– Courses I love –

Learning is the best!!  I think it’s important for the work I do to always be enrolling in new programs and expanding my own knowledge.  The more I’m working on my own personal development and learning, the more I can support the students and youth mentors I work with.  Here are some of my favourites!



B-School is the first online course I ever did, back in 2013.  It exceeded my expectations and gave me the tools to put my ‘big girl’ pants on.  It also gave me a taste of what it’s like to have a kick-ass online community supporting you.  B-School is an 8-week online course that’s only run once a year (launches in late February for a March start) but the great thing is,  you get lifetime access and it gets better every single year.  If you’re interested in this, check it out here.

Beautiful You Coaching Academy

The Beautiful You Coaching Academy course is a 6-month program that gives you the tools to build a business as a life coach.  It really lifted the way I set goals for myself, the way I communicate with the people closest to me and lifted the game in my own business, adding a whole new, incredibly rewarding, revenue stream.  If you’d like this for yourself, then I’d love to help you!  I use these high-level coaching skills with my young students and with my youth mentors daily.  I’ve put together a video review of the course as well as the support I offer to each person who signs up through my links here.


Soulpreneurs is the most recent course that I’ve completed and I LOVED it.  It brings a little of business together with a little marketing and a whol lotta soul.   It’s perfect for boosting your own business, connecting with a bunch of like-minded souls and being inspired by some of the world’s greatest teachers.  It doesn’t hurt that one of my best friends created this incredible program or that I’m a guest teacher in the program (so it must be good right?!).

I’ve written about it here and here or you can go directly to the website here.

Twenty8 Healthy Lifestyle Educator Program

I loved this program too!  It dived deep into aromatherapy and self-care as well as how to practically incorporate essential oils into business.  I just love the creator of this program too, Kim Morrison – she’s so passionate, fun to be around and full of love.  Kim do a few things together, and have a mother-daughter retreat coming up oh-so-soon (which you can learn more about here).


If you’re interested in the HLE program, read more here.


** Some of the links above may be affiliate links, as mentioned.  This means I may earn a commission if you click through using my link and purchase or enrol in a program.  Please let me know if you do as I always like to offer additional support to anyone who signs up through me!

– Eco Fashion love –

I now spend 90% of my time deep in my work with Shine From Within but I was, for a number of years, an eco-model working exclusively with eco-friendly and ethical brands.  I love fashion and I also love mama Earth so it makes my heart sing to find brands who are trying to build their business in an ethical way.  Here are some of my faves..



3 Indigenous Fashion Labels to Watch

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.

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.

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.

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…

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!


Today is Fashion Revolution Day. It marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh where over 1000 people were killed and over 2000 injured when a garment factory collapsed. Cracks were visible in the walls days earlier but nothing was done about it. This tragedy has shone a light on the conditions of garment workers around the world and the real cost of fast and cheap fashion.

So what can we do about it? How can we, as consumers, really effect change? To start with, we can learn more about where our clothes come from. And a new documentary, Traceable, introduces us to the concept of traceability through the supply chain. Intercut with fashion and sustainability experts, it follows a young emerging fashion designer across the world as she sources her fabrics and manufactures her range in the lead up to New York Fashion Week.

Organic undies

I know what my Dad would say…”Don’t you think you are taking this a bit far Amanda? Organic undies – really?” He thought I was a bit loony when I was trying to explain the plight of silk worms and why I have chosen not to wear silk. But if you are into eco-friendly fashion, or even just healthy living, then it’s a no brainer that the garments up close and personal should be as natural and chemical-free as possible.

NagnAta Yoga Bags

Are these not the most beautiful yoga bags you ever did see? nagnAta is a luxury yoga lifestyle brand co-created by Holly Dixon & Laura May Gibbs. Directional design with earthly ethical roots is the all-encompassing ethos of the brand. Holly and Laura May...

The perfect dress

It's no secret that I love fair trade, eco-friendly, Sunshine Coast-based fashion label, Sinerji.   They just do everything possible to bring us beautiful, timeless fashion pieces that we can feel really proud to wear.  Their range is 100% vegan, right down to the...