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Courage to Change – Tara Caetano from Feed Me

Are you guys ready for another adventure in the Courage to Change series? I am!

I discovered this gorgeous soul online once upon a time and instantly felt drawn to her energy, perspective and enthusiasm. Every time she puts a new project out into the world I fall more deeply in love with her words and her brand spankin new ebook The Experiment is no exception.
I am thrilled to have her sharing her story in the Courage to Change series for Chin up, Lovely and I am pretty sure you guys are going to love her as much as I do.  

Lovelies, meet Tara!

So let’s get to know you and your story shall we? Could you give us a little intro into who you are and what makes you tick?

I’m a certified health and lifestyle coach, writer, speaker, author of The Experiment and Demand Adventure, and co-creator of Soul Sister Creative events. I love nothing more than to empower women to reconnect with their passions and purpose, and create a lifestyle that supports their desire to live a healthy and adventurous life. In my downtime, you will find me at yoga, in the ocean or in the kitchen!

I am a firm believer that self-love is the key to everything we have ever desired in life, and that through self-exploration we can learn to use fear as our compass. I’m all for stepping out of my comfort zone on a daily basis, and believe change can be our greatest teacher in life. When you begin to see life through a different lens and begin to appreciate the experiences which you have been gifted, everything shifts. Life is just one big playground and all you need to do is give yourself permission to play!Me_Bowen


Finish the sentences…

I feel invigorated when I… pull out my headphones after a morning walk with Caroline Myss in my ears; after a dive into the ocean; and when I come out of sivassana

When I was a kid I…  Could argue my way out of anything. Mum said I should have been a lawyer!

When I grow up I want to… Feel as much joy as I do in this very moment.



What was? What is? Why change? The hard part? and the best bit!

Change has always been a constant in my life, even from when I was quite young. And whilst I think this has helped me to adapt well to change in more recent years, I think a big part of it is that I love the thrill that change brings. I thrive knowing that my life will never be stagnant and is ever-evolving, and that a new learning experience is just around the corner. Because ultimately that is what I value – having experiences that help me strengthen my relationship to myself.

But there certainly have been some incredible changes in my life over the last few years that I can say have truly turned my life upside down, in the best possible way. In between two long travel stints, I found myself back home in Sydney in 2011 with an intense feeling of discontentment with my health and body. Prior to this I had always had a very toxic relationship with food and my body, but I had finally reached a stage where I was fed up and determined to break free of the hold that food had on me. I felt trapped and lost, and incredibly stuck in this body that I despised. As the universe does, it sent help at the very time I was ready to receive it, and I soon found myself online soaking up the buffet of inspiration and knowledge being dished out by some incredible health bloggers, including Kris Carr.

Reading Kris Carr’s book, Crazy Sexy Diet, absolutely changed my life. For the first time in my life, I saw food as my friend, not my enemy, and I was empowered to use food as a way to love myself, instead of punish myself. Over the course of a year, I transformed my health without counting a single calorie and I developed a level of self-love I never knew existed. It truly was the most transformative year of my life.

This led me to ditching my career and studying nutrition, exploring my passion for writing, and combining my skills and interests into what I do now. When I look back at the last few years, the one important change that helped me successfully get from where I was to where I am now, is no doubt learning to love myself. I decided to turn self-loathing into self-care, and ease up on the negative talk that had kept me trapped my whole life. For the first time I felt that I had control over my thoughts and my body, and I was determined to nurture that.

I think the most difficult part of the whole journey was finding peace and contentment in where I was in the journey. Constantly wishing that I was already at my goal or as healthy and radiant as those I admired, was a constant struggle and taught me a lot about comparison and being present. I think it’s also important to say that it was incredibly lonely at times. When you go through a phase of personal growth, it is a journey that focuses so much on looking inward, that it can be hard for other people to understand. But just hang in there and appreciate where you are in the process, because the most amazing connections are waiting for you on the other end.

My advice to those who feel stuck and paralysed by their life would be to give yourself permission to explore a new perspective. Your mindset is the only thing keeping you from taking the next step, and it is drowning in fears and uncertainty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Allow yourself to see life as your own experiment, complete with experiences that are designed to bring you closer and closer with your true self. And let your fears lead the way.

Whatever it is you are resisting or whatever change you are avoiding because of fear, know that that is the direction you need to go in. Do you want to be a spectator of life or do you want to be in the game? The choice is yours in every moment, and all you need is to be daring enough to say yes!


More of Tara…

Courage to change Tara CaetanoTara Caetano is a certified health & lifestyle coach, writer, speaker, author of The Experiment and Demand Adventure, and co-creator of Soul Sister Creative events. Tara empowers women to reconnect with their passions and purpose, and create a lifestyle that supports their desire to live a healthy and adventurous life. Tara’s soul-stirring energy and commitment to limitless living supports women in using self-love to finally give themselves permission to start a career they adore, embody vibrant health, embark on wild-hearted world adventures, and thrive in both life and love. Tara’s special brand of magic: Using fear as your compass to make this life your bitch!

Her online home, Feed Me, is dedicated to assisting women in feeling ‘Well fed’ through engaging, inspiring and entertaining posts on self-love, travel, adventure, nutrition, soulful life lessons and ocean conservation. You can also find her uplifting her Feed Me Family through her popular weekly email subscription of ‘Well Fed‘, as well as on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @feed_me_blog.


See! How refreshing is her perspective on life? If you love Tara’s story of having the courage to change her life as much as me then holla!! I LOVE to hear from you guys and I am sure Tara would love to as well. 

