Here at Happy Magazine we are very proud of our amazing contributors. They contribute articles on a regular basis and give their time, advice and expertise free of charge and for this we are very grateful. We are very pleased to have contributors in five areas; Health & Wellbeing, Food & Nutrition, Life Coaches, Beauty and Books and we feel their articles are an integral part of Happy Magazine.
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HEALTH & WELLBEING
CBT Cancer Therapist, Breast Cancer Survivor
Clare Reed is a qualified CBT therapist specialising in cancer. She was born in the UK but is Irish and lived in Dublin for 15 years. She has worked as a CBT Therapist for a decade. At CBT for Cancer she works with clients who are experiencing anxiety, self-esteem issues and a lack of confidence, by applying CBT techniques and tools for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer, those working their way through treatment and for those who are struggling after cancer. She also helps supporters and carers cope with the anxiety and stress of looking after a loved one with cancer.
She provides a 360 approach ensuring both Cognitive and Behavioural approaches are used and with additional qualifications in nutrition and exercise she uses an integrative lifestyle approach with the behavioural therapy programme. Clare had Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2017 and went through two operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and understands the challenges her clients with cancer face. Her mother also had breast cancer and she appreciates how difficult it is for her carer clients to support someone through this time.
Clare walks the walk and upped the ante during her own cancer treatment, she switched to a whole new lifestyle and is an advocate for adopting the best lifestyle and mind management possible during treatment and after.
You can contact Clare here.
Miriam Kerins Hussey
Pharmacist, Integrated Wellness and Nutritional Coach
Miriam is a qualified pharmacist with huge passion for holistic health and wellbeing. This passion has lead her to train as an Integrated Wellness and Nutritional coach as well as a Yoga instructor, and Holistic Healing Practitioner.
In her integrated wellness business she is involved in the design and delivery of many executive, corporate and personal wellness retreats, seminars and programmes. She runs Yoga retreats for Mind, Body and Soul, and is an international keynote speaker on health and wellness, emotional eating and more.
Miriam believes that it is the integration and union of cognitive, emotional, physical, nutritional, mental and spiritual health that leads to true health, vitality and wellness.
Her collective qualifications and expertise in both pharmaceutical and complimentary health therapies give her a unique and integrated approach to human health and wellness.
For more about Miriam, find her at her website, www.theawakening.ie.
Ruth is a 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification yoga teacher and teaches in The Yoga Room, Dublin. She teaches Vinyasa Flow with a focus on a well-rounded, energetic class which works on many levels, both internally and externally, through attention to the breath, anatomy, alignment and conscious transitioning.
She has also created a yoga lifestyle website – Yogaru.ie – promoting a yoga way of living on and off the mat. She is passionate about helping students to explore their own personal journey, and to develop their home practice using her uniquely designed 108 Asana sequencing cards.
She believes that with the hectic lives we live, it is important to take time to pause, settle onto the mat and slow down, cultivating a sense of balance and enjoying the tranquility the practice brings to your day.
For more on Ruth, follow her on Facebook.
Grainne is a Holistic Therapist living in Dublin with her husband and two adult children.
Grainne was employed in the retail trade for over 20 years, but after struggling with ongoing chronic back pain after having her first child in 1995, she was forced to move away from this type of employment in 2002. She was on lots of anti-inflammatory medication and had a number of spinal injections over many years to help control the pain. About 10 years ago, she began practising angel meditation for relaxation and to relieve stress, always having had an interest in Spirituality and looking for something to bring the spark back into her life, as it all felt like hard work and an endurance most days. After the sudden passing of her mum in 2012 came lots of soul searching and the decision to do a Reiki Energy Healing workshop. It was life changing and she questioned how she was living her life. Wanting to feel more fulfilled, she went on to do a personal development course and was drawn to continue the Reiki journey, loving the deep relaxation and inner peacefulness and acceptance that came from self healing with this soothing comforting energy. She was always drawn to wanting to help other people.
