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This week I’m chatting to Top Irish model Sarah McGovern. Sarah is a truly beautiful person inside and out and we have been working together for many years now. In our business no two days are the same so it can be a challenge trying to find a balance but what I love about Sarah is that she never gives up, as you’ll see in her interview. When something is not working she just tries something new. Her honesty is refreshing and I think most parents will relate to Sarah’s daily challenges.

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How would you describe your lifestyle? 

In one word.. ‘Hectic’!! With a 2 and a 4 year old and juggling two jobs, life is hectic! Because no two days, let alone weeks are the same, it’s hard to find some sort of balance in my life. I think it’s the same for most parents though, so I know I’m not alone! Being self-employed, you never want to turn down work so I just take it as it comes and work a day at a time. It does mean not being able to plan too much ahead and cancelling plans with family and friends quite often but it’s just the way it is for the moment!

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

I have a total sweet tooth unfortunately and chocolate is my vice! I try to eat a well balanced diet though but I always love something sweet after my lunch and dinner.

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

I have always exercised my whole life, until I got to baby number 2! I loved sport as a kid and then always went to the gym and had a personal trainer before and during my pregnancies (I decided to put the money into having a trainer than going private) I was as fit as a fiddle for both births but after number two came along I found it really hard to fit exercise and work all in to a day that was already busy with two kids!

At first I tried baby body fit classes where you could bring the baby but Robyn crawled at 6 months and so it was hard when you spend the time trying to bring her back to your mat! I took Pilates up again once a week and while I love it, work sometimes gets in the way of the classes. I tried Crossfit for a season but again work kept getting in the way and trying to make classes made me more stressed out!!

So I started running just last week again and I’m hoping to keep that and the Pilates up and id love to get into Form school to do some Ballet Barre classes soon. My friend Aoife owns it with her husband Gordon. The classes are brilliant. I just need to make more ‘me time’ to get there!

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

Honestly I don’t feel I have any balance and if I find it, I’ll bottle it and sell it as I think so many parents feel like this!!

The kids are in crèche two days a week now, but neither started until they were nearly two so juggling work with finding babysitters was always a little challenging! However, since they are both in crèche, it’s giving me some stability to my week, where I can work without having to worry about them. I have the best crèche too! Also I find if I’m fully organised the night before for the next day, then I can start the day as stress free as possible and that adds a little bit of balance to my day too!!

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? 

No unfortunately I think I just take it out on my poor husband or at least he gets to hear about a stressful day even if he doesn’t want to! I’m a talker and so I just generally get it off my chest and it makes me feel better!!

Have you ever tried meditation? No but I like the idea of it.

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

I always privately set goals or do a lot of planning in my head, but I should really write things down. I know they say that your goals are more likely come to fruition if they are written down. I’ve been very fortunate to have achieved so many goals and intentions so far with family, work, travelling etc but I need to start looking at the next chapter in my life now!

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

I generally like to tidy up after the kids go to bed and get ready for the next day. Weirdly it helps me unwind! Then a cup of peppermint tea and some chocolate while watching a little bit of TV before bed. Nothing fancy I’m afraid!!

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

Spend time with the kids and depending on the weather, we would go somewhere for a walk or go visit family and catch up with the cousins! The odd weekend we’d catch up with friends too.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

 My grandmother always drank hot water, especially with lemon in the morning. She had beautiful skin and so I have it in the mornings too! Breakfast is so important and I try have a healthy one every morning to start off my day well. Everything in moderation too!

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… Being happy and content!

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This week I’m chatting to stylist, blogger and broadcaster Holly White whose warm smile simply lights up a room and when we bumped into each other last week she was beaming and I’m not surprised as 2016 as new as it is has already been a huge year for Holly. She got engaged to the love of her life and has also started her exciting new role as fashion contributor to UTV Ireland’s prime time show ‘The Pulse’ Holly radiates health and wellness so lets see how she does it….

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

My lifestyle is quite healthy over all. My work is a combination of pressure and creativity but I do really love it so I think that makes it all worthwhile and keeps me motivated through the stressful times.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Raw chocolate is high up on the list. I make my own or else there are some great ranges in health food stores

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

Exercise has become really important to me since starting to train with John Belton and his team at Number 17 Personal training. Having a trainer forces me to turn up even when I don’t want to and I genuinely know it reduces stress and irritation.

