How I started my gentle business

How I started my gentle business

Yesterday, while in the middle of a Skype call with a women keen to learn more about working with teens, I was asked “How did you get to this point with Shine From Within?” and it stumped me for a moment. If you don’t know about the work I do with teen girls, let me give you a quick run-down. I run workshops, courses, one-on-one mentoring and regular Sisterhood Evenings with tween and teen girls with the aim to help them build confidence, take care of themselves and truly shine – inside and out. It’s something I absolutely love and I feel very blessed to be able to do it. It’s in it’s 3rd year now and we’ve taught hundreds of girls.

Going back in time and thinking about where it all started, I think this course is what turned my idea in to a reality.

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Summer Lovin’ in Bamboo

Summer Lovin’ in Bamboo

There are lots of reasons to love bamboo clothing. It’s anti-bacterial and has UV protection (the brand I’m wearing today, Bamboo Body has been tested and has UV 50+ protection) so it’s great on hot summer days, it’s super soft to wear and, in my experience, lasts well wash after wash.

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Natural Beauty Week is here again!

Last year we ended up on the Today Show showing Australia how to use food as make up (it doesn’t get more natural than putting cacao and spirulina on your face!) but this year the focus has shifted to how beauty begins in the belly.

I think this is such an important aspect of beauty to focus on because we all want a ‘quick-fix’ product that’s going to make our skin glow and forget that our skin is a reflection of what’s going on on the inside. So if we want glowing, gorgeous, healthy skin, we have to start with the basics like hydration, fruits and vegetables and nourishing the body from the inside out. There are lots of incredible free webinars and live events happening all next week (19-23 October).

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So you want to be a life coach?

I graduated as a Beautiful You Life Coach almost a year ago now and I still whip out my books each month to go over things, love utilising all of the extra resources and worksheets with my own coaching clients and am constantly being surprised by just how much this course helped me – in life and in my business. So I wanted to share with you some of my learnings from the course and how I’ve utilised the training in ways I never expected.

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The future of fashion in Australia

The future of fashion in Australia

It feels like the winds of change have finally arrived in Australia. Sustainable, ethically-manufactured and environmentally-conscious fashion is becoming an important topic here and not just amongst the few forward-thinking designers that have always had these principals at the forefront of their business.

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Faux Leather Essentials

Faux Leather Essentials

I’m seeing leather everywhere at the moment so I’m really excited to be able to share with you my favourite brand for faux leather jackets and accessories…

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How to get out of your own way

How to get out of your own way

It’s a curious thing, asking for help. On one hand, you’re admitting that you can’t do “it all” on your own. It can give you a pang in the stomach as though you aren’t quite good enough and have somehow failed. Aren’t we supposed to be able to do everything ourselves these days? And yet on the other hand, asking for help can open up infinite possibilities, something I’m only just beginning to realise.

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Get Active, Ethically

Get Active, Ethically

It’s starting to cool down here in Oz but that’s no excuse to not get our butts moving! But you are not here for a motivational ‘fitspo’ rant and I’m no good at giving them…I slept in this morning because I felt like it. Gentle living at it’s best. One thing that does get me excited to exercise is sustainable, ethical activewear!

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Gentle Living Series: Meet Nicola Newman

I’m so excited for you to hear from this beautiful, gentle girl, Nicola Newman. Nic has become such a great friend over the last couple of years, especially this year. She lives about half an hour away from me on a property in the country growing her organic veggies, painting and going on little adventures with her puppy and husband. In my eyes, Nic has mastered the art of working for herself in a way that suits her lifestyle. Like many people, it took a health scare to make the transition to a gentle life and I think you’re going to love her story, her simple tips for dealing with overwhelm and the art of flourishing with creativity!

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RESPECT – you, me, brands

Today I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw someone I admire and follow sharing something they loved. And a yukky thing happened – my first thought was, ‘I wonder if she really likes this or if she was paid to say she likes it?’ I immediately felt awful and pessimistic, but the truth is, she probably was paid. It got me thinking about how I feel about this. I don’t want to feel hoodwinked. So I felt that it was a good time to get really clear on what I share, promote, recommend and talk about – across all forms of media. Because I don’t ever want you to feel hoodwinked!

Blessed by Jess

Jess had this amazing ability to support and encourage you to believe that anything was possible. Even if you said, ‘I want to go to the moon!’ she would have said, ‘Yeah, just do it!’ without a moment’s hesitation. And with those few words you instantly believed that your wildest dreams were possible.

I first met Jess when we were introduced through a mutual friend because we had 3 things in common; we were in our early 20s, we had cancer and we had both started this weird thing called a ‘blog’ (we joked that we were such nerds!!) to share our journey while we tried to navigate the world with cancer.

Jess touched my life in so many ways. She was someone I could hang with. No need to speak. No need to justify anything. We could just hang.

Just imagine if you knew…

Imagine if, back when you were in your teens, you knew how to nourish your body. Really nourish it. Feed it beautiful, living foods that make your insides dance with joy, give you energy and make your skin glow. Feeding your body from a place of love, not self-loathing because it feels damn good. Intentionally taking care of yourself rather than reacting to a symptom when you’re already sick. Imagine if you knew a beautiful nourishing yoga practice to rejuvenate your body rather than pushing your body to the limits trying to force it to look a certain way. Imagine if you knew that your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters. And that more is not always better. That it’s OK to say, ‘no’ and nourish the relationship with yourself. What would that change for you?

Natural Manhood

Natural ‘beauty’ is not just for the girls. According to the Environmental Working Group, men are slathering themselves with an average of 85 chemicals per day. And let’s face it, men are incorporating more in to their grooming regime than ever before and it’s not going to stop anytime soon! My partner, Davey is no exception. He’s obsessed with his beard, often linking it to the very essence of his manhood.

Video: Fave Natural Deodorants

The most asked question I get when it comes to switching to natural is, “Do natural deodorants really work?” I have tried & tested A LOT of them over the last few years so I thought Natural Beauty Week was the perfect time to share my very technical findings. After all, a natural deodorant is no good if it doesn’t do it’s job!

DIY Fruit Face Mask

Last week I was asked to comment on a news article about Aspirin facials. I had never heard of them before so I started researching and found the idea quite alarming. So I created a safe, yummy alternative.

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