Interview with Lucy Victoria Jackson

by Olivia Cartwright,


We all loved our beautiful sound bath with the incredibly soothing Lucy Victoria Jackson on our IGTV this month. We first discovered Lucy's podcast, Root and Rise at the start of first lockdown and from there we are absolutely LOVING her online yoga classes with great results for our body and our mind. We had a wonderful talk with Lucy and a deepdive into who she is, where she's come from and what brought her to where she is today.

1. What was your journey to where you are now?

Being 30 there is much I could share with you, but I’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible! My story is like most - it zigs & zags, goes in circles, up & down, has moments of elation, moments of deep despair, and many everyday moments in between. 
In terms of my journey to sharing the practice of yoga & to hosting wellness retreats that happened almost by accident... from the age of 18 to 23 I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, and I found that yoga was my only safe space during that time. I was lucky to escape that situation & finally decided to do something for myself - the thing I chose was attending my first yoga teacher training course in Goa, India. I went on that training having zero expectations of actually teaching when I came home...
But whilst I was there I fell in love with sharing the practice & it felt incredibly natural to do so. I began to teach as soon as I returned - that was over 6 years ago & the rest - as they say - is history! I teach 1:1s, group classes, corporate classes, host retreats, share sound baths, have an online membership & have loved every single day. 
2. What does your spirituality mean to you? 
Ultimately to me my Spirituality is a practice of cultivating self love and inner calm to enable me to serve others more effectively and more wholeheartedly. To me a truly spiritual life must involve selfless action that benefits others, else it is not a spiritual life at all. It’s like finding a balance between the inhale and exhale - we inhale to receive, we exhale to give back. 
3. Have you always been interested in health and wellbeing or was it a product of an experience in your life? 
I’m incredibly blessed that health & wellness has always been a part of my life. From a young age my parents drilled into me that “you only get one body” (so you best look after it!). From a young age we were encouraged to move in many different ways - from gymnastics clubs after school, to Friday night family roller discos, to Saturday tennis & long Sunday walks - movement (and truly enjoying movement) was a gift they gave me & my siblings. Even on holidays we were that family that was always doing something! Skiing, hiking, surfing (very badly!) - whatever it was, we were lucky enough to be active & to be having a great time doing it. 
4. If you only have 10 minutes to spend on self-care, what is top of your list? 
Top of my list is always getting outside - whether that’s walking the dog, going for a run, sitting in the garden - being outside is truly the best medicine. 
5. Describe your ideal way to start the day? 
Puppy cuddles! I am truly blessed that this is the start of every day - cuddles with my dog Elsie, closely followed by taking her outside in the garden & making a fresh cup of coffee with oat milk. I savour every moment! 

Human Design Deep Dive

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

Living authentically isn’t just an Instagram concept, it is the struggle we all face day to day. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with aspirational lifestyles, diet plans and influencers so many of us have lost that innate connection to ourselves and what we truly want or need. Sometimes we find ourselves conflicted between the decisions we 'should' make, and following our gut instinct. Human Design is a segway to reconnect you back with yourself and encourage you to follow your own unique path instead of trying to get into somebody else’s lane. It allows you to forgive yourself for not being like 'X' and gives you an explanation for a lifetime of frustrations when you aren’t tapping into your innate personality. 

We had an incredibly insightful reading with the lovely Olivia Iasonos from Embodied Human Design, whom we discovered after hearing her speak so eloquently on Danielle Copperman’s podcast. Human design is essentially an astrological approach but with centuries of wisdom to support its claims. This system draws on the philosophy of astrology, the Kabbalah tree of life, the Hindu chakra system and the I - Ching combined. It’s a really inspiring modality to look into. Human Design was only channeled in the 80’s but it draws on these ancient philosophies and wisdom, making it a system that synthesises all these ancient systems. As Olivia said Human Design really gives you “permission to be unapologetically you, we are all born unique and your reading is your roadmap to step into our own uniqueness and you can lean into it to find deep satisfaction, deep peace and deep success.” What could be better? It essentially teaches how to be true to yourself!

