So my inspiration today comes from being someone else’s inspiration. This may sound weird so let me explain. Yesterday a close friend of mine caught me in the corridor at work and told me that I had inspired her to get on the treadmill that morning. This afternoon my arms were aching from my crossfit effort yesterday.. it started to pour with rain.. it was hot.. there were so many excuses for me not to go to my session today. But in my head I could hear the voice of my friend.. I felt I had to live up to her inspiration. I put my shoes on.. I trudged through the rain to get to my car and I drove to the gym. I am humbled to have been someone’s inspiration and grateful that a friend told me so. The hardest part of any challenge is starting. That may mean getting in your workout gear and heading out the door.. or it might mean speaking up for yourself.. or signing up to a new course. But it is always worth the effort. I am happy and sore and probably going to hurt more tomorrow – but my efforts will eventually pay off. Let’s inspire each other. Let’s share our successes and congratulate and celebrate each other. Life is not a race against each other, life is a journey with obstacles that we can help each other overcome. #weightlossjourney #becomingthebestmeicanbe #anorchidsview #grateful💖 


Starting to make our classroom into a rainforest. So lucky to work with such great people. One especially thoughtful friend asked what she could do to support my weight loss journey. This is an incredibly kind gesture. Our job is hard enough.. yet she went out of her way to help and support me. Thank you 😊. I’m also very grateful to our class volunteer Tahlia, who helped me to create countless amounts of vines to hang throughout the classroom. And of course I am always, always, always, grateful to have my beautiful SLSO (teacher’s aide) with me through thick and thin. Kamal you are such a treasure and I’m so lucky to share another year with you. The SLSOs in our school are the irreplaceable. They are tireless, hardworking, witty, selfless, kind, caring, and loving souls. Without them our school could not function. Thanks for all of your hard work 💕💕💕💕💕#anorchidsview #grateful💖#teacherlife #slso #teachersaide #specialeducation

Kale Chips

So kale chips.. I don’t hate them.. they are so weird. The texture is kind of addictive. #anorchidsview #kalechips #becomingthebestmeicanbe #weightlossjourney 

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 4

This was a tough one to pick! I do like this one… it’s the last before the golden trio hit puberty. The last before they experience all the angst that seems to come with teen years. It’s also when the reader starts to learn more about magical creatures, Hogsmeade, secret passageways, time turners, werewolves, and wizards who become animagus. What’s not to like?

The blurb:

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously? 

Pull ups

Have you ever been the worst at something? I am totally admitting to being the worst at pull ups. Yes it is not something I have had much experience doing.. and no I’m not fishing for sympathy because I don’t need it. I am completely okay with being number one.. at the wrong end. Want to know why? I have somewhere to progress to, I have a strong heart and a strong mind. My body will get stronger and I will get healthier. I have enthusiasm and guts (perhaps a bit too much.. but hey, the healthy eating will help there 😜). One day I’ll be able to do this – watch this space. I’m grateful to be surrounded by motivating and non judgmental coaches and classmates. It’s a great way to exercise knowing that your best (whatever level you are) is enough. I am enough. #anorchidsview #grateful💖 #crossfit @crossfitmillennium #becomingthebestmethaticanbe #weightlossjourney

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 3

My favourite series.. must be Harry Potter. I have read many brilliant series but this one is my childhood. The anticipation of each new book release and the tears as I finished each book. The characters that became so real that I laughed, cried, became angry at characters and for characters, I fell in love, I lived their dreams and mourned their losses. Characters with so much depth that they popped from the page. And the wizarding world.. transported you into a life more brilliant than the one we live in. This series is enchanting and magical (yeah I totally made a pun). It is series that gets non readers enthusiastic for reading… I don’t know how many times I have read these books. This series is so intricate and clever.. there are no coincidences. 

I would recommend this series to anyone of any age.