Hot yoga is a fitness trend which has really caught on all around the world over the past few years, and remains increasingly popular with celebrities and fitness trendsetters. There are some strong claims about the benefits that hot yoga can bring, and more and more gyms have started to offer this type of class. Naturally, I was curious whether hot yoga is really as ‘hot’ (literally and metaphorically speaking) as it says on the tin. Can it really help detoxify the body, lead to enhanced flexibility, literally melt any excess fat off, and give us super lean and toned…

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Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals? We all know how goal achievement works – you decide on a goal, say running your first half marathon, or completing a challenging project at work. You then break that big goal down into smaller achievable chunks. You might create a project plan or new running schedule. You think about what else you need to support you in achieving your goal such as changing your diet or seeking help from more experienced colleagues. And then you follow that plan until you reach your goal, feeling focused and determined the whole time, knowing you will…

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Autumn is my favourite season. I enjoy observing nature’s incredible palette of autumn colours, as the leaves are turning into glowing yellow, warm orange, golden brown and some even fade to fascinating red. It is a great time to be outdoors and rediscover the local trails and forests, in preparation for the winter cross-country racing season. Unfortunately, autumn also brings with itself the arrival of the flu and cold season – sniffles, coughs, and sick days put many of our plans (or training plans, if you are a runner, too) to a halt. As the old saying goes, prevention is…

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Having worked in Human Resources for quite some time at many different companies, the most common issue I come across in the corporate world is people getting burnt out; in more severe cases even leading to a mental breakdown, resulting in weeks (or in worse cases, months off) from work, as prescribed by the doctor. A particular memory still vividly lives in my mind, even though it happened a long time ago: I volunteered to be the First Aider and Fire Warden in the small office I worked at – I never expected that my first ‘call of duty’ would actually be having…

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Hubby and I spent a relaxing week in Provence in June, turning the second half of his work trip into a cheeky romantic getaway. (Which feels like it happened in another lifetime -since we got back, life has been like a whirlwind and things got insanely busy for both of us at work and also at home. In fact, writing this single post has taken me flippin’ two weeks). By going on this trip, I have managed to tick off one more item from my bucket list – namely, immersing myself into all things lavender! Lavender, which is known since ancient…

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