The Light Within You


  We’ve established a false sense of identity which is not in line with who we really are. A socially constructed set of attributes, formed from a very early age from the way we have been brought up and the environment around us. Many of us grow up with the underlying belief that we are never good enough ‪— so we continually seek new diets/training/clothing/materialistic objects to make us feel better about who we are, not realising in the moment that all of this is just feeding our ego and our false sense of self. The constant pursuit of unattainable… Continue Reading

Mental Health and Self Love


  Self Love September is all about loving ourselves, and so far we have focused on learning to love our bodies. As was said previously, this was because the weight-loss industry is currently doubling down on its efforts to make us feel like we need their help to make our bodies acceptable for summer. All this is complete rubbish, our bodies are already totally fine for summer, whatever they look like. Self love isn’t always just about loving our bodies, though, it is also about looking after our minds and caring for our mental health. I’ll admit, I can be… Continue Reading

Book Lunch: I Love Who I Am – Igniting Self Worth


  At Leiden we declare this month Self Love September! That’s right we are dedicating the entire month to investigating and celebrating our bods and what’s inside our bods no matter what form it takes.    We recently found out about the launch of a new book that is right up our alley. Canberra author Rachael Torrealba’s new tome I Love Who I am: Igniting Self – Worth  is a match made in heaven for Self Love September. When Rachel encountered the grief of being alienated from her children after a marriage break-up, she couldn’t contemplate reading a single page.… Continue Reading

Learning to Counter ‘Bikini Body’ Bullshit


  It’s September, so what I like to call ‘Bikini Body Bullshit’ is about to reach a fever pitch. That time of year when every second banner on Facebook is reminding you that it’s time to start starving yourself and loathing your body in an effort to be ready for summer. Heaven forbid any of us forget what a terrible sin it is not to have a perfectly flat stomach and thigh gap when the warmer months roll around! So much will be telling us to cut out sugar, grains, dairy, meat, egg yolks, all sustenance, else we look like… Continue Reading

Just Be Wrap Up


  A couple Thursday’s ago I had the pleasure of attending the Just Be Revolution Launch at the QT Hotel in Canberra. The Just Be Revolution has been set up by Vicky Kidd-Gallichan as a means of giving people the confidence to be themselves, and to teach everyone not to judge others by their appearance. Just walking into the space at the beginning of the evening was enough to encourage everyone to feel good. The red carpet was laid out for photos, huge letters spelled out L O V E and Paulini was there to welcome everyone into the launch… Continue Reading