Jodie xx

Courage to Change – Meg O’Sullivan

Ever feel stuck?

I don’t mean stuck like when you drop something under the couch and get your arm caught trying to contort your body so that you can reach it without rearranging the furniture. I mean stuck in your situation. The kind of stuck that feels as though it is slowly dragging you through a life that feels ‘blergh’. Maybe you are stuck in your job that you don’t enjoy, or stuck in a body that feels heavier or less healthy than your soul or maybe stuck in a relationship that no longer serves you.

Yep. Its icky. I hear ya girlfriend!

We all feel stuck in different ways from time to time but all too often our fear keeps us stuck.

As though the stuck feeling protects us from falling flat on our face in a new and unknown situation.

Everything you have ever wanted, is one step outside your comfort zone – unknown.

Over the next few weeks on Chin up Lovely I will be sharing with you inspiring stories of some Lovelies just like you and me who felt stuck in some way and decided enough was enough and made mustered up the courage to change. My hope is that you might just resonate with one of the beauties sharing on the blog and might muster up the courage to make some changes for yourself.

So without further ado, I present to you the very first amazing incredible and inspiring story!


Lovelies… Meet Meg O’Sullivan!
When I first found Meg online I was instantly drawn to her soul filled and cheeky nature. I quickly became a devotee of her blog posts and devoured every spirit soaked word of her e-book “Naked”. Meg has such a way with words and such a beaming smile that you cant help but be drawn into her presence and inspired by her energy. Bascially… she is totally rad and I am stoked to have her here sharing with us today.


So let’s get to know you and your story shall we? Could you give us a little intro into who you are and what makes you tick?

 My name is Meg O’Sullivan. When I’m not teaching (or practicing) yoga, meditating, journaling or writing you will most likely find me dancing, diving into deep soulful conversations or experimenting (very messily) in the kitchen.

I believe that we are all connected to a Divine energy.

I believe that although we are conditioned to think otherwise, we are in fact whole, complete and full… ALWAYS!

I believe that we possess an amazing ability to create the exact life we desire to experience.

 And it is these beliefs and my love of writing that compelled me to start Adventuring Home – my little online space for empowering women (and a few men!) to start experiencing the life they are truly crave.

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Falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole

I remember when I first started changing my lifestyle and taking charge of my health. I had read Sarah Wilsons I quit sugar e-book and was ready to overhaul my entire life. I was pretty gun-hoe about it all really. I started devouring health blogs and took almost every health increasing tip on board as something to work into my day. I was so super determined to be like these girls who so made healthy eating look so friggin good and so effortlessly easy. I was well and truly falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole… with no torch to light the way.

All I needed to do was:

  • Drink more water
  • Drink lemon water in the mornings
  • Make sure my water is filtered
  • Swish coconut oil around in my mouth for 10 minutes
  • Do yoga
  • Go running (or move in some way)
  • Meditate
  • Get more exercise
  • Stop taking the pill
  • Have breakfast worthy of Instagram
  • Eat organic food
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat more veggies
  • Activate my nuts
  • Avoid all sugar
  • Cut out gluten
  • Avoid dairy
  • Get rid of anything with chemicals
  • Dry brush my skin
  • Lather up in coconut oil
  • Make some raw cacao desserts
  • Navigate the health food store and its obscure ingredients
  • Drink less coffee
  • Drink straight from a coconut
  • Learn how to pronounce Acai
  • Drink more herbal tea
  • Get more sleep

Every. Single. Day.

Easy peasy right? pfft!

It didn’t take long at all for me to realise that I was in over my head and then all of a sudden I felt like a big fat failure. I remember feeling like I had a shiny beacon on my head whenever I ventured into a health food store that read “I’m new here and I don’t belong”, as though they could tell by looking at me that I didn’t know what cacao was. How was I going to be a healthy goddess if I couldn’t achieve all of these things?

The secret was that I didn’t need to. Good health is a journey. It is constantly changing and evolving and there is no “one size fits all” option. Everyone is different and our bodies need different things at different times.

I decided to pick a couple of things that felt achievable for me and stick with those until I was ready to explore more. Once let go of the pressure to be perfect and embraced what worked for me it got a whole lot easier. For me that meant drinking more water and eating less sugar. What a perfect place to begin.

I can see how doing a lifestyle overhaul may be appealing, that “we want results and we want them now” mentalilty is built into so much of what we do and it’s easy to be inspired by hotties on Instagram and to want to change everything all at once. But the reality is that for most people that kind of overhaul is both stressful and unsustainable. It’s not realistic for most people and so often when we “fail” or give in we end up feeling shitty for not meeting out own unrealistic expectations.

Letting go of old habits that are no longer serving us and forming new habits is something we must learn over time. Small changes create lasting results.

I still have to remind myself when I see someone “better” than me that I am exactly where I need to be right now (and also that comparing myself to others is just my egos way of making me feel shitty, but that’s a blog for another time). Wherever you are on your journey, I want you to know that it is the perfect place. Maybe you are just thinking about starting, or you speak the language of fermented veggies and raw desserts fluently – just know that it is the perfect place for you right now. With Instagram and facey loaded with hotties and health nerds right at our fingertips it’s so easy to compare ourselves and to feel like you aren’t as good as everyone else, but remember that the person you are comparing to probably started in a similar place to you and is just further down the road. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!

If you have been dabbling in getting healthier or are wanting to make a change then I would really like to encourage you to start with 1 or 2 little changes. Stay curious and be open to try new things but know that you don’t have to do it all at once. Over time these new changes become second nature and you will start to do them without even noticing.

How does that sound?

Jodie xx