How one yes is changing my life.

10 months ago i was approached about a business opportunity and i said no, i probably said no about 5 times but i kept seeing things pop up on my Facebook time line, products, events and travel and i will admit i was a little more curious, OK i will admit it was the travel element that drew me in and finally got me to say yes.

I had every excuse in the book, no time, I have no one to sell to, I work too many hours in my full-time target driven job, I work out before work how could I possibly fit it in… but the travel….

So I reached out to the person that approached me originally about the opportunity and said ok i give in, let’s do this. Within minutes I had filled out my details and started my own online business and it cost me nothing. I was sent the information and pictures for 5 posts to be posted over 5 consecutive days and at the end of the 5 days I had a choice, stay or go.


Needless to say after selling a few products and trying them myself I was hooked. Not only had i been able to start my own online business but i had slipped into a community of people doing the same. Now i am single and live alone with just my dog and i had slipped into a habit of coming home from work and doing nothing, cooking dinner and sitting in front of the TV till it was time to go to bed, scrolling through Facebook. But now i was earning money from posting on Facebook! I was connected with around 200 new people who wanted to support me and help me grown my online business, people who have their own lives and struggles to deal with but they wanted to know about me and wanted to help me grow and achieve great things.

I had slipped into a depression before saying yes, I love travel and in 2008 I decided I was going to spend some time in South East Asia and Australia, I planned to go for around a year. Fast forward 4 years, 8 countries and countless adventures and experiences and the visa’s expired and it was time to come home. 


Vietnam 2008

I never planned to stay in the UK, spend 6 months back home and then once it got cold again head back to the sunshine and tropical locations. But life has a way of throwing your plans out of whack. I’ve always been super close to my grandparents and they had a huge hand in helping my dad as a single parent raise my sister and I. We lived with them till I was 11. After a few months of being home my Nana had started to become forgetful, we just presumed it was age however it was more serious than that, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years earlier and was in remission, however the cancer had made its way to her brain and there was nothing they could do. So as a family we cared for her between us at home and after a few months she slipped away at home. It was heartbreaking for me, but more so for my granddad so i moved in with him to keep him company, he was pretty lonely even with the family around and I had always wanted a dog, so we went to the Dogs Trust and found Bertie (Formerly Merlot, but I cant shout that out can I) He was a 1-year-old Tibetan terrier cross and MAD! For a few months granddad perked up and went out and about with his new best friend but as the weather got colder and the days shorter he slipped into a depression. He didn’t want to go out, he stopped eating and fell ill. We eventually got him to hospital and they diagnosed pancreatic cancer. He came home from hospital and within 2 weeks he had slipped away at home like my Nana, 1 year, 1 month and 1 day apart. I feel its true what they say that true love lasts a lifetime. I was left with a dog and the loss of two of my parents essentially in the space of a year. I wont go into further details but there was an ugly family divide after my granddad passed and our family was suddenly much smaller.


Bertie is now 5 and still mad! 

I kept on working in a job I didn’t like and just ploughed on with life, I never really dealt with the loss of change in family dynamic.

So back to the chance I took to make a change in my life, I was instantly added to a community of people who were strong and driven and inspiring who come from all different backgrounds and all over the world and we all had one common goal, to change our lives for the better.

One of the things I am most grateful for, from my finally saying yes is the lifelong friendships I have made and the people who it has brought into my life. One person in particular connected with me back in January and instantly she knew that I needed some help in working through my personal struggles and self-doubt. It’s not very apparent from my Facebook profile but I struggle with self doubt, lack of confidence and a little depression. I am a lingering people pleaser and I worry about what people will think of me and if they will like me or not, will they judge me. But you know what I have learned, people will either like you or not. People will judge you if you do and they will judge you if you don’t, so you may as well do and if they dont like it let them not like it for who you really are dont hide your magic, stand up for what you want for your life and the changes you want to make. I am blessed to have been coached by an amazing woman who has given me the skills and techniques to deal with the self doubt and lack of confidence and i am now able to implement those daily practices in to my life and share them with others and help them to know how to believe in themselves again. I am stronger, more confident and outgoing each day, so thank you Jessica.

