“Nurturing Me, Nurturing You” is a series of interviews with the women who inspire me to inspire you.
These are the women I draw inspiration from, the women who are out there shining their light on the world and the teachers who empower me (and you) with their words each and every day. They are all trailblazers in their own way and I am so grateful to have them here at this space.
I am so very excited to be bringing this series back for 2014.
I am so grateful that the beautiful Claire Baker kicks off this series for 2014. Not only is Claire an inspiring Health & Life Coach, Writer and Blogger at This Is Lifeblood but she is also a very dear friend of mine.
Our friendship began with a few comments on each other’s blog posts… “LOVE this Claire! (see, we really are kindred spirits!).” “We are totally kindred spirits Amelia!”… Which lead to a few e-mails, becoming “Facebook friends”, many more e-mails and then spending the day together in Melbourne last year. As soon as I met Claire, I’m not afraid to say that it was a bit like love at first sight. There was a familiarity there and I immediately felt warm and comfortable in her company. We pretty much didn’t stop talking the entire day and the more we talked, the more we found in common.
What makes Claire such an special person to be around (and I suspect is the reason she’s such a sought-after coach) is her ability to create space for the people she spends time with. When other people talk, Claire hears them. She just doesn’t listen to the words, she really hears what is being said. And the words that come out of her own mouth (or on the pages of her blog) are always honest, gentle, kind, authentic and at times, absolutely hilarious.
Her energy is positive, playful and infectious. You can’t help but walk away from a day with Claire with a big smile on your face. I feel incredibly blessed to call her my friend (if only she’d move back to Melbourne!!) and as I once told her – she’s “the real deal”.
Claire says that her dream is “to be me”. I’d say she’s living that dream… and then some.
♥ You are out there inspiring so many people each day, but who or what inspires you?
Oh SO very much. Yoga, Danielle La Porte, the ocean, my creative and soulful friends, a long walk, TED talks, my beautiful parents, solo travels, sunshine… the list goes on!
♥ What is your dream?
To be me. To live my life in the most passionate, authentic and loving way I know how; today that means dreams of coaching women all over the world, teaching yoga, writing books, travelling the world, waking up with a grateful heart each morning and going to bed each night vibrating with love. (Oh, that sounded a bit naughty didn’t it? – Ha!)
I wrote a post about my big dreams not long ago which I love to go back to to remind myself what really matters to me.
♥ What do you think is the most important step a person can take right now, to start loving and nurturing themselves again?
Start doing things you love. Do them because you love them. Forget about career paths, money, time and drop the excuses and stories. Just figure out what it is you love to do and go and do it. There is no better way to connect with and nurture yourself than by doing what makes your heart sing.
♥ What does the term “being healthy” mean to you?
It may come as a surprise to some that I don’t believe health is a goal. Health enables our goals to be realised.
Health is aligning ourselves with our default; it’s being in tune with our natural state. Health is the vehicle that enables all that we do!
By eating a (mostly) balanced whole foods diet, staying active, maintaining strong and uplifting relationships, doing work you’re born to do and of course – connecting authentically with yourself and your true desires, we create a slate of health to build our best lives upon.
♥ A lot of people struggle with living in the moment, how do you stay present?
It’s certainly a moment to moment decision to be present. It’s a soft gentle nudge back to presence when your mind starts going off on its own tangent of planning and scheming and future-tripping… Yoga has really helped me with this as well as Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now. That book has changed my life.
♥ What is the one song that is guaranteed to get your up on the dance floor?
Tonight by Rufus. Obsessed with them right now.
♥ Sometimes people can get caught up in the seriousness of spirituality/personal development and forget about having fun – what do you do to ensure FUN is not forgotten?
I’m glad you’ve touched on this, it’s so important not to take spirituality and personal development – and life in general really – so bloody seriously! I encourage my clients to incorporate a bit of fun and ‘being bad’ into their life on a regular basis.
This might mean sending hilarious selfies of yourself to your sister, not making your bed on the weekends, ditching your To Do list and heading to the beach or cooking that rainbow cake you’ve seen on Pinterest that’s not so healthy but would be a helluva lot of fun to make!
♥ If you could invite anyone over for a little dinner party at your place, which 5 people (dead or alive) would you invite and why?Danielle La Porte – to amp the inspiration vibes.
Mike Myers – to laugh my pants off.
My Nanna – because I miss her and she’d make everybody feel lovely.
Ryan Gosling – to drool over.
Louise Hay – to say T H A N K Y O U.
♥ 5 years from now… where are you and what are you doing?I’ve just turned 32 and I’ve celebrated somewhere fabulous (maybe Paris, Barcelona, Bueno Aires, Chiang Mai…) with my sexy, mega-inspiring partner (who I am still yet to cross paths with at this stage…) and maybe even a mini-me or two. I work with inspiring and innovative humans; writing, coaching, teaching yoga, exploring, sharing, encouraging, giving, being. Living!
Amelia : I can happily confirm that since this interview, the beautiful Claire has actually found that man! 😉
THE SPEEDY SIX…
♥ Favourite exercise? A year ago I would have said running. Today I’ll say yoga. Next year maybe Aqua Aerobics!?!
♥ Favourite colour? Pink. I’m a Barbie girl at heart.
♥ Favourite vegetable? Sweet potato at the moment. Roasted in coconut oil or mashed with organic butter.
♥ Favourite superfood? Cacao!
♥ Favourite smoothie combination? Banana, berries, coconut cream, chia seeds, coconut water, bee pollen and 180 protein powder.
♥ What are you grateful for right now? LIFE!
You can find Claire over at her beautiful blog, This Is Lifeblood or over on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
When you are over at This Is Lifeblood, make sure you download yourself a copy of Claire’s new (and SUPER gorgeous) workbook GET UNSTUCK – I am so grateful to be one of the contributors, and let me tell you it’s a book I have referred to a few times in those moments of “um… what next? I need clarity…”. I know you’ll love it.