My Holistic May 

My Holistic May 

Hi everyone…

I cant believe writing this, that we are in the 6th month of the year…where is the time going?? May was as promised a busy month for the blog and the business, see below some of  my holistic highlights from the month..


A-z Blog Series

I started a A-Z Blog series about how Massage or Reflexology  (my treatments) can help with common aliments. So far I have released 6 of these:

A is for Arthritis

B is for Backache

C is for Constipation

D is for Diabetes

E is for Endometriosis

F is for Fatigue.

Click on each of these for the full blog and do keep an eye out for another 6 in June.

Take advice from a Tree:

Anyone who follows my Instagram stories has seen almost daily snaps of my Bonsai tree. The new addition to my work desk in May. The Bonsai symbolises harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. All of these one needs in a busy sales environment.

Darkness into Light Walk:

I was delighted to have completed this with my sister in Banada (Sligo) for Pieta House at the beginning of the month. Such a great cause and a beautiful experience.   I especially loved the candle lit country roads and the illuminated signs of Hope, Strength and Courage along the route. Remember its good to talk and there is always someone out there that can help.


Featured on other sites:

It was a busy month for The Holistic Toolkit been featured on other sites. At the beginning of the month I was choosen for “Scale it Simple’s” Friday feature for my “Why Massage is good for your Skin” blog.
Read it here.

Then at the end of the month, I was also featured on the Irish Health Hour website for with my “Top tips for getting the most out of your holistic treatment”.

Read it here.

Also in the middle of the month, I was asked to takeover the Snapchat for CrossFit Galway’s, “Rise of the West” CrossFit competition day.  Such a great fun!


Mayo championship:

The round up of the month couldn’t be done without mentioning my beloved Mayo. First championship match and win in the bag and many more to come I hope. This day was extra special for me as I got to share it with my nieces and nephews and watch it through their excited (Sligo) eyes!

So thats it, just some of the holistic moments from May, a busy but enjoyable month!

See ya in June x

Stay holistic



Irish Blogger Agency Launch

Irish Blogger Agency Launch


As a member of the Irish Blogger Agency I got to go to its launch on Sunday the 25th of September in the Double Tree by Hilton in Dublin. The line-up promised to be jammed pack with talks from the founder & CEO Sinead and her “Power Team”. I knew there would be loads of other bloggers there and the only problem I had was trying to figure out how I could get chatting to as many as possible.


Events like this can always be a bit nerve wrecking at first as a lot of people come on their own and don’t really know anyone (except in the virtual world). But the welcoming committee at the registration table put me at ease straight away and once I got my tea and chocolates (Yum Yum from Solaris tea and Issie’s). I got chatting to Clodagh (from Orange Obviously), Avril (from A Paler Shade Of Beauty) and Corina (To The Moon And The Stars)so the nerves soon settled.

The room set up was amazing and you could tell everyone was delighted with the Free Blank Canvas products!! WOW



The line-up didn’t fail to impress either. The Power Team consists of Roger T Burrows, Joanne Sweeney-Burke, Suzie Mahony and Kayanne Horgan.Roger talked about “Our HERO within” and how the people that you associate with will lift your own average. Suzie talked about “Breaking down the issues and tackling it each step at a time”. Joanne talked about how “Knowledge is Power and it sets us apart from the competition”.  All were very motivational and I was like a sponge taking to take it in all.

The bloggers that spoke, Kate Kelly, The Galway Player and Veruska Anconitano were all very inspirational. They have proven that it can be done. Start off with your dream, your idea, your goal and regardless of what others may say or think along the way. Work on it, mould it your way and it can become a successful full time job with the right belief.


I caught up with other bloggers from ITWBN there, Kerry (Fabulicious Fifty), Dolores (Irish Health Hour), Ruth (The Beauty Kemple), Saibh (Wild Cosmia) and so many more and I left feeling so positive and pumped up for the future of my blog. Such a great and motivating day.



So what’s the next step for The Holistic Toolkit you might ask??

As you know my journey started after I got my hip replaced and I wanted to share how I manage my Arthritis pain day to day through exercise, holistic treatments, healthy eating, mindfulness etc.

This goal has changed a little bit for me as I see in this crazy modern world that we all lead busy life’s and everyone has some form of pain, be it mentally, emotionally or physically and we all need certain “tools” to help us manage it the most effectively way.

So my next step is to continue to share with you my day to day experiences of how I continue to live well with my Arthritis, the benefits of my holistic therapies, my CrossFit journey (my hip is strong enough now to take on its own challenges and I want to document these here), my healthy eating tips and my suggestions on Mindfulness.

I’m delighted to be a part of the Irish Blogger Agency and I just know its going to be such a success. I’m very positive and excited about this next step and I hope that I can bring as many of you along with me as possible.


Please feel free to view any of my blogs here and don’t forget to contact me here if you have any suggestions for me.