One yes (eventually) to a free opportunity has change me and my life. I am growing and changing daily, I am working on no longer being a people pleaser and worrying about what people think of me. I have created 2 brands and grown an international team. 

Wanderfreetribe 



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I have made lifelong friends and ive been able to help others implement change in their own lives and be confident to take a step in the direction they really want to go. My business has taken me all over the UK and Europe so far and upcoming travel includes Belfast in Ireland and a private island in Croatia*

Success summit, Marbella 2017

The island, Croatia

I am rewarded with amazing profit, commissions and bonuses as well as twice yearly all-inclusive paid success trips** but the reward for me is seeing the lives of people i am inspiring change, being able to help others have the courage to take a chance and make a change in their life and it warms my heart to see people grow and flourish and to know i had a little part in it. I am also lucky enough to be coached by amazing leaders and people who have seen amazing success in this industry. The reason it’s working for me is because I picked the right company to partner with. A long standing company operating in over 50 countries worldwide. And because I am coachable, committed and consistent. 
My desire is freedom of time, time to work when I want, from where I want and with whom I want.

If any of this has resonated with you or you are at a crossroads in your life maybe this could be what you are looking for, or maybe you just want to talk about some of your struggles. Follow this link to find out more about this FREE Opportunity: Find out more

Being part of a community of like-minded people could be just what you need to have that confidence to make the change, don’t settle for the life you think you deserve, create the life you want.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey so far, you never know, maybe one day soon I will be reading about yours.

Pura Vida


Natalie Lovejoy

Founder – Pura Wander & Wanderfreetribe

*For anyone that signs up now they will have time to qualify for the all-inclusive paid success trip to a private island in Croatia next year.

**Success trips are something you are rewarded for once you reach Ruby Executive and maintain the pin title for a set amount of time. ( you certainly don’t get that in your average 9-5)

Namaste- all damn day! 

One of my favourite things in the world is yoga, so much so that it is one of my goals to get my yoga instructors certificate. I already have my Pilates instructors certificate but there is just something about yoga, its more than just working out, it’s a lifestyle, its magical.

Yoga has so many benefits for the body and mind.

For the body: 

  • Increases flexibility
  • Can result in healthier blood and lower blood pressure
  • Improves posture
  • Reduces the risk of chronic disease
  • Enhanced fat loss
  • Improved balance
  • Better breathing
  • Reduces soreness
  • Enhanced muscle strength, tone and core
  • Improves digestion
  • Body detoxification
  • Relieves pain & tension
  • Increased immunity

 

For the mind:

  • Improves intuition
  • Increases self acceptance
  • Improved concentration
  • Improves mental fitness
  • Neutralises stress
  • Improves memory
  • Increased mental awareness
  • Helps you to focus on the present
  • Increases confidence
  • Allows you to unlock energy flow
  • Helps to balance brain hemispheres

Simple, Yoga makes you happier!

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are trying to fit together broken pieces.

There are so many difference styles of yoga, each with their own focus and benefits.

Anusara: An uplifting and flowing style of yoga. Classes tend to be friendly and fill of laughter. Founded by American Yogi John Friend in 1997.

Who is it for, Those seeing a positive and lighthearted environment and people wanting an emotional yoga experience. Benefits of this style of yoga are improved core & muscle strength and balance and conditioning. The meaning is ‘to flow with grace’ and it aims to connect practitioners with their inner joy, creativity and playfulness. There are over 250 asanas , known as poses in the syllabus. There tends to be music during the classes and the teacher will talk more than in other types of yoga.

‘Yoga is about awakening, Yoga is about creating a life that brings more beauty and more love into the world’– John Friend

*Tips: Do not take yourself too seriously and embrace your playful side.

