Wednesday Wisdom: Claire Baker
12 March 2014 | 3 comments
An interview series designed to uncover what it is that real, wise women are made of – physically, mentally and spiritually.
I had the pleasure of meeting today’s Wise Woman about a year ago at an event in Melbourne. Sweet, confident, bubbly, and both dedicated and highly passionate about her business. Claire Baker is a health, life and blog coach in Perth, working with women to tap into their creativity and make real lifestyle changes. Claire has a fantastic blog called This is Lifeblood, it is her online space of sharing and inspiring others. Claire has visited some deep, dark places, and used them as beautiful opportunities to grow, and as you will read, she is one very special big sister. Meet Claire…
Can you tell us about your personal special gift you have to share with the world?
Fab question! I’d say my personal, special gift is to open women up to the realisation that they’re whole, beautiful and that they themselves, have a personal, special gift to share with the world. As a coach, I empower women to spread their own message, to communicate their own desires.
I want to shine light on the fact that life is to be enjoyed, not endured. That food changes everything. That we’re free-er than we realise.
I’m also a champion at cooking risotto!
How do you nourish your body?
Firstly, how good is the word nourish?! It creates such a visual for me. I’ve realised over the past few years that this word relates to so much more than just food – although, of course food plays a lead role.
Nourishment for me is all about creating a vibrant, healthy body that has the vitality and energy to explore, create and live an awesome life. To have the clarity and ability to contribute awesome stuff to the world.
For me, this means sleep (lots of sleep!), yoga, running, rest, acupuncture, meditation and limiting the toxic crap I expose my body to.
Plus of course, eating a plant based diet and listening to what my body needs is imperative. I’ve stopped listening to the diet doctrine – no one diet will work for everyone’s nourishment levels, this I know to be true.
How do you feed your soul?
By asking questions. Swimming in the ocean. Booking flights. Reading. Journalling. Drawing. Kissing. Adding to my epic teapot collection. Laughing with my sisters. Board games. Lovingly cooking a meal that takes more than 15 minutes to make. Meditation and prayer. Train trips with my earphones in, feeling like I’m in a rad film clip. 85% dark chocolate with red wine.
What has brought you to your knees?
Just over 12 months ago, my younger brother was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a severe brain injury. The months that followed, as he lay in a coma and we were unsure if he would ever wake up, I was truly brought to my knees. I questioned – and surrendered to – everything.
I quit my job in Melbourne and moved across the country to be with him as he recovered, slowly. My existence, beliefs and all current understandings were shattered.
But by walking through the flames and facing my biggest fear, I’ve emerged – well, I am emerging – a stronger, more compassionate, free-er human.
What was it that pulled you back on your feet?
Patience. People – oh my gosh, people. Figuring out how the heck to just let go of knowing what would be and trusting that life had our backs. Which of course, it always does.
Accepting that being on my knees wasn’t so bad either, helped. Sure, I’d found myself at the deepest, darkest place in my life thus far, but more than ever before, I could strip everything back and see with clarity what was truly most important to me. I recently wrote all about how difficult times help us grow, here.
I also needed to constantly create space for all the murk I was wading in, to pass through. Journalling like crazy really, really helped me.
What do you think the purpose of life is?
To be honest, I have no idea! I’m not sure we are meant to know, are we?
Of course, love, joy, happiness and connecting with your true self are key and perhaps, they point to where the answer lies.
I do know the purpose of my life – to connect and contribute, to laugh and love and lift others up – but the purpose of life in general? That’s crazy-brain-exploding stuff, that is!
What has been your most humbling experience?
Travelling always humbles me. I’m actually sitting in a surfer cafe in Bali, sipping on a blueberry and mango smoothie as I type this, taking in the big, wide world and feeling around for where I fit into it.
Though one particular adventure where I spent 3 months backpacking around South East Asia, India and Nepal springs to mind. The incredibly compassionate, generous and warm people I met – who had struggled through more adversity than I’ll probably ever experience and have ‘less’ than I do from a western perspective – always remind me that life is good and sweet and that I am incredibly blessed.
How do you deal with stress?
Ahhh, the jaw-clenching jitters of stress. I’ve written a couple of posts on how I deal with stress and anxiety, the most recent one is here.
Favourite quote, mantra or affirmation?
Trust the process. You are exactly where you are meant to be, with the right people and in the right place. Always.
What is one pearl of wisdom you can leave us with?
Don’t let fear of change and death hold you back from living a full, vibrant life; a life unfulfilled is far more terrifying.
Embrace transition. Embrace the light, joyful times as well as the dark, yucky ones. Ability – or even just willingness – to do this, truly unlocks the soul.
Do you have a recipe/remedy/words/art you would like to share?
Of course. I’ve got a stack of plant-based recipes over on my blog, but this Crunchy Cabbage, Apple and Walnut Salad is a recent-ish one that I love as a main or a side. Sweet, crunchy and totally nourishing.
Crunchy Cabbage, Apple and Walnut Salad
| serves 4 |
- 1/3 head purple cabbage, sliced
- 1/3 head white cabbage, sliced
- 1 apple, julienned
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- To make dressing, put all ingredients in a screw top jar and shake until well combined and creamy. Season with salt and pepper if you like.
- Combine cabbages, apple and walnuts in a bowl and mix through dressing. Enjoy!
Thank you Claire! If you would like to stay in touch, you can find her here: