Sarah Short Circuit

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Unsure

I have been unsure how to write down my feelings of being unsure. This unsure-ness has been building within me for a while. Unsure of making a choice…

I always had thought that I would have many children, at least 2. I have always been very maternal and nurturing since I was a teenager. I have to forewarn any mums whose baby I hold that I will put them sleep, not matter the temperament of the child. Any where I go I catch the gaze of a baby and it’s like we connect with an unspoken language. I looked forward to becoming a mum myself, though terrified of the process, the snuggles at the end would be worth it.

I had no idea the journey I would go to become a mother, the overwhelm, the struggles and the postpartum psychosis. I now savour each moment with my son after the shaky start we went through.  As the first few months went by I focused on healing myself, recovering day by day. The doctors had cautioned my family that if I were to fall pregnant too soon after my psychosis that there would be a chance I may not come out of it.

As my son approached the age of 2, the questions began to start ‘When are you going to have another baby?’. I would quickly mutter ‘I had health problems so we are not sure yet’ and quickly change the story. I knew from my own research that there is up to a 50% chance of postpartum psychosis recurring in subsequent pregnancies. So I did what I did best and sought out more information.

I had heard that for mums in my situation it would be best to have a mental health care plan in place which included being able to access a Mother Baby Unit (MBU) to be able to receive the appropriate care. There is only 1 MBU in NSW and to have the best chance to access this care I knew I would need a Perinatal Psychiatrist as part of my care plan. One of the mums from my son’s play group opened up to me one day about her experience and I asked for her recommendation of a perinatal psychiatrist at St John of God Hospital, Burwood, where the MBU is based.

My husband and I went together to the first couple of appointments at St John of God, reliving our experiences of my postpartum psychosis and emphasising to the psychiatrist that were some details I do not remember and choose not discuss any further. It was the first time since being discharged from the mental health ward that I was able to talk about what I had been through, the distress, the trauma and the impact on me and my family. By the third appointment I felt comfortable to attend on my own, as I opened up more the psychiatrist thought that I was no coping and starting to write something down asking me ‘Do you want it on or off label?’ I was flabbergasted, what did that mean? The psychiatrist thought I was hypo-manic and was wanting to write Bipolar Disorder on the medication script to make the prescription cheaper. All I wanted was someone to listen to what I had been through! I quickly ended the session and have never been back. I was totally distraught, in tears to my husband on the phone and thought to myself ‘I’ve burnt that bridge’.

I strengthened my resolve and began to work more on myself, starting with Awaken the Change Within 2014 retreat only a month after my distressing appointment with the psychiatrist. Focusing on self-development was almost like a distraction, not having to make that choice, that it is ok to wait as I am working on healing myself more. I discovered a passion for wellness as learnt about self-care, essential oils, nutrition and food. The choice was always lingering in the back of my mind.

The Marcé Society Conference 2016 was the first time I met other women who had experience postpartum psychosis like I had, who truly knew the turmoil I was going through in making my choice. Brenda spoke with me about discovering my ‘maternal number’, that perhaps my maternal number is 1 and that is ok. Connecting with other mums who had gone on to have another child or two, and being apart of an online group of other pp mums sharing conversations of weighing up whether or not to risk having another child, it was reassuring to feeI I was not alone in my making my choice.

I drew a line in the sand to make a choice by February 2017 and be at peace with this choice. As February drew closer, my health started to take a dive with headaches. Seeing my Chiro, he indicated that the headaches had an emotional element, ‘was there something I was unsure about?’.

Why February? The choice was not just about emotions and feelings, it also came down to finances. February was went my son started 3 days of preschool and we need to update (and stretch) the budget. Our family was fortunate that we had top hospital cover when I experienced postpartum psychosis, and this cover was my only chance of gaining access to the MBU provided I am voluntarily admitted. We kept our top hospital cover as this was the only level of cover that included psychiatric hospital care. Mental health has a major impact on one’s income due to reduced capacity to work, higher unemployment rates and less savings. Money for us was tight even though I was back working part-time, our savings is virtually non-existent. Fortunately at the time I read Barefoot Investor whose advice around health care cover was to drop Extras and keep Hospital cover. We were had just changed our cover to lower hospital cover with extras and were still in the cooling off period. With a quick phone call I put back in place my safety net of top hospital cover with no extras, so if any thing with my health changes in the future I know we will be ok!

