Nurturing Me, Nurturing You : Nat Kringoudis

Posted on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

“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.

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What can I say about this incredible woman?  She is a true trailblazer in EVERY sense of the word.  Nat Kringoudis is on one hell of a mission – to ensure woman of all ages are educated and empowered to make informed decisions about their bodies and hormone health.  Where was this angel during Personal Development class all those years ago?!

Nat is instrumental is supporting women to understand their bodies and overall health.  She truly is leading the way with such authenticity and honesty, which allows conversations about menstruation, fertility and hormones – which used to be considered off-limits – to be organic and free-flowing rather than feared or something to be ashamed of.

And if that’s not enough, this happy hormone revolutionist also has a hard-copy book on the way (yay!), is a beautiful Mum of two and leads a team of talented TCM practitioner’s at her clinic The Pagoda Tree in Melbourne.  Plus – she’s ridiculously funny and is an all round super boss (I manage Nat’s social media).  Nat Kringoudis – you inspire the pants off me.

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♥  You are out there inspiring so many people each day, but who or what inspires you?
Ahh well – I’m inspired by others – be it my audience, my colleagues and friends and family!  My love language is affirmations, so every time I receive feedback and praise for the information I share – it makes my heart sing so very much.  I really am motivated by seeing the delight on other peoples faces as we take the fear out of ‘fertility’ and reconnect women with their bodies.  I want this stuff to be seen in a new light and so I plan to continue on my mission to help women understand themselves on a new level.

♥  What is your big dream?
It’s time to go global baby!  My dream is to not only be a household name in Australia but to inspire people world wide about hormonal health and wellness.  That’s said – I’m kinda living the dream!

♥  Is there one significant moment you can pinpoint, where you knew that you wanted to take control of your health and wellbeing?
It has and will continue to evolve each and every day – but I remember turning to my mum one day and saying to her exactly these words – “mum, you know someday I’m going to be known for making a difference in this world.  I want to be the girl that changes lives” and look – it’s happening!  That was over 10 years ago.

♥  What do you think is the most important step a person can take right now, to start loving and nurturing themselves again?
Setting 2 goals right there and then in that minute that they aim to achieve tomorrow and then adding to that each and every day.  Goal setting is by far the best way to achieve – and of course once you start, you just can’t stop!!

♥  What does the term “being healthy” mean to you?
All round wellness – it isn’t a stop and start effort.  Of course we are all human but for me diet and lifestyle is the foundation for wellness.  If you can tick boxes there, the rest follows suit.  After all you can’t have fertile soil without nourishing it – your body is no different.  Soil has to be nurtured, fed, turned, aired and loved, as does your body AND then when the time is right (and only then if you truly understand yourself HELLO Debunking Ovulation!!) and only then can you plant the seed and know it will flourish – because the ground work was done.  It’s pretty simple.

♥  A lot of people struggle with living in the moment, how do you stay present?
I used to live for the future – I get how tricky it can come back to the now.  But again, for me, setting the goals and achieving them whilst it helps to project the future it helps bring me back to the present moment because without that, there is no moving forward.  Plus once you love what you do – there really something that switches over and allows you to appreciate life on a new level.  In a strange way it keeps me present.

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♥  What is the one song that is guaranteed to get your up on the dance floor?
Dancing on the Ceiling!  We all know how much I love Lionel.

♥  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?
I laugh a lot.  I laugh to myself a lot.  I do silly things and I sometimes have outrageous thoughts whilst meditating or washing the dishes – wherever.  I have to just go with the though, have a little giggle and move on.

♥  If you could invite anyone over for a little dinner party at your place, which 5 people (dead or alive) would you invite and why?
Nicole Richie – STYLE MUCH!?
Lionel Richie – we need a jam session
God – imagine picking his brain?
Ricky Martin – perve factor
Lao Tzu – I’ve some questions my text books just can’t answer!

♥  5 years from now… where are you and what are you doing?
Same same just bigger!

THE SPEEDY SIX…
♥  Favourite exercise? Bikram Yoga
♥  Favourite colour? Blue
♥  Favourite vegetable? Brocolini
♥  Favourite superfood? Coconut Butter
♥  Favourite smoothie combination? Avo, spinach, banana, coconut water, maca…
♥  What are you grateful for right now? Holidays, sunshine and family.

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Want to know more about this gorgeous woman?  For information on Nat’s two e-courses, Debunking Ovulation and Debunking PCOS, or for info on her books and upcoming events, head over to her website or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @natkringoudis.

 

Let’s celebrate!

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How often do you cheer yourself on?  How often are you celebrating not just the big things in life, but the little things too?

