Friday 29 November 2013

I'M thinking nails...

Morning folks!

I've been busy watching youtube last night and there seems to be a great deal of interest regarding the nail videos.

Now,  part of my 'day job' is hair and beauty and whenever I've posted videos about them, they are really popular.

In truth,  my subject seems to be 'lifestyle' as I deal with hair, beauty, weight loss, law of attraction (positivity) and other life changing stuff around that.  Often when you watch the Gurus teachings they sway you to go into one particular direction.  However,  whatever will be will be.  But for sure,  I will be posting more nail art tutorials. 

I'm keen to make a video of what's in my nail kit bag! There's tons of stuff in there!

Anyway, just a quickie to wish you all a lovely day. I love writing on this blog! Also,  my small sponsor package is not available for just $5.........what???!!! Yes, come on let's get the names out there. I'm only looking to cover some costs really rather than make profit as I do that in my other business.  


Thursday 28 November 2013

Trip up the mountains

Hey all

So when life gets you down sometimes,  the law of attraction gurus all say………walk in nature.

So,  here I am going to share with you possibly one of my favourite places in the world - The Cairngorm Mountains,  Scotland.

I'm hoping to get there again next year - love it.

Our local Loch

Mushroom hunting! Was fun

The Cairngorm mountains

Trying to climb up the mountain was so cold!!

We took the Funicular railway instead!

The Loch at sunset

Up the mountain was MUCH snowfall!

We tried one of these things - scary but fun

My lovely Jasmine was like an angel in flight! So easy for her

Our gorgeous holiday home

Look how still the water is!

Pine trees! Is this what Canada looks like?

Lots of Hot Chocolate was drunk!

Getting ready for the starlight hot tub

Our friendly badger came for tea each night!


Wednesday 27 November 2013

What 'thing' do you live with every day?

Hi folks,  

So  if you follow my blog you will have heard the news that I've started another weight loss blog called Motiv-weight.

In just one day we got 71 likes on my facebook page.  I was thrilled with that!

Now the reason I started it is because after being diagnosed with Celiac and Crohns I realised we can control our health through nutrition.

This is how I want to help people.  It's shocking just how many people have issues they live with day to day.

Side effects of Celiac disease is actually infertility.  This is if you are still eating gluten.  Celiac is an autoimmune disease which means your body attacks itself from the inside.  As you can see it's important to eat gluten free.  Which I do with ease.

My body changed so much for the better when I stopped eating gluten.  I'm so lucky we found this out so I could improve my health and my life.

So what thing do you live with that's a bit of a bain of your life? We all seem to have something.  Let's have a group hug and jog each other along. x


Tuesday 26 November 2013

My digestive health issues

My digestive health issues

Something I haven't shared on this blog much before is the journey I have had into digestive health.  More and more and more people are asking me, "How did you get well?"

They want to know because their doctors are giving them prescription lists as long as their arms,  offering stoma bags and surgery or generally asking them to accept a less than normal life.

Do you suffer with any of these things?

There is a long, long list but these are just a few.  If you do,  or know someone who does,  read on.

My personal story starts years ago and is long enough to write in a book but I will give you the shortened version.  It may make your tummy flip.  

After a long spell of struggling with my weight (despite following many diets to the letter) I began to get very poorly.  To the point of being admitted to hospital for many tests.  
Drinking this fluid to empty out my entire digestive system was more than unpleasant to say the least.  Have you ever had that done?  Sit on the loo for about 5 hours.  Not nice. 

Well I was loosing blood constantly like a slow dripping tap and also (though I didn't realise what it was) my intenstinal wall was coming away and passing out through my body.  That actually looked kind of like chicken fat.  So things were looking bleak.

After photos were taken of the intestines from an inside camera called a Colonoscopy (plus biopsies to check for any malignant cancer cells - scary) there was a diagnosis.
I had Ulcerative Colitis.  My colon was covered in Ulcers.  The photos were not pretty.

