Month: October 2014

  • Oh my lovely Liebster Award!

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    My First Award for The Butterfly House.

    On top of some of the awesome things I got for my birthday (my husband bought me life coaching with Elle Griffin. I’ve been dying to work with her all year. I did get to work with Claire Baker and that was freakin’ awesome too!), I received a Liebster Award.

    This award is given by bloggers to bloggers like a ‘virtual high five, you’re doing awesome.’ I was so honoured to be nominated twice for this award so I will be doing two parts to the interview.

    The two lovely ladies are Brittany Baxter from “Freedom, Beauty, Happiness” and Naomi Arnold from “Project Healthy Happy Me.”  Today’s questions are brought to you from Brittany Baxter.  I’m yet to meet Brittany in person but we are doing the Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy together. (She’s in Sydney and I’m here in Brisbane) but I can tell from our interactions that she is just a kindred spirit! Her website just oozes beauty and wisdom and I am so honoured to answer her questions today.

    Liebster Award Questions

    How do I silence my inner mean girl?

    I practice a technique my counsellor gave me years ago that is based around the fact that not only are we made up of body, mind and spirit but of our different ages.  For example the 14 year old me with the spunk and fire in her belly might comfort the 33 year old me. I find a quiet place and we have a conversation.  Listen to what you say to yourself!  My 33 year old me can say some nasty things, and that 14 year old me, the spirited one gets her arms around me and tells me how awesome I am.  It’s kinda hard to explain but it totally works.

    If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life what would it be?

    I’d love to be all health conscious here and say anything with Cacao in it but my authentic self would probably say cookie dough icecream!  (Awww c’mon don’t tell me you would say ‘lettuce?’)

    Introvert or Extrovert?

    I am most definitely an extrovert.  I am loud and love socialising. (My love language is ‘quality time.’)  However, in situations where there are more ‘extreme’ extroverts I find I can retreat inwardly and crave my space. (more…)

  • Girls just wanna have fun!

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    Are you being mindful?

    Last week I wrote about being intentional about our mindfulness.  When I went away last weekend to the coast I realised how beautiful our wonderful world is and how much I thoroughly enjoyed not rushing from one place to another.

    The thing about being intentional is that usually this starts with routine.  So for me I decided to sit down and write down what I wanted to feel like during the week and what I would need to do to put this feeling into action.

    I want to feel calm and peaceful was my intention for the week and man did I totally have the best week as a result.  How could I achieve this?


  • Three Ways to Living More Mindfully

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    This weekend my husband took me away to the beautiful Ballina in New South Wales.  Over the weekend we explored, Byron Bay, Kingscliffe and Lennox Heads.  While there, soaking up the sun rays I came to the realisation that on holidays I completely take in everything. I am mindful.  I dig my toes into the sand, I read books (currently reading “The Underground Girls of Kabul – The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls disguised as Boys”), and I spend awesome quality time with my husband Dave.

    While sitting on a bench seat at Kingscliffe I mentioned to Dave that we needed to do more of this.  Not spending money as such and going away each weekend, but just being present, in the moment.

    If you’re anything like me, our days are so busy.  I’ve spent time with you lovely ladies and there is just always so much to do.  Our spare time comes along and for some reason we tune out rather than tune in. We scroll through social media for hours at a time, sucked into its time wasting vortex, or we stay up late, unnecessarily.  And then we usually vow that tomorrow, we will go to sleep earlier, that we will write our to do list, and will make healthy snacks ahead of time.


  • 7 things about me on the 7th October – My Birthday

    first talk mothers It’s my birthday! Yay!  And I’m feeling great. Today it’s my 33rd birthday. So much has changed over the years.  I have such a heart full of gratitude today as I reflect over the past few years and see the person I once was and the person I am now becoming.

    So today I’m going to give you 7 things about me for the 7th of October my birthday.

    + I was three weeks premature and weighed 4 pounds 11 oz.  I was so small they put me in Cabbage Patch Doll clothing because premmie baby clothing was pretty much non existent.

    + I was once asked to go on channel 7’s Sunrise to appear on the Ask Dr Jo Lambert section.  They wanted to interview me about my story.  You can read about me here. I declined the all expenses paid trip because I wanted to honour, respect and grieve my previous relationship.  I’m not apart of a circus freak show just because I’ve gone through awful circumstances and it just didn’t feel right to parade my personal life on national wide television.

    + Birds creep me out a little. Mainly because I think they have weird feet. I hate the idea of them landing on me.   (more…)