When I set up this website last year, I had the intention of doing a regular blog to provide my readers with as many resources and support as possible, to leading a healthy lifestyle. A year later, and my blog is looking somewhat miserable (!), so when I saw this 21-day blogging challenge set up by ‘Nourish Online’, I decided to jump in head first!
Soooo, my first blog of the 21-day challenge is to give you a little more of an insight into me! It’s just a little fun, and hopefully you’ll get a better idea of who I am after this. Here goes!
1) I grew up on a dairy farm in NZ and used to be a tom-boy
My childhood consisted of riding on motorbikes, feeding farm animals, calf club, helping Dad at the shed, playing in the hay barn, drinking fresh milk still warm from the cow (with a cream layer on top!), playing cricket with my bros, and watching Saturday afternoon All Black games with the family. Playing with dolls, hair & makeup never really interested me that much as a young girl!
2) I used to wear high vis & steel caps to work
Yip, I donned the high-vis and steel caps for 4 years working in mines around Western Australia as well as a year in Papua New Guinea! I worked in injury prevention, health education, managed the recreational facilities, the gym, organised sporting comps, ran workshops on musculoskeletal health, large-scale weight loss programs to name a few of my roles! It was a pretty rad experience!!
3) I lived in a caravan for 6-months in remote Australia
When I first arrived in Western Australia in 2005, I was back-packing down the west coast from Darwin, with nothing more than a backpack and my guitar. When I arrived in Coral Bay, I couldn’t believe the beauty of such a place!! I found some work in the local bar, and ended up living there for 6-months in a little caravan. Such an amazing experience 🙂
4) My first job after Uni was on a cruise ship
Before I made my way to Western Australia, I spent 6 months aboard a luxury cruise liner working as a Fitness Director and Massage Therapist. We sailed from Philadelphia on the east coast of the US, over to the Bermuda Islands. Was definitely a love/hate experience.
6) I have a massive love of photography
Love love LOVE taking photos! It makes you appreciate the beauty of things around you, and see the world in an artistic way. I learn’t how to use an SLR camera way before digital times, and I think the passion for photography was passed down to me from my Dad 🙂 My part-time job through Uni was at a camera store. I was a sales rep and also helped in developing film. This photo is when I was traveling through India in 2008.
7) I’m a serious health nerd
OK, so maybe you already know this!! I get so excited with anything and everything to do with nutrition, movement, emotional & mental health, personal development, the body, food, exercise…..I have a serious book & course addiction! I love learning and I love imparting the knowledge. I get such a buzz out of working with clients, whether its in person or online, and witnessing beautiful personal transformations. Aaaaah I freaking love my work 🙂
8) My boyfriend is 6’9″ giant
He’s my tree, he grounds and supports me, and after 2-years together I love him more than ever!! In this photo I am standing on the roots of the tree on my tip toes…and I am 5’8″!
9) I’m a night owl and hate getting up early
I have tried and tried and tried to change this, but it doesn’t matter how often I get up early, as soon as I don’t have an alarm I will sleep in (and freaking love it!!). And I love the evening time, when it’s all quiet, and if I can, I will stay up late pottering around at home, on the computer, or watching movies 🙂
10) I used to be a serious party girl
Ever since I was old enough to go to parties, I just LOVED them! I loved letting my hair down, feeling the loss of inhibition when I drank alcohol, dancing to loud music, meeting new people, going to music festivals, night clubs and feeling so care-free. I smoked cigarettes, tried different drugs, and did a lot of binge drinking….you know, drink as much as you can before you go out so you don’t have to spend money in the clubs (gross!!!). Did I mention the McDonald’s on the way home from town?! Disgusting, but hey, a part of my journey and my past. Glad I’m not there now!