In a crazy way,  I was pleased to have a diagnosis.  You know when something really bugs you and you think, "I know something isn't right with me." Even though nothing is found.  When something is found it's a huge sigh of relief.
Getting onto the medication the Dr gave me was scary.  I would be on these for life I had been told.  

When the test results from the biopsies came back I felt so nervous as who knows what they could be telling me.  As it turns out, there were no nasty cells in there which was  good news.  I think they would have taken part of the intestine away if there was.  That would have left me with a bag on my tummy and no more bikinis for me.
So,  I made a decision to say "sod it!" to my stretch marks that my pregnancy proudly gave me and start wearing bikinis again in the hope that I could show off my intact stomach.  Stretch marks and all.  
The biopsies also showed that it wasn't Colitis but in fact Crohn's disease instead.  The treatment was similar but it did mean I needed another camera down my throat.  Crohns isn't always limited to affecting the intestines,  it can be anywhere from the mouth downwards.

That camera showed I had flattened villi.  These are the little finger type 'bits' that help absorb nutrients from the food.  As mine were damaged and broken off this meant that although I was overweight,  I was also under nourished. I couldn't break down the food in the normal way either  so the undigested food would sit in the gut area and basically just feed the bad bacteria (including Candida but that's for another post) and eventually these bacteria would turn into pathogens.  Which could lead to nasty cells. 

Onto the internet I went.   Reading and studying.  Reading and studying.

Reading and studying.  

One of my best friends had done the same unbeknown to me and despite her being one of the strongest women I know,  she broke down in tears and hugged me tightly when she saw me.

"What's wrong?" I asked,  really concerned.
"It's just all so so horrible." She answered. 

By educating herself she had learned that this was a disease which could take over your life and it's important to give it the respect it deserves.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

My research took me to a place of hope.

I had always believed that I was a person who couldn't eat the same as everybody else.  I remember at work one day I was watching the manageress lady eat one thing after the other all day long.  She was stick thin,  she had a lovely figure.
"I couldn't eat all that food I'd be like an elephant." I said with envy.
"If you ate the right foods you could."  She replied ignorantly.  What she had actually said was right.  But she hadn't known that.

My research showed me that in fact you could massively control your health with the right diet.  I get right on my soap box here.

WHY?  Why doesn't everyone know this?

Everyone should know this,  hence my new website has been born to pass on the messages.

I have been on a big journey the past 6 years and my knowledge has grown massively.  When I now see somebody suffering like I did I have the links to send them to.  The books to suggest they read,  the DIETS I suggest they adapt to.

Yes,  that's right,  you want to know how I got well and also lost 3 stone in weight?  It was all through correcting my health through diet.  I really want to help others by passing this information on,  in one place without having to search the internet as much as I did.

I also believe that if you are struggling with extra weight it will have a negative impact on your health regardless.  However,  it's not always so straight forward to shift it.  Different things work for different people. 

Different things work for different people.

My website will encourage whatever diet works for you.  If you want to lose weight or if you want to get well again.  
I'm here to assure you this is definitely possible and honestly,  it's the best thing I have ever done in my life.

My lovely Doctor and me used to argue.  To the point of tears.  He said,  "This illness needs medication,  you can't change it by what you eat."
"But it's a digestive issue,  surely it will be affected by food."
"No,  i've never seen that."  He protested. 

After I used my new knowledge,  I followed everything to the letter and dropped 3 stone in weight in 4 months and also my health went through the roof.  I stopped bleeding within 3 DAYS.  I couldn't believe my energy levels after just a few short weeks.  I had never realised that people were supposed to feel like this.  I had been born again in my 30s.  

Just a year later,  my doctor respectfully shook my hand and said
"I've never seen anyone turn this disease around to this level without using drugs or surgery."

That speaks volumes.  

Help me on my quest to help others and please pass this on.  Follow my blogs and websites and facebook page.  I will share exactly how I have done it and point you to small investment books so you can save your own life too.


Monday 25 November 2013

Meditation took me to a crazy place

So,  now I’ve been meditating for quite some time.  Have you ever tried it?  I’d be  really interested to find out what has worked for you and how it’s worked.  What images do you see when you meditate?

