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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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Bikini shopping like a goddess

How to Shop For a New Bikini Like a Goddess

Dreams filled with lazing on the beach in a bikini with the warm sun on my skin and a fresh coconut have been filling my days for the last few weeks. But deep down there is something a little upsetting for me personaly in these dreams…

When I was about 12 I got my first bikini. I remember being at the school pool trip and being terrified to take off my shirt and reveal my bikini body to my classmates. It was embarrassing. I had the smallest chest of all the year 7 girls. (year 7! I know, it was a huge deal at the time).

I felt so incredibly disproportioned. I had a super flat chest and chubby thighs. I was ashamed of the stretch marks down inside of my legs and the cellulite I already sported on my thighs and bum. So I was thrilled that board shorts were on trend to cover myself as much as I could get away with.

Writing this makes me feel a little sad to think of all the years I have spent hating my body. But the saddest part is that it’s a battle I continue to struggle with today.

I’m a skinny person. I have never been overweight and have always been relatively comfortable in my clothes. But only in my clothes. I have never, ever worn a bikini in public. 14 years later I still wear board shorts to the beach or pool. I was devastated when those really long shorts went out of fashion because I might have to expose my legs to the world and when I went on my honeymoon to Thailand I was literally the only person I saw wearing shorts over my swimmers.

As I grew up I pushed my limits and am now ok (just ok, never confident) with wearing a bikini top, but the bottom half has always been covered. So, I decided that my holiday to Hawaii would be my first time at letting go. Im taking the plunge and taking off my clothes.


 

The first step – buy a new bikini

I went into this pretty confident, I had looked online and had a fair idea of what style I would like to get. I tried on a couple in the first store, and while the patterns were super cute, I did not feel super cute wearing them. My butt cheecks had barely seen the light of day before – there was no way I was going to squish them into something called the “brazillian skimpy cut” that pretty much only covered my crack.

I left the store feeling pretty pov and decided that this was not good enough. This was not a great start to my bikini shopping. So how could I turn this around?

I stopped at Thrive for some lunch and sat at the bench by myself while I ate. I looked up from my food and saw my reflection staring back at me and realized two things – 1- You should not ever go bikini shopping if you are hungry. Because everyone knows if you are hungry then you are likely to be moody and sensitive. 2 -I am friggin awesome and my worth is so much greater than how I look in a bikini.


I sat in the mirror and looked into my own eyes and repeated to myself (in my head because there were people around and I didn’t want to look like a crazy person) “I love and accept myself”


 

By the time I had finished my green smoothie I was ready for some more bikini trying on!

So off I went with a content tummy and my affirmation repeating over and over in my head. I tried on about 6 different bikinis in various shapes and sizes and when I found the right one I did a little happy dance in the change room, struck a pose and felt fantastic!


So, my tips on how to shop for a new bikini like a goddess

  1. Eat before you shop. As mentioned above, you don’t want to be a sensitive hungry cry baby when all your bits are exposed.
  2. Repeat after me “I love and accept myself” as soon as you hear any hint of that icky voice in your mind that tells you that you aren’t perfect then give it a good smack down with a nice firm “I love and accept myself”
  3. Strike a pose. You are the only one in the change room so it doesn’t matter how silly you look or feel. Strike a pose, stick your butt out, drop your hip, do a twirl, find your best angle, HAVE SOME FUN!

 


 

My next challenge was strutting around in my bikini. You can bet that some affirmations and visualization were a huge part in this for me, and will continue to be, not just for Hawaii but for every other day where I have been scared to work it… Ill keep you posted with an update on this one shortly…

 

Do you have any tips for shopping for a new bikini and owning your bikini bod?

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