About

Welcome to my hub of Soulful Fitness for Women!

If you want to celebrate the beauty and nourishment of health as a way of living and being – without the obsessive tracking, diets, hustle and bustle, unsustainable choices, or “fitspiration” – you’re in the right place.

We focus on sustainable, long term and slow but full food, fitness and living. We’re not about breathing down your neck to tell you whether you should choose brown or white rice, nor whether you should follow this fitness trend or that.

We’re about whole foods, sustainable fitness and long term health and joy with real world impact.

We see many women and men suffering and we created this space to deepen our journey and relationship with food, bodies, minds, habits, and healthier lifestyles – which do not starve the body, mind or spirit in any way shape or form.

We see health as WHOLE-istic: a whole body-mind-spirit experience; not one without the other, but the whole to be nurtured.

There’s great wisdom found in tuning into our bodies and minds, our intuition, and our values, actions and visions for our lives, and we’re here to facilitate. Starting here, with holistic health and mindset first, we make life shift.

It’s not just body positivity, it’s every piece – it’s whole being positivity. We’re not imperfect, we’re human. And we love that.

We don’t have all the answers, but we agree to seek, question, learn, grow, work, evolve, and give as we dive in.

We embrace uncertainty and our diverse experiences of this beautiful life.

 

The journey here…

…in the middle of the night, Miss Clavel turned on her light and said “Something is not right!”

In 2014, something was quite wrong.

Most of my life, I’d been healthy, with a reasonably good relationship with food and few health issues… bar that “rebellious” relationship with junk food I developed in my teen years when I wasn’t my healthiest. But in 2009, I dropped the crap and lost 10kgs. With the help of my now husband, I became fitter than I’d been all my life and built a strong foundation. I saw the positive impact it was having on me (I finally loved my butt and felt confident in my skin), which made 2014 a harder hit. “Wasn’t I healthier than ever!?”

In late 2014, I began a new job and with it I started a journey into deep malaise. I experienced what I call my dark ages. I had constant bloatedness, fatigue, aches, dizziness, and sickness that made work agonising and social events something I avoided. I would drive home from work wishing I could snap my fingers and arrive in my bed, so that I didn’t have to experience the pain any longer. I had brain fog that made everything harder than it had to be, and soon enough panic attacks started coming to the surface. I wondered if I had skipped forward 50 years.

With time off not being an option, it was time to dig deeper.

I sought help, with question marks hanging over my head for a year plus afterwards. Test results came back without as much as a smidge of sickness in sight, which only confounded me more. The only diagnosis I could understand was ‘IBS.’

Being involved and having read about food issues for years, in 2015 I was led by my hubby to approach a real food nutritionist who specialised in food sensitivities. With her help, I realised that I wasn’t listening to my body’s messages even though they were painting a picture for me. I was fighting everything my body threw at me; see ‘Feel like your body is failing you?‘ The fact that I thought it was against me was a part of the puzzle.

My nutritionist gave me the tools to tune in and start the journey to accepting my reality: I had food sensitivities coupled with chronic stress and it was time to heal my gut starting by introducing life-changing low FODMAP foods (I hesitate to say ‘diet’).

Without a history of any of this, it surprised me, but something, at last, started being right.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anais Nin

Working with my nutritionist was just the beginning of my healing journey.

In late 2016, I finally felt like myself again – I was jumping off the walls even higher than before (most of the time…) – and it didn’t just happen by getting the body right and questioning health as I knew it. I had to go ALL IN: readjusting the fuel I was feeding my body, mind, and spirit.

I freed myself of most digestive issues and the dark ages after some hard yakka. I put together the pieces I knew were missing with the help of experts. I drank bone broth and probiotics. I worked with a body worker with healing massage, to shift my body and creativity blocks (helping to end a SEVEN YEAR LONG creative drought!). I spoke with counsellors, spent time outdoors hiking and time alone, shifted jobs and locations, dived into what scared me, and made meditation, art and writing daily, or at least weekly, essentials – all the while stitching together the quilt I have before me.

Bit by bit I learnt I was never broken into the shards I thought I was, but this process would take time.

I’ve often wondered “who am I to share this story or write these programs?” – because I don’t doubt it will be the last journey of this kind. But I am not ashamed of that. We’re humans navigating challenges every day. We’re rarely finished and we never “arrive.”

I don’t claim to have the answers to health troubles and I don’t claim to be cured. Like you, I am navigating my way and I am grateful to be able to share my story and, with it, my learnings thanks to the healers in my life. It would be a shame not to.

I am deeply grateful and, as crass as it sounds, I like to see others courageously tackling their “shadows” head on too.

We’re not minds in isolation of our bodies, or bodies in isolation of our minds. Nor are we spirits living in isolation of our minds or bodies. We’re living, sentient beings connected to others and we need every piece because nothing is in isolation. Connected, we thrive.

 

A little more about me…

I will tell you something that means more to me than my labels: That’s my impact on your journey.

I am passionate about showing you some of the maps you could use to live your healthiest, strongest life with courage and power. There’s nothing quite like offering a perspective that makes your head tilt and your lights come on. It’s not just you that I have in mind to help. I know the positive changes that you as an individual can create for your loved ones, families, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, even your barista. You have the power to make a difference in your own life, and many others. But it has to start with you.

As a nurturer by nature, this feels like my mission. I genuinely care (often too much) and I always want to step it up a level with you. I am your pocket rocket compadre who listens, cares and loves to experience the courage within you… Either that, or I’ll just make you laugh at my silly nature (it’s more obvious in real life).

After taking the journey to heal my mind and body, it’s my mission to share my voice and open space for you to start or dive deeper into your own.

I know anxiety, depression, stress, digestive issues, body pangs, and the pressures of our world because I’ve been there. I’m in it now. And though I feel on top of the world some days, I am still in the trenches with you. That only enhances my confidence in the importance of wholefoods and sustainable health choices. This is the life I chose for many good reasons. And it isn’t just for you and I. It’s for our loved ones and compadres, and the little ones too. We each have an enormous impact on our world, and though that can at times be confronting, my desire is to share just how beautiful it really is.

I love to see you light up, because we need more of that in our world.

If you asked me “who” I am, I wouldn’t know what label to give you.

I’m a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified coach studying towards my PT certificate (Cert III & IV). I sometimes wonder if I’m only doing it all for the food – but it’s an unshakeable love story with many thanks to my upbringing and award-winning PT hubby Freeman’s Fitness! After spending all my life by the bush, it’s no wonder I’m an outdoor enthusiast, avid hiker and volunteer firefighter too. I’m an award-winning Australian creative (artist, photographer and writer), First Class Honours graduate and digital marketer by trade. Need I say it, I put my heart into everything I do. See proof.