Are you a person who simply says: “I can’t meditate.”

Well,  I do believe that meditation can kind of be whatever you feel it will be.  For example,  I rooted out an amazing set of headphones (still aiming for new Bose ones though!) which are cordless.  I plugged in Hue and Cry and danced around the kitchen with the headphones on while cooking a chicken stir fry (with coconut oil and honey – yum!) and in a way,  this was a little like meditation.  Reason being,  I was totally in the moment. Living in the NOW is a great tool to stop looking back over past bad experiences and worrying about them and also stop worrying about the future and causing yourself unnecessary anxiety.  So,  with Hue and Cry I was definitely in the now.

However,  I still love to try a traditional mediation.  I’ve discovered my friends at Mindvalley sent me an awesome free trial meditation called Omharmonics.  It took me to a new place.  I’ll include a link for you so you can get one too!
A little tip from me, if you feel you are starting to get ‘mind chatter’ as they call it (that voice in your head that says,  ‘do we have enough chicken for the packed lunches tomorrow/ I must remember to put the rubbish out tomorrow/ don’t forget to order that bunch of flowers for Auntie June’) I can use the Omharmonics and focus on one instrument within the music and listen closer to the beat. 

As I was doing this I noticed that my picture in my closed eyes started to reveal a line of chalet type houses.  I was knocking on the doors of these houses and taking children from behind the doors.  They were poor children from under privileged families.  I’m not sure where I was taking them to but it was a happy place.  I think it was a playground.  As we got there,  the founder of Omharmonics was there for me with a bunch of cash and a piano.  He gave me the cash and I feel it was for the children.  As I arose from my meditation I felt this was so strong a feeling and very surreal.  I had been talking to a lady earlier this week about doing some work with the save the children charity.  It’s something very close to my heart and I feel I would love to help donate to some of the families who need a little more. 
Perhaps with the meditation it will help me get to the place within my business where I can do more and more which is a real dream come true.

What about you?  What would you like to achieve through meditation?     

Please leave me your comments :O) It makes me happy

A bit more about Save the Children:


Thursday 21 November 2013

Holidays - were would you love to go?

Just daydream right now about where would you love to be and why?

I'm so lucky I've seen some lovely places in the world.  I'd still to visit lots more though.  Hawaii is top of the list!  It must have some magic there as many gurus live there.

So,  where would you love to visit and why?

I'll share a few photo's here with you and I'll go into specifics at a later date - if you are like me,  you will love seeing photos of other's adventures.

Lovely trip to Venice
Kiddies took this photo in Spain 

Give you one guess where this is? Yes, we visited Florida to see Micky Mouse 

Me enjoying some Egyptian sunshine

Ahh one of my favourite places in the world, Scotland.  I've some gorgeous photos from this holiday.

Local camping trip in Kent, Uk


Wednesday 20 November 2013

Thank you for reading my blog!

Hi everyone

I want to take a little time to write a simple 'thank you' blog.  I'm really honoured that my page views are growing in a major way and I can only guess it's where 
I've learned from reading all of your blogs
I've started tagging more effectively
I've been consistent with writing or
You guys love what I'm doing.

I really like this place,  somewhere we can write and be open and honest.  I love that the views are growing.  I would love to see more comments coming through on my blog.  There are exciting things happening in my life and even though new things carry ups and downs,  I am happy to share with you my journey.  

In a nutshell,  a new business is being launched within the next couple of weeks which will spark a  big interest.  All my new stuff I'm doing is going to be online including much blogging and videos.  

I will be sharing this with all of you the minute it goes live.  I'm also documenting it which is a great way to share on this blog in particular.

Can you do me a favour and let me know what it is you love about your blog if you have one,  or what you love about reading others too? If you want to keep it private you can email me here

As a footnote,  I'm building the new website using - if only it was as easy as Blogger! I know my way around here now like there's no tomorrow!

Hope you are all well - thanks again for being here

Louise x


Tuesday 19 November 2013

You having a tough day?

You know the kind of day where things just don't pan out as you'd hoped?

