Welcome to the beginning of the R.W.I.R.W series. It's all very well having a role model, someone who you aspire to be like who motivates you to be the best version of yourself but did you realise that you are also that person to somebody else? That you have this power inside of you to literally change the world for the better.
The first women to answer the questions I have given her is a lovely lady named Jayne. She is such a big part of Body Love Blueprint and inspires me every week with her determination to not be discouraged by her injuries and to always always give it 100%. Enjoy the read, I certainly did!
Hi, my name is Jayne, I am 28 years old, I'm a member of an amazing movement and I am a strong independent woman.
Jayne, what do you think makes a woman beautiful?
Being true to yourself and not letting what others say or think about you get you down. “You are beautiful no matter what they say, Words can’t bring you down!” (I may have stolen that from a song :-) )
If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?
This is a very hard question. There are so many things that are wrong in the world, to name one is just too difficult. My head went to the old cliché of “world peace” but this is so open ended that it could mean anything. I think ultimately I would want to stop all the suffering. Whether that is from illness or poverty, no one should ever suffer from anything or have to see others suffer. I’ve been there first hand watching someone suffer from Cancer and I would never wish that on anyone.
What is one thing you have struggled with in the past year? What helped you when you were struggling?
I didn’t really feel like myself towards the end of last year. It was hard as I didn’t know what to put it down too. A lot of things had changed all at once and it was hard to deal with. One of the main things was being told I wasn’t allowed to play netball until further notice. This seems so little but when you play it sometimes twice a week in the summer and three times plus training a week in the winter, it was hard stopping. I even ended up not watching my team play as it was too difficult. All I wanted to do was be on the court with them.
There were three things that got me through this:
1. A very supportive friend’s network. A couple in particular who dealt with my emotional breakdowns even when they were dealing with things themselves; they still had time for me.
2. My physio, Putting up with me constantly asking her when I could play again she would just laugh at me sometimes and say “you know the answer to that”. But her encouragement and exercises meant we were working towards getting me on the court, which was awesome.
3. Body Love Blueprint. The themes that Courtney talks about and introduced every week made me realise there was more in life to be grateful for than just being able to play netball. Although there were the days I felt like rolling up into a ball on the couch and not go to the sessions I always felt really good after them. The results I was starting to see from these sessions was making me start to feel better about myself and start to move out of the funk I had been in for what felt like forever..
What piece of advice would you give to women out there struggling with their appearance and overall self-confidence?
Love and cherish yourself and make the most of the body you have! You only get one.
"LIVE, like there is no tomorrow. LAUGH, like no one is listening. LOVE, like you’ve never been hurt."