Inner Glow Series- Emma Dean

Emma Dean: Singer, Song writer, Musician and Brisbane Composer.

What is your favourite feature of your body and why?

My shoulders! They are strong and broad, having carried the ‘weight of the world’ through heartbreak and personal challenge. They let me know when I’m tense and need to switch off, and they tell me when I am in flow and at peace with the world. My shoulders frame my heart so I try to keep them open, allowing love to flow in and out.

What has helped you to gain confidence in your own body over the years?

Getting older! When I was younger I was very self-conscious, particularly about my weight. I began ballet at the age of two and by the time I was four my dance teacher had informed my mum that my bottom was too big to be a ballerina! Can you believe it? I was only four!

Dance was my passion back then, so instead of quitting, my family enrolled me in a dance school that was inclusive for girls and boys of all shapes and sizes. My new teacher – Ms Roma - really tapped into the JOY of dance as a creative expression which was a welcome change from the strict, regimented teaching methods that I had been used to! Still, the damage had been done, and I spent much of my teens and 20s thinking I was bigger than I should be.

In my early 30s, a psychologist that I was seeing told me that she suspected I had something called ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder’ and it was then that many of my behavioural patterns began to make sense. Having this awareness – and a way to make sense of confusing thoughts and feelings - helped me to understand that sometimes my brain plays tricks on me and my inner-critic should rarely be trusted!

As I get older, I have begun to focus on health and fitness and less on what I look like. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my bad days when the negative voice is at maximum volume. But generally speaking, I focus on what is on the inside.

I have led a plant-based lifestyle for eight years and I feel so positive about minimising the harm and suffering of our precious animal friends as well as contributing to a healthier planet. I eat more than most people I know (including my male partner!) and I enjoy every bite!

We are SO much more than the package we come in.

What routines do you have in place to help you achieve glowing skin?

As I sit here typing, I have a large breakout of acne on my chin! I’m 35 years old and I still get breakouts like a teenage girl! Last year I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and I realised that this has been a major contributor to my adult acne!

In saying all of this, I actually don’t think ‘glowing skin’ has everything to do with whether or not someone’s skin is perfectly clear or not. I like to think it radiates from the inside - out. Some of the women who I am drawn to have, what many people would describe as ‘imperfections’. In my opinion, it is many of those so-called ‘imperfections’ that often make them unique.

I am perfectly imperfect, just like every other woman. If I glow, it is because:

  • my heart is open

  • I am singing and making music regularly

  • I am connecting positively with my community

  • I am washing and moisturising my face with plant-based products

  • I am hugging people

  • I am finding time to visit the ocean

  • I am being sun safe

  • I am excited by learning something new

  • I am practicing gratitude

  • I am exercising

  • I am EATING MY VEGIES!

With your line of work, you are on stage and in the spot light a lot. Do you ever have self doubt and if so, how do you counteract these feelings and continue to be the boss babe that you are?

As we have established, my annoying inner-critic is a real b*tch! So YES I often battle with self-doubt. I have not met many performers who don’t.

Last year I sang at The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Despite the excitement and honour I felt to be chosen for such an event, it was an immensely stressful time for many reasons. I was incredibly sick and lost my voice a week before the performance. I did everything I could to get better, even resorting to taking steroids for the first time.

One option was for me to mime the song - John Farnham’s iconic hit, ‘You’re The Voice’ - an option that was very much a last resort! Due to the precarious situation, the plan was for me to inform the backstage crew if I would mime or sing live only moments (literally moments) before I walked out into the stadium.  

To put this into perspective, this gig was in front of a live audience of 25000 and 1.5 billion people watching around the world on TV.

In that moment my inner-critic wanted to tell me, in her most gravelly tones, that I was an imposter and that I would ruin everything. Instead of listening, with minutes to spare, I decided to take the reins. That night, side of stage, I repeated the most powerful mantra I know: You are a f%*king unicorn. You are a f%*king unicorn. You are a f%*king unicorn!

I walked on trying to imagine I was a warrior going into battle.  And… with the very live and very real voice that I had…I bloody sang.

