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A New Kind Of Greek Island Odyssey

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All Images by Paula Hagiefremidis

Dear Friends,

What could be as rewarding as fulfilling your creative dream? For me, it has been helping others fulfill theirs!

Today is a very special day for published writer Paula Hagiefremidis, who has combined her love for words, food and travel to bring you the Mediterranean Wanderer.

This gorgeous Australian girl with passion bubbling in her veins has created Sensory Retreats on the islands of Lemnos and Ikaria for the traveler looking for a deeper, local experience. Paula dialed into her Greek DNA, the experiences she has lived visiting this part of the world since she was a child, her love for food and authenticity, to show you a corner of the Mediterranean through her eyes.

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Yes, dear tired and stressed city folk she will walk you through the fields of Lemnos and Ikaria, take you to secluded beaches with only a feast Paula could prepare, have you cooking hand-made Flomaria (Greek pasta) in the homes of the locals, introduce you to local artisans still preparing food in the traditional way, hiking to a secluded church for a morning meditation, horse-riding in the hills and sleeping in beautiful accommodation that you never want to leave.

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She will help you wash away the city, experience nourishment, creativity, immersion and the chance to explore like a local. Wandering off the beaten track, visiting places on the islands of her family and some of her most treasured places, known only to a fortunate few. She will send you back to the city inspired, refreshed and in love with her world.

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And this girl knows her stuff, she has been leading Maeve O’Meara’s Food Safari tours in Melbourne for the past couple of years, treating Australians to her beautiful sense of humour, warmth, generosity and knowledge of food. Paula also puts her food knowledge and writing skills together for Broadsheet and Nourish magazine.

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All Images by Paula Hagiefremidis

Hop on over to her the MEDITERRANEAN WANDERER and smell the sage! She has a very special treat for folks who book one of her Sensory retreats in Greece prior to 10th May 2017, a spa treatment on the island of Ikaria or Lemnos. Wooho0!! Check out her site HERE

Carla x

PS: If you would like to discuss how to make a success of your creative business you can book a FREE call HERE or check out this package I created specially for you HERE

Lilac Bouquet In PARIS – Just Arrived In The Shop

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On My Way – Lilac Lust in the 6th
Dear Flower Lovers,

 

I had the time of my life creating this latest print titled On My Way, in my Jeune Fille En Fleur fine art series.

 

Yes, my Young Girl In Bloom is delivering flowers again in Paris and to celebrate Spring it’s the biggest bunch of lilac you can imagine. A lilac cloud, that floats down the street and stops traffic, leaving an incredible scent in her wake.

 

And boy did we have a crowd gathered lusting after this lilac!

 

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Jeune Fille En Fleur

 

She’s young and beautiful and she runs around Paris with a big bouquet of breathtaking flowers.

 

She’s mysterious. What’s her name you want to ask? Where is she going? Is she on a date, doing a delivery or just on the way home from the market? Does she have time for a coffee or maybe a champagne?

 

Men turn their heads, women stop in awe at the beauty of both of them; the flowers and the girl.

 

The world slows down, remembering the moment – how wonderful it is to be a young girl ‘in bloom’.

 

I hope you love it as much as I do. You can purchase it HERE and it will be couriered to you anywhere in the world.

 

​​​​​​​If you are in Australia and would like yours delivered Framed you can purchase directly from Kara at Forman Picturing Framing HERE 

 

Please feel free to get in touch regarding custom orders – carla@carlacoulson.com

 

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My Journey To Better Health-Goodbye Auto-Immunes

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Photo of me by Loc Boyle

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS POST IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, IT’S BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. PLEASE SEEK THE ADVICE OF A REPUTABLE NATURAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND DOCTOR.

Dear Friends,

This has nothing to do with photography but if you are interested in health then you might enjoy reading on.

I have been meaning to share this news with you for a little while and many of you have written to me since I first posted about discovering I had 3 auto-immune conditions in 2014.

I know it probably feels odd to talk about such a personal subject but what I realized is how many people are afflicted with this stuff. Once I wrote my first blogpost it felt like a pandemic. Wonderful peeps shared their stories with me and I realized I wasn’t Robinson Crusoe!

