The year that was.

Are you spending time reflecting? Planning?

New Years; the perfect time of year to revisit the last year and create all those New Years resolutions (which, in all honesty how often do you stick to?)

‘Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.’ Buddha

As my 31st birthday was only a week ago, I’m also reflecting on the year that was my flirty 30… minus the flirty.

All to often we get consumed with where we are going, where we want to be, who we want to be, that we forget who and where we are, in this exact moment.

Do I have the family I had dreamed I would? The beautiful apartment we owned {me & my hot hubby of course}? Do I drive my dream car (white range ;)… the answer is no. Does this make me less of a success than if I did? No.

Instead this year:

I found myself.

‘You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.’ Buddha

This has to be my #1 most important and priceless lesson I have learnt. I have learnt that in all times of stress, uncertainty, anxiety, (read tears & pain, can’t get out of bed/what the f%&k am I doing thinking), you have to trust yourself. Your passion. Your belief. You have to do the work every day so that when life hits, and it hits hard, you are able to get knocked down, then promptly stand up and say is that all youve got? Time after time I have learnt that this year.

From the time I couldnt afford to pay my power bills and had to apply to the Salvation army for support (not that I could get it because I work for myself etc).

From the time I had to ask a friend to pay my rent for me.

From the release of my book with mistakes.

From the time I altered my recipe/Clean Treats for better processing time, which then created faulty stock… {AHHH}

From the time my ex who has a fiance came into my life and told me I was the one, the love of his life, wanted to build a world, get married, have a family etc, then promptly re disappeared.

From and in between all the unsuccessful dating escapades I’ve been on (not that many, hence the minus of ‘flirty’ before  thirty and the #onedatewonder) to the new and then broken friendships, new and lost clients…

In between all of this I was given the greatest gift of all. I found myself. I have realised that I am alone, but not lonely. As much as I dream of a real love, I have all my love to give to my business, my passion, my purpose, to you right now. This is my focus. Where I am is exactly where I am meant to be and I am thankful for everything that has happened to teach me, to learn from and to appreciate all that I do have.

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Now, I’m not saying that now I have an ego that strides next to me everywhere I go, instead, I’m still here feeling anxiety (even currently as Im processing big change in my life, I don’t like to be unorganised), I have a quiet confidence that has been instilled within my heart, my mind, my soul…I’ve got this. Whatever it is. Whatever happens, Ive got it.

I’ve learnt to look for opportunities in every mistake.

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.
– Ralph Marston

Geez. This is one of the best…opportunity thinking, because let me tell you, if you are building a business or a life and take every mistake you make as a personal hit and beat yourself up about it, how can you expect yourself to ever get up? You have to be your own cheerleader.

I have loved and lost. I have learnt that this is ok. As I get older I am constantly surprised with the flow of people in your life, sometimes people can be so close, yet sometimes so far away.

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Ive learnt that adoration is very different from love. You can meet people and create a #crush, adore them and who they seem to be, yet only sometimes will this turn into either a real relationship, or that soul shaking friendship (you know when you just know theyve got your back)?

We write #wifey, #lover, ‘I love you’ everywhere, yet how often do we mean these words? And on the flip side how often do you say these words to the people you actually do love?

Through this flow I’ve created a world of love and inspiration, mentors (I cannot believe some of the people/creators of their own empires that I now have to call, smile & laugh or stress with/learn from) and amazing people around me, yet I’ve also found my wall has been built higher, more impenetrable than ever before (read #trustissues).

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Do not mistake my kindness for
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My kindness is my greatest
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Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for. For the good, the not so good, the love, the pain…life, this is it and its beautiful.

This year I’ve gained 5kg, lost 2, gained 3, lost 1 etc…created a binge eating problem, ran a full marathon, 42km with no training 4.5 hrs, started boxing, gave up boxing, played with yoga, meditation, got bored of yoga and meditation (as much as I know I need them), looked in the mirror and hated myself… and at the end of it all Ive done more this whole year than most of my life combined and I am happy. Not lean, but happy.

Re the marathon; just wow. I highly promote this or any what may seem impossible goal to anyone. I decided 1 week prior and then just did (I am a little lucky, I have been a runner my whole life, and it is my chosen form of stress relief). The after effect: it felt like every cell in my body was alive, alert…having a party. Just wow.

This year, as I’m sitting here amongst my apartment that is half packed up, reports and receipts lying all around me, I’m not making any big promises, and new years resolutions, Im not starting a diet. In fact that’s a lie. I’m starting my new plan; the NO diet, diet. From a book? A program I paid for? NO. Just NO diet. Eat what I want when I want, train, run, walk,, yoga anything when I want. Changing my thinking and listening to my body.