As I was coming to a place of peace with my choice, I was chatting before a yin yoga class with my former yoga teacher Iknew from before I was married. She always seems to know when to ask the right question and I opened up to her my thoughts in making my choice. Thinking I how much my health has improved for the better, the impact on the relationship with my husband and my son, she reassured it was was a choice made with wisdom not out of selfishness. On my yoga mat tears trickled down my cheek as I surrendered, I am enough just as I am.

Today I shed some more tears even though a few months have passed. From the wardrobe I pulled out the piles and boxes of my son’s clothing that I have been hanging onto to pass onto another baby, another toddler, another child of mine. As I folded up the little jumpsuits, singlets, tshirts and shorts I knew in my heart I was passing onto another little one, another family in need who will be so grateful and appreciative of these little clothes of love. Next week local charity Dandelion Support Network is having a Donation Day on Sunday 18 June 2017. Dandelion is a volunteer run charity who accept, sort and safety check nursery items, clothing, toys and linen to pass onto families in need free of charge. Recently Dandelion put a call out for newborn clothing and boys size 2 and 3 so I knew now is the right time for me to donate as my son is now almost 5.

At the end of the day I am at peace with the choice I make that is best for me. Taking into account many factors including my health, sleep triggers, finance, my husband and more I have made my choice. First and last!

Resources

 

A journey of healing and self-discovery

This week I am a guest blogger on Changing Habits. So excited and proud to see my first guest blog! The past three years has been a journey, and Changing Habits has been a huge part of my recovery. Check it out here A journey of healing and self-discovery by Sarah West.

Here is my story…

Journey of healing and self-discovery – Sarah West

Like so many of us it took a health crisis for me to awaken to a new way of eating and living. Three years ago in 2012, two weeks after the birth of my first child I developed Postpartum Psychosis. This is an acute mental illness that occurs after having a baby, a loss of contact with reality that includes mania, confusion, strange beliefs, hearing and seeing things, racing thoughts and is a psychiatric emergency. Despite having a background in Psychology and Brain and Mind Sciences, I had never heard of this postpartum mood disorder. Like many I only knew of Postpartum Depression, and I was struggling to comprehend what had happened to me, why did it happen and what triggered it. I was not only struggling to care for a newborn, I was also struggling to work out who I was as a new mother. I was struggling to work out how best to look after myself and heal from the darkness of my mental illness.

In times of unknown I seek out answers, I research and educate myself. In searching for a reason for Postpartum Psychosis happened to me I had a theory that it had something to being deficient in nutrients as the pregnancy had drained what little I had to begin with. I had ignored my body whispering Ketosis Pilaris to me for years, a fatty acid deficiency, which I knew from my university studies that Omega 3 plays a major role in mental health disorders. I have grown up on the Standard Australian Diet, a low-fat diet which I have now realise that is not compatible with a fatty acid deficiency, processed foods with all the chemicals that add toxins to my body, and lacking nourishment for my gut-health. Throughout childhood I was chubby, and as I got older I continued to put on weight, no matter what I seemed to do or try the weight kept creeping on into adulthood. The pregnancy and anti-psychotic medication tipped me to the heaviest weight I had been in my life.

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A year along in my journey of recovery I began to research to seek answers to my questions and as I researched I stumbled across the Changing Habits Website in November 2013. Everything I read made sense, and I began to realise that my nutrition and nourishing my body was key to my recovery and healing. With the expectation that I have nothing to lose I threw myself into Changing Habits. I began to listen to the Up For a Chat podcasts from the beginning which gave me huge support and motivation, many ahas along the way and three vivacious ladies who made me feel that I wasn’t alone on this journey of healing. I heard that Cyndi was doing a workshop in Sydney in March 2014 it was a glimmer of hope for me. I took mum and myself along to the workshop for a day packed with nutrition-focused information. From this workshop I came away feeling that I can change one small habit at a time, I began to work out what my body needed in order for it to heal. Meeting Cyndi at the end of workshop was a highlight, she was so genuine and down to earth, supportive, and happy to chat and listen. I still remember her advice to me was “You need to meet Mel”, as in Mel Kent, the Changing Habits Healthy Living Club Coach.

