In this episode, I discuss:
my recent holiday to the Gold Coast, QLD
why our workspace needs to feel good to us
a free resource that will change your life (and I'm not saying this lightly)
a few words on current world events
three prompts for you to consider over the next few days
Welcome to the Mindful Soul Collective Podcast, a safe space for your healing.
I'm your host Shorina, a counsellor, well-being coach, multi-bus owner and mum.
I'm here to talk all things mind, body and soul.
You can expect conversations on mental health, mindfulness, mindset, healing and whole body wellness.
I've completely redefined my relationship to myself and to my life.
And now it's your turn.
Hello and welcome back to the podcast.
Am I the only person who feels like this year has just gone so quickly? I cannot believe that we're about to enter November. It's honestly insane.
But let's get straight into today's episode, which is a beautiful guidance and update
episode. So for my October update, I feel like I've had such a big month. And maybe I say this every month, but this month especially.
I traveled to the Gold Coast, which is about a seven hour drive from here in Newcastle
where I live and spent 10 days with my family. And when I said my family, it's not just my partner and my kids, but my mum and siblings came as well.
If you know much about me or you've heard my story on podcast or followed my work or
anything like that, you would know that my mum and I haven't actually always had a good relationship. We've had a lot of ups and downs, including a period of a few years where it was actually pretty much all downs. But over the last few years, things have really shifted.
And I think that we've found a lot of personal awareness to the situation. And I've found a lot of awareness to the situation and my relationship with her. Now, don't get me wrong.
We certainly still have up and downs, we're far from perfect, but with things that we're
both still working on.
So I was really excited for this holiday because I don't spend a lot of time with my
family anymore, not quality time anyway. You know, we spend birthdays together and Christmases together, but that's about the only time our entire family gets together.
While I was super excited to spend this quality of time with everyone, part of me
was still nervous that there may be some disagreement or arguments because let's be honest, all families have those dramas. But there was no dramas.
It was a beautiful 10 days with so many memories made for my entire family. We went to the theme parks and my kids went on their first roller coasters. We met superheroes. We went to some beautiful beaches. Karl and I went to Dracula's, which was heaps of fun too.
All in you all are beautiful holiday, beautiful memories and a beautiful time.
Though we did choose to drive back home in one day, which was not fun. We left at 3am to try and get the kids to have a couple hours sleep in the car. We got home around one o'clock. So it was a massive day in the car with heaps of stops so that we could stretch our legs and honestly, by the time we got home, I was just done with the kids. I was tired.
I was sore. I was cranky. There were many snake lollies handed out in that car drive and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
This week is actually my first official week back to work and I've done a few things here
and there throughout the last month. But these weeks are first week. I'm really sitting down entirely and getting back into my schedule. If I'm entirely honest, the last month I have felt quite uninspired and I've probably admitted that already on the podcast. Not uninspired with my clients or my sessions, but I've just felt uninspired with new offerings
and content creating and projects.
And I've really just been doing the minimum to make my way through each week.
And when we got from home from the holiday, I walked into my office and noticed my body physically tense, which I found really interesting.
Before the holiday, my office was always bothering me. I kind of felt cluttered and I was moving things around and I could never find the right setup to account for both of my businesses. So for Mindful Soul Collective, my counseling business, this business, I really wanted a space that was open, clear, clutter free, filled with beautiful things like crystals and all of the beautiful things I use in client sessions like Oracle cards and essential oil sprays and things like that. And I always want a nice background for my client calls on Zoom. Totally not important in the scheme of things. Let's be honest, but it feels important to me. And then for Bras By S, my lingerie business, I really need more practical things like a packing station for the orders and stationary and places to put new stock in all that sort of stuff. So I could never quite find the right mix.
Anyway, I got back from the holiday and walked into my office and my body just tensed up. It was uncomfortable and it kind of felt like the air had been taken out of my body and
I just knew that the space was not working anymore. It had to be changed, which I kind of knew anyway, but like I knew this was, this was the point that it had to be done. I'd been putting it off for so long because we're building a house at the moment. So we are eventually going to be moving, but the build keeps getting delayed more and more.
It was really just time to accept that it's time to make things, assume me now in this
house as it is. So we went off to office works where I bought all new furniture. I actually ended up with a beautiful desk for creating, seeing clients, my self-awareness work. And then I also got a standing desk that I'll use for like packing like orders and creating as well. So now when I walk into my office, I feel excited and inspired and like I have so much space around it, I really, really love it and wanted to share this with you guys because I think for so many of us. We just put up with our surroundings and make it work.
And of course, sometimes we don't have things like the finances or the time or the energy to completely refit out office or buy new furniture or do those things.
But if there are any small changes you can make to your workspace, I highly recommend
it because if you're more comfortable and happy in your workspace, more beautiful ideas
and creations are going to flow through and to you, which ultimately is going to earn you
more money. And let's be real, we all want that.
And with my newly inspired self in my newly furnished office, I decided that I wanted to
give back to the community more. I have always given back. I offer quite a few freebies on my website that I change out quite regularly. I offer a free masterclass or mindfulness session each quarter or so, but I really felt like I wanted to give more. So I followed my intuition and decided to make my basics to mind and body support ebook free.