‘Life isnt about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.’ George Bernard Shaw

I am however re acquainting myself with my yoga matt. And I’m spending new years eve/night (ill probably be asleep by 12pm #nanaandlovesit {you can all start the first day of the year removing toxins and feeling off}  working on my dream/goal/and rule boards.

These have been well overdue. And I’m talking about the small things like; Monday kitchen, Tues/weds/thurs delivery. Fri Admin; expense, marketing, social media…ETC. That really exciting stuff 😉 And I actually am EXCITED (please dont judge me). Im actually creating a job description and role for myself, because #bosslife, doing what I want when I want, has had me working harder, not smarter.

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Rules for myself; i.e no less than 8 hrs sleep per night. Technical detox (yup, no more naughty scrolling/stalking at 12pm at night) at 10pm. Morning walking or meditation. These aren’t so much even rules, but these are the things I KNOW make me feel good. And sometimes when your trying to create and build a business organically, you and your health can become lost within the pressures, the late night orders, questions etc.

My health is my #1 investment. So I’m writing my own rules. Keeping a focus on what makes me feel good, really good.

Oh, and something I had forgotten that makes me feel so good; a weekly book store visit and new book. Not a romance novel which only fills my mind with more hopeless romantic notions (read, I will never settle for anything less than the whole zoo when Im with you), but business books, people who have created their dream life, people who have said yes when the world has told them no. This is one of my pure soul #happy actions.

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So as I reflect, feeling a little on edge (I just need to move and get settled, I really, really DISLIKE my home environment being unsettled), as I’m about to hire my first #baller/personal assistant, all I want to say to you, my readers, my clients, my friends, my lovers, my #wifeys, my #soulies, my #healthies, every single person who has touched my life in any way, good or bad, for a moment or a lifetime…thank you.

THANK YOU.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust

I wouldn’t be here, trying to create a life I love to live, a healthy change in the world and hopefully inspiring just one person daily…without you.

‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.’ Buddha

Instead of making New YEAR goals, let’s make New DAY goals…every day. Be a better person, today. Make healthier choices, today. Say I love you, today. Take time to just be, today.

So much heartfelt, soul deep love to you, Charlie x.

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Busy, my new swear word.

Yesterday I fell into bed at 6pm, and I just couldnt move. I was on edge, uneasy, anxious, I was having difficulty to breathe and completely exhausted.

I was torn between getting up and doing the gym workout I knew I was supposed to do and just sleeping, just hiding away from the world, turning off and letting everything go.

I listend to my body and nearly instantly fell asleep for a good few hours.

This week I was B U S Y. Ridiculously so it felt.

‘Beware the barrenness of a busy life.’ Socrates

 

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Its been an emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting week.

By wednesday I said to a friend ‘I feel like im about to fall apart’ and had every intention of cancelling my birthday, by Thursday, Id had a #ball/sugar attack, and by Friday I was simply trying to breath.

‘The sky isnt aways blue, the sun doesnt always shine, and its okay to fall apart sometimes.’ 

Busy. My new swear word.

This is my week.

*Its basically the last week for personal Christmas pack orders. Packing, posting, personal notes.

*The Clean Treats Factory Investor meeting {obviously the highlight! Also takes huge mental preparation}

Coordinating Christmas promotions and clients Christmas events.

Last week for most client orders for 50% of my clients, already taking pre orders for existing and new clients in the new Year.

Its the last week of all my suppliers for several weeks, meaning I have to be extra organised with boxes, products, marketing materials etc.

I was supposed to be organising a trip to Qld for Christmas; friend catchups, client meetings and new business contacts.

Its my birthday tomorrow; required people organising, dress, tan, makeup, shoes etc.

Christmas is next week.

My flatmate tells me she’s moving out {which then created emotional instability, hurt feelings, mistrust…worst time of the year #ever). Which then requires the stress of finding someone new, investing time and energy both which I dont have into trying to (and especially over the holiday season, whilst Im away)?  Or do I move? Decision making….

Decision made. Moving. Now requires, moving, new lease, packing ETC. (honestly moving is one of the worst things ever). A day after New Years {#nice, insert sarcastic emoji}.

Trying to organise New Years, Tickets. Outfit ETC.

*Trying to do no carbs/eat clean… {failing obviously}

*Gym (at the end of the day just making it there felt like a huge accomplishment).

