Travel / 19.04.2018

This is my first ever travel blog post! Although I don’t want it to be your typical one. Yes I think you should all pack your bags and experience beautiful Byron Bay for yourselves; but I hope you never give up on your travel dreams. I got reminded just how sweet it is when you achieve a dream. Ticking off one from the bucket list it is an incredible feeling. I added Byron Bay to my bucket list about 2 years earlier. I discovered the clothing brand Spell &...

Health + Wellbeing / 29.03.2018

A few months ago I shared on Instagram and Facebook words that still ring true for me today so I thought I would add them to a blog post: I am naturally an optimistic person. Sometimes my family calls me Pollyanna because I see the positive. Yet recently that hasn’t been the case, I am quicker at finding the negative in the situation rather than the positive. When I am on this train of thought it can spiral out of control and all I want to do is sit...

Health + Wellbeing / 22.03.2018

This morning Facebook reminded me of a memory – my 21st birthday party! Turning 21 was probably one of my favourite birthdays! It was so much fun with multiple celebrations and surprises! On the morning of my birthday I was home for present opening with family – I even got a jacaranda tree from my sister (such a beautiful tree). Next I headed down to uni for classes; it was really nice getting happy birthdays as I went through the day. With classes finished for the day I...

Health + Wellbeing / 15.03.2018

A common comment I receive when I share my story to a live audience is “I could never do that” to which I reply “I have changed a lot”. Sure I still get nervous, but I am motived to encourage people in whatever storms they face in life. The old me would have never accepted an invitation to speak. When I had to complete oral presentations at both High School and University I would be counting down the seconds until it was over. So I would like to...

Health + Wellbeing / 08.03.2018

I am sorry I haven’t blogged lately but truthfully, I didn’t feel I could encourage you in what I am going through because I have felt so discouraged lately. Sure one minute I can be hopeful and happy the next, well, in tears. An update on my individual employment agency journey: At the end of both appointments to date I have ended up in tears. Yep tears. And not happy tears mind you. But of great disappointment. I thought heading to an employment agency for help would be the answer...

Health + Wellbeing / 08.02.2018

I have always been a perfectionist. It has been how I approached life from a very young age. Due to Cerebral Palsy I knew as a little girl I was not perfect physically and would get very frustrated when my body wouldn’t cooperate with what I wanted to do. All in an effort of having a semblance of normal life. The more I tried to involve myself and came up short, my anger and resentment grew for a disability I couldn’t ditch, although I tried. The worst was...

Health + Wellbeing / 01.02.2018

Due to Cerebral Palsy I struggle to walk backwards it is a lot easier to move forwards. Yet in life, figuratively speaking, I can bolt in the opposite direction at a moment’s notice. But I don’t want to be who I once was: full of fear and anxiety, lacking confidence and, at times due to these things, afraid to try; because let’s be honest not many of us like to fail even though falling down is a natural part of life. I read on Instagram one day that...

Health + Wellbeing / 25.01.2018

This week I have been wanting chocolate. I don’t have it that regularly due to the reactions it gives me because of Non –ulcer (functional) Dyspepsia. But occasionally I treat myself not; only because I enjoy it, but also because I am trying to have a healthier relationship with food which is no longer filled with anxiety, but balance. So I thought I would share some of my favourite chocolate recipes with you all. The first recipe a friend told us about from taste.com.au Chocolate Mousse in minutes 300g good quality...

Encouragement / 18.01.2018

The day I finished up my volunteer position in November last year I chatted to my supervisor about ways I could improve. After offering a few suggestions and encouragement she said “you are really just lacking opportunities”. I knew in that moment I had been building to [dramatic music please]…APPROACHING AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY! This is a huge step for me as it shows progress in acceptance, confidence and love of myself. As well as, to be honest, choking down my pride. My reasons for avoiding this avenue before was...

Encouragement / 11.01.2018

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Having more energy was definitely a big factor in enjoying the festive season but it was more than that for me. It was making memories; for instance we played cricket as a whole family and welcomed in the New Year with family friends, glow stick bracelets, sparklers and fireworks on TV. So different from last year (Turning Over a New Leaf)! The festive season gave me hope and excitement for...