The computer is running too slow.

You ate something that didn't agree with you?

Your friend misunderstood something you said.

You dropped something important?

Get into the spiral of saying, "Nothing is going right today." or "It doesn't matter what I do today,  nothing is going right."
And guess what?  You will attract more going wrong for you.  So take a moment.  Breathe deeply once or twice and be thankful for 3 things.  Life will begin to get better right away!


Friday 15 November 2013

Want some Magic in your life (From Rhonda Byrne)?

Rhonda Byrne is the amazing lady who wrote "The Secret"

Did you read it?

What did you make of it?

I tell you what,  it totally changed my life.  Totally.  I've got so many stories to tell since I read this book.  Life has certainly changed in ways I could never have imagined.

If you have never heard of the Law Of Attraction or the Secret I would urge you to get over to google and have a look.  There's a link over -----------} there of my book which is about the basics.  Folks are getting on board and giving this a good read with some amazing stuff to say about it.

Well,  after having a little nose around Youtube recently,  I saw a young lady doing a vlog about the Rhonda Byrne book called The Magic.

After 28 days of using the Magic you will see amazing life transformations.  So, I've decided I'm going to order it and give it a go.

After an introduction,  there are step by step guides to lead you each day. For example day 1 is all about giving gratitude.  Give out gratitude and more good stuff comes your way.

Click on the photo of the book to order a copy and help support me with my blog as I will make a few pence... Thankyou, in gratitude!


Thursday 14 November 2013

Tony Robbins - What an inspiration

Do you need a reminder today?

Do you want a great reason to make something happen?

Save this post and get ready to sit down and be inspired to take action.

I've been sharing this privately with my friends the past few days and we are all going nuts for this video!


Tuesday 12 November 2013

Does Food really affect your health?

Who out there is getting confused? 
Are you always tired?
Tummy rumbling?
Upset stomach?

We hear about so many different types of diet for weight loss that it almost drives you to lose weight in itself with the brain power you use trying to figure out what is the best thing to do.

So,  how on earth are we supposed to figure out in amongst all this if a said ‘diet’ is actually going to benefit our health too?
Worry not,  you are not alone.  There are many folks asking exactly the same question.  So weight loss aside (along with its confusion) let’s talk about health and nutrition.

My story is quite a miracle.  It’s for another blog which I very much expect has a high chance of being published really soon.  However,  I do speak from experience when I tell you that
·      without Question
·      With total conviction
·      With passion
Food affects our health.

Food AFFECTS our health.

Why is this such a mystery to our doctors?  I do get a little on my soap box even though I have total respect for our doctors and I know we need them.  Without them we sure would be in big trouble.  However, I have been avidly researching food and nutrition and its effects on our health for the past 7 years.  Actually,  it was my biggest scoring exam I left school with.  Shall I tell you a brief story?

During my school years,  I was so confused about which options to take.  My lovely Aunt told me gently, 
“You really need to do a job you will enjoy and also be good at.”
Enjoy?  I thought?  Enjoy work? 

Now at this age enjoying work was a new concept to me as I had watched my hard working factory parents have a terrible time at work.

Hmm, enjoy work.  Well,  I went on to take Biology and also Food and Nutrition with the hope of going on to become a Nutritionist.  However,  school advised me I would never get a job like that as there are only 4000 opportunities within the country.  So instead I went on to cook for a living and progressed to management.  All the time keeping my interest in Nutrition.

More recently,  7 years ago in fact I was diagnosed with a big issue to do with my digestion.  I will tell that story in another blog. 

Having a big problem with my health at the time,  I got very sick.  It was a worrying time for me and my family and I decided to get back onto the research wagon again. 

Fighting with my Dr who wanted to either perform surgery or put me onto steroids with blood infusions,  I was determined there was another way.

I’m so happy that I found a diet which was something I certainly needed to focus hard on.  This diet I will detail further another time but my point is that just 2 short years later my lovely Dr who we now carry a mutual respect,  sat in his office and said,
“I have to be honest,  I never saw someone make such a huge recovery without drugs or surgery.”

