Hello and welcome! I’m Bonnie. By day I work a normal 8-5 job in sustainability. By night I study Holistic Counselling and run workshops to empower people to reduce the use of chemicals in their homes and support their health and emotional wellbeing naturally.
I started Living Naturally Stress Free to share my experiences, my passions, my healing journey and hopefully provide some inspiration to others who find themselves in the same situation I once did; stressed-out, sick, passionless and exhausted, with a sense of self worth that had been beaten to a serious pulp.
I was born and raised in Mandurah, Western Australia, where I still live with my beautiful fiancé, Jack, and our rescue dog, Billie. It’s here where I work in my local community to educate and raise awareness on how to live in harmony with our environment and break down the myth that to live a sustainable lifestyle you have to give up toilet paper and smell like patchouli. It’s a truly inspiring role, which is why it didn’t make sense for a long time that I’d wake up every morning and dread going to work. Sure, I was having a lot of trouble fitting in with my team, and no matter what I did it felt like there was just no pleasing my boss, but this was something everyone deals with, right? But despite my commitment to pretending everything was actually fine, this ‘ordinary’ situation slowly but surely got the better of me, and boy did I create a mess for myself…
For eighteen months I felt like I was drowning, and I didn’t know how to find my way back to the surface. I remember coming home every day and crying my heart out. I was not fun to be around, which put strain on my personal relationships too. I used to find myself thinking, “Is this really all there is to my life? Is this what I have to look forward to every day of my working life – getting up every day to go to a job where I’m unfulfilled and unappreciated, then being too mentally drained to actually enjoy my weekends? Am I even capable of being happy? If this is all there is, seriously, what is the point to life?” My answers to those questions were pretty confronting, and in a way they forced me to make a choice: change my job, stay where I was and numb myself for 9 hours a day just because it was convenient, or change my perspective.
It took a lot of hard work, but I chose to change my perspective. One step at a time, I built up the confidence to push the limits of the reality I had created for myself. I started to stand up for myself, to share myself (the REAL me, not the one where I pretended to be OK and hide under the radar), to acknowledge that my opinion of me didn’t have to match others’ opinions of me, and that I could be proud of myself just for getting out of bed some days. Finally, I could see things starting to change. I realised there were people around me that actually wanted to help, people who were committed to my happiness just as much as I wanted to be.
I’ve come a long way since then, but I’m still constantly amazed at the physical toll this experience took on my body. I had a list of around 20 health issues I was dealing with at the time, including tiredness, inability to sleep, adrenal fatigue, migraines, breakouts, tight muscles, digestive issues, a stabbing pain in my chest and stomach…the list really does go on. I decided early on in my healing process to try a natural route to manage my recovery, which was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My routine included naturopathy, remedial massage, bowen therapy, meditation, personal development, counselling, yoga and exercise, reducing my exposure to the chemicals found in every day products, and working with the magic of pure essential oils. I even chose to further my own understanding of the lesser known impacts of stress and the human mind through my studies.
I learned valuable lessons from every appointment I went to, and can now truly say that I am so incredibly grateful to have felt so damn shit. Because it was in that darkest time of my life that I learnt the greatest lessons…lessons I plan to share with you through Living Naturally Stress Free.