So some of you may know about the challenge I set close to the beginning of this year, to give myself 12 months to genuinely invest into my health and wellbeing on a physical level. After years of investing emotionally, mentally and spiritually, I thought it was time to invest physically to help complete the picture.Read More
On my worst days I can hear my thoughts loud and clear... Why did I procreate? Why did I recreate myself? (You'll thank me that this is the edited version. Usually there is a string of 'other' words thrown in). But seriously, some days I am screaming on the inside from the pressure I feel to be a responsible grownup, with kids!Read More
I look in the mirror and feel a little horrified by the foreign shape looking back. I used to be fit, toned, highly active; obsessed with the number of runs I had achieved, the number of hours I had worked out, the value on the scales. Many years, and two kids later, I stand in front of my reflection and pause for an honest moment for the first time in a very long time...Read More
What is the goal? What are the words that will be written on your tombstone? What legacy do you want to leave behind?
All the fussing about how we look, how we feel, what we have, as we try and approach a sense of beauty, or even the fuss about how our lives look...Read More
I have been seeing a phycologist. I am definitely not afraid to admit it... But I am afraid to admit what I learnt recently.
I went to her to try and work through some grief, a few fears & a great sadness that hit hard after my family went through several tragedies, one being an ongoing battle for little Evie's life (my 3-year-old niece)...Read More
You can't control how people relate to and love you. Even if you are manipulative and abusive in a relationship, while you think you are controlling the situation, you are merely forcing someone to act a certain way despite how they feel towards you.Read More
Fingers covered in buttery, chocolate-chipped cookie dough; conquering an oversized mouthful of steamy sourdough drowned in salted caramel sauce; strong, rich, red wine sipped in between smooth chunks of brie cheese; making banana smoothies on a late and lazy Saturday morning...Read More
Emi was throwing her food (I had just spent 30 minutes making) on the ground... Again. She was dissatisfied and I was frazzled. Her hand was persistently hitting the bench in an effort to tell me she'd had enough. So I grabbed a wipe to clean her up and while she protested, she was relieved when I finally 'unchained' her from the highchair. I could feel the hot tears beginning to well up and a lump forming in the back of my throat.Read More
There is a story behind every scar. Whether it’s a bragging tale of some adventurous childhood stunt, a sad drama of a traumatic experience, a heroic action story of a sporting accident, or the scientific documentary of a battle scar from an operation. When I have thought about scars, more often than not, it has been attached to a negative connotation. Beauty and scar are often not used in the same sentence. Scars can often make the person bearing them feel self-conscious, ashamed or painfully reminded of the experience that caused the scar.Read More
Every time we stand in front of the mirror fixing our hair or assessing our outfit, whether the vibe be positive or negative, our words, actions and body language goes before us as though writing a letter to our daughters. Every time we interact with those around us, respond to a loaded question, deal with a hardship, we are teaching them how to behaviour, what to think. While we tell our little girls they are beautiful, wonderful, loved, more often than not our life paints a different picture...Read More
It has been a while since I have put "pen to paper" here on Blussh. Life has slapped me in the face lately and in response, my time has been swept away by my own tears. I come to you a little weathered from a recent storm to remind you (and myself) that hardship makes us stronger. Let me tell you about it...Read More
You know you're doing alright when you can welcome a little tough love from time to time. Not always my forte though – growing up, the thought of someone being less than proud of me was a sure hit to my self-esteem. I thrived on positive reinforcement, so when it wasn't evident, I assumed the worst, thought the world to be against me and so concluded my own self-doubt.Read More
Wonderful women... bold, strong, beautiful and talented women. I speak to the Queen in you today. If you don't believe you have the rights to such a royal status... I wan't to know who told you that lie?!
We all have a head worthy of a crown. Not to sound cheesy, but it is true. Despite where we have come from, or what journey we are on, we all have it in us to be great. Whether we believe it or not determines whether we live it or not.Read More
Flour, bread, wheat and gluten free crumbed chicken! This delicious, healthy alternative to your regular bread-crumbed chicken is a little treasure I stumbled upon while experimenting in the kitchen.
My husband and I have made a choice to live a healthy lifestyle and opt for less carbohydrates in our meals. We don't cut them out completely (we don't believe in no-carb), but we always feel less bloated and weighed down when we limit our intake of complex carbs.Read More
Unless you are advised by respectable and trustworthy health professionals to constantly weigh yourself, then throw away the scales. A number should never define you! If you find yourself jumping on the scales and feeling either good or bad as a result, then you are letting a variable dictate your mood.Read More
Ana and Mia sound like nice girls, perhaps girls you wouldn't mind your daughter being friends with. But in a secret world, these names are not 'girls' at all, but rather eating disorders personified. Like a pet name, girls struggling with anorexia refer to their affliction as 'Ana', while 'Mia' represents Bulimia.Read More
Lately, I have been inspired by the teachings of Lisa Bevere, from Messenger International. She is one of the greatest women's ministers today with an incredible message of empowerment! I was at a conference recently listening to her speak, when I had this revelation...Read More
Last weekend, my family traveled to attend my oldest niece's Sweet Sixteen party. My brother and sister-in-law planned this party for many months and intended it to be a big surprise, and it included a photo booth for the guests.Read More