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Thriving with joy in your heart. Dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Breathing in the fresh salty air.
This is what it means to be alive. Connected, happy and healthy.
It feels potent, exhilarating and damn good!
My name is Ali and I’m all about living your grandest, most dream-worthy life. Mediocre and ‘just fine’ doesn’t cut it around here. In fact, they can beat it quite frankly.
I’m a certified Health and Life Coach and I want you to feel alive — often. Not just on holidays or when Mother Nature puts on a spectacle.
I want you to feel alive every single day, from now until forever.
Sounds a bit like a marriage proposal, doesn’t it? Well it kinda is, in a way. It’s you making a commitment to you (sign the certificate here!)
So let’s make a deal. Let’s devote ourselves to experiencing this life with our eyes wide open, our hearts ready to receive and our minds uncluttered of all the nonsense.
There’s no turning back now. Life will be cranked up to FULL volume (sister’s word!)
So what’s my story?
Well to be honest, life wasn’t always this way. I use to live a life that was all about: Survival.
“If I can only make it to the end of the day, then everything will be ok.”
“If I can just keep smiling and nodding my head, this will pass soon.”
“If I can push on a little more, I will be happy.”
And the clincher:
“Surely there is more than this.”
But that realisation came a little too late. After years and years of pushing, in 2013 I pushed myself to breaking point.
I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue for not the first time, but the second time in my life. I was in year 11 studying manically for exams when I was first diagnosed (yes, a major interruption!).
Then almost two years ago, I was all too familiar with the signs. I was waking up exhausted and hitting the pillow depleted of every ounce of energy, my body heavy and beyond lethargic. A ten-minute walk would have me in bed the rest of the day and my brain was in a constant state of thick fog.
I couldn’t think straight. I didn’t feel like ‘me’ anymore. Everything was so friggin’ hard. All.Of.The.Time.
I had been a PE and Health teacher for more than eight years and always enjoyed my work, but it was taking its toll.
I am an all in or nothing kinda girl – immersion is my steady way of controlling this big unpredictable life – but it hasn’t always worked in my favour.
Fours years ago I was rocked to my core. My mum had passed away and instead of taking time out, I took a leave of absence for two weeks and then returned back to work where I did what I knew best: I pushed on through and kept on pushing.
See the pattern?
So do I, with crystal clarity now.
Life looks very different these days. Yes I am still learning (and am devoted to growing with each and every lesson), but my awareness is magnified and I am living a balanced and incredibly happy life these days focused on serving my needs.
Today I thrive on life.
Through my personal experiences of pain, heartache, and utter exhaustion, I have learnt what it means to practice self-care and to live larger than you ever thought possible.
Chronic fatigue brought me to my knees but it also cracked me wide open to a new way of living, which brings me here today.
In early 2013, I decided to bite the bullet and follow a calling (the type that niggles until you give it the attention it deserves). I began my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, something I had been dreaming about for a very long time.
With the news of chronic fatigue’s return, I decided to scale back on teaching – part time at first and then gradually less and less – to focus wholeheartedly on my health.
This was the best decision I ever made.
These days, I no longer teach in schools but rather coach and mentor women who are overwhelmed, exhausted and burnt out – just like I was.
I trained with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy in 2015 and now use my own lived experiences to help you to feel excited and energised by life again. Through carefully trialled and applied tips, strategies and simple routines focused on your health and wellbeing, we start small.
We nourish your body with real wholesome foods that make you feel uplifted, move your body in ways that honour how you are feeling each day and learn how to silence the mean girl that lives inside your head.
We work together to change the way you are currently treating yourself, making self-care your number one priority. Always.
Because this life is so beautiful and it would be a disservice to not experience it fully awake and alive, as the best possible version of you.
I want your eyes to sparkle with delight. Your skin to glow effervescently, and your heart to hum with mad excitement for whatever is to come next!
And what makes me different you ask?
I coach from a place of experience and I practice what I preach.
That you can create the life you have always dreamed of.
That true happiness comes from within.
That you deserve to be fit, happy and healthy — all of the time.
That you thrive on love and survive on fear (Let’s choose love every time).
I believe that you are worthy of all of this. It is rightfully yours for the taking.
So, shall we take it then? Find out how we can work together here.
I love life, especially when I’m…
+ nursing a cup of coffee while chatting with a bestie
+ playing at the beach with my dog Bella, sand everywhere, the salt on my lips
+ standing tall on my paddle-board. The view is honestly so beautiful from here
+ lost in the world of some of my fave authors. Thrive has me glued to her every word at the moment
+ with my family, savoring the special moments (laughs, hiccups and all the in between)
+ doing a coaching course for me (yes, I’m a personal development junkie!)
+ guzzling down a yummy juice packed full of my favourite fruits and veggies
+ on my mat practicing a deep yoga or pilates session
+ dreaming up big momentous plans for my future
Want some more goodness?
+ When times are tough – and let’s be honest, they will be sometimes – I like to remember: “This too shall pass.” I am reminded that this feeling won’t stay forever, that everything is always changing and evolving.
+ Have a dig through my blog archives for nuggets of wisdom and inspiration to reconnect to what matters: Life!
+ Join the clan and sign-up to my newsletter for regular up-close-and-personal missives and insights to help you on your journey to the BIG life.
+ Want to work with me? Find out about my 6-week, 3-month and 6-month one-to-one coaching programs specifically tailored for you and your needs of the moment.
I’m crazy happy you’re here,