Click Today I want to share with you my little piece of happiness and the story behind my love of crystals and why I source them from where I do.
My crystal journey started over 20 years ago when I worked at Connexions (youth service) which I loved and made friendships that I still have today. Each lunchtime I would go to St Nicks market in Bristol and see the crystals they had there and adored them. When I left I was given crystals which I still treasure today. I never knew what to do with them (as I know a lot of us feel) and worry if doing it right but they made me happy and that was enough. As I have learnt from my own experiences with crystals yes they do have their own properties but if you pick it or are gifted it and you feel happy and even if it’s just you love how beautiful it is that’s enough. I’m no expert at all I just like what I like and that’s enough.
And now to Brixham. Brixham is my happy place Place to reset and come back to me again. Place that I’ve gone to in my darkest of places when times were tricky where I always felt safe and peaceful it’s a place I went to most family holidays when I was a child and have gorgeous memories and it’s also where my husband and I would go pre children for our holidays. We loved it so much that when we were engaged we stumbled across the beautiful Berry Head Hotel whilst on holiday and thought let’s get married here! And in 2004 we did.
When we returned with our girls we would go to “the fairy shop” as we called it and would buy crystals and all things magical.
Then I trained in Hypnotherapy and wanted to incorporate crystals into the work I did with children and adults to share what I love and they were welcomed so much that I thought this year let’s also now incorporate them into my Group Relaxation sessions and it’s just been the loveliest thing which I adore.
I could have bought my crystals from so many places but I choose Destiny Spiritual Lifestyle Centre (the fairy shop) in Brixham…why… simply because it’s a little piece of me and my story of happiness and peace and because Maria whose business it is is just the kindest, sweetest soul with the biggest heart it was a no brainier.
I asked Maria about her story as I wanted to share this with you and this was her reply
“I get my crystals from people who own their own mines in South Africa and Madagascar, they are small companies who care about the local community. The Madagascar mines has a team who get the crystals and polish them by hand on site, they are a high grade and they pay a very decent wage. One supplier travels to Columbia , picks his crystals as he’s climbing mountains then brings them Back in a suitcase! My Amber man is a one man band who brings things over and literally works by himself
I don’t use the big suppliers who package and market things in boxes. I’ve been buying and selling crystals and crystal jewellery for 29 years! I was you young when I started !!!! Xxxx ”
So each time you have a crystal from me in Bristol it’s come from beautiful Brixham and has come from the most wonderful places from the most incredible humans…and that is what I want you to feel in each of those crystals, to remind you when you need to, to reset, come home to you, remind you of the session of where you took time for you , my story of happiness, love and the crystals story of strength and their journey to where they are now, some will be raw, some will be polished all just as beautiful, strong and resilient, just as you are my love.
Thank you Maria for always being so attentive and getting last minute requests to me when I have a light bulb moment, you are the best.
I love supporting small businesses as they are the glue that keeps me going and know how hard running your own business can be. Much love to all those entrepreneurs, small independent businesses and wellbeing services you are amazing.
I t s o k t o b e n e r v o u s
Archie had to get his nails cut at the vets and he really hates it and gets very anxious
The lovely vet explained that it’s their thing that they use to flee in times of fear and when their feet are held they feel they can’t run and panic…sounds so simple now but at the time I didn’t realise that and makes total sense! And it’s ok!
The vet was kind, patient and went at his pace and they got done
Archie is my third fur baby and they are all different and all worried about different things
We wouldn’t say to “well crack on everyone else gets on with it!” “Don’t be scared! “How silly!” Cause that’s just mean..look at him but we do it to ourselves! That’s pretty mean too!
We all have different things that make us nervous, we are all different don’t compare yourself to others we all have our things that make us feel icky
If for whatever the return to kids back at school makes you nervous, going to work makes you nervous, driving, being on a plane, being in large groups, etc etc it’s ok! It’s natural, it’s normal it’s ok you are not alone.
I see so many clients who feel silly for their feels, don’t my lovely, be kind to you
I love explaining to my clients why we do what we do and them get the same aha! Lightbulb moment that I got at the vets, it’s not rocket science, but it is science , it’s a natural response and once you got the tools you can do it
Proud of pups be proud of you and hope this week is going good
To me it used to mean fighting
Fighting the diabetes diagnosis she was only three and it happened on her birthday
Fighting the constant fear of loosing her
Fighting the change
Fighting the worry
Fighting a new life for us all
Fighting how unfair it all was for my daughter with the diagnosis but also for my eldest who had to witness it all which for her is hard just in a different way.