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

I feel this is a work in progress. Some days become busier and there are deadlines and I can’t always push things back. I find I just need to go with things when it’s busy as not replying promptly to emails makes me more anxious but I always switch off on a Sunday.

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

I have the Headspace app and I sporadically use it. I always feel the benefit when I get into the habit of it. 

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

I really believe in visualization and always before filming run through the script in my mind and how I want to feel after filming or at the end of a project. I find my goals are more about how I want to feel, rather than what I specifically want to achieve. 

 How do you unwind after a busy day?

Ideally I would go for a walk and switch off but more likely I lie on the couch and watch Kardashians. Playing with or grooming my two cats Tom and Will is also very soothing!

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

I love baking – anything from Deliciously Ella or Susan Jane white that’s gluten and dairy free. I’ll try to fit in a spin class on a Saturday, catch up with friends and on a Sunday maybe go for brunch, have a glass of wine and possibly shoot a blog post.

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Exercise is the cheapest form of therapy and become educated about your food and the connection between how you feel and what you eat.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

feeling content with who and where you are, and the people around you.

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This week I’m delighted to be chatting to Keith Cullen who is a Dublin born Singer/Songwriter. When you meet Keith you instantly light up because his positive energy is contagious.

Keith has immersed himself in music his entire life and is career has taken him to Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, Cairo, London, LA, New York, Boston, Paris and Berlin.

Currently splitting his time between LA and Dublin, Keith has recently signed a Management Deal with the legendary Phil Quartararo – Former CEO at Virgin records, Warner bros and EMI and he has also been hand picked by Grammy award winning producer Robert Cutarella who has had hits with Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Air Supply, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, The Police, Elton John, Celine Dion, to name but a few. But lets find out a little bit more about how Keith balances his busy lifestyle..

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My lifestyle is predominately a positive and focused one! I would describe my lifestyle as one of constant change. It is one that requires me to be flexible in my thinking and ready for the unexpected.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice. 

I am just back from LA where I’m learning that foods primary goal is to nourish and fuel our system. That being the focus of my New Years resolutions I’m going to say Wheatgrass simply for its health and healing benefits.

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

I am very lucky to work with two amazing people who wrap up all my fitness needs up. Igor Sidarchuk who is a bodybuilding champ looks after my weight training and Dominic Munnelly from crossfit green who takes care of my cardio and conditioning.

I love a good hike when I’m away or a long walk to focus my mind.

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

I have a very clear vision of my goals for this year so I’ve build in a fool proof routine that encompasses all aspects of my life! I find if I’m on a good routine my days are super productive from start to finish which leaves me satisfied feeling balanced and happy.

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

I’m a big believer in meditation and living your life in the most beautiful way possible given your personal circumstances. Daily rituals of: relaxation, meditation and gratitude combined with a mind that supports your goals tends to prevent stress for me.

I don’t believe in managing stress I believe in erasing it.

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

Always! I am an extremely visual person and believe 100% in the power of visualisation. It never fails me. I always carry a notebook for writing down my end outcomes and how I would like situations to look! I always write in pencil as it can be rubbed out and changed when your own goals and intentions change.

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

I find the more of the “good stuff” and the things that motivate me and excite my mind I do daily the less I have to “unwind”.

I find these days I get energised by the team around me and the invaluable support structure of friends and family.

I also recently bought Dr Mercolas Melatonin sleep support which is a life saver and ensures a restful sleep after a long day or long journey.

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

My vice is a Jameson! Saying that my philosophy is that I live each day regardless of the name given to the day. Life is far too short to simply live only for the weekend.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

Take the step that is In front of you and do something everyday that will lead to a good habit being formed. I believe your “self-talk” is key to you achieving anything in the world it is that you want to achieve.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… 

Being fulfilled. The more fulfilled you are the more you have to give. I believe success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

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This week I’m chatting to model Thalia Heffernan who I’ve known since she started working as a model six years ago. I always knew she’d be a star as she has incredible presence and grace and I’m really excited to see what 2016 has in store for her.

