We all have really loved having home-grown, fresh veggies available to us all year round. Not to mention the tiny dent it’s helped make on the grocery bill! My top tip here is to focus on your leafy greens; lettuce, kale, spinach and herbs. They’re easy to grow but expensive to buy and often, we waste so much as we only need a small amount at a time and by the time we go to go back to them, they’ve spoiled and need to be thrown out.

  1. Reduce food wastage

 Speaking of throwing things out, a big pet hate of ours is food wastage. Apparently, most house-holds waste around 20-30% of food they purchase. Crazy! For so long, we were guilty of buying more than we needed or buying things, changing our dinner plans and letting food go to waste. Nowadays, we try to be more environmentally (and budget!) conscious of what we have available in the pantry, in the fridge and in the freezer before we do our weekly grocery shop. We are also try to meal plan as much as possible to ensure that we know what we’re going to be eating, which saves those last minute runs to the supermarket buying more ingredients and wasting what’s in the bottom of the crisper. We also eat lots of leftovers for lunch and make sure that we’re getting the most we can out of fruit and vege.

  1. Eat Less Meat

For some, this is easy! For other meat-loving-carnivores (particularly the man of the house!), this one can be a bit trickier. Heavy consumption of meat has a significant impact on the environment and when my family does choose to eat meat, we always make sure we allocate a chunk of our food budget to making sure we only buy good quality, grass fed (and grass finished), organic and nitrate free meats. To lower our meat consumption, we often have ‘Meatless Monday’ where we don’t consume any meat at all. We also will often buy cheaper cuts of meat, such as a pork belly or lamb shoulder and pop them in the oven and roast (plus we are investing in a slow cooker very soon!)  – much more cost effective and so delicious!

Now hands-on-the-heart honesty here, until very, very recently, Gav and I were both pretty much vegetarians. I would occasionally eat meat, when my body called for it and particularly when I’ve been pregnant, but for the most part, I maintained a vegetarian lifestyle. Re-introducing meat to our diet is an important change for our family and we are doing so carefully and consciously – keep an eye out on the Blog as soon I will be sharing the reasons behind this decision and how we’re going about making the change.

  1. Join a Food Co-Op

Some people might not be aware, but we have a fabulous local Food Co-Op! (You can check it out HERE.) Through this Co-Op, I’m able to source great organic, fresh produce and ingredients, at a discounted price driven by people power! This is a great way to ensure I’m able to get my hands on all the ingredients and produce I need on a weekly basis, at a great price and we’re even supporting small local businesses at the same time! Winning!

  1. Buy Seasonally

One of the things with modern living, in our big, lit up Major Supermarkets is that you can pretty much source whatever ingredient it is you want, whenever you want. The disadvantages here are that often, these are fruit and veg that aren’t in season here in Australia. This means they’re being imported from overseas and stored for long periods of time. What does this mean for us as a consumer? Well, firstly, the quality is generally pretty poor and expensive to purchase. It also means that this product has a larger environmental footprint in terms of the cost of sourcing and importing this product. So, for this reason, my family shop to the ‘seasons’. Australian Mangos in Summer are a fabulous treat. But in Winter, we choose not to purchase them. Same goes for most of our beautiful fruits. And in Winter time, we choose to follow the Season by buying our winter vege and making up delicious soups and stews!

I hope that these tips will help any of my beautiful Yogis who are looking to embrace a more organic lifestyle. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Newcastle Farmer’s Market soon! Let me know below if you have any more tips to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Love, Aimee x

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My Past, present & future.

Aimee Angelique Dollface My Past, present & future

As you’d already know by now, I loooove me some Social Media. I’m on all the channels – Facebook. Insta. Snapchat. And would you believe, yep, Youtube. I even have my own channel!

Now once upon a time, in a far away life, I was a self-started Pop Princess. That’s right ladies and gents, I was singing and dancing and partying up a storm in good old Sydney town. Back in ‘those days’, I was doing fashion photoshoots and promotional work. I was working in crazy clubs in the city. And believe it or not, I also recorded my own music video (seriously!) – it was very sexy. It was very risqué. It was very much filmed in my apartments carspace! In my former life, I’ve created my own Dance Festival and Cabaret shows. I’ve ran my own Event Management Company (or at least that’s what we called it on my Resume). So as you can imagine, all these things are a far cry from the person and life I’m living today.

The inspiration for this blog post came about because I’ve had a few students and acquaintances mention they’re going to ‘google me’ when anything about my past life emerges. And it’s a poignant reminder for me that nothing on the internet is gone forever.