And Im meant to be organising all my new packaging, designing new marketing ready for the New Year.

Now, this may seem a little or a lot to you, but to me its felt like a whole lot, perhaps its because its the end of a big, B U S Y, unstable, yet productive,…BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE (my 30’s)

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Ive become one of those people when asked how they are… Busy (arghhhh). And in all honesty, I know because I think it when people say it to me…how productive is your busy???

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishmeny and to either of tehse ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.’ Thomas A. Edison. 

And Im the first to say, in fact I have been saying it to the few close to me…I need to work smarter not harder. Im actually doing ym own head in with some of the silly mistakes I make because of the ‘busy’ pressure I feel under.

As a small startup business (no investment) everything is organic growth, which means I have to get orders before I can order marketing material, promotional items…stock for my product. This is not time efficient, but its just the way it is, for now.

Busy is a swear word.

When I think Im ‘busy’ Im more focused on being busy then actually productive, or how grateful I am my days a re full. I feel anxious, frustrated, nervy, on the verge of just breaking down.

Busy, is a swear word to your body. Being busy creates stress. ‘Theres no question you consume more when youre under pressure. And, thanks to spikes in hormones such as cortisol and insulin, research shows you also crave higher cal foods, says psychiatrist Dr Elissa Epel.  Whats more your emotional state while eating may determine whether – and – where – calories get stored as fat. ‘When your body feels threatened it stashes fuel in your abdomen, where it can be accessed quickly,’ she says. Excerpt 30 ways to a calm you, Shape magazine.

Theres something about the word busy that automatically creates a feeling of anxiety for me, an out of control, testing myself, not sure if Ill get everything done feeling. And as always, Im not saying that everyone feels this, this is just me expressing what happens in my crazy passionate #dreamer mind.

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Busy. A word thrown around as perceived social status. How are you, Im busy. So common; if were busy its acceptable. {And I do it all the time}. If were busy, we must be doing ok right?

How are you?, ‘Productive, calm, in control.’ (I even feel calm writing that answer) Might take people back a bit Id say.

Busy. Creates clutter. Pressure.

Ive got it under control…creates calm.

It always has been and always will be about your thoughts, and you do have the power to change them. Although sometimes, this week for example, it was simply a case of one foot in front of the other….get shit done. And thats ok to. Release the guilt, the fear of failure and just do what needs to be done.

You have to learn to go with the flow…evolve your capacity to take it as it comes and learn to be creative with a little ingenuity to get things done. Because if there is one thing I have learnt in business, is, its unpredictable, from one day/week to the next, (although as my brand is building it seems to be 2 steps forward with only half a step back). So you learn from it. Feel it. Then create new ways to do things better. Smarter, not harder.

‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.’ Confucius

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So the night before I turn 31, and yes perhaps theres some of those emotions mixed in with my week as Im still no where closer to my childhood romanticised dream of a hubby, kids, house, dog, white picket fence etc by the time I was 30, and yes I have released this childhood belief, merely stating…Im still single) Im going to spend tonight with myself. Im getting a massage, a Rainbow salad from one my favourite places; O Superfood in Bondi  (also stockist of Clean Treats) and Im going to desire map. how do I want to feel?

I dont really adapt well to change, its something Ive always struggled with, business is fine but personally? Still learning.

So as its been a week with huge changes; my Qld plans are now cancelled (which also creates a sense of letting people down). Im looking forward to a few days between Christmas and New Years to create some systems for not only my business but myself.

‘Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.’ Charlie Jones

What I have found this week is I am an emotional/stress eater. So, it makes sense to create measures to minimise the stress/uncertainty/pressure I feel. From the little things like specific pre order days, to specific delivery days and set daily/weekly plans for myself. For whilst I might work good under pressure, my body doesnt.

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” ~ Paulo Coelho

So busy, is now a swear word in my vocabulary. I will refrain from using it and instead choose to create systems and ways to be productive, efficient and calm.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Like treat myself to a massage 😉

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Hate; Costs. Love is free.

As we are feeling the effect of the Sydney siege surrounding us, I felt it relative to put in my 2 cents worth, my thoughts, not my opinion.

How 1 person could do such a thing is beyond comprehension.

Its human cruelty. Atrocious. despicable, disgusting…. and the list goes on.

What went through his head we will never know. And Im not writing to put my uneducated speculation on the event. My post today is about hate {& how I do believe that love is the strongest power there is…love will conquer all #Ibelieve}.

‘A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.’ Max Muller

 

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Hate. We are surrounded by everyday.

“The only cure for hate is love’ India Arie.

