Radical Renegade: Rachelle Hawken

Radical Renegade - Rachelle Hawken

Rachelle bounced into my life about a year ago. Quite literally. She bounced up to me at the Radical Self Love party and I knew then we were going to be great friends.

When I found out that Rachelle quit her job to become a full time life coach, I squealed with delight. This girl is destined for great things, comrades.

She’s got a smile that can light up a room (see photo above),  a heart o’ gold, plus she’s been super supportive of The Attitude Revolution.

It would be churlish of me not to share her incredible joy and wisdom with you. So read on, and be inspired.

1. How did you become a Radical Renegade?

My journey started with health. I think it does for a lot of people in the personal development field. I was in my early twenties and was right into long distance running. I’d go into a meditative state and just run and run.

So many women would say negative things about their bodies to me and I was learning to appreciate my body for what it was capable of, so something in what they were saying didn’t gel for me anymore. I wanted to figure out a way to help women appreciate their temple but just kept getting frustrated.

Now, as a life coach, I’ve realised it’s not what you say to people that changes them, it’s what you ask. By inspiring a thought, you can help create a new way of thinking and a realisation.

It took me a while to figure out I wanted to be a life coach though. I actually started my first business with a company called Nature Direct. They sell these beautiful, safe, non-toxic, natural cleaning products. I loved the products, the company and their philosophy so I joined as a consultant, going to people’s homes and teaching them about the non-toxic lifestyle.

There was something missing though and I quickly realised that I wanted to help women in an even more meaningful way. I really craved doing my own thing, my own idea. It was time to get brave, step out of the shadows and start my life coaching business!

2. How do you maintain a rocking attitude?

I just don’t take life so seriously. It’s meant to be fun, right? I’ve let go of the need to be a certain way, the idea that what I do should define me and unstitched the badge of ‘honour’ of being busy. Also, I do a lot of mirror work.

When I was younger I used to stare in the mirror at one part of my body and be disgusted by how huge my thigh was or how my stomach protruded. Now, I look at my body as a whole and with admiration. I’m more likely to push my stomach out on purpose to see how big I can make it and laugh!

On bad days, when I feel like I’m not enough, I consciously don’t take it to extremes. Just because I wasn’t able to do one thing, doesn’t mean I can’t do anything. I just allow that day to be what it is and make a choice to do it differently tomorrow. It’s all a choice.

Radical Renegade - Rachelle Hawken

3. What would be your #1 tip to help someone do a 180 towards self love?

I listen to older women say ‘gee I wish I realised how good I actually looked when I was younger’. That is something that has stuck with me. I don’t want to say that, I want to appreciate myself now. You are never really as fat or as ugly as you feel. So my advice would be to become aware of your thoughts, which if left unchecked are naturally negatively skewed, and choose the opposite.

The questions I would ask;

How are you playing small and holding yourself back by having a negative focus on your appearance or of your self?

Do you really believe your thoughts?

If you didn’t spend so much anxious energy on those thoughts, what would you be doing instead?

What wonderful things are you withholding from the world that you could be offering if you stopped having those thoughts?

4. What inspires you?

I am inspired by seeing women totally owning their thoughts and their life, being brave and stepping up. I’m inspired by deep conversations, by the sun, the moon and the thought that we are all the same. I am totally inspired by exploring the world – our global community!

5. What advice would you give someone wanting to start in your field?

Of course, I whole-heartedly recommend the Beautiful You Coaching Academy to learn the process of coaching and how to guide your clients to the best results.

However my advice is also to do what feels right for you, learn what you want to learn (key word being want!) but don’t get caught in the learning phase. Coaching is very experiential and I have learnt so much just from having sessions with clients and watching them evolve. It turns out the kind of coach I thought I would be is very different to how I actually coach, so I’ve evolved too!

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Isn’t she just amazing?!

I love that Rachelle talks about how having a negative self image can really hold us back.

And can I reiterate that comrade, you are so much more than your dress size or what you ate for lunch. Drop the stories you’re telling yourself, and get out there and live your big, bold vision.

What about you? What would you be doing right now if you knew you could do anything? Let me know in the comments below.

