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Charlotte Dawson

This past weekend Australia was in a state of shock after hearing that media personality Charlotte Dawson had taken her own life. Nearly every person with a social media account or a blog has written something about how they have reacted to the news, or how Charlotte was an incredible person or to throw blame at the trolls that bullied her for years ….. but that is not what my post, this post, is about. I’ve made no secret of my battle with depression, having talked about it numerous times on this very blog and constantly on social media. Admittedly, I haven’t spoken about it much over the past year and it’s for a good reason …. or so I thought.

Charlotte was a gorgeous, talented, funny woman as well as a warrior for human rights, compassion and equality. By all accounts, she should have been very happy with her success in life and for her memorable impact as a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model. She had fans, friends, family, loyal followers and she made a nice dollar or two. Why would someone with all that commit suicide? Well, that’s the thing, a lot of people who commit suicide have no reason that others would consider justifiable. Depression, mental illness, suicidal tendencies … they don’t discriminate. They’re an equal opportunist that can touch anyone and everyone. It’s this fact that most people are taking away from Charlotte’s death but in my case it’s something completely different. The news of Charlotte Dawson’s final act made me realise something massive in my life had changed. Something I never thought would happen.

I don’t want to kill myself…… anymore. Continue Reading

Magazines

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As a blogger I’m often asked what my opinion is of magazines. My answer is the same as it was 10 years ago … They are vital. I wouldn’t be where I am today without magazines, and there definitely wouldn’t be The Plastic Diaries. Unless you have read the About page you probably wouldn’t know that magazines is where my life started. Not just my working life. I’m sharing this story with you to give you further insight to who I am and why I created The Plastic Diaries.

It’s easy to assume that because I write online and I’m passionate about blogging that I would think magazines are outdated but that isn’t the case. Magazines shaped my future and if you are thinking of giving a gift to a woman this year I think my story will show you why you can’t beat a magazine subscription.  Continue Reading

Getting Personal Wellbeing Checklist

I love to-do lists. Actually, I only love crossing things off them and not so much actually writing things on them. All my to-do lists consist of business related reminders. If something personal does pop on the list it’s usually something along the lines of buying dog food or paying a bill. This has got me thinking that I should possibly have a personal to-do list as well. Something to remind me that I need to take care of myself.

Despite being relatively healthy, there is a lot of things I avoid when it comes to looking after myself. I will only go to the doctor when I am so sick I think I’m  dying. If I am stressed or sore I will book a spa treatment (which is a good thing) but I won’t look further into what may be causing the problem. And I am a natural-born procrastinator, so I haven’t had a dental or eye check-up in I don’t know how long. This is why I have decided I need a Wellbeing Checklist. And you do too!

Writing a checklist is important because the act of writing down what needs to be down has a strange way of implanting itself in your memory, more so than just trying to remember it without writing a note. Placing the checklist in a location you will constantly see it, such as on your fridge or next to your computer, will make you see the reminder and eventually you will do what you need to do just so you can cross it off. Today I am sharing my checklist with you so that you will hopefully feel inspired to create your own. I will also need some help from you on a few of my items, so I hope you will join in. Continue Reading

Mommy and Daughter

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There is no hiding that I am a crazy dog lady. I won’t incriminate myself by saying exactly how many I have in my care but lets just say I have half a dozen or so. You all know I am that crazy animal lady (and have taken it to new heights by being vegan) but what you don’t know is the backstory. You don’t know that it was a pair of dogs that saved my life. And you probably don’t know that my greatest fear in the world is something bad happening to them. I joke a lot about my dogs but when it comes to talking about the real emotional stuff I run for the hills. It isn’t going to be easy but I am going to let you in on the whole story of my dogs and I.

My First Dogs

You would never guess it now but I was terrified of dogs, even after I got my very own. As a child my mother was scared of dogs and it was definitely passed on to me by seeing the way she would react. My fears were irrational because I had never experienced anything that would justify them. A dog had never hurt me, nor had I seen anyone else be hurt by one. However, despite my fear, I knew that I desperately wanted a dog. We had two cats as I was growing up. Oscar was a beautiful gentle old soul and Otti was a psychopath who would pounce on you out of nowhere, and both of them adored my father. I loved my cats but they were around long before me and I never felt like they cared for me very much. I wanted someone that would love me like our cats loved my father.  Continue Reading

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If you are a frequent reader of this blog you may know I recently adopted a vegan lifestyle. I will be giving you an update on that soon but let’s just say now it has been the best thing I have ever done. Prior to becoming vegan I was still very vocal in my personal life about animal rights issues, but I don’t think anyone really knew just how passionate I was. There are a couple of lifelong dreams I have had under my hat but I really want to share them with you.

I love beauty. I obsess over looking good, pretty colours and sparkly things. I am a typical girl. But the one thing I love and cherish more than those things are animals. I have always known my purpose in life was to do something with animals but it has only been the last couple of years that I have discovered what it is I am meant to do. My goal in life is to protect those who can’t protect themselves. Now before you think I am trying to be all high and mighty, or that I am a selfless kind-hearted soul ….. don’t. I am definitely not that. I still want to be rich and have a beautiful big house (an eco-friendly one of course). I want to travel the world and buy lots of pretty things, but I want that for my downtime. I write this blog to share all the pretty things, and to help other women like me find ways to improve their looks effectively (and preferably without much effort) ….. but deep down there is something greater I want from life.  Continue Reading