Category Archives: Self Empowerment

New year, new you?

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Sunrise at Uluru

I haven’t really had chance to look back on 2015, I have been too busy living it!

Everyone has their own achievements, goals and accomplishments which they are proud of. I have watched with interest as friends and family have shared their year on social media sites. The difference in people’s experiences is quite vast. It ranges from weddings, births, moving house to moving jobs.

I decided to share my year.

In 2015 I:

  • Was awarded a visa to live and work in Australia
  • Moved from the UK to Australia
  • Moved states in Australia
  • Got my first Australian job
  • Left that job and got another
  • Tried to start a new life by making new friends, finding hobbies etc
  • Rented a super little flat
  • And finally to top the year off, I got engaged!

I have noticed that some people think others are “boasting” about achievements when they list all the things they have done in their lives. Why not be happy with how far you have come and celebrate the effort you have put in?

When I share what I have done in my life my intention is not to make others feel as though they are inferior to me, only you can make yourself feel like that. It is to inspire others and say “If I can you can!” Maybe, when I am sharing something I have achieved that ¬†never thought I would someone else will think “I can do that too”. This is my intention for 2016. I want to share my experience, knowledge and adventures in a way which inspires people to be the best they can possibly be.

Let’s walk into 2016 with new goals, dreams, hopes and ambitions and see where another year will take us!


Dream a little dream

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Do something everyday which is working towards your dream.

Most people tell me I am lucky to be living in Australia. I feel lucky but it was hard work, focus and determination that got me here. I started with a dream and then decided to make it come true. No more procrastination. I was going to work towards my goal.

Now some of this work was pretty boring and frustrating. I decided the first thing I needed was money….so I started to save. It was slow, laborious and took me 2 years. I went without little things, I went out less, and found new ways to hang out with my friends which meant we weren’t breaking the bank.

Every time I deposited a few more pounds into my bank account I knew I was one step closer. When I had reached my target I started to plan…where was I going, what was I doing and how much money would I need.

I also tried hard to stay focused on my goal. It was easy to get bogged down in life and get distracted. I put a map of Australia on my bedroom wall so every morning when I woke up it was the first thing I saw. I researched the places I wanted to go and the things I wanted to see and added little photos to the map.

I also had to use a mammoth amount of patience and those who know me well will know how much effort that involved! I brought books, read blogs, looked at travel brochures. Anything I could do which kept my energy vibration focused and strong on what I wanted to achieve.

All of the little steps I took every day lead me to where I am today. I am not exactly where I want to be yet, life is a work in progress, so I am continuing to make little steps each day which will bring me closer to my dream.

What is your dream and what steps are you taking to bring yourself closer to it?

Change your thoughts, change your life

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Monk saying his prayers at a Temple in Nepal

I had a really challenging day this week…you know one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong or going against you. At one point I just wanted to sit and cry.

I decided that rather than let the tears fall I was going to remove myself from everything and have a little walk. It turned out to be the best thing I could have done. I realised I was letting myself be pulled into other people’s dramas. It’s not my job to make other people happy, I can only make me happy. So I decided to change the way I was thinking and something magical happened….

I got a lovely message from my boyfriend telling me he loved me.

A colleague at work put some money in for the Christmas Party on my behalf and told me to pay her back next week.

A friend asked me if I was ok because she could see I was upset and wanted to know how she could help.

A huge thunderstorm and heavy rain started (it is the wet season in Darwin) and a work colleague offered me a lift home.

My dad called me to ask how I was and we talked for ages.

All these lovely positive things helped to restore me and make me smile from the inside out.

I challenge you, when you feel like the world is caving in around you, to start to look for one good thing…many more will start to appear after that.

Have a fabulous week!

Mindl Beach

Sometimes you need to take some time out to escape the madness of the modern world and just breathe.

I’ve always felt drawn to the ocean and the beach. There’s nothing like the ocean air to help clear your mind, lift your spirits and revitalise you.

After a busy week I have taken some time to enjoy the blossoming wildflowers of the wet season and to walk on the beach breathing in deeply the ocean air.



You might feel like your the only one on your journey and it may feel like your all alone but if you look for the signs you will see that so many people will have walked the pathway in front of you. Sometimes you just can’t always see their footsteps. 


The little things


I feel that it’s so important to make time for the little things in life which make me feel good. 

After waking up feeling particularly low I have been lucky enough to be able to attend a yoga class and I am now treating myself to a well deserved chocolate brownie, pot of tea and an escape into a world of fantasy on my kindle….I feel so much better already! 

Happy Friday everyone. This weekend I hope by sharing a bit of my world I will remind you make time for something little in your life which makes you glow.

A snapshot from my past

I love my film camera!

It’s nothing special, a Pentax MZ 7, but it survived University with me. For the final two years of my degree it was just me and my camera photographing our journeys for my degree exhibition!

Then me squirrelling myself away in a dark room (I still love the smell of fixative) for hours trying to get the perfect print.

I saved so hard to buy my little Pentax and I really looked after it…there’s not a mark or scratch on it! It became an extension of me. A way to show the world a bit of my life, of my experiences.

I find myself, 11 years later, with a new camera…photographing my journeys for the world to see!!!

I’m obviously doing what I am meant to be doing!

Thank you for attending my life long exhibition.