At the end of 2015 having completed the Master and Practitioner level of Reiki and doing 18 case studies, she began Reiki Healing From Within from her home, with her first Reiki client. She has studied Mindfulness, Crystal Healing and Essential Oils, and more recently completed an Archangel Tarot Card course. She has a successful weekly Meditation group going into its second year, 1 to 1 clients and teaches Reiki Life Enhancing Workshops. She is starting to teach classes on Health and Wellbeing to community development groups in the South County Dublin area. She also helps runs a low-cost, community-based counselling service in Dublin 22.
She now has little or no back pain is off all prescribed medication and has a new zest for life and what she is doing.
She has learnt to set boundaries, prioritise her own self-care and say no when she needs to without feeling guilty. She is passionate about her clients self-care practise, stress reduction and pain management. She feels she brings her training, life experiences and love for people into everything that she does in her work and day to day life.
You can contact Grainne through her Facebook page.
Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist
Aideen at Beautiful Life is an experienced Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist. It was after a close family member was treated for cancer that Aideen qualified as an MLD Therapist in the Dr. Vodder method.
With 10 years’ experience treating women who have developed lymphoedema as a result of cancer treatment, Aideen has the skills, clinical experience, and the personal understanding to draw upon in her work.
For more on Aideen, visit her website, www.mld.ie.
Breast Cancer Survivor
Natasha Whelehan is a mom, wife and breast cancer survivor who lives in County Laois. Natasha is a regular contributor to Happy Magazine with posts charting her recovery back to health after cancer, mindfulness, meditation, self care and more.
Breast Cancer Survivor, Author, Speaker
Cathy McCarthy is originally from Athlone. She is married to Billy and they have three grown up children, David, Emma and Jack. They live in Dublin.
Cathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2007. During her treatment when she encountered a problem, she always looked to find a solution. As she recovered, people would ask her for help and advice and she was delighted to pass on her knowledge. She also has a keen interest in spirituality, the meaning of life and why things happen the way they do.
Her first book, “Not the Year You Had Planned” was published in 2011. She felt there was a huge gap in the area of practical information for people going through cancer and this book helps to fill that void. While giving talks, she discovered from her own experience and talking to many people that the weeks and months post treatment left many searching for the answer to one central question – how do I now rebuild my life? She then published “Stronger Than Yesterday” as a guide to help people find hope in adversity. Read more about both Cathy’s books in this post.
The proceeds from both books go to various charities.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Dietetics Graduate, YouTube Content Creator
Sadia is a Canadian foodie and Dietetics graduate currently living in The Netherlands. She now works as a YouTube content creator for her channel Pick Up Limes – an online community of over 1 million people. She also regularly adds new plant-based recipes to her blog, along with uncomplicated and informative nutrition articles. The Pick Up Limes food philosophy is to take things back to the basics. Sadia believes in eating as much whole-food, plant-based ingredients as is reasonable to each individual, using food as a way to nourish ourselves. She also believes each person is unique and individual, and it’s important that we all honour where we are at. To learn more about Sadia, visit www.pickuplimes.com
Nutrition & Health Coach at The Healthy Tart
Eva Burg is a qualified Nutrition & Health Coach and the voice, cook and photographer behind The Healthy Tart food blog. She was born and raised in Germany and since 2013 she has been living and working in Dublin.
Her recipes, which draw influences from all over the world are simple and healthy dishes. On her blog, she offers a wide range of recipes that cater to special dietary requirements, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian and vegan.
After suffering from severe Candidiasis for more than 3 years she decided that something had to change. She moved to Dublin and embarked on her personal health journey. Cutting out sugar, introducing an 80% plant-based diet and proper stress management resulted in an almost immediate improvement. The changes in her general wellbeing, skin and hair became that apparent that people started asking about what she was doing, so she decided to share her experience with everyone.
Her own nutritional journey led her back to college, where she qualified as a Nutrition and Health coach.
On The Healthy Tart she shows how to achieve a healthy lifestyle, without missing out on scrumptious treats.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as Elle, Shemazing, TheTaste.ie, Wellbeing-Secret.com and many more.