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Rachelle is a Life Coach at My Saturn Epoch. She supports women through the big transitions in their life, helping them to break their negative cycles to consciously create a happy life and positive mindset. She is a big hearted business woman who is passionate about supporting women in pursuit of their own excellence so they can shine as a beacon to themselves, their families and their communities. You can also find her on Facebook.

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Why I Write

Why I write ~ The Attitude Revolution

There’s a little blog post baton being passed around at the moment, and I’ve been tagged by the delightful Kylie Pappalardo from Navigate Create. This girl is amazing! She’s doing her PHD in copyright law and also manages to give tonnes of free, valuable info about copyright on her blog.

Amazing.

You know, it’s funny. Even though I journal every morning; even though when I was a kid I thought about being an author when I grew up; and even though I’ve blogged nearly every week for the last 2.5 years; I never considered myself a writer.

So when Kylie asked me to participate, that’s the first thing I thought. “I’m not a writer”

But I’m writing this, so I guess I am one, huh?

So here we go. Dive in with me?

1. What am I working on?

So. Many. Things.

Lots of secret squirrels, but the one thing I can tell you about  is…. *drumroll*

Innvincible ~ The Attitude Revolution

Invincible.

Remember my Radical Renegade a while back – Naomi Goodlet? Well, we’ve teamed up to create a 21 day e-course so you can break bad habits, reach your goals, and rise above challenges like a blissed out rock star.

There’s STACKS of content including new, exclusive meditones tracks! Wooo!

We’ll get you feeling Invincible in no time. You can learn more here.

2. How does my writing differ from others in its genres?

I’m hilarious.

Self loathing and body hate are pretty heavy subjects. And whilst I think these topics need to be soaked in love, I also think bringing humour to the situation helps to dull some of their power over us.

3. Why do I write?

There are 3 very distinct reasons why I write.

Clarity

My head is ready to explode on a regular basis. So many ideas, thoughts, flashes of insight, rabbit holes of regret, fond memories etc etc etc.

When I write, I manage to get the tornados of thoughts out of my head and onto the page.

It helps. so. much.

Creative Expression

Music is my main form of language, but words also dance. I love reading, I love poetry, I love well formed lyrics. So I try to bring some of that creative expression into my writing too.

Connection

The biggest reason I write – especially for The Attitude Revolution – is you. Seriously. I love connecting with my comrades. Knowing that we’re all on this journey together brings light to my life. No exaggeration. This blog doesn’t just give me a way to serve you guys, it serves me too. Couldn’t love you all more! *sniff*

4. How does my writing process work?

Get it down. On the page or on the screen. Write write write. Edit edit edit. Find the gold. Highlight. Rinse and repeat.

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And now the “tag, you’re it”. I’ve nominated two lovely ladies!

Dani Pepper

Dani Pepper – Forever Glow

Mah girl Dani is the toxic free beauty queen! If you want glowing skin, glowing health and a helping hand through the maze of “good for you” beauty products – Dani is your girl. She’s super smart, super nice and super informative.

 

 

Naomi Goodlet

Naomi Goodlet – NaomiGoodlet.com

Mindfulness Crusader, Anxiety Hacker, Spiritual Rebel. Naomi is one kick ass wellness chicka. I’ve loved working with her on Invincible and I can’t wait for y’all to benefit from her wisdom in this course. Look out!

 

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Life Will Be Perfect When…

Life will be perfect when... ~ The Attitude Revolution

… I’ve lost those last 5 pesky kilos

… I’ve quit my soul sucking job

… I have more time to prepare the healthy meals I know I should be eating

… I’m not feeling so tired

… I’m bikini ready

…. I get paid more money

… my relationship is more romantic

… I get to travel to that country I’ve always wanted to visit

… I’ve got my fitness back

… I have more headspace

… I meet my soulmate

… I finally get to wear the clothes I’ve always wanted to

… I get to take the first holiday I’ve had in years

… I can finally figure out what it is I’m meant to be doing with my life

Can you see how making your happiness conditional on achievement is a recipe for disaster?