With the ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives’ book in hand I devoured every chapter of knowledge and began implementing small changes into our family lifestyle. When weaning our son off bottles, we weaned our family onto full fat milk. I started to scrutinise the back of every pack, scanning the ingredients and reducing the numbers of additives. I began cooking and baking at home making food from scratch, starting with making our own bread. I began to reduce the amount of refined wheat and sugar our family were eating. The more changes I made the better I felt mentally, which gave me the resolve to take on another change, which the weight began to fall off giving me more energy to take on more changes. The biggest change I made was adding in the good fats, this was a huge change of headspace for me after growing up with the notion that fat is bad for your health. Instead of focusing on what I had to take out, I slowly added in the good, nourishing foods which crowded out the not-so-healthy foods that I had grown up with.

I heard that Up for A Chat was holding retreat on the Sunshine Coast, the Awaken the Change Within retreat in November 2014. Along with mum we jetted off to Mooloolaba for three action packed days with Cyndi, Kim from Twenty8 and Carren Smith. At this point of my journey I had released 15kgs since the Day with Cyndi in March and I was touched that Cyndi remembered me, though I did look different! I had many break downs and break throughs over the retreat but it gave me the strength to continue on my journey of healing. I picked up another key to my recovery: self-care. It was up to me to nurture myself physically, mentally and spiritually.

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In May 2015 I attended the MINDD Forum in Cyndi and caught up Cyndi, who once again did not recognise me. I looked different having released another 15kgs, a total of 30kgs in 14 months. In May I also attended the Day with Cyndi 2016 and was able to connect with others who were also on this journey of change. I love how Cyndi is always educating herself and sharing her research with her tribe. From attending the MINDD Forum to the Day with Cyndi workshop, Cyndi was passionately speaking about how we need to get back in the kitchen to feed our families to heal the nation. Being in the kitchen was instrumental in healing myself and I was seeing changes in not just my own health but also my husband and son’s health.

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Over the months I continued to seek out more knowledge and education. In 2015 I began the Twenty8 Health and Lifestyle Education Program with Kim Morrison, learning the power of essential oils and daily self-care rituals and how important they are in my journey of healing and self-discovery. I also heard that Changing Habits was starting an Education Course too, which I was so keen to be a part of. I got the opportunity in the July 2015 Intake of the Changing Habits Online Nutrition Course. I am empowered being a part of like-minded tribe of incredible souls, sharing knowledge together and working towards changing the world to be a better, more nourished and healthy place for us all.

People would ask ‘How did you lose the weight?” Nourish my body and nurture my mind. “Do you exercise more?” No, if anything I exercise less to reduce the stress on my body and allow it to heal. “Are you doing Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and the like?” No, I am changing my habits and biohacking what is right for my body. “So what do you eat?” I just eat real food. For those who were aware of Changing Habits, “Have you done the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol?” No, I read the book ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives’ and imagine what the possibilities are when I do start the protocol! I changed one small thing at a time; there are no quick fixes, no diets, no magic pills, just working towards being the best version of myself. To date, November 2015, I have released 38kgs over two years, I am discovering who I truly am and I am healthier than I have ever been in my life!

Inspiring you to nourish yourself towards healing and self-discovery!

Changing Habits

 

Moments in May

Things have been a bit quiet lately here on the blog but I can tell you it has been far from quiet for me. I have so many thoughts racing around my head I just need to slow down and write them out and to share them with you all.

So what have I been up to?

I attended my first MINDD Forum on 15-17 May in Sydney. These three days have awakened me to just how much we as a society have caused damage to not just ourselves, but also our future generations. I am still processing all that I learnt from the amazing speakers and researchers at the MINDD Forum so I will pop my take home messages from MINDD into future blog posts. I have learnt so much and have had many aha moments, particularly on my own health. I got a chance to meet Alexx Stuart in person and l loved listening to Alexx talk about Discovery not Deprivation and taste test her delicious turmeric cinnamon custard and berry jelly. Plus I got to reconnect with old friends from Awaken the Change Within Retreat and make new friends! For a fantastic overview listen to the recent Up For a Chat podcast where Kim and Cyndi chat about what they took away from the MINDD Forum. I have already popped the dates for next year’s MINDD Forum in my calendar, can’t wait for Dr Kelly Brogan!

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I visited the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo in Homebush, Sydney. No I am not pregnant, rather a close girl friend of mine is pregnant and we spent the day together checking out the expo. It was a eye-opener in a very different way, especially as I now have my simple living filters on. Think of the Guilty Mum segment from ABC The Checkout. All the different products shoved under our noses touting as the next best thing we can’t live without as mothers. It was a very different experience compared to when I went three years ago as a mum-to-be. It was great to see a few eco-friendly products and organic personal care ranges popping up, however disappointing on the lack of cloth nappy stalls that were present. When I attended previously there was a great selection of cloth nappies displayed, perfect for new parents to check out what is out there. I found a stainless steel baby bottle range that looked promising until they demonstrated the self-warming feature; a single-use sachet of a chemical substance that heats up once added to water. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t come in contact with my child’s food, I simply don’t want that chemical substance any where near me thank you, not to mention that you can only buy that substance from that particular company only. The highlight of the day was seeing my son smile with delight as his favourite characters Ben and Holly from The Little Kingdom performed on stage. Big people, big people!