You’re. The. Voice!

Side note about unicorns: To me, unicorns are very special creatures – creatives, weirdos, dreamers, critters of the night, non-conformists, revolutionaries, trend setters, inventors, ground breakers – who have often been shamed for their peculiarity. There comes a time in every unicorn’s life when they either choose to dull their light, or they decide to step into their own magic and own the beautiful and peculiar qualities that make them a true unicorn, even in the face of adversity. Despite an abundance of glitter and love hearts, unicorns don’t put up with bullshit; they love fiercely and loyally but they are full of grit and determination. Unicorns are brave and peaceful warriors who find the strength to stand up and share their uniqueness with the world.

You are a f*&king unicorn.

What would you tell your teenage self about your skin and body?

I would say: Emma Kate Dean! You are SO much more than your weight, your skin and your appearance. You are beautiful, exactly as you are. Instead of worrying so much about what other people think of you, focus on the things you love - making music, connecting with community, creating art, writing songs and learning new things.

PS: BOMBSHELL…you’re dyslexic. Sorry! But also, not sorry! You know how you think you’re stupid? Guess what? You’re not! You just see the world differently. Focus on the part of your brain that sees magic. Trust me!

PPS: I’m sorry to say, but that acne is only going to get worse, my love. Don’t worry, eventually it will become manageable. Make peace with it, dear girl, and know that you don’t need to be anyone but YOU.

PPPS: Put. The. Tweezers. Down. You. And. Your. Eyebrows. Will. Regret. This.

PPPPS: EAT YOUR BLOODY VEGIES!

When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?

When I am standing in front of my community choir conducting and watching them shine as they sing!

You run a very successful business, how much of this do you feel is due to a happy and healthy mindset?

I am blessed to run two music businesses that I am incredibly passionate about.

The first is my solo music business which mostly revolves around me writing songs, releasing Eps/albums, creating and touring my shows.

The second is Cheep Trill Ltd which revolves around nurturing a creative community through running a choir (also called Cheep Trill), music and creativity workshops, and private music tuition. I run this company with my talented brother, Tony Dean and our fantabulous administration queen, Corinne Buzianczuk.

Both of these businesses have very clear values and out-of-the-box definitions of ‘success’. Becoming clear on my/our mission and goals has helped my mindset tremendously. For both of these businesses our happiness mostly revolves around our core values - whether or not we are connecting and engaging the community in a positive way; reaching as many people as we can to help spread the joy of music; creating artistic work that we are proud of and excited to share, helping people discover their own creative voice, professional development and growth, sustainability!

Who is the most beautiful person you know and what about them makes them so beautiful?

My mum. It’s not the fact that she is stunning on the outside (fun fact: she is a former Miss Brisbane woo woo), it is the glow she radiates from the inside. She is the most loving, kind, compassionate, kooky, caring, generous, creative, badass babe and the original unicorn KWEEN!

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www.cheeptrill.com  



The Inner Glow Series- Gretel Tippett

Gretel Tippett: Australian Netballer

What is your favourite feature of your body and why?

I know that if I am smiling or laughing I'm at my happiest. I live for a good belly laugh so I think it would have to be my smile. In saying that, I try so hard to get every bit of energy out of my body on a daily basis so I can be my best on the netball court so I am very grateful for what my body does for me and I have to love a lots of features for that.  

Obviously as a professional athlete, you take care of your physical health, but what are some things you do to take care of your mental heath?

I truly believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. I use the time that I am walking my puppy winnie of a morning either before or after training to totally switch off and try and not think about anything except what I am doing right then and there and just keep let my mind be still. I find this really helps set me up for the rest of the day in thinking more clearly. I am also a member of the Oprah and Deepak Chopra meditation series, dad got it as a Christmas present for me and my brothers. Its just a little app on my phone that I try and listen to once a day. They are just 20 minutes and if I manage to fit it in before our afternoon training session I find it makes a huge difference to my mood and training. 

What routines do you have in place to help you achieve glowing skin?

