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Dear Alcohol, I’m leaving you

Dear alcohol

Wowzers, this year has been a big one. Break throughs (break downs?), great truths and health scares. It’s been a hell of a ride.

My big take-away message:

Being present and honest is the key to true happiness.

Alcohol, with it’s gifts of masks and escapism, has lost it’s shine. It’s robbed me of my true happiness for way too long.

I haven’t picked up a drink for the last month and it feels oh-so-good. Today I’m taking things one step further, I’m making this pledge to give alcohol the old heave-ho for at least three months.

In this video I discuss how my break through earlier this year paved the way for me discovering who I really am and why alcohol can no longer be part of the new journey I’m now embarking on. Continue Reading →

Whatcha grateful for?

Alana on a bike

Life. What a cheeky lady.

One minute I’m the sensei of balance, then the next I find myself standing in a vortex of to do lists, noisy thoughts and shallow breathing.

Oh crap, not this place again. How the hell did that happen?

Then there’s a health scare.

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Can natural treatments heal acne after quitting birth control?

Calm Buddha resting on green grass

My skin was almost flawless throughout my teens. So it was a rude shock to hit 20 and abruptly descend into full-scale acne. Suddenly, awfully, I had it all. Whiteheads. Blackheads. Huge, painful, headless cysts sitting just below the skin. Scabs and scarring.

I felt revolting.

One day, a jerk in a bar made a crack about my “pizza chin”, driving a dagger straight through my self-esteem. The next week I booked myself into the doctor and got straight on the birth control pill. My skin cleared up within weeks and, considering the problem solved, I carried on with life.

Until now. Continue Reading →

8 ways to be kind to yourself // #5: wholesome food

Wholesome food

Guest post by Bex from Vegan Sparkles

One of the best ways you can be kind to yourself is by nourishing your body with wholesome food.  Food is energy and everything you eat becomes part of your body at a cellular level.

It affects your looks, your moods, your thoughts, your sleep and your energy levels, so it’s vital for your quality of life and overall happiness to treat yourself to great food.

But sometimes it can be hard to know where to start and how to get where you want to go.  How to become that healthy, happy person you’ve always wanted to be.

Whether you’re completely at a loss as to where to begin or just need some help getting back on track, this simple exercise will help you build a life, body and health you love. Continue Reading →

Hot water goodness

hot water

My Mum first took me to a naturopath about the age of five. I had a constant cough and severe stomach pains which had me lying on the couch crying for hours while Mum watched over me helpless. The doctors told her the stomach pains were just ‘growing pains’ and prescribed me drugs for the cough, labeling it ‘asthma’. Continue Reading →