I had a ball volunteering at Changing Habits Day with Cyndi in Sydney on 23 May. Read more about my Day with Cyndi here.

From the MINDD Forum’s many aha moments I am following up with a holistic General Practitioner some underlying symptoms, many of which I have had since I was a teenager, which relate back to my theory that the reason I developed Postpartum Psychosis has something to do with nutrient deficiencies. I am waiting on a raft of test results to come back to see if my hunch was right! Keep you posted.

With all this new information coming in I am taking the time to process it all and absorb this knowledge in ways that can improve my health. I also continue to study the Twenty8 Health and Lifestyle Educator Program, furthering my education and working on my homework each week.

The universe has been speaking to me a lot late, almost to the point of yelling. Some new opportunities have presented to me and I am releasing my urge to control everything and to just enjoy the process and see where the universe leads me. I am putting plans in place to undertake some TAFE studies in semester 2 this year. I am networking with new opportunities to put myself out there as a Twenty8 Health and Lifestyle Educator, such as being apart of the Member’s Appreciation day at my local gym and working together with a friend from the gym who just so happens to be an new Intimo Representative.

So things have been a tad busy, and it has been enjoyable although slightly tiring. I am grateful for my family supporting me during this time, particularly as I have not been on the ball as much as usual around our home or being as present as I would normally due to either being lost in a myriad of thoughts or a daze of tiredness. I am taking the time to slow down, rest and recharge so that I can better look after myself, so that I then I can better look after my family and those around me. What have you been up to lately?

 

Rebuilding from the inside out

My life had crashed down around me and I was literally left holding the baby. I never heard of Postpartum Psychosis, let alone heard of anyone getting through the ordeal, so I was left floundering for answers why. Why had it happened to me?

As I searched the net reading stories of other women and their experiences I discovered Rebuild from Depression. It struck a cord with me as I had a idea that part of the reason as to why I developed Postpartum Psychosis was that I was deficient in some sort of nutrient or vitamin or mineral, and that giving birth had depleted what little of this something I had left thus tipping me over the edge. I was focused on Omega 3 as I already knew that I had a fatty acid deficiency with having ‘chicken’ skin since I was a teenager. I knew from my university studies that researchers were starting to investigate fish oil tablets as a treatment for depression. I read the free chapter on ‘Deficits in a World of Plenty’ from Rebuild from Depression on how deficiencies in Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, B12, B6 and folic acid are implicated in depression. This catapulted me to find more information about nutrition in our modern world.

Through blog hopping I stumbled across Changing Habits and loved the philosophy around nutrition, eating real food and making simple healthy changes in our lives. I borrowed the Changing Habits book from the library and was transfixed with the knowledge it contained and presented in simple chapter by chapter achievable changes.

I started small and simple, one change at a time to help rebuild me, to give my body what it needed to heal, all the while educating myself more on what what my body needed to heal from Postpartum Psychosis. I absorbed as much as I could through Cyndi at Changing  Habits, I attended the one day Changing Habits workshop in March  2014, and with dedication listened to everyone of the Up for a Chat podcasts, following up the said books, other podcasts, and influential people that sparked inspiration in me.

Following Changing Habits and Up for a Chat, I attended the Awaken the Change Within Retreat 2014. This concept of rebuilding resonated with me during a session with James Colquhoun from Food Matters who recorded a live Up for a Chat podcast with us during the retreat. Thinking about how your body builds a child James talked about how he and his wife prepared to become pregnant, rather than to wait and see when they will fall pregnant. James talked how he and his wife sought expert advice on hormones, and began eating a more ancient diet like fermented foods, liver, bone broths, and other traditional foods which was different to how they were currently eating a cleansing, vegan/vegetarian diet. James’s philosophy was ‘What is the best way to make a baby?’. We face a lot of problems with nutrition these days, and there is no way we can not be exposed to chemicals. This is a huge challenge facing humanity, an epidemic of health. James believes that if we get preconception, gestation and the first 6 years of a child’s life right you can set up a child for a new future, not a degeneration of the species from poor nutrition. James mentioned Dr Cate‘s Deep Nutrition book where she studied facial shapes of women who have births too close together don’t allow body to regenerate between birth so amount of nutrients available to subsequent children is diminished and they show signs of degeneration of species. James believes that there are ways to eat and live to regain and pass on that legacy of being as healthy as possible to people.

