I’ve been working with teens for many years, and intensively through my own business Shine from Within for the last 4 years. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that supporting young women and girls to truly shine in their own awesome way is pretty special. Even if it’s just running the odd workshop about whatever you know (yoga/food/sustainability/kindness/confidence/etc) or a series of little sisterhood evenings.
It also takes particular knowledge and skills to do it responsibly. Being aware of where they are at psychologically. Understanding how to truly connect with them in an engaging way that they can actually relate to. Even things like knowing what kind of insurance you need and the legislation you need to comply with. It’s definitely not something that can be taken lightly. But to see them shining and saying things like ‘I actually do feel more confident,” after a course is very very special. I truly do believe that if more men and women held a supportive space for teens to grow and develop by tapping into their own strengths and passions, the world would be a little kinder and brighter.read more
These last few months have been hectic and I’m sure you would probably be in the same boat – who isn’t?! And while it’s all good and well to say things like, “oh I don’t believe in the word ‘busy’,” and “let’s stop the glorification of the busyness” (which I wholeheartedly agree with by the way), the reality is we are pretty busy. Whether we fill our lives with nonsense or fun stuff or family commitments or work – most people’s lives are pretty full.
So for me, it’s about finding ways to come back to my calm happy place when I’m feeling frazzled and essentially working in a way that suits me. I’ve been reflecting on how I got through the last few months so here are some tips I came up with….read more
What I didn’t expect from enrolling in this course was the assistance and support I got in creating a brand new offering. It helped me get my online program, Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training up and running. I remember attending one of the in-person training days earlier in the year, sitting in the ‘hot seat’ and pitching this crazy idea that I had been working on for months and months behind the scenes. I also remember the swift kick up the butt that Yvette gave me about the price I was suggesting (thankfully!), because Soulpreneurs in particular, can really struggle to charge what they’re worth.read more
One of the things I love about working with young girls (other than just the privilege of hanging out with them) is listening to them and their incredible wisdom. I think teens are so often told what to do and offered advice, that they can seem a little surprised when you just ask them a question and really listen.
I’m always blown away by their answers. They are incredible. They usually have the answers they need (like us). They’re just still testing that out. Learning to trust their instincts and their feelings. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.read more
Any idea what your super fund is doing with your money? I had never really thought about it until I met Lee Coates, Ethical Money’s founder at a vegan festival about 5 years ago. He told me that every day large numbers of people concerned about the exploitation of animals, people and our planet are financing the very things they are campaigning against.read more
If you’re like me, you love the story behind the fashion you buy. You love searching for brands that consider people, animals and the planet in their business model. The brands who are not just churning out fast and cheap fashion, but where the designers are expressing their truth through their fashion and telling a story.
The story of these 3 designers is steeped in Australia’s history, Indigenous culture and links to the Earth. I recently discovered them while writing my regular Eco Style column for Nature & Health magazine.read more
Sweet potatoes are growing like crazy in our garden at the moment! These super easy, yummy and nutritious hash-browns have been fueling us for weeks…read more
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!read more
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.read more
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?read more
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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
One thing I love doing is op shopping. But rather than search for that one-off beautiful dress, I have recently been obsessed with finding the perfect teacup. Not because I love to drink tea (which I most definitely do) but so that I can make soy candles in up-cycled, vintage teacups, glasses and jars. So I thought I’d share with you how I make them.read more
Yeah Yeah Yeah, we’ve all heard about recycling before. Boring. But did you know that there is sooo much you can do before you make the choice to put your rubbish in the recycle bin? Did you know that it takes a lot of energy to actually turn your rubbish in to something new?read more