In today’s guest interview, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Claire Obeid. I met Claire during a photo-shoot for the beautiful SynergyNatural brand and we quickly became friends. Claire is a Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Teacher who grew up in Coogee Beach, Sydney. She is also the owner and creator of The Wellness Project. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Could you please explain what the Wellness Project is?
The Wellness Project offers health coaching, workshops and online services and products to help individuals live their best life. The Wellness Project was born out of a deep passion to support women in cultivating true balance through a holistic approach to health, as I did for myself. Balance – or living as the best version of ourselves – is a lifetime project and we all need a little help along the way. As the founder of The Wellness Project, I’m here to guide, support, mentor, motivate and call your attention to the one thing that really matters – you!
Could you please explain what brought you there/how did you find your path?
I am living proof that when you pay attention you can make real positive and lasting changes.
Many years ago, after losing my way, I was left with severe IBS, adrenal fatigue, an ectopic heartbeat and a very conflicted mind.
It took a serious dance with the other side of wellness to realise that there must be more to this life than battling through, day-by-day, and fighting against myself in every way.
I found my own version of wellness by coming full-circle. My first yoga class cracked me wide open and left me sobbing like a baby. It was here that I realised I was ready for change. I was ready. I returned to my family’s Middle Eastern ‘real food’ approach, I embraced movement through yoga, breath-work, meditation and spiritual practices. I rediscovered the real ‘me’ – the person I had always been – a listener, a wise soul, a compassionate being, an intuitive coach.
This journey took me into a deep learning process. Having always been a natural born ‘counselor’ I embarked on studies to qualify as a Certified Health Coach and Hatha Yoga Teacher. To this day I am constantly learning, exploring, studying and diving even deeper into health and wellness.
What’s new and good regarding your projects & what do you plan for the near future?
There is so happening this year for The Wellness Project. My 1-2-1 skype coaching business is flourishing – I feel incredibly blessed that I get to work so closely with women who are eager to carve out a better existence for themselves. There is nothing more rewarding them arming someone up with the tools to make real, lasting change and watching the transformation unfold.
I’m also writing my first eBook at the moment which is all about learning to surrender – my biggest (and ongoing) lesson to date. In addition I’m fine-tuning the idea around an online yoga challenge program. I can’t wait to see this one come to life. AND, there are a few bigger ideas and events on the horizon. I can’t share too much yet, but it’s all bubbling away in the cauldron of awesomeness!
What was your best holiday/trip & why?
There have been so many and each one would be classified as ‘the best’ for very different reasons. However, the most profound and life-changing experience would be South America in 2010. My husband and I did the 5 day inca tral trek which was by far the most spiritual awakening and emotional experience. It challenged us, moved us to tears (the difficulty of the trek plus the sheer beauty of nature!), it pushed us to places we didn’t know we could go, we dug deep and really forced us to look at ourselves with a different perspective. Life-changing is really such a flat way of describing how truly powerful this trip was.
What’s your favourite beauty product/cosmetic?
I love Rosehip Oil and Coconut oil for face and body. I also like A’kin Shampoo and Condition. And I’m a huge face of Jane Iredale mineral make-up. Natural, easy and no-fuss is how I like to roll.
What’s your most important health secret?
There are three and they are certainly not secrets:
1. Wholefoods from the ‘old pantry’ – what my grandparents used to eat or food in it’s natural state. Simple, but truly a game-changer.
2. Yoga – nothing makes me more mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually ‘healthy’.
3. Meditation – it’s true, it changes your life and I think it’s something that should be taught to children in school because our world would be a different place if we started meditating as children.
Life is a continual improvement, what did you learn lately?
I learnt the out of fully accepting whatever is happening – especially if I cannot change or walk away from the situation. I recently got married and during the ceremony and most of the speeches at the reception my 6 nieces of nephews (all under the age of 7) ran riot – they were laughing, crying, playing, banging plates. I remember thinking “Ok Claire, you can’t get frustrated, they are just children and this is just the way it’s going to play out”. So I would smile at them, I would laugh with them and instead I embraced exactly what it was. Because fighting against wasn’t going to solve anything!
A small learning, but a true reflection of everyday irritations in life and how it’s better to not always react from the ego and actually step back and become a little more aware. That awareness allows us to break patterns of behavior that don’t serve us.
What tip/advice would you give to our readers to help them reach their dreams/happiness?
Be active about your health and wellness. Don’t just WISH life was better – do something about it. Enroll in a yoga class, visit a nutritionist, hire a health coach – explore your options and get the support you need. Stop thinking and start doing. Avoid ‘switching off’ and running on auto-pilot. You want something, go get it and make it happen.
You have SO much power to positively affect your life, as soon as you realize that everything you dream can be yours then your entire existence changes.
“In order to change my life outside I must change inside. The moment I am willing to change it is amazing how the universe begins to help me. It brings me what I need.” – Louise L Hay.
“Change it. Leave it. Accept it” – Eckart Tolle
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
I am not a fussy eater at all, so I have quite a few on the favourites list. Right now I’m digging my pumpkin, pistachio and mint salad. Check out the recipe here.
Season & why
Summer and Autumn – I like the change in dynamics, the shift in lifestyle, the chance to see the world and nature in a different light. Summer brings light-heartedness, beach time, longer nights and summer clothes. Autumn gives me a chance to slow down and regroup, to refocus my energy and enjoy quieter, slower weekends.
Yoga. Reading at the beach. Cooking with my husband. Socializing with like-minded girlfriends. Attending yoga/wellness workshops and doing nerdy stuff like studying!
I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but I do enjoy cacao + tahini bliss balls.
You could not live without…
In no particular order!
The ocean. My husband. My family and friends. The sunshine. Yoga. Good Food.