So, lets delve in to the ME you haven’t met.

I grew up as a ‘Defence Kid’ being shipped around the countryside until we finally settled in Medowie when I was 8 years of age (I was even born in Malaysia!). I attended a local Primary School here in Medowie and then went on to attend a Performing Arts High School before finally leaving at the end of year 10, 16 years of age with a bunch of hopes and dreams (and at least 6 suitcases full of baggage relating to self-esteem, body image, self-loathing, depression and anxiety).

At the tender age of 17 and feeling so ready to take on the world, with my parent’s support (but complete and utter fears of letting their little girl go), I moved to Sydney. The BIG SMOKE. I was on a fast track to becoming the next BIG THING! Pop Star! Actress! DJ! IT Girl! I was working extremely hard to make these dreams happen; creating shows and recording my music, working ridiculous hours and ridiculous jobs to support myself and my dreams; I was buying up big. I had the bags, shoes, designer clothes, fancy apartment. The problem was, these ridiculous hours and ridiculous jobs were completely feeding my insecurities. My 6 suitcases full of baggage was growing by the day.  This time I added in stress at trying to maintain my busy lifestyle and threw in some lack of sleep, struggling to keep up with my 5 (!!) jobs.

It got to the point where I knew my lifestyle wasn’t sustainable. I was on a fast track alright, but it wasn’t to fame and stardom; I was coming 100 miles an hour for exhaustion, depression and anxiety. Doctors were suggesting medication with promises of taking away all my problems but I knew intuitively this wasn’t for me. My art and creativity is found in my energy. If my energy was taken, who was I?

I watched friends and colleagues self-medicate their own issues with drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, this was never my thing; I’ve never tried drugs & alcohol dulled my fun. So I became addicted to ‘stuff’. Having a bad day? Surely that designer handbag will make me feel better. Feeling like the world is against you? Buy a new pair of expensive shoes, you’ll feel a million dollars. Feeling fat and ugly? Head off to the exclusive hair salon and spend hundreds of dollars trying to find your self-esteem somewhere in a hair colour. Now, I’m a trained make-up artist. So for me, I didn’t leave the house unless I had a full face. I’m talking the whole works. The kind of makeup you might have had done last time you were your friends bridesmaid – that was me. Every day. Every single day. I didn’t dare leave the sanctity of my home without my ‘face’.

To help me along in my path to stardom, I’d acquired so many ‘friends’! Oh the friends I had! The problem was, these people weren’t my friends. They used me. They took advantage of me both financially and emotionally. I would receive 30 calls a day from my ‘friends’ all in crisis and feeding the drama that had become my world.

On and on it went until I was no longer the girl my family remembered; I was no longer the girl with big dreams but was simply running around in a world of chaos, drama, messiness and emotional upheaval, all created by me and the people I had accumulated around me.

This cycle went on for years and years. Thankfully, little bits of me were changing and seeking new direction.

My first turning point was an anxiety attack that landed me in the back of an ambulance on my way to hospital, requiring sedation. This anxiety attack changed my life. My life and lifestyle had to change. I didn’t want to be this person anymore.

From here, two incredible things happened. At 19, I was introduced to an amazing woman and healer, Lynette from The Soul Factory whom I have done lots of work on my mind, body, energy and spirit. This woman helped heal all that was broken and helped me change my world.

The second incredible thing was a friend taking me to my first yoga class. This friend knew what I needed in that moment. I remember walking in to my first yoga class and absorbing the fresh smell of the room; the low lighting; the healing and calming sound of the Om. I was hooked. This was something that was going to change my life. And it did. It really did.

 In 2011, my amazing partner Gavin came in to my life. Our relationship blossomed from work colleagues, to friends, to lovers & partners. Gav was my first ‘boyfriend’ and together, we have been on such an amazing journey. Gav too was caught up in a very ‘Sydney’ lifestyle and together, we have undertaken so much spiritual healing and growing as individuals and as a couple.

The birth of our beautiful first daughter in 2012 shifted my axis. I saw things differently. I wanted to be different and I wanted different things from my world; from my friends; from my life. So, with my beautiful baby girl on the hip (literally, because our 1 bedroom apartment was too small to put her down anywhere!), I commenced my yoga teacher training. I didn’t know where it would take me, but I hoped it was the start of something big.

Life continued on; little changes being made here and there, all while learning on the go as a first time Mother and the changes that brings to our relationship with our partner, friends and families.

