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I started my blog in 2010 as a way to document my journey back to finding balance after a disordered relationship with food. It was a creative outlet for me and still is but has become so much more. My blogging direction has definitely changed and I now focus more on wellbeing and helping women find their own version of balance and showing up in their lives as the best version of themselves. We’re all perfectly imperfect and through my blog, I hope women are encouraged to love their bodies and feel incredible in their own skin as they are now. Being truly healthy is not all about sipping green smoothies and eating courgetti, in fact, it goes much deeper than that. Nourishing and feeding your soul and exploring what makes you truly happy is at the very heart of being healthy and feeling great. It's difficult to try and keep all the balls in the air, especially with a

young family. However, what I've found really helpful is setting clear work boundaries with dedicated work days and family days. I find that this means I get a chance to switch off from work, spend time with my husband and 3-year-old son and bring a sense of balance into my life. I have so much gratitude for my work and the fact that I get to do what I love for a living which allows me to also provide for my family. From indulging my creative side, the amazing collaborations and inspirational women that I have been honoured to work with and some have become good friends, I feel incredibly lucky. Being your own boss is amazing, but it's seriously hard work because you are your everything - there's no team, it's just you, which can be isolating at times.


Be you, do you, for you. The world of blogging is wonderful, but it can be hard not to be influenced by what everyone else is doing. It's important to stay true to your own beliefs, which your readers will appreciate.


My story is a little backwards: I worked in marketing for BMW and MINI for seven years and although it had the potential to be a fantastic career my heart just wasn’t in it. Unfortunately, I had never really known what I wanted to be, I had no distinguishing talents that could guide me into an industry and felt more than a little lost. I turned to YouTube as sort of talent finder and filmed videos from beauty to fashion, travel and fitness. After a couple of months I noticed I was receiving a lot of requests to train people, I was gaining followers and they were engaging most with my fitness content. It was then that I realised my passion was fitness, it had always been something I enjoyed doing but I’d never thought about turning it into a career! I decided to sign up for an online course which I completed while working full time and then gave myself a months worth of savings and handed in my letter of resignation. I was so nervous but my heart was so excited, within three weeks I was fully booked and from that moment on my online following has continued to grow and supported me both in and out of the gym. 20

Health Magazine Spring 2018


I’ve wanted to be a nutritionist since I was 14 – I was just fascinated by how the body works – and how powerful food can be in changing your health and wellbeing. But my real passion for helping people live a healthy life came from my own personal struggle and negative relationship with food. After moving to Australia from South Africa when I was a teenager, I became a serial fad dieter. I had become dangerously obsessed with my weight. I was weight conscious, not health conscious. Something needed to shift. After school, I went on to study a three-year Bachelor of Health, then a further two years specialising in nutrition. It was in my fourth year of study that something really clicked. I started blogging – privately at first – about my learning, new recipes I was creating and the amazing changes I was experiencing by eating a wholefood diet. It

I feel I’m a little older than a lot of the other fitness bloggers online, I just turned 30 and I’m very lucky to have such an engaged community on social media. Over the last year, we’ve hit some big milestones together with over 390,000 on my YouTube channel and 140,000 on Instagram. I love that we’ve created a community of support, encouragement and self-love. I love what I do! It’s taught me how to work efficiently, I soon learnt that there’s no such thing as multitasking, I sit down and complete one thing at a time but I also have to remind myself daily that I am one person and one person can only do so much. I don’t want to let myself get to the point where I’m not practising what I preach, I have to maintain a work-life balance as I would hate to dislike what I’m doing. The only downside I can see is that I miss switching off sometimes, but I have to learn that its ok to go offline, people won’t just stop following because I’ve got quiet.


I’d recommend anyone to give blogging a go, but I would recommend you approach it as a fun or a side hobby, not with the opinion that it has to become your career. Outside of this, be yourself, there’s only one you.

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