In order to look into your own Human Design, you simply need to know, your date of birth and the exact time and place you were born. You can actually call the hospital you were born in to confirm this if you don’t know for sure. Once you have gathered all that information you can then input the information here to find out more. There are 5 different design types in Human Design, these are manifestors, generators, manifesting generators, projectors and reflectors. Here is a little more information about each energy type to get you started:

Manifestors represent about 9% of the population, they are the natural initiators amongst us. Their strategy is to inform those around them of their decisions before taking action, this naturally relaxes those around them, allowing them to initiate without feeling resistance or anger. Manifestors are here to have an impact on others.

Generators, together with Manifesting Generators make up the life force of the planet representing 70% of the population. They have an open and enveloping aura that is constantly drawing life towards them. Their strategy is to wait to respond (as opposed to initiating like Manifestors) meaning they are here to follow signs and synchronicities to know what to put their energy towards to achieve satisfaction and reduce resistance. Manifesting Generators tend to be multi-passionate, wanting to put their energy towards many different projects, tasks and interests.

Projectors are the natural guides, around 20% of the population, their strategy is to wait for recognition and invitations from others before sharing their gifts to avoid feeling any bitterness. Focusing attention on the wrong people and initiating without recognition can lead to exhaustion. Projectors need to be discerning about how to use their energy, they are naturals at mastering systems and reading into people with their focused and penetrating aura.

Reflectors are the rarest type, just 1% of the population with an aura that samples and reflects the energies of the environment and those around them. Reading others very well and acting as mirrors for society and they have the potential to show us where we are not living in alignment. Reflectors are here to experience the delight and surprise of life but can end up feeling disappointed and burnt out if they find themselves in the wrong jobs and friendship circles. 

Olivia, is the prime example of someone who previously wasn’t living according to her own design. She actually practiced as a lawyer before discovering Human Design x years ago. She is such a pleasure to talk to and she took away any skepticism or fear within seconds and really put us at ease.  Olivia also has extensive training in life coaching, continually asking intuitive questions to make the most of your reading, for you! She aims to lead you to the path of least resistance in your own life, sounds nice doesn’t it?

Olivia begins each session with a brief meditation to open the heart space and focus the mind. You are also encouraged to set an intention for your session prior, allowing her to steer you towards the most practical information for what you want to learn about yourself. Olivia's fusion of life coaching combined with the reading itself is part of what really drew us to Olivia and get the most out of the experience. It is a much more practical and pragmatic approach to Human Design than anything else we found. 

I found the whole experience really enlightening, and most of all empowering. It's oddly freeing to have an explanation for why things haven't worked for you in the past. Olivia seemed to know me better than I know me and things make a little more sense armed with this information. We are currently in a drained society as so many people are living out of alignment and we are all so conditioned to follow each other and listen to SHOULDS, rather than wants. I can’t recommend a reading with Olivia enough so you too can shed the shoulds! 

Top 3 Cookbooks for Skin Health

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Cooking has always been a favourite hobby of ours and the further you go down the health journey the more experimental you become, incorporating unusual flavours and produce in order to eat the rainbow. When eating for more targeted results and to most benefit your skin etc we like to look to the experts for their recommendations.

Here is our round-up of our top 3 favourite cookbooks to feed our face and keep you glowing from the inside out:

Eat Beautiful - Wendy Rowe - Celebrity make up artist Wendy Rowe counts Sienna Miller as one of her loyal clients and her cookery book not only looks beautiful on your coffee table but also has some great recipes that firmly sit in our weekly rotation. I particularly love the french onion soup recipe! 

Beauty Chef - Carla Oates - The beauty chef is an Australian supplement company with an emphasis on skin health. They have some amazing balanced recipes that the whole family will enjoy whether they enjoy clean eating or not! 

Simply Good For You - Amelia Freer - This book is not specifically targeted toward cooking for skin health but it is a welcome product of consistently using Amelia Freer’s recipes! Everyone in the Radiance office owns, uses and loves this book and if one of those we reach for weekly. 

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