DAY TWENTY ONE

It's all too much!!!!!! What have you done when you feel overwelmed? What would your overwelmed face look like? Feeling overwelmed is a feeling I know a lot about ;-( Day 21 of the Girlspo guide is it's all too much! Today talks about feeling overwhelmed which if I'm being honest is a emotion that I feel regularly. Actually every day! For those of you that know me well will know that I have trouble saying no, often don't ask for help and often don't want help as I like to do things the way I want them done. I can bite off more than I can chew and can put pressure on myself to get things done to the best of my ability. Sitting still isn't something I'm good at. I feel so overwhelmed sometimes

DAY TWENTY

Surfing the wave - Today is talking all about CRAVINGS! What are yours?? Can you give your craving a nickname??? Day 20 of the Girlspo guide is Surfing the wave. Today is all about cravings! Did you know that scientists have proven that cravings only last about 20 minutes? Can you wait this long or do you give into your craving??? My cravings are Thai take away, Diet Coke, Liquorice and CHOCOLATE. I'm afraid the chocolate wins hands down though. If we are talking about cravings as waves then chocolate is a tsunami to me! Just writing about chocolate makes me crave one! I'll wait 20 minutes though and see if I can ride it out! What are your cravings???

DAY NINETEEN

When life throws you a curve ball! How do you deal with stress??? What do you do to cope when feeling stressed??? When life throws you a curve ball it can cause STRESS. How do you cope with stress? I eat dessert haha, no I don't really. (Well maybe sometimes.) Some of my positive coping mechanisms are 💗 Talking to a friend 💗 Exercising 💗Getting a massage 💗Having a bath 💗Doing a relaxation track on my iPod 💗Writing the good old pros and cons list if I need to make a decision. 💗Writing my thoughts down . "Stress can help us grow. A diamond is just a lump of coal that did well under pressure." Girlspo + guide

DAY EIGHTEEN- REVERSING HABITS

What's a healthy habit you are proud of? Day 18 of the Girlspo challenge asks the question What's a healthy habit you are proud of? Mine would definitely be Exercise. I can honestly say I just love it. I have always been sporty. I like running, swimming, rowing, hockey and touch footy. But I discovered Crossfit a few years ago and really became addicted. It's not that I'm amazing at sport or exercise but I try my best, aren't afraid of a challenging workout and love the endorphins that it gives me. (and I'm just slightly competitive🙊) Exercise is my stress buster, mood booster and gives me many other physical, social and psychological benefits. I feel yuck when I don't exercise. I have alw

DAY SEVENTEEN- SHE'S FAR PRETTIER THAN ME!

#throwback- today I had to post a photo of me 5 years ago. I had to write what I have learnt and how can I compare myself to the progress that I have made since then. Day 17 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is She's far prettier than me. We all compare to others don't we??? I do even when I don't mean to. In the street, at the gym, on social media. But comparisons can be unhealthy to make. They can make us feel unsatisfied with what we have. We need to focus on ourselves, celebrate others achievements and remember that everyone has their own insecurities!!! "Only compare yourself to the person you were yesterday." Today's task was to say what has been learnt since this pic was taken! It was 5

DAY SIXTEEN- THERE'S JUST NO POINT

Today I had to post something that represents a challenge I've overcome and what I have learnt from it. I found this one pretty hard to write about...... Day 16 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is There's just no point. Today I'm asked to post something that represents a challenge I've overcome and what I've learnt from it. I know this is a lot of writing. I have tried to condense but couldn't! I will be blogging more about my Girlspo journey on TGC website soon! 💗 Umm, this is a tricky one. Don't get me wrong, I haven't had a perfect life and while I've had a few things happen to me or my family I found it really hard to write about a challenge. The difficult time that comes to mind is in

DAY FIFTEEN- A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

Today I had to explain through a picture what my idea of a healthy food relationship looks like. Wow! My eating habits are pretty good but my thinking about food habits are NOT!!!! Day 15 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is A healthy relationship. The brand ambassadors were asked to post a photo that explains what a healthy relationship with food looks like. This represents my food pyramid. I have a good understanding about nutrition, I generally eat healthy foods from the various food groups (I eat eggs, meat etc but didn't want it sitting out on my bench!) and I do treat myself on occasion (note the freckles up the top 🍫) So, I seem pretty healthy right? I'd like to think so but I still de