I now am rebuilding my self inside and out, piece by piece, cell by cell, mouthful by mouthful and thought by thought. I am nourishing my body with the goodness it needs. I am at peace with the idea I do not have to ‘rush’ to have another baby to have the ideal age gap between my children. The more time I take to heal my body now the better the outcome will be for me and my family. Though I do not know if a better diet and lifestyle will act as a prevention to Postpartum Psychosis, I certainly feel better for eating real foods and living a slower, simpler, less stress lifestyle and that has to be good!

 

Changing Habits 21 Step Reset

Investment in myself

As part of my journey in health I am investing in myself and in a months time I will begin the Twenty8 Health and Lifestyle Education (HLE) Program by the amazing Kim Morrison. The Twenty8 HLE Program is a nationwide training program aimed at improving the health and wellness of the individual, their family and community through the use of essential oils and ritualised aromatherapy practices.

At the Awaken the Change Within retreat 2014 I came away feeling empowered. I love everything about Twenty8 and Kim’s philosophy about self-care and rituals with essential oils. At ATCW retreat I was entranced by Kim’s passion for wholistic wellness, and her ability to talk endlessly about the benefits of essential oils and chemical free living. One of the sessions got me really thinking, invest in my self. Don’t make excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t have the money”, just make the decision and the universal business will sort out the rest. If you want to change careers, do it. If you want to go back to school and study, do it. If you want to start your own business, do it. I really wanted to be apart of the HLE program so that weekend I signed up on the spot.

In preparation for the start of the HLE program in March 2015, I recently received my parcels of Twenty8 goodness, beautifully wrapped and smelling divine with Immune Boost essential oil.

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Twenty8 parcels delivered to my door

  • Complete set of essential oil synergy blends
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Twenty8 Synergy Blends

  • Complete Age-Defying Skincare Kit
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Twenty8 Skincare Kit

  • Complete Body Boost Pack
  • Oil Vaporiser
  • Like Chocolate for Women top selling book

I am so excited to be learning and growing more and to be joining the fantastic Twenty8 team!

 

All about that bass

I’m bringing booty back
Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches Hey
No, I’m just playing I know you think you’re fat,
But I’m here to tell you that,
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

I’m bringing booty back. I am kicking butt with my weight loss and have reached my next goal – my wedding weight!

Looking back I thought I was destined to continue to put on weight. Year by year since high school the weight slowly crept up. No matter what I tried, what diet I was consuming and how hard I exercised the weight kept piling on. Controlling portion size, low-fat everything, chromium tablets to control sugar cravings, slim shakes, appointments with nutritionists, the list goes on. Clothes became smaller and tighter gradually till I reluctantly gave in to the next size up. I had this image of myself as massive, always bigger than the rest of the girls.

Despite training hard with a PT to look toned and terrific on my big day, my wedding weight to me was huge, the biggest I had ever been. And the weight continued to increase gradually after we were married till I was bigger still. A few years later I then fell pregnant, a guaranteed weight gain. My doctor advised me for my size a weight gain of 10-12kgs was acceptable. I freaked as I had heard stories of other women gaining up to 30kgs whilst pregnant. I wasn’t happy with my body before getting pregnant and seeing my belly grow made me uncomfortable, even though I knew I was growing a beautiful baby. I was reluctant to have photos taken of me while I was pregnant due my feelings of unease with my size.

After the birth I think was on track with the acceptable weight gain. I thought once the baby was born my body would bounce back, that breast-feeding would help me to lose the baby weight. I had this idea floating around my head that I could be a yummy mummy and get back to my high school weight quickly after birth. I was itching to get back to the gym days after getting home from the hospital.

The ideas racing around my head was the calm before the storm of psychosis. With psychosis came the unpleasant side effect of anti-psychotic medication induced weight gain. I ballooned in a short space of time from the olanzapine, gaining even more stretch marks than what I had got from being pregnant. The munchies from olanzapine were terrible, chocolate was my weakness to the point where my husband had to restrict what money I was given when I was in the mental health unit as I would spend it all on the vending machine rather than my computer access. I have been told I was constantly seeking food when I was hospitalised, I had food squirrelled away in my room, was one of the first patients to line up for meal time or assist stocking the fridge each morning and I even pinched other patients food at times.