By the end of 2013, I was blessed to be pregnant again. We were so excited to be welcoming another little person to our family. But with our excitement, there was a sense of overwhelm. We were drowning. Financially. Emotionally. Physically overwhelmed by our things. We were renting an apartment that was a bit bigger than my own apartment, so with our rent and mortgage payment, we had to find $700.00 per week. And after that, we found money for food. Bills. We were struggling and quickly going in to the red.

We felt caged in. With our second baby on the way, we had to do something. So, we sold off all our financed assets. We packed up our apartment, our dog, our cat, our baby and my pregnant belly and we came ‘home’. Home to a house that means my baby girls could play with the dog in their own backyard, not a park. A home that meant family dinners with Mum and Dad and not with ‘friends’ who fell by the wayside once the drama cycle stopped; A home that meant opportunities that were real and achievable and not chasing dreams that were never to be. We created a business – Medowie Yoga – which has taken all my training and hopes to new heights and I’ve found my spark again. This time though, I no longer take joy in ‘stuff’. Now I find joy in watching my students grow and change, I find joy in helping a woman find her feet again and setting out her goals; I find joy in connecting with women and families who are genuine and kind and don’t want anything from me other than my time and friendship. I found joy. I found me.

Healing myself and finding yoga changed my world. It helped me walk away from a toxic lifestyle; toxic people. I met and connected with my amazing partner. Together, we are now walking the path of parenthood (another huge life changer – that one deserves it’s own blog post!)

I’ve lived such a full life and am truly grateful for all that I have experienced; I now have strength where before I had weakness; I have self-love where before I had self-loathing. I’m still finding my feet in all things – I’m by no means ‘perfect’ or living the new perfect ‘holisitic’ lifestyle but I am proud of myself for where I am now. For coming ‘home’ to my family and creating a life for my girls and my partner that I can be proud of. At the time of selling of our things, it felt like we had failed. We had lost our way. Little did we know, the universe was bringing us to our biggest blessings, changing our path for the better.

And the best bit? This is just the beginning!

Thank you so much for being here. I am so grateful and honoured I get to share my journey with you here…

Love Aimee x

Here is a little sneaky peek at some of my ‘past life’ photo shoots:

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Bookworm: 2017 the year of the book

Books Aimee Angelique B O O K W O R M: 2017 the year of the book (and audiobook and podcast!)

A personal goal of mine for 2017 is to read more. To find time for myself and take a moment to explore topics that interest me, that challenge me and that encourage me to do and be better.

Now for me, reading hasn’t always come easily. I struggled with dyslexia as a child and still to this day, have to put real effort in to my reading practice. BUT I am determined. Reading expands my horizons; it teaches me and allows me to put in to practice newly acquired skills and knowledge.

So for me, I am aiming for at least 1 physical book and 1 audiobook per month. If you haven’t found audiobooks yet, get on board my friends! They are so great when travelling in the car; it means I get a lot more ‘reading’ in this way. I also love a good podcast! And again, if you haven’t discovered these either, jump on iTunes and check them out. You’ll be surprised by the wide variety of topics and information out there!

So, here’s my wish list for 2017! Let me know below any other recommendations you might have or if you want to celebrate embracing the audiobook!

Spiritual growth:

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle

Rise Sister Rise, by Rebecca Campbell

Medical Medium, by Anthony William

Light is the New Black, by Rebecca Campbell

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

May Cause Miracles, by Gabrielle Bernstein

Awaken Your Indigo Power, by Charles Virtue and Doreen Virtue

Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline M. Myss (I have tried to read this book many times in the past but for some reason kept getting blocked.. hopefully 2017!)

Health & Wellness:

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay (have read this in the past but would like to revisit it)

The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates

Mastering your Mean Girl, by Melissa Ambrossini

The Brain Fog Fix, by Mike Bow

Business and wealth:

Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

Tools of titans, by Tim Ferris

Love:

Mothering and Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years, by Sil and Eliza Reynolds

The Awakened Family, by Dr Shefali Tsabary

A return to love, by Marianne Williamson

The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman

Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm, by Nicole Daedone

Enlightened Sex, by David Deida

The Heart of Love: How to Go Beyond Fantasy to Find True Relationship Fulfillment, by Dr John F. Demartini

New books that I hear are being released in 2017 that I’m super excited for:

Soulpreneurs, by Yvette Luciano

Amanda Rootsey’s new book

Denise Duffield-Thomas new book

Belinda Davidson new book

 

 

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Reflections on 2016 & Intentions for 2017

Aimee AngeliqueHappy 2017 Yogis! Now, I know it’s officially the 2nd of February today, but for me, I feel like its not until my girls are back in to their normal routine with Pre-School and all our extra-curricular activities that my year has really ‘begun’. Everything after Christmas until our routine kicks back in just feels like an extension of the summer break! Is anyone else the same?