Don’t get me wrong, the feeling of accomplishment is a powerful thing. And I’m a pretty big go-getter. I love implementing ideas and seeing things through.

But it’s easy to get caught up in the “if you just finish this one thing then life will be perfect” trap.

The trick to enduring happiness?

Is loving what is.

Take a look around for just one second. What can you see? What can you hear? Smell? Taste? Feel?

What if, instead of wishing things were different, you just paused with a small sigh of appreciation for everything in your world.

Right now. As it is.

Unconditional presence = unconditional happiness.

Or as I like to call it… joy.

What are you appreciating in your world right now?

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Radical Renegade: Naomi Goodlet

Radical Renegade - Naomi Goodlet ~ The Attitude Revolution

When Naomi mentioned that Community was her favourite TV show too, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit.

Throw in a love of mindfulness, spirituality, and the rainforest, and the deal was sealed.

Naomi’s had an incredible journey from overwhelmed soul-crushingly anxious head case, to liberated loving healing entrepreneur. Like I said… soul sister!

I know you’ll love getting to know Naomi too. Dive in, comrade.

1. How did you become a Radical Renegade?

It was my own healing journey that led me want to coach and help others. As a teenager I had crippling anxiety and panic attacks that became worse into my 20′s. I was on anti-depressants at a young age and was in some form of mainstream therapy for about 8 years, still my anxiety remained, in fact it had gained power over me.

I stopped leaving the house unless I really needed to. When I did go out I became paranoid about being close to an exit ‘just in case’. I would sit awake in bed at night trembling, crying and wishing my anxiety would leave me alone!

In 2005 I discovered meditation, which changed everything. I forced myself to get my butt to a weekly class despite feeling anxious and it completely changed my life. I learnt about the power of the present moment, the magic of guided imagery and the capacity for self-healing that was already within me.

In 2006 I became a qualified spiritual healer and meditation teacher and even though anxiety was still a part of my life, I was no longer afraid of it. Then I discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and it helped me get over those final hurdles to become anxiety-free.

I was amazed at how simple, yet effective ACT was for me so I decided to become an ACT practitioner as well. I absolutely LOVE helping people discover mindfulness, tap into their spirituality and life their best life!

2. How do you maintain a rocking attitude?

3 things:

- Mindfulness practice
- Following my heart
- Allowing myself to feel however I am feeling without judgement.

3. What would be your #1 piece of advice to help someone do a 180 towards self love?

Even though I’ve had times in my life where I have disliked or even hated myself, I actually find self-love really easy now, but I guess that comes with years of practice.

My advice is always to begin with self compassion. Talk to and “hold” yourself as you would if you we supporting and nurturing a loved one or a dear friend. Be there for yourself!

Once you master self compassion, self-love is the natural next step.

4. What are the last 3 books you read?

1) I’m a bit of a Russ Harris groupie as I’ve done his ACT training so I recently read “The Reality Slap”, which is a great resource for people who are stuck in an undesirable situation (although I would always recommend The Happiness Trap as his best book).

2) The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. Danielle’s raw & honest writing style and this book truly did fire me up.

3) A pile of dream and sleep study books, none of which were all that notable in their own right. While researching for my own book about dream analysis I read everything I could get my hands on about sleep, sleep studies, dreams, dream meanings, Jung, Freud, you name it!

5. You’ve just published your own book – tell us all about it!

Dreams: Messages from Your Subconsious

Funnily enough, my book is not about mindfulness, spiritual healing or ACT. It’s about dream analysis!

I started writing it years ago as a resource for myself so that I could look up dream symbols to confirm their meaning for clients and I just kept writing (with a 2 year break in between when I had my daughter).

I hope to inspire people to develop a deeper relationship with themselves by better understanding the messages in their dreams. It is available on Amazon for Kindle.

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Isn’t Naomi amazing?! I love how she has kept adding to her transformational toolbox of peace so that anxiety no longer rules her life. What’s in your transformational toolbox? Head over to the Facebook page and let me know!