The aftermath of the Syndaye siege has reignited many racist haters out there. People who think that is is ok to judge someone by their religion, their colour and even their social status. Again, I’m not saying any religion is right or wrong… I am simply stating that judgment is unwarranted and needed. Judgment is driven from your own ego. Does it make you feel good to belittle someone? Do you feel warranted and valued as a person when you put other people down?

When you judge someone this is only saying more about you than the person they judge.

‘Love is the absence of all judgement.’ Dalai Lama

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Who said it was ok for you to throw mean words at the girl at the train station who wears a Burka?

Who said it was ok for you to torment that kid in your class because he has dark skin/glasses/is overweight?

Who said it is ok for you to be a keyboard warrior and send your nasty words straight into someone’s heart?

Because you follow a certain religion, does your god/belief  say its ok to treat people disrespectfully?  No. I’m sure but I could be wrong that in each religion, the words are:

Christianity:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 19:19

Buddhism: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama

Hinduism: ‘We believe there is no exclusive path, no one way for all’

Muslim: “To you be your religion, to me be mine.” Muhammed

Judasim: ‘Righteous people of all nations have a share in the world to come” Sanhedrin 105a

Atheists: Pretty sure they believe in making the world a better place by being the best they can be.

{Of course I realise there are wars, fighting and disputes happening all over the world and these 1 sentence quotes do not sum up all the religious  beliefs of each culture}

IT IS NOT OK.

I have tolerance for most things and will choose love as the greatest above all, but using a ‘religion’ as a reason or right to treat other human beings in way that is derivative, negative or hurtful is not acceptable.

If you have nothing nice to say…say nothing at all.

The last few days I’ve seen multiple hate, racist and even political posts run through my news feed.

Firstly…does it really make you feel good to write such things for the world to view? Did you think about that teenage girl who is muslim and is now terrified to cross the street? Did you think about that young man who is just doing his delivery job to feed his family when you yelled angry words at him this morning? Even the taxi driver you threw words at for just trying to do his job {guilty}.

DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER???

The answer is no. And if its yes, I suggest you get yourself to the mirror and take a look at what is lacking in your life, after that, get to yoga to reconnect with your mind, body and soul.

Secondly…when did you all become reporters?

Everyone now seems to know the ‘full story’ of the sad, heart breaking occurrence in Martin place.

 

Hate…its everywhere.

Just yesterday I received these messages:

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Im sorry…. if I offended you with my post {this was regarding my Self love Sunday; giving myself a break blog}, however for the 133 comments, over 20 personal messages {of thanks, I feel you} and support I received, it was well worth your few words of hate…because love will always conquer all.

LOVE, we can all chose it any time, anywhere, any situation.

As Im off to Martin place this morning to lay some flowers in respect of the 2 lives lost…I will feel love.

#illridewithyou… Sydney has shown the world that we will not tolerate Violence. We are a community living together in peace. This twitter # has shown that…and honestly I have to say wow. Choose love. Hold my hand and Ill hold yours.

‘Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.’ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

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And its free!!!

Love is a smile, a kind word, a hand to hold, a listening ear… these are the simple things that you can do today, right now in this very moment to show love.

And you never know who might need it.

‘Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.’ Mother Teresa

Love makes the world go round. Give it to get it and give MORE.

Love & light, Charlie x.

We; you and me, together can make a difference.

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Self Love Sunday; Be grateful

 


I know I write about gratitude often…but how often are you (or I ) really practising an attitude of gratitude?

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

Ive been given so much kind words lately, that I feel undeserving but grateful for. I mean Im just here, just me, doing what I think is my best {most of the time, sometimes I know Im not}.

On Friday night I was invited to attend one of my clients ‘all star’ Christmas Yoga class as a guest.

You might think this is something small, but to me it is these small things that matter. I felt privileged and thankful (and I have been a little naughty with missing my own yoga practice).

I had intended to gift this beautiful client of mine one of my new cakes as a simple thank you for their support and belief in Clean Treats.

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{Raw blueberry Cheesecake available here}

Whilst in class (it was the most fun ever), as I felt my body and all my worries release onto my matt, I thought to myself ‘wow’, I am in someone elses dream. A dream they believed in with so much of their own passion that they made it come true. And tonight it was a full class of 60 people, their community, celebrating christmas and them, the home that they had created for people to connect, to feel welcome, to just be. Simply amazing.

I felt so much gratitude right there, in that moment. I was asked to be part of this. Their something special.

And to see someone elses dream become their own reality…makes my heart smile.

