If you're on a heart-driven path to living a life that truly lights you up, then chances are you've had the moment.
My moment looked like an intense burst of clarity, a voice that I now know as my intuition rang through my mind loud and clear: This isn't what I want. I don't feel how I want to feel. I'm not living that way I always envisioned I would. Something needs to change. I need to change.
It all leads to one blinding truth: it all comes back to mindfulness. Practise mindfulness in your life and you will watch it transform before your very eyes.
That's what Rachael Kable is all about - whose journey started with a life of mindlessness, full of stress, self-doubt and fear. Time was spent dwelling on the past and things that couldn't be changed, or worrying about the future.
These days, Rachael is a mindfulness mentor, blogger, speaker and host of the top-rated podcast, The Mindful Kind who brings mindfulness into her life anywhere and everywhere. By consciously practising mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful listening and mindful breathing.
Rachael walks her talk, which is the best kind of inspiring. I know you're going to love diving into her words, so let's get right to it then!
Tell us more about you: who are you and what are you all about? (Your story, your truth)
Hello! I'm Rach, mindfulness mentor, blogger and host of The Mindful Kind podcast. Here are a few things you may not know about my story:
I grew up on a farm in country Victoria with my parents and younger brother and sister (and an incredible array of pets- dogs, miniature ponies, chickens, mice, fish, hermit crabs, sea monkeys, rats, a cat... We even kept garden lizards in a fish tank for a while, until they all started breeding like crazy and we had to let them go!).
At 18 years old, I moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Psychological Science and when I finished that, I furthered my studies with a Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Counselling.
In my second year of study, I began volunteering on the helpline at the Anxiety Recovery Centre for Victoria, where I first learned about mindfulness. I'd heard the term before, but hadn't practised it myself! Mindfulness helped me manage my stress and, honestly, changed my life (you can read more about that here!), so much so, that I went on to become a mindfulness mentor several years later!
And a few things you may not know about my truth...
My top five values right now include love, creativity, health, fun and grace.
I'm passionate about sharing my own experiences with mindfulness with my wonderful community via my website and my podcast! The more vulnerable I feel about something, the more I know how important it is the share.
I watch a Disney movie whenever I feel sad.
I'm a proud mum to my furbabe, a King Charles Cavalier called Moose. I truly can't believe how much I love this dog! He's asleep (and snoring) on my lap right now and I just posted about how cute he is on Instagram (feel free to find me @rachaelkable, I post about other things, too, I promise!).
Yin yoga is my favourite way to meditate.
I'm obsessed with smells! I have all these wonderful, little mindful moments throughout my days because I always stop to smell flowers, spices while I'm cooking, beauty products before I wear them, my dog's fur, coffee, fresh air...
I'm a creator. In the last six months, I've created a website, a podcast, two eBooks, a mindfulness challenge, an interview series, resources for my Free Gifts library and I'm currently recording videos and writing content for an eCourse. I love it!
What does living life on your own terms mean to you?
It means taking the time to cuddle my puppy, cook nutritious food and drink my daily coffee mindfully.
It means writing and creating something every day, connecting with people on social media and sharing my experiences and knowledge.
It means spending time with my loved ones, catching up with my friends regularly and celebrating special occasions.
It means meditating, reflecting and journalling.
Living life on my terms is about knowing what is truly important to me and ensuring I take the time to deliberately and consciously bring those things into my days.
Share with us a personal challenge that you’ve had to overcome and what limiting beliefs you had to break down along the way.
A personal challenge I've overcome in the last six months is about public speaking. When I was in high school, I learned to fear speaking intensely. I would read presentations word for word from a piece of paper, my heart racing, my hands shaking noticeably and stumbling desperately over my words. In year 11, I tried to “re-invent” myself as a speaker by presenting in front of my peers without notes. I froze, forgot my words and felt like a deer in the headlights. I completely lost any self-belief I had in my public speaking skills that day!
However, when I launched my business about 8 months ago, I decided that workshops and speaking events were part of my vision. I wanted to share my knowledge, connect with people and make a difference! My attitude towards public speaking had to change.