How did I do it?  Eating the right foods.  Now I see a list as long as your arm of different diets out there for all types of ailments. 

We have:
Adrenal Fatigue
Crohns disease
Ulcerative Colitis

and the list goes on…

So think if IBS for example.  That’s not actually a diagnosis.  It’s a symptom.  It’s like the Dr saying “You have a headache” when you need the reason for the headache.

I know so many dozens and dozens of people who personally changed diet to realize  they could relieve symptoms.
We all seem to feel tired or lethargic at times.  We often get stomach gurgles or wind….this can all be changed with a change in diet.  Did you already know that?

However,  let’s dig deeper into the minefield of what/where/how in this blog…

Candida problem? Click Here! *

Last weekend news and gossip!

Windy weather


So hows the quest for a Lusher Life going in your part of the world?

Things in my life are going tickety boo!  More and more clients are signing up for the Coaching with me which is great timing.  I'm on the UP!  Using the Law of Attraction, my old friend to help and guide me along the way.

Things  are tough at times and that's just as it should be,  without it,  life is flat.  So I am pretty good at getting through a bad situation. I'm pretty sure my coaching clients see that as a strength in me.

Last weekend really helped.  As you all know I'm a big fan of walking in nature and I took the family (they took me?) to the windy shores of the Kent Coast,  UK.

Man it was FREEEZINGGGG and blew away the cobwebs as my mum would say. 

Here,  I share our typical day at the seaside photos.

Beach huts all closed for the winter

Family (and Harley of course) brisk walk

Chilly Twins waiting for the Hot chocolate 

Margate Clock tower

Choppy waves!

Seagulls lined up sunbathing!

Likely to be my favourite beach in the world! Westbrook Bay...

Little furry ears blowing in the wind!


Monday 11 November 2013

My weekend in London! It was brilliant!!!

Did you guess from the title what this blog is about?

Yes,  my weekend.  I had such a great time,  I would love to share it all here with you guys.

We had a family birthday, a leaving party, Christmas lights switching on and a concert!

Big balls including the disco balls in Covent Garden.  So pretty
 So arriving in London in heavy rain,  we hopefully were all thinking we would be ok, wet or not.  We had promised the children the trip to London and when we knew the lights would be switched on in Regent Street with Heart FM radio station there we were thrilled.

They then announced the Spice Girls and Leona Lewis would be singing too.  Woo hoo.  Such exciting stuff.

Sadly,  although we heard them,  we could not get close enough to see them.  London was busy and the atmosphere was electric.

After realising we would have to stand for 2 hours to just listen from a distance we went for a celebratory dinner at Garfunkels to warm up.  Although,  we were right near the front door and the queue of people waiting for tables decided to keep the front door open so we popped our coats back on again!

My biggest complaint in these types of restaurant.  Although,  I do have to say the food was good.

Please check out Jasmine and I with our funky shining OPI nails!
Never seen the Christmas lights switch on before!! It's like London was declaring "Christmas is here!"

Call me a big kid but I can't wait! Can't wait!

After walking a long hike through the cold we had to stop for a cheeky hot chocolate before crossing the river Thames with the freezing wind blowing.  Although, I did chose coffee as I had a pretty dark drive home.

The gorgeous london eye looked brill with Big Ben all illuminated behind it!  But boy we were chilly after our rapid legs brought us over the bridge.

After a refreshing sleep,  Sunday slowly arrived as Sunday should.  Coffee and breakfast followed to stoke me up ready for a big cook fest in the kitchen.  We had a big family get together and I'm pleased to say all plates were cleared after my success with the sunday roast!

The evening was nicely topped off with a brilliant visit to the local Theatre to see the Stylistics! They were amazing! I've seen groups like this before and I guess as you get older the strength in the voice can decline slightly.

Not these guys.  I was so impressed.  Talent on legs for sure.  I took a sneaky 10 second video and I will be adding it to this weekend Vlog that I am yet to edit.  Please come over to my Youtube channel and subscribe and you will see it there soon!

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