Category Archives: Confidence

To the Skin Deep community…

A message from Lauren

Things have been a little quiet here over the last few months, so I wanted to provide an explanation.

Jane, Jess and Natalie on a body image panel at Women of the World Festival 2013

Jess (centre) with Jane and Natalie on a body image panel at Women of the World Festival (Katherine) 2013

We’ve had some changes to the team and a HUGE thank you goes out to Jess who recently moved on to channel her great energy into other areas. Jess has been a huge influence in the every day activities of the project, a great support, and is going to kill it at whatever she puts her mind to!

In other areas: yesterday I watched this talk by the brilliant Brené Brown (a US researcher) and, like a few other things over this period, it really struck a chord with me. I’ve been living small. I have been stuck in a giant, fiery hole of self doubt and it’s been creating blockages in many areas of my life from this project (which I am intensely passionate about), to my new business, and even to just being motivated to get up and go for a walk.


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Fatty Number Two

Words: Alysha Herrmann


My body did nothing to you.


Does anyone else remember being weighed in PE class at school? Do they still do that?


I’m not sure, but I think this is where one of my high school nicknames began.

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Skin Deep presents: InsideOut

Warm lights fill the centre of a dark room, where two young mums stand in front of an intimate audience, to talk about the dreams they hold for their children. Self love. Positive male role models. The confidence to shake off the increasing mountain of images of models, photoshopped within an inch of their lives.

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Fat Talk Free February is over. So, what now??

Last week Fat Talk Free February drew to a close, and some of us will be wondering – “what next?”.

Well we’re here to tell you that although marked formally once a year, Fat Talk can be banished all year round!

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High school….ten years on.

Words: Jess Cullen

Over the past few weeks I have had an influx of invitations to hang out with people I don’t really know and don’t particularly like. Yep, it’s been 10 years since I graduated high school and the reunions are being planned.

My thoughts regarding the relevance of reunions in the day and age where you can get access to information about anyone you want to aside, props to the guys who are putting themselves out there to organize them – only to be turned down by party-poopers like me. Politely and with the utmost humility, of course.
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Role models & world changers.

Words: Lauren Moss

The fabulous, talented, passionate and powerful Heywire crew, 'All Women'.

The fabulous, talented, passionate and powerful Heywire crew, ‘All Women’.

From Sunday the 9th February to the 14th February, I was incredibly lucky to join the winners of the ABC’s incredible program Heywire. I attended in the capacity of a mentor, representing headspace, a national organisation that I love, and for who I am a Youth Advisor. Heywire brings together approximately 40 young people from regional, rural and remote Australia every year to share their stories, and to work together on solutions that can be adopted by communities across Australia. Yep, it is an INSANELY huge opportunity for any young person wanting to make a change!

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Role models and mentors and coaches, oh my!

If you’re a driven, passionate person and you know what your goals are, that’s great.

Even when you have that clarity, the road to achieving them can feel scary, lonely and overwhelming.

You will need special people in your life who are leading the way in your field, or who have overcome their own adversity to succeed or who you just think are awesome people. A role model.

Lauren was lucky enough to spend the last week in Canberra with the ABC Heywire 2014 crew, mentoring a group of young world changers. From what I’ve heard, inspiration flowed both ways. Watch this space for a blog!

Get out there and meet like-minded people. Talk to them about your ideas, cheer each other on. Soak it up.


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Complimenting: the body image friendly way!

Words by: Jess Cullen

We all love getting and giving a compliment, right? Sometimes it’s that boost you need to get you through the day and leave you feeling happy.

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Watch your language!

Speaking to ourselves positively is a must this Fat Talk Free Month and beyond, however we know it can be tricky some times. That is why we are sharing with you just a taste of some affirmations and mantras that you might want to incorporate into your daily self talk. We’d love to hear about yours (these were made on the app ‘Instaquote’) so please send them our way, so that together we can create a web of great self talkers!

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Shhhh….I want to share a secret with you!

Words: Lauren Moss

I have a secret.


Sometimes I wear war paint.


You might be wondering how on earth this is a secret, but it is – because no one can see it. The thing is, that sometimes, when a day is going to be really hard or maybe I’m going some where and feel really nervous, putting on that slick of bright lipstick for me is a ritualistic way of taking a breath and saying to myself “I’m prepared”.

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