She started modelling at the age of fifteen and managed school and her career until completing the leaving certificate in 2013.

Since then, she’s travelled to places like London, New York, Germany and Australia and has more exciting projects to come in 2016. She has four international agencies representing her with more to come in the coming months but just how does she balance work, rest and play?

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How would you describe your lifestyle? 

I love to keep fit, and train regularly with my trainer Sophie Kavanagh at No. 17. I try to get into the gym 3-5 times weekly, but between work it can be difficult! I haven’t got much routine as jobs vary day to day.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice. 

McCambridges brown bread. It’s my favourite. Taste of home! Even better with some sausages on top!

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

My trainer keeps me on track! Sophie is amazing at alternating my workouts to get the best results and train every part of my body equally. So we change it up daily to keep it fresh and exciting. My favourite exercises usually consist of ab work, but I also love training legs.

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

I find balance in my day to day life by keeping true to myself and allowing myself time to do the things that I love to do. I enjoy cooking, playing piano, listening to music and many other things. I’ve also found that meditation, particularly at night before I go to sleep can help even out the thoughts in my head and help me to achieve the balance that I need.

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

I try to have a positive outlook in life, and that alone helps to alleviate stress. But of course, being human, it can still get on top of you. I try to just give myself a minute to remove myself from a situation and look at it from an outside perspective. I take in everything that’s going on and try to understand why. By doing this, logically your mind can find comfort in understanding. I find meditation great to calm the mind and help eliminate any stress.

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

I think it’s important to set goals so that you have something to look forward to and strive towards. It can be hard having motivation when you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing. I would say that I set goals: Sometimes loosely and then sometimes very intentionally. As I’ve grown up I’ve learned that subconsciously I’m always striving towards something, and recently I’ve learned to put these things on paper and make them a more solid thing that I want to achieve.

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

I listen to music, take a hot shower, lie on my bed or on the sofa, make dinner and prepare meals for the next day or week ahead. Sometimes I knit; I find it very therapeutic and it helps me to switch off too. I try to play my keyboard daily, which is in my room, and that definitely helps me to unwind.

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

It depends on how busy my week before was!! But I always find time to spend with my friends, go for a few drinks, dinner, whatever! I’m a pretty relaxed person, I don’t usually make huge plans for the weekends ahead, I prefer to play things by ear and see how it goes. I often spend time with my dad on the weekends, Sundays in particular. We usually go for walks out in Howth or Portmarnock and get some lunch while we’re out there.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

Drink plenty of water!!! It’s so important to keep yourself hydrated. Water is key to keep every part of you healthy, it affects your skin, hair, mental state, everything.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

Being happy in life, myself and to surround myself with people who contribute to that and strengthen me as a person.

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This week I’m chatting to Julianne Ponan who is the owner and CEO of Superfoods brand, Creative Nature. I find Juilanne such a huge inspiration because in 2012 she saw a sinking ship but took the company over at aged just 22 and within 18 months the company was back in profit. Not only did she raise the brand’s profile but they also launched new product lines – and all of this with only two members of staff!!

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This week i’m chatting to Lisa Fitzpatrick  who is one of Ireland’s most loved Fashion Stylists and is well known for her regular slots on TV3’s Ireland AM and Xposé. Lisa is also a best-selling author with two books, ‘Enjoying Style and Fashion’ and ‘Diet SOS’. Lisa is married to Paul and they have two gorgeous kids Sophie and Dalton and she tells me that she’s learnt a lot since her 30’s and the confidence she has now she definitely didn’t have then.

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For this week’s #WellnessWednesday I’m delighted to chatting about all things lifestyle and health with the beautiful and bubbly model and lifestyle blogger Madeline Mulqueen. I recently spent time with Madeline on a retreat and we had great giggles and a lot of fun. She recently returned from a trip to Zambia where she was filming a documentary with fellow models Teo Sutra, Irma Mali, TV presenter Diana Bunici and journalist, presenter and reporter Siobhan O’Connor where they were helping to build emergency shelter for impoverished street children.

She’s admits her life is very fast paced but she loves it and she finds balance by having snuggly nights in on the couch with her fiance actor Jack Reynor

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How would you describe your lifestyle? 