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“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” Charles Schwab

There is enough love, support, growth and business for us all, as long as you stay true to you. To your passion.

The key to happiness: An attitude of gratitude

A big statement, but this is what I believe. No matter how bad your day is (and believe me Ive been having some tough times with couriers, delivery and managing orders lately, in fact I’m about to go and pack some Christmas packs), or what it is that you are going through…there is always something to be grateful for. ALWAYS.

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

Change your attitude and your thought to gratitude and you’ll soon feel any feelings on anger, negativity or unease pass.

Instead you’ll feel the opposite, #happy. Because you cannot be angry whilst feeling grateful for something. You cannot be sad whilst being grateful for something, you cannot be anxious while expressing gratitude (yes, it is sunday night and I have to ‘work’, but my attitude of gratitude changes a ‘ugh I have to work thought’… to ‘wow…someone somewhere is giving my product, something I have created to someone they love’…honestly, that’s kinda cool and I dont mind if I sound like a geek saying that).

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{Christmas packs now available in 4 or 8, order here}

In every darkness there is always light.

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

Self love Sunday; be grateful for everything you have in your life, even the things you think you dont want because you have created them for a reason…to learn from, or a reason, or a need….you have created it. Everything. Every situation is only an opportunity.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

You are the only one who is in control of your life, your thoughts, your actions, so make sure they are reflective of who you want to be.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Dont forget, you are the CEO of your life…I hope your booking in your self-love date every week. It is imperative.

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Good business. Bad business.

As an amateur in working for myself, all I can say is I’m trying.

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I make a f^+k load of mistakes as proof of this. I dont claim to be perfect. Just real.

‘Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.’ Steve Jobs

My social media sites & the way I speak about my business (generally in an over enthusiastic, can’t shut me up, passionate way) is not so much a look at me ‘I’m doing so well’ it’s more from a quiet confidence, from a belief I have in myself and my dream…a confidence I am earning everyday & working dam hard for. I have been tested, I mean everyday I still am, and Ive definitely be tried. I do believe that every mistake is an opportunity to learn from and be better.

Now, I’ve been a business development manager for reputable companies, all respectively leaders in their own fields, for the past ten years and would say I’ve learnt a little about how to do good business, compared to the opposite that is bad business, although I’ve definitely learnt some of that to.

Im not saying what I believe is the right way, or the wrong way. I’m simply sharing with you my personal beliefs (as always within my blog).

‘The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.’ Peter Drucker

Every day I speak to entrepreneurs (this is also the latest fad word), perhaps a better word is the dreamers, the game changers, the crazy ones that believe they can make a change (and yup I’m one and proud). A common complaint is the ‘imitation’ of your brand and product. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…who made that up? Imitation is just dam irritating. I mean, isn’t there enough dreams in the world? Can’t you have your own??? It was only yesterday I was speaking to someone who had someone close to her, who she had confided in basically take her idea.
Dissapointment levels….high.
Heartbreak…disaster.

The fact that they cannot build what you have with your passion and purpose…priceless.

You see at the end of the day…you are your brand. FULLSTOP.

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I am my brand hence my post the other and every week about my struggles and my growing trust in myself and life. My personal brand and my Clean Treats brand is about being real, not fake (so much so, I no longer use artificial beauty enhancers such as Botox or Lip plumps).

It’s not that I don’t get affected by brands, or specific people directly targeting my clients. Of course I do.
But it is business. I understand this.
I’m only trying. In some circumstances I’ve left the door wide open for this to occur, basically handing my competitions my (much valued) clients on a silver lined platter. Why have I done this? Because I want to share love (another brand belief) of course not, but because I’m only me. Im learning every day & as above, making a f^%kload of mistakes along my way. Where this may have occurred is only an opportunity for me to create better systems for myself and my clients to minimise this. I am only learning.

‘There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.’ Sam Walton

 

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Good business…just do you. Do your own thing and stop the market research. As tempting as it is. I know Ive done it and wasted several hours of the most precious commodity we have; time…lost in a deep virtue making myself contemplate why am I even trying to do what I do. Sure, I realise its important to know whats out in the market, but is it really? Im much happier when Im in my own Clean Treats bubble, doing what I want when I want. Listening to my clients and consumers as feedback for improvement and growth.

‘Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.’ Andy Warhol

Respect that your competitors are also people. R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Whatever they do really has no effect to you or your brand if your committed to our own progression and listening to the passion within your own heartbeat.

No one is you. When you feel threatened (and I definitely have) by another company or person…this is only a sign that the belief in your own brand is weakened. It means its time to stop for a moment and revisit your core values.