I got exhausted fighting, experienced carers burnout and I had a seizure and the fight I fought for years took all I had left. I put on a front for years that I was ok, people thought I was coping amazingly but inside I was broken, lost and scared.
Then when I was getting better and things slowed down as everything changed after the seizure I realised I had to stop fighting and accepting but the magic was realising that by not fighting didn’t mean I didn’t care! Didn’t mean I had given up!
You see before my breakdown I thought if I didn’t fight it meant all those things and I needed to fight for my girls but of course I was fighting something I could never change but as a mum you feel like you failed if you don’t fight.
Instead I changed, I channelled my anger and fear to make more awareness of the condition, raise money buy running events that she could be a part of and show my daughter that this doesn’t define you.
I still hate it, still wish it was me, still wish it will bore off but I don’t fight it I accept it.
My daughter is brave, but not because she gets on with it without a complaint because she doesn’t and be weird if she did she’s feisty like her mama
She finds it hard
It physically hurts sometimes
It makes her different
It wakes her from her sleep
It makes her very poorly sometimes
It’s devices attached to her body 24/7
She’s brave because she says how it is, she isn’t positive pants sometimes but real
Brave is crying
Brave is showing the world she is just as capable
Brave is being vulnerable
Brave is being open to new opportunities and trying them
Brave is saying it how it is
Brave is being her
So next time you think brave means keeping it in and just cracking on don’t sweetie, that’s what I did for years and the body holds it, let it go, let others in. that’s brave
This is a picture of my daughter trialing a new pump. It’s been very challenging with pumps and injections for her and not smooth at all and to see the difference in her trialing things she once would not have even entertained is brave. In life we can’t change a lot of things unfortunately I do wish I had a wand but the way we navigate the events is to me what makes us brave, her and her sisters strength will always inspire me to be brave they have taught me so much and I’m in awe of them both they are why I trained to become a hypnotherapist so I could help others find their strength and magic inside.
If you are facing challenges right now that require you to be brave but finding the strength hard drop me a message and I will help show you how incredible you are and the tools you have within you but also a safe space to just allow the feelings to flow. Like waves they will rise but they will fall, I will help you ride those waves
Much love x
I am working with many women at the moment managing the hormonal wave it could be the PMS wave or Peri Menopause wave or Menopause wave and when it comes it can feel like it’s crashing over you.
I feel those waves too and during this phase of my life they really are coming more frequently so I truly empathise.
The thing a lot of us do (myself included) is try and fight the wave. Imagine if you were struggling to swim and someone came over and rather than helping you added a coat it would be heavy wouldn’t it and harder to swim, that’s what we do to ourselves sometimes, we add a coat
of negative self talk
of body shame
And all we do is sink harder and find it harder to swim
Imagine flipping on your back when the wave next comes and doing a star shape
trusting it will pass
being kinder to yourself
knowing it’s not your fault
talking to others about how you feel
releasing your emotions
accepting you are human
The wave is still there, I wish I could remove it believe me but instead of fighting it and getting exhausted you ride it, you float knowing it will pass
If you are finding the waves hard let your friends and family know, seek support and if you would like to know more about working with me and how I can help you navigate the waves just get in touch
We got this my darling, being a woman can be tough but so are we
L O O K A G A I N
Hello my lovely. When you look at this picture what do you see?
Maybe just some bare trees on a winters day
Look again my lovely
Underneath, down in the ground change is happening, spring is coming. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it not happening.
All the networks underneath in the ground are connecting, drawing goodness from the ground and each other, patient as they know the work is going to be something beautiful.
That’s the same with hypnotherapy, going to the gym, learning a new skills, change a habit or changing a mindset.
It takes patience
It takes time
It takes work
It takes a tribe or a person to pull you through and cheerlead you
It takes repetition
It takes trust that it will happen
If you are trying something new, thinking about having therapy remember these trees. Look again. Your Spring will come
For change to happen it takes just a spark in the mind for that neuron to light up and then repetition for it to get stronger it’s in connection.
