Body Confidence Squad Goals

SQUAD GOALS!

There is a dark side to social media. As much as I love it, this is the reality. FEMPOWER however, challenge this and are the ultimate #girlsquad.

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@whatroseyate and I being ‘FEMPOWERED’ 💪

It is so important to remember that most of the time, people like to portray the best parts of their lives on social media… The best images (#guilty), the best angles (you know, take 50 selfies, keep and post the ‘best’ one) and the best experiences. You scroll through Instagram and see picture after picture of model-type women (and men) with ‘perfect’ physiques. This is something I can appreciate because I like to follow a number of #strong and ‘fitspo’ women who work hard for their physiques but it is also concerning for myself and other women, teenagers and girls because I know there are times when I compare myself to them. I feel concerned for my younger, impressionable sisters and nieces that they too will face it and believe they must look a certain way instead of loving themselves for who they are, what they look like and importantly, what they can achieve.

 

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Yesterday I attended an Empowering Women’s event at the beautiful Lorna Jane Active Living Room in Covent Garden, London. Melissa Weldon, founder of FEMPOWER, led the panel which included Philippa Lewis from the Be Real Campaign. Five courageous women shared their personal experiences and growth stories, all in relation to abolishing negative body image beliefs and empowering women to believe that they are in fact, ‘enough’. These ladies had unique stories and looking around the room (and reading Instagram posts), you could see that the remaining 4o women in the audience were touched and inspired in some way by the panelists.

Melissa Weldon then led a killer HIIT workout in Saint Martin’s Courtyard… The tunes were pumping, the FEMPOWER squad were joining in, dancing and cheering us all on. My legs feel like jelly today! It was SO.MUCH.FUN and an incredibly supportive atmosphere. After some alcoholic beverages the night before, it was a great way to help shake off a hangover too. 😉

Everyone left with goodie bags, FITTY boxes, a Protein Haus smoothie and some with a Bol salad. Ahhhmaaazing! The goodie bags were incredible! Take a look… I am set for a while!

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The best thing was that all proceeds went to the Be Real Campaign charity. One of the areas Be Real focuses on is educating people from a young age; their aim is for children to have a “body confident start to life”. As a teacher, a big sister, an aunty and hopefully a future mum, this made my heart sing.

Job well done to Lorna Jane UK for walking the talk with your move, nourish, believe philosophy, to FEMPOWER & Be Real for inspiring women like myself to accept that we are enough.

Links:

FEMPOWER: http://www.fempoweruk.com

Be Real: http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk

Lorna Jane UK: https://www.lornajane.co.uk

Lorna Jane Aus: https://www.lornajane.com.au

 

 

3 THINGS TO DO IN BRIGHTON

A ‘must do’ when you are in the U.K is put aside some time for a trip to Brighton. If you’re from Australia, think Byron Bay/Manly (QLD)/a ‘show’ (Ekka comes to mind)… yep, the Ekka!

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1. Stroll through Brighton Open Market.

There is plenty of bric-a-brac, antiques and collectables. Kurt was like a kid in a candy shop when he spotted a Tin-Tin book which is now sitting on his book shelf! Thankfully we ventured to Brighton with a British friend who was able to lead the way. Otherwise, I’m certain we would never have stumbled across it ourselves.

2. Visit Choccywoccydoodah

I L.O.V.E chocolate and this shop is a chocolate lover’s dream! Their bespoke cakes sitting in their windows are exquisite, intricate and just a glimpse of what is on show inside. I couldn’t help but feel I was observing a scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Word of warning: it gets busy!

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3. Plan a trip to the pier

This pier is unlike any other I’ve seen before and I have seen a few! It is an experience in itself.  Dodgem cars, a bucking bull, a Merry-Go-Round, countless rides, a game arcade, hot dog stands and deck chairs to sit back, relax and admire the view of the ocean meeting the pebbly beach. It was typical, grey English weather for our visit but it sure felt amazing to be near the beach again!

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While you’re near the beach go and dip your toes into the water. Or, if you’re brave, go for a swim and enjoy a cold beverage on a Summer’s day at one of the many bars along the waterfront. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy ‘people-watching’ here.

 Also, there are so many bohemian and quaint looking cafes and buildings. Get lost, pick a cafe and enjoy a good cup of coffee.