Thanks to Maddy who is helping me, I came to her as my new years resolution at the beginning of the year was to focus on my skin. I find it hard to manage break outs when we are continuously sweating but Maddy has helped me start with the skinstitut lactic acid wash morning and night followed by biologi Bd serum and I love love love it! It's done wonders for my skin already. I am also trying to fit in more time for micro facials.

Which feature of yours do you feel has become even more beautiful with age?

The lines I'm beginning to get around my eyes from smiling. 

When do you feel most confident? (ie wearing makeup, in a dress etc?)

I live in active wear, it takes up 70% of my wardrobe 

The Inner Glow Series - Marni Wasserman

What is your favourite feature of your body and why?
My eyes! They are baby blue and they stand out in pictures and bright lighting. They have always been one of my unique features that I have always appreciated. I hope some day my kids have baby blue eyes ;)

You and your partner are clearly very healthy now. Has this always been the case for you, or have you had to work hard to achieve this life style?
We have always been “healthy”. We met because I wrote an article for his health blog - so cliche lol. Then we kept seeing each other at health events and eventually I reached out to him and asked him to go for a run. Health has always come naturally to us. We not only pursued careers in the realm of health but we live and breath it everyday. So in short, we don’t have to work hard to achieve it - although it does take a some work to keep it up and maintain. We are constantly learning new things and fine tuning our lifestyle all the time.

What routines do you have in place to help you achieve glowing skin?
First off my diet is clean. I focus on an abundance of leafy greens, berries and foods rich in beta carotene like sweet potatoes. In addition I eat a plethora of healthy fats like avocado, coconut and olive oil. I consume protein from wild fish, organic chicken and collagen. I also make sure I am always hydrated with filtered water and herbal teas. These are all part of my daily nutrition plan that I truly believe support my youthful skin.

When do you feel most confident? (ie wearing makeup, in a dress etc?)

Probably when I am wearing my most comfortable clothing, which is usually activewear. Something that I can move in and be myself will always having me at my most confident. I don’t like to dress up and I don’t like make up, these are definitely are not things that would contribute to my confidence, if anything I feel more self conscious.

Is there anything in life that lessens your self confidence and if so, what do you do to counteract this?
I think when I am put in a situation where I can’t be myself. I am pretty intuitive, so if I get the vibe that the setting is awkward or the people - I typically want out. When I get that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I am not going to show up as the best version of me, I simply remove myself from it. This rarely happens though but I can recall a few times that I have done this. I think as I have gotten older, I am more and more comfortable with myself in most situation.

What would you tell your teenage self about your skin and body?
I would tell myself to appreciate it’s beauty and youthfulness as early as possible. Nourish it, love it and take care of it. Luckily I had good habits instilled from a young age, but I think my self talk could have absolutely been more positive when I was a teenager!

How do you want others to perceive you?/ how do you think others perceive you?I want others to perceive me as strong, confident, radiant and joyful. I think there is already a lot of truth in this for how I am perceived already :)

What is your favourite motto to live by?

Always be yourself. No matter what the situation is. Trust your instincts, value your insight and most importantly surround yourself with good people.


Who is the most beautiful person you know and what about them makes them so beautiful?

I would say the most beautiful person I know is my mom. She is the most caring, compassionate human being I know. She would do anything for anyone and has the biggest heart.

The Inner Glow Series: SHERIDAN MEYERS

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Sheridan is a highly successful makeup artist and business owner in Brisbane. Sheridan paints some of Australia’s most beautiful women’s faces, so it was very interesting to hear her thoughts on inner beauty…

What is your favourite feature of your body and why?

My fair skin!

My skin used to be a source of insecurity for me in my younger years - being tanned was the ideal and I am as fair as they come. I fake tanned for years, and I hated the cycle of feeling great for a few days and then like crap about how I looked through the patchy stage, the scrubbing stage and all the way through till I had a fresh tan again. I now accept and love my fair skin as I think its something unique to me and I feel great about how I look every day rather then only 3 days a week (when I had a new tan). I haven’t fake tanned in years.

