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Carolina’s Travels: The Start

As I write this, Will and I find ourselves in a beautiful studio high up on a hill in Paros, Greece; and, as travelling for me seems to do, I have been spending the day reflecting on how come Will and I are here – the twists and turns of life that have led us to here. 

As you may be aware I opened Quest, our beautiful haven of tranquillity in 2007. I knew when I opened it, that I was just the custodian and it has grown beyond what I ever thought, and it is now in the hands of such an amazing, incredible group of women. It’s been an amazing 15 years and I am looking forward to being part of the next phase of Quest…

Over the years I believe we are always striving for more, looking for the next thing to obtain, secure, and buy, however rarely do we take a moment to acknowledge the path we have taken to get us where we are. That’s what I have been doing today reflecting and appreciating all the people, the synchronicities, and the universe, for where I am now. 

Every single one of us is on our own journey of life and every one of us is living the life that we have manifested from the decisions we have made in the past. I have made some great ones and like many, I’m sure I have made some dubious ones.

At some point in our life the opportunity to turn inwards is available to us all and with that comes a greater sense of fulfilment and joy. I have been doing that for several years now, and can honestly say thank goodness I have… I’m grateful to all my mentors who have helped me from the lady (from my work experience) when I was 16 who believed in me and gave me such a glowing reference, to all the people that encouraged me, took a risk employing me (I wasn’t very good at school!) to the spiritual mentors that are helping me now – to you all I am very grateful. We never know the impact we have on others, a helping hand there, an encouraging word, a smile – we all have an impact on the vibration of the world and every action, word has a ripple effect.

When I was 22 (33 years ago) I worked for ‘Prudential’ for 9 years, it was a big risk for the manager at the time to take on a female and one so young too… I’m very grateful to him for taking that risk as that has a big impact on our lives now for a couple of reasons, I had the greatest training in the corporate world and not only that I was very lucky to have a final salary pension with them (which meant nothing to me at the time). Now I am aged 55, and can take out that pension, which has lead Will and me to make the decision to travel and work remotely – who would have thought that, that decision made at age 22 would have such a big impact on our lives now!

Who knows what the future holds all we can do is what we think/feel right in the now knowing it will be impactful to our life.

All the while, the Universe will allow Will and myself to travel more, working from various places around the world. Not only are we digital nomads, I’m also offering remote mentoring and healing from where ever we are, we have lots of exciting adventures ahead and I hope to be able to share them with you!

Stay safe & lots of love,

Carolina (@thesoulcoach) x

Find Carolina’s blogs here – they’re released fortnightly! And make sure you check her out on Facebook and Instagram @thesoulcoach to follow her travels around the world!

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The Importance of Self Love

“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.”


Self Love has become a popular topic recently, but it’s hard to understand what it really means. A lot of people see self love as only being achievable through a makeover, a diet or a new set of clothes, which is not the case. Of course, these things make you feel good and confident at the time, but that feeling fades, and once again you’re left with a sense of unsatisfaction with yourself. This is because self love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself on a psychological, spiritual and physical level. It’s being proud of your abilities and talents, grateful for your health, happy that you get to wake up every morning and take on the world. You don’t need to change in order to feel self love, you just need to learn how to appreciate everything you are and everything you can become. Here are some tips on where to start on your self love journey!

1) A great first step is to create a gratitude list or journal. Spend some time to think and write down everything you are grateful for in life, no matter how small or mundane they seem. This will help you embrace all the positivity in your life and why you deserve your love.


2) Remember to treat yourself with kindness. It’s easy to look at yourself and see the ‘flaws’, but this behaviour does nothing but ruin your self esteem. Challenge yourself to look in the mirror and find the things you really like. This isn’t being self absorbed or vain, it’s about appreciating yourself. Change how you view the features you don’t like. Instead of wishing you had bigger eyes, think about how grateful you are to be able to see.


3) Set yourself boundaries. Don’t be afraid to say no to work and activities that deplete you or harm you emotionally and spiritually. If you arranged a meal with your friends but when the day comes around, you’d rather stay at home, then tell them this. Your friends and family will understand that you have limits.


4) Forgive yourself. We punish ourselves when we make mistakes, and relive moments that we regret. To really love yourself, you have to accept that you are not perfect. Practice being less hard on yourself and remember that you can learn and grow from your mistakes.

5) Use crystals to help amplify the loving energies within you. Keep them in your pocket or wear them in a piece of jewellery to remind yourself that you are worthy of love. Rose Quartz helps boost your self love and Carnelian can help you find and release your inner power.

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Welcome to the Year of the Tiger!

The Chinese Lunar calendar is different to ours, with the New Year lasting for 16 days! This year, the New Year starts on the 1st February and begins the Year of the Tiger. In Chinese Zodiac, each year is represented by a different animal. There are 12 animals, meaning there hasn’t been a year of the tiger since 2010! However, as well as the cycle of animals, there is also a cycle of 5 different elements – with 2022 being water. So we haven’t seen the Year of the Water Tiger for 60 years!

So how did the Chinese Zodiac all come about?

It all started when the Jade Emperor wanted a way to measure time. On his birthday, he told the animals that there will be a swimming race. The first twelve animals to cross the fast flowing river would be the winners and each would have a zodiac named after them.

The rat and the cat, who were best friends, couldn’t swim very well so they asked to ride on the ox. The ox agreed, but as they approached the finish line, the rat pushed the cat off into the river and jumped on the bank. This is why cats & rats have a difficult relationship now! The rat was first, and the poor ox had to settle for second.

Third place went to the tiger, as although he was a strong swimmer, the current had been very difficult.

Fourth place went to the rabbit, who jumped on floating logs to reach the other side.

Number five went to the dragon. Although it could easily fly across, he stopped to make rain for the villagers and to blow logs onto the river for the rabbit.