Why are you doing what you do. What is your brand about. Who are you.

There are many products on the market, and the best news is the health industry is growing. Whether you are a health coach, speaker, product or marketing agency this also means that competition is on the rise.

Trust your brand. If you are doing it for the right reasons (Clean Treats is about making a healthy change in the world, 1 #ball at a time and I believe this with every essence of my being) then what is right for you and your business will come to you. (But dont forget to work hard for it).

‘To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.’ Sr. Thomas Watson

Bad business.

I’m sure we all know what I’m going to write here.

Disrespect. Dishonesty. Slander. Attack. Etc…Etc. You know if you’re doing bad business,that little thing called your conscious will tell you.

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I just want to be respected. Simple.

Im doing what I believe in. When I step out of line or away from my core values, Im quick to realise this with mistakes that direct me back to my own true path.

For this pure reason I am trying to be real, I share with you my highs and my lows that if we meet in person Im exactly who you see in my words and social media pages.

Clean Treats is exactly as its branded. Simple. Real not fake. I dont say they are the healthiest, full of superfood, eat one and it will change your life product (I do however say trade your afternoon chocolate bar for a ball each day for a week and you will feel the difference, and after eating one of my #love balls compared to packaged product you WILL feel a difference).

‘Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.’ Francis Gray

Just do you.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Create a world of support around you, of people who believe in and help you and your business. Support the people that support you.

(Do you know whats interesting, its actually the people who arent closest to me who actually help me the most…Interesting).

 

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Self Love Sunday; Giving myself a break.

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Everyday I struggle with my weight. Even though I am in the fitness and health industry and offer coaching to clients myself, I’ve been having major issues with my weight for the last year, specifically since I started working for myself {an excuse perhaps?}

I am not lean. I am no longer a size 6. I wouldn’t dare be seen in a bikini and everyday I battle with myself about what I am doing and eating. I love to exercise, I know I am definitely addicted. Im fit, this is definitely true, I mean I ran 42km in 4.5hr with no training. Yet, I know this is not the best for my hormones and feel guilty when I ‘overtrain’.

I have digestive issues which mean I will never ever have a flat stomach and I use this as a oh well excuse.In fact I believe my mental weight issue started after intense testing, from doctors, naturopaths and specialists, all with no result, just wasted time, money and effort.

‘Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.’ Mario Andretti

 

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{This is my body currently}

I am a sugar addict. As my days get busier and my mind has to be 110% active, prepared to create opportunities from problems, I crave energy.

Im an emotional and stress eater. I eat when I am feeling overwhelmed and lonely. As I work towards my BIG dreams my world is getting more lonelier, I find it difficult to connect with people and seek to be understood. The passion I have for my business is second to none, something I have never felt before. Something I am consumed with.

I struggle to prep meals then tend to get so busy I forget to eat and reach for a quick fix which leads into a binge eating episode because diet will always ‘start tomorrow’. {And I HATE the diet word!}

I’ve had numerous amazing professionals coach me with little results because I’m so stuck in my ways {I am currently working with Chris Dufey, the Physique pro who is really helping me, and has given me the results above so far #heputsupwithmycrazyself)
I see results then I self sabotage and beat myself up with guilt. Its like I internally believe that I cant have it all.
I am obsessed.
Everyday.
I will not date/see anyone for fear of being judged (also because I am so time poor I would rather invest my time into my business). I hatttte taking pictures because I know I won’t like what I see.

Why do I have to have it all? Why can’t I just be ok today? Eat healthier just for today? (This is the coaching I give to clients) yet I’ve lost my own way.

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Comp days.

It’s not about self love or a lack of it. I am feeling stronger, more independent, focused and happy with who I am internally/mentally then ever before.
Everyday I torment my own self with thoughts about why I’m so obsessed with food, am I eating enough, not enough. ‘Why can’t I commit to the plans’. ‘I just want sugar’, ‘Ill be good tomorrow’, ‘what does he/she think of me’.
It’s these thoughts that are driving me crazy.
I can honestly say it’s been for the last year that I’ve tried (but can honestly say not really) to lose 5kg. ‘

Stating that when I do I’ll be happier, Ill be on my A game.

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{110% commited to goals, last year}

What is wrong with me? I’m so fed up with feeling like I have to fit in. Feeling like I’m over weight because I’m not the size (6-8) I normally am. Feeling like no-one will ever love me because Im no glamour model.

So today’s self love Sunday is to give myself a break.

