Growing up, I wasn’t a ‘beauty’.
I had awful skin, regular breakouts and uneven skin tone.
I was overweight, unhappy, and despite my daily gym workouts, I just wasn’t getting anywhere.
I had a low self-esteem, masked by a quick wit and a loud personality.
I was ‘the funny one’ or ‘the smart one’ .
As I got older, and more aware of my body (that was changing in a myriad of ways), I became more and more uncomfortable.
I didn’t look like the girls in the magazines.
My skin wasn’t porcelain or tanned. It was blotchy and inflamed.
Jawline and T-zone pus-filled zits were there for the whole world to see.
Makeup was often caked on to mask them, only making them worse.
A body that wouldn’t be seen by anyone, and me, who hated even looking at it in the mirror.
I didn’t see myself as anything other than what I was; horrible. Disgusting. Ugly.
Then, at 16 years old, this photo was taken.
This photo was a huge turning point for me.
This photo made me cry. I hated it, and myself.
I couldn’t stand it any longer.
The shame spiral had reached the lowest low.
So, the time to change came.
After five minutes of consideration, I said to my parents ‘No more meat or milk for me’.
Simple as that. I didn’t think twice.
I didn’t look at vegetarianism as a way to lose weight; because after all, what could I eat besides meat…. Carbs? ‘The enemy?!’ No thanks.
But in doing so, it gave me the greatest gift.
Awareness of what I was consuming.
Understanding of how my body responded to certain foods.
Mindfulness when I ate, to wholly connect with myself and to intuitively know what I really needed.
So what was a snap decision has certainly impacted my life in ways I never thought possible.
My skin cleared up immediately. It became smooth and supple. The unnecessary weight fell off (from years of hormone and steroid filled meat) and my self-esteem sky rocketed. My eyes became clear and my bowels (that I’d struggled with my whole life- more on that another day) suddenly were moving at a rate I’d never experienced.
I felt good.
And what began as, well perhaps a bit of rebellion and an experiment, has indeed shaped my later years.
I immersed myself in the health industry. I poured over book after book on health, wellness, and in particular skin.
During my Nursing studies, my ‘Derma’ class as we called it, was my favourite. I was obsessed. Skin became my thing.
All of my wage was spent on the latest and greatest. The most expensive creams. The best make up. Everything that claimed to be the next ‘wonder ingredient’ – I was on it like a rash.
My beauty bag began to overflow. When I travelled, cosmetics and skin care took up half of my luggage.
Beauty Therapy, and in particular, Dermal Therapies seemed a natural progression for me. Books filled with skin diseases, healing mechanisms, and keratin bonds became my new speak.
Ahhhh, immersed in it. It felt good.
I know a lot. Years spent with not only educating women and men what to put on their skin, but also what to put in their bodies was so powerful to me.
Fast forward 15 years.
Now, I don’t look the girls in the magazines.
I am the girl ON the magazine.
I’m here to tell you, to fuck stereotypes.
Ignore the media that makes you think you need to look a certain way.
Fill your plate up with what makes you feel good inside, instead of what makes you look good.
Educate yourself in any way you can, about anything that quenches that thirst.
I am also here to HELP you.
I created the Stripped Bare Program to help you peel back the layers of your life, one layer at a time.
It’s easy to read, filled with information and guidance, choices to make consciously and on YOUR terms.
If you want clearer skin, physical self healing, emotional self awareness, mental self confidence and spiritual self unity, then this program is for you.
I’ve put every practice I use daily in one place for you.
It’s like breathing to me. Normal. Intuitive.
Those habits have been created to share with you.
I’ve been the guinea pig for a really long time- trying things out in preparation for this program.
Stripped Bare has been born from my realisation that so many of you want to take control of your health. You want to nourish yourself, feel stronger, fitter, have clearer skin and feel more alive but you don’t know where to start.
Want to Strip Bare with me?
If you’re interested in getting your glow on, feeling good, and being comfortable being ‘bare’ then I’d love you to come and join us. I’m so excited to be relaunching this program back into the World, after re-working it and adding in some exciting new additions.
Next week, I’ll be running a webinar- make sure you sign up to my mailing list to be the first to find out when!
Spaces will be limited. You can sign up at the top of the page in the orange box.
Bare you skin.
Bare your soul.
Bare it all.
You are amazing, and the World needs to see it.
Can’t wait to see you next week!