See it like the branch on the tree, it’s starts small and weak but each time you practice a behaviour helpful or unhelpful it gets stronger and stronger and then eventually that’s the new pathway in your mind and the old pathway again helpful or unhelpful withers away like a branch on a tree, you choose the change you want and between you and science it will happen, it’s neuroplasticity
So if at this moment you are feeling despondent as change isn’t happening as quick as you would like remember underneath in your body and mind it’s happening, Spring is coming, trust the process, trust in you
Have a lovely week, lovely you
HeyI thought as it’s new year and have some lovely new followers I would introduce myself
Hey you, I’m Julie, I’m a proud Mum to my two miracle gorgeous girls, 16 and 10 and my fur baby
My background is working in education for over twenty years helping young people and adults with career, education, achieving their goals and dreams.
I got diagnosed at 18 with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which caused fertility issues, pain and at times heartbreak and went through a break down whilst trying to conceive.
I love to run, be outside, crystals, following the moon energy, essential oils, candles…basically comfy, cozy wooness is my bag.
I like to make people giggle with my awful jokes and giffs, make people happy, feel listened to, nurtured and cared and loved.
Why Awaken Me?
I came with the name sat on my sofa in my training days to become a Hypnotherapist. I was desperately trying to think what to call my practice and then I thought what do I want to achieve in my practice and it’s just this… to Awaken You. Not change you, to awaken the real you in your core. Awaken the happy, confident, vibrant, individual you are. Awaken you to achieve your goals, your dreams and awaken the fact that you deserve to to be happy, to feel enough, to just be you.
Why did I choose to study Hypnotherapy?
My first plan when I thought I couldn’t have my second daughter was to retrain as a Counsellor. I was all ready to start and then had the biggest surprise of finding out I was pregnant with my second daughter. Obviously then all my energy went into her. When she turned three and on her birthday she was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic. The year that followed was a full rollercoaster and I was full of anger, fear, deep sadness and guilt that I couldn’t do as what I thought I should do as a mum and fix it and take it away. My daughters both really struggled with the diagnosis and our new normal was beyond harrowing. I just kept going….and going…and “I’m fine” “could be worse” bla bla bla and then boom out of what I thought no where I had a seizure at home witnessed by my girls. Affected my speech, my confidence , lost my driving licence and everything stopped I was forced to stop I physically had no other choice. During that year I learnt a lot about me, my choices, my priorities, what I wanted. From my training and what I know now I had lots of warning signs that my body was telling me but I kept blocking them because I didn’t realise that’s what they were. I knew from my experiences I wanted to help others, learn more about the mind, coping strategies and anew way of managing my new normal. I knew of hypnotherapy as my friend trained in it and I had had it and I knew it was solution focussed .For myself I needed to study again do something to help others as that’s what makes me happy and wanted to help others like me who have had anxiety, depression and been to dark places to help guide them back to them.
What is Awaken Me?
1:1 Hypnotherapy sessions for women
1:1 Guided Relaxation sessions
1:1 Parent and Child Guided Relaxation sessions
Group Guided Relaxation sessions
Group Parent and Child Relaxation sessions
Meditations to purchase
Team Day Relaxation sessions
I practise from Lincombe Barn in Downend on Mondays and Tuesdays
The Group sessions are run at various locations and are advertised on my social media pages and website
My passion is to make my sessions a welcoming, nuturing, happy place to be where you are free to cry, laugh, rant to just be you without judgement
In other posts I will write about what my sessions entail but today I just wanted to pop on, say Hi and welcome you to my page.
I have worked with the most incredible women and children and feel so lucky (sounds cheesy but true) that you choose me. I have had therapy and know how important it is to build a rapport with the therapist, it’s such a personal thing and you need to find your fit and who you gel with so I hope todays post will help see if I’m for you and if I’m not that’s ok, there’s loads of lovely therapists out there and you will find your fit and when you do you will both go on the most amazing journey together, it’s really the most gorgeous thing.
There are so many symptoms that are linked to the Menopause and Hypnotherapy can help with:
Oestrogen influences the production of serotonin
Low self worth
Low self esteem
Fear of judgement
Catastrophizing – negatively forecasting
Lack of control – can’t cope
Anxiety and stress – flight and fight = heat, sweating, palpitations,
Feeling doom and dread that it will never end
Discovering your triggers and help develop coping techniques and teach you new ones
Proven to be effective:
Bedtime for children can be hard for them and us especially when we tired ourselves and then the loop begins…been there/are there I truly get it.