What has helped you to gain confidence in your own body over the years?

Somewhere along the line I had the thought ‘no one actually cares what you look like, everyone is only thinking about what they themselves look like’ and that initially helped me. And also the thought ‘this is me, if someone doesn’t like it then that’s their problem and they aren’t worth my time’ then as I grew older my thoughts have become more positive and encouraging towards myself. More like ‘I like how I look and I want to enhance/maintain these aspects of my appearance’ and also gratitude has become a bigger focus as I’ve gotten older as well.

For example, how could I possibly be critical or insecure about my appearance when I am so appreciative to have a working healthy body? I am so greatful. 

What routines do you have in place to help you achieve glowing skin?

Definitely eating lots of good fats, greens and drinking lots of water (I am not always on point with all these but each day is a new day to try!) Exercise to get the blood circulating, sunlight in moderation and basic skincare.

I am loving using an organic cleanser and scrub and then Bioligi serums (I’m addicted!) and that’s it!

My skin concerns are normally dehydration, redness and a bit of skin texture/pores but I am seeing an improvement in all areas with my current skincare routine and especially when I focus on the internal as well.

From a makeup point of view, cream blush is where it’s at for a healthy glowing skin look! 

With your line of work, you are surrounded by beautiful women every day. Do you ever have self doubt and if so, how do you counteract these feelings and continue to be the boss babe that you are?

I don’t feel negatively about myself when surrounded by beautiful women because they are who they are, and I am who I am. There is always going to be someone who is prettier, fitter, more talented, richer then you. (I could go on!) the sooner you accept that and learn to love yourself the happier you’ll be (IMO!) that being said, I still have moments of self doubt and I think that’s pretty normal too. 

What would you tell your teenage self about your skin and body?

Don’t miss out on experiences and relationships or sacrifice your own happiness based on your insecurities on something so surface as your physical appearance. Instead focus your energy on maintaining/enhancing what you were born with, your health and fitness, your goals, anything that positively affects your mental health and makes you feel happy.

When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?

When I’m being true to myself in the decisions I make every day. Being mindful and in the moment is a big area of opportunity for me. ‘You can’t multitask presence’ is something I read recently (caption by @kyliecamps) and it’s it’s so spot on!!! 

I might not get it right 24/7 but if I am always trying to be better and making positive decisions every day that’s what matters to me. On the flip side not beating myself up or engaging in negative self talk if I do have an off day.

You run a very successful business, how much of this do you feel is due to a happy and healthy mindset?

A lot! 

I also feel like it’s a combination of skill set, passion, confidence and initiative. My job involves a lot of interaction face to face with people and I always remain happy during my hour with my client because they will remember how they felt during our appointment the most. This translates into positive word of mouth about your business. I think the longevity of a successful business also will depend on the factors I mentioned earlier, especially having confidence and not letting fear/doubts stop you from moving forward. My first priority will always be my little boy so I don’t dedicate too much time to my career in this particular season of my life which I’m totally okay with. I’ve had moments of struggle with this balance but when I accepted it I felt I had a happier mindset about my career. 

Who is the most beautiful person you know and what about them makes them so beautiful?

I have so many beautiful people in my life but what makes someone beautiful to me is if someone is kind, generous, thoughtful, positive and respectful. 

The Inner Glow Series

A series of blog post interviews from beautiful, confident women who radiate beauty from inside out and outside in. I want to promote a well rounded approach to healthy skin and am a big believer that internal happiness, truly glows through.

Being apart of the Cosmetic industry, I often worry I am contributing to the pressure women face to look a certain way. In my line of work, body dysmorphia is a real concern and becoming more and more prevalent. We put so much emphasis on looking beautiful from the exterior, that we quite often forget the interior is the most beautiful part of us all. Think about the most beautiful women you know? They may not have the most symmetrical features or the figure of a Victoria secret model, but they have a glow about them, one that cannot be achieved from a bottle... their ‘Inner glow’.

