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Top tips for being successful

Top tips for being successful

How easy is it to look at someone else’s success and think “Well it looked pretty straightforward for them! What am I doing wrong?”. But when you scratch below the surface and find out more about their path to success, you realise that it was filled with ups, downs, challenges and learnings. I love the saying “There’s no such thing as an overnight success” and the more I read the back story of successful people, the more true I believe it to be. We often underestimate the amount of focus it requires to become successful at anything - whether that’s...

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Wild and free amongst the trees

Wild and free amongst the trees

I was so grateful to recently spend the day forest bathing in Smaelog Woods near Pontyclun with the amazing Carri-Anne from @forestbathingplus. She took us on a mindful 2 hour walk through the woods… stopping to take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes along the way. Each pause was an opportunity to connect with the breath, ground with the earth and take a mindful moment without being distracted by technology. It was such a lovely way to celebrate nature on such a special day and to connect with the beautiful green green grass of home. The next time you finish...

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Independent clubs - we want you!

Independent clubs - we want you!

One of my favourite parts of running VALA is getting to connect with independent and local businesses.When Alex @thisisalexbull from @studiotarw reached out to ask if we’d like to support their 10k run, I jumped at the chance.Here’s a few pics of Alex and her crew enjoying our plant based gels during their run around sunny Cardiff bay.Want us to support your training session or race? Get in touch!

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Award-winning energy gels from Wales

Award-winning energy gels from Wales

Did you know that VALA gels have won 5 major awards since launching in 2020?These include:🏆 ‘Innovation’ at Wales Food and Drink Awards @fooddrinkawardswales🏆 Gold Medal for ‘High Protein and Sports Nutrition’ at @nourishawards🏆 Gold Medal for ‘Innovation’ at @freefromfoodawards🏆 ‘Editor’s Choice - Superfood’ at @womensrunninguk awards🏆 ‘Rising Star’ at Wales Start Up Awards @startupawardsnationalWhen I first started VALA, I had a board in my office with the awards that I one day dreamed of winning, and it’s still so wild to have these awards sitting on a shelf there… That’s the power of intention (and creating a product that breaks the mould!).Thank you for always...

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Simple mindset reframes

Simple mindset reframes

Do you often find yourself trapped in a lack mindset and always thinking of the worst case scenarios? I have good news for you - it doesn’t always have to be this way. When you notice a limiting belief or disempowering thought pop up, take a moment to sit with it, ask what it’s trying to protect you from and choose again. Then consciously welcome a new thought, a more empowering belief or a shift in perspective. Your new belief doesn’t have to be a larger than life affirmation… it can be as simple as “I know I can handle...

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The importance of grounding

The importance of grounding

It’s said that time in nature can generate a whole spectrum of positive emotions, including calmness, happiness, increased creativity and greater concentration.So honour yourself this week by taking a break from your screen and grounding (or earthing). Some of my favourite ways to ground include:- Going for a walk in the forest or along the beach and taking my shoes off to really connect with the earth- Meditating and practicing conscious breathing- Cooking a nutritious plant based meal that’s good for mind and bodyChoose one of these to commit to this week and take note of how much it positively...

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