Ashtanga: Classes tend to be fast-paced when a series of poses are performed in a precise, sequential order, linked together with breathing. Developed and popularised by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in the late 1940’s.

Who is it for, The routine and strict guidelines appeal to yogi’s who like a sense of order and accuracy, people looking for  a physical challenge. Benefits are core strength and flexibility. This is a vigorous and demanding practice and aims to synchronise breathing and movement to produce an internal heat to purify the body. The practice incorporates audible throat breathing known as ujjayi, which should sound like the ocean when done correctly. Classes are often taught in Sanskrit, the language of yoga.

‘Ashtanga yoga is 99% practice 1% theory. Practice, practice and all is coming’ – Sri K Pattabhi Jois

*Tips: Be patient, it takes a lot of practice to perfect all the poses in the Ashtanga sequence.

Bikram: Every class features the same 26 poses and takes place in a 105 degree Fahrenheit room with 40% humidity.

Who is it for, Yogis who want a physically demanding class, people who do not mind heat. Benefits are improved circulation and toxin release. This is a great yoga for weight loss and it aims to move fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of your body. It was introduced by Bikram Choudhury in 1973 and most classes are 90 minutes long and you can burn as many as 700 calories per class. Many yogis claim it is an addictive practice which explains the devoted following.

‘You are never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again’ -Bikram Chourhury

*Tips: Dress Lightly and bring plenty of water and a towel.

Iyengar: The practice of precision, Iyengar focuses heavily on structural alignment of each posture. Developed by B.K.S Iyengar in 1975.

Who is it for, Perfect for beginners and detail oriented yogis because of its focus on alignment, anatomy and movement. Benefits are that it can help with neck or back problems and it alleviates anxiety and fatigue. Poses tend to be held for long periods allowing the practitioner to relax, balance and breathe in the posture. B.K.S Iyengar was a favourite among celebrities and taught Queen Elizabeth of Belgium how to do a head stand when she was 85 years old. You can expect lots of standing and balancing poses, often with the aid of props such as blocks, chairs and straps.

‘It is through the alignment or the body that i discovered the alignment of my mine, self an intelligence’ -B.K.S Iyengar

*Tips: Be creative with your props. If you do not have a yoga block, use a pile of books. If you do not have a strap use a belt.

Jivamukti: A lifestyle rather than a form of exercise. It is based around the compassion and kindness for all beings and the main teachings revolve around animal rights and environmentalism. Emerged in 1984 from David Life and Sharon Gannon’s famous New York City studio.

Who is it for, Vegans & Vegetarians people ready to apply yogic philosophy to their daily lives. Benefits can be a sense of community and promoted a healthier and kinder lifestyle. A spiritual practice. It Means ‘liberation while living’ which is the ultimate aim of the practice. Classes typically follow a theme drawn from the ‘focus of the month’ (set by the founders) explored through music, chanting, meditation or breathing exercises. it is an intense flowing practice so get ready to challenge yourself.

‘You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal where you are resisting your natural state’ – Sharon Gannon

*Tips: Take time to learn the principles and philosophy being this practice.

Kundalini: Although all yoga styles have a spiritual core, Kundalini is one of the schools with the strongest focus or spirituality and mindfulness. Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini to the west in 1968.

Who is it for, people seeking a deeper spiritual experience, Nearly anyone regardless of age, fitness or experience. Benefits of Kundalini are enhanced mind and body awareness and it helps connect with ones inner self. Features constantly moving and invigorating poses. Aims to release Kundalini, the untapped energy believed to sit at the base of the spine. Teachers and practitioners are encouraged to wear white clothing to nourish light and divinity. Expect spirituality and slow paced, back-centric poses.

‘The mind become(s) a monster when it becomes your master. The mind is an angel when it is your servant’ -Yogi Bhajan.

*Tips: Keep your head and spine warm during meditation with a wrap r shawl to help release the Kundalini energy and keep your mind focused.