So, with the little (and big!) people back to our normal routines, it feels like the right time to take a minute to reflect on all that was 2016 and all that I am manifesting for 2017.

2016 has been a profound year for me on both a professional and personal level. I leave 2016 behind with some important lessons that saw me remember to:
  •  Surrender and trust & let go of control
  • Not believe everything I see/read on social media
  • To stand in my truth
  • That not everyone will like me and that’s ok
  • That I don’t need to be “everything” to everyone and don’t need to  be ‘perfect’
  • That I need more time in nature and less social media time
  • Seek out friendships and relationships that avoid drama and gossip
With the lessons, there also comes joy. Moments and memories that I am completely grateful for:
  • My family for their unconditional love & the lessons my girls continue to teach me
  • Reconnecting with some very special people in my life
  • Having a job that I love and not being forced to go and work for someone else, doing something that doesn’t light me up!
  • Winning the Violet Gray trip to QLD and going on that little  adventure that was a moment, just for me!
  •  Celebrating my 30th birthday in the way that felt perfect for me (and again, sorry Mum for saying no to the big birthday bash I know you wanted for me!)
  • Celebrating my 6 year anniversary with my man friend and still feeling love and being loved
Professionally, I feel proud and a sense of personal achievement when I reflect on all that I accomplished in 2016:

So, what lies ahead for 2017? I am making some big changes in my world, both personally and professionally. Today, I wanted to share with you my hopes and dreams for the year ahead. I’m putting these intentions in to the universe and seeing what comes back for me. I also love to look back over my manifestations at the years end and see what I was able to achieve; what is still to come and reflect on things that might not longer be important to me going forward.

My 2017 Goals and intentions:

Relationship:

  • Continue to deepen my connection and relationship with Gavin
  • Be more present with my girls and have lots of fun adventures together
  • Spend more quality time with my Mum & Dad and Grandparents
  • Connect with more likeminded women

Health and Wellness Goals:

  • Get into nature more
  • More yoga & meditation for me and add in weekly pilates classes
  • Start dancing again
  • More self-care and self love routines
  • Work with an awesome local naturopath on healing my gut
  • Undergo a Juice cleanse
  • Regular kinesiology sessions
  • See my chiropractor for an adjustment monthly

Travel & Adventure:

  • Attend a Wellness Retreat in Byron Bay
  • Conduct my own Wellness Retreat in Kangaroo Valley (details coming soon!)
  • Take more personal holidays with my family
  • Weekend away with Gavin

Attend Live Personal Development Events:

  • Danielle LaPorte in Sydney
  • Eckhart Tolle in Sydney
  • Tony Robbins in Sydney

Personal Goals:

  • Buy a block of land and build our dream home
  • Deepen my connection and trust with the Universe
  • Travel, holiday and adventure more
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Read at least 1 physical book and listen to 1 audiobook per month
  • Listen to more podcasts and absorb as much knowledge and information I can

Professional:

  • Create and release weekly blog posts for my tribe
  • Create and release (successfully) x2 online courses
  • Host and run x2 yoga and lifestyle retreats
  • Continue to run and host awesome events (i.e Women’s Circles, Mother-Daughter Events, Teen girls events, Happy Little Yogis Live shows)
  • Work on my speaking, filming and writing

So my beautiful tribe – what is it that you’re thankful from 2016? What changes, goals, dreams and aspirations are you manifesting for 2017? This is something that we covered in my recent  Intention Setting Workshop and I’m so proud of my beautiful ladies that came along and kicked off 2017 with a bang! BUT I’d love to hear from you below – putting your intentions and lessons out to universe by writing them down is so cleansing, healing and a powerful reminder of where it is you want to head in your life.

Are you struggling to connect with yourself and where you’re heading? Maybe 1:1 coaching might be for you. I am so excited to share I have just opened up 6 new coaching spots if you feel called to seek guidance on working through your roadblocks and creating a path to the truer you come and read about my coaching packages HERE.

Thanks for reading beautiful and I look forward to connecting with you again in 2017.

Much love Aimee x

 

 

 

 

 

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