I’d say my lifestyle is fast paced and pretty unpredictable but it keeps me on my toes.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice. 

My favourite food would have to be Italian or a hearty Irish dinner. I can’t live without potatoes!

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

I love working out. My main form of exercise is Proformer Pilates with Pilates Plus Dublin. It’s great for keeping in shape but is also very relaxing for the mind.

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

I make lists for everything. I find my mind races around in circles if I don’t have everything I need to do written down. My day runs a lot smoother when I don’t need to think about what I have to do, I just do it. Making time for myself is always on that list.

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

If I’m super stressed I do some yoga and a few minutes of meditation. Both are incredible for managing stress and anxiety.

I also love to colour. I get lost in time when I colour it’s a lovely feeling. 

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

Yes absolutely. It’s always good for the mind to work towards something. It’s nice to set yourself near future goals that are realistic and achievable. It’s a great way of keeping you motivated for the bigger goals ahead.

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

Cuddling up on the couch with my boy and watching a movie is the go to, as long as there is enough milk for copious cups of tea. Other than that I love a good pamper evening to myself.  

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

I love being around my friends as much as possible. I usually have my friends over for dinner and giggles on the weekends when I’m at home.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

Take care of your mind just as much as your body.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… always being in the present. If I focus too much on the past or future I start to lose my sense of self. I am happiest and complete when I’m living in the present.

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This week I’m chatting to Rosanna Davison whose debut nutrition and cookbook, Eat Yourself Beautiful, is already a number one bestseller and the fastest selling cookbook of 2015 so first of all a huge congratulations on such an achievement.

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I’m delighted to introduce Laura Buch as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. She is so inspirational as you are about to see and I absolutely LOVE that she wants to become Ireland’d 1st Minister for Nutrition and she has my vote!!

Originally from Spain, Laura has been living here in Ireland for over 17 years, where she has established herself as a pioneer in the fitness industry. She has almost 20 years teaching experience and is currently a European Master Trainer for AntiGravity Yoga (which i’m dying to try!) and the master developer for Kick Start Fat Loss (KSFL) in Ireland.  A serial entrepreneur, Laura launched Fit Is An Attitude Clothing  in August. She is also a busy mum so I wanted to see how Laura manages to find some balance in her life….

How would you describe your lifestyle?

Active, very active! With never a dull moment! I run several businesses – Labfitness in Drogheda, Antigravity Yoga Ireland, KSFL Ireland (Kick Start Fat Loss) and my latest venture is the fitness clothing company ‘Fit is an Attitude’.

What’s your favourite food? Naughty or nice.

Currently I love clean grain and sugar free cookies which are home baked… they are even nicer than the bakery ones!

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

I’m a fitness instructor J and I teach 15 classes per week… from hot yoga to KSFL, Pilates, Step… you name it… I teach it!

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life? I love spending time with my kids Izan and Dylan (2 and 6) – they make me forget about all the things I have to do.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it? Yes! I love hanging on my Antigravity Yoga hammock and lie still for 10 minutes… I also do Savasana’s at the end of all my Hot yoga classes.  I love teaching people how to breathe and focus on their inner self.

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

OH YES I DO!… I’ve been doing this all my life! My big one now is that I want to become the Minister for nutrition in Ireland (don’t laugh!) and get this country healthy!… lower the prices of fruit and vegetables and local produce, put a tax on sugar and give everyone free fitness!

How do you unwind after a busy day?

I read about nutrition. I’m currently finishing my training to become a juicing therapist so reading about the subject is what I do after work. I love nourishing my brain with knowledge

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

Spend time with my family…go outdoors for a long walk and have lots of quality family time.

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Drink a vegetable juice every single day!

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

rising to every challenge I encounter.

Check out Laura’s brand new range of leggings Fit is an Attitude I have a pair and I absolutely love them!!

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For this weeks #WellnessWednesday I’m chatting to the owners and founders of Leaves, Italian chef Nico Olivieri and his wife Sabine, a dutch health researcher.

Leaves is an Irish based artisan company that have recently launched their unique and exciting range of high protein pasta made from buckwheat and chick peas.

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