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From childlessness to visions of a bigger picture

In 2012 my husband and I agreed it was time to start a family. I was excited. Over the course of a year, I downed hundreds of pre-natal supplements, put myself on a cardio regime, had acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbs and homeopathy. I started Yoga for Fertility classes and hypnosis sessions. Eighteen months in we visited the IVF clinic to ensure nothing was fundamentally...

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Breaking the cycle of abuse

From the age of 6 to 12.5, I was sexually abused by both my grandfathers, not at the same time but I moved from one grandfather to the next. When I finally disclosed the abuse and it came out in the open, I received absolutely no support from my parents. No one in my family believed me and I was literally left to deal with everything on my own. I was emotionally abandoned and ostracised. It wasn’t until I was...

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No arms, no legs and nothing to stop me

I went overseas some 14 years ago and contracted a really strange infection, and as a result, I’m now a quadriplegic. I also have massive respiratory issues, a feeding tube in my stomach, and I can barely talk or even leave the house. I’m 37 now and I live in disability supported accommodation in Melbourne, Australia. But I’ve still tried to make the most of it. So apart from the continual testing...

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Finding my soul calling; spiritual healing

As a young girl my one dream was to marry and have children. One day in a doctor’s office, when I was 15 years of age, I was given the blunt news that if I didn’t stop the destructive dietary path I was on, I would probably never be able to conceive. This was the magic pill I needed to end a year of living with anorexia nervosa. Eating was the only thing I had complete control of, and the more others noticed, the better I...

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The discovery that helped me overcome anxiety

People see me as a confident person, but I haven't always been that way. Anxiety used to have a tight grip on me; my inner monologue tossed around self-deprecating thoughts to the point where I was afraid to speak to people for fear I would say something stupid. I felt like I had failed in life and had no purpose. One would think completing two university degrees would have the opposite effect, but actually...

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I was awakened through my deepest grief

Five years after the sudden and tragic passing of one of my amazing sons, I can honestly say that my feelings about Dan’s passing are those of love and gratitude. I know this statement may shock a few people, especially coming from a mother. It is through this event however, that I am now living my life, consciously, more aware, healthier, making a difference and loving the person who smiles back at me each morning as I look in the mirror...

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In my darkest moment I learned to fly

I wear my scars like a badge of honour; a testament to the strength, courage and determination I had to find to become the person I am today. Because it was out of my brokenness, my tears, pain and trauma, I realised how strong my spirit really was. It is hard to know where to start with a story like mine. Over a three year period, life unrelentingly threw me challenge after challenge. I took my eighty-day old baby boy’s life in an unsafe bed sharing accident. My nana died. I fell pregnant with twins and lost one. I found out my dad had cancer. I got married...

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Finding my voice ignited my dreams

My childhood in Singapore was a fairly average one until I turned 9 years old and my parents divorced. It was when I was placed into my mother’s custody that my life took a big turn for the worse. My mom was a woman who loved bad company and was emotionally abusive by nature and made the next 7 years of my life a torment. She decided to live at her friend’s place and I was made to take refuge there with her. Due to the bad company my mom indulged in, I suffered other forms...

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Freeing myself from guilt and regret

I was raised in a strict Catholic family and my childhood was spent going to school, church and working on our small farm. When I was 16 I went to my very first disco and fell madly in love with a charming boy. But as my parents forbade me from seeing him again, that meeting was our first and last, until I finished school and started working as a teacher. With my new freedom I started dating the boy from the disco and the crazy love I felt was as strong as ever. We married, much to my family's dismay, and soon after I began to understand why...