David gilna, life coach, lightning positivity, be complete, alison canavan, self care, motivation, self love, writing, actor, screenplaySo as a playwright I’ve reached the point of living, breathing, every waking minute of my two characters Michael Joseph O’Rahilly (The O’Rahilly) & his wife Nannie Brown for my next play “The Unsung Hero”.

I’m in “the zone” as some people may say. I can visualise every scene, throughout the play. I know their gestures and mannerisms. As a writer each character will tap into your soul for that moment in time when you are writing a new play. Now sometimes nothing happens but right now I’m connected.

So I have every love letter my two characters wrote to each other from 1893 – 1916 till the day he died off Moore Street. Now there is something beautiful in reading and receiving a letter.

So my readers ; my goal for you is to write yourself a letter , telling me something positive about your beautiful self and a small goal you will achieve and send it to yourself. Now don’t be cheap ya hear me. Buy a stamp and send it to your address. When you receive that letter it will give you a beautiful lift. Trust me on this, all about the Lightning Positivity.

What’s he talking about now? So I decided to wake up every morning, say something positive about myself, something I what to achieve, a moment for prayer or reflection. Now at some point throughout the 24hrs in a day. A few minutes of shadow boxing for my fitness and meditation. I know, that’s right meditation and I’ve noticed a difference.

In my own personal life I feel like I’ve found the person who maybe I lost for a period of time, people reflect that when they see me. I’m smiling again because I can’t stop. Now before some smart arse says something of course I’ve been hurt or had a job crushed or chasing an invoice but I don’t let that hinder my own head space and positive vibes. Now enough of all that hippie dippy talk says you. But the blood sucking vampires are just bouncing off me and I love it. All about control and harnessing that natural energy.

So last week I talked about my own goals and what I wanted when I was asked by my mother over coffee for 2016. Now I know and I’ll share them to the universe. I hadn’t a clue but now I know.

  • To finish writing my children’s book “Johnny Lightning”.
  • Write & develop two new plays.
  • To hold a free workshop on motivation & positivity.
  • Small cameo in a feature film.
  • To write one new screenplay.
  • Purchase my first DSLR camera.
  • Travel to new destinations.
  • To really enjoy the time I have on this plant with my loved ones, family & friends. Not to forget that message.
  • Write letters & postcards throughout the year.
  • Here for family who need a helping hand at the darkest hour.
  • To do the odd martial arts class throughout the year between my friends martial arts schools throughout the country.
  • Take Irish Lessons.

That’s my list. That’s my goals. It’s out in the world.

Now write that letter for you and only you. Buy a stamp you cheap arse. Tell a friend about this exercise.

Oh remember the article I wrote on my friend Glenn Gannon and his book “Miracle Man- Homeless to Hollywood” well last week Humans of Dublin & Buzz feed picked up his story. He broke the Internet and it couldn’t happen to a nicer fella. Shine on GG. You’ve gone global.

Shine On Readers.

I’m so excited to introduce Roxanne Parker as this weeks “Wellness Wednesday” guest. I’ve known Roxanne for years as she is ones of Ireland’s top fashion stylists and over the next 7 months she will be styling the celebrity judges Una Foden, Rachel Stevens and presenter Kathryn Thomas on RTE’s The Voice TV show over the next 7 months.

Roxanne is 36 has a background in journalism, runs her own styling business, regularly appears on TV shows like Xpose, and works both in Ireland and abroad for magazine and advertising clients. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition in CNM and will qualify as a nutritional therapist in 2017.

I find it incredibly inspirational how she has turned her life around as you will read below


How would you describe your lifestyle?

Consciously health conscious! I suffered from adrenal fatigue a couple of years ago and was hospitalized with bladder problems after multiple courses of antibiotics and it absolutely knocked me out and forced me to reconsider the way I was living and working on every level. I changed my diet, cut out sugar, wheat, diary, caffeine and alcohol and I also went vegan for a year to try bring my body back to balance. I also started to meditate daily and I quit the job I was in as my stress levels were through the roof. I brought myself back to wellness with sleep, whole foods, water, and meditation. I avoided negativity focused on positivity and went for energy healing. My health is still quite fragile and I really have to be mindful and eat wholesome organic nutrient dense foods and make sure I get enough sleep and water. I’m not one of those girls who can drink, party and eat crap it affects me severely and immediately.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Black & Green Organic 80% Dark chocolate. Some people can take a square to quell their chocolate cravings but the intense flavor never stops me from reaching for more!

 Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I work out with a personal trainer, Robin O’Sullivan, at No17 Personal Training on Merrion Square for 30 minutes three times a week. This was an essential component to my path to wellness as you have to ease you’re self back into exercise very gently after adrenal fatigue so as not to over stress the body so I really needed a professional to guide me through this transition. For me working out with a trainer is key to keeping in shape as I treat it like an important business meeting that I would never miss and I work much harder training with Robin then I ever would on my own. We do HIIT style workouts intragrating intervals of cardio with kettle bells, TRX style moves, weights, lunges and squats. I really look forward to me sessions and always leave with a smile on my face!

