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Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Clare from Checks and Spots

We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!

Today we are filling in the wellbeing blanks with Clare Hiller, a Brand Storyteller and creator of Checks and Spots. Dedicated to checking out and spotting fashion, beauty, lifestyle and design to inspire and amuse, Checks and Spots is a chronicle of things that will makeyou look twice. Let’s hear what Clare has to say:

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To me being well means making choices that allow me to design a healthy and fulfilling life. It’s a lifelong process of adjustments and tweaks and not simply about exercise and clean eating. To live well, I also think about my emotional health and how I can cultivate things like resilience, contentment and happiness. 

I have 3 jobs that fill my days! The most important is being a mama. By day, I also have my own business as a Brand Storyteller and work with some incredible brands. And at night, you’ll find me creating content for my blog, Checks and Spots.  

Eating well without feeling like I’m missing out is usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.

Finding time to exercise as much as I’d like to is usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.

Juggling my business, family and a demanding schedule always seems to throw my wellbeing off track.

Getting back to basics and downing a few green smoothies from my free recipe book, 21 Shades of Green (click to download!) brings my wellbeing back on track.

I usually sleep 6 hours per night. I’d love to sleep 8 hours per night.

Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is seeking simplicity. I think there’s a lot to be said for the way our grandparents approached food. I stick to wholefoods, eat seasonally and make most of what my family eats from scratch – including our butter!  

Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is that even though I like eating cleanly and exercising, enjoying every moment is just as important. I’m never that hung up about food or fitness that I feel guilty about an occasional decadent desert or champagne at the end of a long week. The joy of a shared meal with others is a big part of what makes me happy.

The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is to concentrate on looking after your body on the inside, as well as the outside.  

The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is that it’s never attainable! As Salvador Dali so perfectly said, ‘Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.’

If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be ka-put!

If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say stop and slow down. It’s ok to say ‘no’.     

You can check out Clare’s inspiring blog at and follow Check and Spots at www.checksandspots.com on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 

Enjoyed reading?  Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Clare is up to. xx

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