Friday, November 20th, 2015
The latest episode of my No Bullshit Guide to Life podcast is now live – hurrah!
This week, I discuss motivation. All the people you look up to or aspire to be like seem to be constantly motivated, driven, passionate and on point. Meanwhile, you’re still in your pyjamas, watching the Game of Thrones box set. So how can you get motivated and stay motivated to actually do some shit with your life? I’m diving right in with my top five tips in this episode.
Have a listen and please subscribe and rate it over on iTunes. Thanking you!
Sunday, November 8th, 2015
I bought a book a while back called 642 Things to Write About. It gives you these writing prompts on each page and you can get as creative as you like. I was working through it a couple of weeks ago when the following prompt came up: ‘There are often three reasons for something: the reason we tell others, the reason we tell ourselves and the real reason. Write about the war among the three.’ Whew! Well there’s a sentence that slaps you in the face with realness, eh? It’s a conversation I have often, about how crucial it is to be honest with ourselves. It seems fairly obvious really, the honesty thing, but how often do you really call yourself out own your own bullshit?
Friday, November 6th, 2015
My No Bullshit Guide to Life podcast is BACK y’all! I’m so excited to get back to chit chatting away on this medium. I left it way too long, I know. I have no excuses. I just need to be more on top of it. And so I’m getting back on the podcasting wagon.
This episode is all about living a passionate life. How can we do it? Why should we do it? Is it all about career?
Click play on the picture above and have a listen. I’d love to hear what you think.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
So, here’s what happened: for the past year, I’ve been studying to become a Pilates instructor. Much to my annoyance, this means learning a crap ton of anatomy and physiology. My brain is not wired for science, so I’ve found it intensely difficult. I crammed hard for my first exam and passed with 83%. A couple of weeks ago, I sat my advanced level exam. I failed. I failed HARD, my friends. Embarrassingly so. I shared this fact on Facebook and got a lot of messages from friends saying how refreshing it is to see someone share a not-so-glowing element of their life with such humour.
Here’s my thing: if you fail, OWN IT.
Monday, October 12th, 2015
I’ll tell ya what, Interwebs: I’ve had one helluva year of learning. Just lessons on lessons on lessons. Often big, scary, life changing lessons, but ones the universe had to bitch slap me around the face with for me to learn. Suffice to say, it was a necessary process. In conversations with friends last week, one theme came up consistently around control and fear – which are two things I’ve had to get a handle on this year. So many people are so caught up with hitting certain life goals, wanting their career, relationships or living arrangements to go a certain way, they try to control every little thing around it. But here’s the thing: we only have but so much control. Bottom line, if it’s meant for you, it’ll happen. If you have to keep forcing it, let it go. That right there can be applied to anything in life.
Monday, September 7th, 2015
Soooo *ahem* bit o’ news. If you follow me on social media, you’ll already know this, but when you pick up this month’s issue of ELLE magazine, I’m in there as their new Contributing Editor for Fitness. This has been in the works for months, but actually seeing it in print is a different thing altogether. I’ve just about picked myself up off the floor.
Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Alright, now that I have your attention, let’s get serious for a second. A long time blog reader of mine contacted me last week to tell me that a little over a month ago, at the age of 26, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just over a week ago, she underwent a single mastectomy and reconstruction. (I feel it’s worth mentioning that she appears to be handling all this with way more grace, clear-headedness and humour than I think I’d be able to muster at her age. Fist bump to you, Alice, for realz). Anyhoo, she was getting in touch because the only reason her cancer hadn’t spread and was able to be dealt with so quickly, was down to early detection. As a result, Alice is on a mission to get women to self-examine our breasts, or, in the age of catchy hashtags, #CheckYourChebs.
I’m ashamed to admit that prior to getting Alice’s email last week, I had probably only checked my boobs maybe three times in my life. This was 100% down to fear of actually finding something – which is completely nonsensical when you think about it. If I find something, it can be dealt with. If I just leave it, well, yeah, things wouldn’t go so great. My point is, ignorance ain’t bliss, amigos.
And so right then and there, as I read her email and clicked on the link to her blog post with more info, I had a good ol’ feel around my boobs. If Alice can do it and deal with the consequences like an absolute ROCKSTAR, I can do it too. I’m pleased to say, nothing felt out of the ordinary.
So I’m writing this post today to encourage you all to do the same. Check out Alice’s post. If you’re not sure how to #CheckYourChebs, go have a chat with your doctor about how to do it and what you should be looking for.
Pretty please encourage all the women in your life to do the same. Early detection is key. These are not things we should be embarrassed about. Take ownership of your body and your health. And while we’re on the subject, go get a smear test too!
Let’s face is, boobs are great! Go have a feel of yours now and spread the #CheckYourChebs word.
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Another week, another episode of The No Bullshit Guide to Life. This week, I’m making a passionate plea for us all to put our frikkin’ phones down for a bit and actually really engage with each other. Let me know your thoughts – do you have any rules for social media/technology use in social situations? How do you make sure you’re really present in the moment with those around you?
Holla at me and let me know! And of course, please subscribe, rate and review this podcast over on iTunes.
Friday, August 7th, 2015
None of us are all good or all bad, but it can be hard to remember that when someone does something we deem less than great. In light of the recent allegations against Bill Cosby, can we still appreciate his contribution to the arts while condemning his behaviour? And can we hold ourselves to those same standards? I’m deep diving into that in this episode. Let me know what you think.
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Monday, August 3rd, 2015
You know when someone gets famous and people dig five years back into their Twitter timeline to find something unsavory that person tweeted, to somehow prove that once upon a time, that person was an asshole? Yeah, what’s that about? Are we holding everyone to the things they said and did years ago? Because, man, I really don’t wanna be held to some of the ridiculous views I’ve had over the course of my life. And it’s not just celebrities – it goes for anyone in your circle. If someone pops up one day with an opinion that differs from one they had years ago on the exact same subject, can we just let that person have the leeway to grow?