DAY FOURTEEN- DEPRIVING MYSELF

The kindness contract is in the beautiful Girlspo Guide. Today I needed to fill it out and take a pic while explaining to followers why I am going to be more kind to myself. Day 14 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is all about 'Depriving Myself.' This challenge/guide just keep get more and more relevant for me each day!!! 👌🏽 Today is about the ban and binge cycle that so many of us have and it covers what happens when we hold onto restrictions too tight. We need to break this cycle so that we can enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I am going to practice being kinder to myself by reducing the ban and binge cycle and put the emphasis on healthy living that is the product of a balanced lifestyle! 💗🍎

DAY THIRTEEN- WELL, I'VE BLOWN IT!

What are my extreme words? What words can I use instead of these??? What are your extreme words??? Day 13 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is Well I've blown it!!! Man, can I relate to this one!!!! Today is about the black and white thinking that many of us have and the use of extreme words. Today's lesson is teaching girls to find balance and to be able to see the 'grey' areas in our lives. How many times have you been on a diet or exercise plan and stuffed up and then just thought why bother now and continue to binge or skip workouts? Instead of this thinking we should allow ourself to fall of the wagon, enjoy our treat or rest and then jump right back on. I think my extreme word (s) is hav

DAY TWELVE- I JUST WANNA BE PERFECT

The Girlspo brand ambassadors were asked to write PERFECT on their hand with a line drawn though it and then post a selfie. These are my thoughts on perfect. Day 12 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is 'I just wanna be perfect!' Don't we all at some stage or in some areas of our lives??? I think we would be lying if we said no. What is perfect though? Perfect is something that doesn't exist. (Well not for long or in all aspects of someone's life anyway!) Perfect is a perception that is often art not reality. (Photoshopping, social media etc...) Perfect means different things to different people. For example I may think that someone has the perfect body where as my friend may disagree and bel

DAY ELEVEN- WHY ANT'S RUIN LIFE'S PICNICS.

What is ANT'S??? They are Automatic negative thoughts. This is a post that helps me to overcome negative thinking. Day 11 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is Why ANT's ruin life's picnics. ANT's are Automatic Negative Thoughts. My ANT's is worrying. I'm a worrier from way back and can turn many situations into one where I start to worry. It stops me sleeping, makes me stress and question who I am as a person. I know worrying is a waste of energy and I know that more than often what I worry about doesn't even happen. I think this quote sums up my ANT's. 🐜

DAY TEN- DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL WHIRLWINDS PART 2.

What do you do to deal with an emotional whirlwind??? This is the picture that I posted that best represents what I do. Day 10 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is Dealing with emotional whirlwinds part 2. Today the brand ambassadors were asked to post a picture that represents how we may deal with an emotional whirlwind. And here you have mine 🙊 Until last year I never would of said I was an emotional eater. We went through some medical issues with my eldest son and the way I coped with the emotion and stress was to skip proper nutritious meals and to have Diet Coke and sugary treats like chocolate or lollies on a regular basis. This isn't happening regularly now but I often find that I thin

DAY NINE- DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL WHIRLWINDS PART 1.

What emoji best represents me and why??? Day 9 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is Dealing with emotional whirlwinds part 1. Today's challenges includes being aware of your emotions (what triggers them, how often they change and how intense they are.) "Learning how to handle emotions like a pro can help you to make better choices for your health and wellbeing." The brand ambassadors were asked to post an emoji that represents us and to explain why. This was tricky. I think that this emoji 💗💗💗 best represents me at this moment in time as one of my core goals is to spread education to promote improved self love for young females. And I love the colour pink! What emoji best represents you and

