h o m e

The new issue of the Messy Heads  is all about home and it made me think about all the places I have called home.

We lived in an upside down house when I was tiny. By this I mean the kitchen, living room etc was at ground level and then you went down the stairs to the bedrooms. I don’t remember much about the house apart from the clips I’ve seen from home videos, although I very clearly remember falling down the stairs when I was trying to catch a big beach ball decorated with 101 Dalmatians.

I grew up in the same house from the age of 3 until I left for university. In that time we had sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, chickens, geese, fish, dogs & cats. It is hardly a surprise that I turned out be an animal lover & a country girl at heart!

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At 18 I flew the nest and moved into an apartment block with a bunch of strangers in a new city. We made our own little family and found comfort in each other whilst going through the biggest change in our surroundings in our young lives. It was a bizarre dynamic that somehow worked, if only for that single year.

I then moved in with two of the girls I had lived with in that apartment block in a weird house next to a creepy toy shop. We ate a lot of pizza and pasta bakes in that house. We saw people come & go in our lives a lot that year but we always managed to keep our friendships together. I had always been independent as a child but moving away from university made me even more so. I loved the freedom of decorating how I wanted, buying what I wanted and living with who I wanted.

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Moving back home on my year off was weird because the place that had been my home for so long felt different & I couldn’t put my finger on why. Going back for my final year of uni was equally as strange because I had been away. It is funny how time & space makes you see a place differently.

Emma Mercury, editor of The Messy Heads, makes an interesting point about how it is not just the places but the people that make the homes. I couldn’t agree more – all these places I have lived would have been meaningless without the people I have shared them with, family & friends alike. I also have a whole host of ‘second homes’ that are the abodes of my closest friends and my boyfriend’s parents’ house. Where you are greeted with hugs when you answer the door, know where the essentials for making a cuppa live & where their pets love you just as much as they love their owners.

And now? I have my first flat with my boyfriend – I am living with a BOY!!

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It is tiny and things keep breaking but it is ours … I mean don’t get me wrong we are renting because Hi, I’m a millennial and that means I won’t be able to afford a house until I am 60!

Take some time to think about your home this week, not just the building in which you live, but the people that make you feel at home.

 

 

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kundalini: my new obsession

A favourite pastime of mine is walking around the park near where I live listening to podcasts in the evening sunshine. One day whilst doing this I heard Britt & Tara from High Vibe Livin talking to Jordan Younger (The Balanced Blonde podcast) about kundalini yoga. For some reason I had the impulse to google it and see if there were any classes nearby. Bear in mind that at this point I was about 10 minutes into the podcast and still didn’t even know what kundalini yoga really was! Anyway, I found a class nearby and after a few emails with the teacher I was signed up. I didn’t really know what to expect but I followed that earlier impulse and I have not looked back since.

Kundalini is all about energy: working on your own, learning to not absorb others negative energy and learning about how your energy plays a part in your life. As a very empathetic person and someone who is very sensitive to other people’s energy this has been such a breakthrough for me. I am starting to not let other people’s negativity impact on my day and am I learning to cultivate an amazing new energy within myself.I joined halfway through a 10-week program which worked on a different chakra each week, incorporating mantras, physical movement, meditation and relaxation. I think my favourite part of each class is the meditation that uses a specific mantra as a focus point. It really helps to keep me present and stops my mind wandering off.

I have been doing kundalini for a month now and let me tell you that this works FAST. From the first class I took I could feel energy really moving within me. I look forward to going every week and I always come out of each class so blissed out!

So that is what I have been filling my time with over the past few weeks. Have any of you done kundalini before? Or do you prefer something else to help tap into your spiritual self? Leave me a message in the comments as I would LOVE to know!

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If you are interested in learning more about kundalini yoga I would recommend looking at the High Vibe Livin website. They have a free 7 day programme to raise your vibration and they’ve just introduced a new ‘Intro to Kundalini’ programme too! They are also two of the loveliest people I have talked to on the internet – they are so welcoming and supportive and always answer any questions that you may have. 

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