Stay Holistic 🙂

Catherine x


My Smile Challenge ..

My Smile Challenge ..

On the June 16th I met Hannah Lilly at the launch of the Irish Health hour.Com in The Skeff and she shared with us her Joyhunt quest. You can read about that meeting here and from that day I set myself a little challenge for the next 30 days to pick 3 different things that make me smile each day.


So how did it go?!?
Honestly I thought it wouldn’t  be too hard. As generally I’m not an unhappy person and I do try and stay positive most of the time. I’m not saying I’m perfect by any means for example, I get road rage in traffic like most people and slow people on the footpath really increase my blood pressure 😦 .

But I do try and say hello to my work colleagues, smile at children ( not in the creepy way!)and ask people in the gym how their day is going and genuinely care 🙂
So how hard could it be to identify 3 different things in the day that stood out and made me smile.
Day 1 was a normal enough day. It involved chocolate ( a new bar for me), a lovely compliment from a holistic client and a Deadlift improvement. All good 🙂

The next few days were similar, work, holistic treatments , gym workouts etc .

The days went fast and add in some exciting Euros matches the whole country seemed to be smiling 🙂 🙂 .
The main thing I was happily realising was that life is good. It reaffirmed that while I’m busy running from one job to the next and trying to schedule my CrossFit training around my holistic appointments and making ‘date nights’ with himself. I was also taking a little extra time out to look in the mirror at myself.

I realised I have my health, a wonderful boyfriend, family and friends, a good job and a holistic company that I love and every day this was making me smile. Aww!!

These things are all priceless :).  While money is always good, you need to be happy with what you have first and foremost before you can be happy with anything else. (Maternal or maternal all not!).

Thank you Hannah for giving me this idea for this challenge. I’m really glad I did it.

We all lead busy lives and can sometimes rush through it without taking a pause every now and then to take it all in.

So my challenge to you is before you go to sleep at night, simply think back ( you don’t need to document if you don’t want to ) and ask yourself what made you smile today?!? You might even be surprised by the answer.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x


P.s If this blog made you smile today, please share with someone else to make them smile too. x


What made you smile today? 

What made you smile today? 

Last Thursday I attended the launch of the in The Skeff.
‘Irish Health Hour is a networking community for those involved in the health and wellness area and for those who wish to interact or find an expert in a particular health and wellness field’.
I have followed Dolores Andrew-Gavin’s work for the few months or so and love how she incorporates holistic, wellness, motherhood, spiritual elements to name but a few into her daily life,work and blogs.

There was a great turn out for this event, faces from the wellness and health industry, fellows bloggers as well as Dolores’ own friends and family and even the Mayor of Galway was there to support this great launch.

Dolores had guest speaker, co author and and blogger Hannah Lilly to make the official launch. 

Hannah shared her own very personal story and her struggle with her eating disorder and to be body confident over the years. She openly spoke about her moments of deep sadness and dissatisfaction towards herself and her body image and the point in her life when she knew it all had to change. 

She then also shared with us the #joyhunt quest, where she would make herself identify little moments in her day which brought her joy.

She said that this wasn’t always easy but that she made “joy hunting” rules for herself that she would stick to this for a certain length of time and ‘faked it’ until it became a habit. She would look at herself in the mirror and find one thing that she liked about herself and say it out loud. 

At first this wasn’t easy but it got easier once she realised that she needed to be her own friend first and foremost and speak to herself like a kind friend would.

Hannah’s story is inspiring and I don’t think there was any one there that would disagree. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter or indeed read her story in this book or find her on

Hannah’s and Dolores words make me think though. We are sometimes our own worst enemy and we all think things and say things to ourselves that we would never in a million years say to a friend . Why do we do that?!? This needs to change.
We need to be our own friend first and foremost. This might involve small things like buying that new lipstick or top that we like but we feel ‘guilty’ that we are not spending the money on our family or our businesses or putting the feet up for an hour in the evening or Saturday and reading your favourite book or watching telly and not feeling guilty because you could be /should be tidying the house or making dinner. 

It all can wait.. Honestly 🙂 because if we don’t put our selves first and mind our own bodies (and minds) eventually we won’t be any good to mind our families/kids/friends.
We need to also get into the habit of looking in that mirror and start to love whats looking back (lumps, bumps, scars and all). I don’t mean we need to be cocky about it but start with one thing that you like.. Identify what your favourite body part is and work on that!

So my challenge to myself for the next 30 days (to start with ) is at the end of the day to pick 3 things that made me smile that day. Small things? big things? any things?. 

We all have stresses, worries and pressures in our life’s but I can bet that if we sit down and pick 3 things each day.We will all become a little been more positive and feel more confidence in ourselves and that’s always a good thing.

I’m going to take photos and upload them on my Instagram and Facebook.
Why not join me and share your experiences in the comments below!
Stay holistic 🙂
Catherine x