Inspiring young women
to reach their full potential
Created by two best friends, Steph a qualified counsellor and Sach a former pro tennis player. They have come together to share their personal experiences with you and to encourage you to reach your true potential.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to 200 Year 10 students at Howick College about one of my favourite topics; body image and how to embrace your body for the beautiful gift it is! It was amazing to chat with some of the girls and hear their inspiring and moving stories. Here are a few of the messages from the talk!
One of the most common complaints I hear about meditation is that it sounds confusing, intimidating or difficult to learn. This couldn't be further from the truth! In our Beginner's Guide to Meditation, we cover the need to know details and take you through a simple meditation that you can practice at home, school, work or even on the bus.
A perfectionist by nature and my own harshest critic, I am learning to ditch the self-doubt and believe in myself. Here are three simple ways to work on kicking self-doubt to the kerb and exchange it for a real and strong sense of self-belief!
Ellie is a beautiful 16-year-old girl who has spent the last three years of her life suffering from intense and excruciatingly painful bullying. This is her raw, honest and inspiring account of her brave journey to healing and forgiveness.
Lea Fruean is authentic, dedicated and inspirational. Not to mention ranked second in the world Junior 60kg division of boxing! I caught up with Lea at one of her training sessions to discuss how her cousin, Joseph Parker, influences her, how she has to stay disciplined to keep her diet and training on point and her dreams of making it to the Olympic Games!
Major companies such as Google and Nike encourage their employees to take time out of their working day to nourish their relationship to themselves through meditation, mindfulness and other techniques. There is only one person you are guaranteed to spend the rest of your life with, YOURSELF. So, we had better nurture that one, most important relationship. Here are my seven life hacks for living life to the fullest from the heart xx
I really admire women who are authentic, true-to-themselves and who aren't afraid to say "no" when everyone else is saying "yes". It's one of the hardest things to do as we all crave the approval of others and yet, the more you work at it the easier it becomes!
I'm so excited to share this interview with you all! During the ASB Classic in Auckland recently, I had the pleasure of chatting to Caroline Wozniacki! I played against Caroline in junior Wimbledon (she won) and this time round when we caught up, she was lovely enough to talk with me about confidence, how she combats the urge to compare herself and why believing in your dreams is so important! Read on for further inspiration ;)
Most of us have heard about the benefits of meditation - the reduced stress, improved productivity, healthier body and the sense of inner peace. Google, Apple and Nike all offer free meditation training to their employees. Not all of us have an hour to spare for daily meditation though, which is why we have come up with two easy to use meditation techniques that take less than ten minutes and can be practiced anytime, anywhere!
Food was kind of like a bad relationship for me. I knew I shouldn’t go back to it but being alone, feeling rejected and hating my body was so much harder to face. I had to learn to be kind to myself so that eventually the need for this toxic relationship would disappear. Then, instead of falling into the punishing cycle of binging and then restricting myself, I found balance, appreciation and love for myself.
Social Media is an amazing tool that helps us connect to the world around us and stay in-the-know. But it is also easy to use Instagram or Facebook as ways to compare our lives to others which can have a totally negative impact and bring about anxiety, loneliness, feelings of being not good enough and self-judgement. We all have chapter's that we prefer not to read out loud and certainly not online! It's so important to remember that your value doesn't come from how many likes or followers you get or what your body or travel plans look like. Your value comes from within and through loving your real, authentic self!
I have been one of those girls who falls for guys really hard, really fast. It all sort of happens in a whirlwind without me realising it. One minute I’m just living my life as usual, and the next, there he is, prince charming… and my world turns upside down.
“So what’s next?” Is that dreaded question when leaving school. For me at least, this question made me squirm inside. It all seems well and good for those people who seem very clear about this decision. Some friends make decisions to go to university, work, or travel overseas. Others seem confident in taking a break. And some people, myself included, just have no idea.
Watching documentaries is one of my favourite weekend activities! I love snuggling up in bed with a cup of tea and feeling inspired by the courage and insight of incredible human beings. I'm always searching online for new finds and asking people for suggestions, so I thought I would share a few of my fav doco's and short interviews with you!
Our RealYou interviews are all about catching up with inspiring role models who can show by example why it's so beautiful to be authentically you. In our latest inspiring interview, we catch up with Hannah Laity. Hannah has a huge following on social media but her personality goes beyond what we see online. She is fun loving, natural and down to earth, too! Read on to find out how Hannah nurtures her inner happiness, her tips for saying "no" to peer pressure and what advice she would have for her 17-year-old self. Hope you enjoy! xx
Ethical and PR are not two words that you see side-by-side very often! And that is partly what makes Janelle Brunton-Rennie, founder of the highly successful ethical PR company, Media Jam, so special. After a series of events that lead Janelle to re-evaluate her personal approach to health and wellbeing, Janelle did what many people would love to do but most are afraid to, and took the leap to start Media Jam, a PR company which aligns her business practice with her personal values. Amazing, right?! Sach caught up with Janelle to discuss health, inner happiness and the advice she has for other young women wanting to start their own business!
