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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 – Megan Gogoll

Its no secret that I find women with guts pretty flipping inspiring! and so this week I am stoked to share with you guys the second uber inspiring guest in the Chin up, lovely Courage to Change series! If you are new around these parts and want to know what the Courage to Change series is all about then perhaps you would like to take a peek over here… 

Basically this series is designed to inspire you to pluck up the courage to make positive changes to your life – to amplify your existence! Sounds pretty good to me! 

If you are craving change, yearning for something different in your life, searching for something to make life feel better… then this one is for you!

Lovelies, meet Megan from Show Me Your Diamond!


So Megan, who are you? and what makes you tick?

Hey, I’m Megan. I’m a Holistic Health and Life Coach and am all about living a passionate and purpose filled life.
It wasn’t always that way though. For a long while I was letting life pass me by, sitting on the sidelines with my overwhelming self-doubt and unhealthful bad habits..


What was?

Oh man, I wasn’t even living my life.. I was just watching it pass me by.

I was working overtime hours in a job that I despised.
My diet consisted of a round up of all my local takeaway.. anything processed and toxic was for me.
I smoked.
I drank copious amounts of alcohol to fool myself that I was happy.
And each day was like the next and like the one before. I’d forgotten who I was, and what I wanted out of life. The zest, the spark.. Gone.

Life felt like a dull UN merry-go-round and I was an involuntary passenger

What is life like now? 

My life is full of passion, positivity, and purpose!!

I eat for nourishment and actually listen to my body! I am the healthiest I’ve ever been.

I’ve started my own business doing work that I love, sharing my journey, coaching, writing.. and it absolutely lights me up!

I am actually LIVING my life and I’m a little bit totally crazy in love with it!

Why change?

Anxiety, and a couple of epic panic attacks.

At the time it was a bit of a rude shock and actually quite scary! But now I see this as my massive red flag. I’d got lost on a path I didn’t want to go down and if I wanted to change, it was now or never. And I did. So I did.

Could you tell us a little about what things you actually did to change? 

I quit the job I despised, I gave up the cigarettes and booze, and started nourishing my body with whole foods and fun as movement, ie- loads of dancing like a mad woman in my loungeroom, kitchen, etc 😉
But the most important thing I did was to strip it all back and ask myself “What do I want for my life?” “What do I NOT want?” It all starts with self-realisation and taking responsibility.

The hard part – what obstacles or challenges did you come against and how did you stay successful?

Finding myself again.

It had been such a long time since I actually checked in with myself, where I was at and how I was feeling, that at first it was hard! I’d been lost in a haze of booze and unhealthy habits for so long that I really didn’t know myself. I was disconnected and it took time to unravel the bullshit and remember who I was, who I wanted to be, and how I wanted to live.

But once I started to clean up my lifestyle, do some soul searching and dig a little deeper inwards, it was fun. I have some lofty dreams and there’s so much I want outta life! And I realised I was worth a hell of a lot more than I’d been giving myself.

The best bit – The juicy, inspiring, awesome stuff!

The best bit is knowing who I am, what I want and going after it with all that I’ve got!

I know that’s its not only possible but your right to be chasing down those big badass dreams with passion and verve!!

I know that we are all here to find our truth, uncover our big beautiful bright shiny diamonds and live life to the absolute epic overflowing FULL!

Can you share with us a quick tip to help readers who are feeling stuck to un-stick themselves?

I would say absolutely and unequivocally get to know yourself. Spend some time journaling your heart out or vision board what you want for your life and get total clarity around how you want your life to look.
Knowing this, knowing yourself, your dreams and your values, is the most important step in moving forward.


More of Megan…

3Megan is a Holistic Health/Life Coach and Writer who is currently studying with The Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
She has a background in Psychology and Humanitarian work and is passionate about helping people reach their highest potential. She believes everyone deserves to have their dream life become their reality, her aim is to show them how.Megan’s mission is to work with gorgeous souls who are ready to uncover their truest selves and reveal their radiant inner diamond to the world.

If you’re ready to live the life of your dreams- full to the brim with health, wealth and passion- connect with Megan now!

You can find more of Megan at her online home, facebook, instagram or twitter. Go on! you know you want more…



So what do you think ladies? I think it might be time to whip out the journal and get thinking about what you want from life. Its time to let go of what no longer serves you and start getting to know ourselves. 

I Hope you have found Megan’s story as inspiring as I have, if you feel inclined that pretty please give her some love in the comments below.

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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