Category Archives: Ideas

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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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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Who is Mr. Right? (2.0)

We love sharing with you the best body image pieces the interwebs have to offer. We have great pleasure in presenting this fantastic piece by Allan, originally posted on ajbisherenow.tumblr.com

We’ve touched on the impact of body image pressures for males before, and this piece is insightful, thought-provoking and eye-opening.

It’s long, but worth a read, so grab a comfy seat and get ready to have your mind blown!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly!

 

This time of year brings plenty of things we love – bonding with family and friends, sunshine (maybe even a tropical storm), bad movies and dinner parties with all the food. It also brings with it a whole range of other things, like the onslaught of bikini diet plans (already, before Christmas even arrives), planning for New Year’s resolutions, and in some cases seeing people you haven’t for a long time just doesn’t make your ‘good times’ list.

Some aspects of the festive season may leave you feeling a bit like this...

Some aspects of the silly season may leave you feeling a bit like this…

Here’s some of our tips for surviving the silly season:

1)      Put aside part of the public holidays just for you, even if it’s half an hour, and pick an activity you enjoy. Do it solo.

2)      Spend some time reflecting on the year that was, in whatever way feels right for you. Remember to include the things you are grateful for, the things you achieved and what you learnt.

3)      Make yourself a new year’s resolution that involves being kinder to yourself in 2014, taking a more holistic view of your health, or spending some more time doing what you love.

4)      Reconnect with someone that nurtures a different side of you.

5)      Remember that indulging every now and again is not a bad thing!

Most of all, ENJOY IT!

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What does your aura look like?

It’s December, which inevitably means you will have some time and space to reflect on your challenges and achievements this year. You will see some content in the coming weeks from Skin Deep about the year that was 2013 for us. It’s been a big one!

When you take some time to reflect and celebrate (which we encourage you to do) on your own 2013, keep in mind not only your tangible achievements, but also the intangible footprint, or aura you have created in the last 12 months.

You know, your aura! It’s that colourful field around you when a psychic takes your picture right? Yes, that’s true. But regardless of where you sit on auras, The Secret and karma, there’s definitely something we can take from it all.

What would people around you say if we were to ask them what kind of energy you put out into the universe? How are your interactions impacting on yourself and others?

Change your thoughts. [From: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/267/2/9/change_your_thoughts_poster_by_its_meeee-d5fqtrh.png]

Change your thoughts. [From: http://fc02.deviantart.net]

Despite everything going on around us – and sometimes it is chaotic – we still maintain control on how we interact with other people and our environment.

So, what does your aura look like?

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Dance (like everyone is watching)!

Skin Deep is lucky to have connected with many youth leaders over the past 4 years. Isobel Cammarano is no exception. At just 16, she blew us away with her community project for Youth Round Table in 2012, which culminated in the formation of a dance workshop program called Dance 21. Dance 21, with Isobel at the helm, runs dance workshops for young people with disability, including ballet, yoga and Zumba. Her story was featured in Dolly magazine – a very well deserved recognition of her hard work and dedication! Now 17, Isobel continues to run these dance workshops (whilst attending school!) and is a shining example of a young Territorian doing amazing things.

Isobel Cammarano

Isobel Cammarano

Over to you, Isobel!

I think body image issues seem a lot more important when you have a disability.  Everything in life becomes a big deal, even the things that most people would take for granted. For example, one night at ballet I pointed to the back without loosing my balance for the first time in my 11 years of dancing and it was such a big deal for me, I was so excited! A big achievement! But anyone else who does ballet even just once can do that.  The same thing goes with body image.  Some of the people with Down syndrome I work with look different because of their disability.  They notice this and compare themselves to everyone else because all they want is to be “normal”. They don’t see that they are perfect just the way they are.

I would like the community to realise that a disability doesn’t define someone. Most people don’t notice my disability because it is mild and it’s my goal to make sure that people don’t notice. But as soon as I tell someone about it, everything they thought of me changes. It’s like cerebral palsy has changed who I am. That I now have to be spoken to like a child or told publicly to slow down.  This is not the case for people with Down syndrome. They don’t have the choice to hide their disability, everyone notices. Their personalities don’t change because they have a disability – yes you have to walk at their speed but they are beautiful people and I think that society needs to learn to look past a disability and see who is behind it.

Dance 21 workshops for young people with a disability.

Dance 21 workshops for young people with a disability.

Dance helps my body image because when I’m dancing I disconnect from the rest of the world, nothing else matters.  I forget about everything else going on and it’s just me in my own little world.  I couldn’t care less what other people thought about how I looked.  I think everyone should find something that makes them so happy that they can disconnect because it gives you time to just be with yourself and not worry about what society thinks.

I hope that my dance students realise that they can do anything that they set their mind to, despite their disability and that they can find that place to disconnect from the world and not care what anyone else thinks.

Dance 21

Dance 21

Dance 21 workshops are run in collaboration and with the support of Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory (DSANT). Workshops are held during school holidays. More information can be found on the DSANT Facebook page.

December 3 is International Day of People with a Disability. Sanctioned by the United Nations, it is a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with a disability whilst increasing awareness and understanding of disability.

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Work it out: let’s get rid of fat talk in the workplace!

Our workplaces. Many of us spend close to forty hours a week in them, whether it’s an office, a site, the outdoors or else where. We spend over seven hours of our waking day with our colleagues. Often we share war stories with them, celebrate achievements, and the odd morning tea, lunch or cake. For some, the latter can strike fear in the heart of even the strongest.

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What makes you happy? (Kristian Goodacre)

Not many of us think “happy” when we think of Mondays. Kristian Goodacre is the founder of the video blog Happy Monday, which aims to brighten the lives of its viewers with a video purely and simply about what makes people happy, every Monday morning. He started the project in 2012 as a way to chat to his family and friends who have positively impacted his life, about what makes them happy. A simple and brilliant idea.

Happy Monday. Pure and Simple.

Happy Monday. Pure and Simple.

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