Breast Cancer Survivor and Professional Life Coach
Niamh Gaffney runs coaching consulting company Directionality. She was 35 and a new mum to a gorgeous 6-month old baby girl when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the year that followed, she dealt with surgery, fertility preservation treatment, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and then faced redundancy from her executive level role. The fall-out of that crazy whirlwind of a year was a shock; she seriously struggled with the aftermath, with trying to get back to normal until coaching helped her realise that there was no going back – she needed to find her New Normal. When the dust settled she understood how much coaching could help others in similar situations and so Directionality opened its doors in early 2016.
Niamh is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and her coaching is strictly governed by them.
She is a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and was hugely honoured to be invited to present her thesis “The Extent to which Personal, Occupational and Biographical Factors predict Psychological Wellbeing in Irish Teachers” to the Annual PSI Conference in 2010.
She is fully insured to practice coaching at all levels. She holds an Accredited Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching from PSG, a QQI Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice and Ethics, a First Class BA in Psychology from Dublin Business School and is currently in her Advanced Medical Coaching internship with MCI.
She has over 15 years of international executive and management corporate experience in the insurance, retail and technological industries and has coached and mentored extensively during that time. She has provided mentoring and coaching as an alumna to Heriot-Watt students and through the CDVEC as an Adult Learning Volunteer.
Mum, Blogger, Editor, Independent Consultant
Ciara is from Wicklow in Ireland and is a stay-at-home Mum to two beautiful baby girls. She set up her blog after discovering the amazing benefits of natural skincare. She discovered after having skin problems her whole life into her thirties, that organic and chemical-free products were the answer to her skin issues. She began creating her own facial masks, scrubs and balms using essential and carrier oils with kitchen basics such a oats, sugar, baking soda and salt. Amazed by the results, she decided to start a natural skincare blog to show others the fantastic benefits.
She set up coolthingsilove.com and decided to take on a healthy lifestyle including diet, health and wellbeing which she focuses on in her blog.
She eventually set up a magazine style blog featuring lifestyle, beauty, fashion, news, home interiors, travel and food called Blog News Weekly which is updated every Sunday. After watching the tv documentary “My Chemical Life” she is trying to cut out chemicals from her life, wherever possible. She is a firm believer in self care and having positivity and gratitude, which she writes about in her blog regularly.
Breast Cancer Survivor, Make-up Artist, Beauty Therapist
In June of 2017, Elfreda found out she had breast cancer, it was a terrible shock but she faced it head on! She has completed chemo and radiation and is still receiving the drug Herceptin until October 2018. Elfreda is a professionally trained make-up artist and beauty therapist, she has vast experience in makeup and beauty and broadened and refined her skills working in salons in Dublin and London. She has worked as a makeup artist for well known brands, most recently, Georgio Armani, and also works freelance, taking part in shoots, weddings and other special occasions. Her passion for all things make-up and beauty-related, and love of helping people feel good about themselves, has her very excited to be able to share her knowledge with the readers of Happy Magazine.
Melanoma Cancer Survivor, Owner of Roches, Wig Stylist
For over 60 years the Roche family have been involved in the hair and beauty industry, with a particular specialisation in wigs and hair pieces. Fergus and Maura Roche, recognising the lack of services for people concerned with hair loss, opened their dedicated Wig Centre in 1986. Their daughter Anne Roche, who, along with her team of expert wig and hair replacement specialists, took over the business in 2006. Anne further expanded the premises in 2010 to incorporate a speciality breast prosthesis, mastectomy lingerie and swimwear boutique. Roches help their clients deal with all the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, from losing their hair right through to re-colouring their hair after treatment and everything in between.
Anne shares the best of her knowledge on how to look and feel better during cancer here on Happy Magazine.
Blogger at Nurse Fancy Pants
Chloe is a Dublin-based Nurse & Midwife who loves to read in her spare time. She also writes a blog where she reviews books, beauty products and travel destinations! You can find her here.
Mum, Life Coach, Writer, Crafter
Victoria is a busy working Mum to high-energy primary school kids. A qualified life coach, with more than ten years experience juggling the work/life balance seesaw and managing to squeeze in time to watch Game of Thrones inbetween with a hot cup of tea.
Victoria is a creative Mum who loves knitting, crafting and baking. Always learning and open to new ideas, she hopes to inspire others through her love of writing.