DAY EIGHT- THE BODY DOUBLE

Loving your body is such an important message but also such a hard one to practice! What do you love most about your body???? Day eight of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is the Body Double. Body Image is our thoughts and feelings about how we look. At The Girl Campaign I ask participants to list all the things they like about their bodies and only give them the chance to list one thing that they don't like. So hit me.... What do you like about your body???? I like my strong shoulders, the colour of my eyes and the shape of my eyebrows. It's confronting and it's hard but it's essential to recognise the positives and not just focus on the negatives. "Build body confidence and acceptance. Don'

DAY SEVEN- THE UGLY CRITIC

We're all concerned about taking the perfect selfie. Take the unperfect selfie! Stick to your ugly critic! Day seven of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is The ugly critic. This is all about making peace with the little voice inside your head that says you can't. We all have this little voice right? I know I do. Hell I had it posting this photo! Today's task is to take the imperfect selfie and post it, sticking to your ugly critic. Ignoring my critics thoughts that are running around in my head right now about my crooked teeth, my messy hair and no make up on my face. Reading the pages of my guide today really hit home for me as I think my inner critic makes a daily appearance- sometimes more th

DAY SIX-THE KEY IS A CONFIDENT ME

Today I had to post a picture of someone who inspires me and who I model my confidence off. Why do they inspire me and why do I look up to them for confidence? Day 6 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is 'The key to a confident me.'This involves posting a pic of someone that inspires and helps me to be a more confident and better me. So I'm introducing my beautiful younger sisters. Kendall is on the left. She is funny, crazy, artistic, caring and compassionate. She is the founder of Kokoh Bikini (check out her stuff if you haven't already!!!) Kendall and I are very different people but never the less she inspires me everyday. She has taught herself everything she has needed to know about her bu

DAY FIVE- POSITIVE PEOPLE, POSITIVE PLACES.

My instructions for today were to post a picture of my tribe! I had to post a picture of the people who you love the most, tag them and share what they mean to me. Day 5 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is posting a pic with your tribe. This was a tricky one for me to do. I'm so lucky to have so many amazing people in my life. I am close to my parents and 2 sisters. I have a happy marriage and 2 beautiful little boys. I have a few very close friends and a large group of girlfriends who I associate with through sport and just girls catch ups. Like everyone though I also have had friendships dissolve and have been hurt by this. This pic is of me and my Bestie Nicole. We have been best frien

DAY FOUR- THINK YOURSELF HAPPY!

Today I was required to share one of the positive things I found. Day 4 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is 'Think Well.' Today was about getting into the habit of finding the positives every day! It's really easy to get into the pattern of negative thinking. By identifying the following positives to my day I actually feel grateful for these things which I otherwise may take for granted. 💗Waking up in my own bed after a huge week last week of rowing a surf boat marathon and staying away from home for a few nights. 💗 A quick run around the neighbourhood. 💗Using a new yummy coconut scrub in the shower (I used about half of it!) 💗Spent time with my 3 beautiful boys. My husband is on holidays

DAY THREE- DID YOU SPOT IT?

Today is all about removing your mental filter. I was required to post a #nofilter selfie, and comment about what I'm going to focus on more that my mental filter was blocking out. DAY THREE of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is posting a non-filtered selfie. This was HARD! I am not a selfie fan at all and without a selfie stick the phone was way too dam close to my face. After taking a few snaps I then became critical of my features and found myself wanting to take more improved selfies or to edit the existing ones. Is black and white a filter??? But this is me- as me! Flaws and all!!! Today's challenge is about removing our mental filters. What we focus on in our lives can have the ability t

DAY TWO-MINDFUL EATING: YOUR SECRET WEAPON.

Day Two required the brand ambassadors to take a picture of the guide with their favourite mindful food, and what food they are choosing to eat mindfully today. Day 2 of the Girlspo 30 day challenge is about mindful eating. Today's content and activities really struck a cord with me. I have always been an active person and I LOVE my sport. I try to eat "clean" most of the time and think of food as a fuel for my body. However, if I'm being honest I think I often eat on autopilot and at times don't eat mindfully. And if Im being really honest I often associate food with body weight. For example not wanting to eat something as Im afraid I will get fat. Or sometimes if I binge eat then I call my

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