This past couple of weeks have been eventful, educational, inspiring and a little bit stressful. The events have resulted in me thinking a lot about gratitude. So much has changed for me in this past year, all in the best possible ways, that it’s made me realise how grateful I really am to be healthy and finding my happiness by following my passion. And of course, how grateful I am for the amazing and loving people in my life, albeit a few.

Last week, I was filmed by Humans of the Gold Coast for a mini documentary, about living with Bipolar and how my role in raising awareness on mental health issues, and how integrative medicine has helped me with management, has really given me a purpose. During the filming, I was asked to supply photos from my younger years which meant rummaging through old albums and reminicsing about my earlier life. It made me realise just how much I’ve been blessed with a wonderful upbringing filled with love, culture, family and adventure.

I’m not usually one to enter into many competitions, but in September I was feeling lucky. I entered a competition through the Ruby Connection networking site.

I Won! $1000 Westfield Gift Card.

The Gift Card arrived last week so my boyfriend and I made the most of our special “wish list”. I’m so thankful to Westpac Bank, Ruby Connection and Westfield for selecting my entry as the winning one.

With luck on my side, just before Melbourne Cup, I had a very vivid vision of a particular race horse, so having never placed a bet before, got my boyfriend to place the bet and we won! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, adult colouring in books are all the rage…. I used to colour as a kid and enjoyed it but never really saw the benefits as an adult, especially when I would struggle to concentrate at times with so many racing thoughts. Anyway, I bit the bullet on the weekend and purchased a couple of books – tropical wonderland and animals. Three completed images in three days and I think it has actually helped me focus. Before I knew it, last night I had been colouring solidly for over an hour with the tv on in the background, talking to my boyfriend intermittently while he played Xbox. I was happy and laughing and covered in pencil shavings lol.

Art is something that I’ve been expressing more of an interest in lately, although I don’t have any drawing ability. My mum got me a small canvas, easel and water paints for Xmax 2014 and I only just got around to painting it on the weekend. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was colourful and made me feel good, which of course is my soul mantra. Do what makes you feel good!

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With some big plans happening for 2016, and working with The Feel Good Initiative ready for their launch 1 December 2015 I’m feeling the most stable, happiest and healthiest I’ve felt in a long long time.

So eternally grateful for everything that I have in my life and for the future x