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Healthy food, good meals, cooking and being prepared with my food really empowers me and makes me feel in control of my moods and my cognitive function. When I am well fed and nourished I have razor sharp concentration, physical stamina and my moods are even as my blood sugar levels and hormonal balance is in check. This really is my secret to feeling balanced.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

Yes I started meditating on the advice of an acupuncturist I was seeing when I first became ill.

I also went to Abby Wynne a physiotherapist, shamanic healer and reiki master and she really got me into meditation. I downloaded her guided meditations from her website on to my phone and listened to them morning and night. She has free mini meditations on her Sound cloud account and if I ever feel over-whelmed I take 5 minutes out and listen to one to bring me back to centre. I also really like Doreen Virtues Angel Therapy meditations. I listen to one every night they help me sleep and make me feel safe and protected.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Yes for the past couple of years I have made a list on the first of January of what I want to achieve throughout the year. Invariably by the end of the year everything is crossed off. If something is left it is usually something that with time I have come to realize wasn’t right for me or that I no longer desire. More recently I have discovered Louise Hay’s positive affirmations and I find them incredible! They leave you feeling so positive and full of joy and gratitude! For me regularly practicing positive affirmations has been a game changer in my outlook on life.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

I sit in the garden and potter around the plants, and pick some herbs or vegetables for dinner. It’s so soothing being in nature, seeing the changes of the seasons, If I’m feeling particularly wired I will take off my sock and and shoes and walk bare foot on the grass, this always soothes me instantly and makes me feel grounded.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

Hit the hills and go hiking with friends in Co Wicklow. I’m really blessed to have like minded friends who love the great out-doors just as much as I do and who are into chilling out and getting as much fresh air and exercise as possible over the weekend. Glendalough, The Devils Glen, the trails around Powerscourt Waterfalls are all favorite walks. We usually meet early at one of our houses and car pool so we are not all driving and we swing by Avoca on route for some delicious fresh salads and organic chicken to have for lunch out on the hills. I spend so much of my time in the city I literally crave the fresh air and the expanse of the countryside when the weekend roles around. Also my friends and I often get together to cook healthy meals over the weekend. We all do the prep, bring different ingredients, try new recipes and share and enjoy the food together- it’s a really pleasurable, social way of cooking, eating and enjoying food.

 What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Drink more water! Its so basic but this one small, simple, cheap change can have a massive effect on you’re over all health. Most of us are dehydrated and this can make us feel excessively tired, falsely hungry, constipated and can cause headaches, dry skin, fine lines and skin breakouts. I have a morning routine where I drink two pints of water first thing in the morning followed by a mug of hot water with either lemon slices or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It’s a ritual that rehydrates me after a night’s sleep and wakes me up without the need for caffeine. As I exercise I aim to drink 3-4 litres of water throughout the day, it makes a massive difference to the clarity of my skin. For those who don’t like drinking water, try throwing mint leaves and cucumber or lemon and lime slices into a 2 litre bottle of water and sipping it throughout the day to hit you’re daily quota. This will gently flavor the water naturally without any chemicals, sugar or artificial sweetener so you get a delicious, refreshing, hydrating drink without the empty calories or tooth decaying effects of a sugary cordial.

 Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… an alignment of the body, mind and spirit. If one of these elements is out of balance, unhappiness, un-rest, and dis-ease can set in. It is a constant balancing act to try keep all in balance. But the more you become aware of yourself the easier it is to check in and become in tune with which area of you’re being is off kilter and work at bringing it back to center through exercise, healthy eating, meditation and a loving attitude towards you’re self and others. My biggest learning curve over the past few years has been that happiness comes from inside you and no one person or external thing can make you happy. I have finally learnt to love myself- it only took me 36 years but hey! Better late then never!






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So this may come as a surprise to most people but BEING HEALTHY DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN LIFE WILL BECOME BORING!!!

Believe me this was also my greatest fear after all for years I perceived exercise as hard work and eating healthy food as a boring and a tasteless waste of time. I also thought happiness could be found at a party, when I booked my next big gig or indeed when I became accepted by my peers, so yes very sadly I worried what people thought of me. I searched for years and years for that slippery sucker called happiness but it felt that every time I got near it, well, it disappeared again.

Being healthy was the last thing on my mind as i never really thought that being healthy meant that much. Now I realise that I really didn’t value myself and probably didn’t feel like I deserved to be healthy and happy.

You see being happy is not something you can buy, a place you can travel too or indeed a company you can be employed by! It’s inside of us all already but we need to mind it and nourish it with a good lifestyle and good life choices.

The way I see it is that for years I worked hard at partying and sabotaging things for myself and the end result was depression and anxiety but now I spend time and work hard at being the best I can be and the reward for all this hard work is vitality, energy, contentment and excitement every day for what’s coming next!

Being healthy is the single greatest gift I have ever given myself. But my advice is that small changes make a big difference so don’t try to overhaul your lifestyle overnight.

Here are some great starting points:

1. Find an exercise you actually like

2. Drink more water and start each day with lemon water

3. Get enough sleep!!

4. Be grateful – write down 5 things each day you are grateful for.

5. Nourish your body with fresh foods – every thing you eat becomes a part of who you are!!

Start simple and build from there. Feeling good feels so good that it is definitely something I want to hang on to.

So take the first steps and learn to love yourself and in turn you’ll start to love your life. Believe me you won’t regret it!