With changes of year groups/schools/camps/exams etc the general worries and wobbles they maybe going through as night time looms it can make it harder for them to settle to sleep (my little one is definitely feeling it)
Rituals are wonderful to help with bedtime as they are soothing, reassuring and something to look forward to. Could be a little bath pamper, dim light, essential oils like lavender, camomile and just reassurance it will pass. Smells like lavender if they keep using at bedtime when they feel calm it will start to make some association in their mind, soft blanket again soothing, touching when calm can create another anchor. Key with anchors is to create when calm so maybe have the lavender in background when in bath, when reading just doing it’s thing.
Another thing you could try is visualisations. As we know their imagination like ours is so powerful and we can imagine gorgeous stories as well as scary stories.
A little thing I used to do with my daughter before I trained as a hypnotherapist was a little visualisation with her, just didn’t realise at the time it was what I was doing.
As they lie in bed all snuggled just get them to place a hand or teddy on their tummy. As they inhale tummy rises…exhale tummy/teddy falls keep going for as long as they are happy. May feel weird to start with that’s cool it’s normal or they may love it and have a cheeky giggle . Then ask them to close their eyes and imagine a box A box that is exactly as they want it to be in their mind. As big/small/pretty whatever it’s their box just want it to be however they picture it. Next guide them to imagine putting any little worries they have in that box (of course any big worry stuff needs addressing and your parenting judgment of course - that goes without saying I know my lovely but duty of care is most important to me). They aren’t ignoring them or pretending they aren’t there they just aren’t needed at the moment and they can be safely tucked in there. Then guide them to imagine closing the box. Tying a gorgeous ribbon over the box (again whatever they want is perfect)
Then imagine they are at a beautiful beach, one they been to or one purely in their imagination
With you beside them in their imagination they take their box with the worries to the sea and place in gently in the water
They then watch as the box floats away in the water it’s just gently rising and falling with the waves.
Just that action takes some control for them. It’s fear of thinking we have no control and they consume us sometimes. By taking action but in a kind soothing way it dials down the worries and puts them somewhere safe where they are in control.
My daughter used to say to me her worries and then “ mummy can we put it in the box and watch it go” and it helped so much so I just wanted to share with you
Hope this is helpful
Hope your babies sleep well tonight as do you
Much love, Julie
Relaxation is something I adore teaching you and guiding you so that you can continue to practice and grow upon these skills and techniques forever more and share them with your loved ones
I teach you grounding techniques, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, anchoring and more
When it comes the relaxation part of the session with me it’s a personal choice how you choose to relax, this could be due to physical reasons, anxiety of letting go, many reasons…it’s all ok and natural
Some prefer to lie on the ground and feel connected to the earth
Some prefer to lie on the cosy couch and melt into its starry blankets
Some prefer to continue to sit on the comfy chair and just continue as they are
All is ok…you do you, whatever you choose I’m ready for you and will ensure you feel at ease at your own pace in your own way.
Either way you will have the beautiful views of the trees, the gorgeous aroma of essential oils soothing you and myself just guiding you along step by step
If you would like to know more just get in touch, be lush to hear from you
Come on menopause let’s be avin ya!!
Yes I did say the M word and yes I am here to help you own this chapter, lasso it and bring it home and not be scared, embarrassed of it, ashamed of it
As wonderful women we go through soooo much and this is just another chapter on the wonderful book of wonderful women that we are
I have completed my CPD on Menopause from Clinical Hypnotherapy School even got a certificate I know! And I’m ready for you
I can help with understanding why you feel the way you do and then work with you on:
You are not invisible, you are still beautiful, you bring wayyyyyy much to the party and this is just a new chapter and can’t wait to discover it with you…its gona be lush
I practice at Lincombe Barn DFHA Mondays and Tuesdays and Outside weather permitting early evenings including Sundays.
I now provide block bookings as I know a lot of you prefer this option and it’s a lush gift to give a women you love too
More details on my webpage www.awakenmehypnotherapy.co.uk message me on here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I got you