I have a few things on my “Life Wish List” or you may call it “your Bucket list” and one of them was to have some professional photos taken. I can now tick that off my list. I met Ellenor De Boer at one of the Wellbeing Expo’s in Geelong and she had been in my mind ever since. A few months later she posted something about having photos taken on Facebook and I then applied to be one of her ladies she would “glamour up” and she called me up a few weeks later. |

When meeting Ellenor De Boer we discovered that we had a passion in common – rowing.
It was such an exciting day to have the photos taken. The first thing I did was to have my hair curled. Eleanor did my make-up. I kept saying, not too much…I like the “natural” look and she said slightly more is needed when having photos taken.

As she did my make-up we started talking about confidence in women and a little about my story…which she wanted to feature… so here is a little about me; I was born in Sweden 1969 which makes me a proud 48 years young. I came to Australia in 1990 as I competed for the World Rowing Championships. I always had a passion for sports, starting as a 3-year-old doing ballet! I danced Jazz Ballet for years, did Ballet, Athletics, Basketball and at the age of 16 I started Rowing and became a talent very quickly. I also was passionate about theatre and music but Rowing quickly took over and I started representing Sweden. This took me to many places around Europe followed by Australia in 1990. Around that time, I met my x husband that was a rower as well and a few years after – in 1993 our first daughter was born. We moved country when she was only 4 months old. 2 ½ years later our son was born.

I started a career as a Personal Trainer and Masseur in Australia plus a few other jobs within the health and wellness field and in the year 2000 I started my own Health and Personal Training Business. I have always followed my passion. I guess I have enormous determination, perseverance, passion and kept it going even after an extremely devastating divorce. I kept changing, growing and developing to keep my passion in health and wellness. Having a chance to have the photo shoot and tick another thing off my “life Wish List” makes me reflect on life. How did I do it? From an outsider’s view, it might have looked “easy”. I can tell You this, I have experienced heart break beyond this world and challenges. Sometimes I wonder what made me keep going as there was many dark moments. But I kept picking myself up. Shortly after my divorce I decide to write a Book, which also was one of my items on my “life wish list”. I called it “Body Awakening – Balance the body, mind and spirit with Pilates and & an active lifestyle”.

Whilst talking to Ellenor De Boer I realised one thing; that was that I have confidence I can do it. I have an extreme will power. I know that if I can see myself do something in my mind, I know I can do it in real life…I can manifest it. As years have gone by, I have also developed true love for myself. I do appreciate me, for who I am. I can look myself in my eyes and say I love You. I tell myself daily, I love myself. I have learnt through the years that I have to “be there for myself” when no one else is. I have learnt to rely on my own love, rather than being dependent on praise and love from others.
I have through the years realised that I need to nurture all of me – both my body, mind and spirit and accept all of me and be grateful for what I have got and who I am.

I thank my Spirit for being so strong and for getting me through the tough times, and for having the confidence I needed then and now. I see so many women that don’t have enough confidence and don’t love themselves enough. I find it selfish to not love oneself. It’s like cheating on your own spirit. To be happy with oneself and focus on the things that are good and what you love -can transform one’s life.