Happiness is infectious. According to a study out of the British Medical Journal, we can feel happy just by being around other people who are happy, so I want to bring happy, confident, raw and beautiful women to my blog to promote the right message.

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INTERVIEW WITH CAROLINE

Caroline Høgh Groth is a passionate & avid life-lover, self-taught yogi, spiritualist, meditator and health advocate based in Bondi Beach. Caroline has been through lots of ups and downs through the years; including cancer, disordered eating, depression and more.. However, those times in her life has also led her to who she is today and why she likes to share her take on health.

  • What is your favourite feature of your body and why? My favourite feature of my body, is the connection between body, mind and soul that I've been able to discover and tune-into the last few years. I'm incredibly aware when something is off, and when something needs attention and adjusting.

  • What has helped you to gain confidence in your own body over the years?
    I've suffered through eating disorders for many years, and so it's taken me a very long time to gain confidence within myself and my body, and it's still a journey every single day. I'm trying to remember that my body is simply a vessel for my soul on this earth. It's not who I am, nor does it define me. 
    I also try and exercise to create a strong body, so I feel good and vibrant. That's how I gain confidence, when I feel good from the inside-out.

  • What routines do you have in place to help you achieve glowing skin? I have both a morning and evening routine. Both consists of double cleansing, toner, mist, serum and moisturiser + spot treatments and weekly masks. I also have fortnightly facials and LED-light at Laser Clinics Australia in Bondi Junction.

  • Which feature of yours do you feel has become even more beautiful with age? I feel like my eyes grow more beautiful the more I experience and that comes with age, too. I feel they are a window to my soul, and often speak for me when I don't have enough words to describe my innermost feelings.

  • When do you feel most confident? (ie wearing makeup, in a dress etc) I feel most confident when I'm feeling good. This means a day that started with meditation, beach walks, getting into nature, cuddling and kissing my boyfriend, having my morning tea. I feel most beautiful when I nurture my insides, because it shines through on the outside.

  • You've obviously had to overcome some immense hurdles in your life. Do you find this automatically makes you feel grateful for your life, or do you still have to remind yourself just how lucky you are? Nothing lasts forever. Not even gratitude. Unless we practice gratitude it's as fleeting as all other things in life. It's something that I've started focusing much more on recently as I have found myself taking some things for granted, and it's not a place I like to be in or operate from. I always pray before bed and give thanks to the universe and all beings for allowing me to live the life that I do - on good and bad.

  • What would you tell your teenage self about your skin and body?
    "Please don't diet. Please don't listen to those boys that are telling you that you are not worthy. You are so worthy. And you matter. More than you know."

  • How do you want others to perceive you?/ how do you think others perceive you? I'd like to think people think I'm a very approachable and kind person. I'm your 'every-day' girl and am just as normal as anyone else. I face the same obstacles and the same wins as you all do. I want people to know and think of me as someone who will always give as much as I can, and if I ever say no, it's simply because I need to for the sake of my own health & soul.

  • Do you feel pressure from social media to look a certain way? Yes and no. In the beginning I did, a lot and I absolutely think that added to my disordered eating. Now, not so much. I think I've created a community where-as I encourage everyone to be their true self, and that everyone is beautiful just as they are. I celebrate diversity instead of sameness, and I want everyone to feel special in their own skin.

  • Who is the most beautiful person you know and what about them makes them so beautiful? I'd have to say two people, because they're equally beautiful in their own ways: Pash, my boyfriend; is one of the kindest, humblest, caring and considerate men I've ever met in my entire life. He hardly has a judgmental bone in his body, and he's always held my hand no matter what I've gone through. He has a way of loving someone unconditionally which I don't think a lot of people have the ability to do. Ashley, my best girlfriend; she's an angel. Literally, an angel roaming the earth. She's one of the reasons I stepped even more into my truth and followed my spiritual path. She's both my best friend and one of my biggest inspirations in life. She's beautiful, not only gorgeously on the outside, but her soul is made of pure rose quartz that shines so bright from within. Her energy is on a whole different scale, and anyone who crosses paths with her, should feel very lucky to experience her energy.