My earliest childhood memory is linked to a book when mum caught me, at the age of 4, reading aloud my favourite bedtime story "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me". As each year passed my appetite for books kept growing (if only we could say the same about my height). Before I hit double figures, the main reason for getting told off was using my glow worm to read after bedtime. I know, what a rebel right?Read More
I know, it's October. Already. September just whizzed right by although I was kept busy with job interviews, which is why this space has been neglected. I had neither the time nor the headspace to be completely honest and I'm a bit nervous as I sit here writing because I feel out of practice...So I thought I would ease back into the blogging schedule with some of my favourites from September.Read More
Six years ago I moved to Paris with neither career ambitions nor savings. Now I have both, as well as several other life projects that I want to achieve: find a new job, start a family, get married, buy an apartment and continue to meet nice, inspiring people. In many ways Paris signifies home much more to me than the UK. A huge part of this feeling is because I started my adult life here, but I also feel that I have grown into aspects of the French culture which suit my personality very well indeed.
This six year anniversary was an opportunity to have a think about what I've learnt since living in Paris. *blows out candles on cake and makes a wish*Read More
Today is international women's day so I wanted to do a special post and honour an inspirational lady who I am lucky to know called Emma Tynan. We met in Paris two years ago and let me tell you Emma is a really cool woman with a brilliant attitude and a wicked sense of humour. It's a shame that Paris has to share her with the UK, but I was delighted when she told me she was training to be a holistic health and nutrition coach. Emma is the real deal and I'm happy to have her on the blog today, telling us how we can nourish and empower ourselves to feel fantastic on a daily basis. Who doesn't want to feel like that? Emma has also generously offered a free health consultation to Lou in Paris readers. If you're interested (of course you are) then head over to her website and say hello. Over to you Emma...
Hi Emma, welcome to the blog. Can you tell us how you ended up studying to be an expert holistic health and nutrition coach?
Hi Lou! Firstly, I’m absolutely thrilled to be here, so thanks a million for having me! Well the journey to becoming a holistic health and nutrition coach began with my love of sustainability. While I was living in Paris I was a freelance writer and journalist covering the ethical and sustainable fashion movement. (I adore fashion and worked in the fashion industry in London before moving Paris). However, I noticed a huge disconnect between the sustainable lifestyle movement and the health and wellness movement. When you choose to live sustainably everything you eat, buy, think and do is up for transformation. The reason I started my Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coaching business is to help passionate and purposeful women create a more sustainable life, in every respect. From having more energy and feeling better to creating more time, peace and freedom in their day.
Could you take us through a typical work day?
I’m an early riser and love the energy of the morning. My feet won’t touch the carpet without a spiritual check-in. Gratitude and and positive intention before I start my day. I tend to leave opening my emails till after 10am. I will work with clients in the morning on coaching calls and then meet my love Jason in the kitchen for lunch at 1pm. We both run location-independent businesses so we have the privilege of working from home. Freedom underpins everything for me and I want to feel free, always. After lunch we take our pugs (who feature heavily on my instagram feed) for a walk. We live in North Norfolk in the UK and are totally blissed out all the time by how beautiful and peaceful it is here. Then back home for some more calls or writing. I like to wrap up at about 7pm then usually go to the gym or a yoga class. I don’t touch anything electronic after 9pm! I really have to unplug and wind down before bed and find this one of the best ways to get good sleep.
What are the main messages you give to your clients, to help them live a better life ?
I help my clients transform their lives by making very small, incremental, sustainable changes over a 3- 6 month period, depending on what length of programme I feel will work best for them. My coaching packages are individually tailored to each woman. I don’t prescribe any diets or encourage restriction or drastic cleanses (I actually encourage my clients to eat real chocolate and they still lose weight!) I empower and teach my clients techniques so never need diet again, learn how to manage stress, clear up their skin, have more energy as well as learning how to feel amazing and confident every day! It is truly a transformation for life.
Is it possible to be happy and stress-free when living in a big city such as London or Paris? And if so, how?
Absolutely! ‘Peace’ of mind is an inner journey and one that can be restored with commitment and acts of deep self-care. Of course there will be tumultuous times in life and we get stressed out (I’m planning my wedding and the moment and wow, I was not at all prepared for the stress of that!) but I find the best way to deal with it is following your JOY. Do something that makes you feel good and joyful! Turn up your favourite song and have a dance party in your kitchen, go have an amazing meal with your girlfriends, laugh, do whatever makes you feel good. Works every time!
We live in a very technological day and age: what negative effect do you think being constantly connected can have on our minds and spirits?