The first step in my plan was to create a podcast. About 6 months ago, I launched “The Mindful Kind” so I could practise speaking in my own time and from the safety of my home. Little did I know that my podcast would rapidly climb up the charts, with each episode being downloaded up to 10,000 times (and counting!). It was terrifying, encouraging, intimidating and exciting, and it forced me to find the self-belief I needed to keep recording and sharing new episodes. Not long after, I was offered the opportunity to co-host a workshop and that self-belief was forced to grow again!
Another few months later and I've not only co-hosted that workshop (and loved it!), but I've spoken in front of 60 women at a wellness event and started planning another workshop.
The truth is, feeling like you're not good enough is a limitation you place on yourself. It can hold you back and stop you from achieving great things, or it can give you the opportunity to learn and grow in ways you might never have even imagined.
When life gets hectic and overwhelming, what do you do to feel more grounded and balanced?
Since I started practising mindfulness, life has been much less hectic and overwhelming! I'm more in tune with my feelings than I've ever been before and I know when I need to take some extra time for self-care.
The practices I use to regularly manage stress and overwhelm include:
- talking about the things I need to talk about
- yin yoga
- eating nutritious food at regular times
- using my creativity
- doing every-day life activities more mindfully (such as drinking, eating, walking etc)
- sharing household tasks
- spending time with my dog and the people I love and care about
When it comes to creating change in your life, what does putting it into action look like for you? (And how do you handle when/ if resistance pops up?)
Change is something I've had to quickly adapt to after moving out at 18 years old and relocating to the city so I could study. Since then, there have been many changes to transition through! I've had nine different jobs, moved seven times, ended a long-term relationship and grown (hugely!) in pretty much all aspects of my life. Change is necessary and it's our choice to grow with these changes, or resist.
In saying that, resistance is completely normal. Change can be scary and incredibly intimidating! When I feel resistance, my favourite go-to technique is to journal. I write down each thought which is triggering my emotions at the top of the page and then write all the thoughts I could be having instead to support, encourage and uplift myself. Those are the helpful thoughts I choose to focus on as things change to handle it with more ease, grace and acceptance.
What are the top two nuggets of wisdom or advice you would give to someone?
Soak up life by being more mindful. Slow down, tune in and appreciate the moment as much as you can. You can find out much more about mindfulness and download free resources on my website at www.rachaelkable.com
Make it your mission to learn and grow. It makes life more fun, interesting and fulfilling! There's always room to become a better version of yourself.
What is one quote that really resonates with you, or that you choose to live life by?
I often remind myself of the quote “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” I don't often hold on to anger but I have held on to jealousy and hurt in the past. This quote reminds me that I have the choice to stop letting other people dictate my emotions and empower myself to feel what I want to feel.
RAPID FIRE Q's:
I can’t go a day without… a hug! Love and affection means so much to me.
Following the trail of my curiosities means… letting go of “should” and trusting my intuition.
When I feel fear… I know it's my body's natural reaction to protect me. Sometimes fear is incredibly useful and sometimes it's not- the trick is in understanding which one.
I feel joyful when… my puppy climbs up on my lap, curls into a ball and collapses with a big sigh for a beautiful snuggle! He always, always makes me smile!
I’m most grateful for… being here, in this moment.
Want to know more?
I've just released the second eBook of my “A Journey Into Mindfulness” series! It's all about finding fulfilment at work using powerful, meaningful and simple mindfulness practices. You can find out more here.
My top-rated podcast, “The Mindful Kind,” is my way of sharing my personal experiences, tips and ideas about mindfulness to help people discover their own exciting mindful adventures. You can find the podcast on my website here or on iTunes by searching “The Mindful Kind.”
Rachael is a mindfulness mentor, blogger and host of The Mindful Kind podcast. When she's not writing or creating her next exciting project, you'll find Rachael creating zen within the four corners of her yoga mat, cuddling her fun-loving puppy or reading a good book with a delicious coffee or herbal tea in hand.
Leave Rachael some love in the comments and let us know: what's YOUR favourite way to bring a little mindfulness in your day?