Author Archives: Suzie Shpaizer

Eat and Drink Smart This Christmas

Eat and Drink Smart This Christmas
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Do you start off with good intentions, then find yourself eating and drinking everything in sight ‘because it’s Christmas’ – and regret it as soon as you step on the scale in January?

December is no time for diets or deprivation – you deserve to enjoy yourself! But how can you find the happy balance between indulgence and self discipline?

It’s all about having a clear plan.[more]

Why I’m Leaving Project Me for Project ME

Why I’m Leaving Project Me for Project ME
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Have you ever felt so wildly out of balance that you’re living in a constant state of stress or anxiety?

You don’t sleep well, you’re not taking good care of yourself and worst of all you feel like you’re letting everyone down.

This has been me lately.

The irony is not lost on me that I co run a website helping busy mothers find a happier balance, yet recently my own life has been far from balanced.

Before Project Me came along I was already running my busy yoga business, teaching mornings and evenings, as well as running workshops and retreats. Because I’m a one woman show I deal with all of the admin that goes along with it too.

I have four kids and while only my younger two are still school aged, my son comes and goes during his university studies and my eldest daughter is back at home again after graduating university and working her first real job.

My husband also works from home so our house always feels full of life, especially when I have ten yoga students in my living room and the furniture moved out into the hallway!

When I took on Project Me with my fab friend Kelly, I knew that I was adding yet another element to my already busy life, but having mastered the balancing act (or so I thought) I felt ready to help others do the same.

I also knew that to keep a happy balance I needed to nurture all 8 of my key life areas and my monthly Power Posse sessions always helped keep me on track.

However the last few months have grown increasingly challenging. We weren’t quite expecting the global following we’ve quickly found and the bigger we get, the more work there is to do – and we haven’t even created our first paid product yet!

There’s so much more than meets the eye to running an online business and the ideas list is always endless.

The time I physically have to work on Project Me is much less than Kelly who’s not running a second business like I am.

The Work area of my life was tipping me badly out of balance to the point that there weren’t enough hours in my week for much else.

Something had to give.[more]

Find The Yoga Style That’s Right For You

Find The Yoga Style That’s Right For You
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Think yoga’s only for bendy young bunnies in skin tight lycra or for dreadlocked, tie-dyed hippies?

Ever done a class in a freezing, dusty church hall and thought, ‘this ain’t for me’? Or found a swanky new yoga studio, but the teacher got on your nerves? Was your class too challenging? Not demanding enough? Did the chanting freak you out?

You’re not alone. Having been to hundreds (maybe thousands!) of yoga classes, I’ve had my fair share of weird and whacky experiences. Not all yoga classes are created equal.

As a yoga teacher for the past 10 years I’ve focused on my true yoga love: Vinyasa Flow. I love the variety, creativity and the fun of it. Most of all I love the way it makes me feel so damn good!

There’s a type and teacher to suit everyone. It’s just a matter of finding your yoga style and a teacher you resonate with.

Here’s my guide to finding the yoga that’s right for you.[more]

10 Immunity Boosters for Busy Mothers

10 Immunity Boosters for Busy Mothers
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Do you push on through even when you’re exhausted? Find yourself watching binge watching NetFlix rather than hitting the hay? Know you ‘should’ be eating healthier, but end up grabbing whatever’s easiest?

Your amazing body has built-in mechanisms for internal rebalancing, but guess what happens when you constantly override them by running around too much, not eating well and staying up late?

You get sick.

Our bodies aren’t designed to live at the same pace all year round. You’re meant to be hibernating in winter! Yet now that we can shop, eat, bank and sit in front of a screen 24/7, we’ve stopped living in tune with the seasons.

If you’re determined to crank up your immune system and stay healthy this year read on…..[more]

Do Your Friends Lift You Higher? How to Build Your Power Posse

Do Your Friends Lift You Higher? How to Build Your Power Posse
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Think about the friends you spend the most time with and how you feel directly after seeing them.

Buzzing and elated, still smiling from something funny they’ve said? Inspired to try something they’ve recommended? Grateful they’ve been a good listener and helped you gain some perspective on a problem?

Or were you the sounding board for their latest life drama? Did they draw you into gossip? Criticise you, make you feel stupid? Or maybe you didn’t get a word in edgewise (again). Did they ask you for yet another favour? (Which is rarely returned.) Or did they flake out on you completely?

Research shows that the quality of your friendships is one of the most important factors in determining your happiness and overall mental health.

With family stuff taking up so much of your time and energy, you need to invest in the friendships that nourish you and spend less time and energy on those that don’t.[more]

Be a Lover Not a Fighter. How to Fight Fair.

Be a Lover Not a Fighter. How to Fight Fair.
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My man and I are at gridlock. What’s it about this time?

Teeth brushing. (He’s before breakfast, I’m after.) Each of us firmly believes we’re right (even though it’s obviously me).

It’s not just the little things we argue over. Like all couples, we have our ‘button pushing’ topics – housework, money, sex, parenting….

We’re never going to see eye to eye on everything, but we can learn to fight fair.

I’ve been reading up on this business of Fighting Fair and here’s what I’ve learned:[more]

Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas

Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas
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Are you prone to over-complicating things? A perfectionist who thinks everything needs to be just so?

This Christmas give yourself the gift of keeping it simple – and remember the reason for season.  It’s not about crazy spending, cooking the consummate turkey dinner or finding the ultimate present for that oh-so-difficult person who has everything. Christmas is about spending time with people you love and celebrating another year passed.

Sure, food needs to go on the table and there’ll be a few long faces if you don’t cough up some decent presents, but over the years I’ve learned to Simplify Christmas – and you can too.

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How To Talk To Your Man About Money (Minus The Meltdown)

How To Talk To Your Man About Money (Minus The Meltdown)
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Are you on the same page as your husband when it comes to money? Or do you just avoid having that conversation until it explodes in financial disaster or relationship meltdown?

My man and I are polar opposites. He’s the saver, I’m the spender. He prefers to plan, I splash out on impulse.

Finding a middle ground is challenging (to say the least) and makes money a really hot topic for us.

The thing is, money’s about SO much more than its paper value. It’s a loaded subject. It’s about control, power, status, personal worth and dependence vs. independence.

So what’s the way forward?[more]

Confessions of a Former Shopaholic

Confessions of a Former Shopaholic
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I had a dirty secret, even my husband didn’t know. I did it on the quiet. It was spiralling out of control. I knew I had to stop, but I couldn’t. I was a full-blown shopaholic.

I’d buy pretty much what I wanted, when I wanted it. The upside was that it was fun and having a constant stream of new stuff was lovely. But there was a very dark downside. I was always in debt – living from paycheck to paycheck, juggling bank loans, household and credit card bills, and never checking my bank account because it was just too scary.

 I longed to be debt free with money in the bank, but for many years the pull of a purchase won out. Eventually I decided enough was enough. Overspending was taking a toll on my relationships and the stress was affecting my health.[more]

5 Ways to Get Your Fitness Mojo Back

5 Ways to Get Your Fitness Mojo Back
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Fallen out of the fitness groove and want to find a way back in? Need some inspiration to get you moving again? Finding a workout that’s fun and fits in with family timetables can be a challenge.

The very first step is to figure out what you enjoy doing – you’re not going to stick at it if you’re doing it through gritted teeth. Find the workout that works for you and get those feel good endorphins running through your veins.

Blow the dust off your training shoes and get off the starting blocks with these ideas:[more]


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