I’m over beating myself up. Ive had enough.

Instead I’m going to take 1 day as it comes. Im going to appreciate what I am building with my business, my brand and the person I am becoming.

I’m going to commit to meditating every day for the next 2 weeks before my 31st birthday (my 30th year has been the best in my entire life, except for my body issues) and I’m going to take time to organise myself so the feelings of being overwhelmed/stressed dont occur so often.

I’m a stress eater. Working for yourself is the biggest stress you’ll find. (also the best thing youll ever do)
I’m an emotional eater. I comfort eat. Because my world is so busy, there’s so many beautiful people in it, but not one that really knows me. I am a binge eater. Years of ‘diet’ mentally have created the ‘oh well, Ive ruined my eating for today, diet can start tomorrow’.

My digestive issues are malabsorption, slow transit and I do not sense being full. This means that I just don’t know when I’ve had enough until it’s disgustingly to late & I feel sick.

My favourite food in the whole world is muesli/bars etc so lol I’ve built a business’s around it. (why oh why would I be so silly! lol 😉  It’s like an alcoholic having a wine company and every day I taste test my product which is absolute torture. Because I’m an all or nothing personality. Thats just me.

This is about being real. I am trying, although not 100% and I just want to give myself a break.
I read alot of books, and they say we only have a certain amount of willpower. I even read that many successful business men and women wear the same thing everyday so they dont have to use any thoughts or energy on what to wear…and we all know how hard that morning wardrobe struggle is.

More than what I have is being used on building my business and what’s left is used for my fitness, which isnt a whole lot.

Today, I want to practice patience with myself and make today a good day.

Self love Sunday, give yourself a break.

Love & light, Charlie x.

*please no judgement, I write to share my personal journey, my struggles and to be real. Life is a beautiful struggle. This is the truth I know.

This is not for compliments or pity. This is about sharing with you. Which my whole brand is about being real. So that is any of you, the beautiful people who take a moment to read my blog/follow me feel the same, you can be inspired to give yourself a break today x.

“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” – Peter F. Drucker

 

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My BIG Dream; The Clean Treats Factory

After careful consideration about sharing this with you, I felt that it was ok to, being in line with my brand beliefs, being real.

So today (for a long time really) I wanted to share with you the very thing that is making my heart beat to its own rhythm (even just the thought of it can increase my pulse rapidly), the very thing that keeps me awake at night, the thing that I spend countless hrs daydreaming/nightdreaming about, the thing that I can feel coursing through me veins…

The Clean Treats Factory.

{So yes, it will be Charlie & the Clean Treats Factory} And yes, I do think thats quite clever, the new age chocolate factory.

‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Harriet Tubman

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If you read my blogs, or follow me on social media you will have noticed Clean Treats is growing rapidly. Perhaps due to the #charliesballs (apparently people like to talk about #balls), or because the brand is so simple yet so effective, or because you support me {thank you}…either way…it is growing.

There comes a time in every business that you have to decide where you want to go and how you are going to get there.

Oh yes, that goal planning. From what I have heard and found, the best way to create and achieve these goals is to set your goal, your vision and work back from it, until you get to today.

What do you need to do today that will get you to where you want to be tomorrow, next year, 5 years time.

Today, I need to share this with you.

Are you a believer? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe that belief is the key essence to success?

To business? To life?

I do. I believe that this BIG dream will come true. You know why? Because Im not doing it for myself, Im doing it to create a healthy change in the world, to offer a safe place, a retreat, an escape away from the pressures of society. Im going to build this to say thank you to all the people who have supported me. It will be the peoples place, a sanctuary offering clean treats to honour your body, a place away from the chaotic stress we call our lives, a place just to be.

‘To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.’ Anatole France

So let me tell you about it…

As you know, I have #balls… (oh gosh always sounds silly), and recently slices (which keep selling out) and raw chocolates.

As you may also know I love to speak. to anyone that will listen (although very rarely in a social situation).

Im also a fitness/yoga junkie.

Put all these together & you have… The Clean Treats Factory.

 “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson

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A commercial kitchen that will allow the Clean Treats range to include everything from superfood salads to raw cakes, cookies and muffins (of course #balls) etc. All Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan (some will be Paleo).

A garden cafe that you will have to walk through a Lavender filled path to enter (symbolising an escape and also working in a calming manner on the Central Nervous System) before entering an indoor/outdoor (think White, Peonies, rustic light wood, herbs, #charliestyle) cafe that will serve you everything on the Clean Treats menu (think decadent raw cakes, raw nachos, raw pad thai, delicate raw chocolates). Strategically placed trees that will be enjoyed with lighting and organic wine at night time (because wine IS good, especially organic & preservative free)

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Upstairs there will be a seminar room, used for meditation, community yoga (we all need to return to our mats/ourselves more) etc and a conference room with full catering.

