5 Quirky ways to love your body

DAY 73

12th March, 2014

A while a go ‘I fucking love science’ posted this cute pic:

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I thought it was pretty cute, and also pretty spot on. Our cells are totally in tune with us. They are totally connected with what we are thinking and how we are feeling. Getting ready to party and feeling pretty excited? Then your billions of little cells are partying right along with you! Feeling like you are trapped in the darkness and can’t get out? Then your massive population of cells are rocking in the corner too, moaning and groaning in the dark with you. Falling in love and consumed with passion, well don’t look now, but you have a few billion copy cats hanging around you…

Pretty awesome right? And quirky.

So it got me thinking, what are my top 5 quirky (but effective) ways to love my body?

  1. Hot stone massages. It might feel a bit weird to have someone massage you with oil and rock hard stones, but as long as the therapist massaging you is qualified and knows what they are doing, this is total bliss. Your body will love you for it! Essentially the therapist massages you with the hot stones and then positions them down your spine to heat your muscles and relax you. Hmmm…heaven on a stick!
  2. Eat colours! This is about giving those billions of adoring cells the nutrients they need to keep you alive. So feed them a range of colours from each food group. So for example: orange coloured food such as carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin! Purples, such as blueberries. Loads of green coloured foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli and celery. One of my favourite food websites is Joe Cross’ website. You will find loads of juicing recipes and good food recipes to try.
  3. Get physical! In any way you can. Walk up and down the stairs. Dance in your kitchen to your favourite KPop or metal song on your IPOD! ‘Snuggle’ with your love…if you know what I mean! Maybe snuggle twice! Walk your cat. Swim in the ocean but only on moon lit nights.
  4. Mirror it! Find a mirror and give your reflection a good pep talk. Remind yourself what you love about your body. How cool you are. If you feel a bit awkward, take some time to write down your favourite things about yourself on post it notes. Then pop these up on your mirror so you can refer to them if you get stuck. Remember to be kind. Do you love you eyes? Think your hands are pretty cool? Love the way your smile lights up your face? What about your insides? Do you love how clever you are? How quick witted and funny you are? Do you love the way you can sing or the way you look after your mum or grandma? Still feel a bit awkward? Then imagine that you are telling the throngs of cells how much you love them. How cool they are when they sing in the shower or volunteer at the local soup van.
  5. Dress to impress …yourself of course. This one is about loving who you are and feeling good in your skin. When you love who you are, your body (aka billions of cells) usually reflects that loving. Dress in your favourite colours, or favourite 1970’s tee’s or designer outfits that you won on E-Bay. Let loose your quirky style and be true to who you really are. Because you are wonderful! And you have an entourage of billions of tiny cells that follow you every day to prove it!

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
― Maya Angelou

 

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7 Wild little gestures of love

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DAY 43

12th February, 2014

So with Valentine’s Day a few sleeps away, I thought it might be fun to share some wild little ways to love your precious.

I hope you have some loved up fun!