Power Yoga: A fitness based practice with poses moving swiftly for a physically challenging cardio workout. The term was developed in the 1980’s by Bryan Kest and Beryl Bender Birch.

Who is it for, Intense exercisers including runners and endurance athletes. People aiming to lose weight. Benefits are an increase of cardiovascular circulation and lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. This practice is physically demanding and fast-moving and aims to challenge and relax the body and mind. It is grounded in Ashtanga yoga but is more flexible, allowing teachers to teach poses in any order.  Expect classes to likely be accompanied by upbeat music.

‘Everybody wants to be pretty because that’s what they’ve been told will make them feel good even though there is no proof that people who are prettier are healthier and happier. So why don’s we just cut to the chase and go straight to what makes us feel good‘ -Bryan Kest

*Tips, As the poses move more rapidly, it can be beneficial to have some previous yoga experience.

Restorative yoga: A slow-paced practice. A class typically only involves a handful of poses and props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets are often used to eliminate unnecessary straining. Founded by physical therapist Judith Hanson Lasater who has taught yoga since 1971.

Who is it for, Anyone seeking respite from a high pressure lifestyle, it can be for people with injuries or illness also. Benefits of this style are it calms the body and can lower the heart rate and blood pressure and is ideal for injury or stress rehab. Restorative yoga allows practitioners to completely relax and rest. It aims to heal the mind and body through passive stretching poses. Each pose can he held for up to twenty minutes, allowing the practitioner to drop into a stress free state. In class, the lights may be dimmed and calm music played. Do not be surprised if the teacher covers you in blankets for extra warmth and comfort during certain poses.

‘Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down‘ -Judith Hanson Lasater

*Tips: If you are easily distracted by surroundings, use an eye mask during practice.

Vinyasa yoga: Vinyasa is an umbrella term for a range of yoga styles, but more commonly describes classes focusing on matching movements with breath. Indian Master Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) known as the ‘father of modern yoga’ is widely considered the architect of Vinyasa as we know it today.

Who is it for, Classes tend to be fast paced with little focus on the finer points of each pose. Therefore it is best suited to experienced yoga. A constantly moving practice, so perfect for people struggling to sit still. It builds lean muscles throughout the whole body  and calms and purifies the mind and body. With its smooth and almost dance-like movements, it’s also known as flow yoga. The emphasis is on linking each pose with an exhalation or inhalation. It has a lot in common with Ashtanga, but its much more flexible as it allows teachers to freely mix up the order of the poses. It can be physically challenging,  flowing practice so expect to get your heart pumping.

‘Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other’ -Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

*Tips, Do not give up if a class does not work for you. Classes can vary greatly, so you might have to try a few before finding the perfect one for you

Yin Yoga: A passive, slow-paced style focusing on seated and supine poses that are held for longer periods of time. Introduced by martial  arts expert Paulie Zinc in the late 1970’s.

Who is it for, People wanting to compliment an active life with relaxed practice, Athletes looking to stretch without exhausting themselves for future training sessions. This practice calms the mind and rather than strengthening the muscles (Yang) the style targets deep tissues such a fascia  and connective tissues (Yin). Typically practised sitting or lying down on the floor this practice aims to find stillness and cool down the body. Yin aims to compliment more vigorous yang exercises such as running or cycling. If one focuses only on the yang, it is believed that the body can suffer burnout. Yin = Passive Yang = Active. Poses are typically held between two and twenty minutes .

‘The most important thing to me is not a static posture, but the essence of the posture’ -Paulie Zinc

*Tips, It can be challenging for both mind and body to hold each pose for a long time, so if you are new to the practice, start holding each pose for one minute and gradually extend the time as you progress.

Now how many of you recognised benefits you thought you could enjoy in your life? I know which type of yoga appeals to me, which do you think will suit you?

Give it a try, I guarantee if you don’t love it you just need to try another style.

Yoga is a lifestyle not just a workout and practising yoga can enhance your life, health and wellbeing.

Pura Vida!

Natalie