At Prevention, we’re inspired by women every day, from our readers to the plethora of health experts and cover stars we speak with for each issue. Celebrate International Women’s Day with these simple tips and advice from some of our favourite Australian women.
“People go ‘Oh you talk a lot’. And I do, but I also like quiet time to recharge. Sometimes I’ll pretend to go and have lunch, or walk away to make a pretend phone call and I’m actually disappearing to a nearby park to sit there quietly, no sound, just quiet: breathe, recharge and then come back. I know I can’t keep going if I don’t find that space.”
“My attitude towards training is to be consistent. You don’t have to train like an athlete every day, you don’t have to break world records every day, you just turn up and do something. There will be days when you set the world on fire, there will be other days when you are lucky to get your butt over the line. That’s okay.”
"I had a teenage diary and I have to remind myself when I’m busy that my teenage self would have just been so excited to think I have two beautiful sons, a husband – I take great pride in the fact that we’ve lasted 28 years – and I have all these jobs that I love. I would have loved to have known all that when I was 14,” she says.
“I often feel such gratitude when I think of how much my younger self would feel, knowing where the journey went. I am very aware of feeling lucky, I don’t take any of that for granted.”
“I take a lot more control of my life. You can’t just dream it and hope it’s going to happen, you have to work hard – and I do”
“Through my 40s I was a bit panicky about ageing. I started to notice in photos that I was looking a little bit older and I didn’t feel like I was looking as good in clothes, so I decided to get Botox and I lost a bit of weight. But when I got to 49 I thought, ‘There is no point in trying to look like the younger people in the room and being the oldest person. I may as well start to embrace the other side, which is being the youngest person in an ageing group.’ And all of a sudden, now I’ve switched my thinking around, I don’t feel so bad.”
Discover more about Julia in our April/May 2019 issue - out now!
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First published: 7 Mar 2019