Advanced Diploma Financial Planning, Cert IV Finance Broker (Mortgage Broker), Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Cert IV Health & Fitness (Personal Trainer)

Welcome to Essentially Inspired! This website is my little piece of internet real estate!  It's where I share my passion for natural health, essential oils, vegan eating, yoga, meditation and positive thinking! Although be warned, I do tend to have a wry spin and a dry humour!

I was never the healthiest person. In fact I was pretty much the epitome of poor health. Before Dave (my awesome hubby) came into my world, I survived on coffee for breakfast, Red Bull for lunch and wine for dinner. I snacked on cigarettes (if you can call that kind of volume "snacking"). Yuk! I blame Sex and the City - Carrie totes made it look cool!

When I met Dave it was genuinely a case of opposites attract! He ate clean (or what that used to mean a decade ago - you know steamed broccoli and chicken breast, no dairy and no gluten etc), he hardly ever drank alcohol and he went to the gym TWICE a day. EVERY DAY. And no one was forcing him to!

Anyway - despite all his obvious flaws (lol see what I did there?) we fell in love. I would love to say that I immediately learned from his amazing example and changed my ways. Sadly I cannot. I had to learn the hard way.

I have experienced multiple health issues (some autoimmune related, others anxiety related) - I won't go into them here (I mean we only just met) but no doubt they'll come up throughout our time together (get me blogging and it's all out there!). I found (seriously don't get too shocked now) that what you eat and how you look after yourself on a self-care level is one of the biggest influences on how you feel. I know revolutionary right?

I am being a little bit tongue in cheek here because Dave spent years trying to tell me that I could feel better if I just looked after myself better. If I ate differently, slept more, exercised etc. I, of course knew better. Nothing was fixing me that easily! Anyway, don't tell him I said this - but he may actually have been onto something there.... 

I have come a long way from the girl I described at the top of the page and I am still evolving. I have recently made the leap from vegetarian to vegan and I am learning to cook in new and exciting ways (one of my absolute favourite things to do in life). I am obsessed with essential oils, natural health solutions and trying to reduce my toxic load. I am also all about trying to find some calm and quiet (in my mind). I am a working mum with 2 kiddies (Max who is 8 and Chloe who is nearly 2) - they are adorable and challenging.

My guilty pleasures include watching The Real Housewives of.... (Everywhere- seriously. Every. Single. One.), Pinot Grigio (although now it usually accompanies food rather than encompassing the entire meal) and curling up with a good book.

I am pleased to meet you ;-) I look forward to sharing my journey with you here and of course on social media. Feel free to chat, comment and get involved!