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Naomi Goodlet

Naomi Goodlet is a Mindfulness Crusader, Spiritual Rebel and Anxiety Hacker. Check out her free Mindfulness E-book “Be Here Now” with 14 free mindfulness audios at her website http://naomigoodlet.com

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Your Unique Vibration

Your Unique Vibration ~ The Attitude Revolution

A gorgeous comrade contacted me recently with the following question…

“Ever since buying your meditones and falling head over heels in love with them, I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of vibrations, brain waves etc. Are there any books or sites you can recommend to learn more about these things?”

Yes. Yes I can.

Mine. ;)

Come with me and dive into the most fascinating biology lesson ever!

Your Brain 101

neurotransmitters

The two major components that make up your brain are neurotransmitters and brain waves.

Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that allow your neurons (brain cells) to communicate with one another.

This chemical communication is what causes each neuron to fire off an electrical charge. These electrical impulses create waves of consciousness ie brain waves.

So your brain communicates with alchemy and vibrations!

Just like sound waves, your brain produces rhythmical pulses that are measured in Hertz; and different speeds, produce different results.

There are four major categories of brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta & Delta.

You always produce all four main brain wave types. But it’s when a particular brain wave is dominant that it influences what kind of state you’re in.

There are also four major neurotransmitters that correlate to each brain wave type: dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA & serotonin.

Let me explain…

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Beta Brain Waves

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Beta waves are important for staying alert and focused. They vibrate between 14-30 Hertz, and they’re produced by the neurotransmitter dopamine.

When you’re concentrating hard, being active or learning something new – you’re helped along by dominant Beta brain waves. But when you’re panicking and full of anxiety – Beta waves are taking over.

Alpha Brain Waves

Alpha

Alpha waves help you stay chilled out and imaginative. They vibrate between 8-13 Hertz, and they’re produced by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

When you’re daydreaming, relaxed or drowsy - Alpha brain waves are your dominant state. But too many alpha waves makes it difficult to concentrate.

Theta Brain Waves

Theta

Theta waves are dominant during deep meditation and REM sleep (ie when you’re dreaming). They vibrate between 4-7 Hertz, and they’re produced by the neurotransmitter GABA.

When you’re deeply calm and intuitive, or laying down long term memories  - Theta waves are influencing you. Unfortunately, an excess of Theta waves has been linked to ADD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Delta Brain Waves

Delta

Delta waves are dominant during restorative, dreamless sleep. They vibrate between 0.1 – 3 Hertz and are produced by the neurotransmitter serotonin.

They help you rest deeply and heal (Human Growth Hormone is also produced during Delta sleep).

Some people have experienced ecstatic states of bliss during meditation as they access Delta states consciously (something quite difficult to achieve without meditones). But similar to Theta, an excess of Delta brain waves can cause slow wave brain disorders, like ADD and depression.

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So you can see that no one neurotransmitter or brain wave type is better than the other. You need all four for different reasons. It’s when your brain waves or brain chemistry is out of balance that things go awry.

Your unique combination of brain waves and brain chemistry is what makes you YOU.

It’s as individual as your fingerprint.

Your character, your personality, your “strengths” and “weaknesses” are all encoded in your unique vibration. – click to tweet

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My Best Book Recommendations

Have I sparked your interest in neuroscience? Gosh, I hope so. I find it endlessly fascinating.

Here are my top reads for easily digested, interesting info about your brain.

The Brain That Changes Itself

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Years ago, scientists believed that you were born with a finite number of neurons that just died off as you aged. Now they now that the brain maintains itself right up until the moment of death. The new science of ‘neuroplasticity’ proves that it’s never too late to change anything!

The Edge Effect

edge-effect

The best book I’ve read on understanding how chemical imbalances lead to illness. Filled with great info and in depth questionnaires, you can then learn how to create your ultimate brain through supplements and nutrition. Personally, I would skip the suggestions on drugs and hormone replacements unless you’re working extremely closely with a trusted holistic doctor.

My Stroke Of Insight

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When I first heard Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk, I cried. Her story is inspirational, moving and a true testimony to the power of neuroplasticity. A wonderful, personal story of a neuroscientist not only surviving stroke, but thriving.

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Got any geeky book recommendations for me? Did you find this post helpful?

Jump on over to the Facebook page and let me know, comrade!

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