When I started I was ‘just’ a mum looking for an outlet, and I had no idea it would turn into an avenue to create amazing relationships, a career as a freelance writer, some cash on the side as a blogger, and turn my love of food into something I can write about, share far and wide, and educate people with.
Basically, I’m turning my outlet into a way to make money and put food on my family’s table. Doing stuff I’m passionate about.
Yesterday I had the most amazing experience, and I want to share it with you…..brand, be damned.
You are my peeps and you care what I’m up to, and this is way fucking cool.
You may remember a post I wrote about a personal trainer/psych student, (who has become my friend) Felicity?
Well, she recently suggested we join forces and bring all of the knowledge we both have about mind, body and spirit to create a workshop for people who need to learn techniques and skills to bring balance into their lives.
Nourishment, exercise and stress management are the three key areas we decided to tackle.
Yesterday was our maiden workshop. We did a mini-workshop of 3.5 hours to test the waters and see how our concept was received. I’m so moved by the outcomes because I not only shared my knowledge, but received so much in return.
We kicked the day off with goal setting and a chat about what’s holding people back.
The goal setting was really enlightening for me because here were these 9 ladies, of all different ages and walks of life, with children of various ages and you know what they all regarded as the main issues holding them back were?
Not saying no enough.
Every. Single. Person.
Just like me.
Is that you too?
Next was a chat about the importance of appropriate exercise and Felicity whipped our clients up into a sweat with a 45 minute circuit work out. We had all different fitness levels and everyone was thoughtfully catered for.
It was awesome to see the faces of these ladies who had been dying to get back into exercise but hadn’t been able to make it happen. They were exerting themselves, but they were also loving it. There was sweat, but not one expletive, so it was just the right amount of difficult.
The feedback was that 45 minutes was SOOOO much more achievable than an hour, and doing it in a group spurred them on.
I taught a super food cooking masterclass (wouldn’t be complete without a feast, right?).
I made some chia pudding to whet their appetites while I talked about the importance of nutrition as the corner stone of our wellbeing, and then followed with humus with dukkah toasted mountain bread.
Our main feast was roast cauliflower and raw broccoli quinoa salad and lean chicken kofte followed by my date and almond power balls.
I just chatted.
You know me, I’m not dairy-free, gluten-free-paleo-mum, I just love food.
I just talked about the stuff I love and why I love it and it was a really amazing experience. They ate and made all of the appropriate lip smacking noises and I realised I need not have been nervous talking to these people, because they are my people.
They like my food, they might not have known it yet, but they do.
We finished off the workshop with a talk about stress management complete with a 20 minute relaxation to finish off the day.
We had 9 ladies join us, and although they may have been a little reserved to begin with, by the end of it there was a deep sense of community and belonging. They shared their wellness trials and tribulations and we, for a few hours, were a village.
A support network for each other and shoulder to lean on and learn from.
As young ladies, 40 and under (40 is the new young, right?), they were telling stories of their anxiety attacks making them think they were dying, to health issues causing multiple mini-strokes, to husbands not willing to support them on a health journey, I realised ONCE MORE that everyone is wonderful and unique and fighting their own fight.
Anyway, I have a new project. A little business, if you will.
It’s called Overhaul Wellness and if you wanted to like our Facebook page we’d be much obliged.
If you wanted a piece of the action we are planning another day, a full day workshop in June.
Do you want an Overhaul?
By the way, Happy Mother’s Day, ladies. Hope you have an amazing day being spoilt by your peeps.
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