After 3 years on a natural diet, all three auto-immunes have been kicked to the kerb! No thyroid, no alopecia and no lichen sclerosus (and I promise you no-one wants this) and no auto-immune antibodies. If you were in Paris last week and you saw a gal cha cha chaing down Rue du Rivoli, that was me.

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Photo of me by Loc Boyle (you too would be laughing like a manic if you were trying to balance

on a moving boat on the Amalfi Coast LOL)

Many of you may recall or have read one of my other posts where I posted my thyroid values as the months and years passed, they continued to improve as my body started to heal but almost 14 months ago they started to swing in the opposite direction (yikes). It was everything I had read and almost expected but I had to admit I was a little bit disappointed that this wasn’t finishing quicker.

There were moments where it got really hard and not only was I on a Paleo diet (with very little meat) but then I took it to new and exciting levels and went on a low oxalate diet, which meant green juices for me were like poison. The diet wasn’t the only thing I had to change, I had to change the way I did things. I had to let go of trying to be superwoman and start building breaks, time out and time off into my life and schedule and asking for help when I needed it.

This has been a great challenge for me but the secret sauce in getting well. Your nervous system can’t heal if you are constantly on overdrive and pumping truckloads of cortisol into your body daily.

So for the past 3 years I have been gluten free, I eat industrial quantities of vegetables and fruit, eat little processed foods such as bread, pasta, snacks etc (even gluten free ones). Gave up coffee for a year but started having one or two a day, have the occasional glass of wine and never went back to using any products in the home that are toxic. Oh and I laugh, dance and ride my bike as often as I can.

I have learnt to meditate (a work in progress) and made exercise a non-negotiable!

What this journey has taught me:

1. If you can find a naturopath and a doctor to work together with you it’s the best way forward

2. What works for me mightn’t work for you. All of us are different (that’s the good bit) and our own unique chemistry requires our own unique recipe

3. We are responsible for our health (not a doctor) and we should ask questions and do our own research and find someone we trust to help us improve it.

4. Fun, laughter, joy is the best cure! There was a moment when I was miserable, when I was scared of food. I was frustrated when I would find another bald spot on my head and eating such a reduced diet. One day I realized I wasn’t having any fun, so I booked a massage and made sure I did some fun stuff each week and started taking it a little less seriously.

5. The human body is the most amazing organism on the planet and if we treat it with love and respect, it can respond.

6. Exercise is better than Advil! I always thought the statement about ‘listening to your body’ was a bunch of BS but hey if you are willing to listen to your body, it will tell you everything you need to know. I learnt that walking, biking or doing aerobic exercise would get rid of scratchy ‘acid battery’ knees and it does reduce inflammation.

7. I realized how little I knew about food. About what it does to us and it has been the best 3 years of my life reading, watching and learning about how powerful food is.

8. I thought ‘how unlucky I was’ when I was sitting in the doctor’s office 3 years ago and what I realized instead is ‘how lucky I was’. How lucky I had this little cosmic slap in the face before things really got out of hand. How lucky I was that I could pull up this speeding train wreck that was heading into a deeper darker place.

9. Controlling your breath by slowing it down, calms your nervous system. I realised there are so many situations where I literally stop breathing,  like when I am taking a photo or even when I am working at the computer. I take time out of the day to retrain this habit.

10. Meditation has been a godsend literally! I love to think it does more than one thing and one of the big bonuses is the direct line to the universe.. When you slow your mind down, get our of your head space and into your heart all sorts of amazing stuff comes to you. Great ideas, solutions, inspiration and your desires all happen to me after meditation and now I have the habit of looking skyward and saying thanks..

11. It’s all in your intestine! The way home to good health is repairing your tired, exhausted intestine. Bringing back the right flora to life so it can do its job.

You will find a lot of material about what I did and resources on this post HERE including many of the books I have read and the things I have tried. If you are starting your journey today take heart, there will be dark days but I can promise you there will be such a great sensation of taking care of you,  there will be so many bright, pain free days ahead of you, every cucumber and salad will be worth it.

