In my previous post I started to speak about menstrual education, an area of schooling I think we can all agree that we’ve seen lacking.
I think that any dedicated session talking about menstruation and focusing on destigmatisation is fantastic, highlighting that this is normal and not shameful and is clearly going to have a huge impact on what is taken away from it.
The thing that is tricky after living with a period for so many years is that you sort of forget just how little you knew, things that sound glaringly obvious to us now were not always a given.
I’ve never really done the whole new years resolution thing, goal setting (and sticking to said goals) is not a strong point in my personal life.
However, this year I’m giving it a go, mostly in the form of goals for myself, but with one resolution; this year I am going to learn to be kinder to myself.
This wasn’t something I intended on writing about here, but I’m kinda proud of myself so here we are.
If you’ve seen much of anything on my blog you’ll know how strongly I feel about period positivity – and that, for me is mirrored in all things girls are brought up to feel ashamed about.
Periods, body image, sexuality and our body hair (among others obviously) are all things that we learn to surround with shame and silence, where they should be topics coloured with conversation and choice. Read more
This time two years ago I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to do with my life.
I had finished high school, my exams were done and I’d graduated, but I still had no idea what I wanted to do next.
I knew I’d go to university, I knew I didn’t want to take a gap year, but as for what I’d actually study… I had absolutely no clue. Read more
Well, it happened.
Today is my 20th birthday.
Not quite sure how this happened.
I mean, obviously it was coming, but now it’s here.
There’s something that always feels so final to me about turning a year older, which is odd because literally nothing is changing.
But I’m officially in my twenties now, which is insane to me. Read more
Seattle artist Dani Dodge (@studiododge) is the creator of 100 Vaginas, creating vulva art each day for 100 days from April this year.
Starting as way to help her show more love to herself, her body and to shed sexual shame, Dani created and shared 100 pieces, showcasing the diversity and beauty of the female anatomy. Read more
Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to sit down with Adelaide Hills local and bodybuilder Ashleigh Leedham. We chatted all about her journey in bodybuilding from how she got started, her training, diet and what it’s like to compete as a bodybuilder. Ashleigh gave a lot of insight into her experience with body image and dealing with her body changing in and out of competition, which I think everyone can take something away from, regardless of your fitness regime.
Her commitment and love for what she is doing is inspiring to witness, and shines through, even in the hour I spent with her. Her journey really shows that if you find something you’re passionate about it won’t ever feel like a chore.
I also got the chance to take some photos of Ashleigh in action to create a photo story, pairing with just a small fraction of my interview with her.
Ashleigh is also a personal trainer, based in Mount Barker and you can find out more about her and inquire about training with her via her Facebook and Instagram pages.
I hope you found Ashleigh to be as insightful as I did and enjoyed this new way of presenting an interview on my blog!