I wasn’t the most studious of students but I did love school. I lived the majority of my childhood growing up in Emerald in The Dandenong Ranges, Victoria and finished high school with no clue as to what I wanted to do. University wasn’t even a consideration, so I got a job locally to begin with and after a couple of years moved to Melbourne to work. Eventually the cold climate wore me down, so I packed up what little I owned and moved to Queensland where the sun shone and the beaches called. That was the Gold Coast in April 1988 and I’ve been here ever since.
Being a curious person, I’ve always had many pursuits and interests that I’ve explored and/or studied, some in depth and others where I’ve dipped my toe in just a little.
I’d have to say that my greatest achievement has definitely been becoming a Mum and raising my two girls to young adult women who are well adjusted, independent and happy. I’m one very proud Mum!
It was when they were young and ready to begin their pre-schooling years that I was introduced to The Montessori Method. They both flourished in the Montessori prepared environment that was set up in the classroom, as well as one that I prepared in our home. So intrigued and convinced of its teachings, I studied The Montessori Method as an alternative form of education over a four year period and earned two qualifications to teach children from 0 to 9 years of age. That was a demanding time trying to juggle studying and learning as well as mothering, now as a newly single parent to my two young girls. But out of that stressful period my love of learning and my desire to know and learn more had been reignited.
Yoga was and still is another passion of mine. I wanted to know more and studied this alongside my practise and went on to complete two certifications in the Practise and Theory of Yoga.
Being a very creative person, I continued to absorb and learn more when my girls became teenagers and more independent, and completed a Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology in 18 months. This gave me the understanding and skills I needed to design and construct garments that I so desperately wanted to buy in the market place but could never find. And as a bonus I received the Student of the Year Award, which makes me smile to this day because I never really shone at anything.
I’d found a passion in Design.
The subject of health has always been very important to me. It began when I discovered a book written by the British health guru, Leslie Kenton. I absorbed so much about health devouring many of her books as a curious, body conscious teenager. Everything I continued to read was health related, so now 35 years later, when I came across a course where I could become a Health Coach and help people achieve their health and wellness goals, I enrolled straight away with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York.
It was through this course that I came to realise that I’ve always been fascinated with how and why we age. From there, I wanted to know how I could slow down the ageing process, and in turn, help other women do the same. From this thought, to now a reality, Age Less & Mind Full was born.
From Age Less & Mind Full’s initial inception, where I focused on slowing down the ageing process naturally through eating whole foods and living a mindful life, to now, where I’ve continued to learn more about what’s important to me. And what is important to me, alongside my health and well being, is the health and well being of our planet.
Sustainability and living a simple life based on how making conscious choices daily does and can affect not just my health and well being but that of my family’s, the environment, and in the end, the planet!
This blog is about how we can slow down ageing and live mindfully using simple and sustainable practises whilst being aware of the choices we make daily in all areas of our life.
Starting with thinking about how you can live and carry out your daily chores another way that is kinder for our planet and I hope this might give you some ideas and knowledge to know that you can make a difference.
Living simply makes the choices we have to make daily all the more simple don’t you think?
My other loves are drinking copious cups of green tea, enjoying a great long black early in the morning after a run or beach walk, watching the sunrise and set, eating amazingly good whole food, reading all things health/self development/permaculture/tiny homes, continued learning, learning & more learning, living a sustainable life in a zero waste home, using essential oils daily, creating & designing my dream home and an eco-clothing collection, travelling & adventures, laughing, blogging on all things health & simple living and having a fun fueled and mind filled life.
Not too many secrets there but possibly some stuff you didn’t know about me until now!
P.S. My dream is to be an eco cobbler (don’t tell anyone!).
Yours in health and happiness,