Then came along the horse, but before it could cross the finish line, a snake wriggled out and startled the horse. The snake came sixth and the horse was seven.

A raft came along carrying the goat, the monkey and rooster. They had worked together to build and push the raft to the shore.

Eleventh place went to the dog, who just had to stop and take a bath in the crystal clear water.

Finally, in twelfth place, came the pig. He took a long time to cross as he had to stop for some food, and then a nap.

Each animal has its own personality, and those born in that year share those traits!

The Year of the Tiger will be different for everyone depending on their animal, but tigers represent power, courage, and might. However, be careful that these traits don’t turn into cockiness!

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How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Life

People are creatures of habit. When things go as planned, we feel in control and safe. But when life does not go according to plan, it can leave us feeling anxious and stressed. Even if we think life is predictable and constant, anything could change in a heartbeat.

However, we are always in a state of uncertainty, and we recognise this now more than ever. The only constant in life is change, and no matter how much you try and control the future, sometimes all you can do is trust in whatever happens. Knowing that we are always in a state of uncertainty makes coping with it much easier. Accept that uncertainty is not an indication that everything is going wrong, but that it is natural and you will be able to adapt and make the best of it, like you have done before.

People react differently to the uncertainty of life. Some embrace it, knowing that it is with uncertainty that new and exciting opportunities arise. However some struggle with the lack of control, believing that they are incapable of navigating through life’s uncertainties. They try and secure a safe and certain future, but feel stressed and anxious when life does not go according to plan. 

Here are some ideas to help you embrace the unknown. Remember to trust in the Universe, and know that you will be able to cope with whatever the future has in store.


  • Replace expectations with plans. If you make expectations of the future, you set yourself up for disappointment. If you expect the worse, you’ll be in a negative frame of mind that you won’t notice positive opportunities. If you expect the best, you’ll find it hard to live up to it. Instead of expecting the future, make plans on what you are going to do to create what you desire. For example, if you wanted a promotion or a certain job, then instead of expecting to get promoted or that there is no chance you will get this job, think of plans that you can do to reach this goal.

  • Avoid creating unrealistic scenarios. If something unexpected happens during our life, we immediately think of worst case scenarios and how it will affect our future. Quite often, these scenarios are overly dramatic and have a very small chance of actually happening. This is because our minds are used to having a negative response to change. If something unexpected does happen, try and train your mind to embrace it without thinking of the consequences. If you do need to think about how it will affect the future, limit it to the next couple of days rather than the next couple of years. This will keep you thinking realistically.

  • It usually isn’t the uncertainty that bothers people, rather the emotions associated with it. People want to feel safe and in control. They are fearful of what will happen if they lose this security. Nobody wants to feel scared and anxious, so they try their best to avoid the unknown. By observing these feelings, you understand that you are not afraid of uncertainty but afraid of feeling afraid. Thinking this way will give your feelings less power, allowing you to embrace the uncertainty.

  • Combat your stress. No matter how much we embrace the unknown, we can quite often feel stressed about our situations. Stress can negatively affect your body including higher blood pressure, headaches, shortness of breath and tiredness. By doing activities that lower your stress, such as meditating, will help you feel calm and centred. By not allowing yourself to be overwhelmed with stress, you will feel more focused and able to tackle whatever the day brings you.

  • Whilst we are obsessing over our futures, we forget about the little things in life that we can control to make things easier. We are so focused on what we will happen in the future that we don’t concentrate on the day to day tasks. You can control what time you wake up in the morning, how you spend your day, what tasks you complete, what time you go to bed. Take advantage of these things and soon you will stop obsessing over the future.

  • Stay in the moment. Taking each day at a time will not only keep you from feeling stressed and anxious about the future but will also open you up to endless possibilities. The Universe can send you opportunities and messages in many different ways, but if you are too busy trying to control your future, you may miss out on what could be a life changing opportunity for you.

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Welcome to our new website…

Hello and welcome to our new and revamped website! We hope you like it…

Our physical shop is a calming and relaxing sanctuary where people feel safe and comfortable to start and explore their spirituality, and we wanted our online shop to have this same effect as well. We thought now was the perfect time to give our website a well needed redesign – we didn’t realise quite how dated it looked until we saw the new version! 

Its not just the website we’ve changed – we thought a weekly blog with information and tips on all things spiritual would be useful and compliment what we are already offering, so look out for those. We will also carry on with our weekly newsletters with updates on our products and holistic centre, as well as offers and discounts specifically for you, so make sure you subscribe to our mailing list.

And if you are a new customer, then welcome! We thought we’d give you a quick rundown of Quest and our own journey.

Quest is a family business that was started by Carolina back in 2007. After spending years in a cooperate career that was becoming all-consuming and unfulfilling, Carolina saw a palm reader that changed her life forever. She left her old job and focused on accomplishing everything she could in this field – becoming a Reiki Master, a coach, a palm reader and space clearer.

Everything was going great, until Carolina was bed ridden in hospital following a traumatic back operation. At this stage, she could have given up on everything, but she actually used this time to think and reflect on what was important to her. And it was at this point where Quest was born.

She wanted to a create a space which was grounding and accessible to people from all walks of life – somewhere where she could share what she had learnt with others and help them on their own journey. 

In June 2007, Quest was opened. Throughout the years, we too have grown and expanded. We have moved locations from a little shop in Ewell Village to The Ashley Centre in Epsom in 2010, created dozens of courses and workshops, worked with lots of interesting and different readers and therapists (some have been with us from the very beginning), got lots and lots and lots of new products in, and have had so much fun in the process!

We are so thankful for every single one of our customers. We appreciate you all so much and are so grateful that you are supporting our little, small haven. 

Team Quest x