“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.
You know that feeling when you open up a new website and immediately feel warm, comfortable and at home? You nod along in agreement to each and every post. This person really gets it. That’s how I felt when I first started reading the beautiful Connie Chapman‘s site. With everything this divine soul writes, she takes you on a journey. A look into her life, her blocks and her wins, but with that, she also invites you to explore your own light and shadow.
I LOVE that Connie isn’t afraid of the deep inner work. In fact, she thrives on it. And there is a gentle vulnerability about her that I adore. She is soul-awakeningly intuitive with what she writes, but also has a softness and glow that can only come from a true earth angel.
I’ll be honest – I have a bit of a blog crush on this gorgeous lady (can you tell!?). And I look forward to the day I can give her a great big hug in real life. Her answers are going to blow you away…
♥ You are out there inspiring so many people each day, but who or what inspires you?
I find my inspiration both inwardly and outwardly.
I am deeply inspired by women who follow their heart, blaze their own trail and leave an imprint on the world by simply showing up and doing what they love each day. I find this inspiration through connecting with these women, watching their journeys and also through reading the work of people I deeply admire.
But I would say all of my true inspiration comes from inside of me. I love those moments where I may be in a meditation, or even walking down the street and a fresh, new idea bursts in to my mind. I am very visual and I will often receive images flash across my mind of new things I want to create or experience. It is in these moments, where I feel open and receptive that I find the most inspiration. It just seems to bubble up from this beautiful new and unknown space and tends to drop in at the most unexpected times.
♥ What is your big dream?
The way I am living my life right now is honestly the fulfilment of a dream that I held within me for years. Simply having the ability to spend every day doing what I love, connecting with amazing women, creating, speaking and writing is a dream come true for me.
So my dream is to continue to live this, and share it in even bigger and brighter ways. What I love about my work the most is that is allows me to feel so alive and aligned with who I feel I really am. So, I want to keep embodying these beautiful feelings and sharing them with the world.
♥ Is there one significant moment you can pinpoint, where you knew that you wanted to take control of your health and wellbeing?
I remember that I was around 18 when my mum started taking our family to a naturopath. I had struggled with health problems for most of my childhood and teenage years, but when I began to make some of the changes our naturopath recommend I was blown away by the effect they had on me.
That experience changed everything and I started to become incredibly conscious of what I ate and the impact it had on my body. I would keep food diaries to monitor how I felt after eating certain meals. I began to see that foods containing dairy, sugar and gluten didn’t sit well with me, and that eating fresh, alive, wholefoods made me feel energised.
That experience totally shifted my view of my health and my body and I have continued with this practice ever since.
♥ What do you think is the most important step a person can take right now, to start loving and nurturing themselves again?
I feel the first step is acceptance. Wherever you are at right now, just drop all of the negative inner chatter and accept and love yourself just as you are
Many of us place such high expectations on ourselves and say we will love ourselves ‘when’ we either look a certain way or are eating a certain way. We also judge ourselves a lot and become incredibly hard on ourselves for not making the right food or lifestyle choices.
If at the moment you are not exactly where you want to be health wise, begin by being ok with that. Drop the judgment, the pressure and the expectations. Allow yourself to be ok with where you are now. Love yourself no matter what your body looks like and from that place you can begin to move forward.
♥ What does the term “being healthy” mean to you?
While being healthy to me definitely includes eating a wholesome, nourishing diet that supports and strengthens our body, there are so many other factors that contribute to our health.
You can eat all the kale in the world, but if you are filling yourself with negative and self-critical thinking, you are not taking a healthy approach to your body. (Amelia’s note : I freakin’ LOVE that you’ve said that!)
It is about making healthy choices in all areas of our life. Choosing to think self-nourishing thoughts, honouring our emotions, taking plenty of time out for sleep and relaxation, connecting with our spirit and doing things that we love and enjoy regularly.
♥ A lot of people struggle with living in the moment, how do you stay present?
It really is a moment to moment practice! I bring myself back to this moment by grounding in to my body. The only thing that takes me out of this moment is my mind, so when I reign my mind in and bring all of my attention and awareness in to my body I can come back to the present moment.
I will ground my feet in to the floor, take some deep belly breaths and focus my gaze on one single point. I then become really aware of where I am in this moment, what I can hear, see, smell and feel. As I awaken all of my senses it allows me to experience this present moment fully and bring me in to the moment.
♥ What is the one song that is guaranteed to get your up on the dance floor?
It is a bit old school, but my absolute fave is So Much Love To Give by Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon.
♥ 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?
This is a biggie for me. It is about being self aware enough to know when seriousness has taken over and then making a choice to take a break. For me this might mean putting music on in the middle of the day and dancing around the house or doing the things I used to love as a kid like painting and drawing. Otherwise getting out of the house and catching up with a friend is guaranteed to break me out of the serious space.
♥ If you could invite anyone over for a little dinner party in your home, which 5 people (dead or alive) would you invite and why?
I find this really tough!
It would have to be a selection of people I deeply admire. I don’t quite know what I would do with myself if I was surrounded by all of them all at once, but I would just love to be in their presence and energy. I just think it would be fascinating to eavesdrop on their conversation.
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♥ 5 years from now… where are you and what are you doing?
Do you know what, I have no idea!
I am more than happy to see wherever this life takes me although I have a feeling I will still be doing this beautiful work that I love, living by the beach and being surrounded by people that make my heart sing with happiness.
THE SPEEDY SIX…
♥ Favourite exercise? Running (on the beach)
♥ Favourite colour? Pink
♥ Favourite vegetable? Close tie between Kale and Sweet Potato
♥ Favourite superfood? Cacao
♥ Favourite smoothie combination? Cucumber, Baby Spinach, Lemon, Avocado, Kale, Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, Cinnamon, Spirulina, Chia Seeds, Mesquite and Coconut Water.
♥ What are you grateful for right now? The journey I am on. I am loving the way my life is unfolding at the moment. It is both challenging and effortless, and it is filled to the brim with uncertainty which used to scare me, but which now I revel in. I feel I am dropping in to a beautiful space of coming to know myself in such a deeper way and I love then being able to share myself with the world from that space. It is pretty delicious!
See? Connie really is one spiritual trail-blazer who really is going to make a big difference in this world.
You can connect with Connie over at her website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @connie_chapman. And you can also buy her GORGEOUS meditation CD and mentoring audios over at her online shop.