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Welcome to Thrive Thursday. Each week I feature a conscious & creative woman who has made self care a non-negotiable part of her life, love and business. Self-care is not a perfect practice but it is necessary for a thriving life. This series spotlights women who are dedicated to #fullnessfirst because they know exhaustion & depletion are not the way forward.

I believe there is Genius in every living room across the nation. I believe there are scores of women looking for “another way” to bring their dreams to life. Women who want to live, breathe & create at a natural, elegant pace.  A harmonious balance between life and work allows us to live fully, while also freeing up the time and energy so we can come together and co-create a thriving new world for all Beings.

This series illuminates the power of exquisite self care as holistic fuel for elegant & effective productivity. As we return to lifestyle practices that support the unstoppable power behind a well nourished woman, we simultaneously create a more loving & harmonious world.

Meet Carolina Flórez

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Hey I’m Carolina, I’m a movement coach helping free spirits find the momentum to get “unstuck” in their lives. I believe movement forms the foundation in everything. On the one hand, we must sustain ourselves by engaging and exploring with our bodies and by moving. On the other hand, I’m a part of the movement of High Vibration Living as a director of the For-Purpose Organization. High Vibration Living works to empower people to live on a High Vibration, ultimately, we want you to live in happiness and manifest your destiny.

Are you a Budding or Established entrepreneur?

I’m a budding entrepreneur.

Are you a Mother? If so, what ages are your children?

I am not yet a mother.

Do you consider yourself to be a spiritually conscious/awakening woman?

Absolutely.

As an entrepreneur, when did you realize self-care must be written into your business plan and why?

Self-care, and self-love, is a life-long journey. As the journey continues, the dance of incorporating self-care becomes more fun, conscious and intentional.

Today, self-care is written into my life. The consciousness of self-care forms the foundation of everything I do. Yet, I don’t fit any kind of ideal of “perfection.” As a living being, I spiral upward, constantly flowing with the tides of experience. The work comes in by non-judgmentally observing this constant forward and backward movement, and allowing it to simply exist.

I.e. – DON’T JUDGE YOUR MISTAKES. And if you can, let go of the idea of mistakes!

You are only human.

A woman who creates from fullness honors rhythm & ritual in her life. Can you share how you manage your business with the changing tides of your inner being – with who you are as a woman?

I am passionate about astrology and this is how I manage my business and life. I plan everything in accordance to astrology and my intuition. I live in the world with the knowing that I WILL face obstacles and the trust that the universe WILL send me the tools to move forward!

What are your non-negotiable self-care practices that put your well-being first in life & business?

My current commitments are:

* running & working out for half an hour to an hour every day. 

* Stretching at least 15 minutes a day. Sometimes intermittently. 

* Taking daily, short, hot and cold showers. 

* Dedicating time daily to looking and feeling my best. 

* Massaging my body with shea butter.

* Eating a daily salad and choosing fruits as often as I can. 

These are practices that help keep the channel open. I listen, observe, intuit, express.

My non-negotiable self-care practice is that I don’t commit myself to tasks in the evening. If I feel called to work in the evening, I will, but I don’t make appointments past 5:00 p.m. I also dedicate an hour every day to my personal fitness routine. It never looks the same, but as long as I set aside time for myself, it allows me to truly check in with how my body is doing energetically. I am currently being very intentional with the process of showering and “getting ready”. As I take part in these practices, I truly focus on taking care of my body as a temple, and I allow these rituals to give me the strength to be my best self. Spending time on ourselves and our bodies is crucial to growth.

Let’s go deeper  – we live in transitional times where many women are building a business & parenting while also in a spiritual awakening journey. There are times when self-care is not enough to alleviate the transitional symptoms of a woman’s soul unfolding so that it’s business “as usual.”

What have you learned about yourself and building a business during transitional times, as a conscious heart centered entrepreneur?

I have learned to be patient with myself. To be easy on myself.

As an entrepreneur, the greatest lesson, so far, has been perfectionism. Working on our own business and being our own boss opens the door to our potential and our self-criticism.

We have to redraw the lines of our success:

You are here, you are the star of your story!

Allow yourself to win in your story, love yourself and the journey you are on.

Riding the waves of a dynamic and creative life, our point of balance is constantly adjusting.  What aspects of your nature tend to challenge you the most around maintaining balance in life & business, if you are not mindful?

I have many habits and ways of being that continue to emerge from my past. Sometimes I see them as habits, sometimes as personalities, sometimes as elements of a constant spiral. I observe them and allow them to be. As I grow, I learn to embrace these sides more gracefully and recognize how each side has a greater potential. As I heal, I learn to take them out of the shadows and bring them into the light as a strength, and even MORE: as a SERVICE!

By embracing our tendencies, we will allow them to heal and transform into our SUPER POWERS!!!

How has your life & business changes as a result of placing self-care a non-negotiable foundation?

The biggest benefit in my life is attracting infinite blessings.

I have attracted love and nourishment in ways that I cannot even comprehend!!

