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Events, My Wheel Life

Becoming Cosmopolitan’s “Game Changer” Women of the Year

It still feels surreal, and even though I have this gorgeous shiny award sitting on my desk reminding me of the incredible day that was the Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards, I still feel like I need to pinch myself.

2016 was by far one of the most challenging years for so many of us, but to be recognized along side some of the most remarkable women in Australia really made the testing times feel worth it.

Just a few days before the awards I was taken to hospital as my health had been rapidly declining due to me pushing myself so much throughout the year but somehow I managed to battle through it and get on that plane to Sydney.

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There is no other person in the world that I could imagine having by my side for this event than my mother. After all, it’s been her strength and determination that has help create the women that I am today.

We arrived at our tiny little apartment that couldn’t be further from “wheel chair accessible”, and although mum was having a fit, I just laughed it off as given the days before hand, for me it just felt good actually being able to even be there (in Sydney).

Somehow we managed to get a spray tan in our room by the amazing Colour Me Bronze, who was so patient with me as being able to stand up for the tan was a huge challenge given that my blood pressure was so low due to being sick.

We were up bright and early for hair and makeup – I decided to actually treat myself and not do my own for a change, and then it was time to slip into the stunning dress that was gifted to me by the incredibly generous team at Thurley.

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It’s not often I get to frock up and feel glamorous but as this event was all about feeling empowered, I’m a big believer that with the right outfit, a women can take over the world, and that is exactly how I felt.

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Off we went as we experienced our first ride in an Uber to the Centennial Gardens and as we pulled up I my heart almost jumped out of my chest, as the first person I saw was Bethany Hamilton!

Bethany has been a women I’ve admired since my injury as she survived the most grueling shark attack whilst surfing and she has since gone on to inspire so many of us with the power of using her experience to create a positive influence and prove that we are not what has happened to us but we are who we choose to be.

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Never one to shy away from being star struck I quickly raced up to Bethany and told her how brilliant she is (crazy fan girl moment) and made sure I got a snap with her.

Then it was truly time to sit back and take it all in.

I had never been to the Centennial Gardens before, let alone be surrounded by so many positive influences so I felt it only normal to feel a little overwhelmed. People were introducing themselves to me and telling similar things to what I was telling Bethany, but they were saying it about me?

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It wasn’t until this moment that I have ever really felt like I have made a big impact on people as I just go about my life the only way I know how. I take each day as it comes, and not all of those days are good ones. It has never once came into my mind that I wouldn’t be using my experience to help others, it’s what I’ve always done as that is what I watched my mother and great grandmother do. For me, what I am doing isn’t a job; I don’t get paid for it. It’s just my way of life.

We took our places at our gorgeously decorated table opposite Samantha Harris (Super Model) and Bonnie Sveen (Actress) and were serenaded by none other then the incredibly talented Koi Boys. These guys are not just absolute hunks but they are hilarious and my tummy was hurting from laughing so much.IMG_8798

I kept looking around the room putting faces to names as I had followed so many of the other nominated women’s stories. The love in the room was so apparent as every single woman here today had her own story and it was one that was having an impact on all of us.

I truly cannot thank each and every one of you that took the time out of their busy days to vote for me. This day was unlike any other and one I will remember for the rest of my life!

I have to give the biggest shootout to Australian Designer Thurley for gifting me the gorgeous dress I wore for the occasion and to the the beautiful Rebecca Hayes from OneTwo Agency for making the dress happen!

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Health & Fitness, My Wheel Life

My Vitamin Checklist

I never realised just how possible it was to be so in-tune with your body until I became a quadriplegic.

After sustaining my spinal cord injury I was quickly put on a ridiculous amount of medications for pain, for muscle spasms, for bladder control, for sleep, for just about anything and every thing you could think of. Continue Reading

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Events, My Wheel Life

It’s good for your soul

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and what better way to bid the year farewell then to enjoy something that will replenish your soul whilst we welcome spring with open arms!

Welcoming Melbourne’s beautiful Spring weather, Soul Star brings together a holistic and spiritual festival packaged in a fun, entertaining and super cool experience that will be held at Laurens Hall in North Melbourne on Thursday 24 November, 2016.

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A touch of magic, My Wheel Life

An open letter to the full moon

A full moon happens roughly every 28 days and it is the perfect opportunity for us to release things that are no longer serving us but also give thanks that they once did.

The moon, being the closest astronomical body to Earth, has a profound effect on us. It represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives and can impact everything from our habits to our personalities.

Tonight I am starting a new journey that is to not just pop my crystals out for cleansing under the full moon, but to embrace the new moon and set intentions, wishes and begin to manifest each and every single one of them.

I think we can all agree this year is proving to be a difficult one for many, and for me personally and professionally it has felt like an enormous test. But a couple of months ago I finally put together a vision board that is directly in view of my bed and it is the first and last thing I see each day. Low and behold one by one in such a short time, many of my visions have started to come true.

So to add to my power of manifestation, tonight I am writing my letter to the full moon asking for its support in what I am about to release and what I am wishing for both for myself and others as I close my eyes and think of what it feels like to already have them, and here is what I am asking:
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