These two books are two of my favourites

The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls
The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz

The past 3 years have been a gift in every sense. I have been pushed way out of my comfort zone, frustrated, desperate, sad, happy and elated.  The experience made me shape up and take a good look at how I was living. It started me on a road to greater places, deeper understanding of why I am here and the real power that lies within each of us and hell it took me sooooo long to to crack that open.

Instead of a meltdown it turned into a spiritual awakening, for which I will be forever grateful for. Not only did I get better health but it cleared the fog and allowed me to see my future and where I wanted to go so much more clearly.

Sending you love and wishes and good health always.

Carla x

PS. For the thyroid folk the first and the last test results

Latest tests 2017            Original Test Values in 2014

TSH – 1.79              <0.005
T4 – 16.7                 20.1
T3 – 4                      5.6
TRAB – 1.5              11.9

My Flower Girls Now Available In Australia

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Left: Window Forman Picture Framing, Right: Late For Love copyright Carla Coulson

Dear Friends,

Just when you feel like you know many great people doing cool artistic things in the world, up bobs another fabulous one that surprises you.

This was the way I met Kara at Forman Picture Framing and how we started out recent collaboration. From my end it was one of those Instagram love affair moments when I found her account. I remember scrolling through all her fabulous images and loving her eye, her sensititvity to colours and art and thinking ‘dang, I bet that girl is cool’.

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Left: I Saw Her Standing There and Right Photo by Forman Picture Framing

As things go on Instagram, we palled up! Yes, it became the mutual admiration club and well we just had to take it one more step and that is my exciting news.

Melbourne and Australian folks…. Drumroll…  the beautiful Kara at Forman Picture Framing is now stocking my Jeune Fille En Fleur fine art prints  so you can order them directly from her, have her frame them like a work of art (whoops they already are) and you get to hang your finished print on your wall without the agony of figuring out the framing on your own.

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Left: Going Places and Right Photo by Forman Picture Framing

You can check them all out HERE

Huge thanks to the lovely Kara and the folks at Forman Picture framing and for anyone doubting that relationships are real on Instagram, we are proof!

Sending love

 

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How To Tell A Travel Story of Architecture

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Dear Photographers,

I know everyone wants to take better photos and capturing the architecture of a city or place we are travelling to is high on my list.

The architecture of certain places prod me out of bed early in the morning and the town of Martina Franca and surrounding villages left me breathless.

Here is a basic lesson in shooting different types of architecture of a town to tell it’s story.

How To Tell A Travel Story of Architecture

Iconic Masterpieces

Every city (almost) has an iconic piece of architecture (or two) that defines it. Sydney has the Opera House, Paris the Tower Eiffel, Venice the Doges Palace and St Marks Church and Florence the incredible Duomo. Martina Franca has this beautiful baroque church of known as the Basilico di San Martino.

Try and include an iconic masterpiece in your travel story, you can bring your own slant to it by shooting it in the light you like, or a particular time of day or something quirky in the foreground.

How To Tell A Travel Story of Architecture

Humble Exteriors

A well rounded travel story needs many different angles of the city which means showing different areas and architecture. Although Baroque can be majestic in Martina Franca it also can be humble. Every doorway is framed in a baroque masterpiece.

Keep your eyes peeled for architecture that tells a different story to the iconic masterpieces.

How To Tell A Travel Story of Architecture

Get Up High

In most cities there is an important landmark (such as the cathedral in Milan below) where you can get a different vantage point on the city. Can be fun too if there is a lift!

This was taken from a beautiful balcony where I held my first travel photography workshop in Puglia.

How To Tell A Travel Story of Architecture

Interiors

Interiors are another fabulous way to get in the architecture of a city. Getting inside adds depth to your story and tells a more intimate part of the cities life. The pic was taken in Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca

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Architectural Details

I am a huge fan of details in all their form from architectural details to simple striped curtains covering a doorway to a house, a carved face on a corner of a street, washing strung in front of a beautiful buildings.. Don’t overlook details, they often tell the best stories!

I hope you enjoyed this little post about telling the story of a town’s architecture.

Love and light

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PS: if you thought these pics were beautiful standing in these streets is even better. One place available for my JUNE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP IN PUGLIA in this very town. Feel free to email me at carla@carlacoulson.com cause it’s going to be good!