So this is an ebook that I've mentioned in several podcast episodes. I discuss it on my socials all the time. If you're on my mailing list, you would have been emailed about it.
And I just wanted to give this out for free. It's really that simple. This book's ebook is going to continue to be free. I've refunded the funds of anybody who has actually previously purchased it as well because I believe that the information contained within it should be accessible to anybody and everybody. It's information that will literally change your life.
And I'm not saying that lightly. This information is life changing and everybody needs that.
I spent weeks researching scientific studies, collating it all, making it into one easy,
beautiful guide and now it's yours for free. So in the basics to mind and body support, you will find an easy to follow roadmap to reclaim me and supporting your mental health and wellbeing. I delve into water intake, nutrition, sleep, exercise, sunshine, nervous system support, habits, support systems and mindfulness. And these are really the core pillars to supporting your mental health and wellbeing. If you read this ebook, apply the knowledge and truly embody the information given, your life will never be the same in a beautiful way.
I'll pop the link in the show notes for you to download for free, completely free,
no catches, you will be added to my mailing list, unsubscribe if you don't want to, but
it's completely free.
The last thing I wanted to touch on for today's episode is on a different wavelength.
I want to briefly mention the world's current events and I really tossed up whether I wanted to say anything or not. I went back and forth with this decision and ultimately decided that I should speak up because I have a platform, I have a responsibility.
I am deeply heartbroken and disappointed.
When I was on holidays, I had the huge privilege to be able to turn off the noise from the
events that were happening around the world. I was able to simply stay off socials, not read or watch the news and just go about my holiday safely and enjoy time with my family. And I absolutely recognise that this is from a place of privilege.
But when I got home, I knew that it was time to be up to date with what was happening and more importantly to actually speak up, which is why I'm bringing this up in today's episode. I am only going to briefly mention this, but I did think it was important to say something, anything because honestly, I just think it's important. It's important for me to do so.
I am absolutely heartbroken by what's happening in Israel and Palestine. Whatever you believe doesn't matter. There are innocent people losing their lives and their loved ones.
There are women being sexually assaulted. There are children being held hostage and people being exposed to things that they should never have to witness.
It is horrific and nobody deserves to live a life this way.
I am also deeply saddened and disappointed and embarrassed by the results to the voice vote here in Australia. I am so sorry to the First Nations peoples of Australia. I am so sorry that you were not heard and once again, you've been let down.
I am a white woman living in Australia where I am safe, heard and do not need to worry
about the safety of my family. I don't need to worry about my children going to school.
I don't need to worry about whether I have access to water or electricity. I don't need to worry about whether my say matters or not. I don't need to worry about so many things that other people spend their entire life worrying about. I am privileged. There is no doubt about that. And that's why the events happening around the world are so heartbreaking to me. Because I'm no better than anybody else. I don't deserve these privileges any more than somebody else. We all deserve to be safe, to be heard, to be loved.
So my heart is with anybody who is affected in any way, shape or form by what's happening in the world right now. And I am so, so sorry that this is happening.
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now and I know that there are heartbreaking
events happening every single day that impact many, many people. And honestly, I don't think I can handle knowing about them all. But I do what I can, when I can and when I have the knowledge. And I think we can all be aware and be kind during times like this.
There are a few prompts I'd love for you to explore over the next few days. And I really encourage you to sit with them for a while. Really dive deep and see what comes up for you. We don't want surface level answers. We want deep, pure answers from within, from your heart, from your soul, from your body, from everything inside of you.
The first question is, how are you truly feeling right now? There's so much going on in the world. And for many people, it feels like a lot of heaviness. That's how it feels for me.
And there's no right or wrong. Maybe you aren't feeling impacted and that's amazing.
But just allow yourself to really check in on how things are going for you.
The second question is, how can you offer a little more kindness in the world? It doesn't have to cost you money. It doesn't even really have to cost you time. Not a lot of it anyway. It could be as small as smiling and offering a compliment to a stranger. It could be giving away a few of the things from your home that you don't use anymore instead of selling them. Or it could be the biggest stuff like donating money or offering your services for free. Again, there's no right or wrong. How can you offer a little more kindness in the world?
And the last question I'd love you to sit with is, what is one thing you'd like to work on and improve, explore or spend time embodying over the next month? Again, it doesn't have to be big. I don't want you to pick 10 things. Just pick one thing, one thing to work on. Maybe it's drinking more water or going for more walks. Maybe it's meditating. And of course, if you'd like to invest in yourself with some counselling or coaching, head to the show notes. You can find info about my sessions and my work. You can also book a free chat to see if I'm the right fit for you. But just decide, one thing you want to work on.
And I'm sending you all lots of love because, like I said, things feel heavy at the moment.
That's all I've got for you for this week.
Lots of love, lots of support. And we will chat again soon.
With love & support,
Shorina | Mindful Soul Collective
Counsellor & Wellbeing Coach