Welcome aboard the ‘Healthy Living Out Loud’ (HLOL) Train. Your ticket is free, so it’s time to fasten your seat belt and get ready to enjoy the ride.
My name is Carole and I am so glad you have decided to join the HLOL family.
Here at ‘HLOL’ we are the glass is half full kind of people on a mission to boldly squeeze the juice out of life every day and this site is simply a personal invitation for you to join us and get on board.
On this site, I will share information, thoughts and inspirations and even let you eavesdrop on conversations with people I meet along the way, all geared towards helping you embrace a Healthy Living Out Loud (HLOL) attitude and lifestyle. This site is also the home of my alter ego Fingerlicious Vegan and her adventures. She is a plant-based eater who doesn’t like vegetables.
I am not selling you pills or potions or being prescriptive as to what this way of living should contain or look like, that’s your choice and totally up to you. I just want to encourage you to rediscover the value of every breath you take and the magic that you bring to the table just because you are alive.
Think of it as reframing your adventure through the corridors of life with renewed energy, vigour and a new perspective. A perspective that believes that there is a silver lining in every cloud just waiting to be discovered.
Wherever you are on the road make sure you keep coming back for more HLOL inspiration. For now, scroll down the page for an overview of my
12 Steps to Healthy Living Out Loud!
- Start each day on purpose
Decide the direction you would like your day to take and each day wake up and declare it as you boldly step into it.
- Create the perfect day
What key elements do you need to begin your perfect day? I decided that I simply need the sun to rise, God (yes I’m a believer) to still be on the throne and for me to have opened my eyes. This is how I start my perfect day, everything else is icing on the cake.
- Count your blessings
Live with an attitude of gratitude. Give thanks for what you have and spend less time focussing on what you don’t.
- Enjoy everyday life
Keep your stress levels at bay by doing more of the things you enjoy and enjoying more of the things you do.
- Fall in love with yourself again
The most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself, make it a love affair to remember. Give your life everything you’ve got, celebrate your imperfections and your mistakes.
- Take 100% responsibility for your life
It is you, not your situation or circumstances or even the people around you that dictate your success. Take ownership and be accountable for your actions.
- Give yourself permission
Don’t wait for someone else to give you permission. Give yourself permission to be yourself, to make mistakes, to shine, to accept praise, to have bad days, to get angry, to cry, to take the day off. Be yourself and don’t die with your music still in you.
- Be adventurous
You are an intrepid explorer navigating your way through life’s adventures, try new things, write that book, take that holiday. Make it your mission to get the most out of every day.
- Choose your cheerleaders
Imagine you are on the stage of life and your front row is made up of seven seats and you get to choose the people who sit there. The seats are reserved for people who are only there to encourage, support and cheer you on. Who do you have sitting in those seats.
- Know your worth
Value who you are. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others. your value is in who you are and not what you do or how you measure up against others. Remember you are an original, one of a kind.
- Be Bold
Don’t be afraid to show up. Live life with courage and passion, don’t live it as a whisper let your voice be heard.
- Celebrate Who You Are
Appreciate and honor who you are, what you do, and the gifts and talents you have been given. you are the light in someone else’s darkness. Celebrating yourself is not arrogance, it’s an awareness of your own power. It is about being authentic and brings with it self confidence, peace and fulfilment.
This picture was taken outside City Hall London where the children were playing in the water fountains, happily laughing and sharing the enjoyment and thrills with each other. Not only was there not an Xbox or iPhone in sight, their ‘out loud’ joy was infectious touching the hearts of their parents and everyone else who was watching and just for a moment, time actually stood still for all the cares and challenges in their lives. Now I’m not suggesting you take off your clothes and stand under a waterfall (although I like that idea) it’s about finding your own waterfall moment!