  • Kiss! If ever there is a time to kiss – It’s Valentine’s Day! Kiss your love everywhere and as much as you can. Be creative! Kiss your valentine’s hands, hair, forehead, neck, arms, tips of their fingers and backs of their knees. Remember to take your long winded time! Don’t rush a thing! Long luscious kisses in unexpected places are exciting. So kiss in the kitchen, or the car, or in the supermarket aisle. Kisses in the back of the movie theatre are seriously the best. Remember how you felt when kissing was all you were brave enough to try? How much effort did you put into that one kiss? Heaps right? So take your time and kiss your love in places that you have never kissed before.
  • Write a quirky little poem about how you feel about your Valentine. Make it rhyme…or not. Add pictures, even if you can’t draw, get as creative as you can with stick figures! believe me – your love will LOVE it! Pop your poem into a handmade valentine’s card, covered with hearts and filled with sparkles of love…you can get these at your local $2 shop in the craft section. Sneak it into their work diary, so they find it at the office, or leave it in their lunch box. Make sure it’s not just about getting a giggle, but also about expressing how you really feel about your Valentine. Remember to be genuine…as well as sparkly!
  • Prepare a love feast to eat in bed. I’m talking food here of course! This could be breakfast, or a late night snack. Make sure you put some effort into this. Set up a beautiful tray, or find a basket to present it all in. Theme in the colours of love. Add nice napkins, cups and plates and a cool table cloth, so you don’t mess up the sheets too much – well at least not with the food! Include your Valentine’s favourite yummy foods, but also add something healthy. You don’t want just beer and chips! This is all about expressing your love. So if she loves chocolate or he loves a special kind of ice cream, make sure it’s on offer. You could also bake some fresh scones, or bread, or make home made pancakes with fresh strawberries, jam and cream. Or champagne and late night nachos with your own home made guacamole! Make it yummy and make it fun!
  • Dance. Everywhere! Learn a few cool moves and dance with your honey in the street, in the supermarket aisle, along the beach, in the kitchen, or in an actual dance class! Book a beginners rock and roll class and have half an hour of awesome, breathless fun! Then head to a good burger joint for yummy burgers and milk shakes…and perhaps a bit more ‘dancing’!
  • Locate as many photo booths as you can and go on a wild photo booth, photo shoot adventure! Dress up in a Valentine theme or just dress up. You want to pose for the photos with lots of hugs, kisses and expressions of love for each other!  In between each photo shoot take a break – have something to eat or drink that inspires the next shoot! Eat strawberry ice cream cones, strawberries dipped in chocolate, hot chocolate, milkshakes or red fruit juices! You can keep your photos on the fridge or frame them, or perhaps put them in a special scrap book with messages of love to each other.
  • Plan a bit earlier, and plant some seedlings in a lovely pot or a second hand rustic container, so they are ready to give to your love on Valentines Day. Perhaps he loves herbs? Or maybe she loves jasmine? A friend of mine used to take an early morning walk every Valentine’s Day (or a late night one in the dark) and pick a flower from each of your neighbours’ gardens to make up a massive bunch of ‘wild’ flowers for his girl friend. Now, I am not advocating stealing your neighbours prized roses, but most gardens have a bush, shrub, tree, or flower bed that hangs over into the street, or lane way, so just pick one. You will end up with a huge bunch of flowers from the neighbourhood! Tie a ribbon or a scarf around the bunch. If it’s freezing cold in your part of the world, perhaps you could make some paper flowers, or origami flowers, and hang them in a chain around your bed, or your love’s favourite chair?
  • Massage your honey’s hands, head, or feet…don’t know how to give a massage? Head to google for a quick tutorial! Plan this before hand and find some yummy smelling massage cream or oil. Light lots of candles around the room and put on some gentle relaxing music. Put a soft blanket or fluffy towel down on the floor, or on the couch, and provide some pillows or cushions. Remember to take your time and have fun with it. Massaging should be about taking the time to explore and touch your love and shouldn’t feel hurried or difficult. It’s all about showing your Valentine how much you love them and making them feel awesome!

Of course, you could go for the grand gesture of romance and organise dinner at your love’s favourite restaurant, tickets to a movie or theatre show, or shower your babe with flowers or gifts ~ whatever you choose to do, however you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to be genuine, and come from a place of kindness, love and gratitude…and you never know where the wildness will lead…

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

 

A sickly little moment

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Day 36

5th February, 2014

Today I have been feeling pretty sickly, so I thought I would focus on ‘things that I love’ to make me feel a bit better. If you haven’t tried this before, it is an idea started by Gala Darling, who I think is one of the most inspirational bloggers around. She posts “Things I Love Thursday’ on her facebook page and site every, you guessed it, Thursday.

Mine are a little different. I usually post a “Things I Loved this week” on my facebook page every Sunday night. It’s a good reminder of the extraordinary life I am living and how much love and joy I am surrounded by. It’s also a little reminder of how quirky I am, but still good.

Anyway, hopefully it inspires you. If you are having a tricky day or not feeling too good for whatever reason, remember to breathe and that your life is very precious.

Things I LOVED this week: a kind text message from a very beautiful friend, who really has no clue how beautiful she is; endless cups of tea in bed with my favourite, turquoise and crimson china tea cup; creating my Dream Board and realising that I have already accomplished quite a few of the goals on my bucket list in just a month! Watching my beautiful niece get married to an equally beautiful young man in the Royal Botanical Gardens, and dancing at their wedding to a Syrian band; realising that I am ridiculously fortunate to be working and playing along side some incredibly gutsy and talented women; meeting a few of our awesome fans who follow our YouTube Japanese pop culture show, ‘It’s Japan, Man!‘ Cuddles with my sweetheart of a cat, Mia; big conversations with the little people in our family, Sienna, baby Jordan and baby Cruz; escaping from the 40+ heat, to a lovely little restaurant on the banks of the river, and having an unexpected lunch with friends; finding another quirky film that I love ~ Warm Bodies ~ who knew zombies could be sooo cute! Sleeping. A lot! Hanging out with a room full of entrepreneurial and creative women at the League Of Extraordinary Women’s breakfast; Having a pedicure and a foot massage, there is something incredibly luxurious about being taken care of; holding hands with my sweetheart of a husband and falling asleep, again, in his arms. These are the things I loved this week.

By the way, how are your Gratitude Jars, or your Bucket List Jars going?

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  – Maya Angelou