Every day I am simply in AWE of how amazing my life is and how happy I am.

It surpasses happiness though — there is something truly powerful in simply knowing. Simply feeling assured that you have made it and that the learning is far from over.

Find Carolina on Facebook: www.facebook.com/florezcarolina

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clare

 

Welcome to Thrive Thursday. Each week I feature a conscious & creative woman who has made self care a non-negotiable part of her life, love and business. Self-care is not a perfect practice but it is necessary for a thriving life. This series spotlights women who are dedicated to #fullnessfirst because they know exhaustion & depletion are not the way forward.

I believe there is Genius in every living room across the nation. I believe there are scores of women looking for “another way” to bring their dreams to life. Women who want to live, breathe & create at a natural, elegant pace.  A harmonious balance between life and work allows us to live fully, while also freeing up the time and energy so we can come together and co-create a thriving new world for all Beings.

This series illuminates the power of exquisite self care as holistic fuel for elegant & effective productivity. As we return to lifestyle practices that support the unstoppable power behind a well nourished woman, we simultaneously create a more loving & harmonious world.

Meet Clare Galloway

Clare GallowayI’m an artist, writer and visionary, who inspires people to make active steps to bring colour, vitality and authenticity into their lives. I grew up on an island in Scotland, had a colourful career barefoot in various countries and communities, and helping transform land and culture wherever I went. I now own a magical arthouse in a semi-abandoned medieval quarter, and am the protagonist of the renaissance movement to regenerate there.

Are you a Budding or Established entrepreneur? Established.

Are you a Mother? If so, what ages are your children? I do not have children.

Do you consider yourself to be a spiritually conscious/awakening woman? I certainly do!

As an entrepreneur, when did you realize self-care must be written into your business plan and why?

I always was aware of this, but didn’t always have it written down; I guess I always found ways to keep well and safe, balanced and at peace, even though I was moving about a lot in my life and work, but the last few years have seen me take a more methodical approach to my well-being, since I bought a property and started working uber-hard in establishing a location-based business, and upping my public presence in the world. Also since I turned 40 (last year), I’ve found it much less easy to push myself hard in all directions, simultaneously!

A woman who creates from fullness honors rhythm & ritual in her life. Can you share how you manage your business with the changing tides of your inner being – with who you are as a woman?

I allow myself a great deal of flexibility around schedules, rhythms, etc: I have cultivated a means of being completely free in my daily life, to create, attend to my passions, and work when I choose. My magical arthouse is a container for all my activities and creative outpourings, and is the fruit of over 20 years’ adventure, wishing and planning- I have a multi-faceted income flow, which lets me do practically anything I want to, whenever I want to do it! ;-)

What are your non-negotiable self-care practices that put your well-being first in life & business?

Silence and solitude in large quantities, daily. Meals at the correct times. NOT allowing intrusive energies or people into my work or life schedule. Consistent self-checking about my evolving inner desires

Let’s go deeper  – we live in transitional times where many women are building a business & parenting while also in a spiritual awakening journey. There are times when self-care is not enough to alleviate the transitional symptoms of a woman’s soul unfolding so that it’s business “as usual.”

What have you learned about yourself and building a business during transitional times, as a conscious heart centered entrepreneur?

I have learned that we have to be consistently aware, particularly of our cycles and patterns- so that we can methodically evolve our path, refining always our ability to create and sustain rather than destroy and wear out.

Riding the waves of a dynamic and creative life, our point of balance is constantly adjusting.  What aspects of your nature tend to challenge you the most around maintaining balance in life & business, if you are not mindful? 

The demands of others. I have a public profile, and this brings a great deal of attention from many sources who want something from me: I’m learning to prioritize in this respect- to not need to reply to every query, and to give my guests and clients my full attentions, before I attend to others who simply want to take. I also tend to take on board too much responsibility, when I know that, if I do not do a task, it will not get done: I feel a sense of urgency at times, about healing and fixing the world, and that if I do not do all that I physically can manage to do, then it will all fall apart…

What has been the biggest benefit in your life & business as a result of making self-care the non-negotiable foundation?

I know that the public image I have needs to be calm, collected, in balance; once I accepted that responsibility, it was easy to look after myself first, because I know that if I keep myself in a good place, then I can inspire others more and more :-D Previously (some years back), I was prone to overwhelm and getting sabotaged by people and circumstances, which caused me to regularly uproot and move on when things seemed too much to bear. Now I am much better able to avoid getting into a state of extreme anxiety, as I pace myself, and can recognize when I am beginning to spiral out of synch with the world, and catch it before it becomes too exaggerated!

Thanks for these Qs- it is great to have some self-reflection on these subjects!

Learn more about Clare at www.arthouseclare.com

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Life

What does it mean to be touched by life?
I thought I was “in touch” and then I went to Peru.

In the sacred land, I met a woman who was living
in a “first world famine.”
I met a woman who was thirsty for
an indescribable succulent love affair with Life.
I met a woman who was awakening
to the depth and expanse
of her ravenous nature.

And she scared me.

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