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Today, I want to have a chat about celebration, and why the little steps we take each day, that seem to be small and insignificant, are actually the important ones that deserve to be recognised and praised!

In the haste of trying to reach our goals, are we forgetting to congratulate ourselves for our successes and achievements along the way?

Each new step is just as important as the last.

We don’t need to dwell in the past, but we shouldn’t forget about where we have been, and how far we’ve come.

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“I am who I am, because of the choices I made yesterday” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

Those choices, got you here.  Now.  This moment.

Each time you choose fear over love – celebrate it.  Every time you choose to grow – celebrate it.  And every time you choose to dream a little bigger – celebrate that too!  These are all huge stepping stones in your journey.  And you may look back one day and realise that they were the most significant choices you ever made.

I talk a lot about the importance of having an attitude of gratitude, but I think a bit celebratory energy is just as magnetic.  Allow yourself to really FEEL those feelings of pride.  You did/said/chose this!

What are you waiting for beautiful?  I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below – what are you celebrating?

With celebratory love,
Amelia xxx

Making peace with anger and resentment

Posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

You know the feeling.  

You have been betrayed, let down or hurt.  Your stomach feels like it’s churning and there’s a burning heat inside you.  Anger.  Resentment.  Disappointment.  

But you push those feelings away.  You take the “high road”.  You try to move forward.  

The problem is, just because we hide from emotions, it doesn’t mean they are going to go away.  

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Last week, I woke up with no less than 10 cold sores.  My lips were practically coated.  My throat felt fiery and sore.  

I didn’t understand it.  I had been eating all the right things for my body, enjoying regular exercise and my life had been flowing beautifully.  Why was this coming up?  

I sat with it.  I journalled on it.  And still I couldn’t work it out.  

Then it wasn’t until we headed way for a few days, and I found some space that I saw the pattern… In the past few months I have lost my voice, had countless sore throats, and now a mouth full of cold sores.  Throat chakra.  Restricted voice.  Holding on to anger and resentment.  

It’s something I thought I was over.  It’s something I thought I had moved on from.  

I was living authentically.  Life was really beautiful.  Why was this coming up?  

And then it hit me – I have never fully expressed my feelings.  In an effort to keep things peaceful, to have a quick transition, I never told this person just how much they hurt me.  In truth, my pride also didn’t want them to know just how hurt I was.  So I pushed my feelings away in an effort to “keep the peace” and “save face”.  But in doing so, I had only damaged and betrayed myself.

I could no longer deny my feelings.  My voice was crying out to be heard.   

I needed to release.  To communicate.  To forgive.  To be free.  

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When we hold onto anger and resentment, it really can be toxic.  I’ve seen first hand this week, just how damaging it can be.  But it doesn’t mean anger itself is toxic.  

My anger has protected me.  While my heart remains open, my anger has ensured I now only let people into my life who have pure intentions.  My anger has made me strong.   

I now see the beauty in it.  I am grateful for it.  

But now it’s time to bring the dark side, into the light.  It’s time for me to continue to look at my anger through loving eyes, and use it to positively propel myself forward.

“Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

~Benjamin Disraeli

I never gave myself an outlet for my hurt.  And in doing so, allowed resentment and then anger to fester.

I can no longer deny these feelings.  They need to be released in a healthy way, so I can finally draw a line in the sand.  

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So how can we accept and release these feeling to ultimately free ourselves?  

- Sit with the feelings.  Allow yourself to truly feel.  

- Look at the gift.  How has this emotion served you in a positive way?  Get comfortable with the good it has provided you.

- Find an outlet for your emotions.  Journal.  Write a letter to the person detailing exactly how you feel and then burn it.  Allow the flames take away your hurt.

- Express yourself from the get go.  When we communicate how we truly feel, we are taking a huge step out of our comfort zone, but a huge leap towards growth and freedom.  It takes a lot of strength.  This is not to stir up old wounds.  It’s not to cause trouble or play a game of tit for tat.  It’s for your growth, and for you to honour your truth.  If you express yourself from a place of calm and love, you can’t go wrong.  How you feel, matters.  

- Forgive.  The act of true forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.  You aren’t forgiving for the other person, but for YOU.  We need to forgive those that we believe wronged us, but we also need to forgive ourselves too.

- Get support from different healing modalities : Reiki, Kinesiology and Coaching are all beautiful ways to help get that resentment shifting.

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Don’t let the past dictate your future.  Let your voice be heard.  

We can never control what other people do, but we can control how we react.  React with love, authenticity and with absolute truth.  

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