And SO much more (that I cant really put out to the world).

This is my BIG dream.

And I BELIEVE.

With everything in me, around me, in the air I breathe that this will very soon be my reality.

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Why? Because I know that every no is closer to the RIGHT yes.

 

Because I know that this will create a healthy change.

Because I just know.

‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result or preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’ Colin Powell

 

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‘Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievemnt os a difficult task that demanded our best.’ Theodore Isaac Rubin

Do you believe in magic?

Have you had your own personal dream come true?

I would love to hear your stories, or feedback/suggestions about how you have created your own dream reality.

This post is simply putting it out to the universe that the right investor will come to me.

I have put my order in. Now I can trust, have faith & relax that what is right for me will be.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’ Walt Disney

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Monday Motivation; Kristie Marsh Fitness Model

Good Monday morning my beautiful readers!

Now, if you read my blog or follow any of my social media sites or even know me personally, you will know that I am all about sharing love, about being kind to other people & my business motto is in fact ‘help other people get what they want’ {Zig Ziglar quote}. Sometimes I am surprised when people are kind to me, before I have in fact met them or had a chance to wave my magic wand and make them fall in love with the person I have decided to be (and somehow convince them to support my beliefs & brands 😉

Kristie Marsh is one of those people. She has shown me kindness, love and support without even knowing me, without me asking for it. Wow. Isnt that the definition of true beauty? What if more people showed kindness without asking anything in return, but just to be a good human?

In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
-Anonymous 

So I thought Id share her with you today (plus she is my new-found body inspo)…

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Krisite Marsh is a Mother of 2, a Mass Nutrition Fitness Model & Personal Trainer {yes she is indeed a super woman}

Charlie: You have created a rapidly growing personal training business; and your own profile as Kristie Marsh Fitness Model, in the fitness & health industry, what do you attribute this success to?

I have always been involved with the fitness industry I used to be a long distance runner. I used to do aerobic classes and have always had people asking me about my training diet and eventually how I got my body back after two children. So I attribute my success to being passionate about helping others but at the same time being open to other people’s opinions advice etc…

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‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ John F. Kennedy

Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the health industry?

I decided that years ago but it was a matter at what capacity . Once Garry & I met and discovered he was a passionate as me it really enabled me to come into my own.

Charlie: When did you decide you wanted to work for yourself?

I always knew if I was going to train others it would be for my own business however I am loving the idea of working in a gym too as I’m starting to prep for my fitness competition and the gym is turning into a new love for me and has been for the last 6-7 months

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor? I am very happy to be an inspiration as long as people realise it always a hard long road to get the body you desire. And being consistent. I’ve always been very competitive within myself to myself so I won’t ever give up.

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‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.’
-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Of course. I went through a divorce years of being a single mum which is full of challenges. Ups and downs emotionally . But I kept on training.

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Charlie: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Hmmm good question . I only practice what I preach. All diet exercises etc I have trialled on myself do I know the outcomes for clients. Personally I tend to be all or nothing. And I’m all health fitness training. I don’t go out or drink. I’m pretty boring actually but I love my choice .

Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

I believe this industry is saturated by PTs , bloggers anything fitness … So you need to have credentials behind you. Why would you take advice off someone who isn’t qualified? So key to success is education. Also I’m doing my first IFBB fitness comp to build respect amongst my peers & to show my clients how did discipline, goals and consistency can result In a body you can be proud of .

Charlie: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

If you have a dream be practical . And get yourself the appropriate education. Hard work will make the dream a reality.

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{Kristie is also a #baller = she loves #charliesballs/Clean Treats, and a #charliesangel}

Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?

Next from me will be stepping on stage in October at the IFBB Nationals in the bikini division.

‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Top 3 healthy tips/advice?

#1 Drink water

#2 take vitamins/supplements

#3 consistency in training

Charlie: Share something no one knows…

That after my competition my next goal is to have a baby then get back up on the stage again! With a better body than I had previously !!!

Follow Kristie on her journey:

Facebook: Kristie Marsh 

Instagram: thespecial_k & confessionsofafitnessmodel

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Sending my very special love & gratitude to this gorgeous woman.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Now, Monday…1st of December 21 days until my birthday celebrations = 110% commitment to my plan by Chris Dufey.