Lately my quiet, simple life has become oddly, kinda hectic! My mind has felt like one of those little wheels that mice run on, and the wheel has been gathering momentum, spinning faster and faster. At first, it was fun and exciting. Now I just feel fatigued, my hair is breaking and I'm grabbing for my phone to distract me at any opportunity. These are all MAJOR red lights for me to slow down and prioritise a little "me" time. It got me thinking; how do you prioritise looking after yourself in this busy world we live?
Kristina Cavit is down to earth, ambitious and has a huge heart. Her work teaching mindfulness, meditation and yoga to marginalised youth is having an enormous impact on the lives of many young Kiwi kids. She says it best really, "It’s not rocket science what we’re doing for our kids; it’s just love." Steph catch's up with Krissy and hears how she inspires and teaches many through her work.
Imagine living your entire life from the heart. It sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But what the heck does “living from the heart” actually mean? It’s a lovely sentence but it’s vague and can forgivably seen as somewhat airy fairy. A bit new age, a bit Gwyneth Paltrow-y. Buf it you're interested in living a less stressed, more productive life with greater confidence then this article is a must read for you.
In honour of International Women's Day today, we have put together a list of women who uplift us. Women who speak from the heart, who are courageous, creative, strong and loving! We've chosen some incredibly inspiring women, some of whom you will already know and love, as well as some new faces who we feel make a positive impact and shine a light for humanity!
What woman hasn't felt a little awkward at school, uni, work or a party at some point in her life? I know I have! It's a question we get asked a lot, "How can I feel more confident in social situations?" Here is our RealYou Guide to Feeling Confident in Social Situations, in seven steps!
Heading back to school this week? Feeling those end of summer-holiday-blues? Here are five reasons to smile, right now!
Professional surfer, Paige Hareb, was thrown into the spotlight at an early age when she became the first Kiwi (ever!) to qualify for the World Surfing League, Championship Tour. Professional surfing requires dedication, hard work and also a strong sense of inner confidence to overcome obstacles. Read on to check out my interview with the down to earth and friendly, Paige Hareb.
Earlier in the month we had the pleasure of meeting (and talking to!) 100 of New Zealand's rising tennis stars! Sach spoke to them about her experiences as a pro tennis player and some of the qualities that it takes to excel at sport and achieve your goals. Read on to see the highlights of how the night turned out!
Today is my 26th birthday (yay!) and looking back, this year has been one of the most beautiful and rewarding years of my life. I haven’t won any big trophies or made lots of money. I haven’t run a marathon or traveled around the world. I’m not enlightened and unlike everyone else in my yoga class, I still can’t touch my toes. And yet it’s only now, during a year that I have achieved so little, that I actually feel some sense of internal satisfaction. So why is that?
We are going to make mistakes in life, it's inevitable. If we allow ourselves to be gentle and kind about the mistakes we make we will learn and grow from our errors and move on with more awareness and knowledge. Here are a few reasons why it's time to put away the guilt, judgements and self criticism and be kind to yourself right now!
Sometimes I look at the best performers or athletes in the world, like Roger Federer or Rihanna, and think, "Wow, they are so effortlessly good at what they do." But they are human too and that means they experience that butterflies-in-your-tummy feeling just like us! Here are our top five tips on responding effectively to nerves.
Friendships are one of life's greatest gifts. So what makes a good friendship, great?
If anyone asked me four years ago, “Do you ever feel lonely?” I would have answered, “Most days.” My life style was a bit unusual growing up and often I felt deeply lonely. With wonderful guidance, I have learned to some degree how to shift the painful loneliness I experienced and develop tools to respond differently when it does surface.
A few years ago there were some mornings where I would wake up feeling unmotivated to face the day. I would clutch my phone, filing through emails and Instagram and eventually roll out of bed as late as possible, feeling lethargic and foggy in my mind. A dear friend suggested that I create a morning routine and stick to it. It's a habit that tons of successful people from the Dalai Lama to Oprah adopt, and I thought, “Why not?”
Talking about what you’re going through can be an important and helpful step towards feeling more confident within yourself. Email us to book an appointment and talk to Steph or Sach face to face.
As teenagers, Steph and Sach had loads of questions about life. They wanted to talk to someone who would really listen to them and give advice in a non-judgmental, supportive way. "Ask Steph and Sach" was created to provide support for young women, so there will always be a helping hand near by.
With Sach having been a professional tennis player and gone through the mental, emotional and physical pressure that brings, and Steph having studied counselling and worked with people from all walks of life; they have come together to support and share their stories with others. Steph and Sach hope that the RealYou community will encourage, support and inspire you to grow your inner confidence so that you believe that as you are, is truly beautiful.