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Dealing With Change

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Well it’s about bloody time! I’m back to podcasting. And I’ve got me a co-host!

In this episode, my friend Lemara joins me to talk about change; how to prepare, what to expect, how to deal with challenges and curve balls that may arise.

Have a listen and let us know what you think. As always, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes.

If you have a topic you want us to cover – hit us up here or over on Twitter (@bangsandabun and @lemel_p) and let us know.

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Don’t Worry about ‘THEY’

Monday, January 18th, 2016

follow your heart

The legendary hip hop producer DJ Khaled has seen a spike in his popularity of late, due to his highly entertaining Snapchat activity. If you’re not following him, seriously, you are missing some gems. We get to see a day in the life of this hip hop mogul as he walks us through what he has for breakfast, fun he’s having on his jet ski, working out on his elliptical machine, generally hanging out with rich and famous people. All of this is peppered with motivational pow wows from the big man. What we see is a man who, while yes, is larger than life and somewhat corny, does seem to have a genuinely sweet heart and caring nature – he wants to help motivate and inspire people.

He’s introduced several pretty solid catchphrases into popular lexicon over the past couple of months. If you hear people randomly shouting things like ‘They don’t want you to eat breakfast!’ ‘They don’t want you to ride a jet ski!’ ‘They don’t want you to hang out with P Diddy!’ – well, we have DJ Khaled to thank for that. Whatever activity he’s filming himself doing (e.g. someone bringing him the latest Nike sneakers: ‘They don’t want you to have the latest Nikes!’) the commentary will inevitably be about how ‘THEY’ don’t want him to have that/be doing that.

THEY, of course, being ‘the haters’.

For Khaled, this is what motivates him. Proving people who have doubted him wrong.

And while I love that this most unexpected of characters is out there inspiring a bunch of people, I’ve gotta say, I’m not really a fan of the ‘THEY’ message.


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Lessons of 2015

Sunday, December 20th, 2015


This year has been one of my best for sure. I’ve got great memories and lessons to carry me forward, but above all, when I look back, I will remember 2015 as being a transformative year. I write this today as a much stronger, more self assured, happier person than I was back in January. As we are wont to do at this time of year, I’ve been taking a look back at lessons learned and I thought I’d share mine here.


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How to Stay Motivated

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!

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Own Your Bullshit

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Think for yourself

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?


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Living a Passionate Life

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.

Pretty please subscribe on iTunes and rate it – much appreciated!

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Fail Hard

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.


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Ditch Fear, Channel Abundance

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.


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Bloody Elle! I’m Elle’s New Fitness Editor!

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.


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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.

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