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It all began as a simple list of New Year Resolutions - what came next changed my life and I want to show you how easy it is to change yours.
For the past couple of years, I have convinced myself that my
emotions and overall mood has been linked to the moon cycle. After being
diagnosed with severe depression last year I monitor my state of mind on a
regular basis and try not to overwhelm myself with too many activities. I
noticed that there were certain times of the month when I felt much lower than
I decided to investigate this further and found Heather Roan
Robbins’ book, Moon Wisdom, about
transforming your life using the moon’s signs and cycles.
Heather explains how the moon sets the tone of the day and that
it changes signs every two and a third days. By knowing where the moon is on
any given day, you get a snapshot of the mood and general attitude for any
I didn’t want to use this book as a portent for my life – I’m
savvy enough to carry on living my daily life as I always have and enjoying every
second of it. What I did want, was an explanation as to why I had low moments
when my depression beat me and I needed to hide under the duvet. I wanted a
little guidance to sort through the muddle that is my mind. Moon Wisdom gave me
At the start of the book there is a ‘how to use’ section which
shows the reader where to go to find out what your moon sign is – you do need
this information to be able to utilise the book. I found a great website http://lunarium.co.uk to use as I couldn’t
quite get to grips with the site recommended in the book. I also downloaded the
Solar Moon app for my iPhone which tells me at a glance what sign the moon is
in. I am then able to refer to my book for a low-down on that day, for example;
page 12: Navigate your day with the moon in Aries.
The second part of the book gives you information about the
phase of the moon at the moment of your birth – I was born under a Libra moon
and found the data to be quite insightful.
Part three describes the phases of the moon in more detail.
This is a full colour book and beautifully written. It is easy
to navigate and read even if you are a beginner who is simply fascinated with
I would highly recommend.
Heather Roan Robbins believes how we respond to the Moon's powerful influence is key to how
we lead our life. The Moon circles the Earth and zodiac in approximately 28
days and changes signs every 2.5 days. The Moon sets the tone of the day. When
we know today's Moon sign, we know what to expect of the public mood and how to
easily handle people. When we know the Moon we were born under, we have a new
understanding of ourselves, what drives us, and what makes us feel at home. And
when we know the Moon sign of our partner, boss or best friend, we have a
beneficial tool to understand and get along smoothly with them.
In Part I, Heather explores the meaning and
usefulness of the sign of the Moon each calendar day to help us navigate our
day and make the most of our time. In Part II she explores the imprint of that
sign and phase of the Moon at the moment of our birth, to better understand and
deal effectively with ourselves and others. Part III layers in the effect of
the phases of the Moon on our everyday life and on our birth Moon. From here we
bring attention to the Moon's relationship to the other planets in our solar
system, and how to use those important aspect-relationships to fine tune our
Heather Roan Robbins shows how with the wisdom of
the moon and its empowering guidance you can always choose your response and
take charge of your life in a positive, healthy and proactive way!
all experienced those days or weeks that wipe us out.
we become bogged down by work, family life and a hectic social scene, we may
begin to forget certain things such as a friend’s birthday or to cancel a hair
appointment. Neither of these scenarios are life threatening and certainly shouldn’t
tip us over the edge, but when we take
too much on, the cracks begin to show.
is a part of who we are. We deal with pressure, deadlines and multi-tasking
have been many books and articles written on the benefits of a certain amount
of stress in our lives. It can keep us on our
toes, motivated to succeed and help us focus on an important task.
regardless of whether we believe that stress is good or bad, it can still have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing.
we deal with an excessively stressful situation our body produces adrenaline
and cortisol to help us deal with the threat – this is our fight or flight
time we looked at how self-love must start on the inside, you can read that
post HERE. Today
I want to talk about letting go of old emotions.
one of the world’s worst for holding on to things from my past. I’ll admit that
I’m getting better with age, and having a background in holistic health has
certainly steered me down the right route, however, when our past is still
impacting on our present then something needs to be done.
you are a regular reader of my blog, you
will have spotted the occasional post about my invisible illness and subsequent
depression and anxiety. These are ongoing issues that I deal with in a variety
of ways. Yesterday, for instance, I had my first EMMETTtreatment, and it blew me away.
I have woken up feeling human again – it’s been two years since I felt ‘normal.' A recurring theme that came up during
my treatment was the tension in my neck, shoulders, and back (represents support
issues). As a single parent to three teenage children,
I guess it’s inevitable that I can feel unsupported on a day-to-day basis.
sure many of you can recall a time when you tried to either ‘fix’ a friend or
relative instead of sorting out your own health/emotional issues. I’m great in
a crisis and can advise anyone on the perfect course of action, but if I need
to turn that support around, I’m often unable to help myself.
illness and depression have taught me to abandon
any hope of being in control. It’s a doomed mission! Instead, I choose to be
positive no matter what is thrown at me, and do you know what happens when I
take this attitude? I started the process of healing.
I've been blogging for three years now and I love it! I write this blog as well as a book/writing related blog over on Word Press - you can find it HERE.
blogging and writing community is fabulous,
and I’ve made many new friends through sharing, interacting and commenting on
the incredible blogs that are out there.
celebrate the best bloggers around, Sacha Black and her awesome team launched
the Annual Blogger Bash back in 2015, and I’ve very pleased to say that it’s
returning this year and looks to be bigger and better than before.
physical event takes place on 11th June 2016 in London and tickets
can be found HERE. Regular blog readers who are unable to make the event can
follow all the fun and frivolity via Twitter or Facebook.
week we looked at abandoning our to-do list, you can read that post HERE.
I want to talk about self-love. It’s a phrase that many of us struggle with and
one that I’ve pondered over many times. Last year I joined a slimming group in
the hope of shedding the two stone in weight that crept on during the initial months
of my ill health. I thought that by losing the weight,
I would start to feel better about myself.
weight and feeling fitter and healthier, slimmer and more energetic is a worthy
goal but it doesn’t change the essence of who we are. I look in the mirror and
still see the dark circles under my eyes, the stretch marks and ‘laughter lines.' Losing weight won’t change that. I just
need to embrace everything as a whole – inside and out.
Week 3: Avoid
Goal Setting and Abandon the To-Do List
week we looked at how to stop feeling guilty, you can read that post HERE.
I want to talk about NOT setting goals. Don’t adjust your monitor; I did just
suggest that you avoid goal setting – me, the queen of resolutions!
the past year, I’ve had to abandon some challenges due to my health; it was
upsetting and unnerving as I saw this as a ‘failure.' As the year rolled by, I
began to understand the importance of living without a purpose.
to-do list was, and still is but in a much smaller scale, a great comfort to
me. I love a schedule and a deadline, and I find it helpful to run the
household events/tasks using a paper diary and calendar.
how often have you looked at your to-do list and felt defeated? Not because you
haven’t managed to tick off all the tasks but because you find those particular
duties hold no meaning. It’s just ‘stuff to do’ instead of activities that
drive your real goals forward.
year ago, my life changed direction. I was fighting with a health issue that not
only depleted my energy but caused me
pain, anguish, and fear.To this day, I remain undiagnosed, left with
the doctor’s parting remark, ‘we’ll probably never know what it is or why it
happened.’ I translated this to mean ‘just get on with it.’
I did! I chose to take control of my life and health - it was the hardest
decision to make but in hindsight, it was the right one. After seven years of
hard work, I closed Body & Soul Holistics,
my holistic health spa. A small business that had evolved and flourished until I
had an eight-month waiting list for
ladies wanting treatments.
clients were incredible and supported my decision, having watched my health deteriorate
before their eyes. They were also wise and intuitive about where my life would