I think distraction is like a disease because of how plugged in we are. We no longer have that quiet space in our minds where creativity used to flow in so easily. We are constantly being pulled in so many directions throughout the day. You gotta unplug and have time-off. Walks in nature without your phone. Cultivate that peace again. I run an online business so I’m not going to bad-mouth social media or anything, but I see how comparison silences so many women’s spirits. It really, really saddens me. I meet so many incredible women who live in absolute terror of going after their dreams for the fear of what others will say or because they feel the won’t be as good as so-and-so. This is also something I work on with my clients, I help them find and give voice to their unique gifts and talents so as they can unapologetically bring the full expression of their greatness to the table every day. Helping them to live bigger and better so that they can go out into the world and change it (that is why we’re here after all, isn't it?!)
I met you in Paris and I know you lived in London previously - could you briefly describe your experience of both cities?
Ok. I’ll admit it. I’m in a love triangle with Paris and London. I cant live without either and I don't plan on doing so! London - I cried when I first arrived in London from Ireland. I was standing outside Bond Street tube station, crying on the phone to my sister about how fast, big and tiring it all was. London and I though we came to an understanding. The city taught me so much about survival skills. It made me strong, confident and filled me with the unshakeable knowing that anything is possible in life (provided you have your travel card, some food in the fridge and a best friend who works in fashion to keep you looking amazing!)
Paris, on the other hand taught me about unconditional Love. Sure, she has terrible air pollution, long queues everywhere, paper, bureaucracy, red tape, but with patience and an open heart I fell under her spell. I had worked there a lot while working in the fashion industry in Lonodn, but living in Paris was another experience entirely. The language, the lights, the beauty, the food and wine, the friends I made. Well you know the saying, True love lasts a lifetime. So even when I have to wait ages in a line, cant breath or get a cab, I still love the city. Paris is just my kind of poetry.
Do you tell your clients to stop drinking wine or eating cake?
NEVER!!! It’s all about balance.
One thing on your bucket list?
To go to Tanzania and meet the Maasai people. ( I’m pretty sure it is a past-life thing!)
I know you’re a fellow out and proud feminist - could you share with us a few of your favourite famous feminists?
Mary Wollstonecraft. The eighteenth-century English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights. She was one of the first feminists. I’m also SO impressed by the work Emma Watson is doing for womens rights and the He for She campaign. She is bringing the feminist movement and women's rights to a whole new generation.
Desert Island questions:
one book (or magazine) you’d choose to take with you; The complete works of Shakespeare.
one luxury item; coconut oil (or my pugs if they are allowed!)
one piece of music. Maria Callas singing Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma.
Quick fire questions:
Favourite beauty product - Rose water
Favourite go-to recipe - A green quiona salad from Anna Jones’ new book.
Favourite song to get you in a good mood - ooooooohhhhhhh something by Beyonce. (or a show tune!)
Favorite drink - A nice natural Gamay from the Loire Valley or pinot Champagne!
Favorite inspirational quote: I first read this when I was 16 and it blew my mind!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
A HUGE thank you to Emma for taking time out of her schedule and I for one am very excited to see her business go from strength to strength. I wish you a happy International Women's Day - I'm currently in Stockholm with some girlfriends so plan to spend the day chatting, drinking tea and eating cinnamon buns. Let's celebrate the fabulous women in our lives and throughout the world, and try to keep moving forward towards a better future for our daughters and future generations to come.
Hi guys, how are you doing? It has been a long weekend as JB left on a business trip Saturday morning, and I'm struggling to adjust being in the apartment by myself. It's not the first time he has gone away but it always takes me a couple of days to fall into a healthy sleeping pattern and get used to his absence. Friends both near and far have been great as usual, making sure to be present or keep me company and I'm really grateful for that. Anyway, I hope you've all been having a nice weekend and here is my weekly round-up of what has been on my radar, both online and offline, this past week. Lou xx
Grammar snobbery, are you prescriptive or descriptive? (Everyday Feminism)
How social media can make us more empathetic (The Washington Post)
Famous people fascinate me. I'm always a little cynical about what really goes on behind the veneer when they allow us a peek into their lives, but when Meg introduced me to Vogue's "73 questions" I was hooked. Anna Wintour. (Vogue)
Let's talk Pinterest - I am a huge fan. At the moment I am in love with Linda Lomelino's board. Feel free to leave suggestions for me in the comments section below as I'm always looking for new people to follow so.
This past week I celebrated my birthday and received some really thoughtful messages and presents. One that I really love is a bracelet with the word "luck" on it. (Delphine Pariente)
There's an Instagram account featuring attractive men on the Métro. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I believe it is intended to be a bit of fun and therefore don't want to be a party-pooper, but I feel like we'd be having a different discussion if this account featured women. One positive thing is that if you don't want to be featured you can ask to be removed. (The Local)