Once home from hospital I emotionally ate my through my recovery. If I was bored I ate, if I was depressed I ate, if I was procrastinating I ate. Food numbed the pain, food was a way to escape dealing with the reality that I had a psychotic episode. My diet consisted primarily of wheat and dairy – wash, rinse, repeat.

Around July 2013 I hit my heaviest point. None of my clothes fit, it was a struggle to walk up the stairs whilst carrying my son, and I felt uncomfortable within myself. I was searching for answers as to why I developed Postpartum Psychosis. As I researched I found Changing Habits and gradually began to implement slow changes to my diet and lifestyle from December 2013. I reached my first goal of pre-pregnancy weight in November 2014. I had lost the same amount of weight as my son weighed currently. It was like a Biggest Loser moment when the contestants carry a back pack of the weight they used to be as a reminder of their previous self, except I was carrying my son.

In about 14 months I have lost over 25kgs, reaching a goal I did not think possible, my wedding weight in February 2015. People have started to notice the changes, asking me what I have been doing, and how have I lost the weight. I have received gracious comments like my eyes are brighter and more open, I am walking with confidence and that I am looking younger. Some people are not recognising me at first glance, even Cyndi O’Meara in November 2014 at the Awaken the Change Within retreat did not realise I was the same person she had met in March 2014 at the Changing Habits One Day Workshop. I feel better within myself and have noticed I no longer look puffy, the weight is falling off evenly and I have more energy. Though I may be the same weight as when I married my sweetheart, my body is a different shape than before particularly as this body has given birth to my beautiful son. I can look back now and see that I wasn’t huge in my wedding photos, I was a stunning bride that brought a tear to the groom’s eye.

Because it’s all about the bass. Next goal: High school weight!

Changing Habits

Winning Streak

Last year I was was on a winning streak. Competitions pop up on Facebook all the time and I usually just ignore them. But I thought to myself ‘What have a got to lose?’. Writing 25 words or less is not going to hurt me and liking a post/page is simple. And guess what! I won, not just once but four times. I had an amazing year scattered with unexpected prizes.

From KitchenAid I won a double pass to Cake Bake Sweets Sydney Show in March 2014. I got to spend an amazing day out with my close girl friend exploring everything baking and so many cakes! We got to meet the amazing Jo Richardson from KitchenAid, try a Alcohol Infused Breakfast Shot Cake Pop (think bacon, gatorade, maple syrup and whiskey mixed together) from the Pick your Poison Girls  and see Adriano Zumbo from a distance throwing macaroons to the crowd.

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Macarons

In August 2014 I won a $50 voucher for Intimo Lingerie thanks to Carren’s Couch  podcast Episode 18.  I got this beautiful bra, the colour is exquisite and it is a perfect fit despite not having tried it on. I had been wanting to give Intimo a try since listening to the Up For a Chat podcast about Cathy’s story. I can’t wait till I next need to purchase a bra!

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Intimo Bra

From TriNature Lifestyle I won a double pass to Better Home and Gardens Show Sydney in September 2014. I was grateful for a simple day out with the family and my son enjoyed a train ride. Thinking it was a renovation style expo we were pleasantly surprised with the show and spent a lot longer than planned not even making it to all the stalls. We found many things that had been on our wish list like a salt lamp, Amazing Oils Magnesium oils, my long lost favourite strawberry and apple jam, and new sun glasses. We also reacquainted ourselves with our favourite wine man Gordo who now is with Tamburlane Organic Wines!

Recently in December 2014 I won a Headspace Meditation 3 month subscription from Postpartum Progress. I first heard about Headspace through the Up for a Chat podcast with Tim and Ness and the relationship with self. After listening to the podcast I downloaded the app (look for white background with an orange circle) and it sat in my phone. Whilst I was away at Awaken the Change Within Retreat, my sister borrowed a book from the library, loved it and passed it on to me. It was Headspace by Andy Puddicombe. A few weeks later I was reading Postpartum Progress and there was Headspace calling out to me. Over the next three months I will embark on path to mindfulness, I will keep you posted how it goes.

Thanks to competitions my life has been enriched though great days out, trying out amazing products and now I am learning about mindfulness. So next time you see a competition pop up in your news-feed, give it a go, you never know where it may lead you!

 

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